Auto News for Sept. 11

Lexani Motorcars

Is your Cadillac Escalade not fancy enough? Well there is hope in the form of Concept One, an interior conversion from Lexani Motorcars, a maker of customized luxury coaches. Among the amenities customers can select are two six-way power executive seats in Italian leather with heat and massage, an intercom system, a 40” Samsung LED Smart TV and the much sought after electronic privacy partition. Other options include an electronic security vault, espresso machine, 24K gold plated customer accents, and perimeter armor options. Premium package prices start at $320,000 and the company said that includes jump seats.

An insurance group says pickups have become a favorite target of thieves with 9,441 stolen between New Year’s Day 2010 and New Year’s Eve of 2013. Texas had the highest number of thefts followed by California and Texas, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

A couple of positive notes out of the Motor City where there has been such an overload of negative events. is opening a new 5,000 square-foot satellite office in the downtown area in a rather unique move back into the city from the ‘burbs. And the city has reached an agreement with one of the chief critics of its bankruptcy recovery plan. Closed door talks are ongoing between other objectors and federal mediators.

According to Detroit has the most expensive car insurance in the nation due to unlimited personal industry protection and many uninsured motorists – up to 50% percent by some estimates. Detroit area drivers pay 165% more than the national average for coverage according to the survey. New York City motorists pay the second highest rate followed by Los Angeles, while Charlotte has the cheapest rates. Cleveland and Pittsburgh are the second and third least expensive metro areas.





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