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Eating Out - September 3, 2010

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage

SWANKY SPORTS CARS COMING ... Palo Alto has been chosen as one of only 10 showrooms in the U.S. to launch a new, high-end sports car. McLaren Automotive, the British race-car brand, will soon produce a street-legal version of the vehicle. Although the car won't be available until next summer, the buzz has already arrived. McLaren will take over the former Carlsen Volvo spot at El Camino Real and Arastradero Road. The swanky two-seater, with an estimated retail cost of $225,000 to $250,000, will be represented by Tom Price of Price Family Dealerships. "We are very excited to be selected as one of the first retailer candidates worldwide by McLaren," Price said. Palo Alto's McLaren's showroom will be about 4,500 square feet. The cars, all handmade in the U.K., will feature clam-shell doors, which open up and out. A second Palo Alto showroom is planned at the same location. This one, also at 4,500 square feet, will focus on another upscale brand — Fisker Automotive. The Fisker Karma is billed as "the first luxury plug-in hybrid," with a starting price of $87,900. Both showrooms are expected to open next spring. Other signs that Palo Alto may have turned the corner in its concern about losing car dealerships (and sales-tax revenues) include expansions of major dealerships: Magnussen Toyota at San Antonio and Middlefield roads, and Anderson Honda (1766 Embarcadero Road), in addition to expansions of Park Avenue Motors (3290 Park Blvd.) and Carlsen Volvo (4180 El Camino Real). Magnussen Toyota held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday evening for a big expansion across Middlefield from its present site.

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Posted by Chris Zaharias, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I wonder how many people who head to El Cam & Arasteradero looking for a Volvo will drive away with a Fisker or a McLaren?

Posted by drill baby drill, a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 8, 2010 at 5:23 pm

What kind of MPG does these things get?

Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm

The Fiskar is supposed to get 67 mpg.

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