Today we say Farewell to a Super Soupy Guy

Soupy yeah

After 43 years in the auto busniess, today is the last day on the job for Dave “Soupy Sales” Smith.  We’d like to congratulate him on his new permanent weekend (a.k.a. retirement).  We’d also like to thank him for his 20 excellent years of service working in the Sales Department of the Runde PreDriven store.  He’s always been a class act and frankly he’s one of the best salesmen we’ve ever seen.
He says he’ll miss all of his loyal customers and it almost goes without saying that he’ll be just as missed by his co-workers here at Runde’s.
If you know Dave, give him a jingle to congratulate him.  Job Well Done Soup !!!

The C7 Vette becomes Indy’s Official Pace car for 2013′s race

carIndy fans get ready because the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been selected as the official pace car for this year’s Indianapolis 500. This will mark the 12th time the Corvette model has served as pace car for the grand-daddy of all races … and how appropriate since the Corvette is essentially a race car that’s designed for urban streets.  The exterior color for the pace car will be Laguna Blue Tintcoat and there will be no exterior mods to the car.

Jim Campbell, GM’s VP of performance vehicles had this to say about the selection, “It is an honor to help inaugurate the all-new Corvette Stingray at the hallowed Brickyard and further the legacy between Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500. The 2014 Corvette Stingray’s performance was influenced by racing, making this prestigious assignment even more fitting.”

We’ll all anticipate this years race and the cameo appearance of the new Stingray.   The pace Vette will undoubtedly compliment the Indy 500 like the bacony bacon bits on top of a big ol’ cobb salad … mmm, even better.

This year’s race is slated for Sunday, May 26th.


Chevrolet Cruze Diesel 46 MPG Sets Highway Fuel Economy Benchmark

We you aware that there was a diesel version of the popular Chevrolet Cruze and that it produced the following phenomenal results?

• Best Highway Fuel Economy of Any Non-Hybrid Passenger Car in America
• Can travel 700 highway miles on single tank

Dubuque Chevorlet Cruze

DETROIT (from – The new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, delivers an industry best EPA-estimated 46 MPG on the highway – better than any non-hybrid passenger car in America. It will be available in certain cities this spring and nationwide in early fall.

Equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, the latest addition to the Cruze powertrain family has an estimated range of 700 highway miles on one tank of diesel fuel based on the EPA highway estimate and the vehicle’s fuel tank capacity. That’s about 10 hours of highway driving.

“We harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market,” said Gary Altman, chief engineer, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. “The Cruze Diesel is the best diesel passenger car out there. Chevrolet is redefining the meaning of great fuel economy with this car.”

With a starting price of $25,695, including an $810 destination charge, the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is a better value than a similarly equipped VW Jetta TDI automatic. Compared with Jetta, the Cruze Diesel offers standard equipment including the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-appointed seating, a longer five-year 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a two-year maintenance plan.

Cruze Diesel also beats its rivals in performance with a segment-leading estimated 148 horsepower (110 kW) and estimated 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm), and can go 0-60 in about 8.6 seconds. Its advanced 2.0L turbo-diesel engine has an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) for short bursts of stronger acceleration when needed, such as entering freeway traffic.

The Cruze Diesel sedan is powered by the cleanest diesel passenger car engine produced by General Motors. The vehicle generates 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions when compared to previous-generation diesels. Chevrolet has sold more than 2 million Cruze models globally since it was launched in mid-2010. More than 33,000 of those were diesel powered.


Check out the new 2014 Silverado Microsite with its new “Build your Truck” Feature

keyChevrolet recently launched their new microsite within Chevrolet’s main page that will allow customers to build out their future truck.  The actual trucks won’t hit our lot until this summer, but you can go and figure out how you’d like your next Silverado equipped and spec it out online.  It will pretty much provide you with everything except for pricing (GM hasn’t released exact pricing yet).

If you have a few free minutes, check it out … take a look around … see what you like:  — the page takes about a minute to load, but it’s worth the wait.

2014 Silverado page

There are many other cool features such as informative videos and overviews on the truck’s new technology.  So give it a go and take a virtual ride in your new truck.

Meet Runde’s own, Shane Buss – Loves Life and His Customers

Shane of Platteville

Runde’s is proud to welcome Shane Buss to the Runde’s family. Shane has worked in the automotive industry for nearly half of his life. His exuberance is surpassed only by his quest for excellence. He’s energized, passionate and ready for anything that comes his way and will do everything to give you the experience you dreamed of when it comes to buying a car and maybe having a few laughs.

How long have you worked in the automotive industry?
Ever since I was 17, so 15 years now. I started out managing a used car lot down in Potosi, WI.

Are you originally from the Platteville area?
I’m a Burton, WI boy – it’s between Cassville & Potosi.

What do you enjoy most about working in the automotive industry?
Just meeting people and helping people out. There are a lot of good people out there.

What are your past times / hobbies?
This is going to be a long response… I travel the world hunting & fishing, racing and riding atv’s, snowmobiles, dirt bikes… Anything we can get our hands on. I fly ultra-light planes, been flying for 6 or 7 years now. Crafts powered parachutes are one of the coolest things in the world.

About everything there is to do, we’ll do ‘em. We play hockey, skate and play this and that. Anything that gets us active and outdoors – we do what we gotta do. But, of course, the coolest thing to do in my past time is to hang out with my two little girls.

Are you married? If so, what’s your wife’s name and how long have you been together?
Yep. Been together for 4 years with my beautiful wife Gina Buss.

Do you remember your first date with your wife?
Yeah, took her to a big ol’ beer party.

What are your daughters’ names and what do they do?
My two daughters are Summer-Marie – She’s 9 and Willow-May is three. Precious stuff. They like to play and they go to school. Summer goes hunting with her daddy. I try to get the girls out. Willow is in pre-school and when we went to go see Santa she got on and she yelled out “I go to pre-school” she’s pretty proud of it.

Any Pets?
We have a dog – Trigger Buss he’s a Weimaraner. He’s a maniac.  

Do you have a favorite hang-out spot in the Tri-State area?
Usually I hang at saloons with some buddies. We like to go to the Annex in Platteville, otherwise there’s Yoder’s bar in Potosi.

If you were a vehicle, what vehicle would you want to be and why?
I’d be a Ford Mustang GT. I just like ‘Stang GT’s, they are cool rides. I don’t know if that’s what I’d be if I were a vehicle, that’s just what I dig.
What’s your favorite restaurant?
I’ve got to say Texas Roadhouse – that’s pretty groovy. I like everything there.

Favorite sports team?
I’m not into sports really.

Favorite dessert?
Birthday cake. Otherwise I don’t really get into it.

Favorite movie?
I don’t watch much. If I had to say something I’d have to just say the hunting channel. Although if I had to say an actual movie, one that made me laugh was The Hangover.  

Favorite actor/actress?
Vin Diesel and Mark Wahlberg are pretty cool.

Favorite musician?
Don’t listen to any music really. Haven’t flipped on a tune in forever.

What’s your most memorable experience in a car or truck (pg rated with no cursing)?
We’d better leave this one out.

Do you consider the glass half full or half empty?
Always half-full.

Where’s the first place you will travel to when you win the lottery?
I already drive most places I want, if I wanted to go I’d just do it. I probably travel 2 or 3 months out of the year. Maybe Alaska but I want to do that without winning the lottery.

What would you like to say to all of your potential customers wondering if they should come to Runde’s in Platteville?
Certainly come and get a vehicle at Runde’s. Great deals and great people to get them from… Especially Shane Buss of Burton Wisconsin!

Welcome to the Runde family, Shane!

Introducing Runde Chevrolet-Buick-GMC of Platteville

Press Release 12-24-12Runde GMC

Runde Auto Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Mound View Motors in Platteville, WI from Mr. Everett Gillilan.  Everett “Honest Todd” has been in the car business over 60 years and we wish him well.

The operations will combine with those of our Cuba City Buick location and all employees from that location will remain with us in Platteville.  Most of the employees from the Mound View operation will be retained as well.

We sincerely regret the impact this may have on the city of Cuba City.  We are hoping to soon find another use for the facility; we are currently looking at outside options as well as within our organization.  The Cuba City operation was successful for over ten years.  The current strategy of General Motors pairs Buick with GMC in one location and unfortunately GMC could not be added in Cuba City.

The new dealership is named Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC and is located at 885 East Business Hwy 151 in Platteville, Wisconsin.  You can reach new Platteville store at 608-348-2654 with any questions.

Dubuque Area GMC trucks

4 Tips to Shine Some Light on Night Driving

LIGHTS! Check them… all.
The only thing that’s combating you from a wide, clear, range of vision is the darkness. It’s very important to make sure that the sword you are using to tear through that darkness is effective. Check all of your lights for clarity and proper functionality - head, tail, braking, turn, fog… the whole nine yards.  Slap on those hazards, get out and see if all your lights are flashing correctly. If you are without friend/human companion you can check to make sure your brake lights are working by backing up towards a reflective surface (building, window, etc.) and see if you can see your brake lights in the reflection. You may also consider getting your headlights properly aimed. Poorly aligned headlights can blind other drivers and limit your road visibility.  If you’ve had any accident damage to the front of your vehicle, it could have taken one or both of your headlights out of alignment and it’s best to get that checked.  That’s something that the Runde’s Service Department can check for you very easily.

If your headlights are hazing, take them in to get cleaned!  We have headlight buffing kits here in the Runde’s Service Department that can make your headlight cover look like new.  cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by puuikibeach

The only thing in front of your face should be the windshield.
You better not be checking out the score of the football game on that smartphone when you are driving at night … as if there weren’t enough distractions already on the road. How about we keep the amount of things that can get us into a wreck at a minimum, ok?

Use it. Reduce your speed, increase your awareness of objects around you and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This will give you extra time to react if the vehicle in front of you does something unexpected.

Vision not what it used to be?
We all get older and things don’t function quite like they used to. Yah, it stinks, but we must properly adjust our slowly diminishing features, such as vision, to adapt to night driving. If things are starting to become blurry or hard to see at night, go in for an eye exam. If  you already have glasses, you may consider adding an anti-glare coating to your lenses to reduce the amount of glare from lights. I know my first pair of glasses did not have the anti-glare and it was horrifying driving at night… It seemed like flying saucers were everywhere because the light would stretch out horizontally from the center of oncoming lights. I added anti-glare to my next pair of glasses – no more aliens.

We might as well add a #5 tip:  When you’re driving through densely populated neighborhoods with lots of kids at night, drive slowly.   With visibility decreased at night, you never know what or who could be running out into the street chasing after a stray ball or frisbee.  I remember years ago when I lived down in Florida, I would always drive down the same street every evening around 6pm to get to work and even though the speed limit was 35mph, I (like most of the traffic) always drove around 45 to 50 because it was never really monitored by police.  It was a fairly busy street that went for a couple miles with lots of houses on both sides and I never gave a 2nd thought about speeding to get to work until … one night around dusk I was speeding along as usual and I started to notice home-made signs posted in people’s yards.  I had to slow down to read them.  The signs said, “Slow down!  She was only FIVE.”  It’s years later and that still sticks in my mind whenever I drive through city neighborhoods.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Runde’s Salesmanship and Service Prove to be the Glass Slipper as The Knippers pick out a Hipper new Ride.

Knipper Marion IowaVictoria Thiede-Knipper and David Knipper purchased a Chrysler Town & Country van from Runde Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep about 3 years ago and they have been very satisfied with the van since that time.  So when they recently found themselves in need of a new truck, they contacted Runde’s in Manchester again.   They were put in touch with Sean Dailey in the Ford Sales Department and Sean was able provide them with a quick and easy transaction as he helped them find their new F-150 crew cab truck.   In Victoria’s own words, “Our experience with Runde’s was one of the best expriences we have ever had in purchasing this vehicle.”  Victoria was so pleased with exerything that she agreed to put her testimonial out there for the whole world to see.

Victoria Thiede-Knipper and Sean Dailey

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