New Hyundai Sonata Eco Maxes Out Gas-Powered Efficiency

New Hyundai Sonata Eco

As that old, violent saying goes—there’s more than one way to skin a cat. However, when you apply that saying to the world of green automobile technology, it’s a much sunnier sentiment, if you think about it. As Hyundai has demonstrated with the new Hyundai Sonata Eco, you don’t have to fill your vehicle with all kinds of electric or hydrogen-powered parts to get awesome fuel ratings and help save the environment.

While the normal Hyundai Sonata comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the Eco model comes with a smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Eco pairs that engine with a special seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to give drivers great torque and control over their driving experience. Thanks to this powertrain and stop/start technology, the Eco model gets 38 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city.

The Eco model makes the Hyundai Sonata even more exciting and competitive in the mid-size market today. The Sonata, in whatever model or trim you opt for, also sports an awesome exterior style and a comfortable and roomy interior. Come see us here at SouthTowne Hyundai to learn more about the Sonata and the rest of the lineup today.

Hyundai New Thinking Approach Sends Message to Space

Hyundai New Thinking ApproachAt Hyundai, you know that we will always put your family first. Not only do we offer a lineup filled with family-friendly and safe vehicles, but now Hyundai is also making it easy to connect with even the most distant family members. Through the new Hyundai New Thinking approach, the carmaker has managed to send a message to the International Space Station—without having to use the postal service.

Entitled “A Message to Space,” the Hyundai campaign reproduces a hand-written letter a 13-year-old girl has written to her father, who is on the International Space Station. To deliver the message, Hyundai dispatched 11 Genesis cars to write the message across Delamar Dry Lake in Nevada. The message measured 5.55 km², making it the largest tire track image ever, according to Guinness World Records.

If you are interested in viewing the “A Message to Space” video, click here. To see how well Hyundai keeps you connected on the road, don’t forget to stop in to SouthTowne Hyundai today!

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?

Hyundai’s 2016 Tucson Reveal in NY Shows Off Major Upgrades

Hyundai finally released their all-new Tuscon crossover model at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month, to an impressed audience of fans and experts.

The new vehicle hosts huge cosmetic upgrades as well as some seriously impressive specs, possibly even leading the affordable crossover segment in terms of available technology.

The 2016 Tucson has a two-liter direct injection engine that gets 164 horsepower in conjunction with a six-speed automatic transmission. There’s also an available 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which gets 175 horsepower, if you’re looking for more power. Plus – the average fuel economy for the 2016 Tucson is 29 mpg.

As for the design, the new Tucson has a re-imagined hexagon of a grille, which is rounder and wider than previously, adding a sleek but familiar vibe to the popular model. The vehicle is larger overall, providing more space inside.

Check out a video of the 2016 Tucson reveal here at USA Today to see what it looks like for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Hyundai’s Support Helps Put Korean Art in the Los Angeles County Museum

Other than making the highest-quality, most affordable automobiles on the road, Hyundai is also in the art business.  The Korean automaker just agreed to help support the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the next decade.  The Los Angeles Times calls it “the longest corporate sponsorship” in the museum’s history.

Hyundai will provide millions for the museum.  The money will go to support the Art + Technology program, “which launched last year and provides grants to artist projects that deal in some way with technology.”  More specifically, Hyundai’s contribution will help support the exhibition of Korean art at the Los Angeles County Museum, in a “city that contains the largest Korean population in the US.”

Hyundai’s support of art is largely due to the efforts of Eui-sun Chung, the automaker’s vice-chairman.  So far, he has helped broker support deals with the Tate Modern Museum in London and the National Museum of Modern And Contemporary Art in Seoul.