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Highlights of The 2013 L.A. Auto Show

The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show started on November 22 and will end on December 1, with a total of 56 production models having their world première there, along with several concept cars. There are many highlights from the show that are worth mentioning, including some luxury SUVs, such as the Porsche Macan, high-performance sports cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, but some alternative fuel vehicles, as well, such as the Hyundai Tucson FCEV.

Porsche showed off the 2014 Macan, their compact crossover SUV, that should go into production by the end of this year. The company decided to name it Macan, which is the Indonesian word for tiger, although it originally planned to name it Cajun. It comes with a 3.0-liter, V6 engine, delivering 340 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Even though details on its performance haven’t been released, you should expect a top speed of over 150 mph, and a 0 to 60 mph time of about 5 seconds.

Land Rover unveiled its incredibly luxury, incredibly expensive Range Rover Autobiography Black. It will only be offered in the U.S. market, and the company will only build 100 units, making it a pretty exclusive item to own. It comes with 18-way power-adjustable front seats, and climate and massage control for all seats. The seats are covered in high-quality leather, there is a panoramic sunroof, LED mood lamps, and 10-inch screens keeping the rear seat passengers entertained. All this luxury comes with a $185,000 pricetag.

South Korean car maker Hyundai was very busy at this year’s show, presenting a couple of models, including the Elantra, the Tucson FCEV, and the Genesis. The Genesis is a car that is targeted to the high-end consumer, but at a significantly lower price than the average luxury car. Its starting price is set at $35,200, which is pretty reasonable, considering the amenities and luxury features it has. It’s powered by a 3.8-liter, V6 engine, and delivers a 27-mpg fuel economy. It has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as a leather-wrapped shift knob, heated seats, a 7-inch touch screen navigation with DVD and text-to-speech feature, along with a Bluetooth hands-free phone system.

Another highlight of the show was the Maserati Ghibli, a full-size sedan, with a stylish, luxury interior, featuring leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, and keyless entry. The company has set an annual production target of 50,000 units, and each of them will be available for $65,000.

Lastly, there was the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept, a car that definitely stole the show. It’s a concept with an amazing design, featuring a raked roofline, a pretty long, wide hood, a sharp, aggressive rear end, and a front grille that is covered with LED lights. Its body is made of carbon fiber, with an aluminum chassis, and extra large wheels. Obviously, there are the gull-wing doors, a feature typical of many sports cars made by Mercedes, and a rear spoiler that raises and lowers automatically.

Jordan Perch is an automotive fanatic and “car tech” specialist. He is a writer for a collaborative community designed to help ease the stress and annoyance of “dealing with the DMV”.

How a Negative Review Can Be Great for Your Car Dealership

As a car dealership, you have a hard enough time trying to overcome the many stereotypes that are associated with your industry. From pushy and sleazy sales people to overpriced lemons, you constantly have to work to get people to realize that you’re a legitimate business with impeccable products.

As if dealing with stereotypes wasn’t hard enough, now you also have to deal with the onslaught of review sites that could be impacting your business. Most of today’s consumers are turning to online review sites like Edmunds and DealerRater to find out which dealership they should visit to buy their next car.

If your company has great service and great products, then it’s possible that you’ll earn mostly positive reviews, but there’s a chance that a customer or two will not have a pleasant experience with your company and will turn to these sites to share their disappointment with the world.

Most businesses make the mistake in thinking that a negative review is going to completely damage their brand, but negative reviews can actually be great for your car dealership, and here’s how.

They give your company credibility.

Every consumer knows that there is no company in the world that has never had an unhappy customer. If your online review page is filled with nothing but compliments, it may seem strange to your potential customers, and they may wonder if your dealership has posted fake reviews praising your own business. When your page has a few negative reviews, it adds credibility to your business by showing your customers that the reviews on your page were in fact left by real people.


They can teach you what needs to be fixed.

You are too close to your business to realize what issues may need to be addressed, but negative reviews can help you. Listen to what your reviewers are saying and use it to make the necessary changes for your business. For example, if you see that a handful of reviews complain about a dirty dealership or a mean salesperson, then you’ll want to pay more attention to this and make the right adjustments. Maybe you’ll need to hire a new cleaning company to do a better job, or maybe you’ll need to pay more attention to a certain salesperson. Listening to what is being said will allow you to give your customers what they want.

They can show that you care.

When your dealership receives a negative review, it’s very important that you respond to the review as soon as possible in a sincere and apologetic tone. This way, you are comforting the customer who left the review, and you are showing other reviewers that you care about what is said about your dealership and that you take the time to make it right. Doing this will help to nullify any negative review, and it will help your customers choose you because it shows a level of customer service that other dealerships lack.

Jacob Smith works with a car dealership as their reputation manager.  He spends most of his time tracking reviews and comments on car dealer review websites.

Dodge Ram 1500 2012 Review

If you
are a truck person looking to get yourself into a hefty Dodge four-by ASAP,
here’s a quick review summary of the 2012 Ram 1500 comprised from three
different motor vehicle review websites.


Probably one of the most eye-catching trucks on the streets today is the 2012
Dodge Ram 1500. The 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 is ranked number 2 out of 10 Full size
pick up trucks (the Ford F-150 takes the cake). But, that’s no reason to change
your mind about the Ram. Out of 36 Truck test drive reviewers, the majority of
them ranked the Dodge Ram as actually having better performance than the Ford.
And, when it came to body styling and exterior, the majority of these drivers
chose the Dodge Ram over the F-150.


For piece of mind, the trucks that ranked immediately below the Dodge Ram are
the Chevrolet Silverado 2012, the Toyota Tundra, and the Chevrolet Avalanche.
Here is a brief breakdown for each of these trucks:


Truck reviewers said that the Silverado didn’t pack the punch they were hoping
for. The motor lacked power and when compared with other trucks, the Silverado
wasn’t able to wow reviewers with it’s limited interior styling options.


When it comes to the Toyota Tundra 2012, Reviewers weren’t too happy with the interior
design and styling options as well. The Tundra had the power and choice of more
than capable engines, but the lack of luxury level interior was enough for
people to look towards the Dodge Ram instead.


Finally, the Chevrolet Avalanche. With only one engine option, reviewers were
already scratching their heads. In addition, a common criticism with the
Avalanche was that while in the driver’s seat, the visibility was poor. And
lastly, many reviewers commented that the cost for the truck was way over-priced
when compared to other trucks in the same class.


All in all, none of the reviewers voted the 2012 Silverado, Tundra and
Avalanche as “Bad Trucks.” They simply preferred the 2012 Dodge Ram
1500, overall.


One thing to mention about the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 many reviewers were
concerned with it’s somewhat low safety report rating (when compared to other
trucks – the F-150 and Tundra had the highest ratings). This is definitely not
something to make light of, but, it is also important to know that the Ram
scored a 7.6 out of 10 in it’s safety rating – a fairly high number when
compared with vehicles overall.


Reviewers gave an extended thumbs up to the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 when it came to
it’s drive-ability. As already mentioned, the majority of reviewers loved the
power of the 2012 Ram. The most powerful of the Dodge Ram motors is the 5.7 L
HEMI powered V-8 which produces 390 horsepower and 407 ft. lbs of torque. Dodge
also offers a V6 motor option that pushes 215 horsepower and 235 ft. lbs of
torque. The gas on the 5.7 V8 HEMI motor averages 14 city and 20 highway, while
the V6 motor adds a few more miles, 17 city and 25 highway.


One of the most interesting thing test drivers said about the 2012 Dodge Ram is
that the truck drove like a car! You can’t say that about many full size pick
up trucks. Also, the suspension on the new Dodges have been tweaked so superbly
that the ride was silky smooth.


The website awards the 2012 Dodge Ram with
“2012 Best Full Size Pickup Truck for the Money.” So, if you want
bang for the buck. The 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 may be the way to go. If you’re
still thinking about which truck to get, know, of course, that everyone has
their own preferences. And so, the best thing to do is to save a day for yourself
to go out to the dealerships and test drive these new 2012 trucks.

Kevin Ross is passionate about cars.He
is a great lover of Starbucks coffee and he loves to write about new cars
reviews.Kevin currently works for Mytee Products which is having more than 30
years of experience in dealing in
trailer tarps for trucks & ratchet tie down straps.