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Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, 500,000th Vehicle

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. recently celebrated production of the 500,000th vehicle at the West Point, Ga. automobile manufacturing facility. Vehicle number 500,000 was a snow white pearl Optima SX and will now be allocated to one of Kia Motors America’s more than 755 dealerships nationwide.

What Kind of Customer Service Should I Expect From a Car Dealership?

Customer Service 

You should expect to be treated with the same respect at a car dealership that you expect when you dine at your favorite restaurant.  Everyone has a need to feel appreciated.  Whether taking your car in for service or purchasing a new vehicle you should be treated with dignity and respect.   Everyone in the dealership should make you feel at home and someone should greet you, rather than you having to find a service adviser or sales person.  You should feel that the organization went the “extra mile” for you and if any problems arise they should be able to help resolve them in a timely manner.  Everyone who comes in contact with you should smile and be friendly and if you have questions that cannot be answered by one person, they should be able to direct you to someone who can.  Remember that they are still human and will make mistakes, but it is the willingness to help that is customer service.   It is not the product but the attitude of the employees or the way in which they may have been treated (otherwise known as the experience) that people tend to remember.  

Service Adviser greeting customer

The Camaro

First Generation Camaro

The first-generation Camaro debuted in September 1966 (designated as the 1967 Camaro) in response to the hugely successful Ford Mustang (the Mustang had been developed in response to the Corvair.)

 

The executives at Chevrolet realized that the Corvair was not going to compete with the sales of the Mustang partly due to its rear-engine design and Ralph Nader's book, Unsafe at Any Speed, which called the Corvair "The One-Car Accident".


Reports started running in April 1965 in the automotive press, before any official announcements were made, that Chevrolet was preparing a competitor to the Ford Mustang, code-named Panther.  June 21 1966, 200 automotive journalist received a telegram from General Motors stating “…Please save noon of June 28 for important SEPAW meeting. Hope you can be on hand to help scratch a cat. Details will follow…(signed) John L. Cutter – Chevrolet Public Relations – SEPAW Secretary.”  The journalist received a second telegram the following day saying “Society for the Eradication of Panthers from the Automotive World will hold first and last meeting on June 28…(signed) John L. Cutter – Chevrolet Public Relations SEPAW Secretary.”  On June 28 General Motors held a press conference and made history with the first ever real-time press conference containing 14 cities hooked up via telephone lines.  The new Camaro line was then unveiled and when Chevrolet managers were asked what a Camaro was,the replied with  ““a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs.”   The word Camaro, according to Chevrolet,  was Old French for “friend”.

second generation Camaro

1972 Camaro-second generation Camaro

The Camaro officially went on sale in dealerships on September 29, 1966, for the 1967 model year.  The first generation Camaro includes the year models 1967, 1968 and 1969.  The look of the 1969 Camaro was changed to a more angular look, the wheel wells were squared off, the dashboard was updated with square gauges and the tachometer was optional.  This was the last of the first generation Camaro and Chevrolet offered a ton of engine choices, everything from straight line six cylinder engine to an incredible 427 cubic inch monster that was part of the special order ZL-1. Most buyers picked the small block V-8.  The Camaro was a built as  a family car with its 2 by 2 seating and is considered to be Chevrolet’s Pony car while the Chevelle SS is considered the muscle car.

Model 0-60 mph Quarter Mile Time Engine Source
1969 Camaro ZL1 5.2 sec 12.8 sec @ 107.0 mph 427ci/425hp MCR 1987
1969 Camaro ZL1 5.3 sec 10.4 sec @ 128.1 mph 427ci/425hp Super Stock Mag 2/69
1969 Camaro Yeko 5.4 sec 11.9 sec @ 114.5 mph 427ci/430hp Yeko
1969 Camaro Z28 7.4 sec 15.1 sec @ 94.8 mph 302ci/290hp Car Life
1969 Camaro Z28 7.4 sec 15.1 sec @ 95.0 mph 302ci/290hp Road & Track 12/91
1969 Camaro SS Pace Car 8.0 sec 16.0 sec @ 88.0 mph 350ci/300hp Motor Trend7/96
1969 Camaro SS n/a 14.8 sec @ 98.7 mph 396ci/375hp Car & Driver 5/70
1969 Camaro Z/28 n/a 14.7 sec @ 95.9 mph 302ci/290hp PopularHot Rod
1969 Camaro SS396 n/a 14.5 sec @ 100.6 mph 396ci/375hp PopularHot Rod
1969 Camaro SS 396 n/a 14.2 sec @ 97.3 mph 396ci/375hp MCR 12/97
1969 Camaro SS n/a 14.2 sec @ 103.8 mph 396ci/375hp MCR Feb/Mar 1996
1969 Camaro ZL-1 n/a 13.2 sec @ 100.2 mph 427ci/425hp Hi PerfCars 8/69
1969 Camaro SS n/a 13.0 sec @ 108.6 mph 396ci/375hp Supercar Annual 1969

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Hottest Selling Cars

What are the hottest selling cars on the market right now? The 2011 Toyota Camry ranks 13 out of 19 affordable midsize cars according to US News.  It seems that Americans like the spaciousness of the Camry and the smooth ride, but it’s 4 cylinder engine on the base model isn’t the fastest car.   Motor Trend calls it, “The Wal-Mart of family cars,” But it remains a top seller.

The Chevy Cruze is also a big seller and the Ford F-Series is holding its spot at the top.  It seems people purchase more based on gas prices now.  The rising cost doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon and it will probably never be as low as it was just 5  or even 3 years ago.   

In March 2011, Ford captured 3 of the top 10 spots for top sellers, and Toyota followed with two of those spots.

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Chevy Silverado
  4. Nissan Altima
  5. Toyota Camry
  6. Honda Civic
  7. Toyota Corolla                                                     
  8. Ford Fusion
  9. Ford Escape
  10. Hyundai Sonata

In April 2011  Chevy had 3 of those top 10 positions and Hyundai came in 2nd with 2 of the top 10 spots.  The Ford F-Series still remained the top seller for both months. 

  1. Ford F-Series
  2. Toyota Camry
  3. Honda Accord
  4. Chevy Silverado
  5. Honda Civic
  6. Chevy Cruze
  7. Chevy Malibu
  8. Toyota Corolla
  9. Hyundai Elantra
  10. Hyundai Sonata