Corvette Plant Manager speaks at University of Northern Iowa

 

Kai presenting.jpgKai Spande, manager of the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, spoke Friday at the University of Northern Iowa!

James Mahoney, a salesperson at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, attended the event with members of the Key City Corvette Club.

“It was really cool,” James said. “He gave us some insight on the factory and while he couldn’t give us too many details, he said they will be switching up things on how they build the 2018 vehicles. They will be shutting down the factory for a little bit to re-vamp it.”

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Kai Spande drove this Z06 from Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The event attracted about 50 people, many of whom arrived in Corvettes. Corvette clubs from Cedar Falls, Dubuque, and Cedar Rapids were invited, but the rainy weather kept
some of the sports cars in garages.

 

“The drive over there would have been better if the rain would have stayed away,” James said. “But you can’t complain when you are driving a Corvette!”

Kai drove one of the new ZO6 models from Bowling Green. It had winter tires on it and an adjustable spoiler on the back.

An alum of UNI, Kai graduated from the school in 1991 with a degree in industrial technology. He joined General Motors the year he graduated and became manager of the factory in 2015.

IMG_3189“He was pretty down to earth,” James said. “He is from Iowa, he moved around a lot, I think he said 11 times. He spent some time overseas, and worked his way up.”

The students at UNI made Kai a molding of a Corvette emblem.

According to Kai, the plant employs about 1,000 people. There were 40,000 vehicles produced last year, most priced around $88,000. The plant earned about $3.5 billion.

JUST ARRIVED! Get Your 2018 Equinox at Runde Auto Group

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The first all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox has rolled onto the Runde Chevrolet lot!

The re-designed vehicle features a new look, with sleeker headlights and chrome trim on all models, as well as improved efficiency and technology.

Equinox headlights“Customers who previewed the vehicle early on had a strong emotional response to the sleek and sophisticated exterior design,” said John Cafaro, executive director of GM Design, in a press release. “Those same themes are carried through to the interior, making the space beautifully intuitive.”

The 2018 Equinox gives you plenty of choices for performance, efficiency, and capability, with a choice between three engines: 1.5L turbo, 2.0L turbo — matched with GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission — or a 1.6L turbo-diesel.

It is the first turbo-diesel in the compact SUV segment in North America.

The vehicle is about 400 pounds lighter than the previous model — a 10 percent weight reduction — and gets an impressive GM-estimated 40 MPG highway (for the 1.6L turbo-diesel model)!Switchable AWD

It also features a switchable AWD system so you can choose FWD or AWD depending upon road conditions. It simply disconnects from the rear axle when not needed.

There is more cargo space in the new Equinox — 63.5 cubic feet — thanks to the 60/40 split fold flat seats. It also has an available hands-free gesture liftgate!

Safety is a priority in the 2018 Equinox. Available safety features include:

  • Low-speed automatic braking
  • Lane keep assist with lane departure warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Lane Change Alert

Also available is Surround Vision, which gives you a birds-eye view of your vehicle, and available direction seat-bottom vibrations instead of the traditional audible chimes.

mm_gal_item_c2_6.img_resize.img_stage._3The new Equinox is tech-savvy, pairing well with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the myChevrolet app. It has available 4G LTE Wi-Fi and available Teen Driver Technology.

When you are driving at night, Intellibeam High Beam Assist automatically switches on your high beams when driving conditions become too dark, and then reverts back to low beams when it detects an approaching vehicle.

Want one?? Runde Auto Group has more 2018 Chevy Equinox on the way, so keep an eye on our website!

Happy Retirement to Gary Reiter!

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Runde PreDriven hosted a goodbye gathering for Reconditioning Manager Gary Reiter today.

The is Gary’s last day of work after working at Runde PreDriven for 10 years! His daughter 20170228_121632arranged for him to be dropped off in a limo this morning so he could arrive for his last day in style.

“When it showed up, I thought, ‘They are going to think I am crazy!'” Gary said.

He said he will miss all the people working here after he retires, but he is looking forward to retirement. He and Sue are planning a trip to New Orleans.

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Nate Elder

Nate Elder, who has worked at Runde’s for 16 years, will be taking over the position.

Gary leaves some big shoes to fill.

“I learned all of this in a 10-year period, a lot of it didn’t exist when I started,” Gary said. “So Nate is learning 10 years of that in a short period of time.”

Enjoy your retirement and thank you for all of your hard work, Gary!