Spring Cleaning and Auto Detailing: Tips for Keeping Your Luxury Car Looking Fresh this Spring

As you gear up for a deep spring cleaning, be sure to include your luxury vehicle to the list of items that need a spring time tune up.  Proper detailing improves and maintains the health of your car, similarly to changing the oil and the spark plugs. While detailing takes quite a bit of effort and is an expense, the safe, reliable, and beautiful result is priceless. We contacted one of our own auto detail experts to get the inside scoop on how to give your luxury vehicle new life this spring.

When Should You Detail Your Car?

A vehicle should be detailed at least every 6 months, immediately after a large spill or bad smell, before a vehicle is sold, and before you decide to buy a new vehicle.  Buffing and Polishing a vehicle protects the paint from harsh winter weather and the blazing summer heat.  Not only will it leave it gleaming, but a quality detail will maintain the value of the car which is important if you decide to sell your car.

If you have an itch to purchase a new vehicle because your current vehicle may lack that something special from when it was first bought, it’s key to invest in a good detail.  A full exterior and interior job will leave the worn exterior vibrant, and the grungy interior brightened- and thus, brings back the same feeling of appreciation you had the day you received the keys.

Why Should You Invest in a Spring Time Detail?

Spring time allergies can be a nuisance, but did you know that your vehicle harbors lots of dust and dirt that can set off your allergies? During the detail process, the vehicle will be blown out, seats wiped down, carpet shampooed, and vacuumed out. That means less pollen and dust in your car’s system to make you sneeze on your daily journey.

 

What can potential threats can you avoid to protect to your vehicle’s value?

First, avoid bird droppings. There is nothing more harmful to a nice paint job than dried set of bird droppings. They eat through the clear coat quickly and should be removed immediately to avoid damages to the paint. Avoiding parking under trees will not only help you avoid your luxury car becoming a public restroom, but it will also reduce the amount of tree sap or wax that leaves a thick film on cars.

Once you have successfully avoided parking under any trees, also remember to stay away from water sprinklers. The minerals included in these lawn sprinklers help plants grow, but leave permanent water spots on the vehicle’s paint job and windows.

Other Spring Detailing Tips, Tricks, and Notes from Our Experts in Detail Excellence:

  1. Always wet the vehicle with plain water before washing it
  2. Armor All on the interior can look/feel greasy
  3. Always use different towels for different jobs, like only for windows, body, interior, rims, etc.
  4. Be careful of non-manufacturer type products
  5. Tuff Stuff cleaner and terry towels work great for cloth seats. Do not spot clean cloth seats, but always clean by section.
  6. Park in the back of parking lots to avoid tight parking spots. Those small spaces almost guarantee an unexpected scratch or ding.

If you have any questions about Auto Detailing needs, at home care, or pricing- please do not hesitate to contact our service teams, or schedule your spring detail today at one of our Park Place locations.

 

 

 

Garland Couple’s Leading Role Takes Them to Hollywood

Klembara’s “My Place” Story Earns Couple Trip to Academy Awards

In today’s rough-and-tumble world, it’s refreshing to meet a couple like Teresa and Gary Klembara of Garland. 

Married for 36 years, the magic between them remains palpable – twinkling eyes, gentle touches and warm banter speak to an enduring love story that rivals anything in the movies.

It’s easy to imagine the sparks flying when they first met at J.C. Penney – he as a senior manager and she a manager trainee. They dated off and on for seven years before they, as Teresa says, “came to our senses and got married.”

Gary transitioned into a successful career as an international IT businessman and, after opting to leave her own successful retail management career at JCP, Teresa joined him on the road whenever she could. She also kept busy with sports and civic activities – “Keeping the home fires burning,” she says brightly.

Teresa’s bubbly laughter comes easily and often, especially when her affectionate rescue pooch, Brody, jumps into her lap for yet another smooch and snuggle. Gary shakes his head indulgently and pats Brody. This is, indeed, one lovingly pampered pup who, not surprisingly, embodies the couple’s lifelong commitment to each other and others.

They have a long-standing date for dinner and a movie with friends. “There are several couples we’ve been friends with for the past 30 years,” explains Gary. “When we’re in town we get together for dinner and a movie every Saturday.” 

When asked about their favorite movie to win an Oscar this year, Gary favored “Bohemian Rhapsody” while Teresa leaned towards “A Star is Born.”

It’s not all butterflies and unicorns

Lest they sound entirely too Pollyanna-perfect, however, just watch Teresa at a Dallas Stars hockey game. (They’ve been season ticket holders for 24 years). Without going into too much detail, let’s just say that her otherwise ladylike demeanor gives way when the puck drops. “She’s hilarious to watch,” says Gary. 

Then there’s their latest shared musical obsession – the Chicago-based heavy metal band Disturbed. “Their version of ‘Sounds of Silence’ is haunting,” she says. 

“When they came to Dallas recently, we went to their concert,” adds Gary. “We probably looked a little out of place, but nobody seemed to mind.”

“See, we can be edgy, too!” Teresa quips. 

Edgy or staid, the secret to their relationship is commitment – the promise to put each other first. 

“We both tend to go with the flow,” says Gary. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to make the most of what it is or isn’t,” adds Teresa. They often complete each other’s thoughts.

Their latest opportunity – making the most of an out-of-the-blue invitation to attend the upcoming 91st Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 24th in Hollywood. 

It’s an unlikely tale that not even a Hollywood scriptwriter could fashion. 

A throne fit for a furry king

The story actually goes back nearly 25 years ago, when Gary – an admitted car guy – checked out Lexus and, admiring the brand’s comfort, beauty and sense of security, bought a GS300. 

Several weeks later, it was Teresa’s first rescue dog, Lacey, who really sealed the deal with their second Lexus, an ES300, in what developed into a lasting relationship with Dallas-based Park Place Dealerships.

“I know how this sounds ,” she chuckles, “but Lacey traveled with me all the time and the car’s armrest wasn’t big enough for her to sit by me, so I had to say no.”  

Undaunted, their sales rep, Carl Keith, went to his home garage and fashioned a custom, leather-clad doggy perch. He called Teresa and showed her the homemade accessory. She welled up and bought the car “in three minutes flat.”

“I was blown away,” says Gary. That show of dedication from the dealership led to a relationship that continues to this day. In fact, Gary has acquired an astonishingly unbroken line of 18 Lexus vehicles from Park Place. 

“We want our clients to think of Park Place as ‘My Place,” explains Dave Evans, Park Place Dealerships Chief Marketing Officer. “Park Place team members are committed every day to create an ownership experience that can’t be found anywhere else. Our clients have fabulous stories about Park Place members who have gone above and beyond to make their experience memorable and we are sharing some of those stories through the “My Place” campaign starting with the Klembaras.”

The campaign kicks off locally during the Academy Awards show on Sunday, February 24. 

“We thought it only fitting that our stars, Teresa and Gary Klembara, should go to Hollywood and enjoy the Academy Award experience,” said Evans. “This is our way to say ‘thank you’ for their commitment to Park Place.”

So the burning question – what designer will they wear?

“Probably jeans and cowboy boots,” Gary grins.

“Texas chic!” Teresa pipes up. “We’ll represent Texas in all its glory. What do you think, Brody?”

Hearing his name, the rescue pup’s ears perk up and he answers with a lively bark. 

Meanwhile, Carl Keith, the Park Place Lexus sales manager, is happy to play “best supporting” role in this story.


Tune into the Academy awards and @parkplacetexas to learn more about the “My Place” story this weekend.

Park Place Lexus Grapevine Kicks Off GRACE Christmas Cottage Toy Drive

Holiday Event Included Unwrapping New Lexus ES Luxury Sedan

 Park Place Lexus, the official “Drive For Toys” sponsor of the GRACE (Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange) Christmas Cottage, hosted the kick-off party for the 2018 toy drive collection. 

The GRACE Christmas Cottage provides gifts for local children in a store-like setting and is open for a full two weeks prior to Christmas.

As guests arrived, they filled the back of several Lexus SUVs with Christmas toys.

“We’ve partnered with GRACE for many years now,” said Gary Venner, Park Place Lexus Grapevine General Manager. “We are blessed to help local families through our support of the GRACE Christmas Cottage. We want to make sure every child in our community has the best possible Christmas. The GRACE Toy Drive makes it easy to participate.”

The community is invited to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for the GRACE Christmas Cottage through December 15th at Park Place Lexus Grapevine, located at 901 Highway 114 East. Or drop them off at GRACE Christmas Cottage, 3100 Timberline in Grapevine. You can also make a monetary donation to the GRACE Christmas Holiday Fund at gracegrapevine.org.

during the GRACE Toy Drive at Park Place Lexus, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Grapevine, Texas. (Michael Ainsworth)

During the event, guests enjoyed eclectic bites from DRG Concepts, including Mediterranean fare, chicken tacos with cilantro rice by Wild Salsa, and chopped beef short ribs with horseradish and onion strings courtesy of Chop House Burgers.

during the GRACE Toy Drive at Park Place Lexus, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Grapevine, Texas. (Michael Ainsworth)

Seasonal cocktails were provided by Hendricks Gin and Reyka Vodka, with celebratory sips by Dark Horse Wine and Peroni Beer. Guests danced to popular tunes by the Adrian Garcia Band, then capped the night with innovative coffee creations by Nightowl Coffee Cart, including a delicious Peppermint Latte with a sprig of mint and crumbled mint cookies on top.

Pat and Janet McCoy of Colleyville dance during the GRACE Toy Drive at Park Place Lexus, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Grapevine, Texas. (Michael Ainsworth)
Alan Tracy and Karen Roberts of Colleyville dance during the GRACE Toy Drive at Park Place Lexus, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Grapevine, Texas. (Michael Ainsworth)

The GRACE Christmas Cottage provides new, unwrapped gifts to families facing financial hardship due to limited income or recent emergency.  Each qualified family is given a voucher with a value based on the number of children in the family, allowing the parents to “purchase” donated toys, home goods and appliances in a private, store-like setting. This unique approach allows families to budget their resources and select unique presents while preserving the family’s dignity. More than 2,700 individuals and families are served at Christmas Cottage each holiday season.

Guests also got to see the new 2019 Lexus ES luxury sedan, featuring bold new styling inside and out, astonishing power and state-of-the-art safety and entertainment technology.


Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people and operates 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Lotus, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, McLaren, Bentley and Maserati. For more info, visit parkplace.com

 

 

Rooted In Racing Heritage: McLaren Houston Named Motorsports Dealer

Over the past few months, McLaren Houston has gone through a few notable updates, both of which will contribute to an elevated McLaren experience.  First and foremost, McLaren Houston is an official member of the Park Place family of dealerships. Now you can expect the same high-performance experience, personal service, and lux amenities that make Park Place, Your Place in Houston, Texas. But that’s not all, McLaren Houston has been named an official McLaren Motorsport Dealer- one of only five in the country.  This means that we have received the green light to sell McLaren track cars, including the 570S GT4. Below we discuss McLaren’s Robust Racing heritage and how its positively influenced McLaren GT and Motorsports- bringing high performance to our clients.

Racing Heritage Translates Into the Relentless Desire to Innovate

Like many performance-driven manufacturers, McLaren is a staple name in the world of motorsports, track cars, and racing.  McLaren Racing is focused in the world of Formula 1, which, according to the company, demands excellence: “To design, build and operate a Formula 1 car at race-winning levels requires focus, ambition, imagination, dedication and microscopic attention to detail.”

Both McLaren Racing and Formula 1 have blossomed over past 5-10 years with growing racing calendars, multinational hosts, employees, and rosters. McLaren Racing’s successes are driven by a passionate desire to innovate- a heritage that translates into the whole of the McLaren Group, including McLaren Automotive. The F1 knowledge and expertise have been instrumental when developing and enhancing technology for client road cars and track cars among other things.

On the Track with McLaren GT

Established in 2011, McLaren GT’s purpose is to build and support all GT race activities. The team is housed in Surray at the former home of McLaren Racing and are responsible for the design, development, and production of 650S GT3, 570S GT4, and 650S and 57S Spring models.

McLaren Motorsports takes this wealth of racing knowledge and gives our clients the opportunity to experience McLaren track performance like never before.

Superior Track-Honed Performance Found at McLaren Houston

McLaren Houston currently has the 570S GT available for purchase. The McLaren 570S GT4, an exclusive offering of McLaren Motorsport dealers, sports an absolutely stunning carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis architecture to add strength while reducing unit weight.  This model is the first time that the MonoCell II technology has been made available in the GT4.

It’s superior track-hone performance perfect for when you’re heading out to one of the Houston area’s many racetracks. 

If you’re interested in ordering a 570S GT4 of your own or want to learn more about other McLaren Motorsport offerings at McLaren Houston- contact us at www.mclarenhouston.com.

 

 

Calling All Car Clubs: New Opportunity and Registration Extension for Luxury & Supercar Showcase

Calling All Car Clubs – New Opportunity for Oct. 13
Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase at Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Deadline extended to Sept. 15 to submit cars for Collectors’ Concours 

 


Park Place Dealerships’ Selection Committee has extended the deadline to September 15 to register a vehicle for the Collectors’ Concours at the second annual Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase, to be held Saturday October 13, 2018 at the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas. In addition, Car Clubs are invited to enter the best of their club in a new Car Club Showcase area.

“We have already received some spectacular cars for consideration in the Collectors’ Concours,” said Brian Ratcliff, co-chair of the Judging Committee for the Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase. “From vintage and classic to contemporary and supercars, we’re looking for those rare and exclusive cars that you don’t often see at area car shows. We’re also reaching out to DFW car clubs to invite them to showcase some of their best vehicles in our Car Club Showcase. The clubs will be grouped together across from the VIP Area in the Porsche Pavilion.” 

Trophies designed by Dallas sculptor Brad Oldham, best known for his Traveling Man installation in Deep Ellum, will be awarded for Best of Show, Chairman’s Choice and Salesmanship Club winners in the Collectors Concours. Awards from Bachendorf’s will also be given to Best In Class winners in each of the 10 classes, and First and Second Place winners in each class. In addition, there will be a People’s Choice Award for the Best in the Car Club Showcase.

To submit a vehicle for consideration, visit www.luxurysupercarshowcase.com and click on Register Vehicle. The show is limited to 150 selected cars that register and are approved by the Selection Committee. Once accepted there will be a $75 entry fee per vehicle, which includes two VIP All-Access Passes ($200 Value), car signage and show credentials, among other benefits. Entries for the Car Club Showcase can also sign up online. Just click on the “Car Club” tab. For more information, email info.showcase@parkplace.com.

The luxury lifestyle event benefits the Momentous Institute, owned and operated by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas since 1920, which is committed to building and repairing social and emotional health for children. Each year, the organization serves more than 6,000 children and family members through its nationally acclaimed Momentous School and innovative Therapeutic Services. 

Last year’s inaugural event featured more than 100 cars from private collectors in the Collector’s Showcase, including Best In Show – 1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost; Chairman’s Choice Award – 1938 Bugatti 57C Atalante; Salesmanship Club Choice Award – 1952 MG Roadster; Best In Class – VINTAGE – 1933 MG Magna L-Type Racer; Best In Class – CLASSIC – 1996 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo; Best In Class – CONTEMPORARY- 2009 Aston Martin DBS; and Best In Class – EXOTIC/SUPERCAR – 2009 Koenigsegg CCXR.

The 2018 event will feature a fashion show by Highland Park Village, live entertainment, specialty boutiques, and a Kid’s Area presented by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, featuring the North Texas Diecast Collectors Club’s interactive Hot Wheels track, freshly popped popcorn, a soda pop truck and games. Many of Dallas’ favorite food trucks will also be on scene providing a vast array of delicious options.

The 2017 Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase sold out. Tickets to this year’s event range from $25 – $50 for general admission and $100 for VIP All Access, including the VIP Lounge with complimentary food and beverages. Tickets are at LuxurySupercarShowcase.com.

Participating restaurants featured in the VIP lounge include LAW, OUTLAW Taproom, Dallas Chop House Burger, Dallas Fish Market, Wild Salsa, Oven and Cellar, Taverna, Bistro 31, Kai, Toulouse Café and Bar, Lombardi Family Catering, Cool River Café, III Forks Restaurant, Frost 321 and Make Your Life Sweeter, as well as several other restaurants.

Park Place represents some of the most coveted manufacturers in the world, including Rolls-Royce, Bugatti, Maserati, McLaren, Bentley, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Lotus, all of which will be prominently featured at the event.

Partners to date include the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Allie Beth Allman & Associates – A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate, Urban Realty, Celebrity Cruises, Hill & Wilkinson, Irving CVB and Irving Chamber, The Trade Group, Bachendorf’s, Brad Oldham Sculpture, RideCentric, Hagerty Insurance, Perks & Provisions, Peroni Beer, Lilium Florals, Lisa R. Daniels, Digital 3 Printing, Fauxcades, Promo Resources, The Vineyard at Florence, Sunnyland Outdoor Furniture, ExxonMobil, Dealer Industries, Garages of Texas, Ratcliff Financial Services, Steinway & Sons, D Magazine, and NBC 5, among others.


About Park Place Dealerships:

Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people and operates 16 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Lotus, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Bugatti, McLaren, and Maserati. A new Porsche dealership will open in Grapevine this summer. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

 

Introducing Park Place’s Path to Purchase

In world full of “click to buy” goods and services, it was only a matter of time before the automotive purchase experience evolved to meet modern shopping expectations. The automotive dealership landscape is changing, and our goal is to provide clients with a seamless path to purchase in the dealership or online.

Park Place Dealerships is no exception and proud to introduce Park Place’s “Path to Purchase.” High-Performance purchasing is as simple as ‘click to buy’ with our newest digital retailing tool.  In a matter of minutes, you can start your purchase online from the comfort and convenience of your own home, desk, or favorite coffee shop. After you complete the 6 online steps, all that’s left is for you finalize your purchase and pick up your keys with one of our team members. It’s another way we are striving to make our Park Place home, your place. 

Let’s walk through the steps of Park Place’s Path To Purchase, to hopefully answer any looming FAQs about the new digital retailing experience:

  1. Select Your Vehicle:

First, choose your model after browsing our extensive selection of luxury vehicles- or click straight to your dream car. Once you’ve landed on the make and model of your dreams, click or tap the “Click to Buy” button.

  1. Negotiate Pricing

Choose Lease or Finance and all available incentives will be applied automatically, including optimal lease and finance terms, taxes and fees.  If you’d rather just make us an offer, that’s an option too. It’s quick, easy, and transparent.

  1. Sort Finance Solutions

Provide your credit score to pre-qualify for financial solutions that fit your needs and our online experts will assist you in selecting the best option for you.

  1. Value Your Trade

Kelly Blue Book will give you an instant offer, and the value of your trade-in redeemable with or without purchase. There’s no pressure, we just want to give you the tools.

  1. Options

Do you want an extended warranty, service warranty or contract, wheel and tire protection, or guaranteed asset protection (GAP) insurance? You can accomplish this with Step 5.

  1. Finalize

Click or tap submit and your information will cruise straight to your Park Place dealership.  Schedule a time to meet with a dedicated Sales Experience Manager to finalize your purchase and pick up your keys. Or, even better, let us deliver to your home or office.


It’s like Amazon meets luxury automotive, and your vehicle purchase experience couldn’t be any more seamless. At Park Place, we are here to serve you- even if that means you would rather stay in the comfort of your own home.  If your interested is sufficiently piqued, visit ParkPlace.com to get started or visit ParkPlace.com/Path-to-Purchase for more information on the newest way to purchase a vehicle with Park Place.

Preferred Partner Guest Blog: Jack Black’s Two Tips for a Well Groomed Summer

As a Park Place client, you have a repertoire of local luxury partners who offer exclusive perks and benefits to thank you for choosing Park Place as Your Place. As Mother’s Day approached, we introduced our premier florist, Lilium Floral Design, and now as we move closer to warmer months, we turn to an additional for insights into a “well-groomed” summer with some tips from Jack Black, the #1 best-selling men’s skincare brand and a Park Place Preferred Partner.

Tip #1: Black Jack is one of our favorite go-to’s for Father’s Day gifts, and well-groomed dad is a happy dad.

You can’t deny the look of pride when he gets a new haircut, or a close shave without a single battle wound to show for the victory. This Father’s Day, Jack Black recommends gifting that special person in your life with something that can last for more than 24 hours, like the Jack Black Grand Tour set.

The Grand Tour contains travel-friendly selections of Jack Black’s top sellers– Beard Lube, Double-Duty, Pit Boss, Pure Clean, and Turbo Wash. For the dad that wants a day of leisure, a.k.a. couch surfing, there is the Pit Boss Antiperspirant and Deodorant.  For the dad who got the new lawn mower he’d been eyeing, the Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 will keep his brow protected. For the new father that just got a bundle of joy, the Turbo Wash for those excessive diaper changes!

Remember- Father’s Day is June 17th. If you’re looking for something a little more upscale than the mounted trout that sings “Take Me To the River” or the oversized Hula Girl necktie, The Grand Tour is the way to go!

Tip #2: No matter what your plans are this summer if it involves spending time in the sun, protect yourself with a dermatologist tested SPF.

It’s that time again! Vacations are planned, road trips have been mapped, and the pools are officially open for business. Jack Black recommends a product like Sun Guard SPF 45, to keep your skin looking fresh and protected throughout the brutal Texas summer. 

Dermatologist tested and free of fragrance and colorants, this quick-absorbing, oil-free, vitamin-enriched lotion protects the skin from the damaging, drying effects of the sun.

Advanced UVA and UVB sunscreens provide superior protection that stays put in even the most extreme conditions, offering the perfect ammunition for those outdoor enthusiasts who play hard, train hard, and everything in between.


Jack Black is one of our newest Preferred Benefits Partners, who is based out of Carrollton, Texas, and still run by the original founders. Jack Black has grown to become the #1 best-selling men’s skincare brand* because our gut feeling turned out to be true—namely, that the modern man wanted something he wasn’t getting: Nothing complicated. Nothing cosmetic. Just superior skin care.

Click to view more about the Park Place Preferred Benefits Program

Meet the Most Powerful Levante: the Maserati Levante Trofeo

The Maserati Levante Trofeo made its world debut in Spring 2018 and is the first Levante built around a V8 engine, one of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a Maserati. Available for reservation at Park Place Maserati Dallas, the Levante Trofeo is associated with “unbridled power,”  and can accelerate from 0-60 in approximately 3.9 seconds and reach top speeds of over 300 km/h (about 187 mph).

The 3.8-liter Twin Turbo V8 engine boasts the highest output per liter than any Maserati power predecessor. While this may be a change of pace in power plants, the Trofeo’s engine, just like all other Maserati engines, is still assembled by Ferrari in Milano, Italy. Additionally, the chassis has been tuned to handle the unbridled power output and provide an exhilarating driving experience while retaining ultimate comfort. The Levante Trofeo embodies the essence of the Maserati Gran Turismo philosophy with supercar performance, so say hello to a high-performance and experiential cruise each and every time you step foot on the accelerator.

“It’s proof that when you play with the elements you end up in a storm”, says Maserati CEO Tim Kuniskis. “In the case of Trofeo, the engineers and designers in Modena knew that the driveline parameters were more than able to cope with additional power and they also knew that Maserati had access to the finest engines on earth. So, they were up to the challenge of making the finest luxury SUV also one of the fastest”.

Unmistakable Levante Design with Sporty Details

The Levante Trofeo introduces new levels of sportiness to an already stunning Levante design concept. The elegant restyling was mainly focused on the lower front fascia and the rear bumper and is underlined by the 22-inch forged aluminum “Orione” wheels – the largest ever fitted on a Maserati – available in both polished and matte finishes. The air intake in the lower fascia feature are also more aggressive, defined by two aerodynamic wings to visually push the weight of the car’s nose towards the massive front wheels. The rear looks more muscular due to a sharper carbon fiber horizontal element and body-color lower extractor that embrace the oval quad exhaust tips.

Power and Control

The new “Corsa” Driving mode with Launch Control functionality in addition to the existing Normal, I.C.E., Sport and Off-Road modes has been adopted to enhance the athletic character of the ultimate Maserati SUV. “Corsa” driving mode further improves engine response and opens exhaust valves in acceleration, as well as provides faster gear shifting, lower air suspension height levels, sportier Skyhook damping and optimized Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive settings and interacts with Traction Control and ESP systems to maximize driving pleasure.  

The Maserati Integrated Vehicle Control (IVC) system has been incorporated for the first time in a Levante, for impressive driving dynamics, better performance and a genuine Maserati driving experience, by helping to prevent vehicle instability, instead of correcting “driver mistakes” as a traditional Electronic Stability Program (ESP) system does.

Learn more about the Maserati Trofeo: www.maseratiusa.com/LevanteTrofeo

 

Volvo Cars Adds In-Car Delivery by Amazon Key to Its Range of Connected Services

This new partnership represents a sizeable advancement of Volvo’s digital consumer services and experiences with the On-Call service platform. Volvo On-Call is an app available to clients on their smartphones. By utilizing these avenues to deliver new technologies and products, Volvo is continually looking to enhance the consumer’s whole experience by taking advantage of these new digital services, such as in-car package delivery with Amazon.

The service is available now across 37 cities and surrounding areas in the United States, with more cities rolling out over time. The service is available to millions of Amazon Prime members and the majority of all Volvo owners in the country.

“Simplifying the customer experience is central to Volvo’s digital vision. Receiving a package securely and reliably in your car, without you having to be there, is something we think many people will appreciate. This mix of car and commerce is starting the next wave of innovation and we intend to be at the forefront,” said Atif Rafiq, chief digital officer at Volvo Cars.

Implementing this new service is simple and convenient. Clients can download the Amazon Key App and link their Amazon Account with their Volvo On Call Account to register a new delivery location. After this is completed, the client simply picks the “In-Car” delivery option at checkout. Once the package delivery is about to occur, both apps will notify the client so that they can ensure the vehicle is parked in range fo the delivery address. A delivery driver will then deliver the package during a scheduled time window with clients being notified once the delivery is complete their Volvo locked.

“We’re excited to partner with Volvo Cars to bring Amazon Key in-car delivery to our customers across the U.S. Starting today, Prime members can order tens of millions of items sold on Amazon.com and have them delivered to their car, at no extra cost,” said Peter Larsen, Vice President of Delivery Technology, Amazon. “With Amazon Key In-Car, we’re fuelling another convenient and secure way to get packages to our customers—and we know our customers are going to love it.”

 

“We have offered in-car delivery in Europe since 2015 through programs in the Nordics and Switzerland, and we believe that receiving packages should be as easy and convenient as ordering them online,” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, vice president of consumer connectivity services at Volvo Cars.

To check eligibility and to sign up for Amazon Key In-Car, visit www.amazon.com/keyincar.

Park Place Select Makes Its Public Debut In Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Park Place Select, an innovative alternative to traditional leasing and purchasing, debuted to the public May 1st, with the first three official flips being completed at 9 AM. It is the only program of its kind offered in Texas, and after a full week, we’ve already experienced the delivery of our first Maserati Ghibli, exceeded 100 flips, and witnessed a surprise birthday gift of a Mercedes C 43 AMG (and the whole Plus fleet) from one very thoughtful husband.  The launch of Park Place Select was a resounding success, but more importantly, our subscribers are already sharing their own Select Stories, showcasing just how a luxury vehicle delivered to you anytime, anywhere can enhance simple moments and life-experiences.

Each initial delivery was unique as our concierge’s employ their training to provide exceptional and seamless flips for each of the subscribers. Once the concierge completes a flip, the user experience remains simple, efficient, and luxurious. Mike Merrill, one of the first subscribers, reflects on his experience as an on-the-go professional.

 “The Park Place Select program is the ultimate solution for the busy executive. That time and cost saved on inspections, maintenance, DMV trips and washing alone make the program.”

And he’s right. Park Place Select is a unique and innovative offering in a narrow automotive subscription market that takes luxury ownership to a new level of accessibility. Thanks to the coverage provided by Park Place Select, subscribers are taking advantage of a serious opportunity to save money and time. Imagine needing an oil change for a Porsche Macan, a Mercedes C 43, Volvo XC90, or even a Lexus GX. Instead of driving it to the dealership for drop off, you simply text your concierge and they drive another freshly cleaned and maintained sedan, SUV, or convertible to your door. For a seriously on-the-go, on-the-road professional, like Merill, Park Place Select is simply a solution that makes sense.

 

Andre Phillipe, CEO of Andre Phillipe Menswear, also had the opportunity to experience the program. The highlights of his experiences were driven by Select’s unlimited flips and multiple manufacturer availability.  The ability to flip between multiple luxury auto brands as many times as you want really separates Park Place Select from the competition and lets the client really drive their own experience:

“My experience couldn’t have been better. I drove close to $300,000 worth of vehicles over the two weeks I tested the program-Mercedes, Jaguar, Land Rover. The concierge team was responsive, the app was easy to use and the cars were great. It’s the simplicity of this program that I have grown to appreciate so much though. Truly, by the click of a couple of buttons, I got out of an SUV and into a convertible, anticipating a few days with temps in the 70’s. Simple. Simple. Simple. And with a wife, two kids, two great Danes and businesses to run, SIMPLE is all I can take.”

In just a few weeks after the public launch of Park Place Select, the program has received an exceptional response. We are currently accepting reservations for future subscribers.  Follow @parkplaceselect on Instagram and Facebook to stay up-to-date on subscriber #selectstories, meet the team, and catch any new program announcements.

Park Place Select Program Snapshot:

  • Drive multiple luxury brands for one monthly fee without a long-term commitment or contract
  • Three program tiers with a different fleet of makes and models of on-brand Park Place vehicles, Prime/Plus/Premium
  • Use the Park Place Select Mobile App to book flips, contact your concierge, and more.
  • Select is experience oriented, which means that the Select team will provide a vehicle that fits the particular experience you type in the app (date night, road-trip, sports practice, errands, etc.).
  • Maintenance and insurance are included, and every vehicle is delivered freshly cleaned and washed.