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The All-New 2015 Audi A3 Wins World Car of the Year Award

In case you didn’t hear, last Thursday the all-new 2015 Audi A3 was declared World Car of the Year, at the New York Auto Show. This coming on the heels of being named Top Safety Pick, the highest award given for safety, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Audi A3 was among the BMW 4-Series and everyone’s favorite underdog, Mazda3, vying for the top car award in New York.

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The jurors said, “It might borrow styling hints from its bigger brothers, but the A3 still offers classic, chiseled contours and even better interior trim levels. With a superb choice of engines and four body styles, the Audi A3 range packs a hefty premium punch in the small luxury segment. Audi should be complimented for making this A3 ride like no other A3. All the old shimmer over rough surfaces has gone, replaced by a silky-smooth ride that approaches limousine quality.”

The 2015 Audi A3 has been lauded for keeping with the brand’s reputation for technical prowess and elegant styling. With its state-of-the-art lightweight technology, world-class drivetrain and superb interior, the A3 will make your heart skip a beat while seated in the cockpit. Other technical achievements come in the form of the mobile infotainment and driver’s assistance systems making the A3 seem like a much larger luxury car than it is.

Targeting the entry level luxury buyers, the 2015 Audi A3 can’t help but strike fear into the BMW 2-Series and the Mercedes-Benz CLA. The A3 is a statement car for Audi with its classy, understated design, luxurious amenities and an impeccable driving experience and we’re fairly confident it’s not done winning awards yet. So, you can wait for it to win more awards or you could come take one for drive while you still can at Carousel Motors of Iowa City.

The Redesigned 2014 Mazda3: Is it the Best Car in the World?

If you feel like you’ve been hearing a lot about Mazda recently, you are correct. They just keep garnering accolades and awards seemingly every week. At the forefront of this positive attention is the 2014 Mazda3. The all-new, redesigned Mazda3 has impressed many reviewers with its powerful engine, luxurious cabin and athletic handling even challenging cars at much higher price points for supremacy but don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a look at what others are saying about this car that has it all:

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“Purposeful styling, fuel-efficient engines and an ideal ride and handling balance keep the 2014 Mazda 3 among the favorites in the compact car class.” – Edmunds

“Multiple trim grades, two fuel-efficient engine choices and several class-exclusive convenience and safety features make the Mazda3 an even more enticing alternative to rivals like the Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, and Toyota Corolla.” – Kelley Blue Book

It’s hard to make firm conclusions from the short exposure we get with a car on a press launch, but it’s a solid bet to say the Mazda3 is the best compact on the market. In a segment that long ago shed its reputation for being entirely stodgy or boring (a change for which Mazda can claim some credit, thanks to the original 3), the new Mazda3 stands out as the most stylish and the most fun to drive.” - Popular Mechanics

“We got an amazing 45 MPG on the highway with the automatic transmission and an impressive 41 with the manual.” – Consumer Reports

As you can see, the 2014 Mazda3 has received some high praise and deservedly so. The new sleek design of the Mazda3 is probably what earns most of the attention. The sexy and aggressive new lines of the 3 make it feel like you’re looking at more of a luxury segment car and keeping with that theme, what Mazda did with the interior is nothing short of amazing. With a modern, upscale feel to the cabin, one is able to fully enjoy the innovative technology Mazda has become known for over the years.

The best part about the 2014 Mazda3 is it’s not just all show and no go. The optional 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine provides 184hp and a sporty ride while the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is just peppy enough while boasting outstanding fuel efficiency at 30 mpg city/41 mpg highway.

These are just some of the reasons why the 2014 Mazda3 earned “Best Compact Car for the Money,” “Best Compact Car for Families,” and “Best Hatchback for Families,” by U.S. News and World Report and these are just some of the reasons why you’ll fall in love with the 2014 Mazda3. If you don’t believe us, come by Carousel Motors of Iowa City for a test drive because seeing is believing.

The All-New 2015 Audi A3 Breaking Boundaries & Hearts at Carousel Motors of Iowa City

The ever-growing entry luxury car market is poised for another shakeup. Audi of America is set to crash the party in a big way with the all-new 2015 Audi A3.  The premium compact sedan offers the latest in progressive technology and craftsmanship at a competitive price, without compromising on luxury, design or performance. The A3 will be offered initially with a 1.8-liter I-4 and 2.0-liter I-4 powertrains with even sportier versions coming later in the year.

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Where Audi surely raises the bar with the A3 is with its unparalleled technology. For the first time in history an A-segment vehicle will offer MMI technology, Audi Drive Select, 4G LTE connectivity(first time ever offered in any vehicle) and Bang & Olufsen audio. The modular infotainment platform in the Audi A3 also brings several upgrades to the industry leading Audi connect service. Audi’s connected vehicle strategy targets features and services that enhance the experience for Audi drivers and their passengers by providing the benefits of access to information and content, when needed, through interfaces designed for the in-vehicle environment. Some of the exciting features include:

  • Read aloud Facebook and Twitter alerts, access to more than 7,000 Internet broadcast stations, RSS news feeds and more.
  • MMI navigation system plus uses 4G LTE to deliver the tailored services of Audi connect to the driver – from navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View to Audi and online traffic information.
  • Audi connect services, such as, text-to-speech function for e-mail and a dictation function for text messages (SMS).
  • Streaming high definition videos and video conference calls.
  • USB charging ports

The athletic and luxurious interior of  the A3 is perfect for the tech-infused cockpit. The defining element is the “wraparound” dash design, which incorporates an innovative three-dimensional inlay concept surrounding the driver and front passenger.

The A3 shares the same eye-catching exterior design qualities as the larger A4 but offering even sharper angels and lines culminating in an understated aggression. Blending the classic elegance Audi is known for with a modern sportiness, the A3 is sure to appeal to a broad audience.

Even better news, Carousel Motors of Iowa City just received a select few of the all-new 2015 Audi A3 this week and they won’t last long. Hurry to get glimpse of the new standard bearer in the premium compact sedan segment or better yet, hurry to get your own.

2014 Mazda3, One of Three Finalists for World Car of the Year

At a press conference hosted by Bridgestone Corporation and the New York International Auto Show at the Geneva International Motor Show, the top three finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards were announced today.

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The finalist for Overall World Car of the Year had some interesting company this time around. Joining luxury brands BMW(4Series) and Audi(A3) was the 2014 Mazda3. This should come as no surprise as Mazda has been garnering plenty of accolades recently. In fact, the Mazda3 was also one of the three finalists for World Car Design of the Year along with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW i3.

So how does the Mazda3 manage to be mentioned in the same breath with these luxury brands? A change in design to the 2014 model is one way. It’s eye-catching to say the least reminding some of a BMW or Infiniti. Even the interior was upgraded significantly including a nifty navigation system. This car has class and style.

The 2014 Mazda3 is offered with a 2.0-liter or a 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G inline four-cylinder engine with optional six-speed automatic or manual transmissions.  The 2.0-liter, automatic Mazda3 features the best 30/41 mpg fuel economy whereas the manual version comes in at 29/41 mpg. The super sexy Hatchback with the same 2.0-liter engine offers 29/40 mpg with the manual transmission and 30/40 mpg with the automatic.  Opting for the peppier 2.5-liter engine brings the fuel efficiency down but just slightly to 28/39 mpg in the sedan and 28/37 mpg in the hatchback. Those numbers can both improve with optional i-Eloop braking system to 29/40 mpg and 29/39 mpg, respectively.

If you’re waiting for the 2014 Mazda3 to win more awards, you can because it probably will but if you’re ready to drive a stylish, sporty, insanely fuel-efficient and sophisticated car on par with the luxury brands but for a fraction of the price, then it’s time to stop by Carousel Motors of Iowa City.

The Fun-Loving 2014 Volkswagen GTI is One of the Top Upscale Small Cars on the Market

Test drivers everywhere are loving the driving experience in the 2014 Volkswagen GTI. The athletic and spacious GTI is drawing rave reviews for its overall practicality, dynamic handling and affordability. In fact, based on those qualities, U.S. News and World Report ranks the 2014 Volkswagen GTI as the “Best Upscale Small Car for the Money.”

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Equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the 2014 Volkswagen GTI has plenty of pep and power. Coming standard with a six-speed manual transmission that shifts quickly and precisely, it’s a sporty driver’s dream. The GTI also gets an EPA-estimated 24/32mpg city/highway.

What really sets the 2014 Volkswagen GTI apart from the competition is the attention to detail with the interior. One minute in the GTI reveals a focus on premium materials. The cabin is roomy and the cargo space is very large for this segment of car.

Overall, this car has a lot going for it which is what led Edmunds to say:

“Based on its total package of performance, comfort and everyday convenience, the 2014 Volkswagen GTI remains one of our top picks for a sporty hatchback.”

With Spring just around the corner(we think), isn’t time to start looking for a sporty new vehicle to zoom around in? Stop by Carousel Motors soon and give the 2014 Volkswagen GTI one the funnest test drives you can find.

The 2014 Audi A6 Ranked Best Large Luxury Car by U.S. News and World Report

In the latest rankings by U.S. News and World Report in the ultra-competitive large luxury car segment, the 2014 Audi A6 has ascended to the top of the heap. Based on test drives, published reviews and safety/reliability data, the new A6 has bested the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series and Lexus GS.

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The 2014 Audi A6 is blessed with an exquisite interior while offering an amazing driving experience especially with some of the more powerful engine options which has led to the recent accolades from reviewers. The responsive handling of the new A6 has led many to believe it possesses the best driving experience in its class.  Many reviewers have noted the new A6 blends the best of both the comfort-driven Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the sporty handling of the BMW 5-series including Kelley Blue Book which said:

“While the BMW 5 Series has long been the obvious choice for enthusiasts, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the preferred ride for those seeking more traditional luxury, Audi’s A6 strikes a unique balance: technology and design, performance and efficiency.

Adding to its value is the EPA-estimated mpg of 25/33 for city/highway in its base model which is great for a large luxury car while its diesel A6 TDI boasts an impressive 24/38 mpg making it easy to see why Audi has achieved its 37th consecutive monthly sales record in January of 2014. The commitment to a luxurious ride inside and out is what has led to Audi’s continued record growth over the years.

Stop by Carousel Motors of Iowa City to get a glimpse of the beautiful styling the 2014 Audi A6 and then get behind the wheel for a test drive for the “best-in-class” driving experience.

Mazda Wins Prestigious “2014 5-year Cost to Own Award”

With many accolades coming in recently for various Mazda models, it should come as no surprise Mazda’s entire brand has just received the very coveted, “2014 5-Year Cost to Own Award,” from Kelley Blue Book for overall brand which is the highest and most prestigious award KBB gives out. This is the second year in a row Mazda has won this award which is given out to the brand with the lowest cost of ownership over a five year period. This is just further validation for a brand committed to producing the best cars with the best value for its customers.

“Hard work and dedication to building the best possible vehicles has brought Mazda to its second consecutive year earning the 5-year Cost to Own Award for the overall Mazda brand,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. “Mazda’s new generation of vehicles continue to perform very well against the competition, not only with driving dynamics and fit and finish, but fuel economy and overall cost of ownership, and this award is additional proof of that.”

“­­New-car shoppers naturally want to know how much a car will cost upfront; however, they also should consider what vehicles will save them money down the road,” said Dan Ingle, vice president of vehicle valuations for Kelley Blue Book.  “Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own information evaluates the other out-of-pocket expenses drivers will incur in the first five years and Mazda tops the list among all non-luxury brands.”

KBB.com cites Mazda’s ability to offer consumers a low Kelley Blue Book® Fair Purchase Price, excellent fuel economy thanks to SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, low insurance costs and excellent residual values, which help boost consumer confidence when buying a Mazda.  Thanks to these factors, Mazda is able to offer consumers an ownership experience that is both enjoyable and affordable, two things that don’t always accompany each other.  Best of all, the 2014 5-Year Cost to Own Award for Mazda means that this experience can be had across multiple car lines in the Mazda brand, including Mazda3, Mazda6, and CX-5.

If you’re looking for an amazing new car with unparalleled technology and award-winning value, look no further than the entire Mazda line at Carousel Motors of Iowa City. Stop in today to check out the entire Mazda line that Kelley Blue Book says has the lowest cost of ownership over a five year period.

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