We Are Thankful for Safety in Our Cars

Thankful For Safety | Ford SUV Safety Features In Iowa

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, there are a lot of things we are thankful for. However, as a car dealership, we are particularly thankful for safety. Here are five modern safety features we love having in our vehicles.

  1. Adaptive Cruise Control. While basic cruise control was great, adaptive cruise control is even better. Most systems will automatically adjust to the speed of the surrounding traffic and will even come to a complete stop, if needed.
  2. All-Wheel Drive. Modern all-wheel drive systems are smart and sophisticated. They can detect changes in traction in fractions of a second to send power to the wheels that need it most. This feature is particularly helpful during Iowa winters.
  3. Automatic Emergency Braking. Systems like this have the potential to avoid or at least reduce the severity of a front-end collision, which could potentially save lives. We all get distracted sometimes and this feature can act as a safeguard.
  4. Rearview Camera. All new cars come standard with a rearview camera. This camera lets you see what is behind while you back up, so you don’t accidentally drive over something.
  5. Blind Spot Warning. Even the most diligent drivers can’t account for things they don’t see. All cars have blind spots and a blind spot warning lets you know when another vehicle is hiding in yours.

Contact us at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, Motor Inn of Algona, Motor Inn of Carroll, Motor Inn of Estherville, or Motor Inn of Knoxville if your vehicle is in need of a service appointment before the holiday travel season begins.

Fall Attractions in Iowa

Children Enjoying Fall Attractions In Iowa

Autumn is a beautiful time of year here in Iowa. We love seeing the leaves changing and feeling the crisp coolness in the air. If you are wanting to spend some time outdoors, here are some great fall attractions in Iowa.

Hawk Valley Garden

Every fall, Hawk Valley Garden, in Spencer, Iowa turns into a pumpkin patch. Head to the garden to pick out some pumpkins, decorative squash, or even some fantastic pumpkin stackers to impress all your neighbors.

Pikes Point State Park

We all love to visit Pikes Point in the summer and spend a day on the beach. In the fall, you can visit the park to get a great view of the beautiful fall colors. You can even head out on the water to see the leaves on all sides of the lake.

Family Glow Walk

On Oct. 5, take your family on a fun nighttime adventure with a Glow Walk. The walk starts at the Pearson Lakes Art Center at 6:30 p.m. Bring glow sticks to wear.

Little Monsters Halloween Walk

Have your kids put on their costumes and head to downtown Spirt Lake on Saturday, Oct. 26. Downtown business will be handing out candy from 2-4 p.m.

Contact us here at Motor Inn to schedule your vehicle’s fall service appointment. We’re here to ensure that your autumnal travels are as safe as they are fun.

History of the GMC Denali

History of the GMC Denali Lineup | Estherville IA & Knoxville IA

The history of the GMC Denali dates back to 1999. Since then, the development of the Denali has turned it into one of the best pickup trucks and SUVs on the market. These steps throughout the past 20 years have placed the Denali at its peak:

The first instance of the Denali name can be traced back to the 1999 GMC Yukon. In an attempt to steal customers away from the Lincoln Navigator, the top trim level of the Yukon was called the Denali. The Denali trim level had improved wheels, front and rear heated seats, a Nuance leather upholstery, and a Bose® seven-speaker audio system.

The 2001 Yukon Denali redesign saw the introduction of the iconic honeycomb grille which later became synonymous with the Denali. 2002 brought the genesis of the GMC Sierra, which was the second model added to the Denali name. 2011 brought along the Acadia, the Terrain emerged in 2013, and in 2016 the Canyon was introduced.

Denali models now carry a wide range of attractive features. Noise cancellation, aluminum trim and wheels, and stitching and trim details which are unique to GMC now come standard with the Denali. 20 years of excellence have made the Denali one of the most refined and luxurious truck and SUV trims on the market.

Experience the Denali for yourself when you stop by one of our Motor Inn locations in Estherville, IA, or Knoxville, IA, to test-drive a Yukon or Sierra version of this offering.

Development of New Toyota Human-Assist Robots

Toyota Develops New Human-Assist Robots | Carroll IA

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has been working tirelessly on the development of new human-assist robots. These robots will be designed to help humans with basic daily tasks such as cleaning, folding laundry, and putting away groceries. The advancements Toyota plans on making with these new robots could revolutionize convenience and independence in humanity.

The TRI has been developing a robot specifically built for loading a dishwasher. Using stereo-cameras placed around the sink, the robot can develop a deep algorithm which enables it to identify the objects in the sink and if they must be loaded into the dishwasher.

The possibilities offered by the existence of human-assist robots are endless. Advancements like this can make things much easier on the elderly or the disabled, who can enjoy greater independence in their daily routines.

Toyota is taking painstaking measures to certify that its robots are as accurate and safe as possible. With enough progress and development, the TRI is hoping this technology can soon be applied in the field of self-driving cars.

For more information on the brand’s human-assist robots, or to find out more about the 2020 Toyota lineup, visit us here at Motor Inn of Carroll.

The GMC CarbonPro Bed Successfully Passed a Gauntlet of Tests

GMC CarbonPro Bed | Motor Inn | Estherville, IA & Knoxville, IA

For pickup drivers, long-term durability is one of the most significant indicators of overall quality. Because pickup drivers submit their vehicles to some of the most demanding driving of all, they absolutely need every component of their truck to last, even under extreme conditions. To this end, GM has introduced the all-new GMC CarbonPro bed, raising the bar for durability within the truck segment.

The CarbonPro box boasts high-strength and low-weight carbon fiber composite materials for added strength and rigidity and reduced weight. The result is the most rugged pickup box available on the market.

GM performed a number of extreme tests on the CarbonPro box during development. Researchers dropped cinder blocks onto the box from an elevation and unloaded 1,800 pounds of gravel into the bed. They even filled the box with water-filled steel drum barrels weighing 450 pounds each.

Carbon fiber is naturally corrosion-resistant, but GM tested out the corrosion-resistance of the CarbonPro bed nonetheless. Researchers exposed it to extreme temperatures and subjected it to the most drastic climates in North America.

Finally, GM tested the CarbonPro bed’s resilience by driving a snowmobile with metal studs into the bed. The result? You guessed it: the all-new CarbonPro bed took it in stride.

Experience the GMC CarbonPro bed for yourself when you stop by one of our Motor Inn locations in Estherville, IA, or Knoxville, IA.