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2015 Hyundai Sonata is the First Car to Have Android Auto



Android Auto in 2015 Hyundai Sonata

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the first production car to have Android Auto, making Hyundai the first automaker to offer Google’s infotainment system to car buyers.

Developed to compete against Apple CarPlay, Android Auto integrates your Android smartphone with your car’s screen and controls. For it to work, you will need the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” operating system or higher, as well as the Android Auto companion app. A micro USB cable is also required to connect the phone to the car’s USB port.

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You will instantly recognize familiar Android phone applications once everything is properly setup, such as Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, phone calling and Google Play Music. All applications can be controlled via voice, steering wheel and touchscreen commands.

In addition to Google apps, Android Auto is compatible with many popular third-party audio apps that you might have on your phone, including Spotify, Skype, iHeartRadio, , TuneIn, NPR, Stitcher, and TextMe.

Android Auto was designed with safety in mind, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times while chatting away. It locks your smartphone’s screen when both are connected so that you don’t fiddle with it.

Soon every automaker will offer Android Auto….

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New, 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Charges Into Action With 292-Mile Range



New Hyundai Kona Electric SUV

Hyundai has taken its promising new Kona subcompact crossover, removed its internal combustion engine and jammed a full-electric drivetrain into it — meet the new Hyundai Kona Electric!

Looking more high-tech and futuristic than the gasoline-powered Kona, the subcompact EV is distinguished by a revised front end with a closed grille, new 17-inch wheels, and a cleaner-looking interior with paddles behind the steering wheel for adjusting the regenerative braking settings.

Two different powertrain options are available. Models with the base 39.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack produce 132 horsepower and deliver 186 miles (300 km) of electric range on the WLTP cycle, while those with the longer range 64-kWh battery boast 292 miles (470 km) on a single charge and can accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a respectable 7.6 seconds.

The Hyundai Kona Electric isn’t exactly a Tesla Model X or Jaguar I-Pace rival, but that just means it will cost half as much. Plus, unlike Tesla, there is no reason to believe that Hyundai can’t build them according to plan.

Do you like what you see? Would you consider buying one?

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All-New, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Matures, Gets Diesel Engine



New, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe XL pose

There is an all-new Hyundai Santa Fe, and it has grown up in so many ways, including offering a diesel engine for the first time in North America.

Like its predecessor, the new, 2019 Santa Fe comes in five passenger and seven passenger versions, both completely revamped inside and out with bolder styling, more tech and new engines. However, the five-passenger Santa Fe Sport is now simply called the Santa Fe, while the seven-passenger model called Santa Fe has been renamed the Santa Fe XL.

The exterior has an upscale-looking front end that borrows some styling cues from the smaller Kona, notably the slim daytime running lights that flank Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille.

The upscale exterior is complimented by a more premium and stylish interior with more room than the previous model, featuring a digital instrument cluster and a more upright center console with a bigger, a 7- or 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, and a built-in Qi wireless smartphone charging pad is optional.

Smaller pillars all around help deliver greater visibility at the front, rear, and sides — an issue with the previous car — while a new feature called Safe Exit Assist temporarily keeps doors (unlocked or otherwise) from being opened when a motorcycle, bicycle, or vehicle approaches from behind. There is also a new Rear Seat Occupant Alert system that uses an ultrasonic sensor to keep an eye out for kids and pets.

For power, buyers will have a choice of a 185-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 232-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels or, optionally, all four wheels via the Korean automaker’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system.

There is also a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 200 horsepower. Santa Fe models equipped with it feature what Hyundai calls an “occasional-use third-row seat” that shouldn’t be confused with the roomier third-row that the Santa Fe XL offers.

The all-new, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe XL make their North American debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

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Hyundai Nexo Has Best Range Of Any Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle



Hyundai Nexo Hydrogen SUV driving

Hyundai used the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as a stage to announce that its new Nexo fuel cell vehicle now offers the longest driving range of any fuel cell vehicle available.

With a driving range up to 378 miles (609 kilometers), the hydrogen-powered SUV can travel further than any of its direct competitors, handily beating the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity‘s range of 300 miles (483 km) and 80 miles (129 Km), respectively. In fact, Hyundai says it delivers the same range as a regular, gasoline-powered car.

Filling the Nexo’s tank takes only five minutes. By comparison, a regular EV would get about 81 miles (50 km) worth of charge in the same time on even the best and fastest chargers.

Considering the sparsity of hydrogen stations anywhere in the world, the long driving range and fast refueling help make the Nexo a more compelling vehicle for those early adopters capable of affording one.

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