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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.

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.

How to Winterize Your Car

Winterize Your Car

Experts on automotive maintenance and repair say it’s important to begin preparing your vehicle for the colder months as soon as the leaves begin changing color during the onset of autumn. At this time of year, before the temperatures fall too low, you should begin to winterize your car.

But how, exactly, does a car owner manage to do this? The most important aspect of your vehicle to keep an eye on is your tires. Having good grip is crucial in icy and snowy weather, and special winter tires are made to better withstand the freezing temperatures that make the rubber of normal tires less supple. In addition to this, tire pressure falls faster in colder temperatures, so always make sure your tires are adequately full.

Changing the type of oil and coolant you use will protect your engine better, as some types are better-adapted for winter use. Cold weather also reduces battery capacity, so be aware of the age of your battery, and have the battery’s voltage levels checked. If need be, change it.

To winterize your car is important because it prevents any unnecessary accidents or delays caused by winter hazards. Unfortunately, cold weather causes a lot of adverse effects in vehicles, but thankfully, modern innovation has allowed much of those effects to be minimized through preparation.

Hyundai Tucson Wins Ruedas ESPN Best Compact Crossover Award

Ruedas ESPN Best Compact Crossover

Early this month at the 45th Annual Miami Auto Show, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson was named the Ruedas ESPN Best Compact Crossover, one of a series of awards offered by Ruedas, which is the biggest Spanish-language auto radio show in the country.

This win isn’t the first for Hyundai, which has received awards from Ruedas ESPN for various models over the past five years. Jaime Florez, the host and director of Ruedas ESPN, said the Tucson is “everything a young family needs and more” thanks to its combination of safety features, functionality, and comfort.

Hyundai officials have expressed their excitement at the win for the Tucson, saying that it indicates Hyundai’s continuing and so far successful efforts to appeal to a diverse customer base in a highly competitive arena.

Ruedas ESPN is broadcasted on ESPN Deportes Radio and airs on over 48 radio stations around the country. You can listen to it every Sunday from 11am to 1pm Eastern Time.

Ideas for Using Old Pumpkins after Halloween

Though it’s fun to celebrate Halloween with tons of pumpkins, there is nothing to do with them when you’re done. That’s why we here at SouthTowne Hyundai have put together some ideas on using old pumpkins.

According to Earth 911, many of the uncarved pumpkins that you set out will be unspoiled. If they are, try using them for some of these delicious recipes:

  • Pumpkin Puree – Simply scrape the guts and seeds out. Put the pumpkin upside down in a baking pan with a cup of water in it. Bake for about 90 minutes, or until flesh is tender. Scrape out the flesh, and puree in a blender.
  • Pumpkin Seeds – These tasty bits are good for snacking. Simply clean and dry the seeds, cover in oil, and roast in the over. After they get crunchy, simply salt and enjoy.
  • Pumpkin Cocktail – Have leftover puree? Add a tablespoon of pumpkin puree to two ounces of flavored Vodka (try vanilla, cinnamon, or ginger). Add a splash of lime juice, and a dab of honey. Shake well and serve over ice.

Already carved your pumpkins? No problem. Try these solutions:

  • Pumpkin Planter – Fill old pumpkins with potting soil, add your favorite fall foliage, and let it grow.

Feed the Wildlife – Deer love old pumpkins. Cut them up into fourths, and set them near a wooded area.

Hyundai Celebrations National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day with Tucson FCV

National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

Hyundai recently celebrated with the best and the brightest in the industry for the first National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. Recognizing the importance of alternative energy designs, as well as the genius that goes into making them, Hyundai helped raise some awareness about the issue.

Hyundai is responsible for one of the first mass-produced Fuel Cell Vehicles on the road, called the Tucson FCV. This model is powered by liquid hydrogen, according to Hyundai, which makes it safe for both you and the environment. This model is a quick-filling, emissions-free, and fuel-efficient car.

“Hyundai is committed to hydrogen fuel cell leadership with the continued refinement of this technology in our vehicles,” said Michael O’Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Hydrogen fuel cell technology has tremendous potential to meet diverse consumer demands for impressive range, rapid refueling speed and scalability to a variety of vehicle types and sizes.”

So far, Hyundai has sold about 80 of the Tucson vehicles, but thanks the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, it’s raised some awareness. We can’t wait to see some of these innovative designs on the streets new SouthTowne Hyundai.

Next Generation Hyundai Genesis Coupe Geared More Towards Performance

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe first came to our shores in early 2009 as a 2010 model. It was a great first entry into the sports coupe segment for Hyundai. Now we have learned that the next generation Hyundai Genesis Coupe will be more luxurious and more aimed at performance.

According to Jalopnik, the new Genesis Coupe will come with three engine options: a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, a 3.8-liter V6, and a new 480-horsepower twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6. And, even more interesting is that the twin-turbo version will be sold under Hyundai’s “N” performance brand, which it announced at the end of 2013.

The next generation Genesis Coupe is scheduled to appear sometime in 2016. In addition to more powerful engine, it is also likely to more closely resemble the actual Hyundai Genesis sedan. This means that it could end up getting a bit bigger, but will also have more luxurious features.

What features would you love to see in the next generation Hyundai Genesis Coupe? Are you excited to see a high-powered performance option?

Never Be A Parking Lot Zombie Again: Hyundai Smart Watch App

Who knew that your wrist watch was just raw and untapped digital real estate? Your timepiece was just sitting there, only telling the time. In our tech-savvy world, it’s hard to imagine such simplicity.

Now, your watch tells time and locates your car and flashes your car’s lights and starts your car and unlocks your door.  If your car is a Hyundai, that is.

It’s called Blue Link, and it’s the latest innovation from Hyundai. Tech Times explains that, to use Blue Link, “users can simply tap the icons on the watch to choose which task they want the app to carry out.” Users can also use voice commands to execute various functions.

This app will clearly appeal to different people for different reasons. Safety fanatics will love how they can lock and unlock the doors remotely. For those who run cold, remote start will allow them to heat their cars up without braving the weather. If you’re unfortunate enough to forget where you park your car every time, the new Hyundai smart phone app will help prevent you from wandering around parking lots like a zombie.

10,000,000th Hyundai Elantra Sold Globally

10,000,000th Hyundai Elantra

If you counted up all the zeroes, you know that number is 10 million. With the 10,000,000th Hyundai Elantra sold around the world, the Elantra is now in an exclusive group of high-volume cars. It is now one of only 10 cars in the auto industry, and the first for Hyundai, to reach this monumental milestone.

The Elantra was first introduced in 1990 and reached this goal by selling an average of 1,100 models a day.

“Reaching this historic mark is a testament to Elantra’s staying power and the global appeal of a vehicle that delivers design, functionality and performance,” said Bob Pradzinski, vice president of National Sales, Hyundai Motor America, in a statement. “As a company it also shows our ability to quickly adapt to changing consumer preferences and continue to push the compact car segment with features once reserved for luxury vehicles.”

In its 24-year history, the Elantra has left its mark on the industry. In 2012, it was named the North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show. It is currently produced in Montgomery, Alabama, and has helped give Hyundai U.S. sales records for the past four years.

Currently, the Elantra is one of the most popular models in the compact car segment. Stop by Southtowne Hyundai today to see what makes this model such a great car.