Cadillac unveiled the CUE, its not a car but the information/entertainment interface (infortainment concule) it will introduce to it new and future cars like the XTS . The CUE, is something that hasn’t been seen from Cadillac for years, DECADES, class leading car technology. The infotainment consule is an all in-house production, that has brought with it some of the allure of the Standard of the Word, catch phrase Cadillac uses to describe itself. With a beautifully large touch screen and it is easy to navigate and full apps, Cadillac is opening itself up to be viewed in a different light, a more innovative, sleek design, youthful company.
The CUE is only part of the new movement Cadillac is introducing, going along with the sleek innovative theme there has been the CIEL, the luxurious convertible that could go up against the likes of Rolls Royce and Maybach, two luxury behemous, and secure massive market share with the car. Only weeks after the CIEL, Cadillac annouced the XTS, the car to replace the out-going STS AND DTS ful size sedan models. WIth the new XTS Cadillac is continuing with design of the CTS and only making bigger and better.
Cadillac is moving towards smaller cars also, when it surprised the public with it an “Urban Luxury Car”, a small with large vertical doors it blow people away with the estimated 50-55 mpg estimates. The Urban Car called way to move away from the image it has for only making large gas guzzlers.
If it ever stops raining in New York, Summer will be be here soon and with summer comes the infamous Convertible. Now let me present to you the convertibles to pick from this summer if you’re looking for one for a couple of days, the summer or the rest of your life.
The 80’s Convertible - 1988 Mercedes-Benz SL
These small car was top of it’s class in the 80’s and built to last for ever. That is why it wins a place on the list, goes to 300,000 miles with no kinks, its a future classic and goes for cheap on Craigslist.
Heavy Duty Convertible- Jeep Wrangler
Not too many people think of Jeep when they hear the word Convertible but this Jeep has been out for a while and Jeep has recently come out with the four door. This off road massive dun buggy is great for the beach, another one that can be found for cheap on websites like craigslist or in your local paper.
The Rental Convertible - Ford Mustang
If your not looking to commit completely to a car then renting one for a day or a weekend will give you the same about of excitement for that special weekend or getaway. Also if you’re on vacation this summer and going to rent a car anyways, serious consider the drop top, it will make a difference! Yes, that can be you.
If you Live in California Convertible - Mercedes E-Class Convertible
This car is just a giver, massive power under the hood, luxury from head to toe, isn’t loud when the top is down and keeps you cool even with the top down, 99 degrees, sun blazing.
A recent report from J.D. Power and Associates confirmed what many in the motorcycle industry have discovered: their customer base is aging. According to the report, the average age of a new motorcycle buyer in 2001 was 40. Fast forward nine years to 2010 and what do we see? The average age of a new motorcycle buyer last year was 49. It doesn’t take a math genius to see what’s going on here. The motorcycle industry needs new blood.
The motorcycle industry was one of the hardest hit by the global economic downturn, and though there have been signs the worst is over (U.S. Motorcycle sales were up 7.2% in the first quarter) we still have a long way to go to return to the figures we saw just five years ago.
As Troy wrote in our 2011 250cc Beginner Bike Shootout, the entry-level rider segment is the Holy Grail for motorcycle manufacturers. The industry needs to attract new customers with qualitybeginner-friendly products, and then keep them coming back for more advanced models as they gain more experience.
Motorcycle.com has noticed the demand for new riders to get in the dealerships and the Motorcycle Industry is making it easier for new riders to find a bike they feel comfortable on. The new line of smaller bikes is indeed going to rises in the next couple of years, that get high mpg’s, stylish and cheap, everything a new rider is looking for.
The main three bikes dominating the 250cc class were all put on a shoot out in a Motorcycle.com article in March, this is the link.
2011 250cc Class
Kawasaki Ninja 250R
The Oldest but still the fastest for now.
Straight from Europe with Fuel Injection, and it’s only 400lbs
The first popular Korean bike and it’s a good start, but falls short of it’s competition. They can only go up from here.
Aprilia SV4 150
It is the bike to beat. Coming Spring 2012 (It’s worth the wait)