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Mahoney Named New Chevy Global Marketing Chief

Mahoney defied gravity – and recession – at VW and Subaru.

by on Feb.25, 2013

Chevy's new global marketing chief Tim Mahoney.

General Motors is reaching outside its ranks to bring in an outside fireman to help shore up marketing at the big Chevrolet brand – which suffered an unexpected decline in U.S. and global market share last year. Tim Mahoney, who helped both Subaru and Volkswagen defy gravity during the most recession recession, will become Chief Marketing Officer Global Chevrolet and Global GM Marketing Operations Leader, effective April 1.

Mahoney, who gave no sign he was preparing to leave Volkswagen of America, Inc. during appearances at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this month, has had something of a hot hand in the past five years during a recession-ridden era when car sales have been hurt by weak consumer confidence.

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For the past two years, Mahoney served as VWoA’s executive vice president and chief product and marketing officer, overseeing a wave of clever and creative advertising that finally helped the German automaker overcome years of inertia to chalk up the healthiest sales growth it has experienced in the U.S. market in four decades.

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Chevrolet Inks Deal with Manchester United as it Expands Marketing Efforts Worldwide

“It’s all about efficiencies,” says marketing czar Ewanick.

by on May.31, 2012

"There are no sacred lines in the budget," says GM Marketing Czar Joel Ewanick.

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet?  That may have been the automaker’s mantra in the 1950s and ‘60s, but with six of every 10 Chevys now being sold in markets as far afield as Berlin and Beijing more and more of the maker’s marketing effort is focused overseas.

The latest move links Chevrolet with what is generally considered the world’s most popular soccer team – football to most of the world – Manchester United.  The five-year partnership comes only weeks after Chevy’s parent General Motors confirmed it is pulling its ads off the 2013 Super Bowl.

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Calling the tie-up with the British team a “natural synergy,” GM’s global marketing czar Joel Ewanick stressed that “Where they’re strong we want to grow. Where we’re strong they want to grow.”

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As Goes Cruze, So Goes Chevrolet – And GM

"As important a launch as we've ever had."

by on Aug.02, 2010

It will be no easy Cruze for Chevrolet to regain its once-dominant market position.

Already a year late to market, Chevrolet has a lot riding on its new Cruze sedan, the much-needed replacement for its dated Cobalt model.

A year after it emerged from Chapter 11 protection, General Motors is struggling to stabilize its market share, even though it now has half the number of brands to compete with in North America after abandoning Saab, Saturn, Hummer and Pontiac as part of its court-ordered reorganization.  That means the maker can no longer pick and choose the segments it competes in.  It has to take on rivals like Toyota at every opportunity.

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“This is as important a launch as we’ve ever had at Chevrolet,” says Alan Batey, Vice President – Chevrolet Sales and Service.

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