Chevrolet’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign is back for the ninth 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 $340,000)! Over $12 million has been contributed to the American Cancer Society since the start of this program in 2011.
Today’s results from the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) show just how much GM has improved in long-term reliability and durability. The Vehicle Dependability Study focuses on problems customers experienced in the past 12 months with three-year old vehicles. This year’s study was based on feedback from 37,000 owners of 2010 model year vehicles. J.D. Power measures overall dependability by the level of problems experienced per 100 vehicles. The lower the PPH score, the higher the dependability. Highlights of the 2013 VDS include: Four segment award winners: Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra HD and Buick Lucerne Seven additional GM vehicles scored in the top three in their segments GM had the lowest rate of component replacement (e.g., batteries, switches, etc.) From an owner loyalty perspective, J.D. Power found that 54 percent of customers who experienced no vehicle problems stayed loyal to the brand. This number drops to 41 percent for [...]
Having a Job is a necessary thing (…for most of us, at least), we all need cash to support our lives and the lives of those with us. To some people a job is just a means to get money, others really take in their job and care about bettering the company they work for and believe in that company’s mission. I would hope to think that most workers would care about what their company stands for and what they do beyond making money. Better yet, to have a company that reaches out to communities and helps, not only in monetary ways, but also by physically lending a hand. GM is one of those companies. Since its beginning, GM has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to educational organizations, American charities, and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. Just recently they donated $ 1 million to Habitat for Humanity to help neighborhoods in Arlington and Austin, Texas; [...]
Over the past few years, the EPA has made changes to the way they test the fuel efficiency of vehicles. They’ve tried to make their testing more accurate by putting the cars and trucks on “real world” road ways instead of the traditional track testing that they used to do. Here at Runde’s, our sales associates field questions daily from customers who want to know what type of mileage our vehicles get. To be completely honest, it always comes down to what type of driving the customer does, where they live, and how heavy their foot is. A customer in the Bloomington-Normal flatlands will undoubtedly get different mileage compared to a customer driving the same car daily through Dubuqueland’s Mississippi Mountains. A 16 year old who occasionally uses his 40 year old dad’s Impala will probably get different mileage than his dad does in that car. And a 80 year old who is driving the same model Impala will probably achieve still a different mileage compared to [...]
Being “green” is the big thing as of recent, and for good reason. It’s about time that we stop ourselves, as a nation, point out that we waste too much and encourage earth friendly alternatives to live out our lives. A process that is encompassed in one word: Green. But what about those big ‘n bad manufacturing companies with large factories? They must be one of the most un-greenest things you’ve ever seen since the color Maroon, right? Well, it is true that SOME factories do produce lots of waste and pollute the air with lots of bad guys the ozone has a hard time fighting off, but other companies stride for a cleaner solution to go about making their goods. Like who? Like General Motors. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dVqqfbuRxY] GM is continuously trying to do its part to keep the [...]
During these hot summer days it’s great to get out and enjoy the weather. Maybe you wanted to go out somewhere but there was no one available to watch over your kids. If you do take your kids with you, wherever you go, please keep their safety at the forefront of your mindset and do NOT leave them in the car by themselves for any reason … not even for a minute. The ambient temperature inside of a vehicle on a 80 degree day can reach up to 110 degrees in just 20 minutes. On average there are 37 infant deaths resulting from being left in hot cars per year. I’ve heard horror stories on the news about infant death resulting from being stuck inside a car and it is something that needs to be brought up and addressed during these hot summer days. GM recently partnered with Safe Kids USA and together they are aiming to increase [...]
Ed Whitacre, the CEO of General Motors, annouced that GM has paid back all of the borrowed money in full to the government with interest. This gigantic announcement demonstrates a level of confidence within the company that has surfaced mainly due to a slimmed down product line, a more refined company focus, and exciting new products like the Chevy Equinox, the Chevy Camaro, and the Buick LaCrosse that are selling almost as quickly as they arrive on dealers’ lots. With this move, they are basically saying that they wholeheartedly believe GM is now on the right track to profitibility. And here at Runde Chevrolet and Runde Buick, we know without-a-doubt that GM is back on track and ready for the road ahead. The tank is full, the engine is hummin’, and the GPS is set … Destination … Success. Full speed ahead. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-XrbVFG7o0&hl=en_US&fs=1&]
Equality has always been important here at Runde’s. Why should someone be judged by how they look or what sex they are? The way we look at it: What really matters most about a person is what’s in their mind and what’s in their heart. At Runde’s, the only color that matters is the color of the vehicle a customer wants. It’s good to see one of our parent corporations feel the same way. This short video definitely shows how it’s GM’s policy to hire the most qualified applicant. You go GM!!! Keila Walton is the lady featured in the video and you can check out her qualifications on Linked In. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo6U9_6RHxg]
Ever wish someone would walk up to you and hand you the keys to a new vehicle? The closest I’ve ever come to hearing about something like this, I previously mentioned when I wrote the annecdote about Doug in our Field of Dreams blog post last year. There’s also that scene from Pay it Forward, where some guy hands Jay Mohr the keys to his new Jaguar S-Type car in an effort to … you guessed it … pay it forward. I was looking at GM’s Project Driveway a little today and I checked it out to see if I might qualify to drive a new state-of-the-art Chevy Equinox fuel cell vehicle. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaZtM2rCozY&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0] Project Driveway is the first large-scale market test of fuel cell vehicles with real drivers in the real world. Because hydrogen fuel cells use zero gasoline and produce zero emissions other than water vapor, they’re definitely much better for our environment in the long run. [...]
American auto manufacturers have been thrown under the bus quite frequently over the last few months by members of the media and by members of Congress. However, Runde Auto Group urges you to seek out factual information about the American auto makers before casting judgment. Please take a few minutes to look over this brief quiz to see how much you’re actually aware of! QUESTIONS: 1. What country builds vehicles that occupy two of the top three spots for long-term reliability? Germany Japan Korea United States 2. As of August ’07, which manufacturer had the most recalls in the U.S. that year? Chrysler Ford GM Nissan Toyota Volkswagen 3. What brand in this group has the highest initial quality? Acura Chevrolet BMW Mazda 4. Which of the following mid-size sedans has the highest initial quality? Accord (Honda) Altima (Nissan) Camry (Toyota) Malibu (Chevrolet) 5. Which of the following pickups has the highest initial quality? Dakota (Dodge) Ranger (Ford) Tacoma (Toyota) 6. [...]
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 [...]
GM confirmed this week that they will design and build a 40 MPG Chevrolet compact car. This was part of its the General Motors announcement about product strategy upcoming changes. Production is set to start in mid-2010.This next-generation compact will be equipped with a 1.4-liter turbocharged version of GM’s global four-cylinder engine. It said the new Chevy should achieve about a 9 MPG improvement over Chevy’s current compact model. They didn’t specify the exact fuel economy that the new compact will get, but they promised that it will acheive at least 40 MPG on the highway — not bad for a non-hybrid car.
The Mark of Excellence is the original name of the logo for the GM Corporation. It was first used by GM in 1966 and the logo originally included the phrase “Mark of Excellence” at the bottom. It was initially installed on the door jambs of GM vehicles. Some of us older folks might recall that the logo also was also stamped on the release buttons of seat belt buckles in GM vehicles until the mid-1990s. The “Mark of Excellence” is also an award. Runde Chevrolet was presented with this award just last week for their sales and customer satisfaction results again. Runde Chevrolet has won this award numerous times, however GM keeps raising the bar and winning the award thus becomes more of a challenge with the passing of each year. GM representatives were on hand in East Dubuque to present [...]
Working for a GM dealership, the benefits of the GM Certified Used Vehicle program is something that has become permanently chiseled in our minds. But for customers who don’t deal with this stuff everyday, GM vehicle certification may seem a somewhat foreign term. So I thought I’d take up a little space here to go over the ins and outs of what a GM Certified Used Vehicle actually is.To even be considered for the GM Certified program, a vehicle must be 2003 model year or newer, with fewer than 60,000 miles. These are vehicles that either meet GM’s rigid standards for quality or they won’t be certified. GM Certified Used Vehicles (Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac) are available at Runde Auto Group, and all feature: 100,000-Mile/5-Year Powertrain Limited Warranty — Now, [...]