Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How Swede It Is

Volvo US now offers owners a lifetime parts and labour warranty for all Volvo vehicles serviced after the factory warranty at any Volvo dealer.

Owners can now expect:
  • To pay once and never again for replacement Volvo parts and labour (excl. accessories and ‘wear’ items)
  • A premium service experience at their local dealer
  • Free software updates
  • Complimentary diagnostics
  • Personalised service
  • Alternative transportation
  • Complimentary car wash

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Tesla Grin Comes Standard with Every Test Drive

Heath Walker, CMO Tesla Motors Australia.
In a recent Q & A with Heath Walker, the Marketing and Communications Manager for Tesla Motors Australia, he put to rest many of the negatives associated with electric vehicles (EVs) such as range anxiety, unimpressive sales, battery reliability and the over over enthusiastic predictions of its future by economists, political leaders and forecasters.

So what does the future hold for EVs in Australia? Here’s a snapshot of the interview to be published in the next edition of Automotive Dealer, the official publication of the Australian Automotive Dealer Association.

Q: When the customer takes a Tesla for a test drive, what's their first impression?

A: We have this thing called the Tesla grin, and that's usually what occurs.  So even though they're not going from zero to 100 in 3.4 seconds, just the sheer response of the car to you pushing down on the accelerator.  Many people talk about it as an extension of their leg.  There's no lag in the car whatsoever, you get that instant response.  Hopping in they are blown away by the screen, and many think that they're going to be distracted by that when they're driving to begin with, but once they start off they realise that it's just an enabler to controlling of the vehicle, and the majority of the controls are on the steering wheel and in front of you anyway.  So they can control the majority of the vehicle from there. I think the Tesla grin’s probably the greatest and most common response that we get in the vehicle.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Despite headwinds, June Sales Steady Says BMW

In a nutshell:

  • Record monthly and year-to-date sales figures
  • June deliveries total 208,813, up 8.0%
  • Over one million vehicles sold in first half-year, up 7.8%
  • MINI monthly and year-to-date sales up by more than 25%
  • All sales regions globally report increase in sales