Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Luxury’

The Worldwide Luxury Car Industry

Here’s an interesting infographic from Autoinsurance.org on the worldwide luxury car industry. The Porsche 911 Carrera being in the top spot isn’t too surprising, as it has been the Car Connection’s top-ranked luxury car for four out of the past 7 years. Used Porsches are among our top sellers here at Select Luxury Cars, and have been a longtime favorite of many.

Here’s a list of their top 10 with links directly to our inventory pages for each make / model so you can get there easily. If we’re out of the particular model you’re looking for, feel free to fill out our vehicle finder form so we can let you know when we find what you want.  Enjoy!

10: Mercedes-Benz G-Class
9: Porsche Cayenne
8: Lexus LS 600h L
7: Mercedes-Benz SL Class
6: Bentley Continental Flying Spur
5: Rolls-Royce Phantom
4: Mercedes-Benz CL Class
3: Bentley Continental GT
2: Audi R8
1: Porsche 911 Carrera

The Worldwide Luxury Car Industry
Via: Auto Insurance

If you’re ready for one of these beautiful cars, or something else, visit us online at http://www.SelectLuxury.com, call us at 770-421-0070, email us at admin@selectluxury.com, or visit our dealership showroom at 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta, GA 30060.

The Birthday of the Speeding Ticket

I read this morning that today is the birthday of the speeding ticket.  Many of us have gotten speeding tickets over the years, but no one likes the sudden appearance of blue lights flashing behind them when they’re on their merry way home from work, or anywhere else for that matter.  Especially if you drive an exotic sports car, such as some of the ones that we sell here at Select Luxury Cars, the police just might assume that you’re going to speed just because you drive a car that can go double, triple, or more over the highway speed limits.

In the immortal words of Joe Walsh in “Life’s been good,” “My Maserati does 185.  I lost my license, now I don’t drive.”

(For you fans of the song, here’s a video of Joe Walsh performing it live at Wembley Arena)

So in honor of, or perhaps in a warped tribute to, the first speeding ticket, here are a few facts and tips.

From Wikipedia’s entry on “Traffic Ticket,” here’s some speeding trivia:

  • The fastest speeding ticket in the world allegedly occurred in May 2003 in Texas. It was supposedly 242mph in a 75mph zone. The car was a Swedish-built Koenigsegg CCX, which was involved in the San Francisco to Miami Gumball 3000 Rally.[5]
  • The fastest convicted speeder in the UK was Daniel Nicks, convicted of 175 mph on a Honda Fireblade motorcycle in 2000. He received six weeks in jail and was banned from driving for two years.[6]
  • The fastest UK speeder in a car was Timothy Brady, caught driving a 3.6-litre Porsche 911 Turbo at 172 mph on the A420 in Oxfordshire in January 2007 and jailed for 10 weeks and banned from driving for 3 years.[7]
  • Also, in the UK visiting from Japan, Kazuhiko “Smokey” Nagata did 324kph (201mph) on the A1M in a RB26DETT powered Toyota Supra tuned by the company he founded, Top Secret. He was arrested, fined, and banned from driving in the UK. Numerous videos on YouTube show the top speed run, which was filmed by Video Option reporters. One of the reporters hid the tape in his jeans to avoid it being confiscated and being used as evidence against Smokey.
  • The most expensive speeding ticket ever given is believed to be the one given to Jussi Salonoja in Helsinki, Finland, in 2003. Salonoja, the 27-year-old heir to a company in the meat-industry, was fined £116,000 for driving 80 km/h in a 40 km/h zone. The uncommonly large fine was due to Finnish speeding tickets being relative to the offender’s last known income. Salonoja’s speeding ticket was not the first ticket given in Finland reaching six figures.[8]
  • Film actor and director Harry Myers received the world’s first speeding ticket in 1904, Dayton, Ohio, police ticketed Harry Myers for going twelve miles per hour on West Third Street.[9][10]
  • (Note: according to the US Census Bureau, as referenced on the blog Ask MJ : May 20th, 1899, Jacob German (a New York City cab driver) was arrested for speeding. He was also driving 12 miles per hour, down Lexington street in Manhattan.  He was imprisoned in the East 22nd Street station house.  He didn’t have to surrender his registration and license, as those weren’t required by law until 1901 in New York.”)
  • Another early speeding ticket was issued in 1910 to Lady Laurier, the wife of Wilfrid Laurier, Prime Minister of Canada, in Ottawa, Canada, for exceeding the 10 miles per hour speed limit.[11]

Now for the advice:  What do you do if you get pulled over for speeding?  What do you do if you can’t talk your way out of a ticket?

Well, this post on Lifehacker offers 18 tips, both to avoid getting the ticket in the first place, and to get it dismissed if possible.  The first 4 tips I’ve quoted here, but for the rest visit their site via the link above.

1. Get your attitude right.

Fighting with the police officer never increases your chances of leniency. You want him to like you. Prepare to achieve this goal.

2. Turn your car off, and turn the interior lights of your car on.

Place your hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel and remove your sunglasses or hat. Some people even advise you to place your keys on the roof of your car as a sign of total submission. Never, ever get out of the car.

The whole point of this is to take any unnecessary tension out of the encounter. You want the officer to be comfortable. Imagine the types of people and the dangers that most officers have had to deal with. Be just the opposite.

3. Be very polite and do exactly what the nice cop with the big gun says.

Save your pleas until after the basics are finished. Many officers will never speak to you until after they’ve done the basics. It’s almost a litmus test for jerk drivers.

4. Once the officer has gotten your information, ask him politely if you may speak to him about your violation.

If you know you broke the law, admit it vehemently and tell the officer that he was completely right for pulling you over. Honest officers will admit that there is a lot of pride in police work, and, if you can sufficiently satisfy the pride factor, sometimes officers don’t feel it necessary to punish you any further. The better you make the officer feel; the more likely he’s going to like you enough to let you go.

One thing I’ve found helpful is to have your driver’s license and proof of insurance in hand by the time the officer gets to your car.  They’re going to ask you for it anyway, so start things off right and have it ready.  You want to show them the courtesy of making their job easier.  If you’re going to have to reach into your glove compartment or anywhere else not in plain sight, let the officer know where you’re reaching and why.  You may not be a criminal, but the officer never knows what will happen when they pull someone over.  Making them feel at ease works in your favor as well.

Another suggestion: pull over somewhere out of the way – if you are on the highway and an exit is coming up, put your turn signal on and go ahead to the exit, then pull over in a parking lot or somewhere safe.  The officer won’t be as happy if you pull over on a highway full of fast-moving cars as he or she will be if it takes an extra 30 seconds or so to go somewhere safer.

We hope this is both helpful and entertaining!  If you’re in the market for a used luxury car or a preowned sports car, visit our website or stop by our Atlanta pre-owned auto dealership. Or click here for Mapquest directions to Select Luxury Cars.

Select Luxury Cars | 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta, GA 30060 | 770-421-0070 | 1-800-283-7224 | info@selectluxury.com

Featured Vehicle: 2006 Maybach 57S S

This is an uncommon find. Maybach is among the most luxurious cars made, and we have a beautiful 2006 Maybach 57S in stock right now, on our showroom floor at 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta GA 30060.

To own this magnificent car, call us at 770-421-0070, email us at info@selectluxury.com, or visit us on the web at http://www.SelectLuxury.com.  There are many more beautiful photos on our site – go here for the page for the 2006 Preowned Maybach 57S in Atlanta.  If that link is not working, the Maybach has found a new home, but feel free to browse our other Atlanta preowned luxury & sports car inventory.

Here are a few details:

2006 Maybach 57S Passenger Side Door Closeup View

2006 Maybach 57S Passenger Side Door Closeup View

  • Internet Price:  $189,900 (Original MSRP: $379,35o)
  • Exterior: Baltic Black
  • Interior: Black Exclusive Leather
  • Stock #: 10689
  • Engine: 6.0L V12 engine
  • Carfax One Owner


    View Carfax Report
    Not all accidents or other issues are reported to CARFAX. The number of owners is estimated. See the full CARFAX Report for additional information and glossary of terms. 12.May.2010 14:23:30

    Carfax Highlights

    2006 Maybach 57S Driver Front View

    2006 Maybach 57S Driver Front View

    • No Accidents / Damage Reported to CARFAX
    • No Airbag Deployment Reported to CARFAX
    • Vehicle Qualifies for the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee
    • No Structural/Frame Damage Reported to CARFAX
    • No Manufacturer Recalls Reported to CARFAX
    • No Indication of an Odometer Rollback
    • CARFAX 1-Owner
    • No Total Loss Reported to CARFAX
  • VIN #: WDBVF79JX6A001764
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Mileage: 28,347
2006 Maybach 57S Passenger Front View

2006 Maybach 57S Passenger Front View

*MAYBACH S!

*MSRP $379,350

*SOLAR MODULE / SOLAR POWER CABIN VENTILATION: $2,150

*RETRACTING FOLDING REAR TABLE (RIGHT): $2,175

2006 Maybach 57S Back Seat Interior View

2006 Maybach 57S Back Seat Interior View

*RETRACTING FOLDING REAR TABLE (LEFT): $2,175

*ACTIVE VENTILATED SEATS / FRONT: $1,550

*ACTIVE VENTILATED SEATS / REAR: $1,550

*DUAL 9.5″ FLAT SCREEN COLOR VIDEOS MONITORS , TWO HEADPHONES!

*REAR-CABIN AUDIOVISUAL SYSTEM W/DVD PLAYER , SINGLE-FEED 6-DISC CD CHANGER, VHF TV TUNER , AUXILIARY INPUTS AND REMOTE CONTROL.

*KEYLESS GO!

2006 Maybach 57S Driver Interior Door Controls Closeup View

2006 Maybach 57S Driver Interior Door Controls Closeup View

*REAR VIEW CAMERA W / PARK ASSIST!

*ELECTRIC TRUNK CLOSER!

*CARBON FIBER WOOD!

*10 AIRBAGS (FRONT : DUAL FRONT , DUAL SIDE , DUAL HEAD PROTECTION CURTAINS , REAR : DUAL SIDE , DUAL HEAD CURTAINS)

*DYNAMIC MULTICONTOUR HEATED SEATS WITH MASSAGE FEATURE!

*INTEGRATED CELL PHONE IN FRONT , BLUETOOTH CONNECTOR AND CELL IN REAR!

*BOSE SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM!

*SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO!

*REAR FRIDGE!

2006 Maybach 57S Champagne Flutes View

2006 Maybach 57S Champagne Flutes

*NAVIGATION SYSTEM!

*BI-XENON HEADLAMPS!

Maybach 57S S Standard Equipment

EXTERIOR

  • Monocoque body structure w/41% high-strength/low-alloy steel
  • Pwr sunroof above front cabin w/tilt/sliding, tinted glass, express- open/close, memory
  • Bi-xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps w/automatic level control, light-sensing auto-on headlamps, heated headlamp washers
  • Halogen front fog lamps
  • Single rear fog lamp
  • Programmable daytime running lamps

    2006 Maybach 57S Gauges Closeup View

    2006 Maybach 57S Gauges Closeup View

  • Infrared-reflective glass w/laminated front, rear, side glass
  • Dual power mirrors w/automatic heating, power fold-in, memory, driver-side auto-dimming
  • Passenger-side exterior mirror parking assist (programmable to tilt down when shifting into reverse)
  • Dual aero-blade rain-sensing windshield wipers w/soft-reverse, heated windshield washer system

INTERIOR

  • Power heated front seats w/automatic head-restraint height adjustment, 5-position memory
  • Individual heated rear seats w/pwr-adjustable seatback/cushion angle, head-restraint height/angle adjustment, 5-position memory
  • Grand Nappa front/rear leather seating surfaces & head restraints
  • Rear-seat head restraints w/adjustable side wings

    2006 Maybach 57S Passenger Front View

    2006 Maybach 57S Passenger Front View

  • Front/rear pneumatically adjustable seatback support chambers-inc: (3) in lumbar, (1) in shoulder area, (1) in each side bolster
  • Front/rear occupant-activated massage seatbacks
  • Grand Nappa leather on dash, console, doors, armrests and rear shelf
  • Center console multifunction display-inc: trip computer, Flexible Service System, oil level, digital speedometer, radio/CD status, phone book, DVD based navigation system, reminder/malfunction messages, programmable settings, Distronic settings, phone status, tire pressure monitoring system SIRIUS satellite radio w/lifetime subscription
  • Dual retractable cup holders in center instrument panel
  • Velour floor carpeting & floor mats
  • Nappa leather/wood trim heated steering wheel-inc: tilt/telescopic steering column, illuminated audio/phone controls, easy exit feature
  • Instrumentation-inc: analog speedometer, tachometer, coolant temp, outside temp, Touch Shift gear selection display, sport/comfort shift mode display
  • Rear roof instrument cluster-inc: clock, speedometer, outside temp

    2006 Maybach 57S Hood Ornament Closeup View

    2006 Maybach 57S Hood Ornament Closeup View

  • Pwr windows w/one-touch express-up/down
  • Pwr door locks w/drive away locking
  • (3) button garage door control
  • SmartKey memory feature-inc: driver seat, steering column position, climate control settings (up to (3) users per car)
  • SmartKey w/integrated Keyless Go remote control-inc: panic alarm, door locking/unlocking, sunroof, trunk/windows opening/closing, fuel filler door (Option will automatically be selected for all orders. Please call Maybach Assistance Center to delete this option)
  • Tele Aid GPS w/collision/alarm notification, stolen vehicle tracking, remote keyless unlocking service
  • Distronic adaptive cruise control w/digital display
  • Parktronic audio parking assistant
  • Integrated Motorola V600 or V710 digital telephone in front cabin-inc: instrument panel & audio system display, steering wheel controls, Multi-Handset Interface (MHI) cradle, external antenna and microphone for handsfree communication
  • Bluetooth adapter for rear cabin mobile phone-inc: Motorola V600 or V710
  • Antitheft alarm system w/tow away protection
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Quad-zone automatic climate control w/individual controls for automatic/manual settings, electronically adjustable vents, rest mode (ventilates cabin or recirculates heat up to 30 minutes after car is off)
  • Electrically heated rear window w/automatic shutoff
  • Filters-inc: electrostatic dust/pollen, active charcoal w/smog-sensor
  • Bose Everywhere AM/FM/CD player & (6) disc CD changer w/21-speaker Dolby surround sound system, Bose AudioPilot digital processor, weather-band radio

    2006 Maybach 57S Rear View

    2006 Maybach 57S Rear View

  • (2) sets of rear seat headphones
  • Dual Rear-cabin 9.5″ TV monitors w/remote control, DVD player
  • Diecast magnesium lockable glovebox w/illumination, soft opening
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/memory
  • Alcantara headliner
  • Pwr rear window curtains
  • Dual front illuminated vanity visor mirrors w/magnifying & standard lenses
  • Dual rear cabin illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Lighting-inc: dual front map lights, rear cabin environmental comfort lighting, dual rear reading lamps located in side panels, (2) lamps integrated w/dome lamp, entrance lamps in all doors & beneath exterior mirrors
  • Rear center console w/storage, 12-volt power outlet, dual cup holders
  • Rear center console refrigerator
  • Rear center console controls-inc: central locking, interior lamp dimming, rear window curtains, Tele Aid SOS button
  • (2) rear retractable 4-way adjustable folding tables w/wood/chrome/leather trim

MECHANICAL

  • 6.0L V12 engine w/twin liquid-to-air intercooled turbochargers

    2006 Maybach 57S Engine Closeup View

    2006 Maybach 57S Engine Closeup View

  • Driver-adaptive 5-speed automatic transmission w/touch shift control, sport/ comfort modes
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Independent front double wishbone suspension
  • Independent rear 5-arm multi-link suspension
  • Airmatic dual control air suspension w/4-wheel level control
  • Sport suspension-inc: firmer recalibrated ADS and Airmatic systems
  • P275/45R20 tires
  • 20″ x 8.5″ cast alloy wheels
  • Recirculating-ball steering w/speed-sensitive power assist
  • 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes w/emergency-sensing brake assist
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Sensotronic brake control 4-circuit braking system w/Soft Stop, predictive brake priming, automatic brake-pad drying, adaptive brake pedal
  • 29.1 gallon fuel tank

SAFETY

  • Driver & front passenger airbags w/dual deployment levels based on impact severity, front passenger occupancy sensor

    2006 Maybach 57S Passenger Interior View

    2006 Maybach 57S Passenger Interior View

  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags on all seating positions
  • 3-point front/rear seat belts w/Emergency Tensioning Device (ETD), belt force limiter, automatic comfort fit
  • BabySmart system (deactivates front passenger airbag when BabySmart-compatible child seat is installed)
  • Rear seat tether anchors (LATCH)
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • Illuminated emergency trunk release handle
Select Luxury Cars is a pre-owned luxury auto & sports car dealer, specializing in luxury automobiles, highline and exotic sports cars, and other performance vehicles.
BH994N65PGGE

Buyer Beware: Great Article from the BBB on VIN Cloning

We at Select Luxury Cars want to do what we can to help you avoid getting ripped off.  From time to time we will post information that we feel is useful to you.   This article on the Better Business Bureau website, titled VIN Cloning Swindles Luxury Car Buyers, is a few years old but the information in it is as valid as ever. This usually happens in private-party transactions such as buying from an individual who has advertised on Craigslist or in the local newspaper, but some dealers do end up with such cars if they aren’t careful about doing their due diligence on each and every vehicle (don’t worry – we are VERY careful about this!).

From the BBB article:

This type of scam artist preys on middle-income consumers who are thrilled to get a great deal on an expensive vehicle. To help prevent falling victim to VIN cloning, the Better Business Bureau suggests the following:

  • Be extremely cautious if you see a late model luxury car selling significantly under normal market price.
  • Do not fall for the “we need cash quickly” excuse; exercise due diligence.
  • Check the VIN number on the dashboard against the car’s title documents. If there is a discrepancy, that is a definite red flag.
  • Make certain the dashboard VIN number also matches the number under the hood and at the door jamb on the driver’s side.
  • Closely examine the car’s title, registration and other documents. Fake documents sometimes contain misspelled words, which points to something amiss.
  • If you still have questions about the validity of the vehicle’s VIN, obtain a comprehensive vehicle history report.

If you feel like you might be a victim of VIN cloning, contact your local police department.

Select Luxury Cars has an A+ Rating by the Better Business Bureau and are a BBB Accredited business.   A link to the BBB Reliability Report for Select Luxury Cars is here. We also provide CarFax reports on all of our cars – we want you to feel completely at ease when making a major purchase such as a used luxury car.

Featured Vehicle: 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra Convertible

April 30, 2010 1 comment

Here’s another beauty for you muscle car fanatics out there.  Far more than just the “average” Mustang, which I happen to like a lot anyway, this 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra Convertible is a real stunner and won’t leave you disappointed. It’s in showroom condition inside and out, black with a charcoal interior, manual transmission with a 5.4L DOHC supercharged & intercooled V8 engine.  After the video slide show, there are lots more details below.

This beauty is currently at our Atlanta used sports car dealership at 985 Cobb Parkway South, Marietta, GA 30060, near Atlanta, GA.  To arrange a test drive, or to buy it and have it delivered to your door, call us at 770-421-0070 or toll free 1-800-283-7224.  Or you can email us at info@selectluxury.com.

  • Exterior: Black

    2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible front view closeup

    2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible front view closeup

  • Interior: Charcoal
  • Stock #: 10529A
  • Engine: 5.4L 32-valve DOHC supercharged & intercooled V8 engine
  • Carfax Highlights
    • No Accidents / Damage Reported to CARFAX
    • No Airbag Deployment Reported to CARFAX
    • Vehicle Qualifies for the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee
    • No Structural/Frame Damage Reported to CARFAX
    • No Manufacturer Recalls Reported to CARFAX
    • No Indication of an Odometer Rollback
    • CARFAX 1-Owner
    • No Total Loss Reported to CARFAX
  • VIN #: 1ZVHT89S085140364
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Mileage: 6,323

*CARFAX CERTIFIED!

*ONE PREVIOUS OWNER!

*MUSTANG SHELBY GT500 COBRA CONVERTIBLE!

*LOCAL TRADE IN!

*ALL SERVICE RECORDS!

*SHAKER 1000 SOUND SYSTEM!

2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible rear view

2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible rear view

*XM SATELLITE RADIO!

*IN-DASH 6-DISC CD CHANGER!

*REAR SPOILER!

*LEATHER SEATS!

*MUSTANG COBRA CAR COVER!

*SHOWROOM CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT!

2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible passenger front view

2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible passenger front view

Included Optional Equipment

  • SHAKER 1000 AUDIO SYSTEM[918]
    • Original Price:$1295.00
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • CD Changer
    • CD Player
    • MP3 Player
    • Premium Sound System
  • 6-SPEED TREMEC MANUAL TRANSMISSION[44E]
    • 6-Speed M/T
  • SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO[50S]
    • Original Price:$195.00
    • Satellite Radio

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible Standard Equipment

EPA FUEL ECONOMY RATINGS

  • City 15/hwy 21 (5.4L supercharged engine/6-speed manual trans) (2007)
  • City 14/hwy 20 (5.4L supercharged engine/6-speed manual trans)

    2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible steering wheel and dash view

    2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible steering wheel and dash view

EXTERIOR

  • Unique aluminum hood w/functional air vents
  • Black cloth convertible top
  • Unique color-keyed front/rear fascia
  • Unique rear spoiler
  • GT500 side stripes
  • Unique upper & lower grilles
  • Complex reflector halogen headlamps
  • Front fog lamps
  • Dual power exterior mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers

INTERIOR

  • Unique leather sport bucket seats w/cobra logo-inc: 6-way power adjustable driver seat w/power lumbar, increased lateral support

    2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible trunk lock cobra closeup

    2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible trunk lock cobra closeup

  • Center console-inc: armrest, storage bin
  • Front color-keyed floor mats w/driver retention hook
  • Leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel w/red stitching, unique thumb pads
  • Brushed-aluminum accented (6) gauge instrument cluster-inc: boost gauge, message center, SVT graphics
  • My Color customizable 125-color interior lighting system
  • Power windows
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Speed control
  • Active anti-theft system-inc: perimeter/intrusion alarms
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defroster
  • Shaker 500 audio system-inc: AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer, MP3 player, (6) speakers
  • Aluminum accented air register vents
  • (2) cupholders
  • (2) power points
  • Front door map pockets
  • Soft vinyl door trim inserts
  • Scuff plate w/bright “SVT” insert
  • Header-mounted dome lamp
  • Illuminated entry
  • Unique shift knob w/leather shift boot & parking brake handle
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible engine closeup

2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible engine closeup

MECHANICAL

  • 5.4L 32-valve DOHC supercharged & intercooled V8 engine
  • 6-speed Tremec manual transmission
  • Limited slip differential
  • Traction control
  • Rear wheel drive
  • SVT-tuned MacPherson strut front suspension w/unique dampers & coil springs
  • SVT-tuned live-axle rear suspension w/unique dampers & coil springs
  • P255/45ZR18 performance front tires & P285/40ZR18 performance rear tires
  • 18″ x 9.5″ GT500 unique bright machined wheels w/SVT center caps
  • Wheel locking kits
  • “Fix a flat” flat tire inflation kit
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr vented 4-wheel disc brakes w/Brembo front rotors & calipers
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Stainless steel tuned X-pipe design dual exhaust

NOTE

  • **ALL STANDARDS ARE 2008 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED**

SAFETY

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • Second generation front air bag system for driver & front passenger
  • Seat mounted side-impact airbags for driver & front passenger
  • 3-point active safety belts in all seating positions
  • Front seat Belt-Minder
  • LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system on rear outboard seats
Or visit our eBay Motors site.

Will the iPad Kill In-Car Entertainment Systems?

Apple takes a swing at car manufacturers now, whether they intended to or not.  With the base cost for an iPad costing so much less than most of the auto makers’ DVD options, will we see fewer sales of vehicles with DVD systems included, or will the automakers partner up with Apple and others to offer the iPad (or a competing product) as the in-car entertainment system of choice?   And could this expand to airlines, trains, subways and more?

Apple iPad front and back

Apple iPad front and back - image from ZDNet.com

In an article in the Chicago Tribune, David Thomas of Cars.com says, the iPad “could prove to be a serious problem for automakers that charge a ransom for rear entertainment systems.”  It costs much less than most of the DVD in-car entertainment center options that most car manufacturers are currently offering. Ford‘s Flex crossover has an option for their Dual INViSiON (TM) DVD Headrests that sells for $1,995, while the Land Rover‘s RES (Rear Seat Entertainment) option is $2,500 and the Acura’s DVD Rear Entertainment System with a 9-inch screen and three wireless headsets goes for about $1,900.

2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Rear Entertainment System

2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Rear Entertainment System

Compare this to $500-$600 or so for an Apple iPad, and you can get two of those for far less than the manufacturer-installed (or even dealer-installed) entertainment center package.

They both have their advantages: the in-car entertainment systems are weather-tested to work from -5 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit and being less prone to breakage.  Plus you don’t have to install software to convert DVDs to iTunes then be able to watch them, and iPads in plain view in a car would be a tempting target for thieves.  The iPad is cheaper, portable, and has more functionality including email, office applications, and more.

What do you think?  Which would you choose and why?  Feel free to express your opinion in the comments section below.

Speeding Tickets from Space?

April 22, 2010 1 comment

Another new technology is being tested to reduce speeding.  For those of us who have a heavy foot and tend to drive fast, this isn’t good news.  Radar detectors and other such devices may become obsolete if the “Speedspike” system takes off.   The good news is that it doesn’t seem to be able to handle short bursts of speed (at least not yet), but can measure accurate speeds over long distances.  So if you’re planning on driving that BMW Convertible or Maserati convertible on your next road trip, enjoy the speed while  you can.

From a post on Slashdot and an article on the UK news site The Telegraph, here are some more details:

Satellites being used to catch speeders as a test in the UK

Satellites being used to catch speeders as a test in the UK - image from Telegraph.co.uk

A new kind of speed camera that uses satellites to measure average speed over long distances is being tested in Britain. The “Speedspike” system combines plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver to calculate average speed between any two points in the area being monitored. From the article: “Details of the trials are contained in a House of Commons report. The company said in its evidence that the cameras enabled ‘number plate capture in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day.’ It also referred to the system’s ‘low cost’ and ease of installation.” I can’t wait to see the episode of MythBusters where they try to avoid getting a speeding ticket from a satellite.

At millions of dollars a pop, satellites aren’t exactly “affordable” but I suppose that the increased revenue from all the new speeding tickets, without the costs of adding more policemen, could make this pay for itself pretty quickly.

License number plate capture regardless of weather conditi0ns…wow. That’s pretty amazing.

Happy and safe driving!

Select Luxury Cars 985 Cobb Parkway Marietta, GA 30060 770-421-0070