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With Peugeot now selling cars online, how is retail influencing automotive?

There was a time around 2006 when a slow news day might have seen stories about outrageous eBay purchases, such as Roman Abramovich and his $85m online purchase of a ‘Gigayacht’.

The thought of such big numbers and such large items exchanging hands over the internet was astonishing to some people who did not yet trust the internet enough to buy a washing machine online, let alone a super yacht.

We take a spin through Clarkson, May & Hammond’s DriveTribe network

My father had a birthday last week and received an Amazon Fire Stick.

That means he is currently raving about The Grand Tour, like every other father, as detailed by a humorous article on The Daily Mash (Men stay up all night to watch twat drive car).

What you might not know is that Clarkson, Hammond and May recently set up their own online community called DriveTribe, receiving millions in funding from 21st Century Fox, private equity firms and investors.

Oooh, cars! We review the new Lamborghini website

Lamborghini launched a new website at the beginning of September.

We can be pretty sure the product photography will be good – that’s the supercar stock in trade – but is the rest of the website any good?

Here, I examine what works, what doesn’t, and what’s up for debate.

Social media and crisis management: a Volkswagen case study

The emissions scandal engulfing Volkswagen raises many important questions.

While I can’t claim “how does Volkswagen deal with this on social media?” is the most pressing of them, I thought it would be worthwhile having a look at the company’s reaction on Twitter and Facebook to see if there’s a protocol for crisis management on social media.

Hyundai opens digital car showroom

Hyundai has opened what it calls the UK’s first digital car showroom at Bluewater in Kent today. 

Apparently, 40% of Britons are more likely to buy a car if they can avoid speaking to a sales person in the process, so this initiative aims to take them out of the equation. 

What is significant here is that customers can test drive a car, arrange finance and trade ins and buy all from the showroom.