Archive for September, 2013
Morrie’s Minnetonka Mazda is excited to announce our involvement with MazdaEDU for the second year in a row. MazdaEDU is a program designed to help local Mazda dealers raise money for area school improvements and programs. We are very excited for this upcoming event, and in order to make it a success, we need your support! Here are a few ways you can help…
Stop by one of our test drive events on either October 5th or October 7th and test drive a vehicle! A $20 donation will be made to one of the participating schools of your choosing. Donations to local schools can also be made based on voting on Facebook or www.mazdaedu.com. The school with the most votes at the end of the campaign will win $3,000, 2nd place will win $1,500 and 3rd place will win $500! Lastly, you can support local schools by texting MazdaEDU to 46786. Each text = $1 in donations from Mazda and the total will be split in half between the school with the most votes and the school with the most test drives!
We look forward to a successful test drive event next month and hope that you can help us to raise money for our local schools by stopping by for a test drive, voting for local schools on Facebook, or texting MazdaEDU.
If you have any questions regarding the MazdaEDU program that we are involved with, give us a call at 952-544-1999.
Last night Morrie’s Brooklyn Park Nissan & Subaru welcomed guests and past customers to our store for our Customer Appreciation Event. We had a great turn out! Guests enjoyed a catered meal, door prize raffles, a full tour of our Service Department and an overview of our Buy Happy Rewards program! Guests also received $50 in Buy Happy Rewards Points just for attending!
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped to make this event a success! Check out our photos from the event below.
We are a team here at Morrie’s Cadillac and are working to raise $5,000 for prostate cancer research through the Septembeard organization. Helping to fund cancer research is an important cause to everyone here at the store.
It is our goal to get everyone involved in our efforts to reach our goal. In that spirit, through a partnership with the Minneapolis Musical Theatre and the Hennepin Theater Trust, we are selling 4 tickets to the upcoming production of “Carrie the Musical” presented by the Minneapolis Musical Theatre at the New Century Theater.
To donate to Septembeard and receive the tickets please contact Kevin Robbins directly at (763) 449-4212 by Friday September 27, 2013. We are asking for a minimum donation of $100 for the 4 ticket package valued at $116. This is good for any performance from October 4th to October 27th. Only the first person to contact us will receive the ticket package but we greatly appreciate any additional donations to our cause. Feel free to visit the theatre’s website at here to purchase additional tickets to the show and learn more about MMT.
Be a Hero. Donate now.
Kevin Robbins, Joe Seppa, Pat Kyes, Mike Iverson, Ghassan Jamaleldin, Dennis Pearson, Ron Johnson, Jack Siegel, Chris Wanker, Dan Epp, Brian Reinstra, and Justin Riddell
Join Morrie’s Chippewa Mazda this Saturday, September 21st for a free car wash to help support the UWEC Women’s Concert Chorale! We will be matching donations made up to $500 total, which will be used to support this great organization.
We will also be doing on-site vehicle appraisals; everyone that gets their vehicle appraised will also receive a $10 gift card from Gordy’s County Market.
The car wash will be held at Gordy’s County Market, Hamilton Ave location. 3310 E Hamilton Ave Eau Claire, WI 54701 from 11am-1pm. We look forward to seeing everyone out there. For more information on this event please call us at (715) 720-7000
Our General Manager here at Morrie’s 394 Hyundai was just recently given the opportunity to travel to South Korea to tour the Hyundai Ulsan Plant. The Plant has a production capacity of around 1.6 million units per year so you can imagine there is a lot of ground to cover on a plant tour. The plant is comprised of five independent plant facilities which span 5,000,000 square meters. The plant tour is open to the public but, on this special occasion it was only targeted at general managers and owners of Hyundai dealers from the U.S.
Aaron Velick the General Manger here at Morrie’s 394 Hyundai was also given time to see the unique sites of the city and experience a completely different culture. Being able to tour some historic sites of South Korea and being caught up in the big city had to have been very exciting. A few sites from home like a McDonalds or Hooters, or the small street vendors selling a sorts of afternoon snacks can be quite the thing to see and experience. Also the vehicles themselves can be quite different from what we are able to get here in the States.
The Korean spec vehicles are sometimes a bit different like for example the Sonata Wagon (known as i40 in Korea pictured in white below) which can be a welcomed refresher.
Another great example of style and culture would be the Grandeur Art vehicle which is very similar to the Azera model that we have here. (pictured below)
A little bit of Korean barbecue and Korean hospitality was what really made for a great trip. (Picture of Korean barbecue below) All the U.S. Hyundai support dealer staff was on site and were very kind and generous, bringing a lot of fun to hear a different aspect for a completely different market. Also sharing the food and company of a different culture is a great way to make friends for years to come.
The arrival of the all-new Cadillac CTS is approaching quickly and we have received a few more updates from Cadillac that we wanted to share with you. The current model Cadillac CTS is larger than a compact sedan but smaller than a mid-size sedan, since the ATS has taken the spot in the compact segment and the XTS has taken the spot in the full-size sedan, the all new CTS will be strictly competing with other luxury mid-size sedans.
The new CTS is not just a restyled version of the current CTS. It will be larger and will have more standard technologies. Some that were either just options or not available on the current CTS. With the departure of the DTS and STS and the replacement with the XTS, it is difficult for many to understand that the CTS will be completely different with no name change. Cadillac is referring to it now as the ngCTS which stands for New Generation CTS.
The exterior on the all-new CTS will be 5 inches longer with a roomier interior, 1 inch lower for a more athletic look, 7% lighter than the current CTS, and will have a refined grill finish. The interior will contain the new CUE infotainment system, a 5.7 inch reconfigurable driver information center similar to the XTS Premium and Platinum models, 11-speaker Bose audio system, Genuine Sapele wood trim, Push-Button start, a passive entry, and 14 or 20-way power adjustable seats.
As far as engine options, there will be a 2.0L Turbo 4 cylinder emitting 272 HP, a 3.6L V6 emitting 321 HP and a 3.6L V6 Twin Turbo on the CTS V-Sport emitting 420 HP that will debut at the end of 2013 or early 2014. The new generation CTS will also contain Magnesium Paddle Shifters, Run Flat Tires, Front Brembo Brakes (same as on the current ATS and CTS-V), and Dual Exhaust outlets.
We will be sure to let you know as soon as the New Generation CTS rolls onto our show floor. We are highly anticipating this great new addition to our line-up within the next month or so and hope you are too! Stay tuned for updates!
To most of you, the Cadillac XTS should be familiar. Having launched last year, it mostly served as a large vessel with which to debut Cadillac’s high-tech CUE infotainment system. Compared to its sportier and more dynamic younger brother, the ATS, the XTS seemed to be missing something. For 2014 however, Cadillac sought to fully utilize the XTS platform to build the best car they know how to. The end result? A 410 horsepower, all-wheel drive, executive sedan that boasts all of the same comfort and convenience features one would expect in a flagship Cadillac model.
While Cadillac has begun testing their cars around Germany’s famous Nurburgring race track in recent years in order to develop their drivetrains and suspension to be closer to their German rivals from the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, the XTS is missing a V8 option available in thing
s like the Audi S6, BMW 550i xDrive, and E550, respectively. Instead, Cadillac opted to slap a pair of turbochargers to the 3.6 liter V6 found under the hood of the XTS Vsport. While the standard V6 makes a healthy 304 horsepower under its own power, the Vsport’s engine now pumps out a rather potent 410 horsepower at 6000 RPM as well as 369 lb-ft of torque from as low as 1900 RPM, all while returning better fuel economy that trumps the competition. It’s a very similar approach to what Ford did with their EcoBoost engines that revolutionized the truck segment. So, what does more than 400 horsepower feel in a car the size of the XTS? To take a page from Rolls Royce, it feels rather “adequate”. In terms of acceleration, Cadillac claims a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds for the XTS Vsport and that certainly feels attainable, if not a bit conservative. While there’s no getting past the fact that the Vsport’s twin-turbocharged V6 has to lug around roughly 4400 lbs of luxury, the Cadillac’s acceleration times are within a couple of tenths of a second of its German rivals which is a pretty impressive feat given the relative fuel economy afforded by this drivetrain.
Of course, it’s not all about power either. The ride is also Rolls Royce smooth thanks to the new suspension for the Vsport. Adding to the equation Cadillac’s impressive magneto-rheological shocks with sportier springs and chiseled 20” wheels and you have a car that not just pulls like a freight train but rides like it’s on rails as well. Although there’s no hiding the fact that the XTS weighs significantly more than two tons, the suspension tightens up noticeably during cornering while offering a buttery smooth ride on the highway, and the large Brembo brakes do a fantastic job of slowing this behemoth down. The all-wheel drive system also helps to make the XTS Vsport feel incredibly planted on the road; however there is some noticeably torque steer coming from the front wheels under hard acceleration.
The interior of the Cadillac XTS Vsport cocoons the driver and passengers in soft, supple leather. The seats offer incredible comfort as they’re both heated and cooled. The view from behind the steering wheel is a commanding one with a higher than normal seating position that gives the driver a great view over the front of the car, making it easy to place the wheels of such a large car while carving corners or simply trying to park in a tight parking space. The driver is also greeted by a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster that displays a wide range of features. And unlike the cheesy digital instrument clusters that dominated dashboards of sports cars in the 90’s, the fully reconfigurable instrument cluster in the XTS is a forward-thinking touch of modernity. While the main focus of the instrument cluster is the speedometer and tachometer, the insides of the gauges can be configured to show anything from navigation and audio functions to boost pressure and fuel economy. To further inform the driver, there is a very cool head-up display (HUD) that shows speed and engine RPM as well as safety information for the adaptive cruise control system.
Of course, the 8” CUE touchscreen in the XTS presents a dazzling array of features, from 3D navigation with traffic and weather to iPod and Pandora radio integration. There is also a CD/DVD player in the glovebox as well as SiriusXM radio, HD radio and 3 USB ports for connecting phones, iPods, thumb drives and any number of other portable electronic devices. It all sounds incredible over the 14-speaker Bose surround sound system. Both the screen and buttons below the screen offer capacitive touch, just like an iPad, so many of the gestures you’d use on your tablet (like swiping, pinching to zoom, etc) work on the navigation screen of the Cadillac. The screen and buttons also vibrate when you touch them and the whole panel of buttons below the screen lifts up to reveal a secret cubby for storing your phone or other valuables. There’s even an extra USB port hidden inside for charging your device!
Even just five years ago, the thought of Cadillac building cars that could compete at all levels against the strongest competition from Germany would’ve seemed like a bit of a stretch. The world has changed a lot in five years and Cadillac has put its emphasis on building cars that can hang with the best of them. In case you couldn’t tell by now, the XTS Vsport is a highly capable car that builds upon Cadillac’s heritage of building luxurious sedans. With the pair of turbos, the Vsport gets an injection of much-needed power to keep up with much more expensive cars while its interior features offer world-class levels of luxury, technology and safety.
Alex Bellus is a well-known automotive photographer in the Twin Cities area and a frequent attendee of MN C&C at the Automotorplex. He is an Automotive Analyst for IHS Automotive and has a wide range of automotive knowledge. Keep your eye out for his next Blog Post where he will highlight another popular new vehicle!
This past weekend there was a lot of excitement buzzing around here at Morrie’s Brooklyn Park. Why, you ask? Well it’s not everyday we have an NHL player stop by our store.
Minnesota Wild Defenseman, Marco Scandella, gave us a call last week to express his interest in the 2014 GT-R that was on our showroom floor. We were very excited to bring him in for a test drive to check out the vehicle in person.
He arrived on Saturday, smiling ear to ear, and after a short while, decided he was going to go ahead and seal the deal on the GT-R. If you’ve ever seen Marco, you know he’s hard to miss. We even had a few customers in for service that got very excited when they realized who was in the dealership on the same day as they were.
We were thrilled to be able to work with Marco to help him find the vehicle that best fit his needs. Give us a call or visit our website here for more information on our vehicles or to take a test drive today.
This past weekend I bought the new, redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester. My purchase was fueled by a need to find a vehicle that could fit my enormous Great Dane puppy, Bucky, comfortably and safely in my car. Yes, I bought a car for my dog, but I also bought a spacious, comfortable, fuel-efficient, AWD vehicle for myself.
Subaru’s popular marketing campaign “Dog tested. Dog approved.” holds true for my Great Dane. Bucky loves his new Subaru. With a spacious rear cargo/dog space, Bucky gets to sprawl out in the back, instead on riding in a dog crate. He enjoys the large windows, with nearly no blind spots, for bird watching and safety during his car-rides. Bucky also likes that I don’t tell him to duck down as I try to back up the car due to the standard rear backup camera on all trim levels except the base. He loves listening to his favorite tunes whether through the HD radio or through the Bluetooth on my phone. Bucky enjoys the smooth ride. There aren’t too many bumps to disturb his afternoon nap.
Bucky loves the car, but I do too. The massive panoramic sunroof makes the small SUV feel even more spacious and open. The raised passenger and rear seats in the redesign create a more comfortable ride for all passengers. Also, the new CVT transmission gives the Forester, an SUV, the cost saving MPG of a much smaller sedan. This is nice for saving some money to put towards dog food.
Overall, both human and K9 alike are enjoying the new purchase!
Guest Blog post written by Brooke.
Brooke is a recent College Graduate of UW Madison and has just moved to the Twin Cities to start her career.
We are so glad we were able to help her find the vehicle that best fits her (and Bucky’s) needs.
The 2014 Subaru Forester will provide Brooke with all she needs for her and Bucky to get around town and to and from work conveniently and comfortably.
Stop into any Morrie’s location today and one of our friendly Sales Associates would be happy to help you find the vehicle that best fits your needs!
I realize it’s not quite winter yet and personally I’m not hauling kids to soccer practice or anything, but having an SUV for the evening was certainly a welcomed change. Something about jumping up into this SUV rather than fall down to the ground into my old car, gives you a feeling of comfort and security. I was able to borrow a 2013 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T AWD (with the Leather & Premium Package) for the evening and I soon realized just how great it was. There were a couple things I noticed that I really enjoyed right away that I haven’t really given much thought to until I was actually using some of these features.
The available back-up camera that comes in the Leather & Premium Package is a 4.3” touchscreen color display and really makes life a whole lot easier. I feel like that, paired with the standard Bluetooth system is something once you have it, it would be tough to give up. Low and behold, I took the Santa Fe on Friday the 13th and was just waiting for something bad to arise and it never happened. Like I mentioned, it has the hidden sense of security until you actually realize how safe this Santa Fe Sport is. Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control all on top of Anti-lock brakes, these things are the platform from what safety is built on. I just felt like the more and more I drove around, the more I didn’t want to bring it back.
Not to mention Hyundai’s reliability factor and America’s best warranty a 10-year, 100,000 miles power train warranty (trumped by our Morrie’s Lifetime Power Train Warranty) and a 5-year, 60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper warranty.
So you’re probably saying, “What about space and room for all of my stuff?” Yes, I actually do need to haul my kids to hockey and soccer practice. Just behind the front seats alone there is 71.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which in real life terms means, in fact, you will be able to haul the kids around and all their junk no problem (I meant gear and bags…). The rear seats which are heated also with the leather package, conveniently fold almost flat on either side or just the middle can fold flat if you need room for the hockey sticks and still put all the bags in the back. I was starting to think that the more time I spent in the Santa Fe Sport, the more I could really get used to all this space behind me. I ended up at the grocery store and it was almost embarrassing how much more I could have gotten away with buying and fitting in the back.
So, on a final note, if you haven’t checked out the Santa Fe Sport (or the larger 7-passenger Santa Fe) for your next vehicle, I think you owe it to yourself to stop by Morrie’s and give it a test drive. Between the streaming bluetooth music, the perfectly placed buttons on the steering wheel or the quiet and comfort interior, this vehicle really showed it’s a strong competitor for any SUV buyer.
Adam Karon is a Marketing Manager in the Twin Cities and constantly on the move. We were happy to be able to provide him with a Hyundai Santa Fe for the night so he could get a feel for the convenience, safety and comfort this crossover has to offer.