Archives For August 2012

The 2005 Cadillac Escalade.
Credit: Wikipedia

Why would an Escalade owner would spend all that money for a luxury SUV and not add on a first-rate security system?

All they have to do is call a Viper dealer. Better than letting someone stroll off with your vehicle. See this, uh, alarming (or lack thereof) news report.

Pretty Crazy huh? Who would have thought it would have been that easy to dismantle a vehicle so it could just be pushed away by a pickup truck — and GONE in 14 seconds. Even worse, the fact that these vehicle are so easily stripped of all their luxury features. I guess OnStar won’t be much help when these things go missing.

Depending on which study you read, the Escalade may or may not be the top stolen vehicle. But according to the Highway Loss Data Institute it has “dominated the HLDI’s list for most theft claims” — which is what led GM to add various security enhancements.  Hopefully these new features will stop these SUV’s from being pushed away like shopping carts.

Check out this full story from Insideline.com for more on the 2012 Escalade’s beefed-up security features:

2012 Cadillac Escalade Gets Beefed-Up Security Features To Stymie Thieves

This Gen Y-er seems happy about getting her new car — but would she rather just have Internet service and an iPad?

It’s a mobile world, but not the way the previous generation thinks.

The rise of our Internet culture combined with the decline in the economy are changing young buyers’ desire for machines that offer real mobility … the car! According to Bloomberg, in the last five years we’ve seen a six percent drop in sales among the 18-34 demo segment.

Even driver’s license numbers are down!

That’s crazy to us — as much as we love our computers and phones, our love for the automobile is hardly diminished.

With big auto companies such as Ford and Toyota fighting to get the attention of the 20- to 24-year-old age market, they have gone as far as to produce a line of cars that would appeal to this audience. Toyota created the Scion brand in hopes that these Generation Y buyers would buy in — but that hasn’t seemed to happen.

Instead these youngsters see a car as a secondary purchase, there is a greater need for a cellphone and personal computer, and clearly they will only settle for the top-of-the-line gadgets — like Jordan Wesolek, front-office worker from Chicago, who says he pays $300 a year for Internet service and is saving his extra cash for a $2,199 MacBook Pro. The cost of the computer, plus what he is paying monthly for Internet service, would easily make the payments for a vehicle — but that isn’t a priority for him.

So what do you think — could you make it without your beloved vehicle as long as you had your smartphone and other gadgets to replace it?

Check out the full article on the battle between 4G and V-8 from Bloomberg here:

Gen Y Eschewing V-8 for 4G Threatens Auto Demand: Cars

“Doc, you built a time machine … out of a DeLorean?”

Or … how about this one?

“They’re coming for me, Marty! The Libyans!!!”

You simply just can’t deny it … this is just a classic, pure and simple.

What’s better than your standard DeLorean homage to Back to the Future? A DeLorean hovercraft/hybrid tribute. (Or a boat, perhaps? Maybe it’s better described as a Back to the Future boat?)

That’s right, all of you Marty McFly wannabes — check this baby out!

Here’s some hot video of the DeLorean hovering its way around after a recent Rockies/Giants game, courtesy of some of the folks at Deadspin. The crazy Back to the Future craft’s funding was apparently pulled together by the funding platform Kickstarter.com.

Check out the Michael J. Foxxy video below:

 

 

If you don’t need an armored vehicle but would like one that looks as though it could blunt bullets then look no further than Conquest Vehicle’s Evade, which is based on a Ford F-550 but with one hell of a shell. The interior has a lot to offer also. And it’s only half a mil.

A car we are certain 50 Cent would be caught driving, this massive vehicle is beefed up with stainless steel running boards, hinges and even a steering wheel, and you can ensure no one will be on your tail ever again, in fear that if they hit you, their car will be toast.

Now the outside may be fit for a gangster like 50, but the inside is luxurious enough for a diva like Fergie. With 2-by-2 seating, seats that can be set to face each other, and a partition between the rear of the car and the front cabinet — you can be chauffeured around like a movie star.

If you ever see one of these bad boys cruising on by, we suggest you duck and cover because trouble probably isn’t far!

Check out hot video of the Evade here:

Also check out the full details on this beast of a car from Car and Driver below:

Conquest Vehicles Reveals the Evade, Its New, Gigantic Unarmored SUV

The Ferrari P45
Credit: Wikipedia

What dream car would you buy if you won the lottery?

The editors at Edmunds’ Inside Line had a little fun fantasizing about what they would get for $100,000-plus. We like Executive Editor Michael Jordan’s answer best: A Ford Focus ST! But that’s because we could afford one.

See how he justifies his answer in detail. (But smart-alecky answers aside; we’d probably go with a Ferrari. Of course!)

The Aston Martin seems to be at the top of the contributors’ lists — clearly because they all have the fantasy of being James Bond — like contributor James Riswick said after giving a list of “I’d love to say’s” he ends with: “I’d love to say all that, and it’d be true, but really it’s because I’m a giant James Bond nerd.” … I’m sure the V12 engine in some of the models doesn’t hurt either.

Ron Montoya really wanted to splurge, choosing the 2012 Tesla Model S that clocks in at $103,050 ($3,050 over budget!) Montoya said he could soften his breaking of the budget with a federal tax rebate of $7,500 after purchasing the car.

Check out the article on Insideline, and get jealous over all of the over-the-top luxury cars — I’m sure many of you will be saving your nickels and dimes for one these beauties.