Social Media: the challenge for car brands

social media connectionIn 1967, 20-year-old Herb N. walked into a car dealership in buzzing Chicago with $3200 cash clutched tightly in his sweaty hand and bought a brand new bright red Mustang. The Mustang wasn’t an especially good deal ($3200 was a lot for a car then and he had just started college), it didn’t have the best safety ratings or durability reports either, but the 1967 Mustang was the one and only car Herb could imagine owning and he simply knew no other car would do. …Continue reading

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

Electric vehicle sales UK on the rise

The BMW i3 electric car, due to launch in 2013

Britain’s electric highway has seen a staggering increase in use, with electricity consumption increasing 4,500 per cent between February and April 2013, compared to the same period, last year, as Greencar co.uk reports.
Are the Brits picking up on electric driving? …Continue reading