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Monday, November 29, 2010

2011 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year: Porsche Cayenne

Pepper on Salt: Flat Out in Our Spiciest and Sportiest Ever 'Ute of the Year
From the December, 2010 issue of Motor Trend
By Frank Markus
Photography by Wesley Allison
We realize this looks bad. A bunch of unabashed car-loving adrenaline junkies invite a high-clearance sports car to an SUV contest and go all wobbly-kneed with excitement, crowning it champ. We can hear the hate mail composing itself from here: "That high-falutin' Porsh is an even stupider pick than last year's Scooby-doo station wagon! Cancel my subscription! (Again!)" We beg your indulgence as we build our case around the six key criteria.
We'll start with engineering excellence. Don't forget, when Porsche's Cayenne first vied for SUOTY in December 2003, we found its many sporting charms resistible, awarding the calipers to its calmer subdermal sibling, the VW Touareg. But the technical enhancements made between then and now are compelling. The initial lineup of two engines has expanded to five powertrains. The V-6s include a free-breathing, 300-horse, 3.6-liter that can be paired with a six-speed manual and a supercharged 3.0-liter gas-electric hybrid that cranks out a combined 380 horsepower and earns big efficiency points by sipping fuel at the rate of 21 mpg city/25 highway. (Speaking of efficiency, all engines feature direct injection; all automatics get eight ratios; and an auto-stop feature on all models turns the engine off when stopped to improve real-world efficiency, if not EPA figures.) Two 4.8-liter V-8s round out the roster, making 400 and -- in twin-turbo trim -- 500 horsepower. This widens the Cayenne's base-price footprint to span from $47,675 to $105,775. (Tick every box and you can blow $168K!)
Another impressive engineering advancement: Porsche lightened the load those powertrains lug by 400 pounds. The Deep Woods Off! set may be chagrined to learn that a chunk of that savings came from axing the two-speed transfer case in favor of an active AWD system with an electronic multiplate clutch that engages the front axle on demand. An off-road mode optimizes the electronic control logic of the traction, transmission, and chassis systems for trail running. A hill-descent control function is standard and optional air springs lend extra ground clearance for rock climbing.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Support our Local Artists at the new Pleasant Plains Workshop

Kristina Bilonick is a native Washingtonian who uses screen printing, found objects and other media to create art installations that are often interactive. She has shown her work at at local art spaces such as Transformer, Honfleur Gallery, and Civilian Art Projects. Kristina also has an ever-changing line of clothing, accessories and housewares. Her most popular items are her long 'all over print' cotton scarves featuring repeated prints such as marching buffalo or overlapping prints of foliage. By day, she is program director at Washington Project for the Arts.

Anthony Dihle / Fire Studio Anthony Dihle has screen printed concert posters for local and internationally known bands such as Greenland, Exit Clov, Elvis Costello and Jay-Z. In addition to making work, he has curated multiple gallery shows at local art spaces such as Civilian Art Projects and the Athaneum, featuring works of other masterful printer-designers. Dihle also creates hand printed greeting cards and t-shirts.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Reserve your Thanksgiving car or van today!

Guests coming in town for Thanksgiving?  Reserve your extra car or minivan today for the holidays.  From minivans to Mercedes, we rent the vehicle to fit your lifestyle.  

And don't forget to take your guests to Gaylord's National Harbour Resort for ICE! featuring the Grinch that Stole Christmas.  

Monday, November 8, 2010

Neighbors helping Neighbors

by Donna Estin 

 Advance Car Rental is donating
Thanksgiving Baskets to the
Arlington Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless

Could you donate a food item?
We still need the following non-perishable Items (each basket feeds a family of 4):

Green beans, boxed mashed potatoes, corn, pumpkin pie filling, pie crust, rolls, yams, olives! 
If you can help, please drop off your food donations before Wed. 11/17 in the baskets located just inside our front door at 850 N. Randolph Street, STE 104, Arlington, VA.  (Between 9th St. & Wilson Blvd, across from Liberty Center in Ballston)


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Welcoming a sporty, exciting, and new addition to our fleet.

By: Patrick Ingram

On Monday we acquired a new 2011 Chevy Camaro SS into our fleet.  I really like the sporty exterior and interior of the vehicle.  It sits low and hugs the road very well.  The speed on the Camaro SS is as equally impressive.  I was really impressed with the interior HUD display which displays an image on the actual windshield!  The 2011 Chevy Camaro SS is now available at $150/day.