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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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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. “We are always excited to bring in new singers, expanding our reach into the wide range of talented rockers in this region, and bringing in their devoted fans [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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
“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 [...]
A unique night of music and mystery is on the agenda for the Colts Youth Organization’s latest offering. La Musique & Masquerade Ball, set for 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Hotel Julien, will raise funds for the Colts and Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. The event will feature music by Ken Kilian and his band with light dinner music during cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. and then the Ken Kilian Swingtet from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. “We believe the Masquerade Ball can become an annual tradition on people’s fall social schedule,” said Jeff MacFarlane, executive director of the Colts Youth Organization. Runde Auto Group is proud to be the title sponsor [...]
A unique night of music and mystery is on the agenda for the Colts Youth Organization’s latest offering. La Musique & Masquerade Ball, set for 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Hotel Julien, will raise funds for the Colts and Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. The event will feature music by Ken Kilian and his band with light dinner music during cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. and then the Ken Kilian Swingtet from 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. “We believe the Masquerade Ball can become an annual tradition on people’s fall social schedule,” said Jeff MacFarlane, executive director of the Colts Youth Organization. Runde Auto Group is proud to be the title sponsor [...]
When is the last time you put “sporty” and “Buick” in the same sentence? That’s about to change! The 2018 Buick Regal GS made its world debut in July as a more powerful, sportier version of the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback. “This is a sport sedan designed for everyday driving, but one that makes every drive special,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC, in a press release. It offers 310 horsepower, a V6 engine, and nine-speed transmission AWD with active twin clutch. Its performance seats are heated, ventilated and — get this — massaging. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard, as are a sport-tuned exhaust system and flat-bottom [...]
When is the last time you put “sporty” and “Buick” in the same sentence? That’s about to change! The 2018 Buick Regal GS made its world debut in July as a more powerful, sportier version of the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback. “This is a sport sedan designed for everyday driving, but one that makes every drive special,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC, in a press release. It offers 310 horsepower, a V6 engine, and nine-speed transmission AWD with active twin clutch. Its performance seats are heated, ventilated and — get this — massaging. Nineteen-inch wheels are standard, as are a sport-tuned exhaust system and flat-bottom [...]
The all-new 2018 GMC Terrain landed at Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville! This is the first complete re-design of the vehicle since it was first introduced seven years ago. The most noticeable change is the new headlights and taillights. “It is a striking design with functional beauty,” said Helen Emsley, executive director of Global GMC Design, in a press release. “There’s confidence and optimism in its stance, with exceptional attention to detail that speaks to GMC’s rise as a premium brand.” The Denali features a satin chrome grille, body color fasicas and lower [...]
Rodney Coohey got his 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500 SRW 4WD Dbl Cab LT from Runde Chevrolet in 2014. Fast forward 210,000 miles (and counting!), and it is still running as good as new. He has done almost exclusively routine maintenance, including oil changes, tire rotations, new tires, and one air filter on the vehicle. This is his fifth Chevy 3500 since 2007. “I just don’t have issues with them. I’m probably jinxing myself doing this,” he said, laughing. Coohey is the owner of two businesses, Midwest Patch, which supplies bagged cold patch to cities and counties, and Hi-Viz Safety, which sells safety-related items like signs, barricades, clothing, and more. He hits the road most days at 3 or 4 in the morning and puts thousands of miles on his vehicle. “I can’t afford [...]
Rodney Coohey got his 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500 SRW 4WD Dbl Cab LT from Runde Chevrolet in 2014. Fast forward 210,000 miles (and counting!), and it is still running as good as new. He has done almost exclusively routine maintenance, including oil changes, tire rotations, new tires, and one air filter on the vehicle. This is his fifth Chevy 3500 since 2007. “I just don’t have issues with them. I’m probably jinxing myself doing this,” he said, laughing. Coohey is the owner of two businesses, Midwest Patch, which supplies bagged cold patch to cities and counties, and Hi-Viz Safety, which sells safety-related items like signs, barricades, clothing, and more. He hits the road most days at 3 or 4 in the morning and puts thousands of miles on his vehicle. “I can’t afford [...]
The Voices Mural Project artists have all headed home, leaving an abundance of colorful scenery in their wake. There are now 18 murals in downtown Dubuque, created by artists from all over the country. The works of art are drawing attention from locals and tourists alike. “It’s been an honor to bring to muralists with such international acclaim to Dubuque,” said Sam Mulgrew, president of Humanities Iowa and one of the five directors of Voices Productions. “The work of these artists will be sure to transform the urban experience in downtown Dubuque.” Voices Productions suspended its 11-year tradition of the Millwork District gallery shows this year to embark on this public art project. Runde Auto Group is proud to be a major sponsor of the Voices Mural Project, along with Humanities Iowa. Here are the murals: 1st and Locust Street, by ARCY from Connecticut “My pieces showcase the freedom of what can be achieved [...]
What: Ralph Kluseman, Johnnie Walker, and Friends Beatles Tribute, sponsored by Runde Auto Group When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 Where: Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 3800 Arboretum Drive, Dubuque Cost: No admission, free will offerings Runde Auto Group is proud to once again sponsor the Ralph Kluseman/Johnnie Walker and Friends Beatles tribute at Music in the Gardens! The performance, set for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, is a celebration of The Beatles with a bit of storytelling mixed in, as well as other well known songs. It includes local musicians Johnnie Walker, Mike Lieb, Denny Troy, Brian Marceau, Rick Hoffmann, and Ralph Kluseman. “They are back by popular demand,” said Sandi Helgerson, the executive director of the arboretum. “I encourage people to come over a little early so they have parking and a place to pull up their [...]
Like supercharged sports cars? How about a supercharged SUV? Jeep has announced the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, calling it the most powerful and quickest SUV ever. The vehicle has a supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine, with 707 horsepower and 645 lb ft of torque! It goes 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 180 mph. It has a 60-0 braking performance of 114 feet. “The new Grand Cherokee Trackhawk delivers astounding performance numbers, backed by renowned SRT engineering that combines world-class on-road driving dynamics with luxury, refinement and an array of innovative advanced technology,” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global, in a press release. It comes with more than 70 safety and security features, and plenty of advanced technologies like Uconnect 8.4-standard touchscreen with Apple [...]
Schedule Friday, Aug. 11: Show downtown at South Franklin St. from 5-10 p.m. Games, food, and trophies. Saturday, Aug. 12: Car show line-up starts at 2:30 p.m. at EZ Pickin’s. Cruise starts at 5 p.m. and ends at the Bacon ‘N Hops Festival in downtown Manchester. Live music by Time Machine. Sunday, Aug. 13: Car Show at the Delaware County Fairgrounds from noon to 3 p.m. (registration 8 a.m. to noon). Awards presented at 3 p.m. Entry fee $15, spectator fee $2. Runde Auto Group is a proud sponsor of the Country Cruisers Car Cruise and Show in Manchester, IA! The annual event, set for Aug. 11-13 this year, features vehicles of all makes and models, games, food, live music, and more.
There are some interesting characters behind the wheel of the Chrysler Pacifica lately. As part of a sponsorship of the PBS show “Sesame Street,” Chrysler is creating a multimedia campaign that pairs Sesame Street muppets and the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan. The first four videos feature muppets riding in a Chrysler Pacifica while playing a new game show called “Listen, Drive, Surprise!” The game show tests the characters’ ability to follow directions. Children help explain the vehicle’s features along the way. “’Sesame Street’ has a powerful connection with families and this partnership allows the Chrysler brand to support their work around the world,” said Tim Kuniskis, of FCA North America, in a press release. “As a trusted family [...]
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