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31 Mar 2015 / Ask Renee, Davis-Moore

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After 15 amazing years with Davis-Moore Autogroup, I have decided to expand my career experience beyond the automotive industry I have come to love, and try my hand in a related industry. It’s with a heavy heart I say goodbye to my Davis-Moore family and the customers I have always strived to help in any way I could. Although the Ask Renee presence will leave with me, the same commitment to making the whole car buying and service processes easier and more transparent will live on with the rest of the Davis-Moore family. They’ve never let me down, and I know they’ll be there for you too. Best wishes to my Davis-Moore family and our awesome customers!

Chevrolet Malibu Includes Teen Driver Safety Feature

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Chevrolet is offering a new safety feature with the 2016 Malibu, which will aim to improve the safety of teen drivers. According to Chevrolet, “Teen Driver is the first feature in the industry to offer what is essentially a report card that allows parents to view on a display how their teens drive.”

Teen Driver mutes the radio until the front seat belts are fastened, and parents can select a maximum speed between 40 and 75 mph, which activates a visual warning and chime if exceeded. General Motors safety engineer, MaryAnne Beebe, said “We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids— they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that the fatal crash rate per mile driven for teens is nearly three times the rate for drivers over 20. The features that Teen Driver provides will be very beneficial in ensuring the safety of teen drivers. Teen Driver will be able to track distance driven, maximum speed traveled, over-speed warnings issued, stability control events and antilock brake events.

Teen Driver will be standard on the Malibu Premier and optional on Malibu LT models. According to Chevrolet, Teen Driver is not a subscription-based service and will permanently remain on the vehicle.

The 2016 Malibu will go on sale toward the end of 2015, so meanwhile, check out our inventory of other Chevrolet vehicles.

Jeep to Unveil Concept Cars at 49th Easter Jeep Safari

30 Mar 2015 / Davis-Moore, Jeep

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Jeep will hold a nine-day event March 28 through April 5 for its 49th Easter Jeep Safari, which will feature seven new concept vehicles. These concept cars are designed based on Jeep’s Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and Renegade.

The first concept car is the Jeep Staff Car. According to Menchie Mendoza, journalist for Tech Times, “This vehicle is inspired by Jeep military service vehicles and has design features that display a number of military accents.” The Staff Car features a stretched canvas roof, 35-inch Firestone NCT military tires and bench seats.

The second concept car is the Jeep Chief. This vehicle is painted an eye-catching aqua and is based on the Jeep Wrangler and full-sized Jeep Cherokee. The third concept car is the Jeep Wrangler Africa. According to Mendoza, “The Africa concept vehicle is designed for exploring the jungle, back country or just about wherever the driver would want to go.” The Africa features a steel front bumper, high-top roof and power step rock rails.

The fourth concept car is the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander, which features a pop-up tent on the roof. The fifth concept car is the Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk. The Desert Hawk features a roof rack and Mopar trailer hitch receiver.

The sixth concept car is the Jeep Cherokee Canyon Trail. This vehicle is similar to the Desert Hawk, but is also designed with a “topographical bonnet decal (and) Jeep body decals.” The final concept car is the Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Responder. According to Mendoza, “(It) is designed as a support vehicle: it houses spare parts and tools that could come in handy when responding to emergencies.”

These cars are only concept cars, so be sure to check out our complete Jeep inventory here.

MKC Propels Lincoln’s Sales

30 Mar 2015 / Davis-Moore, Lincoln

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Lincoln was the fastest-growing luxury brand in the United States in 2014. From the MKC crossover alone, Lincoln’s sales propelled 16 percent higher in 2014 than the previous year. Lincoln hopes to continue this momentum with the new MKX, which was revealed at the 2015 Detroit auto show.

Throughout 2014, the Lincoln MKC was promoted by popular commercials featuring actor Matthew McConaughey, arguably contributing to the sale of 13,077 MKCs. Overall, Lincoln’s sales rose from 2013 by 12,780 vehicles.

Dealers and executives are confident Lincoln’s lineup of upcoming products will continue the success they’ve had with the MKC. This new lineup includes Lincoln’s Black Label program, which according to Nick Bunkley of Automotive News, “combines high-end materials in the vehicle with customer-service perks such as extended free maintenance and annual detailing.”

Take a cue from McConaughey and check out our inventory of luxurious Lincoln vehicles here.

Don’t Miss Out on the Third Annual Shaken Not Stirred Event

30 Mar 2015 / Community, Davis-Moore, Fiat

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Davis-Moore FIAT of Wichita is a proud sponsor of the third annual Shaken Not Stirred fundraising event for the Tallgrass Film Association, which is at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 1 at Abode Venue.

The event will feature a cocktail competition with the following participants: The Anchor, Gianni Bacci, Harvest Kitchen/Bar, Larkspur, the Monarch, Mort’s and Public at the Brickyard. Shaken Not Stirred will also have a cigar bar, hors d’oeuvres from Rain Cafe & Lounge, craft beer and wine, as well as music from Dueling Pianos and DJ Carbon. Attendees will have the chance to win fantastic prizes including a $6,000/11 Day European Cruise from Celebrity Cruises, VIP TALLPasses and more!

For 13 years, the Tallgrass Film Association has fostered an appreciation of cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film through year-round special screenings, educational events and an annual film festival.

Don’t miss out! Tickets for the event are $65 ($20 of ticket price is a tax deductible donation to the Tallgrass Film Association) and are available here or at the door. Learn more and RSVP for the event here.

Fifth Annual Classic Cars for Kids Gala

23 Mar 2015 / Ask Renee, Davis-Moore

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Do you love classic cars? So do we! We especially love seeing classic cars helping to raise money for a great cause! Join us on Thursday, April 16 from 6 pm to 9 pm as the Exhibition Hall at Century II is transformed into a colorful venue for the Fifth Annual Classic Cars for Kids Gala, a benefit for the Wichita Children’s Home.

Spend the evening enjoying a showcase of Wichita’s most beautiful classic cars, viewing a variety of fabulous live and silent auction items and enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres— all while supporting the Wichita Children’s Home. The featured car at this year’s gala is local business owner Marty Cornejo’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS!

The Wichita Children’s Home was founded in 1888 as the city’s first orphanage to “support and care for destitute and homeless children.” The Home is open 24/7 and serves children from birth to 22 years of age. On a moment’s notice, the Home can be a respite for children in need.

Classic cars, good food and drinks, fun entertainment AND supporting a great cause— it doesn’t get any better! Tickets are $100 each and attire is casually elegant. To purchase tickets, call (316) 681-6703.

Until next time…