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Consumer Car Choices Counter to What Government Mandates


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Declines Despite Fuel Price Increase

TUSTIN, Calif. (February 11, 2010) – AutoPacific regularly tracks the impact of fuel prices on the type of vehicles Americans will consider buying. The results for the just-completed Fuel Price Impact Survey show very surprising results.
Governmental mandates and consumer desires appear to be moving at cross-purposes. At a time when Congress and the Obama Administration are mandating more fuel efficiency, fuel price increases have moderated. Consumer preferences are swinging in the direction opposite what the government desires. Consideration for small cars and hybrids, the most fuel efficient vehicles, is down dramatically, while consideration for pickups and SUVs is up dramatically. Over 1,000 respondents completed AutoPacific’s January 2010 wave of its Fuel Price Impact Study.

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2011 Audi A8 Premium Luxury Reveal


On Monday November 30, Audi AG revealed the all new Audi A8 flagship sedan to the world media in Miami, Florida. There were 850 journalists in attendance from the USA, Europe, South America, China, Japan, Russia… anywhere you can name.
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Capping Audi’s Centennial Anniversary, the launch of the A8 is very significant to the company. The A8 is being introduced in Europe and China earlier in 2010 with the USA getting A8 in Winter 2010 or Spring 2010.
Study Team Visits USA and China The A8 has a special place in AutoPacific’s heart. In early 2006, AutoPacific hosted an Audi study team working on finalizing the concept of the A8. The team was in the USA for about three weeks. After visiting the USA, they spent a month in China where Audi outsells BMW and Mercedes-Benz by two-to-one. This group of engineers, planners, designers, financial experts and production managers were extremely enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and anxious to do what was right for the car and for Audi.
The results of their work is the all new 2011 Audi A8. Wow, what a car!

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Audi A8 Premiere – Launch Gala the Old Way


Old Time Extravaganza Let’s call it a shindig. A Hollywood premiere. Audi celebrated its 100th Anniversary and introduced its all new A8 premium luxury sedan to the world on Monday night in Miami Beach at the renowned Founainbleau Hotel.
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Audi’s Miami Beach Pavilion Hidden by Palm Trees

Audi constucted a monolithic hurricane-capable structure about a quarter mile up Miami Beach in which to hold the affair. The building will be used for about a week with Audi-related events. Media and glitterati on Monday night, dealers, community VIPs, consumers will all get a chance to see the new A8 during the week of November 30.
The total cost for the program is said to be $9.5 – $10million. This is a very significant sum today and goes back to the way automakers used to launch their cars – before today’s huge buget cuts.
Miami Design Week As a sponsor of Art Basel Miami Beach, Audi has provided transportation to various venues and display space for contemporary art.

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Ford's EcoBoost Establishes a Beachhead


Ford Motor Company launched a new powertrain technology called EcoBoost earlier in 2010. EcoBoost will eventually be available on 90% of Ford’s lineup in the USA. The first EcoBoost installations are in Ford’s new D3 Platform vehicles – Ford Taurus SHO, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT, and Ford Flex. EcoBoost’s first installation is a 3.5L V6 with gasoline direct injection and twin turbochargers. Power output on the Taurus SHO is 365HP while on the MKS, MKT and Flex is 355. The EcoBoost 3.5L has 350lb-ft of torque. These technology advancements yield substantially better performance while achieving equivalent fuel economy as a vehicle equipped with a non-EcoBoost 3.5L (of course this is only on paper. EcoBoost is so fun to drive you’ll be in it all the time – achieving equal fuel economy is just a dream).
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EcoBoost a $5,000 Proposition Anyway, EcoBoost is not free. A Taurus SHO is almost $40,000 and the price increase for EcoBoost on the MKT, MKS and Flex comes out to about $5,000. That price includes all wheel drive which EcoBoost requires to handle the power and torque on the front wheel drive platform. So, with the power and price increase, how many is Ford selling?
EcoBoost Installations Running Ahead of Forecast According to George Pipas, Ford’s spokesman for sales reporting and arcane numbers, the Taurus SHO now represents about 15% of the Taurus lineup. This is 5%-pts higher than Ford had estimated. Each Taurus SHO generates $10,000 more economic profit than an average Taurus. Installation rate on the Lincoln MKT is 47%. About 30% of Lincoln MKS gets EcoBoost (and 37% gets AWD). The Flex has about an 11% rate lowest of the four.
So, it appears that EcoBoost is well on its way to being a success even in these tough economic times. In each vehicle line, with the possible exception of Flex, the installation rate is healthy for a performance option. It will be interesting to see what the mix is of EcoBoost engines as Ford continues to roll the technology across its vehicle lines.

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Mitsubishi i-Gas and i-MiEV – Ready for Prime Time?


I have been looking for a chance to drive the diminutive Mitsubishi i-Cars ever since I first saw the photos of them. When visiting Mitsubishi HQ in Cypress, California, there they are in the lobby on display. But it wasn’t until the just finished Outlander and Friends press preview Mitsubishi held in Palm Springs that I was able to drive both of the i-Cars.

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There were two i-Cars at the preview – the i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) – the all electric Japanese kei car that the press is reporting on continuously and its gasoline-powered base car. Lets talk about the gas-powered version first.
“kei” Car for the USA? First, the Mitsubishi i is a very, very small car. It is a Japanese “kei” car meaning it is designed to be a tiny commuter car for dense urban environments. It also means that the car is limited to a 660cc engine. The example we were able to drive was powered by a turbocharged 660cc engine, had an automatic transmission and all wheel drive.

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Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia


It’s not everyday you have the chance to visit a brand spanking new automotive assembly plant, but the new Kia plant in western Georgia (USA, not Eastern Europe) makes Kia latest “transplant” to build new vehicles in the States. Kia began producing the all-new 2011 Kia Sorento in small volumes in fall 2009, right on schedule. Full production begins in mid-November.
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Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) is a 300,000 unit capacity assembly plant situated along Interstate 85 in western Georgia adjacent to the Alabama border. Its location is about 85-miles east up the 85 from the Hyundai assembly plant in Montgomery, Alabama. Surrounding and between the plants are suppliers providing components not only to the Kia and Hyundai plants in the area but some also produce components for Honda, Mercedes, and Nissan plants in Alabama and Mississippi.

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Generation Y Open To New Brands, New Technology And Hybrids


Survey Shows Generation Y Frequently Multitasking While Driving
AutoPacific_VV.jpgTUSTIN, Calif. (October 21, 2009) — Willing to embrace new brands, new technology and alternative powertrains, Generation Y will redefine the automotive market. A just released study on Generation Y new vehicle buyers in the United States shows Generation Y consumers are more likely than the generations before them to consider purchasing a Chinese or Indian branded vehicle, more willing to accept hybrid powertrains, and more likely to want the latest entertainment technology in their vehicle. As the largest generation since the Baby Boomers continues to gain spending power and enter the new-car market, which automakers will win their confidence? AutoPacific’s study underscores the opportunities for automakers to reach Generation Y consumers as they move through their Teen, Young Adult and Young Family life-stages.
“Growing up with continuously evolving technology and electronics has given Generation Y a unique ability to adapt easily to change, a willingness to accept new brands, and an expectation that their vehicle provide the best of what is available,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific, the research firm that conducted the study. Though many Generation Y consumers would choose a trip around the world over a luxury vehicle, Generation Y does expect that the vehicle they buy will be more than just basic transportation. “Generation Y is more likely than older generations to own portable electronics, more likely to research their vehicle options on the Internet, and an astonishing 29%points more likely to frequently multi-task while driving. They know what’s out there, they know the economical and environmental problems we face, and their vehicle expectations reflect that knowledge.”

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Spotlight: Atlantic City – The Gay-Friendly Casino City


Spotlight: Atlantic City – The Gay-Friendly Casino City

Spotlight: Atlantic City – The Gay-Friendly Casino City

Posted by admin on December 5, 2012 at 12:43 am

While Sin City Las Vegas is known for its “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” unwritten rule, hence the attraction of the gay-lesbian community, there are plenty of other casino cities that open its gates and arms for the gays. And Atlantic City, NJ counts among them. If you have never been there or you have just passed by and you never truly got to see its glamorous gambling side, these next few tips should open your eyes.

Take An Alternative Lifestyle Vacation In Atlantic City!

Come to the east coast and you will discover one of the coolest hangouts, relaxation, serious gambling, shopping, and eating places on the Jersey Shore. The managers of a large number of restaurants, bars, hotels, casinos, and clubs have directed their attention on the gay community during recent years. Alternative lifestyle embraced by the gay, lesbians, or transsexuals are no longer considered a taboo by many who are trying to show their support thought their venues. So no matter if you will be reaching Cape May or Atlantic City, it is impossible not to come across a place that will understood you need for discretion, or, on the contrary, of having out by the pool with people with similar taste in men or women.   

Pride Themes For Atlantic City Casinos

During 2014, many casinos and hotels have adopted the Pride theme for their settings, showing their support for the gay-lesbian community and transforming their hotels and casinos into some of the most welcoming places for them. We can mention here the Borgata along with its very special Water Club, or Caesars offering a fully sponsored Win a Wedding promotion soon after the legalization of gay marriages was officially completed. Needless to say for those of you who are on the shy side, there are plenty of online top casinos that will protect your identity and allow you to do all the gambling you want, when you want it. Roxy Palace Casino, Spin Palace, WinPalace Casino, or 888 are just a few of the casinos you will find reviewed and recommended on the onlinetopcasino site.

Don’t Miss The Hottest Gay Bars And Clubs Around

Clubs like Prohibition or West Side Bar are some of the most recommended places for gay people looking t have fun in Atlantic City. There are plenty of special events such as shows, dance parties, karaoke nights, Real Housewives of New Jersey or daily Happy Hours worth looking into. So all you need to do is check out their event calendars and get ready for some memorable nights out.

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Visiting Paris


Probably Paris is one of the most fascinating places in the world. It’s the romantic city for excellence and it’s also the city of well dressed, elegant and chic people.

If you are planning a trip to Paris and you don’t know what you could visit, don’t worry and follow our tips.


What to see

We want to list a few things you can’t really miss when visiting Paris. We are pretty sure you will appreciate our tips.

The Arch of Triumph: this majestic roman building stands in the middle of Place de l’Etoile, in Paris, so called because from the center of this square 12 grand avenues radiate to the rest of the city.

This arch represents the great success of the Roman Empire which could conquer this area of Europe.

Museum of Orangerie: it’s a gallery where tourists can admire the most beautiful work pieces of all times in France, like Claude Monet’s paintings, Waletr-Guillaume post impressionist works.

The Shakespeare and Company Bookshop: Paris means also love for literature and you can easily see this if you decide to visit the Shakespeare and Company Bookshop. The original shop worked as a library and a house for aspiring writers and publishers. It was featured in Ernest Hemingway’s name.

The Institute du Monde Arabe: this institute is the voice of all the millions Arabian people living in France. So the French government decided to found this place together with 22 arabic countries. The complicated design of the institute reveals all the Arabic taste for the extreme architecture.


Happy Nights

If you don’t know how to spend nights in Paris, you can always think to go dancing in a night club of the city or even to go playing some cosmic casino slots from the computer of the hotel. You will surely spend a nice time.


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Luca trumps Max: New Era in Formula One Announced


Thumbnail image for fia-chef_max-mosley_ferrari-boss_luca-di-montezemolo.jpgIf you read our F1 post from several days ago, the world known as Formula One was on the brink of becoming CART Wars, PART II. A majority of the teams who race in the international F1 Championship were prepared (so they said), to launch a breakaway series, due in large part to their dissatisfaction with the requirements set forth by the governing body and its president, Max Mosely.

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