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LaFontaine Ford of Birch Run
11661 N. Beyer Rd. Birch Run MI 48415

Birch Run, MI – December 4, 2016 – LaFontaine Automotive Group is pleased to announce the opening of a new state-of-the-art Ford facility in Birch Run. The new facility, is located on 19 acres along I-75, between Shiawassee Harley Davidson and the Birch Run Expo Center.

LaFontaine Ford of Birch Run Exterior BuildingThe community has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the LaFontaine Ford Birch Run dealership. The 34,000 square foot building is aspiring to be a Silver or Gold rated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility, 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.

LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.
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Earth Day is here and now is a great time to commit to making some lifestyle changes to be better for our planet.

Think being greener and friendlier to the earth has to be difficult and expensive? Think again! There are plenty of simple things you can start doing immediately that will make difference for the earth today, tomorrow and in the future

Be The Best For Earth Day

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”  – Jane Goodall

So in an effort to be the best for the earth as we can today, tomorrow and forever – here are 3 things you can do to start making an impact on this big blue marble we call home.

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Today I think we’re all familiar with the award winning Volkswagen Passat. But did you know the Passat was originally known in North America as the VW Dasher?

The very first Passat came to be in 1973, and was one of the most modern European family vehicles one could buy.

1975 Volkswagen Dasher Vintage Magazine Ad

But here in the US, the Passat launched as the Volkswagen Dasher – available in three and five door hatchback and station wagon models.

Ok, now that you’re loaded up with a brief history of the Passat / Dasher, let’s throw it back to 1975 and take a look at this vintage magazine ad for the 1975 Volkswagen Dasher.

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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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Love driving and saving fuel? Then the all-new 2015 Golf TDI Clean Diesel is the car for you! Volkswagen offers the cleanest diesels of any car brand in America.

Thanks to the 2015 Golf TDI’s Clean Diesel engine, you’re going to save money at the pump all year round.

[Update 9-23-2016: Click here if you’re looking for information on the issues involving the Volkswagen EA 189 Diesel Engine]

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The 2015 Golf TDI comes with an all-new 2.0-liter Clean Diesel engine made with lightweight ultra-high strength steels.

The same lightweight materials are used throughout the hatchbacks body; lowering the car’s overall weight by 79 lbs. The Clean Diesel engine delivers an average of 35mpg and about 236 lb-ft of torque; significantly better than most gasoline-powered cars.

Because Diesel

Going hybrid is not the only solution to the CO2 problem. The TDI Clean Diesel technology produces fewer emissions than 93% of other vehicles.

Not only is it environmentally friendly, but you can bet the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI will live up to it’s prior reputation of being sporty and fun to drive as well.

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Now I know what you’re thinking….aren’t TDI’s known for being a bit more pricey? Volkswagen addressed this issue head on by lowering the entry point of the Golf TDI over $3,000 to $21,995 – thus making it an affordable and fun car to drive.

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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!

After four (or more) long years of studying all night, eating a steady diet of frozen pizzas and taking exam after exam, it’s finally paying off. You’re graduating college!

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At LaFontaine Volkswagen, we know just how big a deal it is to join the “real world.” So we’re celebrating you, the new college grad, with our College Graduate Program.

It’s no secret that you’ll be spending a lot of time in your new car, from job interviews to rush hour traffic. You’ll need a dependable ride, so we’ve made it easy to buy or lease a new Volkswagen.

Volkswagen College Graduate Program

With the College Graduate Program, no credit history is required. And we’ll even pay your first month’s payment, up to $800.

Plus, if you’re buying a new Volkswagen, no co-signer is needed. Or if leasing is more your style, there’s no need to pay a security deposit. All that and guaranteed great rates – sounds like a win-win to us.

Do You Qualify?

To qualify for the College Graduate Program, the following must be true:

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The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R is the epitome of a dynamic, sporty and elegant compact sedan. The all new model was showcased at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

It comes with a refined light-weight and stronger frame with improved rigidity. Expert critics deemed it the most powerful production Golf ever in the North American market.

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For all you Volkswagen enthusiasts looking for a fun-to-drive experience, the all-new Golf R will be available the first quarter of 2015. For now, here are some of the exclusive features you can expect to find on the new 2015 Golf R.

Refined Exterior Features

You will notice a difference with the new Golf R’s sports-inspired exterior redesign. The following features were added for a more aggressive sports-car feel:

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Before review functionality on websites like DealerRater, Google Plus and Cars.com were around, if a customer wanted to let a dealership know about their experience, they would most often write a letter to the Owner, General Manager, Sales Manager and/or Service Manager of the store.

In today’s age of text messaging, email and social media – communicating with another person or business is fairly easy and instant. And that’s how we recieve the vast majority of our messages from our customers.

Having these open channels of communication is an amazing thing as we get to understand exactly how we are performing as a dealership or automotive group in real-time.

However every once in a while, one of our guests will go out of their way to write or type us a letter and send it in the old fashioned way, via snail-mail.

Needless to say our own Tom Koslowski and the entire team at LaFontaine Volkswagen of Dearborn was thrilled when a letter from Lamar Golden recently arrived at the store (read the entire letter here).

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Lamar’s simple act of taking the time share his thoughts about his experience with our service department on an piece of paper made us smile.

Thank you Lamar for making our day, and we’re glad you enjoyed servicing your vehicle with us.

Did you have an experience at LaFontaine Volkswagen that you want to share? Make us smile and send it in to:

LaFontaine Volkswagen
2200 S. Telegraph Rd.
Dearborn, MI  48124

And yes, we always appreciate your digital reviews and recommendations as well. Share them on our Facebook & Google Plus pages for the world to see.