New Year’s Car Resolutions

new year's car resolutions - southtowne hyundai - riverdale gaWhile you’re making resolutions for yourself to exercise more and budget better, consider making some commitments to your car as well. New Year’s car resolutions are a great way to motivate yourself to take better care of your car this year. Here are some ideas!

First of all, if you haven’t been sticking to your scheduled maintenance, you can start this year. Schedule oil changes and tune-ups for the coming year now so you don’t forget. You should also schedule a day each month to check the tire pressure and check the fluid levels.

Give your car a regular wash to keep it free dust, salt, and anything else that might lead to corrosion and paint damage. You should also make an effort to keep the inside clean, including vacuuming occasionally.

If there’s a dashboard indicator light you’ve been ignoring, like the check-engine light, stop ignoring it! Go get it diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible, or you’ll probably run out of luck before long and you’ll end up with a car that doesn’t work.

Another thing you can do is change your driving habits. Committing to slowing down, coasting to a stop instead of braking hard, and reducing how often you idle—especially on cold mornings—will extend the life of your vehicle.

Drive safely, and happy New Year!

Hyundai Ioniq and Vision G Concept Win Good Design Awards

hyundai ioniq wins good design awards - southtown hyundai - riverdale gaThe Hyundai Ioniq and the Vision G concept both won 2016 Good Design Awards, which are awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts.

A Good Design award from the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Program is the most prestigious design award in the world. Each year, creators from all different fields including industrial, graphic, and product design submit their designs, and members of the Athenaeum pick the most innovative, cutting-edge submissions from each area.

This is the second year in a row the Hyundai Ioniq has won a Good Design Award. The Ioniq is the first eco-vehicle in the world to offer Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, and Electric versions, which results in a fantastic driving experience in addition to the award-winning design. The Ioniq is feature-complete and offers a slew of safety features on top of its versatile propulsion options.

The Vision G concept debuted in 2015 in Los Angeles as a luxury coupe focused on driver comfort that will kick off Hyundai’s Genesis sub-brand. The Vision G’s sporty styling promises performance, and its value and smart features make it a practical choice as well as an indulgent one.

The Athenaeum Museum President Christian Narkiewicz-Laine said that Hyundai’s multiple wins over two years show “its firm commitment to innovation and superior design embodiment through its diverse vehicle lineup.”

How to Get Your Christmas Tree Home Without a Problem

Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means it is time for the most wonderful time of the year—Christmas. If you are getting ready to head out to your local Christmas tree farm to choose the perfect tree for your family, then it’s important you know exactly how to get your Christmas tree home. Here are some tips to make this adventure easy and to keep you from damaging either your tree or your vehicle.

Wrap the branches. The pine needles of your Christmas tree can do a lot of damage to your vehicle if they’re not properly secured. They can also shake lose during transit, resulting in a balding tree. To avoid damage to your tree and car, remember to wrap your tree in netting before you tie it to your roof. If you don’t have netting, then simply use a blanket or a tarp.

 Point it the right way. Avoid any excess wind damage to your tree by pointing it in the right direction. The tree trunk should be pointed towards the front of the car to prevent your tree’s branches and needles from being damaged. This also helps you stay more aerodynamic, keeping you safer and more fuel-efficient.

 Securely tie it. No one wants to lose their tree on the way home, so make sure it is tied tightly to the roof. If you don’t have roof rails, simply open the door of your car and loop a rope up, around your tree, and through your car. Do this multiple times to ensure your tree is secure, then close the doors. This will make sure you and your perfect tree get home safe and sound.

How to Get Your Christmas Tree Home

New Autonomous Hyundai IONIQ Concept Debuts at Automobility Los Angeles

New Autonomous Hyundai IONIQ Concept

The innovative Hyundai IONIQ is now even more ground-breaking. During a press conference at the Automobility LA, which took place during the LA Auto Show, Hyundai introduced a new autonomous Hyundai IONIQ concept car that stands out significantly from other self-driving vehicles.

This new model is one of the few autonomous cars that has a hidden LiDAR system on its front bumper, rather than its roof. Typically, vehicles with self-driving technology will have a large, obtrusive radar system on its roof, making them appear more like a science project than an advanced vehicle. The IONIQ concept instead looks like a regular, everyday car, keeping the lineup’s suave silhouette and attractive exterior.

Hyundai’s hidden LiDAR system means the Autonomous IONIQ can detect the absolute position of surrounding vehicles and objects. This system also has three cameras that can detect pedestrians, lane markings, and traffic signals; Forward Facing Radar to aid in route planning; and a Blind Spot Detection system that makes simple lane changes safer. It even has a GPS antenna that determines the vehicle’s precise location at any given time. Three versions of this model is now in testing, along with two Autonomous Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles.

Currently, the production IONIQ offers a number of driver assistance technologies that make it as close to autonomous as possible. These technologies include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Assist.

To learn more about Hyundai’s current innovative technology offerings, make sure you stop into SouthTowne Hyundai.

Hyundai and Gurnade, Inc. Partner Up for 2016 SEMA Show

2016 SEMA ShowThe annual SEMA Show offers automakers the chance to show their creative side with incredible, unrealistic models and show off the work of talented designers. Show goers are able to see some crazy concept vehicles, some of which could possibly make it to the production line. Automakers also have a tendency to team up with design companies and that’s exactly what Hyundai did for their concept at the 2016 SEMA Show.

Hyundai teamed up with Gurnade, Inc. to create the ultimate Veloster concept to show off at SEMA. The Gurnade Veloster concept puts an even more aggressive spin on the hatchback’s stance by adding flares, a rear spoiler, three-piece lightweight forged wheels, and integrated flares.

Hyundai approached Gurnade, Inc. with a proposition to create the ultimate Veloster concept. The company had always been impressed by the aggressive design of the production model so they simply couldn’t refuse.

“So when Hyundai approached us with the opportunity to develop one of their vehicles for SEMA, we didn’t hesitate to create the Gurnade Veloster Concept. It leverages all the strengths of the Veloster and takes it where we always envisioned it could go,” said Joshua Cloud, owner of Gurnade, Inc.

The concept vehicle includes a number of racing features, like Cobra Nogaro racing seats and a front crash bar.

We here at SouthTowne Hyundai are happy to see such an incredible concept at the 2016 SEMA Show!

Prepare Your Car For Winter

Winter is right around the corner which means now is the perfect time to take the necessary steps to prepare your car for the upcoming season. Cold weather can do a number on cars that aren’t properly prepared. That can cause damage or breakdowns you may not be able to afford. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your car for winter from us here at SouthTowne Hyundai.

  • Antifreeze – Whatever you do, don’t forget to check your antifreeze. Your antifreeze is responsible from keeping you engine from getting so cold it freezes and leaves you stuck on the side of the road. Kits that check coolant levels are available at auto stores or you can have a dealership’s service department check for you.
  • Battery – An old battery just won’t do during cold weather. It could struggle to pump enough power to start the car or just die entirely. If your battery is more than a few years old, it’s time for a replacement. Don’t forget to check for abnormalities, like bumps and dents!
  • Tires – Tire tread is incredibly important during winter when the roads are slick. Maintaining optimal traction is crucial for drivers who plan on reaching their destination on time. Check your tread depth before the cold weather hits your area!

Prepare Your Car For Winter

Must-Attend Halloween Parties in Atlanta

Halloween parties in Atlanta

All dressed up and nowhere to go? Impossible! If you think you have nowhere to show off a great getup this year, think again. Dust off that old costume and head to one of these thrilling Halloween parties in Atlanta.

 

Nightmare at the Museum

 

The fifth annual Nightmare at the Museum will bring an estimated 1,500 people together for some spooky fun. Join the masses on Saturday, October 29th at Atlanta’s four-level Museum Bar. This venue is known for its great food and its breathtaking view of Atlanta’s skyline. This exclusive Halloween event will feature a special haunted floor for your ghostly pleasure.

 

Monster Bash 2016

 

If you like Latin music, rum, vodka and/or Halloween costumes, this is your party. Last year’s Monster Bash was such a hit, that Atlanta’s Eclipse di Luna, home to regular live Latin music, is bringing it back on October 29th. At this party, costumes are a must. And make it good, because the top five winners of the costume contest will win a total of over $2,000 in cash and prizes. Even those who don’t win still might snag some cool stuff from sponsors like Bacardi, Jack Daniels, Svedka Vodka and El Jimador Tequila.

 

Black Magic Masquerade and Costume Party

 

If you’re the type of person who goes Halloween night or bust, this costume fiesta is for you. Monday, October 31st at the Whiskey Peach night club, Atlanta’s party scene will come together, decked out in costumes and masquerade attire. Expect to dance a lot at this party as DJs will spin late into the early November 1 morning.

Explore Georgia on the Big Screen with Atlanta Film Tours

Atlanta film tours

Did you know that Georgia is actually a popular filming location for tons of films and television series? It’s true, the Peach State is its own southern Hollywood. In the last few years alone, Georgia has made billions of dollars from film production companies using the state as their backdrop. This industry gives Georgia’s economy a great boost, plus another exciting thing to be proud of.

Visitors and residents alike can get their own taste of Georgia on the big screen with different film and tv tours. Some of the best include a taste of horror, drama and comedy. Zombie fanatics will enjoy driving the Walking Dead tour starting at the Jackson Street Bridge, which opens the series with an iconic view of downtown Atlanta.

While much of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2″ was enhanced with computer generated scenery, true fans of the series will still recognize Sweetwater Creek State Park just outside of Atlanta or the Pullman Yard on the Eastside as noteworthy backdrops.

The tour for “Anchorman 2” will take you all over Atlanta, giving you a real taste of the city. Stops include the The Silver Skillet, the Livingston Restaurant and Woodruff Park, where character Ron Burgundy tries hard to arrive at his son’s piano recital on time.

Each of the Atlanta film tours are self-guided and mapped out for your convenience at tourgeorgiafilm.com/all-tours. Be sure to take a camera and have fun reenacting some of your favorite scenes!

Hyundai-Google Partnership Could Happen

Hyundai-Google Partnership

In the ever-changing, fast-paced automotive market, those who fall behind are generally left behind. As many automakers continue to research and develop autonomous technology, Hyundai is reaching out to one of the top dogs when it comes to technology. Although nothing has been confirmed just yet, a Hyundai-Google partnership could happen sooner rather than later.

Hyundai is one of the few automakers that hasn’t made developing next-level autonomous technology a top priority. In an effort to remain competitive, the Korean brand reached out to Google for help.

Google has been running its own self-driving program and vehicles have logged well over 1.7 million miles. If Hyundai and Google were to join forces, the Korean brand could become an industry leader when it comes to self-driving cars.

John Krafcik, who left Hyundai to join Google last year, would likely aid any partnership. He’s currently in charge of Google’s self-driving car project and in the perfect position to collaborate with Hyundai.

Considering Hyundai is one of the most enthusiastic automakers when it comes to innovative technology, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Korean brand get a jump on the autonomous vehicle market. Having quickly implemented Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software, the Korean brand is always looking for innovative technologies!

We here at SouthTowne Hyundai are hyped to see what a Hyundai-Google partnership could create!

Signs You Need New Brakes

Need New Brakes

The braking system is arguably the most important part of a car. Without it, all that collision prevention technology is useless so it’s important to keep it in top condition. If you need new brakes, feel free to stop in at SouthTowne Hyundai and see what other services we have to offer! Here are a few signs it’s time to have your braking system inspected:

  • Vibrating – If the brake pedal is vibrating, it could be an indicator of warped rotors. Generally caused by braking for long periods of time, like when towing, warped rotors are a danger and mean that the brake pad isn’t touching the surface of the rotor evenly. While it isn’t cause for immediate alarm, it certainly means you should schedule a service appointment as soon as possible and avoid braking for long periods of time.
  • Seeing – By looking through the wheel spokes on most vehicles, it’s possible to perform a physical inspection of your brake pads. The pad should be pressed against the rotor when parked. If it looks like there’s less than a quarter-inch of pad left, make an appointment for the near future.
  • Grinding – A loud grinding or growling sound indicates that the pads are completely gone and you’ve likely damaged your rotors. Make a service appointment right away and don’t be surprised if the technician suggests a new set of rotors altogether.