Hyundai Increases Standard Features on 2013 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson

2013 Hyundai Tucson Carlsbad

Hyundai Tucson


 Planning a hiking trip to a National Park, or a long road trip?  Do so in the luxury of a 2013 Hyundai Tucson without the price of a luxury CUV.

For the 2013 model year, Hyundai delights by increasing the number of standard features on both Tucson GLS and the top-of-the-line Tucson Limited.  The fast growing compact crossover now demands comfort features once belonging only to luxury models and favors miles per gallon over miles per hour.  The new standard features on Tucson GLS are fog lights, automatic headlight control and heated front seats.  The Limited trim level gains proximity key entry with push button start.  Tucson packages these luxury comfort features in an EPA estimated 30 mpg on the highway and a distinctive design making it a sophisticated CUV for the active lifestyle, with a compact size ideal for singles and couples alike.

The long wheelbase and generous width of Tucson, combined with Hyundai’s expertise in interior packaging, have produced an interior that delivers class-leading rear legroom.  The Tucson has more passenger volume than Rogue and Escape.  The spacious cabin on Tucson Limited is further enhanced for all passengers by the available panoramic sunroof.

The high-tech cockpit comes standard with Hyundai’s signature blue lighting, proximity key with push button start, power windows, power door locks, fold-away mirrors and remote keyless entry with alarm and panic button.  A Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition and steering wheel audio and cruise controls are also available.  Another premium feature in the Tucson Limited is a CleanAir Ionizer that automatically kills germs within the system when the heater or air conditioner is running.  Other available features include leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, power driver seat with lumbar support, automatic headlights, front wiper de-icer and dual front automatic temperature control.

     Audiophiles will love Tucson’s 160-watt audio system with six speakers.  This system includes XM Satellite Radio and iPod/USB auxiliary inputs and an iPod cable as standard equipment.

The 2013 Tucson optional upgrades include a navigation system with rearview camera and XM NavTraffic. This navigation system also provides Bluetooth streaming audio capability.  This easy-to-use unit can be controlled via a 6.5-inch LCD touch-screen or voice-activation by headliner-mounted microphone.  The system comes matched with the 360-watt premium audio system that includes an external amplifier and subwoofer.  It plays compact discs, accesses digital music files employing Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs.  Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from a phone to the audio system.

Hyundai’s commitment to making Tucson fuel efficient continues through the availability of two transmissions: a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control and a five-speed manual transmission.

Hyundai’s six-speed automatic transaxle helps improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.  Shifts are silky-smooth with an option of manual control through the SHIFTRONIC feature.  For the driver, the six-speed delivers a performance edge while helping improve highway fuel economy.  There is no dipstick in the transmission gearbox. Instead it is filled with automatic transmission fluid that is good for the life of the vehicle under normal usage conditions, thereby reducing maintenance costs.

Tucson is loaded with life-saving standard safety features including ESC with traction control, six airbags and active front head restraints. Its braking system features four-wheel disc brakes controlled by an advanced four-channel ABS with Brake Assist, providing maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to optimize brake performance with uneven weight distribution.

The 2013 Tucson is engineered to provide its passengers with multiple defensive safety layers. The steel unibody has integrated crumple zones and a high-tensile front sub-frame designed to work together to reduce the forces that typically reach the passenger compartment.  Particular attention has been paid to increasing the stiffness of the front side members, which have been enlarged and straightened.  All four doors also have internal guard beams to protect passengers in a side-impact collision.

Safety, reliability, and style all define the 2013 Tucson, as well as those who choose to drive it.

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Hyundai Equus Redesigned For 2014

Hyundai Equus

2014 Hyundai Equus Carlsbad

Hyundai Equus

Luxury is at a premium with the 2014 Hyundai Equus.  From a redesigned exterior, to an interior made to perfectly compliment each other, the Equus is set to raise the bar for Luxury cars.

The 2014 Equus exterior enhancements convey a premium-sport design message, starting with a new 19-inch turbine-blade alloy wheel design in a polished silver finish that relays motion whether parked or on the open highway.  The front grille chrome bars are thinner, with sharper contrast to the blacked-out portions of the grille for a sportier look.  The front fascia also has been redesigned, with the former chrome accents removed in favor of a modern premium appearance that includes lower fascia opening strakes. The headlamps offer jeweled design elements and include chrome contrasted with blackout finishes for a distinctive appearance.  New LED fog lamps are now standard.  Side mirrors have been redesigned for enhanced aerodynamics and tail lamp graphics move to a more horizontal theme.

Hyundai engineers wanted the 2014 Equus interior to perfectly complement the enhancements to its exterior.  Thus, the themes of premium and performance again greet the driver behind the wheel.  The entire instrument panel and center stack have been redesigned with more premium materials and an ergonomically correct layout, with new button iconography for quicker and easier feature recognition. The center console and shift lever reveal more premium material selection and contemporary premium-luxury design cues.  Steering wheel control layout has been improved, with new low-sheen button designs and icons. Similarly, rear passengers will enjoy a new rear console and button layout, with available dual 9.2-inch, high-resolution, adjustable seatback video screens to enjoy movies, audio media, HVAC or seating functions. Rear passengers can even search restaurant locations and provide navigation system directions directly to the driver’s navigation screen.

The busy executive as well as the couple heading out on the town will feel right at home in the 2014 Equus due to abundant luxury touches and passenger comfort features.  This ambience begins with superior quality materials and design layout.  The leather upholstery, Microfiber suede headliner, genuine wood trim and leather-wrapped French-stitched instrument panel showcase the richness of the Equus interior.

The seats are fully adjustable with plenty of width and support. Thermoelectric devices located in the seat backs and bottom cushions provide control for heating, cooling and humidity. There is ample leg and headroom for drivers over six-feet tall. In fact, Equus has more leg, head and shoulder room in the front and rear seats than the Lexus LS460.

The driver’s cockpit boasts an abundance of features and premium services. The Driver Information System (DIS) provides navigation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, HD Radio technology, hands-free Bluetooth phone system, Blue Link telematics, and much more.

2014 Equus driving dynamics also have been revised to minimize traditional ride and handling compromises, with Normal and Sport modes each taking on a more differentiated ride and handling character. The air suspension was recalibrated; Sport mode receives more controlled damping, while Normal mode receives slightly enhanced ride comfort while retaining a well-controlled handling demeanor. The front suspension bushings were also revised to enhance suspension function. For those customers that experience adverse weather conditions such as ice and snow, a new Snow mode function was added to the drive mode system, for both safety and ease of control in challenging road conditions.

In urban areas, the Equus is easy to maneuver and park, thanks to electro-hydraulic steering and its electronic parking guide assist.  On winding roads, the Equus benefits from the precise wheel articulation delivered by its five-link front and rear suspension geometry.

The 2014 Hyundai Equus is powered by Hyundai’s 5.0-liter Tau DOHC V8 engine, producing 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm, with a higher specific output than its normally aspirated premium luxury competitors.

The 5.0-liter Tau also features direct injection technology. This high-pressure direct injection system dramatically increases power and torque, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

The luxury and power of the 2014 Hyundai Equus is the perfect match for the executive, or anyone who appreciates luxury and refinement in their automobile.

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2013 Hyundai Azera Review Carlsbad California

2013 Hyundai Azera

2013 Hyundai Azera Carlsbad

2013 Hyundai Azera

If terms like Sophistication and Modern Design can be used to describe the important aspects of your professional life, you may be inclined to know they also can be used to describe the 2013 Hyundai Azera.  Interpreting Hyundai’s signature Fluidic Sculpture language, this flagship sedan draws attention to its power and refinement, while still maintaining the uniqueness required by those seeking to pull ahead of the pack.

The 2013 Hyundai Azera’s design takes inspiration from the mechanics of flight. The exterior of the Azera is long, light and low, allowing it to slice through wind resistance like a jet.  The unique beltline allows for a long, sleek roofline accented by the third window and wraparound LED taillights. A mono-form side profile includes flowing lines in the rear quarter panel. The face is powerful with a winged chrome grille and HID headlamps that integrate precise details.  Available 19-inch multi-spoke wheels complete the stance of the Azera.

Elegance continues inside with an upscale ambiance and a flow-through center fascia and instrument panel, creating a dual-cockpit front passenger space.  Focusing heavily on interior details, such as an optional panoramic sunroof that allows more natural light into the cabin and 3D Carbon interior accents, compliment the Azera’s modern outward appearance.  Ambient lighting and other standard luxuries include power front seats, power rear sunshade and manual rear side window shades.

The functionality and design of the Azera gives seat quality and comfort great importance to the feel of the sedan. The 2013 Azera offers first-class seating for all passengers, with leather seating as standard equipment.  A ten-way power driver and eight-way front passenger seat are also included, and the driver’s seat has an optional cushion extension and memory system for the seat, steering wheel and side mirrors, allowing each driver to customize their perfect driving experience.  The Azera’s climate and seat temperature controls keep occupants in optimal comfort.

In addition to the amazing comfort of the interior, the advanced connectivity and standard navigation system include a seven-inch WVGA screen, three months of XM Satellite Radio, Real-time XM NavTraffic, XM NAV Weather, XM Sports Ticker and XM Stock Ticker.  Azera also offers the clarity of digital HD Radio Technology Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System as standard.

Touch-screen navigation with backup camera is also standard on all Azeras. This easy-to-use unit can be controlled via the seven-inch WVGA touch-screen or voice-activation by a headliner-mounted microphone. The system features 8GB of flash memory and comes matched with a sound system that plays CDs, accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passengers to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from select mobile phones to the head unit. In addition, Bluetooth-enabled phones allow drivers to look up a local restaurant and call for reservations before plotting the route.

The Azera is further brought to life through bold colors including Black Onyx Pearl, Porcelain White Pearl, Silver Frost Metallic, Smoke Gray Metallic, Hyper Silver Metallic, Venetian Red Pearl, Bronze Mist Metallic and Midnight Blue Pearl. Interior color choices are Camel, Graphite Black and Chestnut Brown.

The 2013 Hyundai Azera is powered by a 3.3-liter Gasoline Direct injection V6 engine and in-house six-speed automatic transmission.  With 293 horsepower at 6400 RPM, the 2013 Azera improves Combined Fuel Economy to 24 MPG, and Highway Fuel Economy to 30 MPG.  This makes the Azera the first V6 powered Hyundai to achieve 30 MPG Highway.

The 2013 Azera is an advanced approach to the traditional large sedan, delivering power, efficiency, a bold design and luxury features setting it apart from others in its class.  With the new Azera, Hyundai continues to offer the highest levels of luxury, performance, and efficiency, all brought together in praised design.  The 2013 Hyundai Azera is the ideal sedan for the professional who wants their own style and class reflected in the best possible light.

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Hyundai Genesis and Veloster Rank High in Owner Satisfaction

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Hyundai Genesis and Veloster Top AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The results for the 2013 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are in and the 2013 Hyundai Genesis and Veloster topped their respective categories, the Aspirational Luxury Car and Sporty Car categories, based on AutoPacific vehicle satisfaction surveys that measures the satisfaction level of owners on their new vehicles. The AutoPacifc vehicle satisfaction surveys or VSAs utilize 51 different vehicle attributes to measure owner satisfaction across a range of vehicle components and features such as interior comfort, convenience, performance, and fuel economy. Data from the surveys is compiled by the SOCAL automotive research company from over 52,000 new vehicle owners.

The president of AutoPacific, George Peterson, stated “Winning AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Award confirms that the Hyundai Genesis has joined the big leagues, out-pointing all other Aspirational Luxury Cars, Genesis has won this award four out of the last five years. This proves that Genesis is a smart buy for drivers wanting an excellent car at an excellent value.” Peterson went on to say, “The Hyundai Veloster is a sporty car with extremely aggressive styling that resonates with its buyers, and with an attractive price point and head-turning styling, Veloster tops the AutoPacific satisfaction ratings with its owners giving very positive reviews.”

Powering the 2013 Hyundai Genesis is the Hyundai 2.0 liter engine with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CWT). The sleek sporty look of the Veloster is accentuated with dual asymmetrical chrome exhaust tips, LED tail lights on the outside with leather-wrapped steering wheel plus integrated audio controls. The three-door designed 2013 Veloster also features an aggressive new turbo model that is powered by a 1.6 liter direct-injected twin scroll turbocharged engine delivering 201 horsepower and also includes a bold body kit and distinctive 18 inch alloy wheels to bring it all together.

Director of Product Planning for Hyundai USA, Scott Margason, said “The AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are an important indicator that Hyundai is continuing to hit the mark when it comes to pleasing consumers, we are pleased that both Genesis and Veloster owners rank their purchase decisions so highly – an excellent reflection on both of these class-leading vehicles.”

In keeping with the high safety standards of Hyundai, both models, the 2013 Genesis and the 2013 Veloster are equipped with safety features far above those required by government agencies as well as Hyundai’s Assurance Connected Care that runs on the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. Some of the free proactive services included in the Assurance Connected Care program are:

  • Automatic collision notification
  • SOS emergency assistance
  • Enhanced roadside assistance
  • Monthly vehicle diagnostics reports and maintenance alerts.

Entire results from the 2013 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

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2013 Hyundai Equus Brings Award Winning Intelligence To Luxury Market

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2013 Hyundai Equus Carlsbad

Hyundai Equus

The 2013 Hyundai Equus not only competes with the top luxury class sedans in the world, but in many areas also dominates, all while adding a new level of customer experience to luxury car ownership.  The 2013 Equus features the most powerful Hyundai engine ever, the direct-injected 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine. This award-winning engine produces 429 horsepower and comes with an amazingly advanced eight-speed transmission, providing Equus drivers in the Carlsbad area even more power and refinement. The Tau V8 engine family was named to the prestigious Ward’s Ten Best Engines list in 2011.

The Tau engine features advanced engine technology such as tuned variable induction, Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing or D-CVVT, low friction diamond-like coating on piston skirts, rings, and tappets. The addition of a sophisticated octane sensors system allows the high performance engine to operate well on regular or premium fuel.

The Tau 5.0-liter V8 engine is matched up with a Hyundai-developed eight-speed transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual shift capability. The advanced transmission adds two additional ratios to enhance acceleration, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency by more than six percent compared to the previous six-speed version.

The beautiful design of the 2013 Equus was accomplished by employing a progressive rear-end treatment with bold taillights, bold and wide shoulders and an overall look of precision, fully-integrated asymmetrical exhaust tips and rear LED turn signal indicators also help to accomplish this look.  The Equus side silhouette is refined, with character lines that accent the rear fenders and a satin chrome side window daylight opening finish. LED turn signals complement the HID headlamps along with an adaptive front lighting system. The lower air intakes are bold and add to the positive reaction of the overall design. To assist in parking and navigating blind corners and alleys in urban driving, there is an optional forward-view cornering camera integrated into the grille.


The 2013 Equus maintains Hyundai’s emphasis on delivering leading safety technology, boasting world-class active and passive safety features to help prevent accidents, and maximize the well-being of its occupants in the event of a collision. Named a 2012 “TOP SAFETY PICK” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Equus continues the Hyundai tradition of offering features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), nine airbags, electronic active front head restraints, lane departure warning system and smart cruise control. Equus even has a Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system that optimally manages ESC, the electronic parking brake, smart cruise control and the seatbelt tensioning system for optimal safety.

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Features Major Design Changes

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Carlsbad

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The 2013 Genesis Coupe reveals more dynamic design with serious performance credentials and impressive upgrades, Genesis Coupe now sports more aggressive coupe styling, made even more apparent through the upgraded and improved interior materials and design. Both 4-cylinder and V6 engine options feature major technology enhancements, with the 3.8-liter V6 engine being upgraded with sophisticated direct-injection technology and the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine advancing to a more precise twin-scroll turbocharger and larger intercooler for greater efficiency .

Six-speed manual transmissions are standard for both engine options which have been extensively upgraded and  refined to provide more driver-friendly shift gating and balanced weighting precision. Eight-Speed automatic transmissions with paddle-shift SHIFTRONIC manual-shifting capability are available on both options, with each transmission specifically tuned to match its engine’s unique power and torque curve characteristics. In addition to the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, each automatic offers shift capability via the shift lever according to individual driver preference. A clear LCD readout on the instrument panel shows the selected gear at all times.

The newly redesigned 2013 Genesis Coupe seems more powerful and aggressive just sitting still, with a smartly redesigned front fascia, grille, headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights and hood with heat extractor cues. The side view reveals bold 18- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs with deeper and more contrasting sculpting and the rear taillights provide a visual spark via premium LED illumination and new contours. Don’t worry, Hyundai has retained the coupe’s traditional rear-drive proportions and wedge shaped profile!

The beautifully arched roof-line and tapering back cabin highlight the exterior profile and really make the car’s broad shoulders and wide stance stand out even more. Enlarged openings in the front fascia allow for better engine breathing along with a more aggressive look, while unique asymmetrical exhaust tips integrated with the blackout rear diffuser treatment finish the statement from the rear.

Even though all Hyundai Genesis Coupe models are known for their true rear-wheel-drive sports car experience, the ultra high performance R-Spec and Track models take it to another level with specific track tuned suspension calibrations. In particular, the R-Spec/Track equipped Coupe has a uniquely designed suspension featuring firmer front and rear springs as well as the improved low velocity control dampers to improve control and ride comfort.

The 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe has been aggressively redesigned and upgraded with unique styling and design features inside and out. The instrument panel has a much more sophisticated look and feel and the cluster panel now has an electroluminescent gauge display for optimum readability.  A new driver-side rear seat walk-in assist function has also been added for more convenient rear seat access from the driver’s side.

Any true sports car enthusiast needs to take a serious look at the all new Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and then take it for a ride!

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Features Advanced Hybrid Blue Drive Architecture

2013 Sonata Hybrid Carlsbad

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Carlsbad

2013 Sonata Hybrid Carlsbad

With gasoline prices continually on the rise, especially in Southern California, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid increases fuel economy and stays engaged in an all-electric mode more often and for longer periods of time, with a much more advanced version of Hyundai’s Hybrid Blue Drive architecture. The improved Blue Drive system optimizes electric-only driving with a higher output 35 kW electric motor, a more powerful 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery pack as well as an optimized hybrid operating strategy.

As in previous Sonata Hybrid models, the 2013 Sonata Hybrid also features a clutch to decouple the gasoline engine from the drivetrain; when in pure electric drive, the Sonata Hybrid can drive electrically up to 75 miles per hour.

With the upgraded battery storing more energy, Hyundai engineers also increased the output on the electric traction motor from 30 kW to 35 kW which results in increased energy pulled into the system, used for higher torque output in electric drive mode before the system has to start the internal combustion engine.  These enhanced changes deliver both improved fuel economy and drivability and the higher output electric motor is also essential to improving energy capture during regenerative braking.

The body contour and design of the 2013 Sonata Hybrid features the unique exterior that sets it apart from other Sonatas via the combination of a re-shaped front and rear fascias with a deeper air dam, extended rocker panels and lower drag wheels allow air to flow around the body with less resistance.

The sleeker lines and lower drag coefficient allow the Sonata Hybrid to easily slice through the air, combined with low rolling resistance tires and the reduced friction in the newly optimized Hybrid Blue Drive powertrain significantly reduces the amount of energy required to maintain highway speeds. The result is the remarkable highway fuel efficiency of the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid at 40 mpg or better.

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, with Hyundai’s improved Hybrid Blue Drive technology, has included a lithium-polymer battery pack from the very first model, making Hyundai one of the first automakers to regularly incorporate this remarkably efficient battery technology into production vehicles. Lithium-polymer is the next generation of lithium-ion battery technology and is perfect for automotive applications thanks to a particularly robust and reliable chemistry.

The lithium-polymer cells, developed with Hyundai’s partner LG Chem, use a manganese-spinel chemistry that join together to form a perfect combination of power delivery, energy density and thermal stability.  Thermal stability is crucial to ensuring the durability of batteries, effectively eliminating the need to replace the battery pack during the normal lifespan of the vehicle. The electrodes in older lithium-ion batteries expand and contract significantly with the heating and cooling that naturally occurs during charging and discharging. This thermal expansion causes cracks in the electrodes which ultimately reduces the cell’s ability to hold a charge. Manganese-spinel lithium-polymer cells have much lower expansion rates and are thus able to go through tens-of-thousands of charge cycles even without having to use a heavier, liquid-cooling system. The advances in battery technology are lowering cost, increasing performance, and providing longer life which are all contributing to making Hybrid vehicles affordable,

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