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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Ecover demonstration at Lexus Santa Monica
LAcarGUY is proud to sponsor a Manhattan Beach Halloween tradition, The Manhattan Beach Halloween Pumpkin Race. Join us Sunday, October 26th from 1pm-6:30 at the Manhattan Beach Pier. For more information, registration rules and where to pick up your Pumpkin car race, go to www.manhattanbeachpumpkinrace.com
Owners of the new, clean burning Jetta TDI and Jetta Wagon TDI qualify for a $1,300 federal income tax credit!!
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.