Archive for April, 2008

2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR: The Most Ridiculously Overpriced Mustang Ever?

  Way back when the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR was announced at the 2007 New York auto show, we speculated that it might cost $50,000—maybe $55,000, tops. Turns out we were very, very wrong. Ford today released pricing information for the 540-hp, supercharged ultra-Stang, and it will cost a whopping $79,995 plus a likely $1300 gas-guzzler tax when it goes on sale in May. That’s right folks, more than any production Mustang in history, and more than several Car and Driver favorites. What possible reasons could a person who ponies up eighty large for a Mustang—the same amount as three Mustang GTs—have for passing up so many indelible automotive delights? What thoughts might rush through their heads? A rundown, in order of price: BMW M3 ($55,875): “Sounds too good, not enough torque, engine revs far too high. Why would I want the best car …

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The Future Smart Cars

  If we have weird cars, prototype cars, hydrogen cars, electric cars, we also have “smart cars”. Well, though beat x is more on hip hop and cars, however, I also want to post here about future vehicles and other sorts of street machines which may, in the future, be a part of the hip hop industry. Beat X goes futuristic today. I’ll discuss about future smart cars. Every time we hear about Smart cars, the image that probably comes to our mind is a small car that looks similarly with the micro vehicles and bug design cars. They are. But, as define, Smart cars are also known as the intelligent cars that make utilizes a form of artificial intelligence in order to enhance driving experience. However, they should not be confused with the Zap Vehicle Brand which is one of the …

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AutoTrader.com Ads Announce Expansion To New Vehicles

  AutoTrader.com is launching a national ad push this week to announce that it is expanding from pre-owned vehicles to new cars and trucks, and to show how its new service is different–and better–than the competition’s.Clark Wood, VP/marketing, says the new campaign–which includes TV ads, interactive elements, product integration, and sponsorship-based promotions–is the realization of a trend that began over a year ago: dealers who have sold used cars through AutoTrader had also begun selling their new cars that way. “We have been loading new-car inventory on the system for a year and a half,” he says. Wood says AutoTrader differs from new-car comparison sites like those run by MSN and Yahoo because it lets consumers sift, compare and examine actual cars and trucks on dealer lots, bypassing the need to configure a vehicle, and then see which dealer responds with a …

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Renewable Energy Stocks Podcast; Driving Green Interview With Jonathan Ortiz of Foreign Affairs Auto, “The Integration of Electric Vehicles Will Be Driven by Consumer Demand”

  Foreign Affairs, Florida’s 1st Smart Dealership’s Current Electric Car Portfolio Includes ZAP and Other Electric Vehicles.  www.RenewableEnergyStocks.com, a leading investor news and research portal for the renewable energy sector within Investorideas.com, presents Driving Green, an in-depth interview with Jonathan Ortiz of Foreign Affairs Auto, a dealership established in 1982 that carries a blend of cars ranging from luxury cars to green vehicles. As owner of Foreign Affairs Auto, Florida’s 1st Smart Dealership, Mr. Ortiz provides first-hand perspective of the changing demographics he sees at his dealership of the typical green car enthusiast, and advises new dealers contemplating carrying green autos what it takes to make it a success. When asked how his interest in green cars and electric cars developed and how he became Florida’s 1st Smart Dealership, he responded, “I was attending a University in Rome in 2003 when I …

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Battery maker gets charge out of electric cars – Lithium-ion Business to be worth $28 billion by 2020

  Ric Fulop has probably driven more kinds of hybrids and electric, battery-powered vehicles than anyone in the world, and he says nearly all of them share one characteristic: they’re a ton of fun. Fulop is not yet a household name, but he may be one day because of the lithium-ion battery company he founded. A123Systems is one of the companies General Motors has chosen to develop lithium-ion batteries for the Chevy Volt and its other hybrids and plug-in electric cars. Fulop’s company, which earns its bread and butter by producing lithium-ion batteries for power hand tools, is also working with car, truck and bus companies all over the world. Fulop said he has driven most of their battery-powered vehicles – exactly how many different vehicles he won’t say. But they number in the dozens. “I think people will be pleasantly surprised when they start …

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Hybrid Cars For All Tastes

  With the price of gas rising to astronomical proportions, is it any wonder people are turning to other modes of transportation? More people are riding bikes than ever before. While this definitely saves on the expense of gas and provides exercise to those that would otherwise not take the time to exercise, this option is impossible to many Americans due to the distance they would have to travel. Many are carpooling or using public transportation. The latest innovation seen in the latest car articles involves a hybrid vehicle. A hybrid vehicle is one that combines both gasoline and electricity to power the engine. Because it shares its power with a set of batteries, a hybrid car uses less gas and, in turn, gets better gas mileage. A hybrid car puts out fewer emissions than a completely gasoline powered vehicle. A hybrid …

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Yumans trade in for smaller, more gas-efficient vehicles

  The word “economize” may squeal into drivers’ minds when they look at gas prices around Yuma. In recent months, soaring gas prices have led area residents to begin trading in their large vehicles for more fuel-efficient cars and motorcycles. One such person is Aaron Johnston, a technician at Performance Motor Sports who owns a Bronco truck. He says the truck got seven miles to the gallon and he usually spent more than $300 a month on gas. That changed when Johnston bought a Suzuki DR 350 motorcycle. He says he now gets 52 mpg on his bike. Before “I couldn’t afford to pay for the gas.” Now he is saving money and helping the environment, all at the same time. Salespeople at Yuma car dealerships have also met with customers looking for compact cars rather than sport utility vehicles and trucks. Cesar Ochoa, sales manager for …

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Old cars drive a new business to success

  Technological advances, a renewed interest in classic cars and a successful business model are fueling a local entrepreneur’s expanding business across Texas and around the world. Since its opening in 2006, American Classic Cars of Conroe, has developed a faithful following among vintage vehicle enthusiasts and the attention of other entrepreneurs interested in combining business with pleasure. “Everybody seems to love classic cars,” said Craig Wood, founder of American Classic Cars of Conroe. “In the 80s, a lot of people bought them strictly as investments. Now people are buying them to enjoy as well.” Indeed, quality vintage vehicles have been appreciating in value at a rapid pace, according to Wood. Rare and scarce vehicles easily command six-figure prices – when they can be found. “The vehicles are out of production, so it’s a seller’s market,” said Wood. “Interest in classic American cars is worldwide.” Wood …

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Britain’s in love with the 4×4 forever – Despite the concerted effort of environmentalists and the taxman, all-wheel-drive vehicles are enjoying a sales boom

  Reports of the death of the 4×4 have been greatly exaggerated. Despite swingeing tax rises and an orchestrated campaign by the green lobby, the latest figures show that the vehicles once dubbed “planet killers” are more popular than ever. The findings will come as a shock to the government and environmentalists who had hoped that a raft of new legislation would curb sales of large, fuel hungry 4x4s. Instead, car makers are reporting an extraordinary boom in 4×4 sales in both the new and used car market over the past year. The first three months of 2008 have seen a rise in sales, despite the credit crunch and a wave of belt-tightening in other sectors of the car market. Nick O’Donnell, a spokesman for Chrysler, which manufactures Jeep cars, said: “March was our best month ever for sales of Jeep in the …

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Toyota: Government didn’t fund Prius development

  TOKYO – Toyota says it got no Japanese government money to develop the Prius gas-electric hybrid vehicle. Chrysler says it did — or at least got a lot of support. Japanese government officials said Thursday that Toyota Motor Corp. received support only in government rebates for Prius buyers, but zero funding for developing the popular model. The trans-Pacific controversy started with a March 24 Business Week report that quoted Jim Press, vice chairman and president of Chrysler LLC and a former board member at Toyota, as saying, “The Japanese government paid for 100 percent of the development of the battery and hybrid system that went into the Toyota Prius.” Toyota denied the report – and the Japanese government backs Toyota’s account. Sosuke Tanaka, an official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, said there is no case in which Toyota got monetary aid …

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