Archive for September, 2013

Morrie’s Mazda & MazdaEDU

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.

 

Make sure to RSVP to our test drive events here:  October 5th or October 7th

Morrie’s Brooklyn Park Customer Appreciation Event

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.

Septembeard: Be a hero. See a show.

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.

Thank you,

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

Car Wash for UWEC Women’s Concert Chorale | Morrie’s CV Mazda

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

 

2014 Cadillac XTS Vsport – Test Drive

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!

Man’s Best Friend Get’s a Subaru

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!