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Hybrid Cars – Why Do We Have Them?

Hybrid cars and electric cars will ultimately help the countryMy brother is an avowed “tree hugger.” No joke he is as green as green can be. I can remember a debate I had with him a little over 8-years ago about fuel cell cars and hydrogen.  His whole premise was that, “They’re keeping the fuel cell vehicle from us, we could have them right now if it weren’t for them.” I responded to his claim by saying, “The concept of a fuel cell car is great, but there is no infrastructure in place for it and there won’t be for a long time. What do you do when it breaks?  That’s why we have hybrid cars and all electric.” And I continued, “Who are these ‘They’s’ you keep referring to?”

Koons carries several different manufactures and many of them have hybrid vehicles, stop by any of our showrooms to get more information on them and take one for a test drive today

For the record I am over-dramatizing our discussion, but in all fairness I am trying to make a point, and the discussion did happen but it wasn’t so much of a debate as it was just a conversation.  That said, he had no answer on the infrastructure issue, but as for “the They’s”? That was “the man, man!”  Whoever that is…

Hybrid vehicles answer the infrastructure questions very nicely for many different reasons not the least of which is, availability.  I’ll explain, so you’re driving down the street in your bright shiny new fuel cell car, when suddenly it has an issue with the “quevo-disc” (for you Seinfeld lovers you know what that is) and you need to bring it in to fix it, but alas the nearest technician is a 5-hour drive away and parts are going to take sometime to get there as well, now what do you do? You wait, that’s what you do.  You wait for the infrastructure to catch up with the technical advancement that is the fuel cell.  You see, although we could have fuel cell cars right now they’re a technology that outpaced reality.  No one knows how to care for them, hydrogen is not readily available and it’s expensive to manufacture, and parts are based on an entirely new type of engine so they aren’t readily available or warehoused and stocked around the country.

Some background:
Hybrid cars have both a standard gasoline engine and an electric engine in them.  This is the blending of two worlds; the gas engine is great for quick starts and long hauls at highway speeds.  The electric engine is great for short trips and slow starts.  Both hybrid cars and all electric are  perfect for around town driving, and with hybrids the act of driving recharges the batteries.  For those of you with all electric cars, charging stations are being built in major cities around the nation so refueling them is getting easier as well.  The other good thing about hybrids and electrics is that if something goes wrong with either the gas or electric engines, their parts are so ubiquitous and technicians are so abundant that you can get your car fixed by just about anyone.  In hybrids they have the added benefit that if the electric engine has an issue it may take a bit of doing to get it fixed but you at least can get the car to the tech that is 5 miles away for a look see by using just the gas engine.  Oh! and the parts needed to fix the gas engine are available at every major auto parts store in the country.

A hybrid vehicle is the perfect tool for the job right now, that job being, getting us from total reliance on the internal combustion engine to an all-electric vehicle dominated economy.  They are referred to as a “Bridge Technology,” as in they bridge us between those two different states, mostly what it does in this case, is allow the realities of the world to catch up with the pace of technology.  We all know that gas powered vehicles are here to stay and they will have their place along side hybrid cars, all electric, clean diesel & biodiesel but for now you have a choice and they are readily available.

Koons carries several different manufactures and many of them have hybrid vehicles, stop by any of our showrooms to get more information on them and take one for a test drive today, Mother Nature will thank you for it. ♛

 

Koons Labor Day Savings End Monday!

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Happy Labor Day!

This weekend, please take some time to remember the reason for the holiday, and to honor the social and economic achievements of all American workers. This Labor Day, let’s celebrate what makes our country great – hard work and determination!

In addition, be sure to take advantage of our incredible offers this weekend – and they all end on Monday! Here are a few of the many offers we have available at various Koons locations. For specific details and to view our inventory and locations, head over to Koons.com where thousands of vehicles await you!

Ford:

  • 0% APR for 60 months PLUS up to $3,000 Cash Back PLUS No Payments for 90 Days on 12 different models!

Toyota:

  • $500 Holiday Bonus Cash on Camry. This offer can be combined with all other incentives.
  • 0% APR for 60 months on Corolla.
  • 0% APR for 60 months + up to $750 Customer Cash on Prius.

Chevrolet:

  • $500 Holiday Bonus Cash on all Chevrolet-brand vehicles in addition to current incentives. Excludes 2013 Silverado Ext Cab and CrewCab.
  • 0% APR for 60 months or up to $2,500 Customer Cash on Malibu.
  • 0% APR for 36 months or up to $1,500 Customer Cash on Camaro.

Nissan:

  • $500 Holiday Bonus Cash in addition to all incentives on Nissan Altima, Sentra, Pathfinder and Rogue.
  • 0% APR for 60 months + $1,100 Customer Cash on Altima.
  • 0% APR for 60 months + $2,800 Customer Cash on Rogue.

Plus, incredible savings and WOW pricing, only at Koons, on vehicles from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Volvo, Mazda, Lincoln, Kia, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz! Check out Koons.com for the entire list!

Wishing you and your family a Happy and Safe Labor Day,

–Krystal Koons

Chevy Confidence: Love It or Return It

Calling all Chevrolet Fans!

We’ve got some great news to share. Chevy is so confident that you will love your new vehicle that they’re now putting a guarantee on it. Love It or Return It. It’s that simple. Now through September 4th, if you aren’t satisfied with your new vehicle, simply return it. It’s called “Chevy Confidence,” and it’s brought to you by Chevrolet and available here at Koons Chevrolet Buick GMC in Tysons Corner or Koons Chevrolet in White Marsh, Maryland.

MSN Money calls it ‘a stroke of Genius,’ and we couldn’t agree more! From preferred pricing to a money-back guarantee, what better time to purchase a Chevy than now. For full program details, please see the Chevy Confidence section of Koons.com.

And, for a little bit of humor – even the dogs love Chevy Confidence!

-Krystal Koons

Koons Chevrolet Honored with “Mark of Excellence”

Shari Keith, General Motors’ District Sales Manager, presents the “Mark of Excellence” Award to Koons Chevrolet General Manager Pat Fogarty and team.

Huge kudos to our Chevrolet-Buick-GMC team at Koons GM Corner for recently being awarded Chevrolet’s prestigious “Mark of Excellence” Award for 2011, which recognizes excellence in sales and customer service. The annual award, which benchmarks dealerships on customer service requirements, sales objectives and facility and training requirements, was bestowed upon only 20% of dealerships in the Northern Virginia area.

The dealership – one of the region’s largest Chevrolet dealers – recently completed a major renovation in 2011 to its Chevrolet and Buick/GMC showrooms. Be sure to come by and visit our new state-of-the-art dealership in Tysons Corner and be prepared to be “WOW’d” by our amazing staff!

We couldn’t have achieved this amazing award without the help of our loyal customers and dedicated staff. Thank you to everyone for a great 2011!

–KK

Koons Chevrolet “Mark of Excellence” Award

The 2013 Chevy Malibu Makes Its Debut in Tysons Corner!

The showroom of Koons Tysons GM Corner has been under renovation for quite some time, and we’re excited to announce that the construction is now complete! So come drop by and see our beautiful new showroom complete with various award-winning Chevrolet, GMC and Buick models.

Speaking of award-winning, we’ve got another surprise for you. Just a few days ago we received our very first 2013 Chevrolet Malibu in our showroom, and we’ve got to say, it’s quite the catch. The 2013 Malibu is a shorter, wider and roomier version compared to Malibu’s of the past. The 2.5l V6 delivers 190hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, which translates into below 8 seconds for a sprint from 0-60mph. In addition, the 2013 Malibu will utilize GM’s eAssist hybrid system that achieves an EPA estimated 26mpg city and 38mpg highway from their turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine. The interior has been fully redesigned and dressed in soft-touch materials with luxury in mind.

So what are you waiting for? Come on by!