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Cadillac Sixteen: Concept or Production Vehicle?

This past month I was finally able to get a first hand view of a fabulous looking concept car called the Cadillac Sixteen at the North Carolina International Automobile Show. As concepts go, the Sixteen is truly a radical looking, but thoroughly luxurious sedan that serves as a reminder of Cadillac’s past glory while incorporating a forward-looking 21st century style. Will the car be built? That is hard to say, especially considering GM’s current financial condition. However, let’s take a closer look at the dream car and what a Sixteen could do for the Cadillac brand.

It is a given: Cadillac has made tremendous strides over the past decade despite the ongoing problems with parent GM. No longer solely the builder of posh luxo-cruisers for the elderly, the current Cadillac line up is exciting, invigorating, and competitive. Whereas in times past comparisons with BMW and Mercedes would not have been made, today’s models frequently are compared to their elite German rivals. Sales are up and profits are up; still, there is room for improvement and the Sixteen could be the model behind the continued upswing in Cadillac fortunes.

So, why is the Sixteen still receiving raves three years after making its debut at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show? Well, let me paint a picture of this car for you: imagine a sedan with an extra long hood which seamlessly flows up to a rakish windshield. To the top of the car and down to its trunk, the Sixteen looks as if it is in motion while standing still. GM used no less than 30 coats of paint to bring out the deep, rich midnight silver color in the finish which gives the car an almost surreal look. Add in bountiful 24 inch tires and the car is truly commanding. Strikingly, the hood is center hinged like cars of old: while it was on display, one section of the hood was lifted up to reveal half of its sixteen cylinders. That’s right, the car isn’t called “Sixteen” for no reason.

The inside of the Sixteen is simply opulent. Because the car was sectioned off by roping, it was hard to get an eagle eye look. Nevertheless, I was able to see that the Sixteen incorporates advanced interior lighting, deep wood trim, and brushed leather almost everywhere.

After leaving the show I did some investigating and have learned that GM won’t be producing the Sixteen as shown. Supposedly, the 1000 horsepower output and 1000 lbs of torque is a bit much for a production vehicle and even with displacement on demand technology in use, 16 cylinders is a bit of a stretch in this day of elevated fuel prices.

What I have learned is that is several upcoming Cadillac models will adopt some of the Sixteen’s styling cues when they are updated over the next few years. Talk of adding a V12 engine to one model continues to persist, but most of the speculation involves styling.

Yes, Cadillac is no longer just the exclusive realm of blue haired grannies; instead, the brand is as exciting and as stimulating as just about any make today.

Top Auto DVD Seller Says Sellers That Care About Customers’ Security Get More Sales

If you’re selling auto DVD players online you’d like to build a bigger customer base, increase customers trust in you and increase your customer sure. But all that is to achieve one thing More sales. As car DVD players are such an expensive purchase trying to get somebody to buy one can sometimes seem like mission impossible. However, there may be one thing that you can do to increase the sales by a huge margin, remind your customers how vulnerable their new purchase may to be theft.

While this may appear to be contrary to even the most simple eCommerce concept it is in fact the very basis of building trust. What you are trying to do is to show your customers that you care about the safety of their new purchase and want them to care about it to. Theft has always been a serious problem and concern for many car owners, especially when it comes to installing something new shiny and expensive like a car DVD player. So, as resellers you want to make them confident that, once they buy YOUR car DVD player and follow YOUR advice they can be safe in the knowledge they will be protected a little from theft.

So how do you do that? There are several pieces of advice you can give away for nothing, and several inexpensive and fairly-priced security and surveillance items you might consider carrying to increase sales and lift buyer confidence. Within your listings highlight the different security functions your auto DVD players have (functions like removable faceplates are great examples of this). You might also include instructions on how to keep their car and new car DVD player safe from theft. This can either be sent as an email after the purchase or as a document within the package.

Pieces of advice you may want to include are:

* Never leave your car DVD player switched on and, if possible, try to cover it so would -be thieves cannot determine what it is easily.
* Always park your car in a secure lockable location
* If this is not possible park it in a well lit, busy area The following suggestions won’t only lift customer’s confidence they will increase the money you make — and that is never a bad thing.

Some things you might want to stock on your site and suggest to customers include:

* A car alarm
* A economic security device, like the plug
* Car alarm/ car security stickers
* A fake car alarm.

The bottom line is, sometimes consumers are not very confident about you especially if you sell products online and they could not see you face to face. So, it is your job to help them feel more confident in you and your products as well as connecting with them to make your business much more successful.

Concept Mouldings Aims To Make Vehicles Safer For Pedestrians

From the dawn of the automobile era up to this day, vehicles have undergone much improvement. On of the more notable aspects of a car that has received much attention from car manufacturers is its safety. As a matter of fact, one car manufacturer stands out because of their safety features – Volvo.

But car makers are not the only agencies making and doing their contributions to the advancement of safety in passenger vehicles. Other companies specialize in the different systems and they also do work with car makers so as to integrate their developed safety systems in the cars that are being sold in the market.

Vehicle safety though does not only pertain to the safety of its occupants in cases of collisions. A vehicle is also considered safe if aside from keeping its occupants safe, it also does not possess serious threats to pedestrians and cyclists. This is the aim of Concept Mouldings in the development and production of active and passive pedestrian safety systems. The company is currently looking for partners in the automotive industry to integrate their products to vehicles that are available to the public.

One of their most notable developments is the Frontal Protection System. The use of the said technology on vehicles makes them up to 50 percent safer to pedestrians and cyclists. The concept of the system revolves around the absorption of a significant amount of force in cases of collisions with pedestrians or cyclists.

The company has been developing safety systems for vehicles for more tan 15 years. Their expertise and experience made them one of the most sought after suppliers of vehicle moldings and accessories. Vehicles such as the Land Rover P38A Range Rover have been employing safety systems developed by the company since 1993. And recently, the creative engineering solutions provider is actively seeking for more partners in the automotive industry during the European Automotive Design road show.

The Endura FPS from Concept Mouldings is the company’s newest system. The system is integrated into a vehicle’s front end and is designed to absorb much of the impact in the event of a collision with a pedestrian. This system, while providing safety for person on foot, also offers adequate protection to a vehicle’s front end components like the radiator and the engine. The product provides good protection to pedestrians if the brakes are not enough to avoid a collision with a pedestrian.

Currently, while Concept Mouldings is still seeking for more partners, they are offering their products as aftermarket parts. This is suitable for drivers who want to make their car safer not only for themselves but for those they might happen to bump into. The company is looking forward to the integration of their products to vehicle designs in a few years time. They have a wide array of patented safety systems which they are willing to provide to companies who are willing to enter into a partnership with them.

If the company joins with another automotive company, the development of the safety systems will be much improved. Concept Mouldings looks to develop the Endura FPS into an active pre-collision device. The product can be integrated with other safety systems in a car just like airbags. These airbags can be deployed to protect a pedestrian from hitting a vehicle’s windscreen, the company also looks to develop a technology that will prevent or reduce the risk of pedestrians from going under a vehicle in the event of a crash.

The products of the company have been tested on different vehicles and the result shows that with their FPS, the risk to pedestrians have been significantly reduced. They have even tested their safety systems on vehicles built for the 1992 model year.