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 |  Dec 20 2012, 11:01 AM

Automotive Gifts for Everyone


Still scrambling to find the perfect gift for the car lover on your list? Here are a few items that can be quickly ordered online and would impress even the biggest of car snobs. The selection here is pretty diverse, so it will be easy to find something for anyone.

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 |  Oct 06 2010, 1:56 PM

The much-anticipated annual Neiman Marcus “Christmas Book” is now available, and within its pages, you’ll find something a little unexpected – a special edition of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible.

But only expect to find one under your tree if you’ve been good, because this gift will cost Santa $75,000 (FYI: everyone here at AutoGuide has been super good. Hint, hint).

You’re going to have to start your holiday shopping soon, as only 100 special edition convertibles will be built. The Camaro Convertible offers luxury amenities that were inspired by Neiman Marcus. The Neiman Marcus Edition showcases exclusive Deep Bordeaux exterior color, accented by subtle, “ghosted” rally stripes. Inside, the Special Edition Camaro Convertible comes with exclusive leather appointments, such as amber-colored leather seating surfaces offset by black leather side panels and red stitching. You’ll also find red accents on the center console, steering wheel and shift knob. The Deep Bordeaux color found outside the car carries over on the inside, making an appearance on the dash and door panels.

The Neiman Marcus Camaro Convertible is powered by a 6.2-liter, V8 engine. Pair this with a six-speed manual transmission, and the engine produces 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Change that to the six-speed automatic, and the engine delivers 400 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.

“Neiman Marcus provides a great platform to showcase the new Camaro Convertible,” said Tom Peters, Chevrolet Design director. “And, it enabled us to create a special edition car that combines the powerful design and performance of the new Camaro with an element of exclusivity, craftsmanship and customized luxury.”

 |  Sep 08 2010, 9:06 PM

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Ok, maybe we’re jumping the gun a little early, but that hasn’t deterred BMW from releasing their Lifestyle Collection for the festive season. Here’s what you can stick under the tree for the BMW lover in your life.

BMW Snow Racer: Race through the snow on this cool sled. Equipped with smooth, replaceable metal runners, this sporty sled offers safe fun in the snow. The Snow Racer also comes outfitted with a precise steering mechanism with suspension, a non-slip wheel, an ergonomic seat, broad runners and a horn on the steering wheel.

BMW Joy Back Pack: Made with a specially ventilated, thickly padded back, this BMW back pack is comfortable to carry. It comes with different sized compartments lined with fleece, premium black coloring, decorated with Joy lettering, and a bag tag and BMW badge.

BMW Classic Ladies’ Watch: Boasting a classical look, this watch’s elegant black dial, with three white hands and date display, is enclosed in a 30 mm stainless steel casing that is water resistant up to 10 atm. It also comes with a fine metal fastener and clasp, a black leather strap, a discrete BMW logo on the dial, and the laser-engraved BMW logo on the back of the precision Swiss Quartz mechanism.

BMW M3 GT2 Toy Convertible: This kid’s racer is a perfect replica of the legendary BMW racing car, from the M logo on the doors to the sponsor’s branding beneath the radiator grill. Available in two versions, there’s a motorized version with a maximum speed of 2.5 m/h, forward and reverse gears, and a 1.5-hour driving time before being recharged, and a pedal version, where your little speed racers can determine the speed and rest periods for themselves.

BMW USB Stick: It may look like a genuine vehicle key but, but it’s really a data-storage device. To open, just click on the trunk-button and out slides out the well-protected USB plug that can store up to 8GB. You can bring it with you in your car to play all your favorite tunes, as it fits perfectly into the BMW USB audio port or the USB port of other modern navigation systems.

GALLERY: BMW Lifestyle Collection

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