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On September 11th the dream became a reality for the 3rd year in a row when C.S. Mott’s Children Hospital hosted Caden’s Car Show, a private car show exclusively for children at Mott Children’s Hospital. LaFontaine Automotive Group has been a proud sponsor of the event from inception.

Please read about the previous year event and learn more about Caden’s story.

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that Fall is my favorite season in Michigan. The leaves turn spectacular colors, the cider mills are bustling with activity and the pigskin begins to get tossed around in earnest.

But with the kids going back to school and our lives in general getting busier after a relaxed summer, you can miss what makes autumn in Michigan special if you’re not careful.

So with that in mind, #FallTogether with us this season and check out these 7 things you must do in Michigan this fall.

1. Take a Fall Color Tour

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Michigan Fall Colors in the Keweenaw Peninsula

There’s no other state quite like Michigan when it comes to appreciating the beauty of autumn as trillions and trillions of leaves change color from green, to gold, to red.

Find a free weekend in late September or early October and hit the open road to enjoy Fall in Michigan at it’s best.

If you don’t want to map out your own route, head over to the Michigan.org website and use one of their pre-planned fall color tour routes.

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The LaFontaine Automotive Group is excited to announce the expansion of their family with the acquisition of the full-service Hall Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram of Fenton. We welcome all Jim Hall’s loyal customers to our Fenton location.

The facility is located at 15123 North Rd, Fenton, MI 48430 on the west side of North Road directly off the US-23 expressway serving the serving Fenton, Linden and the surrounding areas.

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The Fenton location will offer the best new inventory from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. Jeep offers models like the popular Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited, Patriot, Renegade, Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee. Don’t forget to check out the newly reinvented 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.

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HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP – Jeff Bronkema, a 27-year-old mini-tour golfer, never gave up the lead in the final round and won the 99th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group at Prestwick Village Golf Club Thursday.

“It’s the biggest tournament I’ve ever won, the first four-day tournament I’ve ever won, and it’s one I’ve wanted to win for so long,” he said after a closing 2-under 70 put him at 12-under 276 for a three-shot win over 2007 champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon and fellow mini-tour pro Eric Lilleboe of Okemos.

“It’s great to win a tournament you’ve always wanted to win against really good players, and it solidifies your thinking that you can make it playing professional golf.”

Bronkema’s name will go on the James D. Standish trophy, he received the first-place check of $8,000 from the purse of $54,500 and sponsoring LaFontaine presented him with a lease on a new Cadillac.

“I controlled my golf ball all week, rarely put it in bad spots, kept it below the hole and for some reason I just play great on the back nine here,” he said.

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HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP – Jeff Bronkema of Wayland made five consecutive birdies on the back nine in a 6-under 66 at Prestwick Village Wednesday to take the lead heading into the final round of the 99th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group.

“I scraped it around the front and couldn’t get anything going and then something clicked and I hit it to six-feet on 13, inside three feet on 14 and 15, made a 40-footer downhill for birdie on 16 and about a 20-footer for birdie on 17,” said the 27-year-old Plainwell native and mini-tour professional who finished second to Jeff Cuzzort in last year’s Michigan Open.

“I’m excited to get going tomorrow and finish one spot higher.”

LaFontaine Cadillac Michigan Open ChampionshipBronkema’s 66 gave him a 10-under 206 total with amateur and 2013 champion Tom Werkmeister of Grand Rapids two shots back at 208 and standing second after a 69.

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Jeff Cuzzort golf actionHIGHLAND – Defending champion Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile, and nine other former champions who account for 21 championships collectively, head the field of 156 golfers who will compete for the 99th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group Monday through Thursday http://familydealblog.com/99th-michigan-op…restwick-village/(June 13-16) at Prestwick Village.

Six-time champion Scott Hebert (1997, ’99, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’06) of Traverse City Country Club, five-time champion Randy Erskine of Lake Orion (1976, ’78, ’79, ’84, ’85), three-time champion Steve Brady of Oakland Hills Country Club (1991, ’92, ’96), two-time champion Bob Ackerman of Ackerman Golf in West Bloomfield (1975, 2003), 2013 champion Tom Werkmeister of Grand Rapids, 2012 champion Barrett Kelpin of Kalamazoo, 2011 champion Randy Hutchison of Traverse City, 2007 champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon and 1989 champion Barry Redmond of Boyne Resorts join Cuzzort in the third consecutive Michigan Open hosted by Prestwick Village and presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group.

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LaFontaine Automotive Group is pleased to announce the expansion of their family with the acquisition of the full-service LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram of Lansing. We welcome all Bill Snethkamp loyal customers to our Lansing location.

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The facility is located at 6131 S. Pennsylvania, Lansing, MI 48911 on the corner of Miller and Pennsylvania directly off the I-96 expressway serving the Holt and Lansing areas.

The Lansing location will offer the best new inventory from Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. Jeep offers models like the popular Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited, Patriot, Renegade, Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee. Don’t forget to check out the newly reinvented 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.

There’s also a large selection of inspected road-ready affordable pre-owned vehicles for your purchase. New and used financing is also available and an experienced finance representative is there to assist you on the best option for any credit level.

Don’t forget our Service and Parts area that is there to serve our community of loyal customers.

One unique benefit of shopping the LaFontaine CDJR of Lansing store is that we offer an experienced Cross Store Specialist that can assist you with the purchase of any new make and model available from any of our stores.

“We expect to be a presence in the community, not just a business in the community. Our New CDJR store is another opportunity for our organization to be a contributor to the Greater Lansing Ingham County Area” –Ryan LaFontaine CEO

Founded in 1980, the award winning and nationally recognized LaFontaine Automotive Group includes 23 franchises in 18 locations and employs over 1,000 Michigan residents.

The “LaFontaine Family Deal” offers customers more than the best price and service on a new or pre-owned vehicle, it incorporates the attitude and approach to business developed and nurtured by the LaFontaine family.

The LaFontaine Mission Statement

Build lifelong relationships that connect families, strengthen communities and personalize the automotive experience.

The Family Deal. It’s not just what you get, it’s how you feel.

It’s that time of year again, the weather is getting warmer and it feels like summer is just around the corner. We are excited to announce the 10 bands that will be performing this summer at the LaFontaine Amphitheatre located at 345 W Liberty St, Milford, MI 48381.

1.) Fifty Amp Fuse (Playing 5/26)– Fifty Amp Fuse is notorious for performing in the Your Generation Concert event. This band plays everything from 1970’s classic rock to the hits we love today.

2.) Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Jonnies (Playing 6/9)– If you’re into 50’s and 60’s swing music, Billy Mack & The Juke Joint Jonnies is the band you can’t miss. They’re known for playing the famous hit, “Jump Jive An’ Wail”. They also have some great hits of their own like, “Flyin’ Saucer Rock-N-Roll”, “Rocket In My Pocket”, and “Juke Joint Johnnie.”

3.) Mainstreet Sole (Playing 6/16)mainstree soul –
Mainstreet Sole is Detroit’s Premier Dance and Motown Band. They play soul music from across generations. You can expect hits famous hits like, “Uptown Funk You Up”, “Jungle Boogie”, and “Rolling in the Deep”.

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You Deserve A Break This Tax Season

Cadillac recognizes that your vehicle is an essential part of your business and furthermore they understand the value of getting the most from your business investments.

We wanted to make sure you were aware of the 2015 tax incentive guidelines.

You could be eligible for up to a total of $25,000(1) in deductions with the purchase of qualifying Cadillac vehicles for your business if you purchase before 12/31/15.

Add to this various, additional small-business incentives and your savings are enhanced even further.

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The Family is Growing in Frankenmuth and Birch Run

LaFontaine Automotive Group is pleased to announce the expansion of their family with the upcoming construction of a new state-of-the-art Ford facility to be built in Birch Run.

The new facility, will be located on 19 acres along I-75, between Shiawassee Harley Davidson and the Birch Run Expo Center.

The community is invited to a ground breaking ceremony that will take place at noon on Monday, November 23, 2015, with construction slated to begin immediately and an anticipated completion date of Fall 2016.

The 34,000 square foot building will hold a Silver rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), complimenting their existing Gold LEED Cadillac/Buick/GMC location in Highland, as well as their Silver LEED Chevrolet in Dexter and Volkswagen of Dearborn locations.

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