Ford Transit Connect Wins ‘International Van of the Year’

Ford Transit Connect

Transit Connect is the ‘International Van of the Year 2014’

This is the fifth time Ford has earned the ‘International Van of the Year’  (2001, 2003, 2007, 2013) and the second consecutive year. Last year the Transit Custom took home the honor.

The Connect was given 130 points out of a maximum 163 by European specialist journalists. The Connect beat the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Renault Kangoo.

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Hyundai CEO Receives Award

Hyundai CEO, John Krafcik, earns Auto Exec of the year award. Photo from Autoblog.com

Hyundai CEO, John Krafcik, earns Auto Exec of the year award.

John Krafcik, CEO at Hyundai North America, has recently earned the Automotive Executive of the Year award.

Each year since 1964 the Automotive Executive of the Year “celebrates individuals who demonstrate great leadership and tireless dedication to the innovation and creative thinking needed to succeed in this industry.”

The award was given to the Hyundai CEO because he “reshaped the way Hyundai approaches the market with consumer focus, compelling design, and enduring value”, says Robert Djurovic, executive director of the Automotive Executive of the Year Award program.

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Ford Wins International Engine of the Year Award

Ford EcoBoost Engine

Ford’s 1.0-liter Ecoboost 3-cylinder engine was voted the International Engine of the Year Award.

Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine has been named the International Engine of  the Year for the second consecutive year. But this year, the EcoBoost received the highest score of any engine in the 15-year history of the award.

This engine will debut in the United States as an option in the 2014 Ford Fiesta.

The International Engine of the Year Award is voted on by panel of 87 automotive journalists from around the world.

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Waikem Honda wins another award

The sales staff at Waikem Honda has again been named the top Honda sales staff in Northeast Ohio

The sales staff at Waikem Honda has again been named the top Honda sales staff in Northeast Ohio

The sales team at Waikem Honda has again been named the top Honda sales team in Northeast Ohio.

Waikem Honda again has the Northeast Ohio Honda championship belt on display in our Massillon showroom. The award goes to the dealership with the highest sales percentage for the month. Waikem Honda had one of its best months ever in March 2013, and the team got to pose with the title once again.

Waikem Honda in Massillon, Ohio, is the area’s top rated dealer, receiving an A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau. The staff is also very familiar with Honda’s championship belt.

It has never been a better time to test drive the Honda lineup. The 2013 Honda Accord and 2013 Honda Civic were redesigned this year. The Honda CR-V was redesigned in 2012, and the Honda Odyssey wins many minivan awards. The staff at Waikem Honda also has access to more than 250 used cars at one location.

Learn more about Waikem Honda now, and visit Waikem Honda managers Darren Sponseller and Harry Card for your test drive.

Nisssan breaks National Sales Record

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Best Large Utility.

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Best Large Utility.

Nissan’s most innovative year ever is also becoming a record breaking season, as March 2013 was the highest selling month in Nissan North America’s history.

Nissan announced it sold more than 137,000 units in March 2013, making it the best month Nissan has ever has. The redesigned Nissan Altima, Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Versa all saw record breaking sales, and the all-electric Nissan Leaf also posted its best ever month.

Nissan is calling 2013 its most innovative year ever, featuring popular redesigns of all its most popular models. Customer are obviously falling in love with these redesigns, including the Altima, Sentra, Versa, and Pathfinder.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Wins Best New Crossover Award

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The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe named best new crossover

During the press preview day at the 2013 Atlanta International Auto Show, the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) named the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe the best new crossover.

GAAMA President, Davis Adams said:

“For this year’s Best Crossover Award, GAAMA chose the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe for its handsome new design, luxurious interior, impressive technologies, accessible pricing and the flexibility for 5- and 7- passenger configurations.”

The award is determined by a panel of judges consisting of automotive journalists from around the southern United States. The judges look at all-new vehicles that stand out in terms of value, performance, innovation, and features.

The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe can have a seven-passenger capability and a 290 horsepower 3.3 liter V6. Add to that the beautifully designed exterior, and you have a vehicle that is truly deserving of awards.

Fusions Receive Best Cars for Families Award

2013 Ford Fusion

The 2013 Ford Fusion is one of 6 Ford’s named ‘Best Car for the Money’.

Each year U.S. News & World Report awards new models, within 19 categories, for being the best for families.

This year Ford has their models earning top spots. The Ford Fusion won for best midsize car and the Fusion Hybrid won for best hybrid car.  This would be the second year in a row for the Fusion Hybrid and third in a row for the Fusion.

U.S. News & World Report determines the winning vehicles based on the best combination of quality, features, and space for families.

The Fusion and Fusion Hybrid are  no strangers to awards and recognition. MSN Autos included the Hybrid in their list of  cars that reach at least a combined 35 MPG (the Hybrid gets 47 mpg). And the Ford Fusion was named the  family vehicle of the year by the Midwest Automotive Media Association.

Waikem Honda Service Department Wins Awards

Waikem-Honda-Service-Staff The Waikem Honda Service Department received the Express Service Elite Status Thursday at a reception in the Massillon Honda service department.

Brian Solenthaler of American Honda attended the ceremony, and told the service department that Elite Service designation is given to Honda Service Departments who score high on customer satisfaction surveys.  Waikem Honda Service Department received top scores for Time to Complete Service, Customer Service, and Customer Satisfaction.

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Nissan Recognized by EPA with Award

Nissan Sentra

Nissan is an important leader in energy performance with three new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® accolades on the shelf, including the 2013 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, the highest honor given to select organizations that are dedicated to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

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