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Cars in the Community - Pink Campaign 2016

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Every October, Smail donates to local charities to fund research, raise awareness and fight for a cure for breast cancer. This year we had the pleasure of working with The Pink Pamper​, Westmoreland Walks, Inc.​, Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital​, and Magee - Womens Hospital of UPMC​. Watch our video to hear more about their stories and learn ways to help these worthy causes. 

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Preview the 2016 North American Auto Show

Acura will unveil the Precision Concept at the 2016 North American Auto Show

    The North American Auto Show's Press Preview will begin Jan. 12, 2016 in Detroit.

    Each year, manufacturers head to Michigan to debut new models to the industry and to the public.

    This year, the show's main focus will be on luxury vehicles and crossovers.

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Orange is the New Black... Kind Of

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    People often associate the color orange with Halloween. But, some drivers love the pumpkin-hue all year long.

    A once-popular car color in the '70s, orange vehicles took a hiatus from lots until about 10 years ago. (The Wall Street Journal)

    Now, the color continues to gain steam in a number of industries.

    "Is orange the new black? Well, sort of.

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The MVPs of the Tailgate

    Football season is here, the Pirates are going to the postseason and all seems right with the world. And, with these outdoor sporting events, comes pre-game celebration: Tailgate parties.

    "Like jazz and blue jeans, tailgating was born in the USA. The earliest example of tailgating at a sporting event took place in 1869 at a football game between Rutgers and Princeton, just a few years before the advent of the automobile in the U.S. For those not familiar with the term, tailgating involves the consumption of food and beverages in the back of a parked vehicle. Usually there's music playing on the car stereo to buoy the mood. The venue is most often the parking lot of a stadium or arena, before or after a sports game or concert. To indulge in this uniquely American event, you'll need good eats, strong drinks and a properly equipped vehicle." (Edmunds)

    Wi-Fi hotspots, built-in glovebox coolers and in-cabin vacuums have made current lineups elite tailgating machines.

    We reviewed and compared some "best-of" lists and picked the best-of-the-best autos to take to your tailgate.

Honda Fit
Honda Fit
It may be considered a subcompact vehicle, but the Honda Fit has an "amazingly accommodating cabin." (Edmunds) Keep up with all your sports news with a four-speaker sound system, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.

 

Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5
"CX-5 is teeming with wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, HD radio, Pandora Internet radio and navigation system, pushbutton starter and three power outlets. The ample rear seating and up to 65.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats down aren't exactly throwaways, either, nor is the combined 30.5 miles per gallon." (The Street)



Honda Odyssey
Honda Odyssey
The Honda Odyssey, both Kelley Blue Book's "Best Buy" and also U.S. News' "Best Minivan for Families," houses an incredible interior feature. A vacuum. Messes happen. And they'll happen at a tailgate. But with the Odyssey, you can quickly sweep up the remains of a back-seat chip spill and keep on having fun.



Kia Soul
Kia Soul
"The Kia Soul's boxy design and large, airy cabin are great for tailgating. An available eight-speaker Infinity sound system with sharp sound quality and fun speaker lights keeps things festive." (Edmunds)



Ford F-150
Ford F-150
"The best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for more than three decades running is the tailgate wagon of choice for a whole lot of the nation's fans. After a big upgrade for 2015, however, it just got a lot better.

"Throw a spray-in bed liner in the back and a cap on any F-150, and you get a fairly ideal tailgate vehicle. Throw in electric outlets, under-seat storage in the cab, LED spotlights and tailgate step in the back and you have yourself a better seat in the parking lot than you will anywhere beyond the club seats and luxury boxes in the stadium itself." (The Street)

 

 


When it Comes to Manual Transmissions, These Cars Stand Out

    The manual transmission may be scarce but its not dead. Each year's clutch-count decreasing because people simply don't want to fuss with pedals and shifters.

    The people at Popular Mechanics, though, don't see the problem with a more captivating commute provided by a manual transmission.

    "Shifting a manual transmission is not only more engaging and fun than flicking some dainty little paddles, it also requires more skill and makes the driver a better one."

    While there are a few options on the market as far as cars that offer manual controls, three stand out among the rest.

 

Ford Focus RS manual transmission
"Ford's ultimate-performance Focus, the RS model, has eluded buyers here in the US for fifteen years. But for 2016, the rally-bred super hatch is no longer only for Europe. Even better news: This built-in-Germany monster with 315 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque will come only with a manual. That should keep this machine in the hands of those that appreciate its capabilities." (Popular Mechanics)

 

 

 

Civic Si manual transmission
"Next to the definition of 'smooth and zingy' is a picture of the Civic Si—well, in our dictionary, anyway. Available as a sedan or a coupe, each looks zestier than its non-Si counterparts, along with a high-revving, 205-hp four-cylinder engine that makes 174 lb-ft of torque. Equipped only with a six-speed manual, the Civic Si delivers lively acceleration, while its lowered suspension and sticky tires let it tackle corners with aplomb, making it the most fun-to-drive car Honda currently sells." (Car and Driver)

 

 

 

Mazda Miata manual transmission
"The Miata's sports car formula has lasted for more than a quarter century. The all-new 2016 model not only retains the easy-shifting and precise 6-speed manual transmission, but also elevates the entire Miata experience. It's still one of the best manual transmissions available on any car at any price." (Popular Mechanics)

 

 

 

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Great New Cars Less Than 20K

    Owning a vehicle comes with a hefty price tag no matter what your budget. But there's no need to sacrifice comfort, safety or style to secure a mode of transportation.

    There are great cars that won't obliterate your bank account and they're all priced below 20k.

Ford Focus. Cars under 20k. Smail Ford, Greensburg.
"The 2015 Ford Focus brings European design into Detroit showrooms. When shopping for new cars under $20,000 that are available in both hatchback and sedan form, the Ford Focus stands out. The Focus delivers exceptional handling for its price point, along with the availability of features like the Ford SYNC vehicle interface." (Autobytel)
 
 
Mazda3. Cars under 20k. Smail Mazda.
"...[The Mazda3] is a pint-sized performance car that just happens to be a practical economy car, too. The steering is sports-car precise, and the suspension does a great job of limiting body roll, resulting in an athletic feel that's unmatched in this class. Both available 4-cylinder engines are smooth and peppy, and both are great on gas, too." (Autotrader)
 
 
Kia Forte. Cars under 20k. Smail Kia. Serving Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Monroeville, Latrobe.
"Since arriving on U.S. shores back in 1991, Kia has rapidly evolved from a purveyor of bargain-basement econoboxes into a stylish and fully modern brand that can compete with the best the mainstream market has to offer. Perhaps no model is as emblematic of Kia's progress as the latest Forte, a compact sedan that combines the value for which the automaker has become known with an attention-grabbing exterior design and a high-quality cabin." (Left Lane News)
 
 
Honda Civic. Cars under 20k. Smail Honda Village.
"The 2015 Honda Civic meets and exceeds small-car buyer preferences for reliability, safety, fuel efficiency, quality, and value without so much as breathing hard. It’s everything you’d expect in a compact economy sedan, and so much more." (CarGurus)
 
 
Kia Soul. Cars under 20k. Smail Kia, Greensburg.
"[The Soul] gives Kia an injection of, well, soul to complement its reputation for building competent cars that pack plenty of value." (Edmunds)
 


Best Cars for the Money in 2013 by US News and World Report

2013-best-cars-us-newsUS News and World Report recently reported rankings and reviews of the Best Cars for the Money in 2013.  What stands out immediately is that Ford is dominant across the industry; thier Super Segment vehicles & F-Series trucks are all the segment leader or in the top 3.  In the Small and Medium Cars, Ford holds strong with the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion.

Here are some of the results:

  • Small Cars - #1 Honda Fit, #2 Ford Fiesta, #3 Ford Focus ---- that’s right Fiesta and Focus are both in the top 3!
  • Medium Cars - #1 Ford Fusion Hybrid, #2 Ford Fusion, #3 Toyota Camry Hybrid ---- and Camry (gas) & Accord ranked 8th & 9th!
  • Small Utility - #1 Ford Escape, #2 Mazda CX-5, #3 Chevy Equinox ----- Toyota RAV4 is #12
  • Full Size Truck - #1 Ford F-150, #2 Ram 1500, #3 GMC Sierra 1500 ---- Silverado is #4
  • Heavy Duty Trucks - #1 Ford Super Duty, #2 Silverado HD, #3 Ram Heavy Duty
  • Passenger Van - #1 Ford Transit Connect
  • Hybrid Cars - #1 Ford Fusion Hybrid, #2 Toyota Camry Hybrid

 Read the Full Article Here: http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Best-Cars-for-the-Money/

 


1 Millionth Ford Mustang Rolls of Line

The One Millionth Ford Mustang rolled off of the line as Ford celebrates 50 Years of the iconic nameplate.  Check out this video that shows the 1 Millionth Mustang and takes a look back over the past 50 years.

Are you ready to test drive a Ford Mustang?  Check out available Ford Mustangs in Greensburg at Smail Ford


New 2014 Ford Fiesta Makes Debut

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New Ford Fiesta bursts onto the scene with an impressive lineup of powertrain options anchored by the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine that delivers a thrill-packed ride with unrivaled 40 mpg-plus 

  • Fiesta is loaded with a dazzling array of features and technologies that proves small is smart
  • Personalization features and hot new color combinations make the 2014 Ford Fiesta – on sale next year – a car that not only revels in the spotlight, but demands it
  • Fiesta ST smokes the competition with the best performance in its class

Ford’s new Fiesta, which breaks cover at the Los Angeles Auto Show, will redefine the small car with a projected best 40 mpg-plus fuel economy rating, an exciting new look, and special features and technology that make it the most fun-to-drive car of its size.

 “Customers want cars that are expressive and fun while offering class-leading fuel economy,” says Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Fiesta delivers all the excitement drivers are looking for in a car we believe will raise the bar even higher for small cars in North America.
 
“Our goal with this Fiesta was to take a car that was already a leader in fuel efficiency, performance, connectivity and personality, and make it even better,” Fields adds.

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