Miami, FL (PRWEB) November 08, 2013

On Saturday, November 2nd, THE COLLECTION, Miami’s foremost luxury automotive dealership, was proud to sponsor The 19th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish-Ball, the “can’t miss” event of South Florida’s social scene. This year’s Ball raised $2,020,421 for Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, all to grant the heartfelt wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Transformed into a Vaudevillian sideshow, THE COLLECTION added to the décor by stationing Maserati vehicles throughout the venue.

This premier event featured dinner, drinks, dancing and the chance to bid on fantasy items and experiences in the famed Live & Silent Auctions. This year, Gabrielle Anwar of USA Network’s “Burn Notice” returned as the Celebrity Auctioneer. THE COLLECTION’s 2014 Maserati Ghibli was one of the most talked about auction items. The yet-to-be released luxury sports sedan sold for $92,000 in the LIVE auction – $18,000 over list price and all to benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. To close the evening, Grammy nominated singer, Adam Lambert gave a captivating performance.

“I have attended the InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball for over fifteen years now. It is one of my favorite events and causes to support,” said Ken Gorin, President and CEO of THE COLLECTION. Gorin added, “I was delighted to donate a Maserati Ghibli for the auction. This is Maserati’s newest model, a new mid-size sedan for the iconic Italian sports-car maker. The Ghibli will make Maserati far more accessible than it is today.”

The new Maserati Ghibli is a unique combination of style, sporty handling and comfort, designed tomake driving a special car an everyday sensation. The spacious, minimalist interior is embellished with choice materials that set the Ghibli apart from other cars in the sedan segment. The models inthe Maserati Ghibli range are driven by innovative twin turboV6 engines with up to 404 hp, a sporty soul and unmistakable sound – which, combined with rear-wheel drive, or the Q4 AWD and other high-tech features, deliver all the driving pleasure for which Maserati is synonymous.

ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH®:


Celebrating 30 years of wishes, Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In its 19-year history, the InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball has raised in excess of $14.3 million. With these much needed funds, the Foundation has been able to grant more than 3,000 wishes for deserving children in our community. Past VIP guests of the Ball have included Gabrielle Anwar, Adam Lambert, Melanie Amaro, Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone, Kim Kardashian, Esteban Cortazar, Pamela Anderson, former Florida governor Charlie Crist, Scottie and Larsa Pippen, Russell Simmons, Venus and Serena Williams, Don King, Sex in the City’s Candace Bushnell, Marcus Schenkenberg, Pauly Shore, and performers Joan Jett, Macy Gray, Natalie Cole, Wyclef Jean, Bernadette Peters, the late Nell Carter, Deborah Gibson, and The Honey Brothers, featuring Adrian Grenier.

ABOUT INTERCONTINENTAL® MIAMI:


Celebrating over 25 years as an icon of the Downtown Miami skyline, the InterContinental® Miami is located at the crossroads of Miami’s Business and Arts & Entertainment districts. A beacon for business and leisure travelers alike, the hotel rises 34 stories over the city with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami. The hotel features 641 luxury guest rooms, including 34 suites and two presidential suites designed by Venus William’s V Starr Interiors; 33 meeting rooms with over 101,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, including a spectacular Grand Ballroom; multiple food and beverage outlets - Toro Toro, ¡Ole!, Blue Water, Table 40 and the hotel’s interactive lobby lounge; full-service fitness center and spa at mySpa Miami; and rooftop pool deck with gardens. The InterContinental® Miami is a proud corporate citizen of the Miami-Dade community, invested through its annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, and its corporate social responsibility program. For more information or to make reservations, call 305-577-1000 or visit http://www.icmiamihotel.com/

ABOUT MASERATI:


Maserati produces a full line of two and four door models legendary for their spacious handcrafted luxury, thoroughbred performance and everyday usability. In 2013, Maserati introduced an all new full-size Quattroporte and the mid-size Ghibli sport sedan. The flagship Quattroporte GTS leads the charge with a 523 HP twin turbo V8 while both the Ghibli and Quattroporte are available with All-Wheel-Drive, a competition bred twin-turbo 404 HP V6 and an adaptive 8 speed automatic transmission. The two door GranTurismo line continues with several variants of coupes and convertibles which combine elegance and comfort for four adults, with a six speed automatic transmission to keep the legendary Maserati performance and exhaust note close at hand. Maserati automobiles and merchandise can be found at retailers across North America. Information on Maserati can be found at http://www.maserati.us, 1-800- My-Maserati or for press information http://www.media.maserati.com.

ABOUT THE COLLECTION:


On the corner of Bird Road and Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables stands Florida’s definitive luxury automobile destination, THE COLLECTION. President and CEO, Ken Gorin, a 36-year industry veteran in the exotic and luxury automobile business has built a world-class destination housing the globe’s most celebrated automotive brands: Porsche; Audi; Ferrari; Maserati; Aston Martin; Jaguar and McLaren. THE COLLECTION’s success is credited to outstanding service, exceeding customer expectations and to a staff that treats customers like members of their family.

THE COLLECTION’s facilities include a state-of-the-art service department, parts facility, and boutique to outfit today’s high performance enthusiast. In October 2010, The Collection proudly inked a deal with seven-time NBA All-Star, 2010 NBA All-Star MVP and back-to-back 2012 and 2013 NBA Miami HEAT Champion, Dwyane Wade. As South Florida’s hometown hero, Wade helped lead the Miami Heat to their first NBA Championship in franchise history and the 2011 Eastern Conference Championship. He is now teamed up with THE COLLECTION as the face of the brand. To experience The COLLECTION, call 305.444.5555, or visit http://www.thecollection.com.

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Grant of petition for exemption.

Citation: “78 FR 67213″

Page Number: “67213″

“Notices”

SUMMARY: This document grants in full the Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (Porsche) petition for exemption of the Macan vehicle line in accordance with 49 CFR part 543, Exemption From Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard. This petition is granted because the agency has determined that the antitheft device to be placed on the line as standard equipment is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the 49 CFR part 541, Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard.

   DATES: The exemption granted by this notice is effective beginning with the 2014 model year (MY).

   FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Carlita Ballard, Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Room W43-439, Washington, DC 20590. Ms. Ballard’s telephone number is (202) 366-5222. Her fax number is (202) 493-2990.

   SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a petition dated July 25, 2013, Porsche requested an exemption from the parts-marking requirements of 49 CFR part 541, Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard for the Macan vehicle line beginning with MY 2014. The petition requested exemption from parts-marking pursuant to 49 CFR part 543, Exemption From Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard, based on the installation of an antitheft device as standard equipment for an entire vehicle line.

   Under SEC 543.5(a), a manufacturer may petition NHTSA to grant an exemption for one vehicle line per model year. In its petition, Porsche provided a detailed description and diagram of the identity, design, and location of the components of the antitheft device for its new Porsche Macan vehicle line. Porsche stated that all Porsche Macan vehicles will be equipped with a passive antitheft device as standard equipment beginning with MY 2014. Key components of the antitheft device will include a microprocessor-based immobilizer system, electronic ignition switch, transponder key, remote control unit, alarm/central locking control unit, optional keyless entry system and electronic parking brake. The device will also be equipped with an audible and visible alarm. Additionally, Porsche stated that the central locking system works in conjunction with the audible and visible alarm. Locking the doors with the ignition key, the remote control or a door switch (with the keyless entry option) will activate the audible and visible alarm. An ultrasonic sensor in the alarm system will monitor the doors, rear luggage compartment, front deck lid, fuel filler door, and interior movement. The horn will sound and the lights will flash if there is any detection of unauthorized use. Porsche’s submission is considered a complete petition as required by 49 CFR 543.7 in that it meets the general requirements contained in 543.5 and the specific content requirements of 543.6.

   Porsche stated that the immobilizer system cannot be disabled unless an original key or optional keyless entry key sends the proper code to the immobilizer system instructing the engine management system via a code to begin functioning again. The immobilizer is automatically activated when the key is removed from the ignition switch assembly, or, with the optional keyless entry, the immobilizer is automatically activated after the engine is turned off from the dashboard control switch. The immobilizer then returns to its normal “off” state, where engine starting and transmission starting are not allowed. Starting the engine and operation of the vehicle will be allowed only when the correct code is sent to the control unit by using the correct key in the ignition switch, or by having the correct keyless entry key within the occupant compartment of the car. The ignition key contains a radio signal transponder, which signals the control unit to allow the engine to be started. With the keyless entry system, operation of the vehicle is allowed when the ignition key is substituted with the special key that contains a radio signal transmitter similar to the transponder in the standard ignition key.

   Porsche stated that its central locking system works in conjunction with its audible and visible alarm. Locking the doors with the ignition key, the remote control or a door switch (with the keyless entry option) will also activate the audible and visible alarm. Porsche also stated that the immobilizer cannot be disabled by manipulation of the door locks or central-locking system because the locks/locking system are incapable of sending the code needed to disable the device.

   As an additional feature, Porsche stated that it will also incorporate an electronically activated parking brake on the Macan vehicle which is electronically activated and integrated into the vehicle’s antitheft device. Porsche stated that if the control unit does not receive the correct code from the ignition key or keyless entry key, the parking brake will remain activated and the vehicle cannot be towed away.

   Since the Porsche Macan is a new vehicle line, there is currently no available theft rate data published by the agency for the vehicle line. However, Porsche provided data on the effectiveness of other similar antitheft devices that have been installed on its 911 and Boxster/Cayman vehicle lines in support of its belief that its proposed device will be at least as effective as those comparable devices previously granted exemptions by the agency. Porsche’s data showed that the theft rate for the 911 and Boxster/Cayman vehicle lines remained consistently low over a three-year period. Using an average of 3 MYs’ theft data (2008-2010), the theft rates for the Porsche 911 and Boxster/Cayman vehicle lines are 0.4771 and 0.2283 respectively. Porsche also stated that the off-board antitheft concept introduced on its MY 2010 Panamera vehicle line will continue to be utilized on its Macan vehicles. Therefore, Porsche believes that the demand for Porsche vehicle components will be further reduced. The theft rate for the MY 2010 Panamera vehicle line is 1.2656. Based on the experience of these vehicle lines, Porsche has concluded that the antitheft device proposed for its Porsche Macan vehicle line is no less effective than those devices in lines for which NHTSA has already granted full exemption from the parts-marking requirements. The agency agrees that the device is substantially similar to devices in these and other vehicle lines for which the agency has already granted exemptions.

   In addressing the specific content requirements of 543.6, Porsche provided information on the reliability and durability of its proposed device. To ensure reliability and durability of the device, Porsche conducted tests based on its own specified standards. Porsche provided a detailed list of the tests conducted (i.e., extreme temperature tests, voltage spike tests, reverse polarity tests, electromagnetic interference tests, vibration test and endurance tests) and believes that the device is reliable and durable since the device complied with its specific requirements for each test. Additionally, Porsche stated that the antitheft device also features a built-in self-diagnostic that constantly checks for system failures. If a failure is detected, an alarm indicator will signal the driver.

   Porsche further states that disablement of the immobilizer is virtually impossible. Disconnecting power to the antitheft device does not affect the operation of the device. Once the antitheft device is activated, the device stays activated until the correct key or optional keyless entry key is used to instruct the engine management system through the proper code to begin functioning again.

   In further support of the reliability of its antitheft device, Porsche informed the agency that it will continue to use the “off-board” antitheft strategy that reduces the marketability of stolen electronic components and making the theft of vehicles unattractive. Specifically, Porsche stated that during the production of its vehicle, the initialization and registration of various antitheft electronic components are recorded in a central database. If the components have to be repaired or replaced, authorized access to the database must be obtained to receive authorization for the components. If authorized access to the central database is unavailable or the database indicates that the components are not authorized, further operation and use of the vehicle will be restricted or impossible to obtain.

   Based on the evidence submitted by Porsche, the agency believes that the antitheft device for the Macan vehicle line is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard.

   Pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 33106 and 49 CFR 543.7 (b), the agency grants a petition for exemption from the parts-marking requirements of Part 541, either in whole or in part, if it determines that, based upon substantial evidence, the standard equipment antitheft device is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of Part 541. The agency finds that Porsche has provided adequate reasons for its belief that the antitheft device for the Porsche Macan vehicle line is likely to be as effective in reducing and deterring motor vehicle theft as compliance with the parts-marking requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard. This conclusion is based on the information Porsche provided about its device.

   The agency concludes that the device will provide the five types of performance listed in SEC 543.6(a)(3): Promoting activation; attracting attention to the efforts of unauthorized persons to enter or operate a vehicle by means other than a key; preventing defeat or circumvention of the device by unauthorized persons; preventing operation of the vehicle by unauthorized entrants; and ensuring the reliability and durability of the device.

   For the foregoing reasons, the agency hereby grants in full Porsche’s petition for exemption for the Porsche Macan vehicle line from the parts-marking requirements of Part 541. The agency notes that 49 CFR Part 541, Appendix A-1, identifies those lines that are exempted from the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard for a given model year. 49 CFR Part 543.7(f) contains publication requirements incident to the disposition of all Part 543 petitions. Advanced listing, including the release of future product nameplates, the beginning model year for which the petition is granted and a general description of the antitheft device is necessary in order to notify law enforcement agencies of new vehicle lines exempted from the parts marking requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard.

   The agency notes that Porsche was significantly delayed in submitting its petition for exemption for its MY 2014 Macan vehicle line. As specified under paragraph (4) of SEC 543.5(b), a petition for an exemption must be submitted at least 8 months before the commencement of production for the first model year in which the petitioner wishes those lines to be exempted. Porsche is reminded of its statutory requirement for meeting this timeline when submitting future petitions for exemptions.

   If Porsche decides not to use the exemption for this line, it must formally notify the agency. If such a decision is made, the line must be fully marked according to the requirements under 49 CFR 541.5 and 541.6 (marking of major component parts and replacement parts).

   NHTSA notes that if Porsche wishes in the future to modify the device on which this exemption is based, the company may have to submit a petition to modify the exemption. Part 543.7(d) states that a Part 543 exemption applies only to vehicles that belong to a line exempted under this part and equipped with the antitheft device on which the line’s exemption is based. Further, Part 543.9(c)(2) provides for the submission of petitions “to modify an exemption to permit the use of an antitheft device similar to but differing from the one specified in that exemption.”

   The agency wishes to minimize the administrative burden that Part 543.9(c)(2) could place on exempted vehicle manufacturers and itself. The agency did not intend in drafting Part 543 to require the submission of a modification petition for every change to the components or design of an antitheft device. The significance of many such changes could be de minimis. Therefore, NHTSA suggests that if the manufacturer contemplates making any changes, the effects of which might be characterized as de minimis, it should consult the agency before preparing and submitting a petition to modify.

   Authority: 49 U.S.C. 33106; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.50.

Christopher J. Bonanti,

Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.

[FR Doc. 2013-26809 Filed 11-7-13; 8:45 am]

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Porsche is celebrating two world premieres and three North American debuts at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in a few short weeks. The much anticipated Porsche Macan compact SUV, the automaker’s fifth model line, will be unveiled to an international audience at the L.A. Convention Center in Petree Hall during the Porsche press conference on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 11:35 a.m. PST.

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Further world debuts include the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet models. These top-of-the-line, open air 911 sports cars accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 and 3.1 seconds respectively, reaching a top track speed of up to 195 mph.

Additionally, the Porsche 918 Spyder will be shown for the first time at an auto show in North America.  This plug-in hybrid super sports car carries the traditional Porsche DNA into a ground-breaking sports car concept. Designed from the start to be a high-performance hybrid, the 918 Spyder offers an unprecedented combination of performance by combining the 887-hp output of a super sports car and the virtually silent propulsion of an electric vehicle. The 918 Spyder is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds and offers extraordinary low fuel consumption.

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive models will also be on display shortly after their world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show the same day.  The Turbo S models are the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious models in the Panamera range, offering power output of 570 hp and a top track speed of 192 mph, plus a particularly extensive range of technology and luxury features. For the first time ever, an Executive version of the Panamera Turbo S is available with a wheelbase that is extended by 5.9 inches.

The Los Angeles area is not only home to one of the most important auto shows of the year, it is also Porsche’s most important market with 17 percent of all cars sold in the U.S. Given the Los Angeles area’s proximity to such a large number of Porsche customers, the company is currently building a first of its kind experience center in the area.  At the end of next year, the new Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles will offer a world class test track and handling course, including special surfaces which replicate inclement weather conditions where customers and auto enthusiasts can hone their driving skills and try out the latest Porsche models. The experience center, located in Carson, California, will also be the new home of Porsche Motorsport North America, currently located in Santa Ana, California.

About Porsche Cars North America

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.

At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.

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Nov. 08–The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association convention is in town this week showing off the latest products, trends and materials the auto industry has to offer.

For Jeff Allen and the team behind CNBC’s car-flipping reality TV show “Car Chasers,” the trade show is a feast of opportunity to bring back to their auto shop and workplace Flat 12 Gallery in Lubbock, Texas.

I spoke with Allen about this year’s convention and his career giving classic and exotic cars a new life.

What have you been doing at SEMA this week?

We’re out here promoting the car that we’re giving away on the show, the ’65 Mustang Fastback. We’re also meeting with people at different booths we’re signing at, people who donated parts to some of the builds on this season’s show. Other than that, we’re just seeing if there’s anything else out here for sale and also checking out what’s new in the industry. This is a big week for us to see all the new products and upcoming styles. I always take away little bit and pieces from SEMA of things that I want to incorporate in my future builds.

You restore old vehicles, but SEMA is about what’s new in the industry. How does what you do fit in with SEMA?

There are so many ideas going around that no matter what you do, you can’t think of them all yourself. I’ll go around and see something like a wheel choice somebody used on a vehicle that I would never have thought of or different color combinations. So many times, our business is to maximize your money and marketing, so you traditionally stick with the colors that sell well. Whereas at SEMA, you might see something like two colors you’d never have thought of putting together, but it looks beautiful. I’m always looking for new products that help out and that really enhance either a car’s performance or the aesthetics of it.

What are some of those new products you’re seeing this year?

In the past, a lot of people were reusing satin finishes for their paint jobs, and now we’re seeing satin finishes underneath the hood, which is a really neat contrast. Billet hood hinges are a huge improvement from the factory hood hinges on a lot of these muscle cars. They’re so neat. When you open them up, it makes the underneath of the hood just as fancy as the outside of the car. It adds so much to the car in the detail. Plus, there’s stuff like coating on the bumpers. We saw a gear today with the most beautiful, what almost looked like nickel-plated, bumpers instead of your traditional chrome bumpers, and it sure made the car just look incredible.

What’s the worst-condition vehicle you’ve ever had to restore?

Ooh! Boy, most of them that I get have extremely good bodies on them. I won’t start with a rusted-out car. It’s just too much work, and you’d never recoup that money. A lot of people will go out and buy a car looking at it from price point. I go out and look at it as, it’s got to have at least one of three things — really good paint, really good interior or it has to have a really awesome power train. That’s kind of my starting point. I don’t get into too many heavy restorations because of the show parameters. I think we moved 46 cars in eight weeks this season on the show. So we’re doing mostly cosmetic restorations, updating paint styles and wheels and steering wheels. I have kind of a wheel fetish; I’m always changing those, I don’t know why. To me, it’s like looking at a beautiful woman, and she’s wearing the wrong shoes. Cars have to have the right shoes, and that’s the right tires and the right wheels.

What’s the biggest misconception the average person might have about the work that you do?

The biggest misconception is that because the show is a 30-minute format that we completely rebuild cars in 30 minutes or an hour, on a really quick timetable. That does not happen. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into each and every car before we sell it. A lot of people think I just take them to the car wash and then sell them. That’s not true at all. The average car takes anywhere from three to four weeks. Some of the bigger builds will take up to six weeks. And that’s with us streamlining the process. We’re very systematic. When we get a car in, on day one we make a list of exactly everything we’re going to order and have them already on their way while we’re already doing a lot of the other process work.

What do you drive?

I have a 2013 Shelby GT 500 and a 2011 crew cab Chevy truck.

What would you like to drive — what’s your dream car?

That’s a tough one. That’s a really tough question because I usually go out and get what I want. I’m a huge Ferrari fan, I always have Ferraris in the shop. I actually have an ’87 Ferrari Testarossa in the shop right now. I love Porsches. A lot of cars are going away from stick shifts, and they’re all becoming paddle shifts, and I’m not a paddle-shift guy. So a lot of the late-model cars I don’t enjoy as much as I used to. Hence, that’s why I still have a Shelby because it was available in the ’60s. And it’ll do 200 mph. Those were two pluses.

What do you think of hybrids?

Ooh! Interesting question. I think they’ve come a long way. I’m not a big fan of not knowing what we’re going to do with all these leftover batteries. There’s been a lot of them, I don’t know if that’s causing a bigger problem than we’re having with just gasoline. But I am happy that manufacturers are starting to put more emphasis on gas mileage. There’s been a huge improvement.

They haven’t seem to put very much emphasis on hybrids’ style, though.

There’s so much potential for hybrids. Toyota makes a wonderful product, but I never understood why the Prius had to look like a fish. That’s probably why I’ve kind of stayed away from them. I mean, the most attractive one of those cars to me on the market right now is the Chevy Volt. I think that car looks pretty decent. I could see myself driving one of those if I needed to. Style is not mutually exclusive with the technology. When the Scion came out, that was a car with a really great design but that was also fuel efficient. Then the Prius came out, and I just couldn’t wrap my head around it.

What would be your dream car to restore?

I had a ’65 Corvette with flared fenders, and rumor had it that Dick Guldstrand, one of the Corvette racecar drivers from the ’60s, drove it in a race, but we could never verify or prove it. It actually took me seven years to restore that car. I think it was because I didn’t want to sell it, and I knew that the day that I did finish it, Megan [Bailey, his wife and business partner] would make me sell it. Which is exactly what happened. The first time I drove that car was across an auction block. I had a lot of love for that car. I actually like doing Corvettes; they’re a lot of fun. Especially the ’65s through ’67s. I also have done a tremendous amount of Camaros and Chevelles, and quite a few Mustangs.

Right now we’re restoring our first Ferrari. Normally when we’ve bought Ferraris, we just do some subtle things to them. But this season we bought a Ferrari that was kind of like saving an abused animal — I felt kind of like when you see a poor dog tied to a tree and you think, ‘Oh man, I want to rescue that dog!’ That’s kind of how I was when I got this Ferrari — saving it from an abusive relationship.

What was the story behind that one?

The guy bought it when he was 35 years old. It was one of those moments in life when he wanted to show that’d he’d achieved success in his life. The way that he put it was that he had the car, he enjoyed it and then he just kind of got tired of it, so he just let it sit outside for the better half of the last 10 years. It was a black-on-black Ferrari Testarossa, and he just let it deteriorate in his front yard. It was terrible. We’re just getting it back from paint this week once I get back from SEMA, and then we’ll start the interior and everything else. We’ll see if I paid too much money for it, but I just couldn’t leave it there.

Follow Andrea Domanick on Twitter at @AndreaDomanick and fan her on Facebook at Facebook.com/AndreaDomanick.

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Series leaders Tejas Hirani, Anish Chauhan, Baldev Chager and Amit Pandya will be the star attractions during the eighth round of the national auctocross series slotted for this Sunday at Athi River’s Portland Cement racetrack.

Chager, who recently won the Classic Car Cup in Kilifi Rally in Onkar Rai’s Porsche 911, will return to circuit racing in a blindngly fast and chopped up Subaru N10 which is an ex-Tundo rally car. After winning the KNRC at penultimate stage in October, Chager hopes to seal a rare double in the open class and will be up against his team-mate Onkar Rai. Among those expected in the Athi River meeting are Samir Khan, Shazz Esmail and Bobby Sehmi who came in third overall in Mombasa– followed by Amit Bhatt.

After seven rounds, Pandya consolidated his lead in 2WD Turbo series to 122. Sehmi and Bhatt now tie on 104 while Samir Khan remains in fourth place with 70 points. Tejas requires a solitary point to clinch his maiden autocross championship in the 2WD non-Turbo class, which he has led from the second race to date.

Series leader Amit Pandya and his namesake Amit Bhatt have fought a good battle in the 2WD Turbo class but the former has had an edge winning in the recent MMC autocross staged in Miritini.

Tejas, a Year 8 student at St. Austin’s Academy, has been practicing really hard this season having been to the Formula One BMW Academy in Germany for trials which came to fruition. He was also recently in South Africa where he caught the eye of the trainers at the FIA Institute’s 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy. He reached the finals but failed to secure the single slot allocated to the African continent.

All that Tejas needs to do to seal the 2013 deal and by extension chalk-up his maiden autocross diadem. Sachin Choda, who retired in the MMC round has an outside chance as he must win the last two events with bonus points and hope that Tejas doesn’t score any points at all. Choda is expected to share a Rage Buggy with Gurmeet Mehta. Winning the Coast tour improved Teja’s tally to 136 points. Sachin remains a distant second on 93 points and would score a maximum of 137 points should he triumph in the last two with bonus points.

Porsche is looking for investors to set up showrooms and service centres across Africa to increase sales as economies on the continent expand rapidly.

The luxury sports car manufacturer said yesterday that South Africa was already the German marque’s biggest market in its 19-country Porsche Middle East & Africa region, beating Dubai, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.

The Dubai-based regional unit, its fourth-largest subsidiary globally, already had centres in Angola, Nigeria and Ghana, public relations manager Anja Wood said.

“We have long-term committed customers over there, who buy a Porsche and don’t change again from the brand,” Wood said of South Africa. “It’s really the fascination with Porsche that works over there in a very good way for us.”

She added: “We don’t expect a second South Africa in the African continent. We are careful with our wishes and future planning, but we want to increase our presence because we want to make cars available to people where we are not yet present.”

In the first nine months of this year, Porsche sold 1 800 cars in South Africa, 50 percent more units than a year earlier and a fifth of all units delivered by the company in the region.

It sold 8 719 new cars in the region, which includes India and Pakistan, 38 percent more than the previous year.

Porsche helped prop up parent Volkswagen’s nine-month profit as the luxury unit’s sales jumped 15 percent.

Slumping vehicle demand in core European markets, where Volkswagen sells almost 40 percent of its models, has caused sales in the debt-stricken region to drop for seven consecutive quarters.

On the other hand, Africa’s ultra-wealthy class is burgeoning as economies flourish and newly found natural resources catapult thousands into the super-rich class, drawing foreign companies to the previously ignored continent.

Africa’s top 10 countries ranked by millionaires are expected to have 178 800 dollar-millionaires over the next seven years, 37 percent more than last year, according to a report by London-based New World Health earlier this year.

Although off a relatively low base, Africa has had growth rates second only to Asia. Many African countries are embarking on projects to improve infrastructure and increase energy production, which are in turn attracting inward investment. – Reuters

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ENP Newswire – 08 November 2013

Release date- 07112013 – Madrid, – Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, Chairman of the SEAT Board of Directors, is the ’2013 Distinguished Personality of the Spanish Automotive Sector’, a designation awarded annually by the Spanish Association of Professionals of the Automotive Sector (ASEPA). He has been recognized with this award for his extensive career, full dedication to the automotive sector and high level of professional skill demonstrated in one of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers as is the Volkswagen Group.

Dr. Garcia Sanz is a member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen Brand, responsible for Purchasing. At the same time, he is Chairman of the SEAT Board of Directors and responsible for the companies within the Volkswagen Group in Spain.

He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Audi AG, FAW-Volkswagen Company, Shanghai-Volkswagen Automotive Company, Volkswagen (China) Investment Company, Scania AB, Sodertalje and Scania CV AB, Stockholm. Likewise, he is a member of the Supervisory Board at Porsche.

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ENP Newswire – 08 November 2013

Release date- 07112013 – Stuttgart. Porsche is continuing the positive trend seen to date this year: The sportscar manufacturer delivered 13,393 vehicles to customers around the world in October of this year, achieving an increase of 14.6 percent compared with the same month last year.

In keeping with the start of autumn, a particularly large number of customers who purchased a model with all-wheel drive could look forward to embarking on their first trips in their Porsche.

‘We got off to a good start in quarter four and were able to continue our course for growth across all regions in October’, said Bernhard Maier, Member of the Executive Board Sales and Marketing at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. ‘We are now looking forward to the world premieres of the Macan at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Panamera Turbo S at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Panamera Turbo S complements our range of sports saloons, enabling us to tailor our offering even more closely to the exclusive requirements of our customers.’

Porsche sportscars were in demand around the world in October 2013: In Germany, 1,792 new vehicles were delivered to customers; 42.9 percent more than in October 2012. The 911, Cayenne, Panamera, Boxster and Cayman sportscars also proved popular in the US market, with 3,562 models being sold (+11 %). In China, Porsche delivered 2,948 vehicles to customers, thereby achieving an increase of 20.9 percent compared with the same month last year.

The new Porsche Cayman delighted car fans around the world: In October, more than 1,000 customers could look forward to taking delivery of their two-seater sports Coupe. Almost 8,500 models have been handed over to customers so far this year. The Cayenne remains the frontrunner across the Porsche model range: Worldwide, the sportscar manufacturer delivered 6,995 of the sporty SUV vehicles in October 2013.

PORSCHE AG Deliveries				October				January - October
					2013	2012	Variance (%)	2013		2012	Variance (%)
World					13,393	11,688	14.6		133,140		116,050	14.7
Europe					4,442	3,664	21.2		42,131		40,680	3.6
Germany					1,792	1,254	42.9		17,745		14,940	18.8
America					4,152	3,764	10.3		41,130		33,134	24.1
USA					3,562	3,211	10.9		35,111		28,226	24.4
Asia Pacific, Africa and Mideast	4,799	4,260	12.7		49,879		42,236	18.1
China					2,948	2,439	20.9		30,406		26,349	15.4

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ENP Newswire – 08 November 2013

Release date- 05112013 – Osaka, JapanToyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. ( Akira Nobuki, president) U.S. tire subsidiary announces that Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. (‘NTU’; Keiko Brockel, president) will exhibit at SEMA Show 2013*1 in Las Vegas, Nevada over four days from Nov. 5 (Tues.) through Nov. 8 (Fri.).

The Nitto booth will adopt its silver brand color to present a luxurious, sophisticated image. The exhibit will feature Nitto’s newly released NT421Q CUV tire, as well as a first-ever look at the popular Invo tire mounted on a Liberty Walk Ferrari 458 i. The booth will also boast a BMW M3 and off-road racing cars equipped with the NT05, showcasing the global appeal of the Nitto brand alongside the world’s top status cars. The booth’s giant central display will feature thrilling video of Nitto tires in action in NTU-supported off-road racing.

Furthermore, as an innovative new project this year, NTU will present ‘Live from SEMA,’ a website that utilizes Nitto’s strength in social web technology. Using the designated hashtag (#LivefromSEMA), posts by attendees of venue happenings and images of the dazzling vehicles to social media sites will be automatically curated to ‘Live from SEMA,’ enabling viewers throughout the world to check out the SEMA activity live. A further unique aspect of this project will be its bidirectional feature of accepting image requests from the around the world. Those unable to attend the event can use the aforementioned hashtag to post requests for images of specific brand vehicles or show areas, and show attendees will in turn capture and share the requested images, thus providing viewers from anywhere in the world the virtual experience of actually being at the show.

Link to ‘Live from SEMA‘ website: http://livefromsema.nittotire.com/

Nitto booth activity will be continuously updated on Facebook. For details, visit the official Nitto Facebook page.

Nitto Tire Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NittoTire

*1) SEMA Show

SEMA Show, the world’s largest aftermarket parts trade show, is held each autumn by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). The show attracts over 2,000 exhibitors from the auto industry showcasing the latest products and cutting-edge technology at a single venue, making the show highly popular as the optimal spot to catch up on latest auto industry trends. Over 100,000 industry participants and buyers from around the world are expected to attend.

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Osaka Head office	Telephone: +81-6-6441-8803	Facsimile: +81-6-6446-1925
Tokyo office	Telephone: +81-3-5822-6621	Facsimile: +81-3-3865-2240

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500 super, luxury cars and bikes to join parade; two spectator zones set up.

More than 500 of the UAE’s privately owned super and luxury cars and bikes will create one of the world’s most impressive convoys of top global motoring marques during the inaugural Dubai Grand Parade today.


The first multi-brand parade of its type to hit the streets of the city, the Dubai Grand Parade is part of the debut Dubai Motor Festival — a week-long motoring extravaganza held in conjunction with Dubai International Motor Show running at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).


The total value of vehicles participating in the parade is estimated to be more than Dh500 million.


The fleet features the crème de la crème of super and luxury car and bike marques, includes more than 350 brands and models such as world’s fastest street car Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Maserati, Shelby Super Cars, Harley Davidson and Ducati.


The convoy will embark on a 45-kilometre tour of Shaikh Zayed Road and beyond, passing several of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks including Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai during an hour-long route ending at DWTC.


The public can watch the parade at two special Spectator Zones at Madinat Jumeirah (cars expected at 3.15pm) and Downtown Dubai (cars expected at 3.30pm), and get up-close to the vehicles at the post-Parade Car Gallery, which opens at DWTC at 5pm.


The 2013 Formula One constructors’ champion Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One Car will deliver a brief performance of its power when it leads the parade from its starting point at Trade Centre Roundabout on Shaikh Zayed Road to the first interchange. Dubai Police’s iconic fleet of green and white supercars will then head the parade through the remainder of the route.


With a stunning collection of super, luxury and unique cars and bikes in the parade convoy, entries have come from private collectors, local owners and a series of Dubai’s automobile clubs. Some of the most superb participating cars include a Lamborghini Murcielago LPO640, the Middle East’s only one of its type; a quirky Range Rover Sport that is fully-decorated bumper-to-bumper with UAE dirham coins; an exquisite Swarovski crystal-encrusted Hummer H2; a vintage Saxon dating back to 1912 and a beautifully-restored 1972 Land Rover 88 — one of the most historical vehicles in the fleet.


As the Ambassador of the Dubai Grand Parade, Dr Mohammed Ben Sulayem, President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) and Vice-President of the FIA for Sport, believes the parade will be “spectacular”.


Public safety along the route will be managed by Dubai Police, which has issued advisory messages to drivers urging them to use alternative routes during the parade.


The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), a supporting partner, is organising a special car plates auction today at DWTC.


Following the Dubai Grand Parade, the public can visit the penultimate day of the Dubai International Motor Show, where there are 600 vehicles on display, including a record 108 global and regional launches, as well as 15 concept cars by the world’s leading motoring manufacturers. — news@khaleejtimes.com



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