Hyundai Cuts the Automotive Edge with a Zero-Emission Vehicle

Hyundai’s hydrogen powered, zero-emissions vehicle, the Tucson Fuel Cell,  earned a Silver Edison Award in Energy and Sustainability at the Edison Awards Gala in April. This prestigious award named after Thomas Edison – honors excellence in innovation in the development of new products and services.

“For over 15 years Hyundai has worked on the development of fuel cell vehicles, with the goal of being a zero-emissions vehicle with no compromise”, said Mike O’Brien, Vice 2015-hyundai-tucson-fuel-cell-inline1-photo-638029-s-originalPresident Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Receiving this honor from a prestigious program like the Edison Awards is a reflection of the visionary leadership and hard work from some of the best engineers and designers in the industry.”

According to the Edison Awards, the recognition has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. “Our judges recognized our winners as true innovators,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards.

So who judges these Edison awards? Who decides which vehicles make the cut? The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards are judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical. And YES — the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell won a silver, from these prestigious judges making the importance of this award even greater!

The Silver Edison Award is another feather in the cap of awards the Tucson Fuel Cell has earned since the zero-emission vehicle entered the U.S. market last summer.

To read more about the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell click HERE.

Hyundai Sonata is KBB’s Best Family Car of 2015

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata just took home one of those most prestigious awards in the auto industry. The stylish 2015 Hyundai 2015-hyundai-sonata_100464064_lSonata was named a Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Car of 2015. “Best Family Cars” award winners need to provide families with safety, comfort, compatibility with car seats, cargo space, rear-seat entertainment and extra features.  The 2015 Sonata has all of these features.

“The redesigned Sonata continues to deliver on key attributes that are important to today’s families – safety, value, technology, ride and roominess,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Later this year, the affordable Sonata will be equipped with Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto, providing families with the ability to make calls, send messages, use navigation, stream music and more straight from their smartphones. In addition to an added level of convenience, this can improve safety by reducing distraction, owing to the familiar smartphone interface.”

The totally revamped 2015 Sonata features an innovative Fluidic Sculpture 2.0™ design language, stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness and advanced safety and convenience features.

This title continues to highlight Sonata’s appeal to family buyers as it also recently won the, USA TODAY, MotorWeek Midsize Sedan Challenge and was named the Best Midsize Car for the Money by U.S. News & World Report. Hyundai continues to surpass many other manufacturer’s in their quality vehicles and we are Hyundai proud at Butler Hyundai!


Speed and Drift -Chicago Auto Show Unveils 2016 Hyundai Veloster

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster hit the Chicago Auto Show last week sporting some stylish changes to its Velosterfunky, asymmetrical three-door hatchback design.

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster and Veloster Turbo also feature revised styling and a new limited-production Turbo Rally Edition model based on the Turbo R-Spec model.

So what’s different? Here’s a quick list of the fresh, sporty changes:

  • New hood design without the current model’s faux hood vents, and revised front grille with a dark gray front grille surround.
  • Redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels, and the Veloster Turbo gets an exclusive 18-inch wheel with a machined finish and argent spoke bevels. 
  • 10mm-wider tire (now 225/40R18) are fitted to all 18-inch wheels, including the available 18-inch wheel on the base model.
  • Black bolster seats with (yellow inserts and certain exterior colors).
  • Revised infotainment system with a 7.0-inch color touchscreen with navigation, HD Radio, SiriusXM with Travel Link, Apple Siri Eyes Free, and next-generation Blue Link system

For those of you with a need for speed and love of all things “drift” the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Turbo Rally are here for YOU. Check out this illuminating video of the 2016 Veloster Turbo. We expect these thrilling new speed demons on the lot soon! Stay tuned to our blogs and we’ll keep you posted on when these drift-machines arrive!



Hyundai’s New Technology & Concept Vehicles “Wow” the Chicago Auto Show

Hyundai unveiled a variety of inventive technologies during the Chicago Auto Show this week. Their revolutionary Santa detroit2015-hyundaisantacruz-58Cruz Crossover Truck Concept was on site for a second appearance, after the big reveal during the North American
Auto Show in January. Hyundai says this fresh concept appeals to Millennials, whose needs range from expandable utility throughout an active week, from work-life professionalism, to social interests, to a whole variety of outdoor pursuits. This vehicle shatters convention and offers an extension of personality not offered by any other vehicle on the market.

Another new addition to the Hyundai family presented in Chicago was the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell. So, what exactly IS a fuel cell vehicle? Here’s how Hyundai explains it: “Hyundai’s fuel cell technology effectively replaces the battery pack used in an electric vehicle by generating FuelCellelectricity from hydrogen. This is done through an electrochemical process that does not involve hydrogen combustion, with no moving parts within the fuel cell stack. It alleviates the limitations of traditional battery electric vehicles and maintains the day-to-day flexibility of the gasoline-powered Tucson. Drivers are able to immediately enjoy the next generation of electric vehicles without range, recharge-time or utility compromises.” WOW this is exciting!

Currently only available for lease in Southern California, but we are expecting shipments to arrive in soon in Southern Oregon! We’ll keep you posted when these groundbreaking new vehicles hit the showroom floor!