To All of Our Auto Group Customers:
I am proud to present to you our first edition of TODAY KANSAS CITY. We hope within it to celebrate the great city we live in and the relationships we have built with you over the years.
You are receiving this first issue of our magazine because you are a customer of one of our three dealerships’ Sales, Service, or Parts departments. It is a way of saying thank you and, at the same time, giving you – our customer – an exclusive publication in your mailbox four times a year.
The reason for doing an all-new print publication is that I got tired of getting emails. I know that sounds strange, but how many times do you get so many offers, specials, and solicitations in your inbox that a message or correspondence you were expecting from a family member, business contact, or special organization almost gets lost? TODAY KANSAS CITY is delivered to your original “inbox”… your mailbox.
In TODAY you will find automotive content, since that is our business, but you will also find original articles on design, architecture, fashion, food, and nonprofit organizations in Kansas City. TODAY will also cover events that we have hosted or been a part of and news from the Auto Group, along with a quarterly event calendar, to inform you of what is going on in the city and the area at a glance.
I hope you like TODAY KANSAS CITY as much as we enjoyed developing it. Thank you for the relationship we have shared over the years.
Marion Battaglia, President
A lot of vehicles are made up of compromises. Generally speaking, many cars will give up carrying capacity in exchange for performance. Likewise, others will give up acceleration in exchange for passenger or luggage space. So you wind upheaving to prioritize what is most important to you, and giving up something in exchange. Luckily, Mercedes has decided to roll out a car that checks every box at once, the GLA 45 AMG.
While the GLA 45 AMG is an SUV, don’t get hung up on the classification. When you think of SUV, you might think of something the size of an Escalade, but the Mercedes is more of a hot hatch than a truck. Think of it as the German version of a Subaru WRX STI. You get all wheel drive, a turbocharged four cylinder engine with 355 horsepower, a dual clutch transmission, and all of the Mercedes trim that you’ve come to love. Stuff all of that into a four dour hatchback, and you wind up with something that can handle whatever you can throw at it. From track days, to grocery runs, to taking the kids to soccer practice, the GLA 45 AMG is ready for it.
We are currently running a special lease rate on our GLA 45 AMG. $573 for 36 months, 10,000 miles per year. $3,500 total due at signing plus tax and license with a residual at lease end of $33,217.60 For that you get a panoramic sunroof, AMG performance exhaust (with the fun button to open the baffles), blind spot assist, USB and SD card ports, heated seats, and more.
Aristocrat Motors, a leading high-end, luxury dealership in the Kansas City automotive market, is looking to add a qualified SALES SPECIALIST to our team! We have an opening to sell luxury automobiles and be rewarded for it with one of the best pay plans in the area. You have support from a fully integrated CRM system and leads from a growing internet program.
Aristocrat Motors offers a unified team environment, great benefits, and ongoing training and support for its employees. Previous automotive sales experience is preferred but not required. Apply today or refer a qualified friend. You can apply by visiting www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers.
Job Responsibilities include:
- Provides excellent customer service by helping customers select a vehicle that fits their needs and maintaining acceptable survey scores
- Explains product performance, application, and benefits to customer by describing all optional equipment available
- Demonstrates new (and used, when necessary) vehicles
- Maintains up-to-date knowledge on new products, features, and accessories available
- Maintains a prospect development system by following up with active prospects using the Dealership’s Customer Relationship Management System (CRM)
- Follows up with previous customers for referrals and future sales
- Works without constant supervision
In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:
- Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
- 401(k) plan with company match
- Paid Time-Off
- Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
- Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities
- Previous sales and customer service experience
The Alfa Romeo 4C is often referred to as a tiny Ferrari. But that’s not just because of the Italian badge and the curvaceous bodywork. The 4C has features that you rarely see outside of the exotic supercar world. First and foremost, it is mid-engined. This means that the engine is, as you’ve guessed, in the middle. Moving the engine to the middle of the car, instead of at the front, centralizes the weight, and makes the handling more stable and predictable. Which is exactly what you want in a performance vehicle.
But the party piece of the Alfa Romeo 4C is its carbon fiber monocoque, or “tub”. Think of a monocoque like an eggshell. All of the strength comes from the actual surface, while the interior is open. So instead of a lot of bracing and supports, the passenger compartment itself provides all of the structure and strength for the car. When you combine this type of structure with a material as light and strong as carbon fiber, you get a chassis that is unbelievably light, yet strong. That light weight improves the speed, handling, and braking, while the strength allows the chassis to remain rigid while the suspension works underneath it. As with the mid-engine layout, this makes the handling more accurate.
So we’ve got a mid-engined car, with a carbon fiber monocoque, a dual clutch transmission, and a legendary Italian brand. It’s really not difficult to see where the Ferrari comparisons come from. This combination of high end features is nearly unheard of outside of the supercar world of Ferrari and McLaren. When you add all of that to a car that sells for well under the six figure mark, you wind up with an irresistible package.
First things first, this is not an electric car. Porsche isn’t trying to compete with Tesla. Yet. Instead, this is a hybrid. But don’t mistake it for a Prius, either. Keep in mind, the 918 hypercar is also a hybrid. Porsche has mastered the art of making a fuel efficient hybrid that still delivers the performance levels that we love and expect.
The Cayenne S E-Hybrid is what is known as a “plug in” hybrid, which means that you can plug in the car to recharge the batteries, instead of relying solely on regenerative braking to charge the system. That means that you can travel upwards of twenty miles on electric power alone. Now, while that doesn’t sound like a huge distance, the majority of people live within twenty miles of their work. So that means you could drive to work, charge while you are there, then drive home, all without burning an ounce of gasoline. But unlike a pure electric car, if you exceed that range, you can always run on the supercharged gasoline engine instead.
But, because it is still a Porsche, you can also run the electric motor and the gasoline engine together, which is good for 416 horsepower, and a 0-60 time of about five and a half seconds. Which is not too shabby for a full size, four wheel drive SUV. So whether you need quiet and efficient electric power, range increasing gasoline power, or the tire smoking combination of both, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid can meet your needs.
Last week we made the announcement that we were adding Alfa Romeo to the brands we carry here at Aristocrat Motors. But we realize that not everyone is familiar with these gorgeous cars, as they haven’t been sold in the United States for quite a while. So buckle in, we’re going to give you a crash course in Alfa history.
Alfa Romeo was founded in 1909 as Anonima Lombarda Fabric Automobili, or A.L.F.A., as on offshoot of Societa Anonima Italiana Darracq. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be able to remember or spell those. They were rebranded to Alfa Romeo in 1920. During this period, they were building both street and race cars, and one of their drivers was a young man named Enzo Ferrari. That’s right. Before designing some of the most iconic cars in the world, Ferrari raced for Alfa Romeo. That gives you a bit of an idea of the sort of history this company has, and why we are so excited to welcome them in.
They continued to win trophy after trophy in Grand Prix and sports car racing for decades, while still selling street cars. But financial concerns led to the brand being shuffled back and forth between various owners, and even ceasing sales in the United States in the mid 90s. The brand continued on in Europe, but we had to make do without those charming little machines. Jeremy Clarkson, of Top Gear and The Grand Tour fame, has often stated that you cannot be a true “petrolhead”, until you’ve owned an Alfa.
After a lot of confusing mergers, partnerships, and government involvement, Alfa Romeo fell under the Fiat umbrella, and re-entered the world market. The limited run 8C Competizione was their first US offering in over a decade, and is still one of the most gorgeous things every created. After that dramatic entrance, they introduced the 4C, and later the Giulia, a sport sedan designed to rival the best that Germany had to offer.
Alfa Romeo has a racing pedigree that rivals the best of the best, and was even the launching platform for Ferrari. Combine that excellent heritage with some of the most stunning vehicles ever made, and you have a brand that demands respect. We could not be more delighted to introduce you to them.
The AMG lineup of cars, like the C63, CLS63, and S65 has always been the pinnacle of the Mercedes family. But the level of engineering that goes into these cars results in a price that puts them out of the reach of some people. Luckily, AMG has now introduced a new trim level that bridges the gap between the top of the line 63 models, and the more tame “civilian” models. This is the 43 range. There is the C43, E43, GLC43, GLE43, and the SLC43.
For the sake of keeping this simple, we’re going to focus on the C43. The C43 sits neatly between the C63 and the C300. Just as its price is the middle ground between its siblings, so is the performance. Instead of a turbocharged four cylinder, or a twin turbocharged eight cylinder, it gets a twin turbocharged six cylinder. Again, right in the middle. Likewise, the body is the middle ground between the other brothers. It is not as wide and aggressive as the C63, but the larger wheels and tweaked bodywork sets it aside from the C300.
While the C43 does not get the traditional “one man, one engine” hand-built V8 of the older AMGs, it is still special enough to stand out from the pack. That six cylinder is still good for 362 horsepower, which in a car this small makes for a deceptively quick ride. So if you’ve always lusted over the AMG badge, but just couldn’t quite justify the price, the 43 range is a perfect way to join the world of German sport luxury.
Are you someone who posesses Buddy The Elf levels of enthusiasm and positivity? Perhaps someone with an upbeat phone-voice and the ability to react quickly?
Aristocrat Motors is looking for such a person as a part-time backup operator. This incredibly important role helps answer customer calls and serves as a backup in case our front-desk operators who are out sick or on vacation as well as answers phones on Saturdays. Applicants should have spectacular conversational skills and a focus on customer service. Saturday availability is also a must.
Porsches have a rich and illustrious racing heritage, which is why Aristocrat Motors is proud to be Kansas City’s only Porsche dealer. Unlike some other brands, whose heyday is long since passed, Porsche is still out there putting their reputation on the line, and claiming trophy after trophy. They won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for a historic 18th time in 2016. This is an event that has been tied to the brand’s identity for decades. You can still see the influence of that race on every Porsche manufactured to this day.
For those of you who don’t know, back in the day, drivers at Le Man did not start inside their racecars. When the flag dropped, the driver had to sprint across the width of the track, climb into their car, buckle in, start up, and take off. That’s a lot to manage when you’re trying to squeeze out an edge over the other teams. Porsche, in typical German ingenuity, figured out a way to speed up the process.
They relocated the ignition key to the left of the steering wheel. That meant that a driver could start the key with one hand as they put it into gear with the other. That’s a small advantage, but in an event like this, it could mean everything. Trying to shave fractions of a second off when you’re racing for twenty four hours straight seems ridiculous, but if you can get out ahead of the pack, and start building your lead early, that’s worth everything.
To this day, the key in every Porsche, from the 911R to the Cayenne E-Hybrid, remains to the left. Even those models that no longer even use a physical key have the fob positioned there. Even as Porsche moves more and more into the mainstream with SUVs and crossovers, their racing lineage is never far behind. You can feel it in every single model as soon as you turn the wheel.
Porsche is a company that is deeply tied to its history. The 911 is the greatest example of this, as the car has changed in only very minor ways throughout its long lifespan. Porsche doesn’t like to make drastic changes to their flagship model. The change from air cooled to water cooled engines was a shock to many 911 enthusiasts, and the recent change to all models being turbocharged was an even bigger change.
But you have to remember, Porsche is a company of engineers, above everything else. So any change has to make sense from a strictly analytical perspective. And the new turbocharged engines definitely make sense. While the naturally aspirated engines in the previous Carrera was no slouch, this new forced induction version blows it out of the water. Picking up twenty horsepower, and over forty pound feet of torque, while also squeezing out an extra 12% of fuel economy is certainly impressive.
The change to smaller turbo engines is an expanding trend all across the industry in an attempt to improve emissions and fuel economy figures. But make no mistake, while Porsche needs to meet those same targets, they also have to ensure that the usability and power are up to the standards that people expect. At the end of the day, it is still a Porsche, and that carries certain expectations. Expectations which the new turbocharged models certainly exceed.