Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Is that a Mercedes or Knight Rider?

Mercedes-Benz is renown for their elite and polished line of luxury automotives. They stay consistent with pushing the envelop of not just what a car can do, but what a car can be. Proof in point, the auto juggernaut has released a video of their concept A-class model. The kicker, you can plug your smart phone into the car’s interface like it was a cassette deck.

The car looks like a future-infused update of the Mercedes-Benz style, adorned with enough neon led lighting and fringe to make the Batman Forever ride look like a hot mess. Sporting a holographic dashboard display, the concept vehicle is aimed toward the growing demand of young blood consumers (who Mercedes deem “Digital Natives”) who have lobbied in loud vocals for a ride that can double as an outlet for their social networking. Mercedes answered the consumer cries by developing an “infotainment system” in their prototype that links with your smart phone by sliding it into a slot. Once linked, you can do everything from updating Facebook and playing your music to listening to an automaton read your e-mails out loud.

Mercedes has stated that they wanted to continue the driver’s outside technologically social lifestyle when they step into their vehicle. While some have expressed concern with the new system disrupting the driver’s attention, Mercedes has ensured such concerns have been addressed. They believe the knob based menu (similar to the one they use for their GPS navigation display) will minimize driver distraction.

With all this new technology being explored and applied, one can’t help but feel reminiscent of the Kit car from Knight Rider. Mercedes-Benz is keeping their rider in the concept lab for further development, however. Until the car goes into mass manufacturing, we won’t know if the class-A’s infotainment system is really an innovation. Until that day, we can only dream.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Saab's sob story continues

Swedish car manufacturer, Saab Automotives, has been making waves in the world recently with their current company state. Just last week, Saab admitted to being broke and filed for protection against creditors with the Swedish courts. The courts ruled to deny Saab this claim, which would be the second time they would have received it (the last one two years ago when they were under the GM banner). The court ruled that Saab did not have the supporting evidence that they would be able to restructure and climb their way out of debt.

Today, Automotive News reported that Saab has signed a technology license agreement with Chinese investors worth 70 million euros ($95.6 million). The agreement is said to be signed and sealed by Chinese car producer, Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile as a way to guarantee the agreement is paid. While the notion of Chinese investors is nothing new to the story, the fact that a signed agreement means Saab might have some life in them after all.

Currently, two of Saab's white collar unions have filed a court petition in Sweden to have the manufacturer placed in bankruptcy. They have done so to allow for the unpaid staff of Saab to finally receive their back-pay. None of these employees have been paid for last August, when talk of bankruptcy became a reality. For now, Saab and it's many employees wait for a court to decide their fate. Whether or not the Swedish courts will approve Saab's please for aid is another story.

Monday, September 5, 2011

2001 BMW Z3

2001 BMW Z3 Only 56K miles, 5 speed manual transmission. Black exterior, tan leather interior, loaded, new tires and brakes, ready to go. I am the second owner and bought it for a fun weekend car Vehicle located in Cullman, AK AD ID No. 53181


Sunday, September 4, 2011

2008 Pontiac Solstice

2008 Pontiac Solstice Convertible Very low mileage. Clean inside and out Well maintained by owner. Convertible and very sporty. Stock photo-details may vary Vehicle located in Brooklyn, NY AD ID No. 51860


Saturday, September 3, 2011

1997 Lexus LX 450

1997 Lexus LX450 Leather bucket seats, third row seating that folds down, luggage rack. Stock photo-details may vary Vehicle located in Bladensburg, MD AD ID No. 53224


Friday, September 2, 2011

1968 Chevrolet Camaro

1968 Chevrolet Camaro 77 big block chevy2- 1050 Dominators on Elderbrock tunnel ram4 speed Lenco transmisson Dana 60 rear end 456 gears, stange axils and spool4 Link Suspension with a full roll cagewas certified for 7.50 needs new recertification complete fiberglass front end, doors and trunk All lexan glass front, back, and doors2 optima batteries with 7 A L MSD ignition Vehicle located in Thibodaux, LA AD ID No. 53248


Thursday, September 1, 2011

1991 Honda Accord

1991 Honda Accord EX Completely tricked out, new wiring 220hp, premium sound system. Well maintained by owner. Stock photo-details may vary Vehicle located in Toldeo, OH AD Id No. 53188