Archive for March 2015

All-Time Nissan LEAF Sales Surpass 75,000 Units in the United States

2015 Nissan LEAF

The all-electric Nissan LEAF has come a long way since its market launch in 2010, reaching an all-time mark of 75,000 units sold in the United States earlier this month. Delivered to a family in Portland, Oregon, the 75,000th LEAF is the second version of Nissan’s electric vehicle to be driven by Rishabh Mehandru, who commutes about 30 miles on weekdays as a senior engineer at Intel.

“When the lease was up on my first Nissan LEAF, I knew that I didn’t want any other car. I had to have another Nissan LEAF,” Mehandru remarked. “I love how quickly I can get up to speed on the highway – even my three-year-old son notices how zippy it is – and I like that I don’t have to stop for gas.”

That kind of unbridled enthusiasm has grown organically for the Nissan LEAF, especially after 2013-model-year updates that extended the vehicle’s range to 75 miles and reduced its 220-volt charging time by nearly half with a newly available 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger. Since then, the LEAF has achieved back-to-back years of record-shattering U.S. sales. While the LEAF was met with skepticism by some in the industry when it launched, it’s clear the vehicle is here to stay with its legion of fans in the United States.

Are you ready to experience gas-free commuting in Milwaukee? Stop by our Nissan dealership at 5505 South 27th Street today for test-drive, and join the tens of thousands of U.S. drivers who are happy that they got behind the wheel of a Nissan LEAF.

2015 Kia K900 and Soul Dubbed Best Cars for Families by U.S. News

2015 Kia K900

While they are both popular models at our Milwaukee Kia dealership, the sophisticated Kia K900 luxury sedan and the stylishly unconventional Kia Soul urban hatchback aren’t exactly two peas in a pod. Nonetheless, the editors at U.S. News & World Report agree that the two vehicles are great options for families of all shapes and sizes. Topping the Luxury Large Car and Hatchback categories, respectively, the 2015 Kia K900 and Soul recently earned 2015 Best Cars for Families awards from the revered publication.

U.S. News determined its 2015 Best Cars for Families list by looking at each vehicle’s press reviews, safety and reliability ratings, interior volume and family-friendly features. The Kia K900 and Soul joined award winners in 17 other vehicle categories.

Praised by U.S. News editors for its ability to coddle child passengers, the 2015 K900 is sold with standard heated rear seats, optional heated and ventilated rear seats, and standard rear climate control that features air vents in the center console and B-pillars. Kia’s rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan also comes with several features that simplify the transportation of kids and their various belongings, including a proximity Smart Key, front and rear cameras paired with parking sensors, and a power trunk that can be opened and closed remotely with the touch of a button.

On the other hand, the 2015 Soul landed on the Best Cars for Families list because it offers young parents standout styling without sacrificing safety in the process. The recently redesigned Soul now sports bolder design cues while boasting a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Like its upmarket brand-mate, the Soul is available with heated rear seats, great for warming up the youngsters after a soccer practice on a chilly day.

No two families are the same, and the latest accolades for the Kia K900 and Soul just go to show that car buyers have diverse options for keeping their precious cargo safe and satisfied. Stop by Rosen Kia of Milwaukee today, and we’ll find the right vehicle for you and your loved ones!

Oh, the Possibilities! Mazda Reveals Accessories Concept for New MX-5 Miata

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

With its “impossibly low” front hood, wide stance and smooth, curvaceous sheet metal, the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be plenty appealing in stock form when it goes on sale this summer, but local fans looking to accessorize were recently treated to a preview of all the possibilities. The 2016 MX-5 accessories concept vehicle was on display at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show held at McCormick Place in February, highlighting the potential style and performance upgrades that could grace the next-gen roadster without detracting from its minimalist, lightweight design.

Contrasting the pristine Ceramic Metallic body, a gloss-black aero kit tempted show attendees by adorning the MX-5 accessories concept with a front air dam, side sill extensions, a rear lip spoiler and a rear bumper skirt. Echoing that call to the dark side were 17-by-7-inch forged black BBS wheels with 205/45R17 tires, while lightweight Brembo front brakes with red calipers hinted at the roadster’s responsive performance. Nodding to function just as much as form, Mazda also showcased a carbon-fiber luggage rack that weighs less than two pounds and mounts to the new MX-5 Miata’s trunk.

With or without those potential accessories, the 2016 MX-5 Miata will be about 150 pounds lighter than the previous generation, and a new 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine will make the most of those weight savings with its potent 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Buyers will be able to pair that powerplant to one of two smooth-shifting transmissions: a SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

For over a quarter century, the MX-5 Miata has wowed drivers with its world-class handling by doing more with less, and it looks like the 2016 model will be the best example of that concept yet. We can’t wait until it arrives at our Chicagoland Mazda dealership along with the warmer weather – there’s nothing better than test-drives with the top down!