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Here is why the Chevrolet Impala is better than the Ford Taurus and the Dodge Charger

Chevy Impala Levels— 2010 LS, LT and LTZ

Operated Engines: 3.5L and 3.9L V6 engines, both with E85 FlexFuel capability and Variable Valve Timing.

Automatic Transmission: 4-speed automatic transmission

Wheel Drive system: all wheel-drive system.

Other Key features: Impala 2010 comes with standard StabiliTrak Stability and upgraded content on the volume selling 1LT; segment-exclusive flip-and-fold rear seats with their convenient storage tub and grocery bag hooks.

FORD TAURUS

Ford Taurus is a large vehicle with spacious interior and roomy trunk with totally new look in 2010.

Ford Taurus Levels: SE, SEL and Limited trim levels.

Engines operated: 263 hp 3.5L V6; 365 hp 3.5L Ecoboost V6 motivates the new Taurus SHO

Automatic Transmission: 6-speed Select Shift automatic transmission.

Wheel Drive system : All-wheel drive is available in the Taurus SHO, SEL and Limited trim levels

Other Key features: Most Expensive trim level offers new electronic safety measures such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Information System, Cross Traffic Alert and Collision Warning with Brake Alert ; SEL mid-level trim offers SYNC system to connect cell phones and media players; keyless ignition, massaging front seats and Sony 5.1 Surround Sound audio

DODGE CHARGER

Dodge Charger was introduced in year 2006 has muscle-car styling to make it different from its sibling Chrysler 300. This style may remain same in models of year 2010 but will upgrade in terms of better performance.

Dodge Charger Levels: R/T; SE; SRT8

Engines operated: SE model will have 2.7L V6; R/T model will have standard 370 hp 5.7L HEMI V8 with fuel-saving Multi-Displacement System (MDS); SRT8 will have top-line 425 hp 6.1L HEMI.

Automatic Transmission: SE model with 4-speed automatic transmission; R/T and SRT8 model with 5-speed automatic transmission.

Wheel Drive system: all wheel-drive system is available in R/T and SRT8 models.

Other Key features: Stability control, traction control and ABS continue will be extra-cost on the SE and expected basics as satellite radio and hands-free calling are not available.

HYUNDAI AZERA

Hyundai Azera was introduced in year 2006 upgraded with styling tweaks in year 2009 which is unchanged in year 2010

Hyundai Azera Levels: GLS and Limited powered models

Engines operated: 3.3L V6 available in GLS powered; 3.8L V6 with Limited powered.

Automatic Transmission: 5-speed automatic transmission

Wheel Drive system: all wheel-drive system.

Other Key features: luxury, space and refinement with more space.

CHRYSLER 300

In 2005, Chrysler 300 was introduced which remained unchanged since that time.

Dodge RAM Levels: Regular, Touring, Limited and C

Engines operated: 2.7L V6 available in Touring and Limited model; 5.7L HEMI V8 on the 300C model

Automatic Transmission: 4-speed automatic transmission

Wheel Drive system: all wheel-drive system

Other Key features: upgraded in 2010 with its polarizing long-hood, short-deck fashioning enhanced with chrome doorway manages reflectors and—on the Touring model— chrome narrow pieces on front and back fascias. Except for the catch-up addition of benchmark head-curtain edge air sacks, central alterations are negligible as well and booked for the top-end 300C, which adds benchmark back reserve aid and keyless application and ignition.

Saturn dealers looking for exit strategies

The year was 1990 when Bob Maguire, started selling Saturn vehicles in Bordentown, NJ, they were the first on the board to open the dealership when Saturn contacted them in 1989 and adds now it is time too think of new business with GM announcement of Saturn closing down.

Bob Maguire says his two Saturn dealerships at Bordentown and Toms River will continue to be open and sell. Maguire, the co-owner of Maguire Auto Group quips, I will try to cultivate new business and confident that something will come up soon.”

With the announcement by General Motors of wind down of Saturn vehicles after the acquisition deal with Penske Automotive failed, it left 350 Saturn dealers across the country have been left in the lurch and trying to find exit strategies including Bob and Marcy Maguire for themselves and also for the workers. The on going events and trends means almost definite death of Saturn brand that was set up by Saturn to fight against the Japanese imports in the 1990’s and currently it is estimated around 13,000 jobs are at stake.

The exact business plan is still vague, and the steps being taken after the shutdown of Saturn operations in October 2010 is still being formulated, but for one thing, the business will be as usual. We are looking for new business and selling new Saturn vehicles to anyone who is interested to purchase the last ones in the breed. He does not close out the option of shutting down the two dealerships at Bordentown and Toms River a year from now and is keeping all options open. Currently the two dealerships employ 25 people each. Maguire further adds that it is not is ambition to close down the dealerships, but would be forced if no viable options come up and says they still provide gainful employment to all their workers.

Saturn launched in 1990 with its own exclusive tag line, “A different kind of Car Company” gained popularity in America by their low-key showrooms and no-haggle pricing. General Motor had launched Saturn with the hope that with the dent free plastic panels, it would attract the young generation with the hipper cars. It built the Saturn plant at Springhill, TN devoted to Saturn vehicles.

Although it attracted and drew huge crowds, the brand could never make enough money, although it was never disclosed how much the company made profit on the Saturn brand.

The Saturn customers brand base we have, have their culture of their own and there were never a customer that was unhappy with their Saturn vehicle they purchased from us and sadly it’s true.

The closedown events have come as a shock to everyone. GM had even agreed to keep 3 models running beyond 2011 and after which Penske have had to come up with their own products made by any other manufacturer.

There is very little hope that talks could be reopened without another supplier in place before the deal was signed according to Anthony Pordon, a Penske spokesperson. It would take several years to design new vehicles, especially foreign vehicles which meet US standards and Penske would beat risk selling no products once the contract with GM expires.

The production of new Saturn vehicles will be stopped as soon as possible. But no layouts are expected according to Sherrie Childers, GM spokeswoman. The Saturn owners can still go to their dealers for servicing and will be able to go to certified GM dealers once the Saturn dealerships close down.

Maguire said it was even true for his NJ dealerships. They would continue to be in business and would take care of Saturn customers who are in need of servicing. The close down announcement has come as surprise to everyone. In this damn economy it is difficult to forecast anything but we are doing the best as we can, according to Bob Maguire.

Is cash for clunkers running short of cash



Amid confusions over the suspension of cash-for-guzzlers popular government program by auto dealers last night because it was approaching the one billion dollar limit, a white house spokesman confirmed that the program has not been suspended and continues to operate, however continuous assessment is being carried out to assess the budget and the program. ‘Transportation Department told us to cancel the program after just six days’ revealed Bailey Wood, the spokesman National Automobile Dealers Association.

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‘Administration department is in regular touch with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and sponsors of the cash-for-guzzlers legislation in to find a solutions. We are concentrating on getting results by this program a successful one’, said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill. However, this statement was declined by Rae Tyson, the spokesperson of Transportation Department. Wood was not available for comment. Wood said ‘NADA is planning to send an advisory to members on how to react to the expected defect’. Members of the Michigan congressional delegation also are set to discuss how to increase funding for the program.

 

Wood came up with a revelation “The proof for a backlog of around 200,000 pending claims, which may exhaust the program’s budget of $1 billion, was found by the survey conducted by NADA”. It must be noted here that NADA conducted a survey of 2,000 dealers.

 

.The program started processing the claims of the dealers for repayment of a sum of $3,500 to $4,500 consumer credits on 24th July. The program was supposed to continue through 1st November.

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