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Gary Rome Hyundai and Gary Rome Kia Sponsor Aaron Lewis Benefit Concert

Gary Rome Hyundai and Gary Rome Kia Sponsor Aaron Lewis Benefit Concert

Greenfield, MA (May 22, 2014) – It Takes a Community Foundation (ITACF) announced today that Gary Rome Hyundai in Holyoke, MA and Gary Rome Kia in Enfield, CT have signed on as lead sponsors for the 4th Annual Aaron Lewis & Friends concert to benefit ITACF. The benefit will be held at The Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence, MA on Friday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Aaron Lewis founded ITACF with his wife, Vanessa, to provide support for New England’s rural communities. The benefit concert is one of the non-profit organization’s primary fundraisers.
“Gary Rome Hyundai and Kia’s generosity enables as many dollars as possible to go directly to the programs and organizations that are crucial to the quality of life in New England’s rural communities. We are grateful that they selected It Takes a Community Foundation for their support,” comments Lewis.
Timothy Van Epps, President and CEO of The Sandri Companies and ITACF board member, echoes Lewis’ comments, adding “The Rome family have a great tradition of giving back to the community. We are honored that Gary has chosen ITACF as a way to continue that tradition and are joining us to strengthen, enrich and preserve rural New England.”
“ITACF is critical to the future of our rural communities, and we want to play a strong role in bringing this important event across the finish line,” said Gary Rome, President of Gary Rome Auto Group. “This is about giving back to our community, and making the future brighter for all of our children and families.”
Aaron Lewis, Staind, and Smith & Myers of Shinedown will perform at the June 27, 2014 benefit concert. Tickets are general admission, with prices ranging from $59-79 plus Ticketmaster service charges. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (800) 745-3000.

About: It Takes a Community Foundation
It Takes A Community Foundation (ITAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by musician Aaron Lewis and his wife, Vanessa, to support initiatives that improve community life — particularly the lives of children — within rural New England. The charity works with local leaders and community organizations that have firsthand knowledge of the needs of their communities. By supporting organizations, programs, and initiatives that are the social glue that hold rural areas together, ITAC assists these communities in helping themselves. For more information, please visit
About: Gary Rome Auto Group
Gary Rome Hyundai, based in Holyoke Massachusetts, and Gary Rome Kia, based in Enfield Connecticut provide Hyundai and Kia sales and service to all of Massachusetts and Connecticut. When you visit our car dealerships, expect the superior customer service that you deserve. Get the new or used car that you have been dreaming of by calling or visiting Gary Rome Hyundai of Holyoke and Gary Rome Kia of Enfield today. For more information, go to or

Hyundai Accessory Store’s Deal of the Week 01/07/14 – 01/14/14

Hyundai Accessory Store’s Deal of the Week

Save 15% on Hyundai Genuine Mud Guards

Protect the factory finish of your fenders from flying rocks, mud and other road hazards.

  • Made of ultra-durable black plastic.
  • New hardware included.
  • Some models may require drilling.


Offer expires January 14, 2013 11:59pm (EDT). Please call 1-800-852-4216 for complete details.

Hyundai Accessory Store’s Deal of the Week 10/22/13 – 10/29/13


Hyundai Accessory Store’s Deal of the Week

Hyundai OEM All Weather Mats

SAVE $10.00 – use coupon code”DOTW22″

Floor mats are something you probably don’t think about very often. But if you consider the cost of replacement carpet for your car, floor mats suddenly become a fantastic value. Floor mats are required equipment when it comes to protecting your investment, especially if you live in an area that sees lots of winter weather. These rubber mats are made out of natural heavy-duty rubber and have molded channels designed to trap water, road salt, mud and sand. Made of pliable natural rubber, these mats won’t curl or harden in sub-zero weather. Molded for a exact fit.

Can not be combined with any other offer. Limit one coupon per order. Offer expires October 29, 2013 11:59pm (EDT).

HyundaiAccessoryStore’s Deal of the Week 10/8/13 – 10/14/13


Hyundai Accessory Store’s Deal of the Week

2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra Compact Spare Tire Kit

Now only $199.99 SHIPPED!

A flat tire can happen at any time in any weather. The time to prepare for an emergency is before it occurs. This is the Hyundai Genuine designed compact spare (doughnut) tire kit. Professionally mounted by an ASE Certified Technician.

  • Fits all 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedans and Coupes with 15″, 16″ and 17″ wheels.

*Shipping promotion only applicable to the lower 48 states. Does not apply to HI, AK, US territories, or international orders.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

The Sonata Hybrid has been on the move this year with improved fuel economy and design tweaks, but is it enough in the crowded segment to make a difference?

Hyundai hopes so, and has invested in a more powerful and lighter lithium polymer battery that boosts output by nearly 40 percent while taking up less trunk space.

The Korean company says polymer was chosen because its lifespan exceeds the industry 10 year/100,000 norm and, as such, offers an exclusive lifetime battery warranty.

Like other gasoline-powered sedans that have added a hybrid, the Sonata has been a success in its sixth generation in the U.S. after its debut overseas in 1985. It takes aim at the more efficient Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry hybrids.

Along with its 270-volt battery, the Sonata is equipped with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder Atkinson cycle hybrid engine that together produce up to 199 horsepower to propel its six-speed automatic transmission.

The interior is roomy, nearly upscale and is available in a well-equipped trim level with lots of standard features you would likely pay extra for, including push-button start, Bluetooth technology, dual zone climate control and satellite radio.

Sonata hybrids are available as a Base model for around $25,000 and Limited for $30,000. The test car I drove for a week was the latter model, additionally equipped with a $1,000 panoramic sunroof that opens to the heavens for all five passenger seats.

For the extra dollars, the Limited adds leather seats, larger wheels, navigation, 7-inch touch screen, rearview camera and an upgraded Infinity audio package with nine speakers.

Seating is comfortable but could use some extra bolster support for front seats and seatbacks where padding is a little thin. The dashboard layout is modern with just the right amount of graphic gauges and easy access buttons to keep tabs on what’s going on inside the cabin and under the hood.

The Sonata hybrid is in its third year of production and engineers have been working on improving fuel efficiency measures each year. EPA tests show a combined 37 miles per gallon, with 36 and 40 miles per gallon in city and highway, respectively.

I found the Sonata does its best on the open road, cruising at legal speed along freeways. My pampered test kept the sedan at 65 miles per hour. Engine noise was minimal and, once up to speed, the car’s EV dash light monitor, detecting full electric drive, lit up more frequently, making me feel even greener than the illumination.

To be fair, there were a few passing maneuvers but no aggressive pedal movement along gently rolling landscape. Following 100 miles, a fill up showed highway fuel economy at 34 mpg.

Around town, with frequent stop and go driving, the Sonata automatically switched drive mode from electric to gasoline while moving from stop lights and through traffic.

The resulting lag in power at acceleration left me waiting in center lanes instead of turning left into oncoming traffic from a distance. The power switching back and forth from electric to gas resulted in a not so good city rating of 26 miles per gallon, although other drivers might achieve better results.

Overall, the Sonata offers a good value for the money and leads the industry with a lengthy warranty to protect consumers long after the sale.


2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited
Engines: 2.4-liter, four cylinder hybrid engine, high power density motor, starter motor, polymer battery

EPA rated mileage: 36 city, 40 highway, 37 combined

Base price: $30,550

Model as tested: $32,490

Assembled: Asan, Korea. U.S. / Canadian parts content, 2 percent; major source of foreign parts content, Korea, 90 percent; country of origin, engine and transmission, Korea.

Crash test ratings: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Sonata Hybrid a five-star overall rating (out of five), five-stars for overall side impact and four stars for frontal protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Sonata Hybrid a ‘Good” rating, its highest, for frontal, side impact and rollover protection.

Warranty: 5 year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper; 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain; 10 year/100,000 mile hybrid system components; lifetime hybrid battery replacement.




March sales are the second best month in history
Elantra sets all-time record, up 33 percent

COSTA MESA, Calif., April 2, 2013 — Hyundai Motor America today announced sales of 68,306 units, down just two percent versus the best volume month Hyundai ever recorded last year, and up more than 30 percent over February levels. The first quarter of 2013 was the best in Hyundai’s history.

“March felt just great,” said Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president of national sales. “We definitely benefitted from better inventories of Elantra thanks to the addition of the third shift at our Alabama plant, improved weather conditions in our important Northern markets and more robust retail activity reflecting a steady recovery in consumer confidence. Elantra led the pack with an all-time monthly sales record of 26,153 units, up 33 percent year-over-year. Sonata Hybrid also set a new all-time sales record with 2,006 sales, up 13 percent versus last year.”

Fleet mix was 17 percent for the month and stands at 16 percent for the year, among the lowest in the industry.

“This March was an incredibly strong month for us, the second best sales month in our history, just two percent below our all-time record from last March,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “While our plants continue to stretch to hit our demand levels, we still have one of the tightest inventory levels in the industry. This month, you could see the impact of improved Elantra availability, but our dealers remain constrained on Sonata, which continues as one of the fastest turning mid-size cars in the industry.”

According to data from, the traditional five highest volume mid-size sedans (Accord, Camry, Altima, Fusion, and Malibu) have 72 percent more dealer stock than Sonata.

Sales in March of Certified Pre-Owned vehicles totaled 6,715, up eight percent for the first quarter. More than 80 percent of Hyundai’s dealers are now participating in the CPO program, which has been a key component in driving Hyundai residual values to record high levels. Hyundai Elantra, Azera, and Santa Fe Sport are all ALG Residual Value award winners for the 2013 model year.

CARLINE MAR/2013 MAR/2012 CY/2013 CY/2012
ACCENT 5,669 8,337 13,914 18,484
SONATA 18,031 23,281 47,285 55,195
ELANTRA 26,153 19,681 54,546 44,401
SANTA FE 7,116 5,853 19,446 14,535
AZERA 1,117 128 2,709 159
TUCSON 4,073 4,197 11,010 11,049
VERACRUZ 39 622 136 1,809
VELOSTER 2,693 3,848 6,357 8,781
GENESIS 3,124 3,429 8,113 8,232
EQUUS 291 352 814 928
TOTAL 68,306 69,728 164,330 163,573


  February Label
Combined MPG
March Window
Label Combined MPG
2013 CYTD Window
Label Combined MPG
Car 28.0 28.4 28.0
Truck 22.9 22.5 22.8
Hyundai Brand 27.9 28.2 27.8


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. On May 16, 2013, Hyundai Assurance will be expanded to include Assurance Connected Care for all Blue Link equipped vehicles. Assurance Connected Care provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services made possible by the Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform standard for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

Gary Rome Hyundai and HPL announce “drive into the Future” Raffle to Benefit Library Construction Project.

Contact At Holyoke Public Library

Terry Plum, President
Holyoke Public Library
335 Maple Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
413-322-5636 tel
413-532-4230 fax

Gary Rome Hyundai and HPL announce “drive into the Future” Raffle to Benefit Library Construction Project. 

Holyoke, MA…On Friday June 22 at 10:00 a.m., the Holyoke Public Library (HPL) and Gary Rome Auto Group will officially announce that they have teamed up together to raffle a 2013 Hyundai to benefit HPL’s Next 100 Years Campaign to renovate and expand the library facility. This launch event will be held at the Library construction site at 335 Maple Street featuring Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, Gary Rome and HPL officials. Members of the press and general public are welcome.

The “Drive into the Future” Raffle will provide the winner with a 3-year lease to a new 2013 Hyundai Elantra as a first prize. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $10 each, or 3 for $25, and the drawing will be held in December, 2012.

“We are extraordinarily grateful to Gary and the team at Gary Rome Auto Group for their generosity and support in this wonderful partnership,” said Library President Terry Plum. “Having such a terrific local business come forward at this time is extremely helpful, and we look forward not only to raising funds for the campaign, but also to spreading word throughout the area about how incredible the new library will be.”

The Library, which is now under construction, will be a blending of old and new, serving as a state-of-the-art information technology and community center facility while retaining the current building’s historic grandeur. The project will increase usable square footage in the library by 264% and provide ample space for children’s programs, technology and literacy training services.

“The Holyoke Public Library is critical to the future of Holyoke, and we want to play a strong role in bringing this important campaign across the finish line,” said Gary Rome, President of Gary Rome Auto Group. “This is about giving back to our community, and making the future brighter for all of our children and families.”

Of note, the Rome family has been doing business in Holyoke for over 90 years and has actively supported numerous local charities that help children and families in the community.

Interested individuals may contact the Holyoke Public Library campaign office at for further information about purchasing tickets or other aspects of the Next 100 Years Campaign.