2015 Toyota Corolla: “The quintessential economy car”

2015 Toyota Corolla ExteriorLast year, Toyota did a full remodel on the ever popular Corolla. It’s hard to improve on a model that’s been in production for over 40 years, but Toyota of course is built on continuous improvement. This year, the 2015 Toyota Corolla added a standard Driver Convenience package (including a moonroof, Smart Key and Entune) to all of the premium sub-trim models (LE, S and LE Eco Premium).

Edmunds.com recommends the 2015 Toyota Corolla, saying, “its sensible blend of fuel economy, features, versatility and value make it a compelling choice for typical small sedan shoppers.”

US News & World Report ranked the 2015 Toyota Corolla 20 out of 38 Affordable Small Cars and likes its fuel economy for commuters in particular, at EPA-estimated 29/38 mpg city/highway.

The 2015 Toyota Corolla also gets a nod from kbb.com, who says, “If you have fond memories of driving reliable Corollas of the past, the 4-door 2015 Toyota Corolla will likely continue the trend. It’s the kind of car you can drive long after the last payment and then hand down to your kids with confidence.”

Edmunds also says, “This is the quintessential economy car. It’s small, inexpensive, fuel-efficient and reliable. Put gas in it, give it the occasional oil change and it will provide dependable transportation well past the 100,000-mile mark. That’s why it’s typical for more than 200,000 Americans, from high schoolers to retirees, to buy Corollas every year.”

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See the design history of the Toyota Corolla at www.toyota-global.com

Was your first car a Toyota Corolla? You might recall some of the models pictured in this design history from www.toyota-global.com.  Go ahead, take a drive down memory lane! Then stop in at Hoffman Toyota and take a new 2015 Toyota Corolla for a spin.

2015 Lincoln MKC: A Brand New Luxury Crossover

“I’ve been driving a Lincoln since long before anybody paid me to drive one.” – Matthew McConaughey

Have you seen the cool new commercials for the all new 2015 Lincoln MKC starring Matthew McConaughey? They’re pretty good at pulling you in to this beauty of a new SUV crossover. Edmunds.com calls the new Lincoln MKC “stylish and nimble-handling” and concludes “it’s a smart choice.” Let us tell you why.

2015 Lincoln MKC Select CTThe MKC is based on the Ford Escape platform, but it sure doesn’t look anything like a Ford Escape. We think it looks more like the popular Audi Q5. But this crossover is all Lincoln and a great vehicle in its own right.

The new Lincoln MKC has a 2.0-liter engine with four cylinders, producing 240 horsepower. Want it turbocharged? Get the upgrade to a 2.3-liter turbo that delivers 285 horsepower and an impressive 305 lb-ft of torque! Motortrend.com associate editor Christian Seabaugh says, “This 2.3 motor is potent as hell. The AWD MKC is really quick, really torquey, and real confidence-inspiring. Feels more Focus ST than Escape Titanium.”

Edmunds.com really likes the MKC, too, saying, “The MKC drives more like a sporty hatchback on its tiptoes than a nearly 2-ton crossover SUV…The MKC’s cabin also pleases with its tasteful wood accents and sleek, high-tech dashboard.”

If you have kids who are becoming drivers themselves, you’ll also be interested in the standard MyKey feature in the Lincoln MKC. You can set electronic parameters (including speed) for your teen drivers, and feel comforted by the MKC’s other safety options including spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and frontal collision warning system with emergency brake priming.

Thecarconnection.com has this to say about the new Lincoln MKC: “At the base level, the 2015 Lincoln MKC Premiere includes power heated driver’s and passenger’s seats; the MyLincoln Touch system with an eight-inch screen, a media hub with two USB ports, an SD card reader, and RCA input; keyless entry and push-button start; cruise control; active noise control; the programmable MyKey system; speed-sensitive intermittent wipers; remote start; HID headlamps; reverse sensors; heated mirrors; and many more features that solidly place it in the luxury category….There’s some good value here…”

Some stop by Hoffman Lincoln and take a test drive. All right, all right, all right!



CT International Auto Show comes to Hartford

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from http://connautoshow.com

The Connecticut International Auto Show rolls into Hartford’s Convention Center on November 21, 2014. Running Friday through Sunday, it’s a great destination for “gear heads” of course, but also for families looking for some car-related fun.

There will be NASCAR simulators as well as a remote control race track for the kids – and any adults who want to muscle their way in?

The auto show will also feature a classic car showcase, sponsored by Klingberg Family Centers. There will be some antique cars at the show of course, too. A 1902 Ford Model A, Ford’s first production car, will be there along with a 1906 Reo Model B Roadster, with a folding rear seats.

For those who have a need for speed and motors that make a statement, there will be a Muscle Madness Showcase.

Make sure you visit the Fan Zone, and get yourself registered for the gas for life contest!

New Car Models on Display

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2015 Ford Edge, 2015 Ford Focus and 2015 Ford F-150


2015 Honda Fit, 2015 Honda CRV2015 Honda Civic2015 Honda Accord Sedan2015 Honda Accord Coupe


2015 Scion X8, 2015 Scion XD, 2015 Scion TC, 2015 Scion IQ, and 2015 Scion FRS

2015 Nissan Leaf S

2015 Nissan Leaf S


2015 Nissan Altima, 2015 Nissan Leaf S, 2015 Nissan NV2500, 2015 Nissan Sentra2015 Nissan Versa Note2015 Nissan Versa Sedan, 2015 Nissan Maxima

Auto Show Hours:

Friday, November 21: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday, November 22: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, November 23: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tickets are $10  for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12.

Buy Auto Show Tickets Here

New 2015 Porsche Cayenne S: Faster & More Fuel Efficient with Turbo

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Powerful V6 Turbo

The new 2015 Porsche Cayenne S has arrived at Hoffman Porsche, featuring increased performance and better fuel efficiency. Don’t let the replacement of the old V-8 engine with a smaller, 3.6-liter V-6 trick you into thinking this new Cayenne sacrifices any power. In fact, the new V6 turbo gets 420 horsepower when the 8-cylinder engine only got 400.

2015 Porsche Cayenne SUV CT

from Porsche.com

Indeed, autoblog.com has this to say about the new Cayenne: “The smaller turbocharged V6 packs a winning punch with its urgent torque and ballsy thrust. With power output that surpasses that of the first-gen Cayenne Turbo, the new S appeals less to utility seekers and more to bona-fide drivers making the leap into an SUV, especially one that handles like something half its size.”

We spoke with Ric Nanni in Porsche Sales. who tells us the 2015 Porsche Cayenne will probably get at least 3 more MPGs than last year’s model, too.

Hoffman Porsche Ric Nanni

Ric Nanni of Hoffman Porsche

Aggressive Exterior Styling

“The front end is different, with the hood running along the fender line rather than it coming in,” Ric tells us. “The rear bumper is smoothed out and the cut in the rear lenses is new as well. I really like the visual exhaust note in the back – the exhaust pipes extend about another three inches on both sides, which makes the car look a bit wider and gives it more visual impact.”

Other exterior changes include a more pronounced grille. “I think it looks more like the outgoing Cayenne GTS that everyone liked so much,” says Ric. There are some new colors for the 2015 Porsche Cayenne as well, including Carrara White, Moonlight Blue Metallic, and Peridot Metallic.

Topspeed.com likes the new appearance, too, saying “a set of revised fog lamps mounted in the redesigned lower apron enhance the Cayenne’s new aggressive appearance even more…When paired to the standard eight-speed, Tiptronic S transmission, the Cayenne S needs just 5.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph, making it nearly half a second faster than the previous Cayenne S.”

2015 Porsche Cayenne CT

from Porsche.com

Ric has also had the pleasure of taking the new 2015 Porsche Cayenne for a test drive, and seems impressed with its handling. “Porsche changed the suspension slightly, with new bushings that have smoothed out the ride so it’s even better than before over road irregularities,” he notes. “There’s also smoother delivery of power in the upper RPM ranges.”

Interior Features

“The new steering wheel is really sporty, with multi-function (stereo and nav controls) and paddle shift sportwheel all in one,” explains Ric. “It’s based on the 918 Spyder’s wheel. Then there’s the Sport Chrono package that gives you the clock/stopwatch feature on the dash and a sport button for better throttle response. For back seat passengers, I really like how they’ve made the rear seats more bolstered and independent now, too.”

interior 2015 Porsche Cayenne CT

from Porsche.com

So, you’re still reading our post about this great new Porsche SUV. Why not head into Hoffman Porsche and take one for a test drive instead? We’ll be on the lookout for you!


Hoffman Auto Group joins the fun at Fidelco’s Comedy Night in Hartford

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation hosted it’s first annual Comedy Night on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Society Room in Hartford. The evening was a fantastic success with over 115 attendees who enjoyed connecting with representatives from Fidelco as well as several guide dogs and an adorable puppy in training. Attendees bid on silent auction items including everything from kayaks to jewelry and gift certificates to tequila. Hoffman Auto Group provided a vehicle for the weekend certificate in the auction. The Fidelco team was pleased to report that all auction items were successfully sold – this is a tremendous support for Fidelco!

The highlight of the evening, if seeing the friendly and loyal guide dogs isn’t enough, was the laughter resulting from the comedy provided by Alex Reymundo. Alex brought his 20 years of comedic talent and charm to the stage, poking fun at his own life experiences and family matters while also directing a few jabs into the audience to keep everyone on their toes.


Alex Reymundo – www.alexreymundo.com Photo courtesy of Fidelco.

Hoffman Auto Group is proud to continue supporting the mission of Fidelco of providing highly trained guide dogs to blind clients, enabling them to live independent and successful lives. Eliot Russman, Fidelco’s CEO, shares “We hear from our clients that, living in a world that presumes the ability of everyone to see, advancing confidently as a blind person can be more of a chore than challenge. They tell us about the many dangerous obstacles they encounter more often than their confident successes.” He continues, “That is, until they pick up their first guide dog’s harness. Then confidence is matched with direction and dreams become achievable endeavors. The all-too-common limitations and barriers to a life fulfilled simply fade away.”


Eliot Russman, CEO of Fidelco; Susan Lane, Reputation Management & Social Media Specialist, Hoffman Auto Group; and, Christan Miller, Director of Marketing & Communications, Hoffman Auto Group


Doug Nelson, VP & Director of Development, Fidelco; Susan Greer, Associate Director of Development, Fidelco; and, Fidelco client, Dave Beaupre with his guide dog, “Grissom”


We encourage you to visit Fidelco.org to learn more about the fantastic mission and success of the organization. See how you can get involved and enrich the lives of so many people who benefit from the partnership of a guide dog.


Susan Lane, Hoffman Auto Group; Doug Nelson, Fidelco; and, Christan Miller, Hoffman Auto Group

There is an upcoming opportunity to learn more and show your support on Friday, November 14. The Hartford Metro Alliance is hosting “The Heart of Leadership” at the Hartford Hilton. Attendees will have a heartwarming and informative opportunity to hear from well-respected US Veteran, Lt. Brad Snyder who is also a Fidelco client, partnered with his loyal guide dog, “Gizzy.” Enjoy the conversation he will have with CEO of Aetna, Mark Bertolini about how their lives were impacted due to tragic accidents and their resulting commitment to reaching others with their stories and successful partnership with Fidelco. This is an event you will not want to miss this! RSVP here by Tuesday, November 11, 2014.