The Hyundai Equus and Apple iPad are about to enter a new technology highway — together. Jerry Hirsch, one of the automotive writers for the Los Angeles Times has just written a detailed account that Hyundai Motor America will include a Apple iPad with the carmaker’s new luxury car debuting this fall.Hyundai’s new car will the South Korean manufacturer’s debut in the super-premium market. Instead of its once less-than-spectacular reputation the producer of unreliable budget cars, Hyundai has it recent years recent high praise for several of it recent year sedan.
The Hyundai Equus is being touted as competition for the Lexus LS 460 and the Mercedes Benz S550 sedans.
The iPad, scheduled to debut April 3 as Apple’s sleek tablet computer. It will be included as part of the package for consumers who buy an Equus, which has Hyundai says will be priced between $50,000-$60,000.
“They (Hyundai) are trying to position themselves as a modern, in-touch, technologically savvy brand, Mike Bloxham, director of insight and research at Ball State University’s Center for Media Design, told Hirsch. “It’s the sort of innovation you would expect from BMW or Mercedes, but not Hyundai.”
Hyundai believes its customers willing to spend more on a new luxury car are likely the same customers interested in new technology gadgets.
The iPad included in the new Hyundai cars will include a digital version of the vehicle’s owner’s manual.
Article Last Updated: April 3, 2010.
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