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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 [...]
Runde Auto Group is proud to be a driving force behind the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. The seventh annual festival is set for April 26-29, 2018 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 has announced 115 films were chosen as Official Selections and will be screened at the seventh annual festival, April 26-29 in downtown Dubuque. View films and trailers More than 700 features, shorts, and documentaries were submitted from over 40 countries. “We have a large team of film reviewers who spend months watching submissions,” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the film festival. “We are astounded at the quality of the films that are submitted to our festival and we can’t wait [...]
Black GMC Sierra AT4
GMC recently revealed the first-ever 2019 GMC Sierra AT4! While it is an off-road capable vehicle, the AT4 still has the refinement and technologies GMC is known for, making it ideal for both the open road and an off-road adventure. “The AT4 brings new levels of refinement and innovative technology — a formula that no one else in the industry currently delivers,” said Alan Batey, EVP and President of GM North America, in the vehicle’s reveal video. The exterior of the vehicle is based on the next generation 2019 GMC Sierra, with tweaks including body color front and rear bumpers and grille surround, black chrome throughout, high gloss black finish on the window trim and mirror caps, and a few touches of red to complete the look.
2019 Red Ram truck in front of ranch
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 recently rolled onto the lot at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester! The most notable difference at first glance is the truck’s grille, which is larger and more aggressive. There are six different grille styles to choose from. The truck itself is lighter — it weighs nearly 225 pounds less than the previous model — but stronger, with an increased payload of 2,300 pounds, and maximum trailer tow of 12,750 pounds. “The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 delivers a non-compromise approach to the full-size truck segment with strength, durability, technology, and efficiency,” said Mike Manley, head of Ram brand, in a press release. “The [...]
We are pleased to announce that Dan Pyzocha has joined the sales team at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester! Dan has a background in road construction, but has always had an interest in the automotive industry. “The majority of people rely on their vehicle almost every day,” Dan said. “Vehicles are always going to be our main means of transportation here in the rural Midwest as well as where memories are going to be made. With that being said, buying a new vehicle is a big event to most people and I’m happy knowing that I have the opportunity to be a part of that event.” Originally from Massachusetts, Dan grew up in Dubuque and currently resides in Epworth. He and his wife Angela have two children, Adelynn and Aliyah. “When I married my wife, we decided to both change our last [...]
Runde Chevrolet Customer Leonard H. pictured in front of new Colorado truck
Leonard Holub, of Janesville, WI, drove away in his seventh truck from Runde Chevrolet today! His latest truck is a 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 4WD LTZ Dbl Cab. “It’s a great vehicle,” he said. “It’s gets good mileage, it’s dependable, and I love the styling.” Leonard does a lot of long distance driving to and from various farms he owns in other cities. “I’d rather drive this than a car — it is as comfortable or more than many cars today,” he said. Leonard drives two hours to buy his trucks at Runde Auto Group. His salesperson is Dave Frazier. “He’s treated me very fairly,” Leonard said. “He’s honest and has treated me well.” In his free time, Leonard is the president and treasurer of the Blackhawk Toms Turkey Federation in [...]
New Chevrolet Equinox owner Brian H.
Brian Hansen, better known as “Chopper,” was all smiles today when he left Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque! He scored a great deal on a 2017 Chevy Equinox Premier AWD from salesperson Corissa Frederick. Plus, he was Corissa’s first sale! “She was a great gal to work with,” Brian said. “Corissa’s the bomb.” Brian, who lives in East Dubuque, called a few days ago to inquire about how spacious the Equinox was. “I’ve always driven Chevys,” he said. “I like dealing with Runde’s and I heard good things about the Equinox. I liked that it had a six-cylinder and I love the interior.” When he isn’t in his daily driver, Brian loves riding his motorcycle, a 2017 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Special. He works at the Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department as [...]
2019 Chevy Silverado dump truck
The Chevrolet 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD made their debut at the NTEA The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis today! These heavy duty Silverados are perfect for a wide variety of businesses, such as lawn and garden, automotive, concrete work, electrical work, water/sewer/utility lines, highway and street construction, and special trade contractors. “Chevy’s designers and engineers were obsessed with making this Silverado the most customer-focused medium duty truck of any major competitor,” said Ed Peper, U.S. Vice President of GM Fleet, in a press release. “By customer-focused, I mean work-ready trucks that are easy to upfit, easy to drive, easy to service, and easy to own.” Developers took input from fleet managers, truck drivers, upfitters, technicians, and Chevy dealers. The vehicles will be available in 2WD and 4WD and will be powered by a standard [...]
2019 GMC Sierra Denali shown in front of setting sun
The all-new 2019 GMC Sierra was revealed on Facebook Live this week! It is re-designed inside and out and has plenty of new features, including: The GMC-exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate: It has six unique functions offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation, and easier access to items in the box. Standard on SLT and Denali, the MultiPro Tailgate also incorporates a step entry and egress mode that, when paired with the assist handle, can be used as both a step and a seat. Two buttons on the tailgate handle allow for convenient inner gate release. GMC-exclusive, industry-first Carbon Fiber Pickup Box, called the CarbonPro, increases durability, [...]
black Ford Ranger pickup driving through snow
The Ford Ranger is making a comeback in 2019. The mid-size pickup truck, which was discontinued in 2011, has been re-invented inside and out. “Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing, in a press release. “The all-new Ranger is designed for today’s mid-size truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on the weekend.” The Ranger will come in three trims, entry-level XL, mid-level XLT, and high-level Lariat, with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and in [...]
2019 Jeep Cherokee on rocky terrain
The all-new 2019 Jeep Cherokee has rolled onto the lot at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester! The re-designed Cherokee has a whole new front fascia, hood, LED headlamps, daylight running lamps, and fog lamps. The vehicle has a new lightweight, hands-free power liftgate and five new wheel designs, including premium 19-inch wheel on Overland models. It also features a dual-pane sunroof. It boasts improved rear cargo volume and more convenient storage space, as well as small details like the new capless fuel fill that eliminates the need to touch and turn the vehicle’s gas cap when refilling. Under the hood, the vehicle has an all-new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque equipped with engine stop-start technology to optimize fuel [...]
Runde Chevrolet customers Mike and Anita P
Mike and Anita P., of Lena, IL, said they weren’t sure if they were crazy when they left Runde Chevrolet on Tuesday. “We’ve never bought two vehicles on the same day,” Mike said. Anita drove off the lot in a red 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab and Mike drove away in a black 2018 Chevrolet Cruze. Their salesperson was Dave Frazier. “He’s the reason we’re here,” Anita said. Mike agreed, “He’s just a good guy. We don’t really call anybody else but Dave.” Mike, Anita, and their family members have bought many vehicles from Runde’s. For Mike and Anita, it’s been mostly trucks. “It’s been 18 years since we had a car,” Anita said. “We’ve had trucks for a while.” They still have a 1999 Tahoe that they [...]
Smart Saturdays program in Dubuque
Looking for a creative outlet for your children? Here’s something fun and educational at the Dubuque Museum of Art! Perfect for kids ages 6-10, smART Saturdays provide a variety of hands-on art activities in the museum’s remodeled children’s art classroom. “Participation in art classes can make children smarter, more inventive and confident,” said Margaret Buhr, director of education at the Dubuque Museum of Art. “SmART Saturday classes do that as well as celebrate the joy of discovery. Classes also provide a great bonding opportunity for children and their caregivers. And most importantly, classes are fun, lots of fun!” The new program will be held one Saturday a month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting on Jan. 27. Runde Auto Group is the proud sponsor of smART Saturdays! The programs are designed to encourage creativity [...]
Best Buy Awards website banner
We are excited to announce that Kelley Blue Book has named the 2018 Chevrolet Impala, the 2018 Ford F-150 and the 2018 Ford Expedition as Best Buys for 2018! The Best Buy awards choose the best value vehicles in 12 categories, as well as an overall winner. They compare features like pricing, cost to own, use-ability, consumer reviews, and more. This is the fourth year in a row that the Chevrolet Impala was named the best full-size sedan by Kelley Blue Book! You can get yours at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL or Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville, WI! “Whether it’s a matter of price, size, style or features, the 2018 Impala will give you something to appreciate every day you own it,” Kelley Blue Book noted in its announcement. “And speaking of owning it, [...]
red 2019 Chevy Silverados in front of Grand Canyon
The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado was unveiled for a sneak peek at a Chevy Truck Centennial event over the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The next-generation Silverado was created based on feedback from more than 7,000 customers on what they wanted in their next truck. “Many of our owners depend on their trucks for work and play, personalize their trucks in astonishing ways and pass their loyalty for Chevy Trucks down from generation to generation,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet, in a press release. “For the Chevy Truck Centennial, we wanted to recognize the customers who have made Chevrolet part of their lives, and have them help kick off the next 100 years of Chevy Trucks.” The Silverado’s grille and headlights are completely refreshed, and Chevrolet is [...]
Symphony photo
The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Ultimate Rock Hits Concert continues this year, once again hosting a Friday night and Saturday night performance. The concerts will be 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 20, 2017. Runde Auto Group is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of this unique event! “This year’s music has great strength and power behind it,” said Joie Booth, show co-founder, coordinator, and vocalist. “Music that makes you drive your car a little bit over the speed limit or forces you to run a little farther. Music that lights you on fire and inspires you to reach the next level!” The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra will present a symphonic rock experience that you won’t see anywhere else.  Those who are used to the symphony playing the likes of Beethoven, Berlioz, and Bruckner will definitely get a taste of something that differs quite a bit from the norm.  We’re not saying Beethoven didn’t produce [...]
Christmas desserts
What: Runde Chevrolet’s 4th annual Holiday Bake Sale When: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 Where: Runde Chevrolet, 780 IL Route 35 N, East Dubuque Why: All proceeds are matched by Runde Auto Group & donated to local families. Runde Chevrolet is excited to announce its fourth annual Holiday Bake Sale! Each year, our generous staff members prepare delicious baked goods that we sell in the showroom. All funds raised (PLUS a match by Runde Auto Group) are donated to help a few local families in need have a brighter holiday season. Last year’s bake sale raised $1,087, which was then matched by Runde Auto Group. The money was donated to help six families in the East Dubuque School District. We are hoping to continue the momentum this holiday season. Please join us on Thursday, Dec. 14 in the showroom of Runde Chevrolet, 780 IL Route 35 N, in East Dubuque. The sale will [...]
Chevrolet factory accessory photos
As you start your Christmas shopping this year, keep in mind that vehicle accessories, like floor liners, cargo organizers, and bike racks, make great gifts! We’ve compiled some ideas below and we hope it helps you find the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list! For pricing, inquiries, and orders, call our parts departments at the below numbers: • Runde Chevrolet, 866-735-5200 • Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC, 866-576-0797 • Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 866-580-9767   Floor Liners All-weather floor liners are the perfect gift for Midwest drivers. These removable liners keep the salt and snow off a vehicle’s carpeting and make clean-up a breeze! Floor liners offer coverage around interior trim, driver pedals, seat tracks, and door sills — much more than a typical fabric floor mat. Pictured: Chevrolet Accessories Front and Rear All-Weather Floor Mats in Black for 2016 Chevy Cruze. Part #39052638 [...]
Reflections in the Park - Dubuque holiday light display
Looking for something to do with your family after the Thanksgiving meal? Reflections in the Park, the annual fundraiser for Hillcrest Family Services begins Thursday, Nov. 23! It continues nightly 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23 through Monday, Jan. 1, at Louis Murphy Park in Dubuque. Be sure to check out the Runde Auto Group Silverado display! The cost is $10 per vehicle at the gate. Discounted tickets ($8) are available at all DB&T banks and at all Hillcrest locations. Santa Claus will distribute candy to all the youngsters between 5 and 8 p.m. every Monday in December before Christmas. Doggie treats will also be given to all the canine visitors. Last year’s Reflections in the Park saw more than 10,800 cars and an estimated 45,000 visitors. If [...]
Chevy Corvette ZR1 driving through a city tunnel
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 made its global debut Sunday at the Dubai Motor Show! This supercar has the highest power, greatest track performance, and most advanced technology in the Corvette’s production history. “I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there has never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain, in a press release. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.” Under the hood, the ZR1 has an LT5 6.2L V8 engine. It delivers 755 horsepower and 715 lb.-ft. of torque, with over 600 lb.-ft. of torque available from 2200 rpm to redline. The top speed of the ZR1 is over 210 mph! Seven-speed manual and eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmissions are [...]
Chevrolet commercial grade trucks near construction site
Tax Time! You probably didn’t read that as something to look forward to, but if you are a business owner, we have some news that might change your mind. If you own a business and purchase a new work vehicle from Runde Auto Group before Dec. 31, 2017, you could be eligible for up to a total of $510,000 in tax deductions. When you add tax incentives to other small business and national incentives on eligible vehicles, you can significantly impact your bottom line. Adding a new work vehicle to your fleet could be more beneficial than ever. Whether it is the capable, hardworking Silverado or flexible Express Cargo, our commercial vehicles are engineered to get the job done. You can read more about the details of Section 179 here: Section179.org. [...]
Luke Bryan's Chevy Suburban
Luke Bryan re-imagined a Suburban that would work well for his hunting, fishing, outdoor lifestyle, and Chevrolet brought it to life. The concept vehicle, which was recently unveiled at the SEMA Auto Show, blends the utility of a truck with the versatility of an SUV. “This concept is all about maximizing the Suburban’s space and utility for a family that truly enjoys hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities,” said Todd Parker, Chevrolet Design director, in a press release. “There’s plenty of room for all their gear, along with added amenities that make the journey more enjoyable.” The vehicle is lifted and rides on modified 22-inch wheels. It has a roof-mounted equipment carrier with a fishing rod holder, and a swing-out liftgate, and custom spare tire mount. The concept Suburban is powered by a direct-injected 5.3L V8 engine, rated at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-foot [...]
Model year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first production Chevrolet truck! A century and more than 85 million trucks later, Chevrolet has become one of the most recognizable brands in the world. “The Chevy Trucks Centennial is a huge milestone for us, and is equally important to our customers,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks advertising and marketing director, in a press release. To celebrate, Chevrolet will have: New 2018 Silverado and Colorado Centennial Special Editions A national rollout of the Chevy Truck Legends program Branded merchandise featuring an all-new Chevy bowtie The Silverado and Colorado Centennial Editions will include the distinctive Centennial Blue paint color and exclusive heritage bowtie emblems and 100 years badges. “Both vehicles offer our most enthusiastic fans [...]
Collage of Runde customer photos
For the seventh year, Chevrolet is hosting its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign to help to finish the fight against breast cancer! Runde Chevrolet is proud to once again participate in this important program. Who do you drive for? Join #TeamRunde by re-tweeting our post about the #IDriveFor campaign! For every re-tweet and post using #IDriveFor and a team name hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, Chevy will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society (up to $400,000)! Over $7.8 million has been contributed to the American Cancer Society since the start of this program. For more information, visit https://www.chevrolet.com/making-strides-against-breast-cancer.html
Galena Guide logo
“What’s going on tonight in Galena?” It’s a question that shop owners in the city hear on a daily basis. Now they can give a simple answer: “Check out GalenaGuide.com!” Galena, a city of just 3,255 people, sees more than a million visitors annually. All of them are looking for places to eat, shop, play, and stay. Enter GalenaGuide.com, a comprehensive website that outlines everything Galena. It includes: A weekly calendar of events and live music Video interviews with local artists and business owners A full directory of Galena hotels, restaurants, music venues, bars, museums, activities, and more. Runde Auto Group is proud to be the premier sponsor of Galena [...]
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