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STUTTGART, Germany, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Daimler AG (stock-exchange symbol DAI) today presented its preliminary and unaudited earnings figures for the Group and the divisions in the year 2011. (Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080409/NYW017LOGO) Daimler increased its Group EBIT from the ongoing business by 24% to euro 8,977 million in 2011 (2010: euro 7,212 million). Including special factors, Group EBIT rose by 20% to euro 8,755 million (2010: euro 7,274 million). Both EBIT figures are new records. Net profit also reached a record figure of euro 6,029 million (2010: euro 4,674 million) and earnings per share amounted to euro 5.32 (2010: euro 4.28). Overall, Daimler was able to set several records simultaneously in the anniversary year, "125! years inventor of the automobile." "The Group achieved its best-ever results in 2011 for unit sales, revenu... (more)

The New 2013 Ford Edge is the Top Choice for an SUV in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The 2013 Ford Edge at Beach Ford is your best choice for a new SUV.  The professional sales staff at Beach Ford is excited to have the amazing new 2013 Ford Edge on the lot and they are ready for you to come down to check out what all the excitement is about.  (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130215/CG61197) If you haven't seen the new 2013 Ford Edge yet you don't know what you're missing.  The new 2013 Ford Edge is making waves in Myrtle Beach and in the crossover/SUV market with its quiet and comfortable ride, hi-tech features and with its EccoBoost engine that offers incredible fuel economy. The new 2013 Ford Edge offers plenty of cargo space and seating for five.  If you are looking for a family car that is extremely versatile and safe then look no further, the 2013 Ford Edge is just for you.  T... (more)

Cars.com Lists Best 2014 Hybrids for the Money

CHICAGO, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cars.com, the leading online resource for buying and selling new and used vehicles, has named its editors' picks for the best hybrid cars for the money. Experts looked at hybrids of all shapes and sizes to determine which offer shoppers the most bang for their buck in each of the different segments. "Gas prices remain historically high, and one of the most successful ways that drivers have adapted to this is by embracing hybrid technology," said Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com's Executive Editor. "It is important for shoppers to understand the payoff, or lack thereof that hybrids can offer. Not every hybrid model saves money in the long run because high sticker prices can sometimes offset savings at the pump." Cars.com experts compiled the list based on an efficiency-cost rating, taking the EPA's combined fuel mileage rating divide... (more)

Luxury Sales Climb Amid Increased Competition

CHICAGO, Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite increased competition from a range of mainstream brands, luxury-brand vehicle sales are up 7.3 percent year-to-date, Cars.com reports.  Car buyers have shown that, though emerging, less-expensive luxury options are available, the allure of the traditional luxury experience still drives sales. With industry-wide new-car sales up 5.4 percent through November, the uptick in luxury sales has been aided by an improving stock market and rising consumer confidence, a trend that is forecasted to continue into 2015. "The luxury segment is enjoying a particularly strong December," said Jesse Toprak, chief analyst for Cars.com.  "With the stock market reaching new highs, shoppers are once again comfortable splurging on premium new-vehicles. A rebounding economy and very attractive lease deals will help close out 2014 with some of ... (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)

NADAguides.com Offers Tips You 'Auto Know' to Maintain Your Car's Value

COSTA MESA, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to the recent steep slump in the housing and financial markets, consumers are growing increasingly economically-minded, looking to cut costs and pinch pennies in many facets of their lives. Along these lines, the experts at NADAguides.com -- a leading vehicle pricing and information website -- today released important advice to help car owners maintain the value of their vehicle during the lifetime of ownership in an effort to net bigger dollars at resale or trade-in time. Following are just some of those tips. 1. Less is more. It seems obvious, but a vehicle with less mileage usually always has a higher resale value than one with excessive mileage. "At resale or trade-in time, excessive mileage can negatively impact a vehicle's value," said Don Christy Jr., President and CEO, NADAguides.com. Christy suggests owners kee... (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)

Publicis Groupe: 2010 Annual Results

PARIS, February 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Q4 2010 Million euro - Revenue 1,560 +23,0% - Organic growth +12,5% 2010 Million euro - Revenue 5,418 +19.8% - Organic growth +8.3% - Operating margin 856 +25.9% - As percentage of revenue 15.8% (2009: 15.0%) - Net income (Groupe share) 526 +30.5% - Free Cash Flow(1) 646 +23.3% - Headline diluted EPS(2)(euro) 2.39 +21.0% - Net cash 106 - Dividend per share (3)(euro) 0.70 +16.7% (1) Excluding changes in WCR (2) Excluding amortization of intangibles arising from acquisitions, impairment, capital gains on sales of property (3) Subject to Shareholders' approval at June 7, 2011 AGM. Maurice Levy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Publicis Groupe, commented: "The figures speak for themselves: organic growth of 8.3% for the year as a whole with a marked acceleration in the fourth quarter (12.5%), taking the Groupe's... (more)

YourAutoMarket.com: "Virtual Test Drive" Helps Southern Ontario Buy and Sell Used Cars, Vans, and SUVs

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/26/08 -- Used auto sellers trying to decide how to sell a used car need to reach potential buyers in a captivating and engaging way that shows off every detail of the vehicle for sale. There's nothing a potential car buyer hates more than wasting an entire day and tank of gas driving from dealer to dealer or home to home looking at vehicles they don't really want - and more upfront information can save both sellers and buyers valuable time and energy by helping them connect over the perfect vehicle on the very first try. That's why one local company has developed a "virtual test drive" that allows used auto dealers and private sellers to show all the benefits of the vehicle they have for sale, and buyers to pre-screen vehicles thoroughly before they ever meet in person. YourAutoMarket.com specializes in connecting vehi... (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 TheCarConnection.com

DETROIT, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Who says it's hard to be green? Not the folks at TheCarConnection.com, http://www.thecarconnection.com/ . 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. TheCarConnection.com 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)

Why Tiger Woods, Companies and Governors Can't Hide Anymore

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)