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    [Figure You Should Know] – 73.6% [#luxury #automobile #russia @russia]

    Luxury products in Russia are sold at a higher price than in other cities such as Paris (35-40% higher) or London (20-30%), as stated by Strategia & Sviluppo Consultants (2015).

    Still accounting for 73.6% of their luxury market, the car industry was strongly hit by the market crisis and lost for 40% of their sales in 2015, even though this is their least affected market (RBTH, 2015).

    Thus, in light of the economic crisis, wealthy individuals are investing in very expensive cars as the instability of the marketplace is worrisome (Reuters, 2016).

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    Counterfeit: the automotive industry is also affected. See the Chinese Porsche Macan replica [#automobile #porsche]

    Zotye Brushes Off Porsche, Will Debut SR8 Macan Copy At China Auto Show

    China’s Zotye may have changed the name of their upcoming SUV from T700 to SR8, but everything else we scoffed about their Porsche Macan clone remains, with the company to debut the car at the Beijing auto show on April 25.

    A gauche le Zotye SR8 chinois, à droite le Porsche Macan : cherchez l'erreur

    porsche, macan, zotie, chine, sr8

    In fact, it’s much worse than we originally thought when we first laid eyes on the SR8 last summer through some studio shots that only showed the exterior of the prototype.

    New images from China give us a first glimpse at the interior, and shockingly, Zotye audaciously ripped off the Macan’s cabin too, from the steering wheel design and trim, to the multi-button lower center console and even the clock on top of the dash!

    Not that we should be surprised, but until now, Chinese clones usually refrained from copying the designs of both the interior and exterior from the same car. Apparently, the absence of any meaningful response from Western carmakers has led companies like Zotye to become even more brazen with their plagiarism.

    It’s not that Western companies haven’t repeatedly tried to protect their work in China, but that they’ve been largely and alarmingly unsuccessful in enforcing any intellectual property rights.

    There have been numerous disputes between Chinese and Western automakers that led nowhere, as Jaguar Land Rover found out for itself last year when it tried to take “appropriate action” against Jiangling’s Landwind X7 for “closely resembling” the Range Rover Evoque. The British company abandoned the effort with JLR chief executive Ralf Speth stating, "There are no laws, there's nothing to protect us, so we have to take it as it is."

    Last year, when Porsche was asked about a report from Germany saying it may take legal action against Zotye Automobile, the Stuttgart carmaker declined to comment.

    The Zotye SR8 is expected to go on sale in China in the second half of the year priced from around 170,000 yuan ($26,300 / €23,100) or less than a third than the Porsche Macan that starts from 588,000 yuan ($91,000 / €80,000). Power will come from a 190hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sourced from Mitsubishi that can be hooked up to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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    [Figure You Should Know] - $253 Billions [#luxury #expenditures #world #promiseconsulting @BainAlerts]

    This is the amount associated to the worldwide personal luxury goods market for the last year and estimated by Bain & Co. It was expected to grow – from 2014 to 2015 – only at 1 to 2 % at constant exchange rates and 13% at current exchange rates. This market should weigh for 24% of the total amount accounted of 1 044 billions €.

    Personal luxury goods includes fashion, cosmetics and jewellery amongst others.

    Slowing down little by little over the years even though they are still among the top in this segment, China seems to suffer from this impact on its economy.

    Chinese’s preferences now went to a less materialistic way of living and are favoring traveling or spas, purchases that influences their well-being. Also, Chinese prefer to shop abroad, as the consumption tax and import tariff impede their spending and since they are willing to buy original and authentic goods that they are most likely to find outside their country.

    Source : Bain & Co, Global Luxury Report, 2015

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    #Volkswagen arrête la production de son modèle de luxe #Phaeton

    Le constructeur automobile allemand Volkswagen a arrêté la production de son modèle de luxe Phaeton après des années de chute des ventes. La dernière Phaeton a été assemblée à l'usine de Dresde (est de l'Allemagne) ce vendredi, 14 ans après sa mise sur le marché, a indiqué Volkswagen. Cette dernière voiture partira pour la Chine.

    Aucun licenciement prévu

    En tout, 84000 Phaetons ont été produites. La fin du modèle ne signifie pas pour autant la fin de l'usine de Dresde. Le site sera transformé en grande vitrine de la mobilité électrique et de la numérisation. Les visiteurs pourront vivre "l'avenir de la mobilité de manière ludique, interactive et informative", indique Volkswagen.

    Sur 500 travailleurs, 100 pourront rester à Dresde. Les autres seront replacés dans d'autres usines en Allemagne. Aucun licenciement n'est prévu.

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    #Bentley: "People don't like the idea of just talking to a hidden microphone". Home, James?

    Luxury car manufacturer Bentley has released designs of a concept car that features a holographic butler to service the needs of the occupants inside (pictured).

    It also features organic LED touchscreens built into the cars panels and sofa style seating with a table in the middle of the cabin

    Stefan Sielaff, Bentley's design director, told Car and Driver that the virtual bulter is one of the aspects it is working on to set its cars apart from others.

    He said: 'Luxury is always related to service. People don't like the idea of just talking to a hidden microphone, we are thinking of how to personalise the next generation of communication.'

    Mr Sielaff did not elaborate on what the virtual butler could be used for and Bentley has insisted the designs are not necessarily an intention of a definite product.

    However, he added that as cars become more autonomous, luxury customers may want to have their own private vehicle while others use shared cars.


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    Knight Frank’s latest #Wealth Report for #2016: 11 #luxury items #millionaires blow their money on [#uhnwi]

    Business Tech, 06 March 2016

    People who have a lot of money like to spend that money – and they like to invest in everything from classic cars to stamps and coins.

    According to property group Knight Frank’s latest Wealth Report for 2016, the world’s ultra-high net worth individuals (worth more than $30 million) have increased spending on luxury goods by over 200% in the past decade.

    Not all asset classes have grown equally, however, with super wealthy people finding favour with big buys such as classic cars, wines, coins and art over things like furniture, Chinese ceramics and diamonds.


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    World's super rich keep buying up luxury goods in face of wealth decline [#rich #luxury #wealth]

    Sales of super-yachts rose 40% last year despite number of millionaires and ultra rich falling, according to wealth report

    The global super rich continued to splash out on super-yachts and luxury goods last year, despite a decline in their overall wealth in the wake of financial market turmoil.

    According to the latest wealth report from estate agents Knight Frank, published on Wednesday, sales of super-yachts – boats longer than 24 metres – soared 40% in 2015, with the rich roaring off to ever more far-flung destinations, such as the Antarctic and outposts in Asia, rather than their traditional ports of call in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

    The number of ultra rich – people with $30m (£22m) or more in assets – fell 3% last year. There are now 187,500 with assets in excess of that benchmark, down from from 193,100 in 2014. This was the first decline since the financial crisis. Between them, they controlled $19.3tn in assets, down from $22tn the year before. This reflected the rollercoaster global stock markets, the slump in commodity prices and slowing economic growth in China and other countries.

    The number of dollar millionaires around the globe also fell from 13.6 million in 2014 to 13.3 million last year. Together, they hold assets worth $66tn – more than the value of all global shares added together.

    But the report believes that the decline in the number of millionaires is just a blip, and predicts that by 2025, there will be more than 18 million of them.

    So-called investments of passion such as art, cars, stamps and jewellery remain popular among the super rich. Knight Frank’s art index rose by a muted 4% last year, but a number of records were set in the world’s auction houses.

    Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger notched up a new record for a painting sold at auction after fetching more than $179m, while Reclining Nude by Amedeo Modigliani went under the hammer for $170m to a buyer from Shanghai.

    Classic cars increased by 17% in value last year, while coins went up 13%. Knight Frank’s overall luxury investment index rose 7% in 2015. This compares with a 5% drop in the value of London’s leading share index, the FTSE 100, and a rise of just 1% forprime London residential property.

    Andrew Shirley, the editor of the wealth report, said: “Although no classic car managed to beat the record set by Bonhams in 2014 when it auctioned a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta for $38m, eight of the 25 cars ever to have sold for over $10m at auction went under the hammer in 2015.”

    Wine and luxury watches both posted 5% increases. A Hong Kong-based billionaire set a record for a gem or piece of jewellery when he paid $48.4m for the Blue Moon, a rare fancy vivid blue diamond auctioned by Sotheby’s in Geneva in November. The day before, he paid $28.5m for a vivid pink diamond sold by Christie’s.

    The value of investment-grade Bordeaux wines slumped as a result of a sharp fall in demand from China, but they have now started to recover, said Nick Martin of Wine Owners.

    Even furniture values, which generally had a poor year, set a new auction record for a living maker when the Lockheed Lounge sofa by the Australian designer Marc Newson sold for £2.4m in April 2015.


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    #BMW compte rester le numéro un mondial des voitures de luxe [#luxe #salon #Genève]

    GENEVE, 1er mars (Reuters) - BMW entend rester le leader mondial des voitures de luxe devant ses compatriotes Mercedes-Benz et Audi, a déclaré mardi le président du directoire du constructeur allemand au salon de Genève.

    "Notre objectif est d'être numéro un", a dit Harald Krüger, ajoutant s'attendre à une légère progression des ventes de BMW cette année en raison de sa croissance en Chine et en Europe.

    Le lancement d'une version longue du BMW X1 en Chine devrait contribuer à une hausse des ventes dans ce pays au second semestre, ce qui devrait se traduire par une légère croissance des ventes en Chine sur l'ensemble de l'année, a déclaré Harald Krüger.

    Les ventes en Europe devraient pour leur part augmenter de 5% à 10%, a-t-il poursuivi.

    Les nouvelles règles européennes sur les émissions polluantes vont contraindre BMW à effectuer d'importants investissements, qui se chiffreront en centaines de millions d'euros, a dit le président du directoire du constructeur bavarois.

    BMW est engagé dans des discussions constructives avec le gouvernement allemand sur les moyens de développer les ventes de véhicules électriques et la prochaine séance de négociations se déroulera d'ici fin avril, a-t-il ajouté.

    Interrogé au sujet de l'éventualité d'une sortie de la Grande-Bretagne de l'Union européenne, Harald Krüger a répondu: "De manière générale, nous n'aimons pas effectuer des investissements dans des circonstances incertaines." Il a souligné que ces propos ne devaient pas être interprétés comme une indication sur la stratégie de BMW en Grande-Bretagne. (Edward Taylor; Bertrand Boucey pour le service français, édité par Véronique Tison)

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    [#Automobile] - Affaire VW : et le consommateur dans tout ça ?

    Affaire Volkswagen : il était de temps de remettre le consommateur au centre de la discussion

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    Interview AFP du 28/09/2015

    Les ventes de Volkswagen risquent de souffrir de sa tricherie aux émissions polluantes, mais les conséquences commerciales de ce scandale restent encore difficiles à évaluer, notent des experts du secteur automobile.

    Mises en cause par la justice, risques d'amendes se comptant en milliards de dollars et déjà des dizaines de plaintes au civil: le fleuron de l'industrie allemande a vu le ciel se charger depuis la révélation aux Etats-Unis de l'affaire des moteurs diesel truqués, il y a dix jours.

    Volkswagen donnait jusqu'ici le "la" des prix à ses concurrents sur le Vieux continent. "Acheter une Volkswagen était statutaire", remarque Philippe Jourdan, fondateur de la firme de conseil et d'études marketing Promise Consulting. Les propriétaires risquent désormais d'être "montrés du doigt" et "assimilés au mensonge", estime-t-il.

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