Toyota LQ Concept Car Looks to the Future

Toyota LQ Concept Car | Spirit Lake, IA

Autonomous driving and artificial intelligence are no longer material from science fiction novels – and Toyota is ready to highlight how much this advancement can improve everyday life.

The Japanese carmaker recently introduced the all-new Toyota LQ Concept Car. Displayed earlier this year at the “Future Expo” special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, this concept car looks to take the bond between car and driver to an entirely new – and more emotional – level.

“With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalized experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs, and build an even stronger bond between car and driver,” said Daisuke Ido, LQ development leader.

The Toyota LQ combines automated driving options with “Yui,” an artificial intelligence-powered interactive agent designed to discover the driver’s habits, learn from them, and provide a personalized driving experience for each individual driver. Yui looks to engage the driver in a variety of ways, including interactive voice communications, lighting, fragrances, air conditioning, and in-seat functions that reduce stress and increase the driver’s alertness behind the wheel.

The AI will also choose the music you want to play based on the driving environment, and will even give you real-time information on topics you’re interested in. With this driver-focused, emotion-based AI interface, Toyota is changing the way we think of our vehicles, bringing us into the future of transportation.

For the latest available safety and driving assistance technology from Toyota, visit Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Earns Ninth Ideal Vehicle Award

Jeep Grand Cherokee | Spirit Lake, IA

For the ninth consecutive year, the Grand Cherokee has outclassed every other midsize SUV in the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards. 

Approximately 50,000 new vehicle owners who purchased their vehicle toward the end of 2018 were surveyed by AutoPacific at the beginning of 2019. People answer questions based on their own opinions of the vehicle after having driven it for at least 90 days, and the awards are allotted out based on customer satisfaction per the surveys.

AutoPacific president George Patterson had this to say about the awards: “The Ideal Vehicle Awards recognize vehicles that best meet their owner’s expectations and desires.”

The excellent Jeep® Grand Cherokee quality helps it fare so well in the AutoPacific competition; it is uniquely customizable with four available 4×4 systems and a host of other features suited to both driving on the road and off. Selec-Terrain traction management system is unique in its class and delivers an optimal driving experience across a multitude of terrains.

Receiving awards based solely on customer satisfaction is a huge honor for Jeep®, and Motor Inn of Spirit Lake is proud to continue to, as Patterson says, to sell vehicles that are “just right” for owners.

Ram 1500 Awards Honor the Truck’s Popularity

Ram 1500 Awards | Motor Inn | Algona, IA

Ram took home big honors at the 2019 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards, receiving a duo of wins for the brand – Top Popular Brand and Top Overall Brand. Equally impressive, the brand’s popular, powerful Ram 1500 received top honors in the full-size pickup category.

The AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards hands out honors to automakers and vehicle models based solely on customer satisfaction via surveys taken by new car and truck owners. According to AutoPacific president George Patterson, “the Ideal Vehicle Awards recognize vehicles that best meet their owner’s expectations and desires … these vehicles are ‘just right’ for their owners.”

Also impressive, the Ram 1500 has made headlines for being the first full-size pickup to receive recognition as being an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when properly equipped with driver assist technologies and adaptive LED projector headlamps with high-beam assist.

The Ram 1500 is designed to handle tough work. With a best-in-class towing capacity of 12, 750 pounds when properly equipped, V8 HEMI powered Ram pickup can handle nearly anything you can put in front of — or behind — it.

The many Ram 1500 awards are a testament to its craftsmanship. To see what makes the Ram 1500 so capable, take it for a test drive at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

Jeep® Wrangler Earns a Place on List for Best Cars for Dog Lovers

best cars for dog lovers | Knoxville, IA

Many American families consider their dog an important part of their family. So much so, that Americans are travelling with their furry friends more than ever. If this describes you, then you need to shop for a pet-friendly vehicle. Autotrader has made this easy with its list of the 10 Best Cars for Dog Lovers.

Earning a spot on this list was the 2019 Jeep® Wrangler. This off-road ready warrior was a natural choice for this list thanks to its go-anywhere nature and spacious cabin. It is an ideal choice for anyone who loves to take their dogs on outdoor adventures.

You can also add a variety of pet friendly Mopar® accessories to your Wrangler, including a lightweight pet kennel. The kennel comes with three doors, two pockets, tie-down straps, and a carrying handle. To keep dog hair and muddy footprints off the carpet, get a set of Mopar all-weather floor and cargo mats.

Once you are your dog are ready, the Wrangler can take you anywhere with its powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It is rated at 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. If you need even more power, choose the available 3.6-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Experience all that the Jeep® Wrangler has to offer when you stop by Motor Inn of Spirit Lake for a test drive. 

Updates for 2020 GMC Models

Updates for 2020 GMC Models | Knoxville, IA

In just a few short months, we will start a new decade. With that, we will get some exciting updates for 2020 GMC models, including more safety technology, more comfort and convenience, and some new styling.

2020 Terrain

Starting in 2020, all Terrain trim levels will come standard with the GMC Pro Safety Package. This package includes front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assistance with lane departure warning, a following distance indicator, and IntelliBeam® headlights.

2020 Acadia

The mid-size 2020 Acadia will feature new exterior styling, including standard LED lighting and a new grille and front fascia. Another new addition will be a new nine-speed automatic transmission, rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change alert with side blind zone alert. There will also be a new AT4 trim level with aggressive styling and a new turbocharged engine.

2020 Sierra 1500

The biggest change for the 2020 Sierra 1500 is the addition of a newly available 3.0-liter Duramax® diesel engine. Other updates include expanded availability of the carbon fiber bed and 10-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Sierra HD

The heavy-duty GMC Sierra lineup is all-new for 2020. It will feature stronger towing capabilities, more technology, and more powerful engine options.

Experience the exciting new capabilities and features of these 2020 GMC models when you stop by Motor In of Spirit Lake.