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So I have been wondering...
Hodinkee editor Ben was given an RS7 to drive all over Europe this weekend, prior to an article and photoshoot they were doing for a watch company.
I don't know that it was given by the company that they were doing the article for/about, but it certainly seems like it would skew the article regardless.
Is the journalistic integrity of Hodinkee at risk when they receive things like this?
I know they aren't critical of many things on the site, but it seems like it is off kilter.
Thoughts?

It's called a press car for a reason and its not the first time, he had Bentley for Basel world, I think he has a good relationship the vag group as he drives a Q5 himself.

Its more a promotional tool for Audi and a way to ad a lifestyle touch to it than anything else, I highly doubt anyone who's intrested in a RS7, is going to buy it based on a review from a watch site and it looks better than them riding round in a Focus from Avis.

It's the same car /drive took across southern Germany a couple weeks ago, so I'm more interested in what kind of mileage that car has and how it's holding up more than anything.

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Amazing how hard you can go on yourself with a change of angle, tempo, rest between sets, or sequence of exercises.

Supersets with a minute break between sets kills me every time.
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It's called a press car for a reason and its not the first time, he had Bentley for Basel world, I think he has a good relationship the vag group as he drives a Q5 himself.

Its more a promotional tool for Audi and a way to ad a lifestyle touch to it than anything else, I highly doubt anyone who's intrested in a RS7, is going to buy it based on a review from a watch site and it looks better than them riding round in a Focus from Avis.

It's the same car /drive took across southern Germany a couple weeks ago, so I'm more interested in what kind of mileage that car has and how it's holding up more than anything.

I understand press cars, but for car related press. 

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Agree with Hroi - watches cars and deadlifts intermixed with Kate uptom then back to watches. This thread is on fire

I'm jealous. I've never lifted that heavy and ever since I tore my pec , shoulder and bicep doing BJJ, those days of crushing it in the gym are long gone I'm afraid.

Owning a DSSD I still wouldn't contemplate going after 500 lbs. I'll stick with my wide grip deads - love em but also hate them like crazy
Edited by rnguy001 - 5/19/14 at 6:34pm
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Siatica, Gout & Grand Seiko FTW
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LOL @ Hayward.

You got 'em.... and you're definitely smokin 'em.

Le boots....R.M. Williams, non?
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Looks like RMW to me.

Lovely combo there, Hayward. Well done.
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Thank you kind sirs. Didn't even notice my Mallees in the picture!
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Originally Posted by bkotsko View Post
 

So I have been wondering...

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It's called a press car for a reason and its not the first time
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I understand press cars, but for car related press. 

 

I think BK's point was not so much "why the Audi RS7?" as "why the lavish freebie?", and whether that takes away from the integrity of the article.  Press junkets are nothing new, but for instance, a couple of bloggers were mentioning recently how they don't accept free goods in return for a review e.g. "here's my new hand-made tie, free of charge, why don't you write what you think of it?".  The assumption would be not necessarily of untruth, but a natural burden of human politeness out of gratitude.

 

So, when the watch maker's PR team call up Mr Dink and say "hey, why don't you drive this luxury car around the Cote d'Azur for a few days on us, and of course we're picking up the hotel and bar bill, and when you get to your room, yes that baggy of coke and the two teenaged hookers are all yours free of charge...now, here's the watch, enjoy and write what you want, obviously..." *wink*...perhaps we can ask a similar question?

 

I'm not saying their reviews are biased, but then again, I've never seen them write a review about anything that says it sucks.  Perhaps it's that way around?  These guys never say anything really bad in their reviews, so they're the ones who get the car, the coke and the Sakaeva twins?*

 

 

*Allegedly

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Some great stuff back there gents nod[1].gif
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Looking good Dax nod[1].gif

Thanks. Good to see some love for the older watches in this thread. What's astonishing when you put one on is how light they are compared to a modern watch (although I'm comparing it to a 42mm Explorer II which is a bit of a brick).

Back to Reverso today.

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I think BK's point was not so much "why the Audi RS7?" as "why the lavish freebie?", and whether that takes away from the integrity of the article.  Press junkets are nothing new, but for instance, a couple of bloggers were mentioning recently how they don't accept free goods in return for a review e.g. "here's my new hand-made tie, free of charge, why don't you write what you think of it?".  The assumption would be not necessarily of untruth, but a natural burden of human politeness out of gratitude.

So, when the watch maker's PR team call up Mr Dink and say "hey, why don't you drive this luxury car around the Cote d'Azur for a few days on us, and of course we're picking up the hotel and bar bill, and when you get to your room, yes that baggy of coke and the two teenaged hookers are all yours free of charge...now, here's the watch, enjoy and write what you want, obviously..." *wink*...perhaps we can ask a similar question?

I'm not saying their reviews are biased, but then again, I've never seen them write a review about anything that says it sucks.  Perhaps it's that way around?  These guys never say anything really bad in their reviews, so they're the ones who get the car, the coke and the Sakaeva twins?*


*Allegedly


If you look at some of the other freebies they have gotten, it's not really THAT big looking at their site/instagram I found 5 star hotel, Bugatti's, Trips to Dubai, MB CLS, F1 driving etc., so it's by no means new and it add's a lifestyle/branding aspect, as it looks better than them driving in the before mentioned Focus and staying in a 3 star hotel, the most important question is actually does it pay of for the car manufacture?

Personally I think it's a giant waste of money and it leads to 0 sales, especially if you google round and see some smaller lifestyle/fashion blogs who get flown to France to drive a Bentley round, with their readership it can't be a good deal, but to be honest would you say no? The F1 experience thing they did got 300ish words and small video for what $20k worth of freebie.

Whether or not the freebies skews the review I don't know, but it makes them write about the product, which they might not have in the first place.

I wrote some posts for a large design blog years ago and I still get invites to press events from everywhere right from B&O to car manufactures, so some PR agencies shoot with spread pellets.


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I understand press cars, but for car related press. 

Like I said it looks better and adds lifestyle element and some sort of co branding correlation, they had a CLS for BaselWorld a couple years ago, so its not the first time.



I think it would be a better deal for the car manufactures to "give" the cars to custom shops and have them lower them etc., as it creates focus in the right segment, TAG Motorsports RS7 made me like the RS7, which i didn't before and I have been looking at leasing prices since I saw the pictures. shog[1].gif
Edited by Find Finn - 5/20/14 at 1:37am
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Thanks, mate. Much appreciated smile.gif
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Agree with Hroi - watches cars and deadlifts intermixed with Kate uptom then back to watches. This thread is on fire

I'm jealous. I've never lifted that heavy and ever since I tore my pec , shoulder and bicep doing BJJ, those days of crushing it in the gym are long gone I'm afraid.

Owning a DSSD I still wouldn't contemplate going after 500 lbs. I'll stick with my wide grip deads - love em but also hate them like crazy

 

Sorry to hear. Injuries suck.  And they come back to haunt you like the goddarn ghosts of Christmas past or something.

 

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Supersets with a minute break between sets kills me every time.

 

Yeah those fast paced workouts kill me. On the plus side I get to skip the 20 mins or so of boring treadmill time!

 

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Siatica, Gout & Grand Seiko FTW

 

Hahahahah the awesomeness.

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