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8 10, 2018

What’s Going On – Week of 10/8

By | 2018-10-08T13:44:27+00:00 October 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cadillac XT4 Launch Event – Wednesday, October 10th “Meet the first-ever 2019 Cadillac XT4 Crossover at our exclusive launch event! Enjoy dinner and drinks as you get to know this brand-new addition to Cadillac’s lineup. You can also meet our friendly team, go for a test drive, and take a tour of our service department. Attendees will receive $200 toward Genuine Cadillac Accessories with the purchase or lease of any new Cadillac during the month of October!” […]

24 09, 2018

Weekly Feature – VW Beetle

By | 2018-09-13T22:02:53+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Volkswagen Beetle dates back to the 2nd World War. In 1933 Adolf Hitler commissioned Ferdinand Porsche to develop a "Peoples Car" - a Volks Wagen. He requested the car to seat 2 adults, 2 children, and their luggage while having the ability to drive a whopping 62mph. However, they tagged it the Porsche Type 60 prototype and by 1935 it hit the market as the "V1". Both V3 and V30 prototypes were pre-produced but with the beginning of WWII, efforts and funding toward military vehicles were prioritized. At the end of the war the VW plant was taken control of by the US. Throughout the war, a handful of military variant Beetles were produced as well as a couple civilian models for elite Nazis. In 1945 the Americans gave the factory over to the British who were supposed to tear it down but found interest in the company. By 1946 the Brits 10,200 Beetles and by 1949 an "export" model was created. Just two years later Beetles were being exported to 29 countries. The Beetle saw a plethora of changes throughout the next decade as it improved failures and adapted to what the public wanted. In 1970 the 1302 was released and in 1970 the 15,007,034th car of this model was sold, passing up the production numbers of the Model T Ford. 1972 was the year of the 1303 model, also deemed the "Big Beetle". It had a more curved windshield with a shorter bonnet than the 1302. We've finally made [...]

17 09, 2018

Weekly Feature – Ford Bronco

By | 2018-09-10T12:36:30+00:00 September 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Ford Bronco was first produced in 1966 with the intentions of competing with the Jeep CJ-5. This was genius; though much-loved, the Mustang was based off the Ford Falcon and lacked that “one of a kind” vibe. The Bronco, however, had a unique frame, body, and extension and Ford was able to market it as one of the first civilian “Sports Utility” vehicles. I'd have to say Morrie's Heritage's 1973 Bronco fits the description perfectly! Looking under the hood, the ’66-’77 model had an inline 6 while the updated model was given a V8. It also gained a catalytic converter and emission controls. In 1978, Ford wanted to make Bronco bigger so they used F100 pickup truck chassis, its biggest competitor became the Chevy Blazer. Also, Like the Country Squire, the Bronco got folding rear seats and a roll down back window too. Oh, and of course, the popular external spare tire. In 1980, Ford made the Bronco lighter and shorter hoping for a more efficient powertrain. It was given an inline 6 engine again and only made it available in manual transmission. This time, it was built on an F150 chassis. In ’87 the Bronco got a facelift, mainly with the intentions of giving the truck better aerodynamics. They reshaped its front bumper and hood, gave it a flatter front grille, and gave it composite headlamps. In ’92 the last remodel took place focusing on safety updates such as crumple zones, seatbelts in the rear, more airbags and [...]

10 09, 2018

Weekly Feature – Ferrari F430

By | 2018-09-10T07:56:05+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Ferrari F430 was produced from 2004 to 2009 as a revision of the 360 with aim to improve aerodynamics. The F430 has a handful of Ferrari heritage exterior design details. For example, the tail lights and engine cover vents replicate that of the Enzo’s. Just like the Testarossa, the driver’s side mirror has the name etched in it, and the oval openings on the front bumper resemble those of earlier Ferrari racing models.   The F430 was the first Ferrari to have the Manettino dials on the steering wheel. Manettino, meaning little lever, allows the driver to adjust things like suspension, traction and throttle response simply and quickly. So yeah, it’s basically a spaceship. Lastly, The F430 has a 4.3L V8 petrol engine. It has 343 lb-ft of torque, 80% which is available blew 3,500 RPM. Its top speed is 186mph and it has a 3.6s 0-60 time. This is .6s faster than the 360. The F430 also features what they call the “E-Diff”, a limited slip active differential, as well. This allows the distribution of torque to be varied depending on steering and acceleration.

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