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Wary Of Winter Weather? Waze Adds Voice Alerts For Driving Hazards
Wary Of Winter Weather? Waze Adds Voice Alerts For Driving Hazards

We've spilled a good bit of ink on Waze, the smartphone app that makes commuting more comfortable (and occasionally, entertaining). Using elements like crowdsourced mapping and real-world prizes, Waze has built a following of more than 2,000,000 users, but the company isn't resting on its laurels...Read More»

Screencap from Dodge 'Snowpocalypse' commercial
Ha! Dodge Laughs In The Face Of The Snowpocalypse

If you've been in Tahiti the past few months, consider yourself lucky, because those of us in North America have been subjected to a nonstop barrage of winter storms, snowpocalypses, snowtastrophes, and snowmageddons. No one has been spared -- not even Katie Couric. Almost worse than the snow and...Read More»

Chrysler's 'What's My AQ?' trivia game
Chrysler Launches 'What's My AQ?' Trivia Game

Stuck indoors on this cold, wintry Thursday? Of course you are. That makes today the perfect day for a timewaster, and Chrysler has a one that'll do just fine. The game is called "What's My AQ?", and it's a trivia game designed to test users' "auto quotient" (i.e. their car smarts). It's fronted by...Read More»

Super Bowl ad for the 2011 Kia Optima
Kia To Give Away Five 2011 Optimas In One Epic Contest Super Bowl Promo

Many automakers are looking to incorporate some sort of social media or contest into their Super Bowl advertising this year. Kia is taking the contest route with its One Epic Contest. The One Epic Contest starts today February 1, and runs through February 6 (though it excludes February 5). The...Read More»

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda Offers 20% Discount On The Miata Via Facebook Deals (Sorry, U.K. Only)

One of 2010's biggest social media stories was the rise of group-buying services like Groupon and Living Social. These companies have been a hit with businesses and consumers alike, offering great discounts on products and raising visibility for entrepreneurs. (Think of the hugely successful...Read More»

Avego ride-sharing app
Hey, Seattle: Commutes Go Quicker With Avego's Ride-Sharing App

When folks think of Seattle, they tend to think of a green city -- one that's pedestrian- and bike-friendly, with lots of opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities. And Seattle is all those things, but it's also known for its traffic. In fact, last year, the city ranked as one of the worst...Read More»

Lemur Vehicle Monitors EconoDriver
Automoblog Giving Away Lemur EconoDriver And SafeDriver

Everyone loves a contest right? How about a contest in which you don't have to really do anything to win? Well Automoblog is holding just that. On February 12 Automoblog will be giving one lucky contestant a Lemur Monitors EconoDriver, while another contestant will win a Lemur Monitors Safe Driver...Read More»

Screencap from Aston Martin's 'True Power Should Be Shared' film
Video: Aston Martin Launches 'True Power' Web Series To Hype The Rapide

With all the hullaboo from Detroit this week, we're a little behind on reporting news from the rest of the auto world. At the top of our catch-up list: Aston Martin, which has launched a web series to hype the 2011 Aston Martin Rapide. The series of videos -- which will eventually be joined into...Read More»

Bill Hader in a VW Academy commercial
Video: Volkswagen Harnesses The 'Hilarity' Of SNL For New 'VW Academy'

Everyone knows that Volkswagen is wrangling to become the world's largest automaker by 2018. We also know that the company has had trouble on the sales front, especially here in the U.S., where VW's numbers have been on the decline since the original Beetle's heyday in the 1970s. To counter that...Read More»

The plural of Prius Facebook campaign from Toyota
Facebook Or Face-To-Face: How Do You Learn About New Cars?

An article came across the news feeds yesterday suggesting that manufacturers of green cars rely more heavily on social media than other automakers. Eh, we're not so sure. It's true that different markets need to be reached in different ways. Pickup truck buyers, for example, have traditionally...Read More»

Paris
Social Media, Car Crashes, And The Police: A Dangerous Cocktail?

Police have reached out to the citizens of Paris: they need help finding witnesses of traffic accidents. And how can people respond? On Facebook, of course. Les gendarmes are asking anyone who's witnessed an accident to leave a comment on the department's Facebook page. They're looking for anything...Read More»

The Virtue 100 -- most discussed brands of 2010
Which Automakers Do You Talk About Most?

Here at SocialCarNews, we talk about nearly all of the world's major automakers -- then again, that's our job. But which car companies is the rest of America talking about? Marketing research firm Virtue just released its annual list of the Virtue 100, which answers exactly that question. The...Read More»

2011 Nissan Juke
Win A 2011 Nissan Juke In The 'Juke The City' Contest

When the Nissan Juke debuted last year, it turned a lot of heads: it's stylish, it's functional, and it starts at just $18,960. The Juke is technically billed as a mini-crossover, but it's cute and quirky enough to compete against a range of models, from the MINI Cooper to the Ford Fiesta to MPVs...Read More»

Nissan Leaf Carwings feature
Nissan Makes Range-Anxiety Fun With 'Carwings' For The 2011 Leaf

If Farmville has taught us anything -- and sadly, it's taught us plenty -- it's that people will carry out even the most repetitive, mundane chores as long as there's a shiny gold trophy waiting down the line. Now, Nissan has taken that same principle and applied it to a spiffy in-dash system for...Read More»

GM Renaissance Center American flag
GM Preparing Big Social Media Campaigns For The New Year

This past year has been huge for social media marketing. With Twitter's popularity through the roof and Facebook effectively adding a "like" button to the Internet, there is no question what direction marketing is headed. GM recognizes this, and is set to launch some big social media campaigns in...Read More»

2011 Smart Fortwo
Tell The World You're Going Green, And You Could Win A Smart Fortwo

If you're in the market for a new car -- a very small new car -- pay attention, because the Earth Day Network is giving away two brand new rides in a new social media contest. And all you have to do is make a pledge to go green. The good news is that the Billion Acts of Green sweepstakes is very...Read More»

Detroit's Cobo Hall
Just Launched: Snazzy Mobile Site For 2011 Detroit Auto Show

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show is just around the corner, and this time around, event organizers have made it even easier for attendees to keep up on the action. Gone are the days of schlepping around guides and maps; for owners of smartphones and tablets, Detroit has launched a mobile site that...Read More»

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Facebook (And Stupidity) Land Car Sellers In Hot Water

Bad-mouthing the boss is a pretty terrible idea, but that doesn't stop people from doing it. In hallways, at the water cooler, over cocktails at happy hour, disgruntled employees frequently air their grievances to potentially sympathetic co-workers and friends. Most of those complaints never make...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz Tweet Race to the Big Game
Mercedes-Benz Announces 2012 C-Class Coupe Via Super Bowl 'Tweet Race'

If you are reading SocialCarNews, then you are probably quite connected when it comes to social media. That makes you exactly the kind of person Mercedes-Benz for its "Tweet Race to the Big Game" campaign. The campaign was announced on the Mercedes-Benz USA Facebook fan page. You apply to...Read More»

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