Archive for September 2014

Reinforced Kia Forte Receives 5-Star Safety Rating from NHTSA

2015 Kia Forte

For the 2015 model year, Kia reinforced its Forte by strengthening the compact sedan’s A-pillars and lower side sills, and it appears those changes have led to a significant improvement in crash protection. After exceling in a variety of crash tests, the 2015 Kia Forte recently earned a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

To achieve its overall 5-Star Safety Rating, the 2015 Forte secured five stars in the NHTSA’s side crash tests while landing four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. In addition to the extensive use of high-strength steel in its body structure, the Forte sedan boasts an impressive list of standard safety features, including six airbags, front seat-belt pretensioners, an impact-absorbing steering column and reinforced side-impact door beams.

“Whether it’s the Forte’s excellent gas mileage or its intuitive in-car technology, buyers get a ton of value at an affordable price, but they can also feel confident that their passengers are being protected, and that is invaluable,” said Jeff Rosen, general manager of Rosen Kia Milwaukee. “When it comes down to it, the Forte offers all the qualities that modern drivers care about without hitting them hard in the wallet or pocketbook.”

With its two available engines refined for the 2015 model year, the Kia Forte now provides improved fuel economy across the board. The base 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine returns up to 39 mpg on the highway when paired with the optional six-speed automatic transmission, netting three more miles per gallon than equivalent 2014 models. On the other hand, the available direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder is rated at 36 mpg on the highway while producing a responsive 173 horsepower. Inside the cabin, all 2015 Forte models come standard with Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and USB and auxiliary inputs.

Support Hyundai Hope On Wheels This September

Hyundai Hope On Wheels

Since 1998, Hyundai has teamed with its U.S. dealerships like Rosen Hyundai of Algonquin to raise $87 million for childhood-cancer research and treatment through the Hyundai Hope On Wheels nonprofit organization. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, making this time of year particularly crucial for the cause.

While the Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K created a local impact on Sept. 7 in conjunction with the Chicago Half Marathon, the auto sales at Rosen Hyundai and hundreds more dealerships will help the nonprofit donate $9 million this month for pediatric-cancer research at 36 children’s hospitals. In fact, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital has been chosen to receive one of the $250,000 Hyundai Scholar Hope Grants for 2014.

If you’d like to make an additional donation to Hyundai Hope On Wheels, please visit Even if you can’t give money at this time, you can help raise awareness by participating in the Hope On Wheels “Every Handprint Tells A Story” campaign at The interactive website allows you to watch uplifting survival stories, hear about the cutting-edge work of Hyundai Scholar researchers, and create and share your own messages of encouragement for children fighting cancer.

Interested in learning more about how you can boost local support for Hyundai Hope On Wheels? We’re always happy to discuss the important initiative at our Chicagoland Hyundai dealership.

Six Tuner Shops Compete to Customize 2015 Honda Fit for SEMA Show

2015 Honda Fit

With its new angular headlights, trapezoidal lower intake and sculpted body lines, the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit already features a bolder style than its predecessor. Now, six tuner teams will see just how far they can take the subcompact’s design before November’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Honda has tapped Bisimoto Engineering, Kontrabrands, MAD Industries, Spoon Sports USA, Tjin Edition and Kenny Vinces to customize the new Fit, and fans can follow the action and vote for a winning design on Tumblr.

Dubbed the Fit Performance Project, the competition will be captured at, with photos, animated GIFs and videos revealing the vehicles’ transformations as they receive aerodynamic body kits, wheels, custom paint jobs and other modifications. From now through Oct. 22, fans can vote on a winning team by liking or reblogging posts tagged with #ProjectFit. Honda will then award the tuner shop with the highest total likes and reblogs.

“Thanks to its new styling cues, the 2015 Honda Fit boasts one of the sleekest designs in the subcompact segment, which means that the SEMA tuning teams have an excellent starting point as they begin their projects,” said Tony Pescatore, general sales manager of Rosen Honda. “In the meantime, though, Fit buyers will be enjoying the hatchback’s more practical benefits, including better fuel efficiency, more interior space and a breadth of new standard features.”

Housing a new 130-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the 2015 Honda Fit returns up to 41 mpg on the highway when equipped with its optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). That is an increase of six miles per gallon compared to the most efficient gas-powered model from the previous Fit generation, which was last produced for the 2013 model year. Though the new Fit has decreased in length by 1.6 inches on the outside, it actually offers an extra 4.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and an additional 4.8 inches of rear legroom. Among the new standard features in the 2015 Fit are Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, a multi-angle rearview camera, auto on-off headlamps and LED taillights.