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China Loves Their Cadillacs

on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.

Cadillac sales in China have exploded, jumping 44 percent in just one month — compared to a 4 percent year-over-year decline in U.S sales.
Cadillac sold 18,011 vehicles in China last month. By comparison, it sold just 10,298 vehicles in the U.S. — marking a 4.1 percent year-over-year decline.
The General Motors Co. (GM) 2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan is unveiled during the 2015 New York International Auto Show in New York on April 1, 2015. Michael Nagle / Bloomberg via Getty Images
The Detroit luxury brand’s sudden surge in the Chinese market is all the more surprising since Cadillac just launched an array of new products for the U.S., including the flagship CT6 sedan and big XT5 sport-utility vehicle.
“Our growth is explosive and sustained,” said Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen, despite the brand’s struggles in the U.S. and other parts of the world.
Checkered Past
Founded in 1902 by Detroit automotive pioneer Henry Leland — who, in an ironic twist, went on to launch Caddy’s long-time lead competitor, Lincoln — the GM brand ruled the vast American luxury market for most of its first century. But Caddy hit its peak in 1978, with U.S. sales of 347,000 vehicles. Last year, the numbers were slightly less than half that, at 170,006.
General Motors’ flagship brand hasn’t led the U.S. luxury market in nearly two decades, ceding dominance to its German and Japanese competitors. Last year, Mercedes-Benz took the American crown, its 2016 sales of 374,000 cars, trucks and crossovers more than doubling Caddy’s total. Worldwide, Mercedes moved over 1 million vehicles.
Related: Chinese Clone Cars Irk Western Carmakers
Last year’s poor showing was doubly disappointing for Caddy considering the wave of new — and well-reviewed — products Cadillac brought to market, including both the CT6 and the XT5, the latter meant to capitalize on booming U.S. demand for utility vehicles.
But while American buyers have been less than receptive, Cadillac is finding a ready market in China.

If you own a Cadillac, first off-Congratulations! But, if you ever get into an accident with your beautiful car, remember that Anderson Behel is certified to work on your vehicle. 

Woman Shoots Homeless Man to Protect Her Porsche!

on Tuesday, 12 September 2017.

Porsche owners love their cars, but she went way too far

At Anderson Behel in Silicon Valley, we are one of the few Porsche-certified body shops in the area, so we get to meet Porsche owners all the time as we repair their vehicles back to their pre-accident condition. Porsche owners love their cars, but this woman in Tennessee allegedly went way too far to protect her beloved Porsche SUV from a homeless person.  Check it out:

A woman in Nashville has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a homeless man. Authorities say the man was critically wounded after he asked her to move her Porsche.

Police say Katie Quackenbush, 26, shot Gerald Melton, 54, late last month near Nashville's Music Row. They say he was trying to sleep on the sidewalk at 3 a.m. but was disturbed by exhaust fumes and loud music coming from a Porsche SUV. When he asked the driver to move the car, the exchange became heated.

Detectives say that after Melton returned to where he was sleeping, Quackenbush got out of the Porsche with a gun to continue the argument. He suffered two gunshot wounds to the abdomen, and he told police she then got back into the Porsche and drove away.

Quackenbush's father, Jesse Quackenbush, an attorney, released a statement saying his daughter acted in self-defense and had intended both rounds as warning shots. He said Melton had been on his feet, not sleeping, prior to the argument, and had threatened his daughter and another young woman she was with.

She fired the shots and then left, the father told the Tennessean newspaper, because Melton continued to approach the women.

"She did say she closed her eyes when she shot both times," he said, "but they were warnings, and she thought she pointed away from him."

Let's Meet Our Newest Technician, Jacob Verble

on Friday, 08 September 2017.

Q: How long have you been with Anderson Behel and how many years of industry experience do you have?

A: I started working here at Anderson Behel since July 5th of this year and my total experience in the industry is three years.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?

A: Turning someone's broken car back to new and working with great people who are a lot of fun.

Q: What do you do when you're not working at Anderson Behel?

A: Doing my Crossfit training or out riding my motorcycles.

 Q: What are your major interests?

A: Living life to the fullest every day.

Q: Favorite TV Shows?

A: Myth Busters

Q: Favorite outdoor activities?

A: Camping

Q: Pets and their names?

A: A dog named Dozer who is a bull mastiff mix.

Q: If you could have any kind of car, what would you get and why?

A: My dream car is a 1967 GT500 or "Eleanor"

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?

A: Lunch with my grandpa and we'd be eating ribs.

Q: What are some of the customer service things you're proud of at Anderson Behel?

A: I am proud of everything at Anderson Behel! When a vehicle leaves this shop, it is back to looking factory again. If a customer does come back, we jump and get it taken care of quickly and professionally as possible, it's a great shop!

 

Let’s Get to Know Our New Body Technician, Jacob Verble

on Friday, 08 September 2017.

Q: How long have you been with Anderson Behel and how many years of industry experience do you have?

A: I started working here at Anderson Behel since July 5th of this year and my total experience in the industry is three years.

Q: What is your favorite part of the job?

A: Turning someone's broken car back to new and working with great people who are a lot of fun.

Q: What do you do when you're not working at Anderson Behel?

A: Doing my Crossfit training or out riding my motorcycles.

 Q: What are your major interests?

A: Living life to the fullest every day.

Q: Favorite TV Shows?

A: Myth Busters

Q: Favorite outdoor activities?

A: Camping

Q: Pets and their names?

A: A dog named Dozer who is a bull mastiff mix.

Q: If you could have any kind of car, what would you get and why?

A: My dream car is a 1967 GT500 or "Eleanor"

Q: If you could have lunch with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be?

A: Lunch with my grandpa and we'd be eating ribs.

Q: What are some of the customer service things you're proud of at Anderson Behel?

A: I am proud of everything at Anderson Behel! When a vehicle leaves this shop, it is back to looking factory again. If a customer does come back, we jump and get it taken care of quickly and professionally as possible, it's a great shop!

 

Have You Visited the Triton Museum of Art?

on Wednesday, 30 August 2017.

If you're staying home during the Labor Day 3-Day Weekend, why not visit the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA? At Anderson Behel, we work hard and play hard, so that's why we occasionally share ideas about fun things to do in our blog.

The Triton Museum of Art displays local, regional, and national art, with an emphasis on art and artists from the Bay Area. It collects and exhibits contemporary and historical California works of art, and has a mission encouraging gender and cultural inclusiveness. The building itself is a piece of art, it high ceilinged with pyramidal skylights, and a graceful curved glass wall overlooking its seven-acre sculpture garden.

The Triton Museum of Art emphasizes education, and teaches widely about art and the creative process. School groups are welcome. The historic 1866 Jamison-Brown house, which is a stellar example of the changing forces of American architecture over a seventy-year period, is located on museum grounds. Read more

Located at 1505 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, California 95050, Phone: 408-247-3754 the Triton Museum of Art is great for the whole family.

With new sophisticated cars, it is more important than ever that your body shop be certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, a Silicon Valley leading collision repair company, we are proud to hold several certifications, which means we are a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop and most recently a Porsche Collision Center. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we have invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche Acura, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that is why we proudly tell the world that we are certified on these 5 leading brands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Day GM Bought Cadillac

on Wednesday, 23 August 2017.

At Anderson Behel, we are a Cadillac certified shop and proud to be working on these tremendous vehicles, so we decided to share this great moment in Cadillac history with our blog readers.

On July 29, 1909, the newly formed General Motors Corporation (GM) acquires the country’s leading luxury automaker, the Cadillac Automobile Company, for $4.5 million.

Cadillac was founded out of the ruins of automotive pioneer Henry Ford’s second failed company (his third effort, the Ford Motor Company, finally succeeded). When the shareholders of the defunct Henry Ford Company called in Detroit machinist Henry Leland to assess the company’s assets for their planned sale, Leland convinced them to stay in business. His idea was to combine Ford’s latest chassis (frame) with a single-cylinder engine developed by Oldsmobile, another early automaker. To that end, the Cadillac Car Company (named for the French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe Cadillac, who founded the city of Detroit in 1701) was founded in August 1902. Leland introduced the first Cadillac–priced at $850–at the New York Auto Show the following year.

In its first year of production, Cadillac put out nearly 2500 cars, a huge number at the time. Leland, who was reportedly motivated by an intense competition with Henry Ford, assumed full leadership of Cadillac in 1904, and with his son Wilfred by his side he firmly established the brand’s reputation for quality. Among the excellent luxury cars being produced in America at the time–including Packard, Lozier, McFarland and Pierce-Arrow–Cadillac led the field, making the top 10 in overall U.S. auto sales every year from 1904 to 1915.untitled

By 1909, William C. Durant had assembled Buick and Oldsmobile as cornerstones of his new General Motors Corporation, founded the year before. By the end of July, he had persuaded Wilfred Leland to sell Cadillac for $4.5 million in GM stock. Durant kept the Lelands on in their management position, however, giving them full responsibility for automotive production. Three years later, Cadillac introduced the world’s first successful electric self-starter, developed by Charles F. Kettering; its pioneering V-8 engine was installed in all Cadillac models in 1915.

Over the years, Cadillac maintained its reputation for luxury and innovation: In 1954, for example, it was the first automaker to provide power steering and automatic windshield washers as standard equipment on all its vehicles. Though the brand was knocked out of its top-of-the-market position in the 1980s by the German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz, it sought to reestablish itself during the following decades, and remains a leader in the luxury car market.

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