Kbb.com Debuts Exclusive Performance Data for Cars 2 Movie Characters
May 18, 2011
Kbb.com’s Coverage Features Never-Before-Seen Specs, Expert Vehicle Reviews for Select Movie Characters

IRVINE, Calif., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new car and used car information, today debuts exclusive performance data, vehicle specifications and more for select Cars 2 movie characters on its top-rated website, www.kbb.com/. The all-new character specs are part of a kbb.com latest news story titled "The Radiator Springs Gang Goes Overseas in Cars 2," which includes a movie plot overview and expert auto-editor reviews on some of the hottest vehicles on the silver screen – the characters of Cars 2, the Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animated Studios feature to be released on June 24, 2011. In addition, the story features images of the movie’s main characters and the Cars 2 movie trailer video, so readers can experience a sneak-peek of the film prior to its theater release date.

Kbb.com’s feature story about Cars 2 highlights performance data, vehicle specifications and an all-new editorial review for the movie’s primary protagonist Lightning McQueen, and also debuts never-before-seen performance data and reviews for an additional three main characters from the film: Tow Mater, Holley Shiftwell and Finn McMissile. In addition, kbb.com is first to provide exclusive performance data and specs on the villains in the movie, including Acer, Grem and Professor Z, along with the make/model information for the movie’s three announcers, Brent Mustangburger, Darrell Cartrip and David Hobbscap. Specs listed for each of the aforementioned Cars 2 characters include the vehicle’s top speed, zero-60 mph, vehicle type, make/model (where applicable), engine type, horsepower and hometown.

"Fans of the wildly popular Cars movies can visit Kelley Blue Book‘s kbb.com to see exclusive details about their favorite characters and to read what automotive experts have to say about the fascinating vehicles featured in the soon-to-be-released film," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book‘s kbb.com. "Fueled with humor, action, and nostalgia for a time many of its viewers never knew, Cars 2 is filled with an impressive array of new car characters. It might be a mighty fine way to spend a family afternoon."


Sample Selections of Vehicle Specs for Cars 2 Movie Characters Featured on kbb.com

Lightning McQueen

Hometown: Radiator Springs, Carburetor County

Type: Specialty Racecar

Top Speed: 200 mph

Zero – 60 mph: 3.2 seconds

Engine Type: V8

Horsepower: 750

Tow Mater

Hometown: Radiator Springs, Carburetor County

Type: Tow Truck

Top Speed: Bolts start flying off above 90 mph

Zero – 60 mph: Around 10 seconds (unless he’s using rocket boosters)

Engine Type: V8 with two-barrel carburetor

Horsepower: 200 (on a good day)

Holley Shiftwell

Hometown: London, England

Type: Sports Coupe

Top Speed: 160 mph

Zero – 60 mph: 5.5 seconds

Engine Type: 3.5-liter turbocharged V6

Horsepower: 275

Finn McMissile

Hometown: London, England

Type: Vintage English Coupe

Top Speed: 147 mph

Zero – 60 mph: 7 seconds

Engine Type: 4.2-liter straight 6 with triple 2v carburetors

Horsepower: 290

To view all of the exclusive kbb.com content for Cars 2, visit http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/the-radiator-springs-gang-goes-overseas-in-cars-2/.

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About Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)

Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the industry. Each week the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website www.kbb.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In and Retail Values, and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new cars this week. The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies, as well as governmental agencies. Kbb.com is a leading provider of new car prices, used car values, car reviews, new cars for sale, used cars for sale and car dealer locations. Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of AutoTrader.com.


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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