Auto Section: More Consumers Turning To Technology For Vehicle Purchases

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A growing number of consumers are shopping and choosing their vehicles online, especially on mobile devices. McKinsey, the global consulting firm, released a study last year that found that customers physically visit an average of 1.6 dealerships before buying, down from five a decade ago.

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Auto Section: Data Mining is Not Code for ‘Piece of Cake’

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Dealers have always used data to improve results, even if only pencil entries in the desk log or names in a Rolodex. Thankfully, the computer has made capturing and organizing data much more practical and useful.

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Auto Section: BMW sounds alarm over tech companies seeking connected car data

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Technology companies and advertisers are putting pressure on carmakers to pass on data collected by connected cars, BMW has warned, highlighting the concerns the automotive industry faces as it treads a fine line between performance and privacy.

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Automotive Section: These 2015 Trends Will Impact All Businesses, According To Ford

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The automaker’s futurist Sheryl Connelly talks to Co.Create about findings from Ford’s 2015 Trend Report and what can be learned from them.

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Automotive Section: Four Top Trends in the Indian Automotive Industry in 2014-15

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Reasons like high inflation, fuel prices and unfavourable interest rates, resulting in high cost of ownership, have affected car sales in India over the past year. According to a study by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), passenger car sales fell 9.6% in 2013 to 1,807,011 vehicles from 1,998,703 in 2012. This decline in annual car sales occurred for the first time in the past 11 years owing to customers deferring their purchases amidst a slowing economy.

Auto section: A road map to the future for the auto industry

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Over the past 50 years, automobiles have continued to be our “freedom machines,” a means of both transportation and personal expression. Even so, as the industry recognized, the automobile is but one element of a mobility system—an element governed by extensive regulations, constrained by a need for fuel, and dependent on a network of roadways and parking spaces. Automobiles are also a force for change. Over the past half century, their very success has generated pollution and congestion while straining the supply of global resources. The rapid surge of emerging markets, particularly China, has heightened these dynamics.

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Auto Section: How New Technology Complicates Auto Manufacturing

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The Paris Auto show is usually a time to celebrate new models, show off prototypes, and generally be in a good mood about what each car maker has done, and even what the industry has done. It is hard to be really upset during such a “celebrate and show off” occasion. Yet this year the CEOs of Daimler and Renault-Nissan attacked Toyota’s plans to launch a new line of environmentally friendly cars based on fuel cell (hydrogen) technology, with Ghosn of Renault-Nissan asking “How are you going to market these cars?”

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