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The World Premiere of the New Land Rover Defender

Driven by a passion and respect for the original, *the new Defender  delivers transformational breadth of capability and advanced all-terrain  technologies to redefine adventure for the 21st century*. But it remains true to the pioneering spirit that has been a Land Rover hallmark for 71  years.

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Key to Auto Dealer Satisfaction

As auto dealers confront a rapidly changing consumer landscape in which many customers now apply for credit online before visiting a dealership, the experienced and empowered credit and sales personnel at captive and non-captive lenders are becoming critical elements in the success of an automotive finance operation. According to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction Study,SM the ability to answer dealer questions correctly the first time, facilitate electronic transactions and resolve contracts quickly is key to helping dealers successfully navigate the changing marketplace.

“Dealers are able to put together more attractive, seamless transactions for their customers when they are able to work in lock-step with lenders they trust to deliver fast, accurate and competitive products,” said Jim Houston, Senior Director, Automotive Finance Intelligence at J.D. Power. “That relationship becomes more important as vehicle sales slow and more buyers may seek to secure financing outside of the dealership. Credit analysts and sales personnel perform some of the most important functions for dealers looking to match customers purchase with the right financial transaction. When these teams are available, knowledgeable and empowered, they improve dealer satisfaction and enhance the lender’s value proposition.”

The 2019 U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction Study is based on 16,870 retail credit and 2,117 floor plan provider evaluations from dealer personnel, a 17% increase in response rate from the 2018 study. The study was fielded in April-May 2019, measuring auto dealer satisfaction in three segments of lenders: non-captive, captive mass market and floor planning. The non-captive analysis evaluates the dealer/lender relationship across three factors: relationship; provider offerings; and application/approval process. In the captive segment, four factors are evaluated: relationship; provider offerings; application/approval process; and lease return. Three factors are measured in the floor planning segment: relationship; portfolio management; and provider credit line.

1953 FERRARI × LV CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance Adds Concours-Winning 

1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale to Field

Best of Show winner in 2019 Concours d’Elegance Suisse cruises into Las Vegas 

This October, the inaugural Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance (LVCE) is bringing world-class vehicles to Las Vegas, including previous Concours winners from around the world. 

For its first appearance in the city of Las Vegas, the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale will be judged in the inaugural car show. Originally unveiled at the 1953 Paris Auto Show, the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale was the first pure road Ferrari to receive a 250 GT motor and was the first car to feature the three-liter V-12 engine that would power the rest of the sports and grand touring cars for the next 12 years of Ferrari production.  

In creation, Ferrari provided the engine and chassis, while Italian coach builders, Pininfarina and Vignale were tasked with creating the body of the vehicle. Only 22 of the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa cars were built, but more specifically only four of the 22 manufactured were created by Vignale. 

In June of 2019, this car took home the President’s Choice Award and was voted Best of Show by the international multidisciplinary jury in the fourth Concours d’Elegance Suisse. Held at the Château de Coppet on the shores of Lake Geneva, this car stood out among more than 90 other vehicles.

“We are thrilled to have the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale in our inaugural show,” said Stuart Sobek, Founder and Chairman of LVCE. “This year’s Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance will feature vehicles of high authenticity and history and the 1953 Ferrari Vignale is the perfect fit.”

LVCE will be held Oct. 25 through Oct. 28 and will feature a curated collection of approximately 120 vehicles at DragonRidge Country Club at MacDonald Highlands. In addition to the car show on Saturday, Oct. 26, the four-day event will include an opening night gala at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center on Friday, Oct. 25, a Tour d’Elegance down the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, Oct. 27 and a celebrity golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 28.

For additional event information, or to buy tickets, please visit lasvegasconcours.com. To stay up-to-date with LVCE, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @lasvegasconcours. To get a feel for what is to come, please watch here. For press inquiries or for credentials during the event, please reach out to the media contact below.

 

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ABOUT LAS VEGAS CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE (LVCE)

In the inaugural year, the 2019 Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance brings the historic automobile show to the entertainment capital of the world. LVCE exhibits nearly 30 classes of rare and unique automobiles invited from around the world, most never before shown in Las Vegas. The four-day event will be hosted at some of Las Vegas’ most prestigious locations including, the Keep Memory Alive Event Center, DragonRidge Country Club at MacDonald Highlands and the iconic Las Vegas Blvd. Proceeds from the celebrity golf tournament will benefit the LVCE/ArtCenter Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit lasvegasconcours.com or follow LVCE on Facebook and Instagram.

PIRELLI × PORSCHE PARADE

PIRELLI SUPPORTS THE PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA IN CELEBRATION OF ITS 64TH ANNUAL PORSCHE PARADE

 

Pirelli will be once again supporting the Porsche Club of America annual parade, now in its 64th year, by sponsoring the Welcome Party to kick-off the week’s events. This year, the legendary Porsche Parade will take place in Boca Raton, Florida from July 21-27.

As a powerful and prestigious tire brand that has become an icon of excellence, Pirelli has continued developing as well as producing tailor made tires for Porsche since 1982 including the P Zero, Scorpion and Pirelli’s Collezione tires – which will be on display at the Pirelli stand during the parade for Porsche Club members to learn about and immerse themselves in the many Pirelli products available in America.

“It is a pleasure for Pirelli to participate in the historic Porsche Parade and continue to strengthen the partnership it has built with the Porsche Club of America, the largest single-brand club in the world,” stated Marco Crola, CEO of Pirelli Tire North America. “Pirelli is the absolute world leader in the prestige segment, claiming 50% of the market. For us, prestige means bespoke tires that contain state-of-the-art technology on the inside but are also closely focused on the individual needs of the customers who will eventually drive them. Including, of course, Porsche owners. The two brands are aligned on many levels and we hope to work together for many years to come.”

The Porsche Parade is Porsche Club of America’s signature annual event and is exclusive to club members only – over 1,500 from all over North America. In addition to the parade, attendees can experience competitive events, tours, an art show, and other social gathering opportunities.

“Pirelli continues to be a longstanding fixture at the Porsche Parade, our most coveted event,” stated Vu Nguyen, Executive Director at Porsche Club of America. “Always with an exciting surprise in store, Pirelli will greet eager attendees at the Welcome Party to officially kick-off the weeklong event.”

This year, the Porsche Parade will be held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida. For more information on the Porsche Parade visit Pirelli or the official Porsche Parade website. 

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Can Car Be Recycled

Each year millions of cars are being recycled, that being sad, we got over 25 million tons of recycled materials thanks to our vehicles. More and more people choose to give their dead vehicle the second life and here is why:

  1. It is very financially beneficial. You might consider your rusty old car a junk but you can actually get hundreds and thousands of dollars from it. Imagine, you can get rid of your old car and put this money towards any financial goal, whether its a new car, house loan or this long-awaited trip.
  2. Less junk – more space. And free space is crazy expensive nowadays. Clear out your property and make space for something new in your life.
  3. Car recycling contributes around $25 billion to the national GDP. By recycling your car you not only contribute to your pocket but to our economy overall.
  4. More than 90% of your car consists of reusable materials. In fact, the whole new car can be made from your old wrecked vehicle with minimal damage to the environment. The easiest way to save the planet is not to do even more damage and car recycle is one of the best examples.
  5. Recycling your car is a responsible and conscious choice. Appropriate disposal is the best way to ensure that your car and its waste (oils, cases, lead from batteries), don’t end up killing our planet and negatively impacting our quality of life.

Last but not least, choose the car scrap company carefully and make sure they have the necessary certifications and recycle properly. Ask them how the car is recycled or simply look for how they are represented online. For example, UsJunkCars.com has a whole “green” section on their website and they are super concerned about being as ecological as possible. Look for sustainable businesses and recycle your old vehicle today!

PIRELLI × TRANS AM × SVRA

PIRELLI, TRANS AM AND SVRA RENEW AGREEMENTS UNTIL 2024

 

Pirelli Tire North America and the Trans Am Series have renewed their partnership until the end of 2024, with the Italian tire company as presenting partner for America’s Road Racing Series.

At the same time, Pirelli has also extended its agreement with SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) for the same period as the ‘Official Street Tire of SVRA’. SVRA, the largest vintage racing organization in the United States open to virtually any vintage or historic race car, will share a number of key dates with the Trans Am Series as part of the ‘Speed Tour’.

The recent five-year extension between Pirelli and the Trans Am Series comes off the back of the current three-year agreement that lasts until the end of this year. As a result, Pirelli will continue to be the presenting sponsor as well as official tire supplier to one of the best-known road racing championships in the United States, which is rooted in popular culture as well as motorsport.

The Trans Am Series has been thrilling fans and drivers alike since 1966, with a range of classes that include production-based entries up all the way up to the iconic 850 plus horsepower TA Class. This complements Pirelli’s road to track philosophy perfectly, in which the lessons learned on circuits are put into practice on road car tires. Pirelli will continue to supply the entire Trans Am field, including a purpose-built competition tire for the TA and TA2 classes, enabling the drivers to get the very most out of their cars while spectators enjoy a magnificent show that highlights the very best of American racing.

Ultra-high performance and competition is at the very heart of Pirelli, which celebrates more than 110 years of motorsport and recently renewed its exclusive partnership with Formula 1. In addition to supplying more than 220 car racing championships worldwide, Pirelli is one of the companies that invests most into research and development through motorsport in order for the competition product to be as closely aligned to road car tires as possible.

Consequently, Pirelli and Trans Am are currently testing 18-inch tires for the headlining TA class, which may be adopted from next season, bringing the tires used on the track even closer to those on the road. In a similar move, Pirelli is introducing 18-inch tires to F1 in 2021.

Pirelli North America Chief Executive Officer, Marco Crola, said: “We’re delighted to renew this relationship for a championship that’s at the heart of American automotive culture, with extremely close racing and very high standards of driving. As well as providing great entertainment, this agreement enables us to reinforce our links with iconic American car manufacturers, and further enhance the connection between road and track with our high-technology P Zero products. This same technology is also seen in our Pirelli Collezione tires for classic cars, which combine classic looks with modern know-how, underlining the importance of the SVRA series to our portfolio as well.” 

Trans Am Series President John Clagett added: “It’s a pleasure for us to extend the partnership with Pirelli, which is an extremely popular move among drivers and teams as well. Pirelli is an iconic brand that stands for performance and style, with a commitment to competition and technical excellence that fits in perfectly with our own.”

Tony Parella, SVRA President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The renewal of the partnership with Pirelli is an ideal match for SVRA, given our mutual commitment to support and promote vintage racing by providing our drivers with tires that are perfectly suited to the needs of their classic cars that are still driven flat-out in close competition.”

On the road, the Pirelli Collezione range features high-technology tires for classic cars, which are specifically designed to enhance the original driving dynamics of these cars.

ROLLS-ROYCE RELEASES WRAITH EAGLE VIII SKETCHES

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS RELEASES WRAITH EAGLE VIII SKETCHES ON THE CENTENARY OF THE FIRST NON-STOP TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHT

To mark the centenary of the first non-stop transatlantic flight, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today releases unseen design sketches of its latest Collection Car, Wraith Eagle VIII. The collection of 50 motor cars tells the epic tale of the pioneering flight of Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown. The duo conquered unchartered skies to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a Vickers Vimy aircraft, powered by twin Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines, exactly 100 years ago.

The sketches, envisioned by the Bespoke Collective of the House of Rolls-Royce, offer a rare and intimate insight into the creative journey undertaken by Rolls-Royce designers as they worked to express an extraordinary act of courage within the palette of a Rolls-Royce motor car.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “The unique skill of our Bespoke Design Collective sees the story of one of the most pivotal moments of the 20th century, the first non-stop transatlantic flight, told using Wraith, a motor car which speaks of power, drama and adventure. Wraith Eagle VIII is a modern masterpiece – these sketches offer an extraordinary insight into its creation.

The designs highlight the remarkable attention to detail of Rolls-Royce Bespoke craftsmanship. The starlight headliner sketch shows cloud embroidery, the halfway point coordinates and the flight path of Alcock and Brown. A further detailed sketch shows the night-time view from above, which is expertly incorporated into Wraith’s fascia, in the form of a gold, silver and copper inlay.

The sketch of the Collection Car’s clock depicts an iced background effect reminiscent of the freezing instrument panels of the adventurers, while the clock’s green night time glow is illustrated – a direct reference to the only light seen by Alcock and Brown as they crossed the Atlantic.

Wraith Eagle VIII, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ latest Collection Car will be created for discerning collectors at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex – a Centre of Global Luxury Manufacturing Excellence.

The first non-stop transatlantic flight

Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown braved uncharted skies to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June, 1919. Contemporaries of Sir Henry Royce, Alcock and Brown flew non-stop from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Clifden, Ireland in a modified First World War Vickers Vimy bomber aircraft. The bi-plane was powered by twin 20.3 litre, 350 bhp, Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines. It is from this remarkable engine that this Collection takes its name. Rolls-Royce marks the 100 year anniversary of this feat with a highly contemporary Collection that speaks to today’s adventurers, whilst honouring those who changed the course of history.

I do not know what we should most admire – their audacity, determination, skill, science, their aeroplane, their Rolls-Royce engines – or their good fortune”, commented Sir Winston Churchill, following the perilous journey that brought unfathomable advancement to 20th century society.

Alcock and Brown established a legend and gained a place alongside Sir Donald Campbell in the most select club in the world; those who push beyond previous conceptions of human endeavour to achieve seemingly impossible records on land, water and now, air. Their one binding characteristic? Rolls-Royce power.

The duo suffered every conceivable challenge an aviator could face. The Rolls-Royce Eagle VIII engines were the only components that proved indestructible. The engines propelled the aerial voyage at previously unimagined speeds, averaging 115 mph. Their peril cannot be underestimated. Their radio and navigation instruments failed almost immediately, leaving the pilots flying unaided at night through dense cloud and freezing fog for many hours, sometimes upside down. Eventually they emerged from the cloud and using Brown’s extraordinary skill as a navigator, flew by the stars to the coast of Ireland.

Restored Defender in Fungus Green | OMEGA D110

Defenders are synonymous with working the land. Tough, durable and dependable; a workhorse supporting the industry as old as time. Omega is completely at ease with nature and its ever-changing cycle. The glossy Fungus Green silhouette is unmistakable, featured here in our local rape seed fields which have been farmed by the same family for generations.

The iconic form is perfectly balanced with a touch of luxury, adorned with sumptuous brown leather trim and a flexible eight-seat configuration.

EXTERIOR

Body color: Fungus Green
Wheels: Steel 16″ (Black)
Tires: BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2
Suspension: Arkonik Cellular Dynamic
Grille: OEM
Bumper: Standard with end caps and DRLs
A-bar: Arkonik
Winch: WARN® Zeon 12-S
Steering guard: Raptor Black
Headlights: Duo-Lux LEDs
Side steps Fire & Ice (Ebony)
Roof rack: Front Runner® Slimline II with rear ladder
Rear badgeS: Solihull Heritage & Defender
Rear step: NAS with 2″ square receiver

INTERIOR

Seating trim: Cavalier Brown Vintage Leather
Front row seats: Modular (heated)
Front storage: Lockbox
Center row: 2 premium high-back with lockbox
Load area seats: Inward facing tip-ups
Steering wheel: Evander wood rimmed 15″
Gear knobs: Alloy
Geargaitor: Matching leather
Door cards: Matching leather
Headlining: Black suede
Sound system: Alpine® head unit with Bluetooth & USB port & 4 speakers

Cadillac, xt4, Vaughn Lowery

Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport 

By Camila Isopo × Vaughn Lowery × Anthony Sovinsky × Shelby Barbour

”Every now and then an automobile manufacturer shocks us with a treasure. Something that snatches the air right out of our lungs. This time around Cadillac breathes life into its newest family member and all she does is turn heads and causes jaws to drop.” -Vaughn Lowery

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, maybe you should consider the 2019 Cadillac XT4 Crossover for one of your very own urban excursions. We decided to venture downtown LA to Chinatown in our test model. Just like this vehicle, there’s an unprecedented reaction to Howlin’ Rays (Tennessee style hot chicken) as it’s one of the first establishments of its kind within the metropolitan area.

Launched in 2018, it’s their smallest crossover and a hopeful competitor in its segment. It sustains its own against the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3, and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Design: The aim of this model is v-shape inspired by crisp lines, sweeping arcs, and high-end appointments. Factory tinted windows allow for added privacy and UV protection against the harsh LA sun rays. But you also get a 360 view under the car, insignia displayed on the front, and a backup camera to view more of what’s behind you. Above you, is a dual panel retractable Sunroof/Moonroof, which allows more light to come in, making the vehicle feel roomier. Compared to its predecessor, the 2018 XT4, this new variation has more room for you and four other people.

Technology: Loaded with a vast amount of features which are comparable with many luxury manufacturers: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Satellite radio, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth capability, rotary dials, and 8″ infotainment touchscreen. The 8-way driver and 6-way passenger seat controls made perfect sense after we shoved our faces and felt our sides begin to split. After all, who needs pants when you have an XT4?! Thanks to their elegant Bose audio system, with 13 speakers and tweeters, we were able to bounce some of the calories off from those extremely spicy french fries from Howlin’ Rays that brought us to tears. My dear Lord!

Performance: Just as significant as the aesthetic and feel of the car is its agility. Its 2.0L 4-cylinder engines are peppy, to say the least, cranking 237hp with 258 pound-ft of torque. Clocking in at an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on highways, this model is a front wheel drive with an all-wheel-drive option. This is also an advantage over the previous year’s XT4 model which weighed 15lbs more. Moreover, on that point are also selectable driving modes with paddle shifters. This new model possesses 4-wheel independent suspension easily, offering a high-quality smooth ride which grips most terrains with ease. On an urban excursion to Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles, we accidentally climbed up onto the sidewalk rushing to pick up our mouthwatering Howlin Rays Nashville style chicken. We weren’t only stunned by the 2 hr wait in a block-long line, but the fact that we were perched off road. This vehicle may just be Pismo Beach worthy.

Safety: Now, of course, the honorable people at Cadillac care about your safety. Thus, this model comes well-equipped with airbags: front, knee, and seat side impact for the driver and their co-pilot (the front seat passenger). You also incur a head curtain for all outboard seating positions. In addition, this car has multiple alerts. Whether it’s for lane changing, the side blind zone, or rear cross traffic. This comes in handy to avoid dings and scratches to its beautiful 18″ 10-spoke alloy wheels. Overall, the braking was decent, but not as sharp as other competing models at this price point.

Other specs: Fuel tank capacity for the 2019 XT4 sits at 15.9 gals. This car’s carbon emission is at 6.8 gals per year at 15,000 miles per year. It too has an air filtration system in the cabin and a powered universal tablet holder.

In short, the 2019 Cadillac XT4 AWD Sport is a match made in heaven for an emerging influencer, a youthful mid-level executive and/or an adventurous individual on the prowl for some of the best eats in a major metropolis area. Of course with a few friends in tow. The model we tested was $55,735 and it was worth every cent.

Pre-order here.

Recaro Pays Homage to Nürburgring with All New Sports Seat

For the 47th year, the Nürburgring will be the stage for its unparalleled 24-hour race, taking place June 20-23. Exactly 50 years ago, the planning for a ‘real endurance competition’ began, bringing to life a twice around the clock race on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring.

“It is truly the perfect time for us to create a product that celebrates this legendary race track, and we are excited to unveil it at one of the world’s greatest motorsports events,” says Ulrich J. Severin, head of Recaro Automotive Seating. “In close coordination with the Nürburgring, we developed the idea for an exclusive edition of our successful Sportster CS with a tie-in to the Ring.”

In dynamic driving, the Sportster CS uniquely supports and protects the body by surrounding it like a second skin. Its body-hugging contour has the strength of a metal structure with an ultra-thin, reinforced polymer backrest. Together with the pronounced side bolsters on the backrest and seat, the Sportster CS offers an excellent shoulder and torso support and keeps the body stable even with high lateral forces. These characteristics are essential for professional racers like Frank Stippler, winner of the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and in Spa.

“After 26 years of racing and series development, my body appreciates the maximum comfort and support of Recaro seats,” said professional racer, Frank Stippler. “On the uniquely demanding Nordschleife, with its many fast passages, corresponding centrifugal forces and significant uneven stretches of track, a perfectly shaped seat is worth its weight in gold.”

The seat displays a high-performance aesthetic through its exterior features and was designed with black and red high-quality leather. It was built with ultra-light composite materials and high-end foams for the shell and upholstery. Red decorative seams and sporty accent stripes on the back shell emphasize its dynamic appearance and is complemented by embroidered logos of Recaro and the Nürburgring on the integrated headrest. A numbered edition badge on the seat confirms that consumers have purchased an exclusive item.

The special edition seat comes as a standard with manual length and backrest adjusters, as well as seat heating. A side airbag can also be ordered as an option. After the seat presentation at the ADAC Total 24h Race at the Nürburgring, the special edition will be available as a driver and passenger seat via the worldwide Recaro service partner network. Only 999 units will be produced, and each will cost from $2,450. U.S. customers may order the product upfront from Recaro North America, with an estimated 12 to 14-week delivery timeframe.

For more information on the limited Nürburgring edition of the Recaro Sportster CS, and its presentation during the ADAC Total 24h Race, please visit: www.nuerburgring.recaro-automotive.com.