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August 2011 Car Sale Data

September 25th, 2011 1 comment

Here is the list of the August Car Sale data. We have included only the top selling cars and excluded the trucks from this list. A separate list is being compiled for the trucks. Take a close look at the figures presented in the Table.

Table : August 2011 Passenger Car Sale Data

Rank Make and Model August 2011 Sale
  August 2010 Sale
% Change
 1 Totoya Camry
 30,185  30,758  -1.9%
 2 Altima
 23,016  18487  +24.5%
 3 Chevy Cruze  21,807  21,807  0%
 4 Hyundai Sonata
 20,682  21,410  -3.4%
 5 Ford Escape  20,607  14,836  38.9%
 6 Honda Accord
 18,439  22,514  -18.1%
 7 Ford Fusion
 17,925  17,088  +4.9%
 8 Chevy Malibu  17,840  18,185  –1.9%
 9 Chevy Equinox  16,606  10,537  +57.6%
 10 Honda CR-V 16,572  19,450  -14.8%
 11 Toyota Corolla  16,420  20,272  -19.0%
 12 Hyundai Elantra  15,054  15,175  -0.8%
 13 VW Jetta  14,500  10,670  +35.9%
 14 Ford Focus
 14,093  15,470  -8.9%
 15 Kia Sorento  13,573  9,043  +50.1%
 16 Chevrolet Impala  13,329  17,333  -23.1%

The Toyoya Camry continues to lead the sale chart and can undoubtedly be crowned as the “Most Popular Car” in US. This is even after the recall issues that Toyota is facing.

We found that the 2011 Toyota Camry has been placed on position 14 by US News and Ranking. They have placed 2012 Ford Fusion and the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid at number one and number 2 spots respectively. If we go by the sales figure the Ford Fusion, which is ranked similar to Toyota Camry in terms of pricing and options – is nowhere in the list of 16 best selling cars.

USA News and ranking has been notorious for favoring Ford. They are NOT impartial. It is unclear if they have a marketing propaganda for the Ford. However, their ranking of the cars is clearly skewed in favor of Ford and is probably one of the worst cases of misuse of journalism.

It is possible that the editorial team is composed of the patriotic American with natural bias towards the US cars, which is too bad but, to rank the cars based upon what your heart says is clearly a mis use of the journalism power that they are automatically entitled to.

Update :

Toyota Prius does not figure in the list of the top 16. Its Sales figure of  9,491 units in August 2011 is not so impressive.It is down by 20% compared to the same month last year. But it still leads in the category of the Hybrid Cars. The Hybrid Camry on the other hand has been a great disappointment with with just 318 Sales in August 2011.



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How to convert PADS PowerPCB file to Allegro brd file

September 14th, 2011 No comments

It IS possible to covert the PADS powerPCB file into Allegro brd file. There is no straightforward similar procedure for converting Allegro brd file to PADS file. Allegro is more sophisticated in terms of database and there may not be corresponding entities in the PADS.

So here is the procedure to Convert PADS file into Allegro brd file.

1. Open pads powerpcb ( PADS layout) and open the file that you want to convert to allegro file.
2. Click on File and then click Export.
3. This will export the file in ascii format. Save the file a known location.
4. Open the PCB Editor in the Allegro.
5. Click on File -> Import -> Pads. It should look something similar to

6. The first and the last field should be straight forward. Enter the ascii file name in the first list and the file that you want to export in the second field. Give any arbitrary name in the second field.
7. Click Run. This should give you an exported file. Open that file and allegro to see it looks meaningful.

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What is new at Solvate

September 14th, 2011 1 comment

With Fall comes football, sweaters, and for most of us in the digital marketing space, the busy season. Retailers and agencies are prepping for their holiday campaigns, and B2B and B2C marketers alike are gearing up for a strong end of year.

At Solvate, its people are working hard to make sure you have the on-demand tools and resources to support your growth and success.

In fact, Solvate has updated their platform to make it even easier to find and work with great Talent. Read on to learn more

What is new at Solvate

Solvate is really excited about our latest feature which provides you a brand new way to find and connect with Talent. You now have a company page which enables Talent to find you. You can:

Provide a company profile with a brief description of your company and your industry so Talent can understand your business.

Post a message about a new gig, new project needs, or specific expertise requests to the Talent community.

Before you know it, you’ll have a roster of engaged, qualified experts to tap into when project needs arise.

Learn from Solvent Talent Community

Solvent is bringing our Talent’s expertise to you. Each of their freelancers has deep expertise across a variety of digital and marketing functions that we want to share with you. There are a number of articles on their blog and they bring new articles each month.

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Documents That a Seller is Responsible For when selling a home

September 11th, 2011 No comments

Documents That a Seller is Responsible For

Before you put your home on the market, there are certain documents that you should make sure that you have. Once you put your home on the market, you are going to be extremely busy talking to potential buyers, listing your home, staging it for open house, holding open house, and the many other things that go along with “for sale by owner” homes. This is why you should make sure that you have these documents. Including the self disclosure, before you even put your home on the market and get too busy you might forget to do them until the last minute.
The documents that you need include the following:

• Property Deed: This is the document that will show who legal owns the property or house. It is transferred from one owner to the new owner when the house is sold. The deed will generally show the size of the property. It there are structures on the property, it will also show the square footage of them.

• Property Taxes: These are valuable to a potential buyer as it will tell them how much the tax will be each year so the buyer can see how much extra a year they will have to figure in their body. These taxes are based on the estimated value of the property.

• Title Insurance Policy: This is the document that will show if there is any title insurance on the house. This type of document will protect against any problems that might arise with the title that are not revealed by a title search.

• Title Search Certificate: This document can help to strengthen the appeal of the property by certifying that there are no other claims on the property.

• Mortgage Information: Having all the mortgage information, including any second mortgages, will help in the negotiations. These will have the right payoff information and it will also assist in transferring money to the proper accounts

These documents are not necessary but are a goodwill gesture to the potential buyer.

• Inspection Papers: These types of documents will show the prospective buyer the structural integrity of the house even though the buyer will probably want to have their own home inspection done.

• Warranty Paperwork: If you are leaving any appliances behind in the home, you should make sure that you have these so you can show them to the potential buyer so they can see that the appliances you are leaving behind are still under warranty.

• Utility Bills: These will give a potential buyer an idea of how much their electric bills will cost in the winter and the summer. It will give them an idea of how much they should figure into their monthly budget.

When you get ready to sell your home you should also have a contract, or sales agreement drawn up by a real estate attorney. (To be discussed in later chapter)

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Common Mistakes a seller makes when selling a home

September 11th, 2011 No comments

Mistakes a Seller Can Make

It does not matter if the “for sale by owner” home is your first, or one of several, there are mistakes that a seller can make that can be costly to the seller.

• One of the biggest mistake a seller can make is putting their home on the market before it is ready, which happens when the seller procrastinates against a date they have to move, and suddenly that date is only a few month away or the seller is just an impatient person. Make sure that any work that you want to do on the home is done before you put it on the market. Do not put it on the market while you are in the middle of painting the inside.

• Going overboard in improving the home for neighborhood with too many additions, or upgrades that will make the home stick out instead of blending in with the neighborhood. No buyer wants to live in a house that is known for some weird type of upgrade no other house in the neighborhood has.

• Do not put a price on the home based on what the seller want to net because this type of pricing strategy always seems to end in failure. You, as the seller, can control the asking price but you cannot control the sales price because the market does that for you.

• Do not get emotionally involved in the sale of the house because once you put it on the market, it is no longer your house, so to speak, but a commodity. The house needs to prepared, priced, and marketed as a commodity. The seller cannot get emotional if a potential buyer does not appreciate your house the way you do.

• Do not try to cover up or not disclose any problems with the house because state laws state that you must file out a disclosure form and list any type of problems. For example, if your home’s basement leaks and you do not disclose it, you can be sued for it.

• Not getting everything in order before you try to sell your home. Some of these things include making sure that you read the fine print on your current mortgage to make sure that you do not have any pre-payment penalties, not understanding the current market when you are pricing your home, making sure that you have the paperwork you are going to need for the sale, and more.

These are just a few of the mistakes that sellers who are selling their homes without using a real estate agent may mistake. The best solution is to make a list, go online and print out the things that you should do when you are selling your home by owner

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