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 Gary Rome Auto Group Contact Information:

Gary Rome Hyundai
1000 Main Street
Holyoke, MA  01040
1-888-637-GARY (4279)


Gary Rome Kia
809 Enfield Street
Enfield, CT  06082
1-866-688-GARY (4279)

[Nov. 15, 2012] Holyoke – Gary Rome Auto Group has embarked on an exciting new project. Gary Rome will assist teachers in earning supplies needed for their classrooms, but are unable to fund the project. He will use his many media outlets to help spread the word about each project in order to bring in more donations.

“Children are the future generation of leaders, so we want to invest in them; says Gary Rome, owner of Gary Rome Hyundai and Kia. We are excited to be contributing to the children within our community. I hope we can all come together and help students and teachers acquire supplies for their projects”.

The program will allow teachers to post their classroom project on reputable website such as and receive donations for it. Teachers can post their chosen project on any of the three websites (; or In addition, teachers may choose to post projects on any other legitimate websites.  The superintendent for each city will choose the top 30 projects. Gary Rome will then use his many media outlets to get the word out and match up to $200 worth of donations.

For more information about the program, please contact Telesha Williams at (413)530-3286 or Also, you may contact Tim Ferreira at


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Driven: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

By Brandon Turkus

July 19, 2012

—Brooklyn, Michigan

Look, we’ll come right out and say it: we like small wagons and hatchbacks a lot. The formula is so simple: take a popular sedan, expand the trunk vertically, give it some unique styling, and voila, you get a small wagon. Besides maintaining the small-car driving dynamics of the donor car, you get a level of junk hauling that can’t be had outside of a small SUV/CUV.

Hyundai’s Elantra Touring was a prime example of a good small wagon. This European import was based on the Hyundai i30 and managed to combine style and function in a reasonably priced, efficient package. Folding the backseats down gave access to 65.3 cubic feet of space; just short of the cavernous Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen’s 66.8 cubic feet in a vehicle that was almost three inches shorter overall.

For 2013, though, the Elantra Touring has been replaced by this, the Elantra GT. Right off the bat, though, we were skeptical of this new body style. While the old Touring was a dedicated wagon, the Elantra GT is technically a five-door hatch, and it loses cargo volume accordingly. It’s down from a maximum 65.3 cubic feet to 51 cubic feet, although with the second row up, there’s less of a sacrifice, only 1.3 cubic feet is lost (23 cubic feet versus 24.3 in the old model). Overall interior volume is down from 125.5 to 119 cubic feet.

Consequently, Hyundai’s bogey is no longer the Jetta Sportwagen, but is far more diverse for 2013. Primary competitors are listed as the Mazda3, Ford Focus, Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen Golf, and Toyota Matrix (all in five-door hatch configurations, where applicable). The Elantra GT looks to be a fair match for this competitive set for multiple reasons, not the least of which is age; the Mazda3 and VW Golf aren’t long for this world in their current iterations, and the Toyota Matrix has been a zombie since NUMMI was taken over by Tesla. Only the Focus and Impreza have been updated recently.

Part of our love of affordable long-roofs is the unique style that these cars have over the more traditional sedans they are based on. In the GT’s case, it shares its face with the rest of the Elantra range, but walks a line between the blacked-out grille of the Coupe and the more docile face of the Sedan.

It’s clear from the profile that this is more hatchback than wagon, as the D-pillar slopes rather aggressively, leaving a fairly small window between the rear pillars. This doesn’t really impact visibility all that much, as the view through the two side windows is pretty good. The rear window itself is adequately sized, and we had no real complaints about rear visibility. Out back, a subtle spoiler is present, along with the standard wrap-around taillights. In a cool premium twist, the rear-view camera hides behind the Hyundai logo, popping up when the car is slotted into reverse.
Inside, it’s the same clean, stylish, and well-finished interior that we’ve seen on other Elantra models. Plastics feel no better or worse here than in any other Hyundai. While we understand the reasoning behind all three models boasting identical interiors, one of the highlights of the old Touring was that its interior was different from the sedan, and felt more high-class because of it. On the GT, it loses that specialness, and just feels like any other Elantra.

To be honest, we really aren’t going to say all that much about the Elantra GT’s powertrain, because we give fairly in-depth reviews of it here and here. It’s the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder that’s found in the Coupe and Sedan, delivering 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. It also nets 39 miles per gallon on the highway. A six-speed manual is standard, while a six-cog autobox with a manual mode is an optional extra.

The Elantra GT is Hyundai’s first model to sport the brand’s new Driver Selectable Steering Mode system. Basically, this system allows drivers to switch between three different levels (creatively called Comfort, Normal, and Sport) of steering effort. Comfort requires the least effort, while Sport requires the most. The system is operated via a steering-wheel-mounted button, with the instrument cluster display showing which mode the driver is in.

We tested all three modes, and found the results to be negligible. There’s maybe a 15- to 20-percent difference in steering effort between Comfort and Normal, and Normal and Sport. It’s nice, but we feel like it’d make a lot more sense for this system to be on the Veloster Turbo, Genesis Coupe, or even the Elantra Coupe, rather than a five-door hatchback with no sporting pretenses.

In terms of on-road character, the GT is much more like the Sedan than the Coupe. That’s a good thing, as the Coupe’s rougher ride doesn’t do it any favors. Instead, the GT feels smoother over rougher sections of tarmac. Its biggest issue remains the level of vertical motion over undulating pavement, but it manages rougher stuff much better. While the Coupe would sidestep and feel unstable in mid-corner bumps, the GT is more composed. There still isn’t a great deal of feedback on hand here, but it’s about par for the course in this category.

Let’s be honest though, people that buy the Elantra GT are interested in practicality. Those buyers certainly won’t be disappointed. We mentioned the five-door GT boasts 51 cubic feet of space with the back seats folded down, and 23 cubic feet with the second row up. To put that in perspective, the only car in this class that has more space is the Subaru Impreza (but only by one cubic foot of cargo volume). Helping the cargo situation is a clever storage space under the floor of the trunk area that looks big enough to handle items that may slide around too much when left alone.

Backseat space is tolerable, as we were able to stuff Senior Editor John Beltz Snyder behind your six-foot, one-inch author with only a modicum of complaining. Those same backseats cleverly flip forward and fold flat, presenting a nice, wide loading space.

The hatchback has the highest starting price in the Elantra range at $18,395. Unlike the other two body styles, though, the GT is features only one trim level. In place of dedicated trim levels are two packages, the Style Package and the Tech Package. The Style Pack ($2750) includes a sport-tuned suspension, panoramic sunroof, leather seats, and seventeen-inch alloys. The Tech Pack ($2350) features navigation, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, and push-button start. Opting for the six-speed automatic will run another $1000. That makes for a fully loaded model running $25,245, out the door.

The pricing equation works out well for the GT. Its starting price bests everything but the Volkswagen Golf by around $1000. Optioned up, as our tester was and the Elantra GT still makes a fair bit of sense, costing around the same price as a loaded Subaru Impreza or Mazda3, and undercutting a navigation-and-leather-equipped Ford Focus by just over $2000. Even if price isn’t your determining factor, 39 mpg on the freeway and the sheer amount of cargo space make the Elantra GT a fine choice for a small wagon.

2013 Hyundai Elantra GTEngine: Inline-four, 1.8 liters, 16v
Output: 148 hp/131 lb-ft
Weight: 2784 lb
Fuel Economy, City/Hwy: 39/27 mpg
Cargo Volume, 2nd Row Up/Down: 23/51 cu ft
Base Price: $18,395
On Sale: Now

Gary Rome Kia Announces High School Winner Of New Kia Soul

Matthew McKinney was the lucky winner of a brand new Kia Soul from Gary Rome Kia.

Enfield, CT — There were fourteen keys, only one a perfect fit.  On Friday, June 1st, the Gary Rome Kia held the raffle to determine the winner of an all new Kia Soul from the fourteen eligible students from Enrico Fermi High School in Enfield, CT.  The students all came to the Enfield Holiday Inn, dressed for success and ready to drive home the prize.  Each chose a key from a basket hoping that theirs was the only one that powered on the car.

The lucky student who selected the working key was Matthew McKinney.  As he told WGGB News, he couldn’t be happier.  “It’s awesome, it’s an experience I’ll probably never forget for the rest of my life.”

Gary Rome, CEO of Gary Rome Kia, agrees and is delighted that he could give this car to such a worthy young person.  “All of these students work hard in and out of school and deserve to be commended for their efforts.  We hope that Matthew enjoys his Kia Soul for years to come.”

To qualify for an opportunity to win the raffle students had to show a dedication not only to their studies, but to outside interests and to their communities, as well.  Each potential winner has a grade point average of at least 8.0 out of 12, and has shown exemplary behavior and attendance at school.  Outside the classroom, each student is involved in at least two extracurricular activities and devotes at least fifty hours to community service.

Matthew has been of assistance to his teachers by providing various services to them on a daily basis.  Whether it be running copies, sorting files, setting up labs or making solutions Matthew can be seen in every department here at Fermi High School willing to lend a hand and make every ones job a little easier.  Matthew also organized his Eagle Scout Project, allowing him to obtain the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting Program, as well as benefiting the community.  Matthew’s project was to paint and fix up the exterior of a church in East Windsor.

Gary Rome Hyundai Re-Launches

Gary Rome Hyundai Re-Launches is being re-launched with a host of new features including more shipping options and a product review section.

Holyoke, MA — Gary Rome Hyundai is proud to announce the re-launching of the online store for Hyundai accessories and parts. The site,, has undergone a number of changes and upgrades from the previous version. New features on the site include:

  • Forums for Hyundai owners and would-be owners to share and discuss information on and solutions to various model issues.
  • Product review section
  • Fed Ex shipping is now an option in addition to UPS and USPS
  • Featured product section
  • New “Blow Out” section in which Gary Rome Hyundai buys products at reduced costs and extends the reduced costs to the customer.

The redesign of the website provides a cleaner look and an ease of navigation to the user. “We couldn’t be happier with the new look and feel of the website,” says Gary Rome, owner and CEO of Gary Rome Hyundai. “We want our customers to have the best experience when using our site, whether it’s for purchasing parts and accessories, or using the forums to find and share information with other Hyundai owners.” guarantees every customer the best price for every purchase. Register online today and take an additional 11% off the already low prices. For additional services and information call (800) 852-4216 or visit the site today.

And We Have A Winner!

Gary Rome Auto Group Announces Winner To “So You Think You Know Jack” Contest. 

Holyoke, MA — It’s not easy to find the next television star of Massachusetts, but Gary Rome Auto Group was determined to do so. Contestants from all over the area sent in videos of their children and pets watching Gary Rome Auto Group commercials, hoping for the chance to be the star of the next one. After viewing so many terrific submissions and after much deliberation, Gary Rome Auto Group finally chose their new star: Steve Ferraro’s enthusiastic dog, Tyson, who seems to really love watching Jack Rome on TV.

Tyson is not only getting the opportunity to co-star in the next Gary Rome Auto Group commercial, but Ferraro also won the choice between a $250 American Express gift card or a $250 Dave’s Soda & Pet City gift card. Every valid entrant received a stuffed Jack doll for their efforts.

” We’re proud and honored to have so many wonderful fans,” commented Gary Rome, owner and CEO. “Jack is excited to meet Tyson and can’t wait to have another co-star.”

Gary Rome Auto Group would like to thank all of the people who sent in videos of their children and pets enjoying the commercials. Check out to see all of the terrific video submissions.

For more information about Gary RomeAuto Group, visit

Gary And Jack Will Give You Gas

Go green with Gary Rome Hyundai for Earth Week. Buy or lease any of the 4 Hyundai models that get 40 mpg and get a free $140 gas card.

Holyoke, MA — In honor of Earth Day (or Earth Week for the particularly devoted), Kelley Blue Book’s has issued their top 10 fuel-efficient cars for 2012. Topping the list is Hyundai’s 2012 Elantra. Aside from the amazingly fuel-efficient 40 miles per gallon (mpg), the Elantra was also judged on value, features and comfort criteria.

The KBB editors praised the Elantra saying, “The elusive 40 mpg mark is hit and miss for non-hybrid cars, but for the 2012 Hyundai Elantra it’s an easy target. The Elantra obtains 40 highway mpg in all trim levels thanks to its fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine, all while looking good in its wavy sheet metal and offering value with its low entry price.”

The ever-increasing gas prices have compelled consumers to turn more and more to “green” cars to help save money; the government is adding its own pressure to car companies to produce eco-friendly vehicles to help save the environment. Hyundai Motors has embraced this challenge. The Elantra is not the only Hyundai vehicle that gets such good mileage; the Accent, Sonata Hybrid, and Veloster also hit the 40 mpg threshold.

With their Blue Drive Technology, Hyundai is committed to developing lighter vehicles, more efficient powertrains, inventing proprietary hybrid technologies, and reaching a fleet-wide average of 35 miles mpg by 2015 (5 years before the new government mandates for that go into effect). Their goal is to reach an astonishing fleet-wide average of 50 mpg by 2025.

Hyundai is trying to improve environmentally friendly cars, as well as the environment itself. Through their Green Move initiative, Hyundai has implemented recycling and education programs to reduce air pollution and global warming. They have also worked to help build forests and restore habitats of endangered animals.

Local Hyundai dealership, Gary Rome Hyundai, is committed to these same values. Right now through the end of May, all leases of the 4 models that get 40 mpg are just $140/month. And to sweeten the deal, Gary Rome Hyundai is including a free $140 gas card. All of these cars are also covered by America’s Best Warranty, 10 years/100,000 miles.

“It’s imported to us to not only give our customers a good deal, but to promote fuel-efficient, eco-friendly alternatives, too,” says Gary Rome, owner and CEO.

For more details about the promotion, check out

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Order now and beat the rush! Our Super Spring Sale ends this weekend. Now is your chance to take advantage of the best deals on Hyundai OEM parts and Accessories. Be sure to register online for an additional 11% off.

This offer expires April 9, 2012 . For more information, please contact a member of our Parts and Accessories Department at 1-800-852-4216.

Thank you,
The team

It’s March Madness.

It’s March Madness, that’s for sure. No, I’m not referring to basketball. I’m referring to automotive sales. Many auto companies have reported large increases in car and truck sales for the month of March.

General Motors reported a 12 percent increase, Nissan’s sales rose 12.5 percent, Hyundai’s American sales were up 13 percent, and Volkswagon said its March sales rose a whopping 35 percent. Ford Motor Company reported a 5 percent increase in sales, while Chrysler Group reported an astonishing 34 percent increase from March 2011 in sales this year in cars and trucks. For both Ford and Chrysler, this is the highest level in at least four years. AutoNation, the country’s largest dealership chain, says sales went up 26 percent for domestic brands, 10 percent for import brands, and 10 percent for luxury vehicles. Interestingly, this March has seen an auto sales increase in other countries around the world, such as India.

One would assume that due to the extreme price of gas these days would deter people from purchasing a car. The national average for regular gas is $3.92 per gallon, according to the AAA. One might think that the higher “green” awareness, the knowledge that smoke and exhaust from cars harms the environment, pervasive in the marketplace today would also deter people from buying them.
However, this is just not the case. On the one hand, people are buying more hybrid, “eco-friendly” cars, to deal with the aforementioned issues, but they’re still buying. And they’re not spending less, either. On the contrary, people are now paying more for cars than ever before.

“Consumers aren’t overreacting to gas price rises,” said Don Johnson, G.M.’s vice president for United States sales operations. “They’re not panicking and going from a full-sized pickup to a small car that doesn’t give them the same utility.”
Why are more cars being bought? A few possible explanations may be the decrease in unemployment in recent months, warm weather helping bring customers out of their houses and into dealerships, and a wider availability of auto financing. People who delayed buying a car during the economic downturn are now venturing out and buying. Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Ford Motor Co-Economist, so aptly put it: “People are going back to work and the vehicle stock…is ripe for replacement.” People are also getting rid of their old cars and replacing them with newer cars as the economy recover and gas prices rise.

In addition, the average credit score for new car buyers is at an all time low; it hasn’t been this low since the first half of 2008. This makes the car market an easier place to navigate for new consumers, which is always a good thing; buying a car for the first time can be confusing, and the easier it is, the better the person feels about their purchase.

Analysts say they expect 1.4 million cars to be sold. This is 15 percent more than a year ago and the most since 2007. John Humphrey, senior vice president of global automotive operations at J.D. Power and Associates, says, “Barring any future shock related to geopolitical issues in the gulf region and further upward pressure on the price of oil, we believe sales will continue on a solid pace for the balance of the year.”

Shoot For The Cars At Gary Rome Auto Night!

It’s Gary Rome Auto Night at the Springfield Armor game this Thursday. Come to any Gary Rome Auto Group location to pick up your free tickets and win a chance to shoot for a brand new car!

This Thursday, March 9, 2012 is Gary Rome Auto Night at the Springfield Armor game at the Mass Mutual Center. From beginning to end, the night promises to be a slam dunk. Come support the Armor and take advantage of the amazing opportunities provided by Gary Rome Auto Group:

  • Go for free by picking up complimentary tickets at any Gary Rome Auto Group location
  • Door prizes will be available for fans on arrival
  • Meet Jack and get his autograph
  • Get a chance to win a brand new car in a shooting contest

It’s a win-win-win-win situation! Don’t miss out; come join in the fun and games. Gary Rome Auto Night is an experience for the whole family to enjoy.


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