April Events Around the Jersey Shore

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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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The 2017 Nissan Armada Makes World Debut

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If you are in the market for a Nissan SUV but are waiting for the 2017 Armada to appear at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, your wait is almost over. The 2017 Armada was debuted just before the 2016 Chicago Auto Show and will be available sometime during the summer of 2016. The full-size SUV has new interior and exterior designs; and it has a new 390-horsepower V-8 backed by a seven-speed automatic transmission.

New Safety Features

Available safety features include predictive forward collision warning, intelligent cruise control, backup collision intervention, lane departure prevention, distance control assist, blind spot intervention, lane departure warning and an Around View monitor with moving object detection.

The new second generation Armada sets a new standard in its class and many of the available safety and security features are found only in higher-priced luxury vehicles.

Trim Levels

The Armada features three trim levels: the SV, SL and the Platinum trim levels. Choose from two-wheel or four-wheel drive in all three trim levels. Standard features on all trim levels include NavWeather information, Nissan Navigation with NavTraffic and an 8-inch color display. Additional standard equipment includes a Bose audio system with three speakers and heated front seats.

Additional Features

This eight-passenger SUV also tows up to 8,500 pounds in the two-wheel and four-wheel drive models when properly equipped. The exterior features a V-motion front grille, LED daytime running lights, LED low-beam headlights and LED taillights.

The interior features more room, tons of style, and premium comfort. It also features “Library Level” interior noise levels at idle, acoustic glass, and sound absorption materials.

The 5.6-liter V-8 engine features direct injection gas, variable valve event and lift system; and the transmission has seven speeds instead of the five speeds found in last year’s model.

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Nissan Versa Wins KBB’s 2016 5-Year Cost to Own Award

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 5-Year Cost to Own award winner, the Nissan Versa. The Versa won this award, in its fifth year, for the subcompact car category. The award, as its title suggests, tells consumers which new vehicles have the lowest projected cost of ownership. Factors that are taken into consideration include expected fuel costs, depreciation, maintenance and repair costs, finance and insurance fees and state fees.

When most people buy a vehicle, they consider the up front costs – what it costs to buy or lease a vehicle; and they may even consider fuel economy. However, many do not consider the total five-year cost of ownership. If vehicles are compared properly, a more expensive vehicle could actually be less expensive over time.

For 2016, the Versa Sedan and the Versa Note received new enhancements, according to Michael Bruce, the vice president of Product Planing, Nissan North America, Inc. The vehicle is roomy and features mid-size conveniences without the mid-size price. The 1.6-liter engine features twin continuously variable valve timing and a dual fuel injector system to help with fuel economy. The engine puts out 109 horsepower and makes 107 pound-feet of torque, giving it plenty of power so as not to be sluggish, yet not a ton of power that sucks up the fuel.

If the vehicle is fitted with the Xtronic transmission, it gets 31 mpg* in the city and 40 mpg* on the highway. If the vehicle is fitted with the five-speed manual transmission, it gets 27 mpg* in the city and 36 mpg* on the highway. And, if it is fitted with the four-speed automatic transmission, it gets 26 mpg* in the city and 36 mpg* on the highway.

Choose from four trim levels: the S, S Plus, SV and the SL. The S trim level features the five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The rest of the trim levels only offer the Xtronic transmission.

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Fun March Events Around the Jersey Shore

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle and then head out to the many upcoming March events along the Jersey Shore. Once you have a new vehicle, you won’t have to worry about whether it will get you there or home; and you get to drive in that new car smell all the way to the event.

JJ Bitting Annual Charity Chili Cook Off

Head out to the JJ Bitting Brewing Co., 33 Main Street, Woodbridge, New Jersey, 07095 for their annual charity chili cook off on March 6, 2016. Enjoy a live DJ, tons of fun and door prizes. If you decide to compete, you could win cash prizes of up to $600. Admission as a spectator is $10 at the door and $20 if you want to participate in the chili cook off. The event will be held from noon until 2:00 p.m. For more information call (732) 634-2929 or visit njbrewpubs.com.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

From March 11 through March 13, 2016, head out to the Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, New Jersey, 08873 for the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Pick up unique gifts for upcoming holidays and graduations. Choose wares from over 250 American artisans. For more information call (800) 210-9900 or visit sugarloafcrafts.com/festivals/somerset/spring.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Parade

On March 12, 2016, head out to 901 Atlantic Avenue, North Wildwood, New Jersey, 08260 for the ceremonies at 11:30 a.m. and the parade at noon. The reviewing stand is located at Old NJ Avenue. Admission is free. For more information, call (609) 522-2955 or visit northwildwood.com.

Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Festival

On March 13, 2016, head over to Trenton Social, 449 S. Broad Street, Trenton, New Jersey, 08611 for the Trenton St. Patrick’s Day Festival. This event runs from noon until 7:00 p.m. Enjoy music from The Fighting Jamesons, food trucks, an outdoor beer garden, live music and more. Admission is $18 for general admission and $45 for VIP admission. VIPs have access to the hospitality area and complimentary beer and food. For more information call (609) 989-7777 or visit trentonsocial.com.

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Kia Sorento: Highest Ranked Midsize SUV in Initial Quality

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The Kia Sorento, available at Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall, ranked the highest in its segment in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS). The Kia nameplate ranked second only to Porsche in this study, which measures initial quality by owners who have had their vehicles for 90 days. The lower the score, the better the ranking as it measures problems per 100 vehicles (PP 100). Porsche came in with a score of 80 and Kia came in with a score of 86.

Thirty three auto manufacturers were named in the initial quality study. Kia ranked the highest in the non-luxury brands. Kia’s score of 86 is 26 PP100 better than the industry average; and it is also a 20-point improvement over the auto manufacturer’s 2014 score of 106 PP100. The 2015 study is the 29th year that J.D. Power and Associates conducted the study.

What the Study Looks At

The IQS looks at eight different categories including the driving experience; the exterior; interior; features, controls and displays; seats; audio, communication, entertainment and navigation; the engine and transmission; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Participants are questioned about defects, malfunctions and design-related issues. This means features that operate as they are intended to operate, but are hard to use or are located in an awkward position. Kia had the least number of design-related issues of all of the non-luxury brands.

The Kia Sorento

The Kia Sorento has the least number of issues with its design; and it also had the least number of defects or malfunctions in the midsize SUV segment. This seven-passenger SUV earned a score of 81 PP100 in 2015, an increase from 55 PP100 in 2014. This year’s score is also 33 PP100 better than the average score for the midsize SUV segment.

To break it down, the Sorento saw an 11 PP100 improvement in audio, communication, entertainment and navigation; a 6.4 PP100 improvement in engine and transmission; and a 5.4 PP100 improvement in the exterior category. The Hyundai Santa Fe came in second with 85 PP100 and the Toyota Venza came in tied for last with the Nissan Murano with 114 PP100.

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Nissan Titan XD named “Best Pickup of 2016″

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If you are in the market for a pickup, but you want something that is useful every day and has the features and durability you need, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the Nissan Titan XD, recently named “Best Pickup of 2016” by Cars.com and PickupTrucks.com. The Nissan Titan beat out the other five nominated vehicles.

The Nissan Titan XD is Nissan’s first attempt to compete in the full-size truck segment. Additionally, the Titan opened up another first in the industry: a “tweener” model that fits between the 1500 and 2500 segments. This model features a 5.0-liter V-8 turbo diesel engine, which is backed by a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission. The Titan gives you five trim levels: the S, SV, SL, the Platinum Reserve and the PRO-4X grade for those who want something sporty.

The Titan’s Security Features

The Platinum Reserve’s security features include side impact beams, ABS and driveline traction control, emergency S.O.S., blind spot sensor, electronic stability control, front and rear parking sensors, a low tire pressure warning system, dual stage driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, dual stage driver and front passenger airbags, curtain first and second row airbags, rear child safety locks, an airbag occupancy sensor and cameras located on the front, left, right and rear.

Convenience Features

Some of the Titan’s convenience features include heated and cooled captain’s chairs, eight-way power driver’s’ seat, a heated leather steering wheel with auto tilt-away, valet function, remote keyless entry, illuminated entry, proximity key for the doors, push button start, dual zone front air conditioning, a leather shift knob, full floor console with covered storage, remote engine start and power door locks with auto lock.

Additional features include an engine immobilizer, perimeter alarm, air filtration, outside temperature gauge, two AC power outlets and three 12-volt power outlets.

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Kia Soul: Highest Ranked Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle in Initial Quality

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If it is important for you to have a high-ranked multi-purpose vehicle as far as initial quality goes, stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive the Kia Soul, which ranked the highest in its class in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial QualitySM Study.

Additionally, Kia ranked second out of 33 nameplates in initial quality for the automotive industry; and the auto manufacturer received the highest score of all of the non-luxury brands. Kia earned an overall score of 86 per 100 vehicles (PP100) in the study; which is 26 PP100 better than the industry average and a 20 PP100 improvement from its rating of 106 PP100 for 2014.

This is the 29th year the study has been run; and it looks at eight categories including driving experience; exterior; seats; features/controls/displays; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; audio/communication/entertainment/navigation; interior; and engine/transmission.

Reviewers look at defects and malfunctions; and it also looks at design-related issues, which are features that work but are hard to use or that are located poorly.

The Kia Soul earned a score of 77 PP100, which is 20 PP100 over last year’s model. This is the third time that the Soul received an IQS segment award since 2012. The lower the score, the better; and Kia showed significant improvement with the interior and exterior with 7.1 PP100 and 10.2 PP100 improvement respectively.

The vehicle with the closest score is the Scion xB with a 126 PP100 score, which is lower than the segment average of 89 PP100.

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February Events Around the Jersey Shore

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Stop by Sansone Jr.’s 66 Automall to test drive a new vehicle; and then take it to these February events, including Valentine’s Day events. If you’re not ready for a new vehicle, be sure to call our service department to have your vehicle serviced before heading out.

An Evening with Peter Yarrow

On February 6, 2016, head over to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, 1 College Drive, Toms River, New Jersey for dinner, a meet ‘n greet and a show. At 6:00 p.m., dinner will be held in the Grunin Center Gallery. Dinner is provided by Panini Ristorante and is $50. At 7:00 p.m. you can meet Peter from Peter, Paul and Mary. The cost for this is $35. And, at 8:00 p.m., enjoy a concert by Peter. For the concert, admission for adults in $35; for seniors, $32 and for subscribers, $30. For more information call (732) 255-0500 or visit ocean.edu.

12th Annual Super ‘Plunge’ Sunday

If you think you can brave the cold Atlantic, be at the 48th Street Beach in Brant Beach at 1:00 p.m. You’ll take that plunge and be home in time for the game. For more information call (609) 494-8861 or visit stfranciscenterlbi.org/special-events.

Valentine’s “I Heart Ice Cream” Party

On February 13, 2016, head over to The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe, 35 Archertown Road, Lavallette, New Jersey for the show. When you order an ice cream sundae, the show is free. If you have a Reservation Club Membership, you can reserve a table for the entire family. The waiters sing and perform an upbeat Broadway Revue. Showtimes are at 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information call (732) 854-2779 or visit themusicman.com.

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The Best Winter Accessories for Your Car

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When you want accessories installed on your vehicle, visit 66 MVP to have them installed. If you have a vehicle, whether newer or older, we can install the accessories needed to make your ride more comfortable and convenient.

Remote Starter System

Older vehicles and some newer vehicles that don’t have remote start can have this convenience installed. We will provide and install a remote starter system and alarm system for your vehicle if you purchased one without remote start. Some systems features a security system and smart phone capability.

Remote start is great for warming up the vehicle during the winter – not only will it warm the inside, but it will start to melt some of the snow and ice, making the vehicle easier to clear off.

Seat Heaters

Many vehicles have heated seats at the higher trim levels; however, if you don’t feel you need all of the other features available in those trim levels and heated seats are not available in the trim level you are interested in, 66 MVP can install seat heaters for you. Since installation is complicated, it’s better to have our experienced technicians install the seat heaters for you.

All-Season Floor Mats

When you live an an area that gets tons of bad weather, all-season floor mats keep the carpets from getting trashed with ground-in dirt and mud; or salt from snow and ice. Keeping slush and melting snow away from the carpets not only helps to preserve the carpets, but it also preserves the metal floor. We’ll ensure that the floor mats fit correctly and won’t slip out of place.

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When you need accessories installed, give 66 MVP a call to set up an appointment. You’ll be able to choose your preferred accessories including remote start and heated seats. Additional accessories include car audio systems, window tinting, vinyl wraps, and wheels and tires.

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