Take The Top Down With An Exotic Car Rental This Summer – Yahoo Finance

Luxury Car Buying Guide – Photos, Reviews, Pricing & Specs | Automotive.com

That’s why it’s the perfect time to pick up a luxury car rental in Los Angeles from Rex Luxury Car Rental. While the company is known for their staff’s knowledge and passion when it comes to luxury cars, their reputation as the place for a luxury car rental Los Angeles ‘ most distinguished residents trust comes largely due to their depth and breadth of choices. At Rex Luxury Car Rental, you’ll find a number of exotic car rental options and many of the most highly coveted autos are their dazzling convertibles. Vehicles like the BMW 328i or the Mercedes Benz SL550 Roadster offer every passenger the comfort and smooth driving of an elite luxury vehicle, as well as the heart-racing thrill that normally only comes from driving a perfectly calibrated sports car.
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The exotic cars of 11 World Cup soccer stars

. Although soccer athletes aren’t widely recognized like basketball or baseball stars in the United States, they are household names in the rest of the world. They’re also one of the highest paid: Cristiano Ronaldo is only second to Floyd Mayweather Jr, and the soccer superstar earned $80 million last year, $28 million of which came from endorsements. Not surprisingly, the players also flaunt some of the priciest rides. Here are eleven World Cup stars and the exotic cars they drive.
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Luxury car dealership changes hands in £3m buyout – Car Dealer Magazine

Partnered by son Chris, the former Lomond Audi owner has taken over the luxury car dealership in a buy-out worth more than of 3 million. The deal was funded by Barclays Scottish corporate banking team. Hugh McMahon has spent a lifetime in the motor trade starting out as a technician at the age of 16 before moving into sales then management. He sold the Lomond Audi business in July 2012 and has been looking for a suitable enterprise since. The Sighthill outlet is the sole authorised dealership for the luxury car brands in Scotland.
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See also Comment June 29, 2014 Luxury cars are a market that is typically not one that many people think of as being affected by natural disasters, but many automakers such as Lexus, Acura, and BMW are carefully watching their sales figures after Hurricane Sandy . A natural disaster makes it next to impossible for many dealerships to open for business, cutting into sales. Even after they open, most people in areas affected by the storm are not making shopping for a new luxury car their first priority. Within the first month after a large natural disaster, most people will be concerned with home and business repairs. Because many of them may need to qualify for loans for these repairs or use their own capital to pay for them, purchasing a luxury car will have to be put off for a while.
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How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect the Market for Luxury Cars? – Albuquerque frugal family | Examiner.com

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More on Luxury Cars About Luxury Cars While Lexus maintained this position through 2010, the automaker’s competition in the market has increased dramatically. Other Japanese automakers have introduced luxury badges, such as Hondas Acura and Nissans Infiniti. These three brands have had to compete for market share with the traditional European powers along with an ever-increasing array of other continental car producers, such as Volvo, Audi, Saab, and even previously down-market Volkswagen. Luxury Car Variations The premium compact segment includes small luxury cars, most of which have only been introduced in the last few years.
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Matthew Mcconaughey, Nicolas Winding Refn Steer Lincoln Campaign | Boston Herald

The campaign’s launch is timed with this weekend’s Emmys broadcast. McConaughey will arrive to the show in an MKC, Lincoln’s first foray into the smaller luxury SUV segment, dominated by the likes of Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. In the first spot, McConaughey speaks of his love for long two-day drives in Texas in his down-to-earth manner that’s made him seem so approachable and appealing to audiences over the years. “Lincoln’s a classic, iconic American brand that’s now making the transformation into the luxury market, and after driving the MKC I think they’re doing a good job of that,” he says in the ad.Letting McConaughey essentially play himself helped Lincoln land the actor.
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Building a Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Network at Age 27 – Yahoo Finance

The idea for Getaround, a peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace, was born. The pair teamed with former Googler Elliot Kroo to create prototypes of an iPhone app and in-car hardware, Getaround Connect , which provides renters with access to cars and compiles diagnostics and tracking information. With the technology in development, the team focused on overcoming a major hurdle prior to launch: making prospective members comfortable with sharing their vehicles. “When we were coming up with [the idea], people loved it; they thought it made a ton of sense, it could have a big impact, there was a need for it,” Scorpio says.
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Honda Accord and CR-V are America’s Most Popular Car and SUV with
Retail Car Buyers in First Half of 2014

new vehicle registration data for 2013 and Jan-Jun 2014 in the Honda small car, mid-size car, compact passenger van, and mini SUV segment. 2 CR-V Total Sales Numbers for Best-Selling SUV of the Decade from Automotive News Data Center 3 Based on IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. new retail vs total registrations for 2013 and Jan-Jun 2014 in the Honda mid-size car segment. 4 Based on model year 2012 fuel economy data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its report: “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2013.” 5 Longevity based on IHS Automotive: Polk U.S.
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Cadillac considers leaving Detroit for Manhattan

“As Cadillac grows, it’s possible we could look to add to our team or expand,” said Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell. “But as of now, no changes.” Gabriel Bouys | AFP | Getty Images De Nysschen, in his previous role as head of Nissan Motor’s Infiniti brand, engineered a relocation of that unit from Yokohama to Hong Kong, in part to give the Infiniti team more autonomy from the Japanese parent and the opportunity to explore new ways to expand in global markets. GM has been on a similar quest to expand 112-year-old Cadillac, one of the world’s oldest surviving brands, beyond its home base, while resurrecting Cadillac’s earlier status as one of the world’s top luxury marques. De Nysschen, the brand’s third leader in two years, has not disclosed how he plans to revive Cadillac.
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Auto Business Prepares For The First Big Wave Of Gen Y Buyers | Dallas Morning News

Anne Frank’s final entry (Opinion) – CNN.com

When her diary was almost full, Anne continued writing, using several notebooks. In 1944, she decided to rewrite her diary entries in the form of a novel, intending to publish it after the war, according to curators at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Shown here are the different versions of her diary, known now as versions A, B and C.

Welcome to the millennialization of the Old World auto business. You cant force [young buyers] to go through your 10-step sales process, said Ken Schnitzer, chairman of Dallas-based Park Place Dealerships, which owns the Mercedes dealership under construction in South Arlington. You adapt to theirs. The young general manager at Mercedes-Benz of Arlington, 36-year-old Hesham Elgaghil, said he doesnt expect his dealership to function much differently than Park Place Motorcars near the Park Cities and Preston Hollow. But, he said, the average customer at his store is likely to be younger and less wealthy, and the dealership will have a younger feel than other Mercedes facilities.
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U.S. auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts | Times Free Press

“The Diary of Anne Frank” has been translated into more than 70 languages in more than 60 nations. Anne Frank in 1941. Her diary is often many young people’s introduction to the horrors of the Holocaust. HIDE CAPTION Francine Prose: Anne Frank made her final entry in her diary 70 years ago Friday Days later, she and family arrested, sent to concentration camp, where she died Prose says Anne Frank’s diary a direct, relatable window to history for young people She says teaching book keeps us alive to history, alert to forces of prejudice and hatred Editor’s note: Francine Prose is the author of more than 20 books, including “Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife.” Her most recent novel, published this spring, is ” Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 .” (CNN) — On Friday, August 4, 1944 — a beautiful summer morning, not unlike the one on which I am writing this now — a car pulled up in front of a spice warehouse at 263 Prinsengracht in Amsterdam.
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published Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 U.S. auto sales sizzle in July, helped by discounts A row of 2014 Lincoln MKX SUVs are lined up on the lot of the dealership in Wexford, Pa. General Motors, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all reported big gains as the major automakers reported July sales Friday. Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press. DETROIT Big discounts helped U.S.
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Yet Another Car Recall, This Time It’s Bmw

Ferrari designer creates super luxurious train – CNN.com

Japan Rail East has called on Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama to create a 34-passenger luxury train. It will have only 10 carriages, including two glass-walled observation cars.

The recall affects 3-Series vehicles produced between May 1999 and August 2006. Read More Recalls aren’t stalling GM’s sales Jochen Eckel | Bloomberg | Getty Images A worker affixes a BMW hood ornament on 3-series car during its production at the opening of the company’s new plant in Leipzig, Germany, May 13, 2005. Problems with similar airbag systems from the same supplier used by BMW occurred in rare cases, although there have been no known problems involving BMW vehicles, the company said on its website. “The replacement campaign is a voluntary precautionary measure that aims at minimizing the risk of faulty airbag activation,” it said. By Reuters
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Patented Design of Luxury Purse Hook Attaches to Almost Any Surface, Providing… — CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ —

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We had an overwhelming response to the Copart Rebuild Challenge, said Copart Chief Marketing Officer, Matt Burgener. Our members fixed up everything from luxury cars to boats and motorcycles. It was wonderful to see how talented our customers truly are. We are excited to get the public involved to vote for their favorite video and ultimately select the winner of our inaugural Copart Rebuild Challenge. From now through July 25, the public can vote once per day for their favorite videos to determine the top three winners.
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One of the more unique features is the observation carriage at the front of the train, which allows passengers to see onto the tracks ahead. The other observation car is at the end of the train. JR Rail says the train will be fitted with furniture that conveys the nobility of traditional Japanese culture. The Lounge, for instance, is wrapped in graceful curves and features decor inspired by trees.
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Copart Invites Public to Vote on Videos From Its Rebuild Challenge Contest – Yahoo Finance

The first 100 backers to contribute 65 to The Hookup’s campaign will receive their own luxury purse hook in the finish of their choice. Available finishes include 14K gold, 22K gold, platinum and black pearl. A 300 contribution earns the backer a full set of The Hookup in each available finish. Other perks for contributing to the campaign include Balmain Paris keychains and stylus pens. To learn more about The Hookup and contribute to the Kickstarter campaign, visit the campaign page at http://bit.ly/HookupKS .
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Luxury Rolls-royce Car Sales Soar Worldwide : Npr

A Forbes survey says there are 1,645 billionaires in the world, 219 more than a year ago. “If you look at the number of ultra-high net worth individuals around the world, that number is clearly growing,” said company spokesman Andrew Ball. “The luxury market is growing at the high end and we are delighted to be part of that.” The phenomenon helps to explain the strong sales of mega-yachts, rare jewelry and complicated, handmade Swiss watches. There are more people with more money looking for ways to stand out from the crowd and in this context, a Rolls becomes a very noticeable statement. Ball said 70 percent of Rolls buyers are new to the brand, and roughly half choose to customize their cars by adding expensive personal touches.
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Vertu and Bentley embark on smartphone collaboration – Yahoo News

The cost for the specialty phone was $25,000. The first Vertu for Bentley phone will be released in October of this year. A price has not yet been made public, but Vertu’s last phone , the Signature Touch, cost a jaw-dropping $10,800 for a basic model. The four consecutive phones do not have specific release dates, but will roll out over the next five years. This latest move comes shortly after former CEO Perry Oosting stepped down last June.
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Luxury Phone Meets Bentley For Vertu’s Newest, Ritzy Phone

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Industry analyst Tomi Ahonen haspreviously looked at the phenomenon of a rapid handset manufacturer collapse, andhis cliff theory makes for interesting reading in light of Samsungs current statements. The pattern of companies maintaining success and then dropping rapidly wasseen in the results of Siemens,Motorola, Palm,and both the Symbian and Windows Mobile operating systems. The same pattern can also be seen in the fall of Nokia. The three factors that Ahonen believescontribute to this effect are the short replacement cycle of smartphones by consumers(which is now less than year on average); thereliance on third-parties to sell handsets rather than througha traditional dealership model (the Apple Store is a notable exception here); and the power that is focused on carrier relationships (who decide what models to stock and promote): So if you have a bad model car, and your sales suffers because of it, you will not lose all your loyal customers in a year or two, because many of your customers have last years model and are happy with it, and will not even come to your car dealership until two years from now to consider the replacement model, by which time you have had plenty of time to fix the problems with your current car model.In mobile phones we do not have that luxury. The pace is so fast.
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2013 CHRYSLER 300 C Luxury car, 5.7 Hemi Stk.#P5611, $26,977. – Mohave Daily News: Vehicle

The first “Vertu for Bentley” phone is expected to debut in October, kicking off a series of five different models to be launched over five years. The new phones will be developed jointly by the Vertu and Bentleydesign teams. Users will have access to exclusive Bentley content through an integrated app that will come pre-installed on the devices. The partnership is expected to be backed by a joint international marketing campaign, with Vertu working closely with Bentley during several international events.
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Is This How Samsung’s Smartphone Success Will Slip Away? – Forbes

Samsung Galaxy S5 (image: Samsung PR)

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What Higher Ed Marketers Can Learn From Luxury Brands – Forbes

Biff America: Grammy was hot | SummitDaily.com

That led me to write Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing (Wiley, 2011) as well as my blog Neuromarketing . I always emphasize practical applications, not theory. Im the founder of Dooley Direct, a marketing consultancy, and I co-founded College Confidential, the leading college-bound website. That business was acquired by Hobsons, a unit of UK-based DMGT, where I served as VP Digital Marketing and continue in a consulting role. Ive spent years in direct marketing as the co-founder of a successful catalog firm, and before that directed corporate planning for a Fortune 1000 company.
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2014 Jaguar XJ debuts near Chicago with fresh tech and attractive… — TINLEY PARK, Ill., Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ —

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Although he laughed it off, he didn’t say no,” Foster told the Bournemouth Daily Echo on Thursday. “I dropped him off at his flat a couple of weeks ago and he asked me to go to the shop to get him some cigarettes. When I got back, I was invited in and we had a good chat about various things. “I gave him the cigarettes and pulled out the signing-on form at the same time. He signed it there and then.
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Paul Gascoigne in new health scare – report – Yahoo Sports

Portland in the Pros

When properly equipped, the stylish and luxurious sedan is able to achieve superior power ratings that reach as high as 550 horsepower. In addition to the XJ, Jaguar Orland Park recently welcomed a number of new 2014 Jaguar models near Chicagoland IL . That includes models such as the Jaguar XJL, XF, XK and F-Type. While all of the models offer a different skillset, there is no debating that each of the new additions to the Jaguar Orland Park inventory possesses superior capabilities, as well of a level of luxury that is simply unrivaled. To assist consumers in learning more about how the models in the Jaguar lineup compare to those from competing automakers, Jaguar Orland Park has conducted an in-depth comparison of the 2014 Jaguar XF vs 2014 BMW 528i , which are two of the biggest competitors in the class.
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I was fed this misinformation by her second husband, my step-grandfather, Frank McLaughlin. Many years later I saw the only old photo ever taken of my grandmother as a teen. It featured a dowdy-looking young gal, well less than 5 feet tall, with thick glasses and buck teeth. Your grandmother was a great beauty in her day, lots of men wanted to date her but she picked me, Frank would say. I do remember thinking at the time that Frank was one lucky guy to get a fox like my grand-mum, because he himself was no bag of jewels.
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Bmw To Cut Auto Part Prices In China By 20 Percent In Response To Government Concerns – Yahoo News

Buick Regal Competes With German Luxury Cars : NPR

China is ramping up efforts to bring companies in line with its anti-monopoly law. In recent years, it has slapped foreign companies including Mead Johnson Nutrition Co and Danone SA with hefty fines. It is currently probing Microsoft Corp and carmakers including Mercedes-Benz. The NDRC said on Wednesday that it would punish Volkswagen AG’s premium brand Audi and Fiat SpA’s Chrysler for their anti-competitive practices. The fines could be up to 10 percent of their annual revenues in China, according to Chinese law.
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Both parties have “completely and amicably” resolved the dispute, the automaker said in a statement. Tesla started deliveries of its Model S luxury electric car in China earlier this year, and CEO Elon Musk sees great opportunity for growth in the country. Major global automakers such as General Motors and Ford are also fighting for market share in China, now the world’s biggest market for automobiles. The electric carmaker’s headache underscores an issue that many other foreign companies have faced, including Apple and Pfizer. China’s trademark laws follow a “first to file” principle that rewards squatters.
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Tesla settles dispute with trademark troll in China | Money – Home

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