Category Archives: marketing

William Berman COO of AutoNation Resigns

The lack of a succession plan is not good news for stock holders. At the end of March 2017, AutoNation owned and operated 372 new vehicle franchises. AutoNation has sold more than 10 million vehicles, possibly the first automotive retailer to reach this milestone. Continue reading

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Ford Mustang Claimed as Most Popular Sports Car Globally

This gets into a murky automotive marketing claims… Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz Car Sharing Expands to Berlin via Croove

Four months after a small pilot program in Munich, a private car-sharing platform from Mercedes-Benz is slowly being expanding into in other major German cities. Now Croove is in Berlin with a program that continues to be open to vehicles of all makes, a decided departure from General Motor’s Lyft car sharing. Continue reading

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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Runs Fastest Quarter-Mile Ever

With 840 horsepower and 770 pounds-feet of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine, the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the most-powerful production muscle car in history. It posted the world’s fastest quarter-mile with an elapsed time (ET) … Continue reading

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Porsche Q1 2017 Best in History

Growth came from China, the company’s home market of Germany, as well as the Panamera and Macan model lines that had double-digit growth. Continue reading

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NYAS: Regal Returns as – What Else? – a Crossover

The former Detroit Big Three can’t give away a car, but are basking in the strong sales sunshine of pickup trucks (no Buick thus far?), SUVs and crossovers. The much Diminished Big Three – held 43.8% of the U.S. March vehicle market, down from 46% last month – despite an ongoing boom in light truck and crossover sales, slipping from 44.5% last March. Continue reading

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March U.S. Auto Sales Slump on Trump Russian Ties – Possibly Treason – Over Helping Communist Meddling with Election

Perhaps more ominous is the average length of time a car occupied a dealer’s – 70 days in March – the longest amount of time since July 2009. This is good for banks doing the financing but maybe a problem for potential customers, and certainly auto dealers who are holding the floor plan loans as the calendar turns over – incurring interest – each day, every un-sold day. Continue reading

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Daimler to Expand Car Sharing in China

Aside from the hype, Benz is arguably the first premium car manufacturer to offer both free-floating and station-based car sharing services in China. As such the consolidation of the two brands is an important milestone in the expansion of mobility services, one that mirrors a global trend among major automakers. Continue reading

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SEAT Sets Profit Record of €143m in 2016

Worldwide sales were nearly 410,000 vehicles. SEAT is a member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its vehicles in over 80 countries through a network of 1,700 dealerships. Continue reading

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Digital Media is Dirty, Rife with Kickbacks, Fraudulent Claims

Years – if not decades – of abuse by digital media online ads with fraudulent or inflated traffic claims and ambiguous view-ability standards about how the ads actually appear on screens, have caused national advertisers to demand changes. Continue reading

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Corvette Racing Wins Third Straight Twelve Hours of Sebring

There’s a reason why factory teams field multiple car s in sports car endurance racing as was amply demonstrated last weekend. Continue reading

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Uncommon, Expensive Chevrolets at 15th Palm Beach Auction

“The number of man-hours and dollars invested in the restoration of some these Chevrolets is simply incredible,” added Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. Continue reading

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Ferrari 70th Anniversary – 125 S Drives Around Maranello

On 12 March 1947, Enzo Ferrari started his 125 S, the first car with his moniker for a test-drive on the streets of Maranello starting a tradition that is now Ferrari’s 70th anniversary. The tiny factory matured into an internationally-renowned made in Italy symbol. Exactly 70 years later, on Sunday 17 March 2017, Ferrari launches official merriments for this milestone. Continue reading

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Automakers Abandoning Auto Shows – Mercedes Latest

In the latest move that continues the trend of automakers abandoning auto shows in the ongoing by international  brands, Mercedes-Benz is using Texas-based South by Southwest to run an off-site “me Convention” during the – gulp – International Motor Show … Continue reading

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Nissan Commercial Vehicle Lineup at 2017 Work Truck Show

Nissan and Toyota are no longer niche players in the truck market, one of the last remaining segments that the Detroit Three used to dominate. Innovative Honda, surprisingly or maybe not given its small engine expertise, has only the unit-body Ridgeline pickup in its lineup. Continue reading

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