Traditionally, there were only two ways of owning a car – either you bought one or leased it. Once you decided which one you wanted, it meant you were in it for the long haul. With leases typically lasting 3 years and buyers sometimes owning their cars for decades, a car had to check off all the boxes and meet all your needs.

What if that doesn’t need to be the case anymore? What if you need an SUV for a road trip with the family, want to impress a client in a luxury sedan or take your spouse out for date night in a hot convertible? Now all of that is entirely possible without having to actual own a single car. No, we’re not talking about renting; we’re referring to the idea of the on-demand, subscription based car service.

The age-old question that many customers ask after selling us their car. Whether they’ve saved enough to upgrade or want to keep things simple, unfortunately the answer never simply leans one way or the other. There are several lifestyle factors that you (and your family) must consider before pulling the trigger on leasing or financing your next vehicle so here are some things you should think about.

 

If everything Porsche says about their Mission E project comes true, it will be one tough benchmark to beat for the rest of the automakers looking to get a piece of the electric car pie that Tesla has been clearly laid claim to. If we know anything about Porsche's history, it's very rare that they miss the mark on projects. Combine that with the fact that fully electronic cars are the future of the auto world, we know they're looking to surpass expectations and assert dominance in the space. 

Dealerships Not Selling Their Sales Positions?

Interest in the sales position at dealerships are at a notable decline which may have a ripple effect that bleeds down to their customers. According to Isabelle Helms, head of research and market intelligence for Cox Automotive in Atlanta, job seekers would entertain the idea of working in the auto industry but that interest drastically declines if the position is for sales.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 02:59 PM

Ride Sharing Shakes the Taxi-Cab World

Uber, Lyft, and SideCar have all become words applicable for a quarter in the swear jar in the homes of taxi cab drivers. Just this past September, California officially sanctioned and is now regulating ride sharing in it’s state. In the hearing to vote in it’s legitimacy, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) had a landslide vote in favor of the new type of transportation network. Initially, taxis were the only type of service to fit the needs of those who needed a ride instantly, however at the cost of heavy restrictions, guidelines, and mandatory licensing by the state and company. Now, getting a (seemingly cheaper) ride can be obtained with just a click on your smartphone. After that, a “private driver” will show up at your doorstep in minutes and even offer you a chilled bottle of water. We put private driver in quotes because in reality, it is just a stranger with a 4 door car and nothing else to do; no taxi cab license required.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk definitely absorbed the lesson of sharing when he was a child. In the company’s blog yesterday, he recently announced that Tesla Motors Inc. will be relinquishing all of it’s EV patents to any automaker who is interested in using it’s technology “in good faith”. Musk clearly stated that his company will not pursue patent lawsuits for the sake of a greener world.

 “Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal,” said Musk.

 The CEO is taking a huge risk in doing so. He is essentially giving his competition the leg up Tesla worked so hard to secure with the patents in the first place. Musk even highlighted that concern by saying the patents were not just created in order to get the green light to sue, but rather to hinder larger and more powerful automakers from stomping all over Tesla during their coming-out stage. Musk then said that prohibiting others from using Tesla technology is actually a mistake and that it would not have made an impact in competition at all due to EV vehicles making up less than 1% of total vehicle sales. 

 With roughly 2 billion cars in circulation globally and 100 million being produced each year, Tesla cannot produce enough EVs on its own to aid with our global emissions issue. Musk further addresses the fear of competition with his concluding statement: 

 “Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.”

 You can read more about his plan here: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/all-our-patent-are-belong-you

Musk is really beginning to grow on us. Removing all restrictions to others of Tesla’s technology in an effort to reduce global carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels is nothing short of praiseworthy. It also shows the public that Tesla was not created simply as a trend-setting way to make money, but rather to strive for a much larger picture that benefits us all. Hats off to you Mr. Musk.

The true danger of texting and driving can no longer be ignored. Now the leading cause of automotive deaths, it trumps the traditional main concern of driving while intoxicated. The task seems so innocent to most, but the matter becomes scarier and scarier as we see how heavily invested our youth is with indulging in cell phone use. To an extent, constant interaction with electronics is seen as an addiction or a dependency. With apps and social media platforms demanding frequent updates from users, inherent value in doing so is represented in “likes” and “retweets”.

We all know that simple ads from the National Highway Traffic Saftey Administration can only do so much to get the message across of the dangers of texting and driving. Billboards and personal stories are constantly overlooked and/or forgotten due to it’s outdated and uninteresting approach, however Volkswagen took matters into it’s own hands by creating an ad that showcases a new approach to grabbing viewer’s attention.

The automobile is ever changing. A little over a century ago in 1908 (this isn’t the start of a history lesson, don’t worry), the first affordable car was built, Ford’s Model T. With that came essentially nothing that wasn’t absolutely necessary for the car to run, but in today’s world, cars have everything from lane-departure detection to wi-fi hot spots, the technology is mind-boggling. 

 So much money and human capital have been directed towards the advancement of vehicles that we overlook what those cars literally drive on at all times, roadways. Roadways have essentially remained the same, but rightfully so. As the old saying goes “if it a’int broke, don’t fix it”, and unless were discussing potholes, roads haven’t had much need for reinventing. However, many other issues arise in our society everyday, and some leave us stumped for a solution; however, re-thinking our roads may provide a very logical solution.

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:13 AM

No gas pedal? No steering wheel? No problem

 In one of our more recent articles updating you on Google’s self-driving car, we left off asking the question, “how exactly will they implement the technology?” Their testing involved numerous Prii (yes, “Prii” is the official plural form as of February 20, 2011 according to Toyota), as well as many Lexus RXs. However, in recently news Google unveiled their pod-like prototype that seems to hold a very creepy front facial expression. 

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