Bismarck Motor Company wins Dealership Battle for the most toys collected
Also, for one week in November, Bismarck Motor Company donated $25 per vehicle sold to Toys for Tots, resulting in a $500 donation, along with all of the toys brought in by guests and employees.
New for 2015
The Rogue is still fresh off its 2014 redesign and as such remains virtually unchanged for the 2015 model year.
Just the Right Mix
It seems like the world is constantly shifting into higher gear; it’s not slowing down and neither are you. You’ve got places to go and things to get done. You can’t stop and smell the roses as much as you would like – or probably should – but that’s just the way it is. Naturally, you need a car that can help get the job done—whatever that job may be.
That’s where the 2015 Nissan Rogue comes in. Hot off the heels of last year’s redesign, the Rogue returns with its potent mix of power, versatility, comfort, and signature Nissan style.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2015 Nissan Rogue is motivated by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. It provides smooth and steady acceleration when you need it thanks to a optimized continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available.
Fuel economy has become increasingly important to drivers and Nissan recognizes this. That’s why the 2015 Rogue returns an excellent EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway) when paired with standard FWD.* Meanwhile, adding AWD nets 28 mpg combined (25 city/32 highway).*
Features and Trims
Buyers today want bang for their buck, and the 2015 Nissan Rogue is happy to oblige. It starts at $22,790** and is available in three trims: S, SV, and SL. We mentioned earlier the Rogue’s versatility and we weren’t blowing smoke up your tailpipe. While the Rogue comfortably seats five passengers, it can be outfitted to carry seven passengers (a rarity in the compact crossover segment), courtesy of an optional third row of seating.
Standard equipment for S models include, 17-inch wheels, LED running lights, keyless entry, cruise control, and air-conditioning with rear vents. Also standard are a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a nifty 40.20.30-split backseat that folds, slides, and reclines. Tech fans will also appreciate the Rogue’s standard five-inch color infotainment display, rearview camera, Bluetooth® connectivity, and four-speaker sound system.
The SV adds 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, roof rails, keyless ignition/entry, a six-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), dual-zone automatic climate control, NissanConnect smartphone app integration, and a six-speaker sound system.
The SL includes all of the SV’s features (where applicable) and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, heated mirrors, and a power liftgate. It features a number of creature comforts often found in luxury models, such as leather upholstery, heated front seats, 360-degree parking camera system, and larger seven-inch touchscreen display. A navigation system and an eight-speaker Bose® audio system with six-CD changes are also included.
Drivers can further outfit their Rogue with a number of optional packages. These include a Family package, which adds a third-row seat, rear privacy glass, and run-flat tires. A Premium package, which adds the SL’s standard navigation, bigger touchscreen, and Around View 360-degree camera, to name a few. And the SL Premium package, which features LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, and additional safety features.
We’re admittedly smitten by the 2015 Rogue’s dapper design. Here is a crossover SUV that exudes charisma, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s more eye-catching than ever before, with its sleek new suit and distinct V-shaped grille. Some polished brightwork surrounding the side windows add even more flair, while the premium-grade LED taillights add that extra touch of sophistication.
It’s not all superficial styling, though. Nissan has improved the Rogue’s aerodynamics, which contributes to overall better fuel economy than previous models. It’s the perfect example of form and function working together in harmony.
Step inside the cabin and the 2015 Rogue is equally easy on the eyes, thanks to an attractive and spacious interior that is both driver-focused and family friendly. Material quality is of particular note, with plenty of soft-touch surfaces. Leather upholstery can be had on SL model, too. And, of course, the Rogue offers plenty of passenger and cargo space, regardless of choosing two or three rows of seating.
The 2015 Nissan Rogues comes with a comprehensive safety suite that includes standard stability and traction control, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, a rearview camera, and hill-start assist.
The 2015 Nissan Rogue is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a confident and charismatic crossover SUV. The Rogue’s powerful mix of technology and strong fuel economy, coupled with its sleek styling, edge it past the competition—making it one of the most complete crossover SUVs on the market. Believe us when we say that this is one rogue you won’t mind embracing.
Schedule a test drive today by visiting or contacting our dealership.
*2015 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.
**All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license and options.
The previous generation Hyundai Sonata was a huge hit with consumers and critics thanks to its splendid style and exceptional performance. So designing a worthy successor was never going to be a mere formality. Nevertheless, the 2015 model is quickly earning accolades from fans and industry experts alike, and building upon everything that has come to define Hyundai’s popular sedan.
Recently, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata was singled out by Edmunds.com and named a Top Rated Vehicle by the respected automotive outlet. In addition to its refined styling and range of efficient powertrains, the 2015 Sonata was praised for its comprehensive suite of standard safety and convenience features.
The Sonata’s value is bolstered by its class-leading safety features, including lane departure warning and frontal collision warning systems,” said Scott Oldham, editor in chief, Edmunds.com in a press release. “Combined with its sophisticated design, refined ride and handling characteristics, and a great selection of powertrains, the Sonata really is everything you could want from a family sedan.”
Every year, the experts at Edmunds evaluate more than 200 new vehicles in 10 grueling categories. Each vehicle is driven on a standardized road-test loop and Edmunds’ test track for instrumented testing in controlled conditions. Editors’ time behind the wheel is used to develop ratings that grade how a car stacks up against its direct competitors, both in terms of size and price. After careful evaluation, each vehicle is given an overall score, and those that receive an “A” are named Edmunds’ Top Rated Vehicles.
“The Sonata was designed and engineered with safety and convenience at its core,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “By offering our accident prevention technologies as standard, we are continuing our dedication to best-in-class occupant safety. Similarly, by making features such as Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto available to consumers, the Sonata is one of the most family friendly cars on the road today.”
It looks like history is repeating itself again with the next-generation Hyundai Sonata already proving a top choice for industry experts. Of course, you don’t have to take their word for it, stop by or contact our dealership and test drive the 2015 Hyundai Sonata today.
Car maintenance becomes even more crucial during winter. Here are some maintenance tips to help you avoid winter mishaps.
Regular, routine maintenance. Some drivers falsely assume that once the heat of summer has ended, there's less of a need for routine maintenance. Cold weather can wreak havoc on a car's engine. Make sure you stay up-to-date on your car's maintenance. Check the vehicle's owner's manual and be sure to bring it into the dealer for regular tune-ups and oil changes. You'll also want to change air, fuel, positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system, and other filters to help your engine run more efficiently.
Proactive care. The winter's nice for sitting around a warm house, cozying up to loved ones, and watching holiday reruns. You may even fool yourself into thinking you don't need to be concerned with your vehicle's hard starting, rough idling, stalling, or diminished power. Get your car checked at the first sign of a problem or you might end up cozying up in the front seat of a tow truck with a complete stranger.
Winter precautions. Driving in the winter is tough enough. Driving with a dead battery is even tougher. Get your battery checked before you end up begging someone for a jump-start in a blizzard or rainstorm. It's also tough driving when you're shivering. Make sure the heater works. And while you're at it, get the defroster checked because it's really difficult to drive when you can't see the road, which is why you may want to invest in some new windshield wipers, too.
More winter precautions. Seeing the road is important, but so is being seen while you're on the road. Make sure your lights are functioning properly. Replace burnt-out bulbs immediately. That includes head lights, blinkers, brake lights, and any other illuminating indicator of your presence.
The exhaust system. Get the exhaust system checked. Winter driving often means driving with all the windows up for long periods. Faulty exhaust systems can result in deadly exhaust fumes in your vehicle. For your next tune-up, have the exhaust system inspected while on a lift. Also, be sure to inspect the trunk and floor boards for leaks.
Beyond car maintenance. Bringing your car in for winter maintenance should prevent common winter service mishaps, but it's also a wise decision to put a winter safety emergency kit in the vehicle. A kit should include extra boots, gloves, hats, and blankets. If you live in a snowy area, keep snow chains and some kitty litter in the trunk. And don't forget a flash light, some extra batteries, and a snack.
Maintenance needs increase as temperature decreses. Our service department is full of knowledgable technicians that can walk you through your winter service to get your car ready for the colder climate.
No pet owner likes to leave their beloved member of the family at home when traveling over a holiday. With a little preplanning, a road trip with your cat or dog won't turn into a stressed-out disaster for either one of you.
Holiday road trip comfort and pet safety
Always “test drive” your pet before embarking on a long road trip to test their tolerance level. If your vehicle is equipped with a pet barrier, be sure to use it. You don't want your animal roaming around the inside of the car and possibly causing an accident.
While not all dogs need to be confined to an appropriately-sized travel crate, all cats do. Pet safety is one consideration, but it's also a fact that cats are less stressed when they feel protected inside a carrier.
Bring along your dog's bed for added comfort. Your cat will be satisfied with a piece of soft clothing that you've worn lately and has your scent placed inside the crate.
Keep your pet occupied during the road trip
Pack their favorite toys and a few snacks. A quality chew toy will keep most dogs occupied for a long time. Along with old favorites, buy a new toy for added interest.
Cats that don't really like to travel in cars can be harder to keep occupied. If they like catnip, make sure they have a fresh catnip toy. For cats that really do hate to ride in cars and tell you so by crying for hours at a time, speak with your vet about using an herbal calming tincture that will safely calm them and promote sleep.
Make regular road trip rest stops
Your pet needs breaks on a long holiday road trip just as you do. To prevent any "accidents" inside your car, try to stop at least every two hours. Inside cats can be placed on a familiar harness and leash (train your cat before you leave home) to use the portable litter box you brought along.
Have your dog’s leash handy at all times. Should there be other dogs at the rest stop, and they appear friendly to each other, let them romp in a grassy area away from the parking lot. If not, stretch your legs with a 20 minute walk. This effort is an especially good investment for hyperactive dogs with a lot of energy.
Comfort your pet through communication
Just as you talk to your dog or cat when you're at home, keep the conversation going when you're in the car on a long holiday road trip. Animals find the voice of their owner soothing. Let other family members take a turn chatting away as well. Use your dog's name to get his attention and keep repeating it throughout the road trip so that he knows you're talking to him.
Stay overnight at a pet-friendly motel
Your cat or dog will feel insecure because they are away from their home, but if you find a motel with pet-friendly accommodations, this will help relieve a little of the stress. Playtime is important for relaxation and to promote a good night's sleep. Pet-friendly motels that attract dog owners usually have a play area where dogs can interact with each other and release pent-up frustration.
On the other hand, most cats appreciate a little playtime with familiar toys inside the room and will be content to inspect the room while being outside of their travel cage.
Ensuring pet comfort on a holiday road trip isn't as hard as you might think if you anticipate their needs before leaving home.
Quality traction is the key
Drivers who live in areas where winter brings a mixture of ice and snow covered roads should pay close attention to the tires on their car. Efficient traction becomes more important for safety when driving through bad weather conditions. Be aware of the pros/cons when comparing the use of winter tires versus all-wheel drive.
Benefits of winter snow tires
Consumer tire testing is frequently conducted in Scandinavian countries on test tracks that lie north of the Arctic Circle. If a winter tire product can perform well under those extreme conditions, experts agree that consumers should choose similar tires for added safety, especially if they drive through extreme winter weather conditions. While there are pros/cons for winter tires, the traction pros outweigh any cost-savings if you don't have them. When you suddenly find yourself sliding across a sheet of ice while driving, your car can stop up to a full car length sooner if you have winter tires than if you have all-season tires.
Pros/cons of all-wheel drive (AWD)
An AWD vehicle distributes more torque to tires and gives the most traction to all four wheels when needed. This means your tires slip less and your vehicle has better acceleration. This feature benefits performance and should not be confused with a safety feature. Many AWD drivers prefer the cost savings when using all-season tires during winter. What they don't realize is that an AWD vehicle might offer less chance of tire slippage when power is applied, but this feature can mask the seriousness of an icy surface. AWD owners often find themselves in ditches because they under-estimated the road's slippery conditions and their tires didn't have the traction needed to help.
Do I need winter tires if I have all-wheel drive?
If you drive your AWD through extreme winter weather, the answer is "yes." Winter driving safety is not determined by vehicle acceleration, but by the traction of your tires. The better traction you have, the shorter the stopping distance. Most consumers don't realize that tire grip is but one function when tire tread meets the road surface. Quality grip is determined by your tire tread rubber compound construction and how this material reacts during cold temperatures, wears with age, size of grooves in the tread, and tire air pressure when your AWD comes in contact with a patch of ice.
Quality traction should always be your priority when it comes to safety. Engine power needed to push through slippery roads won't give your vehicle any more "gripping" traction when you need it most.
December Birthdays and Anniversaries
Bismarck Motor Company:
Tommy Hager- December 2
Wayne Lepp- December 2
Nick Enninga- December 3
Tom Wolbaum- December 6
Brittany Renner- December 15
Chad Tabbert- December 15
Ken Quick- December 16
Jameson Heid- December 28
David Hanson- December 1
Bryen Schaefer- December 3
Jonathan Wolski- December 4
Brian Fried- December 6
Wade Huber- December 7
Wyatt Goldade- December 8
Nigel Frederick- December 12
Shane Hill- December 12
Jessica Moser- December 12
Keith Hoffert- December 12
Shane Dammous- December 14
Bryan Moe- December 16
Don Fox- December 18
John Grey- December 19
John Ringland- December 19
Christine Bechhold- December 24
Bismarck Motor Company:
Eric Stenson- 4 yrs.
Chad Tabbert- 1 yr.
Nick Enninga- 2 yrs.
Tracy Norton- December 1 (11 yrs.)
Nic Tank- December 4 (8 yrs.)
Terry Weszner- December 4 (14 yrs.)
Ryan Schulte- December 7 (3 yrs.)
Chris Buehner- December 13 (3 yrs.)
Paul Pfiefle- December 20 (3 yrs.)
Karen Rychlik- December 21 (22 yrs.)
Shawn Schulz- December 26 (20 yrs.)
Hairy Month Raises Money
Check out the "mo bros" from Bismarck Motor Company who grew for a cause.
These Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru employees were extra scruffy in November!
Current building progress
Keep up-to-date with what's happening with the all-new state-of-the-art Honda, Nissan & Volkswagen facilities. Click here for the most recent pictures! The new location, which will boast 12.5 acres to stock new and used vehicles, is at the intersection of Highway 83 and 57th Ave NE, north of Furniture Row.
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No doubt about it, creamy, spicy-sweet eggnog is a true American holiday classic. However, this descendant of posset, a hot British drink consisting of milk and eggs mixed with ale or wine, actually originated in England. In fact, the term "nog" comes from Old English slang for strong ale.
In old-time England, eggs and milk were delicacies. That, coupled with a lack of refrigeration options, meant that eggnog began as a drink of the upper class and included a range of spirits, including brandy, Madeira, or sherry.
Although rum is probably the most popular additive in present-day America, eggnog is often and easily tailored to local tastes. Hence, southerners often spike their nog with Kentucky bourbon, and brandy, whiskey, and even moonshine are also relatively common.
Of course, store-bought eggnog is readily available around the holidays, but this frothy, rich Christmas Eggnog is well worth the little bit of extra effort and is sure to get rave reviews. The custardy base takes less than a half-hour to prep and cook, but, for best results, you’ll want to refrigerate at least six hours prior to serving.
Total prep time: 6 hours, 28 minutes
Active time: 28 minutes
Inactive time: 6 hours
Yield or number served: 12
4 cups milk
5 whole cloves
2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
12 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups light rum
4 cups light cream
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
1. In a large saucepan, heat the milk, cloves, ½ teaspoon of the vanilla, and cinnamon on a low setting and slowly bring the mixture a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
2. Meanwhile, combine the egg yolks and sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk until fluffy.
3. Temper the eggs by slowly whisking a portion of the hot milk mixture into egg mixture, then whisk the egg-milk mixture into the milk mixture in the saucepan.
4. Place the mixture over medium-low heat and cook the mixture, stirring continuously, for about three minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Do not allow the mixture to come to a boil. Remove the mixture from the heat and strain it to remove the cloves. Let cool for approximately one hour.
5. When the mixture is completely cool, stir in the rum, cream, remaining 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight, or roughly 6 hours, before serving garnished with freshly grated nutmeg.