Design new Toyota Aygo beats Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 in scientific test

17Seb2The differences in design of the new car triplets Peugeot 108, Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo were studied in a scientific manner for the first time. The design of the Toyota Aygo outperforms the others in grabbing the attention of the public, according to research by Marketing in Automotive and Agency Validators.  Continue reading

US takes the lead in Vehicle-2-Vehicle communications standard

V2V-from engadgetWhat 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

Automotive@eDay 2013 event : The challenge in robotic cars is the human factor

Eday overviewThis 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

Joint promotions, a powerful marketing tool

Mercedes Zalando Joint PromotionFrom the early days on car marketers use joint activities with other brands. Joint marketing activities or better joint promotions are a powerful marketing tool. The type and content of the joint activity can vary, but all have common traits. One of the elements that applies to all joint promotions, is that the parties collaborating have their own unique role. …Continue reading

Should car retailers consider promoting their products through Groupon ?

Groupon is a wildly successful marketing tool. The most successful Groupon promotion ever was a voucher offering “$25 for $50 worth of shoes, apparel, and more at Nordstrom Rack”.  Research conducted by data scientist Paul Butler showed that roughly 623,000 people purchased the coupon, generating a total of $15.6 million.

What could this tool bring to European automotive retailers? Continue reading