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Porsche Announces Smaller Version of Limousine

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on January 9, 2013

Legendary sports car manufacturer Porsche recently announced that it will be producing and marketing a smaller version of its Panamera limousine in the very near future. Porsche has been slow to release specifics about the smaller, more nimble version of the Panamera, but early reports suggest that it will be a five-door fastback design like the larger model and is poised to compete with the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series luxury sedans. Porsche says that the new Panamera limo is going to be a big part of the automaker’s plans to improve market share and sell 200,000 vehicles a year by 2018.

Porsche president Matthias Mueller told reporters that the new Panamera limo has been in development for several years and that prices will begin around $80,000. Mueller described this price point as “the magic limit,” meaning the lower limit that Porsche would consider selling one of its models so as not to undermine its reputation as a luxury automaker. Mueller also leaked news about another new model, a sleek roadster code-named the Porsche 960, which will be positioned to erode Ferrari’s share of the performance market.

In other news, Mueller also hinted at the resurrection of a classic Porsche, the Targa Drophead, a semi-convertible coupe with a removable roof section for open air on the open road.

"We could see ourselves reviving the Targa 964 just like we did 20 years ago," Mueller said.

If things proceed as planned, these new models, in addition to yet another new model, the compact Macan SUV, would add to Porsche’s current lineup of the classic 911, the Cayenne crossover SUV, the full-size Panamera and the Boxster/Cayman. Porsche is owned by Volkswagen and set a new sales record in November, with 128,978 units sold, a marked improvement of 8.5 percent over 2011’s sales.

We look forward to seeing the new Panamera limo, but we wonder if or how it will fit into its proposed niche of smaller performance limousines or if it will create an entirely new niche. Either way, color us intrigued, as any new limousine model from an automaker like Porsche is a reason for celebration! Speaking of celebrations, if you’re looking for a San Francisco limousine rental to help you celebrate an important event in your life, call us at NLS Limo today at 800-339-8936. No other Bay Area limousine service offers a better selection of limos and other luxury vehicles at affordable rates. Add in our legendary customer service, and you and your friends are guaranteed to have a wonderful time! Please browse the pages of our site to view your limo rental options and if you have any questions, we would love to hear from you!

Maserati Plans to Increase Market Share With New Limousine and Other Models

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on October 31, 2012

Legendary Italian automaker Maserati has announced that they will introduce a new luxury limousine in the very near future, as well as a new SUV and mid-sized sedan. The recent announcement caught many exotic car enthusiasts by surprise, as Maserati has built an enviable reputation over the years as a designer and manufacturer of ultra high-end sports coupes. The new Maserati limousine will be called the Quattroporte, and comp-any officials hope that it, along with the new performance-focused SUV and luxury sedan models, will help Maserati boost sales and increase market share.

New models are not the only part of Maserati’s new direction. The automaker also plans to make some of their automobiles more affordable, with entry level models priced around $125,000, a price that is half that of Maserati’s lowest-priced cars. The Quattroporte is expected to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2013. Maserati is withholding most details about the new limo, but they have reported that it will be over 17 feet long and offer more cabin space than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series and Porsche Panamera.

The new sedan will be called the Ghibli, which Maserati says will compete with the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Classes. The new SUV will be called the Levante, which seems poised to compete with the Porsche Cayenne for SUV buyers with deep pockets.

Many staff members here at NLS Limo are very excited to hear about Maserati’s new direction. They are especially interested in seeing how Maserati designers reinvent the new limousine with their keen eye for automotive lines and details. If you have a keen eye for detail and an appreciation for superb customer service and need a San Francisco limousine for an upcoming event, you have definitely come to the right place! We have the Bay Area’s best selection of stretch limos, SUV limos, luxury sedans and other vehicles for groups of two up to 62. For more information about your options, as well as rates and availability, call us today at 800-339-8936!

New 2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan Expected to Become the New Standard for Luxury Sedan Rentals

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on September 11, 2012

Cadillac recently released details about their much-anticipated new XTS sedan, and we’re pretty excited about it. Regular readers of our blog know that we love all kinds of cars from the newest models to vintage classics, but we are understandably especially fond of luxury cars. The new Cadillac XTS is not built to be the fastest luxury car on the road, and it won’t hold a corner at speed like a Lotus or Ferrari. The new XTS is simply designed to be one of the most comfortable rides on the road and provide creature comforts usually found in much more expensive luxury sedans.

The new XTS represents Cadillac moving in a bold, new direction, as it will be the first Cadillac sedan that isn’t powered by a V-8 engine since 1914. The front wheel drive XTS features a 3.6-liter direct-injection 24-valve V-6 rated to produce 304 horsepower governed by a silky smooth 6-speed automatic transaxle. As we mentioned, this Caddy is about comfort. The chassis features MacPherson struts and coil springs in the front for comfort and control, and the independent rear suspension uses an H-arm configuration on both sides in combination with air springs. The shocks employ the latest magnetic-ride-control technology, which very effectively smoothes out the rough spots on road surfaces and helps prevent roll when taking corners.

Moving inside, the XTS sets the standard for safety as well as luxury and comfort. No less than ten airbags are placed throughout the cabin to protect driver and passengers. The interior sports a clean, uncluttered look dominated by real leather and brushed aluminum accents, and the dash is refreshingly free of unnecessary knobs and buttons. Instead, the focus in on Cadillac’s intuitive CUE info/entertainment system located in the center. Taking design and function cues from popular smartphones and tablet computers, users can control the CUE system with gestures and swipes to use the entertainment, navigation, Bluetooth and sound system controls.

Speaking of tablets, new XTS owners will receive an iPad loaded with software that allows them to quickly learn how to use the CUE system, climate controls and other cutting-edge technology loaded in the XTS. Base models are priced at a very affordable $44,995, but buyers who want the Premium Collection package can expect to pay a bit over $58,000. While buyers’ accountants might balk at the higher price tag, we’re certain that their reservations will be quickly sorted once they buckle up and go for a ride in this lovely car.

Speaking of reservations, if you’re looking for San Francisco Cadillac rentals, we have several models. If you love Cadillacs and are looking for Cadillac rentals in the Bay Area, just give us a call at NLS Limo at 800-339-8936 to reserve yours today! We don’t have a new XTS in our fleet of luxury vehicles yet, but we’re working on it!

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