April 20, 2014

Hyundai Genesis Delivers Luxury And Value

Hyundai has certainly made waves in the last few years.  It was only a decade ago that people would chuckle at the mention of the brand.  For mos Americans Hyudai was a cheap car that would not last and would not hold value.  Oh how times have changed.  Hyundai has made huge strides, addressed their issues, and is one car brand that is fast gaining the respect of not only consumers, but auto critics as well.  Simply stated, Hyundai is no laughing matter.

Now Hyundai is entering the luxury sector hard, and bringing value that has simply not been seen.  Starting at just $33,000, the Genesis is the birth of a new category in the automotive world.  Value Luxury.  At an incredible $21, 000 less than a Lexus GS 460, and $24,000 less than A Mercedes Benz E550, the Genesis is really turning heads.

While it may be to soon for a Mercedes Benz driver to make the switch to Hyundai, the Genesis will certainly attract middle income people seeking that elusive combination of luxury and value.  In my opinion the target audience are the drivers of Nissan’s Maxima, Toyota’s Camry,  Honda’s Accord, Ford’s Taurus, and any number of GM cars.  The Genesis brings something to the table that these cars will have difficulty in matching.

Hyundai proudly stacks up their Genesis against the best of Mercedes and Lexus.  The list of features is stunning, and if you think about it, makes the price gap even more substantial!  It is almost as if you could buy two Genesis vehicles for the price of One Mercedes-Benz!

What Hyundai has accomplished is to offer true luxury to the masses.  No longer do middle class buyers need to be strapped with car payments approaching their mortgage payments, or sign themselves into a lease that allows them to drive a luxury car only 10,000 miles per year!

Items like navigation, leather, DVD capability, Bluetooth connectivity, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, power adjustable seats, heated and cooled seats, and rain sensing wipers are just the beginning with Genesis.  Check out a Genesis.

Hyundai Profits Jump In Q1

Hyundai Motor Co reported an incredible 47%  jump in quarterly profit earlier today.  The results sent shares to record highs as investors see the traction being gained by the brand on a consistent basis.  In addition to offering more stylish cars that appeal to consumers, Hyundai is seen as a major benefactor in market share because of production cuts at many other manufacturers stemming from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  In April it is anticipated that Hyundai and Kia will gain more market share in the U.S. market.

Hyundai reported a 1.88 trillion Korean won ($1.7 billion) in Q1 2011 net profit.  Last year the profit number stood at 1.28 trillion won.  Hyundai credits strong sales of their popular Sonata and  Elantra as key components to their outstanding earnings performance.  The company stated their biggest increase was seen in China with a 30% jump.  The United states gave the company a 28% jump, and other markets saw improvement of 10%.

Hyundai stated in their conference that they anticipate overall U.S. sales to come in at about 13 million units in 2011.

 

Hyundai Blue Link – A Brilliant Idea

Hyundai continues to make huge strides that will impress the automotive world and set new standards for the competition.  The Korean manufacturer has introduced Blue Link, a technology rich in features that actually simplifies your life and can make driving more fun.  Blue Link is far more than a simple app.  It is a combination of driving essentials that when combined make for a driving experience simply not available just a few short years ago.

Blue Link keeps track of everything for you.  It is like having a personal assistant for your car!  Want to know the traffic or weather?  Blue Link will tell you.   Have you broken down?  Blue Link can get you help right away.  Did you park your car on 89th Street or 88th?  With Blue Link and a smart phone you can find out.  From emergency situations to finding the best gas prices, Blue Link is there.

The central point of Blue Link is not in the dashboard.  Chances are that it resides on your hip.  Your very own smart phone becomes a remote command center and provides the data connection that allows many Blue Link features to operate.  In many cases you can even control Blue Link features while you are not even near your car.  Blue Link allows you to start your car, unlock the doors, flash the lights and even sound the horn remotely.

Hyundai’s Blue Link has over 30 features for drivers broken down into three categories so you can choose and subscribe to only the services you need:

ASSURANCE

In the event of an accident or incident of any kind, no matter where you are, you’re not alone. Hyundai-trained operators stand by 24/7/365 to immediately summon help for any reason, whether life-threatening or merely inconvenient.

  • Automatic Crash Notification & Assistance (ACN) – In the event of any collision severe enough to involve an airbag, a trained specialist automatically contacts the vehicle’s occupants, and if necessary, emergency service personnel, providing GPS-enabled location and vehicle condition information.
  • SOS Emergency Assistance – In the event of any type of emergency, drivers simply press a single, dedicated button to get a trained response specialist to coordinate emergency 911 assistance, and remain on the line until help arrives. Armed with GPS-enabled location and vehicle condition information, the specialist will not only dispatch the appropriate assistance, but can even notify your friends and family of the situation.
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance – Enables the owner to contact Roadside Assistance via a single in-vehicle button press.  Vehicle information (including location) is automatically transmitted to a response center.
  • Monthly Vehicle Report – Provides a monthly report of vehicle diagnostics via email.

Essentials

No matter where your Hyundai may be at any given moment, you’re always able to access all systems quickly and easily, via the web or smart phone.  This package makes everything from locking your keys in the car to having your vehicle permanently stolen experiences reminiscent of a very distant past.

Remote Access:
•  Remote Door Lock –
Imagine you’ve walked through a parking lot in the rain, only to realize that you forgot to lock the vehicle. No problem – this feature allows users to automatically lock (or unlock) the vehicle doors from virtually anywhere, via a simple toll-free call, app on a smart phone, or via the Blue Link® Owner’s website.
•  Remote Door Unlock – Virtually every driver, at some point in their lives, has locked their keys in the car. With this feature, instead of calling a locksmith for help — which previously cost you both time and money — you can automatically unlock the doors via a simple toll-free call, app on a smart phone, or via the Owner’s website.
•  Remote Horn & Lights – Flash those lights and sound the horn all from virtually anywhere!
•  Panic Notification –
A bit scared walking through that parking lot?  You can make your car alarm sound off.
•  Remote Vehicle Start –
Fast track your journey by starting your vehicle remotely from virtually any location (via mobile app, toll-free number or owner’s website). 

Convenience:
•  Alarm Notification –
Notifies the owner when and where the vehicle alarm was set off
•  Quick Tips –
Automated audio version of frequently asked questions and answers
•  Service Link –
Sometimes a vehicle experiences an issue, like a strange noise, whose cause isn’t immediately apparent. This innovative feature not only allows you to call a live operator to report the problem, but actually records the call and forward the data to Hyundai.

•  Location Sharing – Send your location, invitations and short messages directly to any or every member of social networking sites like Facebook, and even see the exact location of other Hyundai-driving friends.

•  Voice to Text Messaging – Never take your hands off the wheel again – even to send text messages. With the press of a button, you’ll be able to use your voice to dictate them to your contacts. 

Vehicle Self Diagnostics:
•  Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification –
Your vehicle detects when a component malfunctions, and will automatically notify you via a combination of in-vehicle display alerts and guided voice messages as to the issue and its severity. You will then be given the option to immediately schedule a maintenance appointment with a preferred dealership via operator.
•  Maintenance Alert –
As Hyundai-recommended service intervals arise, you’ll be automatically notified in advance via your choice of text message, email or phone call, and receive assistance in scheduling an appointment at a local Hyundai dealership.
•  Recall Advisor –
In the unlikely event that Hyundai issues a recall for your specific vehicle, you’ll be notified via your choice of text message, email or Blue Link® Owner’s website, and information regarding making an appointments at a local dealerships will be provided.
•  Web Vehicle Diagnostics –
Starting 30 days after registration, every aspect of driving performance – diagnosis of issues, mileage attained, upcoming maintenance – is correlated and sent via monthly email for your review.

Theft Protection:
•  Stolen Vehicle Recovery –
In the event that your vehicle has been reported to law enforcement as stolen, the Hyundai response center will work with the authorities to establish the exact vehicle location via GPS. Not only does this feature enable a quick recovery, but your insurance premiums are likely to decrease as a result.
•  Stolen Vehicle Slowdown –
Once law enforcement has been notified of your vehicle being stolen, they may choose to initiate this additional process, which gradually reduces power to the engine, slowing the vehicle down and eventually bringing it to a safe stop. From there, Vehicle Immobilization can be initiated, preventing further vehicle movement.
•  Vehicle Immobilization –
Once law enforcement has been notified of your vehicle being stolen, they may choose to initiate this process, where engine power is automatically shut off once powered down, thus preventing the vehicle from being restarted until authorities arrive.

Safeguard:
•  Valet Alert –
Any time you drop your vehicle with a valet, and your car travels more than distance you preset — up to two miles from the drop-off point — you’ll be automatically notified via your choice of text message or email.
•  Geo-Fence –
Input pre-determined boundaries in which the vehicle may and may not be operated, and when a vehicle strays out of the acceptable zone, you’ll be automatically notified via your choice of email, text message, or phone call.
•  Speed Alert –
Ideal for parents of teen drivers or drivers with heavy feet, this feature allows you to pre-program acceptable speed limits, and be automatically notified via your choice of email, text message or phone call when limits are exceeded… say goodbye to those costly speeding tickets.
•  Curfew Alert – Input, via the Owner’s website, a pre-determined time interval for acceptable and unacceptable use. When the latter occurs, you’ll be automatically notified via your choice of email, text message, or phone call.

GUIDANCE

More than just the ability to get you where you need to be, this package can even tell you what you’ll find — from traffic and gas prices to restaurants and museums — when you get there.

Features
•  Turn-by-Turn Navigation –
Set your destination via voice (from the car) or web (from home) and you’re off. Choose from variables like fastest or shortest route, least traffic, best mileage, avoid highways or toll roads. The system does the rest, giving you turn-by-turn directions at every step.
•  Point-Of-Interest By Voice Recognition – Use voice-activation to browse through a constantly-updated list of interesting or useful landmarks near wherever you happen to be. Select one and the navigation system automatically directs you to it. Unlike competitive systems that only recognize pre-programmed commands, Blue Link® is trained to recognize the variables of everyday speech, making interaction infinitely easier.
•  Point-Of-Interest Web Search – Transfer the information regarding anything of interest – restaurants, landmarks, museums, etc. – directly from the web or the Hyundai owner’s website to your vehicle’s navigation system. It will be waiting for you anytime you’re ready to go.
•  Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition – Most people have a regular routine – the commute to work, dropping off the kids at school, or any other daily route. This feature automatically scans traffic flow and incident data to automatically notify you, via the method and time of your preference, which route is best at any given moment.
•  Traffic –
At any given time, traffic may be slow or stopped due to accidents, construction, or congestion. Enter a pre-determined area via the Blue Link® Owner’s website, and you’ll always have a real-time update to help you navigate around the problem, saving you time and aggravation on a daily basis.
•  Gas Station Locations & Gas Prices –
Wherever you are at a given time, the closest gas stations may be located with the touch of a button. Results can be played via automated voice, and downloaded directly to the navigation system.
•  Eco-Coach –
A truly remarkable technological breakthrough, Eco-Coach is a scoring system that allows you to track mileage and CO2 emissions on the Blue Link® Owner’s website, then gives you advice on how to improve driving habits to improve your efforts. You can even compete against other Hyundai drivers to win prizes for most efficient driving.
•  Restaurant Ratings –
No matter where you find yourself, or what you’re hungry for, you’ll be able to search local restaurants are by type, distance or Yelp! Rating. Once you’ve made a selection, simply download it directly to the navigation system to get there quickly and directly.
•  Weather –
Choose a location and with a touch of a button, get the weather forecast instantly. In addition, every time you use the navigation feature, the system automatically takes the weather into account, and adjusts the route accordingly.

As you can see, Hyundai’s Blue Link takes the car to an all new level.  Perhaps it is time to trade in that 7 year old car you have been driving and take a Hyundai for a spin.