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Ford Brand Impacted by "Buggy" In-Car Tech - Consumer Reports

Posted by Dale Buss on October 28, 2013 05:02 PM

Ford hasn't made enough progress in solving the operational frustrations that come with its MyFord Touch system, according to Consumer Reports' new, closely watched vehicle-reliability ratings. The Ford Motor Company manufactures five of the ten "least reliable cars" on Consumer Reports' latest New Car Auto Reliability survey. The problem, increasingly, looks like a morass that could tarnish the Ford and Lincoln brands.

Rivals GMC, Audi and Volvo, in comparison, seem to have figured out how to please American buyers and leapt significantly in the just-released survey by the influential consumer watchdog. Each of those marques captured three of the top-10 spots in the just-released survey—with Volvo jumping 13 places to seventh among all brands selling in the US, GMC leaping three places to finish ninth and as the top-rated domestic brand, and Audi climbing four places to finish fourth overall as the top European manufacturer in the survey. What's more, every model from each of those brands scored better than average.

Japanese brands—Lexus, Toyota and Acura—captured the top three spots in the survey, which was conducted by CR's National Research Center and, based on subscribers' experiences with 1.1 million vehicles, is believed to be the largest of its kind. However, the Toyota Camry, the bestselling car in America, is no longer #1. As Consumer Reports commented, "The Japanese dominance in car reliability is showing cracks."Continue reading...

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In the News: Disney, Fox, L'Oreal and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 16, 2013 09:23 AM

In the News

Disney readies for risky Disney Infinity debut this weekend. 

Fox plans weekend debut of new sports channel.

L'Oreal makes $843 million takeover bid for China's Magic Holdings

Acura teams with Thrillist for MDX experience.

Al Jazeera promises fewer than usual commercials.

Apple tightens App Store rules on kids' data. 

Boeing traces trail of faulty fire extinguishers in 787s.

Cadillac lures Clint Eastwood to concept-car reveal.

Cosi changes operational approach as chain struggles.

Google ticks off marketers with Gmail overhaul as it blocks Microsoft's YouTube Windows app. 

H&M may source clothing from Ethiopia.

IBM buys security firm to further plans of Israeli cybersecurity lab. 

JetBlue partners with British Airways.Continue reading...

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In the News: Samsung, GSK, Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 26, 2013 09:33 AM

In the News

Samsung reports soaring profits on smartphone sales.

GlaxoSmithKline names new chief in China amid bribery probe.

Apple still tops consumer brands.

A&P goes on auction block.

Activision Blizzard buys back most of Vivendi controlling stake in company.

Acura and Porsche lead in evaluation of websites.

Amazon swings to loss as expenses grow.

American Airlines and US Airways offer antitrust concessions.

AT&T nabs naming rights for Cowboys Stadium. 

Daimler takes 5 percent stake in Aston Martin in technical partnership as CEO Dieter Zetsche faces pressure to catch Audi and BMW.

Facebook sees share price come within striking distance of disappointing IPO price.Continue reading...

Acura Places Big Marketing Bet on New MDX with 'Made for Mankind' Campaign

Posted by Dale Buss on June 24, 2013 01:51 PM

Acura wants to elevate itself to the first tier of luxury brands, and so the Honda-owned marque is betting its biggest-ever marketing campaign on its most important vehicle in the effort.

The brand has unveiled a new multi-channel advertising initiative for the 2014 MDX sport-utility vehicle which brand stewards said will be its most expensive effort ever, comprising more than double Acura's estimated spending of $39 million on a campaign for its new RDX SUV last year.

"For us to create five video ads isn't something we've done in the past," Gary Robinson, manager of Acura national advertising and the brand, told journalists, calling the push "the biggest launch in Acura history in terms of scope and dollars."Continue reading...

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The Week in China: Baijiu Looks West, Starbucks' Bathroom Brew, China's Voice Win and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on May 31, 2013 12:28 PM

China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.

This week: Pepsi taps into The Voice of China... why Baijiu is not like tequila... Samsung outsells Apple... Boss fashion shows... MBA kindergartens... Chengdu does Fortune 500s... Internet Explorer and China's banks... 3D printing boom... new Ikeas... the Backstreet Boys and pandas... Lenovo... and more.Continue reading...

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In the News: Uniqlo, Renault, ESPN and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 28, 2013 09:24 AM

In the News

Uniqlo kept out of Bangladesh safety pact by owner Fast Retailing.

Renault suffers blow from failure of Better Place EV startup.

ESPN layoffs underscore sports-network battle and soaring rights fees.

Acura eyes emerging markets.

BMW hints at bringing out super-luxury coupe with a Pininfarina touch.

BuzzFeed, CNN and YouTube plan online-video channel.

Club Med buyout sees large role for Chinese investors.Continue reading...

Me Too? Nissan, Infiniti Also Want to Tear Off Huge Chunks of US Market

Posted by Dale Buss on May 15, 2013 01:38 PM

Many other auto brands are pinning their hopes for global gains on a continued strengthening of the US market and their position in it. So why not Nissan and its Infiniti luxury brand? The chiefs of both brands are expressing their intentions to leapfrog other marques in the next few years in large part by persuading more Americans to buy them.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said that he has ordered his team to double Nissan's sales in the US by 2017. If Ghosn also means to double market share, that would give Nissan about a 15 percent chunk of American car sales within three years, compared with its 7.7 percent share and sales of 1.1 million units last year, up in volume by 5 percent over the previous year.

With the European market difficult for its sibling Renault brand and other national arenas, including China, proving somewhat iffier, Ghosn has focused on his disappointment with Nissan's recent sales performance in the US and has vowed to correct it. Much of the problem stemmed from difficult and late launches of the redesigned bread-and-butter sedan, the Nissan Altima, and other new models last year.Continue reading...

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In the News: Google, Apple, Burger King and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 15, 2013 09:20 AM

In the News

Google CEO Larry Page discloses vocal-cord condition as company plans music-streaming service.

Apple is being investigated for its role in e-book pricing.

Burger King rolls out BK Rib to bust McRib by McDonald's.

ABC tests expanding Nielsen ratings to mobile and plans to consolidate Dancing with the Stars to Monday evenings.

Amy's Baking Company goes rogue after Kitchen Nightmares rejection, shows what brands shouldn't do on social.

Bloomberg terminal-use issue highlights stress in corporate culture as Wall Street firms begin to regard it as competitor.

Dell will miss profit estimates.

Dollar General looks to hire 10,000 new employees this month.Continue reading...

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