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Bring a Trailer Introduces New Premium Services

BRING A TRAILER INTRODUCES PLUS AND WHITE GLOVE PREMIUM SERVICES FOR A CUSTOM SELLING EXPERIENCE

The Plus Service includes professional photography and listing assistance while the White Glove Service provides sellers of high-end collector vehicles with a concierge listing experience with a customizable menu of services and direct communication with Bring a Trailer staff.

Online collector car auction host Bring a Trailer has expanded its available services with two additional ways to help sellers and buyers connect. In addition to its current $99 Classic listings, the site now offers Plus listings which include professional photography and writing consultation as well as the new White Glove Service which provides assistance to sellers through the process from start to finish – custom tailoring the listing services to the needs of the seller. A 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is the first collector car to be listed using Bring a Trailer’s White Glove Service and will sell at no-reserve on the Bring a Trailer Premium Services landing page, bringatrailer.com/premium.

Bring a Trailer’s new Plus listings offer sellers the same features that users are familiar with but adds professional photography services courtesy of its photography partner Snappr as well as staff consultations to help sellers show their automobile in its best light. This will help buyers better communicate the details of their automobile to the Bring a Trailer audience leading to a better experience for both. The new service charges a flat rate of $349.

For owners of rare and valuable collector vehicles or vehicle collections, the new, top-tier White Glove Service custom tailors an exclusive catalog of listing services to the specific needs of each seller. This custom selling experience can include professional photography as well as writing and curation of the listing, but there is no limit to the marketing which can be done with this option through both internal and external promotion. Pricing for the White Glove Service is dependent on the services desired. Both Plus and White Glove listings can now also be hosted for up to 21 days.

 “Our mission is to simplify the selling and buying process as much as possible,” said Bring a Trailer Founder Randy Nonnenberg. “These two additional methods of listing an automobile on our site are about providing more to our customers. More convenience, more services and, ultimately, more great cars. We are excited to be able to connect cars and car people on our site through our Premium and White Glove Service listings.”

Bring a Trailer’s new services is now available and hosts its first sale, a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, at no-reserve immediately. Click here to see the listing, and here to learn more about the two new services.

About Bring a Trailer

Bring a Trailer was founded in 2007 to help connect buyers with the best rare, unique and collectible cars in the world. Site staff sift through submissions to offer only the best and most interesting cars in a unique, usable and community-oriented platform. Sellers can speak directly with bidders, answering questions and sharing photos. Over 15,000 cars have been listed on Bring a Trailer since its inception with more being added every day. Bring a Trailer auctions are listed at a flat-rate starting at just $99 with a sell-through rate of 75%.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa 2019

IT’S PLATINUM POWER AS BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA CELEBRATES ITS 20th ANNIVERSARY WITH A FULL LINE UP OF CULINARY EVENTS & ADVENTURES

Cash In on Chef Garden Walks, a Salute to Heirloom Tomatoes, Estate Lavender, Grape Stomp and 5th Annual Pure Decadence Dinner Curated by Chef Cal Stamenov

Marking Bernardus Lodge & Spa’s 20th anniversary, the 2019 culinary events line-up is certain to be a showstopper with estate lavender, heirloom tomato and white truffle celebrations on tap. Dive into an afternoon grape stomp, chef-led tour of the apiary and organic gardens or ever-popular Pure Decadence repast (December 12) showcasing showcasing the world’s top culinary gems from black truffle martinis to Maine lobster and a sinful slide into Wagyu beef paired with foraged Big Sur chanterelle mushrooms. Reservations: 831.658.3595; www.bernarduslodge.com.

EAT + PLAY

Tucked into 28 fragrant acres of lavender, olive orchards and vineyards with sweeping Santa Lucia Mountain views, Bernardus Lodge & Spa savors the seasons with an enviable larder of on-property organic gardens paired with a back pocket of foragers, farmers and fishermen answering Chef Cal’s call. Just 10 miles inland from the Pacific, the lodge features 73 luxurious guestrooms, including the 2016 debut of 14 exclusive new guest suites and villas, award-winning Lucia Restaurant & Bar, butler services, complimentary Mercedes-Benz convertibles, expansive 5,300 sq., ft., Spa at Bernardus and three-to-one staff ratio.

 

2019 EDIBLE ADVENTURES

Exhibition Kitchen Dinner: 3rd Annual Chicken & Brisket

Thursday, March 7, 2019

6:30 pm

$88 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Back by popular demand, this festive event begins with a welcome reception on the Harvest Terrace with live music and Southern inspired specialty cocktails hosted by Lost Spirits. Then step into the Harvest Room Exhibition Kitchen by Sub-Zero and Wolf as Chef Cal takes a spin on comfort food with smoked Wagyu brisket and organic fried chicken showcased in three distinct styles paired with select wines from the award-winning cellar. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Spring Equinox at The Spa

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

8:30 am – 6:30 pm

Included in service pricing.

Renewal is on tap at the luxurious 5,200 sq., ft., Spa at Bernardus. Choose from an array of seasonal services including massage, bodywork and facials and then extend the spa day with our complimentary Spring Equinox activities including restorative yoga, Bernardus wine tasting and skincare consultation. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Spring Solstice events.

Easter Brunch

Sunday, April 21, 2019

11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Adults $88, Children 5-12 years old $35, plus tax & gratuity

Tap off steam with a Children’s’ Ester Egg Hunt (11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) backed with a culinary cornucopia of spring’s best. The traditional grand brunch includes grilled organic vegetables, naturally-raised meats, farmhouse cheeses and sinful fresh fruit tarts, the majority of ingredients culled from chef Cal’s organic on-site gardens.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 12, 2019

11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Adults $88, Children ages 5-12 $35, plus tax & gratuity

Celebrate mom in all her glory with an afternoon at the Lodge, backed with stunning brunch buffet prepared by Chef Cal and his culinary team.   Highlights include a sushi and seafood bar, local organic vegetables, naturally-raised meats, farmhouse cheeses and traditional brunch desserts. Accented by a classical harpist, the atmosphere will pamper the entire family with an afternoon of world-class service and cuisine.

Memorial Day Barbeque

Monday, May 27, 2019

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Adults $45, Children ages 5-12 $20, plus tax & gratuity

Fire up the barbeque for a day of play in sun-drenched Carmel Valley. Enjoy live music at Lucia Restaurant & Bar paired with a lip smacking barbeque featuring free range chicken, natural Angus beef, smoked Caggiano sausages, country potato salad, organic green salad and the ultimate American sidekick, corn-on-the-cob.

Father’s Day Barbeque, Beer & Bocce

Sunday, June 16, 2019

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Adults $45, Children ages 5-12 $20, plus tax & gratuity

Ah, bocce with a bourbon in hand, what more could dad ask. Settle in for an afternoon of family activities served with a side of delicious barbeque. The summer alfresco celebration includes savory free range chicken, natural Angus beef burgers, artisan sausage and plenty of garden greens from chef Cal’s organic garden.

Summer Solstice at The Spa

Friday, June 21, 2019

8:30 am – 6:30 pm

Included in service pricing.

The longest day of the year symbolically fires up passions and heats up hearts to the potential of life that abounds. Choose from our array of new seasonal services including massage, bodywork and facials and extend the spa day with complimentary Summer Solstice activities including Vinyasa Yoga hour, Chakra seminar and poolside “Sip & Glow,” pairing with Bernardus Winery. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Summer Solstice events.

Rose Soiree

Saturday, June 22, 2019

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

$75 per person, plus tax & gratuity

It’s rose all day as Bernardus Lodge raises a rosy-hued glass to summer’s favorite buzz. Set in the blossoming Rose Garden, this is the event for flowing dress wear and big brimmed hats. Sip and saunter with a selection of rose wines, canapes, a seafood bar and seasonal fresh desserts.

4th of July

Tuesday, July 4, 2019

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Priced off Menu

Embrace America’s independence with live music and Lucia’s Restaurant & Bar’s alfresco setting complete with zenith-of-summer dishes and artisan cocktails inspired by our country’s biggest break up. Sunshine, bocce and a bust-out line up of luncheon treats await.

Chef Cal’s Summer Garden Tour

Every Saturday Memorial Day weekend through August 24 (excludes June 22/July 13)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Complimentary to Lodge Guests

Bees, beets and Brussel sprouts, oh my! Join Chef Cal and garden guru Mark Marino for an informative walk through the Lodge’s three-acre organic herb, flower and vegetable gardens – as well as a visit to Bernardus’ resident 180,000 Italian honey bees.   This heady experience is certain to pique palates as many of the day’s pick are showcased on Lucia Restaurant’s daily menu.

Lavender Harvest Celebration

Saturday, July 13, 2019

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

$105 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Tucked throughout the Lodge’s 28-acres of lush olive trees, rosemary and rose gardens lie more than 1,000 lavender plants in full bloom. Provence in Carmel, this event is certain to please anyone who loves the scent of lavender. Glass of rosé in hand, stroll Chef Cal’s abundant organic garden and lavender beds with horticulturist Mark Marino; experience the new informative bee talk and honey tasting and slide into a unique grand lavender inspired buffet lunch with ingredients culled from our garden and vineyard. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Labor Day

Monday, September 2, 2019

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Priced off menu

The rustic ranch-chic design of Lucia Restaurant & Bar blends with a sunny Carmel Valley vibe with alfresco seating, warm hospitality, and vineyard views. Enjoy live music, dishes highlighting the start of fall while our cocktail artisans serve up autumn inspired specialty hand-crafted cocktails.

Heirloom Tomato Lunch

Saturday, September 7, 2019

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

$115 per person, plus tax & gratuity

It’s tomato time in Carmel Valley as Chef Cal celebrates the grand fruit in a variety for formats this fall. Sip a Bloody Mary while shucking oysters alongside local farmers Dick and Bonnie Swank of Swank Farms as they guide guests through over multiple varieties of their certified organic heirloom tomatoes. After an alfresco reception, step into Lucia Restaurant for a garden inspired lunch buffet featuring Tomato Ratatouille, Carmel Valley gazpacho, roasted free range Sonoma chicken and natural prime beef. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Autumn Equinox at The Spa

Monday, September 23, 2019

8:30 am – 6:30 pm

Included in service pricing.

From guided hikes to holistic wellness experiences focused on balance, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge rejuvenates the entire being-mind, body and soul. Fall is considered the season of stability, a time in which one restores equilibrium to their life. Choose from our array of relaxation services including massage, bodywork and facials and then extend the spa day with complimentary Autumn Equinox activities including Vinyasa yoga, chakra activation seminar and wine tasting with Bernardus Winery. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Autumn Solstice events.

4th Annual Barbeque & Grape Stomp

Saturday, October 5, 2019

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

$85 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Pay homage to the Carmel Valley annual grape harvest with a traditional grape stomping and Bernardus Winery barrel tasting backed with savory barbeque oysters, live country music and a family-style barbeque lunch. Celebrate the 2018 vintage firsthand in Ingrid’s Vineyard with winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea as hosts. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Thursday, November 28, 2019

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Adults $95, Children ages 5-12 $32, plus tax & gratuity; children 5 years and younger are complimentary. Traditional Thanksgiving favorites accented with Chef Cal signature cuisine.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 28, 2019

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

$135 per person, plus tax & gratuity

An innovative four-course tasting menu combining intimate fireside seating overlooking breathtaking mountain and vineyard views.

Chef Cal’s 5th Annual Pure Decadence Event

Thursday, December 12, 2019

6:30 pm

$350 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Indulgence hits a high note at the annual event that continues to wow palates and literally blow minds. Celebrate the world’s top culinary treasures as the evening kicks off with caviar and a glass of champagne or black truffle martini and behind the scenes stroll into Chef Cal’s award-winning kitchen for savory bites right “off the line.” On tap are winter’s most decadent delights: Italian white truffles, French black truffles, Maine’s lobster, ranch-raised Wagyu beef and locally foraged golden chanterelles. Chef Cal combines these inspiring ingredients with rare wines from around the world to create the ultimate winter menu. The tasting menu exemplifies how luxury ingredients can be preserved, reinterpreted and crafted into sophisticated dishes. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Winter Solstice at The Spa

Saturday, December 21, 2019

8:30 am – 6:30 pm

Price included in service.

The Winter Solstice is the start of the solar year and a significant time of ritual, reflection and renewal. Choose from the Spa at Bernardus Lodge’s award-winning array of relaxation services including massage, bodywork, facials or salon services and extend the spa day with complimentary Winter Solstice activities including hot chocolate yoga, chakra balancing, wine tasting, fire dancing and starlight swim. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Winter Solstice events.

Christmas Eve Dinner – Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Christmas Day Dinner – Wednesday, December 25, 2019. 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

$145 per person, plus tax & gratuity

An innovative four-course tasting menu celebrating the season with intimate fireside seating overlooking breathtaking mountain and vineyard views.

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

$195 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Ring in the New Year with a sinful six-course tasting menu showcasing chef Cal’s culinary prowess. Focused on healthy, seasonal fare, the menu reflects on the ultimate pleasure of what exceptional dining does for your soul.

New Year’s Day Brunch with Live Music

Wednesday, January 1, 2019

11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Price off Menu

Enjoy live music with a backdrop of a fresh New Year and sumptuous brunch.

BACKSTORY

Perennially recognized by discerning readers of Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Resorts” and Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top Resorts” and as well as a Wine Spectator award recipient (2001-2017), this Forbes Travel Guide Four Star property has long set the gold standard for wine country vacationing.   Reopened after a full resort renovation in 2015, Bernardus Lodge & Spa is set on 28 pristine Carmel Valley acres awash with vineyards and lavender and boasts 73 luxurious guestrooms, suites & villas, the signature Spa at Bernardus Lodge, award-winning Lucia Restaurant & Bar, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, a hilltop adults-only infinity Jacuzzi, an alfresco croquet and bocce court, two tennis courts and 4,300 sq. ft. of meeting space. Woodside Hotel Group an operator of a portfolio of distinguished independent luxury properties throughout Northern California, is the management company for the property, which is located on the Monterey Peninsula, 120 mi./193 km, south of San Francisco and 330 mi./531 km., north of Los Angeles. For information, contact Bernardus Lodge & Spa at 831-658-3400.

              

 

New-Vehicles Improve × J.D. Power

New-Vehicle Initial Quality Improves Again, J.D. Power Finds

Genesis, Kia and Hyundai Are Three Highest-Ranked Brands

New-vehicle quality has improved for the fourth consecutive year—by 4% from 2017—and has reached its best level ever, according to the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS),SM released today.

Initial quality is measured by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100) during the first 90 days of ownership, with a lower score reflecting higher quality. In this year’s study, quality improves across six of the eight categories measured, with 21 of the 31 brands included in the study improving their quality from 2017. The industry average of 93 PP100 is 4 PP100 better than in 2017.

“There’s no question that most automakers are doing a great job of listening to consumers and are producing vehicle quality of the highest caliber,” said Dave Sargent, Vice President of Global Automotive at J.D. Power. “That said, some vehicle owners are still finding problems. As vehicles become more complex and automated, it is critical that consumers have complete confidence in automakers’ ability to deliver fault-free vehicles.”

Following are some key findings of the 2018 study:

• Most vehicle areas improve: Of the eight categories measured, vehicle exterior improves the most, now at 15.2 PP100, compared with 16.6 PP100 in 2017. Improvements include less wind noise and fewer paint imperfections. Significant year-over-year improvements also occur in the seats (8.0 PP100 vs. 8.7 PP100) and vehicle interior (14.3 PP100 vs. 14.7 PP100) categories.

• Porsche 911 posts best score of any model: The Porsche 911 has the lowest overall problem level (48 PP100) of any model this year. This is also the lowest level recorded in this generation of the study (2013-2018). The U.S. Initial Quality Study, which was first published in 1987, is currently in its fourth generation.

• All domestic corporations improve faster than the industry: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (7 PP100 improvement), Ford Motor Company (5 PP100 improvement) and General Motors (5 PP100 improvement) all outpace the industry average rate of improvement (4 PP100).

• Infotainment problems are decreasing: Audio/Communication/Entertainment/Navigation (ACEN) remains the most problematic category for new-vehicle owners. However, this area has improved for the third consecutive year, led by fewer problems with built-in voice recognition systems.

• Globalization of auto industry continues: Vehicles in the 2018 study are manufactured in 25 countries, 11 of which weren’t present in the study five years ago. Those 11 countries include Brazil, China, Finland, India, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Thailand and Turkey. The other 14 countries include Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Mexico, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.

• Increasing problems with driver assistance systems: As automakers add more advanced driver assistance systems to their vehicles, more consumers are experiencing problems. The level is still low (3.5 PP100 on average) but has been increasing by about 20% a year for the past three years.

“As we look to the future, avoiding problems with safety and driver assistance technology is critical,” Sargent said. “In an era of increasingly automated vehicles, vehicle owners have to be comfortable using foundational technologies like lane keep assistance and collision avoidance. Otherwise, automakers will not easily overcome consumer resistance to fully automated (driverless) cars.”

Highest-Ranked Brands and Models

Genesis ranks highest in overall initial quality with a score of 68 PP100. Kia (72 PP100) ranks second and Hyundai (74 PP100) ranks third. This is the first time that three Korean brands are at the top of the overall ranking, and it is the fourth consecutive year that Kia is the highest-ranking Mass Market brand. Porsche (79 PP100) ranks fourth and Ford (81 PP100) ranks fifth.

Mazda is the most-improved brand, with owners reporting 25 PP100 fewer problems than in 2017. Other brands with strong improvements include Mitsubishi (20 PP100 improvement), Cadillac (15 PP100 improvement), Infiniti (15 PP100 improvement), Hyundai (14 PP100 improvement) and Lexus (14 PP100 improvement).

The parent company receiving the most model-level awards for its various brands is Ford Motor Company (five awards), followed by Hyundai Motor Group (four), and BMW, General Motors and Nissan (three each).

• Ford Motor Company models that rank highest in their respective segments are Ford Expedition; Ford Mustang; Ford Super Duty; Lincoln Continental; and Lincoln MKC.

• Hyundai Motor Group models that rank highest in their segments are Genesis G90; Hyundai Tucson; Kia Rio; and Kia Sorento.

• General Motors models that rank highest in their segments are Buick Envision; Chevrolet Silverado; and Chevrolet Silverado HD.

• BMW models that rank highest in their segments are BMW 4 Series; BMW X1; and BMW X6.

• Nissan models that rank highest in their segments are Nissan Altima; Nissan Frontier; and Nissan Maxima.

Other models that rank highest in their respective segments are Acura ILX, Dodge Grand Caravan, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Toyota Corolla.

Plant Quality Awards

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Yoshiwara plant (Japan), which produces the Lexus LX and Toyota Land Cruiser, receives the Platinum Plant Quality Award for producing models with the fewest defects or malfunctions. Plant quality awards are based solely on defects and malfunctions and exclude design-related problems.

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Cambridge North (Canada) plant, which produces the Toyota Corolla, and Georgetown 3 (Ky.) plant, which produces the Lexus ES, each receive the Gold Plant Quality Award in a tie for the Americas region. BMW Group’s Dingolfing 02 (Germany) plant, which produces the BMW 6 Series and BMW 7 Series, receives the Gold Plant Quality Award for the Europe/Africa region.

The 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study is based on responses from 75,712 purchasers and lessees of new 2018 model-year vehicles who were surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study is based on a 233-question battery organized into eight vehicle categories designed to provide manufacturers with information to facilitate the identification of problems and drive product improvement. The study was fielded from February through May 2018.

Find detailed information on vehicle quality, as well as model photos and specs, at jdpower.com/quality

For more information about the 2018 U.S. Initial Quality Study, visit http://www.jdpower.com/resource/us-initial-quality-study-iqs

See the online press release at http://www.jdpower.com/pr-id/2018086.

J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices serving North/South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. J.D. Power is a portfolio company of XIO Group, a global alternative investments firm headquartered in London, and is led by its four founders: Athene Li, Joseph Pacini, Murphy Qiao and Carsten Geyer.

Media Relations Contacts

Geno Effler; West Coast; 714-621-6224; media.relations@jdpa.com

Shane Smith; East Coast; 424-903-3665; ssmith@pacificcommunicationsgroup.com

About J.D. Power and Advertising/Promotional Rules www.jdpower.com/about-us/press-release-info

TURO GO

Rent any car you want, wherever you want it, from our nationwide community of local car owners, or make extra money renting out your car.

The company is introducing Turo Go, an exciting new feature to book and unlock cars instantly via the Turo app. Starting Tuesday, June 12th Turo is opening up an early-access waitlist for hosts to sign up to get Turo Go devices installed in their cars this fall.

Guests will be able to book cars on demand via the Turo app and unlock/lock the car automatically, without having to arrange key pick-up & drop-off. Host will now have the ability to share their cars even when they may not be available for an in-person key handoff – All thanks to the power of technology.

  • Announcing Turo Go, a new feature to book and unlock instantly cars via the Turo app.
  • Turo is enlisting hosts who would like to receive early access to Turo Go’s remote access hardware and software solution. (IT IS OPTIONAL)
  • Turo Go officially launches to both sides of the marketplace this fall.
  • Turo Go reduces friction on both sides of the marketplace.

◦ Guests can book cars on demand via the Turo app and unlock & lock the car automatically, without having to arrange key pick-up & drop-off.

◦ Hosts can more easily share their cars on Turo and make their cars even more available. With Turo Go, hosts can share their cars even when they may not be available for an in-person key handoff.

Why are we introducing Turo Go? Our community is leading the way.

◦ Hosts are already sharing their connected cars on Turo: over 17,000 vehicles in our marketplace already offer remote access to facilitate Turo trips.

◦ Hosts are already making their cars available on-demand: over 20% of Turo hosts accept bookings with just one hour advance notice (currently the minimum option available).

◦ Guests like on-demand/instant gratification: over two thirds of Turo trips are instantly booked.

Turo offers the most convenient booking options compared to traditional car rental and other car sharing options. Over two-thirds of Turo trips are instantly booked and 64% of hosts offer delivery directly to the guest. In addition, over 17,000 Turo cars offer remote access. Turo Go further enhances customer experience by empowering Turo guests to book and unlock cars instantly via the Turo app, and makes sharing your car even easier for hosts.

Turo is the world’s leading peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace, and best-positioned to disrupt the $80 billion car rental industry

• Largest user base:

  • Over 6 million sign-ups
  • Quarter million listed vehicles
  • Most completed trips: Over 4.5 million trip days
  • Largest geographic footprint: 5500 cities, presence in 56+ countries
  • 205 million in funding raised, including a $104 Series D

BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA

From bourbon & barbeque to grape stomps and lavender harvest, BERNARDUS LODGE & SPA announces its Annual Line Up Of Edibles, Events & Culinary AdventureS

 

No culinary stoned unturned in this annual lineup, which spans a salute to the Lodge’s annual lavender harvest to an evening of sheer decadence focused on the world’s top treasures. Back by popular demand, chef Cal Stamenov’s 4th Annual Craftsmen Exchange (October 27) delivers a culinary cache of local artisans, cheese mongers and fungi foragers for a convivial afternoon. 

 

EPICUREAN PLAYGROUND

Carmel Valley is a unique microclimate delivering optimum conditions for growing grapes, lavender, fruit and a litany of obscure herbs and vegetables. Tucked into 28 fragrant acres of lavender, olive orchards and vineyards with sweeping Santa Lucia Range views, Bernardus Lodge & Spa savors the seasons with an enviable larder of on-property organic gardens paired with a back pocket of foragers, farmers and fishermen answering chef Cal’s call. Just 10 miles inland from the Pacific, the lodge features 73 luxurious guestrooms, including the 2016 debut of 14 exclusive guest suites and villas crafted from the ground up. Key perks include the award-winning Lucia Restaurant & Bar, guestrooms with alfresco rain showers, butler services, complimentary Mercedes-Benz convertibles, the 5,200 sq., ft., Spa at Bernardus and a three-to-one staff ratio.

 

2018 EVENTS

Exhibition Kitchen Dinner: 2nd Annual Chicken & Brisket

Thursday, March 8, 2018

6:30 pm

$75 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Back by popular demand, this festive event begins with a welcome reception on the Harvest Terrace with live music and Southern inspired specialty cocktails hosted by Lost Spirits. Then step into the Harvest Room Exhibition Kitchen by Sub-Zero and Wolf as Chef Cal takes a spin on comfort food with smoked Wagyu brisket and organic fried chicken showcased in three distinct styles paired with select wines from the award-winning cellar. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

 

Spring Equinox at The Spa

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

8:30 am – 6:30 pm

Included in service pricing.

Renewal is on tap at the luxurious 5,300 sq., ft., Spa at Bernardus. Choose from an array of seasonal services including massage, bodywork and facials and then extend the spa day with our complimentary Spring Equinox activities including restorative yoga, Bernardus wine tasting and soap making demonstration. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Spring Solstice events.

 

Bourbon & Barbeque

Saturday, March 17, 2018

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$55 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Move over California red and make way for Kentucky Gold! Enjoy a spirited afternoon with select small bites, smoked treats, sweet and savory chicken waffles and chef Cal’s signature smooth culinary moves paired with a single-barrel, rye and small batch bourbons from an eclectic line up of producers across the United States. 

 

Easter Brunch

Sunday, April 1, 2018

11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Adults $88, Children 5-12 years old $35, plus tax & gratuity

Tap off steam with a Children’s’ Ester Egg Hunt (11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) backed with a culinary cornucopia of spring’s best. The traditional grand brunch includes grilled organic vegetables, naturally-raised meats, farmhouse cheeses and sinful fresh fruit tarts, the majority of ingredients culled from chef Cal’s organic on-site gardens.

 

Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 12, 2018

11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Adults $88, Children ages 5-12 $35, plus tax & gratuity

Celebrate mom in all her glory with an afternoon at the Lodge, backed with stunning brunch buffet prepared by Chef Cal and his culinary team.   Highlights include a sushi and seafood bar, local organic vegetables, naturally-raised meats, farmhouse cheeses and traditional brunch desserts. Accented by a classical harpist, the atmosphere will pamper the entire family with an afternoon of world-class service and cuisine.

 

Memorial Day Barbeque

Monday, May 28, 2018

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Adults $45, Children ages 5-12 $20, plus tax & gratuity

Fire up the barbeque for a day of play in sun-drenched Carmel Valley. Enjoy live music at Lucia Restaurant & Bar paired with a lip smacking barbeque featuring free range chicken, natural Angus beef, smoked Caggiano sausages, country potato salad, organic green salad and the ultimate American sidekick, corn-on-the-cob.

 

Father’s Day Barbeque, Beer & Bocce

Sunday, June 17, 2018

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Adults $45, Children ages 5-12 $20, plus tax & gratuity

Ah, bocce with a bourbon in hand, what more could dad ask. Settle in for an afternoon of family activities served with a side of delicious barbeque. The summer alfresco celebration includes savory free range chicken, natural Angus beef burgers, artisan sausage and plenty of garden greens from chef Cal’s organic garden.

 

Summer Solstice at The Spa

Tuesday, June 21, 2018

8:30 am – 6:30 pm

Included in service pricing.

The longest day of the year symbolically fires up passions and heats up hearts to the potential of life that abounds. Choose from our array of new seasonal services including massage, bodywork and facials and extend the spa day with complimentary Summer Solstice activities including a guided hike through Garland Ranch, tarot card readings and poolside Bernardus wine tasting. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Summer Solstice events.

 

4th of July

Tuesday, July 4, 2018

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Priced off Menu

Embrace America’s independence with live music and Lucia’s Restaurant & Bar’s alfresco setting complete with zenith-of-summer dishes and artisan cocktails inspired by our country’s biggest break up. Sunshine, bocce and a bust-out line up of luncheon treats await.

 

Chef Cal’s Summer Garden Tour

Every Saturday Memorial Day weekend through August (excluding August 25)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Complimentary to Lodge Guests

Bees, beets and Brussel sprouts, oh my! Join chef Cal and garden guru Mark Marino for an informative walk through the Lodge’s three-acre organic herb, flower and vegetable gardens – as well as a visit to Bernardus’ legendary Italian honey bee.   This heady experience is certain to pique palates as many of the day’s pick are showcased on Lucia Restaurant’s daily menu.

 

Lavender Harvest Celebration

Saturday, July 14, 2018

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

$105 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Tucked throughout the Lodge’s 28-acres of lush olive trees, rosemary and rose gardens lie more than 1,000 lavender plants in full bloom. Provence in Carmel, this event is certain to please anyone who loves the scent of lavender. Glass of rosé in hand, stroll Chef Cal’s abundant organic garden and lavender beds with horticulturist Mark Marino; experience the new informative bee talk and honey tasting and slide into a unique grand lavender inspired buffet lunch with ingredients culled from our garden and vineyard. Space is limited and reservations are required.

 

Rose Soiree

Saturday, July 28, 2018

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

$75 per person, plus tax & gratuity

It’s rose all day as Bernardus Lodge raises a rosy-hued glass to summer’s favorite buzz. Set in the blossoming Rose Garden, this is the event for flowing dress wear and big brimmed hats. Sip and saunter with a selection of rose wines, canapes, a seafood bar and seasonal fresh desserts.

 

Heirloom Tomato Lunch

Saturday, September 2, 2018

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

$115 per person, plus tax & gratuity

It’s tomato time in Carmel Valley as Chef Cal celebrates the grand fruit in a variety for formats this fall. Sip a Bloody Mary while shucking oysters alongside local farmers Dick and Bonnie Swank of Swank Farms as they guide guests through over multiple varieties of their certified organic heirloom tomatoes. After an alfresco reception, step into Lucia Restaurant for a garden inspired lunch buffet featuring Tomato Ratatouille, Carmel Valley gazpacho, roasted free range Sonoma chicken and natural prime beef. Space is limited and reservations are required.

 

Labor Day

Monday, September 3, 2018

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Priced off menu

The rustic ranch-chic design of Lucia Restaurant & Bar blends with a sunny Carmel Valley vibe with alfresco seating, warm hospitality, and vineyard views. Enjoy live music, dishes highlighting the start of fall while our cocktail artisans serve up autumn inspired specialty hand-crafted cocktails.

 

Autumn Equinox at The Spa

Saturday, September 22, 2018

8:30 am – 6:30 pm

Included in service pricing.

From guided hikes to holistic wellness experiences focused on balance, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge rejuvenates the entire being-mind, body and soul. Fall is considered the season of stability, a time in which one restores equilibrium to their life. Choose from our array of relaxation services including massage, bodywork and facials and then extend the spa day with complimentary Autumn Equinox activities including henna art, cold pressed juice bar and vino & vinyasa. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Autumn Solstice events.

 

3rd Annual Barbeque & Grape Stomp

Saturday, October 6, 2018

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

$85 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Pay homage to the Carmel Valley annual grape harvest with a traditional grape stomping and Bernardus Winery barrel tasting backed with savory barbeque oysters, live country music and a family-style barbeque lunch. Celebrate the 2018 vintage firsthand in Ingrid’s Vineyard with winemaker Dean DeKorth and vineyard manager Matt Shea as hosts. Space is limited and reservations are required.

 

4rd Annual Craftsman Exchange

Saturday, October 27, 2018

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

$75 per person, plus tax & gratuity

An annual favorite saluting a cache of culinary superstars including seaweeds farmers, craft cheese mongers, heirloom fruit enthusiasts, local beer artisans, bee keepers, fungi foragers and wine producers for a convivial showcase of flavor and style. Enjoy a casual Carmel Valley vibe in a sophisticated setting where alfresco seating, warm hospitality, and vineyard views are paired with tastes throughout.   Space is limited and reservations are required.

 

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Thursday, November 22, 2018

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Adults $95, Children ages 5-12 $32, plus tax & gratuity; children 5 years and younger are complimentary. Traditional Thanksgiving favorites accented with Chef Cal signature cuisine.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 22, 2018

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

$135 per person, plus tax & gratuity

An innovative four-course tasting menu combining intimate fireside seating overlooking breathtaking mountain and vineyard views.

 

4th Annual Pure Decadence Event

Thursday, December 13, 2018

6:30 pm

$350 per person, plus tax & gratuity

It’s tough at the top! Indulgence hits a high note at the annual event that continues to wow palates and literally blow minds. Celebrate the world’s top culinary treasures as the evening kicks off with caviar and a glass of champagne or black truffle martini and behind the scenes stroll into Chef Cal’s award-winning kitchen for savory bites right “off the line.” On tap are winter’s most decadent delights: France’s black truffles, Maine’s lobster, ranch-raised Wagyu beef and locally foraged golden chanterelles. Chef Cal combines these inspiring ingredients with rare wines from around the world to create the ultimate winter menu. The tasting menu exemplifies how luxury ingredients can be preserved, reinterpreted and crafted into sophisticated dishes. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

 

Winter Solstice at The Spa

Thursday, December 21, 2018

8:30 am – 6:30 pm

Price included in service.

The Winter Solstice is the start of the solar year and a significant time of ritual, reflection and renewal. Choose from the Spa at Bernardus Lodge’s award-winning array of relaxation services including massage, bodywork, facials or salon services and extend the spa day with complimentary Winter Solstice activities including holiday cookie and cider hour, wine tasting, fire dancers and starlight swim. Note: A minimum 50-minute service must be booked in order to enjoy the spa facilities and Winter Solstice events.

 

Christmas Eve Dinner – Monday, December 24, 2018, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Christmas Day Dinner – Tuesday, December 25, 2018. 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

$145 per person, plus tax & gratuity

An innovative four-course tasting menu celebrating the season with intimate fireside seating overlooking breathtaking mountain and vineyard views.

 

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Monday, December 31, 2018

5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

$195 per person, plus tax & gratuity

Ring in the New Year with a sinful six-course tasting menu showcasing chef Cal’s culinary prowess. Focused on healthy, seasonal fare, the menu reflects on the ultimate pleasure of what exceptional dining does for your soul.

 

New Year’s Day Brunch with Live Music

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Price off Menu

Enjoy live music with a backdrop of a fresh New Year and sumptuous brunch.

 

BACKSTORY

Perennially recognized by discerning readers of Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Resorts” and Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top Resorts” and as well as a Wine Spectatoraward recipient (2001-2017), this Forbes Travel Guide Four Star property has long set the gold standard for wine country vacationing.   Reopened after a full resort renovation in 2015, Bernardus Lodge & Spa is set on 28 pristine Carmel Valley acres awash with vineyards and lavender and boasts 73 luxurious guestrooms, suites & villas, the signature Spa at Bernardus Lodge, award-winning Lucia Restaurant & Bar, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, a hilltop adults-only infinity Jacuzzi, an alfresco croquet and bocce court, two tennis courts and 4,300 sq. ft. of meeting space.  Woodside Hotel Group, an operator of a portfolio of distinguished independent luxury properties throughout Northern California, is the management company for the property. 

 

For information, visit www.bernarduslodge.com.

Doron Levin weighing in on President Trump’s comments

SiriusXM host Doron Levin weighing in on President Trump’s comments – during his State of the Union address – on Detroit and the auto industry.

AUDIO: https://soundcloud.com/siriusxm-news-issues/doron-talks-sotu

“…State of the Union message from President Donald Trump and he did take the time to make a shout out to Detroit and to the auto industry.

I think we should talk about it because he did say in his speech that because of him the country was building and expanding auto plants, something that we haven’t seen in decades. That was one of his assertions.

He also said that very soon auto plants were going to be opening all over because of him.

With the President you always have to fact-check what he said. Afterwards he said that this was the biggest audience that had ever heard a State of the Union address and, of course, that wasn’t true but, we have to fact-check this stuff about the auto industry too. It turns out that while he does want to take credit for this there’s some good and there’s some bad.

The good is that it is true that we have had a big boom in the stock market and in personal wealth since he came into office. I don’t how much that can hang on him but it’s going to be that we can buy more cars, probably.

And that people are feeling optimistic and that’s going to be very good for the car makers. And I love it when the car makers are doing well because it means they can invest more in new models and we can get more features. And the whole mobility scene gets better because people are feeling confident and buying new vehicles so, that’s very good news.

As far as the assertion, that we’re now going to have a bunch of new car plants because of him let’s look at that.

In the last 20 years, and this is mostly when he’s not been President, global car makers have actually invested 75 billion dollars in the United States. What we need to understand is that the United States is a very good place to not only to build vehicles but also to export vehicles that’s because this is a very profitable market, it’s because we have very favorable trade agreements and I hope that doesn’t get messed up with the North American Free Trade Agreement being renegotiated in a way that isn’t advantageous to us. President Trump has said that he’s going to re-negotiate that and that has to be done carefully because that has worked out for us.

We have a new Volvo plant coming soon to South Carolina; a new Mercedes Benz plant in Alabama; we have additions coming to the BMW plant in South Carolina; Toyota and Mazda are going to build a new plant in Alabama; and even Chrysler is going to bring back some of its truck production from Mexico to Michigan, which is good news for the UAW and good news for the Michigan economy.

So, yes, the place is great for building vehicles and I think the Presdient was right to highlight that stuff but, we can’t say that it’s basically because of him. It’s been happening, actually a trend, a long-term trend, long before he even announced he was going to run for President so, let’s put that in some kind of perspective.

The important thing about this truck deal that Chrysler has now in Michigan is that it’s really being done as a hedge against the possibility that trade agreements that made it advantageous to build trucks in Mexico and bring them back to the United States may change. And if that changes then Chrysler needs to be building those trucks in the United States and it’s important for the administration not to mess up trade rules.

Now, I know a lot of you tune in to this show to hear about cars but, part of hearing about cars is also hearing about how they’re built, where they’re built, why they’re exported to where they are, and why they’re imported to where they are and a lot of that has to do with the trade rules. So, we look forward to all of that being negotiated in a way that’s advantegous to us in the United States and I think that that’s going to happen.

I don’t foresee that the North American Free Trade Agreement or some of the other agreements that allow cars and trucks to be built in Canada, United States, and Mexico and parts built in those places that allow them to go across the borders more or less without tariff I don’t foresee that changing. One thing that might happen, that the administration may do, and this is why no one really wants to contradict the President on this and get him upset, is a rethinking of some of the stricter fuel-efficiency rules and that could mean that we could see, soon, a relaxation which the auto makers would like, because they don’t want to bring in electric vehicles more quickly than people actually want to drive them.”

SiriusXM’s “In The Driver’s Seat with Doron Levin” airs every Saturday at 12:00pm ET on SiriusXM Insight channel 121.

MILLION DOLLAR LISTING LOS ANGELES

BRAVO’S “MILLION DOLLAR LISTING LOS ANGELES” SEALS THE DEAL WITH A SUPERSIZED PREMIERE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 AT 9PM ET/PT
 

The Series’ First Female Tracy Tutor Maltas Joins the Cast for Season Ten

 

Bravo Media’s favorite LA agents continue to broker big deals and drama when “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” returns with a supersized premiere, Thursday, November 2 from 9 – 10:15 PM ET/PT. In season ten, the men of MDLLA get a run for their money when leading female agent, Tracy Tutor Maltas joins agents, Josh Altman, Josh Flagg, Madison Hildebrand, James Harris and David Parnes. With high prices and low inventory, competition is fierce as these agents venture out to conquer new territory in real estate and their personal lives. Season nine of “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” averaged 1.6 million total viewers, up 7% from the prior season.

For a sneak peek of what’s to come, please click: http://www.bravotv.com/million-dollar-listing-los-angeles/season-10/videos/on-season-10-of-million-dollar-listing-los 

 
This season, Josh Flagg is officially off the market as he enters into uncharted territory preparing to marry his fiancée Bobby. However, as the big day approaches an explosive conflict between Josh and Bobby puts everything at risk. Josh Altman’s business is doing better than ever but the arrival of his new baby girl is challenging him in ways that he’s never imagined. Meanwhile, Madison Hildebrand might just be having the best year of his life. Not only is business in Malibu stronger than ever, but he’s found love with his new boyfriend, Cody. Brits, James Harris and David Parnes find themselves in tough situations with demanding sellers and decide to take on a new project that will change the Los Angeles skyline forever. Meanwhile, newcomer Tracy Maltas struggles to maintain a work life balance with a husband and two daughters at home while expanding her business and butting heads with the rest of the boys.
 

Meet Tracy Tutor Maltas:

With over 15 years of experience Los Angeles native, Tracy Tutor Maltas is one of the top agents at Douglas Elliman West. She has an undeniably strong presence and a confidence that has propelled her into the rooms of some of the most powerful people in LA. Tracy’s clients are primarily by referral. She prides herself on nurturing those relationships and with a strong in-house team she has her personal network of talent on speed dial including many of the hottest designers, architects and builders. Tracy has represented some of the most powerful brands in real estate. She has consulted for the luxury five star hotel and resort, Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah on the sales of over $400 million dollars in branded real estate and more recently has been chosen to represent one of the most exciting new developments to come to Los Angeles, the West Hollywood EDITION Hotel and Residences launching in early 2018. 
 
“Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” is produced for Bravo by World of Wonder Productions with Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Chaz Morgan and Maryam Jahanbin serving as Executive Producers and Shahram Qureshi serving as Co-Executive Producer.
 

About Bravo Media:

Bravo Media is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content focusing on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital, and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” “Imposters,” and “Odd Mom Out,” in addition to unscripted favorites such as Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises, as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: on demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.

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Automotive Video Association Top Finalists

(Courtesy of Instagram— Mercedes-AMG)


THE AUTOMOTIVE VIDEO ASSOCIATION (AVA) ANNOUNCES TOP FINALISTS FOR THE AVA AWARDS – APPROPRIATELY TITLED: “THE MOUNTAIN RUN”



— Performance is the Theme for 2017 with 12 Vehicles Making the List —




The Automotive Video Association (AVA), which represents nearly 500 million unique viewers per year, today announced the list of finalists for the first-ever AVA Awards. The AVA award program will be hosted Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, and held at the Resort of the Mountain in Welches, Oregon. Titled “The Mountain Run,” the AVA selected High Performance as the vehicle category for 2017 pitting some of the world’s most incredible cars and SUV’s up against one another in an all-out battle for driving supremacy. The Finalists are:
Performance Car

 
Performance SUV

 
Awards competition programs are serious business in the auto industry and the AVA has developed a program that both tests out the cars capabilities, but also sets a tone of having fun while doing it. Consumers in the market place do care about horsepower numbers, but they also car about how a car will function as a daily driver. They care about how the Bluetooth works and whether the adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning actually help the driver operate the vehicle. The AVA Award program sets out to showcase all that is great about these top finalist vehicles, but also where they may be lacking in some areas. One vehicle will be crowned in each category, but the scores will be public knowledge on all vehicles.

The AVA was formed by video media outlets that span the country and this group represents the auto industry’s first-ever national media organization that focuses on video exclusively. 
The AVA was established to provide media outlets that specialize in video content the ability to promote their industry, which is the fastest growing segment within the spectrum of automotive media. The organization is made up of some of the most prominent and most followed automotive outlets in the country.

Over the past month, the AVA has been solicited by a handful of video media outlets to join this organization. The AVA looks forward to having more members join and to do this in a way that benefits all parties involved, the AVA is developing a solid foundation in 2017 and 2018 with its founding members. Once this association has been fully developed and two AVA Awards events have taken place, the group will gladly open its doors to new members.

The AVA has no boundaries and its content spans the globe. The new coalition helps promote the video aspect of covering the greater auto industry. The organization also isn’t limited to just card carrying journalists. The AVA has members that have a variety of backgrounds. The unifying nature is video and all video content is owned by its members.

The overarching goal of the AVA is to promote video as the primary outlet for content, but is also aimed at auto makers as well to showcase the power of video. Consumers today, look to video for their news. The combined bandwidth of the AVA is in the millions for monthly unique views. This is something no traditional media outlet can do.

Although we reported on the founding members in our last news release, the below is a quick reminder of these media groups are:

Nik Miles (OurAutoExpert.com) – Northwest

Roman Mica (The Fastlane Car) – Midwest

Alex Dykes (AlexOnAutos) – Northern Cal

Kyle Lindsey (Saabkyle04) – North Carolina

Sofyan Bey (Redline Reviews) – DC

Jason Fenske (Engineering Explained) – Idaho

Matt Maranowski (Matt Maran Motoring) – Pennsylvania

 
For more details and information on the Automotive Video Association, please contact DRIVEN360 at 310-374-6177 or officeadmin@godriven360.com.       

Daimler × Via

Daimler makes strategic investment in Via
Via, the world’s leading on-demand shared rides technology developer and provider, announced today that industry-leading automotive company Daimler AG will make a strategic investment to support Via’s continued rapid growth.

Via and Daimler set up joint venture to bring on-demand shared rides to Europe 

Building on a partnership that began in 2015, Via and Daimler will significantly intensify their cooperation, establishing a joint venture to launch on-demand shuttle services powered by Via’s revolutionary technology across Europe, and to license Via’s on-demand shuttle operating system to European transit authorities and municipalities. Adding to the strategic investment of Daimler Mobility Services, Mercedes-Benz Vans will invest $50 million in the new joint venture with Via.

“We are delighted to have the Daimler Group on board as an investor and strategic partner. Combining Via’s technology with the exceptional design and engineering of Mercedes-Benz Vans is ideal for our vision of offering efficient, affordable, sustainable, and convenient shared rides everywhere,” says Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via.

“Via’s world-class engineering team is perfecting the operating system that will power the future of mobility. We are excited to bring our proprietary technology and operational excellence to Europe through the new joint venture with Mercedes-Benz Vans,” says Oren Shoval, co-founder and CTO of Via.

Via and Daimler to launch on-demand shared rides in London 

London will be the first city to launch the new Via-Daimler on-demand shuttle service by the end of 2017, with expansion to additional European cities to follow soon after. Via’s shared ride platform is currently available in New York City, Chicago, and Washington DC, providing over 1 million rides per month. The company’s smart routing algorithms allow passengers to be picked up and dropped off in an endless stream without taking riders out of their way.

Via and Daimler to design optimized shared ride vehicle 

As part of their strategic partnership, Daimler and Via will also collaborate on the design of an optimized Mercedes-Benz Vans shuttle for on-demand shared ride use, and will develop systems for efficiently managing and optimizing fleets of electric and autonomous shuttles.

“On-demand ride-sharing offers many new ways of making city traffic efficient, needs-based and sustainable – especially when it involves the use of spacious, safe and comfortable vans,” says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “Via is one of the most successful providers in the growing ride-sharing sector while Mercedes-Benz Vans has the perfect vehicles that are being continuously optimized for this job. By deepening our cooperation with Via, we are thus taking the next logical step in the context of our strategy for the future and are expanding our range of new mobility services.” The cooperation is another milestone of the adVANce strategy of Mercedes-Benz Vans focusing on the transformation from a vehicle manufacturer to a provider of holistic van system solutions.

About Daimler 

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance, financial investments, credit cards, and innovative mobility services.

About Via 

Via is re-engineering public transit, from a regulated system of rigid routes and schedules to a fully dynamic, on-demand network. Via’s mobile app connects multiple passengers who are headed the same way, allowing riders to seamlessly share a premium vehicle. First launched in New York City in September 2013, the Via platform currently operates in New York City, Chicago, and Washington DC, providing over a million rides per month, and is growing rapidly. Via also licenses its revolutionary on-demand transit technology to transportation operators globally. For more information, visit www.ridewithvia.com.

TIDAL × MERCEDES-BENZ

(Courtesy of MBUSA)
Mercedes-Benz and global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL, have announced a long-term partnership – in the next few months, Mercedes-Benz customers that have connected their car to the Mercedes me Portal will be able to access a complimentary TIDAL HiFi membership. Customers will be able to stream more than 50 million songs, over 185,000 music videos and hundreds of carefully curated playlists, free of charge for twelve months in their vehicles, on their smartphones or on their music systems at home. Not just a streaming service, TIDAL also offers a variety of exclusive content in High Fidelity sound quality to its members across 52 countries. The TIDAL X program connects artists directly with fans via one-of-a-kind live events, meet & greets, ticket giveaways, livestreams and more with artists like JAY-Z, Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Nicki Minaj, Damian Marley, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys and more. Providing a platform for fans to engage with the musicians they love is key to the TIDAL experience. Mercedes-Benz and TIDAL are marking the launch of their collaboration with an exclusive concert taking place during the me Convention at Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA).

“Thanks to the cooperation with TIDAL, we are enhancing the Mercedes me lifestyle range with a unique entertainment experience. Our customers can stream music and videos at home or on the go virtually unlimited. We also offer exclusive opportunities to contact artists or experience them live”, Dr Jens Thiemer, Vice President Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars, explains.

For the launch of their collaboration, Mercedes-Benz and TIDAL are presenting an exclusive concert Friday, 15 September, 2017 at the me Convention in Frankfurt. The artist will be announced shortly and participants of the me Convention can sign up for a ticket via the event App during the convention. Additional tickets will be raffled over the Social Media channels of TIDAL and Mercedes-Benz

“TIDAL is honored to partner with the world’s premiere automobile manufacturer,” said Lior Tibon, TIDAL. “The joint mission of superior quality and excellence is a natural synergy between both brands. Mercedes customers value ingenuity and we’re proud to share TIDAL’s elevated music and entertainment experience with them.”
Starting from 2018 all Mercedes me customers are provided with a free 12-month subscription in hi-fi streaming quality. After that complimentary trial, customers can continue to use the TIDAL subscription to access albums, live streams, and Tidal X concerts for €9.99 (premium quality) or €19.99 (hi-fi quality). There will also be Mercedes-Benz playlists at www.tidal.com.


About the me Convention

As part of IAA in Frankfurt, Mercedes-Benz and South by Southwest (SXSW) are organising the first me Convention – an inspiring platform to discuss topics of the future. On 15 and 17 September 2017, the me Convention will bring together the technology, design and creative industry for a dialogue about the future. Under the slogan #createthenew, the focus will be on the topics New Creation, New Urbanity, New Leadership, New Realities, and New Velocity. Topics of the future will be discussed critically in workshops, expert panels, keynotes, co-working spaces, and on interactive platforms. The me Convention will take place in the Festhalle Frankfurt in a festival-type atmosphere and will be accompanied by a line-up of evening events with parties and concerts in the city’s Bahnhofsviertel, the quarter surrounding the railway station. For more information about the programme and me Convention, the events, and the lecturers, please visit www.me-convention.com.


About TIDAL

TIDAL is a global, experiential, entertainment platform built for fans, directly from artists around the world. TIDAL members enjoy exclusively curated content that directly connect artists with their fans in multiple ways. The service offers high-fidelity, CD sound quality music, high resolution video, an opportunity to discover new artists via TIDAL Rising and unique experiences via TIDAL X. TIDAL is available in more than 52 countries, with more than a 50 million song catalog and 185,000 high quality videos.

Follow TIDAL at http://facebook.com/tidal, http://twitter.com/tidalhifi and https://instagram.com/tidal/

More information from Mercedes-Benz
www.media.daimler.com and www.mercedes-benz.com

For more information about TIDAL, please visit www.tidal.com