Everett dealer a finalist for Time Dealer of the Year award
Buzz Rodland, president and general manager of Rodland Toyota-Scion in Everett, accepted his award for regional finalist for the 2011 Time Dealer of the Year on Feb. 5 in San Francisco. Rodland was chosen to represent the Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) in the national competition. The award -- sponsored by Time in association with Goodyear, and in cooperation with the National Automobile Dealers Association -- is one of the automobile industry's most prestigious awards for new-car dealers. Recipients are among the nation's most successful auto dealers, but they must also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service. "Buzz Rodland is an amazingly generous man, outstanding business leader, and a wonderful representative for our state's stellar dealer body," says Vicki Giles Fabré, executive vice president of the WSADA.
Italian supercar to bring its 700 hp to U.S.
For the elite who can afford it, the U.S. is about to get another Italian supercar. Pagani, which has made cars in a village outside Modena, Italy, for a decade, is introducing the Huayra. The 700-horsepower two-seater will cost about $1.1 million and reach a top speed of 230 mph. But don't reach for your wallet yet. The company only made 18 cars last year, all the outgoing model. For the new Huayra, Pagani hopes to double the rate when production reaches full swing next year. Distinctive touches include a carbon-fiber body imbedded with strands of titanium and dashboard instruments made by a Swiss watchmaker.
--The Associated Press