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2011 Drive Whatcom Spring Edition

Mar 09, 2016



A look at Whatcom County automotive industry and tips on how to maintain your car.

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    The and the present

    Ferndale charging station services electric vehicles on the I-5 corridor..........................................C5

    2012 Honda Civiccoming to NorthwestHonda in April.................................................. C6

    Three yellow Beetles converge atthe Fairway Center....................................... C8

    Whats Inside...

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    The and the present DriveWHATCOMSpring 2011

    A supplement of the


    Diesel makes a green come-back thanks to the Audi A3 TDI at Roger Jobs Motors

    SeeC3 inside

  • SPRING DRIVE WHATCOMC Lynden Tribune|Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | Ferndale Record

    (1) APR offer good on new 2011 Jetta Sedan models. Excludes TDI models. Example: For 2.9% APR, monthly payment for every $1,000 you finance for 60 months is $17.92. No down payment required with approved credit through Volkswagen Credit. *Not all customers will qualify for lowest rate. See dealer for details. Offer valid in US. (2) *APR offer good on new 2011 Jetta TDI clean diesel Sedan models. Example: For 3.99% APR, monthly payment for every $1,000 you finance for 60 months is $18.41. No down payment required with approved credit through Volkswagen Credit. Not all customers will qualify for lowest rate. See dealer for details. All offers expire March 31, 2011. Photos for illustration purposes only. 2011 Volkswagen of America, Inc.

    3.99% APR/60 mos.(2)

    2011 Jetta Sedan2.9% APR/60 mos.(1)

    Excludes TDI models.

    2011 Jetta TDI Clean Diesel Sedan

  • CSPRING DRIVE WHATCOM Lynden Tribune|Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | Ferndale Record

    Audi A3 is green standard for clean diesel technologyModel won 2010 Green Car of the Year award

    See TDI on C4 The Audi A3 TDI has helped redefine what diesel represents in the United States. Lynden Tribune | MARK REIMERS


    SMITH KIAOF BELLINGHAM 1804 Iowa Street, Bellingham360-715-3455

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    The New 2011 SorentoA departure from the expected

    The Kia 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program includes various warranties and roadside assistance.Warranties include powertrain and basic. All warranties and roadside assistance are limited.

    The Kia 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program includes various warranties and roadside assistance.The Kia 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program includes various warranties and roadside assistance.

    Built in the USA.

    A departure from the expected

    2011 IIHS

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    The New 2011 SorentoThe New 2011 SorentoA departure from the expected

    One of the Best New Cars for 2011 US News and World Reports

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  • SPRING DRIVE WHATCOMC Lynden Tribune|Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | Ferndale Record

    See NEW TECH on C10

    AAA announces its top picks for new vehicle technology

    The Audi A3 TDI is usually spoken for by the time it reaches a dealer lot anywhere in the United States. Lynden Tribune | MARK REIMERS

    qualifiedthanAuditoclaimthemantle. Perhaps the biggest drawback tobuyinganAudiA3isthewait,sincedeal-erlotsaroundthecountrymovethroughtheir limited inventories as quickly astheycanobtainthem. HelpingtofuelthatdemandareA3squalitylightweightmaterials,superlux-uryandyearsofexperienceinthedieselmarket, with engines that produce 30percentfewercarbondioxideemissionsthantraditionalgasolineengines. A2011AudiA3TDIretailstypicallyinthe$30,000rangedependingonfea-turesincluded,butitcansavemoneyinthelongrun. Theefficiencyofdieselmeansget-tingalotofbangforeachbuckspentatthepump.Infact,althoughthe2.0literTDI clean diesel engine produces 140horsepower, it still gets a luxury class-leading 30 miles per gallon in the cityand42milespergallononthehighway.Inaddition, theA3achieves50percentbetterfueleconomythanacomparablegasolineengine. GraddonsaidAudisdieseltechnol-ogyspeaksforitself.AcloseexaminationofanA3tailpipewilldiscovernosootorodors, and it performs quietly. Dieselcars,althoughmorecommoninEurope,have taken a long time to find accep-tance in theUnitedStates.However, in2009,Volkswagen,whichownsAudi,re-enteredtheU.S.dieselmarket,openingthewayforAuditotakethelead. Formoreinformation,contactRog-erJobsat734-5230orvisitat2200IowaSt.inBellingham. E-mail Mark Reimers at [email protected]

    Continued from C5

    TDI: Earns best-in-class ratings for fuel economy

    BELLEVUE AAA has released itsbiennial list of toppicks fornew vehicletechnology. Developed by automotive expertsatthenationslargestmotorclub,thelistfeatures a variety of interesting vehicletechnologies intended to improve safety,increaseperformanceandreducetheen-vironmentalimpactofsomeofthenewestmodelsonthemarket. Every model year, automakers findnewways to employ technology in theirvehicles to enhance the driving experi-ence,saidJohnNielsen,AAANationalDi-rectorofAutoRepairandBuyingServices.Whilemanyoftheinnovationscontinuetofocusonsafetyandperformance,werealso seeing more new technologies thataddresstheenvironmental impactof thevehicleswedrive,whichisevidentinthisyearslist.

    Automakers go for greener as well as safety and performance AAAsexpertswarnthatnoteverynewvehicletechnologynecessarilyhasaposi-tive effect on function or safety. Manytechnologiescandistractdriverswhoendupmulti-taskingbehindthewheel,whichtakes their focus off the primary task athandsafelydriving their car,Nielsensaid. Thisyears toppicksbyAAAfornewvehicletechnologyinclude: All-Electric Vehicles While manyautomakers have electric vehicles in theworks,theNissanLeafisthefirsttomar-ketfromamajorcarbrand.Withanesti-mated 100-mile range between charges,theLeafisaviableoptionformanycom-muters.Itdrivesnicelyandhasawell-de-signedinterior.Calculatedonacents-per-mile basis, the electricity that powers itcostslessthanhalfasmuchasgasolineinfuel-efficientcars.

    Plug-InHybridsThesecarsprovidethebenefitsofanelectriccar,whilemain-tainingthesamedrivingrangeasconven-tionalvehicles.VehiclesliketheChevroletVoltandthesoon-to-arriveplug-inToyotaPrius operate in all-electric mode for alimited local range, afterwhich a down-sized gasoline engine is used to eitherpowerthevehicleorrechargethebatterywhilethecarmoves. Turbocharging and Supercharging These systems have long been asso-ciated with performance, but they alsocan produce enhanced fuel economy.Turbochargers and superchargers letautomakers install smaller engines thatburn less fuelduringnormaldriving,yetoffer the performance of a larger enginewhen acceleration is needed for passingormerging. Fords EcoBoost engines are

    anexampleofthistechnology,whichwasrecentlyintroducedintoitsF-150models,withothermanufacturersmoving to fol-lowsuit. InflatableRearSeatbeltsBothFordandMercedes-Benzareworkingwiththistechnologythatpromisestobringalargemeasureoftheairbagprotectionaffordedto front-seatoccupants to thosewhoarebuckledupintherear.Inacrash,theseat-beltsinflate,spreadingtheforceoftheim-pactoveralargerareaofthebody,whichreducesthelikelihoodofinjuries. Start-Stop Technology Commonin other parts of the world, but only inlimitedUnitedStatesuse,start-stoptech-nologyismakingitsmainstreamdebutinAmerica via Mazdas i-stop feature. Thetechnologyshutsofftheenginewhenthecar is at a stop, and instantly restarts itwhenthedrivertakeshisfootoffthebrake

  • CSPRING DRIVE WHATCOM Lynden Tribune|Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | Ferndale Record

    American-made Tesla Roadster popular worldwide

    See TESLA on C9

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    FERNDALEBusinessownersandemployees working near the FerndaleEventsCenter,justoffInterstate5atExit262,areaccustomedtoasteadystreamoftravelers.However,recentlyafewnewvisitorsarecommandingmorethanjustanupwardglance. Eachweek,TeslaRoadsters,Ameri-can-made high-end electric vehicles,findtheirwaytothepublicchargingsta-tion located in the centers parking lotandarriveinarainbowofcolors,saidAnnaSc

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