It was a real treat trading in my 2000 Chevrolet Impala for a fully loaded 2014 Kia Forte for 24-hours this past weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I can truly say it was a delight to drive this sporty new sedan. I enjoyed it so much; I didn’t want to return the keys.
The 2014 Kia Forte is a great fit for younger drivers looking for a safe and attractive compact sedan with all the bells and whistles for an affordable price. Features that I got to enjoy included air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB input and power windows and locks. But you can expect to find all of those standard features on the base model in the Kia Forte. The EX model that I had the pleasure of driving also included a power sunroof, push button start, a six speaker audio system, cruise control, fog lights, remote keyless entry, power mirrors and the updated generation of the Kia UVO system.
This fully loaded Kia Forte was equipped with a 2.0-liter engine allowing the vehicle to achieve 173 horsepower and 154 lb/ft of torque, and believe me; you can feel the power in this vehicle when you’re cruising around town.
The handling on the new Forte was extremely impressive thanks to the all-new electrically assisted steering capability, which allowed me to be in complete control of the vehicle at all times. The braking and acceleration were also an upgrade for me, as the response time from action to delivery was much quicker than what I was used to in my Impala. All in all, I felt safe and in control while behind the wheel of the 2014 Forte.
Mother Nature finally cooperated long enough to give us the perfect day for Cars & Coffee this past Saturday. With sunshine and warm weather, cars turned out in droves to nab a spot in the show. Thank you to everyone that sacrificed a few extra hours of sleep on a Saturday morning to make this event a great one. Check out our photos from the event!
Mazda just unveiled the newly redesigned 2014 Mazda3 through a streaming broadcast on Xbox live last week. The redesign of the brands #1 seller will go on sale this fall and we are anxiously awaiting its arrival.
Mazda hasn’t given away all the details but they did give us some insight into what we can expect. The wheelbase on the new Mazda3 is expected to be 2.4 inches longer, lower and wider than the previous model. The pedals are aligned differently for safety and comfort. The driver will be centered above the pedals, which will be different than the standard pedal positions that are offset to the right.
An active driving pop up panel display is also an added feature on the redesigned sedan. This display will sit on top of the dashboard showing vehicle speed and navigation instructions and is designed to keep the driver more focused on the road. When the vehicle shuts off, the HUD screen will retract back into the dash. The main infotainment system also received a redesign.
Cadillac has always been synonymous with luxury, however, the lack of fresh blood to their lineup in the last decade left them tired and overlooked. That changed with the introduction of the 2013 Cadillac ATS. A new segment for Cadillac, the ATS brings the performance and luxury Cadillac is known for to a smaller, sportier platform. I was “tasked” with driving an ATS for a weekend and I have to say I was nothing less than impressed. I, like many others in my generation, initially thought Cadillacs were only enjoyed by those with an AARP card tucked into their wallet and spending their days on the golf course. I’m happy to say my assumptions were dead wrong.
At first glance this car is gorgeous. It sports the new, more aggressive front fascia that would later appear on the CTS, XTS, ELR, and future updates to Cadillac’s lineup. With features like swept back LED headlamps, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, and a noticeably sportier stance than Cadillac’s past you can’t help but appreciate how far Cadillac has come. Currently one of the oldest American car brands, second only to Buick, Cadillac is amongst the oldest car brands in the world. Founded in 1902 with lineup consisting of 2 vehicles, the Runabout and Tonneau, both of which resembling the iconic Ford Model-A, Cadillac has spent the last 111 years perfecting the engineering found in their modern day offerings.
I’d love to tell you that I had a grand adventure during my time with the ATS but that would be quite a stretch from the truth. My weekend consisted of errands and traffic that the ATS took from mind-numbingly boring to fun in an instant. Equipped with the optional 321hp 3.6L V6 under the hood, I found myself smiling and giddy over making it to the next red light quicker that my fellow commuters. Its combination of available power, sport suspension, and remarkable list of safety features made driving this little beauty an absolute delight. The wide array of safety features that can be found in the ATS make you feel as if you have a co-pilot in the passenger seat. Getting too close to the car in front of you? Let me apply the brakes for you. Drifting into the next lane on accident? Let me warn you by vibrating your seat. The list goes on with features like adaptive cruise control, heads-up display, and parking assist to name a few.
If you are considering the purchase of the 2013 Toyota Corolla, we think you would also be interested to learn a little bit more about the 2013 Hyundai Sonata. Here at Morrie’s we want to be sure you find the car that best fits your needs and make sure that you Buy Happy.
The 2013 Hyundai Sonata is a great fit if you are looking for a stylish, fuel efficient, and spacious midsize sedan. This vehicle offers both great standard and optional features, is stylish and comfortable, achieves great fuel economy, and was named Most Dependable Midsize Sedan in its class by JD Power & Associates.
Bob Baldwin who is Buffalo Ford’s current parts manager got quite the surprise on Monday, June 10th. Bob’s wife Lisa has been battling stage 4 Cholangio-Carcinoma a rare form of cancer which affects her liver, lungs, and bones. Bob has worked more than 18 years at Buffalo Ford. He is a dedicated employee and a very support husband and father of three children.
About a year and half ago Bob’s van broken down and was unable to make the necessary repairs to get the van going again. Over the last few weeks, on days Bob was not working with the help of volunteered technicians and many others. Bob’s van received a new engine and a cleaning inside and out and top to bottom. Always parking the van back in the same spot to make sure Bob would not catch onto the surprise that was finally revealed on Monday, June 10th. Here is a short video of Bob’s reaction!
If you haven’t already heard the news, our Twin Cities Luxury Auto store has changed their name to Morrie’s Luxury Auto. Rest assured, we’re still the same place with the same great cars and people you’ve come to know and trust. We saw an opportunity to better align Twin Cities Luxury Auto with the Morrie’s name and our brand history, so we made the switch.
Effective immediately you will see the new name and logo changes reflected across the Internet and all of our marketing channels. It’s not a revolutionary change but it is something that we are quite excited about.
Besides the rebrand there are a number of exciting changes coming our way this summer including a new facility that will offer more space and a better showcasing of our Bentley, Maserati and pre-owned models. We also look forward to the arrival of three new exciting vehicles. The 2014 Maserati Quattroporte, the Bentley Flying Spur and the Maserati Ghibli (pictured below).
For up to date news and development information make sure to check back to our blog often as well as the Morrie’s Luxury Auto Blog. We look forward to our continued growth as a company and the ability to enhance the customer service experience that we offer.
Do you live in Chippewa Falls or the surrounding area? Are you a hardworking individual looking for work? Morrie’s Chippewa Valley Mazda will be holding a Job Fair on July 9th, and we want to meet you! The Job Fair will be help at the Eagles Club in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin from 4-7pm on the 9th of July.
We are looking to hire for the following departments:
Light Duty Technician
Business Development Center (BDC)
Experience for the following positions is preferred but not required. For more information please give us a call at (715) 720-7000. The Eagles Club is located at 2588 Hallie Rd, Chippewa Falls, WI, 54729. We look forward to meeting you!
Last Friday the Herb Brooks Foundation’s Annual Golf Classic took place at Victory Links Golf Course and we were happy to be in attendance once again. We have had an ongoing partnership with the Herb Brooks Foundation over the past year and it has been our pleasure to support the organization.
Throughout the winter season we supported the Herb Brooks Rink Rat program by providing shuttles and transporting Minneapolis public school students to parks in the area so that they could learn the sport of hockey. We are always looking for ways to give back to our community and our partnership with the Herb Brooks Foundation allows us to do just that.
This was the second year we sponsored the Herb Brooks Golf Open. We had a team of Morrie’s employees that played in the tournament and we also brought a few cars out to the event. Check out our photos and video coverage. We look forward to another successful Golf Classic next summer!
Summer has finally arrived and the weather actually cooperated for Cars & Coffee this past Saturday. Though we were forecasting a rainy week the sun decided to make an appearance just long enough for us to have a great event. The turnout was the best we have seen yet this year, since we had been battling a long winter and non-existent spring.
This Cars & Coffee event was extra special for the Morrie’s Automotive Group, The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Matthew. Early in January we partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota to help grant Matthew’s wish of having his 1968 Dodge Charger restored. We were thrilled to be able to get involved with the foundation to help with the restoration. After 5 long months Matthew’s car is finally complete and we surprised him with it on Friday. He brought the vehicle out to Cars and Coffee on Saturday and it was quite the hit. Spectators flocked to the vehicle to take a peek under the hood and get the chance to meet Matthew.
We were so happy that Matthew was able to bring his Charger out for a full house to see at the automotorplex. Check out some of our photos and video below to check out some of the other great cars that were at the event. Make sure to head out to the Automotorplex for MN C&C next month, historically July has the largest turnout of the season! For more information visit www.mncandc.com.
Check out our photo album below…