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18
Apr

Our Audi A3 Launch Party

Did you make it out for our launch party for the the all new Audi A3?  If you did, thank you so much for coming out, we really enjoyed having everyone at the store and having the opportunity to show off this new Audi that we think is going to really turn some heads!

If you weren’t able to attend, we put together a video about the event, and we encourage everyone to come on down and take the all new Audi A3 for a test drive!

The 2015 Audi A3 has already been tested by several large automotive reviewers and its received nothing but positive remarks. Car and Driver state that it’s a smooth vehicle that oozes luxury while providing enough power to be fun to drive. CNet can’t get over how technologically advanced the A3 is and how luxurious the driving experience is for the price. The A3 truly has a lot to offer at its highly-affordable base price.

As the first production car with a built in 4G LTE data connection the 2015 A3 has a lot of modern gadgets. The car comes equipped with the MMI media system and a score of powerful apps . The A3 also has a selection of different dynamic driving modes allowing you to alter steering stiffness and shifting dynamics with the press of a button.

Other highlights for Audi’s new base vehicle are the adaptive safety features such as the blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise and lane departure monitor and the silky smooth S-Tronic double-clutch transmission.

With either a 170 HP, 200 lb.-ft. torque engine or a 220 HP and 258 lb.-ft. torque engine the 2015 Audi A3 has plenty of power for a compact sedan. The more powerful version is also equipped with Audi’s signature Quattro all-wheel drive system.

The A3 is a unique opportunity for anyone wanting to get into a luxury vehicle at an affordable price. This little car has a lot to offer  and we urge you to come in and test one out today.

16
Apr

Porsche Moves Back up to the LMP1 Level of the WEC But is Prepared for the Competition

Porsche has decided to step back up to the top LMP1 class this year. This is the top prototyping class in the FIA World Endurance Championships. Porsche will be going up against other manufacturers like Audi, Lotus and Toyota as well as one independent group, Rebellion Racing. Each team has proven themselves to be highly capable races and this year’s racing events should be very enjoyable.

About the WEC

The World Endurance Championship is a set of eight different endurance races around the globe. Seven of these races are six hour races, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans thrown into the mix in France. These races are designed to test driver endurance and efficient racecar designs. Many car manufacturers see these endurance races as the ultimate test for their vehicles, and Porsche has drawn on many of its technological advances for its racecars to improve its line of consumer vehicles as well.

The 919 Hybrid

Porsche is again relying on its highly complex 919 Hybrid vehicle to get the job done in the many different endurance races that it’s drivers will have to face. Mark Webber is one of the team Porsche drivers, and he describes the car as very fast, with high levels of down force, and very technically enhanced for improved performance.

It’s amazing how much technology Porsche has thrown into this vehicle to make it perform as efficiently as possible during the races. The combustion engine that it’s relying only a four cylinder two-liter engine but it relies on direct injection to boost the power while retaining a high level of efficiency. The engine draws heavily on the geometric designs of the 918 Spyder for enhanced efficiency. Coupled with that engine is a Hybrid engine for supplemental power that boost efficiency even more. A liquid cooled lithium ion battery is charged throughout the race by regenerative braking as well as an advanced exhaust generator to capture as much potentially lost energy as possible.

A high amount of effort has gone into making this vehicle as light as possible while still retaining strength. Highly technical designs were used to make the lightweight materials work in a reliable way. The aggressive looking front end and rear spoiler help increase the overall down force of the vehicle to help it retain traction despite its light weight body and components.

All in all the 919 Hybrid is an impressive piece of machinery that Porsche is hoping will come out on top during the many intense races of the WEC.

Maximum Effort

Porsche always puts its heart and soul into efforts it commits to and the WEC will be no different. Mark Webber has nothing but good things to say about the team that he is surrounded with. The drivers are coached by physical trainers to ensure they are at peak fitness levels of performance during the extended races. Engineers and highly-skilled mechanics will be working with the team throughout the season to ensure that they do as well as possible.

Hopefully all of the hard work pays off and provides Porsche with yet another streak of impressive endurance race victories. Either way, future technological breakthroughs and enhanced vehicles are sure to come out of all Porsche’s hard work and efforts this year.

15
Apr

The Amazing Spiderman 2 Earns the EMA’s Green Seal

EMA (the Environmental Media Association) is a long-time partner of ours and we share a common concern for the environment. That’s why were so excited to see them working toward positive initiatives, like the Green Seal award, to encourage safer practices by media giants like Sony. Thanks to a lot of hard work by the people involved with creating the Amazing Spiderman 2 it was one of the greenest blockbuster productions to date. Throughout the duration of the project careful efforts were made to reduced environmental impact, and stick to the EMA Green Seal standards, and both goals were successfully completed.

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Thanks to a lot of guidance from the eco-manager hired on to help the production be compliant with the EMA or environmental Media Association, not only was the production able to recycle and reuse a massive quantity of materials, but it saved an estimated $400,000 on overall productions costs as well. This shows that reducing waste doesn’t have to be expensive and can actually reduce costs when done right.

Throughout the production 193,000 disposable water bottles were saved, with a 52 percent diversion from landfills overall. While working on the movie nearly 50 tons of materials were kept out of landfills and saved for use in other productions which is a pretty significant milestone in an industry where many materials are considered expendable in normal circumstances.

While recycling and reusing materials was the main environmental focus during the production of the Amazing Spiderman 2 they also managed to restore East River park, one of the production sites damaged by Hurricane Sandy , by planting trees and cleaning the area up, and they also donated 5,862 meals to local shelters.

On a film with such a massive budget it makes a major difference when all the people involved are concerned with minimizing their environmental impact. Hopefully other organizations follow Sony’s example and try to earn themselves one of the coveted Green Seal awards from the EMA as well. The $400,000 in savings should serve as a good motivator for other production companies to at least hire an eco-manager in future films and hopefully this success will be replicated again and again.

4
Apr

All-New Audi A3 Earns IIHS Highest rating to Top Safety Pick+

The all-new Audi A3 has earned the highest 2014 safety rating possible from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) receiving a Top Safety Pick+ rating. Additionally, the A3 sedan earned an “Advanced” rating for front crash prevention which is the qualifier for the “+” portion of the TSP+ rating. The 2015 A3 received “Good” ratings for all crashworthiness tests, including Moderate Overlap Front Test, Side Test, Roof Strength Test, Head Restraints Test, and Small Overlap Front.

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“The Top Safety Pick+ rating for the A3 sedan demonstrates the full Audi commitment to safety,” said Mark Del Rosso, Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “With a host of standard luxury features, industry-first technology and uncompromised design, the Audi A3 raises the bar as to what is expected out of entry-level luxury vehicles.”

The all-new Audi A3 sedan goes on sale in April 2014 and will be priced from a base MSRP of $29,900. It will be joined later in the fall of 2014 by the Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel sedan, the high-performance S3 sedan and in early 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron® gasoline electric plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The A3 marks the first time that an A-segment vehicle will offer available features like MMI® technology, Audi drive select, 4G LTE connectivity and Bang & Olufsen® audio.

3
Apr

Go Green with Subaru

Subaru owners love the outdoors and so does Subaru. That’s why they do all they can to preserve the environment with our zero-landfill factory and headquarters, and Subaru’s fuel-efficient, certified Partial Zero Emission Vehicles (PZEV). See how they do it.

2
Apr

Volkswagen of America Renews Commitment to Surfrider Foundation

Volkswagen of America has renewed its sponsorship of the Surfrider Foundation for a second year. Together, the two organizations will continue to encourage individuals across the country to make positive changes in their lives to ensure the nation’s oceans, beaches and waterways are clean and healthy for future generations.

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As part of the commitment to the Surfrider Foundation’s Clean Water initiatives, Volkswagen of America, Inc. has contributed more than $300,000 to the organization. This year’s $100,000 contribution will continue to help fund Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF), Know Your H2O and Ocean Friendly Gardens programs, all of which help to educate the public on improving water quality. Additionally, Volkswagen has provided the organization with a Jetta SportWagen TDI and a Touareg Hybrid as support vehicles, so they can be immediately identified at education, community and social events attended by The Surfrider Foundation.

“For Volkswagen, sustainability is a fundamental part of our brand, and we are committed to not only reducing our own environmental footprint through more fuel-efficient vehicles and eco-conscious operations, but also encouraging consumers to do so in their daily lives,” said Vinay Shahani, vice president marketing, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Surfrider Foundation and their mission to educate the public about environmental issues that affect our nation’s coastline.”

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Volkswagen, a relationship that is based on a shared passion for clean water and a relentless desire to move forward,” says Laura Lee, Surfrider Foundation’s Director of Marketing and Communication. “With Think Blue, Surfrider seeks to heighten public awareness and encourage action.”

Throughout the year, local chapters of the Surfrider Foundation will attend Volkswagen events to educate automotive fans about its Clean Water programs, campaigns and tools that are designed to combat the variety of sources of water pollution. One of the largest events will be the 10-year Anniversary of Surfrider’s International Surfing Day on June 20, where Volkswagen owners will have the opportunity to participate in beach cleanups and other Surfrider Foundation activities.

1
Apr

Celebration at Toyota Head Office Concludes Third Annual 100 Cars for Good

Nine nonprofits ready to serve their communities will gather today to celebrate the 2013 100 Cars for Good philanthropy program. The charities will use their nine vehicles (seven Siennas and two Tundras) won through the program’s public voting to transport people, food and even musical instruments. Those same instruments will help veterans and at-risk youth find confidence and friendship through music education and performances, thanks to The Rock Club and Rock for Vets.

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“These individuals are all struggling, but when you put them together, it’s something amazing,” said Frank McIlquham, founder and director of The Rock Club and Rock for Vets. “To win the Sienna is an honor and a one-in-a-million opportunity. We can move equipment, reach more people and perform further away – we can’t wait to get started.”

The nine organizations at Toyota’s headquarters today will showcase a slice of the many diverse causes selected by online voters every day between Oct. 1 and Nov. 19.

  • A New Way of Life (Los Angeles): A re-entry program for formerly incarcerated women in South Central LA to support successful transitions back to the community (Sienna).
  • Green Vets Los Angeles (Calabasas, Calif.): A vocational rehabilitation program that provides job training for veterans (Sienna).
  • Honoring Our Fallen (Cypress, Calif.): An organization that provides direct support to families of fallen military members (Sienna).
  • House of Ruth (Pomona, Calif.) A group that assists families victimized by domestic violence (Sienna).
  • Mojave Desert Animal Rescue (Apple Valley, Calif.): A pet food bank and resource center for homeless pet owners (Tundra).
  • New Directions for Veterans (Los Angeles): A resource organization for veterans and their families (Sienna).
  • Operation Gratitude (Van Nuys, Calif.): A group that sends care packages to military members, their families, veterans, caregivers and first responders (Tundra).
  • Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging  (Santa Clarita, Calif.): A senior center that provides meals, transportation and other assistance (Sienna).
  • The Rock Club and Rock For Vets (Signal Hill, Calif.): A musical education group for at-risk kids and veterans (Sienna).

Winning nonprofits chose among the Toyota Highlander, Prius, Sienna, Sienna Mobility or Tundra, which come with a six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty from Toyota Financial Services. To see the full list of winners, visit http://www.100carsforgood.com.

For Los Angeles-based A New Way of Life, passengers in the new Sienna will include women recently released from prison headed to a safe home, appointments and interviews to build new, productive lives.

“On behalf of A New Way of Life Reentry Project and the women we serve, I am so pleased to receive a Sienna to transport our women and children comfortably and safely,” said Susan Burton, founder and director. “Toyota 100 Cars for Good, thank you for making this possible, and thank you to all those who were inspired enough by our mission to vote for us.”

Hundreds of Toyota associates will attend today’s event, along with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) CEO and President Kazuo Ohara. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and learn about the local charities and are encouraged to get involved with causes that move them.

“Meeting these inspiring organizations brings to life the real impact these Toyota vehicles will have in communities right in our own backyard,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “We are proud that 100 Cars for Good will help these community leaders and the other 91 winning nonprofits around the country reach new heights. There’s no better way to finish off the third year of this successful philanthropy program.”

Since 100 Cars for Good began in 2011, Toyota has provided 300 vehicles to voter-selected organizations and nearly $1 million to the 950 organizations who were runners-up. To learn more about 100 Cars for Good, visit www.100carsforgood.com.

28
Mar

Sustainable Business Council Industry Achievement Awards

The SBC Industry Achievement Awards is the premiere Southern California Sustainable Business Award competition. It is run by the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles (SBC) which is a non-profit organization which provides professional networking, mentoring, and educational forums to sustainable business professionals in Southern California. The organization’s goal is to help members improve their operating efficiencies, profit margins, and staff productivity as they reduce the ecological impact of their products and services.

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The awards ceremony will be held on Earth Day, Tuesday April 22nd at Lexus Santa Monica. We encourage you to apply to get the recognition you deserve for your sustainable service or product by entering the Third Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards! Details on applying and info. on attending the SBCAwards celebration reception and ceremony: http://bit.ly/TvZiJU

The Third Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards recipients will be mentioned in a “Los Angeles Business Journal” Tribute Advertisement presented by Marcum LLP-distribution, which will reach 25,000 subscribers, as well as Platinum SBC membership, valued at $5400.

Winners will also take home the SBC Giving Tree Award Trophy, which is a Ming Aralia in a solid Bamboo planter, and each award recipient will be highly publicized in an extensive marketing campaign. In addition, award recipients will receive other prizes that will be announced shortly. So get your application in today!

27
Mar

Overview of Subaru’s EyeSight Technology

Subaru models with EyeSight® get the highest possible score in IIHS front crash prevention tests. So what is Eyesight? It is a set of technologies that work together to give you, the driver, a second set of eyes on the road by constantly monitoring what’s happening around you.

Check out the video to learn more about this exciting technology:

26
Mar

World Premier of the Volkswagen T-ROC

Volkswagen has two of the most successful SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicle) of European origin in its range with the Tiguan and the Touareg. Now Germany’s largest carmaker will significantly extend this range with new models in a wide variety of classes. Back in 2013, Volkswagen showed how a large SUV for the USA or China might look with the CrossBlue and CrossBlue Coupé concept vehicles; development of the production vehicle is ongoing. In the mid-size segment, Volkswagen demonstrated in 2012 with the Cross Coupé concept car – another vehicle with a concrete connection to production cars – just how extremely fuel-efficient an all-wheel drive SUV can be with a TDI plug-in hybrid drive system.


A compact model in the lower price segment, the Taigun, is in the development phase; the latest version of this SUV concept was presented in New Delhi, India in February 2014. Following that is now a vehicle that made its world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show is another vehicle that offers a glimpse at future Volkswagen SUVs: the T-ROC. An SUV concept vehicle one down from the Tiguan in the Golf format, for more than just urban driving.

Removable roof halves. The concept car presented at Geneva follows a new design and interior line. In addition, the two-door car combines the talents of an all-wheel drive SUV – which does not shy away from rocky off-road trails (“ROCK”) – with the light summery air of a convertible. That is because the middle section of the roof consists of two halves, which can be removed with just a few hand movements and stowed in the boot. Incidentally, the “T” in T-ROC is a reference to the nomenclature of current and future Volkswagen SUVs such as the Taigun, Tiguan and Touareg.