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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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Four years ago a tradition was started at LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC with an event that we now call the LaFontaine Family Fun Fest.

Local residents and the families of our employees were invited in to the dealership to enjoy a safe and fun alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating.

Each year since, the Fun Fest has been an event that we all look forward to.

LaFontaine Family Fun Fest

Because it has always been such an enjoyable event for kids and adults alike, it made sense to hold a Fun Fest at more of our locations.

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Today Last Day Dog Rescue (LDDR) announced a first in fundraising. LDDR, a not for profit animal rescue, will partner with our team at LaFontaine Subaru in Commerce Township, MI to “Stuff a Subaru” during its August adoption event, beginning 12:00noon – 3:00pm EST, Saturday, August 30, 2014.

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During the family friendly adoption event, attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of pet food and pet supplies to help “stuff” the Subaru.

Sponsored by NASH 93.1, Costco, Veterinary Care Specialists and Silver Bone Pet Styling Salon – pet lovers and potential adopters will be treated to on-site dog training from Veterinary Care Specialist, tips about the benefits of grooming from Silver Bone Pet Styling and light refreshments and snacks compliments of Costco.

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Nowadays the web is packed with information and tips on ways to spend less on gas by improving your fuel economy. Heck, we even post gas saving tips ourselves from time to time.

While there’s a time and place for tips to increase your fuel economy, the reality is that maintaining your conventional car’s gas mileage is a lifelong task that takes up your valuable time and money.

So let me ask you this….

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Would you like a way to not only save money at the pump, but free up your valuable time as well?

If so, then the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid just might be the car for you.

With its advanced technology and hybrid electric drive, the Subaru XV Crosstrek has the lowest emissions out of All-Wheel Drive hybrid crossovers in the U.S.

This means less need for auto repair and better gas mileage. What’s not to like about that?

Here are a few more reasons to love Subaru’s XV Crosstrek Hybrid.

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Sure, you’ve heard the buzz about the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback, but is it just hype? With 33 mpg, 108 cubic feet of interior volume and a brand-new upgraded interior, it’s no wonder everyone’s talking about it.

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As the world’s first sport/utility wagon, the Subaru Outback has a long history of being an industry leader. Let me fill you in on everything you need to know about the new Subaru SUV.

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

Right around the time our digital marketing team was getting ready to cover the 2014 North American International Auto Show, I began to hear whispers that maybe (just maybe) we’d adding a Subaru franchise to our family of dealerships in the near future.

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So as we made our way downtown, I kept reminding myself to keep my eyes open for something cool and fun from Subaru that we could add to our media library. You know, something to have on hand to share just in case.

It wasn’t long after we got done shooting a video on the North American Car and Truck of the Year that I wandered towards the Subaru exhibit…and stopped dead in my tracks.

There, standing confidently in front of me, was quite possibly one of the coolest looking cars that I’ve ever seen.

Painted a vibrant shade of blue and adorned with gold alloy wheels, I realized I was standing face-to-grill with the 2015 Subaru WRX STI.

This particular model is known as the 2015 Subaru WRX Launch Edition, and all I could say was “wow”.

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On a snowy day in February, Mike LaFontaine Sr. gathered together key employees of the LaFontaine Automotive Group to let them know that he and the family were in final negotiations to purchase Dwyer and Sons Subaru, located in Commerce Township.

“I’m very pleased to let you know that we have an agreement in place with the Dwyer family to purchase Dwyer & Sons Subaru in Commerce Township. If all goes as planned, the transfer of ownership will take place sometime in April. I can’t tell you how excited we are to expand The Family Deal within the state of Michigan.”

That was two months ago. Today, I’m happy to announce it’s official: LaFontaine Subaru, located in Commerce Township, is the newest addition to the LaFontaine family of dealerships.

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Judging by all the smiles I’m seeing, the entire LaFontaine Family is excited that “The Family Deal” is coming to a new area with a new franchise to match in LaFontaine Subaru.

With the addition of the Subaru brand, the LaFontaine Automotive Group now consists of 19 total franchises – 17 of which are unique.

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