Super Sue goes for a ride with Stella Swanson and the Rosie Joyfuls in the Hyundai Ioniq EVJune 1, 2017
Recently I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon driving around the Comox Valley in our new Electric Car, the Ioniq with three very Super people. Stella Swanson and the Rosie Joyfuls (Sophie and Karen Pantuso Swanson) are a local musical talent that have been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for best Children’s Artist. Sophie was even a finalist in the John Lennon Song competition last year for a song that she wrote at the age of 8!
Stella and Sophie are home schooled by their mom Karen and they spend time writing poetry and music. They have now put together two CD’s. The music stays with you. In fact since that afternoon I have found myself humming along to the beautiful songs on many occasions.
One song in particular sticks with me written about MARS (Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society) that helps local birds that are found injured to be rehabilitated so that they can be released back into the wild. It is called Soaring Free and can be found on their second CD called Pants on Backwards. This CD is their latest and has again been nominated by Break Out West’s Western Canadian Music Awards. We wish Stella and family luck at this year’s awards.
Stella, her sister Sophie and their mom Karen have performed at many local festivals, libraries and charity events. You will be able to catch them celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in Victoria this year when they get to perform on the BC Legislature lawn in front of the Parliament buildings on July 1st.
I spent a few hours driving around in with them in the super quiet Hyundai Ioniq EV. We say a few of Stella’s songs and chatted about performing and song writing. This is a video of the beautiful afternoon that we spent together.
A huge thank you goes out to Shane Philip from Island Soul Films who yet again has knocked it out of the park putting together a beautiful and fun video for us. www.islandsoulfilms.com
Stella’s music is available on CD or on Itunes (how cool is that!) www.stellaswanson.com
Things that keep us busy on a rainy day at Finneron Hyundai!November 23, 2016
Not all warranties are created equal.May 23, 2016
Hyundai Canada has the best comprehensive warranty in the business. It says a lot about a car company that is willing to stand behind their product for a full five years. Most companies today have a 3 year/ 60,000 km full warranty and a 5 yr/ 100,000 km power train warranty. Hyundai even offers 24 hour roadside assistance for 5 years and unlimited mileage. The chart below compares other import companies and their factory warranty programs. Having a comprehensive warranty for a full five years can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
WIN Mother’s Day Brunch for 4 at Crown Isle!April 25, 2016
Mother’s Day is one of our Favorite holidays of the Year!
WIN Mother’s Day Brunch at Crown Isle for 4! ($150+ Value!)
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That’s it! You are entered to WIN! Contest ends May 4th. Winner will be contacted by Finneron Hyundai Management.
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Finneron Hyundai Awarded #1 Hyundai Dealer in Canada!March 28, 2016
The country is about to embark on the busiest car selling season of the year and for the staff and owners of Finneron Hyundai, they are kicking it off with something worth celebrating.
Finneron took the top Hyundai Dealer for 2015 award beating out 14 other dealers in the running and surpassing its larger competitors from the big city centers across Canada.
Dealerships are ranked on customer satisfaction rating, market shares and in sales volume for a given year. In the previous year (2014), Finneron ranked within the top 15.
“It’s something you always work toward but never think will happen,” expressed Sue Finneron, General Manager. “We have a fantastic staff and everyone is so proud of the accomplishment.”
“We thank our customers,” adds her father Mike Finneron, Dealer Principal. “We don’t exist without them.”
The family owned and operated dealership credits their approach in customer care and satisfaction to its success, not only in winning the award but in its business longevity.
“This [award] reinforces the way we deal and feel about our customers,” expressed Mike Finneron.
The Finneron team have been serving the Comox Valley for over 35 years. Previously a General Motors deal selling GMC and Pontiac vehicles, Mike and Sue Finneron and their team reinvented themselves over 6 years ago to become a Hyundai dealer when GMC went bankrupt and was forced to close 245 dealers across Canada.
In just six years, Finneron has risen to the top among 220 dealers across Canada.
When the switch from General Motors to Hyundai occurred, both staff and customers remained loyal to Finneron with many clientele returning for vehicle servicing and maintenance needs, and employees staying on throughout the transition.
Today, Finneron can proudly boast that staff dedication and continuity are also testament to their recent achievement. Several staff have over 25 years with the company, including Sue Finneron, while some employees have 35 years at the Courtenay dealership.
“It’s the people, not the car,” notes Sue Finneron. “Staff are very good at what they do.”
The Finneron team are also quite excited about Hyundai’s recent title as Best Brand in the “Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own” awards program for North America.
Kelley Blue Book, founded in 1926, is the most trusted and relied upon vehicle valuation and information source by consumers and the automotive industry. This title means that Hyundai brands have ranked best overall for its lowest projected ownership costs for the first five years.
Hyundai brands new to the Finneron lot this spring include the 2017 Elantra, the top selling car in the Comox Valley in 2015, and the 2017 Santa Fe. In the fourth quarter, Sue Finneron will welcome the arrival of the Iconic, an electric car, a brand new model to Hyundai.
Sue Finneron, General Manager (centre) and Mike Finneron (left) proudly showcase their recent award, Number One Hyundai Dealer in Canada for 2015 and their dedicated staff that made their accomplishment possible.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has now arrived. Our sales staff have been away on training and are all ready to show you our new product. There is a huge difference between the previous model and we would love to take you for a test drive and show you all that is new.
The new 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe is expected to arrive at the beginning of April. It is redesigned inside and out. It will have more available features such as the Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning System, Adaptive Cornering Headlamps, 7 standard airbags including a driver knee airbag and an Electronic Parking Brake that actually releases on its own when it is put into drive.
Coming out this fall we will have a new name plate to the Hyundai line called the Ioniq. It will be available as a Hybrid, a plug in version and a pure EV (Electronic Vehicle) with a range of approximately 155 miles. This will be a first for Hyundai and we are looking forward to having a vehicle that will compete with the Toyota Prius to give drivers another option.
The importance of locking you car.February 12, 2016
Recently on Vancouver Island vehicles thefts are up due to people leaving their cars running outside. The invention of the Proximity Key allows you to start the car and then leave it running without the key inside. Some people believe that the car will stop running after a few blocks if someone steals it. This is not so. Recently in the Comox Valley a vehicle was stolen from outside a local Starbucks. Gord Kurbis from CTV News recently reported on this incident. Watch the whole story here:
Always remember that if you leave your car running outside to lock the doors. You never know who is watching and waiting for their opportunity.