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The Limousine Industries Version of David and Goliath

Posted On: June 28, 2012

The 2013 Lincoln MKT Has Arrived

Lincoln MKT Lincoln Mercury introduces the 2013 MKT Town Car (Its version of David). The MKT Town Car has a large task ahead of it. This vehicle not only has to live up to the standards of the now extinct town car that the industry and public once knew. MKT (David) has to change our minds and erase the Goliath of old from our memory banks.

In 2011 Lincoln Mercury discontinued “old reliable” due to diminishing sales and just a time for a change. I remember driving a passenger in my early days in the industry and he commented about what a great ride he just had, I laughed and told him that the vehicle had 330,000 miles on it. Of course he didn’t believe me until he glanced at the odometer. You could not kill those vehicles if you tried.        

Once the consumer’s come to grips with the new look and experience the inside they will find that this vehicle was built with them in mind. The new Lincoln MKT Town Car offers a higher roofline, more sophisticated seating, a spacious trunk plus, even easier passenger entry and exit.

Comfortable and productive work environment for driver and passengers enhanced by technologies including SYNC®, hands-free navigation, standard WiFi capability and a rear view camera system.

The MKT Town Car is available in two body styles – standard livery version with available all-wheel drive, and stretchable heavy-duty limo with standard all-wheel drive. Key technologies and features included in the MKT Town Car models include:

· Puddle lamps on the rear doors

· Map and newspaper pockets in the back of the front seats

· Vanity mirrors in the headliner with integrated task light

· Continuous rear floor mat for both foot wells

· Improved rear seating design

· Remote start

· Rear view camera

· Lincoln SYNC

· Voice activated navigation controls

· Second-row 110-volt electric plug and USB mobile phone charger

· Tri Zone EATC with Auxiliary HVAC unit

Additional Safety Features

Blind Information System: Uses radar sensors to alert the driver of any impending danger

Collision Warning System:  Designed to alert the driver of collision risks. If the risk of collision increases, the system will increase brake support to reduce collision speed.

Rverse Sensing System: Notifies the driver via a warning tone if there is an obstacle behind the vehicle.

The jury is still out with the owners of the major limousine companies. They are still shopping for the right replacement vehicle. Among the choices are Mercedes Benz, BMW, Hyundai, Chrysler, and Toyota. These choices include price point, EPA gas mileage estimates, Warranties, and the cost of repairs.

Recently Jim Powers President of All Star Limousine one of Long Island, New York’s largest Worldwide Companies decided to flip his whole fleet of Executive Town cars to the MKT Town Cars. His company has done there due diligence surveying their customer base and road testing the vehicles on the busy streets of New York.


How to Book Executive Airport Transfers in New York City

Posted On: June 26, 2012

New York City Airport Transfers

How to Arrange Executive Transportation New York airport transfer

If you are planning a business trip to the Big Apple, using executive transportation from LaGuardia or JFK Airport is an excellent way to ensure a comfortable and reliable arrival. The last thing you want is to be stressed by the traffic, congestion, and getting lost prior to your big presentation. Some of the best ways you can arrange executive transportation will be examined here along with key points to ask your executive transportation provider.

Size and Type of the Vehicle
The size of the vehicle will depend upon the number of passengers in your party and the number of bags that will be transported for your New York airport transfer. The vehicle type should also match your desires, whether it's a town car, stretch limo or SUV. If you are an Executive Admin, you obviously don't want your boss picked up in a pink limousine from a retail only limousine service, so be sure you select a company that specializes in executive and corporate transportation. Note: Sedans and limousines have a standard size trunk and will hold more luggage than a typical sedan.  A 14 passenger Van only holds 10 passengers with luggage.

Safety Record
Not to overstate the obvious, but an excellent track record of the company and driver safety is an excellent point of reference to have. Style, comfort, and reliability are definitely important, but your safety is paramount. Note: Visit the FMCSA or USDOT website for safety records and current scores.

Reliability of Service
Particularly when it comes to New York airport transfers, an on-time pick up guarantee with door to door service from an executive is extremely important. The last thing a busy traveler needs to deal with is unnecessary delays, particularly with current airport security demands and New York City traffic. As you are vetting your companies of choice be sure to check the processes and technology they have in place to ensure a seamless service delivery.

The drivers employed by the service need to be well versed in getting you to and from your destinations in plenty of time, no matter what traffic situations they might encounter. Their driving ability is of primary importance, but they should also be courteous and knowledgeable about the many attractions and excellent restaurants New York City has to offer.

Things to Know at the time of Booking
So you know how many are in your party - when you call to book your reservation for executive transportation from LaGuardia International Airport, you will need to supply your flight arrival information (Airline / Flight # / Arrival Time). You'll also need to know how far you're going, and if you need to make any other stops along the way to your hotel, convention center or other final destination. The more information you can provide at the time of booking the better we can serve you.

Knowing your budget is important, but don't let price be the only deciding factor. The old adage "you get what you pay for" is certainly true. So do some comparison-shopping, but keep in mind the other suggestions about the transportation company's reputation and services as well.

Most importantly, you will need to know where to meet your chauffeur when you arrive at the airport.  Policies and procedures vary from airport to airport so be sure to ask your provider for exact instructions.

Downtown New York
Mid-Town Manhattan is about a 20-30 minute drive form LaGuardia International Airport depending on traffic conditions.  Once in Manhattan you will be at the epicenter of the city with major hotels such as the Mandarin, W Hotel, Ritz Carlton and venues like Madison Square Garden, Times Square and Rockefeller Center within walking distance. 

Asking questions about these simple topics should make your next visit to New York City stress free, at least from a ground transportation perspective.  If you have any additional questions please let us know as our client service representative’s are available 24 hrs a day to serve you in any of the 500+ cities we service worldwide.




The Bride wants to know

Posted On: June 12, 2012

There are some questions that come up regularly in planning stages of a wedding.. Everything from bdget, choosing a dress to selecting a venue and date is important to a bride. Don't forget about your transportation for the bride and groom, grandma and grandpa, and even the wedding guests.

Bride - Limousine

Here we attempt to uncover some of the answers to three of those questions.

"Can I have liquor in the party bus?" 

• By law a limousine company cannot supply liquor inside of a bus. But the passenger put their own on board the day before the event.

"I want to be seen in an extra elegant chauffeur vehicle. But I don't want to rent a vintage wedding car."

• A nice choice can be to arrive in a black and white limousine pair. The bride arrives first in her white limo with her family. With the groom arriving behind them in his timeless black limousine. This type of pairing offers distinction while not breaking the bank. 

"I want to be seen in a vintage wedding car but my budget doesn't allow it."

• An easy solution for this is simply to arrive in a stretch limousine and depart in a vintage wedding car. Everyone is excited and taking pictures as you leave the wedding. Have the vintage wedding car there ready to take you away into the sunset.

Would you ride along with us?



Long Island Wine Tours offer an Exceptional Taste

Posted On: June 05, 2012

Wine Tours on Long Island

Long Island Wineries - Long Island WineLong Island Wine Tours are a great way to spend time with friends and family. Our limousine chauffeurs are well trained and equipped to offer you the best possible experience on Long Island Wine Tours. Our limousine fleet includes new 2013 Lincoln Town Car MKT's and Mercedes Sprinters insuring all passengers on Long Island Wine Tours are comfortable and safety is paramount. 

Our Long Island Wine Tours include Long Island wineries such as:

       • Baiting Hollow Vineyard
A family owned and operated Long Island vineyard founded by Sam Rubin and run by his son Richard. Sam was born in New York City with a passion for agriculture. He began to follow his passion to Vermont and into New York State after working as a driver delivering New York City newspapers for many years. He started out giving away his produce to people he cared about in the area and can still be seen in the vineyards working today.
Baiting Hollow also maintains a horse rescue sanctuary on their grounds since 2007 with 'horse rescue wines' dedicated to supporting the sanctuary. The sanctuary houses former race horses whose lineages trace back to Secretariat, or the great Man O'War and even beautiful Arabians. All these horses were going to perish but were saved by the kindness of Baiting Hollow Vineyard, please support their effort. Their list of fine wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rosé, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and many delicate blends.

        • Pindar Vineyards
A family owned and operated Long Island vineyard with a rich history starting back in 1979, and powered by the largest Wind Turbine in Southold, New York. Pindar produces 23 varietals and proprietary blends from 17 varieties of grapes. Pindar Vineyards encompasses 500 acres and produces 70,000 cases of wine each year, making it the largest vineyard on Long Island.  Their varietals include Riesling, Cabernet Port, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Gamay Noir, sparkling wines and luscious blends.

        • Macari Vineyards & Winery
A family owned and operated Long Island vineyard housed within a building designed by Carol DiCicco-Vinci these family vintners opened their doors in 1998. Extensive soil preparation, careful cover cropping, rich composts, and a consideration to wildlife and terrain are some of what makes these 180 planted acres stand out from the rest. Their wines include Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Rosé and blends. (Four day notice required for private tour)
When you book a Macari wine tour through us you receive:
            • 10% discount on all sales
            • 15% discount on all cases
         • Laurel Lake Vineyards
Run by a group of Chilean and American vintner friends, Laurel Lake is housed within a colonial-style building and regularly hosts live music and special events for the whole family. Their wines include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Gewurztraminer.
         • The Old Field Vineyards
Family owned and operated since it's establishment in 1974 by Chris Baiz, they moved their fruit production into wine in 1997. The Old Field had been an actively farmed, agricultural area for hundreds of years with the Native American Indians and today produces vines which are crafted by winemaker Eric Fry, with guidance from Ros and Chris. Their wines include Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Blush de Noir, and newly released Blanc de Noir sparkling wines.


Corporate International Travel - The Global Difference

Posted On: June 05, 2012

Corporate International Travel is Paramount 

There’s two things we can all agree on: doing business internationally is great for your company, and nothing can ruin international travel as easily as a bad experience with your transportation. Having a worldwide chauffeur service provider on your side for corporate international travel means ensuring a smooth, enjoyable experience overseas and at home. Choosing us means knowing that you have reliable, professional, knowledgable chauffeurs waiting for you, and that’s the Global Difference. Corporate International Travel - ChauffeursYou probably have your preferred airline and a favorite hotel chain. Shouldn’t you have your go-to chauffeur service? When you are traveling to a new city, don’t waste your time hunting down recommendations from friends or spending hours researching various corporate travel options. With a trusted and refined worldwide executive chauffeur company, you know you can reach your destination and be in the hands of professionals ready to provide the maximum level of service you desire. Perhaps you need expert recommendations for dining and nightlife, or just need to know how to get around the city during your trip. Executive service with a great chauffeur company means being taken care of by an understanding and helpful staff along every minute of the way. Even if you just need to get from one point to another, you will still enjoy your travel experience more if you know you have a quality chauffeur service ready to handle any questions you may have. Executive chauffeur service means having your own, personal tour guide; professionally dressed, vastly knowledgeable, and ready to show you the best that the local area has to offer, give advice on restaurants, nightlife and attractions. It does little good to travel the world and have so much at your fingertips without a local chauffeur service prepared to show you the ins and outs, preventing you from wasting time at tourist traps or ending up somewhere that doesn't suit your style and taste. Whether it's showing you the best of the city or just ensuring your trip goes smoothly, local chauffeurs do it better than anyone.

Chauffeurs You Can Depend On

Remember the first time you traveled to New York for business and waited outside in the taxi line for an hour or more? Perhaps you got a little lost in Toronto, or didn’t know where to queue in London. New cities present a challenge, and when you have serious business concerns to handle, the last thing you want is to juggle the decisions of your travel accommodations. By working with a corporate international travel provider, you know that no matter where your business expands or how suddenly your other plans may change, you can rely on a top-notch chauffeurs to cater to your needs and make sure your travels both begin and end smoothly. With a single contact point, you can be connected to the local experts on all corners of the earth, ready to share their insight and vast experience. By taking advantage of our corporate international travel, you can go forward without worrying over your travel plans. In fact, you can focus better than ever on the other aspects of your business and personal affairs because you can count on the comfort of premium service from local chauffeurs ready to guide you.

Corporate transportation accounts carry over the immensely competitive corporate rate onto leisure travel as well.
With our state-of-the-art Online Reservation System, Instant Receipts and 24/Hour 7/Days a week staff we are always ready to help you.
Do you want to experience the great impact that a global chauffeur service can have helping with your corporate international travel?