Archive for June, 2013


With aggressive styling that refuses to go unnoticed, available technology that seamlessly connects you to your favorite mobile apps and new performance engineering designed to deliver an unprecedented level of control and precision, the all-new 2014 Lexus IS is more than an introduction. It’s a provocation.

Equipped with potent 2.5- or 3.5-liter V6 engines and six- or eight-speed automatic transmissions with paddle shifters, the all-new Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 performance sedans were honed on the world’s most iconic racetracks for one purpose: pure exhilaration. A wider, more rigid platform and sport-tuned suspensions combine to deliver unprecedented steering feel. And, inside, a driver-focused cockpit, performance driving modes and power-adjustable bolstered sport seating forge an intense connection between you and the asphalt below.

Movie tickets? Sure. Dinner reservations? Why not. With available Lexus Enform® [1] seamlessly connecting you to your favorite smartphone apps, the all-new IS can handle your needs as effortlessly as it carves pavement. Need directions? The available Navigation System [2] features enhanced 3-D map displays. Want to cool down after that last S-curve? With new electrostatic touch-based temperature controls, it’s as simple as swiping your finger. And, to help ensure your attention is where it belongs, the all-new IS offers an array of state-of-the-art safety technology including a Blind Spot Monitor [3] with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert [4], intelligent high-beam headlamps and an advanced Lane Departure Alert system [5].

When you’re ready to change lanes, send a signal to those around you. The all-new IS bucks convention with boldly inset daytime running lights, a head-turning spindle grille and aggressive sculpted lines that deliver exceptional aerodynamics. A longer and wider stance creates a commanding presence on the road and provides rear-seat passengers with the legroom of a much larger sedan. The progressive design continues throughout the cockpit with striking details like carved and polished silver accents and genuine contrast stitching that add intrigue to the contoured dash and panels.

You can contact us for a test drive when the Lexus IS arrives in our dealership this summer. You can view more information at http://www.LindsayLexusOfAlexandria.com


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The D.C. United Community Soccer Series is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local youth soccer players to take the field with professional players from D.C. United. Each clinic will include interactive elements including a 45 minute clinic led by D.C. United players! Each Community Soccer Series event will end with an autograph session. Lindsay Volkswagen is sponsoring the event and will be on-site.

Event: Community Soccer Series
Location: Ray Muth Park – 20971 Marblehead Drive, Ashburn, Virginia
Ages: 7-12 year olds, male and female
Date: Thursday, June 27
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Price includes: Registration for one (1) participant in the June 27 Community Soccer Series plus a game ticket to the July 27 D.C. United match vs the New England Revolution.

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Ford engineers have developed the industry’s first robotic test driving program – now in use at the company’s Michigan Proving Grounds in Romeo, Mich. – to meet demands that Ford trucks undergo ever more strenuous Built Ford Tough testing with greater frequency.

The pilot program has been used most recently for durability testing of Ford’s all-new full-size Transit van, which launches in 2014.

“Some of the tests we do on our commercial trucks for North America are so strenuous that we limit the exposure time for human drivers,” says Dave Payne, manager, vehicle development operations. “The challenge is completing testing to meet vehicle development time lines while keeping our drivers comfortable.

“Robotic testing allows us to do both,” he says. “We accelerate durability testing while simultaneously increasing the productivity of our other programs by redeploying drivers to those areas, such as noise level and vehicle dynamics testing.”

The durability technology includes a robotic control module installed in the test vehicle that controls vehicle steering, acceleration and braking. The module is set to follow a preprogrammed course, and the vehicle’s position is tracked via cameras in a central control room and GPS accurate to plus/minus one inch. Should the vehicle stray from its programmed course, engineers have the ability to stop the vehicle, course correct as necessary, and restart the test. Onboard sensors can command a full stop if a pedestrian or another vehicle strays into the path.

The robotically driven vehicles are expected to repeatedly perform tests on torturous surfaces with names like Silver Creek, Power Hop Hill and Curb Your Enthusiasm. The tests can compress 10 years of daily driving abuse into courses just a few hundred yards long, with surfaces that include broken concrete, cobblestones, metal grates, rough gravel, mud pits and oversized speed bumps.

All North American Ford trucks must pass this battery of durability tests before they’re certified for customer use. Until now, testing speeds and repetitions for specific scenarios were limited due to restrictions placed on human drivers, who were allowed to drive certain rigorous courses only once a day.

The use of robots now accelerates this testing, allowing an unlimited number of repeats until Ford engineers are satisfied with the results. Robots also allow Ford to develop even more challenging durability tests to build tougher trucks.

Ford engineers worked with Utah-based Autonomous Solutions Inc. to design and manufacture the software and components that enable autonomous, robotic operation of the test vehicle.

“We’re very excited to work with Ford for autonomous vehicle testing,” said Mel Torrie, CEO of Autonomous Solutions Inc. “The reliability, durability and performance enhancements we’ve developed with Ford will not only help them reach their safety and accuracy goals, but will also improve vehicle automation in other areas such as mining, agriculture and the U.S. military.”

Ford engineers designed and deployed the robotic technology with two goals in mind: protecting human drivers and engineering Ford trucks to be tougher than ever.

“The goal here was not to develop a truly autonomous vehicle that can drive itself on city streets,” said Payne. “Our objective was to create a test track solution that allows for this type of intense testing that could take our vehicles to the most extreme limits of their engineering while ensuring the safety of all involved.”

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Since the Chevy Spark made it’s debut at the Los Angeles auto show earlier this year, it’s already making waves across the industry. It was just recognized as the ‘Most Efficient U.S. Retail Electric Vehicle’.

Why did the Spark receive such a high honor when it’s still a recent addition to our new Chevrolet lineup?  Let us take a moment to go over all that it has to offer our customers in the Woodbridge, VA area.

The first thing that jumped out to us about this EV is that Spark drivers have the potential to save up to $9,000 in fuel costs over the course of five years.  That’s huge!  Imagine what you could do with several grand in your pocket.  Suddenly that amazing summer vacation you’ve been dreaming seems a lot more attainable, doesn’t it?

It’s also able to get up to an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating of 119 MPGe and will drive for 82 miles on a single charge.  Other EVs have struggled with achieving a reasonable drive range that won’t leave you sweating when you’re stuck in traffic, miles away from home, but the Spark succeeds where its competitors have failed.

This vehicle was designed to provide the best overall efficiency of any retail EV that has ever hit the market while still providing a decent amount of power so you won’t feel like you’re crawling along the highway.  The Spark has 400 lb.-ft. of torque thanks to its electric motor, making for a thrilling driving experience.

The Spark EV is due out this summer, and we can’t wait to take it for a test drive.  Can you blame us?

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We’re sure you’ve heard of how efficient and eco-friendly the Ford Fusion Energi is, but would you be surprised to hear that it has also received the highest safety honors from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?  Well, it’s true, and it looks like the American automaker has nailed the perfect combination of efficiency and safety with this addition to its new model lineup.

There aren’t many models that can claim an EPA-estimated 100 MPGe and a Five-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA, but the plug-in hybrid earned the highest possible score from the organization, passing the frontal and side-impact crash tests with flying colors.  It boasts the Personal Safety System, too, which includes the following advanced features:

  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Rearview Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • Customized airbag deployment

Actually, the entire Fusion family has a great safety track record, as the 2013 edition of the traditionally fueled sedan received NHTSA Five-Star ratings and its hybrid counterpart earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation.

We’re sure you have other considerations in addition to safety features in your quest for a new car, and the Fusion and other models in the Lindsay Ford of Wheaton lineup have excellent performance, technology, and comfort capabilities as well, and we’d be happy to discuss them with you.  Contact us by telephone or email, or simply stop by our Wheaton, MD location during regular business hours.  We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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There are plenty of reasons to fall in love with the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.  It has three different engine options, a variety of trims, and style to spare, especially for a mid-sized sedan.  However, it has one standout feature that you don’t often find on vehicles in its price range, and we would like to dedicate this Lindsay Chevrolet blog post to four-door passive entry.

Here’s a scenario for you: let’s say you’re carrying groceries in both arms, and your car keys are buried deep in your purse or pockets.  You can balance the grocery bags enough to grasp the door handle, but not enough to root around for your keys.  No problem!  All you have to do is tap a button that is located on each door handle and the car will unlock.  If you want to stow stuff in the trunk, just tap any of the buttons twice.

The system only works when it senses that your key fob is within three feet of the vehicle, so you don’t have to worry about anyone else accessing your vehicle using passive entry.

It’s available on the Malibu LTZ trim, and is a nice addition to this well-rounded car.  Obviously, Chevy has convenience in mind when it’s designing the models in its new lineup each year.

If you’d like to learn about more features and options that are available on this year’s Malibu, contact us at 800-829-1455.

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Shown at top right is Michael Lindsay, with son John.

On Sunday, May 26th, the Washington Nationals hosted more than 100 individuals, families and supporters of the autism community on Autism Awareness Day at Nationals Park as part of Major League Baseball’s partnership with Autism Speaks.

The Washington Nationals challenged the Philadelphia Phillies, on a beautiful day that began with the team’s special guests—kids and families touched by autism—taking part in the pre-game ceremonies.

Community Outreach Ambassador, Nora Fitzpatrick and daughters Rory and Grace Stephens along with David Finland, an adult with autism who is celebrating his 5th year working in Guest Services at Nationals Park, were greeted on the field by Nationals Mascot Screech. Moments later, 9 year old John Lindsay called “play ball” from the top of the dugout to begin the game.

The Washington Nationals not only offered discounted tickets to our guests, invited us to participate in the pre-game ceremonies, allowed us to distribute materials from their community clubhouse, and set up a special Quiet Area for those needing a break from the noise of the ballpark.


Special thanks go to Major League Baseball, which has teamed up with Autism Speaks in a league-wide effort to raise autism awareness. All 30 MLB Clubs will raise awareness for the disorder during one home game during the regular season. Many of the MLB Autism Awareness games throughout the league will provide special opportunities and a safe, friendly environment for families and individuals affected by autism.

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