Archive for April, 2014
For those of you who suffer from asthma or allergies to dust, bacteria, mold or pollen, you may notice that your symptoms worsen when you are riding in vehicles. This is due to the fact that the carbon air filter, your vehicles ventilation system, is dirty, meaning it cannot ensure that the air inside of the vehicle is free of pollutants. These air filters become ineffective when they are full or particles so we suggest replacing yours periodically to ensure good air quality at all times. It’s a good idea to replace dirty air cabin filters around every 12 months or 15,000 miles as part of regular vehicle maintenance. You can also check the recommended mileage to change the filter for your vehicle in your owner’s manual. To schedule your cabin air filter replacement today, give us a call or stop by any Morrie’s location!
As many of you already noticed, we make it a point to head to all the major auto shows in the country and we just got back from the New York International Auto show where we got coverage of all the latest KIA models for you.
Kia’s big debut wasn’t for the K900 at NYIAS, but rather the Sedona, which truly impressed us with its redesigned interior & exterior. The Sedona will be Kia’s first model to offer Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert, and Driving Score. Although the Sedona was a big hit, we want to stay focused on the K900 and share a few pictures we captured of this beautiful sedan that was on display.
After seeing the K900 in person, we know that this gorgeous vehicle will bring big changes for Kia in the luxury segment. Check out some of the photos we took of the sedan while at the New York Auto Show. Make sure to stay tuned to the Morrie’s Minnetonka KIA Facebook page and website to be the first to know when the K900 lands here at Morrie’s!
We thought it would be fun to give you an insiders look at our service departments and introduce you to the talented and friendly employees that work at each store. Starting with Morrie’s Minnetonka Kia, we have Service Advisor, Scott Pobuda!
Here’s a little Q&A we had with him.
Q: What is your name and position?
A: Scott Pobuda, Service Advisor
Q: How long have you worked here at Morrie’s?
A: 37 monthS
Q: What did you do before you worked at Morrie’s?
A: Sales Associate at Tires Plus Total Car Care
Q: What kind of car do you currently drive?
A: 2004 Chevrolet Silverado
Q: What was your first car?
A: 1979 Ford F-150
Q: Tell us one thing about yourself that people may not know.
A: I can drink a beer in less than 3 seconds.
Q: What does your workday consist of (service advisors)
A: Taking care of customers and service staff.
Q: Who is your favorite co-worker?
Q: What type of music do you listen to most?
A: Country Western
Q: What is the longest you have ever gone without sleep?
A: 80 hours
Q: Plane, train or car? Boat, subway or teleportation device?
Q: If you could eat any food for the rest of your life what would it be?
A: Beef. It’s what’s for dinner!
Q: Who is your hero?
A: Ninja turtles… obvi!
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: I Love the outdoors! Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Snowmobiling, fourwheeling, blowing stuff up… you know, guy stuff!
Q: Why would you recommend our service department?
A: Friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Make sure to stop by our Service Department next time you are at Morrie’s Kia to say hello to Scott!
As you may have already heard, we’ve recently partnered with a quality-focused roaster out of Minneapolis to bring better coffee to our favorite summer event, MN C&C! To learn more about our partnership, or the MN C&C event, head over to our blog post highlighting the partnership.
We sent a crew over to the dogwood coffee brewing company headquarters to capture some video footage of how this amazing coffee is actually brewed.
We’re thrilled to be working with this local and sustainable company within our community and we hope to see you at the Automotorplex on the first Saturday every month, if not for the cars, then for this amazing coffee! Here are a few pictures from our visit, stay tuned for a video soon!
Photos & Guest Blog Write-up by Alex Bellus
With Cadillac only committing to building a limited number of these luxury electric coupes, I figured I wouldn’t have another chance any time soon to drive the ELR. When I first laid eyes on the ELR, I was blown away by the shape. It looks like it rolled straight off the stage of the 2013 North American Auto Show where it debuted. But the $75,000 ELR offers a lot more than just concept car looks. There’s also a surprising amount of technology under the skin designed to both coddle the driver in luxury and also provide smooth, silent electric propulsion without the range anxiety of other electric cars.
Now make no mistake, despite having a gasoline-powered “generator”, the ELR is a true electric car. The 1.4L generator is just used to keep the batteries charged up to power the motors that drive the wheels. What this means is that you always have instant torque the moment you put your foot down. While the CVT doesn’t have any gears, per say, there are four different drive modes: Tour, Sport, Mountain, and Hold. My favorite was Sport. It gives you the full amount of torque and throttle response right when you want it. Tour is great for running errands around town in full EV mode when you just want to listen to music and relax. Either way, both are so quiet and smooth and really give you the full benefit of an EV. I never had the chance to use the Mountain mode but Hold was great for cruising on the highway. Instead of using the battery reserves, the generator fires up and charges the batteries as you drive. One other really cool feature to point out is the paddles behind the steering wheel. At first, I expected them to change gear ratios or settings or something but actually, they control the regenerative braking. During my time with the ELR, I found that I could just pull back on one of the paddles as I came up to a stoplight and I wouldn’t even need to touch the brakes. All the while, the electric motors were scrubbing speed and charging the batteries!
Regardless of which drive mode you’re in, it’s smooth sailing in the ELR. Inside, it’s nothing but luxury. Everything you can see or touch is beautifully finished in soft leather, velvety Alcantara (similar to suede but more durable), wood, or carbon fiber. So while the drivetrain technology may be inspired by the Chevrolet Volt, the interior far exceeds anything most would expect in a Cadillac. It really is a nice place to be, and quiet too as a result of the electric drivetrain. Once on the move, all you’ll hear is some faint wind and tire noise. This was the first electric car I’ve driven and I was shocked by just how serene it was, and when the calm ambience became a little too relaxing, there was a wonderful Bose stereo system to liven things up a bit.
The stereo, as well as the rest of the in-car entertainment features, are controlled by the Cadillac User Experience, or CUE. CUE has become Cadillac’s signature infotainment platform that will be available across the entire Cadillac line as of 2015. It offers a unique and customizable, tablet-inspired touchscreen interface with proximity sensors that pull up commonly used features when you want them and hide them for you when you don’t. On top of that, the entire dash is completely button-less with a smooth black panel with touch points for things like volume and A/C controls. My favorite feature is that that panel can flip up to reveal a hidden storage compartment for your iPod or smartphone, complete with a glowing USB port to charge your device while it’s tucked away. Between that and the soft-close cover for the cup holders, the whole interior of the ELR feels just as high-tech and cutting edge as the drivetrain.
Now, the fact that the Cadillac ELR is based on the Chevy Volt while being nearly three times the cost might seem absurd to some people, but there’s more to it than that. In addition to Cadillac rebodying the Volt into the sleek, sexy coupe we’re talking about here, they’ve given it a fully luxurious makeover. While the Volt is designed for functionality first, and looks second, it’s obvious that Cadillac took a much more thorough look at the design and engineering of the ELR. Heck, it’s even more practical than I thought it would be, fitting a surprising amount of cargo after a trip to Ikea for new deck furniture. The ELR never failed to surprise me!
After a weekend of driving it, and a week to ponder the experience, I’ve come to a few conclusions. At first, I didn’t think it was a particularly good value given its somewhat more pedestrian roots but after averaging 88 MPG during my time with the car and being mesmerized by all the technology, the ELR has a lot going for it. It’s not really fair to compare the ELR to other coupes in its price range. Most of them offer far thirstier, more powerful engines without anywhere near the technology under the skin. Looking at other electric cars, like the Tesla, the ELR is less practical, only having two doors. So where does that leave Cadillac’s environmentally friendly halo car? Well, I see it as a Tesla coupe for people who have a life and don’t want to be tethered to charging stations. Unlike the Tesla, you can take the ELR on long road trips without having to stop every few hours only to spend the next 8 or more hours charging your car. Instead, you can glide along effortlessly in silent, electric comfort, swaddled in luxury, not needing to worry about when and where you’ll run out of juice. Instead, you can simply plug your car in at night when you arrive at the hotel or whatever destination you want and charge it and simply fill it up like you would any other car along the way.
So to break it down, the ELR is a gorgeous, expensive, electric, grand touring coupe that offers uncompromised luxury and technology. It may also be somewhat of a sleeper collector car given that Cadillac is planning on building so few of them. At the very least, it’s unique and you’re not likely to see one silently roll up next to you at a stop light.
Guest blog post written by: Alex Bellus – 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!
In honor of earth day today, we thought we would take a look at some of the environmentally friendly models that we carry here at Morrie’s. If you’re looking for a hybrid or electric vehicle option, we’ve got something for you.
1. Mazda doesn’t currently offer any electric or hybrid vehicles but what they do offer is their SKYACTIV system which is central to their long term effort to improve fuel-efficiency as well as reduce emissions. Mazda created SKYACTIV technology by utilizing methods such as idle-stop, regenerative braking systems as well as hybrid technology to further increase fuel efficiency. The 2012 Mazda3 was the first vehicle in the Mazda lineup to receive the new SKYACTIV technologies, which is now available on a variety of different vehicles here on our showfloor.
2. Over at Morrie’s Brooklyn Park Nissan we have quite the impressive lineup of environmentally friendly vehicles, starting with the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, which is available in 2-wheel, and 4-wheel drive options, and uses a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor paired to a lithium-ion battery. For more information on this vehicle head over to our website and check it out.
3. Staying within the same family we have the Nissan Leaf which stands for Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car. This electric hatchback features a front-mounted synchronous motor powered by a lithium ion battery pack, which delivers up to 120 horsepower. Click here for more information on the Nissan Leaf. Or stop our Brooklyn Park location today.
4. Last year at the New York International Auto Show Subaru introduced their first ever hybrid variant of the popular Crosstrek XV, and Subaru drivers couldn’t have been more excited. We were live in NY to capture all the excitement. The beautiful new XV Crosstrek hybrid is the lowest-emissions, most fuel-efficient All-Wheel Drive hybrid crossover in America. Make sure to stop by Morrie’s Brooklyn Park or Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru to take one for a no-hassle test-drive!
Day 2 at the 2014 NY International Auto Show
We had another full day at the Javits center bringing you live coverage from the New York International Auto Show. We’ve been busy shooting plenty of video footage to share with you, so make sure to head over to our YouTube page, or just click on the playlist below to see what we’ve been up to!
A majority of the reveals that we have shared with you took place on day 1 here at the NY Auto Show, but Subaru made us wait until the very end to see what they had in store. The morning was spent anticipating the reveal of the 2015 Subaru Outback, but it was well worth the wait. Subaru never disappoints when it comes to their press conferences and this one was no different. The Outback was first revealed at the New York Auto show as a concept 20 years ago and it has come a long way since. The refreshed wagon gets an updated interior that adds a bit of class to the cabin. The exterior also gets a refresh with a wider, hexagonal grille and a sleek new design. Subaru’s EyeSight Assist technology is also an added safety feature available on this model giving you peace of mind behind the wheel.
Subaru didn’t leave it at that, they also surprised us with the 2015 WRX STi Global Rallycross car! From what we hear, a stage rally version is currently in the works and should be released later this year with Travis Pastrana and David Higgins as pilots for the Subaru Rally Team USA in the Rally America Championship. Here at Morrie’s, rallying is close to our heart due to our own Scott Putnam’s involvement as a Subaru rally co-driver. Keep your eye out on this one, it should be fun to watch!
There’s always a lot going on at the various Auto Show’s we visit but this was the first time we’ve encountered a robot, a manicure booth and a full lineup of Mustang pinball machines. We made sure to capture all of the fun and interesting elements of the auto show to share with you, so make sure to check out all of our photos in the album below.
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We’re proud to bring you live coverage from the New York Auto Show!
The crew from Morrie’s traveled over 1200 miles this week to the big apple to bring you coverage of the New York International Auto Show. We’ve been gearing up for the big event for months now and we are proud to be able to bring you exclusive coverage from the biggest automaker’s in the world.
Day 1 was quite busy with a number of different press conferences to attend. Our first stop of the day was the Ford Motor Company press conference where the all-new 2015 Ford Focus and 50th anniversary Mustang were released.
We hightailed it over to the Hyundai booth following the Ford press conference to catch the unveiling of the all-new highly anticipated Hyundai Sonata. The goal of this redesign aims to appeal to a broader audience and make the vehicles look more like the rest of the Hyundai vehicle lineup, which we think worked great.
Next on the list was the Nissan press conference where we got our first up close look at the all-new redesigned Murano. Based off the resonance concept that was introduced at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. This production ready version drew a lot of excitement among spectators here in NY.
Toward the end of the day we began to lose steam but not enough to miss the last two big events of the day! Bentley held their press conference to re-introduce the 2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed and Flying Spur V-8 models, which we originally saw at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013.
Last, but certainly not least, we waited patiently for the last press conference of the day, where Mazda unveiled the 2015 25 year edition of the MX-5 Miata which turns 25 this year! We got tons of great coverage today and we can’t wait to share the rest of the excitement with you tomorrow when we return for press day 2! Head over to our YouTube page to check out the videos that are live from todays events! Also, make sure to follow us on twitter @morriesauto for live updates!
We’re excited to announce that we will be live at the New York International Auto Show next week getting live coverage of all the hottest model debuts! We’re proud to be the only Minnesota dealer bringing you a first look at these updated models, so make sure you stay tuned to our Facebook page and Twitter account all week for live updates.
Notable unveilings that we look forward to include the debut of the 2015 Mazda Miata (which is celebrating its 25th birthday) the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata, Subaru Outback, Nissan Versa Sedan and redesigned Murano. Maserati will be making in appearance in New York to celebrate their 100 year anniversary with the debut of the Maserati GranTurismo Centennial Edition. We also plan to get coverage of other luxury debuts like the Alfa Romeo 4C and Bentley’s first ever all-electric concept vehicle. Stay tuned!
Spring has finally arrived and it seems that the community is buzzing with activity. People walking dogs, washing cars, and enjoying the sunshine and warmer temps any way they can. These warmer temperatures also give us the oppertunity to do a little spring cleaning. Just like your home, your vehicle needs to be taken care of and maintained. Here are 5 tips that will ensure your vehicle is clear of winter weather residue and ready for the summer.
- Make sure to get all that leftover salt off of the body and underside of your vehicle. It is important to get it off of all the metal under the car to avoid rust. Also if you can get a nice coat of wax on the paint it can keep your vehicle looking new for years to come.
- Rotate your tires and make sure to monitor/check the tire pressure. Winter temperatures can effect the way the tires retain air so it is vital to make sure you have a good handle on how to check tire pressures(Check out our tutorial video here). It is important to rotate your tires especially on a FWD vehicle to avoid uneven wear of the tires. Tires aren’t always the cheapest fix on a car so save yourself the time and money by monitoring when they need to be rotated.
- Change the Oil and Check the levels to make sure no unnecessary damage is done. With the weather conditions we can experience here in Minnesota it is important to not push an oil change much past its change date. Also check your transmission fluid because repairing or replacing a transmission due to neglect can set you back thousands of dollars. Make sure you check brake and cooling system fluids plus your windshield washer fluid at this time as well because the roads are guaranteed to be a mess. Here is a tutorial video on how to check your oil levels.)
- Have the brakes inspected by a mechanic to make sure you aren’t wearing your pads or rotors thin. Safety should always be a top priority when behind the wheel and stopping is something that will matter! Neglecting the brake wear can lead to further damage and costly repairs down the road.
- Wiper Blades are one of the most forgotten parts on any vehicle. You should make sure visibility is your top priority when you’re behind the wheel. Cracked or worn out wiper blades can cause for poor cleanliness of the windshield is leave you in a sticky situation.
Stay tuned for more tips and tricks from the experts here at the Morrie’s Automotive Group! We are proud to serve the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. Head over to morries.com for more information or check out our inventory here.