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2010 OC Auto Show

Sorry for the delay in posting the photos. I’ve been busy this past week with work, nursing a sports related injury and spending time with family over the weekend. Anyway, the OC Auto Show was great and I got to spend a good four hours taking photos and “sampling” the goods. As far as concepts are concern, there weren’t many in this show. Then again, this show is a much small event than the LA, Detroit or NY Auto Show, so most of the cars on display were either models in production or soon to be released. Of all of the major manufacturers, only a few didn’t make the show (Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi); Not a huge loss if you ask me.

Here are some of my initial reactions about each manufacturer that showed up:

Acura – The TL’s “beak” really needs to go. The TSX wagon is hideous. The rest of the line-up gets a thumbs up.

Audi – Nothing new. I am personally targeting the A3 as a my possible “Next Ride”.

BMW – Nothing new. I didn’t spend much time there because it’s not different than last year with the exception of the new IS models.

Buick – The Regal looks nice and it’s cheap. A bit smaller than what I thought it would be, though.

Chevy – The Cruze was actually impressive. I think it should compete well against cars in it’s class.

Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep – JGC was probably the best looking offering they had (No surprise there). It’s a good looking SUV inside and out.

GMC – Probably the only brand that offered a “Concept”, the Granite. Interesting take on box-shaped transportation. Certainly better looking than the Cube or the xB.

Ford – I liked the Edge Sport and the Fusion. Not sore I would get the Fusion personally, but I would consider the Edge…as a matter of fact, I am.

Honda – They really did something funky to the tail lights of the Accord coupe; It flares out to the side. Really weird looking, not a fan of it.

KIA/Hyundai – Love the Sonata and the Optima. The 2.0T and the Hybrid look sharp. I’m highly considering the Sonata as my next car because of it’s combination of features and price.

Saab – Yawn.

Volvo – XC60 is freaking awesome. It’s too expensive, otherwise I would seriously consider getting one even if the quality/durability may be questionable (it is a lease after all).

Subaru – Nothing really new except a really pimped out STi. From a styling perspective, it doesn’t look any different than the one from last year.

Toyota – Cheap plastic all over the freaking place. It’s like Toyota took a page out of GMC and Ford’s “how to build a cheap car” manual. This is like Bizarro World. Seriously.

Supercars – I don’t keep up with the Maseratis, Ferraris and Lambos of the world so I didn’t know what to look for. I do know the Sesto Elemento wasn’t there. Not that ride is impressive.

Jaguar – New XJ looks pimping. It’s elegant and loaded with tech. I like how the dash and console look so clean and elegant.

Volkswagen –  VW is changing the way they package their vehicles, which will be similar to what Honda/Acura does (which shoud simplify the shopping process).  2011 Jetta gets mixed feelings from me due to the simplified,  “downgraded” interior.  My wife wasn’t a big fan of the new exterior either (compared to her Wolfsburg) and I have to agree with her. I think the Jetta lost a lot of it’s “personality” in the redesign. I think of it as a jogger wearing a suit, not exactly the sporty/playful image I’ve come to love about the Jetta.

Mazda – Nothing new on this show, but I do know Mazda has a sweet new concept called the Shinari, which looks insanely good. I’m hoping they bring it in for the LA Auto Show next month. That would be spectacular.

Lexus – The IS gets a “F” option package which mimics the ISF in style but not in performance. It’s like the M package that’s offered on the 3-series.

Cadillac – Caddy has a good number of cars in the show and the best one of them all is the CTS-V coupe. I don’t know what C&D was talking about when they said the interior was “gimmicky”. Whatever, I think its a fabulous car if you have $500-$600 bucks to burn per month (or so).

Without further delay, here are some pictures from the show! Enjoy!

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Leasing Exotics

I have just received a press release from Tarry Shebesta (the guy that owns LeaseCompare.com) stating that his company will begin leasing Exotics to the public. That’s great news for those of you who are looking to make a statement, but feel like the main-stream luxury brands just don’t cut it.

LeaseCompare.com Now Offers Lease Financing for Exotic, Classic, and Sports Cars

Cincinnati, OH – August 19, 2010. Automobile Consumer Services, Inc. (ACS), announced today it now offers a highline lease program for exotic, classic and sports cars through its popular website www.LeaseCompare.com.

Consumers wanting to acquire an Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Maserati, Rolls Royce or other luxury cars, now have access to competitive lease programs designed exclusively for their driving lifestyle. New or used cars purchased from dealers, auctions or through private party sales are eligible for this program.

“The LeaseCompare.com highline lease program offers our customers two options. They can opt for the protection of a standard closed-end lease or they can select an Equity Lease which affords them the opportunity to buy the car at lease-end at a price well below market value.” says Tarry Shebesta, President of ACS. “We also make it convenient for our customers to exit their leases early should the need arise, or if they just want to drive a different car.”

The highline program specifically caters to the affluent. Leasing offers special tax saving benefits while conserving working capital, which is especially appealing to business owners and doctors.

“Adding a highline lease program makes LeaseCompare.com a one-stop shop. Our customers have access to lease financing for all vehicle types, new or used, for personal or commercial use.”, notes Shebesta.

Details about the highline lease program are available here: http://www.leasecompare.com/exotic_lease_quotes.php

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The Wall: lsalazarg’s 2010 Maserati GranTurismo

Name: lsalazarg
Location: N/A
What He’s Got: 2010 Maseratti GranTurismo
What It Cost:  I don’t have a whole lot of details, but the discussion happened here…. http://www.ridewithg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=491. Maybe

My Take: Maserati was offering pretty hefty discounts, so if you got the cash, this is your ride. Definitely more unique than the usual BMWs and MBs around this price range.

Want your ride featured on RIDEwithG? Send your pics and info to thewall(at)ridewithg.com!