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Nissan will help you find friends to buy a car with

Nissan MicraNissan has launched a new shared car ownership scheme that is 100% digital and uses social media channels to match up groups of compatible sharers.

The scheme, called Nissan Intelligent Get & Go Micra, will launch in Paris in April 2017. Other cities, such as London, are expected to follow.

The firm argues it has the potential to “transform the traditional car sharing industry”. This is through the use of social media profiling: Nissan will use social algorithms to pair up suitable groups of people to co-own a Micra.

Nissan Intelligent Get Go Micra

With an added layer of geo-location tech, Nissan believes the new scheme will create a car sharing scheme that works for everyone. Members will pay monthly based on how much they use the car, so they “can expect no nasty surprises”.

The advantage of using social media is that co-owners will be paired up with like-minded people. They’ll likely be a similar age, live in the same area, share similar music tastes and so on: all important considerations when cars are used by multiple people.

And because you’ll know the other people in your co-share group, there’s more incentive to keep the car clean and tidy for others.

Everyone also enjoys much lower cost of ownership – insurance, servicing, smartphone app and in-car tech functions are all included in the price. Bose Personal Audio is also included: this uses speakers in the car’s headrests to enhance sound quality.

Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn launched the new Nissan Intelligent Get & Go Micra scheme at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal this week. “We are moving toward a future where car usage may be more flexible, social and shared,” he said.

“At Nissan, we’re pioneering new ways to allow drivers to enjoy the freedom and financial benefits of shared car ownership.”

The Nissan initiative comes a week after UK car insurer Admiral announced it would use Facebook profiling to help younger drivers get discounts on car insurance – a scheme quickly BLOCKED by Facebook itself.

It is not yet clear if Nissan plans to use Facebook profiling in its Micra car-sharing scheme. 

Man buys £825,000 Aston Martin on his phone

Man buys £825,000 Aston Martin on his phone

Man buys £825,000 Aston Martin on his phone

A visitor to this month’s Paris Motor Show liked a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 he saw so much, he hit the ‘buy it now’ button on his phone and paid for it using Apple Pay.

The Aston Martin was on display on auctioneer Coys’ stand, with a fixed price of £825,000. The sellers say the unnamed buyer was one of three interested parties – so he skipped the queue by downloading the Vero app and buying the Aston on the spot.

The right-hand-drive Silver Birch model had undergone a full restoration, including an engine rebuild, suspension refresh and gearbox overhaul after being rescued from storage, where it had spent the last 20 years.

Coys CEO, Chris Routledge, said: “This is an exciting achievement for COYS digital presence, which signals a new era for classic car sales.

“The ‘buy now’ feature on Vero will give informed and savvy collectors a crucial head start in a highly competitive marketplace. Collectors worldwide fight fiercely amongst themselves to obtain the best machines and we certainly feel that Coys’ presence on Vero will give our clients that essential edge.”

Man buys £825,000 Aston Martin on his phone

Facebook has just launched a new marketplace feature set to rival established websites such as eBay and Gumtree – meaning we could see exotic cars being sold through the popular social networking site in the future.

Vero’s co-founder and CEO, Ayman Hariri, added: “Classic cars set the pulse racing like few other things. We’re delighted that Coys have chosen Vero as the platform to express their love of classic cars. Coys remind us of the influence classic cars have on us through movies such as the Italian Job, Ronin, and of course, Bullitt.

“With Vero’s unique Buy-Now feature, Coys is offering collectors a new way to purchase the cars they’ve always dreamed of owning.”

If you’re disappointed at missing out on the Aston Martin, Coys currently has a £400,000 Ferrari Dino 246 once owned by Led Zeppelin’s manager, an £800,000 Ferrari Daytona and a £295,000 Bentley Continental S2 listed on its Vero profile.