Sanyo, VW to develop lithium-ion batteries

May 28, 2008 lacarguy Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Volkswagen 0 Comments

Associated Press
Sanyo and Germany’s Volkswagen AG will develop lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles as global automakers race to develop more environmentally friendly technology, Associated Press reports. 

Japanese electronics maker Sanyo Electric Co. said Wednesday it will invest 80 billion yen ($769 million) to expand production by 2015 of such batteries, with plans to start mass producing them in a Japanese plant by next year, making 15,000 to 20,000 batteries a year.  The deal with Volkswagen, announced Wednesday, follows a 2006 agreement between Sanyo and Volkswagen agreed to work together in nickel metal hydride batteries, now used in most gas-electric hybrids like Toyota’s Prius.  Sanyo already provides nickel metal hydride batteries for Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co

Toyota of Hollywood mentioned in LA Times

May 23, 2008 lacarguy Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Toyota 0 Comments

Hybrid sales are zooming

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Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times
Anna Gladstone, of Hollywood Hills, put a deposit down and her name placed on a waiting list to purchase a Toyota Prius Hybrid car at Toyota of Hollywood this week. Gladstone is canceling her lease on her Volvo Crosscountry. "I think its time that we all pitch in and use less gas," Gladstone said.
With pump prices around $4 a gallon, dealers are selling the high-mileage cars as fast as they’re delivered.
By Martin Zimmerman, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
May 23, 2008
Hybrid cars are disappearing off dealer lots as buyers looking for relief from $4-a-gallon gasoline endure waiting lists, price markups and paltry trade-ins in their quest for better fuel economy.

"I’m selling every one I can get my hands on," said Kenny Burns, general sales manager at Toyota of Hollywood. With only one Camry hybrid in stock and a 30-day waiting list for a new Prius, Burns is selling the cars as fast as Toyota can deliver them.

Full article here

Volkswagen Santa Monica Presents "Girls Night Out"

May 21, 2008 lacarguy Volkswagen 0 Comments

The General Manager of Volkswagen Santa Monica, Sean Homayoun, cordially invites you to Volkswagen Santa Monica’s 1st Annual “Girls’ Night Out”

Wednesday May 28th from 6-8 p.m.

Light dinner served, Valet Parking & Complimentary Vehicle Inspection by our Volkswagen trained Technicians.

This free and entertaining evening will prepare you with information about your vehicle’s maintenance, how to change a tire, and car care tips for today’s busy woman!

UBS Financial Services Inc. will be on hand to discuss the ever changing financial climate for everyone’s benefit.

Prizes of unspeakable value and a chance to win a Day Spa gift certificate.

Reserve your space(s) now by calling (310) 309-8817 or email info@LAcarGUY.com

Limited seating.

Reservation deadline is May 25th .

Volkswagen Santa Monica

2440 Santa Monica Blvd.

Volkswagen Santa Monica Presents “Girls Night Out”

May 21, 2008 lacarguy 0 Comments

The General Manager of Volkswagen Santa Monica, Sean Homayoun, cordially invites you to Volkswagen Santa Monica’s 1st Annual “Girls’ Night Out”

Wednesday May 28th from 6-8 p.m.

Light dinner served, Valet Parking & Complimentary Vehicle Inspection by our Volkswagen trained Technicians.

This free and entertaining evening will prepare you with information about your vehicle’s maintenance, how to change a tire, and car care tips for today’s busy woman!

UBS Financial Services Inc. will be on hand to discuss the ever changing financial climate for everyone’s benefit.

Prizes of unspeakable value and a chance to win a Day Spa gift certificate.

Reserve your space(s) now by calling (310) 309-8817 or email info@LAcarGUY.com

Limited seating.

Reservation deadline is May 25th .

Volkswagen Santa Monica

2440 Santa Monica Blvd.

Volkswagen's Carbon Neutral Project

March 13, 2008 lacarguy LAcarGUY Sustainability, Volkswagen 0 Comments

The Carbon Neutral Project is a partnership with Carbonfund.org designed to start addressing the issue of carbon emissions. With the help of Carbonfund.org, we’ll be making it easy for anyone who already owns a Volkswagen to determine their vehicle’s carbon output and take action toward offset right away. And to kick-start the project, Volkswagen will offset the carbon emissions for one year of every new Volkswagen purchased in the US from September 1, 2007 thru January 2, 2008. The contributions of the full Volkswagen community will be put toward re-forestation of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley as the chosen means of carbon neutralization. Some have even started calling it the VW Forest. We’re excited to get this project up and running. So let’s get going.

Volkswagen’s Carbon Neutral Project

March 13, 2008 lacarguy 0 Comments

The Carbon Neutral Project is a partnership with Carbonfund.org designed to start addressing the issue of carbon emissions. With the help of Carbonfund.org, we’ll be making it easy for anyone who already owns a Volkswagen to determine their vehicle’s carbon output and take action toward offset right away. And to kick-start the project, Volkswagen will offset the carbon emissions for one year of every new Volkswagen purchased in the US from September 1, 2007 thru January 2, 2008. The contributions of the full Volkswagen community will be put toward re-forestation of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley as the chosen means of carbon neutralization. Some have even started calling it the VW Forest. We’re excited to get this project up and running. So let’s get going.

Lexus Hybrid Benefits

February 1, 2008 lacarguy Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Lexus 0 Comments

Increased Horsepower

Zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds [1] [2]. That’s the kind of power you can expect in the GS 450h. While it may have a V6 engine under the hood, the extra boost from the electric-drive motor gives the vehicle the acceleration power of a V8. Of course, performance like this isn’t exclusive to the GS 450h. The LS 600h L’s V8 gas engine and high-output electric motor provide an impressive 438 total system horsepower [1]. The RX 400h also boasts similar power enhancements, as will future Lexus Hybrids.

Lower Emissions

Lexus Hybrids were designed to provide the long-term benefit of lower smog-forming emissions. In fact, every Lexus hybrid vehicle has been certified as a Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) with about 70% fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new vehicle. Hybrid drivers also receive the more immediate advantage of better fuel economy overall. ]

Smoother Ride

The signature refined ride and smooth acceleration Lexus is famous for is also retained in our hybrid vehicles. Thanks to an Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT), the switch between the electric-drive motors and internal combustion engine is virtually seamless. And the strategic placement of hybrid components throughout the vehicle, coupled with exceptional rigidity of the frame, give the driver a solid and luxurious ride.

Reduced Noise

Those already familiar with our legendary quiet interiors will be pleased to discover the noise levels in Lexus hybrid vehicles have been reduced even more. The engine mounts were moved upward to diminish vibrations, and the air intake system was completely redesigned. We even added insulation to the body panels, wheel wells and windshield. It’s all part of our continuing quest to provide the most serene environment for our drivers.

Longer Battery Life

The nickel-metal hydride battery in Lexus hybrid vehicles is so advanced that it’s covered by a warranty for eight years/100,000 miles. Better still, you never have to plug in the vehicle to charge the battery. The reason? When the vehicle is coasting or braking, electric power is captured and stored in the hybrid battery for later use. This power management system helps to ensure the battery never runs out of energy.

Better Fuel Economy

The electric-drive motors in Lexus hybrid vehicles provide more than a quieter ride. They also result in vehicles that have better fuel efficiency than their non-hybrid counterparts.

Performance & Innovations Dual Power Supply

During strong acceleration and when maximum power is required, Lexus Hybrid Drive simultaneously uses its internal combustion engine and electric-drive motors for exceptional performance. When the electric-drive motors complement the gasoline engine, they provide higher torque, which in turn results in smoother acceleration, free from gearshift lag. Plus, the extra torque that the electric-drive motors provide makes the engine feel considerably larger than it actually is.

Lexus Santa Monica is now using a no-water carwash

November 1, 2007 lacarguy LAcarGUY Sustainability, Lexus 0 Comments

Lexus Santa Monica is now using a no-water carwash to keep its new car inventory clean saving thousands of gallons of water each month. 

An excerpt of the LA Times article is pasted below.

To the list of marketing oxymorons — the sunless tan, cheeseless pizza, soap-free detergent — add this: the no-water carwash.

Lisa and Jeff Peri have been peddling Green Earth Waterless Car Wash for only five months but already have gotten some traction, gaining a major local hospital and one of California’s biggest Lexus dealers as customers for their product, which they describe as environmentally gentle.

The Peris’ Inglewood company, which currently goes by the name of its fragrance-free cleaner, also markets a few related products and sometimes will send its employees to wash cars. The entrepreneurs are looking to attract buyers who are sensitive to chemicals in cleaners or concerned about drought, given that washing a car at home uses 80 to 140 gallons of water and running it through a commercial carwash uses 20 to 45 gallons of water.

"We feel like we are doing something life-changing for other people," said Lisa Peri, 36.

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