Archive for November, 2012

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8

Comedian Jeff Dunham teamed with automakers to create the custom 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8, dubbed “Project Ultraviolet,” that was presented at the 2012 SEMA Show. It’s eye-catching purple and black exterior with matte black wheels draws attention, but the Mopar 426 crate engine with 515 horsepower is what makes this a standout vehicle at this year’s show. It also has a functioning air scoop on the Mopar T/A hood, 22-inch wheels, a rear diffuser, a larger grille and front, back and side body enhancements. The inside features Nappa leather seats with custom embroidery and accent stitching and a Hurst short-throw shifter. Hopefully it will be among the new cars for sale in the near future.

 2013 Ford Mustang GT High Gear

This Mustang was a headliner at the 2012 SEMA Show because it was built entirely by women. Ford designer Jennifer Seely came up with the original concept and 39 other women from the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network participated in its construction.  On the outside, the Mustang High Gear has a matte black finish with rose-gold satin chrome wheels, mirrors and grille trim that gives it a feminine touch. The inside has leather seats wrapped in quilted suede with rose-colored thread accents and metal trim in the same rose-gold color that’s on the outside trim. The 2013 Ford Mustang GT High Gear is a breakthrough for women in a male-dominated industry.

Mazda MX-5 Super25

Mazda debuted its MX-5 Super25 at the 2012 SEMA Show as the successor to the MX-5 Super20 from the 2010 and 2011 SEMA shows. The new and improved MX-5 features a Super Red Gloss exterior with Brilliant White detailing and stripes and matte Black Mica accents, the classic MazdaSpeed colors. The side of the vehicle has the number 55 worked into the design in memory of Mazda’s first, and only, Le Mans race win in 1991. The car has custom four-lap lighting placed on top of its custom grille and 17-inch Volk racing matte black wheels that give it a super sporty look. The interior seat and steering wheel are covered in Charcoal ultra-suede with red accents to match the outside. It is also equipped with a six-point racing harness and an AiM MXL data acquisition logger with real-time ECU information that fits perfectly into the dash.

 2013 SRT Viper Aero

The bright yellow, curvy SRT Viper Aero was an eyecatcher at the 2012 SEMA Show. It is modified with Mopar’s aero kit, which gives it a carbon fiber front splitter and a ducktail rear spoiler that give it 300 pounds of down force at 150 mph. A carbon fiber “X-Brace” replaced an aluminum piece under the hood, making it lighter. To make it even sportier, the Viper Aero has a coil over suspension kit and racing bucket seats with harnesses. The Viper Aero has not entered production yet, but it’s modifications will be available after it’s launch in 2013.

 2013 HFP® Honda Accord Coupe

The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe with the Honda Factory Performance® package debuted at the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas and proved to be a favorite. The limited-edition Accord Coupe HFP® will hit show rooms next spring, but only 500 will be produced. According to a press release from Honda, the package includes: 19-inch alloy wheels, a decklid spoiler, sport suspension that lowers the car by 15mm, red interior illumination, specially branded floor mats and other body enhancements. The HFP® option package MSRP is $4,650 (not including installation). Check with Chapman AZ for more information on its availability.

Service Center

When selecting a new or pre-owned vehicle, it is important to consider the total cost to you, the owner, over the course of ownership.  Most buyers take a hard look at the total cost, monthly payment, and fuel efficiency of the vehicles they consider, but the window sticker rarely tells the whole story – the cost to service your new auto should also be a threshold concern before purchase.

Selecting the right automobile.  It stands to reason that smaller cars generally cost less to service than larger ones.  Parts for compacts and sedans, for example, are typically less expensive than parts for sport-utilities and pickups.  Even cars in the same class, however, may impose dramatically different service costs.  A sedan with large wheels or a large engine may require premium tires and fuel (which come at a premium rate).  Cloth upholstery may require stain guards and shampooing, while leather seats may need to be conditioned on occasion to protect them from the Arizona sun.  The key to choosing the right car is to select based on your needs – if you don’t need a full-size pickup, but you do want to have some cargo space, consider a crossover.

Domestics vs. imports.  In years past, this comparison would have yielded something of a truism: imports are more expensive than domestics.  Today, however, that basic notion is no longer true in many cases.  Because the market for imported cars has grown so substantially in recent years, most overseas manufacturers import more than enough parts to supply for the needs of domestic consumers.  Furthermore, many parts have become universal now that domestic and foreign automakers often work together to design their offerings – the Dodge Dart, for example, was designed as a joint project between Dodge and Fiat.  Also, there are many Arizona service centers here in the Valley and elsewhere who specialize in servicing imports, so finding someone with expertise regarding your vehicle is nowhere near as difficult as it may once have been.

Warranties and factory maintenance.  It can be difficult to gauge the value of a warranty or a factory maintenance guarantee while deliberating at a showroom table, but the consideration is nonetheless important.  Some brands offer much longer factory warranties than others – Hyundai, for example, has long been a leading manufacturer in that regard with a 10-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty that can save owners a great deal if something goes wrong.  Some manufacturers, like BMW, also offer roadside assistance and routine maintenance packages at little or no additional cost, depending on the model.  Even luxury brands can offer affordable service if a warranty is included.

Ask your local automotive expertChapman Arizona employs some of the most knowledgeable and helpful service and salespersons in the state, each of whom would be more than willing to answer all of your automotive questions.  They may even point you to a list of low-cost-to-own models, many of which are available online from sources like Motor Trend or AutoGuide.  Help, as always, is just a click, phone call, or short drive away.