Thursday, May 31, 2012

2012 Toyota Yaris Priced for Grads, Starting at $14,115 MSRP at Conicelli Toyota in Conshohocken & Springfield

Low price and great highway MPG are not the only reasons to look at the new 2012 Toyota Yaris, now in stock and available at Conicelli Toyota's Conshohocken and Springfield locations.

With sales up 140 percent in April and 70 percent for the year according to Toyota*, the 2012 subcompact Toyota Yaris proves to be an outstanding choice for performance, comfort, fuel efficiency and safety. And its low price, especially when coupled with the $1000 College Graduate Incentive from Toyota and Internet Pricing from Conicelli Toyota, makes this one of the all-around best and most practical graduation presents for members of the Class of 2012.

The all-new Yaris comes in three-door and five-door liftback models, with available five-speed manual or four-speed electronic automatic transmissions. Powered by an efficient 106-hp four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), it’s EPA-rated to achieve 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway with the manual and 30 city/35 highway with the automatic.

Yaris helps protect its occupants with a reinforced cabin that integrates front and rear crumple zones and energy-absorbing materials in the roof and doors. All five seating positions are equipped with height-adjustable head rests and three-point seatbelts. Also standard are driver and front passenger advanced dual-stage front airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, driver- and front-passenger seat-cushion airbags and first and second row side-curtain airbags.

Toyota’s Star Safety System is standard on all models. It includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST). Toyota is the first full-line manufacturer to make these features standard on all vehicles.

The comfortable cabin provides rear seating for three with headrests in all positions. The interior also features easy-to-reach controls, high center-mounted instrument cluster for excellent on-road visibility, and an array of storage spaces and cup holders. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, rear-window defogger and intermittent wipers.

For an added measure of utility and luggage space, the rear seatback folds down to expand cargo capacity from 9.3 cubic feet to 25.7 cubic feet. A 60/40 split rear seatback is standard on LE and SE grades.

Exterior styling is crisp and contemporary. The grill is accented by sharp character lines that flow into the sleek hood and windshield. To improve aerodynamics and reduce wind noise, outer moldings on the windshield and door glass have been eliminated. In the rear, the tail lamps frame a wide trunk opening.

For those seeking a sportier look and driving experience, Yaris offers an SE model with five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic, 16-inch alloy wheels and tires, sport-tuned suspension, quicker-ratio steering and integrated fog lamps.

All Yaris models come with complimentary Toyota Care, which covers normal factory maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.
The 2012 Yaris is available at Conicelli dealerships in Conshohocken and Springfield, PA, with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices starting at $14,115. Click to view the current inventory of Yaris models in Conshohocken or Springfield.

Conicelli Toyota has two locations, each with a broad selection of Yaris models and other Toyotas to choose from. Conicelli Toyota of Conshohocken, at 550 Ridge Pike can be found on the web at and Conicelli Toyota of Springfield, at 860 Baltimore Pike is at

Conicelli Toyota of Conshohocken was the number-one volume dealer in Pennsylvania in 2011, based on Toyota new vehicle volume sales for 2011 as reported by Toyota.


Celebrate "Maniac Magee Day" in Norristown this Saturday

Saturday, June 2, 2012, Elmwood Park and the Elmwood Park Zoo, at 1661 Harding Blvd. in Norristown, PA will be the location for a full day of events revolving around a beloved book set in Norristown, its characters, and the book's renowned author, Jerry Spinelli, a Norristown native. Conicelli Autoplex is proud to be one of the Presenting Sponsors of this Norristown Bicentennial event.

Maniac Magee is a Newbery Medal-winning novel about a boy who runs all the way across Pennsylvania and finally stops in the town of Two Mills, which is never the same again.

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Norristown Bicentennial Committee will host a series of events, all of which are free and open to the public. This is the latest event in the year-long commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Municipality of Norristown on March 31, 1812.

Among the planned activities to be held at Elmwood Park and the Elmwood Park Zoo:
  • Several scenes from Spinelli's popular 1990 novel, "Maniac Magee," will be recreated by local theatre groups
  • Local students will be selected to perform with the acting troupes
  • Sets will be built to create the backdrop and bring the book to life in the Elmwood Park Zoo, Elmwood Park and the sports fields
  • Five- to fifteen-minute performances will be held throughout the day
  • Meet Maniac Magee author Jerry Spinelli at a question-and-answer session
  • Walk into a Living Storybook
  • See scenes from the novel come alive including a visit to the Elmwood Park Zoo
  • Enjoy Sam Lit from as emcee and Carmen Astrella, original dancer from American Bandstand
  • See the locations where Maniac "lived" and thrived in Norristown
Jerry Spinelli, author of "Maniac Magee"
There will also be vendors with a variety of food, including hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cake, water ice and more at great prices, plus there will be oldies music, sports, baseball and football mini-clinics, and a knot-tying contest with pizza prizes! It should be a day of great fun and activities for kids from 7-15, especially Scouts and Brownies.

Jerry Spinelli is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Maniac Magee (Little Brown, 1990), winner of the Newbery Medal; Wringer, a Newbery Honor Book; and Stargirl (Knopf, 2000) a New York Times bestseller and an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults.

Conicelli Autoplex is proud to be a Presenting Sponsor for the Norristown Bicentennial.

Upcoming events in the ongoing Norristown Bicentennial include:
6/16: Juneteenth Day - A celebration of black history beginning at The Centre Theater
6/16: 8th Annual Norristown Rally for Youth at Greater Norristown PAL
6/23: Gospel Concert at Elmwood Park Band Shell
7/4: 4th of July Parade and fireworks
8/5: Bocce tournament at Elmwood Park
9/15: Festival del Grito de la Independcia de Mexico
9/29: PA State Firemen's convention & parade
More information about the Norristown Bicentennial can be found at and or on Facebook.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Savings Galore for Memorial Weekend at Conicelli Autoplex

This weekend kicks off the summer vacation season, and this year the weather forecasts are fantastic for the Philadelphia area. That makes it a perfect time to come and test-drive that new car, truck, SUV, or minivan that you've been shopping for.

Whether you're looking for a new or Certified Pre-Owned Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Scion, or Toyota, or a Quality Pre-Owned car of any make or model, Conicelli Autoplex has them all. You can count on seeing at least 2000 new, 300 Certified Pre-Owned, and 400 Pre-Owned vehicles. That's over 2700 vehicles to choose from, every day! This weekend, we're open on Friday from 9 to 9, on Saturday from 9 to 6, and on Monday (Memorial Day) from 9 to 6. Take a look at a few examples of the great sales and incentives you'll find this weekend:

The great deals at our two Toyota locations in Conshohocken and Springfield include -- through May 31, 2012 only -- a $500 Customer Bonus Cash incentive available on New 2012 Toyota Corolla, RAV4 and Highlander (gas model). Low APR and No Down Payment plans are also available on many of Toyota's most popular vehicles.
Save up to $5500 off MSRP on a new 2012 Nissan Altima, or choose a Sign and Drive lease ($0 down, $0 first payment, $0 security deposit) for $239 a month at Conicelli Nissan, with many other generous incentives on other Nissan models.

0.9% financing is available (on select models to qualified buyers for a limited term) at Conicelli Honda, or Sign & Drive leases ($0 down, $0 first payment, $0 security deposit) of $89 a month for a 2012 Honda Civic give an example of the kind of incentives that are worth coming in to take advantage of.

At Conicelli Hyundai this weekend, you'll find "Dare to Compare" incentives of up to $750 for owners of competitors' cars. There is also a special -- this weekend only -- on the 2012 Hyundai Sonata, which qualified customers can lease for only $199 a month, or 0% APR financing is available (on select models to qualified buyers for a limited term).

Qualified consumers may choose from several money-saving offers from Hyundai:

• Through May 31, 2012, Hyundai offers a $500 Competitive Owner Coupon incentive on 2012 and 2013 Sonata, 2012 Sonata Hybrid, and 2012 Veracruz, or a $750 Competitive Owner Coupon on 2012 Santa Fe models.

• Also through May 31, 2012, Hyundai offers a $500 Valued Owner Coupon on 2012 and 2013 Sonata2012 Sonata Hybrid, and 2012 Veracruz, or a $750 Valued Owner Coupon on 2012 Santa Fe models.

2012 Norristown Bicentennial Bike Race Sponsored by Conicelli Autoplex

On Saturday, May 19th, 2012, cyclists hit the streets of Norristown for the first ever Norristown Bicentennial Bike Race. The Conicelli street team was out in full force snapping photos and handing out the latest Conicelli swag such as the brand new Mr. Nice Guy frisbees, magnets, Conicelli coffee mugs, key chains and t-shirts.

There were separate races for different age groups, women's-only races, and even a race for kids under 10 years old. With cash prizes and pride on the line, racers were pushing their limits and some even ended up crashing but thankfully no serious injuries took place. 
Victory Brewing Company was a hit with the crowd, providing a few of their current beer selections and delicious BBQ sandwiches.
Conicelli also brought out a few brand new cars of interest for racers and fans to check out, including the all new Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, and Nissan NV Passenger Van.
Between the excitement of bicycle racing, beautiful sunny weather, good people, excellent food and beverage, and the efforts of the event sponsers, the first-ever Norristown Bicentennial Bike Race was a success and will hopefully be back for many years to come.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

They're Not Just Blowing Air: Proper Tire Pressure Saves Money and Increases Safety

Of all the ways to save on gas, keeping your tires properly inflated is easiest to do

Before you start packing the family car for that long-awaited summer trip, think about the single most important way you can offset the very high gasoline prices across the country.

Maintain proper tire pressure. This is by far the easiest way for most drivers to increase their fuel economy. Tires with low pressure will definitely use more gasoline; how much depends on how low they are.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System indicator
Tires with pressure that's too high or with uneven pressure may handle in unexpected ways or lead to an uncomfortable, bumpier ride.
A modern car's suspension system is a marvel of complex engineering and geometry that allows even economy vehicles to run rings around the top cars of only a couple of decades ago. But the weak spot in that system is, as they say, where the rubber meets the road -- the tires. Tires are the one part of the system that the driver can change easily, or that can be changed inadvertently.
The prevalence of large rims and low profile tires, whether they're for fashion or for handling, means that tires are more susceptible to damage from potholes and other road hazards, and are even more finicky about having proper air pressure to produce the expected handling.
It's worth investing in your own air pressure gauge rather than trusting the one at your gas station; they get knocked around a lot and can't be depended on for accurate readings. Don't scrimp; a good mechanical gauge only costs a few dollars.
Don't "fill by eye" and just guess by how the tire looks; you have to use a tire pressure gauge or you're almost certainly going to be either high or low, and every tire may be differently inflated. If possible, check and fill tires only when cold (air expands when it heats up and that would affect your pressure reading). Remember, underinflated tires can be just as dangerous as overinflated tires.
How do you know what the tire pressure is supposed to be? Always look on the driver's door jamb, sill, or pillar and you'll find the manufacturer's specified tire pressure for your particular vehicle. That's the only number you should use, it's the number that makes the car handle the way the manufacturer intended, and it's the point of best balance between MPG, comfort, safety, and tire wear. Do not go by what's printed on the tire itself: that's the maximum allowable pressure, not the normal pressure that's recommended by the manufacturer.
What if your car has a TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system)? Typically, these systems, mandatory since 2008, are meant to alert you to low pressure before it becomes dangerous, not before it becomes inefficient. Some of these systems don't see a problem until the pressure is more than 5 PSI (pounds per square inch) below normal. While that's immensely helpful, if you're running on tires that are 4 PSI low, you're wasting money and adversely affecting handling.
There is one notable exception: heavy loads. If you're going to be really loaded down or towing a trailer, it may be best for you to inflate the tires to a higher pressure. But this should be done only using guidelines that you will find in your owner's manual. Look for "tire pressure" or "towing" sections of the owner's manual and follow the advice there.
At any of the Conicelli Autoplex dealerships in Conshohocken and Springfield, Pennsylvania, customers are always welcome to make an appointment to come in for a free safety check. There's no better way to have peace of mind before your long-awaited summer vacation than to make sure your car is ready for the journey.
"We have a year-round concern for safety, but with kids out of school and families traveling long distances on trips and vacations, this may be the most important time of the year for overall safety checks, says Jack Monteleone, Service Director for Conicelli Autoplex in Conshohocken, PA. "It always makes sense for you to make safety the first concern for you and your family, and we're here to help you with that, six days a week, at any of our five service centers. You can call during business hours or you can make an appointment on our websites 24 hours a day."
Conicelli Autoplex Service Departments
(click to visit a Service Department's web page)
Conicelli Honda 610-828-1400, ext. 2005
Conicelli Hyundai 610-832-7911
Conicelli Nissan 610-825-4200

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

2012 I Spy Mr. Nice Guy Beach House Contest

Conicelli Autoplex held the drawing for its annual "I Spy Mr. Nice Guy" Beach House Contest on Tuesday evening, May 15, 2012, in the showroom of Conicelli Honda in Conshohocken, PA, with the winner receiving a grand prize of one week in a beachfront house in Sea Isle City, NJ.
There were almost 120 Mr. Nice Guy magnets spotted on vehicles during this contest, which started Feb. 5. Most winners had already received a $20 gift card after being spotted with an "I Spy Mr. Nice Guy" magnet on their cars. They were then invited to attend the beach-themed party and drawing that featured great food, toys for the kids, games, and raffles as the registration process got underway. 
English Bulldog, Rachel, in her Beach Costume
There was a limbo contest, $100 hole in one contest, adult and kid best beach outfit contest, and all other kinds of way to win all kinds of cool prizes!
Left to Right: JoAnne Spause, Diana Misini, Cheryl Becht
After the preliminary festivities the eligible contestants randomly chose house keys, with the winner being chosen if their key opened the ceremonial Beach House door. Cheryl Becht of Norristown, PA was the third place winner of a $150 AMEX gift card, JoAnn Spause of Norristown, PA won second place with a $350 AMEX gift card.  The grand prize winner was Diana Misini of Jeffersonville, PA which one the beach house for a week in Sea Isle City, NJ.
Diana Misini from Jeffersonville, PA turns her key to become the
2012 I Spy Mr. Nice Guy Beach House Contest Winner.
Keep your magnets on your car! Mr. Nice Guy will be handing out $20 gift cards throughout the summer to lucky winners who are spotted with a Mr. Nice Guy magnet on their car, and there will be a Christmas-themed contest starting soon.
If you'd like to participate, all you need is to pick up a magnet! Just fill out the form on and we'll be happy to send you a magnet, or you can stop by any Conicelli showroom or service location and pick up a magnet there.
A big thank you goes to Via Veneto Pizza and Family Restaurant for delivering complimentary pizza's to this event. If you want to try the best Sicilian Pizza in the world, go to Via Veneto's on Markley St. right off Johnson Highway. Click this link to check out their website for directions and menu:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Norristown Arts Hill Festival on Saturday May 5th, 2012 from 10 am to 5 pm

Norristown Arts Council presents the 3rd Annual Norristown Arts Hill Festival to be held on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 10 am to 5 pm.  Norristown will be celebrating the 3 year anniversary of Norristown Arts Hill¸ Norristown’s steadily developing Arts and Culture District based at the corners of Main and DeKalb Streets.
The Norristown Arts Council is proud to showcase the beautifully developing downtown Norristown area; to provide entertainment for the greater Norristown Region, and to aid in the revitalization of downtown Norristown through the presentation of a family friendly day of diversity in regional and nationally acclaimed performance ranging from local theatre and church choirs, jazz, rock, folk and dance; to magic, children’s song and dance and spoken word.
This year’s festival includes an expanded set of children’s activities, beginning at 10:00 am, including a performance of “John Henry” by the Centre Theater, an interactive mural activity sponsored by ACPPA, and an array of family and child-friendly performances and activities.
The Festival is free and will host an array of participating vendors of fine arts, performance-related businesses, cultural delicacies, favorite foods, and local/regional services.

Here is a video of last years festival:

The festival is organized by the Norristown Arts Council and has been supported financially by the sponsorship from the Greater Norristown Corporation (GNC), friends in the community, and the Municipality of Norristown. Financial support has also come from local businesses such as Conicelli Autoplex and patrons of the Arts through advertising and sponsorship.

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Kennedy-Kenrick's 2012 Spring Carnival

This past Wednesday, April 18th, 2012, kicked off the Norristown Bicentennial Carnival. The carnival was held at the Kennedy-Kenrick High School grounds from April 18th to April 21st. There were games, rides, games of chance, food, and a dunk tank.
  Conicelli's tent was set up right at the entrance of this event. The Conicelli Crew gave out Mr. Nice Guy magnets, Conicelli footballs, t-shirts, money saving coupons, and a chance to win a beach house for a week in Sea Isle City, NJ this Summer.
  Conicelli brought the new 100% electric Nissan Leaf, Honda CRV, Toyota Sienna, and the Nissan NV for everyone in attendance to check out. Go to to find out more info about the cars that you've seen at this event and other cars that Conicelli has to offer.

Thanks to everyone that came out to the carnival and supported the celebration of Norristown's 200 years of history.

“The goal of the carnival is to provide fun activities for children to celebrate Norristown’s 200 years,” said Councilwoman Cathy Lawrence, the Bicentennial Committee chairwoman, “and raise money for the upcoming bicentennial events from May to September.”

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