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Ferrari Marathon Reaches U.s.

In celebrating the 60th anniversary of Ferrari, the renowned Italian sports car maker started a marathon relay around the world which will feature thousands of Ferrari owners carrying a relay baton made just for the anniversary. The marathon has reached the shores of the United States recently.

To carry the baton towards the next leg of the marathon, sixty Ferrari owners gathered at The Collection, Ferrari?s authorized dealership in Miami. From there, the 60 Ferraris drove to the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The owners then drove their sports cars around the speedway in a ceremonial parade lap. The gathering of the six Ferrari car owners went to the speedway to participate in the opening of the 14th annual Ferrari Challenge.

The relay started in Abu Dhabi, and then sped through the Middle East then to China, Japan, Australia, and South Africa. After that, the relay found its way into the U.S. After the relay pass through Miami, it will continue to on Brazil, and then off to Mexico. After the two countries, the relay will once again visit the United States and Canada passing through the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, New York and finally to Washington D.C.

After the U.S., the relay will then conquer major European countries before the baton arrives at the Ferrari factory located in Maranello, Italy and this is scheduled to happen on the 23rd of June. Throughout the marathon relay, more than 10,000 Ferrari owners would have participated. They will be the ?bearers? of the relay baton, designed specifically for the 60th anniversary of the famous Prancing Horse.

The baton is the fruit of the labor of the company?s different creative agencies. It is adorned by 60 badges which were chosen to commemorate the most extraordinary achievement of the Prancing Horse in its 60 years of existence. The relay baton is toped by a glittering platinum and diamond Prancing Horse created by Damiani. The 60 badges were the works of the Intesta e D’Adda, Lorenzini, Vigorelli and BBDO advertising agencies.

Other creative talents which have lent their flair to the relay baton are: Allessando Migliorini of Area Creativa, Marco Morosini, and Enzo Naso of the Eponymous Studio and Wolfgang Seidl of Seidldesign.

The marathon will showcase different Ferrari vehicles of all ages. This will surely be appreciated by performance enthusiast and the general pubic who wants to have a look at different Ferrari cars which are known for high performance and high aesthetic value. The popularity of the Ferrari is evident in the cheering of the thousands of spectators present at the 14th Ferrari Challenge in Miami. This will also serve to further boost the popularity of the marque.

By the way things look, Ferrari is always looking for ways to appease the public. Even though just a small percentage of the global population will have a chance to drive a Ferrari, this event will make the public appreciate more the vehicles built by Ferrari over the years. It seems that even the strongest Chevy EBC brakes could not slow down the marathon from speeding around the world.

Aside from the marathon relay, Ferrari will also build a series of 60 unique Ferrari cars in the commemoration of their 60th year in the business. The cars will be based on the grand touring car of the marquee – the 612 Scaglietti. Two of these GT cars are being showcased at the ongoing 77th Geneva International Auto Show.

The colors of these cars will be taken from the same livery used on previous Ferrari models which have reached legendary status on the auto industry. These cars are so unique that they are already billed as collector?s items and are aimed at the car maker?s most dedicated clients.

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The Pontiac Gto: A Classic Muscle Car In Its Own Right

Considered as the first true muscle car, the Pontiac GTO is truly a groundbreaker. Most collectors of classic muscle cars see the GTO as a true gem, a real sexy and sweet beauty. And understandably so: not only is the Pontiac GTO a genre-defining car, it actually boasts of a sweet look and is capable of a powerful performance.

The Birth of a Legend

Back in the early ?60s, General Motors banned divisions from participating in auto racing. This was a heavy hit to Pontiac, since their marketing campaign was based heavily on car racing. The result is a legend: by modifying the Pontiac Tempest into a road-friendly, yet high-performance car. And it became a monster hit.

The name was after the Ferrari 250 GTO, in which GTO stood for Gran Turismo Omologato. For those who couldn’t speak Italian, it simply means homologated (or approved) for inclusion in the GT class.

First Generation

The first generation Pontiac GTO was released in 1964. It was only an option for the Pontiac LeMans. It had a 398-cubic inch V8 engine, which has a speed of 325hp at 4800rpm, with a 3-speed manual transmission. It came in three styles: hardtop coupe, two-door sedan, or convertible. It cost around $290–a real bargain today, but not back then!

A few changes were made the following year, including extending the length of the car by 7.9cm. Perhaps the most popular of the first-generation GTOs is the ’66 edition with the “Coke-bottle look.” Not does the ’66 GTO completely define what classic muscle cars would look like, it also heralded the start of the GTO series as an independent model (and not as an option). It was so popular that sales shot up to 90,000.

Second Generation

Around 1970s, the second generation of GTOs was up and about. There were some cosmetic changes, such as the ‘hidden headlights’ feature for the ’68 and ’69 Pontiac GTO. But function-wise, the GTO remained the same. It had the same V8 engine, albeit optimized so it would peak at 400hp.

By this time, the GTO faced a fierce battle with other newly-emerged muscle cars. There was the Oldsmobile 442, the Plymouth Road Runner, and the Chevrolet Chevelle, among others. Sales were dwindling, and the GTO was having a hard time keeping itself on top.

By 1972, sales of this classic car drastically dropped to 5,811. This was the result of several things. Aside from the tough competition, the GTO also lacked promotion. Add to that the move to make gasoline free of lead, which lead Pontiac to make this classic muscle car have less muscle–without the Ram-air option for engines, its performance was compromised. Add to that the dwindling appeal of muscle cars (because of market saturation and the emerging energy crisis), and the ?death’ of the Pontiac GTO becomes no mystery.

The Pontiac GTO is a cool and sexy classic muscle car. Its history is somehow a tragic one: it started the whole craze about muscle performance cars, but ended with not a single bang. Yet, because of this history, the Pontiac GTO is ever more valuable today as a classic car. Since not so many people have it in their garage, a restored one will surely peak at way more than ten grand–that’s a long way from $290.

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Finding The Right Used Car For Your Teenager

Okay, you’re thinking of buying a car for your driving- age teenager, and with the price of new cars climbing you’ve decided on getting one that’s pre-owned.

These tips will help steer you towards a used car that fits the bill without breaking your budget.

� The first step is to determine how the car will be used by the teen. If it’s for commuting or trips to college and back, then gas mileage and comfort may be your biggest considerations. With gas prices high, fuel economy is an important consideration.

� Make a list of some vehicle safety features you’re looking for. For example, are you interested in anti-lock brake systems and integrated seat belt systems?

�?Before you start shopping, set a budget for how much you want to spend. Research a few models that meet your criteria and price range. The Web sites and offer pricing information and comprehensive advice on buying a used car.

� Obviously, finding a safe and reliable vehicle for your teen is top priority. The Carfax Safety and Reliability Report allows you to view the auto industry’s leading used-car safety ratings, reliability scores and reviews in one step. The information compiled in these reports can also give some good general advice.

� Now you’re ready to start visiting dealers. For any vehicle you consider, ask detailed questions about the vehicle’s performance and history, and request maintenance and inspection records. Also, get a Carfax Vehicle History Report (most dealers will provide reports for free; you just have to ask).

� Always test-drive prospective cars on city streets and highways. This will give you a chance to thoroughly examine the car. Have your teenager drive it if you can. Make sure everything on the car works properly-brakes, gauges, lights, windows and locks. Also have a mechanic you trust check it out.

� In addition to that, you should take a look to make sure the body parts line up, the paint matches, doors open and close easily and the tires show even wear.

� Get a copy of “Finding The Best Used Car,” available from the Federal Consumer Information Center in Pueblo, Colorado ().

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Nissan: No New Models Led To Drop In Profit

Nissan Motor, one of the top three Asian rivals—- together with Toyota the producer of Lexus brake pads and Honda, has recently announced that its profit dropped for the third consecutive quarter due to a decline in the domestic demand. Japan?s third largest automaker has been able to sell fewer light trucks in the US while paying more in taxes.

Nissan?s net income fall by 16 percent to ?92.3 billion or $765 million for the previous three months this year ended June 30 from ?110.2 billion a year earlier.

The reason why Nissan sold few vehicles domestically is because of the aging population, add to that the absence of new car models. While the sales of large vehicles fell due to the ever increasing prices of gasoline which reached $3 a gallon.

According to Takashi Aoki, a fund manager at Mizuho Asset Management, “Dropping domestic sales are pulling results down, while a worsening product mix worries me. As only the cheap cars like the Versa and Sentra seem to be selling well.”

Last year Nissan?s Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn have scrapped the bonuses that are to be given to top executives including himself since the automaker has failed to reach its target not to mention profit fell for the first time in seven years.

Nissan has also not introduced any new car model in the domestic market for the last 16 months in which on the same period Toyota has introduced 11 new or redesigned models while Honda introduced three. Ghosn said that Nissan need to improve if it wants to remain competitive. He also added that the automaker should released new models on a more regular basis.

Last April, Ghosn has relinquished the supervision of North American operations giving him more time to focus in improving the performance of Nissan and Renault. The French vehicle manufacturer owns 44.3 percent of Nissan.

Three months inclusive June 30, Nissan together with Toyota and Honda has been able to benefit from the 5.3 percent drop in the value of the yen against the dollar. The yen dropped by 11.7 percent against the euro.

The company has also recap its full-year forecast stating that it will introduce 11 new or redesigned vehicles for this fiscal year. It also predicts that its new models will help in boosting net income by 4.2 percent higher than the ?480 billion forecasted in the 12 months ending next March.

Revenue is also seen to fall by 1.6 percent to ?10.3 trillion this fiscal year since the total for the earlier year was for 15 months sales in Europe and Mexico according to the company as it changed to accounting to a fiscal year. The carmaker?s operating profit for the quarter has also dropped by 3.2 percent to ?148.4 billion while vehicle sales increase by 5.9 percent to 875,000.

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