June Events Around the Jersey Shore

6-2-2016

Visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle so that you can attend events on the Jersey Shore in style. Or, if you are not ready for a new vehicle just yet, give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

Riverfest

Head over to Red Bank on June 3 through June 5, 2016 for the Riverfest. Enjoy local bands on multiple stages and nationally well-known jazz and blues artists. Crafters and food vendors will be in Marine Park. For more information visit redbankriverfest.org.

Arts and Crafts by the Sea

On June 11, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., head over to the Boardwalk between Dupont and Blaine Avenues in Seaside Heights for over 50 crafters and artists. Shop for unique gifts for upcoming birthdays and holidays. Enjoy a day of shopping with the Jersey Shore in the background. For more information visit exit82.com/event/arts-crafts-by-the-sea.

Wildwood Beer Fest

Enjoy locally brewed craft beer from June 10 through June 11, 2016 in Fox Park. The festival features over 100 brews, live music, craft vendors and great food. Tickets are $40 and session are from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Friday and from noon until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. For more information visit wildwoodbeerfest.com.

Skimmer Festival

On June 18 and 19, 2016, head over to Sea Isle City for the Skimmer Festival. Enjoy food and craft vendors, children’s activities, live music, a sand sculpting contest and more. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and then a concert will be held at Excursion Park from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday, enjoy vintage vehicles and live music at the Auto Antique Car Show, which will be held on the promenade. For more information visit visitsicnj.com.

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All-New 2017 Kia Sportage Receives Top Safety Pick Plus Rating from IIHS

5-24-2016

When you visit Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new Kia, be sure to test drive the all-new 2017 Kia Sportage. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just awarded the Kia Sportage with a Top Safety Pick Plus since this model now comes with optional front crash prevention.

The IIHS is one of the most recognized organizations that tell consumers how safe a vehicle is. To receive the highest designation from them is a significant achievement, especially after the organization changed its requirements in 2014. The change mean that for a vehicle to achieve Top Safety Pick Plus, it has to score “Good” in five crashworthiness tests plus the vehicle must score “Advanced” or “Superior” in the front crash prevention category. The five tests that a vehicle must score a “Good” in include head restraints, side impact crash test, roof strength, small overlap front crash test and moderate overlap front crash test. “Good” is the highest rating in those tests.

About the 2017 Kia Sportage

The Sportage comes in three trim levels: SX, LX and EX. Some features are only available on higher trim levels. These features include autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, Bi-HID headlights with dynamic bending light, front and rear parking assist and high beam assist.

Furthermore, the new Sportage uses more advanced high strength steel. Now, 51 percent of the Sportage’s body features this type of steel, while the 2016 model year had only 18 percent. This means that the all-new Kia Sportage’s torsional rigidity improved 39 percent over last year. Additionally, the Sportage features over 338 feet of structural adhesive to further reduce the impact of a crash.

The SX features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes 260 pound-feet of torque and 240 horsepower. The LX and EX trim levels come standard with a 2.4-liter engine that makes 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. The new Sportage is also the first Kia model to feature UVO3, eight gigabytes of music storage, 14 telematics services, WiFi tethering and access to onscreen apps.

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Nissan Maxima Named to “2016 Wards 10 Best Interior” List

5-17-2016

When you are test driving the 2016 Nissan Maxima at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall keep in mind that this vehicle one WardsAuto‘s 10 Best Interiors for 2016. With a premium-crafted interior and it’s driver’s cockpit that was inspired by a fighter jet, the Maxima is more like a luxury vehicle than a non-luxury sedan. The Maxima was one of 47 nominees, all of which had significantly improved or brand new cabins.

The eighth-generation flagship Maxima was touted at the “ideal front-wheel drive sport sedan” because of its inviting and warm interior that gives luxury brands serious competition. The senior editor of WardsAuto, Tom Murphy, said that the Maxima’s interior “makes a brilliant first impression.” The interior features a two-tone flat-bottom steering wheel and a black and camel color scheme. Nissan’s liquid chrome metallic trim and the leather-appointed Alcantara diamond-quilted seats tops the look.

The 2016 Nissan Maxima also features top of the line performance, design and innovation leadership. The vehicle features a wider stance and lower profile. The bold front end and the Nissan V-Motion grille makes the outside look as good as the inside.

Technology includes an available 11-speaker Bose system, standard NissanConnectSM with navigation, SiriusXM radio and an Around View monitor with moving object detection. The Maxima features a 400-horsepower 3.5-liter engine backed by an Xtronic transmission. Although the engine has tons of horsepower, it still get good gas mileage: 30 mpg* on the highway.

Available driving aids include intelligent cruise control, predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and driver attention alert. Choose from the S, SV, SL, SR and the Platinum trim levels. The Maxima is assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee and the engines are assembled in Decherd, Tennessee.

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2016 Nissan Sentra Achieves Top Safety Pick Plus rating by IIHS

5-10-2016

For the 2016 model year, the Nissan Sentra, available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, joined the Maxima, Altima and the Murano in safety features. All of these vehicles have earned the Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Prior model year Sentra models earned the Top Safety Pick. This year, the IIHS make it harder to get a Top Safety Pick by requiring that a vehicle score “Good” or better in all five of the crashworthiness categories.

To earn the Top Safety Pick Plus rating, a vehicle must score “Good” or better in all five of the crashworthiness test and it must have available front crash prevention with a score of “Advanced” or “Superior.”

Michael Bunce, the vice president of Product Strategy and Planning for Nissan North America, Inc., stated that the auto manufacturer is proud to have another of its core vehicles earn the Top Safety Pick Plus award from IIHS. He also stated that the safety of owners and passengers is a top priority.

The forward emergency braking feature is available on the 2016 Nissan Sentra SR and SL trim levels when you add the optional Technology Package. Standard safety features include side impact beams, a low tire pressure warning system, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability control, dual stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags and front airbags, an airbag occupancy sensor, first and second row curtain airbags, a back-up camera, and rear child safety locks.

Additional features that make the Sentra safer include variably intermittent wipers, heated power door mirrors with integrated turn signals, fully automatic projector beam headlights with delay off and front fog lights.

Additional Features

The Nissan Sentra is not just a safe vehicle, it is a great vehicle for road trips and commuting. Keep yourself entertained with an AM/FM radio, CD player, SiriusXM radio, USB connection, Bluetooth, MP3 payer, a 5-inch color display, voice activation and a radio data system.

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May Events Around the Jersey Shore

5-3-2016

After you pick up a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, you’ll be ready to head out to some of the May events around the Jersey Shore including birding festivals, kite festivals and garden festivals. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle, just give our service department a call to schedule a maintenance appointment before you head out.

Cape May Spring Birding Festival

From May 20 through May 22, 2016, head out to the New Jersey Audubon / Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Rt. 47 North, Cape May Court House, New Jersey, 08210 for the Cape May Spring Birding Festival. Birders of all experiences enjoy the festival; and this year, since the festival falls during peak horseshoe crab spawning season, you should be able to see tons of birds. Watch the birds looking for the horseshoe crab eggs under a full moon for unique picture opportunities. For more information call (609) 861-0700.

8th Annual Medicine Wheel Garden Festival

On May 14 and 15, 2016, head over to the Lusscroft Farm, High Point State Park, 50 Neilson Road and 4-H Trail, Wantage, New Jersey, 07461. Enjoy live music, a bake sale, plant sale, vendors, crafters, an art display, food, children’s activities, historical displays and more. Proceeds go to the restoration of the historic Lusscroft Farm. Admission is $7 for only. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. until dusk both days. For more information call (862) 268-1557.

Wildwoods International Kite Festival

From May 27 though May 30, 2016, head over to Wildwoods Beach, Rio Grande to Burke Avenues in Wildwood for the Wildwoods International Kite Festival. Enjoy an illuminated kite fly at 9:00 p.m. at Rio Grande Avenue and the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships on the beach at 9:00 a.m. each day. Also, enjoy kite workshops and exhibits. And, see how to fly a kite without wind. For more information call (609) 729-9000.

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Nissan Murano Named 2016 Best 2-Row SUV For Families

4-26-2016

If you are in the market for a great SUV with two row for your family, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test rive the 2016 Nissan Murano. This model just earned the U.S. News & World Report’s Best 2-Row SUV for Families. And, if February, the publication named the Murano as one of the Best Cars for the Money.

U.S. News & World Report uses seating and cargo volume, professional automotive reviews, the availability of family-friendly features and safety and reliability ratings to determine which vehicle should be awarded with this honor. The editors stated that although the Murano’s price makes this model an affordable midsize SUV, its features give it a “luxury level of refinement.”

Features in the 2016 Nissan Murano

The Murano features LED boomerang lights, V-motion front end and a unique “floating” roof to make it one of the more stylish vehicles on the market. Interior design features include a low center console, refined instrument panel, large windows, a huge power panoramic moon roof and a “social lounge feel.”

Technology features include an 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, NissanConnect, navigation, an eight-way power driver’s seat, the Around View monitor, satellite radio, Nissan Intelligent Key, Travel Link, push button ignition, 11 Bose speakers, Bluetooth and a premium audio system.

The Murano features a 3.5-liter engine backed by Nissan’s advanced Xtronic transmission. Choose front-wheel drive or intuitive all-wheel drive. This year, gas mileage increased about 20 percent because of low rolling resistance tires, a lighter vehicle, underbody covers and an active grille shutter.

Choose from four trim levels: The S, SV, SL and the Platinum. Available features include blind spot warning, moving object detection, forward emergency braking, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert and drive attention alert.

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The 2017 Kia Sportage

4-19-2016

If you are a Sportage fan and are in the market for a new vehicle, the fourth generation 2017 Kia Sportage is now available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall. Enjoy a new, stiffer structure, advanced driver technologies and significant steering and suspension improvements. Add intelligent AWD for a great utility vehicle.

New Design

This year’s newly designed model features a bigger cabin, new high-quality soft-touch materials and more technology and enhanced performance and efficiency; and it is available in three trim levels: The LX, EX and the SX Turbo.

The Kia Sportage has new body panels, new headlight positioning and a new front clips, all to give the Sportage a new updated look. The tiger nose grille with the wider and lower front clip gives the Sportage more air for more efficient cooling. The wheel base is now 105.1 inches – 1.2 inches longer than the previous model year. The Sportage’s overall length increased by 1.6 inches of 176.4 inches.

The sharply raked rear window and sloping roof line remain, making the Sportage easily recognizable. And, the new spoiler is more aerodynamic and the new, bolder wheel arches help give the Sportage a more aggressive look.

Interior Features

Some of the interior features include more cargo room – 30.7 cubic feet instead of 26.1 cubic feet, a Smart Power Liftgate, thinner A- and C-pillars, lower side mirrors, and a panoramic sunroof. Plus, the Sportage has new reduced noise, harshness and vibration thanks to a new quad-bushing setup in the rear suspension.

Available Driver Assistance Features

Depending which trim level and/or options you choose, your Sportage may feature forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning. Also available is blind spot detection with lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking assist.

Advanced Technology

Add a 5-inch color touch screen, Bluetooth and SiriusXM satellite radio on the base model; a 7-inch capacitive touch screen and UVO3 for the EX version; and an 8-inch capacitive touch screen and onboard navigation for the SX turbo.

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The 2016 Soul Named Among Best Cars for Families

4-12-2016-BestFamilyCar

Every year since 2007, U.S. News Best Cars publishes several awards including Best Vehicle Brands, Best Cars for Families and Best Cars for the Money. For the second year in a row, the Kia Soul, available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, has been awarded the Best Cars for Families winner. With its highly rated safety features and user-friendly technology, the Soul was an easy pick out of over 250 vehicles.

Orth Hedrick, the vice president of product planning for Kia Motors America stated that “the iconic urban passenger vehicle has numerous features geared toward families;” and these include the newest technology, advanced driver assistance systems, cargo space and tons of room for passengers.

U.S. News Best Cars makes its decisions based on safety and reliability ratings, professional automotive reviews, space specifications and family friendly features. The chosen vehicles must score the highest in a combination of 21 categories for Best Car for Families.

Jamie Page Deaton, the managing editor of U.S. News & World Report, stated that the 2016 Kia Soul was chosen as the best car for families because of the comfortable passenger cabin, the safety features that give parents peace of mind, it’s roominess for passengers and cargo and the entertainment features that keep everyone occupied while in the vehicle.

The 2016 Kia Soul

The new 2016 Kia Soul has new convenience and style features this year. Buyers can even choose their style and features through the new Designer Collection. The Soul features three trim levels: The Base, Plus and Exclaim. Each trim level added new features. All of the trim levels now come with alloy wheels. New features for the Base model include a 4.3-inch color touch screen, satellite radio, and a rear camera display.

The Designer Collection adds two-toned color combinations, 18-inch alloy wheels with black spokes, a leather gearshift knob and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Exclaim added leather-trimmed seats, lane departure warning and forward collision warning.

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April Events Around the Jersey Shore

4-5-2016-AprilEvents

After you pick up a new vehicle from Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, you’ll be ready to head out to some of the April events on the Jersey Shore including Painted Faces in the Valley Spring Pow Wow and the Historic Downtown Somerville Arts and Crafts Festival. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle, be sure to give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for spring service.

Painted Faces in the Valley Spring Pow Wow

Head over to the Raritan Valley Community College Athletic Field, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, New Jersey, 08876 on April 9, 2016 for the Painted Faces in the Valley Spring Pow Wow. This event runs from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Proceeds from the pow wow will benefit the creation of a Native American scholarship program and will help to further develop the Native American studies program at the RVCC. Performers and guests include WarPaint, SilverCloud, Red Blanket, Wild Band and Medicine Horse, Sister Nations Color Guard, the Sinquah Family Dancer, the Aztec Dancers and Eagle Pines Falconry.

Hub City Music Festival

Visit New Brunswick, Highland Park and Somerset from April 14 through April 24, 2016 for the Hub City Music Festival. Start out at 9 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick. This festival is an annual festival that features performing artists and supports the local music scene. The festival will be held at various restaurants in the three cities. For more information visit visitnj.org/nj-events/hub-city-music-festival#sthash.0Jt7bHJ0.dpuf.

Historic Somerville Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival

On April 17, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., head over to East Main Street in Somerville for the Historic Somerville Downtown Arts & Crafts Festival. Enjoy shopping for unique gifts, handmade items for yourself and open air seating at many of the restaurants in the area. There will also be live music and a hands-on free craft section for children. Items available including pottery, sculpture, paintings, decorative fiber works, garden works, metal works and tons more.

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All-New Kia Optima Hybrid Unveiled

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The 2017 Kia Optima hybrid has finally been unveiled. If you were able to attend the Chicago Auto Show in February, you got a chance to see the new model year with its new sleek design. This gas and electric aerodynamic sedan features tons of technology in the form of driver-assistance features.

The 2017 model year is a complete redesign on the outside and the inside, as did the gas-powered version. The new hybrid powertrain features a 10 percent improvement in gas mileage to give you a better driving experience and a more efficient vehicle. The Optima hybrid is being marketed under the Kia Motors EcoDynamics sub-brand. By 2020, Kia expects to increase fuel efficiency by 25 percent for all of its models. While the new Optima hybrid is not yet available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall or other dealerships, you can keep your eye on this space, as we’ll publish more information as we get it.

Powertrain

The new Optima hybrid features a 2.0-liter GDI engine instead of the 2.4-liter engine. The new version is estimated to make 154 horsepower. The hybrid starter generator, six-speed transmission and 38 kW electric motor and clutch completes the powertrain. The electric motor and its clutch takes the place of a torque converter so that you have stronger acceleration from a stop; and it also helps the engine with power when needed.

The total horsepower output for the 2017 Optima hybrid is 193 at 6,000 rpm. To make the Optima more economical, it features a new electric oil pump and a new electric water pump. This also improves fuel economy since the gas engine does not have to use horsepower to drive the two pumps.

A new high-density lightweight lithium-polymer battery powers the electric motor. The battery capacity has a 1.62 kWh increase from last year’s version. The battery has also been moved, and now it rides under the trunk floor. Because the battery has been reconfigured, it does not cut into cargo space. And, it still allows 60/40 split folding rear seats.

New Features

The Optima features a new Eco-DAS (Driver Assistance System) with Coasting Guide. The Eco-DAS maximizes fuel economy by telling the driver when to coast and brake. An icon on the instrument panel blinks for four seconds plus gives a one-time audible alert when the DAS senses that the driver should coast or brake to save fuel mileage.

The body is now created with high-tensile strength steel alloys and hot-stamped components to give the body a lighter yet stronger construction. This increases fuel economy because of the weight drop; and it increases safety in the event of a crash.

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