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Heritage as inspiration: BMW M1 Homage A particular forte of BMW Group Design is to draw on its own powerful history and actively feed this into the design of the future. The BMW M1 Homage is a design study in the tradition of a BMW Turbo that represents a contemporary take on the BMW M1 and the mid-engine concept. This tribute exhibits an emotional design that showcases technology and integrates it into the overall aesthetics of the vehicle. historically inspired automo IN-HOME: Dec. 1, 2008

The BMW M1 was an utterly uncompromising super sports car oozing passion; its forerunner, the BMW Turbo, displayed innovative technical solutions that found their expression in emotional design. It is precisely this blend – of technology and design, rationality and passion – that the BMW M1 Homage embodies. It presents an Homage Please Turn to Page 5


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Homage From Front Cover exciting and authentic interpretation of the BMW M1 and the mid-engine concept from a present-day perspective, and the legacy of the BMW M1 Homage is obvious at first glance. Unquestioningly it takes up the graphic play of the hallmark BMW M1 colours black and orange and interprets them anew. The Liquid Orange paintwork exclusively developed for the BMW M1 Homage cites the classic BMW M1 colour, yet surprises with its powerfully iridescent play of colour and brilliant depth. It shapes the extrovert surface language and strikingly highlights the eloquent interplay of convex and concave surfaces. Mention the BMW M1, and another feature that immediately springs to mind is the characteristic twin logo at the rear, on the right and left edge above the tail lights. For BMW, this particular arrangement of its emblems has always signalled a mid-engined model. In the development stage of the BMW M1 this dual emblem was the first styling element to be approved even before the initial sketches were drawn. Likewise,

it was confirmed from the outset that the BMW M1 Homage would feature the same twin badges. Other specific styling cues taken from the BMW M1 are the air vents in the bonnet and the louvres on the rear windscreen, as well as the black cutline dividing the roofline from the rear section of the body. Overall, the exterior dimensions of the BMW M1 Homage are in keeping with those of the BMW M1; only the extended wheelbase indicates a larger passenger cell. The BMW M1 Homage takes long familiar elements from the BMW Design repertoire, reinterprets them and couches them in a new context. Its design brings together past and present, expanding the observer’s perception through new design solutions that find their expression in typical BMW style. If the contrasting colours were a dominant design theme for the BMW M1, this contrast is perpetuated in the BMW M1 Homage through its surface styling. Familiar elements, such as the trademark proportions, are combined with new and exciting lines, surfaces and details to create an up-to-date interpretation of the BMW M1, which remains to this day an extraordinary car. Shunning the strong wedge shape January 2009

of other mid-engine cars, the BMW M1 Homage consciously opts for BMW’s characteristic proportions. A relatively long engine compartment, a clearly defined transition into the A-pillar and a stretched window line featuring the “Hofmeister” kink instantly give it away as a bona fide BMW. The horizontal flow of lines lowers the car’s visual centre of gravity and lends it an air of sovereignty. Though the BMW M1 already boasted extremely har-

monious and sporty proportions, its surface design was not yet an explicit styling issue and was dominated by high-contrast graphic themes. Today, however, next to the car’s proportions, it is primarily the unusual surface styling that determines the strong recognition value of a BMW model. For some years now, all BMW vehicles have exhibited a striking and unique design language. The sculpting of the surfaces demands substantial experience and craftsmanship at the highest level. Only through the combination of craft skills, state-ofthe-art technology and a sure sense of the personality of each BMW can designers and modellers achieve the overall sculptural effect that lends a BMW its unique character. The BMW M1 Homage systematically melds the proportions and graphic themes of the BMW M1 with the surface language of the new BMW look – a combination that imbues the vehicle with an exciting, sporty and authentic emotionality. The front-end styling of the BMW M1 Homage adopts many of the graphic design themes of the BMW M1: the Homage Please Turn to Page 19

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41 MPG All-New Ford Fusion Hybrid Is Now America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Mid-Size Car The all-new Ford Fusion Hybrid is now officially America’s most fuel efficient midsize car with a certified 41 mpg rating in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, topping the Toyota Camry hybrid by 8 mpg in the city and 2 mpg on the highway. “The new Ford Fusion Hybrid not only significantly exceeds the competition but also embodies Ford’s 100 percent commitment to fuel efficiency leadership, quality, innovation and advanced technology,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development. “The Ford team

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set the bar high -- to develop America’s most fuel efficient mid-size sedan -- and that’s what they delivered.” The 2010 Ford Fusion’s final fuel economy certification was completed this week at Ford’s testing laboratories in Allen Park, Mich., and the vehicle will

carry an EPA label of 41 mpg for city driving and 36 m p g on the highway when it goes on sale

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this spring. The Fusion Hybrid, which beats even the much smaller Honda Civic hybrid by 1 mpg in city driving, can travel more than 700 miles on a single tank of gas. To deliver the class leading fuel economy performance, Ford’s engineers spent the past three years developing in-house the vehicle’s next-generation hybrid propulsion system. It allows the Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrid to travel up to 47 miles per hour in pure electric mode, faster than the Toyota Camry and all other hybrids currently on the road. In addition, the system’s Advanced Intake Variable Cam Timing allows the Fusion and Milan hybrids to more seamlessly transition from gas to electric mode and vice-versa. Fusion Hybrid Continued Next Page

“The Fusion Hybrid’s ability to of the vehicle’s speedometer. The screens When set in tutorial mode, the run at a much higher speed in eleccan be configured to show different levinstrument panel “grows” leaves and tric mode allows drivers to maximize els of driver information, including fuel vines on-screen to reward fuel-efficient fuel efficiently driving. The in many driving more leaves - Ford Fusion Hybrid certified at 41 mpg in city and 36 mpg on highway - beating situations,” said and vines that the Toyota Camry hybrid by 8 mpg in city and 2 mpg on highway Praveen Cherian, appear, the - Advanced hybrid propulsion system allows Fusion Hybrid to reach speeds of up Fusion Hybrid more efficient to 47 miles per hour in electric mode - faster than the Camry Hybrid and all other hybrids program leader. the driving currently on the road “For example, behavior is and - New smaller, lighter nickel-metal hydride battery produces 20 percent more power this would allow the more fuel than the previous hybrid system and a new regenerative brake system allows for approxidrivers to travel is being saved. mately 94 percent energy recovery in city driving around their In some recent - On sale this spring, new Fusion Hybrid can travel more than 700 miles on a single subdivision and tests, automotank of gas in city driving parking areas tive journalists in all-electric have reportmode.” and battery power levels, and average ed exceeding 50 mpg with the Fusion Fusion’s advanced hybrid system and instant miles-per-gallon. Hybrid.n features: -- Smaller, lighter nickel-metal hydride battery, which produces 20 percent more power than Ford’s previous hybrid system. The battery’s improved chemistry allows it to be run at a higher temperature and cooled using cabin air. -- New 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine (155 horsepower / 136 lb.-ft. of torque), which is mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. -- Enhanced electronic throttle control, which reduces airflow on shutdowns, reducing fueling needs on restarts. -- Smart climate control system, which monitors cabin temperature and only runs the gas engine as needed to heat the cabin. It also includes an electric air conditioning compressor to further minimize engine use. -- Regenerative brake system, which captures the energy normally lost through friction in braking and stores it. Nearly 94 percent energy recovery is achieved by delivering full regenerative braking, which means only 6 percent of braking is through traditional friction brakes The new Fusion Hybrid literally teaches drivers how to make the most out of their vehicle, thanks to Ford’s SmartGauge with EcoGuide. SmartGauge is a unique instrument cluster that helps coach drivers on how to optimize the performance of their hybrid. SmartGauge with EcoGuide features two, high-resolution, full-color liquid crystal display screens on either side January 2009

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As Economy Worsens Car Owners Choose to Repair Rather than Replace Cars A broad and growing coalition representing more than 1,500 independent automotive repair shops and related industries says it will push for passage of the Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act that would guarantee equal access to automotive repair information for independent repairers and their customers. The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition says the need for passage of the legislation is greater than ever

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as more consumers choose to repair - rather than replace - their cars amid an economy and an automobile industry in freefall. The expected increase in demand for repair service will likely highlight a longstanding practice by car manufactures to restrict access to some, or all, of the repair codes being sought by independent repairers. The legislation puts independent repairers on equal footing with dealer repair shops for access to

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repair information. The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition includes the New England Service Station Automotive Repair Association, the Massachusetts Auto Body Association, the Massachusetts Independent Automobile Dealers Association and the New England Tire & Service Association. Also supporting the Right to Repair movement in Massachusetts is the National Federation of Independent Business, the Massachusetts Retailers Association, the Consumer Electronics Association, the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality and the Automotive Af termarket Industr y Association. “Consumers want the right to decide where to have their cars serviced,” said Ernie Corrigan, spokesman for the Coalition. There are more than five million cars registered in Massachusetts that need easily accessible and affordable service. “If car manufacturers can dictate where you have your car repaired then you have lost your right to choose. After all, who owns your car?” Corrigan said. The independent repair industry has voluntarily inserted legislative language that excludes car manufacturers’ trade secrets from being conveyed to repairers as part of the information stream. After winning support from two key legislative committees this year, the Right to Repair bill remains alive until the end of the year at which point it will be re-filed in January. There are more than 5,000 independent repair shops and related automotive businesses in Massachusetts that generate more than $6 billion in economic activity in the state. The industry is responsible for nearly one in ten jobs in the Massachusetts economy.n


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Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe Adds 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive The CL550, the premium-luxury coupe from Mercedes-Benz, is getting standardequipment 4MATIC all-wheel drive for 2009. As modern all-wheel-drive systems become even more refined, they are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the luxury car market. With negligible gas mileage tradeoffs, full-time AWD systems provide yearround traction and stability benefits on both wet and dry roads. Identified by new 18-inch wheels with a distinctive seven -splitspoke design, the 2009model CL550 4MATIC also comes with new standard equipment that includes heated and active ventilated front seats and the Keyless-Go system. For 2009, all CL models receive new gear shift paddles on the steering wheel, push-pull power window switches and a Hold convenience braking feature. The many benefits of the optional radar-based Distronic Plus system now include Blind Spot Assist, which monitors blind spots on both sides of the car and warns the driver whenever a turn signal is activated while a vehicle is in the blind spot. Radar-Based Blind Spot Assist and Park Assist The optional Distronic Plus system now includes Blind Spot Assist, which monitors both blind spots and warns the driver whenever a turn signal is activated with a vehicle in the blind spot. The latest radar-based Distronic Plus also incorporates Park Assist, which utilizes six radar sensors mounted behind the front and rear bumpers – eliminating the need for the visible

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nel that were necessary on earlier 4MATIC systems). The extra gears and shafts that drive the front wheels now weigh only 145 pounds more than the rear-wheel-drive model. Beginning from the right side of the transmission tail section, a driveshaft powers a front final drive and differential unit just to the right of the engine oil pan, and the left front axle shaft passes through a tube in the oil pan.

“portholes” of the previous ultras o n i cbased s y s tem. At low

speeds, thee system scans available parking spaces and displays a “P“ in the dash if the car will fit in the space. When reverse gear is engaged, the parking system superimposes guidance lines on the rear-view camera display, and the guidance lines actually change with steering input to make parking easier. The Latest 4MATIC System The latest 4MATIC system features a state-of-the-art full-time all-wheeldrive system that’s integrated into the seven-speed automatic transmission. The system fits right into the standard CL body and utilizes the existing front suspension (gone are the special parts and wider transmission tunJanuary 2009

Full-Time 4WD System Features Four-Wheel Traction Control The full-time four-wheel-drive system used in Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC cars and all sport utilities features a center differential that can vary frontto-rear torque distribution for great onroad handling, not to mention stellar traction. The CL550 4MATIC comes with

a planetary gear set within the center differential that begins with 45-55 percent front-to-rear torque distribution. To skilled drivers, this rear-bias all-wheel-drive system feels much like rear-wheel-drive cars, in which subtle throttle-steering effects can enhance handling, especially in spirited driving. In addition, the system includes innovative four-wheel electronic traction control that keeps the vehicle going even if only one wheel has traction. CL550 Continued on Next Page

CL550 From Previous Page Even Better Traction with Multi-Plate Diff Clutch Like the S-Class sedan, the CL550 4MATIC coupe comes with a multi-plate clutch tucked into the center differential that provides the extra traction benefits of a limited-slip diff while complementing its four-wheel traction control. Often called a “breakaway” clutch, the multi-plate unit helps provide power equally to the front and rear wheels when driving straight ahead, but still allows the front wheels to rotate faster in turns. While four-wheel traction control reacts after wheel slippage is sensed, the clutch helps prevent slippage. PRE-SAFE® Brake Can Automatically Apply Partial Emergency Braking The launch of the current CL coupe marked the debut of another revolutionary Mercedes-Benz safety feature – PRE-SAFE® brake. On the latest CL, PRE-SAFE, in combination with the Distronic Plus system, can now apply partial braking automatically in certain types of emergencies. Standard on all CL coupe models, the revolutionary PRE-SAFE® system automatically tightens the front seat belts during those valuable seconds just before a possible impact, and the front passenger seat (and optional power rear seats) move to positions that can provide better protection. If the system

senses an impending rollover, the sunroof closes as well. Side windows also close to provide better support for the window curtain air bags, and special seat cushions can inflate to provide greater lateral support for occupants and to help the side air bags provide even better collision protection. Distronic Plus Helps in Stop-and-Go Traffic In the latest CL coupe line, the well-known Distronic cruise control feature that maintains a pre-set following distance behind the vehicle ahead is replaced by an optional “Distronic Plus” system. Integrated with the latest PRE-SAFE, the latest radar-based system operates at nearly all speeds up to 125 mph and can be especially helpful in stop-and-go traffic. Short-range 24-gigahertz radar sweeps the first 33 yards in a fan-shaped 80-degree pattern, working in tandem with a narrower nine-degree beam of longer-range radar. The two radar frequencies complement each other to cover a full range of more than 160 yards – more than 1½ football fields. During approval of the new radar frequency, government agencies cited its potential to improve traffic safety, reduce injuries and ultimately save lives. The latest Distronic Plus system includes Blind Spot Assist, which monitors both blind spots and warns the driver whenever a turn signal is acti-

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vated with a vehicle in the blind spot, as well as Park Assist, which identifies right-size spaces and makes parking easier. Brake Assist Now Teams Up With Distronic Plus On the latest CL coupe, an enhanced version of the Mercedes-Benz Brake Assist system not only supplies braking assist in emergencies as soon as the driver applies the brake pedal, but also measures the distance to the vehicle ahead (thanks to Distronic Plus) and adjusts brake pressure if the driver doesn’t brake hard enough. While Brake Assist is only triggered by the driver’s reaction on the brake pedal, Brake Assist Plus also considers the closing speed of the vehicle ahead based on radar signals from the Distronic Plus system. Infra-Red Night View Assist Another innovative technology on the CL coupe is optional Night View Assist, which can extend the driver’s ability to see ahead to nearly 500 feet. In contrast to passive systems that rely on thermal imaging, this active system bathes the road ahead with invisible infra-red light from two projector beams mounted in the headlights. An infra-red camera discreetly mounted in the windshield receives the reflected images and displays them in a high-resolution display in the instrument cluster. The result is akin to a highly detailed black & white video image.n

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Identity Theft Task Force Reports Strategic Plan Improvements, But Issue Persists The Identity Theft Task Force, established in 2006 by President George W. Bush to combat identity theft more effectively, has reviewed the progress made on its strategic plan to the president that was submitted in 2007. The strategic plan examined the characteristics and range of identity theft and included 31 recommendations in four key areas: data protection, avoiding data misuse, victim assistance and deterrence. The report concludes that task force members have implemented many

of the 31 recommendations, yet many are ongoing. Because identity theft continues to evolve and expand as a crime, solutions and potential victims need to maintain adaptability. Further, once the 31 recommendations on the strategic plan have been successfully completed, the fight will not be over; perpetrators continue to be more creative and aggressive. The report states, “It is a challenge in which the security risks and responsibilities spread from consumers, to enterprises, to information technology and

telecommunication vendors, software providers, and others who facilitate the collection use, maintenance, and eventual destruction of personal information.” The Automotive Service Association has encouraged members to be aware of important policy initiatives related to identity theft. Small businesses and their customers have much at risk as the task force has highlighted. ASA will continue to report on specific initiatives to help ensure its members and their customers are protected from identity theft.n

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has assembled a lineup of leading political figures and inspirational speakers—including former U.S. presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton—to deliver remarks at its 92nd annual Convention & Exposition in New Orleans next month. “This year’s lineup is one of the most impressive in NADA’s history,” said Convention Chairman and auto dealer Jeff Carlson. “In line with NADA’s convention theme of ‘Committed to Community,’ former U.S. presidents

George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton join us in highlighting nationwide efforts to give back to the New Orleans community.” Earlier this year, the NADA Charitable Foundation made a $400,000 contribution to the Brees Dream Foundation— founded by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and wife, Brittany—to help rebuild the athletic fields at the Lusher Charter School, the largest public high school in New Orleans. Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Alan Mulally will deliver the keynote

address during the General Assembly on Saturday, Jan. 24, following NADA Chairman Annette Sykora. Archie Manning, former Saints’ quarterback and National Football League Most Valuable Player, and Christopher Gardner, the inspiration for the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will offer motivational talks. On Sunday, Jan. 25, incoming NADA Chairman John P. McEleney will outline his priorities for the coming year, the chief among which is to expand the availability of credit for vehicle purchases.n

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Vehicle Service Key to Dealership Survival in Downturn, Says Urban Science According to retail consulting firm Urban Science, automotive dealerships should take advantage of every vehicle service opportunity to help assure their survival during the continuing economic downturn. Service and parts departments have long been profit generators for dealerships. With the recent decline of new car sales and leasing, however, they are now becoming an imperative tool to securing their futures. “Dealerships are closing in record numbers, and automakers are doing what they can to ensure dealers get the support they need to not only survive but thrive in the current business climate,” said Randy Berlin, global practice

director at Urban Science. “They can do this by ensuring dealers have the right information to take advantage of market conditions.” Better targeting potential customers with service offers is one way to improve revenue, said Berlin. Customer and vehicle data provided by automakers can help determine the best way to reach potential service customers. Knowing where a dealer’s customers are going for service -- and whether they are going to another same-brand dealer -can help dealerships understand where service efforts and marketing may be lacking. Insight into customer perceptions can also be found by looking at a

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dealer’s relative ranking, based on key dynamics, in a given market. “With consumers now holding onto their vehicles an average of four months longer than last year, the average age of vehicles has hit 71 months-a big opportunity for increasing customer-pay service work,” said Berlin. “The conditions are right for dealers to increase revenue from service to cover fixed expenses.” Tools are available for automakers to provide dealers with a database of customer contact information that includes vehicle information and last service visit. Dealerships can then use this to create customized and relevant marketing efforts that can increase profitability.n

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Lexus And Scholastic Announce Winners Of The Lexus Eco Challenge #1 Teens nationwide learned the importance of recycling, composting, saving endangered plant and animal species, and cleaning up parks and forests as they took part in the Lexus Eco Challenge, an educational program and contest that inspires and empowers middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take a stand to improve it. Fifteen teams in 12 states were awarded $10,000 each for their outstanding entries in the "Protecting the

Land" Challenge, the first of three initial challenges. This win has also secured each team an invitation to participate in the Final Challenge for a chance at $50,000. In all, $1 million in scholarships and grants will be awarded throughout the year. Third generation oceanographer/environmentalist and Lexus Eco Challenge spokesperson Fabien Cousteau said he was impressed with the array of the winning entries. "I spend so much time working to open peoples'

eyes to the environmental challenges we face today," he said. "Seeing these young people learn so early how important it is that we each do our part is inspiring. When I see this kind of dedication and commitment, I'm encouraged because the next generation is stepping up to be better stewards of the planet than we have been." For each of the challenges, teams are required to define an environmental issue that is important to them, develop an action plan to address the issue, implement the plan, and report on the results. The Challenge #1 winning teams that best addressed "Protecting the Land" were: High School Teams: California (Roseville): "The Croc Hunter Crew" - Woodcreek H.S. - Worked to preserve local wetlands by educating the community through a Web site, video, wetland tours. Participated in "Creek Week" and an invasive species removal event. Florida (Plantation):"Team EcoGeeks" - South Plantation H.S. - Started an all-new recycling program at their school and worked to collect plastic bottles, glass bottles and aluminum cans. Volunteered at a 5K run/walk event where the team collected recyclables and distributed information about the benefits of recycling. Georgia (Atlanta) : "The Westminster CCC" - The Westminster Schools - Focused on reducing waste by composting, reusing and recycling. Initiatives included planning a campus vegetable garden, composting cafeteria leftovers, switching to milk and condiment dispensers rather than disposable cartons and packets, and eliminating paper cafeteria trays. Recycling increased 20 percent. Hawaii (Honolulu): "Protect the 'Aina" - W.R. Farrington H. S. - Raised awareness about the negative impact of invasive plant species as well as the benefits of protecting native and endangered plant species. Distributed Eco Please Turn to Page 21


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Arrest Made in Auto Accident Fraud Ring Investigation Insurance Commissioner Jim Long announced the arrest of another Eastern North Carolina resident for her role in what Department of Insurance investigators have identified as an auto insurance fraud ring spanning four years and worth more than $100,000 in phony insurance payments from staged accidents. The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office arrested Yolanda Michelle Harper, 24, 2600 Rebecca Ln., Kinston and charged her with three counts of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses. She was processed at the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office and placed under a $50,000 secured bond. On Dec. 1, Department investigators presented their investigation to the Lenoir County Grand Jury, who retuned indictments against Harper. Superior Court Judge Paul Jones issued an order for her arrest. Harper is the fifth suspect arrested in what Department investigators' allegations identify as an auto accident fraud ring involving staged auto accidents and phony insurance claims worth more than $100,000. Additional arrests and charges are expected as the investigation continues. GMAC Insurance Company tipped off Department investigators to the fraud ring.n

Congress Discusses ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program With Congress returning to Capitol Hill to consider economic stimulus legislation for the automotive industry - and returning after the holidays to discuss a broader stimulus package - the concept of a fleet modernization program is receiving more attention from policymakers. Princeton University’s Dr. Alan Blinder, in a New York Times article published earlier in 2008, referred to this policy option as “Cash for Clunkers” - government payments to remove older, less-fuel-efficient or high-polluting vehicles from America’s highways. The “Cash for Clunkers” policy CASH Please Turn to Page 28 January 2009

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Homage From Page 5 contrast between the black, recessed surfaces and the car colour, the small, squat kidney grille and the “invisible” headlamps. And yet the front of the BMW M1 Homage is an absolute novelty for BMW. Each element assumes a function: the hallmark twin kidney, for example, is not only a distinguishing feature of the BMW brand but combines aerodynamic, cooling-air routing and safety solutions. The design of the headlamps, meanwhile, is a new iteration of the retractable headlights of the BMW M1. Like the lamps on the historic model, those on the BMW M1 Homage are only visible when switched on. When not in use they are discreetly integrated into the front-end design

and “disappear” into the recessed black cutline, almost like pop-up headlights. Along the side of the car all the lines, surfaces and details lead the eye from the front end along the stretched engine compartment and clearly defined A-pillars before converging at the centre of the vehicle. Two expressive lines are drawn from the front along the flanks of the vehicle towards the engine compartment area. The flow of lines begins in a straight, disciplined fashion at the front end, lowering the optical centre of gravity of the BMW M1 Homage and highlighting its low-slung stance. From the middle of the car, however, the lines break up. The power of the design is focused precisely where the power of the

vehicle also lies – at the engine. Strong, sensuous sweeping lines accentuate the car’s mid-engine concept, the design emphasising the mechanics behind it, the engineering skills and the engine expertise of the BMW Group. The roofline of the BMW M1 Homage is flatly tapered, extending into and around the rear. In so doing it draws a continuous line and forms a link between the two sides of the car. It is on this line, above the tail lights, that the hallmark twin BMW logo can also be found. The overall design is driven by functionality and each detail has its purpose. Aspects such as aerodynamics, cooling-air routing and safety lend the BMW M1 Homage technical substance January 2009

and make it a genuine BMW. A telling symbol of this is the kidney grille design of the BMW M1 Homage, fulfilling as it does several functions at the same time. The twin kidney isn’t just a signature BMW feature, it is also part of the car’s honed aerodynamics: it guides the air to the engine cooling as well as constituting the front section of a crash box, similar to the monocoque chassis of a Formula One race car. Inspired by aircraft design, the car as a whole also boasts sophisticated air ducting through the body. For example, the cooling-air routing for the engine is positioned below the roofline, in the black recessed cutline along the side of the vehicle behind the window graphic. Small flaps and openings guide the air stream into the engine compartment to ensure an adequate supply of cooling air. The BMW M1 Homage holds great significance for the BMW Group Design team, its genesis epitomising both a living tradition and an innovative future. This vehicle is designed as a source of inspiration; it sets out to challenge us to question and rethink what we see around us. The BMW M1 Homage pays eloquent tribute to the BMW Turbo and the BMW M1, which in their design were well ahead of their time. Originally slated as “merely” a design study or small series, their influence remains very palpable today – 30 years on.n Southern Automotive Journal


2009 All-New Kia Borrego Brings Strength, Luxury and Sophistication topounds Ever-Expanding Kia Line-Up of 17/21 city/highway (2WD) and 16/21 Having made its global debut earwhen partnered to the V8, and lier this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and officially launched earlier this year in Washington, the 2009 Kia Borrego midsize SUV represents one of the first production offerings based off of the new design direction Kia Motors America ( K M A ) continues to unveil through concept vehicles including the Kue, KND-4, Kee and KOUP. Given a straightforward and clean look, Borrego is intended for those who enjoy an active yet uncomplicated lifestyle. Borrego is offered with a DOHC, all-aluminum 3.8-liter V6 as well as Kia Motors’ first-ever DOHC 4.6-liter V8 engine, also all-aluminum; both engines are more powerful than any in Kia Motors’ line to date. While the V6 produces a competitive 276 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with 267 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm, the all-new V8 generates a class-leading 337 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with 323 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm – more powerful than the Toyota 4Runner, Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and GMC Acadia. Borrego runs on regular unleaded fuel compared to the Pathfinder, which requires premium unleaded. Both engines also are available in either two-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). With class-leading towing of 7,500 20

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5,000 pounds with the V6, the new midsize SUV offers unmatched capabilities for a weekend of camping or outdoor lifestyle activities. Borrego models with 4WD feature the second generation full-

time Torque-on-Demand® system from BorgWarner, which uses electronic sensors to monitor road conditions and distribute power to the appropriate wheels. Improvements have been made to deliver a fast response and a quieter operation. The result is responsive, sure-footed performance in varying road conditions, all of which is practically seamless to driver and passengers. Combining its impressive horsepower and torque with the unique-toBorrego and new-to-Kia Motors sixspeed automatic transmission mated to the V8 engine, the midsize SUV is able to achieve best-in-class fuel economy for an engine of its kind with an EPA rating of 15/22 city/highway for the V8 with 2WD and 15/20 city/highway for the 4WD – perfect for families on the go as well as for long road trips. When the V6 is under the hood, Borrego is able to achieve competitive fuel economy January 2009

city/highway (4WD). Borrego’s muscular exterior sits on a front double-wishbone and rear multilink suspension matched with coil-over springs. The front suspension integrates shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar, while the rear incorporates a damper and stabilizer bar, providing an optimal riding experience, on- or offroad. Borrego is built on a hydroformed frame structure that increases durability and rigidity. Improved fuel efficiency because of its lighter weight is a result of the hydraulic forming process as opposed to traditional welded press forming. Its body-onframe construction and insulated rubber mounting provide improved reduction in noise, vibration, and harshness, and help absorb vibrations from the road surface and powertrain yielding a smooth, quiet ride for driver and passengers. Embodying a certain rugged refinement, Borrego’s aggressive, wide stance evokes an image of stability and strength while flared back headlamps, an upright grille and chiseled hood project a strong presence. LED side view mirrors and chrome accents add to its polished look. Contemporary front and rear fascias suggest modern luxury while optional 18-inch alloy wheels offer increased off-road capabilities, allowing consumers to live an energetic life in style whether it’s cruising around town Borrego Please Turn to Page 23

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fliers, developed a Web site and helped with a one-day event where volunteers removed more than 800 invasive plants. Illinois (Campaign): "R.E.A.D.Y.Set-Go" - The R.E.A.D.Y. Program Implemented a number of initiatives designed to reduce paper use, increase recycling and reduce energy use. Projects included battery and ink cartridge recycling, reducing paper used in classrooms by laminating and using quarter-sheets rather than half-sheets when possible, and encouraging the school to switch to green cleaning products. New Jersey (Pennington): "The Composting Comrades" - Hopewell Valley Central H.S. - Implemented a new composting program on the school's campus and educated the school community about the benefits of composting. Used posters, video and presentations to spread the word. New York (LaGrangeville): "The Green Admirals" - Arlington H.S. Encouraged recycling of water bottles through posters displayed around campus and videos that played on the classroom televisions. Decreased the number of bottles being placed in the trash by more than 30 percent. Middle School Teams: Arizona (Tempe): "The Recyclers" - Connolly Middle School - Educated the school community about the impact of plastic bags on the environment and encouraged use of reusable shopping bags. Held a school-wide "Design-ABag" contest. Florida (The Villages): "Go Green Teens" - The Villages Charter Middle

School - Encouraged the community to switch from disposable water bottles to reusable water bottles. Circulated a pledge sheet asking people to commit to recycling and using reusable water bottles. ?? Indiana (Carmel): "Mariners" Creekside Middle School - Increased recycling at school by providing plastic and aluminum recycling bins in the cafeteria, paper recycling boxes in classrooms, and "green tips of the week" in the daily bulletin. New Jersey (Manahawkin): "S.O.A.K." - All Saints Catholic School - Researched a number of endangered plant and animal species in the community then implemented a variety of programs to protect the species. Initiatives included lobbying to protect the horseshoe crab, developing an educational Web site and activity books, and building bat houses. New York (Albany): "Gators Going Green" - St. Teresa of Avila School Implemented a recycling program at the school that cut waste in half. Created a Web site, distributed fliers and held a recycling day for the community. Texas (Houston): "The Gale Force" - St. Francis Episcopal Day School Following the destruction of Hurricane Ike, the team raised awareness about the negative impact of deforestation, the benefits of trees, and the need to replant trees lost in the hurricane. Utah (Holladay): "Green Queens" Olympus Jr. High - Cleaned up a local park including weeding, removing trash and graffiti, and cleaning the pond. Wisconsin (Mukwonago): "St. James, Mukwonago" - St. James Parish School - Educated the community about

the importance of recycling and worked to encourage the city to install recycling bins in area parks. "It's tremendous to see the creativity and commitment these students put into their projects," said Lexus Group Vice President Mark Templin. "It goes to show that every community has opportunities to improve its environment and these students are learning that, if they work together, they can make a difference." The Lexus Eco Challenge, now in its second year, launched on Sept. 15, 2008, and concludes with the announcement of the first place and grand-prize-winning teams during Earth Month in April 2009. Challenge #2, "Water Works," is currently underway and has an entry deadline of Dec. 12. Challenge #3, "Air/ Climate," starts on Dec. 17 and ends on Feb. 6, 2009. In addition to the ongoing contest, the Lexus Eco Challenge also includes educational materials designed by Scholastic to encourage teachers to integrate creative lesson plans into their classrooms to help teach students about the environment. For each challenge, the Web site ( has lesson plans and teacher instructions including questions to help guide a discussion about the current challenge topic, facts about the topic, and guidelines for a specific classroom project. The Lexus Eco Challenge is part of The Lexus Pursuit of Potential, a philanthropic initiative that generates up to $3 million in donations each year for organizations that help build, shape and improve children's lives.n


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All-new HEMI with Fuel-Saving MDS Technology Earns Ward's 2009 ‘10 Best Engines’ Award Now in its second generation, the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine has once again earned a place in Ward’s distinguished “2009 10 Best Engines” list again. Relentlessly delivering powertrain excellence, Chrysler LLC has earned Ward’s “10 best” award six times in the last seven years with the iconic 5.7-liter HEMI engine. “The HEMI earns the honor not on pure emotion or brute force but with advanced new technology such as variable valve timing, which allows cruising in four-cylinder mode about 40 percent of the time, which is twice as much as the previous-generation Multi-Displacement System cylinder-deactivation system,” said Tom Murphy - Executive Director of Ward’s AutoWorld magazine. “A number of Ward’s testers managed to top 19 mpg (12.3 L/100 km) with the HEMI, putting it in line with certain premium V-6s tested.” With improved MultiDisplacement System (MDS) technology for increased fuel efficiency, added

refinement and more power, the allnew 2009 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine delivers world-class performance and technology in nine Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with MDS technology is available on 2009 Chrysler 300C, Chrysler Aspen, Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee, Jeep Commander, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango, Dodge Ram Heavy Duty series and the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 and Dodge Challenger. “We are honored to have our iconic HEMI engine recognized by Ward’s for a sixth time,” said Bob Lee, Vice President - Powertrain Product Engineering Team, Chrysler LLC. “HEMI is synonymous with performance, and now -- thanks to VVT, expanded fourcylinder mode in our MDS system, and a host of other technologies -- Chrysler’s new 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine delivers more fuel efficiency and refinement, along with even more power.” While the new 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine maintains the key architecture that makes “HEMI” synonymous with

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or trekking through the mountains. Built on a platform with a wheelbase of 114.0 inches, an overall length of 192.3 inches and overall width of 75.4 inches, Borrego stands wider and longer than the Chevy Trailblazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner. Its wide stance allows for a roomy, comfortable interior with standard three rows of seating for up to seven adult passengers. Borrego’s spacious cabin comes well equipped with a slew of standard convenience features, including: air conditioning;

power door locks, windows and mirrors; keyless entry; cruise control and an AM/ FM/CD/MP3 six-speaker audio system to keep its passengers entertained and comfortable. Adding even more refinement and upgrades, the EX trim level includes an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, four-way power adjustable front passenger’s seat, floor mats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Homelink® with compass, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, trip computer, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The new midsize SUV also offers Kia Motors’ first voice-activated navigation system, with a Rear Seat Entertainment Package that includes an eight-inch widescreen television (EX models) for passenger entertainment during long car rides or around-town adventures. With the EX trim level, consumers also are optioned with the Luxury

and Premium Packages. The Luxury Package includes: nicely appointed leather seats; heated front seats; power tilt and telescopic steering wheel; and memory settings for the driver’s seat, outside mirrors and steering wheel. Progressing to the Premium Package includes everything in the Luxury Package in addition to a sunroof, a 10-speaker Infinity® audio system, rear air conditioning with controls, running boards and a rear camera display for enhanced visual assistance. With Borrego’s 156.8 cubic-foot interior volume, it offers more room for its seven passengers than Explorer, Pathfinder, 4Runner, Grand Cherokee and the allnew Pilot. Depending on passenger or driver requirements, Borrego January 2009

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Federal Reserve Approves NADA-Backed Initiative Aimed at Increasing Inventory Financing Following President Bush’s announcement Friday to provide $17.4 billion in bridge loans to General Motors and Chrysler, the Federal Reserve Board, in a related action, addressed a key request from the National Automobile Dealers Association by including floor plan securitizations in a new $200 billion credit facility the Federal Reserve is establishing. The Federal Reserve on Friday clarified the eligibility requirements under the new Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) and, in doing so, for the first time included securities backed by dealer inventory loans as a qualifying asset class. “This move meets a key need that

NADA had identified for greater liquidity in the auto retailing marketplace,” said Andy Koblenz, NADA vice president of legal and regulatory affairs. The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Nov. 25 that the Fed would be establishing the TALF, a $200 billion program designed to facilitate the issuance and sale of securities backed by auto loans. However, at the time the TALF was announced, it was unclear whether it would include securities backed by loans for dealers at the wholesale level. That uncertainty has now been resolved. In addition to confirming the eligibility of securities backed by floor plan loans, the Federal Reserve also extended the term of TALF loans from one to three

years and provided that TALF loans could have fixed or floating interest rates. These changes will make it easier for auto finance companies to use the TALF to issue floor plan securitizations. “NADA’s goal all along was to restore liquidity in the credit markets for all dealers and their customers,” Koblenz added. “By working with the Federal Reserve and the Department of Treasury to ensure that securities backed by floor planning loans were included, NADA was able to give creditors confidence to once again make loans available to dealers to finance the inventory on their lots. This will, in turn, help ensure that dealers have at their dealerships the selection of vehicles that consumers want to buy.”n

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has approved the regulation to amend the Remedy for Violation of Requirements to Provide Personal Protective Equipment and Train Employees regulation currently in place. Specifically, this proposal clarifies that “noncompliance with the personal protective equipment (PPE) and training requirements in safety and health standards may expose the employer to liability on a per-employee basis.” The provisions will not require employers to provide a new type of PPE or training, or to cover employees that were not previously covered by existing requirements. The amendment’s

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ance duty to each employee covered by the requirement. The employer must provide PPE to each employee required to use the PPE, and each failure to provide PPE to an employee may be considered a separate violation. b) Training. Standards in this part requiring training on hazards and related matters, such as standards requiring that employees receive training or that the employer train employees, provide training to employees, or institute or implement a training program, impose a separate compliance duty to each affected employee in the manner required by the standard, and each failure to train an employee may be considered a separate violation.n

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power is not required, without sacrificing vehicle performance or capability. An expanded MDS operating range in the new-for-2009 HEMI will allow customers to realize an evengreater fuel economy benefit. Chrysler estimates that since its inception of

MDS in 2005, more than 100 million gallons of gasoline have been saved, along with reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of close to one million When MDS is operating, it is indicated by a “Fuel Saver” readout in the vehicles Electronic Vehicle Information Center. In addition to VVT and expanded

MDS operating range, the HEMI’s fuel economy and performance improvements result from an increased compression ratio, an acative intake manifold with long runners for low-end torque and short runners for high-rpm power, improved cylinder head port flow efficiency, and reduced restriction exhaust and induction systems.n

Reynolds and Reynolds Announces Certification for GM Service Lead Management The Reynolds and Reynolds Company today announced certification for its ERA(R) Contact Management and Lead Management solutions for General Motors (GM) Lead Management, under the new GM “OneSource” lead distribution program that now includes parts and service lead information. As a Certified Lead Management & Integration Partner for the “OneSource” program, Reynolds is able to electronically receive, process, and manage GM leads for its Contact Management and Lead Management customers and report back to GM the status and disposition of those leads. With Reynolds’ certification in the GM “OneSource” program, dealerships using either Contact Management or Lead Management will be able to receive more comprehensive information about consumers who are requesting information and their vehicles of interest, enabling dealerships to provide more detailed and personalized responses to consumers. Dealers will receive leads from the Internet for new and used vehicles, as well as for parts and service. In addition, GM will be automatically provided with lead response data from either the dealer’s Contact Management or Lead Management systems to allow GM to monitor and manage the effectiveness of the overall program. The GM “OneSource” lead

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We Work As A Team - That’s The Most Important Thing by Russ Heaps Saying that the Nalley BMW building in Decatur was built around Gary Lazenby would be an exaggeration, but not by much. When he was hired in 1966, it was a Volkswagen dealership and remained exclusively so until owner Neil Christman added a BMW franchise in 1975. This was also the year when Lazenby was promoted to the position of parts manager – a job that has never gotten old. “I enjoy the business and I enjoy the job,” he said, “and that’s why I stay.” Freshly discharged from the Army, Lazenby was waiting around the courthouse where he was in the process of applying for a marriage license when he ran into Jim Ellis. It was a chance encounter. He had known Ellis growing up and played on a team Ellis coached. While Lazenby was going to school and serving a tour in the army, Ellis became the general manager of Chris Volkswagen. Upon learning that Lazenby was recently discharged and looking for a job, Ellis suggested he apply for work at the dealership. Lazenby followed through, got a job in the parts department and made it into a career. Christman sold the Volkswagen franchise in the early 1990s, and then sold the BMW dealership to Asbury Automotive Group five years ago at which time it became Nalley BMW. It is one of the 13 Nalley dealerships in the 26

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average of $1 million in inventory on hand. With a fill rate exceeding 90 percent, the 21-person parts staff is kept busy. The parts sales force includes four people on the wholesale desk, two on the retail counter and five serving Nalley’s two service shops. Also a product of the expansion, a second 24-bay service shop was added upstairs supplementing the original 20-bay service department. According to Lazenby, Nalley BMW distributes parts throughout the southeast. They have shipped parts as distant as Puerto Rico. The several Nalley dealerships share parts delivery drivers, so there are always trucks available. “ The Nalley dealerships have 39 local delivery trucks with eight drivers in Decatur market.” he said. For long-distance deliveries, Lazenby uses two contract delivery services. He believes one of the practices that keeps customers coming back to buy parts at Nalley BMW is that there are no delivery or return fees. “We just don’t believe in hassling the customer,” he said. “It’s not always easy, but we don’t charge freight on deliveries and we get parts to customers overnight if they really need them. If the parts are returned, we don’t hassle them for that either.” Creating and maintaining that sort of service philosophy is often easier when you know and trust your team. Responsible for the hiring and training of virtually every member of his team, Lazenby has confidence and trust in their ability to get the job done. “Most of my guys have been with me for 15 or 20 years,” he said. “I’ve got a couple of guys who I think have the best BMW knowledge in Nalley BMW Please Turn To Page 28 Southern Automotive Journal


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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the all-new KND-4 compact SUV concept vehicle at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November. Having made its world debut at the Seoul Motor Show in April 2007, the KND-4 concept was specifically designed to provide an idea of what next-generation Kia compact SUVs will be like. Conceived at the Kia Design Center in Korea, the new concept exhibits a powerful and strong character that corresponds with Kia’s philosophy of “Exciting and Enabling.” “The KND-4 compact SUV is a vital vehicle because it showcases dynamic and sophisticated styling cues that are strongly indicative of future Kia SUV models,” said Len Hunt, executive vice president and COO of KMA.

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ASA Collision Division Names ASA/ASE Collision Technician of the Year Michael “Mike” Loy, owner of Mike Loy’s Collision Inc. in Lewisburg, Ohio, has been named the Automotive Service Association (ASA)/National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Collision Technician of the Year. He will receive his award during the 2008 International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE) in Las Vegas. The award recognizes the ASA Collision Division member who received the highest score on the 2008 ASE master collision repair/refinish certification test. The award was presented Nov. 7 during the Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW) Awards Breakfast. ASRW is the umbrella under which CARS and NACE are being co-located at the Mandalay Bay and Convention Center. ASRW is an industrywide event,

which includes both the collision and mechanical segments of automotive service and repair. It allows both collision and mechanical service professionals to benefit from NACE and CARS. When Loy was informed of the award, he said: “I feel honored to receive this award from ASA. It was a real surprise to receive the phone call from Bill Haas [of ASA] to find out this award came with an all-expense-paid trip to NACE. Ten days later I received another surprise. ASE called to congratulate me on winning the Snap-On/ASE Master Collision Repair and Refinish Technician of the Year Award for the United States and Canada. Wow, what an honor. These awards can be received by anyone taking ASE testing. ASE testing can make a real difference in a person’s life.” Loy, 56, has been an ASA member 15 years and has been active in the

collision repair industry since 1972. He represents the third generation that has owned and operated a collision shop in Lewisburg. Mike Loy’s Collision is celebrating its 91st year. Loy has been an I-CAR instructor 19 years and is the lead I-CAR instructor for Ohio. He is an I-CAR Platinum Individual. Loy has been an I-CAR instructor qualification trainer and won the Instructor of the Year award in 1996 for the South Central Region. He is a past president of the Dayton (Ohio) Auto Body Association, which is now called the Ohio Collision Repair Association (OCRA). Loy and his wife of 34 years have five married daughters and four grandchildren (with the fifth grandchild expected in December). They live in Eaton, Ohio, which is about 10 miles away from the shop in Lewisburg.n

ASA Mechanical Division Names ASA/ASE Mechanical Technician of the Year

Mark Wagenblast, owner of Mark’s Automotive Inc. in Bend, Ore., has been named the 2008 Automotive Service Association (ASA)/National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Mechanical Technician of the Year and will receive his award during the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) in Las Vegas. The award recognizes the ASA Mechanical Division member who received the highest score on the 2008 ASE master automobile certification test. The award was presented Nov. 7, during the Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW) Awards Breakfast. ASRW is the umbrella under which CARS and NACE are being co-located at the Mandalay Bay and Convention Center. ASRW is an industrywide event, which includes both the collision and mechanical segments of automotive service and repair. It allows both collision and mechanical service professionals to benefit from NACE and CARS. When Wagenblast was informed of the award, he said: “I would like to thank ASA and ASE for this special recognition. This is truly an honor and the highlight of my professional career. My belief has always been to provide my customers with the best in service and to always put their best interest first. To accomplish this I believe an investment 30

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in continuing education and training has important, Wagenblast spends more played a key role. than 60 hours a year in classes, primarily “I recognize that success is not those presented through the CARQUEST merely an individual achievement and Technical Institute. He has also taken would like to give a sincere thank you Automotive Management Institute (AMI) to my lovely wife, Ginger, my children classes.n - Hunter and Piper - and the rest of my family. It is with their love, support and encouragement that I am able to achieve what I do.” Wagenblast, 47, has been in automotive service and repair 26 years. He started working on vehicles soon after he graduated from Southern Automotive Jim Tucker Contributors Journal high school and earned an Publisher Dennis Martin P.O. Box 675097 Ami Vonesh associate degree of applied Marietta, Ga 30006-0009 Michele Tucker Joyce Ethridge (770) 321-9920 science in automotive techEditor Russ Heaps E-Mail nology from Central Oregon Community College in Bend. He has been an ASE master technician more than Southern Automotive Journal (ISSN: 1092-6321) is published monthly 20 years. by Southern Automotive Journal Inc. P.O. Box 675097, Marietta, Ga 30006-0009.SAJ accepts no responsibility for the opinions, views Wagenblast started statements of the authors or for claims made by advertisers. Views Mark’s Automotive in 1988. expressed by writers are not necessarily those of the publication. Although his shop specialSubscription: $12.00 per year. izes in Chrysler and Mitsibushi No representation is made as to the accuracy or the completeness of the information provided by this publication. Entire contents copyvehicles, it also works on all right 2008. All rights reserved. domestic vehicles and Asian imports. Mark’s Automotive is also a NAPA Auto Care Center. Because he believes continuing education is so January 2009