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Connecting to Hyundai Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

By blogsadmin | Posted in Technology on Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 7:09 PM
Hyundai Kona infotainment system close-up

How to connect to a smartphone to a Hyundai

Staying connected while on the roads is important for drivers and passengers. The ability to simply pair your phone with your car’s infotainment system makes accessing apps easier and safer. Hyundai models offer device connectivity via two of the most-popular connectivity systems: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you are interested in learning how to connect a smartphone to a Hyundai, take a look at the videos below for detailed instructions. Read the rest of this entry »

2019 Hyundai Tucson Updates and New Features

By blogsadmin | Posted in Hyundai Tucson on Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 6:50 PM
2019 Hyundai Tucson exterior front white

The latest version of the Hyundai Tucson will offer multiple updates and revisions over previous models. The 2019 Hyundai Tucson updates and new features will make this the most advanced version of the crossover yet. Read the rest of this entry »

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Safety and Driver Assistance Features

By blogsadmin | Posted in Hyundai Santa Fe on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 4:23 PM
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe exterior side

Each year, new vehicles debut with a great deal of fanfare and new changes. The latest version of the Hyundai Santa Fe has just made its debut at the New York International Auto Show. The newest version of the crossover will offer multiple updates. This includes updates to the list of 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe safety and driver assistance features. Read the rest of this entry »

The Hyundai Santa Fe vs. the Honda CR-V – A Faceoff

By Admin | Posted in on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 5:21 PM

For the 2017 pre-season, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe squares off against the 2016 Honda CR-V. These are two of the most recognized competitors in the crossover SUV bracket, and critics are debating which will come out on top.

If you’re thinking about buying a new SUV for your family, then this post is for you. Both the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Honda CR-V have a lot to offer, and we at Kelowna Hyundai would like to help you make an educated decision. Let’s compare the two, shall we?

In Each Corner…

The 2017 Santa Fe has just been totally redesigned. You’ll find generous headroom and legroom, as well as a pleasant ambience thanks to rich cabin materials and intuitive user controls. Its standard V6 engine is powerful, but surprisingly quiet, making it ideal for city life throughout Kelowna and beyond.

The 2016 Honda CR-V has received a new trim level and a few upgrades for the new year. It has superior headroom and legroom in the third row, but less cargo capacity than the Santa Fe. The CR-V has a more modest engine, but that doesn’t make it a slouch. Let’s talk more about the powertrains…

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe


Powering the Honda CR-V is a 2.4-litre four cylinder engine producing 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. This is similar to what you’d find in midsize sedans. All-wheel drive (AWD) is available with the CR-V, which is a great option for owners to like to drive beyond city limits and explore the beautiful British Columbia. You can expect 29 mpg combined fuel economy with front-wheel drive and 27 with all-wheel, which is above average for a crossover SUV, making the CR-V great for city driving.

Powering the Santa Fe is a 3.3-L V6 pushing out 290 hp and 252 lb.-ft. of torque, giving you more power along with the choice of AWD. The Santa Fe tows much more than the CR-V could, and you’ll be towing 5,000 pounds without breaking a sweat. The Santa Fe accelerates much quicker too. You’ll still be getting strong, crossover-class-standard fuel economy at 21 mpg combined with the FWD models and 20 mpg combined with AWD. And it’s an especially quiet ride, despite the big engine!

The factors here depend on what you see yourself doing in your new SUV–driving within the city, or driving in the city and off-road, as well as towing for, say, a road trip.


The 2017 Santa Fe is brand new to the market, so it hasn’t received safety ratings yet from the IIHS, but we expect it to receive top ratings just as the 2016 Honda CR-V has. SUVs are amongst the safest vehicles on the road, so you can expect the highest standards here from both Honda and Hyundai.

You’ll appreciate having the most advanced safety features available, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking assistance, seven standard airbags, a lane-departure warning system, electronic brake-force distribution, hill-start assist, and downhill brake control–all of these are either standard or optional with the Santa Fe, and you can expect comparable features with the CR-V.

The 2016 Honda CR-V

The 2016 Honda CR-V


The CR-V has a very practical cabin, and rear passengers can enjoy an abundance of space along with the option to recline. The materials are sup-par, though–hard plastics surround you from all angles. And the user interface just isn’t that user-friendly compared to other models in the crossover class. You’ll get a lot of cargo space, though, at 37.2 cubic feet and a maximum of 70.9 cubic feet with the rear seating folded down.

The upscale interior of the Santa Fe stands out from other brands in its class. Higher-quality materials adorn the cabin, and the user controls are quite intuitive. You and your family will enjoy the spaciousness in the first two rows, and the third is perfect for the kids. You’ll also enjoy a wide range of recline angles, and your pet will enjoy more space in the cargo area too. You enjoy 41 feet of cargo space, but with the second row seating folded down, that doubles to 80 feet. Check it out for yourself during a test drive–feel free to bring the family and your pet!


So what’s the verdict? That’s up to you to decide. You’ll be getting much more power out of a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, so if you’re thinking about off-road adventures and doing some towing, then it’s the best option for you. The 2016 Honda CR-V struggles in these areas and sometimes even in the city because it sacrifices power for fuel efficiency. It’s a solid option, though, if your priority is fuel economy.

The Santa Fe and CR-V are two of the safest vehicles on the road, and we look forward to the IIHS confirming this officially. As for design, the CR-V has a great look to it, but so does the Santa Fe, and it offers a more upscale interior design and more cargo space.

Regardless of what you’re thinking, we encourage you to come on over to Kelowna Hyundai and take the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe for a test drive!

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April Checklist – National Car Care Month

By Admin | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 at 8:24 PM


Spring in full swing – the sun is out, birds are chirping and your vehicle may be in need of maintenance. April is National Car Care Month, and Kelowna Hyundai would like to remind you to give your car some extra attention.

Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value. These results show that the majority of vehicle owners could save money by being proactive in the maintenance of their second largest investment.

To make sure you keep your vehicle running at peak performance for the summer driving season, make sure to check the following:

Fluids – including engine oil, power steering, brake, transmission, windshield washer solvent, and antifreeze/coolant levels.

Tires – if you haven’t already swapped your winter tires for summer tires, now is the time. In addition confirm your tire pressure and tread are satisfactory. Uneven wear indicates your need a wheel alignment.

Wipers and Lighting – with spring showers it is important to make sure your wiper blades are not worn. In addition your exterior and interior lights are working properly.

Air Conditioning and Ventilating System –with air conditioning season being right around the corner, you want to make sure your heating and cooling performance is checked to guarantee interior comfort.

Tune Up – everyone needs help every now and then, schedule a tune up to help the engine deliver the best fuel economy and overall better performance.

Brakes & Battery – make sure to have your battery and brakes checked during every oil change. Make sure your battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free, and your brake linings, rotors and drums are in top shape.

If you need assistance with this checklist, schedule an appointment today with Kelowna Hyundai’s certified Technicians by emailing service@kelownahyundai.com or calling 250-491-9467.

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Kelowna Hyundai & Buy Direct Truck Centre Donates $20,000 to Okanagan College

By Admin | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 at 10:43 PM

Kelowna Hyundai Owners, John Kot & Guy Lemieux, with Okanagan College's Allison Ramchuk.Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre have together donated $20,000 to the Okanagan College Foundation’s Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign in support of the new Trades Training Complex at the College’s Kelowna campus.

“We believe it is important to give back to our community, and for that reason we are very proud to support Okanagan College in building for the future with its new Trades Training Complex,” said John Kot, owner of Kelowna Hyundai & Buy Direct Truck Centre.

“Skilled technicians play a vital role in our industry, and we are so pleased that this gift will assist the next generation of automotive technicians training at the College.”

The new three-story Trades Training tower along KLO Road will open to students later this spring.

“Whenever a local employer chooses to give back to the College, it sends a message to our students that the valley’s industry believes in the high quality of training being offered here,” says Steve Moores, Okanagan College’s Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship. “The generous help of these two dealerships is greatly appreciated and builds on incredible support from the automotive sector over the past year-and-a-half.”

A completely renovated automotive shop is now in operation, along with brand-new classroom spaces geared up for training the automotive tradespeople of tomorrow. Support from auto dealers has been critical to the renovation of this space,
notes Dennis Gabelhouse, Chair of the Bright Horizons campaign.

“Since our campaign launched in the fall of 2014, support from individuals, families, and businesses in the automotive sector has been remarkable,” says Gabelhouse. “More than $780,000 of our $7-million goal has come from this sector, to date. This donation is yet another example of a local employer looking to help the next wave of students put their education in gear.”

The new facilities at B.C.’s second largest trades training institution are coming on stream at a crucial time for students and employers.

Between now and 2024, it is projected that there will be job openings for more than 10,750 tradespeople in the Okanagan, including more than 1,100 automotive service technicians. In this same time period, openings are expected for more than 160,000 tradespeople province-wide.

When completed, the $33-million, 10,000 sq. metre renovation and expansion project will see decades old shops updated to match the same level of sustainable construction found within the new complex. An overall goal of achieving the coveted LEED Platinum certification has been set.

The provincial government has committed $28 million to the project. The Okanagan College Foundation is aiming to raise an additional $7 million, which includes $5 million for capital construction and $2 million to support students and programming. To learn more about the campaign’s current needs and opportunities to get involved, please visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/campaign.

For more information about Okanagan College:

Christine Ulmer, Public Affairs
Okanagan College

For more information about Kelowna Hyundai & Buy Direct Truck Centre:

Naleesa Caouette, Special Operations
Kelowna Hyundai & Buy Direct Truck Centre

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By Admin | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 11:17 PM


June 4, 2015 – With the support of local residents and the generosity of John Kot & Guy Lemieux, owners of Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre, Operation 200 was a great success. This was the 2nd year that both dealerships hosted Operation 200, with the goal to sell 200 vehicles in 30 days, resulting in a donation to the New Interior Heart & Surgical Centre (IHSC). Last year, the dealerships presented the IHSC with a cheque of $13,000, and this year they donated $100,000.

“Supporting the local community is important to our business, and after three successful years of business under our management, the residents of Kelowna have been nothing but welcoming, and we look forward to giving back,” said John Kot. “We are honoured to support the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation in their efforts to provide the highest level of medical care in Kelowna and the Okanagan.” The

IHSC will be a state of the art facility featuring 15 surgical operating suites for 12 surgical specialties including advanced open-heart surgery. It will provide timely, much needed surgeries to patients who in the past may have had to travel outside the region for this level of health care. While the IHSC’s government funding is substantial, not all costs are covered; new equipment and enhanced services are needed.



By Admin | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 11:16 PM

Buy Direct Truck Centre, located at 1638 Cary Road in Kelowna, British Columbia is changing to the Buy Direct Auto Centre. Offering not only trucks, the Buy Direct Auto Centre will also stock domestic makes and models of cars and SUVs.  The best selection of used trucks, cars, and SUVs at unbeatable prices (ask about our guaranteed best price policy) can now be found at Buy Direct Auto Centre.

Call the Buy Direct Auto Centre at 778.478.7057 or email paul@buydirecttruckcentre.com for more information.



By Admin | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 11:16 PM


July 9, 2014 – Following up on a successful Operation 200 promotion, where Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre donated $10,100 to the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre in April, the two dealerships decide to reward one lucky customer with $10,000 cash.

On July 9, 2014, the giveaway was held as a reverse draw, with a 1 out of 100 chance of winning the grand prize, and 9 out of 100 chance of winning other prizes ranging from $50 gift cards to $250 gift cards. For those customers who didn’t win prizes, they got to snack on refreshments, listen to live music, and embrace the enthusiasm of the other guests.

The goal of the $10,000 cash giveaway was to reward one lucky customer for their loyalty, and provide an entertaining night for the other eligible customers.  The lucky winner was Henrick Dekline, who was represented by his father-in-law Randy.

“It was a great event because we got to acknowledge our customers, and we know without them our business wouldn’t be successful,” said John Kot, President of Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre.

With such excellent feedback from attending customers, John and his partner, Guy Lemieux, decided to host the same event at their dealership down by the coast, Maple Ridge Hyundai.



By Admin | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 11:15 PM

Hyundai Highest Ranked Non-Luxury Brand as Genesis, Elantra, and Accent Top their Segments in 2014 J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study

MARKHAM, Ontario (June 18, 2014) – J.D. Power today recognized Hyundai as the top-performing non-luxury brand for initial quality and presented three Hyundai vehicles – 2014 Genesis, 2014 Elantra and 2014 Accent – their highest award in their respective segments in the U.S. Hyundai ranked fourth overall in initial quality, climbing six spots from last year. In total, Hyundai had six vehicles in the Top Three positions in their segments, including two second place finishes for Santa Fe and Sonata and a third-place finish for Equus. This year’s results mark the third time Hyundai has been the highest-ranked non-luxury brand in the past 10 years, and the third time it finished among the Top Four brands overall.

The award comes from the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS). Now in its 28th consecutive year, IQS is the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality, measured at 90 days of ownership.

“Receiving IQS awards in multiple vehicle segments acknowledges Hyundai’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction across our entire product lineup, not just our luxury vehicles,” said Don Romano, President and CEO, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. “Today’s awards are a true reflection of the hard work and dedication of all the Hyundai team members in our factories around the globe.”

The IQS serves as the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality and has proven to be an excellent predictor of long-term reliability, which may significantly impact new-vehicle purchase decisions. The focus of the study is model-level performance and comparison of individual models to similar models in respective segments, which helps manufacturers worldwide to design and produce higher-quality vehicles.

In addition to victories in three vehicle segments, the Hyundai brand substantially reduced problems per 100 vehicles and finished fourth overall, gaining six rank positions compared with 2013. The Hyundai overall score was 94 problems per 100 vehicles, 12 fewer than last year and 22 fewer problems than the industry average which actually deteriorated three problems per 100 compared with 2013. Also, Genesis scored back-to-back segment while Accent, with a mere 65 problems-per-100, was the second highest performing vehicle in the study.


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