Here at Planet F1, we are always looking to develop the way we best serve you, our fantastic loyal readers. We would like to hear your opinions on how we develop what we do in the future. Online advertising is necessary for sites like ours. We need to balance the needs of our readers to consume a free publication with the need to pay the bills and the salaries of our team, so advertising has always been a route to achieve this. We know that not everyone likes advertising so we are currently looking at the possibility of offering an advertising-free and potentially more exclusive version of the site for members. This membership could perhaps offer similar access and exclusivity across our entire site network (including Football365.com, TEAMtalk.com, PlanetRugby.com, PlanetFootball.com, Tennis365.com, Golf365.com, Cricket365 and LoveRugbyLeague.com) for subscribers willing to pay a small fee – paid annually, monthly or through a series of small payments as you go. If you think … [Read more...] about Planet F1 subscription survey
Hey, Britain! BMW knows what you really want. Sure, hybrid cars and saving the planet are all the rage these days, but when it’s time to throw down the pounds, you’re looking to drop as few of them as possible. A new survey commissioned by BMW has found that most British car buyers are more interested in saving money than protecting the environment, but with new cars, those two goals tend to go hand in hand. “This report has provided tremendous insights in to the honest motivations for today’s consumers,” said Richard Hudson, BMW’s marketing director for the U.K. “It’s all very well to offer more efficient products, but unless the quality and performance also progress, they simply won’t sell.” While the survey revealed that a majority of those polled were most concerned with how much they’d pay the dealership, the government, and the petrol station, their purchases also erred on the side of green. Though buying green … [Read more...] about BMW Says U.K. Vehicle Shoppers Want To Save Money More Than the Planet
If you buy cars based on their machismo and reputation, this list — compiled by U.K. shaving cream company Bluebeards Revenge — may be of interest. The company has released the results of its survey on which cars the U.K. public thinks are most “manly.” Topping the charts was the all-American Ford Mustang. The survey was conducted via email and tallied results from 1835 people. Following the Mustang, which received 21 percent of the vote for the title of “manliest motor,” were the Aston Martin DB7, Land Rover Range Rover, Dodge Viper, HUMMER H1, Dodge Ram, BMW X5, Porsche 911, Lamborghini Countach, and Ferrari GTO. On the other end of the scale, survey respondents voted the Volkswagen Beetle as the least-manly car on the planet, scoring 31 percent of that vote. The second least-manly car? The Mazda MX-5 Miata, which was then followed by the Ford Ka, Toyota Prius, Nissan Cube, Nissan Micra, smart fortwo, Honda Jazz (aka. Fit), Peugeot 205, and Fiat … [Read more...] about Ford Mustang, Aston Martin DB7 Voted “Manliest” Cars in U.K. Survey
According to the Luxury Institute's "2007 Social Responsiblity WealthSurvey" [sic], Lexus is the wealthy motorist's green machine of choice. The Institute (can they really call themselves that?) polled a "national sample" of 950 consumers with an average net worth of $3.1m and an average income of $307K. These not-so-super rich folk pegged Lexus as the "most admired brand for environmental concerns." The CEO of the Luxury Institute dismissed critics who dismiss his eco-oriented survey as PC pandering. "Being 'green' is no longer a luxury," Milton Pedraza asserted. "It is a requirement of doing business according to wealthy consumers." Apparently, 70 percent of well-heeled car buyers look for environmentally-friendly brands "with whom to do business." Environmentalists may be heartend to discover that America's most conspicuous consumers base their purchasing decisions on biodegradable packaging, zero-landfill manufacturing and EPA ratings. … [Read more...] about Save The Planet: Drive A Lexus!
There is an old adage on Wall Street: If Business Week calls a trend, sell and run. TTAC has followed the dalliances between China and Detroit for many months now. The rumors ran the gamut from SAIC buying all of GM to a small Chinese manufacturer picking up Hummer. So far, nothing materialized. Now, Business Week jumps on the bandwagon: “The last hope to stop General Motors Corp.’s wounded Saturn brand from falling out of the solar system appears to rest with some unknown automaker building cars for the dealers to sell. Chinese and Indian automakers, which have made noise about entering the U.S. market, would be the most likely suppliers.” A bit belatedly, Business Week made some calls.They found Saturn dealers receptive to the idea. No wonder: selling Chinese cars beats closing a shop that’s not protected by state franchise laws. Writes Business Week: “Carl F. Galeana, who owns two Saturn dealerships in Michigan, said he would welcome a buyer from China … [Read more...] about Saturn: From Which Planet Is Business Week?
From the May 1994 Issue of Car and Driver Have you wondered: What sports car would the road testers keep poised behind their own garage doors, on 10-second alert, gassed and gleaming, ready to light the burner and blur the pavement on those occasional sorties of the utmost therapeutic importance? Hey, road testers have fantasy lives, too. And if the automatic teller were ever to go Robin Hood on us, the great sucking sound you'd hear would be a heartwarming number of Acura NSXs being drawn toward Editorial Headquarters. The testers of this magazine are of one mind about the NSX, so much so that we can finish each other's sentences. "The low, forward, cockpit is exhilarating . . . like riding in the head of an arrow." "It's so precise in its responses . . . as if it were hard-wired into my cerebellum." "It's exotic and rare . . . but it doesn't have to prove it by beating me up." "A breakthrough sports car . . . now in its fourth year and … [Read more...] about 1994 Acura NSX
Take a good look at the picture above. What do you see? If your answer is that you see three black Chevrolet Equinox “cute utes,” you’d be wrong. … [Read more...] about Fear Of A Black Planet
From the May 2017 issue The tweet from the President-elect came early in the morning, 7:30 a.m., on the first business day of the new year: “General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax.” Compared with other corporate bullying from the most powerful Twitter account on the planet, this one seemed relatively tame. GM is just one of 10 carmakers, including each of the top eight, that assemble vehicles in Mexico destined for dealership lots north of the Rio Grande. The company responded the same day, issuing a similarly brief statement pointing out that it also builds the Cruze here. “All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. are built in GM’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio,” it read. “GM builds the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback for global markets in Mexico, with a small number sold in the U.S.” What GM didn’t mention is that … [Read more...] about Smashing NAFTA Is Harder Than It Seems, Especially When You’re Blindfolded
In December, we conducted an informal survey of what TTAC readers are driving via a Question of the Day format. I’m happy to say that the results of that questionnaire are finally available, and we have our best look yet at what kind of cars TTAC readers are driving.With the help of a B&B member who wishes to remain anonymous, the responses were compiled into an Excel spreadsheet and analyzed. Our own chart master Tim Cain drew up a couple graphs to better represent the pertinent data points in this exercise.According to our data, the Honda Accord is the most popular car among TTAC readers is the Honda Accord. This is probably the least surprising data point in the whole set. The Accord is consistently recognized by everyone from the buff books to consumer oriented publications as the best blend of driving dynamics, reliability, value and practicality, and all of these are attributes that TTAC readers seem to value greatly.Other stalwarts like the Ford … [Read more...] about A Comprehensive Look At What TTAC Readers Drive, In Three Charts
If I’ve seen it once in the comments on this site, I’ve seen it a hundred times.Never once in the history of the Internet has anyone, anywhere admitted that they paid more than invoice for a new car.Everybody gets the best deal possible. We all “stick it to the man.” However, despite the well-known and understood tendencies of most people to lie on forums, in comments, or even when writing about their own business practices on the Internet, this might be one of the few times when the braggadocio matches reality.The truth is that virtually everyone gets a “good deal” on a new car.The invoice price now seems to be the starting place of negotiations on commonplace cars. And yet, franchise owners all across these great United States (and Canada, I presume) are raking the money in, hand over fist.Many of the questions you’ve all been so kind to send into the Ask Bark mailbox lately have been regarding crazy leases, manufacturer … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: How Do New Car Dealers Make Money?