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  • audi.automotiveIT

    Audi CDO wants to reduce complexity


    Audi s Villinger: Mobility should be effortless BERLIN Audi wants to reduce the complexity of operating its vehicles as it aims to become a premium digital car company, the carmaker s CDO, Roland Villinger, said Thursday. The Volkswagen Group premium brand ...

  • vw china.automotiveIT

    IHS cuts China sales forecast


    Volkswagen Group is heavily dependent on the Chinese market (Photo: VW) Leading market researcher IHS Automotive has reduced its 2015 forecast for new-car sales in China, predicting growth of only 1.4 pc for the year. Earlier, IHS had expected unit sales in the world's biggest market to increase 4.4 ...

  • cox.automotiveIT

    Cox Automotive to buy Dealertrack


    Kelley Blue Book is part of Cox Automotive (Photo: Kelley) Cox Automotive said it plans to acquire Dealertrack, a maker of automotive retail software for 4 billion dlrs in cash. The US digital marketing group said that, together, the two companies will offer a bigger portfolio of products and ...

  • bmw.automotiveIT

    Newsletter: Execs talk about BMW Website and "Future Retail" program


    BMW has upgraded its online presence, seamlessly integrating user data with business processes running in the background. Ulrich Lenz (left) and Hartmut Wagner pay particular attention to the user experience on BMW Web sites (Photo: Claus Dick) Ulrich Lenz, head of the premium car maker's interactive marketing, and Hartmut ...

  • Audi City.automotiveIT

    For car retailers, a call to action


    Audi opened its first virtual showroom in London last year (Photo: Audi) More people will buy their cars online in coming years, providing a business opportunity for IT service providers, according to a new study. The study also says that many traditional dealerships will have to either change or ...

  • Audi virtual showroom.automotiveIT

    Audi virtual London showroom is first of many worldwide


    Audi buyers can digitally inspect the brand’s entire lineup in a new virtual showroom in London (Photo: Audi) Audi inaugurated a virtual showroom in downtown London and promised to open more than 20 similar outlets worldwide by 2015. The so-called Audi City concept lets Audi show and sell cars in ...

  • ibm-demandtec.automotiveIT

    IBM to buy DemandTec to expand Cloud-based analytics


    IBM said it is buying DemandTec, a Cloud-based analytics software company, as it works to expand its offering of Cloud-based services and products. The news comes in the same week that business software maker SAP announced it was buying Cloud-based HR services specialist SuccessFactors. Both acquisitions underscore the growth potential ...

  • PlayStation Ford showroom.automotiveIT

    US PlayStation now features a virtual Ford showroom


    Ford’s showroom on PlayStation is designed to educate and entertain (Photo: Ford) Ford, claiming a first, has built a virtual showroom for users of Sony's Playstation videogame console. The US carmaker said North American PlayStation users can now visit the showroom and virtually inspect the Ford Fiesta and Ford Edge ...