Nissan Suggests New Direction for Hybrid Technology

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If you ask anybody that isn’t an auto industry geek what they know about hybrid vehicles, they’ll probably be able to tell you that they are a bit better on gas than a traditional model but they cost more to buy. While the latter part of that scenario is becoming less-so these days as the take-up of hybrids gets better, the technology is still shackled with an image of economy over everything else. The guys at Birmingham Nissan will know that there’s more potential to hybrid technology than just impressive fuel economy ratings, but they’re industry professionals. However, their manufacturer is giving signs that it may see hybrids as more than just an exercise in frugality, with its Murano Hybrid that was on display at the Shanghai Motor Show recently.

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Ford Shows off the Focus RS in New York

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Ford is using the 2015 New York International Auto Show to stage the United States debut of the all-new Focus RS. The model makes use of the innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel Drive. Conshohocken Ford Dealer customers who dare get behind the wheel of the hot hatch will learn that it can tear around corners at incredible speeds without losing control, which makes for excellent driving enjoyment for any car enthusiast.

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Chevy Going Big on Electricity

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Japanese auto giant Toyota may have turned its back on all-electric vehicle technology, at least for the time being, but Chevrolet is going big on EVs as well expending its hybrid offering. Hot on the heels of announcing its new all-electric vehicle based on the Bolt EV concept and the introduction of the 2016 Volt, comes word of an advanced hybrid version of the next-generation Malibu. As gas prices now appear to have fallen as far as they are likely to go and are already showing signs of rising again, it’s great news for the folks at your Moline Chevrolet dealership that the U.S. auto giant is keeping all its technological options open.

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Challenger Races to All-time February Sales Record

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Thanks to powered-up sales from the Portland Dodge dealership and other brand locations, the Dodge Challenger just closed the books on its best February sales performance ever. Of course, record-setting sales have begun to become a habit with the Challenger, which has now achieved new volume benchmarks for five consecutive months. This latest milestone marked another massive increase, too, as the Challenger delivered 5,255 units in February, for a 42 percent improvement over the same month in 2014.

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Kia Creates Off-Road Concept Vehicle

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Kia showed a potentially exciting new direction for the brand by revealing the Trail’ster e-AWD concept vehicle during the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The bold crossover features strong styling cues and is based on the popular Soul urban passenger vehicle, a model well-known at Kailua Kia dealership. It was created as a way for urban dwellers to get around during the week, yet still be able to engage in outdoor adventures on the weekends, tackling environmental factors like mud, snow, rugged trails and streams. The company’s California design studio dreamed up the upscale mountain-ready crossover, which is the same team that created the GT4 Stinger and Track’ster concepts.

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Another Whacky Idea from Japan

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Although most of their models don’t exactly get your heart beating faster like muscle cars or performance roadsters do, there’s little doubt about the quality and practicality of the vast majority of Japanese vehicles. However, even though you usually know pretty much what to expect from a visit to your Houston Honda Dealership, that doesn’t stop the manufacturer from coming up with the odd idea that is quite frankly, bizarre.

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Mazda Scoops Three Top KBB.com Honors

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There are more awards for vehicles and manufacturers these days than it’s possible to keep track of, but to paraphrase George Orwell, “some awards are more equal than others.” That’s why when Kelly Blue Book’s KBB.com announces an award, you can guarantee that the guys at your Mazda Dealership Marion sit up and take notice. But when their manufacturer takes three top honors in the same awards with three different models, you can be sure that the rest of the industry and the media is sitting-up and taking notice as well.

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Honda Retaining its Key Values

2014 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 CoupePlenty has been said in recent times about how Honda needs to reach-out beyond its core demographic of buyers to a more youthful audience. It’s no secret either that this is also an area that the Japanese automaker has itself identified as needing to be developed for a future of sustained growth. However, the team at Orange Honda will be well aware of the strong values the brand is already renowned for, and the last thing anyone would want to see is for those values to be compromised, or abandoned in the pursuit of a new group of buyers. It’s all well and good to bring new consumers to a brand, but the last thing any business wants to do is to alienate and lose its existing ones. But if anyone has been worrying that it was going to fall into that particular trap, there’s plenty of proof that that’s anything but the case.

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Scion Tight-Lipped About New Sedan

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We already knew that Scion was going to give us a production version of the iM concept that it unveiled last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but a rebadged version of the European Toyota Auris on its own probably isn’t going to invigorate the brand in the way its dealers would like or need. However, there appears to be plenty more on the horizon for the folks at your Sacramento Scion Dealership to smile about in the form of the brand’s first-ever sedan, which is set to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April.

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Chevrolet Highlights Forward Collision Alert Technology

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Chevrolet is promoting its forward collision alert technology, heralding it as a way to prevent rear-end crashes. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that such wrecks account for 25 percent of road accidents reported to police agencies across the United States each year. The automaker argues that with the right technology, such incidents are mostly preventable. A number of 2015 Chevy models come with Forward Collision Alert, some of which are available through a Chevrolet Fleet Dealer, including the Traverse, Silverado, Malibu, and Equinox. There are also select models that can have a Front Automatic Braking system that takes the solution even further by allowing the vehicle to slow down or even fully stop in different situations, like when the driver takes no action after an alert sounds out.

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