Archive for January 2013

Honda Accord Nominated for 2013 North American Car of the Year

As an Illinois Honda dealer, we’re a little biased when it comes to the all-new 2013 Honda Accord. We’re quick to heap praise on the redesigned midsize sedan, but we’re not alone in our affection for the new model. The Accord is a finalist in the running for the 2013 North American Car of the Year award, which will be given out at the North American International Auto Show on January 14.

The Accord has already separated itself from the pack by becoming one of three finalists for the crown. Competitors must be all-new or significantly revised to compete, and a jury of 49 auto journalists from Canada and America vote for their favorites after extensive testing.

We love the new shape and Honda’s great use of interior space that makes the Accord feel like a much larger car inside. With its revised drivetrains the Accord gets excellent fuel economy, and while other automakers are dropping powerful V6 engines from their vehicles, you can still get a 278-horsepower 3.5-liter six-cylinder in the Accord.

If you’d like to see what makes the Accord one of the best vehicles of 2013, stop by our Illinois Honda Accord dealership. We’ll show you why the new model is a winner. 

Nissan Extends LEAF Battery Warranty to Five Years

Electric vehicles are growing in popularity, but some people are still uneasy about the technology. We often field questions about battery-pack life with prospective Nissan LEAF buyers, and it’s a fair question. Nissan has been a leader in electric car technology, and its batteries are second to none. In fact, they’re so confident in their batteries that all Nissan LEAF electric cars have been granted a five-year warranty on the power packs that even includes loss of capacity. That’s what we call confidence.

The warranty extends retroactively, and should the battery pack in a LEAF lose more than 30 percent of its capacity after five years or 60,000 miles, Nissan will replace it. It’s the first warranty of its kind, and gives Nissan electric car drivers an additional measure of confidence.

If you’ve been thinking about fuel-free motoring, stop by our Nissan dealership in Illinois to check out the LEAF. Nissan stands behind its products and so do we.

Check out the infographic below to see how the Nissan LEAF battery is made in the Tennessee plant!

As 2013 Rolls In, Forbes Finds the Kia Soul to Be in High Demand

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As 2013 begins and many auto brands wrap up their holiday sales,Forbes has released a list of the vehicles that were in the highest demand during the busy selling season. Coming in at number four on the publication’s Top 10 Hard-to-Get Cars list is the Kia Soul urban crossover, which has been attracting buyers with its affordable pricing and eccentric styling.

Forbes worked with auto researcher Edmunds.com to rank its Top 10 Hard-to-Get Cars based on the average number of days it took for each model to turn, or how long a dealer had a vehicle in inventory before it sold. Edmunds.com reported that the average Kia Soul model stayed in stock for just 15 days, as the vehicle remains a high-volume seller, moving well past 100,000 units in the United States in 2012.

“If you look at the Forbes Hard-to-Get Cars list, you’ll notice that every model has attractive styling, but none of the other styles are quite as unique as the Soul’s funky design,” said Scott Levy, general manager of Rosen Kia of Elgin, a Chicagoland Kia dealer. “The tall roof and angular lines of the Soul have made it perfect for drivers who want to stand out but still need a practical, versatile ride for day-to-day driving.”

Last February, Kia used the style of the Soul as the basis when it unveiled the sportier, two-door Track’ster concept, which was recently named a 2013 10Best Concept Car by Car and Driver magazine. Taking on a longer wheelbase and a wider stance with more prominent fender flares, the Kia Track’ster has a race-ready appearance, donning various scoops and vents as well as a pair of booster-rocket exhaust pipes.

Though there are no current plans for production, Car and Driver indicated that the aggressive styling of the Kia Track’ster could make the coupe a viable competitor to the MINI Cooper, in much the same way that the Soul has taken on its boxy four-door counterparts, the Scion xB and Nissan Cube. Even if the Track’ster remains a concept, it may influence the style of the next-generation 2014 Soul when it goes on sale as soon as this year. A prototype of the new Soul has been spotted with a steeper front end similar to that of the Track’ster.

“As an automaker, you have to be careful that you aren’t trying fix something that isn’t broken when redesigning a popular model, but all signs point to just the right amount of styling updates in the next Soul,” added Levy. “Fans can expect the same recognizable shape along with new modern touches that will keep the crossover turning heads for years to come.”