Car Spring Cleaning Tips

Springtime is just around the corner, so you might want to get a start on some spring cleaning. Why not start with your car? Here are some car spring cleaning tips for you from us at SouthTowne Hyundai.

Car spring cleaning
Scrub a dub dub!

Wash Lights

Start on the outside by scrubbing those headlights and taillights. They can get foggy and dirty during the winter, so scrubbing them will help your visibility.

Clean Out the Trunk

A lot of things can get haphazardly thrown in the trunk. Take the time to finally donate that bag of clothes or move the ice scraper to the basement.

Wax the Outside

Get a bright and shiny look going into spring by washing and waxing the exterior of your car. Waxing doesn’t just make your car look nice; it also helps seal your paint, protecting it from water spots and wear and tear.

Vacuum

Take that vacuum to the inside of your car. Don’t miss a spot – get under the mats, all the nooks and crannies, and all over the seats.

Clean Underneath

The bottom of your car can get pretty mucky, especially with mud or rain that can come with winter. Take a hose to the underneath or your car to give it a good washing.

The Revolutionary Hyundai Fuel Cell Concept

Hyundai is all about innovation. That’s why the brand’s always coming up with new ideas. The Hyundai Fuel Cell Concept debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and it’s a glimpse of the future.

Hyundai Fuel Cell
Keep reading to find out what’s in store for the Hyundai Fuel Cell

The FE Fuel Cell Concept is a next-generation car that is hydrogen-powered and ready to impress. This concept comes from many other revolutionary eco-concepts up Hyundai’s sleeve. The “FE” part of the Fuel Cell Concept’s title stands for “Future Eco” and represents the environmentally-friendly future of Hyundai vehicles.

The FE Fuel Cell Concept starts with an innovative, flowing design on the outside. This isn’t only stylish, but it helps increase aerodynamics. On the inside, there are innovative features like the internal air humidifier, which recycles water that’s produced to create a cleaner car interior.

This all-new Fuel Cell concept is more revolutionary by boasting technology that makes it 20% lighter and 10% greater efficiency than the previous Fuel Cell Concepts.

There is plenty of innovation everywhere in this car, even where you wouldn’t expect it! The FE Concept has portable battery packs that are charged by the car’s own energy – to charge your devices! Talk about convenience.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information about what Hyundai has in store by following SouthTowne Hyundai.

Why You Should Take a Road Trip

 

It’s one of the most American things that you can do. With one of the best highway systems in the world, taking a road trip across the country has never been easier. However, many people get too caught up in their work life to enjoy all that the country has to offer. Here’s why you should take a road trip.

 

It’s Easy

One of the best things about road trips is that it is one of the easiest ways to take a vacation. You don’t have to buy a plane ticket, check bags, or leave your car at the airport. You simply fill up your car with gas and take off.

 

Road Trips Fit the Budget

One of many people’s main concerns about taking a vacation is that it will break the budget. However, road trips can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. You can rent an RV or stay in luxury hotels, but you can also just take your car and camp around the country. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg.

In American culture, it can be difficult to pry yourself away from your work and take your vacation days. However, that’s exactly what you should do. Schedule some time off, get in your car, and drive.

Should You Lease or Buy Your Next Car?

 

When you decide that you’re going to get a different car, it’s an exciting time. However, it can also be quite overwhelming. With all of the different options out there, it isn’t always clear what the best route is for you. One choice that you will have to make is whether you want to lease or buy. Here are the differences.

Leasing

When you agree to lease a car, you are essentially agreeing to rent that car for a set period of time. At the end of your contract, you do not own the car. You make a set payment each month, and then at the end some dealers give you the option to buy.

This choice makes sense for people who want to drive a nicer car than they can afford.

Buying

The primary benefit to buying a car is that you own that vehicle. When you decide that you no longer want to drive your car anymore, you can sell it and make some of your money back. Generally, buying is the more financially sound decision.

Whatever way you end up deciding to go, make sure that you do your homework and are well-informed before making your decision.

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