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When you think October in Michigan, you probably think about the fall colors, decorating pumpkins, and a Detroit Lions season that’s over before it really started. But if you’re in the automotive biz, you also think about the upcoming North American International Auto Show and the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Awards.

You see, October is when the independent journalists who ultimately select the North American Car and Truck of the Year release their short list of vehicles that are under consideration for these awards.

2016 North American Car Truck of the YearSo without further ado, here are the vehicles that made the list:

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A vehicle is usually the second most expensive item we’ll ever purchase in our lifetime. While getting The Family Deal on a new car is great, sometimes we tend to forget about the other costs associated with owning a new vehicle.

Things like financing, insurance, gas, state fees, regular maintenance and vehicle depreciation add to the overall cost of ownership of a vehicle.

And if you’re like me and not a fan of the math, the vast amount of numbers to crunch can become overwhelming.

That’s where Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Awards come in to play. KBB has done all the legwork and calculated the cost-to-own on all vehicle models for 2015.

Now that the hard work is done, you can take your time and browse the list of vehicles with the lowest 5-year cost of ownership listed below.

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When the 2015 North American International Auto Show (known as the Detroit Auto Show in these parts) opens to the public on January 17th, attendees will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of vehicles that will be on display.

With so many cars, trucks and SUVs vying to capture your attention, it’s almost impossible to see them all in one day.

The last thing we want to happen is for you to go to the Auto Show and miss out on some of the coolest production and concept vehicles that are on display.

The FamilyDealBlog.com team was lucky enough to be invited to see the vehicles firsthand during the Auto Show Press Preview. After taking it all in, we’ve highlighted these nine vehicles that you’ll definitely want to check out when you head to Cobo for this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

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By now you may have heard about the massive Takata Airbag Recall that is affecting millions of vehicles in the U.S. from over a dozen manufacturers.

When the news hit, our customers started calling and stopping by our service departments to see if their vehicle was affected by this recall.

Takata Airbag Recall

Because of the increased awareness, I put this FAQ together to help you determine if your vehicle is affected by the recall and also let you know what next steps, if any, you should take.

Let’s start by taking a look of the vehicles known to be a part of the Takata Airbag Recall according to the NHTSA:

Vehicles Affected by the Takata Airbag Recall

If you own one of the vehicls on this list, the NHTSA recommends you take action immediately to address your recall (see next steps below)

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The hard working and dedicated professionals at the LaFontaine Import Super Center in Dearborn, MI would like to introduce to you, our dear customers a term that sums up the experience you can expect when you do business at one of our fine retail establishments.

It’s a little something we like to call #Enjoyability.

Enjoy!

Here’s the reality when it comes to the vehicles our teenagers drive. Too often, budget takes precedence over safety.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting parents don’t care about their children’s safety. Of course they do. Probably more so than their own.

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That being said, a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that more than half of all used cars purchased for teenage drivers were 2006 or earlier model year vehicles.

Also, the study found that two-thirds of teenagers who drove a vehicle already in the household were driving models from 2006 or earlier.

What Changed After 2006?

I know what you’re thinking. “What is it about cars from 2006 and earlier that make them less safe?”

The fact is that vehicles from 2006 and earlier aren’t likely to have safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Side Airbags – both proven in their ability to help keep drivers and passengers of all ages safe and sound.

Electronic Stability Control (sometimes referred to electronic stability program, stabilitrak or vehicle stability program) is a technology that improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction.

When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help “steer” the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually, such as the outer front wheel to counter oversteer or the inner rear wheel to counter understeer.

A pretty impressive technology and I’m sure if you had the choice, you’d prefer your children were driving a vehicle that came with some form of ESC, right?

Once a feature that was mostly found on European Luxury cars, the technology quickly trickled down to all automakers by the mid-2000’s.

It became such an effective technology in preventing accidents, that in 2008 some form of Electronic Stability Control was mandated to be a standard feature on all vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds.

Budget AND Safety

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We’re living in a world where technology is rapidly evolving and converging every single day.

New ground-breaking technologies are being released and our lives are irrevocably changed, even if we don’t realize it at the time.

On June 25, 2014 at Google’s annual developers conference, Android Auto was announced, promising to connect our phones and our cars for a seamless user experience.

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It’s certainly an exciting time as technology converges, especially for enthusiasts of Android smartphones and the auto makers who will support the platform (full list below).

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When you work for an Automotive Group that carries vehicles from 17 different manufactures, it’s not uncommon for one or more of the brands to take home a prestigious industry award on a regular basis.

Today is no exception as Hyundai has just been named the top performing non-premium brand in 2014 JD Powers Initial Quality Study!

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I know the LaFontaine Family is proud to tout the fact that 6 of the 10 vehicles in the Hyundai lineup ranked in the top 3 IQS positions by segment – with the 2014 Genesis, 2014 Elantra and 2014 Accent taking the #1 spot for their segments.

On behalf of the team at LaFontaine Hyundai, we’d like to congratulate Hyundai Motor America for achieving this honor – we’re proud to represent you and your vehicles here in Dearborn, Michigan.

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The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is about to arrive, and there’s a lot to like about the updated luxury sedan from Hyundai.

You’re probably here because you want to know how the 2015 Genesis comes equipped and how much it is going to cost – so let’s get right down to it…

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2015 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L

Genesis 3.8L RWD (Model Code: B1402R65) has a MSRP of $38,000, excluding $950 freight, and includes the following standard features:

  • 18-inch Alloy wheels with P245/45R18 All-Season tires
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • 9 airbags
  • Front and rear outboard seat belt pretensioners
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Automatic headlights w/ LED headlight accents
  • Daytime running lights
  • 4.3-inch TFT LCD cluster display
  • Electroluminescent gauge cluster
  • Power folding outside mirrors with puddle lamp with Genesis logo
  • Hands-free Smart Trunk trunk opener
  • Heated dual power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators
  • 12-way power heated leather front seats (with power lumbar)
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Power windows with front & rear auto-down/up with pinch protection
  • Proximity key with push-button start
  • Intelligent drive mode select
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustment
  • Steering-wheel-mounted cruise control and audio controls
  • Dual automatic temperature control
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with compass & HomeLink
  • AVN 4.0 Navigation System w/8-inch Display
  • Rearview camera
  • AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3/HD Radio audio system with 7 speakers
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system and audio streaming
  • Rain-sensing wipers w/ auto defogger windshield
  • TPMS with individual tire pressure indicator
  • Hyundai Blue Link Infotainment System with Google (90-day trial)
  • SiriusXM Travel Link (3-year complimentary subscription)

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“He’s better than he was before. Better…stronger…faster.” -The Six Million Dollar Man

TV character Steve Austin and the 2015 Hyundai Genesis have something in common: both were remade for power and functionality.

The Six Million Dollar Man wowed TV audiences in the 1970s, while the all-new Genesis stunned onlookers at the North American International Auto Show this past February.

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The 2015 Genesis is Hyundai’s second-generation premium sedan. I should tell you here that the first-generation Genesis set a pretty high standard — it won the North American Car of the Year award in 2009, a first for Hyundai.

But in the car world, awards don’t have staying power. Auto makers like Hyundai have to raise the bar over and over again, to deliver features that drivers like you and I want.

So the question is, has Hyundai done that with the new Genesis? I say yes! And here’s why:

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