The Morrie’s Automotive Group is continuing to develop our Buy Happy Giving program which was established in 2011. For the 2012-2013 year Morrie’s has partnered with the Herb Brook’s Foundation to help promote and advocate for a positive hockey experience among youth members. We have a variety of different volunteer opportunities that we are looking forward to engaging in with the foundation this year and are happy to be working with such a great community organization.
Morrie’s Automotive Group has been involved in our local communities since Morrie Wagener opened his first store in Wayzata, MN over 50 years ago. Giving back to the community has always been a core value for Morrie’s, and we are grateful to be able to support the local communities that we live and do business in, leading us to establish our Buy Happy Giving program in 2011.
We are pleased to announce that last month we donated a Mazda CX-5 to the Minnesota Zoo. Since 1978 the Minnesota Zoo has been connecting people, animals, and the natural world through cutting edge exhibits and education programs.
We had a great time at Car’s and Coffee this past weekend. Those who stopped by the Morrie’s booth were given the opportunity to sign up and enter to win one of two Panasonic Lumix digital camera’s valued at $150.00 each. By the time we announced the winner’s at 10:30 We had over 70 entrants for the contest.
Our lucky winner’s this month were Sara S. and Nikki W. who were nice enough to let us snap photo’s of them with their new camera’s!
We will continue to have great prize giveaways at the AutoMotorPlex during each C&C event the first Saturday of every month through October.
For more information visit the official website at: http://www.mncandc.com
We were very lucky to have such beautiful weather this past weekend for June’s C&C event at the AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen. The ice water and coffee that we provided were a big hit among spectators that came out early to check out the wide variety of amazing vehicles. The weather gave us an opportunity to get some great images of the vehicles that showed up this month. Make sure to join us next time for another great event, and remember to get there early! For more information visit the MN C&C website: http://www.mncandc.com
Yesterday I made the trek out to our Mazda store in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin and thought it would be a great time for an extended road test and blog post highlighting one of the models we sell. In most cases I make the trip out to Chippewa Falls alone, but in this case I was joined by three colleagues, Brian, Kristen and Ali. Needless to say we needed a car that would provide a comfortable ride and adequate space for the four of us on our 220 mile journey. I was also hoping to avoid awkward road trip games so it was important that our car had a bevy of tech gadgets that could keep everyone entertained and muffle any spontaneous singalongs in the back seat. In the end we settled on a Kia Optima SX Turbo and I must say I was pleasantly surprised.
By way of democratic vote I was nominated driver and can now add Corporate Chauffeur to my job description. Despite a few objections to my driving style (see photo of Brian shrieking below) I think it was a good choice.
You see, I was actually looking forward to driving the Kia Optima and seeing seeing what the car offered beyond it’s great looks. For anyone who has seen the new Kia Optima you have to admit that it is a good looking car, in fact the entire 2012 Kia lineup is marked by great styling, but I was really interested in the whole package. A car cannot get by on looks alone and after just a few miles in the car my impressions were positive.
Overall ergonomics are quite good with a multi-function steering wheel that puts a number of controls right at your fingertips, including shift paddles, controls for the cruise control, telephone and audio system. These controls came in handy when Brian selected the Sirius satellite radio techno channel, BPA, and tested the Infiniti audio system. I was quickly able to adjust the volume to more tolerable levels.
The integrated telephone bluetooth made phone calls easy and allowed us to have a couple of impromptu conference calls. This car was equipped with the premium package, which included the aforementioned audio system, as well a rear backup camera, navigation system, panoramic sunroof and push button ignition. Short of the photo op below I can’t say I really used the navigation system, but I am sure it would have come in handy for Brian and Kristen who both hail from New Jersey. Neither Brian nor Kristen have spent any time in Wisconsin and got a kick out of the regional offerings available at the gas station we stopped at on our way to Chippewa Falls. I suppose when you think of it, you don’t see to many gas stations that go above and the beyond basics like cheese curds and offer shoes, tanning, taxidermy, crystal collectables, deer lures, 96 ounce sodas and church services – all in one place!
The multi-way adjustable driver’s seat was quite comfortable, offering a good combination of support and comfort. Beyond being just heated the Optima seats are also ventilated, a nice feature that is more common on $60,000 luxury cruisers than on a $28,000 Kia sedan. Kristen and Ali, both sitting in back, indicated that there was more than enough legroom and that their seats were comfortable. In fact, there was enough room for them to repurpose the back seat as a mobile office, using their laptops to stay up to date on work.
The only complaint stemmed from a convenience feature integrated into the driver’s door. Every time I opened the door the seat moved back for easier egress, which worked out great for me, but tended to crush Ali’s legs in the back seat.
In terms of ride and performance, the Optima did it’s job flawlessly. The 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder, packing 274 horsepower, provided more than enough power to accelerate to the speed limit and beyond. Despite encountering a cross section of Wisconsin’s worst drivers and left lane hogs, I was able to maneuver out of their way with ease. The Optima is not positioned as a handling dynamo and our trip, predominately spent on I-94, did not provide many encounters to push its handling limits. Yet, it did a fine job taking on the handful of cloverleafs that we encountered providing a good combination of firmness and comfort. Steering wheel weighting felt good and the turning circle proved more than adequate when I missed a turnoff and had to pull a u-turn. The 6-speed automatic seamlessly adjusted the gearing as needed and never hunted for gears.
All in all, the Kia Optima SX Turbo worked great as our corporate commuter and I can say with confidence that the Optima is much more than just a pretty face. It’s looks are combined with sporty performance and a driver centric interior available with all the latest bells and whistles. As equipped at just a tick over $28,000 this Optima provides a ton of value and in my future travels to Chippewa Falls I’m sure that I’ll grab the keys to an Optima again.
The much anticipated 2013 Subaru BRZ has arrived and Morrie’s Minnetonka Subaru is the first dealer in the Twin Cities to have one available in inventory. The BRZ offers a dynamic driving experience rarely seen at the $25k price point, thanks in part to its near 50/50 weight distribution and curb weight just under 2,900 pounds. Furthermore, the 2.0 liter boxer engine mounted low in the chassis and routed through the rear wheels provides nimble handling that is sure to spice up your commute. This particular BRZ sports dark gray metallic paint complemented by black interior with the Limited package and an automatic transmission. Stop by to see the BRZ in person soon.
Over Memorial Day weekend the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) held the Harvey West Memorial Day Classic races at Brainerd International raceway. Despite a weekend plagued by numerous rain showers it did not hinder the racers too much and made for exciting spectating. Rooster tails abound and a number of cars were slipping and sliding their way around the 2.5 miles course. The races were spread amongst six different race groups ranging from purpose built open wheel race cars to vintage race cars from the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s. On any given weekend there are more Mazdas raced than any other brand and there definitely was a large Mazda contingent this past weekend, made up primarily of Miatas. Other cars included Porsches, Volkswagens, Triumphs, MGs, Austin Healeys, Fords, Chevys, Chryslers, Nissans and Datsuns,
Do free tickets for one of the largest automotive shows in the country sound too good to be true?
The dealerships of Morrie’s Automotive Group assures you that it’s not! The MN family of car dealers is announcing that pairs of tickets to the Twin Cities Auto Show are available right at your fingertips!
Getting your pair of tickets to the show couldn’t be easier. Simply go to http://www.2012minneapolisautoshow.com to sign up. With locations in Brooklyn Park, Buffalo, Minnetonka, and Chippewa Falls, WI there’s a location nearby! Once we receive your request for your pair of tickets, a staff member will contact you when your tickets can be picked up from the dealership. It’s really that easy!
Morrie’s Automotive Group is excited to see you there, so fill out the form today to make sure that you’re at this impressive show!
With over 400 vehicles on the floor of the Minneapolis Convention Center, there’s something for everyone at this Minneapolis auto show! Over $15,000,000 worth of new vehicles will be in the showroom.
The auto show isn’t just for car enthusiasts as entertainment for all will be there. Sure, car fans will have sports cars and luxurious sedans to preview, but families looking for a new minivan or SUV will find things there too! From new minivans and SUVs with innovative safety features to a booster seat check, families will leave with lots of new knowledge.
We had a fantastic turnout for C&C this past Saturday. The weather couldn’t have been any better, and despite the holiday weekend, we had a ton of cool cars. This month was also the first month we started giving out ice water in addition to the coffee, and everyone that came by the Morrie’s booth got a free LED keychain. Check out the photos below for a sample of what was on display, and join us next month for another great show. More information here: http://www.mncandc.com
Nissan isn’t sure where or when their new electric Leaf Nismo RC will be racing, but we’ve got some very cool video to share.
It’s got a full carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and body panels – measuring a foot lower, 20mm longer, 170mm wider, and 40% lighter than the street car. The Nismo racer also features custom suspension and a fully driver-adjustable rear wing. The drivetrain is almost entirely the same as the street going Leaf - including the 80kw electric motor and 24kWh (that’s kilo-Watt-hour) lithium-ion battery pack. The only major difference is that the electric motor was moved to the middle of the car, and now powers the rear wheels instead of the front. More >