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Starbucks Expands to India With Mumbai Flagship Opening

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 19, 2012 04:18 PM

Forget yoga — India now has a whole new way to keep its energy up. Yes, Starbucks has just opened its first store in the market.

While the drinks list at the world’s newest Starbucks will look pretty familiar to anybody who has ordered a grande skim latte elsewhere on the planet, the food features no beef or pork and a lot of old faves with local twists, such as a chicken tikka panini sandwich, a croissant with cardamom and the milk-based sweet mawa, according to the Wall Street Journal. In a sign of respect for its vegetarian customers, the non-veg food items will be sold at another counter and prepared in a completely different oven.

The world’s largest coffee chain is expanding into the world’s second-most populated country with the help of India's venerable Tata Group just as revenues in America are slowing, and the number of India’s consumers of coffee is nearly twice what it was a decade ago.Continue reading...


Jaguar Gets Back to Roots With Red Hot F-TYPE

Posted by Dale Buss on September 28, 2012 04:21 PM

One of the most exciting (and highly teased) debuts at the Paris Auto Show is the new Jaguar F-TYPE, which Global Brand Director Adrian Hallmark calls the brand's "first sports car in 50 years" and many fans hail as a return to Jag's roots.

While the new arrival was feted at the Musee Rodin this week at an affair graced by the presence of American singing sensation Lana Del Rey and Hollywood director Ridley Scott, the highlight for auto enthusiasts was the unveiling of the F-TYPE to assembled global car media by Hallmark and other Jaguar executives.

Owned and being revived by Tata Motors after the Indian industrial conglomerate bought it from Ford, Jaguar is counting on F-Type to turn heads and keep its strong sales momentum going, reports the Wall Street Journal. In the effort, the all-new two-seater is a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive convertiblewith three powertrain options, including a V8S version that will reach 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 186mph.Continue reading...


Evoque the F-Type: Tata Defies Critics with Jaguar Land Rover Turnaround

Posted by Dale Buss on September 4, 2012 01:55 PM

Tata Group long has been one of India's most successful enterprises, a family-owned industrial conglomerate with its fingers in many aspects of a booming Indian economy. That included Tata Motors, which made (mostly) inexpensive little cars, including the "world's cheapest," the Nano.

But when Tata took over Jaguar Land Rover by buying the double-headed bastion of Britishness from Ford for $2.3 billion in June 2008, few western analysts gave the company a chance of succeeding where a huge American auto company had not been able to. Previous forays by powerhouse companies from emerging markets buying western outfits hadn't fared well, including Tata Steel's own acquisition of Corus Steel in 2007.

Doubters sniffed that Tata Chairman Ratan Tata, a car buff, had become too enamored of buying global brands, as Tata acquired Tetley Tea, Daweoo Commercial Vehicles, and the Pierre Hotel in New York. But Tata Motors has confounded those skeptics.Continue reading...

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In the News: Ochocinco, Arco, Cosmo and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on August 14, 2012 08:56 AM

In the News

Apple rumor created by Swedes as a prank goes viral.

BP nets $2.5bn in deal to sell Californian refinery business and Arco brand.

Canada's media ownership concentration criticized in new report.

Chad Johnson negates powerful personal brand as VH1 series cancelled.

Cosmopolitan founder Helen Gurley Brown passes, remembered, at 90.

Dewar's global brand ambassador chats with the New York Times.

Ford banks on 2013 Fiesta.

GE and Chobani take gold in Ace Metrix Olympics ad ranker.

HarperCollins plans pop-up record store to promote new book.Continue reading...


Jaguar Nudges Fearless, Future F-Type Convertible Out Of Its Lair [VIDEO]

Posted by Dale Buss on July 6, 2012 05:01 PM

Jaguar has been letting its cars out to play, so to speak, in its latest marketing campaign, dubbed "Alive." The extensive brand makeover features, among other things, significant changes to Jaguar's iconic "leaper" and "growler" logos.

But so far, no number of feline stunts have moved American consumers. They haven't been all that responsive to "Alive" or to Jaguar's global aims to rise again under ownership of India's Tata Motors group: Sales in June were down 26 percent for Jaguar in the American market, and for the year to date they're only flat.

Now, Jaguar is going further to try to stir up interest among luxury buyers in the U.S. and beyond with new teaser videos of its new F-Type roadster.Continue reading...


IPO Speculation Mounts as Tata Looks to Leverage Jaguar Land Rover

Posted by Dale Buss on April 20, 2012 11:01 AM

Tata Group long has been regarded as a great way to invest in the burgeoning economy and population of India, because the industrial conglomerate is the dominant business in that fast-growing country. But now, some investors are looking at Tata and its Jaguar Land Rover operation instead as a promising way to participate in the economic boom in China, in the commercial possibilities of Russia, and even in economic resurgence in the United States.

That's because Tata's $2.5 bilion purchase of the tattered Jaguar and Land Rover brands from Ford in 2008 has resulted in a turnaround of those venerable automotive enterprises — and has created rising expectations in the global investment community — as Bloomberg reports — that Tata will opportunize that progress with an IPO, floating an intial sale of shares in a reconstituted Jaguar Land Rover.Continue reading...


Thoughts on Jaguar's New Leaping Logo?

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 14, 2012 10:55 AM

Perhaps you thought the Jaguar brand was dead. The luxury-car manufacturer most certainly doesn’t want you to think that — hence its new "Alive" marketing campaign and roaring "Machines" TV commercial.

As part of that effort, Jaguar’s biggest marketing push since being sold to India’s Tata by Ford in 2008, the automaker also has redesigned its logo. The shiny metallic logo extends to a reflective new font for the Jaguar name below the brand's iconic leaping jaguar.

Thoughts on the corporate identity? Post yours below.


Tata Finally Gets Serious About Jaguar

Posted by Dale Buss on March 1, 2012 04:34 PM

Never mind that recent commercial with three Jaguars playfully gliding through the countryside and turning doughnuts like baby versions of their namesake big cat, cavorting in the wild. Tata Group wants to get serious about reviving the venerable Jaguar brand so that it has a chance of gaining not only long-term feasibility but perhaps share in a U.S. luxury-auto market that seems to be on the upswing.

With that in mind, the brand is breaking in a substantial overhaul under the rubric "Alive," which includes not only a refreshed logo, but a new global advertising campaign launching this month. It's Jaguar's biggest branding campaign in seven years.

Jaguar could only embark on "Alive" after redoing the product line, which has left the marque with three fine models ranging in price from about $53,000 to about $138,000: the XF sports sedan, the XJ full-size luxury sedan, and the XK coupe and convertible.Continue reading...

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