Forbes’ Most Beautiful Cars of 2012

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The definition of beauty is a highly subjective matter, one that hinges on personal opinions and emotions, but as a whole, it’s pretty easy to agree that Forbes did a fantastic job in coming up with their list of the “Most Beautiful Cars of 2012.”

With incredible Italian, English, Danish, and German examples of automotive artistry, this “top 9” list pulls from a broad spectrum to excite your visual sense. Even more exciting, in our personal opinion, is that 5 of the top 9 most beautiful cars of 2012 can be found in a local Park Place Dealership.

For the full list, you can read Forbes’ “Most Beautiful Cars Of 2012” here, or check out the gorgeous cars on the list that can be found at Park Place Dealerships below!

Jaguar F-Type

To be perfectly honest, you can’t actually see the F-Type in our showroom yet because it hasn’t been released, but it’s easy to see why this re-animation of Jaguar’s sports-car heritage made it on the list

McLaren MP4-12C and 12C Spider

Based on styling cues and technology straight out of F1 racing, this entirely carbon fiber supercar truly is a thing of beauty, with the power to back it up. The flawless, sweeping lines of the body are completely uninterrupted as you will find a lack of hardware, with the incredibly unique dihedral doors opening with a high-tech touch interface rather than traditional handles.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

AMG took the lead in designing both the body and powertrain for this impressive, aircraft inspired, example of AMG engineering. Want to turn heads in a classically styled, modern behemoth of a car? This is a brilliant choice.

Bentley Mulsanne

The Mulsanne blends the best of yesteryear with today’s modern touches. Plush interior, supercar power, and refined design prove where Bentley’s focus stands, the pure joy of the driving experience. That is evident in this quote from Car and Driver, “As extravagant and comfortable as the Mulsanne is, its most impressive trait is its poise.”

Maserati GranTurismo Sport

If your tastes hail from Italy, this inspiring GT car is as good as it gets. With bold lines, an almost sinister style, Italian engineering under the hood, and all of the refinement you’ve come to expect from Maserati in the cabin, this is a car that can scare you and put a smile on your face at the same time.

Park Place Jaguar Plano Named One of the Best Dealerships to Work For by Automotive News

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Only Local Dealership to be Recognized

PLANO, TX (July 16, 2012) – Park Place Jaguar Plano earned the distinction of being named one of the Best Dealerships to Work For by Automotive News in 2012.  Automotive News partnered with Best Companies Group to identify 100 dealerships in the U.S. and Canada that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. The program measured workplace satisfaction through a confidential survey of employers and employees.

“This recognition reinforces our commitment to hire and train individuals who enjoy being a part of a bigger team who ultimately provide the client with a great experience,” said Jordan Case, president of Park Place Jaguar Plano. “Our members have created a culture that is one-of-a-kind and centers around teamwork and strong leadership.”

The list of the 2012 Best Dealerships to Work For was published in the July 9 issue of Automotive News. The top 100 dealerships will be ranked and revealed at the Best Dealerships to Work For program and gala awards dinner on Oct. 17, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

For complete information about the Best Dealerships to Work For from Automotive News visit www.autonews.com/bestdealerships.

Looking to join a great team and work at one of the Top 100 Best Dealerships to Work For? Check out our careers page and get started! http://jobs.parkplacetexas.com/

 

 

 

 

Park Place Jaguar Plano and Lotus of Plano names General Manager Mike Cuzzo

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Plano, TX (July 13, 2012) – Mike Cuzzo has been named General Manager of Park Place Jaguar Plano and Lotus of Plano. Cuzzo joined Park Place Dealerships, Dallas/Fort Worth’s premier luxury automobile group, in August of 2010 as General Sales Manager of Park Place Lexus in Mission Viejo, California. Cuzzo then moved to Park Place Lexus Plano where sales, member morale, and client satisfaction soared.

During his tenure at Lexus Plano, Cuzzo served as a leader in the Circle of Excellence program, a group whose charter is to raise money in support of local community charities. Within the first six months of his leadership, this group has more than doubled charitable contributions.
 
Cuzzo has worked for almost two decades in the automotive industry. He started his career in 1994 as a salesman for a Honda dealership in Orange County and was quickly promoted to Sales Manager. In 2005, Cuzzo became General Manager of Ford and Mazda of Orange. Cuzzo joined Park Place in 2010 at Park Place Lexus Mission Viejo.
 
Mike Cuzzo lives with his wife and two sons in Frisco.
 
Park Place Jaguar and Lotus of Plano are located 4422 West Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas 75093.
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Mike Cuzzo; The new general manager of Jaguar Plano and Lotus of Plano

Design Inspirations For Jaguar C-X16 Interior

Julian Thompson, Advanced Design Director for Jaguar Cars and Alister Whelan, the Design Director for the C-X16,  discuss the inspirations and details of the interior of the stunning Jaguar C-X16 Concept. The result is a super-luxurious and well-thought out design brought to life with the finest materials, rich textures, and unparalleled craftsmanship.

Jaguar Announces New F-Type Production

We’ve been showing you the sleek Jaguar C-X16 concept car for several months. Enthusiasts and car pros were super excited about this car, and we caught wind in February that it might not be a concept any longer. Now, we have an affirmative.  This super sports car – a full-size, (and convertible at launch) will be dubbed F-TYPE. It’s expected to be available for purchase in 2013. Target dates and production schedule to be announced later this year. The exciting news was announced last week at the New York Auto Show last week.

The C-X16 debut last September as a concept vehicle was exciting and so well-received – that Jag execs sprang into action to get the car into production. Jaguar’s Director of Design, Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: “A true sports car needs to be pure in both its purpose and its form; to have the opportunity to produce such a car for Jaguar has been a privilege both for myself and for my team. The C-type, D-type and E-type Jaguars were all sports cars that held true to this principle in their era, and the F-TYPE will hold true to that same principle in its time, a time that is soon to arrive.”

Jaguar Plano wins Pride of Jaguar Dealer Award

Jaguar Plano has been awarded the Pride of Jaguar Retailer Excellence Award. The award is the highest honor a Jaguar dealer can receive. It is only bestowed on dealers who take the ideals of excellence and turn them into a way of doing business for every customer, every day. Earning the Pride of Jaguar requires that all areas of a Jaguar dealership’s business are focused on the customer. There are three key components to achieving Pride of Jaguar: providing an exceptional customer experience; exemplary sales satisfaction performance; and excellence in service quality.

“To achieve this accomplishment is a tremendous success, but to receive the award in our very first year of eligibility is truly outstanding,” said Stephen James, General Manager of Jaguar Plano. “Our staff dove right in, learning everything they needed to know about Jaguar, while adhering to Park Place’s stringent standards of excellence in every phase of our business. This is a great honor.”

Pride of Jaguar winners are dealers who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and the Jaguar brand. Evaluation was based on customer satisfaction, sales performance and staff training during the 2011 calendar year. Only 16 select dealers are honored with this award each year. Jaguar has a network of 164 dealers across the U.S.

“The Pride of Jaguar award annually honors those select dealers who exceeded expectations in customer satisfaction, sales performance, and overall business excellence. These dealers are key elements in Jaguar’s continued success,” says Andy Goss, President, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC.

Photo by David Alvey: Left-to-right: Mike Cotroneo, Jaguar Plano Sales Manager; Daniel Syvrud, Jaguar Plano Sales Manager; Angela Adams, Jaguar Plano Parts Manager; Kevin Boles, Jaguar Plano Service Manager; Stephen James, Jaguar Plano General Manager; and Mike Mykeloff, Market Manager, Jaguar Land Rover North America

Elton John’s Vintage Jaguar To Go To Auction

To us, it is reminiscent of the “Shaguar” of Austin Powers movie fame, (sans the British flag paint work of course) but this little beauty is actually two years older, and could be yours for 70,000 euros at auction next month.

It is – in fact, a Jaguar though,  a classic 1965 Jaguar E-Type that was once owned by the Rocket Man – that’s right – Sir Elton John.

Sir Elton bought the car in 1987. Often described as one of the most beautiful cars of all time, it was one of the fastest cars in the world in it’s heyday.

Learn more about the car and it’s history from The Daily Mail.