Archive for July, 2010

Chevy Volt: Asheville will have to wait for it

While the big car news this week is the impending debut of the Chevrolet Volt on the nation’s roads, the electric car won’t be available in the Carolinas until 2011 at the earliest.

During Chevrolet’s rollout announcement this week, it suggested anyone could order the Volt and track it through the delivery process. However, a search for dealers selling Volt within 500 miles of Asheville zip codes at www.getmyvolt.com comes up with a big fat zero.

While you won’t be able to order a Volt locally for a while, on the upside, you may see a Volt-powered Cadillac in the next two years. Luxury green. Just wait for it, some more.

For now, you’ll have to go to one of the seven big rollout markets to get a new Volt. However, if you plan to go to California to buy one and drive it home, stay away from the HOV lanes.

In a regulatory mess, all-electric cars apparently can’t use the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on California freeways. The Volt runs at highway speeds on its battery.

a Chevrolet Volt that does less than 40 miles a day may never burn a drop of gas, for instance, but will still be banned from the HOV lanes.Whereas the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid that’s being flogged down the freeway at 85 mph will consistently burn gasoline at its highest rate, and yet it will be able to do so from the HOV lane.

via Chevy Volt: No $5K rebate, carpool-lane access for CA buyers | VentureBeat.

At a $41,000 price tag, that’s an expensive investment to stay stuck in traffic.

You can follow live updates by subscribing to the Volt Twitter feed.

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Rumors of our death are greatly exaggerated…

No, Iwanna isn’t going out of business.

That’s the short answer to an awful lot of questions being tossed our way after WLOS-TV Channel 13 broadcast a news item this week about the impending closure of the Iwanna press facility. For some reason, people equate the Iwanna printing plant with the published Iwanna newspaper products.

They’re not the same.

Our plant at 991 Sweeten Creek in Asheville has printed newspaper-like products for many years — including the weekly Iwannas in Asheville, Greenville, Hickory and Spartanburg. But we’ve also printed Iwanna specialty publications — including the growing and popular Sophie Magazine for women — at other locations. Lately, we’ve been test printing some regular issues of the Iwanna at other locations as well.

The Iwanna press facility is aging, and in many cases, it no longer meets the needs of customers who want a lot of color and more sophisticated print quality.
So, we’ve decided to consolidate the printing of our Iwannas and associated publications at the modern press facility of Fayetteville Publishing, our corporate parent in Fayetteville, N.C. It prints color-intensive products like USA Today.

Tragically, that means the end of 12 full-time and 12 part-time jobs at the Asheville Iwanna printing plant. The press facility will close at the end of August, and the employees working there will get severance packages depending on their length of service at Iwanna. Job assistance is being offered to some of the skilled press operators.

But as far as the Iwanna newspapers: You’ll still be able to find them, as always, at your local newstand or convenience store.

And soon, you’ll see a new cutting-edge website at Iwanna.com. But more on that later.

Charity auctions will benefit winner’s choice

Iwanna partner Boocoo Auctions will be running two-hour charity auctions the week of July 25-31, benefitting the favorite charities of winning bidders. As explained in their official announcement:

…users will have the opportunity to bid on seven of the most coveted electronic consumer items on the market. The auctions will have no reserve price and bidding will start at $1.00. All proceeds from the auctions will go to the winner’s favorite 501c3 charity.

“At Boocoo Auctions we are always looking for innovative, fun, and meaningful ways to improve the auction experience,” said George Willard Sr. the CEO of Ranger Data Technologies Inc., parent company of Boocoo Auctions. “We feel it’s important to experiment with new platforms and programs to improve the opportunities for buyers and sellers. The “two hour auction” is another example of that type of innovation,” said Willard.

The items and schedule for the 2 hour charity auctions are as follows:

Sunday July 25th
8 to 10 PM (EDT)                                 iPad™  Wi-Fi 16gb

Monday July 26th
8 to 10 PM (EDT)                                 Dyson-Ball™ Upright Vacuum DC 25

Tuesday July 27th
8 to 10 PM (EDT)                                 Xbox® 360 Slim 250 gb

Wednesday July 28th
8 to 10 PM (EDT)                                  iPhone™ 4  32gb

Thursday July 29th
8 to 10 PM (EDT)                                   Vizio™ 32” Razor LED HDTV

Friday July 30th
8 to 10 PM (EDT)                                   Bose® Wave Music System

Saturday July 31st
8 to 10 PM (EDT)                                      iPad™ Wi-Fi 3G 64gb

Boocoo.com launched June 21st, with Iwanna as one of nearly 300 media partners. In the first three weeks following the launch, the site has already achieved nearly 6,000 registered users.

“With our large number of media partners, we will continue to test new ideas across a wide section of demographic and geographic territory,” said Willard.


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