Hyundai Equus buyers will not receive free iPads anymore

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 12, 2011

The Apple iPad won’t be offered anymore as the owners’ manual for the Hyundai Equus luxury car, according to a report from Drive On. Starting with the 2012 model year, there won’t be a free iPad that would be placed in its glove compartment.

These new cars will begin arriving in September. What owners can rely on when they need to look up information about their car is the paper version of the manual, according to spokesman Jim Trainor.

He explained that the iPads were part of a one-year promotion. The Equus started selling in the U.S. around one year ago.

However, the TV ads that tout the use of the iPad as a manual are still being played. What’s odd about these ads, which are narrated by actor Jeff Bridges, is that the other features of the $58,000 car weren’t even mentioned.

Hyundai America CEO John Krafcik came up with the idea of offering an electronic owners manual. It has plenty of interactive features such as demonstrating how the car's headlights can be steered from side to side, just by the movement of a fingertip.

Trainor admits that Hyundai received a lot of mileage from the use of this gadget. Equus buyers may download the electronic owners manual for their own iPads or other tablets though.

The first anybody would mention when talking about the performance capacity of the Hyundai Equus is its Tau 4.6 L V8 engine. The engine has been named as one of Ward's 10 Best Engine twice already. In the Equus, the engine is combined with the ZF 6-speed automatic transmission that features the SHIFTRONIC manual control.

The Tau V8 engine has an output of 385 horsepower and 333 pound foot of torque. These are slightly lower when you use regular fuel at 378 horsepower and 324 pound foot. This will help the car go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 6.4 seconds. Using premium fuel, you can expect the Tau V8 to give you more horsepower than the engines found in other similar cars such as the Mercedes-Benz S550, Audi A8, and Lexus LS 460.

Luxury style with cutting-edge technologies

The Hyundai Equus features a design that is best described as an eye-catcher. The rear end has been designed with bold taillamps, a precise look and muscular shoulders. The design is done using asymmetrical and fully-integrated exhaust tips as well as LED turn signal indicators.

From the side, you could see that the car is refined complete with character lines that highlight the rear fenders. Meanwhile, the front has a subtle radiator grille and jeweled headlamps. The turn signals have LED lamps and are placed inside the HID headlamps. It also features an adaptive lighting system at the front, which uses white LED lamps. The lower air intakes are best described as daring. You can also opt for a forward-view cornering camera that can be placed into the grille to help you when parking or negotiating blind corners.

Human technology

Everybody from the vacationing couples to the busy businessman will find the 2011 Equus just perfect for their needs because of its luxurious touches and utmost comfort. The interior makes use of top quality materials and superior design layout. Elegance and luxury are apparent in the leather upholstery, leather-wrapped instrument panel natural wood trim, and the Alcantara headliner.

The seats may be adjusted to support the driver’s thighs and are wider than most seats. It features a wide variety of adjustment settings and may be cooled and heated as desired. The seat backs and bottom cushions have thermoelectric devices that help control heating, humidity and cooling. You also have sufficient headroom and legroom even for drivers who stand six feet tall. What’s more, you can opt for a massaging driver seat too! Overall, the Hyundai Equus have more room than the Lexus LS460.

The driver cockpit also has premium services and features. The Hyundai Equus Driver Information System gives you navigation, HD Radio technology, XM Satellite Radio, and hands-free Bluetooth telephone system, among a host of other features.

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