Hyundai, Honda and Nissan have best value

Want the best bang for your buck? MSN Autos says there are many vehicles among the top models who fit that mold.

According to the MSN study, Honda, Hyundai and Nissan passenger cars were voted among the top ten “Bang for Your Buck” Passenger Cars.

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Hyundai talks success

It’s a good time for Hyundai. They are making some of the most popular, fuel efficient vehicles on the market today, including the 2012 Hyundai Elantra, the 2012 North America Car of the Year.

Hyundai CEO John Krafcik recently sat down with the Associated Press and talked about how Hyundai managed to rise above the competition to become one of the most popular brands on the road today.

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Waikem Employees raise money for CF

Waikem employees were able to raise more than $1,000 for Adam Longwell, an employee in the Motors Parts Deparment. His two year old daughter Kendall has Cystic Fibrosis.

A group lunch Thursday was more than just a lunch, as the employees of Waikem gathered to raise money and help up a fellow co-worker in need.

The luncheon was for Adam Longwell, an employee in the Waikem Motors parts department. Everyone donated money to the “Blow Away Cystic Fibrosis” campaign. Adam’s 2-year-old daughter Kendall has Cystic Fibrosis, and the money will go towards the Great Strides run Saturday, May 5 at McKinley High School.

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Honda, Ford, Subaru win best value awards

Honda, Ford and Subaru’s 2012 models will keep in five years the biggest percentage of what you paid to drive it away new.

That’s according to Edmonds.com, who Wednesday released the recipients of their “Best Retained Value Awards.”

Honda was the big winner for, the day, with an overall projected retained value of 47.9% after five years.

Ford and Subaru were the other big winners, taking home awards in multiple categories.

Honda won in the following categories:

Honda Civic – Sedan under 20K. Expected 50% retained value

Honda CR-V – SUV 25K-35K. Expected 54.6% retained value.

Honda Odyssey – Vans. Expected 43.5% retained value.

Ford won in the following categories:

Ford Shelby GT500 – Convertible 35K-45K. Expected retained value 46.5%

Ford Mustang – Coupe $25K-35K. Expected retained value for 46.8%

Ford Shelby GT500. Coupe over 45K. Expected retained value 47.5%

Ford F-350 SuperDuty. Large HD Truck. Expected retained value 48.6%

Ford F-150. Large light truck. Expected retained value 48.4%

Subaru won in the following categories:

Subaru Impreza. Sedan 20K-30K. Expected retained value 45.3%

Subaru Forester. SUV under 25K. Expected retained value 44.6%

Congrats to the winners. You can click here to review all these models.

 

KBB honors Honda’s reliability

Honda’s dependability and reliability helped the automaker add more hardware to the trophy case.

Honda earned the Best Value Brand and Most Trusted Brand categories in the 2012 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards. Based on consumer perception data from the company’s Brand Watch study, the Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards honor the automotive brands that have most successfully captured positive consumer attention.

American Honda’s Executive Vice President of Sales John Mendel accepted both awards at the New York Auto Show.

“We are honored to accept two awards that point so directly to Honda’s core tenets,” Mendel said. “With Honda constantly striving to earn trust by providing the finest overall ownership value, it’s inspiring to see those efforts resonating with consumers.”

“With standout vehicles, memorable marketing and positive word of mouth, the winners of Kelley Blue Book’s 2012 Brand Image Awards have secured enviable positions in the minds of in-market shoppers,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com.

Kelly Blue Book editors said it was an easy choice.

“Without surprising anyone, our inaugural Most Trusted Brand award goes to a name that’s practically synonymous with reliability and dependability. Honda’s vehicles enjoy a decades-deep reputation as the smart choice in so many of the categories in which it competes.”

“Many car buyers assume a vehicle’s sticker price is the most significant monetary factor when choosing a car. While it’s certainly an important consideration, Honda’s reputation for
superb resale value, exceptional quality and legendary dependability continues to raise the bar in respect to automotive value.”

Congrats go out to everyone proudly carrying the Honda name!

The Mitsubishi i: Another electric test drive

The Mitsubishi i is one of the most anticipated electric vehicles to hit the market, so when ours was delivered we were eager to take it out for a test drive.

After an hour with the car, we feel it has great battery life and a fun design. Taller drivers may have problems with legroom, and we feel the interface could be more user friendly.

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Nissan special Sunday hours

Waikem Nissan needs to clear inventory to reach it’s March goals set by Nissan, so we’re here today, Sunday April 1, from 10 am to 5 pm. We don’t open on Sundays usually so you know we’re ready to make the deals of the year today. If you are considering a new model or want to get out of your old one, Matt and the boys at Waikem Nissan want to make a deal with you. Don’t wait till Monday we can only deal like this today!