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Hi guys,

        On 21st May, we headed to United States for a month for tourism, had visited places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco on West Coast, Juneau, Skagway in Alaska via Royal Carribean cruise, Victoria, Vancouver & Toronto in Canada & NewYork, Philadelphia, Washington & New Jersey on East Coast. It was absolutely fun there, saw many new cars like Volvo XC60, XC70, Hyundai ix35, new Sonata, Porsche Panamera, etc. & some pure muscles & my favourites like Camaro, Corvette, Dodge Charger/Challenger, Ford Mustang, Hummer's, Chrysler 300c, Cadillac CTS, etc. American market is very different from the rest as far as Automobiles are concerned, it has many companies like Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Cadillac which are mostly in American region only, but apart from that almost all companies were present there with variety of models on offer. Although all american models are mostly gas guzzler but i like their straight & bold styling. Also there were too many Harleys, there engine sound is not less than any Chopper, i just love it. And to my surprise, VW Jetta was one of the most successful sedan in America, more than Accord, Camry, Civic, Corolla, Passat or any other sedan. It was just the undisputed king of that segment, no wonder why VW chose Times Square, Newyork to unviel their all new Jetta despite of financial problems there.

Also there were some real good accessories & paint on some cars, the alloys, 21 inchers full chrome were common there & looked great.

Super luxury cars were aplenty in Hollywood LA's Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills one of the most expensive shopping street which houses famous brands like Jimmy Choo, Armani, Versace, Escada, Burberry, Cartier, Chanel, Rolex, Gucci, Lacoste, Omega, Mont Blanc, La Perla, Louis Vuitton, Prada, etc. But unfortunately my camera's battery got discharged that day, still i managed to get few pics but arent that clear, still will post it. There were Bentleys, Ferrari's, Rolls Royce, Maybach's, Hummer's, Porsche, Lamborghini's, etc.

Though i saw many cars in whole of USA still i dont have pics of all of them.

Though the title of this thread means just cars, but i will post some pics other than cars too.

I hope you like them.

Thanks. bluesapphire2010-07-25 12:47:27

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Some pictures of Los Angeles, California, USA.

Chrysler 300c Limo

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Dodge Challenger

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Mustang

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Honda Civic's

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Ritz Carlton & JW Marriott Hotel.

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LA Cabs near another JW Marriott.

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City Bus

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Jaguar Showroom, Hollywood blvd.

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The famous Hollywood Hills.

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LA Skyline

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Rodeo Drive

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Bentley followed by Audi cabriolet followed by BMW 7 series.

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Lincoln Limo 

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bluesapphire2010-07-25 13:15:18

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And to my surprise' date=' VW Jetta was one of the most successful sedan in America, more than Accord, Camry, Civic, Corolla, Passat or any other sedan. It was just the undisputed king of that segment, no wonder why VW chose Times Square, Newyork to unviel their all new Jetta despite of financial problems there.[/quote']

 

Nice pictures.

 

Yes, it would indeed be a surprise if Jetta was the a best selling car in the US - more than Accord, Camry, Civic, Corolla. I guess you saw a lot of Jettas on the road to come to this conclusion.

 

As a matter of fact, Jetta is not even in the top 20 passenger vehicles sold in the US in 2009. Camry, BTW, has been the best selling sedan for a decade now.

 

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And to my surprise' date=' VW Jetta was one of the most successful sedan in America, more than Accord, Camry, Civic, Corolla, Passat or any other sedan. It was just the undisputed king of that segment, no wonder why VW chose Times Square, Newyork to unviel their all new Jetta despite of financial problems there.[/quote']

 

Nice pictures.

 

Yes, it would indeed be a surprise if Jetta was the a best selling car in the US - more than Accord, Camry, Civic, Corolla. I guess you saw a lot of Jettas on the road to come to this conclusion.

 

As a matter of fact, Jetta is not even in the top 20 passenger vehicles sold in the US in 2009. Camry, BTW, has been the best selling sedan for a decade now.

 

Well in the region where i was in those 25days, we saw Jetta's the most in sedans atleast over Altis, Civic & Accord. Even my uncle who lives in Philadelphia with whom i was there throughout the week said that nowadays Jetta'a are selling like hot cakes & its considered very safe there too. Though overall there was more Japanese cars in east coast than West coast.

 

Anyways here are some more pics.

These are some pics of Universal Studios at Hollywood, LA. It was a great experience to go what happens behind the sets of movies, how are the movies made. The fast & the furious too was shot there & there were some cars present there.

Mr. Bean's mini

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Dancing VW's.

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Jurassic Park

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I have some amazing video's of universal studios, will post on youtube later.

 

Now lets move to the Entertainment capital of the world, yes, its the LAS VEGAS. I just loved that place, not just casinos but the unique Hotels they have, the entertainment they offers, & each & everything thats available there.

You can feel Venice, Paris, Newyork there due to the hotels based on these themes, one hotel had artificial Volcano erupting every hour, dolphin habitat, Stratosphere Hotel was tallest tower with bunjee jumping, MGM hotel was by MGM studios, etc.

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Hotel Venetian, it was the hotel where we were, totally based on Venice, it was an amazing hotel.

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Hummer Limo at the Venetian

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Hotel MGM Grand

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The Excalibur

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Hotel Paris

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Venice at the Venetian.

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The Caesars Palace.

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The Harley Davidson Cafe.

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LV at night

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The Venetian at night.

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Much more to follow soon...

 

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Some pics from above few 1000's feet high towards Grand Canyon.


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Hoover dam on Colarado river.


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Now lets move to San Francisco.


SFO is just incomplete without this bridge...


Golden Gate Bridge.


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SFO Skyline.


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My favourite, the Chevy CAMARO. Must say to me this is one of the best looking car, amazing.


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Ferrari Store, everything was very expensive, the scale models were out of reach for many(atleast if converted in INR) but store was really good. I got a t-shirt for myself from there & a one from Harley Davidson store too.
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Thanks DD, SB & Winner. More to follow soon.

 

@BS : smiley27.gif these pics.

Now you can make your own car photo gallery.
All these pics with Nikon P100? Night pictures of las vegas was amazing.

Well these above pics are shot by my Olympus u1000 digi, the pics from p100 are to follow soon. Actually i bought that camera on the last day at San Francisco & all these pics are before that period.

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Lets now move to Seattle, & then to Alaska cruise by Royal Carribean cruises.

Seattle Skyline

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Royal Carribbean, Rhapsory of the Seas.

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Jetta estate/wagon in Juneau, Alaska.

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famous Mandelhall Glaciers, Juneau, Alaska.

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some rusted cars in Mandelhall lake.

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Chevy SSR, looks good & that color is to die for, @Subzero, i am damn sure you are gonna love this shade.

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That was Juneau, Alaska, a city with just 30k population & totally depends on Tourism, its the 3rd largest city in the state of Alaska.

 

Now lets move to Skagway, even smaller than Juneau in terms of size & population. When its off-season in Skagway(means too cold to go), there are just 800people who lives there at that time.

 

Railways & waterways together, there were lots of Heli's & floatplanes flying but couldnt managed to snappen them all in one...at Skagway seaport.

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Lets move to White Pass Scenic railways in Skagway, it goes upto 3000ft above sea level & touches Canadian border & its just an amazing experience, WOW

Jeep's

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Thats the world famous White Pass.

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the FORD Model T

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The Cruise Liner.

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Now its some Glacier's

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Chopper

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We were onboard at Cruise for 7nights, and in those days, the sunset was only after 12-2AM, while at 9Pm at Dinner table, one had to use curtains to avoid powerful Sunrays, was amazing.

 

Note - The photos with dates imprinted on them are clicked with NIKON P100
bluesapphire2010-07-27 11:13:41

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The reception foyer of Cruise.

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Though our cruise was scheduled to drop us at Seattle but we chose to leave off at Victoria, Canada & then towards Vancouver.

At Victoria seaport, all the cabs were Toyota like Prius, Camry hybrid & Corolla hybrids. On talking more with the driver, the camry hybrid there costs around 15lacs INR while that too is costly to them if compared with USA due to less duties in USA & heavy taxes in Canada. And Prius is cheaper than Camry, huh, why do we have hell of taxes.

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From Victoria, British Columbia to Vancouver, there was a ferry of around 1.5hrs, that journey too was interesting. The ferry didnt looked that huge but it had 3 floors of just parking for big buses, trucks & cars to ferry them either places & few other floors for passenger sitting, conference room, shops, cafe's, etc.. It was nice to see such a facilities even for local transport. Also their port for such ferries was better than many of our Int'l airports for just 2-3 ferries a day.

 

On a conversation with my uncle, i came to know that in USA, there are even trains for such kind where you can park your vehicles & enjoy the journey at your seats. Few years back on a tour to Delhi via Train, i was talking same thing with my parents that if such a thing can be incorporated, it would nice to use your car in any part of the country but had never thought that it already exists somewhere, great minds in USA must say.

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See the parking.

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BMW 650li

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Then we reached to Vancouver & catched a Bus towards Metro station. The bus driver was a Sardar from Amritsar & was a nice man, he guided us well & gave some suggestions & was really helpful. Because the journey from Victoria to Vancouver was quite long & tiring. But the public transportation in Vancouver was too too good, i have never seen such an effective transportation in 7countries i have been to. Just buy a single daily pass for $9 & can access Bus, Metro trains, & Sea bus for any number of times. The sea-bus port & metro station were connected very beautifully, & buses were available for same route every 7-10 minutes from anywhere. We also went to a mountain called Grouse Mountain which was bit far from Vancouver but for first time we didnt used any direct cabs or tour bus, just with the help of Public transportation, it was all easy & fun.

Grouse Mountain,  was like a mini-Swizterland.

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Seabus from point A-B in same city, quite useful for city like Mumbai. In vancouver the Seabus exists since 30years.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse, it was a Mitsubishi used car shop.

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Outlanders

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More to follow...
bluesapphire2010-07-27 12:16:28

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Very beautiful pictures. You went often in the USA? You often go to United States?

I like very much United States, and particularly american cars. I shall make a subject with photos of my last journey in New York City in April 2010 and the NYC Auto Show 2010, very interesting smiley2.gif

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That's Really Great BS..smiley32.gif

You can make the Whole Encyclopedia of cars(Expensive/Supercars of India) from the Pics you've clicked at your US Tour.

& that Parking rush pic ! just Reminded me the Rush I've encountered in the Parking of the Waves Mall, Ludhiana last Weekend.

Truly Terrifying..

As, I've spend full 1-1.5hour for Adjusting my Alto in Parking there(in Basement-II) just for buying the Jeanswear for Cousin(some 0.5 hr work).   

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Thanks all.
@Guigui, well it was my 1st trip to United States, but have to visit atleast thrice to see whole of it.
@Nishu, well the parking rush pic if you noticed it correctly is of a Ferry(ship) & not of any malls, to me that was exciting.

Here are some more.
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VW Jetta

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bluesapphire2010-08-09 05:20:51

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