Kia’s ‘Space Babies’ Super Bowl Commercial Teased in Video

Last year, Kia‘s Super Bowl commercial that featured Adriana Lima generated plenty of hype for the company. This year, in order to promote its Sorento model, Kia will be doing a complete 180 from its previous year’s commercial.

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According to Kia, their Super Bowl commercial will answer the age old question of, “Where do babies come from?” The commercial will take the audience on a nine month journey in the making to introduce the family-friendly 2014 Kia Sorento along with the automaker’s next-generation UVO infotainment system.

Jake Scott, director of the commercial, created the 60-second “mini-movie” that’s set on the distant planet of “Babylandia.” Don’t feel like your the only one that thinks this concept sounds strange because it is. It’s a far cry from bringing fantasies to life, but judgment can’t be rendered  until you see the entire clip.

“As the marketing event of the year, the Super Bowl is a high-profile platform that Kia has used very successfully in each of the last three years to launch new vehicles and raise consumer awareness and perception for the brand,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. “Every day is an adventure in parenting, and ‘Space Babies’ is an entertaining look at life’s challenges and the many ways the Sorento’s long list of technologies and amenities can make getting through the day just a little bit easier.”

Parting out 2004 Mazda RX8 – Stock # 130035



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Toyota Reclaims the Title of World’s Largest Automaker

Toyota has gained back its sales dominance, outselling both General Motors and the Volkswagen Group in 2012 even after natural disasters wreaked havoc on production in 2011. Toyota along with its subsidiaries Hino Motors Ltd. and Daihatsu Motor Co., sold a record 9.75 million units in 202, marking a 23 percent rise year-over-year. Toyota’s two largest competitors, General Motors and Volkswagen Group respectively sold 9.29 million units and 9.07 units.

toyota logoEurope, North American and Japan have all grown in sales for Toyota, while in China, the company posted its first decline since 2002. According to the industry research outfit Autodata Corp, Toyota managed to up its market share to 14.4 percent from 12.9 percent in the U.S. In the U.S. overall, sales of Toyota, Lexus, and Scion vehicles climbed 27 percent to 2.08 million units.

Scheduled some time in 2013, Toyota is set to show off a redesigned Corolla, one of the brand’s best selling vehicles, which will take on edgier styling based on what we saw in the Furia Concept. In addition, Toyota recently announced a partnership with BMW to develop fuel-cell systems, lightweight material and a midsize sports car. Thanks to new monetary policy put in place by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, another factor helping Toyota is the Japanese Yen’s value is starting to come back down, and this is what is helping Toyota stay competitive in the global marketplace.

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What is Going to Happen to Infiniti in the Near Future?

Nissan doesn’t need Infiniti: just ask Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer. In fact, during an interview with Ward’s Auto Palmer said CEO Carlos Ghosn recently challenged him, saying “We don’t have to do Infiniti, can cancel it if you want.”

But Palmer isn’t ready to do that, despite less than fantastic performance. On the contrary, Palmer lured former Audi U.S. executive Johan de Nysschen, the man responsible for escalating North American sales for the four-ringed brand, planning to do the same with Infiniti.

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A car that would sit above the current M model could be part of that. But Infiniti will go in a different direction where the Germans build flagships like the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series, which he says are stagnating.

“I think many people would want it (due to compelling features and design), but it will occupy a premium-price position,” de Nysschen said.

On another note, apart from a flagship, he said a version of the Essence concept that gave style blueprint to the recently unveiled Q50 is also  possible. If there is one resounding message, it is that de Nysschen doesn’t plan to rush anyone.

“If you hold people’s feet to the fire, just for volume, you encourage the wrong kind of behaviors,” he said, referring to discounting cars at retail.

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Parting out 2005 Volvo XC90 – Stock # 130046



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Volkswagen Plant in Tennessee Goes Green with Solar Power

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By establishing the largest single solar installation at an automotive manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen is going green in a big was. The 9.5 megawatt solar system has been powered up and provides 12.5 percent of electric energy to the German automaker’s LEED Platinum-certified manufacturing plant. This plant is the first and only automotive manufacturing plant in the world to receive the top LEED certification.

The Solar Park spans across 33 acres and will product 13.1 gigawatt hours of electricity per year. Volkswagen will buy the electricity from the owners of the Solar Park, Silicon Ranch, as part of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.

“We are proud to power up the biggest solar park of any car manufacturer in North America today.” said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman of Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations LLC. “The solar park,” he said, “is another proof point of Volkswagen‘s worldwide commitment to environmental protection under its ‘Think Blue Factory’ philosophy, a broadly focused initiative for all Volkswagen plants to achieve more efficient use of energy, material and water and produce less waste and emissions.” Mr. Fischer added, “Powering up the solar park also validates the awarding of the LEED Platinum certificate to Volkswagen Chattanooga, which is still the only car factory in the world that had earned such an honor.”

Parting out 2000 Mercedes ML430 – Stock # 130047



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Parting out 2000 BMW 528i – Stock # 130049



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