New Coupe Turns Heads on City Streets

Tour Coupes™ introduces the first GPS-powered topless coupes for sightseers to have fun, learn about local attractions while driving around San Diego. First-to-market in Southern California. Audio tours are available in English and Spanish.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 21, 2006 — Tour Coupes™, one of the hottest new tourism products on the market launched Saturday in San Diego, California. First in the Southern California market, Tour Coupes™ are GPS-powered, topless scooters that allow sightseers to be their own guides around San Diego while hearing an authentic audio history of the city. The audio narration is triggered via a proprietary GPS technology from Intellitours.

The Tour Coupes™ invention is the brainchild of San Diego natives Anthony May and Melissa Mahan who wanted to put the fun back into travel and saw no better place to start than their own backyard.

“Our families have never been a big fan of guided tours, because I think half the fun of seeing a city is exploring it on your own,” said Mahan. “That said, tours do offer a real value of giving inside information that you often can’t find in a book. One day we thought, wouldn’t it be great to be able to tour in something on your own, while getting a guided tour. That’s how Tour Coupes™ was born.”

At an exclusive test-drive event for media and tourism professionals last week, Sally Westaby, CMP, was one of the first in San Diego to take a Tour Coupes™ for a spin. “In a Tour Coupes™, you can actually see the sites of San Diego at your own pace, while enjoying the scenery in the open air,” said Westaby, who is an operations manager for The Event Team, a local destination management and team building company. “The audio tour was extremely accurate, well-written and conveyed in a good story-telling fashion.”

Combining the best features of a scooter and sport coupe, the Tour Coupes™ provides exceptional handling and superb performance. Its stable three-wheeled design permits two adult passengers to sit abreast with ample leg and shoulder room while cruising at a top speed of 30 m.p.h. Each Tour Coupes™ gets excellent gas mileage – almost 60 miles per gallon!

Every Tour Coupes™ has a proprietary GPS navigation system from Montgomery, Alabama-based IntelliTours™, that blends satellite signals, high-tech touring and old-fashioned storytelling. As it senses a “place,” the system delivers narration, music, archival audio and sound effects that bring the place drivers are seeing alive. The audio track is available in English and Spanish. “The IntelliTours™ technology gives the Tour Coupes™ driver and passenger a richer experience with a far better understanding of the multi-faceted history of San Diego,” says Jim Carrier, IntelliTours™ founder. “From the beginning, Anthony and Melissa were adamant about sharing the history that is inclusionary of the groups that shape our history and what the San Diego community is. Native Americans, Spanish Missionaries, the United States Military, and much more.”

More than 50 locations are Tour Coupes™ “enabled,” from downtown San Diego to Coronado’s Silver Strand, Old Town and the Presidio, the Embarcadero area and Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery and the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma.

Approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles for use on city streets, the Tour Coupes™ is perfect for jetting around town or exploring vacation destinations, and is approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles for use on city streets. It’s also easy to operate, and its compact size makes parking a breeze.

Currently, licensed drivers age 18 and over can rent Tour Coupes™ from the company’s downtown San Diego headquarters. Rental fees begin at $45 per hour. All day rates available.

Tour Coupes™, now available exclusively in Southern California, are the alternative to crowded sightseeing buses and rigid itineraries. Available in a fun array of five sporty colors, Tour Coupe™ is a topless coupe equipped with a GPS-based system that narrates local destinations, allowing drivers to unleash their inner tour guide and navigate the sights they want to see, when they want to see them. For more information on Tour Coupes, or how to rent them, visit http://www.tourcoupes.com or contact 1-877-494-RENT.

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