Michigan Gov Asks DCX To Stay

Gov. Jennifer Granholm heads to Germany and Austria this Monday to persuade officials at seven international firms to invest in Michigan. The four-day investment mission of Granholm will also include a talk with DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche. The talk is aimed at convincing DaimlerChrysler to continue investing in Michigan.

Granholm said she hopes to close a few deals while she is in Europe, but she did not offer any further details. “We’re in competition in a couple of these with tough competitors both nationally and internationally, ” she said, adding that location decisions would be made soon.

Granholm also said she will emphasize the state’s skilled labor force and its proximity to customers as well to high-tech research and development as Michigan strengths. In connection with her talk with Zetsche and other DaimlerChrysler officials, Granholm has this to say: “We’ll be saying to them, ‘This is home. We want you to stay home. ‘ ”

DaimlerChrysler was reported to be considering selling its Chrysler Group, which is composed of Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brands. However, James Epolito, the chief of Michigan Economic Development Corp., said, “It’s sheer speculation that if the company were sold to somebody else Michigan would be at risk. ” Epolito will accompany the governor on the investment mission.

Chrysler merged with Daimler-Benz in 1998 to form DaimlerChrysler AG. Initially, it was deemed merger of equals however within a couple of years, it became apparent that the controlling partner is actually Daimler-Benz. Chrysler is known for its Sebring Convertible, its PT Cruiser and the Pacifica. Dodge, on the other hand, is made remarkable by the Viper, Caliber, and the Avenger. Jeep is famous for its Grand Cheerokee, Patriot and Compass models. Some of these vehicles are equipped with Airaid intakes and other quality auto parts.

Republicans called Granholm’s mission “another press junket” that will keep her away from Michigan during critical negotiations over the state’s $900 million budget crisis. “I hope the governor has fun in Germany, ” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis said. “I’m betting every announcement we hear of back home is already a done deal. “

Ultimate Aero TT to Break Veyron’s Speed Record

The U. S. is home to the most number of speed addicts in the auto industry. One company which prides itself in manufacturing cars which gives speed addicts the thrill of a rocket ride is Shelby Super Cars (SSC). This American automobile manufacturer based in the Washington State is the producer if the super fast super car SSC Aero.

The company uses General Motors’ pushrod engine V8 for the Aero. Recently, the super car maker announced that they will be gunning for the land speed record of a production car next week. The super car manufacturer announced that the attempt to set the speed record for a production car will be on the 21st of March 2007.

In cooperation with MMK Racing, SSC closed down a 12-mile stretch of Highway 93 in Elko County, Nevada. The closed down highway will be where SSC will attempt to break the 253 miles per hour top speed set by the Bugatti Veyron with the Ultimate Aero TT. MMK was hired by the SSC to facilitate the attempt by ensuring the safety during the attempt and at the same time provide laser traps which will verify the speed that will be attained by the Ultimate Aero TT.

Under the leadership of founder Jerod Shelby, SSC spent seven years to create the ultimate sports car that they hope will break the speed record set by the Bugatti Veyron. The ultimate Aero is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine which can produce as much as 1183bhp and a torque of 1094 ft-lb. The Ultimate Aero produces the most horsepower among production cars in the world.

Tests conducted on the Ultimate Aero revealed that the super car has a super low coefficient of drag of only. 357. The tests conducted at NASA’s Langley, Virginia facility showed that the super car can reach speeds of up to 273 miles per hour. With all that power, the Ultimate Aero remains user friendly with a remarkable handling ability and the interior is filled with features one will commonly see in a luxury sedan.

The Ultimate Aero will be attempting to break the record set by the Bugatti Veyron. The super car is currently the fastest, most powerful, and the most expensive street-legal production car in the world. The car is built by Volkswagen AG’s subsidiary Bugatti Automobiles SAS. The super car set the current speed record for production cars at 407. 5 kilometers per hour or 253. 2 miles per hour.

The Veyron is named after French racing great Pierre Veyron who has won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1939 while racing for the legendary Bugatti team. The Veyron is powered by a W16 engine. This means that it is equivalent to two V8 engines fused together to form a “W”. The super car is also fitted with specially designed performance enhancing parts jut like Dynomax exhaust system.

Whether the V8 of the Ultimate Aero will beat the W16 of the Veyron still remains to be seen. And while the SSC is busy prepping the Aero for its date with destiny, the rest of the world can only wait and see.

Jenny McLane is a 36 year old native of Iowa and has a knack for research on cars and anything and everything about it. She works full time as a Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers in the country today.

Affiliate Marketing Techniques

Affiliate marketing, if done correctly, is a very lucrative business. This is why affiliate marketers are always searching for that “prize-winning product”… you know, the one that will earn h/him the biggest paycheck.

Well, I’m here to tell you that as an affiliate marketer, you do not need a product. In fact, you don’t even need a website. There are, however, strategies that need to be implemented in order to succeed as an affiliate marketer.

Affiliate marketing is a business and will require some investment of time and money, like in any other business. You will need to invest in the tools of the trade and keep up with new developments and trends of the internet marketing business.

Here are a few techniques you could use to help you succeed with your affiliate marketing business:

First, create a unique landing page for the promotion of each and every product you are marketing for an affiliate. Do not combine all of the products onto one landing page just to save some money on web hosting. It is best to have one landing page focusing on one individual product and make sure that your site adds value by providing relevant content. I know how much it frustrates me to visit a site only to find out that it is a web page advertising other websites.

Your landing page should have black type on a white background and there should be a lot of white space in your copy. This gives your page a clean and easy-to-read appearance. Make the pages attractive, compelling, and prompt customers to act on the product being offered. Your headlines should attract the readers and compel them to want to read more. Highlight text, add bullets, and use bold type for the special points. This will help your visitors to clearly understand what you are marketing and make them want to find out more about the product.

You might want to add a picture of yourself and a signature for a personal touch. This will gain trust from your visitors as you are now no longer some faceless, fly-by-night scammer.

Second, build a subscriber list by offering free articles, reports, or an e-Book to your visitors. Use an opt-in box to gather personal information from them, such as their name and e-mail address. If possible, position your opt-in box at the very top of your page so it simply cannot be missed. Create auto responder messages that will be automatically e-mailed to those who input their personal information.

According to research, it takes at least seven contacts before a sale is made. That is why it is imperative that you build a list with your opt-in box and keep in contact with those who have signed up to receive whatever it is that you’re offering (article, report, or an e-Book). This is how you will be able to generate income from backend sales. Remember… in the internet marketing world, your “list” is your “goldmine”!

One of two things will happen at your landing page: the visitor will move on to your affiliate’s site (which means a possible sale) or the prospect will leave the site never to return again. However, if they opted in for the freebie, you will be able to place useful information into their inbox at certain specified periods of time, inviting them back to your site. You can also remind them of the offer they missed and give them another opportunity to purchase the product. Be sure that the content and the product you are offering is for the same purpose that they visited your site to begin with. Do not make it sound like a sales pitch.

Include compelling subject lines in the e-mail, and for content, focus on how the product will benefit the customer (your landing page should reflect this point as well). Convince those who signed up for your free product that they will be missing out on something huge if they do not act now, today, this instant! (You get the point. )#)

Finally, drive only targeted traffic to your product. If the person who visited your website has no interest whatsoever in what you are offering, they will be among those who move on and never come back. Another way of getting free targeted traffic is to write articles for publication in e-zines and e-reports. This way you can submit your articles to publications that are targeting customers who would already be interested in your product.

Submit articles with at least 300-600 words in length. Do not submit articles that have been taken from the public domain or purchased as a private label rights package. In other words, the article should be an original copy written by you. The more articles you submit, the more free traffic you will be able to generate. If you consistently write articles, you can generate as much as 100 targeted visitors to your site in a day… free!

According to statistics, only 1 out of 100 people are likely to buy your product or service. Therefore, if you can generate as much as 1, 000 targeted hits for your website in a day, you can make 10 sales per day.

The strategies above are not really difficult to follow, if you think about it. It just requires a little time, effort, and an action plan on your part. You can do this…

Cadillac Produces First Wagon For Europe

Cadillac has always been known for their production of high quality luxury cars. The General Motors marque has been the choice for celebrity and rich folks over the years. And this can be attributed to the fact that the exterior and interior looks of a Cadillac vehicle is legendary.

Recently, the brand aims to make their presence felt even more outside of North America. The company announced that they have expanded their lineup of vehicles for the European market with the addition of their first ever wagon – the BLS Wagon.

Cadillac General Manager, Jim Taylor, has this to say about the BLS Wagon: “The Cadillac BLS Wagon is an appealing addition to the Cadillac portfolio for customers preferring dramatically designed luxury vehicles that offer versatility and performance along with outstanding ride and handling characteristics. This is the first Cadillac wagon in our 104-year history, and we think it will do well in many European markets where consumers desire a high degree of versatility and functionality in their performance luxury vehicles. ”

The design of the Cadillac BLS is the brainchild of a collection of international auto designers led by Ed Welburn, the General Motors Vice President for Global Design. The result of the effort put into the deigning of the vehicle gives the BLS the trademark good looks of Cadillac vehicles.

The design concept used on Cadillac models are used in the new wagon. “The whole team was very excited to apply Cadillac’s design language to a wagon for the first time. The V-shaped chrome-plated grille, a Cadillac hallmark, is picked up again by the shape of the rear window, and the body side character lines make it unmistakably a Cadillac, ” Welburn said in a statement in the announcement of the production of the Cadillac BLS.

The interior of the BLS is also one of the most luxurious in its class. The cockpit’s main feature is the three-spoke steering wheel ergonomically designed to give drivers a good grip. The instrument panel is characterized by round instruments which are easily visible to the driver with its black background for the white numerals and red needles.

The luxurious aspect of the vehicle is highlighted by the presence of a cutting edge entertainment system. Among the amenities offered by Cadillac on the BLS are a DVD player with touch-screen operation for those looking for technologically advanced features, a Bluetooth enabled cell phone system which lets users connect their Bluetooth enabled mobile phones to the car’s audio system, and remote control functions found and mounted on the steering wheel.

The design of the Cadillac BLS, both outside and inside will surely make this vehicle stand out in the consciousness of European car buyers. The first ever wagon from the luxury vehicle maker will no doubt manage to get a grip on the European market as strong as a Nissan clutch connecting the transmission and the engine.

Ryan Thomas is a native of Denver, Colorado. He grew up in a family of car aficionados. He now resides in Detroit where he owns a service shop and works part time as a consultant for a local automotive magazine.

New Members To Be Welcomed By International Drag Racing Hall Of Fame

Eleven new members are going to be inducted and welcomed by the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. And such an event is going to be a grand one and a great deal especially to the upcoming new ones.

The whole ceremony is especially prepared for. The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing would host the mentioned event. It comes to life on the 15th of March and would be held at the Paramount Plaza Resort which is located in Gainesville, Florida.

Other companies are also willing to help out and be part of the induction ceremonies of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. It has been reported that Mopar Performance Parts, a good source of the best auto parts like the Nissan mud flap, would be sponsoring the activity. But it is not a surprise for Mopar has been joining in the fun for 16 years already.

The eleven new members can be said to be all experts in the drag racing field. These eleven honorees are Kenny Bernstein (a six time drag racing champion), Frank Bradley (another winner of these drag racing competition), Donnie Hampton (a drag racing champion), Ted Jones (owner of a drag racing strip), Jim McLennan (a drag car driver as well as owner of a drag racing strip), Dale Pulde (a drag racing driver who holds the title having the most number of wins in the IHRA history), Don Schumacher (a member of Team Mopar), Dave Uyehara (a builder of championship dragsters), Dave Zeuschel (a builder of legendary dragsters), Darrel Zimmerman (a director of one of NHRA’s divisions), and Bill Bader (an owner of a drag racing facility as well as a promoter of the sport). The latter would also be receiving the Founders Award for his exemplary contributions to drag racing.

The whole induction ceremonies would not only focus on the welcoming of the new members but the event would also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 392 Hemi engine. See, this engine is one of the best innovations that has ever happened for these drag racing members.

On this, Chris Cortez, the Chrysler Group’s senior vice president for global service and parts, says, “The 392 HEMI engine revolutionized not only drag racing, but the entire automotive industry. ”

Ryan Thomas is a native of Denver, Colorado. He grew up in a family of car afficionados. He now resides in Detroit where he owns a service shop and works part time as a consultant for a local automotive magazine.

Online Homeowners Insurance Quotes – Where to Get the Best Rates

Looking online for homeowners insurance quotes? Want to know where to get the best rates? Here’s a simple guide that will show you how.

Comparison Shop

The best way to get the best price for anything is to comparison shop. And the best way to comparison shop for homeowners insurance is to go to an online insurance comparison website where you can get rate quotes from a number of companies all on one site.

Once there, you’ll be asked to fill out a simple questionnaire so the companies can tailor your insurance to fit your needs. During this process you’ll be able to include the type of coverage you want plus any discounts you’re entitled to

Some of the better comparison sites even have an online chat feature that allows you to ask an insurance expert any questions you may have about homeowners insurance and what discounts are available. (See link below. )#)

If you want to get the cheapest homeowners insurance you’ll need to get all the discounts you can. Here’s a list of the biggest money savers:

1. Raise your deductible – This can save you up to 40% on your insurance costs. Not only will your premiums be less, but having a higher deductible will prevent you from filing a number of small claims which can cause you to lose your insurance.

2. Combine your insurance – Purchasing your homeowners and auto insurance through the same company can save you as much as 15% a year on your insurance premiums.

3. Install safety features – Most homeowners insurance companies will give you discounts for having burglar alarms, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, dead bolt locks, fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors.

4. Get a senior citizen’s discount – If you’re a senior, you can get a 10% discount from some insurance companies because they assume you have a tendency to stay at home and will protect your home from fire and theft.

The Great Real Estate Lie – From Boom To Bust – How The Real Estate Industry Screwed You

The sweeping failures of “sub-prime” mortgages (which is a fancy way of basically saying every home owner with a adjustable rate mortgage) and higher interest fixed rate loans, could have an economic impact on you greater than what you are hearing in the news.

As I mentioned in my December 2006 Ezine article “Everything A Real Estate Agent Doesn’t Want You To Know, A Year In Review 2006” the real estate market was at the end of the bubble and the boom was going to go bust… and it has only just begun. There are multi-dimensional repercussions to the mortgage failures being touted on the news today. Let’s consider a few things:

The mortgages were made to home buyers by greedy lenders, catering to the real estate industry, at very low interest rates (especially compared to the 10% fixed rate loans of the early 90’s).
Many of the people who were given mortgages were not qualified to do a conventional deal and were steered into fancy rate gimmick loans to complete the purchase process.
Nobody (and I mean real estate agents AND lenders) was looking out for the home buyer’s long term legal and financial interest… no, they were only interested in earning money on commissions and lenders fees.
Many people were “over sold” on houses they didn’t need and couldn’t afford under the guise of a “hot real estate market”. The truth be told, when you hear about any “hot market” at the retail level, you can bet your bottom dollar that “market” has already begun to “cool” or, you wouldn’t be “hearing about it”…
One thing is for sure; the real estate agents made their money, but did the lenders? Maybe not… You have to understand how the real estate and financial industry is set up to understand the impact this could have on the economy. So here’s a real simple crash course:
Home loans that are written up at the lenders office are sold on what is known as the “secondary market” which is basically composed of very large mortgage warehousing companies that buy blocks of mortgages say, in 10 million dollar blocks at a time. Basically, warehouse organizations are buying mortgages from banks and mortgage brokers, bundling them up and;
Selling blocks of mortgages to Fannie Mae who utilize investment bankers and stock brokers to sell “mortgage backed securities” to the investing public. The securities are more or less guaranteed by statistical fact that people pay their mortgage over everything else. So, as people pay on the loans, the warehousing companies collect the fees, forward the balance to Fannie Mae (for example) who disburse dividend payments through the investment network to support the mortgage backed securities game. While this is a simple explanation, it drives home the point, which is this: Your home loan probably serves as collateral for mortgage backed securities someone else owns.
Why does this matter? For a number of reason:
As borrowers default on home loans, lenders have to repossess those properties.
As properties are repossessed, they go on the market and increase the supply of housing, which lowers selling prices.
Rates are a function of risk, and, as investors who buy mortgage backed securities get nervous, they will have to be paid a higher interest rate to entice them to invest (or stay invested) in mortgage backed securities.
This creates a ripple “down effect” most probably ending up in rising interests rates to home buyers who are skeptical about buying homes anyway. And,
This also forces lenders to create stricter lending pollicies, preventing potential buyers from buying.
Which means there is glut of housing hitting the market (failed mortgages) which nobody can buy (higher rates and stricter lending policies) which means the prices of homes is going to be driven down possibly, very sharply. Which means,
People will lose equity in their homes with a diminishing capacity to refinance or sell them. Which means,
Real estate investing loses it’s allure and the market begins to stagnate which puts pressure on the economy and inflation, which in turn;
Keeps interest rates moving higher which causes business to slow and that,
Causes layoffs and job losses, which causes more failures in mortgages and repeats the whole dirty mess again.
And what about those lenders who are holding on to all those repossessed “low interest” homes? If the rates go higher lenders will be holding on to vacant homes, with low interets rates and no buyers. Their money wrapped up in low interest failure in a high interest market- a double whammy.
I am not an “economist “but I am a “commonsensesist” and I fear we are just beginning to see the beginnings of a very bad economy on the horizon, a recession or maybe even a depression. Think about it: We are losing our industrial base to China, the real estate markets are going in the tank, durable goods (like auto manufacturers) are reorganizing and laying off to avoid bankruptcy, the war, illegal immigration invasions, low paying jobs, an economy specially tuned for the rich… Put it all together….

Free Homeowners Insurance Quotes – Get the Cheapest Rates in Minutes

Looking for free homeowners insurance quotes? Want to know where to get the cheapest quotes from reputable companies in a matter of minutes? Here’s where to go and what to do.

Free Homeowners Insurance Quotes

Getting free homeowners insurance quotes these days is as simple as going to an insurance website and answering a few questions. However, some site are better than others.

If you want to get the cheapest homeowners insurance from a reputable company your best bet is to go to an insurance comparison website where you’ll receive quotes from multiple companies. Then you can compare those quotes and choose the best rate from the best company.

The better insurance comparison sites even have a chat feature that allows you to talk online with an insurance expert who can answer any questions you may have. (See link below. )#)

Homeowners Insurance Discounts

* Raising your deductible by a couple of hundred dollars can save you a couple of hundred dollars a year on your insurance premiums.

* Adding safety features to you home like fire alarms, burglar alarms, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, dead bolts, and smoke detectors can get you a sizable discount on your homeowners insurance.

* Buying your homeowners insurance and auto insurance from the same company can save you a few hundred dollars on your premiums.

* Getting a senior’s discount, if you’re a retired senior, can get you 10% off your homeowners insurance with some companies.

* If the members of your household are all non-smokers you can get a non-smokers discount with most insurance companies.

Insurance Company Ratings

Last, but not least, you want to make sure you’re buying your homeowners insurance from a reputable company who will pay your claims and pay them on time.

Your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy – Dissected – Part 4 of 5

If your homeowner’s insurance policy has been stuck in a drawer, cabinet or just tucked mindlessly away somewhere, it is probably about time to pull it out, shake off the dust and make sure it’s still up-to-date. This article is the fourth in a series of five articles that will help you decipher your homeowner’s insurance policy.

The rooster is crowing (or the cars are honking, depending on where you live), the coffee pot isn’t working and the kids need to be shuttled off to school. You barely have time to run a brush through your hair, much less worry about your homeowner’s insurance.

While keeping your homeowner’s insurance updated is a dismal task, it is of utmost importance. As discussed in a previous article, not only is it important to purchase homeowner’s insurance, it is just as important to know what that policy covers.

Homeowner’s insurance policies contain several different coverage areas.
The topic of the previous article, Part 3 of this series, discussed insuring your personal items and belongings. This article will explain how to cover additional living expenses incurred in a disaster.

COVERAGE FOR ADDITIONAL LIVING EXPENSES

In addition to covering your personal belongings, your homeowner’s insurance also includes compensation for additional living expenses.

Let’s say, for example, your house is burned down by an electrical fire. You shouldn’t be faced with utility bills, but other costs will assuredly skyrocket.
You won’t have to worry with the water bill or that blasted electricity, but you unfortunately won’t be sleeping in the comforts of your fluffy bed or enjoying fresh fare from your kitchen, either.

This is where additional living expense coverage kicks in. You will need lodging, clothing, food and other items until your home is rebuilt so you will probably have to rely on a few nights’ stays in your local motel and enjoy restaurant food for awhile, in addition to other expenses.

Because every single homeowner’s policy is unique, you need to know what your policy’s coverage limit is. This amount will vary from insurer to insurer. Some insurance companies will allow unlimited cash flow in this area of coverage, while others will offer provide coverage for a percentage of your total homeowner’s insurance coverage. This is a very important detail, so be sure to check your policy!

In the end, it is essential to know what you’re covered for because each homeowner’s insurance policy is different. You need to know what yours limits or excludes.

Is your homeowner’s insurance policy up-to-date? (Some policies automatically update your home’s current value. Does yours? )#) While it is easy to let that dust settle over your policy from year to year, keep in mind that putting it aside could cost you much more in the end. Your homeowner’s insurance policy may make heavy reading, but it will be even more burdensome should you not know what is covered in it.

The Benefits of Zipping and Sending Zip Archives Online

File compression is something that many of us use everyday. Maybe you have a bunch of photos to send to a distant family member and you want to archive them all into one file. In business, co-workers can be found zipping up files and sending them to each other all the time.

Zipping up files has many benefits. It saves valuable disk space, reduces the overall file size of the archived files, and helps keep the speed of your processor.

If you aren’t great with fumbling with different zip programs but you need to zip up and send multiple files, then an online zipping service is perfect for you.

An online zip service will allow you to easily add files to an online zip archive and then send them to anyone you wish, via e-mail.

This kind of service is also perfect for people surfing the web on a public computer, like at a library or school. Many of these kinds of computers don’t have any kind of zipping program, so this is where that kind of service really shines.

If you have a domain name and want to offer this kind of service to your visitors, you can be sure that a tool like this will bring back many return visitors to your website. You’ll also be able to profit from it if you want to as well, every zip file sent has a header and footer with links that the owner specifies. These viral links can be offered up for sale to potential advertisers for an additional income stream. It’s very easy to install, and configuration is a breeze.

Using this online zipping tool is great because it will ultimately save the user disk space as well. You don’t have to worry about your privacy with this tool, either. An auto delete function deletes your zip files after a specified period of minutes. See if it works for you, check it out.

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