Archive for October, 2011

GM Presents David Freeze ‘2011 World Series MVP’ with 2012 Chevrolet Corvette

  Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig presented David Freese with the 2011 World Series MVP. David Freese is one talented player. He became only the six player in history to win League Championship Series MVP and World Series MVP award in the same year. Chevrolet then handed over the keys to a brand new 2012 Chevrolet Corvette to David Freese for winning the MVP. It’s a car worth admiring, just as David’s performance throughout the post season. It should also be noted that David Freese grew up a Cardinal fan, being a St. Louis native. It was extra special winning the World Series and MVP as a St. Louis Cardinal, having all his family and friends with him to enjoy it. He freely admits that he may not understand the full scope of his accomplishments until he has a chance to reflect. That will come …

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Lexus and Scion Brands Top Reliability Rankings

  Two Toyota brands top Consumer Reports reliability rankings for 2011. Lexus has taken back top spot among luxury brands according to Consumer Reports reliability rankings. Ahead of competitors BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Porsche. Toyota’s youth oriented brand Scion ranked tops for reliability among all brands. Placings ahead of Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Subaru. Also placing ahead of the Big Three automarkers. These Top rankings should help Toyota restore confidence among consumers following the unintended acceleration stories from two years ago. It should be noted that nothing was ever found wrong with the vehicles and any accidents attributed were found to have been due to driver error.

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Chinese Carmaker BYD Opens Head Office in US

  Chinese carmaker BYD opened its Los Angeles office today. It’s the first automaker from China to open a North American headquarters. BYD which has Warren Buffett as a major shareholder produces both hybrid and pure electric cars. The company also makes charging systems, solar panels, and LED lighting. BYD which stands for ‘Build Your Dreams’ is based in China however is half owned by U.S. Investors. The North American Headquarters will house fleet sales for both cars and buses. It will also be the centre of design, sales and marketing for both their solar panels and LED lighting divisions. BYD is planing on beginning consumer vehicle sales in 2012.

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‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean to be auctioned

  If you are in the market for a DeLorean time machine you’re in luck. The iconic car from the 80′s hit movie franchise ‘Back to the Future’ will cross the auction block in December. The vehicle is one of the seven original cars used in filming the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy, and one of only three that remain fully intact. An auction spokesman says the car is in running condition, however is not street legal. The silver “time machine” belongs to a private car collector who is planning on auctioning it off through Profiles in History, a high-profile Hollywood memorabilia auctioneer, which takes place Dec. 15th-17th At this point, it’s too early to tell how much the DeLorean will sell for however it has been estimated to go for $400,000 to $600,000. Part of the cars proceeds will go to Team Fox …

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Hyundai’s Elantra could become Canada’s best-selling car

  While the Honda Civic is still Canada’s best selling passenger car. Hyundai’s fast-charging Elantra is on pace to overtake them by the end of 2011. Canadian Sales for the Honda Civic in the first nine months were 37,774 units while the Hyundai Elantra had 36,652 car sales in the same period. The difference rests on momentum. Civic sales are down 20 percent in September and down 12% for the year to date.  Elantra sales on the other hand are up over 35% over last year. This could have been partly caused by the tsunami, however no one can deny the Koreans increased competitiveness over the last few years. No doubt things will get interesting in the next couple months as the numbers become clearer.  

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Jean-Claude Van Damme involved in car accident

  After a night of partying at a local nightclub in Belgium Jean-Claude drove his car into a canal. It appears he was in a rush to get home and accidentally put the car in drive instead of reverse and drove straight into a canal near the disco. Thankfully, the action movie star showed no apparent injuries. The ‘Muscles from Brussels’ even attempted to pull the car out of the canal himself, however was unsuccessful. He later asked a couple security guards from the bar for help and they eventually got his car back on the road. The star then drove off into the night, without any need for a tow truck. Although it was reported he had a drink at the club, a spokesman from the disco said he wasn’t drunk.

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Fonzie’s bike from ‘Happy Days’ to be auctioned

  The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 ridden by the Fonz in Happy Days is going to be auctioned at Bonhams’ Classic California Sale in Los Angeles, on Nov. 12 at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Auctioneers say the iconic bike could sell for $90,000. The big negative is the fact that it doesn’t run. This fact will likely keep the price under $100,000. The bike has a famous pedigree besides the Fonz as it was owned by Triumph dealer Bud Ekins. Who was an American motocross and off-road rider of the ’50s and ’60s who provided the bike for the ‘Happy Days’ TV show. According to its owner, the motorcycle never ran on the “Happy Days” set. The story goes Mr. Winkler couldn’t ride a motorcycle so the studio chose this bike, as it was light and therefore easy for stage hands to push the …

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Oldest Running Car in the World to be Auctioned

  For anyone into antique cars this is the ultimate. At 127 years old, the 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trepardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout is the oldest running motor car in the world. 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trepardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout The car can hit a top speed of 38 mph with a range of 20 miles. It’s expected to sell for up to $2.5 million. The vehicle, which is a steam-powered Victorian machine was consigned by RM Auctions for its annual Hershey auction in Pennsylvania. Alain Squindo, a specialist with RM shared this statement in an interview with the New York Times: “A vehicle like this appeals to a variety of collectors, not just automobile collectors. Anyone with an interest in steam technology or industrial history will recognize the significance of the car.” It will be very interesting to see how much the car …

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BMW 7-Series Sedan crashes into backyard pool

  The driver of a BMW 7 Series Sedan crashed through a house and landed in the backyard pool. It appears the driver was doing some repairs on the vehicle when he stepped on the gas by accident while the car was in gear and caused the BMW to crash through the carport and land in the backyard pool. Driver Ends Up in Backyard Pool: MyFoxPHOENIX.com The accident happened Monday afternoon in Phoenix. Luckily no injuries were reported, although the BMW suffered serious damage. The car also cut a natural gas line along the way, causing the local Fire Department to evacuate the homes around the scene. How did they manage to fish the car out you ask? A make-shift ramp had to be created in order to pull the car out. The cause of the accident is currently being investigated.

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End of model year car buying tips – 2011 or 2012?

  Should you buy a brand new 2011 that must go now or buy the latest 2012 model parked right next to it? Simply put – That Depends! 2012 Fiat 500 Convertible Dealer Year-end Incentives Generally the incentives on the current year’s model will be greater. As a result you will save money today buying that 2011 model over the newest 2012 model. Dealers want to clear their lots of 2011’s before the year-end and will generally be more flexible with pricing to get them off the lot. Who should consider buying year end models? If you plan on keeping the car longer than 5 years, it would generally make sense to take the discount on the 2011 model. By the time you sell/trade in your used car 5 years from now the difference in depreciation will be negligible. When does it make more sense skipping the …

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