Cars owned by Rod Stewart and Adam Clayton from U2 will be among those auctioned off at an upcoming event in London. A 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S delivered new to Maggie May singer Stewart, who was knighted just this month, will go on the block along with a 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9SS formerly owned by U2 bassist Clayton. This is one of only eight right-hand drive versions of this model. Both cars are expected to command big bucks.
Along that line, a new poll shows that one in four women would now consider buying a classic car. A classic car insurance firm backed the survey and found that the number of female owners has risen by 40 percent in the past two years. Among the cars they favor are Volkswagen, Mazda, MG, and Land Rover, according to the Footman James firm in the UK.
U.S October auto sales are projected to fall 0.8 percent from a year ago according to J.D. Power and LMC automotive. This would be the sixth time in the past eight months that sales have dipped. “We do not foresee a large pullback in sales in the near term, but the fact that retail sales are beginning to contract, despite high incentives and extremely low interest rates and gas prices, is a clear indicator that this (sales) cycle has reached its peak,” said John Humphrey, senior vice president of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power.
Volvo has been named “Tech Brand of the Year” for its Sensus touchscreen control system in its larger premium models. The award comes from Carbuyer, a review and advice service. I have had a chance to see the system work in a very luxurious S90 and it was dazzling.
A new Road Safety Monitor poll conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation USA and sponsored by Anheuser-Busch revealed low awareness of safe ride home programs among U.S. drivers. It also showed that a large proportion of drivers do not use safe ride home programs, even when they are available and drivers were aware of them. A number of people reported driving while impaired and did so because they believed they were okay to make it home. In addition, the survey showed that safe ride home programs and public transportation were not consistently available across the U.S. A number of drivers seeking these options were not aware of whether these programs were available in their area.