Friday, February 11, 2011

Welcome Jack Briggs!

Please welcome Mr. Jack Briggs to our dealership! Jack Briggs is a new addition to our sales floor and he comes with great knowledge of the Lexus brand.  He has been in the Automotive Industry for 8 years and he particularly loves Lexus because “Lexus is the finest automotive maker in the world”.  Jack was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and has grown to be an avid NU and KU fan.  In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, and watching sports.  He won the State Championship in two swimming events and spent four years in the US Marine Corps.  When we asked him what he is most proud of, he says, “raising all of my children to be successful people”.  Others describe Jack as always being a gentleman, courteous, and professional.

You can reach Jack Briggs at 816-508-3025 if you would like to set up an appointment.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kurk Lowry Receives Recognition for an Outstanding Job at the 2010 Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builders Showdown

Superior Lexus gathered today to recognize Kurk Lowry and his outstanding appearance that he made at the 2010 Randy Dorton Hendrick Engine Builders Showdown. This event was created nine years ago as a way for Rick Hendrick to recognize the talents of his engine employees with the Hendrick Motorsports and the Hendrick Automotive Group. The late Randy Dorton was instrumental in the development of this competition. He was a legendary engine builder who set the bar for future engine builders. The competition couples 12 individuals from Hendrick Motorsports with 12 individuals from the Hendrick Automotive Group. These 12 teams compete in the build-off to determine the best and fastest engine building pair.

Kurk Lowry has been with Superior Lexus for 9 years and exemplifies all the qualities that make an exceptional engine builder. He has always been hard working and continually finds ways to improve. Kurk Lowry, first-time participant, was paired with Mike Maiwald from Hendrick Motorsports and both took second place with an impressive time of 24:18.

Phil Humbert, Executive General Manager and VP, was proud to present Kurk Lowry with an award and the gift of a leather jacket for a job well done. Congratulations Kurk! This is a very impressive and well deserved honor!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Toyota Acceleration Problem Not Caused by Electronic Flaw

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's investigation into Toyota safety problems found no electronic flaws to account for reports of sudden, unintentional acceleration and other safety problems. Government investigators said Tuesday the only known cause of the problems are mechanical defects that were fixed in previous recalls.

The Transportation Department, assisted by engineers with NASA, said its 10-month study of Toyota vehicles concluded there was no electronic cause of unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas. The study, which was launched at the request of Congress, responded to consumer complaints that flawed electronics could be the culprit behind Toyota's spate of recalls.

"We enlisted the best and brightest engineers to study Toyota's electronics systems and the verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended acceleration in Toyotas," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.

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Toyota did not immediately comment on the report. Shares of the automaker climbed on the New York Stock Exchange following the news.

Toyota paid the U.S. government a record $48.8 million in fines for its handling of three recalls. The company has said it has not found any flaws in its electronic throttle control systems and said the previously announced recalls have addressed the safety concerns.

LaHood said engineers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration "rigorously examined" nine Toyotas driven by consumers who complained of unintended acceleration. NASA reviewed 280,000 lines of software code to look for flaws that could cause the acceleration. Investigators tested mechanical components in Toyotas that could lead to the problem and bombarded vehicles with electro-magnetic radiation to see whether it could make the electronics cause the cars to speed up.

AdChoicesA preliminary part of the study, released last August, failed to find any electronic flaws based on a review of event data recorders, or vehicle black boxes.

Despite its findings, LaHood said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was considering new regulations to improve safety. They include requiring brake override systems on all vehicles, standardizing keyless ignition systems and requiring event data recorders, or vehicle black boxes, on all new vehicles.

Transportation officials said they would also consider conducting more research on electronic control systems and review the placement and design of accelerator and brake pedals.

In Tokyo on Tuesday, Toyota reported a 39 percent slide in quarterly profit but raised its full-year forecasts for earnings and car sales. It is a mixed picture for the automaker, which is enjoying booming sales in high-growth markets in Asia, Africa and South America, while facing lingering worries about quality lapses in the U.S.

In addition to the recalls, Toyota began installing brake override systems on new vehicles. The systems automatically cut the throttle when the brake and gas pedals are applied at the same time. The company also created engineering teams to examine vehicles that are the subject of consumer complaints and appointed a chief quality officer for North America amid complaints its U.S. division did not play a large enough role in making safety decisions.

Consumer advocates and safety groups raised concerns that flawed electronics could be causing unwanted acceleration in the Toyotas. They have questioned the reliability of the event data recorders studied by the government, saying they could be faulty or fail to tell the whole story of the individual crashes.

Toyota's safety issues received broad attention from the government after four people were killed in a high-speed crash involving a Lexus near San Diego in August 2009.

NHTSA has received about 3,000 reports of sudden acceleration incidents involving Toyota vehicles during the past decade, including allegations of 93 deaths. NHTSA, however, has confirmed just five of them.

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Congress considered sweeping safety legislation last year that would have required brake override systems, raised penalties on auto companies that evade safety recalls and given the government the power to quickly recall vehicles. But the bills failed to win enough support, and it remains unclear if Congress will pursue similar legislation before the 2012 elections.
The National Academy of Sciences is conducting a separate study of unintended acceleration in cars and trucks across the auto industry. The panel is expected to release its findings this fall.

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