Mercedes starts web store for its high volume models

Mercedes CLAPremium car manufacturer Mercedes will start selling new cars directly online this year. The web shop will be called “Mercedes-Benz Online Connection”. The starting date is still to be announced, but it is clear that the models that will be offered are pre-configured versions of the A,B and CLA. According to Automobilwoche a niche model, such as the CLS Shooting Brake could be added later on. The aim is not to offer some special cars, but cars that are attracting a large target group. The online store will start in Germany. …Continue reading

New cars online much cheaper than at dealerships, a surprise?

Autohaus24 de rabatt display ad“New cars online much cheaper than at dealerships”, that is the heading of today’s main article in the leading Dutch magazine and website for online business, marketing and media, Emerce.
They quote a research by the German ADAC, who compared 12 consumer portals, where Germans can buy a car online. The researchers collected offers to buy a Fiat, Opel, VW, BMW and a Nissan. At online portals the average discount was 16% compared to the MSRP. At the dealerships the potential buyers just received around 11% discount.
If there is on average 16% discount on the websites, there must be a brand offering even higher discounts. If you dig into the research report, you can read that autodiscountnord.de offered € 10520 or 31.3% discount on a Nissan Qashqai and 24.5% or € 4221 on an Opel Corsa. …Continue reading

Marketers struggle with relationship data. And automotive marketers?

Customer Lifecycle Engagement Yesmail and Gleanster 2013As an automotive marketer in a brands headquarter or country organization, you know the needs, wishes and preferences of your brands customers and dearest fans. When is it the best moment to start communicating about that new promotional package or lure them into buying the new face lifted model? You know, don’t you? …Continue reading