Archive for April, 2011

Rogers Announces Arrival of Chevrolet Volt

Rogers Auto Group is pleased to announce the arrival of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.  Named the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year, this revolutionary new hybrid is the most fuel efficient car sold with a combustion engine in the United States.  The Volt charges on a standard household outlet and can run up to 40 miles on electricity alone before the gasoline-powered combustion engine kicks in as a backup.  The Volt will take you wherever you need to go, whether it’s a short daily commute to work or a longer road trip, and you will be amazed by the smooth quietness of this electric car.

Click here to schedule your test drive of the Chevrolet Volt at Rogers Auto Group today!

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Hyundai Scores Top Ranks in Speed and Interior Design

Hyundai vehicles emerged as frontrunners in recent lists published by Forbes.com and Ward’s Automotive Group, two of the most trusted resources in the business and automotive industries.

In the Forbes study on “The 10 Fastest Cars Under $30,000,” not one, but two, Hyundais made the cut.  The Hyundai Genesis Coupe ranked 5th with its $26,750 price tag and a zero-to-60mph time of only 5.9 seconds.  And the Hyundai Sonata SE came in 10th with a $24,345 price tag and zero-to-60mph time of 6.6 seconds.  Thanks to new technologies like direct fuel injection and variable valve timing systems, even a small engine can generate impressive horsepower while retaining fuel efficiency.  In other words, you don’t need to spend big for a fast car.

In the “10 Best Interiors” list released by Ward’s Automotive, the Hyundai Elantra Limited was ranked alongside luxury vehicles like the Audi A8 and BMW X3, scoring high in the study criteria of materials, ergonomics, safety, the human-machine interface, comfort, fit-and-finish, overall value and aesthetics.  Ward’s specifically highlighted the Elantra for its unique flair and “curvaceous sensuality.”

So whether you want to drive fast or drive comfortable, you can feel confident that Hyundai’s got you covered.

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Chevy Cruze ECO Blossoms at the Macy’s Flower Show in Chicago

The Chevrolet Cruze ECO was all the buzz at the Macy’s Flower Show in Chicago last week. Visitors to the popular flower exhibit got a close-up view of one of Chevy’s “greenest” models, which boasts an incredible 28 city / 42 highway miles per gallon.  While the original Cruze is quite fuel efficient in its own right, the ECO ups the ante by enhancing aerodynamics, reducing mass, and optimizing the powertrain, all of which not only improve fuel efficiency, but make the car all the more fun to drive.

The Cruze ECO ties in with Chevrolet’s commitments to be environmentally friendly.  In addition to their efforts to manufacture greener vehicles, Chevy’s Carbon Reduction Program invests in renewable energy, energy efficient programs, and planting trees in communities across America. Current projects include investments in wind farms and landfill destruction, with a focus on working on a local level.  Chevy’s ultimate goal in this program is to reduce up to 8 million metrics tons of carbon dioxide.

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Mayor Daley Dedicates Rogers Auto Group’s New Mega-Store

Last Thursday April 14, 2011, Chicago’s Mayor Richard M. Daley joined the owners of Rogers Auto Group to dedicate the totally reconstructed Rogers Chevrolet/GMC/Buick/Hyundai mega-store at 2720 South Michigan Avenue.

The ceremony celebrated the long history of Rogers Auto Group in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood, from its humble beginnings as a used car lot in 1943 to its newly renovated multi-franchise mega-store in 2011.  As a fourth generation family business, Rogers Auto Group has been a staple in Chicago’s small business economy for over 70 years, thriving on a foundation of determination, risk, and hard work.

In his speech at Thursday’s dedication ceremony, Daley declared Rogers a great pioneer in Chicago’s economy and the lifeblood of the city’s neighborhoods, particularly focusing on the company’s merits as a family-owned business: “I’m really proud of the family because they kept it within the family.”  He went on to praise Rogers’ wonderful  employees and great customer satisfaction and concluded, “We truly can be proud of over 70 years and look forward to many many more years.”

Reflecting on the honor of having the city’s mayor support his business, Rogers president Monty Scher said, “Having Mayor Daley join us to celebrate the dedication of our beautiful new mega-store in Chicago’s South Loop is really an honor and just shows the importance the city places on having businesses like ours reinvest into the community.”

For a short video recap of the event, click here.  To watch the Mayor’s entire speech, click here.

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Consumer Reports Rates the Hyundai Elantra Top Small Sedan

Consumer Reports recently released its 2011 Top Picks, which highlights the best vehicle models of the year in 10 categories, ranging from small car to family sedan to pickup truck.  Results are based on road tests (comprised of more than 50 individual tests and evaluations), reliability ratings, and safety ratings.

The Top Pick in the small car category is the redesigned 2011 Hyundai Elantra, which beat out veritable competitors like the Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza and Toyota Corolla.  Consumer Reports touted the Elantra for its admirable fuel economy, nimble handling, decent engine performance, comfortable ride, well-finished interior and excellent value.  The Elantra’s redesign is more stylish and engaging to drive, but no sacrifices were made in the fuel economy department, with the Elantra boasting an overall mpg of 29 and reaching 39 mpg on the highway.

Click here for Consumer Reports’ full review of the Elantra, including video footage of the road tests. To browse the Elantras available at Rogers Auto Group, click here.

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