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Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience

Let's say you're rich. Filthy rich - you've got cars in garages of homes you can't remember you own, rich.

As the gap between automotive haves and have-nots continues to grow, ultraluxury automakers are exploiting fresh ways to lure the sorts of well-heeled car aficionados who would rather spend their spare time shipping exotic sleds to private tracks than sitting on a beach in the Maldives.

This rarified air presents a daunting challenge to boutique carmakers attempting to distinguish themselves, especially when they're vying for attention amidst voluptuous Paganis, Koenigseggs, and Brabus G63 AMG 6x6s. When the stakes are this high and the competition this fierce, you need a novel approach to peddle your four-wheeled wares - even if you're Bugatti.

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Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How did Nissan tweet a response to the Royal Baby announcement so quickly?

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A mere seven minutes after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they were pregnant with their second child, Nissan had the perfect post circulating on the Twittersphere. How did Nissan know to expect Kate and William were expecting? By paying attention to the Internet zeitgeist.



David Parkinson, head of social for Nissan in Europe, told AdWeek that the automaker's creative agency created the image when rumors of a second pregnancy started in July.

"As it happened, the rumor was never confirmed, so we kept the piece in our back pocket."

Nissan spotted the rumors along with the European marketing DigitasLBi France's BrandLive initiative, which keeps an eye on trends and rumors circulating on the net. They look for anything that may be useful for their clients, including Nissan. The proactive approach seems to have worked. Nissan's royal baby tweet referencing its newly redesigned X-Trail crossover has been shared hundreds of times since Monday.

How did Nissan tweet a response to the Royal Baby announcement so quickly? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Oprah Looking back at Oprah's free-car giveaway

"You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! You get a car!" 10 years ago this week, Oprah Winfrey shouted those words as members of her studio audience screamed in delight, all of them just having won brand new Pontiac G6s. Greg Migliore looks back on this historic giveaway, and speaks to a couple of people who were in the audience that fateful day.




Car Computer Automotive cyber-threat risks increasing

Our cars are getting smarter, and more technologically advanced - that's hardly news. But as Pete Bigelow explains in this feature story, the risk of automotive cyber-threats could increase as our cars are more and more reliant on computer systems to operate. It's an interesting subject, as we move into The Future. Read all about it, here.




Mercedes-AMG GT Mercedes-AMG GT vs. Porsche 911

We've always known Mercedes' new AMG GT would be a direct competitor for the iconic Porsche 911. And now that we have all of the official specs and details about Benz's new super coupe, it's time to start lining it up against Porsche's baby to see how the two stack up. We put the cars side by side on paper, here.




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Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience

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Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience

Let's say you're rich. Filthy rich - you've got cars in garages of homes you can't remember you own, rich.

As the gap between automotive haves and have-nots continues to grow, ultraluxury automakers are exploiting fresh ways to lure the sorts of well-heeled car aficionados who would rather spend their spare time shipping exotic sleds to private tracks than sitting on a beach in the Maldives.

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Continue reading Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience

Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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For the next five billion: Android One

Knowledge is a game changer. I’ve long been inspired by the Internet and how it opens the doors to opportunity. It provides access to knowledge, no matter who you are or where you are. For instance, it doesn’t matter if you’re a Nobel Laureate at a world-class research center or a young student at a rural school in Indonesia, with Google Search, you have the same information at your fingertips as anyone else.

If we look at how people are getting online and accessing information today, increasingly it’s through a smartphone. While 1.75 billion people around the world already have a smartphone, the vast majority of the world’s population—over five billion more—do not. That means most people are only able to make simple voice calls, rather than connect with family through a live video chat, use mapping apps to find the closest hospital, or simply search the web. We want to bring these experiences to more people.

That’s where Android One comes in. At I/O, we first talked about this initiative to make high-quality smartphones accessible to as many people as possible. And today we’re introducing the first family of Android One phones in India.
Addressing key barriers—hardware, software and connectivity
There are three big reasons why it’s hard for people in countries such as India, Indonesia or the Philippines to get their hands on a high-quality smartphone. First, is the hardware itself. Even entry-level smartphones still remain out of reach for many (bear in mind that in some of these countries the average monthly income is around $250). Second, many people in these markets do not have access to the latest Android software and popular applications. Finally, even where 3G and 4G networks are available, not enough people have phones that can support data and the plans can be expensive.

Android One aims to help tackle these challenges. By working closely with phone and silicon chip makers to share reference designs and select components, we’re making it easier for our partners to build phones that are not just great to use, but also affordable. They have lots of processing power, so you can get information quickly. They have high-quality front- and rear-facing cameras. And for all those pictures, along with your apps and videos, Android One phones will have expandable storage. We also added features that people in India will find particularly useful, like dual SIM cards, a replaceable battery and built-in FM radio.
To help ensure a consistent experience, Android One devices will receive the latest versions of Android directly from Google. So you’ll get all the latest features, up-to-date security patches, and peace of mind knowing your stuff is always backed up. It also means Android One devices will be some of the first to be updated to the Android L release later this year. For our hardware partners, they’ll be able to create customized experiences and differentiate their devices without having to change the core software.

In an effort to reduce data costs, if you have an Airtel SIM card, you’ll get these software updates for free for the first six months. As part of this same Airtel offer, you’ll also be able to download up to 200MB per month worth of your favorite apps (that’s about 50 apps overall) from Google Play—all without counting toward your mobile data usage.

More to come
This is just the beginning of the Android One journey. The first phones, from our hardware partners Micromax, Karbonn, Spice and chipmaker MediaTek, are available starting today in India from leading retailers starting at Rs 6,399. We’re also excited to welcome more partners to the program, including phone manufacturers Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic, Xolo, and chipmaker Qualcomm. We expect to see even more high-quality, affordable devices with different screen sizes, colors, hardware configurations and customized software experiences. Finally, we plan to expand the Android One program to Indonesia, the Philippines and South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) by the end of the year, with more countries to follow in 2015.

Access for access’s sake is not enough. With Android One, we not only want to help people get online, we want to make sure that when they get there, they can tap into the wealth of information and knowledge the web holds for everyone.

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Toyota FT-1 gets the souped-up 'Gran Turismo' treatment for video game

Toyota has joined the 'Gran Turismo' parade of video game racers with a beefier version of its FT-1 concept.

Hyundai takes educational cross-country tour

Billed as the 3,000-mile test drive, the five-part video series starts on the factory floor in Montgomery, AL, and goes west to Orange County, CA.

Cadillac's new chief vows no retreat on pricing strategy

Cadillac has no plans to back off its sharply higher sticker prices or sweeten incentives to improve slumping U.S. sales, new brand chief Johan de Nysschen said.

Ad campaign for redesigned Lincoln Navigator starts next month

Next month, Lincoln will kick off its first significant marketing campaign for the Lincoln Navigator since 2007, brand executives said at a press event here.

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Even used-vehicle buyers are going online

This past year we saw a massive increase used automotive Internet usage (AIU) rate, as 68% of all used-vehicle buyers went online during the vehicle shopping process versus 63% in 2009.  The dramatic rise has narrowed the gap between used- and new- AIU rates. There are many fac tors at work.  One is the poor […]

Automotive iPad apps

This week I decided to check out automotive iPad apps.  These first-generation entries are at times engaging, but ultimately I often found than frustrating and rather limited. Let’s start with one of my favorite usability rants: hot spots.  They’re quick, which is probably why three OEM iPad apps incorporate them.  They’re also dirty – pretty […]

Some reliability perceptions are changing (and that’s not a good thing for Toyota)

It’s no secret that auto manufacturers are creating better vehicles than ever before – safer, more feature-rich, higher quality, and more reliable.  Data from our Vehicle Dependability Study, which surveys owners of three-year-old vehicles regarding the number of problems experienced in the prior twelve months, backs the assertion of improved reliability.  As illustrated below, these […]

The Future of Satellite Radio

As more in-vehicle audio and entertainment options become available to consumers, the question of satellite radio’s relevance has become more prominent. Most vehicle sold today have satellite radio at least as an option, if not standard, and most new car buyers are given a trial subscription, usually anywhere from one to six months. This gives […]

Bringing in younger buyers

The average age of new-vehicle buyers increased dramatically from 46.5 in 2008 to 53.4 in 2010 (Source: 2010 Auto Offline Media Report – Summer) as lower income buyers – who are often younger – were forced out of the market due to the poor economic environment.  This shift has impacted almost every automotive brand, including […]

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