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MINI launches Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Trial in Spain

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With the new MINI Sharing app, MINI owners can grant friends, family members or colleagues permission to open and start their vehicle via a smartphone. As part of a pilot project in the Spanish capital, this personal form of car sharing is now being tested under everyday conditions. The peer-to-peer sharing trial is designed for a fleet of up to 500 vehicles. Owners of current MINI models produced since March 2018 will be invited to participate, and their vehicle will be equipped or retrofitted with a MINI Sharing Module that enables access ... Read More »

Audi fleshes out its corporate strategy and plans to sell 800,000 electrified cars in 2025

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In order to release resources for the package of investments amounting to billions of euros, Audi adopted its Action and Transformation Plan towards the end of last year. It has the objectives of tapping into new revenue sources, improving cost structures and accelerating the corporate transformation with regard to new business models. That will considerably increase the scope for investment. By 2025, approximately €40 billion is to flow into strategic areas such as e-mobility, autonomous driving and digitization. This also applies to the digit... Read More »

New Lexus “Fast as h” Campaign Clears the Air About Hybrid Performance

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“Our recent consumer research revealed that the greatest barriers to hybrid sales are perceptual,” said Cooper Ericksen, Lexus vice president of marketing. “People believe if they choose a hybrid, they have to compromise on performance, value or styling. The new campaign seeks to prove that hybrids are the very best versions of our vehicles.” The 30-second TV spot, “Cloudy with a Chance of Truth,” can be viewed here. In it, a LC 500h performance coupe maneuvers through an empty gallery space, as it literally and figuratively clears clouds of... Read More »

Toyota Connected Europe to bring advanced mobility services to the European market

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TOYOTA Connected (TC) is expanding the global reach of its technology-driven mobility solutions with the launch of Toyota Connected Europe (TCEU). The new start-up company, based in London, will support the growing adoption of new mobility businesses in Europe with products and services tailored to the unique needs of the market. Toyota Connected North America’s CEO, Zack Hicks, will be the Chairman of the new company and Toyota Motor Europe’s Vice President, Connected Car and Mobility, Agustin Martin its CEO. “ “The launch of Toyot... Read More »

BMW at the 15th Auto China Beijing 2018

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The selection of new products on display at the international vehicle fair taking place from 25 April – 4 May 2018 underlines the company’s commitment to the next steps in its electrification strategy, heralds its upcoming model offensive in the luxury segment and celebrates the continued success of the BMW X models. Added to which, the array of world and Asian premieres from BMW shines the spotlight on the huge significance of China as both the world’s largest car market and the production location for a growing number of models from the Bavar... Read More »

Renault MOBILITY provides a car-sharing vehicle service to IKEA France

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The Renault MOBILITY self-service car rental service, which is being premiered at the IKEA Paris-Villiers store, will gradually be rolled out to all IKEA stores2 in France by September 2018. In total, nearly 300 private and commercial vehicles (Trafic, Kangoo, Kangoo Z.E., ZOE) will be made available to the general public at the stores. Initially, the vehicles for hire will be thermal and electric depending on the charging infrastructure available on-site, to make way for an all-electric fleet by 2020. Renault MOBILITY is already present throu... Read More »

Digital mobility services cater for changing conditions in the transport sector

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The transport sector is currently changing rapidly, partly due to changes in consumption patterns. Many people, especially young people, choose not to get a driving licence and a car, but instead opt for other types of transport solutions. Being able to offer new services therefore becomes an important part of being relevant as an employer and attracting the right skills. The concept of MaaS, which stands for Mobility as a Service, is becoming more common in the industry. This involves providing digital mobility services that make it possible t... Read More »

Vadim Blaustein sheds light on the basics of yacht purchasing

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Vadim Blaustein, a resident of Monaco and an experienced lawyer dealing with numerous yacht purchase and financing transactions, as well as tax planning, tells in this interview what aspiring yacht owners need to know before purchasing the luxury yacht of their dreams. How do you finance buying a super yacht? Vadim Blaustein: There are several ways to finance the purchase of a super yacht. Banks and marine lenders generally provide financing, either via a leasing transaction for a fixed period or via a marine mortgage, registered on a yac... Read More »

Volkswagen Group soon to have autonomous parking ready for series vehicles

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Orientation is provided for them by simple pictorial markers installed in the multi-storey car park. Its advantage: this can be used in essentially any car park. The function is set to be available for the first customers in selected multi-storey car parks from the start of the next decade. Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer of the Volkswagen Group, says: “Autonomous parking can make an important contribution to creating convenient, stress-free mobility for our customers. We therefore want to democratise the technology and make it acces... Read More »

New centre of excellence for autonomous driving. BMW officially opens its autonomous driving campus in Unterschleißheim near Munich

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The BMW Group’s campus for autonomous driving is a state-of-the-art centre of excellence that covers every base when it comes to offering greater capacity for innovation and increased development efficiency – and ultimately securing the company’s future sustainability. 15 months ago, the BMW Group took the decision to pool together its development expertise in the fields of vehicle connectivity and highly / fully automated driving at a single location. The campus, which offers 23,000 square metres of office space with room for 1,800 employee... Read More »

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