Fall signals the change of leaves, cooler temperatures, and earlier nights. It’s also the perfect time to do some regular car service. Maintaining your vehicle is easy if you keep up on service every few months, something that can drastically extend the life of your vehicle. Simply put some time in now and you won’t have to get a new car every few years.
According to Bankrate, you should make a note to yourself to get new wipers. Usually, drivers forget to get windshield wipers before it’s too late. In the snow and ice of late fall and early winter, having bad wipers can be seriously dangerous. Be sure to top off wiper fluid as well.
Check your tires. Tire pressure fluctuates depending on the temperature. In colder weather, your tires will tend to be underinflated. This can cause rubbing and wear, which can lead to blowouts and bad fuel economy. If you don’t have an air compressor, stop by your local gas station.
You should also change your oil. Most drivers average around 12,000 miles per year, which means the change of seasons is the approximate time to change oil. That’s because you need oil every 3,000 miles or so. Dirty oil can lead to poor performance, and it can also cause engine breakdowns in the future if not addressed right away.
Spray out the air filter with compressed air. Your air filter is often neglected, so be sure to see if you need a new one. They can last up to five years in general, but they can also get clogged up and affect fuel economy. Fall air tends to be lower quality, so be sure to check the filter around this time.
These are just some of the fall maintenance tips to keep in mind. Don’t know how to do these things? Stop by Mitchell Hyundai and let the professionals take care of it.
Working with Amazon.com, Hyundai recently developed a first-to-market program that allows customers to request a test drive of a Hyundai vehicle through Amazon Prime. Titled the “ Prime Now. Drive Now. ” program, this Hyundai project is being tested to see how much customers would like to have vehicles delivered right to their home to test drive.
How does it work? Hyundai says that you may select 45- or 60-minute test drives with an expert through Amazon Prime. They will drive right to your location—your home, office, local coffee shop, etc.—and let you test drive the vehicle of your choice. After it’s over, they can even drive you to the nearby Hyundai dealership to purchase the car. If not, they’ll take you right back to where they picked you up.
“With our all-new Elantra and Elantra Eco in dealerships now, we are excited to be the first to team up with Amazon to give customers a tailored test-drive experience,” said Dean Evans, CMO for Hyundai. “We know people are looking for a new way to experience our vehicles, and with the convenience of Amazon’s Prime Now service, ‘Prime Now. Drive Now.’ is an innovative solution we are testing to modernize today’s automotive shopping experience.”
This program is supported through a digital campaign, so you may see ads for it on Amazon or various social media sites. Participants will be able to schedule drives between 9:00am and 7:00pm, though hours may vary in the future. As of now, this is only offered in 25 metropolitan areas in the US, but it may expand across the country if it is successful.
The Hyundai Ioniq is bound for United States shores later this year but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The South Korean automaker is predicting that a 250-mile Hyundai electric vehicle will arrive by 2020. That seems like a pretty farfetched prediction but, as it turns out, it’s entirely plausible.
The Hyundai Ioniq already offers a single-charge range of 110 miles, but the automaker expects things to advance rather quickly. That’s led to some pretty hefty predictions.
While electric-vehicle technology has come along at a steady pace over the past six years, Hyundai expects a dramatic acceleration in development over the next two years. Combined with sister companies Kia and Genesis, the South Korean conglomerate could become a major player in the alternative-energy segment.
The three automakers will developed an electric vehicle with a 200-mile range by 2018 and a 250-mile range will debut in 2020. As one would expect, the longer the range, the higher the price which means the Ioniq will still have a place in the market rather than become an outdated electric vehicle.
In all, Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis plan to put out 10 hybrid, eight electric, eight plug-in hybrid, and two hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles by 2020. That’s a huge lineup and only time will tell how it will play out.
We here at Mitchell Hyundai can’t wait to see the outcome of Hyundai’s electrifying goals!
Toyota is offering Uber drivers a good amount of incentives to drive the ever efficient Prius, but Hyundai isn’t about to let them reign supreme. The Korean automaker is researching ways to get in on the ridesharing action by offering a competing program with the Hyundai Ioniq electric vehicle. Currently only available in Europe, the sedan is offered in three efficient trims and makes an excellent city taxi.
In total, the Hyundai Ioniq is available as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric-battery models. By offering three distinctly efficient models, the Ioniq has a significant advantage over the Prius, especially in the city.
The new program has yet to become reality thanks to Europe’s incredibly complex legal system. Once the plan is developed and put into effect, the Ioniq is sure to give the Prius a run for the roads. Hyundai is also hoping that European governments will chip in when it comes to EV charging infrastructure.
“We’d like to say we could provide all the finance ourselves, but it is of course too expensive. However, if cities were to, say, go in 50/50 with us to provide better fast charging, then it could work,” said Ki Sang Lee, Hyundai’s head of eco-friendly vehicles.
Here at Mitchell Hyundai, we can’t wait for the arrival of the Ioniq electric vehicle!
Recently, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) tested seven entries in one of the market’s most popular segments — the small SUV. Out of all seven compact SUVs tested, only one vehicle rose above the rest to achieve a “Good” rating in the recent tests for front passenger safety. The Hyundai Tucson is now regarded as one of the safest vehicles in its segment.
The 2016 Hyundai Tucson was one of several small SUVs that were put through intense crash tests to measure how well it protected its occupants in the event of an accident. The small overlap front crash test replicates what would happen if the front corner of the vehicle in question collided with an object or another vehicle at speeds of 40 mph. The Tucson earned a “Good” rating on this test, while some competitors did not quite pass. Other vehicles tested included the Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Buick Encore, among others.
The IIHS also does not issue ratings for a small overlap front test on the passenger side. However, representatives of the IIHS said that the Hyundai Tucson easily would pass that test as well, and it’s possible they could require the passenger side to be tested equally as early as 2018. Either way, the 2016 Tucson rises above the competition in terms of safety.
Stop by Mitchell Hyundai in Enterprise, AL to test drive the Tucson and find even more about its top-of-the-line features!
On the southeastern outskirts of Dothan, Alabama’s Wiregrass Region, lies a scenic 135-acre park known as Dothan’s Landmark Park. If you’re looking for something fun to do, would like a glimpse into the cultural heritage of the region, or simply want to spend a mild summer day outdoors, then Landmark Park has something for you. From a historic church to an old farm to wildlife exhibits, and any number of local events, Dothan’s Landmark Park is the place to be.
From Monday through Saturday, the park is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, while Sunday hours run from noon to 6:00pm. Admission is free for park members, as well as for children ages two and under, while children from ages three to 12 cost $3 per person and adults cost $4. Prices and hours may vary for special events, so make sure to check the calendar ahead of time.
Dothan’s Landmark Park offers a number of cultural attractions such as the old-fashioned Martin Drugstore, Shelley General Store, and the State Agricultural Museum, as well as newer attractions and activities like the Digitarium Planetarium. Experience everything the Landmark Park has to offer. This park has fun activities for the entire family. Plus, make sure to read up on any special events to see if anything catches your eye.
Do you have a favorite attraction at Landmark Park? Let us know in the comments or by stopping by Mitchell Hyundai in Enterprise, AL!
Hyundai has announced that the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco would be priced starting at $21,485, including the destination fee, giving customers even more bang for their buck.
The Eco model takes the standard 1.8-liter or optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the Elantra and replaces it with a 1.4-liter turbo, which the EPA has rated at an estimated 32 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined.
It should be noted that for the 2017 model year and on, the EPA has updated its testing methodology to better reflect real-world numbers, leading to reduced fuel economy estimates across the board. In other words, 40 mpg highway on a 2017 model is actually more than 40 mpg highway on a 2016 model.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco isn’t just about efficiency, though; it also comes with numerous standard features, including dual-zone climate control, heated seats, blind-spot warning with cross traffic alert, and keyless entry and ignition. You’ll definitely want to take a look at it and the rest of the Elantra lineup at Mitchell Hyundai!
If you like Bentleys and find yourself increasingly pleased with Hyundai premium car designs, there may be a connection between the two.
After hiring Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke last year, Hyundai has now also brought in Sangyup Lee, Bentley’s exterior designer. Lee will work as vice president in charge of Hyundai and Genesis design and report to Donckerwolke, who is now the global head of Hyundai design and head of its Prestige Design Division.
Together, their primary project will be development of the Genesis, Hyundai’s premium car brand. In recent years, we’ve already seen Hyundai make ground in the luxury market. With the help of these two established talents, it may gain the direction—and style—it needs to become truly competitive. We can’t wait to see what they come up with at Mitchell Hyundai.
“The innovative design and surprising growth of Hyundai Motor has always made me proud as a Korean while I worked overseas. Now, I want to contribute in creating world-leading automobile designs for both Hyundai Motor and the Genesis brand,” said Lee.
If you have any questions about Genesis or the rest of the Hyundai lineup, visit us at Mitchell Hyundai in Enterprise, AL.
One of the most popular teams in the country, the Miami Dolphins are hoping that the sponsorship from Hyundai will help increase their popularity even more.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins will be the fifth football team that Hyundai has sponsored.
“We are excited to partner with Hyundai on this multi-year agreement,” Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer Todd Kline said. “Hyundai is a global brand investing in the growth of Miami and South Florida through the Miami Dolphins business and community initiatives. Once renovations are complete, the Hyundai Club at the north sideline and additional new features within the stadium will continue to make our venue a global iconic destination poised to host Dolphins football, concerts and world class events.”
Football and Hyundai vehicles are two of the best things on the planet, so Hyundai’s sponsorship with the Miami Dolphins is a winning combination!
Let us know what you think about the new sponsorship by commenting below or visit us at our Mitchell Hyundai location in Enterprise, AL.
Summer has finally arrived, and now is the perfect time to explore the beautiful surrounding of Dothan, Alabama! Some of the best places to enjoy the great outdoors in Dothan are the city’s various parks. This summer, be sure to stop by some of these Dothan, Alabama parks to visit!
Westgate Park, one of Dothan’s most beautiful spots, is home to the Westgate Recreation Center, a facility where guests can enjoy a number of different physical activities, including swimming, volleyball, soccer, and gymnastics.
Where there is a Westgate Park, there must also be an Eastgate Park! This beautiful 200-acre area is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors of Dothan while walking, running, or biking.
Perhaps the best place to explore nature in Dothan, Alabama is at Landmark Park. This park is filled with various nature trails. It is also home to the State Agricultural Museum of Alabama, as well as various shops, restaurants, and even a planetarium!
Have another park to add to the list? Let us know in the comments or visit Mitchell Hyundai in Enterprise, AL.