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This year’s Julien Dubuque International Film Festival fundraising gala will be a groovy good time. “Peace, Love & JDIFF,” a nod to the late 1960s and early 1970s, is set for Saturday, Feb. 8. The fourth annual event will be held at a new venue this year, the Hotel Julien Dubuque Grande Ballroom. It will feature a silent and live auction, as well as a plated dinner. Cocktail hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m., and dinner begins at 7. The suggested attire is funky, colorful, and fun – reminiscent of Woodstock era. “Who says fundraising events have to be stuffy and formal?” said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. “We want this event to capture the spirit of the festival itself: casual, unexpected, and [...]

Encore GX is Buick’s Newest Crossover

Encore GX set to arrive at Runde Auto Group in Spring 2020
The Buick Encore GX, set to arrive at Runde Auto Group this spring, is a new crossover model with a familiar name. It is the Buick version of the upcoming all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer, its size slotted between the smaller Encore and larger Envision. It will come in three trim levels, the base level Preferred, mid-level Select, and top tier Essence, with the Base level starting at $25,095 and the top tier starting at $29,495. A turbocharged 1.2-liter three cylinder engine that produces 137 horsepower is standard on all FWD models. An available AWD model comes with a 155-horsepower turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder. The Encore GX offers flexible seating for up [...]

Chrysler Voyager: A Budget-Friendly Minivan

The All-New Chrysler Voyager
Chrysler Voyager Sideview
Runde Auto Group awaits arrival of the new Chrysler Voyager Searching for the perfect budget-friendly family vehicle? Look no further than the 2020 Chrysler Voyager. The Chrysler Voyager, which will arrive at Runde Auto Group this year, replaces the Chrysler Pacifica L and LX models. It offers seven-passenger seating with a starting MSRP of $26,985, making it a minivan with unbeatable value. There is plenty of room for people and cargo with available second-row quad seats, available second-row storage bins, and third-row Stow ‘N Go seating. The vehicle comes standard with six speakers and Active Noise cancellation, as well as a 3.5-inch digital information display, and [...]
The next-generation of the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL will arrive at Runde Auto Group in Platteville this summer. Bigger and bolder than ever, the new 2021 GMC Yukon will come in SLE, SLT, and Denali trims – and now the first-ever Yukon AT4 (available in late summer 2020)! It will deliver best-in-class 420 horsepower with the new available 6.2L V8 engine (standard on Denali). The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission offering 460 lb-ft of torque. You will be riding on a cloud with the all-new available Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, which optimizes ride height and [...]
  The Chevrolet Trailblazer will be re-incarnated this spring. The mid-size SUV that was popular in the early 2000s is back with an all-new design for the 2021 model year. Size-wise, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer will fill a slot between the larger Chevrolet Equinox and the smaller Chevrolet Trax. It’s starting MSRP will be under $20,000. The vehicle features sporty, youthful features like a two-tone roof, taut bodyside lines, a sleek roofline, and a bold hood shape. The Trailblazer’s RS trim level features a black Chevy bowtie and a performance-inspired mesh grille. The ACTIV trim has a larger opening on the dual-port grille [...]
No adventure is too big for the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4! The all-new vehicle, which will be available at Runde Auto Group later this year, is a mid-size truck with offroad appeal. “This is a truck created with outdoor adventurers in mind,” said Duncan Aldred, in a press release. “The Canyon AT4 is a perfect complement to the driver’s other passions and appreciation of the details, whether that’s a mountain bike, a snowboard or their truck.” The truck’s bold exterior design, which features dark chrome finishes, a larger grille design, and red recovery hooks, is complemented with GMC’s premium details inside and out. Each Canyon AT4 comes standard with features ready for your active lifestyle: 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires fitted to 17-inch aluminum wheels, off-road tuned suspension with an [...]

2021 Suburban & Tahoe: New Look, Long History

Dubuque Area Chevrolet Dealer
                Runde Chevrolet near Dubuque is anxiously awaiting the newest generation of full-size SUV’s from Chevrolet.  The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, iconic SUVs that offer a perfect combination of class, comfort, and cargo room, will debut a new look in the 2021 model year. The Tahoe is America’s best-selling full-size SUV, while the Suburban is the longest-running nameplate in automotive history at 85 years. “There are no vehicles like the 2021 Suburban & Tahoe – which have starred in Hollywood movies, carried military heroes and world leaders, and helped create countless family memories,” said Barry Engle, executive vice president and president, General Motors North America, in a press release. “We’ve taken what people love about these pioneering SUVs and made them even better – adding more room for people and cargo, more advanced technology and an unrivaled driving experience.” The SUV siblings’ refresh includes more cargo room and [...]
Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award Winners Kelley Blue Book recently announced the winners of its sixth annual Best Buy Awards! In naming the winning vehicles, they look for “the best combination of quality, comfort, driving dynamics, dependability, low ownership costs and affordability,” according to KBB’s website. Here are the winners we have in stock at Runde Auto Group:   Full Size Pickup Truck: 2020 Ford F-150 This is the sixth time the Ford F-150 has been named among the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award Winners! Items noted by KBB include: Choice of six engines, including diesel Best-in-class payload capacity Rated [...]
Help Runde Auto Group win the Best Fest Competition’s Best Car/Truck Dealership and Best Place for Auto Repair in the Tri-States AGAIN by voting this year! Best Fest is an annual benefit that supports Hospice of Dubuque. It encourages the community to vote for their favorite Dubuque-area products, services, food, entertainment, and more. There is a limit of one entry per person, and you must fill out at least 40 categories to complete the ballot. You will receive a confirmation email where you must click a link to validate your entry. Ballots must be submitted and validated by 5 p.m. Friday, January 24.  VOTE NOW Winners will showcase their offerings at the annual Best Fest celebration, Thursday, March 26, at the Grand River Center. Tickets go on sale on February 10 at Hospice of [...]
Runde Chevrolet – Proud Dubuque Event Sponsor This year marks the 25th year of Reflections in the Park – Hillcrest Lights Festival! The event, which raises funds for Hillcrest Family Services, runs through Jan. 4, 2020. It is open 5-10 p.m. daily at Louis Murphy Park in Dubuque. The price is $10 per vehicle at the gate. Don’t miss the Runde Auto Group Silverado display!  Runde Chevrolet is proud to be a sponsor again for this event. Santa will be on hand every Monday in December before Christmas between 5 and 8 p.m. to distribute candy to the youngsters. Dog treats will also be given to canine visitors. Last year, Reflections in the Park was a record-setting event, raising [...]
The 2021 Mustang Mach-E is the Future of Transportation The newest member of the Ford Mustang family is not a sports car, but an all-electric SUV. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, expected to hit showrooms in late 2020, combines the spirit of the Mustang with the future of electric vehicle technology. “At the first-ever Detroit auto show, Henry Ford said he was working on something that would strike like forked lightning,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company, in a press release. “That was the Model T. Today, the Ford Motor Company is proud to unveil a car that strikes like forked lightning all over again. The all-new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s freedom. For a new generation of Mustang owners.” The [...]
Runde Auto Group in Manchester, IA welcomes its new GM   Runde Auto Group of Manchester is excited to introduce Joe Haverland, the new general manager of Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester, Iowa! Raised in “the flats” of East Dubuque, IL, Joe has lived in the Dubuque/Key West area for 30 years. Before he joined the Runde Auto Group of Manchester sales staff, Joe spent 18 years in text book publishing, and 13 years as Sales Manager in that industry. After that, he spent 8 years as the Sales Manager for Rainbo Oil Company. “In my many years of selling and sales management, I can say with confidence that the Runde Auto Group philosophy of sales is truly unique,” Joe said. “I like the no pressure, no haggle ideology that has been employed as long as I’ve been buying cars at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque. My second car was purchased from [...]
You don’t have to wait until Black Friday to get a great deal on a vehicle at Runde Auto Group – our savings are happening all month long. Here’s a look at some of the offers available at our dealerships until Dec. 2, 2019:   Chevrolet Chevrolet is offering great deals on Silverados – with their standalone offers combined with Runde pricing, you can save up to 26% on a 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 Dbl Cab! Looking for a crew cab? Save up to 24% on a 2019 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab! Now is the time to shop remaining 2019s with their deep discounts, including up to 23% off 2019 Chevrolet Impalas (yes, we still have them!), up to 24% off 2019 Chevrolet Equinox (ONE LEFT!), up to 18% off 2020 Chevy Equinox, up to 24% off 2019 Chevy Cruzes, and [...]
2020 Ford Escape Now Available at Runde Ford in Manchester, IA VIEW INVENTORY It’s always an exciting time of the year at Runde Ford when the next model year vehicles begin to arrive and are unloaded from vehicle transports.  This year the Runde Ford sales staff has been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next generation Ford Escape.  You may not recognize the all-new 2020 Ford Escape because of the recent makeover!  While it’s not a complete departure from the overall statement of the previous body style, the new design is definitely a fresh looking vehicle that’s very easy on the eyes. the 2020 Escape has a new sloped roofline, refreshed grille, and optimized liftgate spoiler – all creating the most aerodynamic Escape to date. [...]
Vintage green Ford Bronco
Runde Ford in Manchester Awaits the All-New Ford Bronco The All-New Ford Bronco’s world premiere will be in the spring of 2020! With today’s announcement, Ford debuted a new bucking horse logo for the Bronco. Check out the evolution of the logo through the years on this Ford.com future vehicles page. Introduced in 1966, the Ford Bronco was the world’s first SUV.  A lot of us remember the Bronco and the Bronco II.   Two door SUV’s like the Bronco and the K5 Chevy Blazer were eventually phased out by the demand for 4-door SUV’s as the Sport Utility became a popular mode of transportation by urban and suburban families.  The Bronco was eventually replaced altogether by the Ford Expedition, which is still quite popular today. Since the unveil isn’t until the spring of 2020, it’s still not [...]
Winter has arrived a bit early this year! Since we’ve already seen treacherous winter road conditions and it’s not even December yet, we’d like to provide you with a few links to keep handy this winter to track current road conditions in the Dubuque area:   Iowa DOT Wisconsin DOT Illinois DOT   From everyone at Runde Auto Group, we like to remind you to drive safely this winter.  Gauge the Winter road conditions before heading to your destination and drive accordingly!

Trick-or-Treating Times and Tri-States Halloween Happenings

Trick-or-Treating Times, Parades & Other Events
We at Runde Auto Group love to celebrate Halloween and we’re sure that you do too.  If you have a Halloween event or local trick-or-treating times you’d like added to this list, send the information to Amanda at amunger@rundeautogroup.com!   ASBURY Trick-or-Treating 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thurs, Oct. 31 — CASCADE, IA Trick-or-Treating 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thurs, Oct. 31 — CUBA CITY, WI Trick-or-Treating 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thurs, Oct. 31 — DICKEYVILLE, WI Trick-or-Treating 5:30-7 p.m. Thurs, Oct. 31 — DUBUQUE, IA Trunk or Treat 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs, Oct. 24 Dubuque County Fairgrounds $1 per person   Dubuque Halloween Parade 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 on Main [...]

The 2020 Ford Expedition Inspires Dr. Pepper’s 15-Pack

Ford's Largest SUV, the vehicle comes standard with 15 cupholders.
You will never be in search of a cupholder in the 2020 Ford Expedition. Ford’s largest SUV, the Expedition comes with 15 cupholders standard! What’s one to do with all that space? Dr. Pepper has a solution. The soda company has released a limited edition 15-pack inspired by the vehicle’s new “Built to Be a Better Big” advertising campaign. “We’re solving one of Expedition’s last unsolved big customer needs – what to do with 15 cupholders,” said Adam Longarzo, Ford Expedition consumer marketing manager in a press release. “We’ve teamed up with Dr Pepper to create a 15-pack that puts a drink in each holder and highlights another reason why this is a ‘better big’ vehicle.”   Ford and Dr Pepper will give away [...]

Tell Us Who You Drive For

Chevrolet's #IDriveFor Campaign Supports the American Cancer Society
Please take a moment to tell us who you drive for.  Chevrolet’s supporting the American Cancer Society again with their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign is back for the ninth year to help finish the fight against breast cancer! Runde Chevrolet is proud to once again participate in this important program. Runde Auto Group wants to know who you drive for? Join Chevrolet and #TeamRunde in the fight against breast cancer this October! For every post on Twitter or Instagram that uses the hashtag #IDriveFor October 1-31, Chevrolet will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society (up to $340,000)! Over $12 million has been contributed to the American Cancer Society since the start of this program in 2011. So please tell us who you drive for.
Chevrolet Dealer near Dubuque awaits arrival of Amazon’s Alexa   You may soon have a new passenger in your vehicle: Amazon’s Alexa. GM will make Amazon’s Alexa available on model year 2018 and newer cars, trucks, and crossovers with compatible infotainment systems. “Customers already love using Alexa at home, and soon they can bring her with them on the go, whether they’re looking for a new car or own a compatible Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicle already on the road,” said Ned Curic, VP of Alexa Auto at Amazon, in a press release. “We’re thrilled to be working with GM to help their customers stay more connected, more entertained, and more productive.” Runde Auto Group is also excited about this news as enhanced voice technology [...]
Matt Gil
Used Car Dealership Near Dubuque adds Outgoing, Energetic Salesman   Please join us in welcoming Matt Gil to the sales staff of Runde PreDriven! Matt has had a variety of experience in sales, as well as operations and project management. He also has served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Elgin, IA! Matt Gil is originally from Idaho and he has also lived in Cameron, WI and Elgin, IA.  He now resides in Platteville, WI. He is excited to work with customers from all walks of life at Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green. “We are selling a product that has such a high level of emotion and excitement surrounding it,” he said. “We have the opportunity to sell a young person their first car, to sell someone a tool that they [...]
Tire Rebate
Need new tires near Dubuque?  Now is the time!  We’re having a Tire Sale!   Runde Auto Group is currently having a tire sale.  Get up to a $200 mail-in rebate on a set of four tires from Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Hankook, or Pirelli when purchased with a GM or BuyPower Card! Or you can get a $100 mail-in rebate with any other form of payment. Don’t have a GM or BuyPower Card? You can apply for one here. Credit approval is required and terms and conditions apply. Stop in to Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque or Runde GMC in Platteville for details about the tire sale and to pick up a rebate form.  Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of the rebate debit card. Or you can check out the links below for [...]
Chevrolet Bolt Dealers excited about improved fuel range The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt will offer an impressive EPA-estimated 259 miles of range on a full charge! This is an increase of 21 miles over the previous model years.  Dealers and customers alike are excited about this news. “The new Bolt EV set the benchmark for long-range, affordable electric vehicles, and we’re excited to raise the bar by offering nearly 10 percent more EPA-estimated range for the 2020 model year,” said Tim Grewe, director of Global Battery Cell Engineering and Strategy, in a press release. “At Chevrolet we’re constantly listening to customer feedback and we heard the desire for more range. The team worked diligently to find ways to improve battery energy, giving customers the confidence to go more than the extra mile.” To accomplish this goal, Chevrolet’s battery engineering team improved the energy of the cell electrodes by making changes to the cell chemistry. That way [...]

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Pricing Announced

Mid-engine sports car starts at $59,995
2020 Chevrolet Corvettes Arriving Soon at Runde’s near Dubuque Chevrolet has announced pricing on the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray! This mid-engine sports car, which is capable of 194 mpg top track speed, can be purchased for starting at $59,995.  Of course most Corvettes that are built will exceed that base level price.  If fact, GM has gone as far to say that if they produce a $59,995 Corvette, they will actually lose money on the car, but they wanted the car to come in at a price point that would attract enthusiasts from all ages and all walks of life. “Most people thought when we moved the Corvette to mid-engine it would no longer be attainable, but we knew we couldn’t mess with a winning formula and the 2020 Corvette Stingray proves [...]
Brandon Goranson, a technician at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester, recently completed his Ford Senior Master Tech certification ? You’re probably saying to yourself, “Well don’t all repair shops have trained mechanics?  Doesn’t that place down the street advertise having ASE certified mechanics?” Well let’s briefly examine what ASE certified means.  In a nutshell it means that a mechanic takes courses at a local college or community college and takes a test. The Senior Master Technician title is strictly for techs who have gone to the greatest lengths of the Ford Training Curriculum. Since the title of Master Tech was first introduced in 1999, only a relatively small number of technicians have actually achieved this level of accomplishment. To reach the Ford Master Technician level, a mechanic is required to complete hundreds of hours of school, pass many certification exams and be a Ford Technician for at [...]
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