Subaru Rally Team USA Dominates at Sno*Drift Rally

2015 Subaru WRX STIWe couldn’t have imagined a better conclusion to the Sno*Drift Rally for Subaru Rally Team USA. The team dominated as they handily conquered 120 miles of snow and ice on the course carved out in northern Michigan.

The 2015 WRX STI rally car — prepared by Subaru’s technical partner, Vermont SportsCar —  was the star of the show as it made its debut and finished with a perfect record. With defending Rally America Champion David Higgins at the wheel, the 2015 model was the first to pass all 17 stages of the race, landing it on the top spot on the podium.

Next to it, the 2015 WRX STI was surrounded by Subaru vehicles: two rally cars taking second and third place on the podium and two models holding down the fourth and fifth spots. A one-two-three-four-five sweep for Subaru is a testimony of the team’s talent and the highly capable rides they race.

“It’s really impressive to run a full race with a brand new car and not have any problems or setup changes whatsoever. It’s a testament to Vermont SportsCar’s attention to detail and preparation,” Higgins said of the winning WRX STI. “The engineering and improvements that have gone into the new chassis are as evident on a rally stage as they are on the street. I think it’s a brilliant car and I can’t wait for the rest of the season!”

Contact us at Joseph Auto today for more information on the high-performing WRX STI and to check out our inventory of WRX models.

Safety Tips to Remember when Traveling with your Dog

Dogs!

It’s February, and if you’re like most, cabin fever is in full swing. One great way to shake off the winter blues is to grab your furry friend and hit the open road. In honor of responsible pet owners’ month, here are a few safety tips to remember when traveling with your dog.

  1. Stay Current! – Anytime your pet leaves the house, it’s important to have their shots and ID tags up to date. On road trips, we also recommend taking a current picture of your pet just in case you get separated.
  1. Keep them Comfy – Pack along a few of their favorite things like treats, a blanket, dog bed, bone, or toy to make them comfortable. You may also want to bring a jacket for your furry friend. For the colder winter days, some short-hair or coarse-hair dogs need an extra layer of warmth.
  1. Keep them Contained – On the road, it is recommended to keep your little buddy from roaming around the car to prevent driver distractions, but a car crate is not always necessary. Purchasing a seat belt harness ensures that your dog will not roam the car and will be safe in case of a collision.

Whether exploring, hiking, or off-roading with your K-9 companion, we at Joseph Auto wish you a happy Responsible Pet Owners’ Month filled with safe and happy adventures!

Limited Edition Design and Power: The 2015 Silverado Midnight Edition

2015 Silverado
The 2015 Silverado Midnight Edition will look like this but midnightier.

Turning silver to black, Chevy recently revealed the new Silverado Midnight Edition. Featuring a great new look and some upgrades under the hood, the new special edition model is set to premiere at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show.

According to Chevy, the 2015 Silverado Midnight Edition is designed to have incredible presence. That means the new model features an all-black body, grille, bumper, and even tow hooks. Pair that with a molded body, 18” alloy wheels, Z71 badges, and black Chevy bowties, and you have one sleek pickup.

“The Midnight special edition, like our recently announced Custom Sport Silverado, lets our dealers offer a custom look right from the factory,” said Sandor Piszar, Silverado marketing director. “Customers can get a monochrome exterior, black alloy wheels and other uplevel touches, while maintaining all of the dependability Chevy trucks are famous for along with full factory warranty coverage.”

The Midnight Edition doesn’t just look pretty either – this new model features an off-road suspension, locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, and rear park assist among other things. Available in both the double cab and crew-cab models, only 5,000 models will be made, so be sure to act fast before they’re gone and order yours today at Joseph Chevrolet.