Mondial Paris Motor Show 2014 : new optimism felt everywhere

Volkswagen XL2 Sports with Ducati engineFrom 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

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

Partnership of the day: Muppets drive Toyota

Toyota MuppetsJoint promotions in the automotive industry occur on regular basis, but some collaborations still surprise. This time we were suprised by Toyota. The car brand decided to co-operate with Disney’s Muppets to make a fun commercial. The spot, starring Terry Crews and entitled “Joyride,” will make its broadcast debut during Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2. Continue reading

CES shows Auto and Electronics Industry go together

mercedes-benz_CES_2014When you discuss the marketing of cars the comparison with the marketing of smartphones keeps popping up. It is inevitable and for a good reason.  In May we dedicated an articleWhy electric cars are like smart phones – on this subject on this blog.

Cars and electronics have become an inseparable twofoldness these days and in the future their might even come a time when we categorize cars as a special breed of electronics such TVs, audio-equipment and phones. If that will be the case, it is not a surprise, that a growing number of car manufacturers is booking floor space at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. …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