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I’m excited! Dick Hannah Subaru along with a couple of other Dick Hannah Dealerships have been nominated as finalists in the 2011 Dealer of the Year Award Program from Dealer Rater. I included some highlights in the article below.

The original article can be found here: DealerRater.com

1/18/2011 12:55:22 PM
Posted in Dealer News
Tags: dealer of the year, powerscore

DealerRater Tallies PowerScore™ Results for Top Car Dealers Across the United States and Canada and Announces the Finalists of the 2011 Dealer of the Year Award Program.

 

DealerRater® Unveils Finalists of the 2011 Dealer of the Year Award Program

 

“WALTHAM, Mass.  – January 18, 2011 – DealerRater, the world’s premier car dealer review web site, today unveiled the finalists of the 2011 Dealer of the Year Award Program.   Through this award program, 30 manufacturer categories were represented, in addition to the classification of Used Car Dealer and the overall 2011 Dealer of the Year.

The top finalists of the 2011 Dealer of the Year Award Program by category include:

Subaru:

Cityside Subaru – Belmont, Mass.

Dick Hannah Subaru – Vancouver, Washington

MileOne Heritage Subaru – Owings Mills, Md.

North Reading Subaru – North Reading, Mass.

Patrick Subaru – Shrewsbury, Mass. 

Kia:

Dick Hannah Kia – Vancouver, Washington

Halleen Kia – North Olmstead, Ohio

Jeff Wyler Eastgate Auto Mall – Batavia, Ohio

Jeff Wyler Fairfield, Inc. – Fairfield, Ohio

Jeff Wyler Springfield Auto Mall – Springfield, Ohio 

Used Car Dealer:

Automotive Avenues – Lakewood, Colo.

Bill Dodge Auto Group – Westbrook, Maine

Dick Hannah’s ‘Dick Says Yes!’ – Vancouver, Washington

Boch New To You – Norwood, Mass.

Harbro Sales & Service Inc. – Linwood, Mass.

“We are excited by the continued growth in the Awards program with 30 manufacturer categories represented this year as opposed to 24 in 2010, and congratulate all of the finalists in 2011 for their recognized success in customer satisfaction,” said Chip Grueter, president of DealerRater.

The actual winners for the 2011 Dealer of the Year awards will be announced in February.”

Exciting News…huh????

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This was in the Oregonian today and can also be found on Oregonlive.com:

Subaru Unveils Portland Expansion Plans
http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2011/01/subaru_unveils_portland_expans.html

Basically:

“At 413,700 square feet, the new structure will be more than twice the size of Subaru’s existing facility. It will house Subaru’s regional headquarters and a service training center in addition to the parts warehouse, said Josh Thomas, spokesman for the Port of Portland.”

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that for the second consecutive year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recognized it as the only automotive manufacturer with a 2011 TOP SAFETY PICK winner in every vehicle class in which it competes. The test results cap a year in which Subaru is poised to announce its best-ever sales record.

“We know our customers take their safety very seriously and so we are very pleased that IIHS has recognized us again as the only manufacturer with a TOP SAFETY PICK winner for all its models,” said Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. “This is an outstanding success and a tribute to the engineering that goes into our products. The IIHS reinforces to our customers that Subaru maintains the highest standards to produce vehicles that are fun-to- drive, durable, reliable as well as safe. “

The TOP SAFETY PICK recognizes vehicles that, in IIHS testing, do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes based on ‘good’ ratings in each category. The IIHS ranks in terms of Good, Acceptable, Marginal and Poor, with ‘good’ as the top rank possible in Institute tests. Winners also must have electronic stability control. “Subaru is the only manufacturer with a TOP SAFETY PICK winner in every vehicle class in which it competes,” said IIHS president Adrian Lund. “The vehicles that earn this designation are the cream of the crop for protecting people in the most common kinds of crashes, and they have electronic stability control for helping drivers stay out of many crashes altogether.”

About IIHS

The Institute’s frontal crashworthiness evaluations are based on results of 40 mph frontal offset crash tests. Each vehicle’s overall evaluation is based on measurements of intrusion into the occupant compartment, injury measures recorded on a Hybrid III dummy in the driver seat, and analysis of slow-motion film to assess how well the restraint system controlled dummy movement during the test.

Side evaluations are based on performance in a crash test in which the side of a vehicle is struck by a barrier moving at 31 mph. The barrier represents the front end of a pickup or SUV. Ratings reflect injury measures recorded on 2-instrumented SID-IIs dummies representing a small (5th percentile) woman, assessment of head protection countermeasures, and the vehicle’s structural performance during the impact.

Rear crash protection is rated according to a two-step procedure. Starting points for the ratings are measurements of head restraint geometry — the height of a restraint and its horizontal distance behind the back of the head of an average size man. Seat/head restraints with good or acceptable geometry are tested dynamically using a dummy that measures forces on the neck. This test simulates a collision in which a stationary vehicle is struck in the rear at 20 mph. Seats without good or acceptable geometry are rated poor overall because they can’t be positioned to protect many people.

In the roof strength test, a metal plate is pushed against 1 side of a roof at a constant speed. To earn a good rating for rollover protection, the roof must withstand a force of 4 times the vehicle’s weight before reaching 5 inches of crush. This is called a strength-to-weight ratio. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. A marginal rating value is 2.5. Anything lower than that is rated poor.

– Subaru named Best Mainstream Brand –
– Forester, Outback and Legacy Top Respective Categories-






Subaru Legacy – Best Midsize Car
Subaru Forester – Best Compact Utility
Subaru Outback – Best Midsize Utility




Subaru has again been honored by ALG (Automotive Lease Guide).   The company recently received four Residual Value Awards recognizing the vehicles predicted to retain the highest percentage of original price after a conventional three-year period.  Subaru won awards in several categories: 

Subaru Legacy – Best Midsize Car
Subaru Forester – Best Compact Utility
Subaru Outback – Best Midsize Utility
Subaru Brand – Best Mainstream Brand

The Best Mainstream Brand is retained by Subaru following its nomination in 2009.  The Subaru Forester now holds three consecutive ALG titles and the Subaru Outback is also a repeat winner.  The two Subaru crossovers are joined as winners for 2011 by the Subaru Legacy sedan.  Click here to view the press release.

Kelley Blue Book Award to Subaru

Posted 11/16/2010 11:44 AM

Everyone knows that to get a good deal on a new car, you have to negotiate a good price and secure a good financing rate. Fewer buyers consider predicted resale value in the quest to get the most for their money, but a $25,000 new car with strong resale value can actually cost less over a short three-year ownership cycle than a $20,000 car with poor resale value. The car you choose can be more important than the terms you negotiate.

The annual Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards recognize automakers’ outstanding achievements in producing new vehicles that best maintain their appeal after five years of ownership. Check out the overall champions here, then find out which cars took top resale honors in the segments you’re shopping.

When you’re done with the 2011 Best Resale Value Awards, take a look at the new Impreza unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

2011 Best Brand: Subaru

Subaru Logo

2011 Best Brand

For many, Subaru is synonymous with all-wheel drive. A smaller group instantly equates the automaker with rally racing and performance. And for a surprising number of people we talk with, any mention of Subaru still conjures the iconic BRAT introduced in the late seventies. Very few, though, associate the automaker with excellent resale value. But this year Subaru tops Honda, Toyota and other usual suspects as our 2011 Best Resale Value Award recipient for best brand. How so? A styling renaissance is putting the vehicles on more shoppers’ radars, and what they’re discovering are cars and crossovers that are just plain nicer and better-built than they’ve long thought. Subaru and its symmetrical all-wheel drive are still extra popular in the white and wet parts of the country, but the secret is slipping out and more people are taking notice of a gem they may have overlooked since the BRAT went bye-bye in 1987.

To receive more information about Subarus or to schedule a test drive in the Portland metro area, please call Dick Hannah Subaru: 360-816-7471

The Future Looks Promising

November 21, 2010

By Nate Martinez

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While Subaru may not admit it, for all intents and purposes, you’re likely looking at the next-generation Impreza. Penned under a new “confidence in motion” design philosophy, the internationally known four-door receives clean and simple character traits that continue to evoke the brand’s iconic anytime-anywhere attitude.

Designers styled the front clip in a manner that accentuates its bulk and strength. The brand’s hexagonal grille takes its prominent place at the nose and includes a badge flanked by wings. Slim “hawk eye” headlights wrap far into the highly accentuated wheel arches (like those of the current Legacy), giving the model a strong sense of speed and confidence.

But the avian motif doesn’t end there. Skinny wing-shaped fog lights find their ways inside lower air inlets. As it is a “four-door coupe”, the side profile remains trim with slim windows and blacked out b-pillars. Tiny dual rearview cameras protrude from atop the a-pillar and send their views to the dash’s high-definition touch display.

Like the front, the concept’s hindquarters take on a hexagonal shape. LED taillights extend into the quarter panels, while underbody diffusers reduce drag and improve fuel economy. A 2.0-liter version of Subaru’s current 2.5-liter Boxer motivates all four multi-spoke wheels. Fuel ratings are further improved by the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission.

The Impreza’s sophisticated, yet uncomplicated theme continues inside. Platinum colored leather with double stitching and blue piping wraps each of the four buckets. A large central touch display relays all pertinent vehicle and multimedia information. Matching haptic controls on the sport steering wheel make switching channels or volume adjustment a cinch. There’s also a forward facing EyeSight camera that not only provides a camera for extra visibility, but additionally acts as a collision avoidance tool.

Although labeled a design concept, the Impreza is quite telling of the brand. It successfully melds environmental friendliness, ride comfort, luxury, and all-wheel drive athleticism into a modern and attractive package. More interestingly, it serves as our best indication of what the speedier two-door “Toyo-Baru” could look like. As for further details on both the standard and go-fast versions, you’ll have to stay tuned to this channel for all your latest news.

Link to The Motor Trend Review of the Subaru 2012 Impreza

http://www.motortrend.com/future/concept_vehicles/1011_subaru_impreza_design_concept/index.html#ixzz182JUf3gQ

Link to some cool You Tube videos on Subaru 2012 Impreza

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