While most auto manufacturers have focused on innovations for the open road, Honda has set its sights higher. Literally.
Honda recently announced that it has completed production of the first-ever HondaJet while also previewing the five colors – deep pearl green, vibrant silver, red, yellow and blue – the aircraft will be available in. The initial HondaJet was made with a deep pearl green exterior and a gold stripe.
As the HondaJet nears readiness for service, it will have to go through the FAA’s Type Inspection Authorization, which includes a series of tests and – if all goes well – certification for service. Honda hopes to have the aircraft ready to go at some point next year.
You may not be able to go for a ride in the HondaJet quite yet, but you are welcome to take a Honda car or SUV for a spin at our Gurnee Honda dealership. Come in today for a test-drive!
Kia has consistently achieved impressive growth in the United States during its first 20 years, and last month the South Korean automaker passed another significant milestone: reaching 5 million vehicles sold stateside. Helping Kia meet that major mark were its best-ever April sales, with 53,676 of the brand’s models finding new homes for a 13 percent increase year-over-year.
While the Kia Optima midsize sedan was the lineup’s sales leader by a narrow margin last month, it was the recently redesigned Kia Soul urban passenger vehicle that really drove sales growth, with the model moving 14,403 units for a 27 percent jump compared to April 2013. That tally is an all-time monthly sales record for the Soul, which received a more aggressive exterior, a stiffer chassis, and newly available technology like an eight-inch touchscreen and the second-generation UVO eServices infotainment system for the 2014 model year.
“The Soul has been very popular with urban drivers because of its unique mix of style, versatility and technology, and Kia built on all those things for the 2014 model year while also improving the vehicle’s handling and ride,” said Jeff Rosen, general manager of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Kia dealer Rosen Kia Milwaukee. “Those upgrades to the Soul have provided a big sales boost, and Kia should pick up even more momentum at dealerships later this year when it launches another versatile redesigned model in the form of the 2015 Sedona.”
Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show last month, the 2015 Kia Sedona midsize multi-purpose vehicle sports a prominent version of the brand’s tiger-nose grille, while its sculpted hood and sharply raked windshield make the model look more like a crossover SUV than a minivan up front. Buyers will also get a more responsive ride than the 2014 Sedona thanks to a new 276-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine and a new chassis that features 36 percent more static torsional stiffness than the Sedona’s closest class competitor. Like the new Kia Soul, the 2015 Kia Sedona will be available with the second generation of UVO eServices, and it will also offer enhanced safety for the whole family with new optional technologies like a Forward Collision Warning System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Meet the new boss. It’s the same as the old boss! The excellent quality of Hyundai’s vehicles and the automaker’s continued dedication to its customers has not gone unnoticed. In 2014, for the fourth year in a row, Hyundai earned the coveted No. 1 spot in the automotive category of the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index.
Brand Keys is a brand, customer loyalty and engagement consultancy based in New York. Each year, the firm publishes a study that evaluates customers’ relationships with 555 different brands in 64 different categories.For the 2014 survey, 32,000 consumers self-selected the categories they correspond with most and the brands they use. Their assessments looked at everything from behavioral drivers of brand loyalty to customer engagement, along with how well a particular brand met or exceeded their expectations. This year, Hyundai was ranked first in the automotive category, sharing the spot with Ford.
“Every new vehicle in Hyundai’s lineup is designed and engineered to go above and beyond what our customers expect from their vehicles,” said Steve Shannon, vice president of marketing at Hyundai Motor America. “It is very rewarding to see that our unwavering commitment to providing our customers with the quality products they deserve results in long-term customer loyalty.”
There’s a reason we opened a Hyundai dealership in Algonquin, IL. We love Hyundai model vehicles and selling them to our customers! If you don’t have a Hyundai of your own yet, isn’t it about time you found out what makes customers love them so much? Come down to Rosen Hyundai today and fall head over heels with your next vehicle!