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Chrysler 200 Named Top Safety Pick+

26 Jan 2015 / Chrysler, Davis-Moore

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The Chrysler 200 has been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as part of the 2015 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ winners. The “Midsize Moderately Priced Car” received a Top Safety Pick+ award and did nearly perfect in the front crash prevention tests and received a top ranking in the small overlap test.

The bar this year was raised for the Top Safety Pick+ winners. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “They had to have a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test and a good rating in each of the Institute’s four other crashworthiness evaluations— moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints.” The winners had to meet those criteria in addition to having a front crash prevention system that earned an advanced or superior rating.

Check out our current Chrysler 200 inventory.

Mopar Debuts Two New Jeep Renegades

26 Jan 2015 / Davis-Moore, Jeep

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Mopar has debuted two new takes on the Jeep Renegade: one designed for urban driving and the other designed for off-roading.

The first, the “Off-Road Mopar-equipped Jeep Renegade,” is based on the Renegade Trailhawk. It is painted a glossy Commando green with a matte-black roof panel that combines with the window pillars. There is also a roof rack and the lower body is full matte-black and gray with black wheels. The interior has green, gray and satin-black accents.

The second, the “Urban Mopar-equipped Jeep Renegade,” has glossy gray paint with neon-orange accents. This model was built from the Renegade Limited 4×4 model and features Katzkin seats with orange interior accents. The vehicle also features a bike rack that hangs out on the trailer hitch.

These two new models are not likely to be offered soon, but they are designed to showcase Mopar’s range of custom, concept pieces that could be developed in the future. So, in the meantime, check out our current Jeep inventory.

Low Gas Prices and Fuel-Efficient Cars

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The low gas prices right now are wonderful, but they are beginning to make some consumers steer away from fuel-efficient cars. We all know how fickle gas prices can be, so the low prices won’t last forever. It’s clear that fuel-efficient cars are the way to go.

The long-term environmental benefits of fuel-efficient cars are important to keep in mind, and if you do, you will be better off once those gas prices do go back up. While the low gas prices are enjoyable, a fuel-efficient car is the best choice in the long-run.

Fuel-efficient cars will lead to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and advocating for zero-emission vehicles is gaining popularity, especially in California. California has more electric cars than any other state, and their regulations are among the toughest in the nation. California will also be the first state to try out mass-market hydrogen fuel-cell cars.

By focusing on being more fuel-efficient and driving “green” vehicles, we can all contribute to a better environment. Check out our inventory of fuel-efficient vehicles, and help yourself out in the long-run!

Until next time…

Renee

Mazda’s Best Year in Sales

15 Jan 2015 / Davis-Moore, Dealerships, Mazda

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Mazda had its best year in sales since 1994. In 2014, Mazda sold 305,000 cars in the United States, including retail and fleet cars.

Mazda’s biggest sellers were the Mazda 3, Mazda CX-5 and Mazda 6. The Mazda 3 had its second-best December ever. The Mazda CX-5 had its best December ever, and the Mazda 6 had its best year since 2007.

Mazda’s vice president of sales, Ron Stettner said, “2014 can only be described as historical when it comes to Mazda sales… The support of our dealers, along with the strongest, most-competitive showroom we have ever offered is the driving force behind our success; I’m confident we’ll continue this momentum through 2015 and beyond.”

Check out our current Mazda inventory.

Chevrolet Announces Bolt Electric Car

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General Motors has announced an all-electric crossover, the Chevrolet Bolt. The new car will have a 200-mile driving range, will be priced around $30,000 and is due to hit the market in 2017.

According to The Wall Street Journal, “The concept version of the electric car will be a hatchback designed to look more like a so-called crossover vehicle… The Bolt will be capable of driving four times farther than a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid on a single charge.”

Inside of the Chevy Bolt, a 10-inch touchscreen is the centerpiece of the dashboard. The vehicle has a list of high-tech features, including the ability to use your smartphone as a key, integrated ride-sharing management and self-parking capability.

The Chevy Bolt isn’t due to hit the market until 2017. So in the meantime, check out our other Chevy vehicles here.

2016 Lincoln MKX Revealed

15 Jan 2015 / Davis-Moore, Dealerships, Lincoln

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The all-new, luxury mid-size 2016 Lincoln MKX crossover was revealed at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show.

The production version of the Lincoln MKX is a more toned-down version of the MKX Concept car that premiered at the 2014 Beijing auto show. The Lincoln MKX has adaptive lighting with full LED headlights as well as a 360-degree camera to aid in parking. It also features driver assist technologies that include lane-keeping assist and a feature that holds the brakes in traffic until the driver accelerates.

The Lincoln MKX has a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with more than 300hp. It has a six-speed automatic and available four-wheel drive. The MKX also has adaptive steering and Lincoln Drive Control with controlled damping that offers three modes: Normal, Comfort and Sport.

The 2016 Lincoln MKX will launch in the fall. In the meantime, check out our current Lincoln inventory.