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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Interview: Camaro Helps Rev Up DreamWorks' Summer Blockbuster 'Turbo'

In one of the most anticipated films of the Summer, a little snail named Turbo who has always dreamed of Chevrolet Camaro. Turbo puts his new found super-speed to good use pursuing his impossible dream of winning the Indy 500.
being fast, miraculously receives the speed he has always wanted after an encounter with a

Check out my interview with Steve Tihanyi, GM's General Director for Branded Entertainment, and James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors as they discuss GM's involvement in DreamWorks' film Turbo, the custom Chevrolet Camaro, and how you can win a chance to attend a premiere event.

About the talent:
Steve Tihanyi is responsible for strategic development and tactical execution of all GM branded entertainment initiatives working with major studios, television networks and producers. Global auto shows, licensing and vehicle management also fall under his preview. Additionally, he oversees key marketing alliances such as the NFL, Major League Baseball, NCAA and the GM Test Track at Disney's Epcot World. Prior to returning to GM's Detroit headquarters, Tihanyi had been in the North Central region serving as the Regional Divisional Marketing Manager for the Cadillac, Hummer and Saab brands managing all the marketing activity across 11 states working closely with the retail dealer network.

With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast. Prior to joining GM, James was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Executive Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book. In this role, he was charged with promoting the KBB.com brand and driving traffic to its award-winning Web site. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications and Political Science from California State University.

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DreamWorks' Turbo arrives in theaters on July 17th, 2013.

I want to thank General Motors for this interview opportunity! I also want to thank Steve Tihanyi and James Bell for taking out the time to discuss and answer my questions.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Interview: How Much Car Can You Afford? w/ Alec Gutierrez and James Bell

Not sure how much car you can afford? Well check out my interview with Alec Gutierrez, Senior Market Analyst, Automotive Insights, Kelley Blue Book and James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs, General Motors to learn some tips and gain valuable information before you purchase your next vehicle.

Check out the interview below:



I want to thank General Motors for this interview opportunity! I also want to thank Alec Gutierrez and James Bell for taking out the time to discuss and answer my questions.

About the talent:
Alec Gutierrez is charged with providing timely data analysis and market insight on the global and domestic events that shape the automotive industry. Gutierrez also is responsible for tracking, trending, and forecasting vehicle valuation trends for new and used cars on KBB.com,vehicle sales and economic trends that impact the car market. Gutierrez often speaks on behalf of KBB to various media outlets, such as CNBC, Fox Business Network, The Wall Street journal, MSNBC, USA Today, Automotive News, Reuters and Market Watch. Alec Gutierrez graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Finance and MBA.

With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day shopper. His multifaceted experience has led to a unique perspective on the industry that easily crosses over the boundaries between the general consumer and passionate enthusiast. Prior to joining GM, James was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Executive Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book. In this role, he was charged with promoting the KBB.com brand and driving traffic to its award-winning Web site. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications and Political Science from California State University.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

2014 Jeep Cherokee Pricing

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee received a big back-lash because of the exterior design. But for the those people who like the look of the '14 Cherokee, pricing starts at $22,995. The Cherokee, will be in Jeep dealerships in the third quarter of this year.

Two engine choices are available: a 2.4L Tigershark I-4 engine and a 3.2L Pentastar V6 engine. The 2.4L Tigershark engine taken from the Dodge Dart is standard and produces 184 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. The 3.2L V6 engine produces 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Both engine will be paired with a ZF sourced 9-speed automatic transmission.

The '14 Cherokee is front-wheel drive, but buyers can add four-wheel drive for $2,000. There are three
different four-wheel drive systems offered: Sport trims use Active Drive I, Latitude and Limited trims use Active Drive II, and the Trailhawk trim use a Active Drive Lock system. Drivers can choose their 4x4 settings using Jeep's Selec-Terrain electronic knob.

'14 Jeep Cherokee Pricing (Does not include destination charge):

Sport 4x2: $22,995
Sport 4x4: $24,995
Latitude 4x2: $24,495
Latitude 4x4: $26,495
Limited 4x2: $27,995
Limited 4x4: $29,995
Trailhawk 4x4: $29,495

The Green Light: I really love the look of the '14 Jeep Cherokee and the starting price is very attractive. It will be interesting to see how the new Cherokee competes against the rest of the compact crossovers. I can't wait to see the new Cherokee in person and get behind the wheel.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com Reveal The 10 Best Family Cars For 2013

Parents and Edmunds.com revealed their list of 2013's 10 Best Family Cars. For the sixth year in a row, car experts from both Parents and Edmunds.com took a look at hundreds of vehicles, to pick the best-in-class vehicles. "The Best Family Cars of 2013" will appear in the July issue of Parents magazine, which will be on newsstands June 11th.

For 2013, the panel of judges focused on safety, each vehicle on the list tops the crash tests ratings and are equipped with at least six airbags, and electronic stability control. Fuel-efficiency technology was also considered, along with dashboards, infotainment systems, and exterior designs.

"With Summer road trips on the horizon, we are thrilled to present this comprehensive list," said Parents magazine Editor-in-Chief Dana Points. "Given the amount of time that American families spend in their car, we feel it's important to highlight the safest, most affordable and family-friendliest that the industry has to offer."

"As a father who loves to drive, I can appreciate all the variable that parents take into account when shopping for a new car," said Edmunds.com Editor-in-Chief Scot Oldham. "The list shows off some of the year's best choices for the everyday carpool and the family road trip."

For more information on the 10 Best Family Cars of 2013 click this link: http://www.parents.com/best-family-cars

Check out Parents and Edmunds.com, 10 Best Family Cars of 2013:

Hybrid: Toyota Prius C ($19,080)

Budget: Subaru Impreza ($17,895) & Honda Civic ($18,165)

Sedans: Ford Fusion ($21,900) & Honda Accord ($21,680)

Crossovers: Hyundai Santa Fe Sport ($22,700) & $Honda CR-V ($22,795)

SUVs: Chevrolet Traverse ($30,510) & Nissan Pathfinder ($28,650)

Minivan: Toyota Sienna ($26,585)

Parents was founded in 1926 and, along with American Baby, FamilyFun, and SerPadres, makes up tThe Meredith Parents Network Portfolio of parenthood brands. Parents is dedicated to engaging and inspiring moms with the information they need, where-ever they go.

Edmunds.com is a car-shopping website committed to helping people find the car that meets their every need. Almost 18 million visitors use their research, shopping and buying tools every month to make an easy and informed decision on their next new or used car.

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