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Saturday, March 28, 2015

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS400 Coupe: A Fuel-Efficient, German-Engineered, Athletic Luxury Machine


Highlight: The CLS offers optional rear coat hangers, which hang from the rear front seat headrests.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $84,140 (Base Price $65,990)

Seating Capacity: 4

Standard Safety Features: airbags; an automatic dimming rearview mirror; ABS; an electronic stability system; a traction control system; an alarm system; power adjustable front armrests; a power adjustable front (and rear) head restraints; a 24-hour assistance system; a tire pressure warning system; and audible parking sensors (front and rear)

Friday, March 27, 2015

New York Auto Show - April 1

Next week kicks off the lasts of the major auto shows. The New York Auto Show will debut the following rides:

1. Kia Optima
2. Lexus RX
3. Cadillac's New Flagship, the CT6
4. Nissan Maxima
5. Mercedes-Benz M-Class Replacement
6. Chevy Malibu
7. Hyundai Tucson

Look for live photos right here, starting April 1.

Women's History Spotlight: The First Black Woman To Become The Chief Legal Officer At Toyota

Sandra Phillips, who joined Toyota in 2012, is the new general counsel and chief legal officer at Toyota Motors Sales USA. Phillips is the first black women to hold such a position at Toyota (and what we believe to be in the auto industry). Phillips recently served as vice president and assistant general counsel at the automaker. 

In her new assignment, Phillips will be responsible for legal operations, legal technology and coordinating the representation of Toyota's affiliates in North America.

Phillips joined Toyota's legal team at a time when the company was bombard with class action suits for alleged sudden acceleration suits. According to one of our internal resources, her background is in class-action suits, product liability and government investigations.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2015 BMW M4 Convertible: Bravado, Style And Performance

Highlights: The M4 is the only convertible in BMW’s M-Series line up. And its the only mass produced hardtop convertible pushing out over 400 horses.

Test vehicle’s MSRP: $88,725 (base model $73,450)

Seating Capacity: 4

Standard Safety Features: airbags; Xenon headlights; an automatic dimming rearview mirror; a tire pressure monitoring system; rain sensing wipers; a stability control system; ABS brakes; and BMW’s SOS assist system

Standard Equipment: 18-inch wheels; a 7-speed transmission; a 6-speed manual transmission; leather seats; the gas saving automatic start/stop function; a fully operational power hard top; a wind deflector; power fronts seats with driver seat memory; a navigation system; heated front seats; an adjustable front center armrest; split folding rear seats; carbon fiber interior trim; automatic headlights; a radar-activated cruise control; iDrive system with touchpad; and a 4-year/50,000 maintenance program

Monday, March 23, 2015

Recall Mondays: Honda Is In The Seat This Week

American Honda Motor Company, Inc. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2001 Accord, 2004 Civic, and 2008 Pilot vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Shining The Headlights On A Black Owned Female Dealer: The Road Less Traveled For Women (2005 Interview)


In this world of male-dominated dealers, its rare that we run into females, or for that matter, a sister who has her own dealerships. As a tribute to Women's History Month 2005, we would like to shine the headlights on Ms. Elaine Fairhurst, owner of Hunstsville Autoplex, Huntsville, Alabama. Nationally, less than 4 percent of dealerships are owned by women. Needless to say, ethnic minority women make up an even smaller piece of the pie.

According to Black Enterprise Magazine Annual Auto Dealers list for 2005, Ms. Fairhurst is one of the top 50 dealers in the country. She recently spoke briefly with JeffCars about the path she has traveled to become an automobile dealer.

J: Are you the first and only African-American female dealer in the country to date to own a Lexus dealership?
EF: Yes, as far as I know.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What Will These Vehicles Be Worth In 3 Years?

Cadillac Escalade:             53%       $84,425
Segment Average:            52%       $90,250
Cadillac's Brand Average:  46%       $58,725

Analysis: The Escalade is expected to retain 53% of the MSRP over a 3-year period. The Escalade has a higher residual than other SUV in the segment and the entire Cadillac brand. In 3 years, the Cadillac Escalade is expected to be worth $44,745.25 on the used car market based on the MSRP of $84,425.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe: 39%       $184,500    
Segment Average:                    49%       $115,525
M-B's Brand Average:                48%       $78,350

Analysis: The S-Class Coupe has a lower 3-year residual value than other vehicles in its segment. In fact, this luxury coupe is worth 10 percent points than other M-B vehicles. In 3 years, the S-Class Coupe is expected to be worth $71,955 on the used car market based on a MSRP of $184,500.

Ford F-150:                     54%       $41,375
Segment Average:           48%       $46,025
Ford's Brand Average:      46%       $46,225

Monday, March 16, 2015

Recall Mondays: Kia Is In The Hot Seat For Accelerator Concerns

NO. Of Affected Customers: 208,858 
Manufacturer: Kia Motors America

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Soul and Soul electric vehicles manufactured July 21, 2013, to January 8, 2015. A section of the accelerator pedal may bend and fracture.
If the vehicle has a bent or broken accelerator pedal, the driver may have difficulty accelerating the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.