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|Want to own a Batmobile? This one is for sale||
One thing is for sure. Whether you are male or female, a fan of Batman or not, all of us have thought about what it would feel like to drive the Batmobile at some point or another.
Wouldn’t it be great to evade the traffic cops and track down criminals (bad drivers) in your very own Batmobile? Yes it would. And now, you can – as one of Batman’s famous Batmobile replicas has just been put up for sale.
The Tumbler is a version of the Batmobile found in the Dark Knight trilogy. While Christian Bale (aka Batman) got to drive around in one, 5 other replicas were made around the world and at least one of them can be yours.
The Tumbler features a powerful Chevrolet LS1 V8 engine as well as requisite dual rear wheels, which are 44-inch super Swampers. Sure, he first thing you notice when you look at the monstrous car is wheels, but we sure wouldn’t mind that engine!
Furthermore, the Tumbler has GPS, an iPod integrated sound system as well as 5 cameras all around the car to help you out with the difficult blind spots.
The car was posted as for sale on car collector website, James Edition. It’s current owner, a man from Florida, notes that the car is indeed street legal, but is generally ‘not a daily driver’. We can’t imagine why…
The price tag? A cool $1 million. Small change for someone like Bruce Wayne – and a really wealthy car collector.
So, if you have dreams of flying down the street in a Batmobile, then this is your opportunity. Just don’t think your the real Dark Knight.
Check out the video below to refresh your memory – a scene from the Dark Knight featuring the Tumbler:
Source: Motor Authority
|Infographic of South African Automotive Scene – June 2013||
Cars.co.za has released yet another interesting and useful infographic to shed some light on the automotive scene in South Africa.
Last month, we published their infographic on May 2013, and now we bring you June’s numbers. It is quite interesting to compare the two; has he automotive scene picked up or has it dropped over the last month?
In May of this year, the total amount of new car sales in the country reached 53 997. This month, the figure came freakishly close to May’s number, clocking in at 53 562.
South Africans’ favourite cars have basically stayed the same, with a little change up in the ranks:
Top 5 Most Popular New Cars in South Africa (June 2013):
1. VW Polo Vivo
2. Toyota Hilux
3. VW Polo
4. Nissan NP200
5. Chevrolet Utility
The Top 5 Motoring Brands in South Africa has also basically stayed the same, with a slight change in rankings:
For more interesting facts and figures, check out the image below:
You can also go have a look at the infographic for May 2013 to compare the two.
|Infographic of South African Automotive Scene – May 2013||
Cars.co.za publishes a monthly motoring report in the form of an infographic.
This infographic details the South African automotive scene.
They cover a number of features and statistics and present them to you in a format that is easy to use and easy to understand.
Here are some of the interesting statistics and details about what went down in the automotive world in South Africa in May:
The Top 5 Motoring Brands in South Africa in New Car Sales:
The Top 5 Motoring Brands in South Africa in Used Car Sales:
According to cars.co.za, there has also been an increase of 7.5% in car sales this year, compared to May 2012.
Another interesting statistic is the most popular cars in South Africa. This list is based on Naamsa statistics:
Top 5 Most Popular New Cars in South Africa (May 2013):
- Toyota Hilux
- Volkswagen Polo
- Volkswagen Polo Vivo
- Chevrolet Utility
- Toyota Etios
Check out the image below to view the full infographic:
|Mitsubishi Insists It Isn’t Leaving The U.S. Market||
Following the announcement that Suzuki would cease selling cars in the United States market, all eyes turned to Mitsubishi, the Japanese automaker which will now occupy the last-place position on the monthly sales charts. With a stale product line, a shrinking dealer network, no perceptible marketing and plummeting U.S. sales (down 29-percent through October), it’s a safe bet that Mitsubishi will soon follow Suzuki to the exit door.
Not so, says Automotive News (via Left Lane News), which quotes Mitsubishi president Osamu Masuko as saying, “We have no intention whatsoever of withdrawing from the U.S. market. The U.S. market is a very important market.”
Color us skeptical, but actions speak louder than words. In the early 1990s, Mitsubishi was a full-line automaker, supplying everything from compact pickups through luxury sedans and grand-touring coupes. Today, its best known for the Outlander and Outlander Sport crossovers, as well as the aging Lancer and Lancer Evolution. If exciting new products are in the works, Mitsubishi isn’t telling anyone about them.
Masuko remains upbeat on U.S. sales, blaming this year’s decline on the death of the Eclipse, Eclipse Spyder, Galant and Endeavor SUV. He expects sales to grow next year with the launch of refreshed models, such as a new Outlander crossover.
Mitsubishi also builds vehicles for export in the United States, which is far more profitable than building them in Japan, given the strong yen and the weak dollar. A likely scenario would be for the automaker to continue production for export here, yet cancel U.S. sales. As for the when, the tipping point is when the expense of sales operations outweighs profits.
Unless something radical happens in the near future, we say it’s a matter of when, not if, this occurs.
|Suzuki’s U.S. Car Business Throws In The Towel||
After nearly three decades of struggling for success in the U.S. market, Suzuki Motor Corporation will cease selling cars in the United States. The news came with the announcement that its sole U.S. distributor, American Suzuki Motor, had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing $346 million in debt and $233 million in assets.
As Bloomberg Businessweek reports, Suzuki has no plans to shutter dealerships, which will be used to provide service for vehicle owners. The automaker plans to sell through its existing stock of vehicles, so no specific date has been set for its departure.
While most automakers enjoyed growing U.S. sales in 2012, Suzuki saw its tiny market share shrink even further. Through October, it had sold just 21,188 new vehicles; by comparison, Hyundai sold 50,271 new vehicles in the U.S. in October alone. Despite building solid cars, the automaker’s lack of advertising and weak dealer network plagued sales, as did over-hyped reports of danger with Suzuki’s early SUV offerings.
Worse, when the brand had marketing dollars to spend, it wasted them in bizarre campaigns. It’s hard to forget the media blitz that attempted to position the Kizashi sedan against the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series instead of targeting cars like the Volkswagen Jetta and the Nissan Altima.
Suzuki will now turn its attention to India and Asian markets, where it enjoys strong sales against rivals like Hyundai and Toyota. Expect no changes for Suzuki’s motorcycle , ATV and marine engine business in the U.S. market.
|Chevy Sells A Third Of The Sports Cars In The U.S.||
In 2011, the Chevrolet Camaro earned a 37-percent share of the sports car market in the United States, while its Corvette sibling picked up 28-percent of the luxury sports car market. Some 88,249 customers took delivery of a new Camaro last year, while 13,164 buyers snapped up a Corvette. The Camaro’s closest rival was the Ford Mustang, which sold 70,438 units last year, followed by the Dodge Challenger, which sold 39,534 copies. The Corvette, on the other hand, more than doubled the sales of its closest competitor, the Porsche 911, of which just 6,016 examples were sold.
GM’s North American president, Mark Reuss, attributes the success to the cars’ flexibility, saying, “Unlike many competitors’ performance cars, the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1 are appropriate for both daily drivers and track use from the factory – with standard coolers for brakes and drivetrain.” In other words, both cars can be used to win on Sunday, commute on Monday.
Chevy has even bigger goals for 2012 with the launch of the Camaro ZL1, which packs some 580 horsepower from a supercharged, 6.2-liter LSA V-8. At Virginia International Raceway, the ZL1 recently shaved six seconds off the published lap time of a 2011 Shelby GT500 Mustang, but don’t expect the ZL1 to be top dog for long. Ford is bringing a 650 horsepower Shelby GT500 to market in 2013, and we expect it will rise to the challenge of beating the ZL1’s lap time.
At the end of the day it’s academic, since there are Ford guys and there are Chevy guys. Regardless of which car is faster, we doubt performance will be enough to change a hardcore fan’s mind.
|Porsche Working On New High-End Sports Car||
If you look at Porsche’s current product catalog, there’s a pretty big gap between the sold-out $245,000 GT2 RS (the fastest road-going Porsche ever built) and the $845,000 918 Spyder, whose performance numbers have yet to be established or verified. Porche’s head of global sales, Bernhard Maier, smells opportunity in this segment, and he recently leaked the information that Porsche is looking to develop a high-performance model that slots in between the GT2 RS and the 918 Spyder. Could it be an updated Carrera GT, perhaps?
Despite the global economy being in shambles, Porsche sold 97,000 vehicles worldwide in 2010 and is on pace to top 100,000 this year. That’s modest but realistic growth, as orders dropped in June and second half sales gains aren’t projected to be as impressive as those in the first half. Much of the first half growth came from orders for the new Cayenne, and Porsche is well aware that an updated and expanded product line is the key to growth.
By 2018, the automaker wants to hit sales of 200,000 units per year. A new high-end sports car won’t drive sales on its own, but it will draw attention to the Porsche brand and it will bring customers into showrooms. It’s up to their sales team, aided by one new model per year, to produce the rest of the growth. Look for the new 911 to hit dealers this fall, followed by the introduction of the Cajun compact SUV in 2012.
Source: Auto Guide
|Ford UK Starts Selling Cars Online; Becomes First Carmaker To Do So||
Ford sales have gone online in the UK. As many as 50 dealers wholly-owned by Ford have kicked off vending new and pre-owned models over the Net from June 29.
With a survey having revealed that close to four in ten buyers look at buying their next car on the internet, the Ford initiative stands the chance of triggering rivals too to take the Net sales route. The carmaker’s UK dealers have begun lining up models ranging from the Ka, to Focus, Mondeo and the Galaxy people-carrier for purchase via the email.
Customers also have the option of getting in touch with a new call-centre that would help in placing orders. The Net sales efforts work in such a way that every new car will be delivered by FordOnline.co.uk to one of 12 regional delivery centers, where customers can do a final check, sign a final document and drive home in the new model purchased.
Price tags will be the same as what the Ford cars sport at dealerships. [via Telegraph]