Lamborghini SUV Concept

April 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Lamborghini is adding another component to its arsenal, which currently includes the sports cars Gallardo (V10, $180k and Aventador (V12, $375k). This time, however, they are introducing an SUV known as the Urus (CNN).

The decision to create an SUV rather than sedan in part hinges on the belief that sedans are “less emotional”, as one Lamborghini spokesperson put it. With  Bentley’s recent release of it’s own SUV concept, and data from Ford showing that one in three vehicles purchased in the US last year were SUVs, the Italian super-automaker is making a competitive business decision.
The basic design resembles the BMW X6, and represents a new class of high-end SUV crossovers soon to erupt in the industry. The Porsche Cayenne and Panamera may have been precursors to the diversification of vehicle type among elite manufacturers such as Lamborghini and Bentley. Soon we may expect other top names like Ferrari and Aston Martin to apply their engineering and design concepts to a sports utility vehicle.
Despite its resemblance to the X6, the Lamborghini Urus would certainly overshadow it with a 640 horsepower engine and price tag well into the high $100k’s. It would also feature handling in the scope of Lamborghini sports cars, and cameras in the place of side view mirrors to check  your blind spots.
As Lamborghini currently sells 2000 cars a year, they would plan to make 3000 of the Urus available to the market. The design concept, production plan, and unconventional approach for the sports car automaker point to a new class of high ticket vehicle that will develop further in years to come.
Inaya Sabbak
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“My Kid Wouldn’t Do That”

April 23, 2012 Leave a comment

My teenage son is preparing to take his written test for his learner’s permit next week. Until now, I haven’t spent much time talking to him about being a responsible driver. This weekend my wife and I sat with him and watched Dateline’s “My Kid Would Never Do That: Driving.” They focused on teens making decisions about texting while driving, getting in the car with a teen that had been drinking or said they were high. The premise of the show was parents secretly putting their teens to the test to see what they would do if faced with these scenarios. All of the parents said they had some sort of conversation with their child about what not to do and to call home if they need a ride. The parents were 99% sure their teens would not get in the car under these circumstances, but most of them did.
My 19 year old daughter started driving when she was 15. I would like to believe she would not put herself in harm’s way. My wife always discussed things with her like not driving with the music too loud, letting her friends change the radio station and answer her cell phone if it rings, and making sure her friends buckle up. The best we could hope for is some of the things we taught her would kick in at the right time when faced with those situations.
Last year one of my daughter’s friends was driving from her college in SC to pick her up in NC, so they could come home for the weekend. It was around 8am when her friend fell asleep behind the wheel. She lost control of the car and it spun around 360 degrees on the highway ending up facing the opposite way. Fortunately, there were few cars on the road and she was not injured. When my daughter reached home, she told us what happened to her friend on the way to pick her up. I was pleased when she told me she stayed on the phone with her friend until she reached my daughter’s dorm. Needless to say, my daughter drove from NC to Atlanta.
As my son spends this week preparing to pass his test, I will definitely take time to go over do’s and don’ts of the roads, peer pressure, driving with his friends and obeying the law(s). Parents please take the time to talk to your children about what they need to do when getting in the car with friends. Hopefully, they will be the voice of reason in a real life situation.

Mike Goodall

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobiles available in the market. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

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Decisions, Decisions…

One of the most frustrating parts of the car buying process is figuring out what vehicle you want to own. Most people see a car and think that’s cool or that’s pretty then realize it just wont work for them and they have wasted time and energy on research and looking around. I strongly recommend making a list of how you use your car on a day to day basis. If you have a 100lb dog you take with you, a Porsche Boxster probably won’t work. Think about your commute, the activities you participate in and if you have other people with you on a regular basis.

Next, you must set a budget. If you don’t, you find youself looking at and falling in love with a vehicle you can’t afford. Knowing insurance, maintence and fuel costs will also help you set up a budget for your next car. Once you have your budget set, you can begin narrowing down the choices. There will be new cars that fit into your budget, but a quaility pre-owned car, will provide reliable service as well. When all is said and done, you will be the one driving and paying for the car. Some homework will help take some headache out of the process.

Carguy Michael

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobiles available in the market. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

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How to find the right car seat for your child

April 23, 2012 Leave a comment

One of the most important purchases for motorists with children is a good quality car seat. Knowing your little one is safe in the back of the car is not only a legal requirement, but will give peace of mind when traveling to your destination.

However, with so many different makes and models on the market, knowing which car seat to choose can be a tough task. There is also the issue of fitting it, as failing to do so properly could lead to all sorts of problems that can be easily avoided.

What does the law say regarding car seats?

At present, the law stipulates that a child must use a car seat until they reach 135cm tall, or the age of 12 – whichever occurs first. A seat needs to be suitable for the youngster’s age and weight, so parents need to avoid thinking that one size fits all.

What types of car seat are available?

Each child car seat is designed for a different weight, which can be identified using the label on the product. This will indicate which weight ranges the seat is suitable.

Group 0 and Group 0+ seats are rear-facing and suitable for babies weighing up to 13kg.
Group I seats are either forward or rear facing baby seats, suitable for infants between nine and 18kg.
Group II seats are forward facing and are often referred to as booster seats. They are designed for children between 15 and 25kg.

Group III child seats are those best suited to children who weigh more than 22kg.

How do I know which car seat to choose?

One of the best ways to make sure the right car seat is selected is to ask for the help of a sales assistant. They are often equipped with advice on the right product to choose and can help make a sound decision when there are so many choices.

It might be worthwhile to try out a car seat before buying, just to see whether it fits properly within an existing car.

How do I fit the child seat?

The best thing to do when it comes to fitting a car seat is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter. It is crucial to make sure the seat is tightly secured in the adult seat and that the seat belt is passed through all the relevant slots.

Another thing to check is that the buckle of the seat belt is not bent over or resting on the frame of the child’s seat, or that the belt is not changed in any way to make it fit.

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When the Rubber meets the Road

When looking for a new car, we tend to concentrate on things like the interior and exterior color, and the engine that sits under the hood. We also dwell on things such as how many miles it has or condition of the tires. Things that sometimes slip by are when the last oil change was performed or if it recently passed emissions.

Now when you add in questions such as “has it been wrecked?”, “is the windshield the original?”, “does it have the navigation disk?”, or “where are the other keys?”, we’re starting to get more thorough. That being said, I believe we have missed one very important detail here: tire quality.

The single most important part of how a car rides is between the road and the car itself. What sits between the suspension and the road is rubber! Now, you might be thinking that all tires are made alike, but you would be very misled if that was the case. Tires come in all different varieties and serve all sorts of different purposes. Take the Nissan GTR for example – this car sits on extremely sticky tires. When you look from the side, they almost look like they have no tread left on them at all. That is because the less tread on these tires, the more surface area those tires have to stick to the road. A large portion of what makes the GTR such an agile and quick car is its grip. If you throw $100 on those rims, you would be amazed at just how quickly the GTR goes from being a Corvette Killer to being just some other rough riding sports car.

There is a similar story for an S-Class Mercedes. A large part of why that car rides so smoothly, yet is able to deliver a pleasing driving experience, is due to the quality of rubber on which it is riding. Take a BMW X5, as well- the thicker tires with the larger sidewall means there is more room to absorb bumps and drive smoothly on the highway. You can even go another direction entirely, and look for off road tires with the ability to conquer the gravel roads you’ve always dreamed of exploring.

Cheap tires often cause a rougher ride, significantly more road noise, and wear out quicker than their more expensive counterparts. If you want your car to perform at its best, you have to keep giving it the parts with which it was designed. There is a reason BMW doesn’t put $50 dollar tires on their 3 series. It is because it really does matter. However, it’s not just about the money when it comes to tires. It’s about a mindset. If you spend $60,000 on an S-Class or $40,000 on a BMW X5, why would you skimp on the tires? These are expensive cars designed to deliver a superb driving experience with little road noise, smooth handling, and easy going highway driving. By putting cheap tires on them, and you take away that cusp- that edge that makes those cars worth $40k-60k. You take away what makes them drive better, feel better, and last longer than some other boring car like a Kia or a Honda. I’m not saying that Kia and Honda’s are bad cars. They are just geared for a different audience. Someone looking for an X5 should not be considering a Kia as well – they are in a different league. The Kia is able to be cheaper by not worrying so much about road noise or how smooth they can make the ride for the people sitting in the back. They also don’t equip their cars with expensive tires out of the factory. This is the other side of the coin from such Luxury Cars we were discussing earlier.

So in conclusion, if you buy a BMW or a Mercedes or even the Nissan (I know the GTR is a rule breaker) you should be prepared to spend more money maintaining its integrity. From Synthetic Oil Changes (yes, it will cost more than $20 to change the oil) to tires, naturally it will cost more to keep these well designed cars delivering the driving experience that you deemed was worth the extra money. So treat it well, give it good tires, a fresh oil change, and, frankly, just the respect the treatment it deserves. In return, it will keep performing the way it was designed to: better than the rest.

 

Lincoln Fantaski

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobiles available in the market. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

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Cadillac outdoes Ferrari?

April 12, 2012 Leave a comment

In a recent commercial Cadillac boasts about an innovative suspension technology in its CTS-V Coupe they claim Ferrari borrowed in its own 458 Italia. This technology, known as “magnetorheological shock absorption “, essentially works via a computer chip that continuously adjusts the magnetic field within the shocks to manipulate the viscosity, or ease of flow, of a fluid containing tiny iron particles.
When the magnetic field is applied the iron bits will align, and the fluid, usually an oil, will flow less freely. When the magnetic field’s intensity decreases the opposite occurs, causing the suspension to become less rigid.

The computer chip, also known an an electronic control unit (ECU), is smart enough to detect the bumps in the road and signal the appropriate magnetic field intensity causing the fluid filled shocks to stabilize the car’s suspension. What’s even more impressive is that these calculations are performed nearly continuously – every millisecond – and are isolated for each tire, creating a smoother driving experience.
The only downside to this system is cost, but it is well worth it to a car enthusiast. Given the seamless mechanics of this suspension, it is easy to understand why Chevy has adapted it to the Corvette, Audi to the TT and R8, and yes, Ferrari to a few of its models.

Inaya Sabbak

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobiles available in the market. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

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How to trust Car Dealer

April 10, 2012 Leave a comment

In this world of slick car dealers and their employees its hard to decide just who to pick and do business with. A reputable dealers ultimate goal should be to acquire a client and keep him for life (or most of it). Relashionship building begins with transparency and honesty. A good dealer should have certain qualities to stand out among wolves, and this leads me to reviews. Google and other search engines are tracking and 1st page ranking based on original customer reviews. Ebay is also a good place to see just how reputable a dealer is. Look at their feedback record. Although no company can please every client you will at least obtain a gauge of what to expect when you pick up the phone or send an email to that dealership. Another point of interest is are they clear with the overall condition of each vehicle. A reputable dealer will have a Free CarFax report on their website. If the vehicle was in an accident they will express that withing the content of the vehicles description. Visit other online review sites such as dealerrater.com, Google reviews, etc are places where you can seek some insight into other people’s prior opinions of the dealer you are working with.

Now let’s talk pricing. A good “Value” does not always translate to cheap pricing. Let’s be real here, if you have been shopping for a car and you find one with the options you want, the color and mileage you have been looking for and the overall condition is just right then it’s ok to bring out a bit more cash for it. Remember it should be all about being fair. Don’t compare the one that had a bad CarFax with another that had a clean one. One’s is worth more than the other another. If you find the car you want, in the condition you want, with all the options you desire you can plan on keeping it for a while then the extra money up front can be saved many times over if the cheaper car ends up with a sketchy repair history. The clean carfax is worth the few extra dollars just for that peace of mind, and trusting your dealer based on their reviews to only deliver quality vehicles can help you narrow down your search too.

Have fun shopping,
Orlando Lopez
PS: We at Select Luxury Cars have a 100% positive ebay feedback and strive to only deliver the highest quality of cars at reasonable prices. We hope other dealers will be as upfront and honest about their vehicle conditions as we strive to be.

Select Luxury Cars, located in Marietta, Ga. on Highway 41, hand “Selects” every vehicle. We specialize in the highest quality automobiles available in the market. Whether you live here in the Atlanta area or anywhere around the world, we will find the exact car you are dreaming of. If you are looking for a Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari or other high end model, begin your search here and we won’t disappoint.

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