BMW Gets Ready for the 2012 Summer Olympics

CarLocate Team, April 19, 2012, 03:32PM

BMW is supplying the official cars for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Kicking off the Games on July 27th, BMW’s Olympic Livery will consist of several 3-Series and 5-Series models which will transport athletes and officials to their respective competitions.

In efforts to keep the Olympic Games as green as possible, BMW had to meet the strict emissions threshold set forth by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG). To achieve this, BMW’s Olympic fleet will include hybrids, electric vehicles, diesels, and even bicycles. Approximately 4,000 units will be used by BMW at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.

In addition to being environmentally friendly, the BMW fleet of vehicles is quite eye catching. The uniquely festive and colorful designs will adorn each BMW vehicle participating in their Olympic Livery.


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Audi Claims Two Awards with Kelley Blue Book’s 2012 Best Resale Value Awards

Al Carl, April 13, 2012, 01:02PM

Luxury has it rewards, and with Audi that means both now and in the future. Both the 2012 Audi A5 and 2012 Audi Q7 were awarded best in class honors for resale value by Kelley Blue Book.

The 2012 Audi A5 received the award for Best Luxury Car. The sleek sports car impresses with a uniquely refreshing exterior and brilliantly luxurious interior. The A5’s base 2.0 liter turbocharged engine performs well with 211-horsepower and 25 lb-ft of torque, while still providing excellent gas mileage: 21 city/31 highway MPG. The 2012 Audi A5 received a 9.1 out of 10 customer rating and an 8.5 out of 10 expert rating. The projected resale value for the 2012 A5 is 64.7% at 36 months and 41.0% at 60 months.


Not to be outdone by its sibling, the 2012 Audi Q7 took the honors of Best Resale Value for a Luxury SUV. The 7 passenger 2012 Q7 boasts a new base 3.0T gasoline engine, bringing a total of 280-horsepower to aesthetically pleasing SUV. Expert ratings give this vehicle 8.4 out of 10 while consumer ratings bestowed upon it 8.7 out of 10. The resale value of the 2012 Audi Q7 is 63.3% at 36 months and 44.3% at 60 months.
Both 2012 Audi A5 and Q7 models are available in showrooms now.


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Strategic Vision Study Awards Chevy Volt with Best Total Value

CarLocate Team, April 11, 2012, 09:15AM

A new Strategic Study declared the Chevy Volt to be the overall leader in its Total Value Index (TVI). The study recently indicates the value of the Chevy Volt more than makes up for the premium buyers pay upfront for the electric car.

Extracted from a survey of over 68,000 car buyers, the Strategic Vision TVI is calculated with two key parts. First, drivers are asked questions regarding their overall assessment of their vehicles. The second part involves buyers’ assessment of costs associated with vehicle ownership.

Along with being the top rated best value vehicle overall, the Chevy Volt also led the Mid-Size Car category of the Strategic Vision TVI with a score of 836 out of a possible 1,000 points.

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