The auto industry and the Olympics
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- BMW gets brand into Olympic stadium with Mini Minis
- BMW, GM, Jeep compete in the Olympics of marketing events
- London traffic will be challenge for BMW's fleet of 3,200 Olympics vehicles
- U.S. athletes benefit from BMW technology
- Jeep joins Olympics via USA Basketball sponsorship
- BMW to showcase fleet at Olympics
Hundreds of millions of people around the globe are expected to watch the London Olympic Games Friday through Aug. 12, and automakers are taking advantage of that massive audience to market their vehicles and sponsor athletes and teams.
BMW is the official automotive partner of the Olympics and is sponsoring a fleet of 3,200 vehicles that will shuttle athletes and VIPs around London, and much to the chagrin of some Londoners, specially marked Olympic-only lanes will be available for the BMW fleet and other official Olympic traffic.
BMW also is a sponsor of the U.S. track and field and swimming teams, providing training technology to help U.S. long jumpers and swimmers prepare for the games.
American viewers will see a number of Bimmers on the NBC broadcasts because BMW is the only import brand that will advertise during the games.
General Motors, meanwhile, secured exclusive domestic rights for the NBC broadcasts and will use the platform to launch a campaign for its new Cadillac ATS, which it hopes will compete with the BMW 3 series.
And with the star-laden U.S. men's and women's basketball teams expected to run away with the gold medals, Jeep has attached itself to the teams and has used TV, print, social media and other advertising methods to promote the connection.
"It strongly speaks to American pride," said Kim Adams House, head of Jeep advertising.
And isn't that what the Olympics are all about?
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