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Cars.com lists most popular vehicle names from survey
What do you call your vehicle? If you are like most people, you refer to it as “Baby,” or some other two-syllable name beginning with a B. In honor of “National Name Your Car Day,” Cars.com surveyed drivers, finding 53 percent of American drivers who name their cars use a name starting with the letter B. Of those drivers who name their vehicle, 70 percent are men. * According to the survey, these are the top 10 most popular car names: 1. Baby 2. Betsy 3. Ruby 4. Betty 5. Beast 6. Max 7. Bertha 8. Pearl 9. Frank 10. Christine Is your vehicle’s name on the list? Tell us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! *Information from WSPA.com.
Chevrolet’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign is back for the eighth year to help finish the fight against breast cancer! Runde Chevrolet is proud to once again participate in this important program. Who do you drive for? Join Chevrolet and #TeamRunde in the fight against breast cancer this October! For every post on Twitter or Instagram that uses the hashtag #IDriveFor October 1-31, Chevrolet will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society (up to $400,000)! PLUS, if you stop in to Runde Chevrolet and take a photo with our #IDriveFor sign, you will get a couple free PINK Runde koozies! Nearly $10 million has been contributed to the American Cancer Society since the start of this program in 2011.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Adam Millman to the staff of Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville! Adam, a Dubuque native, has spent the bulk of his career in supply chain management. He is familiar with sales, having worked in both the insurance and automotive industry. “I enjoy helping customers find exactly what they’re looking for and looking out for the customer’s best interest before, during, and after the sale,” Adam says. In his spare time, Adam enjoys cooking, fishing, hunting, watching sports, and woodworking. He was once an Iowa state bowling champion! Adam has always had an interest in vehicles. His favorite is the Chevy Tahoe because of its versatility. If you are in the market for a new or used vehicle, give Adam a call! Adam can be reached by calling 866-576-0797 or emailing amillman@rundeautogroup.com.
  This is the first of a series featuring staff members from the four Runde Auto Group dealerships. We hope you enjoy learning more about them!   Some people collect photographs to remember specific moments in their lives. Nate Elder, reconditioning manager at Runde PreDriven, collects shoes. He has about 25 boxes of unopened shoes in his closet at home right now – some have been there for years. “Each one has a story and a memory attached to it,” Nate said. “I have a pair that I bought in 2003, that’s one of my older pairs.” He recently opened a pair of DC Pure XEs because he had worn out the DC Mikey Moes he had been wearing. Working in the PreDriven washrack area means his shoes get dirty and wet – so he is very aware of that when choosing shoes. “I went through the collection [...]
  The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is HERE! One hundred years after the first Silverado was delivered in 1918, the next-generation Silverado was created with feedback from more than 7,000 customers on what they wanted in their next truck. “With the all-new Silverado, we’ve taken the best truck on the road and made it even better,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain in a press release. “It has a longer wheelbase, more passenger and cargo volume, and yet, thanks to our mixed materials strategy and mass reduction expertise, the new truck is 450 pounds lighter than the current model.” The Silverado’s grille and headlights are completely refreshed, and Chevrolet is stamped across the truck’s rear bumper. The Z71 Crew Cab model features twin chrome tailpipes. The truck’s [...]
Dubuque nonprofit Opening Doors aims to take care of women with no place to go while helping them to get them back on their feet. “Opening Doors’ story started in 2000 with a homeless woman on a park bench with no place to stay,” said Ann Lorenz, development and marketing director of Opening Doors. “Since that time, we have empowered over 3,300 women and children, teaching them life skills to help them build a brighter future for their families.” Opening Doors, which operates Teresa Shelter, Maria House, and the Francis Apartments, provides shelter and life and job skills training for women in the tri-state area. Maria House provides transitional housing for residents up to two years, while Teresa Shelter offers short-term emergency shelter services and an extended stay program. Opening Doors opened the Francis Apartments last year to offer permanent supportive housing [...]
We are pleased to announce the addition of Mike Mullahey to the sales team at Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green! Mike, who grew up in Dubuque, has lived in the Chicago area for the last 23 years. “I started at the Auto Auction in 1994 and have been selling cars for the past 20 years,” he says. “I’ve always had a passion for cars and people.” In his spare time, Mike enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family, especially his two nieces, Makayla and Lily. His favorite vehicle is the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, which was his family’s first car as a child. So far he is enjoying his new position and looks forward to providing great customer service at Runde PreDriven. “It means you treat people how you would like to be treated and try to help them the best [...]
Jim and Angie Mullen, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, flew in to pick up their 2017 Chevrolet Express 12-passenger van from Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque! The couple worked with nine dealers in their area, but none had a van with the features they were looking for. “This van had all the options I wanted, which was basically all the options,” Jim said. “It had the locking differential, a cold weather package, and a six-way power seat, which comes in handy since Angie is a much shorter person than I am.” They appreciated Runde Auto Group’s transparent and understandable sales process, along with salesperson Tim Loso’s helpfulness along the way. “He was very easy to work with and even got us an interest rate that was better than our bank got us,” Angie said. Jim added: “Out of the nine dealers we were working with, [...]
  Voices Productions has taken to the streets of Dubuque once again to add color and life to buildings around the city. Last year, the organization suspended its 11-year tradition of Millwork District gallery shows to embark on a public art project. The result was 18 large scale murals. See the 2017 murals here. The group is setting out to complete nine more in 2018, bringing the total to 27. So far two are in progress or completed: one on the Steve’s Ace Hardware building at 200 S. Locust St., and one at 1638 Central Ave. Many others are planned for Central Avenue. “The difference between this year is that property owners are reaching out to us, asking to participate in the mural initiative by requesting a mural on their wall and offering to pay for it,” said Sam Mulgrew, president of Humanities Iowa and one of the five directors of Voices Productions. The murals [...]
Please join us in welcoming Brian Oswald to the sales team at Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville! Brian moved to Platteville from Cuba City a year ago. He previously worked in the mortgage industry. “I have always wanted to sell cars and trucks,” he said. “You get to meet a lot of people and I have always heard Runde’s has a great reputation.” He is excited to sell from Runde Auto Group’s inventory of more than 1,650 vehicles. “I have always tried to make sure the customer has a positive experience and I pride myself on delivering great customer service, which means helping people meet their needs in a way that is efficient, pleasant, and informative,” he said. In his spare time, Brian enjoys coaching basketball, playing tennis, watching all sports, traveling and reading. [...]
Chevrolet is bringing back the much-loved Blazer, but with a dramatically different look. “The Blazer has attitude,” says John Cafaro, executive director of Global Chevrolet Design, in a press release. “It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV.” The five-passenger Blazer is larger than the Equinox and smaller than the Traverse, offering consumers a mid-size choice in Chevrolet SUVs. Offered in models ranging from sporty RS to upper-level Premier, the vehicle will offer unique design elements on each model to appeal to a variety of drivers.
We are pleased to announce that Rick Petitgout has joined the sales staff at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque! Rick has been in the automotive industry for 17 years and has been selling vehicles for 14 years. “It is not a car buying experience, it is a relationship-building experience,” he says. “I’m excited to be a part of Runde Auto Group and am looking forward to many, many, many years of building successful relationships.” Originally from East Dubuque, Rick lives in Asbury with his wife Marjorie, his four-year-old daughter Ariana, and their two miniature dachshunds. In his free time, Rick enjoys golfing, cheering on Notre Dame football, the Chicago Cubs, and the [...]
The all-new 2019 Buick Envision has arrived at Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville, WI! The re-designed luxury SUV has a new grille, sculpted front and rear, and new wheel choices. “Some of the 2019 Envision’s most notable changes are the results of listening to our customers,” said Elizabeth Pilibosian, chief Envision engineer, in a press release. “Beneath the updated exterior are a number of changes guided by a goal of offering the most refined and pleasant driving experience possible.” One of those customer-guided changes is a stop/start deactivation switch on the instrument panel. This allows the driver to choose whether to use the stop/start function. Small tweaks throughout the vehicle make for a better driver experience: the seat heating system warms [...]
Our Ford Drive 4 UR School test drive event on Friday raised more than $5,000 for the West Delaware Athletic Booster Club! The event, held at the Beckman Sports Complex in Manchester, saw more than 250 test drives of new Ford vehicles. For each test drive, Ford donated $20. “It was hosted during a softball tournament so we had a great turnout,” said Aaron Young, sales manager at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester. “It will be a very positive boost for the community.” Thank you to everyone who test drove a vehicle! ??
Runde Auto Group is proud to be a title sponsor of America’s River Festival, set for June 8-9 in the Port of Dubuque! The party in the Port will feature country stars on Friday night, including Michael Ray, High Valley, Walker Hayes, and Lindsay Ell. Saturday night will include Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, John Kay & Steppenwolf, and Night Ranger! The first 1,000 attendees on Friday, June 8 will get a free t-shirt from us! America’s River Festival 2018 Schedule: Friday, June 8 5 p.m.: Gates open 5 to 6 p.m.: The Struggs at the Coca-Cola Atlantic Bottling Company Regional Stage 5:30 p.m.: Bud Light VIP Zone Opens 6 p.m.: Lindsay Ell on the Main Stage 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Walker Hayes on the Main Stage 9 to 10 p.m.: High [...]
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra is trying something new this year: the Ultimate Country Hits Concert! Set for 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, the concert will feature local bands and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra playing a variety of country music, from classic legends to contemporary to folk and bluegrass. It will be held at the Mississippi Moon Bar at Diamond Jo Casino. While tickets for the main floor, tables and mezzanine seating are sold out, there are still standing mezzanine tickets and general admission tickets available. Buy tickets here.   Runde Auto Group is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of this unique event! Performers include: Joie Booth, Joie Wails Band Caitlyn Wolfe Noah Kachelski, Caitlyn Wolfe Band Elizabeth Kane, Elizabeth Mary
Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of College for Kids and Middle University, July 9-12 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville! Started in 1982, the program offers regional students the opportunity to take hands-on classes created just for them at the UW-Platteville campus. Last year the program had a record number of students in attendance — almost 200 — and this year’s registrations are on pace to exceed that. “College for Kids and Middle University is a well-known program at UW-Platteville that continues to serve kindergarten through seventh grade students,” said Nicole Osborn, Education and Training Coordinator at the Office of Continuing Education at UW Platteville. “2018 is no different and projected to set records with our new and exciting session options for students that explore engineering, coding, robotics, health/wellness, arts, and more!” This year, there [...]
St. Stephen’s Food Bank will have an easier time distributing food after getting a new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 refrigerated cube truck from salesperson Jacob Puls at Runde Chevrolet today! The vehicle is replacing their 2002 box truck that had a failing refrigeration unit. “The parts for it aren’t made anymore, so every time something happened, they had to find used parts,” said Kathy Hutton, executive director of St. Stephen’s Food Bank. “Last time, it took 12 weeks.” Twelve weeks is too long to wait when the truck has important work to do. The truck helps the nonprofit pick up food donations that they distribute to over 100 partner agencies. St. Stephen’s Food Bank distributed 1.8 million pounds of food in 2017 — up 20 [...]
Deb and Steve Binger, of Black Earth, WI, were excited for the drive home today in a brand new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Dbl Cab! They bought the vehicle from salesperson Tim Loso at Runde Chevrolet. “We are excited,” Deb said. “Steve kept waiting to pick it up until the snow was gone. He said ‘I’m not driving my new truck in the salt!'” They are replacing their 1997 Chevy Silverado that has 234,000 miles on it — but they don’t plan on getting rid of their trusted old Chevy truck any time soon. The retired couple will use the vehicle as a daily driver and also for trips to their cabin up north. Steve plans to put a topper on the truck so he can fill up the bed. While they shopped around, they returned to Runde Auto Group because of the customer service they [...]
https://www.run4troops.com/video/course-loop.mp4 Runde Auto Group is proud to once again be a major sponsor of Run4Troops! This point-to-point, chip-timed Boston qualifying race runs from Dyersville to Dubuque on the scenic Heritage Trail. Proceeds from Run4Troops, set for June 23, 2018, directly support tri-state military, past, present, and future. This year is the 10th anniversary of the event! “This year is number 10, so there is a lot to celebrate,” said race director Connie Hodge. “Our mission is stronger than ever – We support our local military – past, present, & future.” Over the years, they have raised over $125,000 to help military families. More than 5,000 runners have participated in the event from 44 states and nine countries! Proceeds are donated to organizations including the Veteran’s Freedom Center, University of Dubuque ROTC, National Guard, University [...]
Runde Auto Group is proud to be a driving force behind the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The 2018 festival is set for April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. All films are FREE on Runde Free Day, Thursday, April 26. See you at the fest! The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s film Los Lecheros will be featured with a special screening at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival.  The film will be shown at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the Dubuque Museum of Art. Before the film at noon, there will be a chance for mingling with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The event is free.
Runde Auto Group is proud to be a driving force behind the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The 2018 festival is set for April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. All films are free on Runde Free Day, Thursday, April 26. See you at the fest! A red carpet screening of the film High & Outside: A Baseball Noir, starring Ernie Hudson, Phil Donlon, and Geoffrey Lewis will close the seventh annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at Phoenix Theatres, 555 John F. Kennedy Rd. Tickets are $10 per person. Director Evald Johnson and lead actor Phil Donlon will be in attendance to discuss the film and answer audience questions following the screening. “Events like this are what make film festivals such a great [...]
Chevrolet’s car lineup is getting a face lift in the 2019 model year! The 2019 Chevy Cruze, Malibu, and Spark will feature more sporty styling, enhanced features, and a wider variety of choices on trims, packages, and models. “We are committed to offering consumers a full lineup of products with fresh designs, new technologies and efficient powertrain options,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. Vice President of Chevrolet, in a press release. “The investments we have made in Spark, Cruze, and Malibu will help position the brand for success in competitive segments that still make up a significant part of the total industry.” All three vehicles will include Chevy’s signature lighting on the front and back. The front ends are re-designed, but the vehicles still have their athletic body sides. “The re-styled face of Chevy cars for 2019 is characterized by a family-like appearance, with each model honoring its Chevrolet heritage while showing off expressive designs,” said [...]
Runde Auto Group is proud to be a driving force behind the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The 2018 festival is set for April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. All films are free on Runde Free Day, Thursday, April 26. See you at the fest! SUPERCON, a Sony film that will soon make its limited theatrical release, will be featured during a special screening at the seventh annual Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at Five Flags Theater, 405 Main St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the cost is $10. The 98-minute comedy stars Maggie Grace (Taken, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, The Scent of Rain & Lightening) Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, The Right Kind of Wrong, Legends of the Guardian), Mike Epps (Resident Evil, [...]
Runde Auto Group is proud to be a driving force behind the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The 2018 festival is set for April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. All films are free on Runde Free Day, Thursday, April 26. See you at the fest! The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival will bring together several women in the entertainment industry for a panel to discuss their experiences. The free event will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, in the Hotel Julien ballroom. “The entertainment industry is still a male-dominated field, so it is refreshing to hear perspectives from women involved in the business,” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. “We hope this panel will provide an interesting look at the industry and help to encourage women to get involved in filmmaking.”   Panelists include: Jenelle Riley, Deputy Awards and Features Editor at Variety Magazine, and two-time Emmy [...]
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