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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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Each and every week I flip through my vintage magazine collection and search for interesting bits of automotive advertising to share with you. This time around I landed on this vintage ad for the 1974 Toyota Celica GT.

At first glance you might mistake the Celica for a Mustang from that era – long hood, short deck, 2+2 seating, sporty look and even the use of animal themed badge (a swan).

1974 Toyota Celica Vintage Magazine Ad

When you take a look at the ad copy you’ll see that Toyota’s position in the market isn’t all that different today than it was 40+ years ago.

Toyota has always been about maximizing your dollar so you get the most value possible.

So what do you get in a ’74 Celica GT with an MSRP of $3,569? Check out the ad below to find out!

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Some things in life are worth waiting for, and to me, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma is one of them. With the chance to see it unveiled live at the Detroit Auto Show, I was defiantly impressed.

Like a warm soft-taco shell, the Tacoma’s sleek new sheet metal lends the truck a stylish profile that’s loaded with accouterments.

2016 Toyota Tacoma at the North American International Auto Show

Take one quick look and you’ll agree that this Taco(ma) certainly does look delicious (five bucks says you’re going to eat tacos next chance you get!).

Taco puns aside, it’s been almost 11 years since the Tacoma got a redesign, and the timing of it couldn’t have been better.

The worlds best selling mid-size pickup truck for the past 10 years is about to face some stiff competition from the recently introduced Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Anticipating an all-out battle royal for their long reigning title of “worlds best”, Toyota stepped up their game to make sure the 2016 Tacoma was ready to take on all challengers.

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Let’s face it, probably more than half of us who tuned in to watch the Patriots take on the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 were doing so primarily to be entertained by the commercials.

In years past, automakers gobbled up advertising slots like Malcom Butler gobbles up ill-advised passes from Russel Wilson – often times accounting for 25% or more of all commercials that air during the game.

Super Bowl XLIX 49 Car Commercials

This year however, only a handful of automakers shelled out the big bucks to reach Super Bowl viewers – with big names like Ford, General Motors, Honda and Volkswagen sitting this one out.

But for those automakers who did air commercials during the game, it seems they spent their 4.5 million dollars for 30 seconds of air time wisely.

If you missed the spots during the game or want to watch them again, here are the Super Bowl Commercials that aired from BMW, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes, Nissan and Toyota.

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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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Each year, Consumer Reports issues a comprehensive study that tracks the reliability of all vehicles sold in the United States covering brand new models to models up to ten years old.

Known as the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey, the information that they gather and organize is always a welcome resource to consumers looking to make an educated decision when purchasing a new or used vehicle.

This year Consumer Reports sent out over 8 million surveys to its subscriber base asking about the experiences with their vehicles over the previous 12 months.

Over 1.1 million people responded to the survey, making it one of the most useful and data-rich studies about vehicle ownership for 2015 and beyond.

I wanted to highlight a few of the vehicles and manufacturers that earned the highest reliability rankings to give you an idea of what the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey is all about.

Toyota: Most Reliable Non-Luxury Auto Maker

Toyota comes in at number 2 for overall reliability (their luxury arm, Lexus, holds the number 1 spot) and continues to enjoy a comfortable lead for most reliable non-luxury auto maker.

One of the reasons Toyota manages to do that, we believe, is that they introduce new technologies slowly and on proven platforms.

While their vehicles may seem to some as plain, you can’t deny the fact that the Toyota line-up has some the most impressive and reliable mainstream vehicles in the industry today.

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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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On behalf of the entire team at LaFontaine Toyota, I’m thrilled to announce that Doug Kropp has achieved the level of Master Diagnostic Technician (MDT) from Toyota.

We’re all so proud of Doug for being able to accomplish this rare certification.

Doug-Kropp-Toyota-Master-Diagnostic-TechnicianSo what exactly is a Master Diagnostic Technician and what does it mean to you? Simply put, MDT is the highest level of certification that any Toyota Technician can achieve.

Doug, and all MDT’s, have repeatedly shown the ability to tackle the most challenging repairs on Toyota vehicles.

Think of Doug like you would “Dr. House” (minus the cynicism and narcissism). If your Toyota has a problem that others can’t solve, Doug and the service team at LaFontaine Toyota will fix it when no one else can.

In order to achieve the title of MDT, a technician must:

  • Have 5 years of Toyota service experience.
  • Pass all the ASE certification tests.
  • Pass the same test that Toyota gives to it’s team of field engineers at 80% or better.

Being technically proficient is only part of what it takes to make Toyota technician a MDT. Along with technical skills, MDT’s like Doug must also possess excellent communication skills to effectively work with service advisors, fellow technicians and customers.

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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!