Who is the New Old BMW?

August 12th, 2010 § 7

A good question for designers, marketers and product planners.
Three to four decades ago BMW was a small, independent company making a very limited number of models, practically one design in three sizes, complemented by a very small production of coupes, substantially derived from sedans. From the business point of view it made sense and there was nothing particular there, with one exception: not just the coupes, but also the sedans were sporty, making them special in a world where sedans meant transportation and nothing more. That gave the BMW brand an edge over the competition. » Read the rest of this entry «

The Standard of the World

July 15th, 2010 § 3

Is there a “Standard of the World” in the automotive industry today?
“The Standard of the World” slogan was associated with the Cadillac brand for many years.
Cadillac was founded in 1902 by Henry M.Leland, a machinist, inventor, engineer and automotive entrepreneur with a rich experience in toolmaking, metrology and manufacturing. The new company was born from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company which supposed to be liquidated but, at the advice of Leland, who was hired to appraise the plant, was reorganized and named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of the city of Detroit.
In 1909 General Motors purchased Cadillac, making it its prestige division, devoted to the production of large luxury vehicles. » Read the rest of this entry «

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