Archive for April, 2013

Nissan Launches Electric Taxi Fleet in NYC

The city of New York has been taking strides to ensure their city is energy efficient and environmentally friendly. In order to do this, they have teamed up with Nissan.

This Monday, NYC Mayor, Michael Bloomberg announced that six new all-electric Nissan Leaf taxis have been added to the streets. Bloomberg says his plans “will help the city answer important questions about incorporating electric taxis into the fleet, so that we can achieve the goal of a one-third electric taxi fleet by 2020.”

The city has already installed a number of different fast charging stations throughout Manhattan so that taxi drivers can quickly recharge to almost full capacity during their shift in 30 minutes or less.

Bloomberg plans to accomplish the city’s goal of having a one-third electric taxi fleet by also implementing the “Taxi of Tomorrow” program with the Nissan NV200 vehicle. Before launching the NV200 Bloomberg first wants to pilot the use of all-electric vehicles with the Nissan Leaf. As a result, we may not see the NV200 on NYC streets for a few more years until we can see how these electric vehicles can be integrated throughout the big city.

NV200

We had the opportunity to see the NV200 Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow at this year’s New York International Auto Show and got a few up close interior shots for you.

NV200 Interior

 

NV200 Interior

The NV200 is fully wheelchair accessible with a fold flat ramp in the rear as well as a restraint system to keep the wheelchair in place while the taxi is moving. To accomplish this, Nissan teamed up with BraunAbility, a company that makes wheelchair accessible vans.

NV200

If you are in the market for an all-electric vehicle, head over to Morrie’s Brooklyn Park Nissan and test drive a Nissan Leaf today!

Drive one 4UR School This Saturday!

This Saturday, April 27th from 9am-3pm Morrie’s Buffalo Ford will be at Delano Elementary School with a great lineup of Ford cars and trucks for you to test drive!

Take one of our new Ford vehicles for a spin and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 for every test drive up to $6,000 to Delano Elementary School! We will be bringing a range of different vehicles from our lineup including an F-150, Mustang, Fusion, Focus, Taurus, Escape, Fiesta, Edge, C-MAX and more! Get there early because the first 300 drivers will receive a free pair of Ford sunglasses!

Here at Morrie’s we look for opportunities to give back to the community and this weekend, you can help. We look forward to a great turnout to help raise money for this local school!

Delano Elementary School is located at 678 Tiger Drive, Delano, MN 55328. If you have any questions please call us at 763-682-1622.

 

Morrie’s Partners With Miracles of Mitch and United Health Care Children’s Foundation

Here at Morrie’s we actively search for opportunities to get involved and offer support within our community. Last month our Minnetonka Mazda store partnered with the Miracles of Mitch Foundation and the United Health Care Children’s Foundation to help children in need.

The Miracles of Mitch Foundation was formed by Steve and Becky Chepokas in memory of their son Mitch. Since his passing in 2003, the MOMF has provided financial and quality-of-life support to the families of children being treated for cancer in Minnesota.

The United Health Care Foundation helps children who have medical needs that may not be fully covered by insurance. The UHCCF is a place for families to turn to for funding and services for these children.

Throughout this partnership, Morrie’s customers were given a Strider Bike with the purchase of any new Mazda. They could choose to keep the bike, benefiting the UHCCF, or they could help a second child by donating the bicycle to the Miracles of Mitch Foundation.

We are so proud to be able to give back to two wonderful organizations and enjoyed seeing our Morrie’s customers give back to these organizations as well. Check out the pictures below of some of our customers that donated their bikes with their new car purchase.

Rally America National Championship Series

February 23, 2013 saw the start to the second race of the Rally America National Championship Series in Salem, MO at 100 Acre Woods. This Rally is known to be one of the most scenic races in the series. The race got its name from the storybook home of Winnie the Pooh. The event takes place in the foothills of the Ozark Mountain range and is home to some of the tightest and fastest roads in the series. Every twist and turn puts the drivers ability to the test, including Lauchlin O’Sullivan and our own Scott Putnam from CPD racing.

They came into the event with a freshly built 2008 Subaru WRX STI backed by Lucas Oil, Wolf LED and Morrie’s Subaru. Even with the limited time in the new WRX STI rally car O’Sullivan and Putnam were able to place 1st in the Super Production class and 3rd overall.

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