Morrie’s Inver Grove Mazda officially opens on July 1, but in advance of our opening we want to get people out to the new store. More importantly we would like to buy you lunch. This Saturday from 11am to 2pm if you drop by the store and let us appraise your car we’ll buy you lunch. But wait, this is not just any lunch, we’ll buy you lunch from the 2014 Burger Battle Winner, B52 Burgers. That’s right, the B52 Slider Squad will be on site with their food truck grilling up burgers. We hope to see you Saturday!
What: Morrie’s Inver Grove Mazda will buy you lunch from the B52 Slider Squad if you simply let us appraise your car
When: Saturday, June 21, 2014 —11am to 2pm
Why: Because everyone likes a good burger
Where: 10 Mendota Rd E., Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
This past March Mazda unveiled the Hazumi concept car, which signaled the design direction of the next generation Mazda2.
It’s now clear that the car is moving closer to reality since a camoflaged version was spotted testing in central Europe earlier this week. Despite the attempts to hide the cars shape, it is clear that the production car will mimic the concept closely.
As we would expect, the 20-inch wheels from the concept will not carry over. Instead, it is likely that the car will get 16 inch wheels standard as shown in the spy shot. The intricate mirrors from the concept will also get replaced in favor of more production friendly units. We expect the new Mazda2 to get the full Skactiv treatment including lightweight construction and highly efficient engines. Although Europe will get an uber efficient 1.5 liter Skactiv diesel, we expect to see 1.5 liter gasoline engine in the states. The engine is expected to deliver right around right around 100 horsepower and will be coupled to a six-speed manual. Engine stop-start technology will be employed to maximize efficiency as well as Mazda’s i-ELOOP hybrid technology.
The production Mazda2 will be revealed later this year at the Paris Auto Show, although we don’t expect the car to hit our shores until next summer.
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’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!
Today we heard that the U.S. Department of transportation has proposed a backup camera mandate, requiring all vehicles built after May 1, 2018 to be equipped with a rear back up camera.We wanted to share this news with our readers to find out what you think about the mandate. Do you think this is fair, do you think this will be a helpful safety feature?
The National Highway Safety Transportation agency has sited an average of 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries per year due to back up related accidents. This mandate will require all vehicles under 10,000 lbs to have a rear-backup camera that allows for visibility at least 10 feet wide and 20 feet back.The estimated cost for a camera on each vehicle is an estimated $132-$142.
What do you think about this? Do you own a vehicle with a rear-backup camera? If so what do you like, dislike about it? Could you live without it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Looking for a car free of gimmicks and empty promises? Take a look into the future with the new 2015 Mazda6. The Mazda6 is a mid-sized sedan equipped with classic and elegant features designed to meet all your expectations. This breathtaking ride is stylish, environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient. It is custom-designed with technology and luxury features engineered for optimum performance. “The mid-size sedan is the bread-and-butter of the automotive industry, a vehicle that finds its way into nearly every driveway and garage in America,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).
Mazda6 Trim Levels
The ’15 Mazda6 will be offered in three trim levels:
- Sport with a starting MSRP of $21,190
- Touring with a starting MSRP of $23,845
- Grand Touring with a starting MSRP of $29,895
The Sport and Touring come with a standard six-speed manual transmission. You can optionally upgrade to the six-speed automatic transmission. With that upgrade, you’ll also get Bluetooth® hands-free phone and audio connectivity, HD Radio™ technology, Pandora® Internet radio, audio menu voice command and a 5.8-inch, color, touch screen display and rearview.
On the Grand Touring model, the six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered. This option comes with Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC), Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW), a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), High Beam Control (HBC) and i-ELOOP and active grille shutters.
Mazda6 Color Palette
For all trims, the Mazda6 is available in six exterior colors, Blue Reflex, Meteor Gray, Jet Black, Snowflake White Pearl, Liquid Silver and Soul Red. Only two interior colors, black and almond are available.
Safety Features on the Mazda6
The 2015 Mazda6 is the ultimate mid-sized sedan when it comes to safety features. Distinguishing safety features include stability control, surround impact airbags, ignition disable security system and seatbelt pretensioners which automatically tighten seat-belts during a collision. There’s also the anti-whiplash feature that actively reacts to constrain the driver’s head to reduce the likelihood of head injuries during a collision. The new Mazda6 is unparalleled when it comes to finesse, reliability and safety. To learn more about Mazda6, call the experts at Morrie’s Mazda. You can reach us at (952) 977-7040.
Morrie’s Mazda, home to the Buy Happy® car shopping experience, is a Mazda dealer of choice in the Minnetonka and the Twin Cities metros. We serve car owners and shoppers with new Mazdas, used cars, expert auto repair, Mazda parts and Mazda accessories. Visit us at 13700 Wayzata Boulevard or call us at (952) 977-7040 the next time you need to buy or service your vehicle.
Today was the second press day at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and we were busy getting live coverage to share with you! We finally got the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the hottest new vehicles from all over the world. Make sure to check out our photo album below and our YouTube playlist with tons of model overview videos!
Our first stop this morning was the Subaru press conference where they unveiled the highly anticipated 2015 Subaru WRX STi. This Rally bred sports sedan features a 2.5 Liter Boxer Four cylinder, producing 300 horsepower and 290 lbs/ft. of torque. Subaru promises more speed, better handling, tighter suspension and a high-performance braking system. We know our Subaru fans are just as excited as we are about this one, but sit tight, we don’t expect to see one on show floors until next year!
Following the Subaru press conference, we hightailed it over to Cadillac where they were unveiling the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe! The ATS coupe is the brand’s first compact two-door coupe yet and it did not disappoint. As you would expect, the ATS coupe shares the same wheelbase and platform as the ATS sedan, but with a widened track in the front and rear and an aluminum construction making it the lightest car in its segment. You could feel the excitement in the crowd as Cadillac entertained us with a youthful and upbeat reveal for this hot new coupe. Exterior changes to the ATS coupe include a wider, more aggressive looking grille, and a brand new crest! The new Cadillac crest has only been worn on one other non-production model, the El miraj concept before being unveiled on the ATS coupe today. Cadillac explained the new crest as representing the the purity of Cadillac and the new lower, leaner, meaner design. The ATS coupe is powered by an increased 2.0 liter turbocharged four or a 3.6 liter V6, available in rear wheel or all-wheel drive, as well as a 6-speed manual option. Keep your eye out for the ATS Coupe on Morrie’s Cadillac show floors!
Although previously revealed during an online debut, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade still created a lot of buzz at this year’s auto show in Detroit. This was the first time we were able to get an up close look at the vehicle so make sure to check out our photos in the album below.
We had a full day today at the North American Auto Show where a number of brands in the Morrie’s portfolio had something new and different to bring to the table.
The show stopper of the day was none other than the industry’s first aluminum pickup, the 2015 Ford F-150, which shed a whopping 700 pounds of curb weight. The 2015 Mustang also created a lot of buzz as you can imagine and we were eager to get an up close look at this iconic redesigned vehicle.
We’ve been anticipating the reveal of the Kia GT4 Stinger Concept and as usual their press conference did not disappoint. We got to hear from “The Kia 6″ the group of designers responsible for the vision of this hot new concept.
Other noteworthy reveals from day one included the 2015 Hyundai Genesis and the Nissan Sports Sedan Concept, which gives a sneak peek at the next-generation Maxima. We were also able to catch the reveals from a few luxury brands including the Porsche 911 Targa and the Bentley Continental GT V8 S!
Stay tuned for more photos from day 2 of the North American International Auto Show here in Detroit and make sure to head over to our YouTube page for overview videos on all these exciting new models!
After decades of building small affordable vehicles, Hyundai is really starting to make their way to the top in terms of quality and reliability. According to the latest Vehicle Health Index Report, Hyundai has surpassed Toyota which has been a giant for years in the industry as the lowest-cost repaired vehicle. What this means for current owners of Hyundai vehicles is that down the road you will be saving more money than any other car owner that bought from another manufacturer.
You are especially in luck if you own a 2010 Hyundai Elantra which breaks into the top 10 at No. 8 of the overall least repaired vehicles. This has been published through a website called CarMD which surveys the repair costs of all the manufacturers.
If you haven’t already considered a Hyundai the time may be now. Hyundai has the lowest cost of repairs among any car on the road, . Make sure to check out Morrie’s 394 Hyundai on the web or stop by to see for yourself what makes the Hyundai so great!
It was another busy day at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 2013 LA Auto Show! We made sure to get plenty of coverage of all the Morrie’s brands, plus more to share with you. Here are more pictures and information from the latest debuts here at the show.
Nissan had quite the presence at the Auto Show this week with multiple Nismo performance vehicles including the all-new Nissan Sentra Nismo concept, the 2014 Juke Nismo RS, which will be available in January and finally the showstopper, the 2015 GT-R Nismo!
2014 Juke Nismo RS
2015 GT-R Nismo
Ford’s main attraction this week at the Auto Show was the 2015 Edge Crossover Concept and it sure drew a lot of attention. We were excited to be able to see the concept that will hopefully pave the way for the future of the production model Edge.
We were very excited to be able to get a closer look at both the 2015 Subaru WRX and the Subaru Legacy concept! The WRX stole the show this week as auto enthusiasts have been waiting for the production model to be unveiled since the concept debuted last year in New York. The Legacy concept was just as beautiful as we had anticipated with menacing headlights and a low sleek roofline.
2015 Subaru WRX
Subaru Legacy Concept
Kia’s k900 luxury sedan also debuted this week which gave us a better idea of the direction that Kia is headed with their transition to a full luxury lineup. Stay tuned for more information on when we will have one on our show floor at Morrie’s Kia.
We also got to see some excitement at the Hyundai booth where they brought an all-new Tucson hydrogen fuel-cell crossover, the 2014 Hyundai Elantra and a Veloster Turbo R-SPEC! Check out our pictures below.
Tucson hydrogen fuel-cell
2014 Hyundai Elantra
Veloster Turbo R-SPEC
Cadillac brought the Elmiraj concept to the Auto Show this week and it was constantly surrounded with individuals trying to get a gander. This vehicle is easy on the eyes with it’s long sleek sweeping hood, elegant look and gorgeous interior. This vehicle may not make it into production but we are keeping our fingers crossed. As well as the concept, Cadillac also had their recently revealed 2015 Cadillac Escalade on display.
Morrie’s is proud to bring you the latest news as it happens live from the LA Auto Show. Make sure to check our YouTube page soon for videos on all these great new models!