De-coding 'brand washing' at the product development stage
Jaguar, Aston Martin, Land Rover
In an increasingly competitive automotive market, manufacturers invest a lot of time and money in developing products that offer competitive technology and performance, reflect the latest design trend and answer the consumer's slightest needs.
Simultaneously, considerable resource is put into developing brands to the point that the strongest ones stand as a 'short code' for a whole range of characteristics that become auto-suggestive to the potential customer.
It is well known that the brand can influence the consumer's perception of products. Similarly, the product characteristics can also have, over a longer period of time, a positive or negative impact on the primary brand.