CONSUMER REPORTS 2013 ANNUAL CAR BRAND REPORT CARDS: LEXUS, SUBARU & MAZDA EARN TOP HONORS

With a current crop of luxury models that are quiet, comfortable, fuel efficient, and among the most reliable, LEXUS has earned the best overall score in CONSUMER REPORTS’ 2013 ANNUAL CAR BRAND REPORT CARDS.

CONSUMER REPORTS is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Consumer Reports® is an expert,

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independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. They accept no advertising, not beholden to any commercial interest and pay for all the products they test. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually.

Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, Website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, food and product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace. The organization’s income is entirely derived from the sale of Consumer Reports® magazine, www.ConsumerReports.org and their other publications and information products, services, fees, and noncommercial contributions and grants. The Ratings and reports are intended solely for the use of their readers.

For 2013, CONSUMER REPORTS took a different approach than in previous years for its annual brand report cards story. CR graded each automaker’s individual brands rather than calculating a single score for all the brands under one carmaker. For example, TOYOTA, LEXUS, and SCION models were each scored separately this year instead of being incorporated into one overall score for TOYOTA. The same was true for HONDA, FORD, NISSAN, GENERAL MOTORS, CHRYSLER and other large manufacturers that market several brands.

But back to the report card. While Lexus’ models are rarely sporty, the brand’s overall score of 79 was earned on a foundation of plush and very reliable vehicles. CONSUMER REPORTS currently Recommends 100% of the Lexus vehicles it has tested. Continue reading

2013 INTERNATIONAL CES REPORT: PORSCHE SHOWCASES NEW AHA™ INTEGRATION AT CES

YOUR FAVORITE CONTENT FROM THE WEB NOW AVAILABLE IN YOUR PORSCHE

PORSCHE now offers Aha™ (from Harman International Industries) as part of a new ONLINE SERVICES option, available across its entire product line. Aha is a free service that seamlessly organizes and integrates your favorite content from the web between your phone and car, so you can easily access it wherever you go, including in your Porsche.  The new feature is available on vehicles equipped with the latest generation of the PORSCHE COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT (PCM) SYSTEM, which offers a variety of additional entertainment, navigation and information options.

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Porsche Cars North America, Inc.)

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Porsche Cars North America, Inc.)

A PORSCHE CAYENNE GTS equipped with Online Services and Aha will be available for demonstrations to media at the 2013 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES) in Las Vegas from January 8-11, 2013 at the AHA BY HARMAN tent at the Central Plaza (# CP-13) at the LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER.

PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA, INC. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of PORSCHE SPORTS CARS, the CAYENNE SUV and PANAMERA SPORTS SEDAN. At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PORSCHE AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 191 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. Continue reading

2013 INTERNATIONAL CES REPORT: M-EDGE SHOWCASES FASHIONABLE TECH ACCESSORIES AT CES 2013

M-EDGE WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING PEPCOM’S DIGITAL EXPERIENCE! AT THE MGM GRAND

M-EDGE, a leading tech accessories company, is showcasing their line of stylish cases for tablets, e-readers, smartphones and laptops at this week’s 2013 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW and PEPCOM‘s DIGITAL EXPERIENCE.

M-EDGE CES FASHIONABLE TECH ACCESSORIES: Cases for the latest devices including the iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and Kindle Fire HD as well as a new partnership with fashion designer Trina Turk will all be showcased at the event.  (PRNewsFoto/M-Edge)

M-EDGE CES FASHIONABLE TECH ACCESSORIES: Cases for the latest devices including the iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and Kindle Fire HD as well as a new partnership with fashion designer Trina Turk will all be showcased at the event. (PRNewsFoto/M-Edge)

M-Edge’s new products and category expansions include:
— A collaboration with fashion designer TRINA TURK
— An expanded line of cases for iPhone 5
— The kid-friendly, shock-absorbent SuperShell for iPad Mini
— Custom cases for iPad Mini, Kindle Fire HD, and iPhone 5

M-EDGE will also be exhibiting their industry bestsellers which include the INCLINE 360, HAMPTON 360, TRIP 360, and LATITUDE 360, as well as the brand-new UNIVERSAL 360 CASE and super-thin PROFILE CASE.

M-EDGE was founded in 2006 as a solution to the growing demand for fashionable and protective tech accessories. Since its inception, M-Edge’s product offerings have grown to include several lines of accessories for the most popular tablet, e-reader and smartphone devices on the market, including iPad, iPhone, Kindle, and Nook. M-Edge and its growing team is committed to excellence: creating on-trend, innovative, and high-quality products faster than any other competitor, and providing an exceptional customer experience from start to finish.

The 2013 INTERNATIONAL CES, scheduled Tuesday, January 8 – Friday, January 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, will feature 3,000 exhibitors spanning the largest show floor in the event’s 45-year history. A record number of eight automakers will exhibit at the 2013 CES, including AUDI, CHEVROLET, CHRYSLER, FORD, HYUNDAI, KIA, LEXUS and SUBARU, across more than 100,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

M-Edge logo.  (PRNewsFoto/M-Edge)

M-Edge logo. (PRNewsFoto/M-Edge)

CES attendees are invited to enjoy margaritas at M-Edge’s booth on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, as well as see product demonstrations, participate in booth games and contests, and walk away with freebies and giveaways.  M-Edge’s booth is located in the upper level of South Hall 3 in booth #30247.

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