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Brand News: Mercedes-Maybach, Dollar General, Netflix and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 19, 2014 09:07 AM

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The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Dollar General may have to divest more than 4,000 stores to buy Family Dollar.

Netflix pulls Bill Cosby special amid rape allegations as Nielsen plans to measure Netflix viewing.

Takata faces nationwide U.S. recall order for driver side air bags.

Keystone XL pipeline falls one vote short of U.S. Senate passage.Continue reading...

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Lincoln Goes Black Label as Brands Buff Up for LA Auto Show

Posted by Dale Buss on November 17, 2014 12:54 PM

The North American auto industry continues to ride a surge that is harkening back to the halcyon days of a decade ago, when 16- and 17-million-unit years represented a modern sales peak for the business. Automakers must also find ways to boost sales without the benefit of an incipient economic recovery and the "pent-up demand" by consumers that helped them reach their current peak. That's what auto shows are for.

The 2015 auto show season moves to the U.S. this week with the Los Angeles International Auto Show getting under way with a press preview on Tuesday. Like January's North American auto show in Detroit, it's staged by local associations of auto dealers, but its biggest influence will be as a platform to showcase brands' production models, concept vehicles and feature, which will be closely watched far beyond LA.

Based on sneak peeks and previews, the Los Angeles event will bring car buffs luxury sedans, "super sports cars and SUVs," as brands look to wow consumers—and get them to open their wallets.Continue reading...

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Brand News: GM, Alibaba, Walmart Black Friday and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 12, 2014 09:24 AM

TOP STORIES

GM cuts workforce and slows production at small-car assembly plant in push for change, while Volvo cuts up to 3,000 people to boost profitability.

Walmart adopts rolling approach to Black Friday as it focuses on improving grocery performance and promotes the pursuit of happiness.

Yahoo acquires video-ad platform BrightRoll as some unhappy big investors lobby AOL to acquire Yahoo.

Alibaba may work with PayPal on payments.

Mondelez invests in Vietnam snack market.Continue reading...

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Brand News: American Beagle, Red Lobster, Warner Bros. and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 5, 2014 10:14 AM

TOP STORIES

Republicans take US Senate and some key blue-state governorships in elections that even Democrats interpret as repudiation of President Obama, while higher minimum wage passes in four states and pot is legalized in three.

Coca-Cola has hit on its hands with Coke Life, researcher says.

Red Lobster reverts to lobster roots in highly-watched rebrand.

Warner Bros. lays off about 1,000 of its 8,000-member workforce.

American Eagle brings April Fool's prank to life (for a cause) with American Beagle collection. Continue reading...

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Brand News: It's New iPad Day, Fast Food Facebook Race and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 16, 2014 09:09 AM

TOP STORIES

Apple accidentally leaks new iPads on iTunes ahead of today's reveal.

CBS mulls confirms offering online version of Showtime in response to HBO's standalone video announcement.

Clorox leads Ebola-related surge in sales of hand disinfectants.

Walmart warns about rough patch for sales and profits but makes progress with smaller stores and e-commerce.

Wendy's grows presence on Facebook as McDonald's pushes to become biggest brand on Facebook with 14,500 pages.Continue reading...

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Auto Hardware Inspires Confidence at Paris Motor Show

Posted by Dale Buss on October 3, 2014 01:34 PM

Europe still isn't a great place to sell cars these days, but it remains a wonderful stage for touting the industry's latest advancements. So automotive brands have been enthusiastic participants at the Paris Motor Show this week, even though they've turned glummer about the sales outlook for the host continent.

Among the European brands that have made significant "reveals" of new and concept vehicles and features at the Paris auto show are Lamborghini, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, while outsiders such as Toyota, General Motors and Ford also have used the exhibit to indicate their future direction in Europe and elsewhere.

The fastest new vehicle unveiled in Paris this week? That's an easy contest: the 910-horsepower Asterion LPI 910-4 plug-in-hybrid supercar concept vehicle that was introduced by Lamborghini. It uses a 5.2-liter V-10 engine from the brand's Huracan model as well as three electric motors and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to achieve the zoom. But as sleek as it looks, this concept can still go only about 31 miles on electric power alone.Continue reading...

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Cars Will Glitter In City of Lights, But Paris Show Finds Automakers Gloomy

Posted by Dale Buss on October 1, 2014 05:33 PM

A year ago, global auto executives all knew they'd be in Paris for the auto show this week. But they didn't think they'd be feeling so gloomy in the City of Lights.

A once-nascent European auto sales recovery has sputtered, casting a pall over the Paris Motor Show, where brands nevertheless plan to dazzle one another, automotive journalists, enthusiasts and rank-and-file Parisians with glittering new models and confident projections of new technologies, new designs, new colors and other features of coming and prospective new models.

After sales contracted for six straight years to a two-decade low in 2013, European carmakers believed earlier this year that a true recovery was taking hold. But sales in the market grew by only 1.8 percent in August over the year earlier, the smallest monthly increaese this year, and fourth-quarter deliveries are expected to decline by 0.3 percent.

"The outlook for Europe on the whole is darkening," Stefan Bratzel, an automotive expert at tyhe Center of Automotive Management in Germany, told Bloomberg. Dimmer prospects "make me wonder if European car demand will manage to be positive for the year as a whole."Continue reading...

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Brand News: Starbucks, DreamWorks, Yahoo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 29, 2014 09:03 AM

TOP STORIES

Starbucks launches first global brand campaign with “Meet Me at Starbucks” interactive YouTube short film.

Japan’s SoftBank reportedly in talks (since cooled?) to buy the DreamWorks animation studio.

Facebook bid for WhatsApp clears EU hurdle

Yahoo, AOL pressured to cut a deal and join forces.

Instagram reportedly blocked as China/Hong Kong protests impact businesses and cancel holiday fireworks.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Advertising Week kicks off in New York.

Air France ends strike, vows to speed up Transvania low-cost airline. 

Alibaba pays $459M for stake in Chinese hotel tech firm.

Amazon seeks to avert holiday snafus and faces opposition by literary lions over e-book prices.

American Apparel names temporary CEO.

Apple sees smuggled iPhone 6 phones go begging in China as EU presses company on ill-gotten tax benefits in Ireland, Apple Watch goes on display (for one day only) at Colette during Paris Fashion Week, and Apple and Pearson lose $1B common core schools contract in Los Angeles.Continue reading...

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