Old car, new smell
Ford Spain has bottled the ‘smell of new car’ for a market that desperately craves it: buyers of second hand vehicles who miss out on a crucial part of the new car experience. Ford sprays the scent into all their used vehicles promising that their cars will feel just like new.
Why it matters
With fewer people able to afford new cars and lower enthusiasm about used ones, Ford turned to instinctual marketing (scent is one of the strongest) to give people something they already resigned themselves to not having. More importantly, they’ve taken an emotion – the thrill of new car smell – and branded it. How can we better unlock those deep, embedded memories and brand them with more subtle appeals to the human mind?
Tell me your favourite song and carmaker Jeep will tell you where to drive. The car manufacturer developed an interesting online concept in Spain called “Drive your track”. Users are asked to upload their favourite song, then special technology reads the sound wave generated and finds a landscape that matches the shape of the wave. With a further click, users can discover the route to reach their destination and useful information about the places they may see along the way.
A new model Volkswagen Polo drove across The Netherlands for a week. Whoever spotted the car can flag it down and take over the wheel. The contestant who travels the most kilometers per day goes to the final on the 28 of July and has a shot at winning the new Polo.