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Central Maine Fundraises for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness and promote early detection of this persistent disease, began on October 1, and we at Central Maine Motors Auto Group were proud to be a part of it once again. We’ve run a number of events for the cause at our various dealerships, and we’re happy to say we’ve been well-supported by charitable Mainers like you!

Our several dealerships in Maine hosted several fundraising events this year. We held a month-long book sale, with all proceeds going directly to breast cancer research. Some customers and fans went out of their way to bring in books to donate to the sale. We also held bake sales and potluck lunches with lots of delectable dishes and tasty treats for visitors to enjoy.

Central Maine Toyota Book Sale in Waterville, ME

We also held bake sales and potluck lunches with lots of delectable dishes and tasty treats for visitors to enjoy.

Central Maine Toyota Potluck in Waterville, ME

This week, we’re holding a bottle drive and are accepting recyclable items from all employees. Proceeds from recycling the bottles will go to the breast cancer cause. It also promotes a cleaner environment!

Please come out to support us as October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month wind down to a close! Help us help those afflicted with this disease to receive the assistance and research they need, and together we can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

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Toyota Has the Most Intuitive Voice System, According to AAA Study

Toyota's Entune infotainment system

Let’s face it — when we’re out on the road, we have to divide our attention to do many different things. We’re watching the cars ahead of us, planning backup routes to dodge traffic, singing along to the radio or our integrated iPods, keeping an eye on kids in the backseat and responding to phone calls. In response to the multifaceted lives we all live these days, many automakers have installed voice-recognition systems into their models to keep your eyes on the road. But a new study shows that those systems can harm more than they help. That is, with one notable exception: Toyota’s Entune system.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety tested the voice-recognition systems from six different automakers to determine which, if any, cause “inattention blindness” in drivers. The tests were performed by drivers using voice commands to operate the radio and CD player and make phone calls. The systems evaluated included Chevrolet’s MyLink, Hyundai’s Blue Link, Chrysler’s Uconnect, Ford’s MySync, Mercedes-Benz’s Comand and Toyota’s Entune. Each system was scored on a scale of one to five: the lower the number, the lower the distraction.

The results were revealing. Most systems received scores of 2.2 or higher, but one automaker stood out above the rest. The only automaker to earn a grade of less than 2 was the best-scoring Toyota, coasting by with an intuitive 1.7. That’s because the Entune system easily recognized most driver commands on the first try, and was flexible enough to accept variations of key phrases. Other systems failed to respond or understand rephrases. According to the AAA foundation, unresponsive recognition systems cause aggravation in the driver and can lead to tunnel vision as he or she focuses on the infotainment system instead of the road ahead.

Toyota’s responsive Entune system is just one more example of Toyota’s commitment to driver safety and eye for innovative technology. Why not give the voice-recognition system a test of your own? Visit our Waterville Toyota dealership today and go for a drive in a brand-new Toyota!

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Tour the Chrysler Factory without Even Getting Out of Bed!

2015 Chrysler 200 Safety Technology

It’s safe to say that designing a car is no easy feat. Modern vehicles are built with more electrical and mechanical features than the average consumer will ever know, and Chrysler in particular is always experimenting with innovative new features. But now, thanks to a partnership with Chrysler and Google Maps, gearheads and automobile amateurs alike will have the chance to get an up-close-and-personal look at the processes and machinery involved in the construction of a quality new car. Using the Maps functionality, users can take a virtual tour of the factory assembling the praiseworthy new 2015 Chrysler 200, soon to be sold at our Chrysler dealership near Winslow, ME. And the best part? They don’t even have to go outside to do it!

Chrysler and Google Maps joined forces to create the tour of Chrysler’s Michigan factory, which is powered by Google Maps and includes video clips, a navigation tool and informative short films. By navigating to www.chrysler200factory.com you can take the tour, which begins with a 30-second film introducing you to the virtual tour guide. Once that’s complete, you can follow the path of the tour, pausing in some places to watch videos and interact with exhibits. You’ll get a unique view of the new Chrysler 200, clicking and dragging the screen to see it from all angles and explore the factory at your own pace. Even the short films can be controlled, making you feel like a director of sorts. Don’t miss the fascinating video of factory robots building the 200 all around you as you pivot around the frame!

“Just as we pioneered a completely new Chrysler 200, we are pioneering a new way for consumers to research a vehicle,” said Olivier Francois, Chrysler chief marketing officer. “The Factory Tour is an opportunity for us to prove to consumers that the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is not one ever built before.”

There are many moving parts inside the advanced cars of this day and age, and it seems there’s a solution for every possible need just a button’s touch away. We recommend you take this cool tour to get a better understanding of the science and manpower it took to build that Chrysler sitting outside your house. Getting an insider’s look at the factory and the complex machinery within is really a treat, and it’s fun to realize you can do it all while still in your pajamas! When you’ve completed the tour, leave us a comment to let us know what you thought about it!

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Central Maine Motors Joined the 2014 Our Hearts 5K Walk/Run

Central Maine at the Our Hearts 5k

It was a balmy 83 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, September 27th, but that didn’t stop us from getting out to the Quarry Road Recreation Area for the 3rd annual Our Hearts 5K Walk/Run and family picnic. It was certainly a nice day for a picnic, too! The run was sponsored by the Our Hearts Foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting grieving families who have suffered the pain of stillbirth, miscarriage or infant loss.

After slipping into our running shoes and getting a move on, we met and spoke with various members of the Waterville community, including, of course, the members of the Our Hearts Foundation who put the event together. That Saturday was an unexpectedly hot one for the end of September; we were definitely sweating by the end! After the race was over and the awards were presented, there was a fun family picnic for everyone who participated, with a grill ready to cook up some burgers and some very refreshing beverages for all involved. Check out some of the photos to see the Central Maine Motors gang in action!

Linanne and Charlie Gaunce

It was an honor and a privilege for us to participate in this 5K in the memory of children who left this world too soon. We strongly support the Our Hearts Foundation and all that it stands for, and we hope that our participation in this event helped make a difference in families’ lives. For more information about the Our Hearts Foundation, visit their website today. And don’t be afraid to sign up for the 5K next time around — we’d love to see you there!

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2015 Chevy Colorado Rated Best-in-Class for V6 Fuel Economy

2015 Chevy Colorado

Set to go on sale this fall, the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck will take on Japanese-brand models like the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, and its initial EPA fuel-economy ratings suggest it may have a leg up on that competition. When equipped with its optional V6 engine and two-wheel drive, the new Chevy Colorado will return up to 26 mpg on the highway. That figure not only tops the equivalent V6 highway ratings of the Frontier and Tacoma by four and five miles per gallon, respectively, but it also beats the highway fuel economy of the competitors’ four-cylinder models.

While the Chevy Colorado’s fuel efficiency is aided by a segment-first lightweight-aluminum hood and active aero grille shutters, its 3.6-liter V6 still packs plenty of punch under the hood, churning out a best-in-class 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. That impressive output will allow the 2015 Colorado to tow a class-leading 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. Though fuel economy has yet to be announced for the base Colorado, the truck will house a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque.

“Midsize pickup trucks typically appeal to buyers because they have a smaller footprint and are more affordable, but up until the debut of the new Colorado, they had been behind the times when it came to fuel economy,” said Bo Hendrick, general sales manager of Central Maine Motors, a Chevy dealership in Waterville, Maine. “The 2015 Colorado not only features the most modern fuel-saving technologies in its segment, but it also offers legitimate capability that is typically reserved for full-size pickups.”

Chevrolet hopes that the arrival of its new Colorado will further boost its surging pickup-truck sales. Moving more than 49,000 units in the United States last month, the recently redesigned Chevy Silverado saw its sales rise by 13 percent compared to August 2013. In fact, the Silverado joined forces with its GM counterpart, the GMC Sierra, to outsell the Ford F-Series in August. Through the first eight months of this year, Chevy’s full-size pickup truck has sold 331,977 units, a 1 percent increase over its strong performance during the same period in 2013.