Monday, October 15, 2007
Mitsubishi Moments
Mitsubishi is celebrating its 25th year in the United States auto market. Although sales for the company have plunged and its popularity has gone down, there are still a lot of Americans loyal to the brand. And I think that it is safe to say that Mitsubishi is still dedicated to its loyal buyer base in the US. Recently reported that Mitsubishi Motors North America recognizes ten dealerships which have been with the company since its arrival on American soil. As part of the company's celebration of its 25th anniversary in North America, they asked dealerships what to share their special moments with the world.

The Auto Channel reports: "William Lehman remembered delivering his first Mitsubishi vehicle to a college student. There was only one problem; the student did not know how to drive a stick shift. The dealer taught the young woman how to drive a manual transmission and 25 years later she is still a loyal customer." William Lehman is the owner of William Lehman Mitsubishi in North Miami, Florida. His Mitsubishi dealership started doing business on August 26, 1982.

Cathy Stohlman of Stohlman Mitsubishi, according to the article, "remembered one unusual sales experience when a member of the military called over the phone to order a Lancer Evolution. Stohlman's dealership made plans to meet his wife at the Port of Baltimore to have the vehicle shipped to Germany but they found out the vehicle had too much gas in the tank, so they drove around with the wife for an hour to burn off the extra gas. The dealership got a nice call from the serviceman who said his new Lancer Evolution was faster than his commanding officer."

Crown Mitsubishi owner Dwayne Hawkins based in Saint Petersburg, Florida "reminisced about his dealerships most unusual sales experience, when they sold a 2004 Endeavor to a customer and the delivery day was timed with Hurricane Charlie hit the Florida coast. His Sales Manager and Finance Manager drove to the dealership during the storm and opened up the store so the customer could take delivery that day."

Apart from these stories, the article also cites other experiences of dealership owners. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi's President and CEO Hiroshi Harunari said: "We honor the commitment and loyalty to the Mitsubishi brand over the past 25 years of these pioneers in the Mitsubishi Motors family. Starting with the sale of the first Mighty Max, Cordia and Tredia models to today's Eclipse, Galant, Lancer, Endeavor, Outlander and Raider sales, the dedication of our dealers is what drives our continued success."

posted by Car Addict @ 9:53 PM  
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Top Ten Most Stolen Vehicles
Hot Wheels of the National Insurance Crime Bureau released this particular list and thank God was able to have the list of the 2006 the most stolen vehicles which they posted on their website.

The list was based on the data from reports received by the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and here you can find the most stolen vehicles as taken from the NCIC's official website at this week. The NCIC was able to compile data which includes the date when the model was made and the date when it was stolen. The complete stories were detailed at their official website.

For 2006, the most stolen vehicles in the nation were:

1. 1995 Honda Civic
2. 1991 Honda Accord
3. 1989 Toyota Camry
4. 1997 Ford F-150 Series Pickup
5. 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup
6. 1994 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Pickup
7. 1994 Nissan Sentra
8. 1994 Dodge Caravan
9. 1994 Saturn SL
10. 1990 Acura Integra

NICB's President and Chief Executive Officer Robert M. Bryant was quoted saying, "The decrease in vehicle thefts is certainly welcome news to law enforcement, the insurance industry and vehicle owners nationwide. At NICB, we have been providing the latest technology in auto theft detection and recovery equipment to law enforcement agencies from California to Florida. Through the support of our member insurance companies, NICB acquires and deploys License Plate Recognition systems and bait vehicles in an effort to reduce vehicle theft."

In 2006, there was a noted 1,192,809 stolen motor vehicles which is 42,417 less than the record set in 2005. The FBI's average valuation revealed an average valuation of $6,649 per stolen vehicle so as it amounted to a huge $7.9 billion on all the noted stolen cars.

Only 59% of these stolen cars were recovered but the whereabouts of the remaining 41% is still unknown.

posted by Car Addict @ 5:42 PM  
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
The Most Remarkable Auto Innovations

You are into cars and auto stuffs. But do you know the most remarkable auto innovations which have invaded the auto industry like a beneficial deluge in the past few decades?

Clueless? Well, The Star has made a timely recap…

1. Airbag

The airbag was invented in 1951 in the US by John W Hetrick, a former naval engineer. The key component - a ball-in-tube sensor for crash detection - was then invented by Allen K Breed, and the innovation was marketed to Chrysler in 1967.
2. Safety Belt

Safety belts were invented in the 1800s by George Cayley, a prolific engineer and pioneer of aeronautical engineering. The belts were introduced first to aircraft by Adolphe Pegoud in 1913 - the first pilot to fly upside down. After the Saab GT 750 was introduced at the New York motor show in 1958 with safety belts fitted as standard, the practice became commonplace.

3. Immobiliser

Early models worked by preventing ignition unless a static code in the ignition key was recognised by a radio-frequency identification checked to match the vehicle's engine control unit. Later models attempted to block the ability to copy this code by using rolling codes or advanced cryptography.

4. Navigation Systems/GPS

Typically using a GPS (Global Positioning Service), the automotive navigation system acquires data to locate the user on the unit's map database. There are a number of claimants as to who first created the system; Alpine claims to have invented the first automotive navigation system in 1981, while Honda claims the first navigation system in 1983, available in the 1990 Acura Legend. The first GPS-based auto navigation system has been claimed by Pioneer in 1990.

5. Anti-lock brakes

First developed in 1929 for aircraft, anti-lock braking systems had been in development by the German firms Bosch and Mercedes-Benz since the 1930s. The first completely electronic 4-wheel ABS system was installed in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in 1978, and was first made standard equipment by BMW in 1986.

6. Cruise Control

A centrifugal governing speed control has been used in automobiles as early as the 1910s, with James Watt and Matthew Boulton's Peerless technology, originally designed for use in locomotives in 1788. The modern concept of speed control was designed by the blind inventor Ralph Teetor in 1945, who was frustrated with his car driver's tendency to speed up and slow down as he talked. The first car to use Teetor's system was the 1958 Chrysler Imperial.

7. The Hybrid

With an internal combustion engine and batteries for power, the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) can be recharged by connecting to an electrical source. Although no PHEVs are yet in production, Toyota, General Motors and Ford have all announced their intention to introduce the PHEV automobile.

8. Turbo charger

In 1905, the Swiss engineer Alfred Buchi applied for a patent for his internal combustion turbocharger. The system was initially applied to aircraft engines, and was first used in an automobile in 1952 by Fred Agabashian in the Indianapolis 500, giving him pole position and the race lead for 100 miles. Until the '70s the turbocharger was used mainly for sports cars. In 1976, Saab developed a turbo engine with the reliability and durability required for everyday use.

9. The Convertible

The convertible was in fact the original model for automobiles by default, until in 1910, Cadillac invented the first closed-body car. The popularity of the convertible soared in the 1950s and 60s, then all but disappeared in the US due to the threat of new regulations concerning rollover safety requirements.

10. Windscreen Wipers

The method of moving two vertical brushes up and down on a glass windshield was invented by J H Apjohn in 1903, while the patent for the windshield wiper swinging arm was applied for in 1905.

Like myself, I hope you find the article interesting as well.
posted by Car Addict @ 6:34 AM  
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