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September 07, 2006

Lingerie Bowl 4 Kick-Off Party

 

 

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 Lingerie Bowl 4

 

Written by Joyce Chow and William Hoehne

Coincidentally celebrating the beginning of football season, The Lingerie Bowl Kicked-Off the season with a Party sported a green football field carpet at the Les Deux Café in Hollywood. 

 

 

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Press awaited the four Lingerie Bowl teams, Jenna Jameson (the most searched celebrity on the internet) leading E! Entertainment’s Girls Next Door Stars & Playboy Playmates Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson, Supermodel Joanna Krupa, Michael Buffer, Brian “the Box” Bosworth and NFL players. 

 

While the photographers were busy shooting the Lingerie Bowl teams, I waited nearby watching the carpet with TMZ to see who was arriving at the valet.  TMZ (wwwtmz.com) became a household name with the release of the Mel Gibson video just before his DUI arrest.  They knew everyone arriving, even Playboy Playmate and actress Katie Lohman and Alana Curry (Terminator 3).    

 

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Nearby were people waiting for autographs of pictures.  When world renowned announcer Michael “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” Buffer arrived, fans surrounded hoping to have him sign a boxing glove. 

 

 

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Supermodel Joanna Krupa’s friends patiently waited while she graciously signed autograph after autograph and spoke with various media crews.  Krupa’s one you can expect to see much of and I wouldn’t be surprised if she showed up as a Playboy cover.  As the spokesmodel for Dollhouse, a lifestyle clothing brand for the 15-25 year old female and her mother, she’ll be on the Jumbotron in New York, November and December and for New Year’s Eve. 

 

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I was beginning to wonder if perhaps I was seeing people through rose tinted eyes as Michael Buffer, Cato Calin and Joanna Krupa all seemed to have become younger since I’d seen them each earlier in the year.  Was it Buffer’s pink shirt? Calin’s romantic interest? Or Krupa’s revealing top?  Was it the time of day, lighting, or had they all discovered the fountain of youth?  Krupa and I have been searching for it. 

 

Noticeably missing from the green carpet backdrop was Bodog, however their name was included in the printed media passes and Sponsors logos included were Bu-Tay, Stella Artois and Monster Energy.

 

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Jameson was rumored to have been inside Les Deux missing the green carpet.  NFL Great Brian “the Boz” Bosworth and other NFL players were likely watching the kick-off of the football season. 

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I was beginning to wonder if perhaps I was seeing people through rose tinted eyes as Michael Buffer, Cato Calin and Joanna Krupa all seemed to have become younger since I’d seen them each earlier in the year.  Was it Buffer’s pink shirt? Calin’s romantic interest? Or Krupa’s revealing top?  Was it the time of day, lighting, or had they all discovered the fountain of youth?  Krupa and I have been searching for it. 

 

Noticeably missing from the green carpet backdrop was Bodog, however their name was included in the printed media passes and Sponsors logos included were Bu-Tay, Stella Artois and Monster Energy.

 

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Jameson was rumored to have been inside Les Deux missing the green carpet.  NFL Great Brian “the Boz” Bosworth and other NFL players were likely watching the kick-off of the football season. 

 

Ryan Carnes (Desperate Housewives) and Jaylen Moore (Smith, That’s So Raven) didn’t want to rely on their celebrity listing to get them through the green carpet and to the Lingerie Bowl Kick-off Party.  

 

 

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Ryan Carnes (Desperate Housewives) and Jaylen Moore (Smith, That’s So Raven) didn’t want to rely on their celebrity listing to get them through the green carpet and to the Lingerie Bowl Kick-off Party. 

 

 

 

 

September 05, 2006

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SPORTS & AUTOS

 

Los Angeles Dodgers Postgame Alert


September 12, 2006

Los Angeles 8, Chi. Cubs 9 at Wrigley Field
Los Angeles Record: (76-68)
Chi. Cubs Record: (58-87)

Winning pitcher - David Aardsma (2-0)
Losing pitcher - Tim Hamulack (0-3)


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LAD HR - R. Furcal (11)
CHC HR - None


Oakland Athletics Postgame Alert


September 12, 2006

Oakland 5, Minnesota 7 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Oakland Record: (82-62)
Minnesota Record: (85-59)

Winning pitcher - Dennys Reyes (5-0)
Losing pitcher - Joe Kennedy (4-1)
SV - Joe Nathan (32)


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OAK HR - E. Chavez (19) D. Johnson (9)
MIN HR - None

Jerome Bettis and GNC Team Up to Promote Health and Wellness

Sept. 11 The Bus stops at GNC.

Jerome Bettis, the legendary NFL running back known as "The Bus," will serve as a spokesperson for GNC Corporation and as a member of Team GNC Pro Performance, the company announced today.

Bettis will endorse GNC's high-quality nutritional supplements, appear in the company's advertising and other promotional efforts, and team with GNC to encourage healthy lifestyles for America's youth.

GNC will support Bettis' non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, The Bus Stops Here Foundation, in an effort to improve the overall quality of life for troubled and underprivileged children by offering opportunities to help them succeed in life. Youth sports camps and nutritional awareness seminars are currently being planned by GNC to support the efforts of this foundation.

GNC was also an inaugural sponsor of the Jerome Bettis Caring for Kids All-Star Event held September 8, 2006 at Heinz Field to benefit The Bus Stops Here Foundation.

"I am thrilled to be associated with GNC," Bettis said. "I have been fortunate to play for some of the best organizations in college and professional football. And now I am proud to represent the best organization in the nutritional supplement industry.

"Throughout my playing career, I relied on GNC products to help me stay healthy and strong. Now that I am retired from football, I need nutritional support to maintain a healthy lifestyle," Bettis said. "GNC's high-quality supplements help me do just that.

"I am also excited to help GNC in its mission to help people live well, especially the kids," he continued. "Childhood obesity is such a problem these days, and together we will encourage children to stay active and pursue a healthy lifestyle. We will also strive to teach young, aspiring athletes about the importance of safe supplementation."

Bettis, 34, retired as a Super Bowl champion after 13 seasons in the National Football League, the last 11 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He served as a leader both on the field and in the locker room, and was credited with being a driving force in the Steelers' run to the NFL title in Bettis' hometown of Detroit in February. The likely Hall of Fame running back finished his career with 13,662 yards rushing -- fifth on the NFL's all-time list, six Pro Bowl selections and 91 touchdowns. Soon after his retirement, Bettis joined NBC Sports as a studio analyst on the network's Sunday Night Football NFL telecasts.

"Jerome Bettis is a perfect representative for GNC," said GNC President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Fortunato. "Not only is he one of the greatest athletes ever to play professional football, but he embodies the qualities GNC looks for in its partnerships. We appreciate the opportunity to work with an individual of Jerome's caliber, persona and principles and look forward to a long prosperous relationship in the health and wellness industry."

GNC, based in Pittsburgh, PA, is the largest global specialty retailer of nutritional supplements, which includes vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements, sports nutrition products, diet and energy products and specialty supplements. GNC has more than 5,800 retail locations throughout the United States, including more than 1,100 domestic franchise locations, and locations in 45 countries. The Company also offers products through its website, www.gnc.com.

Source: GNC Corporation

 

 

As Breast Cancer Month Nears, NASCAR Fans Will See Pink

VIVA(R) Towels Debuts a Pink Race Car in NASCAR Busch Series as Part of Partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

To drive awareness of the need for speed in researching a cure for breast cancer, VIVA(R) Towels and Brewco Motorsports are painting their No. 27 car in the NASCAR Busch Series bright pink. This VIVA Towels effort is part of their recent partnership with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) as October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, approaches.

Everything VIVA will be colored pink, from the NASCAR, to the driver, Casey Atwood, to the entire pit crew. VIVA will also donate a minimum of $100,000 to BCRF and will host an online auction of NASCAR memorabilia with proceeds benefiting BCRF. Even VIVA Towels will sport special prints and pink packaging during October, designed to heighten consumer awareness

VIVA Towels and Brewco Motorsports' Busch racing car No. 27 will showcase the new paint scheme at the following races:

  --  Yellow 300 at Kansas Speedway, September 30, Kansas City, KS   --  Dollar General 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, October 13, in Concord,       NC.   

And, the owner of the No. 27 car, Clarence Brewer Jr., has a very personal motivation for supporting breast cancer research. "My family has been impacted by breast cancer, and my team and I join the millions of men and women out there in support of finding a cure," Brewer said. "Brewco Motorsports is proud to be a part of this effort."

Brewer's grandmother passed away in 2000 after a five-year struggle with breast cancer. He also has two aunts that are breast cancer survivors, and recently learned that yet another member of his family -- a cousin -- was diagnosed with the disease.

"This is going to be amazing for fans to witness and also great because we're bringing awareness to an important cause," said Casey Atwood, driver of the #27 car.

And, VIVA Towels communications manager, Mary Ann Oehlke added, "What better way to communicate the importance of supporting breast cancer research than to drive attention to the issue within a popular venue that is watched by women, as well as men."

In addition to painting its car pink, VIVA(R) is contributing a minimum of $100,000 to BCRF as well as offering inspirational prints through the month of October to honor the women who struggle with breast cancer. VIVA is also selling pink No. 27 baseball caps online at http://www.officialraceshop.com/ , and, starting on October 14th, will be conducting an online auction of a host of NASCAR memorabilia, at http://www.brewco.com/ . All proceeds from the auction and hat sale will go to support BCRF.

"Research is extremely important to cure breast cancer," says Robbie Finke, Director of Marketing for BCRF. "We are excited to get this message to a new audience, and grateful to VIVA for their support."

About BCRF

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is an independent 501 (c) (3) not- for-profit organization whose mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and genetic research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. A minimum of 85% of all funds raised goes to breast cancer research grants and awareness programs. For more information, visit bcrfcure.org.

About VIVA(R) Towels

VIVA(R) Towels are soft and strong like cloth, uniquely different from other paper towels. For more information, visit http://www.vivatowels.com/ .

About Brewco Motorsports, Inc.

Central City, Kentucky businessman Clarence Brewer Jr. began the construction of his racing enterprise, Brewco Motorsports, in 1996 with one racecar and a small shop. This year, Brewer begins his 11th season as a car owner in the NASCAR Busch Series. With an unmatched reputation of delivering results both on and off the track, Brewco has elevated itself to not only a consistent championship contender but the marketing vehicle of some of America's most trusted brands. For more information, please visit http://www.brewco.com/ .

Web sites: http://www.brewco.com
http://www.VIVAtowels.com
http://www.bcrfcure.org
http://www.officialraceshop.com

 

Volkswagen Ranks Highest in New J.D. Power Automotive Environmental Index

 Volkswagen of America, Inc. is the industry's most environmentally friendly automaker according to J.D. Power and Associates' just-released, 2006 "Alternative Powertrain Study, " which includes the Automotive Environmental Index. Volkswagen places three products on the automotive researcher's list of low emission vehicles - including the Golf, Jetta and New Beetle. The study includes gasoline, diesel and hybrid powered vehicles.

The new study combines U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data with voice-of-the-customer information to scrutinize 37 automotive brands relative to a range of environmental factors, including fuel economy, emissions and air quality. The vehicles are then ranked to determine an Automotive Environmental Index (AEI), with Volkswagen topping the list as the product leader in environmental performance.

Said Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, chairman of the Volkswagen brand: "The 'Alternative Powertrain Study' is testament to our intensive and global commitment in the area of economic engines. And this innovative strength continues to have an impact, via our range of TDI vehicles. No other manufacturer has sold more diesel cars in the United States and that upward trend continues."

The J.D. Power and Associates study also recognizes Volkswagen and its products as strong performers in the diesel arena. Volkswagen is the leading manufacturer of diesel cars in the United States, including the new Touareg V10 TDI - the first turbodiesel SUV in America with a particle filter, and the Jetta TDI, the industry's top selling diesel vehicle.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, GLI, Jetta, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, Touareg and Phaeton through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers.

Source: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

 

Oakland Athletics Postgame Alert


September 11, 2006

Oakland 4, Minnesota 9 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Oakland Record: (82-61)
Minnesota Record: (84-59)

Winning pitcher - Carlos Silva (9-13)
Losing pitcher - Joe Blanton (15-11)
SV - Joe Nathan (31)


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OAK HR - F. Thomas (36)
MIN HR - M. Cuddyer (22) T. Hunter (24)

Los Angeles Dodgers Postgame Alert


September 9, 2006

Los Angeles 2, N.Y. Mets 3 at Shea Stadium
Los Angeles Record: (75-67)
N.Y. Mets Record: (88-53)

Winning pitcher - Orlando Hernandez (10-10)
Losing pitcher - Greg Maddux (12-13)
SV - Billy Wagner (36)


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LAD HR - None
NYM HR - C. Delgado (37)

Oakland Athletics Postgame Alert


September 9, 2006

Oakland 6, Tampa Bay 9 at Tropicana Field
Oakland Record: (81-60)
Tampa Bay Record: (57-85)

Winning pitcher - Dan Miceli (1-1)
Losing pitcher - Esteban Loaiza (9-8)
SV - Seth McClung (6)


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OAK HR - F. Thomas (34)
TB HR - G. Norton (14)

Le Mans Memorabilia on the Starting Grid

Sept. 8, If the smell of burning rubber does for you what coffee does for the rest of us, then an auction of Le Mans and related memorabilia will be the perfect cup of tea.

With 150 lots up for sale -- comprising books, posters, programs, tickets, limited edition prints and thousands of photographs covering the history of the famous race -- it is arguably the largest collection of its type ever assembled in Australia.

Le Mans entered automotive folklore following the 'Le Mans 1955 Catastrophe' which claimed 80 lives, making it the worst accident in the history of motor racing. As a result of the incident Mercedes withdrew from motor racing for more than 30 years. One of the drivers who narrowly avoided injury was the legendary Argentinean, Juan Manuel Fangio.

The auction will be held by Charles Leski Auctions on Thursday, September 28. The pre-sale estimate is $50,000.

Auctioneer Charles Leski says the owner is a passionate motoring aficionado who achieved his aim of compiling one of the most significant collections of Le Mans memorabilia in the world. To many, Le Mans is the holy grail of motor racing, and Mr Leski expects spirited bidding from Europe, Asia and the United States as well as Australia.

Among the notable items for sale:

* 1927 Le Mans Program

Extremely rare. It was the year that Bentley won having withdrawn from

Le Mans two years earlier after disappointing results. [Pre-sale

estimate: $1,000-$1,500]

* Le Mans Newspapers

Fabulous collection of newspapers, and supplements from 1938-2000 (more

than 315 items).including a very detailed section on the 1955 Le Mans

Catastrophe. [Pre-sale estimate: $1,000-$1,500]

* Photographs

Huge collection of photographs from approx. 1969-2000 (more than 2,500

items). Contained in 18 albums featuring the cars and races. [Pre-sale

estimate: $400-$800].

* Official Le Mans Posters

Significant collection of 32 posters from 1982. [Pre-sale estimate:

$400-$800].

These lots are among more than 1,000 items of sporting collectibles,

memorabilia, wine and ephemera to be offered for sale over two nights.

NEXT AUCTIONS: Wednesday, September 27th from 6.30pm and Thursday,

September 28th from 6.30pm

13 Cato Street, Hawthorn East

Catalogue can be viewed at Web site: http://www.leski.com.au/

 

TiVo Teams Up With CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football

First Interactive Fantasy Football Service on TV

Players Can View On-Demand Fantasy Football Video Programming

TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) , the creator of and the leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), and CBS SportsLine, a leading Internet sports media organization and part of CBS Digital Media, announced today that CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football Companion can be accessed from any television connected to a broadband-enabled TiVo(R) Series2(TM) DVR. Registered users of CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football can manage their leagues, check stats and scores, and watch highlights from the comfort of their living rooms with their TiVo remote control. CBS SportsLine and TiVo are creating a new form of interactive sports programming for subscribers.

CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football Companion on TiVo is a full-featured service that gives players a new, engaging way to play and follow fantasy football:

*Fantasy Scoreboard: Check live player and team scores on all league

matchups.

*GameCenter: Get up-to-the-minute details and statistics on the current

week's matchup.

*Standings: Monitor weekly changes to league standings throughout the

season.

*Lineup: View active and reserve players, injury status, and make late

changes as needed.

*MyPlayerNews: Read breaking headlines and player news that impact a

team's lineup.

*Video: Watch short-form CBS SportsLine videos, including pre-game

analysis, player interviews and special fantasy football content.

The sponsor will have branding on the application and has invested in TiVo Gold Star Sponsorships, Interactive Tags embedded in their TV spots and Showcases for the entire season to promote usage of the interactive service to TiVo subscribers. The sponsor will also have pre-roll included in the specialized video content created by CBS SportsLine to enhance the fantasy football experience.

"CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football Companion adds tremendous programming value to TiVo subscribers by delivering with an industry-leading service and specialized CBS SportsLine video -- with our sponsor's support, this service will drive additional interest in TiVo content partners," said Tara Maitra, TiVo's Vice President and General Manager, Programming. "The partnership demonstrates TiVo's commitment to building an expansive set of valued online services and elevating the home entertainment experience."

"We continually evaluate innovative offerings that enhance the fantasy football experience and TiVo gives our users highly coveted access to televisions in the living room, giving us the ability to reach fantasy football fans where they actually watch the games," said Steve Snyder, General Manager of CBS SportsLine. "TiVo-based connectivity, along with our PC and mobile products, creates an unrivaled multi-screen experience for CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football users."

Registration for CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football is free at www.sportsline.com/fantasy .

CBS SportsLine

CBS SportsLine is at the leading edge of media companies providing Internet sports content, Fantasy sports and e-commerce. In addition to its flagship service, the company publishes the official Web sites of the NFL, PGA TOUR and NCAA Sports. CBS SportsLine.com is a member of the CBS family and a part of CBS Digital Media. For more information about CBS SportsLine.com and for the latest sports news, scores and expert analysis, please visit cbs.sportsline.com .

About TiVo Inc.

Founded in 1997, TiVo pioneered a brand new category of products with the development of the first commercially available digital video recorder (DVR). Sold through leading consumer electronic retailers, TiVo has developed a brand which resonates boldly with consumers as providing a superior television experience. Through agreements with leading satellite and cable providers, TiVo also integrates its full set of DVR service features into the set-top boxes of mass distributors. TiVo's DVR functionality and ease of use, with such features as Season Pass(TM) recordings and WishList(R) searches, has elevated its popularity among consumers and has created a whole new way for viewers to watch television. With a continued investment in its patented technologies, TiVo is revolutionizing the way consumers watch and access home entertainment. Rapidly becoming the focal point of the digital living room, TiVo's DVR is at the center of experiencing new forms of content on the TV, such as broadband delivered video, music and photos. With innovative features such as TiVoToGo(TM) transfers and online scheduling, TiVo is expanding the notion of consumers experiencing "TiVo, TV your way." TiVo is also at the forefront of providing innovative marketing solutions for the television industry, including a unique platform for advertisers and audience measurement research. The company is based in Alviso, Calif.

NOTE: TiVo, the TiVo Logo, Season Pass, Wish Lists, Series2, and TiVoToGo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TiVo Inc subsidiaries worldwide.

http://www.tivo.com

Source: TiVo Inc.

Web site: http://cbs.sportsline.com/

 

 

America's CEO Golfers: The Top 200

James Crane of EGL Captures No. 1 on Golf Digest's Exclusive CEO Golf Handicap Ranking

Near 50-Percent Turnover on Magazine's Fifth Biennial List

There are many ways to measure the performance of CEOs from public companies. Revenue, earnings and market share are among the common yardsticks but Golf Digest, in its October issue (on newsstands September 12), assesses captains of industry on a different numerical figure that's also of paramount importance-their golf handicaps. The full ranking of the Top 200 CEO golfers can be viewed now at www.golfdigest.com/ceo.

For the fifth biennial ranking, Golf Digest adjusted its criteria to consider the top executives from Fortune 1000 companies, rather than just Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies, which overlap. That revision resulted in lowering the U.S. Golf Association Handicap Index cutoff for the Top 200 from 20.0, as it was in 2004, to 15.7 or lower for the new edition-prompting turnover of almost 50-percent on the list. (A handicap index is a measure of a player's ability. The lower the handicap index, the better the player.) The average handicap index of the Top 200 is 10.7. According to the U.S. Golf Association, the national average among amateurs is 15.0 for men and 28.0 for women.

Bragging rights on Wall Street now belong to Jim Crane of Houston-based Eagle Global Logistics (EGL). Sporting an almost-professional handicap index of 0.8, Crane, who is making his debut on the list at No. 1, narrowly took the top spot from No.2-ranked Jerry Jurgensen of Nationwide (0.9 index). Curt S. Culver of mortgage insurance giant MGIC Investment, who was No. 1 in 2004, dropped to No. 3 in the ranking (2.6 index).

Crane grew up caddying at a suburban St. Louis country club and recalls being able to play for free on caddie day. Nowadays, most of his golf is business-related. "If you can't close in four hours, you can't sell," Crane says of the opportunity provided by the game.

Rounding-out the Top 10 are: T-4. Theodore L. Chandler Jr. (LandAmerica, 3.0); T-4. John F. Lundgren (The Stanley Works, 3.0); No. 6. Stephen E. Macadam (BlueLinx Holdings, 3.5); No. 7. Edward W. Stack (Dick's Sporting Goods, 4.1); No. 8. Barry E. Davis (Crosstex Energy, 4.2); No. 9. Stephen M. Bennett (Intuit, 4.4) and T-10. Michael L. Eskew (United Parcel Service, 5.2); T-10. David A. Perdue Jr. (Dollar General, 5.2); T-10. Mayo A. Shattuck III (Constellation Energy Group, 5.2).

Patricia Russo, the head of Lucent Technologies, remains the only woman to make Golf Digest's CEO rankings (and was also the first, in 2002). While the trend among the CEOs who have previously appeared in the Top 200 has been rising handicaps, Terry Lundgren of Federated Department Stores is going the other way. The most improved CEO golfer of the group, Lundgren lowered his handicap index from 18.0 in 2004 to 10.9 for this year's list-good enough to tie for 91st in the ranking.

Thirty-three states have CEOs included in Golf Digest's Top 200. California has the most with 25, followed by New York (19,) Ohio (19) and Texas (14). New York City has the most CEOs in the ranking of any metropolis with 13.

The Top 30 CEOs from Golf Digest's Top 200 Ranking

NAME COMPANY HANDICAP INDEX

1. James R. Crane EGL (Eagle Global Logistics) 0.8

2. Jerry Jurgensen Nationwide 0.9

3. Curt S. Culver MGIC Investment 2.6

T-4. Theodore L. Chandler Jr. LandAmerica 3.0

T-4. John F. Lundgren The Stanley Works 3.0

6. Stephen E. Macadam BlueLinx Holdings 3.5

7. Edward W. Stack Dick's Sporting Goods 4.1

8. Barry E. Davis Crosstex Energy 4.2

9. Stephen M. Bennett Intuit 4.4

T-10. Michael L. Eskew United Parcel Service 5.2

T-10. David A. Perdue Jr. Dollar General 5.2

T-10. Mayo A. Shattuck III Constellation Energy Group 5.2

13. Scott F. Farmer Cintas 5.3

T-14. J. Kenneth Glass First Horizon National Corp. 5.5

T-14. David C. Novak Yum! Brands 5.5

T-16. Edgar M. Bronfman Jr. Warner Music Group 5.6

T-16. Nicholas D. Chabraja General Dynamics 5.6

18. Kenneth M. Jastrow II Temple-Inland 6.1

19. John P. McConnell Worthington Industries 6.1

20. Robert D. Walter Cardinal Health 6.2

21. Kennett F. Burnes Cabot Corp. 6.4

T-22. Brian L. Roberts Comcast 6.7

T-22. William P. Foley II Fidelity National Financial 6.7

24. Frank T. MacInnis Emcor Group 6.8

T-25. William (Bill) Dillard II Dillard's 6.9

T-25. Stephen M. Humphrey Graphic Packaging 6.9

T-25. James A. Rubright Rock-Tenn 6.9

28. Greg L. Henslee O'Reilly Automotive 7.0

29. Jeffrey P. Black Teleflex 7.1

30. Vernon W. Hill II Commerce Bancorp. 7.2

Source: Golf Digest

Web site: http://www.golfdigest.com/
http://www.golfdigest.com/ceo

 

Chicago Legend Butkus Launches Official Website

DickButkus51.com Debuts as Bears Season Kicks Off

FansEdge.com, the internet subsidiary of Dreams, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: DRMS.OB) , is pleased to announce the launch of DickButkus51.com, the official website of Pro Football Hall of Fame member and Chicago Bears legend Dick Butkus. FansEdge.com will serve as the back-end operator of the website and was integral in the design and content.

The website, which features Butkus' biography, career statistics, photos, and online fan store (ShopButkus.com), went live just in time for the Bears' 2006 regular season opener against their NFC North division foe, the Green Bay Packers, on September 10.

As the NFL's oldest rivalry is renewed, Bears fans can visit DickButkus51.com to learn more about Butkus, one of the most storied players in the 85-year-old, 170-game Packers-Bears rivalry. Known for his all-out style of play, he was without peer when it came to tackling -- and punishing -- opposing ball carriers. MacArthur Lane, a Packers running back who played against Butkus once said: "If I had a choice, I'd sooner go one on one with a grizzly bear. I pray that I can get up every time Butkus hits me."

After starring as an All-American middle linebacker for the University of Illinois, Butkus became a starter at the same position with the Chicago Bears in 1965, his rookie season. His coach was team founder, George "Papa Bear" Halas, and his star teammate, and fellow rookie, was Hall of Fame-bound running back Gale Sayers. In the ensuing nine years, Dick Butkus carved out a legacy of intensity and intimidation that more than lived up to the Bears' moniker of Monsters of the Midway.

When knee injuries ended Dick Butkus' playing days, he went on to success in motion picture and television roles, including a series of advertisements for Miller Lite that made "Less Filling, Tastes Great!" a household phrase. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979 and was voted to the NFL's All-Time Team in 2000.

Today Dick Butkus divides his time between his family, acting career, and the charities he supports. He remains a Chicago icon and DickButkus51.com is a fitting tribute to the player many NFL fans consider the greatest middle linebacker of all time.

About Dreams, Inc.:

Dreams, Inc. sets itself apart from other traditional memorabilia companies with diversified products and services provided through its operating subsidiaries.

Mounted Memories, its wholesale division, is a leader in production of authentic sports and celebrity autographed memorabilia and collectibles.

Field of Dreams, its exclusively licensed franchise system, has retail stores located in 29 premier shopping malls across the country, ten of which are company-owned through Dreams Retail Corporation.

The Greene Organization organizes promotional and personal appearance events for current and former athletes to Corporate America.

Malcolm Farley Art features the artwork of the famous sports and celebrity artist, Malcolm Farley.

FansEdge.com and ProSportsmemorabilia.com are the leading providers of licensed sports products and autographed memorabilia via the internet.

DREAMS, INC. trades under the ticker symbol: DRMS.OB

For more information on Dreams, Inc. and its subsidiaries, please visit our web sites:

www.dreamscorp.com

www.mountedmemories.com

www.fieldofdreams.com

www.malcolmfarleyart.com

www.fansedge.com

www.prosportsmemorabilia.com

www.sportscases.com

www.peterose.com.

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Golf Club Culinary Expert Offers Ryder Cup Menu

As over 50 million viewers worldwide prepare to watch the 2006 Ryder Cup, The Concession Golf Club's famed culinary expert Sean Murphy offers the following suggestions for your Ryder Cup Party Menu:

Menu:

"the divit" - fresh, fresh, fresh micro-greens and wild mushrooms splashed with an earthy balsamic and truffle oil vinaigrette.

"the putter" - a big shrimp on a cane skewer (putter like) with an Irish whiskey grilling sauce.

"the driver" - a jumbo double chop of domestic Iowa lamb, herb-drenched and grilled, served ( upright like a driver ) atop a mound of lobster mashed potatoes drizzled with a rich, port demi-glace nuanced with fresh rosemary and garlic.

"in the cup" - a variation on classic Bananas Foster with fresh mango, pineapple and dwarf bananas flamed with 151 rum and served over vanilla bean ice cream "in the cup" and...

"the 19th hole" - a healthy slug of cognac warmed in a snifter and smoothed with a splash of B&B to help ease the blow.

Sean Murphy is the renowned owner of Beach Bistro on Anna Maria Island. He is a member of the "Golden Spoon Hall of Fame," 12-time recipient of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence and been named a "Top Restaurant in America" by Zagat. In September, 2005 he presented a Beard Performance Dinner at the James Beard Foundation in New York City.

The Concession Golf Club and Residences is a 236-home community beside a 72-Par 7,740-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature Course inspired by the legendary moment at the 1969 Ryder Cup when the Golden Bear conceded a two-foot putt to Britain's Tony Jacklin resulting in the first tie in the Cup's history.

The Ryder Cup will be televised live from The K Club, County Kildare just outside Dublin, Ireland beginning Thursday, September 21 - Sunday, September 24.

Source: The Concession Golf Club and Residences

 

When Will T.O. Blow?

Sports Talk 950 WPEN Starts the Countdown to Terrell Owens Demise in Dallas

Sports Talk 950 AM (WPEN) is asking the question: When Will T.O. Blow? Former Philadelphia Eagle, Terrell Owens has now brought his traveling circus to Dallas. Sports Talk 950 wants their listeners to predict when the honeymoon will end.

It's been a crazy preseason down in Big D for the Cowboys and T.O. Hamstring problems, countless hours of stationary bike riding and a few verbal jabs between "the player" and the Head Coach, Bill Parcells, have become common during the "Boys" training camp. It's starting to seem like it's not a question of IF things will fall apart, but WHEN things will fall apart.

During the month of September, Sports Talk 950 will be taking predictions online at http://www.sportstalk950.com/, of when T.O will Blow (suspended, released or traded by the Cowboys). The person who guesses the correct date could win cash, tickets, and T.O. Bling.

WPEN is owned and operated by Greater Media Philadelphia, a subsidiary of Greater Media, Inc., the parent company of 19 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. It also owns a modern printing plant and a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey as well as several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.

Source: Greater Media Philadelphia

Web site: http://www.sportstalk950.com/

 

Derek Jeter Joins The Movado Series 800 Team

Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE:MOV) , today announced that baseball superstar Derek Jeter has joined the prestigious roster of talent featured in Movado advertising. Jeter is featured in Movado's new "art of performance" campaign. The art of performance campaign was developed exclusively for the groundbreaking Movado Series 800 collection.

"Jeter is an iconic figure in the sports world and he represents what this brand is all about - timing, passion, precision and a commitment to excellence. He is a true leader -- constantly pursuing excellence for his whole team, and serving as a role model for young fans with his outstanding humanitarian efforts. Everything he represents on and off the field reflects the caliber of our watches and our goals as a company," said Efraim Grinberg, Movado Group President and Chief Executive Officer.

About Movado Series 800:

Uniting strength, beauty, design and performance, this powerful new collection is a fierce competitor in the world of sport watches. Movado Series 800 watches incorporate Movado quality and craftsmanship with the characteristics of a true sport watch: a screw-down crown to ensure water resistance, a unidirectional timing bezel, luminous markers and a scratch- resistant sapphire crystal for optimum dial legibility.

About Derek Jeter:

Derek Jeter, a seven-time All Star, is the New York Yankees shortstop and current team captain. Some of Jeter's accomplishments and accolades include American League Rookie of the Year, All-Star and World Series MVP awards, two Gold Glove awards and four championship rings. Off the field, he serves as president of the Turn 2 Foundation, which he launched in 1996 to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "TURN 2" healthy lifestyles.

About Movado Group:

Movado Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes Movado, Ebel, Concord, ESQ, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and HUGO BOSS watches worldwide, and operates Movado boutiques and company stores in the United States. The Company plans to launch Juicy Couture watches in the fall of 2006 and LACOSTE watches in the spring of 2007.

Source: Movado Group, Inc.

Web site: http://www.movadogroupinc.com/

 

Xtreme to Unveil the New 2007 Challenger Lineup at the 47th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct 26 - 30

Xtreme Companies, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: XTME) today announced that it will unveil the new 2007 Challenger Powerboat lineup at the 47th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from October 26 - October 30, 2006. The Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show is the world's largest boat show, offering the most comprehensive collection of marine products and services both on land and in water.

Xtreme CEO Laurie Phillips stated, "We are excited to debut our newly redesigned sport cruisers and high performance boats at the world's largest boat show. This will be the first major opportunity for us to nationally showcase our fresh and exciting look as well as the new engineering and technological innovations of the Challenger line." She added, "Being the first major boat show of the 2007 model year, dealers also begin to evaluate their options for the upcoming year and we are now well positioned to take full advantage of this opportunity."

Xtreme COO Jack Clark commented, "It has been my experience that the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show is the perfect venue to introduce a new line of boats to the public. We are committed to total customer value and satisfaction and I am confident that this event will tell us that we have hit the mark."

About the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the world's largest boat show featuring more than $1.6 billion in boats, yachts, superyachts, electronics, engines and thousands of accessories from every major marine manufacturer and builder worldwide. The show encompasses more than 3 million sq. ft. of space, both on land and in water, at six sites, all connected by the Show Transportation Network. This year's show will be held October 26-30, 2006. For further information please visit www.fortlauderdaleinternationalboatshow.com.

About Xtreme Companies, Inc.

Xtreme Companies, Inc., produces high end, semi-custom fiberglass boats which include sport cruisers and high performance models under the 'Challenger Powerboat' brand. Xtreme holds the exclusive rights to the revolutionary DDC hull for boats up to 40 feet in length. The DDC hull is a patented revolutionary design by world-renowned marine designer Harry Schoell, which incorporates two hulls into one, resulting in a constant planning surface enhancing stability and generating greater transom lift. This enables the hull to run faster in rougher seas while providing a dry, safe and more comfortable ride.

For more information you may visit www.challengeroffshore.com. Xtreme's public financial information and filings can be viewed at www.sec.gov.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements concerning our business and possible or assumed future results of operations. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements for many reasons including: our ability to continue as a going concern, adverse economic changes affecting markets we serve; competition in our markets and industry segments; our timing and the profitability of entering new markets; greater than expected costs, customer acceptance of our products or difficulties related to our integration of the businesses we may acquire; and other risks and uncertainties as may be detailed from time to time in our public announcements and SEC filings. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, they relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made, and our future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements may not meet these expectations. We do not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this document to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations, except as required by law.

 

Web site: http://www.fortlauderdaleinternationalboatshow.com/

Web site: http://www.challengeroffshore.com/

 

UGS Sponsored Racing Teams Continue to Win: UGS NX Software Helps KB Racing's Greg Anderson Win Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis

Anderson Becomes One of Only Three Pro Stock Racers to Win Four Consecutive Indy Races

KB Racing Teammate Jason Line and Anderson Are 1-2 in the Championship Standings

UGS Corp., a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) products and services, today announced UGS- sponsored Greg Anderson and KB Racing -- whose cars are developed with the help of UGS(R) digital product development technology -- won the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, the biggest race of the year, at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.

Anderson, the three-time and reigning NHRA Pro Stock world champion and the 2005 Speed Channel Driver of the Year, posted a 6.687 at 206.83 mph to win the Indy championship for the fifth time in his history book career. With this win Anderson joins legends Bob Glidden and the late Lee Shepherd as one of only three Pro Stock racers to win four consecutive Indy races.

The KB Racing team, with drivers Anderson and Jason Line, has taken the #1 qualifier position in 14 out of 18 events this year and won 5 out of 18. With five races to go, Line and Anderson are now 1-2 in the championship standings, with Line leading Anderson by 59 points.

"UGS congratulates Greg Anderson and KB Racing for this historic win and wishes the team good luck in the final stretch of the season," said Dave Shirk, executive vice president of Global Marketing for UGS. "2006 has been a strong season for racing teams innovating with UGS technology. We are proud that our PLM technology, which helps customers all over the world produce innovative new products, also helps UGS-sponsored racing teams produce victories to continue the winning tradition."

A Tradition of Technology and Tracks

UGS has a long tradition providing NX(R) software, UGS' comprehensive digital product development solution, and Teamcenter(R) software, UGS' digital lifecycle management solution and the world's most widely used PLM portfolio, through racing sponsorships. Joe Gibbs Racing, winner of the 2005 NASCAR(R) NEXTEL Cup Championship, Hendrick Motorsports (participant in the NASCAR(R) NEXTEL Cup Series) and Andretti Green Racing, winner of the Indy Racing League(R) (IRL) IndyCar(R) Series Championship two years running, have been using UGS software for several years to help develop their cars and improve their performance on the race track. KB Racing, winner of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Pro Stock Championship for three straight years, began using UGS technology in 2005, and the Renault F1 Team, winner of the 2005 Formula One Drivers and Constructors Championships, established a partnership in 2004 using Tecnomatix(TM) software, UGS' best-in-class digital manufacturing solution.

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS' vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS' open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation. For more information on UGS products and services, visit http://www.ugs.com/ .

Note: UGS, NX, Teamcenter, Tecnomatix and Transforming the process of innovation are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Indy Racing League, IRL and IndyCar are trademarks or registered marks of Brickyard Trademarks Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. NASCAR is a trademark or registered mark of National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

 

Web site: http://www.ugs.com/

 

Former LA Cowboy Shooting Star 'Guns' for Dunlop Drivers Cup

A former Los Angeles cowboy action shooting star and author, who hung up his six-shooters, has been selected to participate in the Dunlop Drivers Cup driving challenge.

Hunter Scott Anderson, 54, aka "Bounty Hunter," of Glendale, Calif., will be competing against 11 other amateur drivers at the U.S. Regional Qualifier in Danville, Va., on Sept. 11-15.

Anderson, winner of hundreds of cowboy action shooting awards, is author of "The Top Shooter's Guide to Cowboy Action Shooting." After 450 matches, the sharp shooter hung up his holster. He now is a capital projects inspector for Los Angeles County Public Works.

Anderson always has been competitive, whether he's racking up wins shooting guns or crossing the finish line first in amateur road racing. He was an SCCA GT2 Rookie of the Year in 1986. He also admits the Virginia International Raceway event "will be a little different."

Anderson said he realizes Dunlop Drivers Cup is completely different from any other type of driving challenge. A unique competition, it includes on- track racing, autocross, off-road sport-utility, off-road all-terrain vehicle and motocross events to test the skills of hard-core driving enthusiasts.

Two two-driver teams from the three-day U.S. Regional Qualifier will represent Dunlop USA at the world Drivers Cup next year. The 10-day excursion is scheduled to travel through six European countries -- with driving events in each nation -- and finish on the African continent.

Janice Consolacion, brand planning manager for Dunlop in North America, said Cup organizers were impressed by Anderson's "competitive spirit. He may be the oldest competitor in the U.S. Regionals, but experience and passion are his strengths."

Anderson said, "I'm your man to represent the baby boomers. And I can still rock on the road like few others."

Anderson said the drivers' challenge is another milestone in his lifelong love of the automobile. Reared in a racing family, he said he sat on his father's lap at the steering wheel of a 1956 Porsche Speedster, maneuvering through Southern California's canyons at age 6.

"Driving has always been a passion for me -- alive and well even in my early 50s," the shooter said. Anderson said his father "is stoked" about him competing in Drivers Cup.

He said he would "find the best line, keep it smooth and never lift" in Virginia.

European Dunlop officials started Drivers Cup in 1998 to showcase Dunlop's racing heritage and its broad range of passenger, truck, motorcycle and all- terrain-vehicle tire lines. Dunlop SP Sport Maxx ultra-performance tires and Mud Rover off-road tires will be featured in the competition.

Dunlop is a global tire brand with an excellent reputation among performance car enthusiasts. Well known for its prestigious original- equipment fitments and sports car racing heritage, Dunlop is also a key supplier to sport compact enthusiasts featuring "tuner" tire sizes and race series sponsorships.

Anderson said he applied for Drivers Cup after visiting American Tire Depot in Glendale, Calif. Applications are being accepted now for those interested in competing in the 2007 Dunlop Drivers Cup U.S. Regionals.

Web site: http://www.dunloptires.com/.

 

Subaru Presents Wild Ride at Indianapolis Zoo

-- Cycling event supports Indianapolis Zoo conservation efforts --

Subaru will be the presenting sponsor of the Indianapolis Zoo Wild Ride this Saturday, September 9, when more than one thousand bicycle riders cycle to support wildlife conservation and research.

"We are pleased to sponsor the Indianapolis Zoo Wild Ride benefiting wildlife conservation," said Mike Hafertepe, Regional Vice President, Subaru Great Lakes Region, Subaru of America, Inc. "The race is a good fit for Subaru, as we have a long history of supporting the organizations and efforts that are important to our customers."

The Indianapolis Zoo Wild Ride is in affiliation with the Central Indiana Bicycling Association and is also sponsored by RATIO Architects. With four routes ranging from a family-friendly 15-mile Fun Ride to a challenging 100-mile Rhino Ride for experienced riders; everyone can participate. Other routes include the 40-mile Eagle's Crest Ride and the 62-mile Meerkat Century Ride. All routes begin and end at the Indianapolis Zoo and include a lap around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Registration is still available onsite and check-in begins at 6 a.m. at the Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis. For more information please visit: http://www.indyzoo.com/ or call (317) 630-2001.

All participants are helping the Indianapolis Zoo's conservation mission. Programs at the Zoo benefit species ranging from the African elephant to the Jamaican iguana. Thanks to these efforts, the Indianapolis Zoo is widely regarded as a world leader in conservation research.

Subaru in Indiana

The Subaru manufacturing plant is located near Indianapolis in Lafayette, Indiana. The majority of all Subaru vehicles sold in the U.S. are built in the state, at Subaru of Indiana Automotive. The plant has been honored for its environmentally friendly operations.

In fact, the average U.S. household sends more to a landfill than the entire Subaru plant. The Subaru plant is the first auto assembly plant to achieve zero landfill status -- nothing from its manufacturing efforts goes into a landfill. It's all reused and recycled.

The Subaru plant was determined to be the first auto assembly plant in the U.S. to be designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation in 2003. Deer, coyotes, beavers, blue herons, geese, rabbits, squirrels, meadowlarks, ducks and other animals live on the plant property in peaceful coexistence with the Subaru plant.

About the Indianapolis Zoo

Located in White River State Park downtown, the Indianapolis Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the American Association of Museums as a zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. The Indianapolis Zoo inspires local and global communities to celebrate, protect, and preserve our natural world through conservation, education, and research, and by providing an enriching and wondrous environment for our visitors and the animals in our care. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru makes the best-selling All-Wheel Drive car sold in America based on R.L. Polk & Co. new vehicle retail registration statistics calendar year-end 2005. For additional information visit http://www.subaru.com/.

 

 

Web site: http://www.subaru.com/
http://www.indyzoo.com/

 

48 Million U.S. Households are Underinsured, Says AAA

A new study by LIMRA International shows that 44 percent of all U.S. households either don't own life insurance and believe they should, or own life insurance and believe they need more. The study also reveals that three-fourths of American households do not have a personal life insurance agent or a personal financial advisor or planner.

To help consumers make informed choices about life insurance, the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE) has designated September as Life Insurance Awareness Month.

"This is a good time to re-evaluate your life insurance coverage needs," says Gary Dick, director of the Auto Club Group Insurance Agency. "There are a number of important events in everyone's life -- marriage, children, a new house, college, retirement -- all of which can affect the amount of financial protection required to support loved ones in the event of premature death."

As part of the month-long campaign to raise life insurance awareness, LIFE has contracted with Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton to serve as its official spokesperson. Hamilton agreed to share his own personal experience of losing his mother at a young age and overcoming a life-threatening illness to illustrate the importance of planning financially for the unexpected.

"Losing my mother and fighting my own battle with cancer taught me that unexpected events can rock your family at any time," Hamilton said. "When my mom died, the emotional challenges that my family and I faced were compounded by financial struggles because she didn't have any life insurance. Because of that experience, I've owned life insurance since I was a young adult. Now that I'm married and have a son who's almost three, I value the financial security life insurance provides more than ever."

According to Dick, consumers procrastinate about life insurance for a variety of reasons: some have questions about affordability; some doubt the need, others have indecision about proper coverage levels. To help ease consumer concerns, LIFE has established a website -- http://www.life-line.org/ -- where basic information is available without pressure to buy. In addition to information, the site offers a "Value and Needs Calculator" that helps consumers determine the best coverage for their individual needs.

Life insurance available through AAA is underwritten by AAA Life Insurance Co., Livonia, Mich. For more information about AAA products and services, or to find your own personal life insurance agent, visit AAA.com or call toll- free 1-800-289-4473.

FACTS ABOUT LIFE - 2006

* More than 1 in 4 men have no life insurance coverage, and almost two-

thirds of men aged 18 to 24 have no life insurance.

* Nearly 1 in 3 women have no life insurance coverage.

* The average amount of life insurance coverage on insured individuals

reached $146,300 in 2004.

* Twenty-five percent of U.S. household heads feel they do not have a

plan in place to provide a decent standard of living for their family

if they died tomorrow.

* Three-fourths of Americans needing more insurance think they can't

afford the premium, despite the fact that many are under age 45 and

could buy term insurance for a modest sum.

* Consumers feel buying life insurance is an important and complex

financial decision. Eight in 10 find it difficult to decide how much

and what type to buy and worry about making the wrong decision. Two-

thirds don't know where to buy or who to turn to for help.

* Life insurance surpassed all other sources of financial assets or

income that Americans expect to use to help pay bills and to maintain

their lifestyle if a primary wage earner dies.

AAA Michigan offers automotive, travel, insurance and financial services to more than 1.6 million members in Michigan. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG), the largest affiliation of AAA clubs in the Midwest, with approximately 4.1 million members in eight states. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation, a not-for-profit organization with more than 49 million members in the United States and Canada.

Source: AAA Michigan

Web site: http://www.aaa.com/
http://www.life-line.org/

NOTE TO EDITORS: September is Life Insurance Awareness Month.

 

JCB DIESELMAX Sets New Land Speed Record for Diesel-Powered Cars With Help From UGS

UGS' NX(TM) Software Used in the Design of the Powerful Diesel Engine for JCB

UGS Corp, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, congratulates JCB, the JCB DIESELMAX team and driver wing commander Andy Green on the record-breaking run of the JCB DIESELMAX that achieved a stunning average speed of 350.092 mph (563 kph) to break the land speed record for diesel- powered cars.

The new record, set on Aug. 23 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, was achieved using UGS' NX(TM) digital product development software to design and develop the groundbreaking JCB444-LSR diesel engine. Two turbo-charged, high performance versions of the JCB444 powered the car, underscoring the strength, performance and versatility of the JCB444 diesel engine, originally created for use in JCB's construction vehicles.

"We set out to create an innovative, high performance diesel engine that was built to power our construction equipment," said Alan Tolley, JCB's director of Engine Programmes. "NX played a significant role in our success. The software's advanced assembly features allowed us to keep up to twenty engineers working simultaneously on the project. The integrity and accuracy of the NX data allowed us to rely on it throughout the comprehensive testing phases and the parameterization facilities gave us the flexibility to work in an iterative way, making rapid edits as the engine evolved."

Working with technology partner Ricardo Consulting Engineers, JCB's design engineering team called on the powerful design and modeling functionality of NX throughout the product development process for the JCB444. NX software supported the creation of the initial concept designs and enabled the development team to take these early ideas through the rigorous virtual and physical testing process to produce the finished complex 3D model of the engine that was ultimately used in the manufacturing of final components and the successful product launch.

"UGS congratulates JCB, Andy Green and the entire record-setting team on a magnificent achievement," said Paul Vogel, senior vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, UGS. "UGS strives to help every UGS technology user innovate and achieve new heights, and we couldn't be more proud of JCB's accomplishment."

The innovative streamliner car, which was specifically constructed for the record attempt, is twice as powerful and twice as fast as a Formula One car, yet weighs four times that of a Grand prix machine. Additionally, the record- breaking diesel engine is the cleanest and most efficient land speed record car ever built, with half the fuel consumption of F1 cars. Each JCB444 engine displaces five liters, weighs 382 kg, and produces 750bhp at 3,800 rpm on a relatively low 10.5:1 compression ratio, and in excess of 1500 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm.

The car was designed by a team led by Dr. Tim Leverton, JCB Group engineering director. "350 mph is a fantastic speed for a diesel-powered car. To have built the world's fastest diesel in such a short timescale is a wonderful achievement for the JCB DIESELMAX team," he said. "The new record demonstrates the engineering and team effort that has gone into creating this extraordinary car."

To read more about the JCB DIESELMAX or watch video of the record-breaking drive, go to http://www.jcbdieselmax.com/ .

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS' vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS' open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation. For more information on UGS products and services, visit http://www.ugs.com/ .

Note: UGS, NX and Transforming the process of innovation are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

Web site: http://www.ugs.com/
http://www.jcbdieselmax.com/

 

Volvo Cars North American Sales Report for August

Volvo Cars of North America, LLC reports sales in the United States of 10,606 units for August -- trending upward 2 percent over the previous month. Compared to August of last year, the results are off slightly by 2 percent.

For the month, the Volvo XC90 performed well up nearly 15 percent, within an SUV segment trending down industry wide.

Overall, Volvo sales in North America (United States, including Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico) were 11,875 units -- down 2.3 percent for the month. Volvo Canada sales were 968 units and 301 units were sold at Volvo in Mexico, ... down 7 percent and up 3 percent respectively.

Volvo Cars of North America, LLC (VCNA), based in Irvine, CA, is a subsidiary of the Volvo Car Corporation of Gothenborg, Sweden. VCNA provides marketing, sales, parts, service, technology and training support to Volvo automobile retailers in the United States, and oversees Volvo operations in Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Volvo has been building cars with Safety in mind for over 75 years. The current 2006 model line-up of Volvo Cars includes: the award-winning new S40 and its wagon counterpart the all-new V50; the award-winning XC90; the sporty S60 sedan -- including the award-winning performance sedan -- S60 R and the performance wagon version -- V70 R; the S80 luxury sedan; the versatile V70 wagon and rugged XC70 (Cross Country); and the new Volvo C70, the convertible with the innovative retractable hardtop.

* U.S. sales include Puerto Rico

 

 

VOLVO CARS OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC

01-Sep-06

Retail Sales by Model

UNITED STATES

August* Year-to-Date*

2006 2005 % 2006 2005 %

Volvo Model

S40 0 0 n/a 0 4 n/a

All New S40 1,928 2,296 -16.0% 16,328 17,317 -5.7%

V40 0 1 n/a 0 7 n/a

V50 327 514 -36.4% 2,771 3,943 -29.7%

S60 2,488 2,166 14.9% 18,507 18,309 1.1%

V70 571 628 -9.1% 4,102 5,426 -24.4%

XC70 1,326 1,424 -6.9% 9,071 10,096 -10.2%

C70 0 34 -100.0% 11 1,402 -99.2%

New C70 483 n/a n/a 2,158 n/a n/a

S80 296 990 -70.1% 5,018 7,656 -34.5%

XC90 3,187 2,773 14.9% 22,219 24,244 -8.4%

USA TOTAL 10,606 10,826 -2.0% 80,185 88,404 -9.3%

 

 

CANADA

August Year-to-Date

2006 2005 % 2006 2005 %

Volvo Model

S40 0 0 n/a 0 0 n/a

All New S40 145 165 -12.1% 1,029 1,484 -30.7%

V40 0 0 n/a 0 0 n/a

V50 43 103 -58.3% 497 750 -33.7%

S60 176 196 -10.2% 1,601 1,602 -0.1%

V70 73 109 -33.0% 719 717 0.3%

XC70 247 262 -5.7% 1,344 1,595 -15.7%

C70 0 0 n/a 0 7 n/a

New C70 60 n/a n/a 128 n/a n/a

S80 25 37 -32.4% 230 201 14.4%

XC90 199 170 17.1% 1,849 1,818 1.7%

CANADA TOTAL 968 1,042 -7.1% 7,397 8,174 -9.5%

 

 

MEXICO

August Year-to-Date

2006 2005 % 2006 2005 %

Volvo Model

S40 0 0 n/a 0 3 -100.0%

All New S40 138 100 38.0% 844 1,161 -27.3%

V40 0 0 n/a 0 0 n/a

V50 2 12 -83.3% 19 45 -57.8%

S60 44 61 -27.9% 266 318 -16.4%

V70 0 0 n/a 0 0 n/a

XC70 1 1 0.0% 7 17 -58.8%

C70 0 1 n/a 0 6 n/a

New C70 8 0 n/a 13 n/a n/a

S80 1 5 -80.0% 15 77 -80.5%

XC90 107 111 -3.6% 608 821 -25.9%

MEXICO TOTAL 301 291 3.4% 1,772 2,448 -27.6%

NAFTA TOTAL 11,875 12,159 -2.3% 89,354 99,026 -9.8%

* U.S. totals include Puerto Rico

Source: Volvo Cars of North America, LLC

 

Highest Sales Ever for Ford's New Mid-Size Sedans; Nearly 23,000 Fusions, Milans and Zephyrs Delivered in August

* Combined sales for the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln Zephyr in August were 22,863 - easily eclipsing the previous monthly sales record for company's new mid-size sedans. * Overall, Ford's August sales up 6 percent compared with July 2006, but down 12 percent compared with August 2005 when Ford offered employee prices to all customers. * Car sales were up 9 percent compared with July and 9 percent compared with August 2005; truck sales were up 4 percent compared with July, but down 21 percent compared with August 2005. * Ford Mustang posts best August sales since 1979 including over 800 Shelby GT 500 models. Total Mustang sales were 17,933, up 64 percent from August 2005. * Ford F-Series posts second highest sales month in 2006. Total sales were 76,804, up 11 percent from July, but down 15 percent from last year's record sales.

Consumer demand continues to grow for Ford's (NYSE:F) new mid-size sedans (Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln Zephyr). Combined sales for the trio totaled 22,863, up 13 percent from the previous best sales month (20,267), which was May 2006. Demand for these products is expected to remain strong in the coming months as 2007 models will incorporate several standard safety features (e.g., side air bags) and all-wheel drive as an option.

August sales totaled 255,112, up 6 percent from July 2006, but down 12 percent compared with August 2005 when Ford offered employee prices to all customers.

The Fusion, Milan, and Zephyr are helping the company to increase car sales and market share. Total Ford car sales were 9 percent higher than July and 9 percent higher than a year ago.

Ford Mustang "rocked the house" in August with sales of 17,933, up 64 percent compared with August 2005. It was the highest Mustang sales in August since 1979. Included in the total were over 800 Shelby GT 500s.

The company's truck sales were up 4 percent compared with July 2006, but down 21 percent compared with August 2005. Ford's F-Series truck had its second highest sales month in 2006. Sales for America's best-selling truck in August were 76,804, up 11 percent from July 2006, but down 15 percent from last year's record sales of 90,388.

"Retail business was very strong at the end of the month," said Al Giombetti, president, Ford and Lincoln Mercury sales and marketing. "Zero percent financing put a big dent in 2006 model inventories." Giombetti noted August retail sales challenged March as the best retail month of the year.

Ford's zero percent financing program is available on 2006 models and concludes September 5 -- after the Labor Day weekend.

FORD MOTOR COMPANY AUGUST 2006 U.S. SALES

 

August Month % August CYTD %

2006 2005 Change 2006 2005 Change

Sales By Brand

Ford 214,759 242,849 -11.6 1,707,123 1,900,826 -10.2

Mercury 15,417 17,668 -12.7 133,301 147,820 -9.8

Lincoln 8,979 9,918 -9.5 82,132 84,014 -2.2

Jaguar 1,704 2,634 -35.3 15,350 22,149 -30.7

Volvo 10,582 10,806 -2.1 79,997 88,246 -9.3

Land Rover 3,671 4,554 -19.4 30,058 27,505 9.3

Total Ford

Motor Company 255,112 288,429 -11.6 2,047,961 2,270,560 -9.8

Memo: Cars and Trucks

Cars 97,801 90,126 8.5 787,130 756,039 4.1

Trucks 157,311 198,303 -20.7 1,260,831 1,514,521 -16.8

Total Ford

Motor Company 255,112 288,429 -11.6 2,047,961 2,270,560 -9.8

 

 

FORD BRAND AUGUST 2006 U.S. SALES

 

August Month % August CYTD %

2006 2005 Change 2006 2005 Change

Crown Victoria 5,091 5,056 0.7 46,642 48,697 -4.2

Five Hundred 6,046 12,453 -51.4 62,028 75,146 -17.5

Taurus 13,263 15,774 -15.9 125,185 147,770 -15.3

Fusion 15,468 0 NA 100,169 0 NA

Focus 15,562 20,476 -24.0 126,670 143,360 -11.6

Mustang 17,933 10,921 64.2 118,928 117,509 1.2

Thunderbird 0 654 -100.0 469 8,139 -94.2

GT 143 113 26.5 1,365 596 129.0

Total Ford Cars 73,506 65,447 12.3 581,456 541,217 7.4

Freestyle 4,057 7,068 -42.6 45,474 52,502 -13.4

Escape 11,459 15,023 -23.7 112,968 120,182 -6.0

Explorer 16,076 17,151 -6.3 127,569 183,999 -30.7

Expedition 5,894 8,488 -30.6 53,832 85,872 -37.3

Excursion 0 1,858 -100.0 965 11,843 -91.9

Freestar 2,370 7,473 -68.3 42,253 60,112 -29.7

Econoline/Club

Wagon 15,189 14,514 4.7 119,829 120,939 -0.9

Ranger 7,986 14,129 -43.5 65,122 89,802 -27.5

F-Series 76,804 90,388 -15.0 545,963 625,047 -12.7

Low Cab Forward 282 116 143.1 2,473 160 1,445.6

Heavy Trucks 1,136 1,194 -4.9 9,219 9,151 0.7

Total Ford

Trucks 141,253 177,402 -20.4 1,125,667 1,359,609 -17.2

Total Ford

Brand 214,759 242,849 -11.6 1,707,123 1,900,826 -10.2

 

 

LINCOLN AND MERCURY BRAND AUGUST 2006 U.S. SALES

 

August Month % August CYTD %

2006 2005 Change 2006 2005 Change

Grand Marquis 4,036 5,484 -26.4 43,383 52,484 -17.3

Montego 1,728 2,635 -34.4 16,244 18,438 -11.9

Sable 0 1,780 -100.0 0 19,961 -100.0

Milan 4,156 0 NA 25,108 0 NA

Total Mercury Cars 9,920 9,899 0.2 84,735 90,883 -6.8

Town Car 2,614 4,254 -38.6 26,989 32,373 -16.6

LS 745 1,278 -41.7 7,922 15,475 -48.8

Zephyr 3,239 0 NA 21,938 0 NA

Total Lincoln Cars 6,598 5,532 19.3 56,849 47,848 18.8

Total Mercury and

Lincoln Cars 16,518 15,431 7.0 141,584 138,731 2.1

Mariner 2,770 3,739 -25.9 23,852 25,953 -8.1

Mountaineer 2,160 2,676 -19.3 21,403 24,840 -13.8

Monterey 567 1,354 -58.1 3,311 6,144 -46.1

Total Mercury Trucks 5,497 7,769 -29.2 48,566 56,937 -14.7

Navigator 1,374 2,061 -33.3 15,053 18,724 -19.6

Aviator 0 1,324 -100.0 1,711 12,378 -86.2

Mark LT 1,007 1,001 0.6 8,519 5,064 68.2

Total Lincoln Trucks 2,381 4,386 -45.7 25,283 36,166 -30.1

Total Mercury and

Lincoln Trucks 7,878 12,155 -35.2 73,849 93,103 -20.7

Total Mercury and

Lincoln Vehicles 24,396 27,586 -11.6 215,433 231,834 -7.1

Total Lincoln Brand 8,979 9,918 -9.5 82,132 84,014 -2.2

Total Mercury Brand 15,417 17,668 -12.7 133,301 147,820 -9.8

 

 

JAGUAR BRAND AUGUST 2006 U.S. SALES

August Month % August CYTD %

2006 2005 Change 2006 2005 Change

XJ 408 792 -48.5 3,748 5,606 -33.1

S-TYPE 422 764 -44.8 4,619 6,344 -27.2

X-TYPE 481 888 -45.8 3,940 8,401 -53.1

XK 393 190 106.8 3,043 1,798 69.2

Total Jaguar 1,704 2,634 -35.3 15,350 22,149 -30.7

 

 

VOLVO BRAND AUGUST 2006 U.S. SALES

August Month % August CYTD %

2006 2005 Change 2006 2005 Change

S40 1,912 2,287 -16.4 16,210 17,240 -6.0

V50 326 513 -36.5 2,760 3,936 -29.9

V40 0 1 NA 0 7 NA

S60 2,487 2,162 15.0 18,488 18,285 1.1

V70 571 627 -8.9 4,101 5,424 -24.4

XC70 1,326 1,424 -6.9 9,068 10,092 -10.1

C70 481 34 1314.7 2,167 1,402 54.6

S80 296 990 -70.1 5,014 7,648 -34.4

XC90 3,183 2,768 15.0 22,189 24,212 -8.4

Total Volvo 10,582 10,806 -2.1 79,997 88,246 -9.3

 

 

LAND ROVER BRAND AUGUST 2006 U.S. SALES

August Month % August CYTD %

2006 2005 Change 2006 2005 Change

Range Rover 943 1,212 -22.2 7,512 8,385 -10.4

Range Rover Sport 1,427 1,700 -16.1 11,259 3,550 217.2

LR3 1,296 1,508 -14.1 11,250 13,080 -14.0

Discovery 0 8 -100.0 1 803 -99.9

Freelander 5 126 -96.0 36 1,687 -97.9

Total Land Rover 3,671 4,554 -19.4 30,058 27,505 9.3

Source: Ford Motor Company

CONTACT: George Pipas of Ford Motor Company, +1-313-323-9216,
gpipas@ford.com

Web site: http://www.ford.com/

NOTE TO EDITORS: Go to http://media.ford.com for news releases and high- resolution photographs

 

Mazda Announces August Sales

Mazda North American Operations today released the following sales figures for August 2006:

Mazda North American Operations - August 2006

Month-To-Date Year-To-Date

August August % August August %

2006 2005 Change 2006 2005 Change

Mazda3 6,955 7,547 (7.8)% 67,956 67,135 1.2%

Mazda5 994 1,784 (44.3)% 12,345 2,518 390.3%

Mazda6 5,262 6,406 (17.9)% 48,720 53,156 (8.3)%

MX-5 Miata 1,451 907 60.0% 12,558 4,781 162.7%

RX-8 786 1,145 (31.4)% 6,764 10,643 (36.4)%

Protege -- -- N/A 1 1 0.0%

626 -- -- N/A -- 2 N/A

CX-7 3,435 -- N/A 7,178 -- N/A

Tribute 2,100 2,467 (14.9)% 21,093 28,399 (25.7)%

B-Series Truck 363 474 (23.4)% 3,116 4,251 (26.7)%

MPV 965 1,405 (31.3)% 9,247 11,057 (16.4)%

Total Vehicles

CARS 15,448 17,789 (13.2)% 148,344 138,236 7.3%

TRUCKS 6,863 4,346 57.9% 40,634 43,707 (7.0)%

TOTAL 22,311 22,135 0.8% 188,978 181,943 3.9%

 

MEMO:

IMPORT CAR 10,186 11,383 (10.5)% 99,624 85,078 17.1%

IMPORT TRUCK 4,400 1,405 213.2% 16,425 11,057 48.5%

IMPORT TOTAL 14,586 12,788 14.1% 116,049 96,135 20.7%

DOMESTIC CAR 5,262 6,406 (17.9)% 48,720 53,158 (8.3)%

DOMESTIC TRUCK 2,463 2,941 (16.3)% 24,209 32,650 (25.9)%

DOMESTIC TOTALS 7,725 9,347 (17.4)% 72,929 85,808 (15.0)%

Note: Protege and 626 are discontinued vehicles.

Source: Mazda North American Operations

Web site: http://www.mazdausa.com/

 

 

DaimlerChrysler AG Reports 3 Percent Decrease in U.S. Sales for Passenger Vehicles for August 2006

Chrysler Group Reports Sales of 179,165 Vehicles, a 4 Percent Decrease for August 2006

Mercedes-Benz USA Reports Sales of 20,602 Vehicles, a 7 Percent Increase for August 2006

-- DaimlerChrysler AG (NYSE:DCX) , the third largest U.S. auto maker, today reported total group sales of 199,767 passenger vehicles in the U.S. for August 2006, a 3 percent decrease compared to August 2005. All sales figures in this release are on an unadjusted basis unless otherwise noted.

Chrysler Group, which consists of the Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge brands, posted sales of 179,165 vehicles in the U.S., a decrease of 4 percent. Following global sales growth of 4.7 percent to 2.83 million units in 2005, Chrysler Group launches 10 all-new vehicles in 2006, the most aggressive product launch in company history, while introducing some of the most fuel- efficient vehicles to date. On the heels of the successful launch of the Dodge Caliber, Chrysler Group continues its product offensive with the launch of the Jeep Compass. The Jeep Compass expands the product portfolio of the Jeep brand with an all-new, modern-styled compact Jeep that delivers fun, freedom, utility, excellent fuel efficiency and Jeep 4x4 capability at a terrific value. The Jeep Compass is available at Jeep dealers nationwide and has received positive feedback amid brisk sales.

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) reported its highest August sales on record with 20,602 new vehicles sold, an increase of 7 percent over last August. The Mercedes-Benz portfolio of luxury light trucks -- the M-, R-, G- and GL- Classes -- continued to demonstrate impressive gains with a combined 66 percent increase over last August as a group.

Detailed vehicle sales information for MBUSA and Chrysler Group will be announced later today in separate press releases issued by the groups. August 2006 had 27 selling days while August 2005 had 26 selling days.

DaimlerChrysler AG U.S. Sales Summary Through August 2006

Month Sales % Sales CYTD %

Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Curr Yr Pr Yr Change

CHRYSLER GROUP 179,165 187,085 -4% 1,459,060 1,615,116 -10%

MERCEDES-BENZ USA 20,602 19,267 7% 157,128 138,692 13%

DAIMLERCHRYSLER 199,767 206,352 -3% 1,616,188 1,753,808 -8%

Selling Days 27 26 204 204

Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020212/DCXLOGO

Source: DaimlerChrysler AG

 

 

BMW Group Reports Sales for August

Year-to-Date Sales of BMW Group Up 3 Percent

-- The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI brands combined) reported year-to-date sales of 206,530 vehicles, an increase of 3 percent over the 200,562 vehicles sold in the first eight months of 2005. The BMW Group also reported a decrease of 11 percent in August sales for 25,673 vehicles over the 28,879 vehicles reported in 2005.

BMW Brand Sales Increase in August

BMW brand sales were up 5 percent year-to-date, to 179,724 vehicles compared to 171,579 vehicles sold in the same period in 2005.

Sales of BMW brand vehicles dropped 12 percent in August for a total of 22,421 compared to 25,537 reported in the same month a year ago.

BMW Automobile Sales

Year-to-date, sales of BMW brand automobiles were up 13 percent to 140,250 automobiles compared to 124,406 in the same period of 2005. Automobile sales were off slightly in August to 17,053 versus 17,254 in the same month a year ago as the company managed inventory in advance of the launch of several new models, including the all-new 3 Series Coupe which is just arriving at dealerships.

BMW Sports Activity Vehicle Sales

Sales of BMW Sports Activity Vehicles were down 35 percent in August to 5,368 vehicles over the 8,283 sold last August. BMW will introduce an all-new X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and inventory of this model is deliberately low in preparation for the launch. Year-to-date, sales of BMW Sports Activity Vehicles were also off 16 percent, to 39,474 vehicles compared to the 47,173 sold in the same period in 2005.

Certified Pre-Owned

Sales of BMW's Certified Pre-Owned vehicles were up 4 percent, and the company reported its best August ever with sales of 6,713 CPO vehicles versus 6,470 vehicles reported last year. Year-to-date, CPO sales were up 17 percent, to 58,129 over the 49,620 reported in the same period in 2005.

MINI Brand

MINI Automobiles

MINI USA reported August sales of 3,252 automobiles, down 11 percent from the 3,342 cars sold in August 2005. Year-to-date, the division reported sales of 26,806 automobiles, a drop of 8 percent, compared to the 28,983 cars reported in the first eight months of 2005.

BMW Group in America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand, the MINI brand, and the ROLLS-ROYCE brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, an industrial design firm in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all Z4 Roadster and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car centers, 334 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 143 BMW motorcycle retailers, 80 MINI passenger car dealers, and 30 ROLLS-ROYCE Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at:

www.bmwgroupna.com

www.bmwusa.com

www.bmwmotorradusa.com

www.miniusa.com

www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

 

 

BMW Car Sales Report for August 2006

2006 2005

August 17,053 17,254

Year-to-Date 140,250 124,406

 

 

Model Year-to- Year-to-

August Date August Date

2006 2006 2005 2005

325i (E90 & E46) 3,767 33,043 5,172 30,711

325Ci (E46) 252 2,208 221 2,751

325Ci Convertible 491 3,483 547 4,507

325i Sports Wagon 0 4 22 416

325xi (E90 & E46) 968 10,386 6 2,935

325xi Sports Wagon (E90 & E46) 130 1,558 20 479

328i Coupe (E92) 406 406 0 0

330i (E90 & E46) 1,357 12,109 2,101 12,517

330Ci (E46) 56 1,074 175 1,982

330Ci Convertible 487 3,602 473 3,871

330xi (E90 & E46) 534 6,972 5 2,467

335i Coupe (E92) 189 189 0 0

M3 83 1,708 267 2,646

M3 Convertible 122 1,041 150 1,391

3 Series 8,842 77,783 9,159 66,673

Z4 2.5i Roadster (US) 34 367 654 4,584

Z4 3.0i Roadster (US) 768 4,313 455 2,851

Z4 Roadster 3.0si (US) 441 2,280 0 0

Z4 M Roadster (US) 330 933 0 0

Z4 Coupe 3.0si (US) 50 143 0 0

Z4 M Coupe (US) 57 140 0 0

Z4 1,680 8,176 1,109 7,435

525i (E60) 1,332 8,962 1,148 11,355

525xi (E60) 388 3,507 439 1,052

530i (E60) 1,240 8,799 1,352 11,631

530xi (E60) 677 5,815 620 1,449

530xi Sports Wagon (E60) 101 1,650 256 681

545i (E60) 0 6 544 5,952

550i (E60) 485 4,701 0 0

M5 (E60 & E39) 222 2,314 0 4

5 Series 4,445 35,754 4,359 32,124

645Ci 0 21 297 2,426

650i Coupe 128 1,685 0 0

645Ci Convertible 0 16 492 4,171

650i Convertible 371 3,780 0 0

M6 192 804 0 0

6 Series 691 6,306 789 6,597

745i 0 0 20 1,686

745Li 0 0 11 2,801

750i 336 2,911 418 1,945

750Li 1,040 9,055 1,336 4,756

760i 0 31 15 104

760Li 19 229 38 272

7 Series 1,395 12,226 1,838 11,564

Z8 0 4 0 7

Z8 Alpina 0 1 0 6

Z8 0 5 0 13

 

 

BMW Sports Activity Vehicle (light trucks) Sales

Report for August 2006

2006 2005

August 5,368 8,283

Year-to-Date 39,474 47,173

 

 

Model Year-to- Year-to-

August Date August Date

2006 2006 2005 2005

X3 2.5i 2 182 1,030 5,053

X3 3.0i 2,349 20,290 2,746 18,356

X3 2,351 20,472 3,776 23,409

X5 3.0i (US) 2,210 13,990 3,297 17,053

X5 4.4i (US) 731 4,363 1,106 5,865

X5 4.8is (US) 76 649 104 846

X5 3,017 19,002 4,507 23,764

 

MINI Sales Report for August 2006

2006 2005

August 3,252 3,342

Year-to-Date 26,806 28,983

 

 

Model Year-to- Year-to-

August Date August Date

2006 2006 2005 2005

MINI Cooper 1,203 8,423 1,050 9,534

MINI Cooper S 1,148 10,725 1,562 11,233

MINI Cooper Convertible 251 2,334 298 3,893

MINI Cooper S Convertible 614 5,286 432 4,323

MINI Cooper S JCW GP 36 38 0 0

Total MINI 3,252 26,806 3,342 28,983

Source: BMW Group

America, LLC, +1-201-307-3786, martha.mckinley@bmwna.com

Web site: http://www.bmwgroupna.com/
http://www.bmwusa.com/
http://www.bmwmotorradusa.com/
http://www.miniusa.com/
http://www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/

Another Sales Increase for Mitsubishi Motors in August

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) today reported August sales of 10,954 units, an increase of 0.1% over last August's total of 10,945.

It marked the sixth consecutive month that Mitsubishi U.S. sales topped the 10,000 mark and the second consecutive month of year-over-year increases. August marked the fourth month in the last five that MMNA has surpassed the sales of the same month a year ago.

MMNA President & CEO Hiroshi Harunari said, "The consistency of the sales performance of our products in the U.S. is an excellent indicator of the growing strength and stability of our business in this market. We are particularly pleased to show sales increases month after month, at a time when our industry as a whole has shown declining sales."

Harunari added that Mitsubishi business should further strengthen when the all-new, fuel-efficient Outlander crossover SUV arrives at dealerships in October.

August sales highlights:

* Eclipse was the volume leader at 2,966 up 27.6% from last year's

volume.

* Lancer closed at 1,797 units, up 34.3% from last year's volume.

* Eclipse Spyder sales were 773 units, up 145.4% from last year's volume.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development operations of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in the United States. Mitsubishi Motors sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks through a network of approximately 540 dealers.

 

Toyota Reports August Sales

-- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported best-ever August sales of 240,178 vehicles, an increase of 12.6 percent over August 2005. Calendar-year-to-date (CYTD) sales total 1,705,546 units, up 11.0 percent over the same period last year.

"We are grateful to have the fuel-efficient models today's market demands," said TMS Executive Vice President Jim Lentz. "But it's the strength of our dealer network which is proving increasingly central to our growth."

The Toyota Division posted best-ever August sales of 209,104, up 13.6 percent. The Lexus Division reported best-ever August sales with 31,074 units sold, an increase of 6.4 percent.

Toyota Division

Toyota Division passenger cars recorded best-ever August sales of 125,768, up 14.7 percent over the same period last year. Passenger car sales were led by the Corolla, which posted best-ever August sales of 34,971 and an increase of 7.4 percent over last August. The Camry Hybrid, which went on sale in late April, reported sales of 4,977 units in August. Total Camry enjoyed combined August sales of 42,227 units, up 1.9 percent. The all-new Yaris subcompact, which went on sale in March, posted sales totaling 11,392 units for the month. The Prius gas-electric hybrid mid-size sedan posted best-ever August sales of 11,177, an increase of 9.3 percent.

Toyota Division light truck sales were up 12 percent, with a best-ever August total of 83,336 units. Light truck sales were led by the RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) with all-time best-ever monthly sales of 14,363, up 87.4 percent over the same period last year. The all-new FJ Cruiser, which went on sale in March, reported sales of 6,259 units. The Highlander Hybrid gas-electric mid-size SUV reported sales of 2,581 units for the month. The Highlander and Highlander Hybrid posted combined August sales of 11,645.

Scion reported all-time best-ever monthly sales with 19,252 units sold. The tC sports coupe led the way with unsurpassed monthly sales of 9,185 units, up 18.5 percent. Scion xB sales were up 35.1 percent, posting monthly sales of 6,956 units. The xA posted sales of 3,111 units, up 6.8 percent.

Lexus Division

Lexus passenger cars posted all-time best-ever sales of 18,376 units, an increase of 21.0 percent over August 2005. Passenger car sales were led by the all-new ES 350 luxury sedan with best-ever August sales of 7,973 units, up 4.5 percent. The IS luxury sport sedans reported all-time best-ever sales of 5,553 units, a 710.2 percent increase over last August. The IS 250 sales totaled 3,890, with the IS 350 recording sales of 1,663 units. The all-new limited-production GS 450h luxury hybrid performance sedan posted sales of 192 units, while combined sales of the GS 430 and GS 450h totaled 362 units. The V6 powered GS 300 added 2,609 units to the GS series total.

Lexus Division light trucks reported August sales totaling 12,698 units. The 2006 RX 400h luxury hybrid SUV reported sales of 1,514 units for the month. The RX 350 and RX 400h enjoyed combined August sales of 9,805 units.

TMS calendar-year-to-date hybrid sales totaled 126,249 units. In August, hybrids sales posted 25,994 units.

Sales of North American-built vehicles accounted for 48.9 percent of total August sales. There were 27 selling days this sales month compared to 26 selling days last August.

Public Web sites: http://www.toyota.com/

http://www.lexus.com/

http://www.scion.com/

 

 

TOYOTA RETAIL SALES

(INCLUDES FLEET & HAWAII)

August, 2006

-- CURRENT MONTH -- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE --

DSR % DSR %

2006 2005 CHG 2006 2005 CHG

YARIS 11,392 0 -- 44,214 0 --

COROLLA 34,971 31,369 7.4 274,074 235,980 16.1

CAMRY 42,227 39,896 1.9 302,636 299,507 1.0

AVALON 6,747 9,020 -28.0 58,540 61,413 -4.7

PRIUS 11,177 9,850 9.3 70,447 72,849 -3.3

SCION xA 3,111 2,805 6.8 22,905 18,224 25.7

SCION xB 6,956 4,959 35.1 44,997 36,923 21.9

SCION tC 9,185 7,464 18.5 55,498 50,231 10.5

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV.

PASS. CAR 125,768 105,572 14.7 873,341 780,392 11.9

ES 350 7,973 7,345 4.5 48,365 46,603 3.8

LS 430 1,386 2,548 -47.6 9,073 18,519 -51.0

SC 430 493 738 -35.7 4,040 5,537 -27.0

GS 300 2,609 2,811 -10.6 15,734 17,975 -12.5

GS 430/450h 362 524 -33.5 2,805 4,048 -30.7

IS 250/350 5,553 660 710.2 37,347 3,793 884.6

TOTAL LEXUS PASS.

CAR 18,376 14,626 21.0 117,364 96,475 21.7

TOTAL TOYOTA PASS.

CAR 144,144 120,198 15.5 990,705 876,867 13.0

SIENNA 12,807 14,479 -14.8 107,426 110,836 -3.1

RAV4 14,363 7,380 87.4 104,133 50,723 105.3

FJ CRUISER 6,259 0 -- 34,037 0 --

4RUNNER 8,302 8,746 -8.6 72,514 70,132 3.4

HIGHLANDER 11,645 13,042 -14.0 85,001 97,677 -13.0

LAND CRUISER 286 461 -40.3 2,149 3,425 -37.3

SEQUOIA 2,479 3,162 -24.5 22,030 31,656 -30.4

TOTAL SUV 43,334 32,791 27.3 319,864 253,613 26.1

4X2 TACOMA 9,567 9,602 -4.1 70,393 66,278 6.2

4X4 TACOMA 6,455 6,538 -4.9 46,832 44,204 5.9

TOTAL TACOMA 16,022 16,140 -4.4 117,225 110,482 6.1

TUNDRA 11,173 8,255 30.3 78,916 83,833 -5.9

TOTAL PICKUP 27,195 24,395 7.3 196,141 194,315 0.9

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. LT

TRUCK 83,336 71,665 12.0 623,431 558,764 11.6

LX 470 435 889 -52.9 3,645 5,455 -33.2

GX 470 2,458 2,966 -20.2 16,186 22,046 -26.6

RX 350/400h 9,805 9,644 -2.1 71,579 72,717 -1.6

TOTAL LEXUS LIGHT

TRUCK 12,698 13,499 -9.4 91,410 100,218 -8.8

TOTAL TOYOTA LIGHT

TRUCK 96,034 85,164 8.6 714,841 658,982 8.5

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. 209,104 177,237 13.6 1,496,772 1,339,156 11.8

TOTAL LEXUS 31,074 28,125 6.4 208,774 196,693 6.1

TOTAL TOYOTA 240,178 205,362 12.6 1,705,546 1,535,849 11.0

MEMO:

DOM. COROLLA 29,044 30,354 -7.9 233,692 229,091 2.0

DOM. CAMRY 31,314 35,453 -14.9 250,188 281,844 -11.2

DOM. PICKUP 27,195 24,395 7.3 196,141 194,315 0.9

DOM. RX 330 7,778 5,689 31.7 49,049 45,423 8.0

SELLING DAYS 27 26 204 204

TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT

CAR 58,663 30,745 83.7 330,921 208,044 59.1

LEXUS IMPORT CAR 18,376 14,626 21.0 117,364 96,475 21.7

TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT

CARS 67,105 74,827 -13.6 542,420 572,348 -5.2

TOTAL TOYOTA CARS 144,144 120,198 15.5 990,705 876,867 13.0

TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT

LT TRUCK 40,855 29,629 32.8 297,834 221,957 34.2

LEXUS IMPORT LT

TRUCK 4,920 7,810 -39.3 42,361 54,795 -22.7

TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT

LT TRUCK 42,481 42,036 -2.7 325,597 336,807 -3.3

LEXUS NA BUILT LT

TRUCK 7,778 5,689 31.7 49,049 45,423 8.0

TOTAL TOYOTA LT

TRUCK 96,034 85,164 8.6 714,841 658,982 8.5

SPORT UTILITY

VEHICLES 49,773 46,290 3.5 377,237 353,831 6.6

Memo: Lexus Sport

Utility 12,698 13,499 -9.4 91,410 100,218 -8.8

SMALL VANS 12,807 14,479 -14.8 107,426 110,836 -3.1

PICKUPS 27,195 24,395 7.3 196,141 194,315 0.9

* NORTH AMERICAN

BUILT VEHICLES

COROLLA 29,044 30,354 -7.9 233,692 229,091 2.0

CAMRY 31,314 35,453 -14.9 250,188 281,844 -11.2

AVALON 6,747 9,020 -28.0 58,540 61,413 -4.7

SIENNA 12,807 14,479 -14.8 107,426 110,836 -3.1

PICKUP 27,195 24,395 7.3 196,141 194,315 0.9

SEQUOIA 2,479 3,162 -24.5 22,030 31,656 -30.4

RX 330 7,778 5,689 31.7 49,049 45,423 8.0

TOTAL 117,364 122,552 -7.8 917,066 954,578 -3.9

N.A. VEHICLES % OF

TOTAL 48.9% 59.7% 53.8% 62.2%

SELLING DAYS 27 26 204 204

DSR = DAILY SELLING RATE

Web site: http://www.toyota.com/
http://www.lexus.com/
http://www.scion.com/

 

 

Los Angeles Dodgers Postgame Alert


September 6, 2006

Los Angeles 2, Milwaukee 1 at Miller Park
Los Angeles Record: (74-65)
Milwaukee Record: (64-76)

Winning pitcher - Derek Lowe (14-8)
Losing pitcher - Chris Capuano (11-10)
SV - Takashi Saito (18)


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Oakland Athletics Postgame Alert


September 6, 2006

Texas 6, Oakland 9 at McAfee Coliseum
Texas Record: (72-69)
Oakland Record: (80-59)

Winning pitcher - Joe Blanton (15-10)
Losing pitcher - Josh Rupe (0-1)
SV - Justin Duchscherer (8)


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TEX HR - M. Teixeira 2 (27)
OAK HR - F. Thomas (32)

Hyundai Motor America Introduces New, Original Spanish-Language Television Spot for the 2007 Santa Fe

Sept. 6  Hyundai Motor America has announced the introduction of a new, original, Spanish-language television spot for the all-new 2007 Santa Fe. The commercial debuted on national Spanish-language network television on September 4, 2006. The spot rounds out Hyundai's original, Spanish-language campaign, themed Respect, which is already in full gear.

"We are committed to getting the word out to Hispanic consumers that Hyundai has a wide product lineup that delivers high quality and value with segment leading products," stated Cuban-born Robin Robert, Hyundai Motor America's National Manager Hispanic Marketing. He added, "The new 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe is impressive, delivering a bold new design, industry leading safety technology, and improved fuel efficiency, staying true to the Hyundai value. The campaign for the all-new Santa Fe symbolizes recognition for our brand and respect for our Hispanic customers."

The television spot for the new Santa Fe opens with two newspaper delivery boys on their bicycles delivering the morning paper in a typical suburban neighborhood. As they laugh while going down their route, the boys are competing to see who hits the most vehicles with the paper they are delivering. They reach a home with the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe parked in the driveway, but this time one boy stops his bike and walks the paper to the front door, while the other boy circles the majestic Santa Fe in admiration, showing respect for the new Santa Fe and its owner. The awestruck paper boys in friendly competition then resume their paper route aiming at all of the "other" vehicles with the newspapers.

The print execution for the all-new 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe is set with a beach as a backdrop. The vehicle is prominently placed emphasizing its dramatic new design, while highlighting the brand's safety leadership and value. Palm trees in the background of the parked Santa Fe are blowing as if bowing in awe at the vehicle with the message -- Even respected by nature.

The new Santa Fe television spot airs on national Spanish-language television, with print placement in national Hispanic magazines, as well as interactive placement on Spanish-language Internet portals. The Santa Fe Respect campaign includes local radio, newspaper, and point of sale materials to support the Hyundai Dealer Advertising Associations (HDAA). Experiential programs are currently in development.

The Respect campaign, developed by del Rivero Messianu (dRM DDB), kicked off just prior to World Cup games with two television spots: "Arrival," Hyundai's second, original, Spanish-language full line television spot this year; and a second spot, "Train" for the Hyundai Sonata.

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai cars and sport utility vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 700 dealerships nationwide.

Source: Hyundai Motor America

 

Audi U.S. Sales Up 3 Percent

-- Audi of America, Inc. today reported August 2006 sales of 7,115 units, an increase of three percent compared to year ago sales. Through the first eight months of 2006, Audi dealers have sold 54,575 vehicles, an increase of 5.4 percent over the same period a year ago, and an annual record pace for the brand.

The all-new Audi Q7 performance SUV was the sales highlight during August. Audi dealers sold 777 SUVs last month, and since introduction earlier this year dealers have sold nearly 2,700 units.

"It's clear that the Audi Q7 is attracting new customers to the brand," said Thomas Del Franco, Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America, Inc. "Dealers are reporting increased traffic to the showrooms and increased web activity, and they have orders in hand for Audi Q7s that have yet to hit the dealership."

Audi saw a significant sales increase in key metro markets this month, including Miami, Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth. For the year, Audi has reported improved sales in other key markets, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston.

Audi's history in America dates to 1969, when the brand was first introduced to the U.S. market. Today, a network of 267 Audi dealers currently offers a line of premium vehicles that include the Audi A3 premium compact; the sporty A4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high performance S4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high-revving RS 4 sports sedan; the design-leading A6 sedan and Avant; the all-new Audi Q7 performance SUV; the all-aluminum Audi A8; and the award-winning TT Coupe and Roadster.

                          AUDI OF AMERICA, INC.                             August 2006 SALES    Audi-US Snapshot                                     Yr/Yr    Aug-06   Aug-05   Yr/Yr                    Aug-06   Aug-05    %       YTD      YTD       %                    Actual   Actual  change   Actual   Actual   change   A3                  740      738    0.0%    5,989    2,801    114.0%   TT                  149      202   26.2%      829    2,149    -61.4%   A4                3,183     3225   -1.3%   24,380   23,566      3.5%   A4/S4 Cabriolet     671      658    2.0%    5,089    5,933    -14.2%   A6                1,208     1509  -20.0%   12,244   11,660      5.0%   Allroad               0      110     --         3    2,199    -99.8%   Q7                  777        0     --     2,677        0       --   A8 / S8             387      469  -17.5%    3,364    3,494     -3.7%     TOTAL           7,115    6,911    103%   54,575   51,802      5.4% 

Source: Audi of America, Inc.

Hyundai Posts Record August Sales With Six Percent Gain

 Hyundai Motor America continued its record sales pace with 44,635 sales in August, a new all-time record for the month. The new Sonata continues to post gains with total sales of 13,184 in August, a 32 percent increase over last year. The all-new 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe is off to a strong start and helped total Santa Fe sales increase 25 percent over August 2005. The national advertising campaign for the all-new Santa Fe launches in September.

"We are closing out the 2006 model year on a high note, with new record sales for the month of August," said Mark Barnes, vice president, National Sales, Hyundai Motor America. "With the 2007 models entering dealerships now, we are poised to continue our record pace through the end of the year."

All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by The Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty. Hyundai buyers are protected by a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty and 5-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance protection.

  Following is the sales breakdown for August 2006:    CARLINE              AUGUST/2006    AUGUST/2005     CY2006       CY2005    ACCENT                   4,705         4,509        26,181       30,175   SONATA                  13,184         9,965       114,584       75,267   ELANTRA                 10,371        12,095        73,065       85,774   TIBURON                  1,861         2,227        13,095       14,906   SANTA FE                 6,838         5,475        39,054       52,511   XG350/AZERA              2,090         1,420        18,577       11,073   TUCSON                   4,368         6,422        36,065       41,275   ENTOURAGE                1,218           n/a         5,254          n/a      TOTAL                 44,635        42,113       325,875      310,981 

Source: Hyundai Motor America

Chrysler Group Reports August 2006 U.S. Sales

Chrysler 300 Sales Rise 13 Percent Year-Over-Year * Jeep(R) Compass Continues Arriving at Dealerships to Positive Customer Reception * Chrysler Town & Country Sales Improve 9 Percent Over Last Year * Zero-percent for 72 Months Incentive Program Announced for 2006 Models

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Moving in stride with overall industry sales trends this month, Chrysler Group reported U.S. sales for August of 179,165 units, a decrease of 8 percent (4 percent decrease unadjusted) compared to August 2005 sales of 187,085 units. All sales are reported on an adjusted basis unless otherwise indicated.

"Our product portfolio transition continues with the successful launch of the Jeep(R) Compass on the heels of the brisk-selling Dodge Caliber along with eight additional products this year," said Steven Landry, Chrysler Group, Vice President - Sales and Field Operations. "Strong customer demand for the Dodge Caliber and the Jeep Compass has set the standard for our other vehicle launches."

Chrysler Group saw sales strength in several key products during August, including the Chrysler 300, Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Charger, Dodge Caliber and the Jeep Compass.

Strong sales of the Chrysler 300 and Chrysler Town & Country minivan helped to push the Chrysler brand to sales of 47,132 units, an increase of 3 percent over previous year sales of 44,279 units. The Chrysler 300 posted sales of 11,703 units, an increase of 13 percent over August 2005 sales of 9,934 units. Sales of the Chrysler Town & Country increased 9 percent to 11,981 units compared to 10,614 units sold in August 2005.

The Jeep brand posted sales of 42,243 units, a slight increase compared to previous year sales of 40,659 units for the brand. The Jeep Commander posted sales of 8,012 units, a 1 percent increase over July 2006 sales of 7,363 units. The Jeep Compass is beginning to arrive at Jeep dealers nationwide and feedback is positive from dealers and customers. Sales of the Jeep Compass totaled 2,061 units this month despite limited availability, as dealers are still receiving shipments.

The Dodge brand saw strong sales from several products within its portfolio during August. Sales of the Dodge Caliber continue to be brisk with 8,877 units sold this month, an increase of 14 percent over July 2006 sales of 7,187 units. Demand for the Dodge Caliber continues to be strong; days supply for the vehicle is 23 days. The Dodge Charger posted sales of 10,461 units, an increase of 93 percent compared to August 2005 sales of 5,222 units. The Dodge Dakota posted a sales increase of 4 percent to 8,891 units. Sales of the Dodge Dakota totaled 8,206 units last year.

Beginning today, Chrysler Group announces 0 percent financing for 72 months on nearly all 2006 model year vehicles. Qualifying customers can choose zero percent financing for up to 72 months or cash back amounts up to $5,000. The program runs through Oct. 2, 2006. Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum and Dodge Charger vehicles are excluded.

"We wanted to address customer concerns about higher interest rates and fuel prices," said Mike Manley, Chrysler Group, Vice President - Sales Strategy and Dealer Operations. "This first-time program will allow consumers to own a new vehicle that fits their budget and reinforces the value of products we offer to customers."

Chrysler Group finished the month with 502,946 units of inventory, or a 76-day supply.

DaimlerChrysler Corporation U.S. Sales Summary Thru August 2006

Month Sales DR % Vol %

Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Change

Sebring 1,188 5,853 -80% -80%

Concorde 0 0 0% 0%

300 11,703 9,934 13% 18%

Crossfire 496 1,262 -62% -61%

PT Cruiser 15,552 9,812 53% 58%

Pacifica 6,212 6,804 -12% -9%

Town & Country 11,981 10,614 9% 13%

CHRYSLER BRAND 47,132 44,279 3% 6%

Compass 2,061 0 0% 0%

Wrangler 6,002 7,079 -18% -15%

Liberty 11,039 15,649 -32% -29%

Grand Cherokee 15,129 17,931 -19% -16%

Commander 8,012 0 0% 0%

JEEP BRAND 42,243 40,659 0% 4%

Neon 235 10,992 -98% -98%

Caliber 8,877 0 0% 0%

Stratus 719 6,616 -90% -89%

Intrepid 0 0 0% 0%

Charger 10,461 5,222 93% 100%

Viper 122 162 -27% -25%

Magnum 5,247 4,585 10% 14%

Dakota 8,891 8,206 4% 8%

Ram P/U 34,177 38,681 -15% -12%

Caravan 13,241 16,678 -24% -21%

Durango 5,553 8,465 -37% -34%

Ram Van/Wagon 0 0 0% 0%

Sprinter Van 2,267 2,540 -14% -11%

DODGE BRAND 89,790 102,147 -15% -12%

TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP 179,165 187,085 -8% -4%

TOTAL CG CAR 34,896 41,100 -18% -15%

TOTAL CG TRUCK 144,269 145,985 -5% -1%

Selling Days 27 26

 

 

DaimlerChrysler Corporation U.S. Sales Summary Thru August 2006

Sales CYTD DR % Vol %

Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Change

Sebring 45,062 62,427 -28% -28%

Concorde 0 210 -100% -100%

300 95,475 94,101 1% 1%

Crossfire 5,950 10,276 -42% -42%

PT Cruiser 95,439 88,437 8% 8%

Pacifica 53,439 61,498 -13% -13%

Town & Country 112,424 132,907 -15% -15%

CHRYSLER BRAND 407,789 449,856 -9% -9%

Compass 2,768 0 0% 0%

Wrangler 49,202 59,234 -17% -17%

Liberty 90,847 118,878 -24% -24%

Grand Cherokee 98,124 149,796 -34% -34%

Commander 55,049 0 0% 0%

JEEP BRAND 295,990 327,908 -10% -10%

Neon 16,977 86,988 -80% -80%

Caliber 59,758 0 0% 0%

Stratus 49,913 70,918 -30% -30%

Intrepid 0 298 -100% -100%

Charger 77,540 16,912 N/M N/M

Viper 1,003 1,059 -5% -5%

Magnum 28,978 39,795 -27% -27%

Dakota 56,856 77,322 -26% -26%

Ram P/U 250,144 283,310 -12% -12%

Caravan 151,858 166,917 -9% -9%

Durango 47,765 81,136 -41% -41%

Ram Van/Wagon 0 402 -100% -100%

Sprinter Van 14,489 12,295 18% 18%

DODGE BRAND 755,281 837,352 -10% -10%

TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP 1,459,060 1,615,116 -10% -10%

TOTAL CG CAR 360,691 357,897 1% 1%

TOTAL CG TRUCK 1,098,369 1,257,219 -13% -13%

Selling Days 204 204

Source: Chrysler Group

Los Angeles Dodgers Postgame Alert


September 5, 2006

Los Angeles 0, Milwaukee 9 at Miller Park
Los Angeles Record: (73-65)
Milwaukee Record: (64-75)

Winning pitcher - Doug Davis (10-9)
Losing pitcher - Mark Hendrickson (5-15)


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LAD HR - None
MIL HR - C. Hart 2 (6)

Oakland Athletics Postgame Alert


September 5, 2006

Texas 5, Oakland 4 at McAfee Coliseum
Texas Record: (72-68)
Oakland Record: (79-59)

Winning pitcher - Adam Eaton (5-4)
Losing pitcher - Kirk Saarloos (7-7)
SV - Akinori Otsuka (31)


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TEX HR - M. DeRosa (13)
OAK HR - N. Swisher (29) F. Thomas (31)

Tiger Woods

* Earns his 53rd career PGA TOUR victory at the age of 30 years, 8 months and five days in his 213th (199th professional) career start on TOUR.

* Moves to No. 2 on the all-time Deutsche Bank Championship money list with $1,611,600.

* Wins five consecutive PGA TOUR titles for the second time in his career and the first time since the 1999-2000 seasons, when he won six straight.

* Becomes first seven-time winner of the season and collects at least seven wins in a season for the third time in his career.

* Improves season earnings to $8,641,563, the third time he has exceeded the $8-million mark.


Woods in his career


* Wins his 23rd different tournament on the PGA TOUR. There are only five events on the TOUR that he has competed in multiple times but has never won.

* Wins for the first time in the state of Massachusetts, his 12th different state with a win.

* Now has 10 top-10 finishes for the season. He has recorded 10 or more top-10 finishes in a single season in eight of the last 10 years on the PGA TOUR. He has 130 career-top 10s in 199 professional starts and has finished in the top 25 172 times.

* This is the 14th time he has won an event without holding the 54-hole lead, including three of his seven victories in 2006.

* 53 wins puts him in fifth place in all-time PGA TOUR victories, moving him ahead of Byron Nelson.

* Surpasses the $64 million mark in career PGA TOUR Official Money with $64,412,324.

* Has won in 26.64% (53 out of 199) of his professional starts on the PGA TOUR.

Philadelphia Eagles Announce New Marketing Campaign

Power of One celebrates unique passion of team, city and fans; Stadium Billboard hung today at Lincoln Financial Field

Sept. 5 The Philadelphia Eagles today launched its 2006 season marketing campaign. Titled "Power of One," the campaign reflects the special unity experienced with Eagles fans, the team and the region.

The original "One" campaign was introduced during the playoffs following the 2004 season and the memorable and exciting journey to the Super Bowl. That message -- "One team, one city, one dream" -- reflected the city's connection to the team and the shared desire to bring a championship to Philadelphia.

Because the fan response to "One" was overwhelmingly positive, the Eagles revisited that campaign and the equity value in "One." The research the Eagles drew from focus groups confirmed that the "One" theme strongly connected with the fans.

"The combination of a fan base close to 6 million people in the region and an unmatched, unique passion creates a very powerful force," said Mark Donovan, senior vice president of business operations. "When that force is focused, we can accomplish great things on the field and in the community."

For the past two years, the Eagles have presented an award-winning campaign titled "You can't script this stuff." Over those two years, the Eagles won 13 Addy awards from the Philadelphia Ad Club, including the award for "Best of Television."

"Power of One" will be used in brand commercials, the Eagles web site, print, billboard, radio, on the stadium Eagles Vision boards, special lines of merchandise, employee e-mail signatures, the new Eagles Insider magazine, game day publications, e-mail blasts and Eagles Television Network-produced shows. The logo will be shared with media and corporate sponsors for approved use.

Web site: http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/

 

 

 

Rick Schroder, Mike Gartner, Kris King, Dave Krieg, Les Stroud and Friends to Fish for a Cause

Inaugural PWT Celebrity Shootout Walleye Fishing Event Benefits Boomer Esiason's Foundation, September 18-21, 2006

Rick Schroder, Mike Gartner, Kris King, Robert Williamson III, Dave Kreig and other celebrity fishing fans, will team up with the top ten professional walleye anglers from the Professional Walleye Trail (PWT), North America's most prestigious and influential walleye fishing circuit, September 18-21, to help raise funds for The Boomer Esiason Foundation, which provides financial support to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. The event, which takes place in Manitoba, airs on The Outdoor Channel as part of the In-Fisherman PWT television series airing October 2006 through March 2007.

Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge, an exclusive fly-in destination in Canadian Shield bush-country terrain, will host this Inaugural PWT Celebrity Shootout Walleye Fishing Event.

Celebrity fishing enthusiasts include: NHL greats Kris King and Mike Gartner, NFL player Dave Krieg, poker stars Hoyt Corkins and Robert Williamson III, Les Stroud (star of the Discovery Channel's Survivorman), actor Rick Shroder, and Scott Flansberg (the renowned "human calculator").

Professional walleye anglers include: Mark Christianson, Bobby Crow, Andy Kuffer, Mark Martin, Sheldon Meidinger, Ron Seelhoff, Bill St. Peter, Dave Van Oss, Jim Carroll, and Daryl Christianson.

"Fishing events have long played a role in calling attention to causes like finding a cure for cystic fibrosis," says Esiason. "I was just at Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge last summer with my two children and it was an experience of a lifetime. This event is a unique opportunity to show the world the amazing sport of walleye fishing, the beauty of Manitoba and, most importantly, to benefit finding a cure for cystic fibrosis." Esiason's son Gunnar was diagnosed with the disease in 1993.

The competition is a pro-am format with each professional walleye angler drawing a celebrity partner for two days of fishing. Teams will measure, photograph and release their fish. In a unique, and tasty, twist to the tournament scene, teams will dine lake-side at noon for an official Canadian shore lunch on the first day of competition.

"Having the PWT's top anglers at Aikens will showcase the excitement and popularity of walleye fishing," says Pit Turenne, general manager of Aikens. "It will also be the first time that the PWT takes its tournaments north of the border into Canada."

The PWT, a 17-year-old sporting event, is part of the In-Fisherman Communications family. In-Fisherman is the fishing industry's leading communicator.

The PWT is an integral element of the In-Fisherman Communications Network headquartered in Brainerd, Minnesota, and PRIMEDIA, America's leading producer of targeted media. PWT promotional partners include: Mercury Marine, Lund, The Outdoor Channel, Berkley, Optima Batteries, Realtree, MotorGuide, Lowrance, Minn Kota, Trilene, Frenzy, Blue Fox, Powerbait, Johnsonville Brats, Northland Fishing Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, GULP!, Coleman, Storm, Tommy Docks, Smooth Moves Seat Mounts, E-Village, Kwik Pfyt, Raymarine, Rapala, Pflueger, Ram rod holders, Gerbing's Heated Clothing, Aqua-Vu, Plano, Stowmaster.net, Navionics, Yellow Bird, Beckman, Drift Control, Gemini Sport Marketing, Yo-Zuri, Reef Runner.

Visit www.aikenslake.com for Aikens Lake Lodge information

Visit www.esiason.org for Boomer Esiason Foundation information

Visit www.in-fisherman.com/pwt for PWT information

 

CBS SportsLine's New 'GameCenter' Headlines NFL Coverage

'Come at noon, stay until midnight!'

Introducing CBS Games' 'Trivia Tower' and CBS SportsLine's 'Heads Up Fantasy Football'

-- CBS SportsLine, a leading Internet sports media organization and part of CBS Digital Media, today announced plans for completely redesigned live game coverage of the NFL that will bring fans even more real-time game information in a lightning-fast, tightly packaged presentation serving both the TV viewer and CBS SportsLine's rabid fantasy football audience.

CBS SportsLine's revamped "GameCenter" headlines their NFL coverage and is a must for fans and fantasy football players around the world. The GameCenter allows fans to follow a game of their choice in real-time with play-by-play accounts, live game ("glog") commentary and all the statistics they crave.

Wrapped around the feature game coverage are scores at a glance, allowing fans to follow all the NFL action from across the league in real-time with play-by-play updates and game alerts. Additionally, CBS SportsLine Fantasy Football participants can use the GameCenters to track all of their fantasy football leagues with live scoring updates.

"The fan experience on NFL Sundays will always be centered around watching the games on television. However, the recent explosion of always-on broadband, home networking and portable computing devices provides 85% of CBS SportsLine's audience the ability to simultaneously watch TV and go online," said Steve Snyder, General Manager of CBS SportsLine. "Historically, we've catered to the stats hungry TV viewer, the displaced fan and the fantasy football audience. This year, we're adding offerings so that the huge crowd visiting CBS SportsLine during game time can enhance their overall Sunday football experience with more than quick, comprehensive information but by interacting and actively competing with anybody and everybody else on the site. As soon as we harness the energy of our audience, both TV and online, it's going to be very active and a lot of fun."

In addition to live game coverage of all of the NFL action, CBS SportsLine's new Sunday GameCenter will encourage fans to interact and compete head-to-head with one another in two exciting new offerings:

Trivia Tower: Think you know sports and all the latest on the NFL? CBS SportsLine's Trivia Tower gives fans the chance to prove it. Trivia Tower pits fans against one another in a bracket-like heads up elimination showdown of sports knowledge where your competitive life is constantly renewed. Each Trivia Tower level is five questions delivered in less than three minutes. The faster you answer, the more points you score. Beat your opponent and advance. Lose and go to the consolation challenge where the questions just keep coming. No matter how big, each and every Trivia Tower will eventually have just one winner.

The more participants in each Trivia Tower, the more valuable the prize so invite your friends to play and monitor their progress real-time in the game. A six-level Trivia Tower starts with 64 people, and a 10-level Tower has 1,024. 20 levels mean that over 1,000,000 competitors begin the competition with the winner emerging in about one hour. Every level adds just three more minutes of play but doubles the size of the competition.

There will be five NFL-themed Trivia Towers during NFL Sundays (all times ET): 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 8:00 pm with the lobby opening 30 minutes prior to the launch of each game. As soon as the lobby opens for each Trivia Tower, CBS SportsLine GameCenter fans will be prompted to join the Trivia Tower and compete for a chance to win cash prizes and merchandise. The 8:00 pm Tower will pay out prizes to the runner-up and consolation winner, with a grand prize for the winner as large as $20,000 (based on the size of the Tower).

Heads Up Fantasy Football: A great game for fantasy rookies and veterans, Heads Up Fantasy Football allows fans to challenge other players to a one-on-one game of fantasy football each and every week completely changing the competitive fantasy football landscape to date. CBS SportsLine GameCenter fans will have the opportunity to challenge other fantasy football players to a game of Heads Up where the trash talk can be put to rest and the best man will win!

With the pool of draft-able players consisting of NFL teams participating in either the early or late Sunday games, participants in the Heads Up game can conduct add/drops as well as activate and reserve players while live games are played. Available only at CBS SportsLine and completely free of charge, players from all fantasy services will be pulled into CBS SportsLine's award-winning platform with irresistible Heads Up challenges from fantasy freaks around the globe.

While the GameCenter is the focal point, fans will find various other aspects to CBS SportsLine's NFL coverage that will keep them coming back throughout the week.

Original Video: Hosted by Jason Horowitz, there will be a number of original video programs on CBS SportsLine this football season to keep fans entertained and informed.

-- "Power Performances" presented by Courtyard by Marriott(TM): Beginning

September 20th and continuing each and every Wednesday, CBS SportsLine

will present a LIVE studio-based program that will feature viewer

call-in segments. "Power Performances" presented by Courtyard by

Marriott and co-hosted with CBS Sports' Ian Eagle will focus on great

performances from the world of sports over the past week and will

feature various guests such as athletes and other CBS Sports

personalities.

-- Professional Grade Players presented by GMC: Jason Horowitz takes you

though the top quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers from the

past week in the NFL.

-- VISA NFL Preview Show: Featuring NFL insider Pat Kirwan, VISA NFL

Preview Show gives an in-depth analysis of every NFL game on the week's

slate, including key match-ups, things to look for and game

predictions.

-- SUBWAY FRESHBUZZ(TM) Postgame Show: When all the dust has settled fans

can watch the SUBWAY FRESHBUZZ Postgame Show to get the stats, news and

insightful analysis from Hororwitz and Kirwan on games across the

league.

CBS SportsLine NFL Insiders: CBS SportsLine Senior Writers Pete Prisco and Clark Judge are back with all the latest NFL news, analysis and expert opinions from all the action in the league. From inside the locker rooms and front offices, Pete and Clark give NFL fans the insight and scoop they can't find anywhere else.

CBS SportsLine Mobile: CBS SportsLine's mobile web site delivers a full and rich experience to those wishing to access the best in sports content, news, and information through their handheld device. Designed to take advantage of the latest industry developments such as higher bandwidths, varied screen sizes, and varying degrees of mobile browser functionality, CBS SportsLine mobile web site provides access to everything you could want while on the go!

The easily accessible CBS SportsLine mobile web site is free of charge to access and includes the following key features:

* Free Fantasy Football Companion Functionality such as setting lineups

and accessing "My Player" news

* Real time game scoring across all major sports

* Access to in-depth player and game stats

* Full list of schedules by sport

* Breaking news and headlines with photos

The CBS SportsLine mobile site will be launching just in time for the start of the NFL season and can be accessed by entering wap.sportsline.com on a mobile phone, BlackBerry or PDA browser, by visiting us online at http://www.cbs.sportsline.com/mobile or through your carriers WAP deck.

CBS Sports Store: CBS SportsLine announces the Grand Opening of the CBS Sports Store (http://www.cbssportsstore.com/). Formerly MVP.com, the newly renamed and redesigned store has all the merchandise to keep fans decked out in their team's colors throughout the season. To celebrate the kickoff of the 2006 season, the CBS Sports Store is having a 15% off sale on all NFL apparel through September 26, 2006.

In addition to Fantasy Football gear and CBS Sports apparel, the CBS Sports Store offers thousands of products including officially licensed team fan gear from the NFL, MLB, NCAA, NHL, NBA and NASCAR.

About CBS SportsLine

CBS SportsLine is at the leading edge of media companies providing Internet sports content, Fantasy sports and e-commerce. In addition to its flagship service, the company publishes the official Web sites of the NFL, PGA TOUR and NCAA Sports. CBS SportsLine is a member of the CBS family and a part of CBS Digital Media. For more information about CBS SportsLine and for the latest sports news, scores and expert analysis, please visit http://www.cbs.sportsline.com/.

More information about CBS and its businesses is available at http://www.cbscorporation.com/.

Disclosures for Trivia Tower

No purchase necessary!

Open to legal U.S. residents and Washington D.C., 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. See Official Rules for each Trivia Tower located on the schedule page for details.

Disclosures for Heads Up Fantasy

No purchase necessary!

CBS SportsLine Heads Up Fantasy Football is open to registered users of a qualified CBS network site, 18 years of age or older who are legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, Washington DC and Canada (excluding Quebec) (for purposes of clarity, Puerto Rico is expressly excluded). Void where prohibited by law. See Official Rules for details.

Source: CBS SportsLine

 

 

PLAYERS INC Launches New Advertising Campaign to Kick Off the 2006 NFL Season

PLAYERS INC, the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association, will unveil a new brand identity, utilizing the word-mark NFLPLAYERS below the player icon, in their new advertising campaign beginning with the start of the 2006 NFL season.

The branding and ad campaigns were created and produced by PLAYERS INC and Forty Forty, a Berkeley, Calif. based branding agency that builds sports and entertainment brands in untraditional ways. The new brand identity incorporating the player icon with the word-mark NFLPLAYERS, which will be used as the identifier of PLAYERS INC licensees, sponsors and properties, was created to more efficiently illustrate the authenticity of the players' own company. PLAYERS INC will remain the corporate name while NFLPLAYERS and the player icon will be used as the primary consumer brand identity.

The ad campaign, entitled "Real Passion. Real Personality. Real Players." focuses on personal attributes of NFL players such as Character, Passion, Dedication, and Heart. With themes such as "We're More Than a Uniform ... We're more than 4 quarters ... We are NFLPLAYERS," the campaign illustrates that each player has a unique personality and individual story to tell.

Eight players took part in the PLAYERS INC photo shoot held in Miami Beach at the Raleigh Hotel in June. The images captured at the two-day shoot are being used to promote PLAYERS INC in TV commercials, print ads, website promotions, corporate videos and collateral material, as well as PLAYERS INC properties including: Helmets Off TV Series on FSN, NFLPLAYERS Rookie Premiere, NFLPLAYERS Gridiron Gala featuring the JB Awards, NFLPLAYERS Live!, NFLPLAYERS Party at the Super Bowl, etc.

DeAngelo Hall (Atlanta), Steven Jackson (St. Louis), Byron Leftwich (Jacksonville), Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia), Anthony Munoz (Hall of Fame), Chris Simms (Tampa Bay), Hines Ward (Pittsburgh) and Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis) are all featured in the campaign and symbolize the many passions, pursuits and personalities embodied in the over 1,800 active and 3,500 retired NFL players that PLAYERS INC represents.

"This year's photo shoot and overall advertising campaign takes the helmets off and showcases the players as real people with passions and personalities beyond the gridiron," said Pat Allen, Executive Vice President and COO of PLAYERS INC. "By focusing on the attributes of each NFL player taking part in the campaign, fans are able to connect with these players on a much more personal level."

The first TV commercial to launch the campaign began airing throughout the broadcasts of PLAYERS INC's nationally syndicated television series "Helmets Off" (July-Dec.), NFL Players Rookie Premiere on the NFL Network (July 18), and the JB Awards TV Special on CBS (July 22), while print ads will be able to be seen in the SportsBusiness Journal in the coming months. For more information and to view the PLAYERS INC TV commercial, please visit www.NFLPLAYERS.com.

About PLAYERS INC:

Formed in 1994, PLAYERS INC is the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association. Representing more than 1,800 active and 3,500 retired NFL players, PLAYERS INC "takes the helmets off" the players and markets them as personalities as well as professional athletes. Through an exclusive sponsorship agreement between the NFL and PLAYERS INC, NFL players are integrated into NFL sponsor activation programs through PLAYERS INC. In addition, under an exclusive agreement between the NFL and PLAYERS INC, NFLPLAYERS.COM, PLAYERS INC's official website, is part of the NFL Internet Network. Each year PLAYERS INC negotiates and facilitates more than 3,500 player marketing opportunities for NFL players. PLAYERS INC activities include retail licensing, corporate sponsorships and promotions, special events, radio and television projects, publishing and internet. For more information, please visit NFLPLAYERS.COM.

About Forty Forty:

Berkeley, California based Forty Forty is a four-year-old branding agency focused on transforming brands through untraditional strategies and creative. With an emphasis on sports and entertainment brands, Forty Forty helps clients create new ways to differentiate products and experiences. Forty Forty has developed branding systems for Citizens Bank, the Philadelphia Phillies and Citizens Bank Park, Charter One Bank and the Indianapolis Colts, Pepsi Arena and Clear Channel Entertainment for the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago, Visa and Disney. For more information, visit 4040agency.com.

Source: PLAYERS INC

Web site: http://www.nflplayers.com/

 

 

 

 

 

September 02, 2006

Test Drive of Koenigsegg CCX, the World’s Fastest Production Car, at the Las Vegas Speedway

Arriving at the Proving Ground for the Las Vegas Speedway, we anxiously awaited our chance to ride in the Koenigsegg CCX, the world’s fastest production car we’d just seen unveiled at Exotic Cars at Caesar’s Palace, their sole distributor in the United States, a couple nights prior in Las Vegas.

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Summer in Las Vegas was as you’d expect, hot. The temperature yesterday was 109 degrees at the racetrack even hotter. Today we started around 8 am so the temperature was just reaching 100 degrees.

Photographers from various auto magazines shot their newest celebrity under the morning sun.

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Yesterday, potential buyers test drove the Koenigsegg CCX. They were bubbling with enthusiasm. Richard Wiseman, Founder and CEO of Exotic Cars agrees, “I love the car. It’s the easiest Supercar I’ve ever driven. I’ve driven Enzos, Saleens, McLaren F1, pretty much every car there is.“

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British race car driver Justin Bell, a 2nd generation world champion race car driver, personally introduced each person around the track prior to them taking the wheel.

Riding with Bell was like sitting next to Sean Connery, playing James Bond, driving his Aston Martin in Goldfinger, 100 % business and in total control.

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The Koenigsegg CCX was exhilarating. Not easy to say, when one’s a jet pilot, and as you can guess, he wasn’t the one squealing. You should have heard the unexpected surprises when other drivers put their foot on the pedal. They didn’t realize the foot and clutch were so sensitive, nor how easy they could stall it if not handled properly. They felt the power with a near light speed 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds with 806 HP. Bell took us for an “E” ticket ride at Disneyland for an unforgettable day.

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With phenomenal reflexes, Bell displayed extreme confidence of one that could do anything on the road and recover from what he did. We know we saw a mere fraction of his capabilities. We sped from corner to corner, and if they weren’t quite so tight, we would have been able to speed nearly as fast as the straight stretch.

The Koenigsegg CCX is a Supercar and may be considered a rich man’s toy. However, any car with more than 800 HP for a 2200 pound carbon-fibre body, is no toy. Treat yourself to all the options. Treat the car with the respect it deserves. Have someone like Bell who knows the car teach you how to drive it properly. You’ll be glad you understand the ins, outs and nuances.

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Pink shirt courtesy of Ed Hardy Designs.  Shoes courtesy of Redback Boots.

If you want to experience the Koenigsegg CCX and are not near Exotic Cars at Caesars Palace or aren’t quite ready to pony up $695,000, Bell was told by a 7 year old that the Koenigsegg is planned for an upcoming game. Until then, practicing with other Supercars on Gran Turismo with your Sony Playstation will have to suffice.

If you drive the Koenigsegg CCX, and with a US production availability of 15-20 in 2007, the spotlight is all yours. 

Justin Bell will be racing this weekend at Miller Motorsport Park in Tooele, Utah being televised on the Speed Channel at 2 pm EST Saturday, September 2nd.

Written by Joyce Chow,  Pictures by William Hoehne (C) MBN 2006

Koenigsegg, www.koenigsegg.com

Exotic Cars at Caesar’s Palace, www.ecacp.com

Justin Bell, www.blueplanetevents.com


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