Honda conveys efficiency at check out
With the launch of the new Honda CR-V, Honda decided to take a new approach to explaining the model’s fuel efficiency by placing a scale model on a continuously running grocery conveyor belt. Each car was mounted on the side of a grocery belt so that its wheels turned as the conveyor belt moved forward. On the divider bars, people would read the pay-off message, “With exceptional fuel economy, the CR-V keeps going.”
Why it matters
Showing is always better than telling, but explaining a benefit in a completely unexpected way makes it stick even more. It helps to connect a product’s benefit to a more accessible concept (e.g. the never-stopping conveyor belt) to a more abstract idea of fuel efficiency. What unforeseen analogous stories can you tell to help make your message stick?
17. May 2012
Electric cars are turning heads at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and in 2010 we’ll finally see electric car models from Chevrolet and Nissan hitting dealer lots. But excitement is building around one of the Chevy Volt’s tangential features – the ability to control the car’s functions form your mobile phone. Chevy has developed an app for iPhone, Blackberry, and Droid that lets you monitor the car’s battery charge, lock & unlock the doors, even remote-start from your phone.
Renault has entered into partnership with the cosmetic brand Biotherm to create a “spa car” called Zoe Z.E. This electric vehicle respects the environment and the body: it doesn’t emit carbon, its air conditioning helps to moisturise skin and it diffuses a de-stressing fragrance into the inside of the car. The car might be offered for sale in 2012.