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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. ♛

 

Prius Tops All Cars on Value

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The 2013 Toyota Prius Family!

If you’re looking for the car that is considered the best overall value among all models, Consumer Reports says look no further than the Toyota Prius, The Detroit News reports today. Consumer Reports awarded the Best New-Car Value honor to Prius for the second straight year and lauds it as having “outstanding reliability and the lowest estimated five-year ownership costs at 47 cents per mile.”

The automaker also has top models in three of the 10 categories on the best-value list. In addition to taking the top overall ranking, Prius took first place in the compact/subcompact category. The Avalon Hybrid Limited scored highest among large cars, and the ES 300h was top luxury car.

Click here for further details on best value vehicles.

 

 

The All-New 2014 Toyota Corolla is Here!

Corolla L                                 Corolla LE                             Corolla LE Eco                      Corolla S

Hello Toyota Fans!

We’re so excited for the launch of the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla! Toyota created a stylish exterior, a premium interior with upgraded features, and enough technology to satisfy your entire network. They took the best of everything we love about driving and perfected it. Corolla has truly evolved!

The all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla comes in 4 different models, each with its own exciting options:

2014 Toyota Corolla L

  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • USB port
  • LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Power windows
  • Eight airbags

2014 Toyota Corolla LE

  • Available Entune Audio with 6.1-in. touch-screen display
  • Integrated backup camera with projected path
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Automatic climate control
  • Cruise control

2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco

  • EPA-estimated 42 mpg
  • Valvematic engine technology
  • Integrated rear spoiler

2014 Toyota Corolla S

  • Unique piano-black front grille
  • Integrated rear spoiler
  • Integrated fog lights
  • Chrome-tipped exhaust
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • 3.5-in. TFT Multi-Information Display

So, what makes the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla so great?

| Performance

Efficiency enhanced

Can efficiency be exciting? When it means an EPA-estimated 42 highway mpg and 30 city mpg,it can. Corolla LE Eco was designed with a thirst for adventure, not fuel, because no one takes a trip and wants to talk about all the gas stations they visited.

Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite

Technology to make life easier. Available Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite brings a whole new level of tech and convenience to Corolla with a 6.1-in. touch-screen display, backup camera, navigation and a suite of apps to help you stay connected.

And much, much more! Be sure to view our entire 2014 Toyota Corolla inventory at all 5 of our Koons Toyota locations:

Koons Arlington Toyota: serving customers in Arlington VA, Springfield VA, Alexandria VA and Washington DC

Koons Annapolis Toyota: serving customers in Annapolis MD, Bowie MD, Clarksville MD, Laurel MD and Baltimore MD

Koons Easton Toyota: serving customers in Easton MD, Cambridge MD, Salisbury MD and the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland

Koons Tysons Toyota: serving customers in Tysons Corner VA, Vienna VA, Fairfax VA, Chantilly VA, Leesburg VA, Sterling VA, Reston VA, Springfield VA, Woodbridge VA and the entire Washington DC area

Koons Westminster Toyota: serving customers in Westminster MD, Frederick MD, Hanover PA, and Baltimore MD

Stop in to one of our Toyota locations for a test drive of the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla!

–Krystal Koons

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

A Dream Come True for a Koons Toyota Customer

Gary Schoch, center with white shirt & pink tie, surrounded by Toyota and Koons staff in celebration of his new vehicle.

Gary Schoch, center with white shirt & pink tie, surrounded by Toyota and Koons staff in celebration of his new vehicle.

Who doesn’t love a nice & heart-warming story on a Friday?!

Gary Schoch, a Reston resident and long-time customer of Koons Tysons Toyota, couldn’t believe his luck when he received a call from Toyota’s corporate office.  Like thousands of other customers, Gary had submitted his name in a drawing box while servicing his 2002 Toyota Prius at Koons Tysons Toyota in May.  A month later, he received the call that would change his life forever.  He’s now the proud owner of a brand new 2013 Toyota Prius C, compliments of Toyota!!

In an interview with Toyota executives, Gary was extremely enthusiastic about the service he receives at Koons Tysons Toyota — especially from his service advisor, Frank Lewis.  At the award ceremony, the dealership’s General Manager, Jack Ballinghoff, told the crowd:

“This win could not have happened to a nicer guy!  Gary’s been a wonderful customer at our service center, and we look forward to helping maintain his new hybrid!”

Congratulations, Gary, for a win that is richly deserved!!

–Krystal Koons