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Dream Cars and Luxury defy the economic gloom

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Dream cars and luxury defy the economic gloom in Geneva

Despite the crisis, automakers have not given up on selling dreams at the Geneva Motor Show, which opened this week with an array of eye-catching cars that are always shinier, faster, and ever more expensive.

“Geneva has always been a bit special, somewhere between the provincial and the chic,” said Carlos da Silva, analyst at Global Insight.

Garish colors help to highlight the array of concept, sports and luxury vehicles, which are still one of the principal attractions for the 700,000 visitors expected during the show until March 15.

As the doors opened to the public, overcrowded trains were spilling visitors from around Europe into Geneva while roads to the

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exhibition hall were jammed.

Sports cars with prices above 100,000 euros (125,000 dollars), such as the new Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 Super Veloce, inevitably capture minds in search of escape from economic gloom.

Crowds already pressed around the low slung, yellow sports car during the press preview, trying to imagine the effect of being slung by 670 horsepower to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds.get quote for van rentals

The Murcielago is “more extreme and more exclusive than any other car,” Lamborghini’s chief executive, Stephan Winkelmann, claimed.

Not to be outdone, Aston Martin unveiled the One-77 sports car with a price tag of 1.0 million pounds (1.2 million euros, 1.4 million dollars).

Only 77 will be built and the company claims to have received queries from about 250 potential customers.

Aston Martin also revived the luxury Lagonda name with a brash four wheel drive vehicle on show in Geneva, to try to appeal to new markets in the Middle East, India and China.

“The Lagonda is the luxury car of the future,” said Aston Martin Chief Executive Ulrich Bez. It might not be available for another five years.

Porsche claimed that its new 911 GT3 — displayed in an evocative bright red — is “more powerful” and “more efficient”, while Ferrari sought some of the thunder with ever more sporting engines.

Meanwhile, young men with feather dusters toured the stands to ensure the cars never lose their shine and wipe off finger marks, while “hostesses” handed out brochures or simply posed by the cars.

They make us dream,” said Marcello, a young Swiss visitor whose gaze was fixed intently on the vehicles.

Amid the dominant theme of fuel economy and environmentalism, the carmakers freely admit that they are trying to stir emotions as well.

“Cars are very important part of the human psyche, because they are symbols of pleasure and prestige,” explained Simon Rochefort, the sales manager of US newcomer Tesla.

The Californian company was presenting its electric-powered convertible sports car in Europe for the first time, trying to combine the zero emissions of an electric motor with the thrill of a Lamborghini or Porsche — and a 99,000 euro (124,000 dollar) price tag.

During a crisis “it’s even more important to dream,” said Frank Rinderknecht, owner of specialised Swiss firm Rinspeed, which presents a new and generally more outrageous concept car every year.

But this year Rinderknecht also sought to capture the mood of the moment by showcasing an array of environmental technology.

Even the elite end of the market is tentatively reaching out to the “ecologically correct”.

Bentley is trying out biofuels, which pollute less but are controversial because of their impact on crops, food prices and the amount of energy it takes to produce them.

Bentley’s chief executive, Franz-Josef Paefgen, admitted that the dreams might have reached their limits.

“It is a crisis that affects luxury cars as much as it affects other sectors,” he remarked

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The luxury cars of our lawmakers

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

NEXT Reporter - February 23, 2009 12:08PMT

Sometime last year, a member of the House of Representatives openly boasted that he had expended over N100 million acquiring cars since he was elected into the House. The 35 year old member from one of the states in the North Central zone of the country was then barely a year in the House.

But the lawmaker is not alone in the business of acquiring cars. His colleagues in the House and even the Senate have formed the habit of acquiring choice cars running into millions of naira.

A visitor to the National Assembly car parks will think they are car dealerships as the latest model of cars such as Chrysler, Mazda, Toyota Prado SUVs, Toyota Lexus, Jaguar, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Lincoln Navigator, Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade, Hummer, Nissan Altima and Ford Explorer, Peugeot, and Honda amongst others can be found there.

The list is, indeed, endless.

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While some members of the House cruise in exotic cars, others chose to ride in the controversial Peugeot 407 cars bought for committee oversight duties. Each of the Peugeot 407 cars was reportedly acquired for N6.1 million. The cars carry the official number plates of MHR (Member of the House of Representatives) or FL REP.

The manner of acquisition of the cars was investigated by the Ethics and Privileges Committee of the House, which submitted its report last week. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Others Related Offences Commission are still investigating the matter.

In the upper legislative chamber, a number of senators still ride in their Toyota Camry, which was also purchased for them to use in the execution of committee duties. The cars have special number plates FL SENATOR. The other cars bear “SENATOR”.

But some of the legislators do not bother to ride in the Peugeot cars, they prefer the exotic ones. For instance, Bukar Abba Ibrahim (the former governor of Yobe State) and Chimaroke Nnamani (former governor of Enugu State) ride in SUVs. The same goes for some of their other colleagues who were governors or ministers.

However, the four presiding officers, namely the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker and Deputy Speaker still have Peugeot 607 and 407 Cars in their convoys though they ride in Mercedes Benz cars.

At the turn of democracy in 1999, the federal lawmakers were each given a 406 Peugeot car. But the policy to allocate cars to the 469 lawmakers changed in 2003 when former President, Olusegun Obasanjo introduced the monetisation policy.

With the policy in place, the legislators began to buy preferred choice cars for themselves.

Some of them do it in style as they go for customised number plates. For instance, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Dino Melaye has special number plates that bear the inscription “DINO”.

All his cars have special number plates with different figures. This is the same with Iorwase Herman Hembe, a legislator from Benue and vice chairman of the House Committee on Donor Agencies. His cars have “HEMBE” inscribed on their number plates.

There are many more others. But some of the principal officers in both chambers chose to have special number plates according to their ranking on the leadership ladder.

Interestingly, the money spent to acquire these vehicles can build skill acquisition centres for the unemployed in their constituencies.

Only last week, senators complained of extensive poverty in the land and consequently adopted a motion to investigate The National Poverty Eradication Programme.

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Newsday Feb 20th 09 / Pity the dealer for $15,000-a-month

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Newsday Hamptons Story by MARK HARRINGTON February 20, 2009

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With Hamptons home rentals trending downward, the impact on everything from luxury car rentals to high-end restaurants and art galleries looms large.

Image Exotic Car Rentals, a Manhattan company that typically sees 50 to 60 high-priced rentals shipped to the Hamptons for the summer, is planning for 20 summer rentals, tops.

“This year it really hit the fan,” said Matt Adir, Image’s general manager, who saw the trend begin last summer.

Bob Schepps, president of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce, said merchants are depending on this summer to help recover from a winter he described as “the worst ever.”

Observers say car rentals are just the tip of the iceberg.

Noting the summer home rental market “drives the Hamptons,” Richard Finder of Prudential Douglas Elliman in Bridgehampton said a falloff “is going to trickle down to every aspect of the economy.”

“It brings a lot of people out here,” he said. “It fills the art galleries, the high-end restaurants, exotic car rentals. … The marinas will take a really big hit.”

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NYC Adventure Society/Traveldaddy

Monday, February 16th, 2009

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Are you up for a travel adventure but don’t want to go it alone?

The Adventure Society and TravelDaddy are among many options for group activities that will take you anywhere from a weekend in the Hamptons to exotic destinations around the globe.

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The society is a NYC social organization and tour operator that provides a diverse range of sports and hobby activities for single and married outdoor enthusiasts.Trips that cater to our busy lifestyles go from one day to long weekends.

Rock climbing is an Adventure Society activity

Kayak, surf and play in polo matches in the Hamptons. Sail, windsurf and kiteboard locally and in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

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Dog sled in Alaska, drive cattle in Montana, explore canyons in Mexico, cycle through Italy or climb Mounts Kilimanjaro or Everest.

You won’t spend much time sitting or eating on tours for skydiving, hang gliding, rock climbing, white water rafting and scuba diving. Downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice climbing are among the many winter activities.

The society also offers more mundane pastimes such as wine tastings, spa visits, apple and pumpkin picking.

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