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LAcarGUY Dealerships Celebrate Earth Day 2009

April 24, 2009 lacarguy LAcarGUY Sustainability 0 Comments

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In celebration of Earth Day 2009, LAcarGuy dealerships offered FREE tire pressure checks to customers last Wednesday, April 22.  In one day, we gave away more than 370 free pressure checks!

Proper Tire pressure plays A significant role in fuel efficiency.  Maximizing fuel efficiency of your vehicle is appealing way to minimize your impact on the environment.   

LAcarGUY to add plug-in Fisker dealership in Santa Monica

April 1, 2009 lacarguy Electric Vehicle Extended Range, Electric Vehicles, Fisker Santa Monica, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability 0 Comments

We are all very excited to add the Fisker plug-in Hybrid to the LAcarGUY family.  We don't have an exact date when the showroom will open, but it will be located in Santa Monica.

The LA Times article announcing the Fisker dealerships is listed below:

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Even the car of the future needs old-fashioned sales technology.

Irvine-based Fisker Automotive said Tuesday that it had signed up 32 new-car dealers in North America to sell its plug-in hybrid sedan, which begins production late this year.

"Our retail partners are our most important assets," said Vic Doolan, a Fisker board member who played a central role in locating prospective dealers. "They are the face of the company."

The announcement is the latest step in the company's bid to be the first carmaker to bring plug-in hybrid technology to market. Several large automakers, including General Motors Corp., are also working on plug-in hybrid drivetrains but aren't set to deliver them for at least 18 months.

At the same time, a growing number of start-ups working on similar technology have eschewed dealerships. For example, San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla Motors, maker of an all-electric roadster, sells directly to consumers and owns its two stores.

Fisker hopes to sell as many as 15,000 Karmas — which run on electric motors powered by lithium ion batteries and carry a gasoline generator to extend their range — per year. Company executives say that by using already established new-car dealers, Fisker doesn't need to fund its own new-car lots or build a sales force.

Pasadena dealer Dan Gaby plans to dedicate one of his three standing showrooms for Fisker. He recently consolidated his separate Hyundai, Hummer and Chevrolet dealerships into just two showrooms, freeing up room for another brand. Beyond that, he said, the commitment is relatively minimal: Fisker asks its dealers to buy two vehicles (which retail at $87,900 apiece), update their service bays for the new technology and dedicate some floor space to Fisker alone.

"We had the capacity, and with all the buzz in California about the environment, this product fits well into what we offer the public," Gaby said.

Fisker announced dealerships in 16 states plus British Columbia, with eight in California. One is in Santa Monica, where Mike Sullivan, owner of nine dealerships including Toyota, Lexus and Porsche, plans to put the Fisker showroom.

Sullivan believes that selling Fiskers could become "quite profitable" once the economy improves.

"We need to be realistic and get this off the ground together," said Sullivan, who said he planned to buy a Karma for himself.

Fisker has 1,300 pre-orders for the Karma and plans to begin delivery in early 2010.

Chief Executive Henrik Fisker has said that he hopes to recruit as many as 45 dealers in North America and 40 in Europe.

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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Named 2009 Green Car of The Year

November 21, 2008 lacarguy Diesel Vehicles, Green Auto Technology, Volkswagen 0 Comments

 

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Jetta and Jetta Sportswagen Clean Diesels now in stock at LAcarguy.com!!!

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The 2009 Jetta TDI clean diesel has been awarded the 2009 Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal. The editors at Green Car Journal nominated five vehicles that represented the year’s best-of-the-best 2009 green vehicles, and today announced that they have chosen Volkswagen’s Jetta TDI clean diesel as the best-of-the best and awarded it their 2009 Green Car of the Year.

“It is a tremendous honor to have our Jetta TDI awarded Green Car of the Year,”said Stefan Jacoby, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “We believe our Jetta TDI’s truly offer a no compromise alternative fuel driving experience that provides our customer the best of both worlds—excellent fuel efficiency combined with a dynamic driving experience. With more than 8,000 units already sold since its mid-August market introduction, it’s clear that a Volkswagen clean diesel is what the people want.”

“The Volkswagen Jetta TDI rose to the top as Green Car Journal’s 2009 Green Car of the Year® for some very important reasons,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and editor of GreenCar.com. “Hybrids have dominated the discussion of environmentally positive vehicles in recent years. The highly fuel efficient, 50 state emissions certified Jetta TDI shows that advanced clean diesel has arrived and is poised to change this dynamic. With its affordable price point, refined ride and handling, and high fuel economy, the Jetta TDI shows that hybrids now have a strong competitor in the marketplace.”

Both LAcarGUY.com Volkswagen dealerships have both the diesel sedan and sportwagen in stock. View the inventory of both dealerships using LAcarguy's inventory tool.

Video from Ecover/Heal The Bay event at Lexus Santa Monica

October 15, 2008 lacarguy Charity, Heal The Bay, Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Lexus 0 Comments

On October 4th, Ecover gave an ecological car wash and wax demonstration to celebrate the launch of new Ecover Car Wash & Wax and Car Glass & Interior Cleaner with a special keynote address by non-profit partners Heal the Bay. This was a free community event sponsored by Ecover and LACarGuy Family Group of Dealers promoting ecological awareness for our precious waterways and oceans.

 

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Ecover demonstration at Lexus Santa Monica

Heal the Bay with Ecover and Lexus Santa Monica

September 23, 2008 lacarguy Heal The Bay, Lexus 1 Comment
Picture 1Cruise on over to Lexus Santa Monica and enjoy an afternoon of live music, good food, and giveaways, in celebration of the arrival of new Ecover Car Wash & Wax and Ecover Car Glass & Interior Cleaner October 4, 2008. Help Us Heal The Bay!

In partnership with the LAcarGUY family of dealerships, Ecover will be giving an ecological car wash and wax demonstration to celebrate the launch of new Ecover Car Wash & Wax and Car Glass & Interior Cleaner with a special keynote address by non-profit partners Heal the Bay. This is a free community event sponsored by Ecover and the LAcarGUY family of dealerships promoting ecological awareness for our precious waterways and oceans.

“While certain to be a fun-filled event, more importantly it is an opportunity to bring together government representatives, business and environmental leaders, non-profit organizations and the residents of Santa Monica to help us strengthen our commitment to the environment,” said Alisha Wagner, Environmental Manager for LAcarGUY.

Ecover Car Wash & Wax and Car Glass & Interior Cleaner clean, degrease, and shine using plant-based ingredients that quickly and completely biodegrade for a minimum impact on aquatic life. Ecover bottles and labels are made of polyethylene, cap of polypropylene, both of which are 100% recyclable and can be recycled together using a low energy process.

“With Ecover’s new car washing products, users can demonstrate pride of ownership not just for their vehicle, but for their environment as well,” said Kipling Rutherford, Assistant Marketing Manager for Ecover.
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The first 250 attendees will receive ecoswag bags filled with special natural products and a gift certificate for new Ecover Car Wash & Wax or Car Interior Cleaner (redeemable at Whole Foods Market of Santa Monica). Guests will also enjoy refreshments courtesy of Whole Foods Market of Santa Monica and the musical stylings of the Dave Yaden band.

Purchase Ecover Car Wash products at any of the six LAcarGUY Toyota, Lexus or Volkswagen dealerships, and LAcarGUY will donate 25% of the sale to Heal the Bay supporting local education programs and the cleanup of our beaches, rivers, streams and storm drains.

"Heal the Bay salutes companies that are doing the right thing and introducing more environmentally-friendly products into the marketplace,” said John Seiber, director of development for Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay. “Next-generation car washing products can help reduce harmful pollutants from reaching our oceans and watersheds.”

WHAT: Help Us Heal The Bay: Ecover LAcarGUYcar Wash & Wax Launch Event at Lexus Santa Monica
WHEN: Saturday, October 4th, 2008
TIME: 11 AM – 2 PM
WHERE: Lexus Santa Monica -1501 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 453-1890
COST: FREE
MEDIA IS INVITED TO ATTEND. RSVP FOR VALET PARKING AND RESERVED SEATING 
BY CALLING (323) 255-9178 x 13
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Please consider the environment and carpool (in a hybrid), bike, walk, or take the Big Blue Bus of Santa Monica to this event. Complimentary valet parking provided to drivers of Lexus hybrids, Toyota Hybrids and Volkswagen Biodiesel vehicles.

ABOUT ECOVER
For over 25 years, Ecover has been producing products that adhere strictly to the World Health Organization’s definition of heath, which incorporates the well-being of the whole person – both mental and physical – and the environment in which they live. Ecover is constantly innovating and pushing boundaries to create new and more effective products that have minimum negative impact on the environment, and consistently achieves extraordinary ethical standards with its products, management and production methods. For more information, visit www.ecover.com.

ABOUT HEAL THE BAY
Heal the Bay is a non-profit environmental group dedicated to making California coastal water,including the Santa Monica Bay, safe and healthy for people and marine life. For more information, visit www.healthebay.org.
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Pacific Audi 2009 A4 Launch Party

September 4, 2008 lacarguy Audi 0 Comments

LAcarGUY.com invites you to join us at Pacific Audi on Saturday, September 13th, to celebrate the launch of the all-new Audi A4.  We'll have food, music and most importantly, the beautiful 2009 A4.  We hope to see you there.

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Volkswagen Clean Diesel Jetta Qualifies for Federal "Green Car" Tax Credit

August 22, 2008 lacarguy Diesel Vehicles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, New Cars, Volkswagen 1 Comment

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Owners of the new, clean burning Jetta TDI and Jetta Wagon TDI qualify for a $1,300 federal income tax credit!!

We are excited to announce that both Pacific Volkswagen and Volkswagen Santa Monica now have both the diesel wagon and sedan in stock.

The clean burning diesels have been rated at 30mpg city, 41 mpg on the highway in a test that the government acknowledges wasn't designed to properly rate diesels and tends to understate actual mileage. A test commissioned by VW showed better numbers of 38 miles per gallon in the city and 44 on the highway.