Enthusiasts of the Chevy SS performance line or really any Porsche fanatic will enjoy this article. News has slowly been leaking about new hybrid lines of these vehicles, but the lid’s been pretty tight on their features and specs – until now. Available late next year, the hybrid Chevy SS will feature advanced safety systems and will be built from lightweight materials, while the 918 Spyder will feature a 570-hp mid-mounted 4.6L V8 with dual hybrid engines on the front and rear axles. These are sure to be a treat, and they’ll definitely be cars that you’ll want to secure car shipping services for. Chances are the Porsche will be a limited-release and expensive, so shipping it from a dealership who has it on sale might be a wise way to go about getting it. And I tell ya, if I had the money to blow on that 918 I’d do it in a heartbeat.
Trade-in protection for used car buyers – the idea of getting close to resale value for a trade-in vehicle as opposed to getting scammed by a crappy dealership – is on the rise, according to dealership owners in Florida. Though trade-in protection was usually only available by GM and Hyundai new dealerships, the practice is slowly becoming more standard. While car transport companies don’t usually ship trade-in vehicles, it’s good to know that the used car market is being supported by new regulations that protect car buyers from getting hosed. Akin to anti-lemon laws, this is going to definitely help people find good cars at a good price, which is all-important in today’s economy.
Honda, that wascally wabbit, currently sells three of the top four most-visited cars on KBB.com, with the Honda CR-V being the most-shopped vehicle in Q1 2012. The Honda Civic came second and the Accord fourth, but that’s still really impressive considering the pushes that Detroit has been making and the ground they’ve been gaining. Auto transporters have known for a while how good Honda vehicles are – they ship enough of them, to be sure – but this is big news considering that Kelley Blue Book is considered one of the top sites for researching and finding automobiles. It’s like being the best-ranked company on Transport Reviews, it definitely helps.
A lot of you are thinking “OMG rear-view mirror blog this is gonna suck” right now, but hey, come on, would we really bring you our snarky and sarcastic humor into something related to a rear-view mirror if it wasn’t noteworthy? Actually, it’s really cool. This new company in Zeeland, Michigan (not where Lord of the Rings was filmed, that was New Zealand) is manufacturing a rear-view mirror-integrated display for the new Honda CX-5 sold in Japan, and the rear-view mirror uses real-time footage from the vehicle’s backup camera instead of a traditional mirror, and with the push of a button you can see passenger-side views as well. It also has an auto-dim feature. This is the type of rear-view mirror that auto transport companies would love to have, considering they’re hauling ten cars behind them and probably can’t see too well out of traditional mirrors.
The Jeep Cherokee is selling incredibly well in China these days, despite the fact that duties imposed on imports raise the price of it up to $91,000 in that giant country across the Pacific. The Cherokee SRT8 sells for 1.2 million yuan, which is roughly $189,000 dollars – that’s crazy. We don’t speak to auto transport companies in China (do they have an auto transport industry in China? Or is it all government-run?), but we do know that most people here wouldn’t spend $189,000 bones on a Jeep, let alone the costs to ship it. This actually raises an interesting political point: duties kill imported goods. Look at how high those prices are! But here’s the thing on that: while American cars sell for five times more in China than they do in the States, China sells more cars per capita than any other country in the world, with 44% of sales within the country itself. Chinese cars, built by Chinese workers at Chinese factories inside China selling to Chinese people in China.
This is why China is overtaking the U.S. in many economic aspects. See, if the U.S. were to build cars in America and sell them in America, and impose duties on foreign cars, it would make foreign cars more expensive while also turning the U.S. economy from a service-oriented one to a manufacturing one and give A LOT of people jobs. It’s only one part of many in terms of fixing the economy, but still, it would be a start.