Nissan has completed its acquisition of a US$2.3 billion stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC), clearing the way for Carlos Ghosn to take over as chairman of a scandal-plagued carmaker and embark on his bid to Read More
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“We are not going to turn back time and stop people behaving this way (using cell phones while driving) so instead we should look at how we can use technology to make mobile-phone technology safer Read More
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Carmaker Citroen will start selling cars directly to customers online, as it follows Tesla’s efforts to establish direct-from-factory sales in the US.
Customers will be able to choose and configure their cars – either to order or from dealer or central stock – and then finance them and put down a deposit online, without a visit to a showroom.
There is an increasing trend for carmakers to close or consolidate dealerships in favour of smaller, city-centre and shopping-centre outlets, Continue reading “Citroen’s threat to dealers with online car sales” »
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The landscape of the web is ever changing and evolving as the environment is defined by new entrants with new business models, and incumbents working to maintain and protect what revenue they have. Staying on top of this is key as these changes impact where you can derive maximum value from your marketing spend.
In the past, mainstream adoption of technology and the internet was generally led by the development of intuitive interfaces and authenticated walled gardens of content where users feel safe to roam. It was not until the first of the graphical browsers turned up like Mosaic and Netscape, along with online communities like Apples eWorld, that the person in the street experienced the power of the web in finding relevant content, even if it was only to download Doom and read the odd text-based email.
Next to none of the original internet players still exist, and even the companies that replaced them have in turn come and gone. The largest players with deepest pockets like Yahoo! still struggle to survive, and despite the best efforts of Marissa Mayer, it will not last in its current form. So while we are in a period of change, we are always in a period of change, and our strategies need to evolve and keep up. Our buyers are bold adopters of new things, and quickly form different web-based habits and allegiances. The rise and fall of Pokemon Go is testament to this. What will remain as a legacy is the tangible benefit that location-based augmented reality games can bring businesses. Did you set up your Pokemon Go Gym? Continue reading “Driving value from a fragmenting web; who moved the cheese?” »
This story first appeared in the October issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HER ...
Hitachi is to introduce an autonomous truck within the next two years.
To date it has brought its autonomous truck through from proof of concept to test site running.
During an interview with MINING.com at MINExpo last month, Brian Mace, manager of mining applications and product marketing at Hitachi’s construction and mining division, said that the next generation of autonomous will see trucks become smarter. Continue reading “Hitachi set to introduce autonomous truck” »
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I took time out yesterday afternoon to tune into CNN and watch the first Hillary versus Donald live debate. The race for the White House is somewhat removed from this AutoTalk October article, however, I could not help but conjure up an image of Donald as an equivalent white-shoe senior used-car salesperson from days gone by. Hillary obviously believes Donald is an arrant anti feminist. As a result she was not about to let the 100 million audience sign off without scoring a blow for the women of the world.
In many ways we have had our New Zealand recent equivalents courtesy of the NZRU, the Chiefs and the Wellington RU. Someday, somehow, the chauvinist streaks that remains within many males have to be diluted from what we still see evident today. Can one ever foresee a NZRU Board with 50% of its directors male and the other 50% female? Perhaps, but highly unlikely in my lifetime.
Let us turn to the topic of this article, selling cars to women. This month I happened on two quite separate US articles with women in the motor industry as the theme, the first written by Steve Findlay for Ward’s Auto, the second by Anne Fleming for Digital Dealer. Continue reading “Selling cars to women” »
This story first appeared in the October issue of AutoTalk – CLICK HER ...
Kiwi motorcyclists are being asked to lend a hand to motorcycle safety by pointing out their regular cycle routes.
This is part of a nationwide survey launched yesterday by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) to identify New Zealand’s most popular touring routes as currently 48% of serious crashes occur on 3% of the road network.
MSAC, ACC and the NZTA have already identified sections of road that are the highest risk to motorcyclists. They can be viewed at roadsafetyrisk.co.nz. Continue reading “Serious motorcycle crashes on 3% of network” »
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A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is believed to be the first ever classic car sold to be sold on social media – UK auctioneer Coys completed the sale on Vero for a whopping £825,000 (NZ$1,401,237).
The payment method was Apple Pay, a transaction that also constitutes its largest to date.
Other historic cars currently listed and available for instant purchase on Coys’ Vero profile include a £400,000 (NZ$679,388) Ferrari Dino 246 once owned by Peter Grant, manager of the legendary band Led Zeppelin, an £800,000 (NZ$1,358,776) Ferrari Daytona, and a £295,000 (NZ$501,048) Bentley Continental S2. Continue reading “First ever classic car sale on social media” »
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Cars have never been safer and, as a result, consumer awareness and the expectation of vehicle safety is at an all-time high.
Statistics show that 92% of new cars sold in Australia (580,000 cars) and New Zealand (66,000 cars) hold an ANCAP safety rating, while only 1% of new cars sold in these countries are rated three-stars or less.
Prior to 2000, 60% of cars were three-stars or less, but from 2015 86% have been rated five-star as a result of Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) efforts. Continue reading “Only 1% of new cars are 3-star rated or less” »
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Motorway tolls are needed to speed up Aucklandand bridge its funding gap.
The introduction of ‘dynamic’ motorway tolls in Auckland would help decongest the city’s road network and provide the quickest, most efficient and most equitable way to bridge the annual $400 million transport investment funding gap, says New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development chief executive Stephen Selwood.
He presented his views as the annual Building Nations Symposium in Auckland yesterday morning. Continue reading “Tolls to solve Auckland deficit and congestion” »
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