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2015 Subaru Legacy

2015 Subaru Legacy Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick + Award


2015 Subaru LegacyThere’s nothing quite so satisfying as a perfect score, a “100%” that you can tuck safely away as proof you excelled. When it comes to being graded on safety measures, that score suddenly takes on a whole other dimension– one that is incredibly important. Safety scores such as the annual IIHS test results are more than a determiner of pride; they are also what assure car buyers that the vehicle they purchase was built with their lives in mind. For these reasons, we at the Pine Belt family of dealerships are thrilled to report that the 2015 Subaru Legacy has received the IIHS’ highest honor, the Top Safety Pick+ award.

In fact, the Legacy did more than earn the highest honor given; it passed each crash exam with flying colors, earning the highest ranking of “Good” in all metrics. This includes the notoriously difficult Small Front Overlap test, which has been baffling most brands and vehicles since its introduction several years ago. Overall front crash prevention in the four-door sedan was designated “superior,” the highest ranking of six, an impressive score helped significantly by Subaru’s state-of-the-art front crash prevention system, which sense oncoming crashes and attempts to minimize damage.

According to the IIHS’ press release, “The dummy’s movement was well-controlled [during the crash], and the frontal and side curtain airbags worked together to protect the head from contact with interior structures. Ratings for restraints, dummy kinematics, and injury measures for the head and neck, chest, pelvis, and legs and feet are all good.”

This is the second year in a row the Legacy has been a Top Safety Pick+ winner, and so far in 2014 Subaru is the manufacturer with the most Top Safety Pick brands. The impressive performances of vehicles such as the Outback, BRZ, Impreza, Forester, WRX and XV Crosstrek in addition to the Legacy go to show exactly how important driver safety is to the designers and manufacturers at every stage of production.

The 2015 Subaru Legacy is impressing across the board, first with its complete exterior redesign, its interior features and now its safety scores. If you want to try one out for yourself, schedule a test-drive at our Lakewood, NJ Subaru dealership and see the difference today!

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Corvette Meets Owner Expectations Better Than Any Other Vehicle


2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most recognizable car model names out there, so it stands to reason that expectations would be pretty high for buyers of the vehicle. Add to that the undeniable passion that sports car enthusiasts have for the vehicles they love so much and one might think Corvette buyers were being set up for disappointment. After all, can something so high-profile really live up to all the hype? It turns out that, in the case of the Corvette, it certainly can!

The results of a new survey released by market-research firm AutoPacific found that buyers of the Chevy Corvette are more satisfied with their purchases than buyers of any other car or SUV.  Purchasers were asked after their first 90 days of ownership to report on their feelings about 15 different areas of performance, including things like power, acceleration, and comfort. When the results came in, new Corvette owners were the ones with the fewest complaints about their new vehicle.

With so many features and so much power, it’s not hard to see why people are so happy with their Corvette. The completely-redesigned seventh-generation 2015 model ups the ante yet again. The 2015 Corvette Z06 will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that will produce 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard, with the option of an eight-speed manual, and of course there is a convertible body style available.

The 2015 Corvette will arrive at dealerships later this year, and it looks to be very much worth the wait. In the meantime, stay tuned to our blog and be sure to visit our Lakewood, NJ Chevy dealership for all of your Chevrolet needs, including sales of 2014 Corvette cars and other model years. Test-drive this incredible car today, and see for yourself what’s making everyone so happy!

Jeep Decal

Let the World Know Where You Drive with Custom Decals from 3M and Jeep


Jeep DecalWhether it’s an off-road adventure into the Pine Barrens or the drive from your house to your best friend’s, day in and day out, Jeep owners take their cars to the places they care about most. Now, thanks to a partnership between Chrysler-Jeep and manufacturing giant 3M (the producer of products like Scotch tape and Post-It notes), you can show off the route of your favorite trips on the hood of your favorite car!

Via a special online tool, owners of Jeep 2014-15 Cherokee, 2014-15 Grand Cherokee, and 2007-15 Wrangler vehicles can design a custom hood decal based on a map of your favorite area and have it installed at a nearby dealership. The map decals can depict any location in North America and can show either the local topography or a street map. After you’ve finished creating your design, it’s printed by 3M and sent off to your dealership, where it will be affixed it to the hood of your Jeep for the world to behold!

The decals cost $295 and come with a three-year warranty. They were specially designed to withstand the harsh temperatures and sunlight that the hoods of vehicles are exposed to, and they should last between three and five years. Right now the decals are only available in gray-and-black monotone, but there is the possibility of future decals being in color.

The Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Wrangler are the ideal vehicles for travel enthusiasts who want to take their car off-road and show the world the roads they’ve conquered and the sights they’ve seen! If you want to get in on the fun, come to our Lakewood, NJ Jeep dealership and check out these three amazing SUVs for yourself today.

Starlink Infotainment System

Subaru and Clarion Bring Your Favorite Apps to Your Car


Starlink Infotainment System
The high-tech Starlink Infotainment System in Subaru vehicles has received a lot of praise for its ingenuity and ease-of-use, and now it’s going to offer even more ways to integrate your lifestyle into your driving experience. Subaru teamed up with Clarion, best known for their aftermarket audio systems, to bring the Clarion Smart Access platform into 2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles.

Drivers can connect their Android phones and iPhones to the Starlink system via either USB or Bluetooth to experience the new suite of possibilities. Info is pushed from the phone to the car’s dashboard display, including driving directions, news, weather and calendar information. Additionally, compatible apps can be loaded directly onto the Starlink screen from your phone. The system will debut with compatibility for iHeartRadio, Pandora, Stitcher Radio, Aha, and more. New apps will be added as time goes on, without the need for a software update.

The new system will come with 2015 Legacy and Outback vehicles, but will be made available in more Subaru models in the future. The 2015 Legacy mid-sized sedan is brand-new from top to bottom, and it features a more high-tech and high-end interior than ever before. The Outback is Subaru’s best-selling model, a top-of-the-line sport wagon perfect for families who like adventure.

To learn more about the innovative Starlink system, the 2015 Legacy and Outback, or any of the Subaru vehicles or technology, contact our Lakewood, NJ Subaru dealership. Our highly-trained and knowledgeable staff is more than happy to answer your questions, discuss your options, and get you into the vehicle of your dreams!

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