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Careers in Automotive

Interested in auto-related jobs? ADAMM website offers access to career opportunities Laid off from a dead-end job building silos, Roman Weninger went to work as an auto detailer. Thirty-two years later, after he’d moved up through the ranks to become president of 5 CORNERS Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Cedarburg, he suggested to his fellow Auto Dealer Association of Mega-Milwaukee board members that they should do more to let people know about auto industry careers. Toward that end, ADAMM has added a Careers section to its website where dealerships post listings for jobs in car maintenance, body work and...

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An upfront look at what’s in back

By DAVID THOME Special to ADAMM An upfront look at what’s in back Several sedans offer ample trunk space Pre-Owned Preview A look at some of today’s most popular and respected used cars Storage is a big deal, and some sedans have developed big reputations for the generous dimensions of the storage space commonly known as the trunk. Autobytel.com writer Benjamin Hunting notes that while big cars generally have the biggest trunks, some midsize and small cars “offer gaping cargo holds where one would expect only modest capacity.” Six 2013 and 2014 models with the largest trunks that rate...

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Cars influence truck innovations

By DAVID THOME Special to ADAMM Cars influence truck innovations Leather seats and sunroofs, features formerly reserved for cars, have made their way onto pickups — but technology developed for sedans also is being adapted to improve fuel efficiency on some of today’s pickups and give them even greater utility. A trunk? The Honda Ridgeline has that. An eight-speed transmission crafted for a sports car? That’s on GMC Sierra 1500 Denali. An engine that uses a 19th-century concept to boost the EPA ratings of gas/electric hybrids? That’s under the hood of the Toyota Tacoma. Experts from WILDE Honda, BOUCHER Cadillac Buick GMC of Waukesha and DON JACOBS Toyota of Milwaukee agree that these innovations illustrate how pickups can borrow from cars without losing their beefy appeal. • Honda Ridgeline lockable in-bed trunk The trunk has been a feature since the Ridgeline made its debut a decade ago, but several reviewers seem to have just discovered it when Honda introduced the radically updated 2017 model. “The best thing about the Ridgeline is the generous underfloor trunk,” Andy Mikonis writes for Tribune Newspapers. “It’s well-sealed, well-lit, washable, lockable and hidden under the bed floor.” Malcolm Gunn of Wheelbasebasemedia.com says the trunk is perfect for “stowing bulky valuables such as tools and groceries, and can function as an ice chest.” Mike Cornfield, Wilde’s new car manager, said the hubbub is surprising but,...

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Today’s minivans have maxi appeal

By KATHLEEN HOERSTEN QUIRK Special to ADAMM Anthony Weide says his wife swore she’d never drive a minivan. “She was forever the person who said /I’ll never get into a minivan.’ We have two young children – and two months ago she magically wanted a minivan,” he says. Weide, who is Kia sales manager at ROSEN Nissan Kia, says families like his are giving minivans another look as new designs, safety features and amenities become available. “The minivan isn’t exactly the boxy squared off vehicle anymore. They’re starting to make them more attractive so they can attract some of those people who’ve shied away from the minivan,” he says. When minivans first hit the market in the 1980s, they were an instant hit with families who were seeking space for both cargo and children. However, the minivans lost some traction over the years. That was partially because of the very “soccer mom” image that made them so practical in the first place, and partly because auto makers began offering an array of other types of vehicles that appealed to the same market – crossovers and SUVs of all sizes. A few manufacturers, like Ford and GM even pulled out of the minivan market, steering customers to those other options. Now minivans, which never really went away, are attracting new customers. Of the remaining group of minivans on the market,...

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