-The latest data from a major survey about the most frequently stolen vehicles. A popular Japanese automaker has topped the rankings again, marking several consecutive top placements on the list during the last four years.
-Results of a national customer satisfaction survey which places Lincoln and Lexus at the top of its listing. Overall driver satisfaction ratings went up, and now stand at the highest level in decades.
-News about Toyota’s hybrid race car, the TS030, which is headed to this weekend’s Silverstone event in the UK. The hybrid racer is the same car that suffered a severe crash at a the Le Mans 24 Hours event last June.
-BMW’s innovative ParkNow program will launch in San Francisco next month. The German car maker has already seen success with the recent debut of its electric car-sharing business, DriveNow.
The 1994 Honda Accord is the most frequently stolen automobile in the U.S., according a national crime database, which collects and interprets FBI data. For the first time ever, a truck has placed number three on the list. Due to security upgrades on many cars during the mid-1990s, frequently stolen vehicles tend to be from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Overall, according to the FBI data, car theft is at record low rates, primarily as a result of sophisticated alarm systems on newer cars.
A detailed customer survey that tracks owner satisfaction for three years after purchase has listed Lincoln and Lexus as the most-liked cars in America. In general, owner satisfaction went up this past year, in spite of economic downturns and various auto company woes. On average, owners of specific brands tend to rate their vehicles above the 85-percent satisfaction level.
The Toyota TS030 hybrid racing vehicle will compete this weekend in the UK’s prestigious Silverstone racing event. In the car’s last outing in June, the driver lost control of the TS030 and ended up in a major accident, narrowly escaping permanent injury. Still recovering, the driver will be on hand at Silverstone to watch his rebuilt TS030 face rival Audi once again. The Toyota hybrid car is considered one of the cutting-edge racing machines to combine combustion and electric propulsion. The Japanese automaker has pioneered the hybrid-electric concept with its Prius passenger cars, and continues to use racing vehicles to test new hybrid-drive concepts.
BMW has chosen San Francisco as the venue to debut its ParkNow system, which allows drivers to prepay for guaranteed parking spots at locked-in rates. Long known as one of the most congested U.S. cities for parking, San Francisco was also the locale for the U.S. debut of BMW’s DriveNow plan in June of this year. That program uses a fleet of 70 BMW ActiveE electric cars for short-term rental arrangements. Drivers can pay by the minute for local trips, and then drop the cars at any of several locations. The German automaker develops green, sustainable programs like ParkNow and DriveNow, through its BMWi sub-brand.
MPA’s flagship website, www.myperfectautomobile.com, has grown into a major presence on the Internet. The site features a complete shopping mall as well as a free-to-list classifieds section for all things green.
For advertisers, MPA offers the chance to be in front of over 20,000 readers each month who are interested in hybrids and electric vehicles, as well as sustainable transportation in general.
Larry Judkin, General Manger and Sales Coordinator, has tasked himself with taking MPA to the number-one spot among green transportation websites.
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