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Here’s the reality when it comes to the vehicles our teenagers drive. Too often, budget takes precedence over safety.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting parents don’t care about their children’s safety. Of course they do. Probably more so than their own.

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That being said, a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that more than half of all used cars purchased for teenage drivers were 2006 or earlier model year vehicles.

Also, the study found that two-thirds of teenagers who drove a vehicle already in the household were driving models from 2006 or earlier.

What Changed After 2006?

I know what you’re thinking. “What is it about cars from 2006 and earlier that make them less safe?”

The fact is that vehicles from 2006 and earlier aren’t likely to have safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Side Airbags - both proven in their ability to help keep drivers and passengers of all ages safe and sound.

Electronic Stability Control (sometimes referred to electronic stability program, stabilitrak or vehicle stability program) is a technology that improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction.

When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help “steer” the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually, such as the outer front wheel to counter oversteer or the inner rear wheel to counter understeer.

A pretty impressive technology and I’m sure if you had the choice, you’d prefer your children were driving a vehicle that came with some form of ESC, right?

Once a feature that was mostly found on European Luxury cars, the technology quickly trickled down to all automakers by the mid-2000′s.

It became such an effective technology in preventing accidents, that in 2008 some form of Electronic Stability Control was mandated to be a standard feature on all vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds.

Budget AND Safety

As a parent, we should never have to choose between budget and safety. Continue Reading…

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is about to arrive, and there’s a lot to like about the updated luxury sedan from Hyundai.

You’re probably here because you want to know how the 2015 Genesis comes equipped and how much it is going to cost – so let’s get right down to it…

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2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L

Genesis 3.8L RWD (Model Code: B1402R65) has a MSRP of $38,000, excluding $950 freight, and includes the following standard features:

  • 18-inch Alloy wheels with P245/45R18 All-Season tires
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • 9 airbags
  • Front and rear outboard seat belt pretensioners
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Automatic headlights w/ LED headlight accents
  • Daytime running lights
  • 4.3-inch TFT LCD cluster display
  • Electroluminescent gauge cluster
  • Power folding outside mirrors with puddle lamp with Genesis logo
  • Hands-free Smart Trunk trunk opener
  • Heated dual power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators
  • 12-way power heated leather front seats (with power lumbar)
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Power windows with front & rear auto-down/up with pinch protection
  • Proximity key with push-button start
  • Intelligent drive mode select
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment
  • Steering-wheel-mounted cruise control and audio controls
  • Dual automatic temperature control
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass & HomeLink
  • AVN 4.0 Navigation System w/8-inch Display
  • Rearview camera
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3/HD Radio audio system with 7 speakers
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system and audio streaming
  • Rain-sensing wipers w/ auto defogger windshield
  • TPMS with individual tire pressure indicator
  • Hyundai Blue Link Infotainment System with Google (90-day trial)
  • SiriusXM Travel Link (3-year complimentary subscription)

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“He’s better than he was before. Better…stronger…faster.” -The Six Million Dollar Man

TV character Steve Austin and the 2015 Hyundai Genesis have something in common: both were remade for power and functionality.

The Six Million Dollar Man wowed TV audiences in the 1970s, while the all-new Genesis stunned onlookers at the North American International Auto Show this past February.

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The 2015 Genesis is Hyundai’s second-generation premium sedan. I should tell you here that the first-generation Genesis set a pretty high standard — it won the North American Car of the Year award in 2009, a first for Hyundai.

But in the car world, awards don’t have staying power. Auto makers like Hyundai have to raise the bar over and over again, to deliver features that drivers like you and I want.

So the question is, has Hyundai done that with the new Genesis? I say yes! And here’s why:

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What do Bob Dylan, The Muppets, Morepheus and Leonard Hofstadter all have in common?

Each starred in a car related Super Bowl XLVIII commercial that helped keep us entertained during a less-than memorable Big Game (unless you’re a Seattle Seahawks fan that is).

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The automakers pulled out all the stops with their commercials this year to keep us amused when the game itself couldn’t – and I took the initiative to compile all the car related commercials from Super Bowl XLVIII right here for your viewing enjoyment.

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Having a recent slate of successful Super Bowl commercials under their belt featuring Eminem and Clint Eastwood, Chrysler turned to the legendary Bob Dylan to talk about American Pride and the 2015 Chrysler 200 – America’s Import.

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Hyundai, known for always keeping their customers best interests in mind, just announced two new programs to assist furloughed federal employees.

Hyundai has modified it’s Assurance Program so that furloughed federal workers who are current Hyundai owners will be provided relief from their lease or purchase payments for as long as they are out of work.

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Hyundai has the back of furloughed federal employees

“We recognize the impact on family budgets that the furlough will drive,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “Like we did almost four years ago when we launched Hyundai Assurance, this is our way of saying ‘We’ve got your back’ during this uncertain time.”

The second program Hyundai introduced is a plan which allows furloughed federal employees who wish to buy a car in October the option to defer their payments for 90 days.

There are thousands of federal workers here in Michigan who will not get paid during the government shutdown. The team at LaFontaine Hyundai in Dearborn is committed to helping any furloughed federal employee who needs assistance with these new programs.