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Runde News, Industry Updates & Tri-State Happenings

Dawn McCoy, a member of Runde Chevrolet’s business office, and her husband, Jon, welcomed a baby girl last Thursday, August 21st. After much anticipation and stubbornness, she arrived weighing about 8 pounds 15 ounces, and was 20 inches long. I think Mom was ready for her a few weeks ago! Hannah Gertrude McCoy     Happy 1 Week Birthday!!
Cartango.com has introducted the car soulmate test. It only takes a few minutes (about 12 questions), and it actually works!! My #1 vehicle was a Pontiac G6, which I am currently driving. It even knew which vehicles I have been looking to purchase! (Ex: Chevy Equinox, Ford Escape, and Dodge Journey) Check out the site CLICK HERE to access the survey! You’ll be shocked!!
Chevrolet has released their intentions of producing a new compact car, the Chevy Cruze. It is a 5-passenger sedan, about the same length as the Cobalt, but execs say the Cruze will make better use of its’ interior space for passengers and cargo. Chevy is trying to lead in fuel economy, with the Cruze reaching a whopping 45 miles per gallon on the highway. They are offering 1.6-liter (112 hp) and 1.8-liter (140 hp) gas engines, and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. It is expected to reach the U.S. late 2010, but will be released in Europe and Asia next year. It will be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in October.
We took a moment to sit down and talk with Mary Jane Baxter, a member of our Runde Buick staff. Here is what she had to say about working at Runde. Geared for Women: What does your job entail at Runde Auto Group and how long have you been with them? Mary Jane Baxter: I handle financing, accounting, filing, answering phones, and any other day-to-day tasks that need to be done. I have been with Runde for approximately 27 years.  GFW: What do you like most about working at Runde? MJB: I enjoy the environment and the people I work with every day. We have a lot of fun and work well together. GFW: If you could drive any car for a month, what would it be MJB: Buick Enclave    GFW: What are your hobbies & interests?   MJB: I enjoy golf, craftmaking, quilting, [...]
We were tickled pink with our new truck purchase. We had been searching for a specific pick-up truck online and we looked from dealer to dealer to dealer all the way from here to Wisconsin.  We sent in an inquiry on the truck and got a call back from Rob.  We hashed it out over the phone with him and then drove up to pick up the truck.  We hadn’t heard of Runde Chevrolet before we found the truck on the internet, but we’re glad we did.  We were very pleased with the deal and pleased with the service – It was a smooth process and we couldn’t be happier. I don’t know how anything could have been better, from my perspective.   Bob Rosenberry from Abingdon, IL     First class all the way – Thank you.   Lonny Boerema of [...]
Meet the Jeep Patriot!! Voted Least Expensive SUV To Own by Edmunds.com What can be better than combining the quality of Jeep with the Lifetime Limited Powertrain Warranty? How about lower price and more options? The Jeep Patriot Limited comes fully equipped with leather interior, heated front seats, power moonroof, sirius satellite radio, iPod auxillary jack, Excellent Crash Test Ratings, and between 22 and 28 Miles Per Gallon on the highway*. *Trim and specs will effect fuel efficiency. Take a look at my Jeep Patriot Walk-Around video! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i4hd3uUD_Q&hl=en&fs=1] If you have any questions about the Patriot or any other Ford or Chrysler vehicle, please contact Runde of Manchester at (888) 927-2630! We would be thrilled to answer any questions you have! 
Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque is preparing to welcome another member of the Runde family…the Turbo Blastin’ Car Wash!!  It will be ready to use soon, and it is going to be a great addition to our Detailing crew.    With nearly 1400 vehicles bouncing around between our 4 locations, the new car wash will to keep them sparkling all year long.  Craig Kruser, who has been with Runde Auto Group since the summer of 2005 and is over-seeing the construction of the new building, said that there will be a regular car wash with rotating, non-abrasive brushes and a touch free wash as well.   The turbo wash machines have been installed, the outside is almost finished and paved! We are really looking forward to the opening, and thought we would show everyone the  progress we [...]
It’s always nice to talk to our fantastic customers while they’re waiting on their vehicles to get serviced. I sat and talked with Tony Fritz for a few minutes in our Chevy store, and he had nothing but good things to say about us…(we like hearing that!!) Runde Auto Chat: What kind of vehicle are you having serviced? Is it just a routine appointment? Tony Fritz: I brought my 2007 Chevy Impala in for an oil change and tire rotation. RAC: Did you buy the Impala from us? TF: Yes RAC: Is there any feature it has that you will look for on your next vehicle purchase? TF: No, it’s a pretty standard package. RAC: Have you bought other vehicles from us? TF: Yes, probably 3 or 4. RAC: What is your favorite thing about Runde and how they do business? TF: They have reasonable prices, and the salesmen don’t pressure you. RAC: Do [...]
Suzuki’s SX4 crossover is the most affordable All-Wheel-Drive vehicle in the U.S. It has 3 packages for personal customization, and also offers the same packages in their Road Trip edition. That includes standard Navigation, and still offers the choice of trim level. Voted One of the Best Back-to-School cars by MSN Autos! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JDEK8zx76M&hl=en&fs=1] Check out the SX4 video!!
The last couple weeks have been packed with talk of the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. I have had many conversations with co-workers about the Olympics, it’s very bittersweet watching them wrap up until London in 2012. So much history has been made with Michael Phelps completing his perfect 8 gold medal quest. But even more than that, our own Iowa girl, Shawn Johnson, takes gold on the balance beam, and brings home 3 silver medals as well. The West Des Moines native, who just happens to only be 16 years old, started gymnastics when she was 3 because ‘she had too much energy’. None of us could see that in the constantly smiling, high-flying daredevil that she is. Even with all of her success (the medals, TV appearances, and photo shoots) the Valley High School sophomore still leads a normal teenage life. She has become such an inspiration to kids and adults everywhere, but [...]
As Americans, September 11th is a date that will forever be ingrained into our minds. If asked where they were and what they were doing at the time of the Twin Tower attacks, most of us would be able to describe everything in great detail. If you were watching the Olympics last Monday, you would’ve seen a Chevy commercial featuring a pretty beat up Silverado with a Ladder 5 sign on the back. The pickup belongs to Craig Monahan, a member of the FDNY. He was off-duty at the time of the attacks, and got called in. He had 2 other firefighters with him as they drove in from Staten Island. They parked the truck near the south tower, and watched both towers collapse. He then crawled into the rubble to find the 11 missing firefighters from his firehouse, Engine 24/Ladder 5. When he got back to his truck, he noticed the falling depris [...]
I sat down with Al Dellabella, the Sales Manager at Runde Buick in Cuba City. He is a tough guy to catch! I almost had to handcuff him to his chair to get the interview completed. Just Kidding! He had some very interesting stories, and is a great guy to talk to. Runde Auto Chat: How long have you worked at Runde Cuba City? Al Dellabella: Before it became Runde Buick, it was Dellabella Motors. I worked there for about 30 years, and have been working for Runde’s for about 6 years. RAC: What do you like most about working here? AD: The clientele and internal personnel; We are a real team (He referred to them as the “Cuba City Connection”) RAC: Any favorite restaurants in the area? AD: Brewery Creek in Mineral Point – Our son works there, and I really enjoy the atmosphere. For a [...]
Check out the following video review of the Buick Enclave from Barbara Terry. Her comments are in-line with everything that our current Enclave owners are telling us. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0XKye0m7jU&hl=en&fs=1] If you’ve been wondering what the Enclave drives like, please stop up at our Buick store in Cuba City, WI and they’ll be more than happy to send you out on a test-drive.  We’re sure that you’ll fall in love with the ride of the Enclave after just a few minutes in it.  As for the look of the vehicle … well that speaks for itself. For more videos and information, please check out what Jean Jennings has to say about the Enclave at Motor Trend’s online site.  Click on the following link:  http://www.motortrend.com/gm/buick/index.html
Runde’s level of service, expertise, and honesty is unsurpassed. Simply the best auto dealer and buying experience anywhere! Ernie Shortness of London Mills, IL   This (new Chevy Aveo) was purchased to replace a car that had been totaled. I wanted the exact car again. The salesman searched and found the closest match around. He was extremely helpful! Tony Walz of Bloomington, WI   The salesman actually made buying a vehicle a pleasant experience. He didn’t waste our time. Gordon Schaver of Fulton, IL   We have been to several other dealerships and Runde blew everyone else out of the water especially with their knowledge about the vehicles and their selection of vehicles. We came to Runde’s from four hours away and have never been more satisfied. Joseph Stodola of Manitowoc, WI         [...]
If you’re ever in the Mississippi Valley region of the Tri-States and looking for something to do, drive up to Dickeyville, Wisconsin to the Grotto. I visited the Grotto this week. I have never seen anything like it. Growing up in Southeast Iowa, we didn’t have anything close to this. It was built between 1925 and 1930 by the priest of the parish, Father Matthias Wernerus. It combines two American ideals – love of God and love of country. He collected many different materials from around the world – colored glass, gems, heirlooms of pottery or porcelain, stalagmites or stalactites (cone- or icicle-shaped mineral deposit built up on the floor or roof of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water), sea shells, starfish, petrified sea urchins and fossils, corals, amber glass, agate, quartz, iron, copper, lead, fool’s gold, rock crystals, onyx, amethyst, and petrified wood and moss.
Quite a few employees at Runde have some kind of pet at home, so we decided to compile a collection of photos to share with everyone. Sue Hanger’s hop-a-long house pets Sue’s son Brandon and Eagle We thought Eagle was a male, but we now have reason to think he is actually a she and could be having babies. If anyone is interested, please let us know! Sue’s son Brian and Oreo Jeff Runde’s boy in the hood Milo – Jack Russel Jenna Moser’s pooches Riley [...]
The release of the newest member of Chevrolet’s Crossover/SUV family is quickly approaching. The 2009 Traverse, a 7- or 8-passenger crossover vehicle, will become available this fall. This practical and flashy SUV is going to open a lot of eyes when it graces us with it’s presence at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque. The Traverse has 4 available trim levels, similar to the other Chevrolet models. The LS has the essentials, but cuts costs by leaving off all the extra ‘bells and whistles’ offered for the vehicle. Next come the 1LT and 2LT, offering a few more options than the LS, and last is the LTZ, the ‘Top Dawg’ offering all of the extra options you could think of. The Traverse offers fantastic fuel-efficiency, getting 24 Miles Per Gallon in the Front Wheel Drive version on the highway. The All Wheel Drive version averages an impressive 23 MPG on the open road. The 7-passenger package offers 1st row bucket seats, [...]
  Jeff Mohr Many people call us for service work, but don’t really get to know the people actually doing the dirty work. Jeff Mohr is one of the guys in our Hazel Green garage. I took a few minutes of his time…well, actually I wasted it, but he got over it quickly! Runde Auto Chat: Do you have any hobbies or interests? Jeff Mohr: I like to play electric guitar…(He really meant Guitar Hero…Just Kidding!) RAC: Any siblings or significant others? JM: I have two sisters.   RAC: Are you married yet? JM:  I do have a girlfriend.  Her name is Linsey. RAC: Did you grow up around here? JM: Yes, in Dubuque. RAC: What kind of car do you drive?                                          JM: 1991 Jeep Wrangler RAC: What would you do with a million dollars? JM: Take the PreDriven staff on a cruise…(Remember this guys…you may want to redeem at [...]
The executives of Sirius and XM radio announced the completion of the company merger on July 29th, 2008. There is much excitement surrounding the company’s future, and both parties are foreseeing great things for them in the future. The merged company is known as Sirius XM Radio, and both brands will continue to operate as they have, as two seperate entities. They are in the process of creating some new packages that combine stations from both XM and Sirius. They will offer “Best Of” package that contains premium stations from both providers. Also, the “Mostly Music” and “Sports/News/Talk” packages will combine stations from both as well. Any receivers already in circulation as well as any new hardware purchased will be compatible with the new programming. This is especially great news for our business. As a GM and Ford dealership, 90% of the new vehicles we sell have either XM or Sirius rado. From now on, [...]
Runde Auto Group of Manchester is anticipating the arrival of it’s newest line-up member.  The Ford Flex is an all new vehicle for 2009 and it’s a very important one for Ford as it replaces their mini-van  segment.  What?  No more mini-vans?  Evidentally Ford execs were evesdropping at wedding ceremonies where couples actually made it a part of their vows that they would: 1) never own a mini-van, and 2) not allow Michael Bolton’s music in any of their vehicles. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EVdGzE5Esg&hl=en&fs=1] Check out this video test-drive of the new Flex.  It’s interesting that the reviewer states he’s 6’4″ and he has no problems with the space inside the Flex — including the proverbial third row.  It’s also interesting that the man in the video points out that he wasn’t too fond of the looks of the vehicle before he saw it in person and how it really started to grow on him quickly once he saw [...]
Consumer Reports named the 2008 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab #1 in the Top Pickup Truck category. Road tests, reliability, and safety are all considered during the comparison of all vehicles in that category. Consumer Reports complemented the Silverado’s enhanced interior and steering, as well as easy access, comfortable ride, and high payload rating. SWING into Runde Auto Group and CRUISE home in your new truck!!
GM implemented their “Project Driveway” program a few years ago. The test-drive program allows GM to partner with consumers or companies who agree to driving GM’s fuel cell vehicles in a “lab rat” type of situation. Yesterday, GM announced a newest member of the program, the world’s first and largest market test of fuel cell vehicles. Chevrolet and the United States Postal Service have teamed up for a trial-run of Hydrogen-powered fuel cell Chevy Equinoxes. Two of the USPS locations will be using them. Irvine, CA is the only one released so far, with a second releasing soon. The Equinox fuel cell car will be used 6 days a week on regular delivery routes. This is not the first time the Postal Service has joined forces with GM. In 2004, they tried out a HydroGen3 fuel cell vehicle in the Northern Virgina area, with Irvine, California copying them in 2006. Both of these programs ended in [...]
The Runde Auto Group Golf Outing took place Saturday, August 2nd at Lacoma Golf Course in East Dubuque, Illinois. We played the Gold Course, one of 4 courses on-site. Lacoma is made up of two 9-hole golf courses, one 18-hole course, and a Par 3 course. Luckily, we had a beautiful sunny day for the event, and I think everyone had a great time! The overall winners with a four-under par 32 were Casey Fluhr, Dave Schnoor, and Mark Fleege. Second place went to Dave Frazier and Jeff “Lenny” Keuter with a three-under par 33. As for a special award that did not exist (but should have), the ‘Outstanding Driver’ award goes to Becky Kuhl. She managed to throw her playing partner, Nick Rokusek, out of the cart without even trying! A big thank you to everyone who participated, to Lacoma for providing their facilities [...]
GM recently unveiled the production version of the 2010 Camaro. Many reporters and consumers expressed their amazement of how true the production model is to the concept. They were also amazed to learn about the technology, safety and performance features included in the Camaro, the new definition of the 21st Century Sports Car. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_oPqnh1Blo&hl=en&fs=1]  Here are some Camaro highlights: Design • Sleek styling with heritage-inspired cues and 10 available exterior colors. • Detailed interior with excellent attention to detail and available ambient LED lighting technology. • RS Appearance Package available on LT and SS, with HID headlamps that include integrated “halo ring” feature, spoiler, specific taillamps and 20-inch wheels. Technology • Bluetooth wireless technology for compatible phones. • Premium Boston Acoustics 9-speaker, 245 watt audio system with subwoofer available as an option (first for Chevrolet model). • USB connectivity available as an option. • Ultrasonic Rear Parking [...]
I’m sure you all have seen an Equinox while you were out and about getting groceries or going to the bank, and wondered…”Ooh, I like that! What is it?!” Chevrolet introduced it in 2005, and it is one of the most popular SUVs on the market. I took one for a spin the other day and did the walk-around video. It rides so smooth! I loved all the extra options it offered, and the price didn’t reflect all of the extra stuff it had. XM, OnStar, All-Wheel Drive, and Power moonroof makes this vehicle even hotter to drive down the highway. Check out my Equinox video, and give Runde’s a call to take a test drive!
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