14 December 2011

Willis launched global insurance placement system

Willis  launched global insurance placement system : Willis Group Holdings P.L.C. has launched its global insurance placement system.he system, WillPLACE, uses a proprietary matching algorithm to correlate insurer risk appetites with specific client risks and matches clients with appropriate insurers.

“Willis risk advisers then work with their clients to assign a variety of weightings to their priorities,” Willis said in a Tuesday statement announcing the global launch. “These weightings for ultimate carrier selection may include such factors as price competitiveness, claims service and underwriting focus, among others. The client's requests are then electronically matched with carrier data, resulting in a recommended match between client need and carrier appetite.”
70% of premiums

Willis launched WillPLACE as a pilot program in Italy a year ago. By the first quarter of next year, the placement program is slated to be rolled out in 14 areas, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.

The London-based brokerage said once the rollout is complete, more than 70% of the premiums that Willis places will go through WillPLACE.

“In keeping with the Willis commitment to integrity and transparency, the existence of potential insurer remuneration under the WillPLACE system is fully disclosed to all Willis clients prior to the binding of any coverage,” Willis said in its announcement.

Both Marsh Inc. and Aon Corp. have launched placement systems matching insurer risk appetites with client needs in recent years.

26 November 2011

Tokyo Motor Show will feature electric vehicles

Tokyo Motor Show will feature electric vehicles :For car buffs who didn’t get their fill of hot new rides, another show is available before the year draws to a close. The 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011 will be open to the public on December 3; it comes after a year of hardships, with production impacted by the earthquake and tsunami as well as recent flooding in Thailand. Currently, however, the major concern for Japanese automobile manufacturers is the strong yen, which has eroded the profitability of domestically produced export cars while shrinking overseas profits when repatriated. Japan’s top three automakers all view the promotion of domestic demand as the key to stimulating domestic production as output for export dwindles. The car makers envision electric vehicles as playing a significant role in attracting demand after the summer of post-quake power-saving made consumers more aware of the emergency power capabilities of electric vehicles in addition to their eco-friendly credentials.

Toyota, Nissan, and Honda hope to entice the public with electric vehicle concept cars at the show. Honda will unveil its Micro Commuter concept car. The small EV carries a mini electric motorcycle called a Motor Compo inside one of its doors. A removable battery installed in the vehicle can be used for the bike and also as an additional power source for vehicle. Nissan, the global leading EV maker, will introduce its PIVO3 EV commuter vehicle. The three-seat compact is equipped with an auto valet parking system. The operator will not have to carefully maneuver into tight parking spaces because the car can automatically park itself into lots fitted with appropriate sensors. The PIVO3, which is powered by four in-wheel motors, can also recharge itself, with excess power available for home use or even for sale to the grid. Toyota plans to unveil its FT-EV III, a basic EV model that the company plans to debut in the U.S. and Japan in 2012. The car maker’s Fun-Vii will also be among the horde of electric concept cars to be showcased at the show.

31 August 2011

passenger SUV Sonalika Motors launch

passenger SUV Sonalika Motors  : After Force Motors, it is now the turn of Sonalika to launch their own SUV in the Indian passenger car segment. Sonalika is credited with having the Toyota Qualis look-alike, the ICML Rhino in the passenger MUV segment. Force Motors have inspired many other niche manufacturers to try their hands at making SUVs for the passenger car segment in India. Pininfarina, the famous Italian design house is rumored to design this new SUV and Sonalika would be developing this car mostly in house with some inputs from suspension tuning specialists, Lotus.

A sum of about Rs 500 crores is set to be invested by the company in the passenger car segment now. After the launch of the SUV somewhere down by 2012, there would also be a passenger car segment which would be launched later on. This sedan would take on the likes of the Honda City, Vento and others and would be priced between Rs 8-10 lakhs. Initially, the company plans to roll out only a diesel engine. It would be the same Rover derived one with a capacity of 2.0 liters and varying power ranges from 120 Bhp to even 140 Bhp. Source www.indiandrives.com

Honda Brio upcoming in India October 2011

Honda Brio upcoming in India October 2011 : Honda Brio: This is the all new small car that Honda displayed at the Thailand Motor Show and it would be coming to India at around October 2011. It has got a 1.2 liter engine which would be good enough for 70 Bhp. Most likely, it would be the Honda Jazz’s unit in a detuned state. There would be enough space in this small car compared to the others in its class. It would be ducked within the 4 meters mark and the 1.2 liter petrol would be the only engine option available. There would be an automatic variant as well.

mahindra korando price in india

mahindra korando price in india ; Mahindra Korando: This is one SUV that would be slotted above the Mahindra Scorpio and is part of the dowry that Mahindra received after they annexed Chinese car maker Ssangyong Motors. It would have a more upmarket image than the Scorpio and would feature many luxury features unheard of in an SUV. It would be priced at around Rs 20 lakhs. It would make its debut in the Indian market in November 2011.

New Land Rover Defender DC100 will launch in 2015

New Land Rover Defender DC100 will launch in 2015 : The future of Land Rover’s iconic Defender model – a direct descendent of the original military-inspired models of 1948 – has long been in doubt, but a new concept car set to debut in less than two weeks at the Frankfurt Motor Show should clear things up

Land Rover says that a new Defender will launch in 2015, and while the automaker hasn’t released many details, the next-generation off roader will have to be quite a bit different to meet increasingly stringent global safety and emissions regulations. Land Rover isn’t commenting on North American availability, although the British brand hasn’t officially ruled out such a possibility.

The DC100 is what Land Rover calls a “modern interpretation” of the Defender. Penned under the watch of design chief Gerry McGovern, the DC100 clearly departs from the current Defender in a number of ways – like its much larger wheels and almost vintage Ford Bronco-like side profile.

For now, Land Rover is keeping quiet on just what platform the concept car rides on and the automaker hasn’t made any hints about what’s under its hood. We’d guess it features a shortened version of the LR4 and Range Rover Sport architecture and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel. A hybrid system is also a distinct possibility since Land Rover is likely needing to show off a greener image for the Defender.

As for off road capability, the DC100 concept looks like it will rely more on a sophisticated traction control system than the big rubber and articulating solid axles of the current model. That’s a trick that has worked well for those few LR4s and Range Rovers that venture off the pavement, so it should combine well with the DC100′s approach and departure angles to make a surprisingly adept performer.

Volvo and Siemens electric cars small C30 hatchback

Volvo and Siemens electric cars small C30 hatchback ; Volvo, the Swedish carmaker owned by China’s Geely, has formed a partnership with Siemens, the German engineering group, to develop electric cars and ancillary equipment.

The two companies said on Wednesday that an electric version of Volvo’s small C30 hatchback would be available for testing by the end of this year. Volvo will deliver up to 200 vehicles to Siemens for further testing by the end of 2012.

The venture marks the latest in a series of partnerships between carmakers and suppliers to develop various types of electric vehicles.

General Motors and South Korea’s LG Group announced a similar agreement last week. LG already supplies battery cells for GM’s two existing extended-range hybrids, the Chevrolet Volt and its European cousin, the Opel Ampera. The cars have a small internal-combustion engine to extend the range of their electric battery.

Siemens already has deals with BMW and Renault to develop electric-car charging equipment.

Volvo and Siemens said in a statement that they would co-operate in the development of electric drive technology, power electronics and charging technology, as well as the integration of those systems into the C30.

Siegfried Russwurm, a member of Siemens management board, said: “It is our long-term goal to establish Siemens as a global system provider with solutions both inside and outside of electric vehicles. We see ourselves as a comprehensive electric mobility pioneer.”

The companies did not say whether Siemens’ technology would also be made available to Geely. The Chinese government is heavily promoting electric vehicles to help alleviate the country’s environmental and energy dependence problems but electric vehicle sales in large numbers are not expected for several years.

Volvo and Siemens have scheduled a news conference later on Wednesday.

Geely’s purchase of Volvo last year was the biggest acquisition of an overseas brand by a Chinese carmaker. It is viewed as a model of a successful acquisition in the automobile sector by Beijing, which is encouraging other China carmakers to look overseas for targets.

2012 BMW 1-Series 128I RWD 2-Dr Convertible L6 Interior Features

2012 BMW 1-Series 128I RWD 2-Dr Convertible L6 Interior Features ;

* Front 12V power outlet(s)
* Dual-zone fully-automatic climate control
* Diversity antenna
* Front ashtray
* Audio system with AM/FM radio, CD player (reads MP3 format) ; includes RDS , digital radio
* Cargo capacity: 8.0 cu. ft. all seats in place
* Cigar lighter in front seats
* Trip computer: includes average speed, average fuel economy, current fuel economy and range for remaining fuel
* Cruise control
* Front cup holders
* Outside air temperature indicator
* Intelligent driver front airbag, intelligent passenger front airbag with occupant sensors and occupant switch off
* Bucket driver seat and front passenger seat: ; details: manual height
* Front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
* Front seat center armrest
* Headlight control with dusk sensor
* Two height-adjustable front and rear seats head restraints
* Heated washer
* Interior dimensions: 38.6 in. front headroom, 37.0 in. rear headroom, 41.2 in. front leg room, 31.3 in. rear leg room, 54.0 in. front shoulder room and 42.2 in. rear shoulder room
* Driver and passenger knee airbags
* Low tire pressure indicator
* Remote power locks , includes power windows and speed sensing
* Power steering
* Power windows, express driver and passenger
* Front reading lights
* Rear seat belts for driver and passenger
* Rear seats:
* Rear view mirror
* Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
* Remote control trunk/hatch release
* Seating: four passengers
* Vinyl upholstery
* Service interval indicator
* Front side airbag
* Smart card/smart key; manual
* Eight speakers
* Alloy & leather-trimmed, tilt/ telescoping steering wheel
* Tachometer
* Driver and passenger vanity mirror
* Ventilation system with micro filter, automatic recirculation and active carbon filter

Irene likely to lead to higher insurance premiums

Irene likely to lead to higher insurance premiums ; The $7 billion in estimated losses from Hurricane Irene will compound the vast damage caused by weather in the United States this year. Yet despite billions they’ve paid out for floods, tornadoes and earthquakes, big insurance companies can expect another profitable year.

And their customers can expect higher premiums.

The stocks of major insurers shot up this week as investors celebrated Irene’s less-than-expected damage. The storm didn’t even cause most analysts to adjust their profit estimates for insurers.

In part, that’s because insurance companies have been raising premiums this year, especially for customers in high-risk areas. Homeowner and auto policies cost 5 to 10 percent more than they did a year ago, according to research by Gregory Locraft, an analyst with Morgan Stanley.Read More...

Ford, Zipcar Bring Future of Transportation to Newest Generation of Drivers at U.S. Universities

Ford, Zipcar Bring Future of Transportation to Newest Generation of Drivers at U.S. Universities : Ford Motor Company and Zipcar, Inc. - the world's leading car-sharing network - are teaming up to help make transportation more affordable, fun and sustainable for students at more than 250 university campuses throughout the U.S.

The two-year alliance, announced today, establishes Ford as the largest automotive source in Zipcar's University program. Ford vehicles, primarily the fuel-efficient 2012 Ford Focus and the 2012 Ford Escape, start arriving this week on university campuses

The strategic alliance includes offering incentives to join and use car sharing on campus to help accelerate use of Zipcar across the U.S. and introduce a new generation of drivers to Ford vehicles Read More...

17 August 2011

best insurance companies in uk

best insurance companies in uk ; Only 51% of insurance companies have nominated an executive responsible for complaints according to research for software firm, Charter UK.

The is despite the fact that the Financial Services Authority's incoming regulation requiring regulated firms to nominate an executive to the complaints role comes into force on 1 September 2011.

According to Charter UK, of the 54 large financial services companies in the UK interviewed, just 27 had appointed a nominated executive with responsibility for complaints, 17 had not yet made a nomination, while a further 10 did not know if they had made a nomination or not.

While only 51% of insurance companies had made a nomination it was still ahead of the 41% of banks and 50% of credit card companies surveyed.

Paul Clark, chief executive at Charter UK, commented: "This is a concern for the industry. There are just over two weeks to go before firms must show that they have nominated an executive with overall responsibility for complaints.

"Those companies that have yet to identify the individual within their team, or are unsure if a nomination has been made, need to get moving as soon as possible."

Pace of change
He continued: "Our research showed that compliance and customer services are the business units from which the individual is most likely to be selected.

"Whatever the background of the individual, the key thing is to get to grips with the pace of regulatory change in the complaints landscape post-payment protection insurance, and to have a real grasp of the people, cultural, processes and systems challenges that prevent organisations from dealing with complaints effectively.

He concluded: "What's really worrying is that the companies we've spoken to thus far are top 50 UK financial services providers - it's hard to escape the impression that the figures will look much worse among the smaller players."

best Car Insurance 2011

best Car Insurance 2011; Despite car insurance being a mandatory requirement for all motorists, not all car insurance companies and policies are created equally. The following are some policy attributes and policyholder benefits to look for when choosing a car insurance policy.

Roadside Response & Repair
Most car accidents and car-related incidents don't involve fatalities or grave injuries. For the most part, they are simply inconveniences that can range from waiting for a tow to awaiting long-term repairs or a claim for a "totaled" car whose repairs would cost more than the value of the car itself. Car insurance companies should offer its policyholders swift response to initial towing needs, as well as car rental options and services while they await repair on their vehicles. The repairs themselves should be facilitated quickly and smoothly, with little to no delay on the part of the insurance company for claim assessment or approval.

Policy Flexibility
Not all motorists drive the latest sports car or can afford full coverage with no deductible. Car insurance companies should offer its policyholders a variety of insurance options that are affordable without leaving the motorist vulnerable.

Benefits and Discounts
Car insurance companies should offer its policyholders a variety of car and driving-related benefits, such as accident forgiveness for first-time offenders, convenient payment options, after-hours services, 24-hour claims assistance and others. Car insurance companies should also offer discounts for multiple-policy holders, drivers with clean records, students with good grades and others.

Customer Service/Claims Timeliness
Car Insurance companies should respond to policyholder claims in a timely fashion, facilitating the necessary steps to return motorists to their vehicles.

Auto Insurance might appear to be no more than an additional tax or fee for a service that is never used. However, as the statistics show, it is one that is necessary to ensure that you--and your vehicle--remain protected against injury, accident or liable damages.

In addition to the side-by-side comparison featured above, in-depth reviews are available for 10 of the best auto insurance companies, including top-rated insurers GEICO, Progressive and eSurance

pay car insurance premium using a zero per cent purchase credit card

pay car insurance premium using a zero per cent purchase credit card ; As car insurance premiums rose by 31 per cent in 2010, and with similar rises occurring earlier in 2011, drivers looking to keep car insurance costs manageable may opt for the convenience of monthly instalments.

Running a car isn't cheap, made worse by the rising fuel costs we have seen recently. The cost of car insurance can be a huge strain on your finances so paying for your car cover on a monthly basis is a good way of keeping your initial outlay for car insurance down. However, while this may be a more convenient and manageable way to pay for your cover, it's crucial to make sure you're aware of the additional costs involved. It is also necessary you scour the whole market to ensure you find the most reasonably priced deal. Insurers can also play a part in helping motorists by not charging more than they need.

Motorists could consider other financially-savvy ways to pay for their car insurance premium, such as using a zero per cent purchase credit card,

By putting the cost of the premium on to a zero per cent purchase credit card, drivers can pay for their policy in monthly instalments without paying interest. There are a number of zero per cent purchase cards on the market, so if you are eligible, you'll only pay for the original price of your policy. However, you need to be disciplined if you use a credit card, and aim to pay off the balance before the end of the promotional period, and within 12 months if the promotion is longer otherwise you will still be paying when your insurance is up for renewal

why the cost of insuring high-performance vehicles

Pakar info - why the cost of insuring high-performance vehicles ; A recent article by GM Authority investigates why the cost of insuring high-performance vehicles is often so much higher than insuring less expensive vehicles.

High-performance vehicles are categorized as such because they are powerful, and the article notes that insurers view these automobiles as being more prone to accidents. National statistics and studies have shown that high-performance cars are more likely to be involved in crashes, whether big or small, which leads to an increase in the number of auto insurance claims.

Another reason auto insurance rates are higher for sports cars is that in the event of a collision, replacement parts for high-performance vehicles are usually very expensive, says GM Authority. It's often difficult to get a hold of parts for high-performance vehicles, particularly for imported models. Even simply repairing a component of a sports car usually costs much more than repairing a similar part on a less expensive vehicle.

The attractiveness of high-performance vehicles to car thieves also plays into higher insurance rates. However, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that the most stolen vehicle in the United States in 2010 was the 1994 Honda Accord, followed by the 1995 Honda Civic and 1991 Toyota Camry.

black box for monitor policyholder’s young drivers

Pakar info black box for monitor policyholder’s young drivers : An insurance company specialising in policies for younger drivers has used the latest in-car technology to help it to cut premiums by 17 per cent.

Young Marmalade uses telematics or “black boxsatellite technology to monitor the policyholder’s driving behaviour, such as braking and acceleration, speed and at what time of day the car is driven. This is then used to calculate premiums; the better the car is driven, the lower the premium and vice-versa,

08 August 2011

Japanese carmakers Honda, Maruti Suzuki and Toyota into price war

Japanese carmakers Honda, Maruti Suzuki and Toyota into price war : Japanese carmakers Honda, Maruti Suzuki and Toyota are aggressively resorting to a price war as they seek to push up sagging sales in India, following a fall in sales for the first time in 30 months in July.

Honda Siel, which cut Rs66,000 off its flagship City sedan last month, is set to launch a new version of its Jazz hatchback with a much more customer-friendly price tag, which according to dealership sources could be around Rs6 lakh, or over Rs1 lakh less than the previous model that was sold out last month through a huge discount offer.

Maruti Suzuki too is in the process of launching a new version of its popular premium hatchback Swift with several added features. This would include variable valve timing (VVT) for added power in the petrol engine, fibre fuel tank for lighter weight, tilt steering and indicators on side mirrors in the new version that also offers extra legroom for its passengers.

The new changes in the specs are designed to give it added punches to take on the likes of Polo and i20 that boast more features than the outgoing Swift. The car is due to be launched on 17 August, but the company is largely holding the price line.

Toyota's entry-level Etios sedan has already been introduced along with the Liva priced at Rs3.99 lakh. Liva is priced much cheaper that its competition like Maruti Swift and Skoda Fabia.

According to some analysts, the market has seen some rapid changes following Toyota's killer pricing of its new Etios, and then Honda following suit with its hot selling cars. They say now Maruti is expected to bring its top-line cars very aggressively.

Meanwhile, dealers say Japanese automakers are now providing unprecedented support by speeding up delivery after recovering from the earthquake and Tsunami of March this year and offering price cuts to preserve or increase their market share.

Domestic car sales are estimated to have dipped 10 per cent year-on-year in July, in the first fall since January 2009, as increasing overall inflation, rising loan interest rates and fuel prices impacted consumer sentiment. Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai and Tata Motors-which together account for three fourths of all cars sold in the country saw their sales drop in double-digit percentage.

Toyota to build RAV4 electric vehicle at its West Plant in Woodstock

Toyota to build RAV4 electric vehicle at its West Plant in Woodstock ; Minister of State for Science and Technology joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada on 5 August in announcing the production of the RAV4 electric vehicle at its West Plant in Woodstock, alongside the petrol-fuelled RAV4.

The production of the RAV4 electric vehicle is a component of Toyota's 'Project Green Light', which was announced on 5 July. The Government of Canada is providing Toyota with a repayable contribution of up to CA$70.84m (US$72.03m) for the overall project. Toyota's total investment in the project could reach up to CA$506m. The Province of Ontario is also providing assistance of up to CA$70.84m.

"The RAV4 EV will be the first highway-capable electric vehicle to be produced in Canada and the first electric vehicle to be produced by Toyota outside of Japan," noted Goodyear.

Federal funding for the project was made through Canada's Automotive Innovation Fund (AIF), which provides support for strategic, large-scale research and development projects in the automotive sector.

The RAV4 EV’s powertrain, inclusive of battery, electric motor and other components is to be supplied by Tesla, in which Toyota Motor has become an investor, and has issued a powertrain supply contract worth some US$100m. US pricing and distribution plans for the electric RAV4 EV have yet to be confirmed.

24 July 2011

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG performance

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 At a Glance ; Believe unbridled power is the only way to go? The AMG model’s 5.5-liter V-8 comes in two blow-your-face-off variations, producing either 518 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque or 550 hp and 590 lb-ft. Positively animalistic.

As tested, my CLS63 with the AMG performance package (which adds the extra power), came to $123,525. That’s a price with a nasty bite. Mileage is 15 city and 22 highway.

During the first half of a long day’s drive around that grassy place known as Connecticut, I left the sports stuff alone. With the suspension and drive select in comfort modes, the engine was quiet, the ride cosseting, the cabin quiet.

It gave me time to assess the interior. It fits four, though backseat occupants only moderately comfortably. Carbon- fiber accents are attractive, yet the Alcantara-covered steering wheel felt too slick in my hands.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 At a Glance
Engine: 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 550 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.
Transmission: Seven-speed automated.
Speed: 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds.
Gas mileage per gallon: 15 city; 22 highway.
Price as tested (with performance package): $123,525.
Best features: Ferocious performance, good manners.
Worst features: Seats only four; old navigation system.
Target buyer: The driver who wants a four door that canstay in the hunt.

Engine
Engine AMG 5.5-liter direct injection biturbo V8 engine
518 (550) hp @ 5,500 rpm
516 (590) lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,500 rpm
Acceleration (0 – 60 mph) in just 4.4s
Turbo Boost: 14.5 (18.8) psi

Security
24-Hour Roadside Assistance Program
Steel Reinforced Cabin with Front and Rear Crumple Zones
3-Point Seatbelts with Pre-tensioners and Force Limiters
Front Dual Stage Airbags
Front Side Airbags
Front Pelvic Airbags
Front and RearSide Window Airbags
Dual Front Knee Airbags*
NECK-PRO Active Head Restraints
4-Wheel Disc Brakes with ABS & BAS

Luxury
GPS Navigation with 40GB Hard-Drive
Bluetooth interfacePower Tilt Sliding Sunroof with One Touch Open & Close
Full Leather Interior
Burl Walnut Wood Trim
shift paddles on Multifunction Leather Sport Steering Wheel
4-Way Power Tilt with Telescoping Steering Column
14-way Power Adjustable Seats with 3 Position Memory for Seats, Steering Column and Exterior Mirrors, Multi contour seat of driver

Media
14-Speaker Harman/kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
HD Digital Radio
In-dash 6-disc DVD/CD Changer
In-dash SD Card Reader
iPod and MP3 Media Interface
SIRIUS Satellite Radio

C250 CDI Blue Efficiency Injector Problem

C250 CDI Blue Efficiency Injector Problem ; sudden loss of power and car ground to a halt within yards. Fortunately on a quiet country lane and not on motorway. AA man's laptop showed diesel injector fault being reported by the engine management system. Looks like the queue for replacements is growing by the day! But how can I be sure that the garage will replace all four - they may say they will, but how do I get the evidence? Any suggestions?

Mercedes c250 cdi Chip tuning performance

Mercedes c250 cdi Chip tuning performance ; Lately that between Vath and Mercedes is a very prolific pair, the last in order of processing time German tuner is based on the C250 CGI. The sedan from Stuttgart may in fact benefit from a new “performance package” from 1200 ? able to push the power from the original 204 to well 255 hp, while the couple touches the peak of 370nm. For the insatiable there is also a radiator plus (? 1186.60) and a sports exhaust system (? 2,011.10): The coupling between these two elements brings the power at an altitude of 270 hp.
Vath also proposes a number of cosmetic solutions for those who want to bring something to the body of the car racing too: They are available with a carbon fiber hood (? 4.641), a lip-spoiler in the same material (? 1,416.10), a speaker posterior composite (? 1,773.10), an addendum to the aerodynamic trunk (? 333.20), a set of alloy wheels from 19 ‘(? 4.046) and a high-performance brake kit (? 5.355) with records from 360 mm and 320 mm front to back, bites at 6 and 4 piston calipers. For the interior, customers can opt for carbon fiber trim and roof lining in Alcantara (980 ?).

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Best car insurance companies 2011

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International co-operation expanded
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GEICO will Lower California Automobile Insurance Rates august 2011

Pakar Info - GEICO will Lower California Automobile Insurance Rates august 2011 : Starting next month, GEICO will begin implementing a10.7% overall rate decrease for its California automobile insurance policyholders. GEICO originally asked the California Department of Insurance (CDI) for a 4% increase to its automobile insurance rates, but the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog challenged the hike. In California, auto insurance rates are subject to Proposition 103, which prohibits insurers from charging excessive rates and allows citizens to challenge excessive rates. After a review by the CDI and Consumer Watchdog, GEICO agreed to lower rates instead, resulting in an average saving of $127 per year for more than 700,000 California drivers.

During the rate review, Consumer Watchdog determined that GEICO was improperly estimating its future claims and seeking waivers of the rules for calculating its rates without meeting the requirements for obtaining such waivers. Subsequently, GEICO withdrew its requested increase and re-filed its application, requesting an 8.5% rate decrease. In June of this year, the CDI, GEICO and Consumer Watchdog agreed to the 10.7% decrease, which amounts to a savings of $91 million annually for GEICO customers. Additionally, GEICO agreed to return to CDI in 18 months to subject its rates to another review.

This massive decrease is a substantial victory for California's consumers. Not only will GEICO be decreasing its rates by $91 million per year, but the agreed upon reduction is actually $125 million less than the increased rates GEICO originally requested and Consumer Watchdog challenged. This kind of turnaround is exactly why Proposition 103 gave consumers the right to challenge proposed insurance rates, said Todd M. Foreman, Consumer Watchdog staff attorney.

The consumer protections afforded to drivers, homeowners and other property and casualty insurance policyholders by Proposition 103 do not apply to Californians' health insurance policies, Consumer Watchdog noted.

Legislation pending in the California State Senate, AB 52 (Feuer), would create similar regulatory oversight of health insurance companies and could save Californians billions of dollars, the group said.

"Assembly Bill 52, which recently passed out of the Senate Health Committee, will provide the same type of check on skyrocketing health insurance rates that Proposition 103 places on auto insurance," said Douglas Heller, executive director of Consumer Watchdog. "Patients would love to get the news that their health insurer has agreed to lower rates by 10%, instead of the massive hike after hike that Californians now endure. It is crucial that lawmakers considering AB 52 maintain the protections that have proved so effective for motorists since voters passed Prop 103 in 1988. Health insurance companies are pushing aggressively in Sacramento to take the teeth out of reform, but Californians desperately need lawmakers to resist the insurance lobby."

From its passage in 1988 through 2006, Proposition 103 saved California drivers more than $62 billion on their auto insurance, according to a 2008 study by the Consumer Federation of America.

14 July 2011

MetLife Auto Stands By GM Auto Insurance Deal

MetLife Auto Stands By GM Auto Insurance Deal ; MetLife Auto & Home says it sees its direct marketing arrangement with General Motors to provide insurance for new car buyers as a way to increase its brand recognition, which it says should also help its independent agency distribution force.

Some independent agents have questioned the carrier’s marketing deal, now only offered in Oregon and Washington.

Bob Rusbuldt, Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) president and chief executive officer, said his group believes the marketing campaign raises a host of legal issues. “We have raised licensing and regulatory concerns, along with important consumer issues,” Rusbuldt said. “MetLife Auto & Home has been open to our concerns and is seriously reviewing them.”

But the insurer told Insurance Journal it it is sticking with the GM deal for now.

“Almost since its founding, MetLife Auto & Home has been known as a company utilizing multi-channel sales, so that we can sell policies to prospective customers in the way they want to buy them, and we remain committed to all our sales partners, both agents and employee-benefit sales,” said company spokesman David Hammarström.

“Increased brand recognition for MetLife Auto & Home is a positive for our company and our salesforce, as further customer awareness of the company and its value proposition will continue to drive sales through all distribution channels.”

Hammarström said MetLife Auto & Home was approached about being the exclusive insurance provider for this program.

“Ultimately, we decided that this program could help us to grow our business and increase brand recognition, and was financially viable. We were intrigued by this program’s possibility of reaching additional consumers who otherwise may not have known about MetLife Auto & Home. In addition, this program allows the company to try something that is truly new and unique within the property and casualty industry, which, if successful, may lead to additional growth opportunities in the long run.”

The company said the success of the program will be measured by the number cars sold.

Asked whether the insurer would be interested in forging similar deals with other car makers, Hammarström did not rule it out.

“We do not know whether other manufacturers are interested in this type of program, but we would welcome conversations about similar relationships if that is desired,” he said.

The MetLife Auto policy is offered with the purchase of new GM models from the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac lineups. The policies cover liability and physical damage coverage, above the states’ required minimum standard, according to GM.

2012 Toyota Yaris UK price list, specification

2012 Toyota Yaris UK price list, specification - 2012 Toyota Yaris prices in uk : The new sharper, smarter Toyota Yaris MY2012 will go on sale in the UK in September, starting at £11,700.

The Yaris has always been considered as a nice and well-rounded city car, but there was no getting away from the fact that it had boring styling. That issue has been addressed with the new model. It benefits from a more dynamic design and improved quality.

The car also features the new Toyota Touch and Go multimedia system, including touchscreen controls, which is fitted as standard to all but the entry level new Yaris model in the UK to appeal to the younger buyers. The Yaris comes in four trims of T2, TR, SR and T Spirit.

You have three choices for the engine. First there is the three-cylinder 1.0-litre VVT-i petrol with 68bhp at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 93Nm at 3,600rpm. It does 58.9mpg. Then there’s the 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i engine with 98bhp at 6,000rpm and, at the peak of a gentle torque curve, 125Nm, rated at 56.5mpg. And finally the 1.4-litre D-4D engine fitted as standard with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and with output of 89bhp at 3,800rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm between 1,800 and 2,800rpm, and fuel consumption of 72.4 mpg.
UK range and prices
New Yaris will be offered in the UK in four grades – T2, TR, SR and T Spirit – which deliver an emphatic combination of high specification, quality and great value for money. Cars are available to order now, with first deliveries to customers from mid-September.

The heart of the range is the TR. Expected to command two thirds of new Yaris sales, it is available with all engine and transmission combinations, in three and five-door bodystyles. Key features of the TR include15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Toyota Touch with touchscreen audio controls, Bluetooth and rear parking camera

The SR, available exclusively with the 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine, has a sportier profile with a range of interior and exterior styling elements. Equipment highlights include 16-inch alloy wheels, rear roof spoiler, front fog lamps, part-leather upholstery, rear privacy glass and lowered suspension.

T Spirit focuses on premium features and is available in five-door format with the 1.33- litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine. Principal equipment of the T Spirit grade includes a panoramic glass roof, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror and smart entry and start.

On-the-road prices for new Yaris start at £11,170. Insurance groups will be announced in August.
MODEL ENGINE OTR PRICE
T2 3dr 1.0 VVT-i 5MT £11,170
T2 5dr 1.0 VVT-i 5MT £11,670
TR 3dr 1.0 VVT-i 5MT £12,260
TR 3dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT £12,760
TR 3dr 1.4 D-4D 6MT £14,260
TR 5dr 1.0 VVT-i 5MT £12,760
TR 5dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT £13,260
TR 5dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT MDS £14,260
TR 5dr 1.4 D-4D 6MT £14,760
SR 3dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT £13,335
SR 5dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT £13,835
SR 5dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i MDS £14,835
T Spirit 5dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i 6MT £14,385
T Spirit 5dr 1.33 Dual VVT-i MDS £15,385
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Peugeot-Citroen Still Sees 2011 Europe Auto Market In Line With 2010

Peugeot-Citroen Still Sees 2011 Europe Auto Market In Line With 2010 ; -French auto maker PSA Peugeot-Citroen still expects the European automobile market to be similar in size to that of 2010 after a 0.8% decline in the first six months, a senior executive said Tuesday.

Jean-Marc Gales, head of the Peugeot and Citroen brands, said the company expects the Chinese market to grow 10% in 2011, and now expects Latin America will see an increase of between 5% and 7%, compared with a previous forecast of a 4% increase. Russia should see automobile sales growth of between 30% and 35% following a 57% surge in the first half, he said.

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BMW increases 2011 sales and earnings

BMW increases 2011 sales and earnings : Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world’s largest maker of luxury vehicles, raised its profit and sales forecasts, saying strong second-quarter demand across global auto markets will prevail in the next months.

BMW’s automotive division now anticipates that earnings before interest and taxes will exceed 10 percent of revenue in 2011 on a sales of more than 1.6 million vehicles, the company said. The previous forecast was for an Ebit margin wider than 8 percent and deliveries in excess of 1.5 million units.

BMW is expanding its lineup to reach a goal of selling more than 2 million cars and SUVs annually by 2020. The “I” sub- brand will debut in 2013 with the i3, a battery-powered city car, and the company is also planning the i8, a hybrid supercar based on the Vision Efficient Dynamics prototype.

BMW said today it will continue to target a return on capital employed in excess of 26 percent and an Ebit margin of between 8 and 10 percent in 2012. The number of vehicles handed over to customers jumped almost 20 percent to 833,366 in the first half. Second-quarter results will be released on Aug. 2.

Growing demand for luxury vehicles also spurred sales at Porsche SE’s automotive division, which today reported a 29 percent gain in first-half deliveries to 10,667 cars. Volkswagen AG (VOW), seeking to merge with Porsche, said today six-month sales of namesake-brand vehicles rose 12 percent to 2.53 million units.

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automotive market forecast 2011

automotive market forecast 2011 ; Automobile industry body SIAM today lowered its vehicle sales growth forecast for FY'12 to 11-13% from 12-15% announced three months earlier, mainly due to higher interest rates and rising fuel prices.

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) also predicted a lower growth of 10-12% during 2011-12, as against 16-18% announced earlier.

It, however, said India became the top growing passenger car market in the world during the January-June period this year, overtaking the US, which grew at 14.40%.

"Increase in interest rates has been higher than what we had thought three months earlier... Fuel price rise is more than what we had anticipated," SIAM President Pawan Goenka told reporters here.

He, however, said commodity prices, which are another big concern for the auto industry, have started softening in recent months and hence, it is unlikely that any company will raise the prices of their products.

"We are sitting at a threshold where if interest rates go up further, it will have a devastating impact on the industry. The three biggest concerns at present for the industry are lower general sentiment due to lower GDP forecast and various scams, higher finance rates and increasing fuel prices," Goenka said.

In the first quarter, two leading car-makers, Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors , did not experience good growth, he said, adding, "The rest of the quarters of this fiscal depend on how Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors perform."

Labour unrest, which had completely stopped production at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar plant for 13 days, is another major concern for the auto industry of the country, he added.

Stressing that the industry will grow at a double-digit rate, Goenka said: "Our revised forecast is now 11-13% for the entire auto sector. Both the passenger car and passenger vehicles segments have been projected to grow at a lower rate 10-12% in FY'12."

With expectations of a good monsoon season and arrival of the festive season, sales in the passenger vehicle segment are likely to pick up again at the end of this quarter, he added.

There were 13 new launches in the both the passenger vehicles and two-wheeler segments last quarter. Besides, the passenger vehicle and two-wheeler industries both saw three vehicles being refreshed to suit consumer tastes, Goenka said.

Dwelling on the forecast, SIAM said the growth projection for the two-wheeler segment has been unchanged, while that of the three-wheeler segment has been lowered to 8-10% from 9-11%.

Utility vehicle sales will surge by 10-12% compared to 12-14% announced earlier, he said.

Goenka said the commercial vehicle segment is likely to witness slower growth of 12-14% than the earlier projection of 14-16%.

While sales in the light commercial vehicles segment are now estimated to rise by 17-19%, instead of the earlier forecast of 18-21%, medium and heavy commercial vehicle sales are expected to be up by only 8-10%, as against 10-12%, he added.

Talking about India's performance compared to other global markets, Goenka said: "In passenger vehicles, India was the fastest growing market at 18.20%in the first six months of 2011. However, it was at the fifth position with
12.70% in the commercial vehicles category."

In the passenger vehicles category, the US was the second fastest growing market in the world, with a 14.40% jump in sales.

Germany, China and Brazil followed the list with a 14.30%, 11% and 8.30%increase in sales, respectively.

In the commercial vehicles segment, Germany was the fastest growing country, with sales rising by 28.20% year-on-year, followed by the UK, Brazil and the US, which experienced sales growth of 26.30%, 18.70% and 13.70%, respectively, Goenka said.

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19 June 2011

Toyota to Test Condominium Car-Sharing in Japan

Toyota to Test Condominium Car-Sharing in Japan : Toyota Motor Corp. will offer a car-sharing program to residents of three condominiums – two in Tokyo, and one in Nagoya, Japan – in Spring 2012, using its Prius Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), as well as the iQ-based electric vehicle (EV) now under development.

With a total test fleet of six cars, Toyota will allocate two vehicles to each of the three condos. Residents will be able to book a reservation for a Toyota next-generation vehicle via mobile phone or personal computer. The Prius Plug-in Hybrids and “iQ”-based electric vehicle units will be serviced and managed by nearby Toyota vehicle rental and lease companies. Fees have yet to be decided.

Toyota, in collaboration with the condominium developers and IHI Transport Machinery Co. Ltd., a Tokyo-based parking facility purveyor, will design parking facilities and charging equipment. The three condominium developers are Nomura Real Estate Development Co. Ltd, Daikyo Incorporated, and Toyota Housing Corporation.

A report by Green Car Congress finds that, during the past five years, car- sharing has become more popular in Japan among people in urban areas who do not own cars, and it is also gaining public attention as a countermeasure against global warming and oil dependency. Among the companies that have offered car-sharing are Mazda Car Rental Corp. and Orix Auto Corp.

“In response to these trends, Toyota, aiming to connect people with a new way of using future vehicles, decided to carry out this car-sharing program using next-generation plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles,” said a Toyota statement. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid can be charged from any household electricity source and has an electric-only driving range of 14.5 miles on a full charge. Once the external charge is depleted, the vehicle operates as a conventional gasoline-electric hybrid, alleviating worry about remaining battery power and charging infrastructure availability. Toyota plans to launch the Prius Plug-in Hybrid by early 2012. The “iQ”-based EV – currently under development for a 2012 launch – has a range of 65 miles, positioning it as an appealing short-distance vehicle. Read complet articel...

new 2011 Mazda CX-7 Specifications, Pictures, Prices

new 2011 Mazda CX-7 Specifications, Pictures, Prices : The CX-7 is set squarely against the best Japan has to offer -- Honda's CR-V, Toyota's Rav4, and Nissan's Murano. Other competition comes from the Hyundai Santa Fe and the Mitsubishi Outlander.

The CX-7 has a long list of standard safety features including Anti-lock brakes with brake assist and brake force distribution, front side and side curtain airbags, as well as tire pressure monitoring and traction control systems.

The CX-7 features two engine choices, with the first being a fuel sipping 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with VVT rated at 161 horsepower, mated to a standard 5-speed automatic. The second engine offering is a sportier 2.3-liter DISI turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that cranks out a less civil 244 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.

The turbocharged 2.3 is mated to a silky smooth six speed automatic transmission and yields 18 city, and 25 highway in front wheel drive form, and 17 city, 23 highway in AWD form.

Like other Mazda models, both automatic transmissions are equipped with a sport shift mode which allows the driver to select gears manually.

Mazda offers four trim levels for the CX-7: i SV, i Sport, s Touring and s Grand Touring.

The base model i SV and i Sport both feature the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed automatic transmission in front wheel drive form -- producing 20/28 city and highway EPA estimated miles per gallon. The i SV comes with 17-inch wheels, remote entry, 6-way adjustable driver's seat, ambient temperature display, auxiliary input and MP3 compatible stereo. The i Sport comes with the standard equipment found on the i SV, plus a power sliding-glass moonroof, 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats and Bluetooth compatibility.

Graduating to the s Touring model provides a significant change in standard equipment -- including a switch to the turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 6-speed transmission and available active torque split AWD. The s Sport also features standard 18-inch wheels, leather-trimmed seats, a retractable cargo cover and Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound over the i Sport trim level.

The most luxurious CX-7 s Grand Touring trim level rewards its owner with amenities such as 19-inch wheels, Xenon High-Intensity-Discharge (HID) headlights, halogen fog lights, heated mirrors, rain sensing wipers, keyless entry and remote start, electroluminescent gauges and a compact navigation system.

All variations of the Mazda CX-7 CUV will deliver its occupants to their destination in style and safety, with five-star frontal and side-impact crash test ratings from the NHTSA.

new toyota wish 2011 model 2.0 CVT (A) Specifications

new toyota wish 2011 model 2.0 CVT (A) Specifications : The new Toyota WISH 2.0 is everything you and your family dream of. A larger engine capacity ensures a more enthusiastic drive, while the spacious cabin accomodates seven adults comfortably. Needless to say, you can easily configure it to meet your exact needs. Coupled with stunning good looks and the best safety in its class, every journey is special with the new Toyota WISH 2.0.

Engine
Engine capacity 1,986 cc
Engine type 4-cylinders in-line DOHC Dual VVT-i Valvematic
Compression ratio unknown
Bore x Stroke unknown
Power 158 bhp
Torque 196 Nm

Performance
Acceleration unknown
Top speed unknown
Fuel consumption 12.2 km\L

Misc technical data
Transmission 7-speed (A) CVT
Drive type FWD

Measurements
Body type MPV
Dimensions (L x W x H) (4590 x 1695 x 1590)mm
Wheelbase 2,750mm
Min turning radius 5,300mm
Kerb weight 1,395kg
Fuel tank capacity 60L

Brakes
Brakes (Front) Ventilated disc
Brakes (Rear) Disc

Suspension
Suspension (Front) Macpherson strut
Suspension (Rear) Torsion beam

Please note that specifications may vary from actual vehicle

Toyota Wish 2.0 CVT (A) Features
Safety features
Number of airbags 6
ABS Yes
Traction control Yes

Driver’s features
Controls on steering wheel No
Push start engine button Yes
Auto headlights No
Rain sensing wipers No
Electrical retractable side mirrors Yes
Paddle shifters No
Cruise control No
Electric park brake button No
Foot brake Yes

Security features
Remote alarm Yes
Immobiliser Yes
Smart key Yes
Remote boot release No
Electric tailgate No

Exterior features
HID headlights Yes
Front fog lamps Yes
Sport rims Yes, 15″
Reverse sensors Yes
Side mirror indicators No
Sunroof / moonroof / skyroof No

Interior features
Auto climate control aircon Yes
Rear aircon No
Audio system Yes
Audio Aux/USB Port Yes
Driver’s electric seat No
Passenger’s electric seat No
Driver’s memory seat No
Passenger’s memory seat No
Knockdown rear seats Yes
Leather seats No
Leather steering wheel No

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07 June 2011

New BMW 1 Series design, New BMW TwinPower turbo engines

New BMW 1 Series design, New BMW TwinPower turbo engines, New BMW 1 Series revealedHatchback BMW gets onboard internet access ; BMW has revealed the next generation of its 1 Series premium compact hatchback. The new BMW 1 Series offers more space, new engines and an eight-speed gearbox option. Plus, there's an EfficientDynamics version that promises to emit just 99g/km of CO2.


BMW describes the looks of the new 1 Series as ‘bold’ and ‘swept-back’, with ‘elegant proportions’.
 You can be the judge of that – but suffice to say it won’t be too difficult to spot the difference between old and new versions of the car, even though it manages to keep a strong family resemblance.

The new BMW 1 Series has been given a new look - but it's still similar to the current car

The five-door hatchback variant takes the lead at launch, as it did with the original car. It's 85mm longer (with a 30mm increase in wheelbase) and 17mm wider, but no taller; rear legroom is increased by 21mm and boot space is expanded from 330 litres to 360 litres. Three-door, coupé and convertible versions will follow in due course.

The new 1 Series retains its front-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout – unique in the compact hatchback sector – which should ensure a fine handling balance and plenty of driver appeal.


BMW says the new 1 Series will be more fuel-efficient than ever before Powering the 1 Series is a new range of 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines.

All of them feature BMW ‘TwinPower’ turbo technology – compact twin scroll turbochargers that boost performance and economy by effectively acting like two turbochargers in one.

Petrol choices are new generation engines, badged 116i and 118i and offering 134bhp and 167bhp respectively. Those are increases of 9 and 19bhp over the previous equivalents, and they come alongside fuel economy improvements of up to 10%.

The diesels are significantly revised versions of the previous 2.0-litre unit, with variable vane turbocharging and common-rail injection. A 114bhp 116d, 141bhp 118d and 181bhp 120d are all offered, each more economical than before.

Eco optimisation

Further extending the eco credentials of the new 1 Series, it becomes the first compact car to be offered with an eight-speed gearbox.

This is the eight-speed automatic that’s already in use in a number of larger premium cars across several brands, and is quite a notable addition to the optional extras list.

Beyond this, all versions of the new BMW will come with start-stop technology as standard – including the automatics. There is also a new ‘Eco Pro’ driving mode for maximum environmental savings, which is part of a standard-fit ‘driver experience switch’ that also offers Comfort and Sport settings.

Further down the line, BMW is also planning a 116d EfficientDynamics edition – with the same 114bhp power output, but CO2 emissions of 99g/km and 74.3mpg combined over the standard EU testing cycle. This matches the latest Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion, despite the reduced efficiency of rear-wheel drive.

The 116d EfficientDynamics will be the most efficient BMW ever – at least until the i-badged BMW electric models start to arrive on dealer forecourts.

BMW Gran Turismo series 6 release date

Bmw Gran Turismo series 6 release date : The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo could be proposed soon by the German carmaker. The 6 Series could be a variant GT Shooting Brake, a 3-door coupe body that could represent an alternative to Ferrari in the plans of the FF. Although it might seem a fairly demanding. The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, such as Great Coupé versions should be made in the 640th and 650th.

This was the debut of the new generation of the BMW 6 Series, the first version with convertible canvas roof made ​​in January at the Detroit Motor Show in 2011 and now comes in coupe version which will be officially shown at the Shanghai Motor Show 2011. Although it is very likely that the supply of high-end BMW sport can continue to expand with new variants of bodywork. The new BMW 6 Series Coupe will be available as a 4-door sedan, in what will be the production version of the 6 Series Coupe Gran, presented last year as a concept car at Beijing Motor Show.

The debut of the car should instead be scheduled for 2012. The BMW 6 Series Coupe Gran same versions should be available in coupe and convertible variants, namely the 640th TwinPower with the engine 3.0i Turbo 6-cylinder 320 hp and the 650th with the engine 4.4i Turbo 407 hp V8 TwinPower power. Both versions are already paired with 8-speed automatic transmission and the EfficientDynamics package with Start & Stop.

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New Volkswagen prices 2012 Beetle same as old one

New Volkswagen prices 2012 Beetle same as old one : Hoping to continue sales gains it began with the redesigned Jetta this year, Volkswagen says the bigger, more powerful 2012 Beetle will start at the same $19,765 as the outgoing model.

When the 2012 goes on sale this fall, VW expects improved mileage ratings, too, forecasting a best of 22 miles per gallon in town and 31 highway for the gasoline model vs. a best of 20/29 for the old one.

But that's still short of some recently introduced small cars priced less: the 2011 Hyundai Elantra is rated 29/40 mpg, the 2012 Honda Civic is 28/39 mpg and the 2012 Ford Focus is 28/38 mpg, all with automatic transmissions.

"The compact car segment is much more competitive than when the New Beetle launched in the late 1990s," and the 2012 Beetle — "New" has been dropped — will have to lure buyers by emphasizing other attributes, notes Edmunds.com senior analyst Jessica Caldwell.

Styling, of course, is a key one.

"People buy it for fashion," says industry analyst Jesse Toprak at TrueCar.com, a consumer car-pricing and research site. The mileage, he says, "is good enough for the Beetle."

A bigger challenge, Toprak says, is selling the Beetle to men:

TrueCar.com data show women were registered owners of 60.6% of New Beetles sold in 2010 and 56.1% in 2009. "It is the most female-oriented car on the market," he says. Nissan Rogue was second both years, at 56.3% and 53.5% female owners.

VW says it expects the 2012's styling to draw more men. But Toprak says a version exhibited at the New York auto show in April "still looked 'girly' to me."

Industry experience has been that women will buy cars that appeal to men, but men won't buy cars identified mainly with women. That cuts the pool of potential buyers. VW's ambitious plan to triple sales in the U.S. envisions bigger, not smaller, pools of buyers for each new model.

Beetle, once a unique retro-car, now must compete with the similarly conceived, but costlier BMW's Mini Cooper ($20,100 to start) and Chrysler Group's new and cheaper Fiat 500 ($16,000 base). All evoke icons of their brands' past.

Unlike the outgoing Beetle, the new one has multiple power choices:

The 2012 Beetle base model has a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder rated 170 horsepower. The sport version, $24,165 TSI, has a 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder rated 200 hp. A 140-hp diesel, not yet priced, is planned for 2013 and will be rated 40 mpg highway.

A 2013 convertible also is due.

The old model, built in Mexico, was discontinued after 2010. The 2012 will continue to be built in Mexico.

New Vehicle Sales Impacted, Japanese Disasters

Japanese Disasters, New Vehicle Sales Impacted : Motor Trade Association (MTA) said the new vehicle market for May showed the first effects of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, with several leading brands reporting sharply lower sales, despite the market remaining relatively solid.

Sales in May generally lift after April, which is usually one of the quietest months of the year, sales-wise. While that trend was repeated this year, the increase in sales was less than usual, due to the restricted supply which appeared to affect market leader Toyota and to a lesser extent Honda. Both companies suffered disruption to production facilities during March’s disasters, and the slowdown in sales had been anticipated by the industry.

Registration data just released by NZ Transport Agency shows the overall new vehicle market of 6,563 units was up 953 units (17 percent) compared to April 2011, and up 146 units (2 percent) compared to May 2010. For the year to date, overall sales are still ahead of 2010 by 2,912 units (9 percent).

New car sales of 4,535 units were up 277 units (7 percent) compared to April 2011, but down 81 units (2 percent) compared to May 2010. For the year to date, new car sales are still ahead of 2010 by 1,430 units (6 percent).

The new commercial vehicle market was strong during May. Sales of 2,028 units were up 676 units (50 percent) compared to April 2011, and 227 units (13 percent) compared to May 2010. For the year to date, new commercial sales are still well ahead of 2010 by 1,476 units (21 percent).

Commenting, MTA spokesperson Ian Stronach, Marketing and Communications General Manager said “The overall results in May are not surprising. Some Japanese brands are more reliant on their local production than others, and we are seeing the results of that in our market. The effects are likely to be felt for some time yet. Those brands with some or all of their production facilities outside of Japan are likely to benefit significantly.”

Holden led the new car market for the first time in many months with sales of 560 units – 12 percent share of the market. Hyundai continued to perform strongly with sales of 454 units – 10 percent share of the market. In third place was Suzuki with 433 units – 9.5 percent share, followed by Ford with sales of 422 units – 9 percent share, with Mazda rounding out the top five with sales of 420 units –also with a 9 percent share. Traditional market leader Toyota was back in sixth place with sales of 331 units – 7 percent share.

The race for individual passenger car leadership also had a somewhat unfamiliar look. Suzuki Swift took top spot with sales of 286 units ahead of Holden Commodore on 205 units, followed by Holden Captiva with 181 units, Hyundai i30 with 173 units and Ford Mondeo on 151 units. Long time leader, Toyota Corolla, was in ninth position with just 88 sales.

“Obviously, there will be quite a few brands vying to fill the gaps created by the supply constraints being felt by some Japanese based manufacturers. Add to this the strong stimulus in the form of the traditional ‘Fieldays Specials’ and the result is a market that’s as competitive as ever. Some leading models are available at heavily reduced prices, which will no doubt spur on buyer activity” said Stronach.

Toyota held strong in the light commercial segment however, with HiLux sales of 450 units making it New Zealand’s top selling model overall. Some way back in second spot was Nissan Navara with sales of 221 units and Ford Ranger in third with sales of 208 units.

The used import car market also showed buoyancy during May. Sales of 7,013 units were up 857 units (14 percent) compared to April 2011, but down 368 units (5 percent) compared to May 2010. For the year to date, used import car sales are still behind 2010 by 2,076 units (6 percent).

The motorcycle sector continued to cool along with temperatures, and at 528 units, was down 6 percent compared to April but encouragingly, was up 99 units or 23 percent compared to May 2010.

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