Archive for the ‘chrysler’ Category

JeepSpace.com

by Tim Joseph

Part of the fun of owning a new car, truck or SUV is the looks you get everywhere you go. More specifically, the looks you get from people who drive the same vehicle as you. Recently, Dick Scott dealerships have hosted annual car shows for the Motor City Viper Owners and the Nissan Infinity Owners of Detroit. There is no better feeling that the one you get from talking about your car with other people and having them tell you how much they like it.

Recently I stumbled upon a website that made me raise and eyebrow. It’s JeepSpace.com. A social networking website for Jeep owners. The concept is similar to MySpace.com in that you sign up, post pictures, make friends and even write a blog. The difference, other than it is for Jeep owners, is that you can find Jeep events, read articles about Jeeps and join Jeep clubs. Buying a Jeep is almost like being inducted into a fraternity. Once you are an owner, you’re a member of the club and privy to some great benefits. If you’re a Jeep owner, I encourage you to sign up. If you’re not yet an owner, you should definately take a look at all of the benefits to ownership. JeepSpace.com along with our Dick Scott Difference and Rewards program, could make this the best experience you’ve ever had owning a car.

If you are interested in owning a new Jeep, please contact Dick Scott Motormall at 800-486-2415

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Mini Van Crash Test Ratings

Chrysler issued the following press release:

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., The all-new 2008 ChryslerTown & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan earned “good” ratings, the highest ratings available from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS),in both frontal offset and side crashworthiness tests.

“Minivans are the one of the safest vehicles on the road and our all-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are built withmore than 25 years of proven engineering innovations,” said Larry Lyons,Vice President — Car and Minivan Product Team, Chrysler LLC. “Our Chryslerand Dodge minivans come loaded with standard features including all-row supplemental side-curtain air bags, advance multi-stage front driver andpassenger air bags and an Electronic Stability Program.”

If you are interested in taking a closer look at one of these vehicles, please contact:
Dick Scott Dodge – (734) 451-2110
Dick Scott MotorMall – (517) 223-3721

Motor City Viper Owners Spring Tech Day

Saturday, May 10, 2008, Dick Scott Dodge hosted the Motor City Viper Owners club Spring Tech Day. This is a yearly event at Dick Scott. For more information and pictures please visit their message forum.

Is The Nissan Versa Safe?

by Tim Joseph

A lot of people ask me if the Nissan Versa is safe. This has become an even bigger issue now that Chrysler and Nissan have announced a partnership to build cars for each other. Nissan is going to be developing a small vehicle for Chrysler and Chrysler will develop a large pickup for Nissan. Here is what the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has to say:

The following are in oder, Front, Rear, Side. Good is the highest rating available.
Nissan Versa Good, Good, Good
Toyota Yaris (w/ sidebags) Good, Good, Marginal
Honda Fit Good, Good, Poor
Mini Cooper (tested previously) Good, Acceptable, Marginal
Chevrolet Aveo Acceptable, Marginal, Poor
Scion xB Good, Poor, Marginal
Toyota Yaris (w/o side airbags) Good, Poor, Marginal
Hyundai Accept Acceptable, Poor, Poor

Kia Of The Future

by Tim Joseph

It may be hard to believe but Kia went bankrupt 10 years ago due to the Asian financial crisis. It may be hard to believe because today Kia is so well established and growing by leaps and bounds. In 1998 Kia was sold to Hyundai Motor Company. Back then Kia sold two vehicles, the Sephia and the Sportage. Just a car and an SUV.

Today, Kia has a whole lineup of vehicles including cars of all different prices and styles, SUV’s, crossovers, and a mini van. Not only that but they have been ranked highest in quality and backed by a 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty. Kia’s sales are ever increasing at a time when everyone else’s sales are decreasing. There is a reason. Kia is a high quality vehicle at a very affordable price.

Where will Kia be in the future? Kia recently hired Peter Schreyer—one of the automobile industry’s most celebrated and influential designers—to be their Chief Design Officer. Schreyer is the man behind the Volkswagen New Beetle, the Audi TT and the Lamborghini Murciélago and Gallardo. He is a true innovator and will surely take Kia to the next lever.

Eui Sun Chung, President and CEO of Kia, is excited that Mr. Schreyer has joined Kia, commenting, “As we continue to develop the Kia brand, we must continually enhance our vehicles through world class, innovative advances in product design. Mr. Schreyer’s appointment underlines our commitment to not only meeting but exceeding customers’ expectations.

“Mr. Schreyer’s track record speaks for itself. We are looking forward to laying out a long-term strategy that will center on molding a unique and consistent design lineage for the entire future Kia lineup. We are focused on boosting our competitiveness and image by dramatically upgrading the design element, while adding a strong emotional dimension to the brand.” That “strong emotional dimension,” as Mr. Chung so eloquently puts it? That’s passion.

So if you’re impressed with Kia now compared to 1998, just wait. It will only get better.

If you’re interested in checking out what Kia has to offer, Please contact Dick Scott Kia at (734) 397-9900

Nissan Altima Put To The Test

by Tim Joseph

Let’s face it; we put a lot of blind faith in the vehicles we buy. We don’t know who built it, who tested it, how it was tested, did the engineers really know what they were doing…etc. Nissan has an answer to, at least a couple questions regarding how well made your car really is. Nissanusa.com has posted a series of videos showing you what type of tests they put the Nissan Altima through to unsure you are driving a quality vehicle. Take a look at the Altima tests and I think you’ll agree with me when I say I’m glad I wasn’t the one who tested it!

Nissan’s Memorial Day Sale

Nissan North America and Dick Scott Nissan are pleased to announce their Memorial Day Bonus Cash offer. You have two days only to take advantage of these incentives. May 23rd and 24th.

Purchase one of the following new Nissan vehicles and receive an extra rebate in addition to the already fantastic incentive.

$500 off:
– 08 Versa
– 08 Sentra
– 08 Altima Sedan & Coupe
– 08 Maxima
– 08 350Z Coupe & Roadster
– 08 Rogue
– 09 Murano

$1,500 off:
– 07 350Z Roadster

$1,000 off:
– 07 350Z Coupe & NISMO
– 08 Xterra
– 08 Pathfinder
– 08 Frontier
– 08 & 08 1/2 Titan
– 08 & 08 1/2 Armada
– 08 & 08 1/2 Quest

For example- 2008 Titan currently has a $5,000 rebate. On May 23rd or 24th you’ll get $6,000 off!

Call Dick Scott Nissan at (734) 495-1000 to schedule your test drive today!

$2.99 Extended!

by Tim Joseph

Just yesterday I was telling you how successful our $2.99 per gallon program was doing. Why wouldn’t it be? With the cost of a barrel now heading toward $130 it seems like there will be no relief anytime soon. But the bad news is you weren’t quite ready to lease or purchase a new vehicle! The good news is that Chrysler LLC has just announced that they are extending the program until July 7, 2008! Now you have a little bit more time to lock in that price for 3 years.

Refuel America Update

by Tim Joseph

On May 7 when we announce the $2.99 per gallon Refuel America program from Chrysler, the cost of gas in our area was arounf $3.61 per gallon. Since then the priced has gone up over 30 cents a gallon. When they announced the program we never could have imagined that the price of gas would go up so quickly. This has made the program that much more valuable to our customers and I just wanted to revisit the program here on the blog.

The Refuel America program has become a great success. A lot of people who wanted to purchase a new SUV or minivan to take on vacation were wondering if they could even afford a vacation with the rising gas prices. Now they can. Others wanted smaller vehicles to save money on gas but were afraid that is gas prices kept going up they would still feel the pintch. Whatever the reason, this program has helped out a lot of people. If you’re thinking of a new Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge vehicle, please contact our Dodge store in Plymouth at (800) 571-6906 or our Motormall in Fowlerville at (800) 486-2415.

2008 Dodge Challenger

Dick Scott is excited about the opportunity to provide our customers with two of the most talked about vehicles of the year. The 2009 Nissan GT-R and the 2008 Dodge Challenger. Edmunds had this to say about the Challenger:

The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is a muscle car, right? An American muscle car. So naturally, the first thing I want to do when I jump behind the wheel is a big American smoky burnout. “Not here,” says Pete Gladysz, the Dodge guy babysitting our test car and riding shotgun, as he looks around the leafy, tranquil residential street we’re on in the middle of Pasadena. “Wait ’till we get to the track.” Gladysz, powertrain senior manager for Chrysler LLC’s SRT Group, sounds serious. So I wait.

A Big Brute
With all that bulk and its softer shock tuning, I frankly don’t expect much in the handling department. Like that Charger, around town the Challenger is a big, heavy, ponderous car, a feeling amplified by its heavily bolstered, leather-upholstered bucket seats and the greenhouse of mail-slot-size windows. But the harder I push the Challenger on the endless curves of the Angeles Forest Highway, the lighter on its feet it gets. This car belies its nose-heavy 54 percent front/46 percent rear weight distribution with a neutral feel right up to the point where the electronic stability program (ESP) starts to activate. In fact, the ESP is programmed to let you play a little with oversteer if you want to balance weight transfer with throttle in tight corners. And in broader sweeping turns, you can actually hang the rear end out a little before the ESP selectively applies braking and modulates throttle input to save you from yourself. Later, at the test track negotiating our 600-foot slalom, the Challenger’s capabilities once again became obvious on the first flat, controlled pass. From then on, it’s only a matter of finding the quick way through the cones. Our testers note a quite neutral balance despite being a little vague on turn-in, but the short suspension travel helps transitions from left to right.

The Real Deal
The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will be the talk of the town for the next few months, as well it should be. Available in Hemi Orange, Bright Silver Metallic or Brilliant Black, it looks, feels and sounds like a muscle car. It’s got one of the sweetest exhaust notes you’ll hear this side of a Flowmaster muffler. And they’re only building 6,400 examples before they move on to lesser-powered versions. Of those, 4,000 are already sold. With all the standard leather inside and all kinds of high-tech stuff in the instrument panel, it’s something of a performance bargain at its $40,095 base price. It’s a true muscle car in every sense of the word.