Archive for January, 2013

Morrie’s Partners with the Herb Brooks Foundation’s Rink Rat Program

Morrie’s Automotive Group is always looking for opportunities to give back to the communities that we live and do business in. So much so that we established our Buy Happy Giving Program in 2011 to better focus our efforts. This year we have partnered with the Herb Brook’s Foundation to help advocate teamwork and active lifestyle through their Rink Rat Program. Founded in 2007, the Rink Rat program helps to grow the base of hockey among Minneapolis Youth by bringing out physical, emotional, and character development skills among young players.

The program gives its young members of the Minneapolis Public School District the opportunity to learn and play the game of hockey at no cost. We are proud to be able to support the Rink Rat Program and provide assistance wherever possible. We have seen tremendous volunteer involvement internally amongst our employees interested in transporting kids to inner-city ice rinks where they help tie skates and teach them how to play the game of hockey.

We are looking forward to our continued partnership with the Herb Brooks Foundation and the Rink Rat Program. We are thrilled to be able to give back to such a positive community organization that has such a strong heritage here in Minnesota.

For more information on the Herb Brooks Foundation and their programs click here.

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Morrie’s Visits the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

This week Morrie’s had the opportunity to attend the 2013 North American International Auto in Detroit.  The show was marked by a number of vehicle debuts from domestic and overseas automakers.  While  C7 Corvette was the show’s media darling, Ford literarily dropped a big one on attendees with the unexpected display of their F150 Atlas Concept Vehicle.  Other notable concept vehicles included the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept, Nissan Resonance SUV concept, Lincoln MKC Concept, BMW 4 Series Coupe Concept,  Toyota Corolla Furia concept, Acura NSX concept plus a few others.  These concept vehicles all provide clues, some more accurate than others, as to how future production models might look.  The production vehicle debuts were equally impressive, illustrating what will actually see on the roads in the near future.  These included the 2014 Maserati Quattroporte, Audi RS7, Shelby Focus ST, Kia Cadenza, Nissan Versa Note, Cadillac ELR, Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible and C7 Corvette.

Please read along as we elaborate more fully on some of the more noteworthy vehicles that fall within Morrie’s portfolio of brands.  Also be sure to check our YouTube and Facebook pages soon to see videos we put together for each vehicle highlighted below.

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Preparing for Winter Weather Conditions

Weather patterns change quickly here in the midwest and so do road conditions. In the blink of an eye you could be stranded in your vehicle so we did some research of our own to help you be more prepared. We talked to employees in different departments at our Chippewa Valley Mazda dealership and they provided some helpful tips to ensure safe winter driving.

Our staff recommends that you keep these items in your car at all times in case of emergency: A blanket, water, a knife or scissors, glow sticks, road flares, a flashlight, hand and feet warmers, a first aid kit, matches, a candle, booster cables, hat and gloves, an extra set of warm clothes, an ice scraper, and a bag of road salt, sand, or kitty litter.

With icy conditions, our Service Manager suggests using kitty litter or road salt if you get stuck. Put the litter under your tires to help gain added traction. Our Sales Manager suggests digging snow away from your exhaust pipe if you become stuck in deep snow. This prevents the exhaust from seeping back into your vehicle and becoming a hazard. Some other suggestions from staff members included staying in your vehicle until emergency personnel arrive, always carrying a cell phone with a car charger, and packing a snack that won’t spoil or freeze. Maneuvering the roads in Wisconsin/Minnesota during winter months can be dangerous, but being prepared with some of the simple tips above can help if you find yourself stranded.