Archive for September, 2007

Eco-Friendly Hybrid Limousine To Stretch Fuel Mileage

September 22, 2007

As limousine-company owners and industry sellers converged at the Mohegan Sun casino this week for the LCT Eastern Conference/New England Livery Association trade show and convention, one of the showroom-floor vehicles getting the lion’s share of the spotlight was the new Mariner hybrid sport-utility vehicle customized for limousine service. It was the first time the vehicle has been shown outside of Ford Motor Co. dealer meetings.

A lot of companies have begun offering in the last year chauffeur-driven hybrid livery cars, which include PlanetTran in Cambridge and Go Green Airport Shuttle in Pelham, N.H., that both use Toyota Priuses. More than 300 hybrid taxis have gone into service in New York and San Francisco since late 2005.

The Mariner, however, is the first manufacturer-sponsored hybrid made specifically for livery service. Drabbed in deep glossy black, with a specialized four-year, 100,000-mile warranty and deluxe business-executive appointments such as leather seats and front-seat electric outlets for a laptop computer, the car sells for $30,200 in its front-wheel-drive version. Buyers however can avail of a $3,000 federal energy-conservation tax credit.

So what makes this hybrid car unique? An environmentally friendly hybrid engine that makes this livery-package Mercury Mariner capable of getting 34 miles a gallon in the city, and can easily triple the mileage of a maxed-out Hummer.


Top 5 Limousine Models For Prom Nights

September 22, 2007

Prom night is considered as one of the most memorable moments for high school or college students, and is an event that no one would dare miss out on. Most would prefer going to the prom in a stylish and affordable manner as possible.

What would a prom night be without a ride in a limousine? There are upmarket saloon cars, that seat about 6 people, stretch limousines that seat about 8 to 10 people, and super-super stretch limos that seat more than ten people. The bigger they get, the more costly they are going to be. However, the bigger they are, then the more people that they will hold. So if splitting the bill with others is a good idea, then the cost per person might well be within your price range.

More Young People Are Renting limousines For Prom Night

More and more young people are renting limousines for prom night transportation than in previous years, according to an industry insider.

Traveling by limousine on prom night is now considered a very safe way to travel,as parents need not have to worry about their child driving later at night and worrying if there would be a chance of having the teenagers figure in an accident from drunk driving or overspeeding. Renting a limousine for the prom also proves to be an economically sound choice. When several couples share and combine resources, they could make a full night out of their limousine rental and even go to dinner before the prom or dancing at the club when the prom is over.

Top 5 Prom-Night limousine Models

As the market for limousine rentals shifts to cater to the lifestyles of young adults, newer and sleeker limousine designs have now been manufactured, to cater to young folks who want to go partying in style riding the newest limo versions. Currently the top limousine model for prom-night party goers would be the Hummer H2 Customized Series, which could come in an assortment of colors, from black to pink.

The Hummer Limo series also comes in the standard 6-seater version, and also offers the superstretched Hummer series, which could accommodate up from 18 to 20 persons.

Other famous limousine models for prom nights are the Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac Escalade, the Jaguar S-Series, and the limousine Bus,which seats up to 22 persons and is equipped with a 42″ big screen TV with VCR & DVD, black leather seats, crystal bars, champagne and crystal rock glasses, AM/FM stereo with CD, fiber optic lighting, and overhead mood lights.

Tips To Remember Before Getting One

There are many aspects to consider regarding prom limousine rentals. To minimize costs and maximize your fun, here are a few prom limousine rental tips. Since prices vary with each limousine rental firm, you should shop and compare rates at a few local companies before committing yourself to one limousine service. While some companies increase their rates per hour, others keep a stable rate and require a minimum service, usually at least six hours.

Prices also fluctuate with the passenger size of limousine you rent, so luxury limousines that carry 15 passengers are most costly than 6 or 8-seaters. The more passengers, however, the more the cost is spread out. To avoid getting stuck with excessive charges, think of cost per person. You may also want to drop by the limousine company ahead of time to check if the limousine you’re renting is appropriate–a prom night limousine should not be too extravagant, but the service should at least offer clean and safe vehicles.

Limousine Service for Your Special Event

September 22, 2007

When you book for a limousine service it’s always better to go with your instincts and intelligence, along with considering few important factors. Booking for a limousine service should be done well in order to assure satisfaction.

When you rent or book for a limousine, definitely there is a special event that you are planning to have, it may either be a wedding, prom, anniversary, birthday, baptismal, trip with loved ones, business affair and so on. limousine service is an important part of any occasion. limousine is a vehicle that can add a good mood and style to any occasion you are planning.

The important factors to be look into when booking or looking for limousine service are prices and high quality service. Getting the cheapest price is not the best thing to do, since if you want to have best deal, cheapest one is not the answer because cheapest may ruin your plan due to the worse service they have.

In renting for limousine service for your special event, here are some tips that you need to consider in order to assure satisfaction and having the best deal.
You have to settle the budget you want to spend for your special event. You need to allocate the specific budget you can spend for your special event and the part that you can spend for renting limousine service. You have to keep the budget realistic, and keep the certain portion for renting limousine service.

In searching and booking for limousine service, you have to be early and you have to do it few months before the said date of the event you are planning. You have to bear in mind that you are not the only person who is booking and looking or the best limousine service, so it would be beneficial on your part if you are early. In booking early, you will be having the chance to search for the best limousine and best service that you need and want.

You have to put into account your needs, like for instance, you need to make head count in order to know the type and size of limousine that you need to book. You need to comply with the basic requirements or needs in order to make sure that everything is running smoothly and to prevent embarrassing situation.

When you visit few limo companies, you need to ask the basic questions that lie in the entire process such as the price, what is all in the package, the services they provide, and amenities that they have and so on.

You have to confirm about the chauffeur. You have to check out if they will provide you with professional chauffeur. You have to discuss also with the limo company if the chauffeur have uniform to assure that the chauffeur is neat and pleasing enough for your special event.

Signing a contract with the limo company is important. But before you sign it make sure to read it carefully and check out if the details written are correct and precise.

New York Cab Group Sues City Over GPS

September 22, 2007

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking to block the New York Taxi and limousine Commission from installing global positioning system software on all city taxi meters.

The group is said to represent more than 10,000 taxi drivers in the city. The city’s famous yellow cab drivers have been at odds lately on whether the new GPS system would be used as a tool to spy on Muslims, or track their movements.

The suit, filed in Federal District Court, said the software was an invasion of privacy and denied the drivers their constitutionally protected right to their own property. City officials said they could not comment on the suit until they had seen it.

Around two weeks ago, the alliance called the strike to protest new rules requiring all cabs to have global positioning systems and touch-screen monitors that will let passengers pay by credit card. Some cabbies fear the GPS systems could be used to track their movements and that they could get stuck paying hefty fees for credit card processing.

The two-day strike happened right in the middle of the New York Fashion Week and the US Open tennis tournament.

The Wisdom Behind The Stretch Limousine

September 22, 2007

The words “limousine” and “chauffeur” have been used since before the early stages of the 20th Century, when horse-drawn carriages and trains required uniformed professional drivers to man the horses and steam engines.

The word “limousine” originated from the Limousin region of France where shepherds use an over-sized, hooded garment to protect themselves from the cold weather. The drivers of automobiles later utilized such garments as they sat in the open and exposed front seats, while their bosses or the owner of the vehicle rode luxuriously in the rear seats.

There is a clear stylishness to the limousine and an air of mystery that surrounds the people behind the tinted windows. Ever since the golden age of automobiles in the early 1900s, people have been mesmerized by the elegant and, at times, daring designs of the limousines and town cars in which royalty, movie stars, and industry bigwigs are driven.

Early Beginnings Of The Stretch Limo

After the First World War, most of the world had their fill of the sedan chairs and hose-drawn carriages, then the stretch limousine came into the picture. The first “Stretch limousine” was created in Forth Smith, Arkansas in the United States in 1928 by a coach builder named Armbruster. The stretch limos were generally utilized to transport famous “big band” leaders, such as Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, and orchestras, as well as their musical instruments and other equipment, across the country. As a result, the early stretch cars were called “big band buses”.

In 1962, Armbruster fused with Stageway Coaches of Cincinnati in Ohio, USA, and became Armbruster-Stageway Coachbuilders, and in 1974, the first six-door funeral limousines were built on Cadillac chassis. Eventually, the product line of Lincoln Stretch limousines was included due to the growing popularity of Lincoln within the limousine and funeral service realm, however the main mission statement for the cars and the company was simply “to move people from place to place, only in larger cars”.

The advent of the 60s and 70s made limousines more popular, as they were increasingly used for general use by American presidents and movie stars, and due to their increasing popularity, more custom coachbuilders began trading. In the late 80s, Federal Coach bought out Armbruster-Stageway, although the tradition that began nearly eighty years ago still remains.

The Wisdom Behind The Stretch limousineThe wisdom behind the creation of the stretch limo boils down to creating a unique design. Generally, stretch limousines are used to transport more than three passengers, excluding the driver. These limousine types may contain extra amenities such as expensive audio players, flat-screen television sets, video players, and bars, often with refrigerators.

There are occasions when a coach builder or car designer would develop the “ultimate” stretch limo, by adding more amenities that are somehow impractical, but would definitely make a significant design statement. One unique design includes using double rear axles to support the weight of an operational hot tub. Most coach builders can perform aftermarket extensions on luxury sedans and SUVs.

These extensive, and often expensive, limousine conversions have been performed on several luxury vehicles, namely Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Chrysler, Ford, Holden, Hummer, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, and Rolls-Royce. In the United States and Canada, the most popular and commonly used vehicles for stretch limousine conversions are the Lincoln Town Car, Cadillac DTS, Hummer H2, and the Lincoln Navigator. Sometimes, even the common Corvette and VW Bug could be stretched to accommodate up to 10 passengers.