Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Savannah Hyundai Announces Hyundai Tops Lists for Best Cars for Teen Drivers

When purchasing a new or used vehicle for a teen driver, parents often have two major concerns: cost and safety. According to a recent phone survey conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 83 percent of parents that bought vehicles for their teens said they bought a used vehicle. "Buying used can help parents stay on budget, but some used cars are safer than others," says Mark Medinger, owner of Savannah Hyundai.

Recently, the IIHS, Bankrate, and Consumer Reports released articles on which vehicles are best for teen drivers. Hyundai appeared on each list. "Hyundai has been a leader in safety features and affordability for many years," says Medinger. The Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Sonata, and Hyundai Elantra were rated as top vehicles.

The IIHS developed four recommendations when looking for a teen vehicle.

-Stay away from high horsepower. This may seem like a no brainer. The higher the horsepower of a vehicle, the more power it has. Teen drivers might want to push the limits when driving. So less horsepower might keep them safe.

-Bigger, heavier vehicles protect better. The more weight of a vehicle the safer it can be during a crash. A larger vehicle can help with visibility issues as well. Mid-size cars and small SUVs are recommended by the IIHS.

-ESC is a must. Electronic Stability Control is safety feature that is a must for a teen driver. ESC helps maintain control on curves and slippery roads. It reduces risk, but doesn't come on older vehicles. Late model used cars are a better choice.

Vehicles should have the best safety ratings. Safety ratings can be just as important as price when it comes to teen drivers. Less experienced drivers needs all the protection they can get. The IIHS recommends looking at the overlap front test, side crash test, and 4 or 5 stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The IIHS rated the 2010 Hyundai Tucson as one of the top choices for a small SUV. Safety features of the Hyundai Tucson include: Side airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags; Rollover sensor, designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover; Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control; and Antilock brakes.

Consumer Reports recommends the Hyundai Elantra 2008 or later. The Hyundai Elantra SE comes with Electronic Stability Control. It also fared better than average in side crash tests and has great fuel economy.

Bankrate really likes the 2013 Hyundai Sonata as their choice in their best cars for teenagers. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata is rated a "large" car by the EPA which meets the IIHS recommendations as well. It features a six-speaker audio system with iPod interface.

"Most Hyundai vehicles meet the IIHS recommendations for teen vehicles," explains Mark Medinger, "And we maintain a great selection of late model used cars on our lot." Other features to consider for the teen driver are audio systems and connectivity. Late model Hyundai's feature blue tooth connectivity which allows for hands free phone calls. Six speaker audio systems and navigation systems are also available.

"Safety is just as important as price when looking for a car for your teenager," says Mark Medinger. Parents might have to spend a little extra, but more safety features will provide peace of mind when their teenager is on the road. For more information on Savannah Hyundai's inventory, visit their website at http://www.savannahhyundai.com or stop by their dealership located at 7011 Abercorn St Savannah GA 31406. Savannah Hyundai serves the Savannah area including Statesboro, Hilton Head, Rincon, Ft. Stewart, and Bluffton.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bike Riders Raise Money for Food Bank of WMass

HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Money raised during a bike ride Sunday was of benefit to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

250 men and women on bicycles rode between 10 and 100 miles each to raise $70,000 in the fight against hunger here in Western Massachusetts.

Biking for food has been attracting more riders each year to help fill the Food Bank’s warehouse in Hatfield.

“This is my first year,” said Jean Maszeal of Ware. “I love to ride my bike. We’re going to be doing this for Stop & Shop.”

Aileen Hurley of West Springfield said, “This is my first year, we’ve been to other sponsored rides before, this is the first with the Food Bank.”

22News had a strong presence at this Food Bank fundraiser. Storm Team meteorologist Brian Lapis was Master of Ceremonies and Mass Appeal co-host Seth Stutman was among the hundreds of riders out on the road helping combat hunger.


Gary Rome Hyundai
1000 Main Street
Holyoke MA, 01040

Hyundai Hearts House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus in Tucson Promotion

Hyundai Collaborates With Congressional Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Caucus To Highlight Introduction Of Mass-Produced Fuel Cell Vehicles In The Retail Market Members of Congress, Department of Energy Tout Importance of Fuel Cell Technology

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Hyundai collaborated with the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus and the Department of Energy to highlight the introduction of the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicles in the U.S. retail market. In a briefing organized by the House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus, Hyundai executives, Members of Congress, and an official from the Department of Energy discussed the innovative and clean technology that powers hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and the need for additional hydrogen infrastructure in the United States.

"Hyundai is thrilled to partner with leaders in Congress and the Department of Energy to promote the continued development and commercialization of these clean energy technologies," said Kathleen Hennessey, Vice President, Government Affairs for Hyundai Motor Company. "We look forward to continuing to work together with groups like H2USA, the public-private partnership launched by the Energy Department, to find ways to advance hydrogen infrastructure to support more transportation energy options – like fuel cell vehicles – for our consumers here in the United States."

In June 2014, Hyundai became the first automaker to offer for lease in the United States a mass-produced fuel cell vehicle. Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell lessees can now drive Hyundai's next-generation Tucson Fuel Cell for just $499 per month, including unlimited free hydrogen refueling and At Your Service Valet Maintenance at no extra cost.

"We are very proud to offer our customers a no-compromise solution with the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell's zero-emission technology, quick refueling, spacious interior, and great lease program," said Gil Castillo, Hyundai's senior manager for alternative vehicle strategy.

House Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus Co-Chair Representative John Larson, a longtime advocate for fuel cell technology, has spearheaded federal efforts to accelerate the deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technology through infrastructure and investment tax credits. Larson commented, "Fuel cells and hydrogen energy are a key to utilizing cleaner, domestic energy sources. As the nation's hub for fuel cell manufacturing, Connecticut is poised to take advantage of the exciting developments taking place in this industry such as the introduction of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle. From ending our dependence on foreign oil, reducing harmful emissions, and spurring American manufacturing, fuel cells will play a critical role in solving some of our most pressing problems. I applaud automakers such as Hyundai for investing in this incredible technology."

Fellow Caucus Co-Chair Representative Charles Dent added, "I applaud Hyundai for their commitment to the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell cars in real numbers so that the public can realize that the potential of this technology is real. I am very proud of Air Products, based in my district, for working with Hyundai to promote the deployment of hydrogen fueling stations where any gas station customer will feel right at home."


The Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell is being offered to customers in the Los Angeles/Orange County region for a 36-month term at $499 per month, with $2,999 down. This includes the addition of a remarkable benefit – unlimited free hydrogen refueling. Consumers can learn more about the Tucson Fuel Cell leasing opportunity by visiting the Tucson Fuel Cell microsite at hyundaiusa.com/tucsonfuelcell.

"When we spoke with customers about fuel cell vehicles, many wondered about the cost of hydrogen," explained Zuchowski. "To ease those concerns as the hydrogen refueling network builds out, we decided that covering this cost for these early adopters was appropriate, and consistent with how we like to treat our customers."

In addition, Tucson Fuel Cell owners enjoy similar services enjoyed by Hyundai Equus owners, such as At Your Service Valet Maintenance at no extra cost. As Equus owners have enjoyed since its introduction in 2010, should a Tucson Fuel Cell require any service, a Hyundai dealer will pick up the vehicle and provide a loan vehicle, then return the car after service to their home or business, at no charge.

Customers interested in the Tucson Fuel Cell can indicate their interest (the first step in the ordering process) by visiting Hyundai.com. Availability of the Tucson Fuel Cell will expand to other regions consistent with the accelerating deployment of hydrogen refueling stations.


Hyundai introduced its Tucson Fuel Cell to alleviate the limitations of traditional battery electric vehicles. The Tucson Fuel Cell maintains the day-to-day flexibility of the gasoline-powered Tucson, so that its driver is able to immediately enjoy the next generation of electric vehicles without range or recharge-time compromises to their lifestyle.

The Tucson Fuel Cell represents the next generation of electric vehicles – those that create their own electricity, on-board, from hydrogen. According to the University of California, Irvine Advanced Power and Energy Program's 2013 study, the hydrogen fuel cell provides comparable total well-to-wheel emissions to a battery electric vehicle. For the Tucson Fuel Cell driver, this social benefit is achieved with greater utility, versatility and without compromises. Consider:

Driving range of 265 miles
Capable of full refueling in under 10 minutes, similar to gasoline
Minimal reduction in daily utility compared with its gasoline counterpart
Instantaneous electric motor torque
Minimal cold-weather effects compared with battery electric vehicles
Superb daily reliability and long-term durability
No moving parts within the power-generating fuel cell stack
More than two million durability test miles on Hyundai's fuel cell fleet since 2000
Extensive crash, fire and leak testing successfully completed
Quieter EV operation
Zero greenhouse-gas emissions, emits only water vapor

The Tucson Fuel Cell began mass production for the U.S. market in April 2014 at the Ulsan, Korea assembly plant that also manufactures the Tucson gasoline-powered CUV. Manufacturing the Tucson Fuel Cell at the same plant allows Hyundai to leverage both the high quality and cost-efficiency of its popular gasoline-powered Tucson platform.


The benefits of hydrogen are well known - required supplies for the U.S. market can be produced domestically and its supply is virtually unlimited. It can be produced by varied means - including renewable sources such as biogas. Hydrogen can even be sourced directly from water, using electrolysis to split hydrogen molecules with electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.

Further supporting hydrogen infrastructure development, California approved a plan in October 2013 to develop up to 100 hydrogen refueling stations in the state over the next several years. This recent California initiative dovetails with increased government support of hydrogen infrastructure development at the federal level, such as H2USA. In addition, the California Energy Commission recently announced proposed awarding of $44.5 million for the development of 28 new hydrogen stations (plus one mobile refueler), bringing the total number of hydrogen fueling stations (open, in-development, and proposed) to over 50 stations.


Hyundai's fuel cell effectively replaces the battery pack used in an electric vehicle by generating electricity from hydrogen through an electrochemical process that does not involve hydrogen combustion, with no moving parts within the fuel cell stack.

The fuel cell electrochemical process is as follows:

Hydrogen enters the anode, air (oxygen) enters the cathode
Catalyst splits the hydrogen electrons and protons
Electrolyte conducts the positively-charged ions while blocking the electrons
Electrons are used to create an external circuit, generating electricity
Catalyst combines the hydrogen ions and electrons with oxygen to create water and heat energy
A single fuel cell produces approximately one volt; fuel cells are "stacked" to meet voltage requirements


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

To create its Sonata Hybrid, Hyundai started with a modified version of the Sonata's conventional four-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission, then sandwiched an electric motor in between them. Supplying electricity is a lithium-polymer battery pack that's lighter and more compact than traditional nickel-metal hydride batteries. The result is lively performance along with high fuel economy numbers. Some rival hybrids offer even better mpg numbers, however, so we suggest checking out a couple other midsize hybrid sedans before you make a final decision.

Current Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
At the core of the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid midsize sedan is a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain that features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 159 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque, combined with a 35kW electric motor. Together they produce a peak of 199 hp. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control.

The EPA estimates Sonata Hybrid fuel economy at 38 combined. However, in Edmunds fuel economy testing of both the Sonata Hybrid and the mechanically similar Kia Optima Hybrid, we found that both fall a few mpg short of these estimates. Meanwhile, its competitor hybrid sedans are substantially more efficient.

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has two trims levels: base and Hybrid Limited. Base standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Blue Link telematics and a sound system with a USB/iPod interface. The Limited's added perks include 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a navigation system and an upgraded sound system. The Hybrid Limited also offers an optional panoramic sunroof.

The Hybrid's interior is virtually identical to the regular Sonata's, save for the typical hybrid display that monitors the gasoline-electric powertrain and coaches the driver on how to drive in a more fuel-efficient manner. Both front and rear seats offer adult-sized legroom, although there's slightly less rear headroom than most rivals due to the sloping rear roof line. The quiet cabin and quality materials add an upscale quality. But as with most hybrids, the powertrain's battery pack eats into the available trunk space, reducing it from 16.4 to 12.1 cubic feet.

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid uses a modified six-speed automatic in lieu of a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that's common to other hybrids. Some drivers may prefer this, as it provides a more familiar feel as it works its way through the gears. Many hybrids have been characterized as having unusual, less-than-smooth acceleration, but the Sonata Hybrid's less advanced hybrid system (especially the six-speed automatic transmission) makes it feel more like a regular car. The brakes, on the other hand, require more acclimation than normal for a hybrid sedan and drivers may dislike the especially unorthodox feel. We've also found the Sonata Hybrid's ride and handling to be not as sophisticated as the class-leading hybrid sedans from Ford and Honda.

Used Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Models
The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid debuted as a 2011 model. The following year brought the Blue Link telematics system. Potential buyers should note that these earlier Sonata Hybrids were prone to occasionally shuddering while accelerating at low speeds as well as having an even more clumsy, uneven braking feel.

For 2013, those issues were addressed with upgrades to the powertrain and battery pack. That year also brought a bump in trunk capacity, from 10.7 cubic feet to 12.0 cubes. Other than slight feature differences, such as lacking a rearview camera and a touchscreen audio interface, these post-'13 Sonata Hybrids are similar to today's version.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hyundai Tucson Review

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson ranks 12 out of 22 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Hyundai Tucson, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Hyundai Tucson is ranked:

    #12 in Affordable Compact SUVs
    #15 in Affordable SUVs with 2 Rows
    #22 in Affordable Crossover SUVs

Reviewers say the 2014 Hyundai Tucson's firm handling, powerful engine option and upgraded interior make it a viable competitor among compact SUVs. 
The Tucson is powered a four-cylinder engine that doesn't leave a good impression on critics, who say it's underpowered. A more powerful four-cylinder engine is optional, which test drivers say delivers class-competitive power and good acceleration off the line. Still, they say both engines can be loud and unrefined under hard acceleration. Test drivers also note that the standard six-speed automatic transmission is responsive and shifts smoothly. Test drivers say the Tucson offers responsive handling and its compact size makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces. Although its suspension is a bit firm, they say the Tucson rides comfortably over road imperfections. However, some critics say you can find sportier handling or a more comfortable ride in other compact SUVs. The base Hyundai Tucson gets an EPA-estimated 23/29 mpg city/highway. While that's about average for the class, there are several compact SUVs that earn better estimates.
The Hyundai Tucson received an interior refresh for 2014, and test drivers say the materials are generally of good quality and the cabin's layout is functional. They also note that the gauges are clear and that the climate control dials are large and accessible. Critics say the Tucson's back seat is small and that rear-seat passengers have limited visibility due to its sloped roof. However, test drivers say the front seats have plenty of room. Cargo space is also a bit small when compared to the class. The Hyundai Tucson comes equipped with a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port with an iPod cable and an auxiliary input. Optional features include a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a touch-screen audio display, navigation and HD Radio.

Reviews:    "Overall, the Tucson remains one of the most pleasant crossovers at this price. It's up to date in almost every respect, and its manageable size makes it an enticing alternative to larger rivals." -- AutoTrader
    "The Hyundai Tucson is a compact crossover that delivers stylish sheetmetal and composed handling. Limited cargo space and rear seat room mean that some buyers might be better served by a larger rival - or Hyundai's own Santa Fe Sport - but those simply searching for a dapper all-weather runabout will likely find it a solid choice." -- Left Lane News

    "The Hyundai Tucson compact crossover SUV for 2014 stacks up admirably when compared to such well-established names as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape. To compete, Hyundai equips the Tucson with cutting-edge engine technology, stand-out styling and a long list of standard and available equipment. It does all this with an impressively competitive window sticker and an unrivaled 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty." -- Kelley Blue Book

    "Tucson offers a great blend of maneuverability, comfortable interior accommodations, and a plethora of standard features, making it a solid pick in this segment.” -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Blue Link

Rest assured, we've got your back.
Complimentary for one year on most new Hyundai vehicles, this comprehensive safety and car care package offers peace of mind. In the event of an accident, no matter where you are, trained operators are standing by to provide assistance and emergency help.

Automatic Collision Notification
Your vehicle will automatically call for help so you don't have to worry about a thing.

SOS Emergency Assistance
Help is just a button push away. We are ready 24/7, 365 days a year.

Service Link
Conveniently schedule a Car Care appointment with your preferred dealer from your vehicle without picking up your phone.

Monthly Vehicle Health Report
Simplify maintenance with a vehicle health evaluation of key performance systems delivered to your email or check it out in the mobile app.

Blue Link Connected Care includes 1 year of the Blue Link Connected Care Package and requires an active Blue Link subscription. One-year term starts from the new vehicle date of first use and is available for new vehicle purchases and leases based upon terms and conditions on the Blue Link subscription enrollment pages. Only use Blue Link and corresponding devices when safe to do so. Cellular and GPS coverage is required. Blue Link is available on most new Hyundai vehicles. Features, specifications, and fees vary by subscription plan and are subject to change. For more on details and limitations, visit Hyundai.com or your authorized Hyundai dealer.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Bisimoto Engineering Focuses on Strengthening and Reliability to Create Most-Powerful Sonata Ever

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 22, 2014 – For the third year in a row, Hyundai is partnering with the powertrain gurus at Bisimoto Engineering, this time to create a 708 horsepower Sonata for the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Bisimoto’s team specializes in extracting huge output from Hyundai’s engines, like the 1000 horsepower Bisimoto Genesis Coupe that was built for last year’s SEMA show.

For this year’s show, the team is using Hyundai’s 2.4-liter “Theta-II” 4-cylinder engine as the starting point for their build. Through a combination of strengthened internal components – forged pistons, connecting rods, a high-revving valve train and camshafts – a high-boost turbocharger, and a fast-burning, flex-fuel diet, Bisimoto will extract 708 horsepower from the engine. Power will be sent to the road through a 6-speed manual transmission. As a total package, the 2015 Bisimoto Engineering Sonata boasts supercar-beating power, with room for three friends to come along for the ride of a lifetime. The vehicle will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 4 at 9 a.m. PT.

“With a proven and efficient 2.4-liter engine as a starting platform and a sophisticated, sleek, four-door design, the 2015 Sonata was the perfect candidate for this year’s build,” said Bisi Ezerioha, owner and chief engineer, Bisimoto Engineering. “Outrageous power is nothing without reliability, and it was a firm goal to retain the reliability that Hyundai is known for. After hundreds of hours of testing, failure analysis and prototyping, 18 new products will be engineered and produced in house to produce 708 horsepower from the Sonata.”

Complementing the extensive overhaul under the hood, Bisimoto wrapped its 2015 Sonata in custom laminated body wrap and graphics. The interior has been given a sporty feel with the addition of racing harnesses, AEM wideband gauges and EK Autoworx interior paint. Rounding out the exterior look is a Bisimoto front splitter and aero package, Fifteen52 18-inch aluminum wheels and Burns stainless exhaust system.

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.


    Bisimoto-tuned 2.4L Theta-II engine
        Bisimoto intake gasket
        Web Level 2.4 camshafts
        Turbonetics TNX 82/64 turbocharger
            Turbonetics blow-off valve
            Turbonetics wastegate
            Deatschwerks 2200cc Injectors
            R&R steel connecting rods
            Arias forged pistons
            AEM Infinity 6 ECU, and smart coils
            Spearco intercooler
            Golden Eagle sleeved block, and intake manifold
            Griffin Radiator
            Supertech valvetrain
            Vibrant Vanjen clamps and stainless hardware
            Magnafuel 750 fuel pump
            ARP head studs
            Portflow custom headwork
            VP E85R Fuel
            Kinsler fuel filters
            PurOl Elite Synthetic Oils
            NGK Iridium spark plugs


    Bisimoto roll cage
    Progress coil-over suspension and sway bar
    Fifteen52 18x8 Tarmac aluminum wheels
    ARP wheel studs
    Bisimoto-spec Action Ironman Clutch


    Extreme Autowerks custom laminated body wrap
    Type 2 graphics
    Bisimoto splitter
    Wasp Composites Aero package
    Denmatic design scheme
    Burns Stainless muffler and hardware


    Bisimoto reservoir socks
    Racepack IQ3 dash
    AEM wideband gauges
    Odyssey ER-25MJ dry cell battery
    Electronics Management mil-spec harness
    G&J braided lines
    EK Auto Worx interior paint


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.