Zep Pedicini, Client Advisor
Here at Crown BMW, we are indebted to the hard work and dedication of our employees. Every day they go above and beyond to help foster a stronger community by providing customers with a pleasant car-buying experience and exceptional customer service. For the month of April, we would like to shine the employee spotlight on Zep Pedicini, one of our new client advisors.
Zep started training this just over a month ago on March 3, making him one of our newest employees at Crown BMW as an internet sales representative. He learned quickly and had already begun sales by March 8. This is especially impressive considering that his automotive industry experience began with our dealership!
Equipped with a positive attitude and an incredible work ethic, Zep’s favorite part about his new job is meeting new customers and showing them M models. He also added, “This is a fantastic place to work, with a very supportive and friendly environment. It has been a great transition into a new career for me.”
Born in Florida but raised in New York, Zep enjoys Greensboro, North Carolina’s diverse blend of people. He also loves the fact that you can go from an urban to a rural setting in just minutes. Outside of work he loves restoring old cars and any kind of water sports. Right now his favorite car on our lot is the BMW X5 xdrive50i.
Crown BMW is excited to have the opportunity to help Zep with the beginning of his career, and hope that it will be a long one at our dealership. Thanks for all of your hard work, Zep!
Join us on April 25 for oysters, drinks, music, and two exciting raffles!
Providing our customers with a seamless car-buying experience is one of many ways that Crown BMW gives back to the Greensboro community. Our team is happy to announce that we are also officially a Silver Sponsor of the 11th Annual Greensboro Oyster Roast. This exciting local event will take place at the home of Lindsey and Frank Auman on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.
This year’s Oyster Roast will include delicious oysters along with a dinner buffet from Pepper Moon Catering. Beer and wine will also be served, along with fresh sides and delicious deserts! Enjoy the great food with family, friends and live music by the band Right to Party.
This year’s event will also include two exciting raffle drawings. The first is for a stunning $8,000 gold medallion pendant from Charles Krypell. Encrusted with 127 diamonds, this incredible piece of jewelry is one you will have to see to believe. The second raffle is for one of six prizes. They include: one week at the Lake Tillery Vacation Home, one week at a Myrtle Beach Beachfront Condo, a mahogany flip top table, a chair and painted cabinet, a full Invisalign treatment from Irvin Orthodontics, or $500 off your next facial treatment and consultation at Coley Plastic Surgery.
Seating for the 11th Annual Greensboro Oyster Roast is filling up quick, so click here to buy seating and raffle tickets. The Crown BMW team looks forward to seeing you there!
A celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary in the United States
Here at Crown BMW, we were extremely excited to see BMW’s recent announcement that it would be investing an extra $1 billion into its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant by 2016. A celebration of the auto company’s 20th anniversary in the United States, the investment will create 800 new jobs while increasing the plant’s production capacity to over 100,000 additional cars every year.
Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW Group, Dr. Norbert Reithofer hinted at the future of production at the plant in a press release, stating, “In addition to the X3, X5, X6, and the new X4, we are today announcing another all-new, larger X model to be manufactured exclusively at this plant for our world markets: the X7.”
The Crown BMW team is excited to see the new direction of the popular BMW X models in 2016, but we know that you may not be able to wait that long. In the meantime, step behind the wheel of one of our exciting new BMW models available right now at Crown BMW! Contact us today to schedule a test drive.
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BMW 3 Series continues to define the Sport Sedan segment
For enthusiasts and casual fans the BMW 3 Series sedan has long defined the Sport Sedan segment, often viewed as a benchmark for other makes to meet or exceed. Naturally, that task has proven ever elusive, serving as a testament to BMW’s penchant for performance and engineering excellence.
Now the 3 Series can add even more critical acclaim to its resume, with the 2014 BMW 328i Sedan winning Consumer Reports Top Picks 2014 Sport Sedan Award.
With its raucous 240-horsepower BMW TwinPower Turbo inline-4 engine and choice of six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, the 2014 BMW 328i delivers unrivaled driving dynamics coupled with legendary performance. It’s also roomier, more luxurious, and more fuel-efficient than past models, posting 28 mpg overall* courtesy of the 328i’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Of course performance is only one half of the equation, which is why the 2014 BMW 328i also offers exceptional value, thanks to its excellent results in retained value and through the BMW Ultimate Service® No Cost maintenance program.
For more information and to test drive the award-winning 2014 BMW 328i be sure to visit us today!
*BMW AG test results. Actual acceleration results may vary, depending on specification of vehicle; road and environmental conditions; testing procedures and driving style. These results should be used for comparison only and verification should not be attempted on public roads. BMW urges you to obey all posted speed laws and always wear safety belts.
When weighing a car purchase, it's natural to create a list of the features that are most important to you. If you’re looking for eye-pleasing styling, beautiful interior details, and entertaining performance, coupes have a lot to offer. If you’re looking for a more spacious back seat and additional cargo room, you’re likely to look elsewhere.
But what if you want it all? That’s the question the 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe seeks to address.
The 4 Series grew out of the 3 Series Coupe, and is unarguably a beautiful two-door car. The Gran Coupe builds on that foundation by extending the roofline over a pair of rear doors and adding a liftgate. The resulting car is best described as drop-dead gorgeous.
Above the familiar kidney grille and circular headlamps, a long hood rises to meet the steeply raked windshield. The roofline arches over the cabin and down to what would be the trunk lid if this was a sedan. The B-pillar is finished in black, the frameless windows are edged in bright chrome, and a crisp fold runs through the door handles, rising to accentuate the powerful haunches. The result is a confidently elegant car that doesn't have to try to get noticed.
The Gran Coupe comes as either a 428i or a 435i. Engines are a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder in the 428i that makes 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque and a straight-six 3.0 in the 435i delivering 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet. Both send their power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, although the 428i is also available with BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. An xDrive 435i Gran Coupe is promised for a later date.
Excellent dynamics have long been a BMW hallmark, and the 4 Series Gran Coupe does not disappoint. A low center of gravity and a sophisticated suspension provide the crisp ride and handling that BMW lovers value, while 0 to 60 mph times are 5.7 and 4.9 seconds for the smaller and larger engines, respectively. For drivers who like to be in control, paddle shifters are standard, and the Driving Dynamics Control located on the center console provides four modes—ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT, and SPORT+—to configure throttle response, steering, and shift points to suit mood and conditions.
The cabin, too, is every inch a BMW, with high-quality materials fitting together perfectly and a design theme based around horizontal layers. The available Navigation System with touch screen stands as a separate element, and all the controls are laid out with the expected level of ergonomic precision. In the rear, there's ample leg- and headroom, and the split seat can be folded down to increase cargo capacity.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe can be specified in one of three trim "lines." Sport adds drama with dark accents outside and flashes of red inside. Luxury uses touches of chrome inside and out to add sophistication, and M Sport features external aerodynamic enhancements plus sports seats and a leather-wrapped M steering wheel.
By adding two more doors and a liftgate, BMW has created a car with the visual appeal of a two-door fastback, but with far more practicality.
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Upgrade by leasing a luxury vehicle.
Many people are discovering the benefits of leasing when it comes to taking home an attractive new vehicle. There are solid reasons to consider leasing a luxury car, including costs, mileage, maintenance issues, and more.
Benefits of new technology
No matter the price range, all new cars come equipped with different levels of technology. Luxury cars often include the latest technological advances not only in safety, but in navigational features and plush creature comforts. What you get is a safer, more comfortable and easier to navigate car whether you drive in the city or urban areas.
Keeps costs low
You get more "bang" for your buck when you lease a luxury vehicle. Depending upon the length of your lease, your monthly payments should be 30 to 60 percent less than if you took out a car loan for the same term on the same car. While most leases don't require a down payment, there are lease deals that do depending upon the vehicle being promoted. Because you pay only for the depreciation on the vehicle, you won't pay sales tax on the full value of the car. Usually the tax is spread over the lease period rather than paid up front.
When you own your own car and put high mileage on it every year, when it comes time to trade it in or sell, high mileage lowers the selling price. The only time to have to think about mileage when leasing is when you choose a lease term. Avoid mileage fees at the end of your lease by figuring out how many miles you drive per year and then multiplying that number by the number of years you wish to lease the vehicle. Monthly costs are usually lower for longer termed leases.
Reduced maintenance costs
Smart lessees often tie the length of their car lease into the length of the manufacturer's warranty coverage. If something goes wrong, you won't be out-of-pocket for any maintenance costs unless you caused the problem.
Lease deals on luxury cars
Typically, you won't find subsidized deals or rebates on luxury car leases. What you can find are indirect incentives that luxury car dealerships don't view as wholesale discounting. They believe that if they offer a lease deal with low monthly costs based on discounted prices and high residuals, the lessee benefits even more. However, there are times when luxury car dealers do offer special incentives for very limited periods of time in order to move inventory and make way for newer models.
No used-car headaches
When you lease, you won't have any more used-car hassles including haggling with potential buyers, worrying about mileage and pricing, or whether or not you should sell it yourself or trade it in. When you lease, you turn back the vehicle and walk away, unless it makes financial sense for you to buy your leased vehicle.
Your decision whether or not to lease a luxury vehicle should be dictated by sound financial planning. Costs, mileage and maintenance considerations should always take precedence over image.
An atmosphere of relaxed hospitality is the key to successfully hosting any perfect meal. That means thinking well ahead to plan a menu that requires little last-minute attention and frees you to enjoy your guests.
Brunch makes a delightful choice for many reasons. A number of recipes allow advance preparation and easy service. The timing of brunch allows greater flexibility for guests busy with business affairs or evening events. The cost and “liability” of serving a variety of alcohol selections is minimized. Let’s look at the elements that contribute to a perfect, stress-free brunch.
Map your plan
This is not the occasion to serve that perfectly-timed soufflé or made-to-order omelets. Choose menu items that allow advance preparation. Quiche and stratas are two of the best main dishes; in that they can be prepared ahead, pre-cut into portions, and easily reheated. Fruit and mixed green salads offer the same pre-preparation advantages, with only last minute touches to be added.
An elegant touch for serving fruit is the use of champagne glasses or small ramekins—and don’t forget about some of those delicious baked fruit dishes like pears with raspberries or baked grapefruit.
Self-service food “stations”, utensils, and decorations
Whether or not you choose to seat guests at your well-appointed dining room table or scatter them about the living room, setting your food and drinks in different locations accomplishes several things: guests can help themselves while you mingle or replenish serving dishes.
To one side of your main buffet table, set out plates, bowls, silverware, and napkins. Pre-arrange trivets and serving spoons and include salt, pepper, and other condiments. To minimize line-ups, set pots of coffee and tea and pitchers of juice and mimosas in a separate area. A third table could present pre-cut desserts and cheeses with forks and dessert plates.
At each of your serving tables, theme decorations to the season or occasion. If you host a baby shower brunch, make clever “piles” of building blocks or other toys that also can serve as gifts. For an Easter or spring brunch, white lilies make a simple, beautiful “perfumed” bouquet.
Guests like to be involved, so plan ahead to ask for specific help. Perhaps a friend will keep an eye on the drink table to refill pots, pitchers, cream, and sugar. Another friend could gather up empty plates and utensils. In fact, if you fill one of your sinks with piping hot, soapy water, dishes can be slipped right in to ease the clean-up process.
All of these tips create a relaxed atmosphere and allow you to be free of stress to enjoy your guests.
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Admit it, there are times when you'd like a little more. Like when you're joining the freeway and see a line of 18-wheelers bearing down. With more oomph under the hood you'd punch it and get out in front, but lacking supercar horsepower, you have to ease off the gas and tuck in behind.
One solution is to buy a quicker car, but if you don't want to change your ride there is another option: squeeze more horsepower from what you've got. Here are some of the best ideas around.
Replace the air filter
Stock filters restrict airflow into the engine. Running without a filter isn't an option because that risks serious engine damage, but companies like K&N sell filters that allow the engine to breathe more easily. This in turn increases the performance of your engine.
Fit a cold air induction system
This pulls in air from nearer the ground where it's more dense. To keep the air-fuel ratio where it needs to be, the engine management computer injects more gas on each stroke of the piston, increasing power. Companies like AEM Induction Systems also strive to reduce airflow turbulence, which helps move air in to the engine.
Go for forced induction
There are two approaches to forced induction--supercharging and turbocharging. A supercharger is driven by a belt from the crank, so it's always running, while a turbo is driven by the exhaust gases. In that sense the turbo is more efficient because it uses energy that would otherwise be blown out through the exhaust. Both are pricy installations and slightly out of range for the novice mechanic.
Install a performance exhaust
So far we've talked about ways to push more air in to the cylinders, but the exhaust side of the engine shouldn't be overlooked. A performance exhaust like those made by Borla offers less back pressure. When it's easier to get the gases out of the cylinder, less power is wasted on sucking air in.
Modify valve opening and closing
Deep inside the engine is a camshaft. Driven from the crank, this controls when and how far the inlet and exhaust valves open. Performance cams have different profiles to the stock shaft, allowing improved breathing. As with turbocharging though, installation requires top-notch mechanical skills.
Modify spark timing
In older vehicles where ignition timing is set by the distributor, more power can be produced by increasing the “advance”. Modern engines have replaced the distributor with an Engine Control Unit (ECU) that measures speed, air temperature, and throttle position and determines when to send the spark. This is known as the engine “mapping”.
Companies like Jet Performance Products sell tools for modifying ECU mapping and replacement controllers optimized for performance.
The impact on fuel consumption
If you're going to extract maximum power all the time, expect to see your gas mileage go through the floor. But by making the engine more efficient, these mods will provide more oomph without too much of a hit on the consumption front. Drive carefully and you may even see better mileage.
And a final word of warning: Horsepower is addictive. After giving your ride an mph boost you'll be happy for a while. But then you'll find you want a little more.
Nutrients are an essential component to good health, and one of the important aspects of good health is a strong immune system. While you try to eat healthy every day, you may still need to complement your diet with vitamins and supplements to further boost your immune system.
Vitamin C is thought to be one of the more important nutrients in fighting off infections. When you have a cold or flu, for example, vitamin C levels are rapidly depleted, indicating your body uses it to neutralize the threat.
A daily dose of vitamin C may allow your immune system to more easily fight infection. It doesn't prevent you from getting an infection, but you may recover more quickly if your body maintains healthy levels of vitamin C.
As an antioxidant, vitamin E works to reduce cell-damaging free radicals. Free radicals are loose electrons, escaped from cells and once loose, scavenge off healthy cells. This activity may be associated with coronary disease, cancer, and infection.
Its properties as an antioxidant, though, are not all powerful. An appropriate daily dose of vitamin E is not a cure, but rather, boosts your immune system to better able resist disease.
Vitamin D aids in reducing inflammation in joints, arteries, and in the digestive tract. Inflammation is associated with numerous autoimmune-related diseases, such as celiac disease and arthritis. Adding a vitamin D supplement to your daily dietary intake may help your immune system control the inflammation and subsequent symptoms, of your condition. Consult with your physician to ascertain the dosage appropriate to your condition and lifestyle.
Fish oil provides your body with omega 3 and omega 6--both fats your body needs for cellular development, cognitive function, and organ function. These fats work with your immune system to reduce or control inflammation, increase blood flow, and produce healthy epidermal cells, among other functions.
Your body does not produce omega fats, so if your diet does not include healthy portions of fish on a weekly basis consider taking this supplement. Work with your physician to determine the proper dosage; too much fish oil can result in a suppression of the immune system.
Green tea is high in antioxidants and is thought to act as a primer for the immune system, boosting its abilities to recognize infections and free radicals, and to deal with them more effectively.
The chemical compounds in green tea work with the immune system to keep anti-bodies at the ready; should an infection enter the body, the immune system's defenses are more likely to attack at the onset and so reduce the risk of complications or prolonged illness.
Ask Your Doctor
Always consult with your physician before taking additional vitamins or supplements. He or she will likely review your dietary and exercise habits, as well as other lifestyle choices, in order to determine the right dosage for your needs.
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