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New Car Financing: Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Auction Raises $1.125 million

In a follow up to a story last week, Ferrari auctioned off the very first Ferrari F12 Berlinetta sold in the United States at the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix last weekend.

The auction, which was hosted at the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, raised money for the American Red Cross, specifically Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Larry Roth of Long Island, New York was the winning bidder and paid $1.125 million for the F12. Once the F12 Berlinetta officially goes on sale, it will start at the low $300,000s. Ferrari also raised an additional $345,000 in donations for the American Red Cross thanks to the generosity of dealerships and Ferrari enthusiasts.

As great as that is, I would love to see individual donors like our readers boost those donations. This storm hit close to home for us. We have dealerships throughout the New York and New Jersey area, and it hurts us to see our friends and neighbors still struggling, particularly as the weather gets colder. In our original story, we provided a link to Ferrari’s page on the American Red Cross website, and we’re linking it again here. Please donate to the American Red Cross if you can, even if it isn’t much. Every bit helps.

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Ferrari Auction Benefits Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Efforts

If you happen to have a load of money burning in your pocket and want to do something for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Ferrari is auctioning off a car that is the first of its kind.

The very first F12 Berlinetta sold in the United States will be auctioned off by Ferrari this Saturday in Austin, Texas. Proceeds for this car, which typically goes for a base price of $315,000, will go to the American Red Cross. Ferrari will be taking bids in person, and bidders who cannot make it to Austin can contact their local Ferrari dealership this week to get information about placing a bid virtually.

Marco Mattiacci, chief executive and president of Ferrari North America, expressed his sympathy for those affected by the hurricane, saying, “Here at Ferrari, we have experienced and seen the devastation that Hurricane Sandy has caused in the affected area firsthand. We want to use our event next week at Formula One in Austin to give back to our local community by auctioning the F12 Berlinetta.”

If you don’t have the money to bid on the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, don’t worry. Ferrari is also working with the American Red Cross to collect general donations. You can donate through Ferrari’s Red Cross page here.

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GM Hires 10,000 Computer Professionals to Develop Software, New Technology

American automakers are riding high in 2012 with sales stronger than ever, especially for new models like the Chevrolet Spark. While this is great news, there was even better news coming out of GM that will ensure a bright future for American automakers.

For years, many American automakers have paid outside companies for the right to use software and other new technology in their vehicles. They have relied on others to dictate the future of automobiles instead of doing it themselves. Ultimately, they have ended up paying out the nose for technology they could have (and should have) developed with their own resources. It has been a waste of money and a waste of great American talent.

GM has realized that to remain competitive, they need to develop new information technology and quickly. Otherwise, they will get left behind and wind up exactly where they were only a few years ago. In a bold pro-active move, GM has announced they will be hiring 10,000 new computer professionals. These hires will work at GM’s new Information Technology Innovation Center in Austin, Texas, GM’s computer center in Warren, Michigan, and two other sites that are expected to be announced soon.

GM’s Chief Information Officer Randy Mott had high hopes for these new hires and their work, stating, “We’re currently seeking the next generation of game-changers to help us usher in a new age of automotive innovation.” Many have called the move risky and wonder if it will pay off for GM. Paying for 10,000 new computer professionals is quite a hefty bill, but considering 2012’s strong auto sales and Japan’s return after the tsunami, the time is now or never. GM will have to put in the money now and take advantage of the opportunity available to them or lose their ability to compete, again.

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