Grand Opening – Coming Soon!
We’re very excited to announce that we will be opening a new Mazda store in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota! Check out the beautiful building below that we’re moving into.
We broke ground in Inver Grove Heights in February and we anticipate a grand opening date of June 1st. Check out the photos below that show all the different phases of construction. Also, make sure to our Inver Grove Mazda Facebook page often for updates and news!
Kia blew us away last year with the unveiling of the all-new K900 luxury sedan at the LA Auto Show and we were there to get live coverage for you. “In honor of the company’s 20th anniversary, the K900 was designed as a symbol of how far the brand has come and the next bold example of the challenger spirit that has benefitted Kia over two decades of growth and maturation.” said Michael Sprague, executive VP of Sales and Marketing at KIA.
The K900 is equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 engine able to achieve 420 horsepower and accelerate from 0-60 in just 5.5 seconds. Also available is a V6 option, which will produce about 311 horsepower.
The interior includes advanced technology just as you would see in any other luxury vehicle on the market. The Head’s Up Display offers information you need while your driving projected on the windshield. The projection will also adjust depending on the brightness outside at the time of use. This new feature will help drivers to stay safe by focusing more on the road.
The interior is equipped with a Lexicon Logic7 audio system with 17-speaker surround sound. Other features inside the vehicle include adaptive front lighting, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping system, and a 16-point power adjustable drivers seat.
We look forward to the arrival of the KIA K900 here at Morrie’s Minnetonka KIA this summer! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for all the latest news and arrivals at the dealership!
Here it is, the latest update on our MN Zoo Field Research Vehicle! Back in June 2011, we presented the Zoo with a brand new wrapped Mazda CX-5 to help with their research efforts. (Check out the video here). Scientist, Dr. Kim VanderWaal, has been very busy working with radio telemetry equipment and trying to locate radio/GPS-collared deer!
Kim’s project is focusing on parasite transmission from deer to moose in northeastern Minnesota. We believe this is a factor that is likely contributing to the moose decline. Kim and her research partners have placed tracking collars on more than 10 deer so far and are looking to see how their movements overlap with those of moose in the area. Kim is also using the field vehicle to find and collect deer pellets, so that they can be analyzed for the presence of parasites that harm moose.
We’re thrilled to see how our Mazda CX-5 donation has helped the Minnesota Zoo with their research efforts. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates as researchers continue to make strides in conserving the MN Moose and endangered species population!
When the 2013 Ford Fusion debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, it was immediately clear that Ford had a hit on their hands. Following in the footsteps of 2012’s Ford Focus, the new Fusion was thoroughly redesigned with more features,power, and most importantly, refinement. For that reason, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to drive and enjoy a 2014 Ford Fusion Titanium for a weekend courtesy of Morrie’s Minnetonka Ford.
This new standard of quality is immediately obvious as soon as you sit down in the driver’s seat. The soft yet supportive leather-trimmed seat happily greets you with its warm embrace thanks to the much appreciated heated seats. The door closes with a reassuring *thunk* that makes the structure feel solid and well crafted. Gripping the supple, leather-wrapped steering wheel and looking ahead to the instrument cluster which features dual 4.2-inch screens flanking a central tachometer give the impression that this car wants to be driven.
Ford no longer offers a V6 option in the Fusion. Instead, there are five different 4-cylinder options ranging from a 2.5L making175 HP all the way up to a 2.0L EcoBoost engine producing 240 HP that comes as standard with the Titanium trim level. For those wanting the best possible fuel economy, there is also a 2.0L 4-cylinder that is paired with an electric motor as either a hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle. Although the Fusion Titanium Hybrid can return a claimed 47 MPG, I was more than happy with the 27 MPG I saw while driving the 2.0L EcoBoostequipped Titanium, especially considering the optional all-wheel drive I had to help get me through the snow and ice. The 2.0LEcoBoost is perfect for those who want a balance of power and fuel economy and I have no doubt that in better weather, I’d have no problem achieving the factory claimed 33 MPG on the highway.
Where the new Fusion really shines though is with the technology and safety features that are available. While the Fusion Titanium I drove was just about as fully loaded as you can get, it did offer a lot of bang for your buck too. Inside, it came equipped with a SYNC with MyFord Touch infotainment system that featured an excellent navigation system with 3D buildings and landmarks on the 8-inch touchscreen. With the Titanium, you also get things like heated seats, keyless entry and start, a Sony premium audio system and more. Overall, the Fusion can be equipped with nearly any feature you could imagine but if I had one gripe, it’d be with Ford’s decision to get rid of traditional knobs and buttons and replace them with a capacitive touch panel. I personally think the big, plastic panel looks really clean, but the problem with capacitive touch panels is that they’re hard to use in the winter unless you have specially designed gloves. It became a bit of a hassle to take my gloves off every time I wanted to adjust the temperature or change radio stations. On the flip side, SYNC is one of the few systems that allow the driver to change all of those things using voice commands so maybe I’m just being a bit nit-picky.
All in all though, I thoroughly enjoyed my weekend with the 2014 Ford Fusion Titanium. It’s quiet, comfortable, and fast which all contributes to a certain sense of confidence for the driver. During my time with the Fusion, it performed flawlessly when driving a bunch of friends to dinner or during countless errands where I really had the ability to test out just how big the trunk was. In every situation, the Fusion exceeded my expectations as a car. While the $37,475 price tag of the fully-loaded Fusion Titanium I tested may seem like a lot for a car that has a base price of just $21,970, and even though the Fusion I tested is more expensive than most of its competition, the features it offers at that price still makes it a bargain. This point is most obviously made clear when looking at the safety features offered in the Fusion. For example, the Driver Assist Package that came equipped on the particular Fusion included the Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert that uses sensors in the rear quarter panels to warn you if someone is in your blind spot or driving by as you’re backing out of a parking space. It also includes lane-departure warning with a lane-keep assist feature that will gently guide you back into your lane if you start to drift out of it. The driver monitoring system will also watch your driving patterns and alert you to pull over and grab a coffee or get some rest if it senses that you’re not paying as much attention to the road as you should for an extended period of time. Of course, you also get automatic high beams and rain sensing wipers as part of the package as well.
This package, when combined with the Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Park Assist systems, means that the Fusion is closer than nearly any other car on the road today to bridging the gap towards being an autonomous car. So while the Fusion may not be the autonomous car of the future today, the features it does have all contribute to making it feel more comfortable and stable on the roads of today. And it’s that reason that the Fusion, with its combination of high-tech features, elegant styling, and refined comfort, has become one of Ford’s major runaway success stories.
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!
Have you ever gotten a bowl out of the cupboard, set it on the counter and wondered what you should fill it with? Maybe cereal, soup, or a delicious salad? For many folks locally and across our great country, it is a reality that they don’t have the option to fill that bowl with anything. Feed my People Food Bank has been servicing Central Wisconsin communities since 1982. They provide assistance to Hunger-Relief Programs, Weekend Kids’ Meals Programs, and Senior Hunger Programs.
Subaru first introduced us to the VIZIV concept last year in Geneva and it returned again this year in more production ready trim as the VIZIV 2. If you’re like me you’re wondering what VIZIV stands for —- Subaru says it stands for “Vision of Innovation.”
The concept represents what Subaru’s future hybrid crossover might look like. In typical Subaru tradition the VIZIV 2 a 1.6 liter turbocharged boxer four cylinder and in the spirit of efficiency it is coupled to a plug-in three motor hybrid system. Of course it wouldn’t be a Subaru (BRZ excluded) if it didn’t have symmetrical all wheel drive.
Since it last bowed it has sprouted two additional doors, certainly a nod to consumer demanded utility, and more production ready headlights. Front end styling aligns with that of the recently debuted 2015 Subaru Legacy.
The word on the auto show circuit is that the VIZIV 2 will replace the previous Tribeca crossover. It is unknown when or if this crossover concept will make it to production. If you like what you see and want to get updates, reach out to Morrie’s Brooklyn Park or Minnetonka Subaru.
When the Nissan Juke first debuted just over three years ago we were intrigued. Frankly, the car created a niche that we hadn’t seen before and we welcomed its arrival. Just this week in Geneva Nissan revealed a face lifted Juke.
The new Juke maintains the general looks and shape of its predecessor, yet adopts more recent Nissan design cues. The car adopts the new corporate Nissan grille as well as headlights inspired by those on the 370z. LEDs have also been integrated into the mirrors and rear taillights.
The Juke is a relatively small crossover and therefore doesn’t need a lot of engine to get moving. With the new Juke Nissan actually decreased the engine size, opting for a 1.2 liter DIG-T turbo engine currently found in Nissans overseas. Despite the size reduction, the turbo brings power to 115hp, essentially the equivalent of the outgoing model. While horsepower remains the same, the engine brings a healthy dose of torque not available in the outgoing naturally aspirated model. As before, the Juke will be available with a manual or automatic transmission that send power to both axles.
Look for the refreshed Juke at Morrie’s Brooklyn Park Nissan this summer.
Introducing the All-New Hazumi Concept!
The vehicle has been completely redesigned with and updated interior and exterior. Narrow taillights wrap around the rear of the vehicle while a new front grille gives this hot hatch added character.
The interior is not what you would expect. A mix of Mazda’s signature Soul Red and an almond hue make up most of the interior coloring, a clear change from the company’s signature dark interior, which we have seen on display for most unveilings.
Hazumi is the Japanese word for “bound” or to “spring up” which conveys the idea of a small but vigorous animal, bursting with energy. With a SKYACTIV-D 1.5 L engine and a six-speed transmission, this vehicle is definitely a match for any vigorous animal bursting with energy.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page and make sure to check our blog often for more information on when this concept will head into production! We look forward to seeing the Hazumi evolve into the Mazda2 hatch and can’t wait for its arrival on our show floor at Morrie’s Minnetonka Mazda and Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda!
With the start of the New Year, we decided it was a great time to give back to the communities we live and do work in. What better way to raise money than by including our fans on social media to help? This is how we created the idea for our Morrie’s Gives Back Like Drive!
Here’s how it worked, we have $10,000 in donations and two great local organizations, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota and Perspectives. Using Facebook as our voting platform, we asked our fans to vote once per day for their favorite charity for 30 days. Each vote from fans raised $1!
We are excited to announce that with your help, we were able to raise a total of $4,137 for Perspectives and $5,863 for Make-A-Wish MN!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our like drive and voted daily. We couldn’t have done it without you! Check out our video below to hear about how these great organizations will use the funds raised to help individuals in the community.
Over the past couple of months we have been doing quite a bit of remodeling and construction down here at Morrie’s 394 Hyundai. The work being done has been mostly focused on improving our customer experience through our service department. Ultimately we want to make your stop a speedier and more positive stopover each and every time you’re here. We have just about finished a completely redesigned car wash which is much more efficient than the previous one we had installed.
As a customer you will now have the option to purchase a “speedy pass” which will allow you, without even getting out of your car, to run through the wash during our business hours. You can always stop inside and have one of our car wash agents run the car through for you as well. We decided to go with 5 dryers (that’s 50 HP of dryers!) instead of the usual 3 commonly used on a car wash which is really making sure you’ll leave with a dry and happy car.
We also have installed new service garage doors which really add a much warmer feel to the service department as a whole inside and out. Above and beyond that a window was installed to easily see where to head once you pull into the garage. Now you can see the service writers waiting to help you just inside the door. They are waiting at their newly designed desks which allows room for our express lane for added ease when you arrive for your next express service visit.
All these things coincide together to make your service visit to Morrie’s 394 Hyundai a smooth and enjoyable experience. Remember you can always book your next service appointment online at Morrie’s394Hyundai.com under our service tab. If you have a Bluelink equipped vehicle you can follow the voice activated system in your vehicle to schedule your next service visit. Stop by and check out Morrie’s 394 Hyundai new and exciting look for yourself today!