Volkswagen makes you go the extra mile, by foot
Volkswagen Portugal is organizing a marathon at one of its factories. Part of the course will go through the production line and participants need to pick up their registration kit at one of Volkswagen’s car dealerships.
Why it matters
By reaching out to Lisbon’s growing number of runners, Volkswagen is allowing potential customers to have a behind the scenes look at the business. It also attempts to reinforce Volkswagen green credentials, but is this enough to captivate an audience that will literally be swiftly passing by?
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.
Automotive technology known as Intelligent Speed Adaption is undergoing a series of trials that monitor driver behaviour, journey times and vehicle emissions. It also detects the speed limit on a road and prevents the vehicle exceeding it.