Archive for June 2013

New Mazda Models Continue Raking in Awards at Fleet World 2013 Honours

Mazda CX-5

Mazda’s newest models have made plenty of headlines in recent months and, in late May, the Mazda6 and CX-5 kept that trend going.

The company raked in two more major awards, this time at the Fleet World 2013 Honours in London. The event recognizes the top automotive performers worldwide, handing out awards in categories ranging from commercial vehicles and fleet management to individuals. Two of Mazda’s newest models, the CX-5 and Mazda6, were named the “Best Small SUV” and “Best Upper Medium,” respectively.

Steve Moody, judging panel chairman and Fleet World editor, had this to say about the two models: “The CX-5 shows that an SUV can be efficient, with low CO2, and still have the benefit of four-wheel drive. It’s also nicely built with lots of cabin space, and it drives well too.” He also noted that the Mazda 6 “oozes quality,” with “incredibly low” emissions, while providing drivers with a smooth ride.

Both cars are built using SKYACTIV, a revolutionary fuel-saving technology approach combining frame, engine and transmission optimization. The Mazda6, for instance, has the ability to deliver up to 38 mpg.

Regardless of whether you’re looking for a car or crossover or, you can find your own fuel-efficient vehicle by visiting our Illinois Mazda dealership today.

Two of Kia’s Best Take Home Major Car Satisfaction Awards

Kia Sportage

Kia Motors America has received plenty of good news over the past few years, including sales numbers that exceeded half a million in 2012, the first time the company has ever reached a total that high.

The good news continued pouring in recently, as research firm AutoPacific announced that two Kia models were the recipients of prestigious Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. The 2013 Kia Optima sedan took home the best mid-sized car award, while the 2013 Sportage was ranked the most satisfying compact crossover SUV.

“Vehicles that score highest in the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are delivering value and satisfaction across a wide range of attributes,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. “The VSA clearly shows buyers which vehicles are at the top of the class they are considering.”

More than 52,000 new-vehicle owners chimed in with their opinions for the AutoPacific survey, weighing 51 factors such as fuel economy, comfort and performance.

If you’re looking for your own mid-sized SUV or crossover, you can see what all the hype is about by visiting our Wisconsin Kia dealership in Milwaukee today.

Hyundai Is Looking to Break into the Electric Car Game

Hyundai Electric Vehicle

No one enjoys paying for gas – especially with prices seemingly always on the rise – so the idea of a car that requires little time at the gas pump is enticing to many people.

Hyundai Motors America plans to accommodate those drivers by releasing its own all-electric car in the United States. The zero-emission vehicle, which will initially hit the market in California, is expected to run exclusively on electricity.

Hyundai already sells a similar model – called the BlueOn electric car – in South Korea. Some of the BlueOn’s notable characteristics include:

  • The ability to drive approximately 90 miles on a full charge.
  • It accelerates from 0 to 60 in about 13.1 seconds.
  • A maximum speed of around 80 mph.

At the moment, Hyundai has focused most of its energy efficiency efforts on building cars powered by fuel cells, according to John Krafcik, chief executive of HMA, but the company appears to be branching out into other areas. We can’t wait for an all-electric vehicle, such as the BlueOn, to be available in America. In the meantime, you can still enjoy Hyundai’s hybrid models right here at our Illinois Hyundai dealership.

You can find more information about Hyundai’s future battery-powered car here.