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David McDavid Acura of Plano collects donations for local food pantry
When most people think of February, they think of Valentine's Day — and whether they're getting some chocolates from their sweetheart. Unfortunately, there are some people in our community (and many other places around the world) who still have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. That's why David McDavid Acura of Plano held a February Food Drive to support Minnie's Food Pantry, a Plano-based organization that offers free food to families that can't afford to buy groceries.
Our drive ran through February and collected 5 crates of non-perishable food for Minnie's. Thanks to everybody who participated!
Fighting hunger in Plano year-round
Even though the drive is now over, there are still ways to fight hunger in our community. You can make a financial donation to Minnie's Food Pantry online through PayPal—donate $25 or more and your name will be added to the website. You can also contribute much-needed volunteer hours at the pantry sorting food, packing groceries, and more.
Those with special skills (such as photography or computers) and a passion to help are invited to contact Minnie's Food Pantry directly. You may be able to contribute in a way you never thought possible!
Together, we can fight hunger here in Plano. David McDavid Acura of Plano thanks all those who have made contributions in the past, and encourages you to consider how you might give in the future. Visit http://minniesfoodpantry.org/mfp/index.html for more information.
Details about the upcoming 2013 RDX model
If you've been reading the David McDavid Acura of Plano newsletter, you know that the Detroit Auto Show gave us our first real look at three new Acura vehicles, including the 2013 Acura RDX. While an RDX came out just last year, don't expect the familiar with the new 2013 model. For one thing, the 2013 Acura RDX is ditching its turbo four-cylinder in favor of a new 3.5-liter 273-horsepower V6 engine, generating 33 more horsepower than before.
Despite the powerful engine, Acura's commitment to the environment is still present, and the 2013 RDX impresses with best-in-class fuel economy. Acura says the front-drive 2013 RDX will have an estimated 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway, a notable leap from the 2012 RDX's 19/24 mpg.
Available features on the 2013 RDX will include a multi-view rear camera, power tailgate, and voice recognition controls, in addition to standard luxury options. Audio fans will also have options to choose from. The all-new Acura RDX will feature an available Acura/ELS Surround® Premium 10-speaker Sound System with HDD media storage. When you want to hear your favorite driving songs in stunning clarity, this sound system is a must.
Where to learn more about the Acura RDX
The 2013 Acura RDX isn't available yet, but you can now "Get on the List" to be one of the first to own the new model. Head to http://www.acura.com/future/RDX#1 to find the link to sign up. Just enter your name and contact information, and you'll receive exclusive details about the new RDX before they're released to the public. Plus, an authorized Acura retailer will contact you to provide more information closer to the on-sale date. They'll even help you set up a reservation to see the new model!
Signing up is not a commitment to purchase an RDX, and you can step out of the process at any time. If you're ready to learn more about the 2013 RDX, then make sure that you "Get on the List." For information on the RDX and other upcoming models as it is released, make sure that you also look out for upcoming editions of the David McDavid Acura of Plano monthly newsletter.
This March, David McDavid Acura of Plano hosted the Annual McDavid Regional Walk-Around Competition. Seven Sales Consultants from the Honda, Acura, and Nissan stores competed for the chance to advance to the National Walk-Around Competition this May.
We are proud to congratulate David McDavid Acura of Plano Sales Consultant Dan Ulmer as this year's regional winner! This is the second year in a row that Dan has "walked away" with the prize (pun intended). We know he'll do great at the national competition.
As you can see from these pictures, this year's event was a passionate and hard-fought competition. Of course, the real winners are our customers. Stop by our dealership today to experience one-of-a-kind customer service!
Since its launch in 2004, the Acura TSX has seen consistently strong sales and remains a popular choice within the entry-level luxury car market. Part of the Honda family of autos, the Acura brand makes a distinction between the core range of Honda cars and the more luxurious specification offered by vehicles such as the TSX.
For 2012, the Acura TSX is sold in various sedan trim levels, maintaining the same styling and body shape that was introduced for the second generation model in 2009. Ongoing advancements in engine technology saw improvements in performance and fuel efficiency for the 2011 model, and for 2012 drivers have the same option of two different powertrains.
The 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline engine comfortably delivers an impressive 201 horsepower, and up to 172 pound-feet of torque on the manual transmission. That enables strong acceleration and plenty of power across the rev range when you need it, without compromising on fuel efficiency. You can expect up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway from the 2.4-liter, alongside a ULEV-2 carbon emission rating. For those looking for more power, an optional 3.5-liter VTEC V6 amply ramps up the performance, increasing the horsepower count to a gutsy 280, while still maintaining 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
Performance and handling on the TSX is competent and responsive, particularly on the V6, where sport tuning improves acceleration and livens up the ride. The transmission is available either as a six-speed manual, which is sharp, exciting, and responsive, or a five-speed automatic, which is smooth and swift. Performance braking comes as standard, and the ride is both refined and quiet, thanks to a host of enhancements made to ensure that wind and road noise are kept to a minimum.
The interior specification on the TSX is impressive, with a good range of features offered as standard that demonstrates the car's status within its class. Perforated leather seats look and feel the part, with a comfortable, supportive setup for both driver and passengers. Rear passengers have plenty of leg room, as well as strategically placed speakers to help them take advantage of the surround sound stereo system. The spacious interior is great for storage too, and 60/40 split rear seat-backs can be lowered to increase the cabin space if required. Standard automatic climate control also ensures that the temperature remains right, whatever the driving conditions.
Safety is just as integral to the appeal of the TSX, as you might expect from the Honda group. The sophisticated air bag system comprises a total of six different components, with a comprehensive series of sensors to ensure that in the event of a collision, they inflate at the right time, and according to the occupants' positions. The car's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body design minimizes the risk of injury to the occupants in the event of a frontal collision, while anti-lock brakes and stability assist do everything possible to ensure that the driver retains full control of the vehicle. At the same time, standard high-intensity xenon headlights produce a cleaner, whiter light than traditional bulbs, with special lenses that cast a more precise beam, and prevent glare for oncoming drivers.
The Acura TSX boasts simple, stylish looks that sits well within the luxury car class. What's more, despite an impressive specification of safety and performance features, the TSX is priced extremely competitively, starting at just $29,810 for the 5-speed automatic and rising to $38,450 for the top-of-the-range V6.
Q. How can I maintain my luxury vehicle's performance?
A. Luxury vehicles provide a lot of comfort and safety for their drivers. In order to get the best performance from a luxury vehicle, certain considerations need to be made that set these automobiles apart from other models. When you have purchased something that is manufactured to the highest standards, you need to ensure that the vehicle is maintained to the same level. We advise you to focus on four key areas.
The engine is the most important part of any vehicle and must be maintained in the optimum condition. Ensure that the engine oil is changed according to the manufacturer’s instruction, using only the highest grade oil that is compatible with the vehicle. Where possible, contract an authorized dealer to undertake all work, ensuring that only parts supplied or endorsed by the manufacturer are fitted. Remember that for some luxury models, specialist equipment will be required to undertake work on the engine so it is important to ensure that you visit a dealer that uses all the right tools. Regular checks on engine oil levels and coolant should be undertaken to ensure that the engine is operating at maximum performance.
The tires are the next important area to consider on your luxury vehicle. Always purchase the recommended tires for your vehicle. Don’t cut costs and go for cheaper products, as they will not be optimized for your luxury car. Never use tires that are manufactured for other vehicles, or have been reconditioned from a previous model. The wear and pressure on your tires is also critical. Ensure that you check both these factors on a regular basis, and additionally before any journey of a reasonable length. If you are unsure about the condition of your tires, have them checked out by a professional.
Maintaining the brakes on your luxury vehicle is another critical factor to consider. The reality is that the performance of your brakes could determine the outcome of a road traffic accident, and you need to consider your family’s safety. Ensure that you check the brake fluid on your vehicle regularly. If you are unaware how to do this, then ask a dealer to show you. Schedule full checks on your luxury car’s brakes annually at the very least and more frequently if you run up high mileage. Ensure that your technician checks the brakes whenever the car is in for a routine service.
In the event that your luxury car is damaged, it is vital that any repair work is carried out to the highest standard. Do not allow the work to be undertaken by any repair shop that does not specialize in vehicles like yours. Your vehicle may, for example, have a different sized undercarriage to other models, and may have other parts that require special handling. To maintain your luxury car to the standard it was manufactured, your best option is to bring it in to the dealership from which you purchased it. Indeed, the warranty on some vehicles may be invalidated if you have work carried out by repair shops that are not endorsed by the manufacturer.
A luxury vehicle should offer many years of safe, comfortable, and pleasurable driving. Ensure that you demand the highest standards of maintenance and ensure that regular checks are undertaken to keep your vehicle in optimum condition.
Today's technology may be making us more connected than ever before, but are we putting our virtual worlds ahead of the here and now? How often do people talk or text on their cell phones when they should be paying attention to something else, like checking-out at the grocery store or driving a car? Shouldn't there be some boundaries to this constant availability?
We live in a society that expects the instant gratification of real-time connections. Congressmen tweet from the House floor, celebrities blog from behind the scenes, and everyone from teens to grandparents check in through Facebook or text messaging. While there's something to be said for quick communication, this constant connection leaves many people disconnected from their actual surroundings.
Chances are you've experienced the frustration of this disconnect first hand. Whether you've been ready to throttle someone else for their technoholism, or found yourself at the receiving end of some evil glares, it may be time to set up some communication boundaries:
1. No texting while talking to someone else.
If you've ever tried to carry on a face-to-face conversation with someone who is twiddling over their smartphone, you understand the rudeness of this multitasking misstep. If you are the offender, you may think that you are efficiently handling two conversations at once. You are not.
2. No texting or using smartphone apps during a movie or live performance.
Ringtones aren't the only way that a cell phone can interrupt a movie. Your neighboring viewers are usually distracted (and annoyed) by the glow of your phone in the darkened theater. If you can't sit through the show without fidgeting over your phone, you should wait and rent the DVD.
3. No texting or using smartphone apps while driving.
Yes, while driving. That should be obvious, but many drivers see nothing wrong with sending a quick text, or looking up directions while driving down the road. Pull over, use a hands-free device to call someone, or buy a GPS. Taking your eyes off the road isn't just rude, it could cost someone his life.
4. Evaluate your status.
Instead of tweeting or Facebooking every thought in your head, take a minute to think about what your friends want to hear. A non-spoiler endorsement of a movie will probably be appreciated. Graphic descriptions of your stomach flu, or cryptic messages about your loneliness, have ventured into the realm of too much information.
Take a look at your own level of virtual connection. What are your communication boundaries? If you have none, and the virtual world is your stage, your level of online connection might be keeping you from truly experiencing the real world. Take time to turn off your phone, smell the roses, and meet a friend for an uninterrupted conversation from time to time. Don't let virtual connections leave you disconnected.
Few people get the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Strange, considering fruits and vegetables lower blood pressure, lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, lower the risk of digestive problems, are rich in vitamins and minerals, and control the effect of blood sugar which keeps one's appetite under control.
Here are suggestions for getting your nine servings (about 4.5 cups) of vegetables each day.
- Eat different colored vegetables. Not only do they look pretty on your plate, different colored vegetables contain different vitamins and minerals. A good combination includes dark leafy greens, tomatoes (cooked or uncooked), and anything red, yellow, or orange. Sorry, potatoes don't count.
- Set a goal. A simple goal would be to eat nine servings of vegetables each day. A more effective goal would be to incorporate fruits and vegetables into a goal for being healthier. Your goal might include weight loss, being more productive at work, lowering your blood pressure, or getting your spouse to stop nagging you about not eating enough fruits and vegetables.
- Put a fruit bowl in plain sight, preferably one filled with fruit. Food on the counter is more likely to be eaten. You're more likely to opt for fruit if it's in plain sight, unless it's sitting right next to a can of Pringles. Remember, potato chips don't count as a vegetable.
- Bring fruits and vegetables to work. Carrot sticks or apple slices make a great work snack. Not only do they satisfy the mid-afternoon hunger, they provide valuable energy as the day winds down, unlike the six-week old candy bar in the vending machine.
- Include fruits and vegetables in every meal. If you're like most people, you eat every day, multiple times. Put a salad next to the roast beef. Provide a bowl of peas with your spaghetti. Put lettuce and tomatoes on the ham sandwich. It's easy and will help you control your appetite. If appetite control is what you seek, eat an apple 10-15 minutes before dinner.
- Try something new. Just because you don't like brussel sprouts doesn't mean you won't like asparagus. Not only will trying something new increase the likelihood of consuming more vegetables, it will help you ingest a variety of vitamins and minerals.
- Try different recipes. Just because you don't like microwaved zucchini doesn't mean you won't like grilled zucchini marinated in olive oil and topped with seasoned salt. Recipes abound online. Experiment.
- Drink your fruits and vegetables. A quick way to get a serving of fruits and vegetables is to drink your way to health. Instead of a soda, drink fruit juice. Instead of a box of Twinkies, drink a glass of vegetable juice. Make sure, however, you don't negate the positive effects of the fruit with an overabundance of sugar or the positive effects of vegetables with an overabundance of salt. Read labels.
- Involve the entire family. It's a lot harder to choose green beans while your spouse inhales Bon Bons. A family that eats vegetables and fruits together stays healthier together.
- Use common sense: onions instead of onion rings; apple slices instead of apple pie; carrot sticks instead of carrot cake; fruit instead of fruit snacks.
Before you know it, hitting the numbers on your daily servings of produce will be a piece of cake.
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