Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Chrysler 300 Luxury Series Set to Wow Public in 2012

Not only is the Chrysler 300 "imported from Detroit," for 2012, its luxury refinement will rival imported competition. The exteriors of the 300 "Luxury Series" will boast platinum chrome trim on the grille, door mirrors and handles plus impressive 20" polished wheels.

Inside, a seriously good eight-speed automatic transmission—first ever on a domestic sedan—
powers the four-door vehicle with exceptional smoothness and authority. Fine interior details abound, from glittering switches to supple leather seating to intelligent dashboard design.

Of course, all of these improvements will be reflected in a price increase over the regular 300 models, but new car shoppers may just find the added value is worth the cost. And all of this added goodness comes with Chrysler's competitive 5-year/100K limited warranty.

Starting at just over $40,000, the 300 Luxury Series is also a good bit less expensive than other
luxury cars with comparable trappings. We confidently suggest you will like what you see if you stop by a local Chrysler/Dodge dealer after New Year's and test drive the Chrysler 300 Luxury Series. Three of our favorites are Palmer Dodge in Roswell, Mall of Georgia Chrysler in Gwinnett and Stone Mountain Chrysler in Stone Mountain.

Happy New Year to all of you from all of us at!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Atlanta Classic Cars Draws Big Crowds to the Ultimate Car Show—Concours d'Elegance

Gwinnett County's award-winning Mercedes-Benz dealer, Atlanta Classic Cars, caught the attention of car lovers from all over metro Atlanta, Saturday, October 1. The gala celebration of 125 years of Mercedes-Benz automotive innovation presented many automobiles on display, plus refreshments, food and fun for families large and small.

Car competitions were held in several categories such asConcours d'Elegance, Concours d'Ordinaire, People's Choice and Silver Star Preservation Awards. Crowds were treated to classic models at every turn, including a Ferrari, classic Chevy, vintage Gull Wing and many more iconic Mercedes-Benz nameplates.

Along with the unveilingof an original artwork creation from renowned Mercedes-Benz artist, Mark Boomershine, all proceeds from the 2011 Concours d'Elegance will benefit
the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in the ongoing battle against cancer.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Buick Advances Rebirth with Appealing New Models, Including 37-MPG 2012 LaCrosse

The big news surrounding the 2012 Buick LaCrosse is the addition of General Motors' eAssist technology – a new powertrain that will help the big sedan achieve up to 37 miles per gallon on the highway. Buick will offer the eAssist four-cylinder as the standard engine in the 2012 LaCrosse, but The General's 3.6-liter V6 will be available as a no-cost option, and GM has now confirmed that the six-cylinder powerplant will get a boost in power versus the 2011 LaCrosse. For 2012, the 3.6-liter direct-injected V6 will churn out 303 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque – an increase of 23 hp versus the 2011 model. However, this added power will not result in any loss of overall efficiency, with GM stating that the V6 LaCrosse's 17/27 city/highway mile-per-gallon ratings will remain intact. The 2012 Buick LaCrosse will start production this summer, and will be available at one of Atlanta's most respected dealers, Lou Sobh GMC in Gwinnett.

The LaCrosse joins its stablemate in the sporty sedan category, where the 2011 Buick Regal which has already made a splash with automotive enthusiasts. The Buick Regal Turbo, in particular, turned heads in a recent Consumer Reports' test, coming in a close second to the well-established Infiniti G25. In fact, the Regal outscored the Audi A4 and Volvo S60 in the test.

The turbo-charged Regal also received high praise for handling, and the sedan's 2.0-liter turbo mill "brings much needed power while attaining the same fuel economy as the base four-cylinder model." CR now ranks the Regal Turbo just ahead of the naturally aspirated Regal.

Test-drive Buick Regal at
Lou Sobh GMC in Gwinnett.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Auto Makers Boast Double-Digit Sales Gains for April, 2011

Attractive new designs from Kia and Hyundai helped the two Korean car makers achieve sales increases of 56% and 40% respectively. While that is impressive, American manufacturers produced solid gains as well. Ford and Chevy each tacked on 25% better numbers for April this year compared to April, 2010.

The GMC division did itself proud with a 28+% gain year over year. But perhaps most surprising is the Buick marque which posted a whopping 51% increase. Lagging behind most everyone was domestic maker Chrysler, who lost almost 9% in sales in April 2011. Even legendary maker
Toyota stumbled in April, coming in with just over a 2% rise worldwide with just less than 142,000 units sold.

once a proud number one in the world, now resides as a solid third-place contender. In the month just ended, Chevy registered 169, 794 sales while Ford came out on top with 182,542.

These numbers definitely indicate that the made-in-America automobile renaissance continues to have positive momentum. At, we look forward to tracking their progress.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

New Models from Mercedes-Benz Set to Debut: 2012 C-Class and CLS Shooting Brake

Coming to dealerships (such as Atlanta Classic Cars in Duluth) later this year are a couple of popular Mercedes models with enticing new looks inside and out.

First up is the revised C-Class, a car with every new generation that looks more and more like its big Benz brothers. What's new for 2012?

For the U.S. market we get refreshed front and rear styling, three more-efficient engines, a new gearbox, a revised interior and driving aids previously only available on M-B's more expensive models, including Lane Keeping Assist, Brake Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Parktronic. And yes, this means no diesels for us. No manual gearboxes, either, but that's not so surprising. The 7-speed automatic transmissions, we're certain, will perform smoothly and flawlessly. All the engines reside under a new aluminum hood and behind a facelifted nose featuring new headlights. Around back, new LED taillamps complete the visual modernization.

As soon as the new C-Class arrives in America, Atlanta Classic Cars will have the area's best selection, plus attractive pricing.

The upcoming "Shooting Brake" CLS for 2012 is a completely different animal. It's a totally unique, swoopy wagon that demands attention. We can't wait to see it on Atlanta byways, and that's been the case ever since the dramatic model made its debut at the Beijing Motor Show last year.

The cool thing about the CLS shooting brake is that it's a wa
gon that echoes the lines of a coupe. With a long bonnet, narrow-look windows with frameless side windows, and dynamic roof sloping back towards the rear. It is only when taking a second look that it becomes clear that the Shooting Brake actually has four doors and a large rear lid. One thing we know for sure. Whenever the CLS wagon comes to town, Atlanta Classic Cars will boast the area's finest collection.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Auto Industry Better Equipped in 2011 to Meet the Public's Higher MPG Demand

Unlike in 2008 when gas prices spiked and demand for high-MPG models surged, auto makers now have an array of fuel-efficient vehicles to offer. According to a recent Automotive News survey, about two-thirds of shoppers in retail showrooms are now considering smaller or more fuel-efficient rides. This shift in demand has taken place in less than a month's time—since prices at the pump began increasing in February.

For example, Toyota USA sold more of the Prius Hybrid last month than any previous February.
And both Ford and GM have replaced aging compact and subcompacts since the summer of '08. Also in February, small cars hit their highest share of the U.S. market at a growing 15%. Chevy's new Cruze and Ford's new Focus are especially well positioned to sell into the market's increased demand.

Yet, because of the economy's modest improvement, pent-up demand for light trucks and crossovers has contributed to robust sales in the early part of 2011. GM, for instance, reported a 68% increase in pickup sales. One explanation is that the new year saw small businesses and contractors visiting dealers to replace a truck after putting of the purchase since the economic downturn began.

Pickups aside, Toyota and Honda Dealers will undoubtedly reap the benefits of buyer demand—just as they did in 2008—with moderately priced, high-MPG models such as the Corolla and Fit.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Meet Jacksonville's Number One Honda Dealer, Honda of the Avenues

During last week's Jacksonville's International Car & Truck Show, the guys at took time out to visit one of the area's leading dealerships. It was Saturday, a perfect day in sunny North Florida, when the staff of Honda of the Avenues greeted us.

More than any other set of facts, here is what we took away from our visit:

Folks in Jacksonville agree on one thing. Lou Sobh's Honda of the Avenues is the place to save on a new or used vehicle. As a matter of fact, people come from all around northeast Florida to see in person the area's premier Honda dealership—rated Number One now for the third straight year.

One of the newer dealerships in the Jacksonville area, Honda of the Avenues has quickly earned the trust of the car-buying public through a combination of low prices, extensive selection and excellent service. To be honest, the service department itself is one of the finest we've ever come across.

If you're in the market for a new or used Honda, you can count on Honda of the Avenues to deliver a superior ownership experience every time. It's the place where you'll literally find hundreds of beautiful new Hondas, plus many certified pre-owned Hondas, as well as top-quality used makes in a wide price range.

We came away from Lou Sobh's flagship dealership extremely impressed, not only with the facility, but especially with the caring people work there. Whenever it's time for you to consider a Honda automobile, you owe it to yourself to keep Honda of the Avenues in mind.

All of us at are absolutely positive you will be glad you did.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

American Makes Are all the Buzz at Jacksonville's Presidents' Weekend Auto Show

During and after the recent Super Bowl, Eminem's stirring commercial on behalf of Chrysler and Detroit has sparked a new patriotic fervor among American car enthusiasts. The buzz continues at the world-class International Car & Truck Show in Jacksonville, February 18-20.

The commercial asks, does Detroit know anything about luxury? The answer is, The Motor City knows luxury as well as super-extreme hard times. And there as been more of the latter in recent decades, for certain.

But we at believe there is a definite resurgence in the air for American automobiles, one led by the old Big 3 from Detroit: Chrysler, Ford and GM. Confidence and quality are up. Consequently, so are sales.

So come see the Jacksonville International Car & Truck Show this weekend at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Meet the guys from After all, they're car guys just like you.

Along with them, cheer on the future success of the new Chrysler 200, the Chevy Volt, the Ford C-Max and all of the other great cars now being made in America. All being conceived in Detroit, America's proud Motor City.

After all, it's Presidents' Holiday Weekend.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What Will It Mean Now that the EPA Is Calling for 35+ MPG by 2016

Needless to say, as we roll forward into 2011, car makers are scrambling to meet new CAFE standards as dictated by the U.S. government. For the first time in several years, in fact, 2011 will see the average MPG jump to over 30—plus many new larger models will be included for the first time in the CAFE formula.

What do these facts mean to car makers and car enthusiasts?

Well, for starters, you will be seeing more fuel-efficient models up and down manufacturers' model lines. But you will also discover that car makers will be producing many more compact and subcompact vehicles. And both large and small models will be much more likely to be equipped with four-cylinder motors.

In a surprising (yet inevitable) trend, four cylinder engines will soon be popping up in models by prestige brands such as Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Lexus. And that means the percentage of four cylinders across product lines of all makers will only be going up from today's 65%+.

So if you have yet to fall in love with a plucky little four-banger, it's time to re-examine the playing field. Because notwithstanding the current influx of electric and hybrid entries, smaller, more fuel-efficient all-gasoline engines are definitely in your future. For example, one report has Audi bringing a four-cylinder A8 to America in 2012.

That's especially true when you consider the EPA-demanded MPG average for 2025 will likely reach 60!