November 29, 2007
Mitsubishi Motors New Concepts
Photo: MITSUBISHI Concept-RA (design sketch)
Photo: MITSUBISHI Concept-RA (design sketch)
Tokyo, November 29, 2007 -- Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. (MMNA, based in Cypress California) will premiere MITSUBISHI Concept-RA to the world at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS or the Detroit Motor Show). MITSUBISHI Concept-RA fuses dynamic driving with a heightened sensitivity for the environment. The 2008 NAIAS runs from January 13 to 27 at the Cobo Center in Detroit and opens to the general public on January 19.
MITSUBISHI Concept-RA shows that thrilling performance and environmental responsibility need not be mutually exclusive concepts. This coupe concept features the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics control system driveline and the Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission used in Lancer Evolution, and is powered by a new high-output, high-efficiency clean diesel engine. |GlobalGiants.com|
Unveiling the A-Star in New Delhi, Maruti (Suzuki) New Concept Car
Photo: Suzuki Alto
The forthcoming Auto Expo in New Delhi will see some high decibel display not just at the Tata Motors pavilion, with its cheap small car, but from market leader Maruti Udyog as well. Maruti (Suzuki) said a brand new concept car, A-Star, a new compact car, will be displayed at the ninth edition of New Delhi Auto Expo in January 2008.
The showcasing at the Auto Expo, A-Star will join the elite club of concept cars displayed for the first time in India. Tata Motor's Indica was first displayed at the Auto Expo in January 1998 and hit the market a year later, witnessing a recording booking of over 100,000 units in the first couple of weeks of its launch.
"With a 5-year capital investment of $ 2.2 billion in a new car plant, a diesel engine manufacturing unit, a new engine series and new models, Maruti Suzuki is emerging as a global manufacturing hub for Suzuki operations worldwide. The next level of commitment will be evident in R & D, with a vision to make Maruti Suzuki the R & D hub for automobiles in Asia. Concept A-Star is a decisive step forward in that direction," a statement from Maruti Udyog said.
A-Star has been developed by Maruti Udyog and its Japanese parent, Suzuki Motor Corporation for the global markets. After making its debut showcase at the New Delhi Auto Expo, Star-A is expected to make the rounds in all major expos across the world, the company statement added.
The Concept A-Star is, in fact, the precursor to Maruti Suzuki's global compact car that will be launched in the future.
The global compact car will be manufactured in Maruti Suzuki's new plant in Manesar, India, for export to Europe. This model will also be precursor to the export model that company will ship out with the Nissan badge starting from 2009-10 fiscal.
In 2006, Nissan and Suzuki had signed and agreement which would see Maruti delivering 50,000 units of a compact car model to select markets for Nissan in Europe.
A Maruti spokesperson clarified that the deal with Nissan was for a single export order of 50,000 units and it not necessarily an annual export commitment, though repeat orders from Nissan has not been completely ruled out.
The 100,000 units of A-Star will also be exported with the Suzuki badge, while 50,000 units is slated for the domestic market that will carry the Maruti badge.
Apart from A-Star, Maruti is also expected to launch another compact car Splash around 2009-10. Splash that was displayed recently at the Tokyo Motor Show, Japan. (Source: Business Standard) |GlobalGiants.com|
November 27, 2007
Audi of America: Official Automotive Sponsor of the U.S. Ski Team
Photo: As part of the Team sponsorship, Audi will supply the U.S Ski team with vehicles, including the Audi Q7, in the United States and Europe across all its teams including alpine, cross country, freestyle, nordic combined and ski jumping. (Audi of America, Inc.)
Photo: IN THE PHOTO: (l-r) Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA), Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Kaylin Richardson (Edina, MN) sport their new Spyder Team jackets highlighting new sponsor Audi. (Photo Credit: Audi of America, Inc./Doug Haney)
Audi of America, Inc. just announced that it is the official automotive sponsor of the U.S. Ski Team. The partnership includes sponsorship of both the Team and key U.S. events.
Building on Audi's global commitment to skiing, as the title sponsor of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, Audi of America will be the official automotive sponsor of the U.S. Ski Team, supplying vehicles to the U.S. Ski Team in the United States and Europe across all its teams including alpine, cross country, freestyle, nordic combined and ski jumping.
In addition to the Team sponsorship, Audi will be the title sponsor of the women's Audi Aspen Winternational FIS World Cup in Aspen, Colo., Dec. 7 - 9 where Olympic champion Julia Mancuso and World Championship medalist Lindsey Vonn will be among the favorites.
Audi of America, Inc. offers a line of luxury vehicles that include the Audi A3 sport compact; the sporty A4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models. |GlobalGiants.com|
CAPITOL/EMI: John Lennon iTunes Video Album to Debut December 4 at Starbucks
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Capitol/EMI Music Marketing and iTunes will release a new "John Lennon Video Album" on December 4 at Starbucks locations nationwide USA. The "John Lennon Video Album," the iTunes Digital Release card format's first music video release, features 21 of Lennon's music videos.
The collectible cards, distinguished with a silver-toned photo of Lennon, may be redeemed on the iTunes Store for a collection of music videos which includes "Imagine," "Woman," "Happy Xmas," "(Just Like) Starting Over," "Nobody Told Me," "Mind Games," two versions of "Working Class Hero" and others, many of which are available digitally for the first time. |GlobalGiants.com|
November 23, 2007
APPLE INC. HOLIDAY SHOPPING
Photo: Ryan Harris of New York buys a MacBook at the Apple Store Fifth Avenue shortly after midnight on Friday, November 23, 2007. Hundreds of customers visited Apple's only 24-hour store to buy iPods, iPhones and Macintosh computers as the traditional holiday shopping season got underway. (Apple Inc.) |GlobalGiants.com|
FORD REVEALS MORE ABOUT ITS FUTURE SMALL CAR
Photos: Ford Verve Concept, Guangzhou, China.
GUANGZHOU, China - Ford is revealing more about its vision for a new global small car family at Auto Guangzhou. Ford revealed the second Verve Concept - a four-door notchback.
The dynamic Ford Verve Concept four-door notchback is a star of the fifth annual Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition. The fact that Ford staged the global reveal of the four-door Verve Concept at Guangzhou signals the importance of Asia in Ford's global plans.
Sporty and coupe-like, the Verve Concept notchback provides a very clear vision about Ford's future small car design direction. The three-door hatchback Verve Concept was a star of the recent Frankfurt Motor Show in Europe, and it too is also under the spotlights at Guangzhou.
Ford will unveil the third and last Verve Concept in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Ford's European design team created the Verve Concepts, which successfully apply Ford's kinetic design philosophy for the first time to a small car. The two Verve Concepts clearly display a European flair and premium touches not expected in this segment.
As Ford designers explored the possibilities for a future Ford small car, the wide latitude they were given helped them focus on applying the tenets of kinetic design to the interior. The result is a Verve Concept which explores a completely new direction for small cars. |GlobalGiants.com|
Winning Design from Bravo's Project Runway is Selected by Guest Judge Sarah Jessica Parker as a New Addition to Her BITTEN Collection at Steve & Barry's
Photo: A runway model on Bravo's "Project Runway" showcases a dress and matching vest designed by contestant Victorya Hong during the program's November 21st episode. Sarah Jessica Parker was featured on the show as a guest judge. Hong's winning design served as inspiration for a new addition to Parker's women's casual sportswear collection, BITTEN. The dress and matching vest are available exclusively at Steve & Barry's stores nationwide USA beginning Friday, November 23rd.
Photo: Guest Judge Sarah Jessica Parker (r.) and Tim Gunn (l.), who serves as mentor to the contestants, appear on the November 21st episode of Bravo's "Project Runway." A winning design from the show served as inspiration for a new addition to Parker's women's casual sportswear collection, BITTEN. The dress and matching vest are available exclusively at Steve & Barry's stores nationwide USA beginning Friday, November 23rd.
The winning dress designed by a contestant during this week's episode of Bravo's "Project Runway," which featured Sarah Jessica Parker as a guest judge, is available to shoppers in the USA beginning today as part of Parker's BITTEN(TM) collection. BITTEN, the women's casual sportswear line launched by Parker and retailer Steve & Barry's(R) earlier this year, is exclusively available at Steve & Barry's stores nationwide USA. |GlobalGiants.com|
November 22, 2007
WALT DISNEY PICTURES: ENCHANTED
Photo: Patrick Dempsey, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Amy Adams.
In Celebration of ENCHANTED being made in New York, Walt Disney Studios, Bob Iger, Dick Cook and Commissioner Katherine L. Oliver host a Special NY Screening of 'ENCHANTED' at the Ziegfeld theater. (Walt Disney Pictures) |GlobalGiants.com|
Avistar Expands the Technical Superiority of Its Video-Centric Unified Communications Software
Photo: Avistar is unique in offering enterprise-wide desktop video.
Avistar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:AVSR), is now capable of supporting up to 100 locations and thousands of simultaneous multi-party video calls from one server, following the latest upgrade to its desktop communication and collaboration software. Building on Avistar's software- and video-centric view of unified communications (UC), version 9.3 features patented technology that delivers enterprise-wide desktop videoconferencing without degrading network performance. Avistar technology supports high volumes of video calling without requiring costly network upgrades. Avistar is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with offices in New York and London. |GlobalGiants.com|
Leona Lewis' Debut Album Spirit
"The Fastest Selling UK Debut Album Ever"
On Sunday, November 18, Leona Lewis' debut album Spirit went straight to number one as well as becoming the UK's fastest-selling debut album of all time. The previous UK record was set by the Arctic Monkeys, who sold 363,735 copies of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not in January 2006. This week Spirit sold a 375,872 copies.
According to J Records/Syco, "On its first day of UK sales, Spirit sold over 130,000 copies. On average it worked out that Leona was selling an amazing 200 albums per minute. These unprecedented sales have bucked the recent trend of CD sale slumps and already industry experts are predicting that Spirit could go on to sell over a million copies before the year ends in the UK alone."
Spirit is scheduled for release in the U.S. on March 18th on J Records/Syco and will be preceded by "Bleeding Love," which is set for release on January 14th. |GlobalGiants.com|
November 17, 2007
Hyundai Unveils Veloster Sporty Coupe Concept
At the Los Angeles International Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled the Veloster Sporty Coupe Concept for the first time in North America. Styled at Hyundai's Design and Technical Center at Namyang, Korea the Veloster coupe is the third in a series of daring concept cars to be developed by the company's central styling studio.
The Veloster name, a compound of velocity and roadster, evokes sporty characteristics. A panoramic glass roof and other futuristic styling cues help project a high-tech image. |GlobalGiants.com|
Hayden Panettiere Selected as the New Face of Dooney & Bourke
Continuing with the mega successful introduction of his trend collection over the past five years, designer Peter Dooney introduces a new collection targeted to today's young consumer with the introduction of The Hayden Bag.
To symbolize the spirit of the collection, Dooney & Bourke has collaborated with actress Hayden Panettiere, currently starring in NBC's hit show Heroes, as this season's guest designer for their upcoming national ad campaign. The campaign is set to debut in December.
As a Dooney & Bourke face, Panettiere follows in the footsteps of leading ladies Mischa Barton, Lindsay Lohan and Emma Roberts. For the current season, Panettiere began by describing what she envisioned: a large leather shoulder bag with puffy pleats, a buckle closure and great style. In Dooney & Bourke's design studio in Florence, Italy, Peter Dooney along with the design team, were able to transform Hayden's ideas into the limited edition Hayden Bag.
According to Dooney & Bourke, they have, for thirty years, built their reputation as a leader in the accessories market with their commitment to superior materials, expert craftsmanship, and classic styling. |GlobalGiants.com|
November 15, 2007
CONCERT FOR DIANA, THE ACCLAIMED LIVE EVENT OF 2007, SET FOR DVD RELEASE
The double DVD contains over 5 1/2 hours of viewing, including personal play list options and a behind the scenes documentary.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 15 -- On July 1, 2007 at the new Wembley Stadium "Concert for Diana" was staged in front of an audience of 62,000 and beamed to a worldwide TV audience of many hundreds of millions in over 140 countries. The concert, organised by Prince William and Prince Harry to celebrate the life of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, on what would have been her 46th birthday proved to be a spectacular success -- with the UK TV viewing figure peaking at a massive 15 million. The entire concert, and many extra features, is captured on a two disc DVD which is being released now by Hip-O Universal Music Enterprises.
Last Summer's "Concert for Diana" featured a truly unique artist line-up, spanning a broad artistic spectrum ...from Pharrell Williams to the English National Ballet, with the criteria being that the artists invited were some of the favourites of the Princess and the Princes: this resulted in an intoxicating blend of rock, pop, rap, classical and musical theatre. The two disc DVD, filmed by Janet Fraser Crook, features all of the 21 memorable performances by many of the world's greatest musicians: Elton John, Rod Stewart, P. Diddy, Joss Stone, Bryan Ferry, Natasha Bedingfield, Fergie, Pharrell Williams, Lily Allen, Take That, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, Tom Jones, James Morrison, Orson, Joe Perry, Kanye West, The Feeling, Status Quo, Will Young, Nelly Furtado and Duran Duran. In recognition of Diana's love of ballet, the English National Ballet gave a spell binding performance of an extract from Swan Lake, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals medley, packed with surprise guests Anastacia, Connie Fisher, Andrea Ross, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Donny Osmond, Jason Donovan and Lee Mead, reflected the Princess's fondness for musical theatre. Star presenters included Kiefer Sutherland, Sienna Miller, David Beckham, Ricky Gervais, Dennis Hopper and Jamie Oliver.
The front cover of the DVD features one of the best-loved images of Diana, taken by Mario Testino at her last official portrait session. It is one of the photographs currently on show as part of Testino's exhibition in the State Apartments at Kensington Palace. Accompanying the DVD is a 20 page booklet which contains a photographic record of the events on July 1 at Wembley stadium. |GlobalGiants.com|
Reminisce Magazine Releases 'The 1940s,' an Exclusive 3-DVD Collection of Video Memories of America's Heroic Generation
The editors of Reminisce magazine have released a three-set DVD tribute to the 1940s, a time of patriotism and heroism lauded in books and TV documentaries as one of America's greatest. "The 1940s" is a unique multimedia time capsule with exclusive video clips, photos and storytelling in the words of the people who were there. The DVD set was produced by the editors of Reminisce and The Memory Lane Company.
Editors of "The 1940s" combed through mountains of stories and thousands of feet of home movies from the 1940s submitted by Reminisce readers. The resulting 3-disk set tells a remarkable story through the words and images of everyday people, woven together into an entertaining portrait of America during a time of historic transformation. Topics include Front Lines, At Ease, Home Front, What We Wore, At Work, At Play, In Love, Driving, Shopping and At Home.
Photo: Pauline Mauck, pictured on the cover of "The 1940s" DVD set from Reminisce magazine, was a "Rosie the Riveter" who worked in a Republic Aviation P-47 plant in Evansville, Iowa during WWII. She posed on the propeller of one of the planes coming out of the plant and it became an iconic image during the war. Her husband, Leonard Mauck, fought in WWII. Their story is among hundreds of heart-warming personal recollections presented in "The 1940s" DVD set. (Reader's Digest Association)
Reminisce magazine, a part of the Home & Garden division of Reader's Digest Association, publishes the stories, photos and memories of its more than 1.5 million subscribers every month, and according to the publishers, "Provides a unique blend of nostalgia and celebration of what is great about America."
"The 1940s" is the first in what is expected to be a series of history and nostalgia DVD collections produced by Reminisce and Memory Lane. |GlobalGiants.com|
November 14, 2007
Quantum's Fisker Automotive Joint Venture Releases First Images of Plug-In Hybrid Four-Door Premium Sports Sedan
Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:QTWW) and Fisker Coachbuild, LLC have released a preview of the first production vehicle to be launched from Fisker Automotive, Inc. -- the green American premium car company. Fisker Automotive, Inc. is a joint venture between Quantum and Fisker, and will offer a range of environmentally friendly premium cars. The plug-in hybrid four-door premium sports sedan will make its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January 2008. Initial deliveries are anticipated to commence in the 4th quarter of 2009, with annual production projected to reach 15,000 units.
Quantum will supply its proprietary high-performance plug-in-hybrid electric vehicle architecture, known as "Quantum Hybrid," integrated into a unique chassis developed by Quantum that will enable optimizing the performance and vehicle dynamics for all Fisker Automotive models. Benefits of the Quantum Hybrid drive system include optimized fuel efficiency and superior performance, unchanged gas station infrastructure, and home-based battery recharging with any 110-volt outlet. |GlobalGiants.com|
CHRYSLER LLC VACATION WINNERS
Photo: Lonna Schindler, center, shows her excitement after her team, Don Schindler, right/back, Dustin Schindler, 13 (orange cap), and Brandon Schindler, 12, (behind Lonna) won a family vacation in the "Dodge VANtastic Holiday Voyage" competition held at Southdale Center in Edina, MN on Nov. 13. The Schindler family was one of several teams that demonstrated their vacation packing skills for a chance to win $5,000 and a 10-day family vacation in a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan. |GlobalGiants.com|
November 13, 2007
SHELL OIL COMPANY RACE WINNERS
Photo: In this photo released from Shell Oil Company, a student from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN drives a combustion engine vehicle in the 2007 Shell Eco-marathon Americaschallenge. The 2008 event will take place April 10-13 at the California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. and will challenge student teams and their prototype vehicles to travel the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel. |GlobalGiants.com|
Raymond N. Bickson, CEO, Taj Hotels, Named Corporate Hotelier of the World by HOTELS Magazine
MUMBAI, India, Nov. 13 -- Raymond N. Bickson, managing director and CEO of Mumbai-based Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, has been named 2007 Corporate Hotelier of The World by HOTELS magazine. The award, determined by votes cast by the magazine's 62,000 readers in 170 countries, was presented yesterday during a reception at The Pierre in New York.
Bickson, whose hospitality career spans more than 30 years and four continents, joined Taj Hotels in January 2003 to oversee all luxury property operations. In July 2003, he was named managing director and chief executive officer of The Indian Hotels Company Limited, a division of India's Tata Group, with responsibility for all Taj Hotels management and operations of its hospitality and travel subsidiary companies. An American national, Bickson attended the Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne and advanced management program at Harvard Business School.
Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 59 hotels in 41 locations across India with an additional 18 international hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.
HOTELS magazine is a monthly business publication published by Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. |GlobalGiants.com|
November 12, 2007
Lincoln's New Marketing Alliance With Hip-Hop Artist Common
Hip-hop superstar Common joins with the Lincoln brand to promote the 2008 Navigator model line.
Photo: Grammy winning artist Common on location in front of the legendary Regal Theater in Chicago for the 2008 Lincoln Navigator commercial shoot. (Lincoln Mercury)
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 -- American luxury brand Lincoln announced today a multifaceted marketing partnership with Grammy Award-winning performer "Common" to promote the 2008 Lincoln Navigator and other brand initiatives.
Through an exclusive partnership with Lincoln, Common will appear in national television broadcast, radio and print advertisements, primarily focused on the all-new 2008 Lincoln Navigator. The first of the ads, titled "Common," will debut nationwide USA on November 25 during NFL Sunday Night Football on NBC, and later appear on general market and urban schedules. The commercial spotlights the people, places and experiences that shaped his life in his hometown of Chicago. It segues to his present-day life as an enterprising, multitalented individual, continuing to reach higher, yet still deeply rooted in his community. The print and radio ads will premiere in 2008.
Lincoln will additionally work with Common in developing other online and offline cross-promotional and marketing programs across his diversified businesses, including the licensing of songs for creative executions for television and the Web, tie-ins with Common's books and hat lines, as well as alignments with his concert tour. Common will also perform and make personal appearances on behalf of Lincoln at auto shows and dealer events, and be an integral component of the annual multiple-city Lincoln Lounge events. |GlobalGiants.com|
Maybach Landaulet Study -- Chauffeured Saloon with Folding Roof for pampered rear-seat Passengers
In the open-top Maybach landaulet, the roof of this sparkling white one-off study can be opened fully at the rear, while the chauffeur's compartment remains completely enclosed. The passengers are then able to enjoy the clear, blue sky above. Seated in opulent armchairs upholstered in white leather, they are treated to a majestic open-air experience.
In technical terms the Landaulet study is based on the Maybach 62 S - a powerful series-produced chauffeured saloon. When requested by the passengers, the chauffeur operates a switch in the centre console. The roof then opens electro-hydraulically and is gently deposited on the parcel shelf in the rear, together with its integral rear window of single-layer safety glass. Opening and closing the roof takes 16 seconds. The chauffeur is able to enclose the folded roof with a fitted leather cover, which both conceals the roof mechanism from view.
Photo: Part of the landaulet's appeal lay in design features clearly reminiscent of coach construction: Daimler taxicab 1897.
The study is designed as a chauffeured vehicle and features a partition. The upper section of the partition is a glass panel which the passengers can render opaque at the touch of a button, thanks to a liquid crystal membrane embedded in the glass. Two ultra-modern automatic climate control systems, whose parameters have been adapted to the Landaulet study, ensure that open-air travel remains a pleasure even under adverse climatic conditions. |GlobalGiants.com|