Archive for July, 2013
The Morrie’s Mazda/Miracles Of Mitch Mazda 2 made its second appearance this past weekend. Many consider Road America to be the United States premier racetrack. With its dramatic elevation changes and technical corners, it demands the best from both driver and car. Then, stir in a couple long straights where maximum speed is obtained.
At Road America, our nimble and reliable little Mazda 2 routinely hit speeds well over one hundred miles per hour bringing home third place. This was a particularly strong finish given that it is difficult for a single car to compete against a team of several cars as they can use each other for drafting and even bump drafting.
With Michael Ashby at the wheel, the Morrie’s Mazda/Miracles Of Mitch Mazda 2 broke up their formation to finish a very strong third. An engine control unit re-flash, now available, will give us some additional horsepower and a few more RPM’s at the top end. With these modest upgrades, we will improve on these already fantastic results.
This weekend Morrie’s Brooklyn Park Subaru sponsored two teams for Run For Your Lives, a zombie-themed 5k featuring a challenging obstacle course and a lot of fake blood! The North Memorial and UWRF teams that we sponsored raised over $6,000 dollars for the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Only one in three racers ended up surviving the zombie attacks, but over half of the Morries Brooklyn Park Subaru teams survived. Including the New Car Manager, Tina Ingalls! Survivors and those doomed to zombie-hood enjoyed a free refreshment upon completing the race. We had a great time and are glad that most of our team members survived. Check out our pictures below from the event.
It was a real treat trading in my 2000 Chevrolet Impala for a fully loaded 2014 Kia Forte for 24-hours this past weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I can truly say it was a delight to drive this sporty new sedan. I enjoyed it so much; I didn’t want to return the keys.
The 2014 Kia Forte is a great fit for younger drivers looking for a safe and attractive compact sedan with all the bells and whistles for an affordable price. Features that I got to enjoy included air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB input and power windows and locks. But you can expect to find all of those standard features on the base model in the Kia Forte. The EX model that I had the pleasure of driving also included a power sunroof, push button start, a six speaker audio system, cruise control, fog lights, remote keyless entry, power mirrors and the updated generation of the Kia UVO system.
This fully loaded Kia Forte was equipped with a 2.0-liter engine allowing the vehicle to achieve 173 horsepower and 154 lb/ft of torque, and believe me; you can feel the power in this vehicle when you’re cruising around town.
The handling on the new Forte was extremely impressive thanks to the all-new electrically assisted steering capability, which allowed me to be in complete control of the vehicle at all times. The braking and acceleration were also an upgrade for me, as the response time from action to delivery was much quicker than what I was used to in my Impala. All in all, I felt safe and in control while behind the wheel of the 2014 Forte.
Mother Nature finally cooperated long enough to give us the perfect day for Cars & Coffee this past Saturday. With sunshine and warm weather, cars turned out in droves to nab a spot in the show. Thank you to everyone that sacrificed a few extra hours of sleep on a Saturday morning to make this event a great one. Check out our photos from the event!
Mazda just unveiled the newly redesigned 2014 Mazda3 through a streaming broadcast on Xbox live last week. The redesign of the brands #1 seller will go on sale this fall and we are anxiously awaiting its arrival.
Mazda hasn’t given away all the details but they did give us some insight into what we can expect. The wheelbase on the new Mazda3 is expected to be 2.4 inches longer, lower and wider than the previous model. The pedals are aligned differently for safety and comfort. The driver will be centered above the pedals, which will be different than the standard pedal positions that are offset to the right.
An active driving pop up panel display is also an added feature on the redesigned sedan. This display will sit on top of the dashboard showing vehicle speed and navigation instructions and is designed to keep the driver more focused on the road. When the vehicle shuts off, the HUD screen will retract back into the dash. The main infotainment system also received a redesign.
Cadillac has always been synonymous with luxury, however, the lack of fresh blood to their lineup in the last decade left them tired and overlooked. That changed with the introduction of the 2013 Cadillac ATS. A new segment for Cadillac, the ATS brings the performance and luxury Cadillac is known for to a smaller, sportier platform. I was “tasked” with driving an ATS for a weekend and I have to say I was nothing less than impressed. I, like many others in my generation, initially thought Cadillacs were only enjoyed by those with an AARP card tucked into their wallet and spending their days on the golf course. I’m happy to say my assumptions were dead wrong.
At first glance this car is gorgeous. It sports the new, more aggressive front fascia that would later appear on the CTS, XTS, ELR, and future updates to Cadillac’s lineup. With features like swept back LED headlamps, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, and a noticeably sportier stance than Cadillac’s past you can’t help but appreciate how far Cadillac has come. Currently one of the oldest American car brands, second only to Buick, Cadillac is amongst the oldest car brands in the world. Founded in 1902 with lineup consisting of 2 vehicles, the Runabout and Tonneau, both of which resembling the iconic Ford Model-A, Cadillac has spent the last 111 years perfecting the engineering found in their modern day offerings.
I’d love to tell you that I had a grand adventure during my time with the ATS but that would be quite a stretch from the truth. My weekend consisted of errands and traffic that the ATS took from mind-numbingly boring to fun in an instant. Equipped with the optional 321hp 3.6L V6 under the hood, I found myself smiling and giddy over making it to the next red light quicker that my fellow commuters. Its combination of available power, sport suspension, and remarkable list of safety features made driving this little beauty an absolute delight. The wide array of safety features that can be found in the ATS make you feel as if you have a co-pilot in the passenger seat. Getting too close to the car in front of you? Let me apply the brakes for you. Drifting into the next lane on accident? Let me warn you by vibrating your seat. The list goes on with features like adaptive cruise control, heads-up display, and parking assist to name a few.