Founded in 1993, CarMax is the largest used car retailer in the U.S. and has 142 retail locations in 72 markets nationwide. In the 12-month period ending in February this year, the company says it retailed 526,929 used vehicles and sold 342,576 wholesale vehicles through its in-store auctions. CarMax is a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company.
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When Proton brought out the Saga in 1985, Malaysians said it was too expensive (Proton Harga), jaguh kampung (cannot export) and looked outdated. Proton responded by bringing out the Wira in 1993, which had many variants to cater to the various demands from the rakyat, and Proton made it a point to export the Wira to Europe too. The Wira looked modern even, with smooth, curvy lines. But the rakyat was not satisfied, we said Proton cars are too ciplak and not luxurious enough, and Proton responded again, with the prestigious Perdana in 1995. But still, the rakyat was not impressed, we said Proton is ‘Mitsubishi copycat company’, and we Malaysians cannot make our own, real, 100% ‘Malaysian car’. Once more, Proton acted, and we witnessed the birth of the Waja in 2000. But sadly, the Waja suffered from a lot of quality and design issues, and the rakyat complained and demanded a better Proton car. Some rakyat even said Proton cars were too boring and not sporty enough, and the engine is still Mitsubishi, hence it’s still not 100% Malaysian. And again, Proton responded, with the Gen-2 in 2004. The Gen-2 looked positively modern and contemporary, unlike the rather sedated older Protons, and it even had an all-new Malaysian-made CamPro engine. But sadly, Proton admittedly failed to address quality issues, and the rakyat continued to complain. By 2005, things were getting very desperate for Proton, having lost a huge chunk of market share and its crown to Perodua. With D.S. Syed Zainal appointed in 2006, Proton was determined to resolve its problems to save itself from potential doom. Proton launched the Persona in 2007, essentially a bigger, better made and cheaper Gen-2. Sales improved greatly, but the rakyat was still sceptical. Then the new Saga launched in 2008, a quantum leap from the old Saga and a far more ‘serious’ Proton all round. Sales improved again, but yep, the rakyat was still not convinced. Some rakyat demanded a bigger Proton to suit their ever growing families, and out came the Exora. In a shock turn of events, our darling government jumped up the bandwagon, and complained that the Perdana was too old and incompetent for government use. Proton was forced to rebadge the Lancer as a temporary solution, and the Inspira was born. The Inspira was the ugly duckling, it was the best ‘Proton car’ ever made back then, and still one of the best today. But the rakyat was not impressed, we complained that Proton has gone full circle, back to the old ways of ‘copycat’. By this time, the rakyat also complained why Proton doesn’t have a turbocharged engine and high safety equipment like Euro cars; the Prevé was the answer, a far, FAR more mature Proton all-round. But still, despite all the improvements, Proton still hasn’t quite addressed the quality control issues, refinement and interior design. The Suprima S was a temporary stopgap, something to buy time while Proton worked on the real deal, which came to be the Iriz. By now, the Iriz has clearly delivered in the refinement and interior design sectors. All that’s left for Proton now is the powertrain (engine and transmission) and quality control, which remains to be seen. What happens next in the story, only time will tell.
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Despite the Venza’s fastback-styled roofline, there’s plenty of headroom and legroom for four adults (the one in the back row middle gets shortchanged), plus shoulder room to spare. As for the cabin itself, once you get past the ugly expanse of cheap-looking plastic that is the curved dash, the rest of it is nicely finished and well laid out, with the shift lever, audio system and dual-zone climate controls within easy reach. The Optitron instrumentation is still the best in the business, with clear, bright lighting that’s easy to view at night with just a quick glance. Also noteworthy is that all 2015 Venzas now come with a standard backup camera, making reversing out of parking spots an easier issue. Toyota has also upgraded the audio system’s display with a 6.1-inch touchscreen, USB audio input, automatic sound levelizer technology, Bluetooth capability, integrated Sirius XM satellite radio, plus steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls.
Toyota Motor Corp. will recall about 1.7 million vehicles globally, including 423,000 of its high-end Lexus models in the U.S. to fix a potential fuel leak that could cause a fire. Toyota discovered the fuel system problem after years of complaints about gasoline odors coming from the cars. The complaints started to filter up to Toyota in June 2010, but an inspection of the vehicles didn’t find any problems and could not pinpoint the source of the smell, Toyota spokesman John Hanson said. Toyota investigators eventually noticed, however, that all the complaints involved cars produced after certain manufacturing dates going back to the 2006 model year. The vehicles all had fuel pipes in the engine compartment that were manufactured with a plating to protect against corrosion. Gaskets on some of pipes could be prone to leaking, Toyota found, creating the gas smell and creating a fire hazard. Hanson said Toyota is not aware of any fires, crashes, injuries or fatalities caused by this condition. In the U.S., Toyota will recall the following cars: 2007 through 2010 model year Lexus LS sedans; 2006 through 2011 model year GS; 2006 through 2011 model year IS; 2010 model year IS C; and 2008 through 2010 model year IS-F vehicles. It will recall another 320,000 of the vehicles in other markets. In another big recall, Toyota will bring back 800,000 vehicles sold in Japan, China and other parts of Asia to fix a brake problem. The vehicles include the Toyota Crown, Crown Majesta, Noah and Voxy. Earlier this year, Toyota agreed to pay a $1.2-billion fine to settle a four-year federal criminal investigation into whether it properly reported safety complaints about the sudden acceleration. It is the largest penalty of its kind ever imposed on an automotive company in the U.S. Toyota was formally charged with one count of wire fraud, but the Justice Department will dismiss the charge after three years if the automaker abides by the settlement terms. As part of the agreement, the Justice Department appointed David Kelley, a former U.S. attorney, to serve as the independent safety monitor at Toyota’s U.S. operations. Automakers have recalled a record 50 million vehicles in the U.S. this year — about one out of every five cars on the road.
In a conversation with Nissl and Domagoj Dukec , BMW’s Head of Exterior Design, the topic of the best color for the new M3 and M4 came up. Both Florian and Domagoj have a soft spot for a classic M3/M4 in white, and both of them said the Austin Yellow is a fantastic and polarizing color that will age well. But according to them, the color that shows best the design, the shapes and all the fine details is Silverstone Metallic II .
Modern computer operating systems allow the user to customize thousands of settings from a sophisticated user interface (UI) that is driven by a mouse or touch. Just looking at the Windows Control Panel, you can change the desktop wallpaper, the battery performance, add connections for devices, and many more options to make your PC behave like you want. But you can go deeper than the control panel access settings to open up hidden functionality using the Windows Registry Editor or create “batch” programs that will reveal functions you did not know were there.
The only catch was that when the roof was folded and stowed, there was precious little luggage space, despite the rather extended proportions of the boot making the Lexus less of a weekend getaway car than it should have been.
Many potential buyers struggle to get past the people mover tag with the Odyssey but in this price range it’s hard, if not impossible, to beat this vehicle for usable interior room. It’s perfect for fitting in pushchairs and other young family requirements as well as retaining plenty of comfy space for adult occupants. Just be aware that the Absolute is a highly specced model and prices will no doubt be pumped to reflect this. However, items such as audio/DVD and Bluetooth systems will all be in Japanese, and GPS, if fitted, won’t work in NZ at all. So try and negotiate an English in-dash upgrade to be installed before committing to purchase especially if buying from a licensed trader (dealer).