Auto Shows Looking for New Strategies to Stay Relevant

In 2011 BMW had unveiled its M5 sports sedan at the Frankfurt auto show. The car had to win the attention within 50 other production vehicles debuting at the event. Six years later, the automaker decides to choose a different way of promoting its new generation M5. The car has been revealed in a video game.

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BMW’s strategy, unthinkable only a few years ago, illustrates how the digital era is transforming the way automakers introduce vehicles. The shift has left many of the big international auto shows grasping for answers as brands increasingly connect with consumers through Instagram and YouTube instead.

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