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Social CRM on Ulitzer I don’t know if Tiger Woods cheated on Elin with Rachel Uchitel, is a reckless operator, was having an argument, was in a hurry to get out of his house around 2 a.m. or just wanted a new SUV. And I really don’t care. What bugs me in what I thought was an era of growing transparency for all brands (companies, organizations, governments, people) is a still remarkably frequent hesitancy to come clean publicly. At the time of this writing, Tiger still hasn’t spoken with law enforcement authorities, choosing instead to post a statement on his Web site saying, “This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way.” When you’re a billion dollar brand, this course gets a little dicey. Tiger isn’t the first case of failing to come clean fast in 2009; we’ve seen this many times this year. South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has denied doing anything w... (more)

Discovery Visionary Concept SUV will change more than how we drive

Visionary Land Rover Discovery Concept sets the stage for the new Discovery family of vehicles with innovative technology from the way you enter the vehicle to turning corners. Santa Barbara, CA May 2014 - Land Rover unveiled its Discovery Vision Concept car at the New York International Auto Show to gasps and amazement. The Discovery Vision Concept represents a new range of vehicles that are set to take on the adventures of life. With a design focused on practicality, the full size SUV appears remarkably compact due to its well designed components and innovative technology. The Discovery vehicle has been in production since 1989, but will now be taken into a new generation as a complete model family. The current Discovery 4, known in the United States as the LR4, has been a customer favorite and has a proven history of incredible on and off-road performance. It has... (more)

Automotive Industry Solutions

You don't have to look any further than your own driveway to get a sense of some of the challenges facing the automotive industry. First, is the type or brand of vehicle you're driving now different from your previous vehicles? The answer is likely yes. The days when buyers bought a Chevrolet, Ford, or another brand again and again are largely over. Today, many people also move between economy cars, sporty cars, mini-vans, SUVs, and luxury cars as their needs and desires change. This makes it very challenging for automotive companies to meet customer demands and to do so ahead of fierce competition. Second, what happens when your vehicle needs maintenance? There's hardly any do-it-yourself anymore, and maintenance and repair is not simple for professionals. Increasingly sophisticated vehicles chock-full of intricate electronics and software have made it more difficu... (more)

GM's IT Restructuring Does Not Convince Me

Information Week has published an interview with GM’s CIO discussing the impact of the bankruptcy on the two-billion-IT operations of this huge corporation. After reading this article, I’m pretty sure that GM’s IT is doomed. The chances are slim that they will turn themselves into leaner and agile organization as it should be in 21st century. The article reveals “In 2006, GM awarded about $7B (!) in IT contracts to EDS, Capgemini, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and others, and earmarked another $7 billion or so for additional contracts in following years. Szygenda has a history of demanding that outsourcers change their operational practices to fit GM’s needs. One example is their creation of global teams to work on GM accounts”. Now let me explain how I read this interesting paragraph. These leeches , a.k.a. global consulting firms were charging $200p/h for mediocre consultant... (more)

Catalunya GP -250cc Race

A wonderful race of Alvaro Bautista who, being motivated, wins on his home circuit in Montmelo and sends his fans into ecstasy. Alvaro attacks and runs faster than everybody, under a striking sun. The 37 degrees of temperature on the track, however, are not so hot as the title pursuit is! Besides being happy for the second triumph in this season, our rider is satisfied for having gained points against his more direct antagonists, from Hiroshi Aoyama to Marco Simoncelli, who fell on the third lap while chasing him. But the better moment for the Spanish rider was when he crossed the line alone, acclaimed by his supporters. Now Alvaro Bautista, a true leader, ranks 47 points in front of the Italian Simoncelli. ... (more)

First Consumers to Get 'Cash For Clunkers' In The United States

NEW YORK, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the first consumers to get Cash for their clunker in The United States bought a new Honda Odyssey from, one of a handful of dealers who are helping consumers take advantage of the government program before all the rules have been announced. The federal stimulus program, which provides up to $4,500 to car owners who trade in their old "clunker" for a new, more fuel efficient alternative, was signed into law by President Obama. According to the law, consumers qualify for the program starting July 1st through November 1st, but the rules of the program are still being worked out by the NHTSA and will be announced at the end of July. (Photo: ) The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a warning to tell dealers not to sell cars before the 23rd because "... (more) Names Used Car Best Bets, Offers Consumers Advice for Buying a Used Car

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 12 /PRNewswire/ --, the premier online resource for automotive information, today announces its recommendations for the best used cars and trucks, and offers advice for used-car shopping. (Logo: ) "Used cars and trucks, even those that are only a year old, are typically at least 20 to 30 percent less expensive than their new counterparts, allowing buyers to save money or to afford vehicles with better performance or more features," said Phil Reed, co-author of's "Strategies for Smart Car Buyers." "Additionally, because a used car cost less to buy, it will also cost less to finance and insure."'s 2005 Used Car Best Bets are: Economy Car: 1998-2003 Honda Civic Midsize Car: 1998-2003 Toyota Camry Large Car: 1998-2003 Ford Crown Victoria / Mercury Gran... (more)

From Ozzy Osbourne to Ozzie Nelson ... Takes a Look at Famous Fathers and Their Superstar Cars

COSTA MESA, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- From the squeaky clean Cleaver clan to the outrageous Osbournes, we Americans love our TV families. And no matter how perfect or peculiar, we've always had a passion for guys like Mike Brady and Andy Griffith -- famous fathers who knew how to run the show. Those same Dads had a passion too -- a love for the automobile, and if you take a look at past and present shows of the small-screen, you're sure to find a car or two that made its 'acting debut.' (Photo: Just in time for Father's Day, the experts at ( -- a leading vehicle information website -- honor past and present TV dads and their superstar cars. Mike Brady, The Brady ... (more)

It's Easy to be Green. The Ultimate Guide to High-Mileage, Low-Emission Cars, Trucks and Crossovers. The Latest on GM/Renault/Nissan. Testing the '07 Hyundai Santa Fe. Spy Shots of the '08 Lexus IS500 and more on

DETROIT, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Who says it's hard to be green? Not the folks at, . This week's issue launches the all-new Green Machine section. Learn the latest on earth- friendly vehicles and technology, including hybrids, hydrogen, ethanol and diesels. Find out which are the best hybrid-electrics, and plenty more in this new and exciting feature. For those looking for a little more performance, check out this week's spy shots of the 2008 Lexus IS500 and the '08 Mercedes-Benz C63. It began the revolution at Hyundai and now the Korean carmaker is ready to do it again with an all-new version of its Santa Fe. takes the '07 SUV for a spin. You'll also want to check out this week's drive of the redesigned, 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche. In business news, get the latest on the unprecedented alliance ... (more) Announces 2007 SUV of the Year: Toyota FJ Cruiser

CHICAGO, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser won the hearts of the owners and enthusiasts. announced the winners of Top 10 Trucks and SUVs of the Year, and Toyota FJ Cruiser topped the list. "FJ Cruiser is a surprise winner," said Edward Choi, President and Publisher of "Given its fashionably quirky retro look, FJ Cruiser should have appealed to only a small group of people. But its significant off-road capabilities and everyday urban utilities brought a wide range of buyers to consider FJ Cruiser," said Choi. Consumers especially liked FJ Cruiser's stocky body, easy to clean interior, exceptional throttle control, off-road capability and comfortable ride. Over half a million consumers' research and ratings behavior indicated that FJ Cruiser's scores were not only good, but also consistently good compared to other trucks and S... (more)

Hybrid Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: HYBR) Wraps Up at 2008 New York Auto Show Attracting Interest From National Media, International Corporations and Consumers

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/31/08 -- Hybrid Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: HYBR) (, emerging leaders in the development and marketing of lithium-powered products worldwide, received extensive interest in their new LiV(TM) Series of all-electric vehicles at the recent 2008 New York International Auto Show. From the media to large corporations to consumers, the value of Hybrid's emission-free vehicles are an obvious solution to today's growing fuel power issues. Watch montage of Hybrid Technologies at the 2008 New York Auto Show: Hybrid's new LiV(TM) Series of all-electric, lithium powered vehicles generated wide interest at the 2008 auto show where the "green" theme was apparent. With a growing environmentally-conscious world, corporations and consumers alike were intrigued with Hybrid's ... (more)