Grand Prix Montreal

 

Wow, formula one was a dusey this year. Grand Prix Montreal is usually known for its unpredictable weather and this year did not disappoint. Friday’s testing of the cars was mixed precipitation and somewhat slippery. Saturdays qualifying was off and on rain and left the track quite wet. Well trained eyes could see the rooster tails coming off of the massive tires. Sunday brought mixed sun/clouds and it was beautiful. Sunday was not too hot, no humidity and the sun would come in and out of the clouds- perfect for racing. It forced drivers to bring there A game and pay attention for the entire weekend.

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Vettel cleaned up shop and got 25 points in the process. The fun was not in watching who took pole position, Vettel had it on lock from the pole position where he started. The fun was in watching the likes of Alonso start from a 6th place pole position and claw his way up to second place, beating Lewis Hamilton in the process. Hamilton had a good race but the 3-time Canadian GP winner could not keep up as he had chosen tires poorly. Hamilton was somewhat favored to win, as he has done so well at this track in the past.

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Kimi Raikkonen had a disappointing race. He was penalized 2 spots on the starting grid for exiting pit lane too quickly. He had to start from the 10th position and try to makeup the difference much like Alonso…. Unlike Alonso, Kimi could not get his cards shuffled properly and had to settle for a disappointing 9th place finish. The race seemed to be more about strategy and predicting weather patterns than it did about outright speed. If you made one bad decision in the pits or one ill-timed pit stop than that was it for you and your car.

 

There were no fiery crashes, no launches into lower orbit. The wall of champions chose not to kiss any drivers this year, if it did they were more of a peck than a kiss. This is not to say it made for a boring race. Massa, Gutierrez, Hulkenberg and Guarde all had accidents, resulting in the latter two being knocked out of the race.

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Montreal was amazing as always. Saturday night everyone was out in their own race cars. It was the pride of Ferrari at the impromptu car show but an orange Bugatti aced the show (it really stole our hearts). Everyone was out enjoying themselves in their favorite team colours and having a great time.

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We had a dozen members in our posse.  Auto|One Group made sure we had amazing seats for both qualifying and race day. Saturday’s wet qualifying saw us sitting in the 31st section, overlooking turns 8 and 9. This is the section that brakes up the two back straightaways. Drivers come to visit us with the bugs hitting their helmets at upwards of 300 kmph they down shift/brake/pray to about 120 kmph to hook a right hander and then keep their speed and blast back up to 160 kmph as they are waving good bye to the grandstands. Think this is easy? If you are a physics major than you know that it is not. These guys put down 2.5 plus G’s. IN THE RAIN! Our seats on Saturday made for some entertaining rear wheel slippage as the cars exited the final corner. It was amazing to watch the strategy of these drivers as they navigated these turns in the wet.

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Sunday had us sitting in the 22nd section. These seats were great because we could see and hear the racers braking/downshifting/praying as they go from 7th gear and 300 kmph down to 1st gear and 50 kmph to navigate the big 180 degree bend. Once they are on the other side of that bend they are at the beginning of the main straight away where they hit 320 kmph. It is at this time that the cars fly by us accelerating faster and louder than your mind can comprehend (they bump 3rd, 4th and 5th gears in front of us) and then it’s off down the straightaway. It is one thing to hear these vehicles accelerate but another thing all together to appreciate them down shifting. Anyone who tells me that a clutch pedal is better than a paddle shift has never been up close to a 18,000 rpm formula 1 car that is downshifting.

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We had a great time at the race and cannot wait for the next opportunity to see/smell/hear race cars!

 

5 Must-Have Vehicle Accessories

Everyone loves to put their own personal touch on things they own, a vehicle is no different.  Beyond the decals, stuffed animals and dashboard bobble heads, these are the top five accessories that can give you a better driving experience.

Navigation

Navigation systems use Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites to pin-point the car’s location and built-in maps to find addresses and get directions. Some can even route you around traffic jams! With a navigation system, it’s virtually impossible to get lost — if you make a wrong turn, the system figures it out right away and updates the route. Many new cars are offered with navigation, but there are a plethora of portable add-on units that offer more features at surprisingly low prices. Newer units also give details about gas prices at nearby stations, menus for nearby restaurants, and posted speed limits.

Bluetooth

Most Provinces have a hands-free mobile phone law, including Ontario & BC.  Bluetooth hands-free system should be considered a must-have. Many cars offer built-in systems that turn the car into a giant speakerphone, but a small headset that fits into your ear works just as well. Bluetooth allows you to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, where they belong.

Rear-View Camera

Years ago, when cars were lower, longer and wider, it was a lot harder to back into something — but today’s more aerodynamic designs and safety regulations mean that rear visibility has taken a back seat. Side and rear-view windows are sometimes smaller and tilted in a way that hinders a clear view of what’s around your car. A rear-view camera (also known as a backup camera) lets you see what is immediately behind the car; they can prevent you from backing over something or, more importantly, someone. And they also make parallel-parking a cinch.

Tire Pressure Gauge

This may seem like a rather low-tech device for this list, but it’s important. Tires lose air pressure over time (around 3% per month) and as the temperature drops (3% per 10 degrees). Low tires use more fuel and are more likely to have a blowout. With a tire gauge, you can check the pressure yourself and make sure that your car drives more efficiently — and more safely. To learn your car’s optimum tire pressure, check the owner’s manual, or the driver’s side door jamb, which usually has a sticker stating correct pressure for both front and rear tires.

OnStar

You may have seen the commercials for OnStar — one push of a button connects you to a live operator who can help you with directions, roadside assistance, and can even remotely unlock your car should you happen to leave your keys inside. But what makes OnStar really worth having is its collision detection system. If you have an accident, OnStar automatically calls for help, reporting your car’s exact position using a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System), allowing the OnStar people to send help. Even if you don’t know where you are, OnStar does. OnStar is standard on General Motors cars, but if you’re not driving GM you can buy the OnStar FMV rear view mirror unit.

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Cars of Winter: Top 10

Falling leaves will soon give way to falling snow, and whether you celebrate the season or loathe it, you need a reliable winter car.

To help you ponder the possibilities, we’ve put together a list of our Top 10 Winter Driving Vehicles. Although this purposefully diverse roster includes a full spectrum of highly capable alternatives, all share one common trait: Each boasts some type of user-friendly all-wheel drive system that can help keep you on the road – figuratively and literally – as you head off to your destination.

No. 10 – Subaru Outback
Classy, comfortable and capable, the 2012 Subaru Outback is a superb year-round travelmate that truly rises to the occasion whenever Mother Nature does go on a rampage. Even the base Outback 2.5i with its economical 2.5-liter flat-four engine packs an impressive feature set, highlighted by Subaru’s excellent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a comprehensive Vehicle Dynamics Control system. The more potent 6-cylinder Outback 3.6R as well as the Premium and Limited variations available for each respective Outback model make it easy to find the best match to up the creature comforts ante even further.

No. 9 – Toyota Sienna AWD
If only a minivan can really meet your basic transportation needs, there’s just one choice to be made: the 2012 Toyota Sienna with optional On-demand All-wheel Drive System with Active Torque Control. Available on V6-powered Sienna LE, XLE and LTD models, this totally transparent upgrade adds a new level of sure-footed confidence to Toyota’s well-appointed space ship.

No. 8 – Acura MDX
Well-mannered, richly appointed and offering room for seven, the 2012 Acura MDX makes a strong case for its spot on our list by matching a refined 300-horsepower V6 engine with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission and Acura’s stellar Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system. Couple the MDX’s dynamic prowess with standards like power heated leather seats, a premium audio package, tri-zone climate control and a power rear liftgate, plus available Technology, Advance and Entertainment Package upgrades, and this well-rounded Acura takes on all the charm of a safe and secure mobile living room.

No. 7 – Ford F-150 4WD
Perennial best-seller in the full-size pickup segment, the 2012 Ford F-150 in 4WD configuration won our votes for its smart blend of style, comfort and, yes, even fuel economy, thanks to the available 365-horsepower EcoBoost V6 – which has become the most popular engine in the entire F-150 lineup. Like the base V6 and two optional V8s, the EcoBoost/4WD combo can be had in Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew body styles and multiple trim levels.  All F-150 4WD models boast Hill Start Assist for 2012 and upline versions add a new 4×4 “auto mode” to the existing 4Hi/4Lo setup.

No. 6 – Honda CR-V AWD
A generational makeover brings a more contemporary appearance as well as many welcome new features to the 2012 Honda CR-V, not the least of which is the introduction of Honda’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System. Optional on all models of the automaker’s compact, crossover-style SUV, this smaller, lighter and quicker-responding upgrade of the previous Real Time AWD setup helps the latest CR-V cope with challenging traction conditions even more effectively. The people side of the CR-V package benefits from a similarly well-measured upgrade regimen that includes a quieter, more stylish cabin, better ride comfort and a new rear-seat entertainment system option plus significantly improved fuel economy from its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission.

No. 5 – Audi A6 3.0T Quattro
Bigger, better and even more engaging than its highly-regarded predecessor, the all-new 2012 Audi A6 3.0T Quattro sedan brings its own special touch of Teutonic class to this contingent of AWD all-stars. A 310-horsepower supercharged V6 and legendary Quattro all-wheel drive system provide the grunt and the grip to keep to keep this luxury sedan pressing on regardless, with or without the benefit of the A6’s optional Cold Weather Package.

No. 4 – Chevrolet Traverse AWD
A popular choice anytime of the year for anyone needing a full-size crossover with style, space and a bounty of features, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse with optional all-wheel drive really shines when the sun doesn’t. Fitted with a torquey 3.6-liter direct-injected V6 that makes 281-288 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission, the Traverse integrates its torque-managing intelligent AWD with the standard StabiliTrak dynamic control system and anti-lock brakes plus hill-start assist to help reduce driver stress under less-than-ideal road conditions.

No. 3 – Jeep Grand Cherokee
An iconic name in off-roading, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee combines comfort and confidence in a handsomely styled, five-passenger luxury SUV that also excels in on-pavement maneuvers. Motivated by a standard 290-horsepower/3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and available with either a 360-horse/5.7-liter or 470-horse/6.4-liter Hemi V8, the Grand Cherokee offers three different four-wheel drive systems — two with high/low ranges — as well as its trick Selec-Terrain torque management system and Quadra-Lift Air suspension, all designed to keep it forging ahead under any conditions.

No. 2 – 2012 Subaru Impreza
All-new, the fourth-generation 2012 Subaru Impreza has grown in size and desirability. Available in sedan or five-door form and offering multiple trim levels, all versions share the same outstanding all-season core competence that’s become a Subaru hallmark as well as a new 2.0-liter/148-horsepower flat-four engine that can be backed by either a five-speed manual transmission or Lineartonic CVT automatic, each matched with a dedicated version of  Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

No. 1 – Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Smallest, lightest and most fuel-efficient model to ever grace the Land Rover lineup, the 2012 Range Rover Evoque also represents the most dramatic visual departure from its conventional kin. Based on the LRX concept vehicle, this super-styled 5-passenger SUV is available in 3- and 5-door body configurations plus three unique design-themed trims, all fitted with a 240-horsepower/2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. To ensure it maintains Land Rover’s legendary all-access capability, the Evoque’s standard intelligent all-wheel drive system incorporates the marque’s signature Terrain Response feature as well a comprehensive suite of traction/stability assists and offers optional tri-mode Adaptive Dynamics suspension that uses MagneRide dampers to instantly optimize ride and handling characteristics under all driving situations.

We might have all of those models on hand, but we do offer a free, no obligation and confidential CarFinder tool. Allowing you to specify your desired car, truck or SUV and submit the vehicle configuration to us. Once we locate matching automobiles, you automatically receive details of those models, with photographs included. Let us handle the task of finding your next dream car!

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Midlife Crises, New Wheels

Don’t fret age spots and frown lines. Instead of going under the knife, take that money and buy a new car. It’s less invasive and loads more fun!

But honestly, as long as you’re going all out, why not buy a new car? Nothing can pump up your looks like a brand new shiny piece of metal or aluminum that fits the proportions of your personality.

VroomGirls.com picked six new luxury vehicles that run the gamut from sedan to SUV. Driving these head turners made us feel younger, happier, more energetic and beautiful. We realize that not everybody can spin for the latest model but a girl can dream, right?

2013 LX570 5 DR SUV

First of all, this SUV has room for seven. In other words, it will go to Costco, tow your speedboat and heft your brood of kids…in fine style. Step up to the illuminated running board that leads into a leather and wood trimmed cabin with that calm Lexus interior that speaks good taste. For the back seat there’s dual-screen rear seat entertainment. For the driver—expect plenty of oomph behind the hefty V8 engine with 383-hp. and 403 lb.-ft. of torque. We’re talking big, brawny and beautiful.

2013 VOLVO S60 T6 AWD

Think Scandinavian—feminine, feisty and well designed. Volvo’s new generation sedan has AWD so that it holds up in any weather. Plus, it kicks it up mountains with a turbocharged engine that sips 18 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway. Yes, you are a competent Mom and value the safety that Volvo stand for. However, even the guys at Motor Trend say that that the Volvo S60 “looks damn sexy.” Of course we care about that. To note, this Volvo looks good coming and going. The back end sprouts dual polished exhaust pipes.

2012 JAGUAR XJ SUPERSPORT

OMG, this sedan moves like silk and feels like money. A quiet cabin, lit with pools of phosphorescent blue light, has stitched leather seats, touches of carbon fiber and a vast glass roof. With the JaguarDriveSelector (a knob that rises up when you start the engine) one chooses the drive function by rotating the control with fingertips. (BTW, the inspiration for the rotating button was the grip on a Leica camera lens.) The 510 hp supercharged V8 kicks 0-60 in 4.7 seconds and tops out at 174 miles per hour. Our test model added in a luscious purple felt lined glove box and center console.

2013 INFINITI G37 CONVERTIBLE

What a surprise! This is the vehicle that racecar enthusiasts buy for the fun of it. Talk about turning heads! This convertible is all about slim lines—even the three-piece retractable hard top is seamless. A Bose adaptive audio system automatically adjusts when the top is down so you can sing along to your favorites. The cabin is embellished with silk aluminum or maple trim. We liked the Pacific Sky Light Blue with a wheat leather and maple interior. Anchored by a V6 325 horsepower engine, this convertible kept us way ahead of the pack.

2012 RANGE ROVER EVOQUE

BAM! This is the smallest, lightest, most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever produced and it comes in a coupe or five-door. All we can say is, whether you plan to ford wide streams or just tool around the city, the turbo-charged Evoque is adorable, quick on its feet and made us feel like a kid again. We loved the panoramic glass roof! The Evoque can be ordered up in standout colors including Colima Lime Metallic, Havana Metallic (brown) and Mauritius Metallic (Blue).

2013 CADILLAC XTS

This new sedan looks like it just came off the drawing board of the future. Cadillac’s newest incarnation breathes seduction with satin chrome exterior appointments, 20-inch aluminum wheels, illuminated door handles and sharp lines. The cabin has a choice of interior colors that range from caramel to light platinum with wood trim and leather seats. Sound comes from a 14-speaker Bose surround system and a heads-up display appears in color on the windshield. When you order an XTS, you get an iPad to learn about how to use CUE. That’s Cadillac’s touch-screen entertainment/navigation system that has all kinds of whizz technology.

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Cadillac ATS Wins Gold in Olympics Advertising

General Motors captured the gold with its advertising of the 2013 Cadillac ATS. The “Cadillac ATS vs. the World” campaign, designed to establish the brand-new Cadillac nameplate, launched during the opening ceremonies of the London Olympic Games. Cadillac followed up with 30-second spots throughout the weekend.  According to Edmunds.com shopping consideration had lifted by 474 percent by the time Monday arrived.  This was much higher than competitive automobiles in the category. Shopping consideration is an indicator of marketing effectiveness, not necessarily actual sales.

We think it is because it is/was a terrific commercial series and because the Cadillac is such an appealing car.

Here’s the trailer for you to watch:

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We’re on Pinterest

It’s the latest rage; Pinterest, and we’re jumping on board. Why? Because we love to look at pictures and we want to share the images that catch our attention, with you.

We have created 7 boards for now: (it’s a work in progress!)

  1. Vintage Autos
  2. Roads Worth Driving
  3. Auto|One Palladini Leasing
  4. Auto|One Leasing
  5. Toronto, ON
  6. Vancouver, BC
  7. Fun

If you have images you think we might like, please share the link with us via our other social sites listed below, we’ll pin it if we love it.  We’ve been pinning and re-pinning like crazy today. We just can’t seem to get enough of Pinterest!

We hope you enjoy our pins, and we’re excited to see yours… happy pinning everyone!

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Top 10 Cars of Summer

Victoria Day long weekend is fast approaching, so is summer driving.  With thoughts of the long weekend, I started thinking/dreaming about what the best summer cars are.  I found a website called ‘Winding Road‘, they went to their Facebook fans with that very question…here’s the list they came up with:

  1. Chevrolet Corvette: Jonathan Brown said it nicely: “C6 manual transmission Corvette coupe or convertible. I keep the roof off all spring, summer, and fall…nothing like the roar of 436 horsepower with the top off on a beautiful sunny day.” We agree.
  2. Porsche 911: As the reader points out, “Any day is a good day for a 911.” Sold. If we’re picky we might take a late 1960s 911S for classic summer cruising, and a modern 997 for the rest of the year. Picky and pretty rich, that is.
  3. BMW 335i Convertible: Powerful, luxurious, and still engaging to drive; the 335i convertible offers the best of the BMW brand proposition with the added bonus of topless fun. The retractable hardtop means your summer fun can last past the summer months, too.
  4. Pontiac GTO Convertible: If your summer needs lead you down the classic muscle car route, it’s hard to do better than a drop top Pontiac GTO. Expect to spend at least $35K for a decent driver, or much more for the more highly cherished/rare examples of the breed. We’ve always been partial to the stacked headlights found on the gen-one cars.
  5. Mazda MX-5 Miata: Be it the now iconic first generation roadster that took the world by storm, or a 2011 model year MX-5 will all of the bells and whistles (and more power), few enthusiasts would argue that the Mazda Miata is much less than the perfect summer car.
  6. Mercedes-Benz SLK350: The all-new SLK has inherited the same good looks and laid-back high performance of the outgoing model, making both excellent choices for a dreamy summer car. (The less said about the first-gen SLK, the better.) We particularly like the lavishly comfortable seats, and the perfect wind protection for when those night drives turn a touch chilly.
  7. Suzuki Samurai: Suzuki’s small, Jeep-like Samurai was a bit of a hit in the 1980s and 90s, largely because it offered one of the most affordable ways of going for a top-down drive. These days, if you can find one that hasn’t been modified with a massive lift kit, or fitted with a small black V-8, you should be able to pick up a decent Samurai for well under $2000.
  8. Porsche Boxster: Everything we love about convertible driving, with the stamp of enthusiast approval that only Porsche can bring. The Boxster was fundamentally designed for days long (weeks?) drives in perfect weather, on perfect roads, and at great speeds. Not as accessible as the Miata, we’ll grant you, but worth the extra cheddar if you can manage it.
  9. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: Though many of us think of bad or dangerous weather when we talk about the Evo, certain WR Facebook fans beg to differ. And, truthfully, there’s real merit to the idea of blasting across our favorite back roads with blue skies in the background and green grass as far as we can see (windows down, of course).
  10. Mini Cooper S Convertible: Really the best low-cost convertible option to the Mazda Miata since, well, since the Miata was introduced. (Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky fan boys can direct their ire to the comments section below). Cooper S offers forced induction thrills, a marginally useful backseat, and cheekier looks than the Mazda, too.

We have many beautiful roads in Canada, all made better with the perfect summer car. What do you think of that list? Is there a car you’d like to see on it or would you remove any of them? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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The Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge

Fans of the Ferrari brand will know the Ferrari 360MC (Modena Challenge) is an extensively reworked, non-road legal version of the 360 Modena Road Car.  It was originally produced to compete in the Ferrari Challenge Racing Series.  The 360 MC is a fully factory built affair which afforded the Ferrari engineers the chance to maximize weight reduction, converting the road car into a viable circuit racing machine.

A huge attention to detail ensures this car is drastically stripped of unnecessary weight over the road ready version and appropriate safety equipment such as a carbon fiber racing seat, FIA approved restraint harnesses, a roll cage and an OMP fire suppression system with inboard controls have been incorporated.  The fully stripped out interior and bare carbon detailing ensure the car really does feel a world away from its luxurious road going brother. Race drivers will appreciate the Spartan but highly functional interior where unnecessary toys such as the sound system, electric windows, central locking, interior trim, airbags, air conditioning, hand brake and road seats are all removed in the name of reduced curb weight.

The suspension in the 360 MC was extensively revised and the electronic adaptive comfort system of the Modena was rejected for a traditional fixed damping setup, which is substantially stiffer and lower. Now while this does cut pitch and roll at the compromise of road car comfort, who really needs road car comfort in a dedicated racing car?  Thicker brakes designed to cope with the constant stress and strain of the track incorporate air cooling ducts to prevent overheating. And who can argue with the enhanced driving characteristics of an F1 gearbox? Although the 3.6 engine is broadly similar to the original, according to Ferrari the 360 MC can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds. That’s a full 0.6 seconds quicker than the standard 360 Modena F1.

It’s inspiring what good old-fashioned weight reduction and an improved power-to-weight ratio can accomplish!

Here are the official performance figures for this 2000 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge, Red with Red interior, Stock number 13018.

  • Power (SAE net) : 410 bhp (306 kW; 416 PS) @ 8500 rpm
  • Torque (SAE net) : 286 lb·ft (388 N·m) @ 4750 rpm
  • 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) : 3.9 sec
  • Top speed (limited) : 185 mph (298 km/h)
  • Curb Weight : 1,250 kg (2,756 lb)
  • Dry Weight : 1,169 kg (2,577 lb)

This car is equipped and tuned for a beginner racer or for the experienced driver, and is  available for immediate purchase for $90,000 plus taxes.  If you are interested in this vehicle please contact Kevin Ledgister at klegister@autoone.ca or at 905-477-3477.

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Audi: Top Luxury Vehicle by Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book recently published their 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Awards list and the winner for ‘Best Luxury Brand’ goes to: Audi

The Total Cost of Ownership Awards looks at many factors when choosing a winner. While initial price is always a prime focus in making a vehicle purchase decision, ultimately the ‘best deal’ also entails factoring in a number of other elements that can have an equally meaningful impact on long-term expenses. To help bring those big picture details into focus, Kelley Blue Book calculated and integrated data from eight different categories to come up with real-world bottom-line figure that allows for direct comparisons to be made over a five-year period.

“Anybody who thinks that the rich don’t care about value has clearly never met the rich. Not wasting money is how they got there. Audi is a luxury brand that appreciates its audience and respects its audience’s cash. From the most practical, fuel-friendly diesel to the most mouthwatering coupes and sedans, every Audi holds its cost-to-own value tight throughout the entire life cycle.” (Kelley Blue Book)

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Luxury Loyalists

Recently Polk and AutoTrader.com conducted a study called ‘The 2012 New Luxury Vehicle Loyalty Study‘. They analyzed patterns for buyers of six core luxury brands: Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz.  A luxury loyalist is defined as a luxury new vehicle buyer/household that purchases a replacement vehicle or an additional vehicle from the same luxury brand that they already own. When loyalists were questioned about why they stayed loyal to a brand, the top five reasons were:

  1. Brand Affinity (cited by 44%)
  2. Quality/Reliability (cited by 33%)
  3. Driving Performance (cited by 24%)
  4. Price/Finance/Value (cited by 16%)
  5. Styling/Design (cited by 16%)

The study also revealed that the primary drivers of loyalty differed by brand, as in, the main reason Acura buyers stay loyal is not the same for BMW buyers’ loyalty. Here are a few points of interest:

  • Brand affinity ranks significantly higher among Cadillac loyalists than any other luxury brand.
  • Quality/reliability is cited more often by Mercedes-Benz and Acura loyalists as a reason for returning to that brand.
  • BMW loyalists are more apt to identify driving performance as a reason for their return purchase than other luxury owners.
  • Price ranks much higher as a reason for Acura owner loyalty compared to the other luxury brands in the study.
  • Audi loyalists rank styling and design significantly higher than other brand loyalists as a reason to stay.
  • Acura is the only brand where technology and innovation rank as a “Top Five” reason to stay loyal to the brand.
  • Dealership loyalty emerges as a “Top Five” reason for brand loyalty among Lexus and Mercedes-Benz owners.

No matter what your luxury brand is, Landmark|Palladini Leasing in Toronto and Auto|One Leasing in Vancouver have you covered. So stop by, we’d love to see you and have you drive away in the luxury you’re used to.

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