From October 4th to 19th the Mondial Paris Motor Show took place. This show is one top tier events in the automotive world and is held every two years. Some numbers: 265 brands, over a 100 new cars, 40 press conferences and an astonishing 1.253.513 visitors. No wonder all major car manufacturers make an effort to present their best with the latest design and also with the newest and greenest technology. Continue reading
Google started the development of self-driving cars in 2010 and released a string of videos about it in 2012 on its own YouTube channel. That created a unprecedented stir in the automotive world. Never before was a company outside the business able to create a collective awareness in the industry that we are on verge of a new technological era. Building cars became digital tech. Almost all big car manufacturers immediately stepped on the bandwagon initiated by Google and announced some sort of autonomous car technology for the coming years. Continue reading
This year’s Geneva Motor Show was one of optimism. In many press conferences you could hear CEOs and presidents exclaim that sales had risen for consecutive months or that their expectation for 2014 is that consumers will buy new vehicles. The confidence is starting to return and order intake exceeds expectations. However, the careful reader should not forget where the European region is coming from. We are climbing from a two-decade low and with sales drops of -40% in Southern European countries such as Spain. Continue reading
What do Toyota, Lexus, Volvo, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot and Citroën, VW and Skoda have in common? They are all car manufacturers that have announced that they will launch self-driving cars in some form in the coming 2-6 years. It is generally assumed that self-driving cars are safer and make collisions something of the past. To realize advanced self-driving features on cars it seems a prerequisite that cars can share information about their position, speed and heading.
In June last year we reported on the Car-2-X communication project, in which vehicles and infrastructure are electronically linked to each other. Continue reading
Nissan executives CEO Carlos Ghosn and global sales and marketing boss Andy Palmer are a bit disappointed about the image that Nissan has in the world. The title of their interview with Autonews made that clear:
A disconnect: Tech, quality and a so-so image. It just “doesn’t add up.”
At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan presented two spectacular concept cars. Beautiful design that is accomplished by collaboration with young consumers. Continue reading
What changes could electric vehicles (EV’s) accomplish in the automotive industry? With the whole new power system of electricity, EV’s maybe don’t have to look the same as their competitors that drive on fossil fuels. Nissan developed a concept car that explores the look of electric vehicles. …Continue reading
“Consumers love the idea of self-driving cars for one reason” is the headline of this article on time.com. Car insurance.com organized a poll and also found that roughly 1 in 5 drivers are fully ready for self-driving technology. “About 20 percent of drivers said they would buy a fully autonomous car if one were available” the report stated. Two-thirds admitted they wouldn’t feel safe being a driver in name only. …Continue reading
This week the Emerce E-Week event and festival in Amsterdam took place. It is a series of events, which lures in over 2000 marketers, e-commerce specialists and media connoisseurs to the capital of the Netherlands. Pinnacle of the week is the eDay event, where approximately 70 internationally renowned marketing lecturers, creative free thinkers and cutting edge speakers give it their utmost to inspire the audience with the newest ideas and best insights for the future. The eDay event was organized for the ninth time and this year’s theme was, What’s next in media, marketing and e-business.
Although this event is oriented purely around digital marketing, automotive was a reoccurring item in several speeches in this years’ edition. …Continue reading
The CEATEC Innovation Awards are being given to brands that could potentially have a big impact on the U.S. market. The award honors the best among the technologies, products and services exhibited at CEATEC JAPAN 2013. A jury of independent journalists assesses the winners of the CEATEC Innovation Awards. They’re looking on the potential influence a brand could have on the U.S. market. This time, the top award Grand Prix was for … …Continue reading
Nissan introduces a new electric vehicle concept for urban usage. With its compact design this vehicle can easily find its way through small and twisty European alleys but it is also stable because of the four wheels. Etienne Henry, Nissan’s head of product strategy and planning: “The Nissan urban car …Continue reading