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Toyota Holds Title as World’s Largest Automaker

ToyotaNow that the first quarter of 2013 is over, Toyota has regained and held its position as the world’s largest automaker.

Back in 2012, Toyota won back the distinction as the world’s largest automaker after losing out to General Motors back in 2011. In the first quarter of 2013, Toyota has sold 2.43 million vehicles, trailed closely by General Motors at 2.36 million and Volkswagen at 2.27 million vehicles.

A spokesperson from Toyota downplayed their win, stating, “Rather than pursuing numbers, we try to sell one car at a time, producing good cars. We aren’t focused on being number one.” Modesty aside, however, I’m sure that Toyota is very happy to be back on top.

The tsunami and earthquake in Japan back in 2011 disrupted Toyota’s production schedule, and they lost out to GM, their biggest competitor of recent years. Being back on top is a testament to Toyota as a company and Japan as a country. They faced tragic, devastating events and still survived and came back strong.

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Mystery Man Asks Internet to Buy Him a Lamborghini

ga_lp550-2_ov1_1920x1080Only in the internet age would someone have the gall to crowd source the purchase of a Lamborghini.

This week, Yahoo! Autos and Jalopnik picked up on the story of a car enthusiast who wants the internet to pay for his Lamborghini. His fundraising goal is $300,000, though he states on his website HelpMeGetALambo.com that he doesn’t know exactly how much he will need. He wants to raise enough to pay for the car, taxes, and a year’s worth of gas, maintenance, and other various costs.

Unlike other Kickstarter or IndieGoGo campaigns, Lambo Guy does not offer any incentives for donating. He promises that people who donate will receive, “Absolutely nothing, except satisfaction.” He also makes a vague promise to donate any remaining money to charity, though he hasn’t chosen a charitable organization yet, and says he will “use the car for some good.”

“I’d like to use it for local charity events,” he explains, “bring it so kids can sit in the car or go for a ride, auction off rides in it, etc.”

Despite the media coverage, though, the internet car community seems less than interested in paying for someone else’s Lamborghini. So far, he has only raised $163.99. If I had to guess, people aren’t donating because his plan has so many holes in it. He is trying to make himself and his cause more sympathetic with the charity angle, but he doesn’t even know what charity he will support. Besides that, people donate to Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns because they will get something out of it, whether if it is supporting an artistic endeavor or supporting a higher cause than “I want a new car.”

When Lambo Guy is ready to wake up to reality, Car Buyerz would be ready and happy to help him get a car that he can afford with his own funds.

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Automakers Confront the Changing Face of Carbuyers

ID-10081939How do you make sure that vehicles match the ideals of those wanting to buy? It’s a difficult question, one that’s troubled the auto industry forever. How do you consistently make sure that your buyer base, both older and newer, are getting what they want so they will purchase from you?

Many of the top automotive executives are meeting in Detroit at the SAE 2013 World Congress to address that very question. Demographics have been changing quickly with a widening global market and fuel standards being made even stricter. Car manufacturers are having to constantly keep up with designing new cars.

“You can’t use traditional research methods to ask a customer ‘do you like this or do you like that,” said Mike O’Brien, President of corporate planning and product strategy for Hyundai.

Ralph Gilles, the senior VP of design for Chrysler, sees this same problem. The millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, are some of the toughest to address. What they want in a car is very different than that of the generation before them.

Gilles doesn’t seem this as a problem though. He said “Everyone says they don’t like cars. Maybe. But I don’t buy that. They just don’t need cars right now.”

He also doesn’t believe that larger cars are the answer to what America is looking for, quite the opposite in fact. “I think small is the next big thing. I think small cars are finally here.” The numbers back him up. Small and compact cars had their sales increase by 27% in 2012 as opposed to the 13% for the overall industry.

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Chrysler Offers Incentives for Vehicles “On The Job”

Chrysler On the Job IncentivesLooking for a new work vehicle? Chrysler is offering incentives and discounts for businesses that choose Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, or Ram vehicles.

The work vehicle fleet from Chrysler includes the Ram 1500, the Dodge Dart, the Jeep Compass, and the Chrysler Town & Country, plus others for a total of 23 vehicles. Starting prices range from $15,995 for the 2013 Dodge Dart up to $41,240 for the 2012 Ram Chassis Cab 5500, and the cost of the vehicle can be deducted up to $139,000 during the first year of ownership.

Besides a wide variety of vehicles and pricing, Chrysler has other incentives for companies purchasing commercial vehicles. Right now, they are offering $250 to $1,000 towards a company logo for the car, a 2-year lube-oil-filter service allowance, or $1,000-worth of equipment for the vehicle. Plus, business owners can enroll for Chrysler’s free BusinessLink program which includes extended service hours, a BusinessLink account manager, and priority service for maintenance and repairs.

To learn more about Chrysler’s commercial vehicle program, check out their website here and the full list of BusinessLink incentives here.

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3 Simple Tricks to Cut Car Insurance Costs

ID-100144061If you’re looking to save money on your next car, auto insurance companies are ready to offer all kinds of discounts and incentives just for taking a few simple steps.

First up, many insurance companies offer discounts for students that earn a certain GPA or higher or earn a spot on the Dean’s List or Honor Roll. Usually it is a B average or a 3.0, but it varies by insurance company. Young drivers who earn good grades should ask about this discount since it can mean as much as a 10 percent discount.

Second, insurance companies like repeat business. If a driver has life insurance or property insurance with one company, that insurance company is likely to give a discount when they want to get auto insurance. Savings can range anywhere from 10 percent all the way up to 25 percent depending on the company and the type of insurance the customer already has.

Finally, there is the obvious notion that insurance companies want safe drivers. It is widely known that insurance companies reward drivers who have been accident-free for three years or more , but it is less known that paying for a few extra safety features will also save money in the long run. Many insurance companies offer incentives to drivers with anti-theft devices or anti-lock brakes. Once again, this can vary according to insurance company, so be sure to ask your insurance agent for more details.

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