Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Audi of America Launches a New Vehicle Brand

Audi of America really outdid themselves at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. While other automakers were busy debuting new models, Audi of America unveiled a whole new vehicle brand: Audi Sport. Over the next two years, eight Audi Sport models will be released. Each one will offer an optimal balance of innovation, quality, and out-of-this-world driving dynamics.

Scott Keogh, Audi of America president, was on hand for the announcement, saying: “Audi is a brand built on progress, and for us, racing has been the lab where so much of that progress has been made. With the launch of Audi Sport in the U.S., we are excited to offer our customers even more products that benefit from the same developments and technologies first used in motorsport.”

Three existing Audi models are already part of the prestigious brand: the 2017 Audi RS 7, the 2017 Audi R8, and the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder. You can test drive all three here at Keyes Cars near Los Angeles, CA. Several of the new models that will be joining these have already been announced. First up will be the all-new 2018 Audi TT RS. The 2017 Audi RS3 will make its U.S. debut, followed by the soon-to-launch 2018 Audi RS 3. And the 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe, launching in the first half of 2018, will sport an all-new 2.9-liter TFSI® V6-biturbo engine with 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.

We’re always on the lookout for the latest and great from our favorite automakers, like the Audi brand. And Keyes Cars is always your one-stop shop for all the latest vehicles from those brands. So get excited for Audi Sport. We’ll see you soon for a test drive. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Toyota Snags 2017 World Green Car Award

The New York International Auto Show is always a high point for the auto industry, with new models making their debut and current models getting to bask in the spotlight of new awards. One such model is the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, which was named the 2017 World Green Car. This is the second year in a row that a Toyota model has taken home the prestigious award, with the Toyota Mirai named the 2016 World Green Car last year.

Twelve new vehicles from across the globe were in the running for the title of World Green Car. The vehicles were evaluated on fuel consumption, tailpipe emissions, and more, with an international jury panel comprised of 75 top-level automotive journalists from 23 countries around the world making the final call. Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager of Toyota division, talks about what the award means: “For global automakers like Toyota, this award is a testament to our focus on developing products that both stir the emotions and meet the mobility needs of our customers in all corners of the world."

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime takes what you love about the 2017 Toyota Prius and pushes it further. It is a plug-in hybrid that you can charge right in your home with the included charging cable. In less than five-and-a-half hours—and using a standard wall outlet—you’re ready to go. A large lithium-ion battery allows you to go further. Thanks to an optimized Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV) system, cutting-edge light-weight materials, and other innovations, this innovative Toyota vehicle delivers an astounding EPA-estimated 133 MPGe and EPA-estimated total driving range of 640 miles.

Learn more about the entire Toyota Prius and Toyota Prius Prime vehicle fleet here at Keyes Cars in Van Nuys, CA.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Keep New Drivers Safe with Chevy’s Teen Driver System

When it comes to new drivers, “experience” is a word that gets tossed around a lot. Every driver needs experience to know what to do on the road, but for parents, watching their teenage drivers pull out of the driveway to get that experience is often a nerve-wracking experience of its own. To help ease the anxieties of parents, and to offer a helping hand to new drivers, the Chevy brand developed Teen Driver. This available built-in system is a hands-on teaching tool that can help coach new drivers, even when they’re on the road alone.

To get started, parents enter a PIN into the Teen Driver menu on the available Chevrolet MyLink display. The next step is to register a key. From then on, whenever your new driver enters the vehicle with a registered key, whatever features you’ve selected will automatically be enabled.

We’ve found that the first thing parents tend to do is set a speed limit. From there, audible and visual warnings can be customized for when the vehicle travels over that pre-selected speed. Another great feature is audio limit, which allows a maximum volume to be set for the car’s audio system. Music that’s too loud can distract even veteran drivers, so helping teenagers keep things calm and quiet is a welcome capability.

The Teen Driver system is available on most new Chevy vehicles, including the 2017 Chevy Malibu. Here at Keyes Cars, vehicle safety is not only a concern among our drivers, it’s a top priority among the entire staff. To learn more about Teen Driver, and the other safety systems and features available on our extensive selection of new cars, head in to our dealership near Glendale, CA. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Hyundai Tucson Offers Efficiency and a Smooth Ride

If you’re in the market for a new SUV, head in to Keyes Cars and take the 2017 Hyundai Tucson for a spin. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did. Both the SE 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and the 1.6 Turbo GDI engine offer an optimal balance of performance and efficiency. A 6-speed automatic transmission comes standard and delivers a smooth ride. But if you’re looking for a more direct connection with the road, you’ll want to opt for the class-exclusive available 7-speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission.

A multi-link rear suspension provides incredible response and a comfortable, composed ride, even on rough road surfaces. In the front, you’ve got an independent strut design with coil springs and gas-pressurized SACHS® shock absorbers. Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) brings it all together to give you a more natural driving feel.

To take traction and cornering ability to the next level, you can add in available Active Cornering Control All Wheel Drive (AWD). In situations where you could use a better grip on the road, it transfers engine torque to the rear wheels and applies braking force to the inside rear wheel. For particularly slippery conditions, or when you’re out off-roading, a driver-selectable AWD lock allows for a 50/50 split of available torque between the front and rear wheels.

The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of great new Hyundai SUVs waiting for the right driver here at our dealership near Beverly Hills, CA. Come see if one of them is right for you. And right now, during our 2017 March Sales Drive, take advantage of one of three great offers with approved credit: $0 down, 0 payments for 90 days, or 0% APR financing. That’s some real March madness!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Release Your Inner Driver in the 2017 Toyota Corolla

Remember when you got your learner’s permit? Remember the first time you got behind the wheel of a car? And the first time you were finally old enough and experienced enough to get behind the wheel by yourself? Driving was fun back then, providing an undeniable feeling of freedom and possibility. As you get older, and focus more on more on the things you have to do when you get out of the car, the act of driving becomes more humdrum. But in the 2017 Toyota Corolla, driving is fun again. To see for yourself, head in to Keyes Cars today.

Available on the 2017 Toyota Corolla SE, XSE, and the 2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Edition, the sport button allows you to switch into Sport Mode with ease. As soon as you push that button, the Engine Control Unit and simulated shift points are adjusted to deliver a sportier ride to an already agile automobile. Available paddle shifters are another great add-on, giving you the ability to shift gears without ever letting go of the steering wheel. With lightning fast gear changes at your fingertips, you can really sink your teeth into the experience of driving. CVTi-S Valvematic technology not only delivers a smoother, more in-control driving experience, it also boosts fuel efficiency so you can stay on the road longer.

We love the look and feel of the 2017 Toyota Corolla. Toyota Corolla SE, XSE, and 2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Edition models in particular boast an aggressive, redesigned front end. Standard Bi-LED headlights on all Toyota Corolla models exude style day or night. And the Toyota Corolla is much more than a pretty face. Its sporty design has been tested and honed in a wind tunnel to deliver optimal aerodynamics.

Head in to our dealership near Santa Monica,CA to learn more about the 2017 Toyota Corolla!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hyundai Enlists Special Effects Artists to Create Incredible Drivers

After a day of helping people find the perfect vehicle at Keyes Cars, we like to put our feet up and watch a little TV. “Face Off” on the Syfy channel is always a good time. The show features special effects makeup artists battling to put together the coolest looks each week for a chance to win a host of great prices, including a brand new Hyundai Veloster. Each week, the artists are given a specific mandate, and earlier this month, that mandate came from the Hyundai brand.

After six rough-and-tumble roadsters cascaded over a hill to face the contestants, the show’s host emerged from a Hyundai Veloster to tell them their task: Using Hyundai’s slogan—“We make things better”—as inspiration, the artists would need to outfit the drivers with looks worthy of their post-apocalyptic vehicles. With that, the drivers were off and running, working spare car parts into their designs to give the drivers looks that would fit nicely in a “Mad Max” movie.

While the Hyundai Veloster may not be the perfect choice for an end-of-the-world battle royale, it’s got you covered for just about everything else. You can head in to our dealership near Beverly Hills, CA to take the 2016 Hyundai Veloster for a spin yourself.  The Hyundai Veloster’s 1.6L gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine is powerful and efficient. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo, R-SPEC, and Rally Edition use the same advanced GDI technology, combined with twin-turbo scroll and best-in-class power to weight ratio, for a satisfying ride with a little extra “oomph.”

Then there’s the modified, sport-tuned front suspension, featuring gas-filled hydraulic monotube shock absorbers. Add in Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS), and you’ve got a sporty, responsive vehicle to hit the streets in.

To unleash your inner driver and “make the morning commute better,” be sure to head in to Keyes Cars today and check out all of our new Hyundai vehicles

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Enjoy Peace of Mind in the 2017 Honda Odyssey

If you’re on the hunt for a new minivan to keep your family safe and sound, head in to Keyes Cars today here in Van Nuys, CA. We’ve got a great selection of new vehicles for you to check out, like the 2017 Honda Odyssey. Packed with great features to help you avoid collisions, the Honda Odyssey provides added confidence when you hit the road.

Some of the biggest dangers when you’re driving come from the things you can’t see. That’s why the engineers at Honda have worked hard to give you as complete a picture of your surroundings as possible. The Honda Odyssey features one of the most helpful features we’ve seen: Honda LaneWatch™. With Honda LaneWatch, when you flip on your right turn signal, a small camera displays live video feed on your Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) screen to reveal nearly four times more than the passenger-side mirror alone. The Blind Spot Information System is another great tool to have, giving you a heads up when it detects a vehicle in your blind spot. And your last set of extra eyes comes in the form of the Rearview Camera with Guidelines, giving you a clear look at what’s behind you from three angles: normal, top-down, and wide.

In the 2017 Honda Odyssey, tell your co-pilot they can take a nap. With advanced features to monitor possible collisions and lane departure, you’ve got all the help you need. Forward Collision Warning (FCW) lets you know immediately if you’re in danger of colliding with the car ahead of you. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses a small camera to track lane markings, alerting you when it detects an un-indicated lane departure.

In the Honda Odyssey, you’re in good hands.