2015 Subaru Impreza

Subaru Wins Kelley Blue Book’s 2015 Best Resale Value Award, 3 Individual Nods


2015 Subaru ImprezaEventually, you’ll need to sell your current vehicle. And whether it’s three, five or even ten or more years from now, you’ll want to have a vehicle that’s held its value and can help you recoup your investment. That’s why each year, Kelley Blue Book puts out a list of the vehicles with the best resale value: those which are made of high-quality parts and materials that stand the test of time. We’re proud to say that for 2015, Subaru has won the award for overall brand with the best residual value, plus three individual awards in the compact, midsized and sporty compact car categories.

KBB.com praised Subaru for its versatility, wide appeal and value. “The Subaru appeal — smart ultra-practicality combined with one of the best low-traction all-wheel-drive systems around — wins fandom with new-car buyers and when resale time comes,” they write in their overview. KBB.com also notes the stellar sales Subaru has had over the past year, as it set sales records that have been unrivalled by the brand in decades and in some cases, as we’ve covered, ever. 2014 also marked a year in which every vehicle in the Subaru lineup was an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

KBB.com also gives individual awards to vehicles across a variety of categories, and there Subaru again made a distinct impression. The 2015 Subaru Impreza won for best compact car, where its value and fuel efficiency were cited as saving money at the beginning, middle and end of its lifespan. The midsized car award went to the 2015 Subaru Legacy, a car whose new-model-year redesign has been making waves since its debut. Finally, the 2015 Subaru WRX saw a win in the sporty compact car category, where its long list of standard features and impressive engine shot it ahead of the competition. Subaru also saw a second-place win in the hybrid SUV/crossover category for the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid.

2014 was a great year for Subaru, and with this announcement 2015 has started off on an equally phenomenal note. Come see any of these incredible cars at our Subaru dealership in Lakewood, NJ, and celebrate this latest victory with us!

Things Get Extreme When the Jeep Wrangler Teams Up with the X-Games


Winter is in full swing, and for the adventurous among us, that means it’s time for some serious seasonal fun. There are no better vehicles to valiantly take you through the snowy mountainscapes of wintertime than those made by Jeep, and in this spirit Jeep has returned for the twelfth year in a row as the official automotive sponsor of the X-Games. Starting this Thursday, extreme athletes will trek to Aspen, CO, to show what they’re made of in some of the harshest conditions and most awe-inspiring sporting events. From flying through the air on snowboards to racing down steep slopes on skis and so much more, the daredevils of the X-Games take sports to another level.

To celebrate the athletes themselves, as well as the continued partnership between Jeep and the X-Games, Jeep has released a special promotional ad for the 2015 Wrangler X-Edition.Playing on the idea of a “polar vortex,” the ad depicts a snowy tornado, the formation of which has baffled experts. We slowly zoom in to the great white landscape to see at the heart of the cycle a Jeep Wrangler X-Edition doing donuts in the snow. It comes to a stop and the vortex dissipates, leaving behind the pristine vehicle and two thrilled passengers.

We wanted to mark the Jeep brand’s 12th year as the X Games Aspen official automobile sponsor by putting our own unique ‘spin’ on this year’s event by celebrating the joy of the athletes who perform in extreme weather conditions and the vehicles that take them there,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer for FCA Global. “Whatever the cause behind the Polar Vortex, fans attending this year’s games will have the opportunity to come out on top of it, too, experiencing the event like never-before […].”

Jeep will be all over the X-Games, providing transportation up and down the Aspen landscape, sponsoring events such as autograph signings and, perhaps best of all, a giant snow sculpture of a Wrangler will be on view for all to see.

Check out the ad below, and if you’re looking for the best vehicles to help you be ready for whatever nature throws your way this winter, visit our Jeep dealership in Lakewood, NJ, and test-drive a Jeep vehicle today!

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Business Insider Names Corvette Its First-Ever Car of the Year


2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray2014 was, to put it mildly, a good year for the Chevrolet Corvette. Back in August, we told you how those who buy a Corvette were more satisfied with their purchase than buyers of any other vehicle, and in October we were stunned when the 2015 Corvette Z06 went from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds, the best time for any production car Chevy has ever tested. Overall, Corvette sales in 2014 skyrocketed an incredible 114%, with more than 31,000 vehicles sold. It’s only fitting, then, that to cap of such a big year and ring in the next, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was named Business Insider’s Car of the Year.

This is the first time Business Insider has given this award, and they wanted to make a big statement with their choice. “The bottom line is that we wanted our first-ever Car of the Year to be an amazing machine when it comes to the nuts-and-bolts part of the story,” wrote Matthew Debord and Benjamin Zhang in the announcement. “It had to look cool and be a blast to drive. And because Business Insider is, after all, a business publication, we decided that the COTY should be significant for the auto industry — it couldn’t be a niche product that appeals only to enthusiasts with millions to spend on exotic hypercars. ”

The Corvette Stingray met all those expectations and more. The publication praised the sports car’s stylish, sleek looks inside and out, its cutting-edge technology and, of course, its incredible engine options. Plus, the Corvette is a fraction of the price of similarly-equipped models. It’s the most affordable way to get the kind of power and head-turning good looks speed enthusiasts really want.

At the end of the day, though, what sealed the deal for the 2015 Corvette Stingray was that it is just plain fun to drive. “2014 was the year that the new Corvette Stingray topped everybody with the fun factor,” the Debord and Zhang note.

If you’re looking for a sports car that has it all, come down to our Chevrolet dealership in Lakewood, NJ, and test-drive this incredible piece of machinery for yourself!

2015 Chevy Malibu

Chevy Rings in the New Year with 4 IIHS Top Safety Picks!


2015 Chevy MalibuIf your New Year’s resolution is to buy a new car, why not go for one of the safest models on the road? Four of our best-selling Chevy models have been named to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) list of Top Safety Picks for 2015, and we couldn’t be more proud! Now the Chevrolet Spark, Volt, Malibu and Equinox will be known for even more than their unique styling, eco-friendly performances and spirited dynamics — they’ll also make waves as some of the safest cars available today.

To be recognized as one of the IIHS’s Top Safety Picks, a vehicle must achieve a “good” rating in the moderate overlap front, side, roof-strength and head-restraint tests, as well as a good or “acceptable” rating in the small-overlap front test. The Chevy Volt and Spark each received an “acceptable” rating on their small-overlap front tests, while the Chevrolet Malibu and Equinox achieved the higher “good” rating.

“Consumer metric programs such as IIHS Top Safety Pick and NHTSA NCAP provide our customers with information to make comparisons across vehicle manufacturers for a given market segment. Having these four vehicles named 2015 IIHS Top Safety Picks is a great achievement,” said Jeff Boyer, GM vice president of Global Vehicle Safety.

Chevrolet’s outstanding host of standard safety features helped each of these vehicles to achieve this coveted designation. Equipped with a winning combination of rollover sensors, electronic stability control, antilock brakes and daytime running lights, as well as plenty of airbags, the Volt, Spark, Malibu and Chevy Equinox can all offer you plenty of protection as you take on the Garden State’s busy roads.

Take a look at everything else these new cars have to offer when you test-drive your favorite at our Chevrolet dealership in Lakewood, NJ!

2015 Chevy Colorado

The 2015 Chevy Colorado is Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year!


2015 Chevy ColoradoThe competition for pickup-truck bragging rights is fierce, with all of the major players constantly trying to outdo each other in every metric, from fuel economy to towing capacity to available features. This year, a new combatant entered the ring: the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, a small pickup designed for practical day-to-day use that still could be segued into real working situations. The Colorado offers so much, in fact, that is beat out the favored Ford F-150 for one of the highest pickup-truck honors, the 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award!

“After days of testing, hundreds of miles on the road and our most rigorous truck testing program to date, our editors unanimously selected the Chevy Colorado as our 2015 Truck of the Year,” said Edward Loh, Motor Trend’s editor-in-chief. “Colorado is a smart, capable and refreshingly honest truck that makes a strong value and efficiency statement. It’s perfectly sized and suited for the needs of many of today’s truck users.”

All of the trucks up for the award were put through a trying gauntlet of tasks and measures across six comprehensive categories: design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function. The Colorado was so impressive it was selected for the title unanimously, wowing every judge on the panel.

“A lot of our staff fell in love with that pickup,” said Loh. “It’s the thinking man’s kind of pickup.”

The 2015 Colorado’s exterior has a sleek, stylish look that differentiates the latest iteration of this model from the squarer, more traditional facades of large Chevy pickup trucks. Inside, the Colorado features a luxury-like feel focused on comfort and technology. A rear-vision camera is standard, and upgrade options include collision alert, lane departure warning, 4G LTE Wi-Fi and the Chevy MyLink infotainment system. The powerful engine options will let you tow up to 7,000 pounds, giving the 2015 Colorado the most towing power in its class.

See what made all of the experts swoon. Come try out the 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the year today at our Chevrolet dealership in Lakewood, NJ!

A-O River! Subaru and Portlandia Team Up for Some Not-Ironic Fun


It started with targeted ads during first-season breaks and grew from there — the love between Portlandia and Subaru has grown from commercial breaks to that of the official automotive sponsor. Candace and Toni might not be behind such a big-name partnership, but we at Pine Belt are certainly happy to see some of our favorite things come together in a fun and unique way, and there’s no denying that Portlandia and Subaru are both very fun and very unique.

Portlandia, which playfully mocks the unique subcultures of the Pacific Northwest, is the brainchild of SNL alum Fred Armisen and clever musician Carrie Brownstein. Whether they’re getting catnapped, running a feminist bookstore or tailgating at A Prairie Home Companion (check out the video below!), they show’s kitschy charm is undeniable, and suitably complemented by the fun and trendy vehicles offered by Subaru. To make things even better, the Portland area is one of the biggest Subaru markets, allowing for the integration of car and comedy in a way that feels natural.

When the partnership kicked off big-time in 2012, Brian Johnson, national advertising manager for Subaru of America, had this to say: “Subaru is very excited about its evolved partnership with IFC and Portlandia.  Integrating into the second season of the program was a great venue to showcase the 2012 Impreza in a fun, comedic way. The viewers of IFC and Portlandia and Subaru owners share similar values and beliefs and we believe both audiences will appreciate the partnership.”

Bring some Armisen-Brownstein fun to the Garden State and swing by our Lakewood, NJ Subaru dealership! To finish things off, enjoy some Portlandia fun:

Take a Holiday Shopping Tour of NJ in the Jeep Grand Cherokee!


New Jersey is known for a lot of things, but during the holiday season the only ones that matter are all of its malls. As all of us who grew up in the Garden State know, you’re never very far from a shopping center, but during the holidays, having so many options can be a bit overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be great to get all your shopping done in one fell swoop? Sure! And that’s why your friends here at Pine Belt Jeep have both a list of the best malls in the area as well as the vehicle that can carry everything you need without having to stop and drop things off at home.

These three great malls are all within 25 minutes of our Jeep dealership in Lakewood, NJ and have a wide selection of shops to choose from. Coupled with the 68.3 cubic seat of space you get when you fold the Grand Cherokee’s back seat down, you might only have to make one trip this year!


The Ocean County Mall
1201 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ

The Ocean County Mall is probably the biggest in the area, boasting more than 120 stores from all the top brands. Whether you need gadgets, toys or fashion for the good people on your “nice” list, you’ll find it here. The Ocean County Mall is even offering extended hours for the holiday, so be sure to check out their website for details. Featured stores include staples like H&M and Old Navy, plus high-end brands like Coach and kids’ favorites like GameStop. You can even pick up a new phone at RadioShack — after all, with standard Bluetooth compatibility on your 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, you’ll need a lot more space for music and apps!

The Monmouth Mall
Routes 35 & 36, Eatontown, NJ

The Monmouth Mall is spicing things up for the holidays with regular on-site performances by local schools and studios, meaning you can shop ’til you drop to the tune of festive live music! If that’s not enough reason to check the mall out, it also offers every store you could possibly want — more than 120 places to shop and eat in total! Barnes & Noble is a great spot for the bookish pal, while Modell’s is sure to satisfy the sports fan in your life. Parking in the Monmouth Mall’s garage will even be stress-free thanks to features on your Grand Cherokee like Blind Spot and Cross Path Detection alongside the ParkSense park assist system.

Jersey Shore Premium Outlets
One Premium Outlets Blvd, Tinton Falls, NJ

For the bargain hunters among us, there’s no stop better than the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets. Featuring discount stores from the most-coveted designer brands, the Premium Outlets let you get high-end gifts for prices you won’t find anywhere else. Highlights of the outlet selection include Anne Taylor, GUESS, Levi’s, Nike, Oakley and much more, such as home furnishing, jewelry and electronic stores. There’s really no feeling quite like knowing you got the best deal.

So team up with the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and make your life a little easier this December! If you don’t have one yet, there’s no reason to wait. Come on down to our Jeep dealership and test-drive the Grand Cherokee today, or make it the perfect gift for someone you love!

“Beneath the Surface” Offers 4D Look at the Construction of the 2015 Chrysler 200


Back in September, we told you about the innovative online factory tour Chrysler was offering to help drivers connect with the all-new Chrysler 200. Using special Google Maps navigation, visitors to the web site explored the plant in a way never before possible, seeing the birth of a Chrysler 200 vehicle from start to finish. For the 2014 LA Auto Show, Chrysler kicked it up a notch: it teamed up with Oculus VR to offer a 4-dimensional virtual reality tour of the 2015 Chrysler 200 factory called “Beneath the Surface.”

The tour lasted for about four minutes and was created using the Oculus Rift DK2 headset. This one-of-a-kind experience allowed travelers to make their way through the five-million-square-foot Sterling Heights facility as though they were inside the 200 as it was being built. With a special rumble pack installed in the seat, voiceover instructions and ambient sound effects, the experience was brought to life with a bang. When wearing the headset, the user is taken through the three main aspects of the car’s construction — the Body Shop, where the frame is welded together; the Paint Shop, where users watch how the car is made ready to take on a special sheen (a process that apparently requires ostrich feathers); and the Metrology Center, where the new baby is given a thorough inspection by industry experts to make sure everything is as it should be.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 rolls out of the plant exactly how it was intended, as the “new face of Chrysler” and everything a sporty sedan should be. Of course, if you’re on the virtual tour the experience ends when the car is just about ready to be driven. In real life, you can pick things up at the most exciting part by paying a visit to our New Jersey Chrysler dealership and taking the 200 for a spin! Check out the promo video below for a taste of the tour experience, or head on over to Chrysler’s web site to try the online version yourself.

2015 Subaru Legacy

The Car Connection Names 2015 Subaru Legacy Best Car to Buy of 2015


Ever since its debut, the completely redesigned 2015 Subaru Legacy has been knocking it out of the park. It swept the safety category, earning the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ award as well as a five-star safety rating from the NHSTA, with perfect scores in every area from both organizations. It’s led Subaru to its best sales months of all time, and is looking to pull it toward its best sales year ever. To top it all off, it’s earned unparalleled rave reviews from critics and consumers alike. What could possibly make this a better year for the Legacy? Being the very best, like no one ever was.

The Car Connection has named the 2015 Subaru Legacy its Best Car to Buy for the 2015 model year. The competition was stiff, as the 11 finalists included luxury models like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and GLA-Class as well as perennial favorites such as the Ford F-150 and Mustang. Still, the Legacy — which earned an 8.8 of 10 overall score from TCC’s expert reviewers — trumped them all due to its “game-changing” nature and great value.

“The 2015 Subaru Legacy gets the award this year, and it’s the value factor, including standard all-wheel drive, that really nudges it ahead of every other contender,” said Bengt Halvorson, TCC’s deputy editor. “The Legacy’s safety credentials, with EyeSight, rival what’s offered in luxury cars with several times the sticker price.”

“The value for the money here is indisputable. Just as Subaru did with the Forester that won this award last year, the automaker has taken what used to be a niche sedan and updated it for mainstream appeal. You may not have thought to put it on your list next to nameplates like Altima, Accord, or Fusion—but now, you should,” he added in a Washington Post editorial.

It’s hard to imagine how things could get any better for the Legacy (and for Subaru), but if you haven’t yet tried out this amazing vehicle, things could certainly get better for you! Test-drive the 2015 Subaru Legacy today at our Lakewood, NJ Subaru dealership and see for yourself why this is the best car to buy.

Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Shows Its Stuff, Takes on Dunes with Wild Abandon


It’s no secret that the 2015 Jeep Renegade has brought a certain adorability to the Jeep lineup that hasn’t been there before. The baby of the Jeep family in multiple senses of the word, this compact crossover is the smallest vehicle Jeep offers, with a look that may make the Jeep faithful scoff. However, while you may be tempted, as some have put it, to “pat it on the head and buy it an ice cream cone,” a recent video series released by Jeep makes it clear that this little guy is an off-roader at heart and a Jeep through and through.

Called “Tales of the Trailhawk,” the videos show a 2015 Renegade Trailhawk edition fly through deep water, tackle the steepest uphill and downhill slopes and carve up sandy dunes as though it were on freshly paved road. Its impressive feats of athleticism and agility highlight Trailhawk-trim features such as hill descent control, Jeep’s Active Drive Low four-wheel drive system, 17-inch alloy wheels, the Selec-Terrain system that lets you tell the Renegade what to prepare for and 0.8-inch lift with off-road suspension. After seeing all these incredible off-road abilities in action, you’ll wonder why anyone would ever doubt the Renegade’s ability to, well, go renegade.

You can see the impressive “Going  Vertical” below and head here for the rest of the Tails of the Trailhawk videos. To take advantage of big performance in this small package yourself, stay tuned to our Jeep dealership near Lakewood, NJ. The 2015 Jeep Renegade hits dealerships this coming spring, and we can hardly wait!

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