Earnhardt Remembered

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It’s always difficult to plan a commemoration ceremony for a beloved figure – people don’t want to make it garish, and people don’t want to create too little of a fuss. This is the conflict NASCAR is facing as the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s death approaches on February 18, 2010.

An article with autoweek.com explores this question tactfully. NASCAR is acutely aware of this problem. Jole Chitwood III, the new president of Daytona International Speedway, is the one to solve a solution to this dilemma. He shared with autoweek.com, “That’s an excellent question…and I’m not sure there’s a right answer. Other than the fact that we have to be respectful of what he did for the sport, and anything we do will be respectful, understated and appropriate.” A statue was already erected in Earnhardt’s honor, and several bleachers are named after him as well.

Most likely, a moment of silence will be held for the late driver, and there will be a piece about him in the program. Our auto shipper companies believe that NASCAR will handle this conflict smoothly and respectfully.

Buick Rejuvenation

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As car brands grow, they are identified with certain demographics. A Benz flashes by on the road, and we think one thing about the driver. A ’91 Honda Accord limps in our rearview, and another demographic pops into our head. Buick recognizes that their demographic is identified with the older set (read: geriatric), and while they seem to have no desire to lose this group, they are setting their sights on a crowd that’s a bit fresher.

To start this journey, Buick has Dave Lyon, executive director of North American interior and global cross-brand design, to begin to implement changes. Lyon is confident in the brand’s rejuvenation, according to an article with autoweek.com. Changes will be both visually and technologically based, including tinting of glass and “…a trend toward electrification of powertrains.” Our auto shipper companies know how important it is to reach different demographics in order to keep a company alive – because of this, we wish Buick good luck in these changes and look forward to seeing the fruits of that labor.

GM Approaches Bailout Payback with New Strategy

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General Motors is ready to complete their bailout deal with the government, and it looks like they may be going to foreign soils to get what they need.

GM received a $50 billion loan from the government through the bailout program, and has paid back $6.7 of this loan back. Rumor has it that GM is, “expected to court foreign investors as well as those in North America,” according to an article on USAToday.com.

According to the same article, there is talk that General Motors is in conversation with SAIC, a company owned by the Chinese government, about, “buying a stake in the Detroit company.”

As talk increases of General Motors being able to convince companies across the world to invest in their company, government hopes rise that the debt owed will be speedily repaid. The government may start receiving the $43 billion as early as mid-November.

Our auto shipping companies thinks GM should have no problem interesting foreign investors in a piece of their company – especially with the electrical vehicle buzz for the next few years.

Nissan Announces Luxury Electric

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Nissan just announced its plans to enter the electric car ring, and they are doing it with style.

In late September, Nissan released a sketch of the new luxury electric vehicle they plan to add to their line sometime later this year. The Detroit Free Press reports that the all-new Infiniti EV will be based on the Nissan Leaf, the brand’s first electric car. Nissan announced the Infiniti EV will be, “a stylish, high performance five-seat luxury vehicle with zero-emissions technology.”

The Leaf will be in direct competition with Chevrolet’s new electric vehicle, the Volt.

General Motors announced they may plan to join in the luxury electric car group with a electric Cadillac model.

Infiniti Vice President Ben Poore said the new Infiniti EV “will play a major part of Infiniti’s ‘eco performance’ strategy that will see a greater focus on hybrid and EV technology.”

Our auto shipping companies couldn’t be more excited for these changes, and wish all the companies joining the electric car phenomenon good luck.

BMW Prices Rise

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While many costs are going down around the country, there are some brands that can afford to stay up.

Luxury vehicle brand BMW announced in late September that, “it will raise prices on most U.S. models an average of 1 percent effective October 1st,” according to an article on autonews.com.

The increase breaks down close to the following: 1-series prices will go up by $300, the 3-series by $500, and many of the 7-series sedans, Z4s, and X5s crossovers will be experienced a $500 increase.

BMW announced that many prices are going to remain the same, including, “the redesigned 5 series, introduced earlier this year; the ActiveHybrid X6 and 6 series; the ActiveHybrid 7 and the 5-series Gran Turismo.”

The article offered no explanation why the prices will be raised in October. However, our auto shipping companies know that businesses often have to make tough decisions – BMW most likely had sound logic for this price increase.

Audi Revolution

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Audi is stepping up its game, right at our fingertips.

According to an article on USAToday.com, Audi will be releasing an even more convenient navigational system in their new A8. This “luxury flagship” is available for purchase in November for $80,000.

Traditional navigation systems are slowly being outdated by newer navigational systems in phones and the fact that they are just so darn inconvenient. Older systems have a keypad much a like a computer does, and the driver must tap on each letter until the system gains enough information to supply options. The A8 will instead have a screen installed into the center consul that is touch sensitive – that is, the driver can literally draw the letter on the screen. Like the older versions, the device will supply possible destinations after it garners enough information. But this one does not require the driver to take their eyes off the road for nearly as long as the old model does.

Our auto shipping companies can’t wait to sketch on the new touch screen ourselves, and hear what our customers think of the technology once it is released in November.

Fit Problems

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If you are a Honda Fit owner and have been experiencing headlight problems, you are not alone.

USAToday.com reports that the government has began an investigation of the subcompact car. Several consumers have reported, “that the vehicle’s low-beam headlights stopped working.” The investigation will include 133,000 cars produced from 2007 to 2008.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also promptly got involved – they received eight different reports of low-beam headlights not working properly. According to the article, the problem can be alleviated by changing a wiring harness connector and headlight switch.

Our auto shipping companies would like to take the time to recommend to any Fit owners to bring the car into your local Honda dealership as soon as possible. Even if a recall has not occurred yet, a simple fix will save you time and stress later. Thanks for keeping you and yours safe on the road.

Welcome the Leaf

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Reservations aren’t just for popular restaurants.

Consumer excitement is mounting for the wave of the future – electric cars. Nissan is enjoying this elevated excitement, as they reached their goal sale number for the new all-electric Leaf. According to an article on USAToday.com, Nissan obtained 20,000 reservations for the electric wonder. This goal was met three months before Nissan projected they would.

This is quite the feat, especially when the car is not available to test drive yet. Nissan has created a “Drive Electric Tour” in twenty-three U.S. cities to garner interest and give people a chance to try out the Leaf before it is available in dealerships.

The Leaf will be available in December for a reported $32,750. Federal and state tax credit will lower this price by thousands in different locations around the country.

Our auto shipping companies congratulate Nissan on meeting their sales goal, and want to share our excitement to try these new electric marvels on the road when they come to our cities.

Scootin’ In

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Looks like BMW’s Mini brand is not content just to stay in the car business.

According to an article on USAtoday.com, Mini shared three concepts for a Mini Scooter E at the Paris Motor Show in late September. Apparently, the E stands for electric. Clever.

Reportedly the scooters will be, “spontaneous, flexible, CO2-free mobility. Using as smartphone as the ignition key, the concept integrates infotainment, communication and navigation systems. The MINI Scooter E Concept is powered by an electric motor which can be recharged at any conventional power socket using an on-board charging cable.” Mini is renowned for producing small, reasonably priced trendy vehicles for the big city sets. Scooters are a natural progression for the company to provide an even cheaper alternative to cars for those in cityscapes.

Our auto shipping companies love the ingenuity and are excited to see the final three models. We wish the Mini brand good luck in their scooting endeavor.

More than Forty?

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Chevrolet may have more to brag about with the new electric Volt than originally projected.

An article on freep.com reports that Chevrolet may be able to promote its Volt as being able to obtain 50 miles on battery power alone. Previous numbers claimed that the Volt could only go for 40 miles before the gas-powered engine kicked in. After the battery runs out, the Volt can reportedly go another 300 on a full tank of gas.

Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency will determine whether or not it is accurate to advertise the Volt being able to go for 50 miles on battery power. Driving factors affect how long the car can last on the battery, including road conditions, driving techniques, as well as other factors.

Chevrolet’s spokesperson Rob Peterson says, “We’ve had engineers to it. It’s not a pip dream.”

Our auto shipping companies are curious about the final numbers, and congratulates Chevrolet on the new Volt – regardless of the battery mileage.