2015 Hyundai Genesis First To Feature New Hook-Up With Verizon


  • 2015 Hyundai Genesis Picture

    2015 Hyundai Genesis Picture

    Verizon's wireless service will appear on the 2015 Hyundai Genesis to boost connectivity. | January 24, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis will be the first of the Korean automaker's cars to feature a new wireless hook-up between Hyundai and Verizon.
  • Hyundai's Michael Dietz, senior group manager for connected care, told Edmunds that its customers will be assured of "consistent coverage" as a result of the link.
  • The Verizon coverage will also roll out in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, followed by other new models as they are introduced.

COSTA MESA, California — The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis will be the first of the Korean automaker's cars to feature a new wireless hook-up between Hyundai and Verizon.

The Genesis arrives in showrooms in the spring.

Hyundai's Michael Dietz, senior group manager for connected care, told Edmunds that its customers will be assured of "consistent coverage" as a result of the link.

The Verizon coverage will also roll out in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata, followed by other new models as they are introduced. It is eventually expected to feature faster 4G technology. The Verizon coverage is part of Blue Link, Hyundai's connected-car service that helps motorists to find low-priced gas, restaurants, lock their vehicles with their smartphones and perform other tasks.

The automaker's new telematics service provider selected Verizon as its wireless provider. Previously, Sprint provided primary coverage, with some roaming to different providers, including Verizon.

Verizon will be used for remote services, including starting the car remotely. It will not be used to place phone calls.

Hyundai offers different versions of its Blue Link telematics system. The basic package bundles safety, security and car-care features and is standard for three years. Verizon will be part of that package.

Other packages are priced at $99 per year, following a free three-month trial period. A remote package, for example, includes remote start. Verizon will be part of that package.

The pressure is on automakers to roll out "connected cars." Technology is a top selling point for 39 percent of auto buyers, according to a survey by Accenture.

"Thirty-nine percent of the drivers surveyed said that their primary consideration in choosing a new automobile is in-car technology, compared with 14 percent who said driving performance had the greatest influence on their choice," said the December 2013 study.

Edmunds says: Hyundai gets a top brand-name provider in Verizon and its customers get lots of reassurance when it comes to coverage.

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