San Francisco Limousines
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Because it is our mission to bring our readers all sorts of limousine news from the sublime to the ridiculous, we thought we’d share this limo news item out of the Netherlands. A Dutch company called U-Boat Worx, which manufactures custom submarines, has announced that they have created the world’s first “subsea limousine,” the C-Explorer 5. This underwater limo was unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show this past September and seats up to four guests, including the chauffeur.
Aimed squarely at customers at the higher end of the income bracket, the C-Explorer 5 retails for around $2.4 million and is designed for intrepid owners who want to explore depths down to 1,000 feet below sea level. It is capable of reaching speeds up to 3 knots, or 3.5 miles per hour and is equipped with high-capacity lithium-ion batteries that can power the limo up to eight hours. This limousine closely resembles the remotely operated vessels (ROVs) that researchers use to explore the ocean’s depths but on a larger scale. A pressurized steel and acrylic sphere protects the occupants, and the sphere is framed by a steel cage and outboard pontoon-like structures, which house the thrusters and stabilizers.
If the occupants happen to get a bit more adventurous than they planned, the vessel is capable of supporting the crew for up to 96 hours or even longer with the optional 16-hour batteries. The chauffeur controls the underwater limo through dual-2kWh thrusters and optional dual-1.2kWh thrusters for controlling side-to-side movement. Moving inside, the amenities are more practical than luxurious by necessity. The CE5 features LED lighting, air conditioning, bucket seats and underwater instrumentation. However, the CE5 does offer some cool amenities not found on most limousines: there is a smaller tethered ROV for exploring tighter spaces, an external arm, a high-definition camcorder and sonar equipment.
There is no doubt that this limousine is one of the coolest limos that we have seen, but it isn’t very practical. After all, where is the wet bar, moon roof, flat-screen TV, audio system, privacy screen and other luxurious amenities found in all of our San Francisco limousines? While this limo may be great for a specific kind of sightseeing, and a spectacular one at that, it would have limited range and appeal for most of our guests. If you want a San Francisco limo, party bus or other type of luxury transportation for an upcoming wedding, concert or other special occasion held above sea level, call us at NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936. Our Bay Area limousines might not be able to take you and your guests on an underwater adventure, but we’d be glad to transport you to the Aquarium of the Bay, Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences, Monterey Bay Aquarium or any other destination you’d like!
The latest piece of precision German engineering from the craftsmen at Audi features some surprises but is a fine example of contemporary automotive comfort and design. The new Audi A8 4.2-litre V8 TDI is simply a beautiful car that also happens to be a luxury limousine. The A8’s first surprise is under the hood, where an 8-cylinder diesel engine purrs until the driver gooses the accelerator. The turbo diesel motor responds with a fluid burst of acceleration but remains quiet and well-mannered despite the impressive performance of zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. All that energy is managed by a silky-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission and a finely-tuned suspension that grips the road and holds corners at speed remarkably well for a limousine. Prices for the new A8 begin at a modest $238,500, but there is nothing modest about this limousine.
Moving inside, passengers are treated to an uncommon stillness while on the road. Test drivers commented on the eerie sense of quiet throughout the cabin even when deliberately trying to make the engine roar. Luxury car aficionados say that this new Audi offers the kind of luxuriant silence not often found in cars costing much more. It seems that Audi has positioned the A8 to make a very big impact in this niche of the luxury car market, and, if early indications are correct, they have accomplished their mission.
The A8 is no slouch when it comes to technology, either. The A8 features a state-of-the-art in-car information/navigation/entertainment system that includes the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, a touchpad with handwriting recognition, wireless access for iPads, iPhones and Android devices, an automotive interface that provides data about fuel consumption, drive train performance and much more.
Designers chose to use aluminum as often as possible for fenders, door panels and other exterior features in order to keep weight down and performance high. Safety equipment includes a pre-sense system that provides nighttime avoidance assistance by recognizing objects in the roadway, night vision amplification, adaptive cruise control and many other features.
Many of our staffers are already begging us to add an Audi A8 limo to our fleet of San Francisco limousines, and we are certainly enticed by the idea of adding a limo this beautiful to our collection. If and when we do add one, it will be our pleasure to pass this information along to our readers for sure. Until then, we still have the Bay Area’s best selection of stretch limousines, SUV limos, party buses and other luxury transportation options. For more information about rates and availability, just give us at NLS Limo a call today at 800-339-8936!
A Chauffeur transporting 20 unruly guests in a Hummer limo in Seattle kicked all his guests out of the vehicle and left them on the side of the road after a fight broke out in the limo. The guests had been drinking heavily, and the chauffeur had asked them repeatedly to behave when some guests began fighting. The chauffeur then ordered his guests out of the limousine and drove away. State troopers arrived soon after and found the inebriated guests gathered by the side of the street with one man bleeding profusely. The troopers began interviewing the stranded guests and rendered assistance to the injured man.
An eighth-grader at Horn Lake Middle School in Memphis, Tennessee out-read, out-learned and now will get to out-relax more than 300 of her classmates for winning her school’s Horn Lake Library Teen Limo contest. Jackie Hernandez earned her limo ride by completing her library’s Summer Reading Program, and she, as well as five of her friends, will arrive to the first day of school this fall in her limousine. The young lady is quite excited by her award and has no plans to stop reading even though the contest is over.
A new hotel near the airport in Melboune, Australia is offering a most unusual service for its guests, which makes sense as it is a most unusual hotel. Beginning July 1 at the sparkling new Hanrob Pet Hotel at Melbourne International Airport’s Tullamarine terminal, busy travelers will be able to transport their furry friends in comfort and style. The hotel promises limousine rides for pets in addition to other luxury “guest” services such as “ultimate luxury” dog and cat suites. The hotel is a kind of high-end pet boarding service that offers training and exercise programs, grooming sessions, scheduled playtime and other services.
Five honor students from an elementary school in Michigan were rewarded for their diligence and scholastic achievement recently with a limousine ride complete with a stop for lunch. The five kids attend Village Oaks Elementary School in Novi, Michigan, and their hard work earned them two hours off from school, a trip to McDonald’s, the pinnacle of culinary rewards for any elementary school kid, and over two hours riding around in the back of a Hummer limousine. We like writing about these types of stories because school kids who excel in sports get all kinds of perks and accolades for their athletic prowess, and we feel that academic athletes should be rewarded as well! If you know of a deserving group of Bay Area kids who have worked hard all year and earned outstanding grades, reward them with a San Francisco limousine from us to reinforce positive behavior!
Yet another presidential limousine story in the news this month! The city of London, England took a radical step some years ago to combat traffic congestion that paralyzed traffic throughout the city: it began imposing a congestion charge on all vehicles entering the city, and the plan has mostly worked. Traffic in the city is down overall, and people living there can get around with much greater ease since the plan was enacted. As President Obama found out recently, no one is exempt from paying the charge to enter the city, not even presidential motorcades. Each limousine in the President’s fleet was ordered to pay the charge, but administration officials refused, saying that diplomats should be excused from paying the charges.
A Detroit, Michigan man facing arson charges in connection with a fire that injured seven Detroit firefighters has demanded that the government pay for a limousine service to transport ten witnesses to his trail in Ann Arbor. Calvin Jones, a self-employed auto mechanic, is scheduled to stand trial on June 28 for his alleged role in helping to set a fire that gutted a department store and led to injuries that paralyzed one firefighter and seriously injured six more. Jones claims that the witnesses are poor and don’t own their own transportation, making it very difficult for them to attend the trial. He claims that the witnesses are crucially important for his defense and that renting a limo for them is the most cost-effective way to transport them to his trial.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the state agency that oversees limousine services and other for-hire transportation companies, recently released its summary of enforcement actions against ground transportation companies for the first quarter of 2011. The CPUC enforces regulations, issues licenses and oversees around 5,000 limousine services in our state, including NLS Limo, the premier San Francisco limousine service.