An Introduction to TMG Technology

AutoTrader.co.uk now attracts around eleven million unique users a month, making it not just the UK’s largest automotive classified website, with an 87% share of page views, but also one of the most visited of all websites in the UK. Not bad, but we’re not stopping there.

Tim Jones, our CIO, gives an overview of what it’s like to work at Trader Media Group. We are a fast-paced business at the forefront of agile development with ambitious and exciting expansion plans ahead.

We’re always investing in new technology and naturally, new Developers (Graduate, Professional, Senior & Principal), Test Analysts, UX Developers, Business Analysts, Project Managers, Infrastructure and Operations Engineers…so if you think you can help take our operations to the next level, check out our Technology Careers Website

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by | February 14, 2013 · 5:47 pm

Heard it through the grape #vine

You’ve probably heard about Twitter’s new video-sharing service, Vine. The app, which is now available to download for iPhone, replicates the short and sweet nature of the micro-blogging network. We’ve been having a play around with it at TMG Towers and having watched others 6 second video contributions we’re now convinced that this is a pretty exciting development for social media.

Creativity thrives with constraints. It’s the unique selling point behind Twitter’s success. Where other social networks allow you to rant and rave until the cows come home, Twitter (should) make you tweet only the important details. Now Vine will encourage people to work within the channel’s constraints to produce clever videos that make the very best of a 6 second moving image.

Here’s a few of our favourites so far…Oh and you can click here to watch the full McLaren MP4-12C review:

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Introducing new Top Marques website

At Auto Trader we’re passionate about cars but our sister website, TopMarques.co.uk, is the destination for premium cars - from classic cars to the latest performance cars.

Top Marques the magazine was launched in 1994 and the website now has more than 100,000 cars for sale on the website, making it the largest premium stock on sale in the UK. So this month we decided to relaunch the website with an all new design. It’s now much quicker, easier and more enjoyable to use - featuring a new homepage, advanced search, improved listing capabilities and bespoke content including the latest news, reviews, features and advice.

We’ll be adding more and more content to the site as we go but to start us off, Top Marques presents the most comprehensive used car video guide to the stunning Bentley Continental GT. Editor-in-Chief Jon Quirk discusses everything you need to know about the GT with the General Manager of Jack Barclay, London, Derek Bennett.

Here’s what our Jon Quirk had to say about the relaunch: “The new Top Marques website is an important step in the brand’s digital future. We’ve listened to our customers – both buyers and sellers of prestige and performance cars – and used this information to present a more engaging and immersive digital showroom, as well as introduce editorial content that will not only stimulate search, but inform and reassure buyers in their purchasing decisions too.”

What do you think? Leave your comments below and watch this space to find out more exciting news from Top Marques: http://www.topmarques.co.uk/

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by | January 23, 2013 · 12:47 pm

VIDEO: Lotus Evora reviewed

The Lotus Evora S offers the best balance of steering, ride and handling performance of any car on sale, says Jon Quirk. Our man visited Lotus HQ in Hethel to test the company’s flagship coupe on road and track.

The Evora is a stunning car, both aesthetically and technically. For the money, the Evora S is one of the best drivers’ cars we’ve tested, but it’s the Porsche 911 that offers a more rounded ownership proposition. You’d need to be very committed to choose the Evora S over a 911, but we’d completely understand if you did.

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by | January 14, 2013 · 4:47 pm

Batmobiles: Nissan Juke Nismo

Batman Nissan Juke Nismo

To mark the release of The Dark Night Rises on Blu-Ray and DVD, Nissan have teamed up with Warner Bros to design this unique - Batman-inspired (!) – Nissan Juke Nismo.

This one-off comes complete with black 18-inch alloys, lowered sports suspension, a matte black finish and a whole load of Bat logos. So how does it compare with the rest of the Batmobiles?

We have pulled together our very own Batman-inspired gallery, from the Batmobile driven by Adam West in the 1966 TV series to the modern-day Bruce Wayne’s luxurious cruisers, check out these classic rides behind Gotham City’s mysterious Dark Knight.

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The Batmobile –“The Tumbler” (From Batman Begins/The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises)

2005 not only introduced the new look Batman films, but also showcased the new look Batmobile. Nicknamed “The Tumbler”, this ride loses its elegance and shine and instead takes on the gritty, down-to-business approach. This custom-built 2.5 tonne ex-military vehicle which uses a 5.7-litre Chevrolet V8 engine, can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 5 seconds. This along with the fact that this car comes with a detachable, bulletproof, explosive firing Batpod means you wouldn’t want to mess with this bad boy.

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Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 (From Batman Begins/The Dark Knight)

The Lamborghini Murcielago AKA Bruce Wayne’s ‘day car’. Far from subtle, but this beautiful piece of luxury certainly holds it stead against some of the more classical cars in Batman’s historical garage. Fitted with a 6.5-litre V12 engine, this lambo can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 211mph.

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Bentley Arnage (From Batman Begins)

The iconic Bentley Arnage defines luxury on a whole different sphere. From your action motors to your fast motors, this two tonne four door saloon acts as Bruce Wayne’s personal chauffeur service – complete with none other than Michael Caine, aka multi-talented Butler Alfred Pennyworth at the helm, if you’re Bruce Wayne of course.

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1995 Batmobile (From Batman Forever)

The caped crusader’s ultimate vehicle. This Batmobile was custom-built vehicle using a Chevrolet 350 ZZ3 racing engine from 1995, built out of carbon fibre, and featured grappling hooks and could theoretically climb walls – impressive skills!

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Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (From Batman Forever)

In 1995’s Batman Forever, Bruce Wayne’s priceless collection of classic cars is showcased, displaying the millionaire playboy’s petrolhead playthings. Just one of the many classic cars in the collection of was the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL -one of the world’s very first ‘supercars’ and the first petrol-powered car to offer fuel injection.

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Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith (From Batman Returns)

Sticking with the elegant theme, another of Bruce Wayne’ s chauffeur driven cars. 1992’s Batman Returns sees Alfred driving the effortlessly elegant Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. The Silver Wraith was made at the Crewe factory, and has been used as both the Irish and Brazilian presidential state cars – this car keeps only the most esteemed company.

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1989 Batmobile (From Batman)

The one which started Batman’s descent into darkness… director Tim Burton showcased a completely new Batman to cinema audiences across the world with his iconic film. And with an iconic film comes the iconic car. This new look Batmobile was built on chassis found in local scrap yards – one from a Chevrolet Caprice and another from a Buick Riviera, featuring a jet turbine in its nose and a Chevrolet V8 engine under the long bonnet.

image courtesy of imcdb (Internet Car Movie Database)

image courtesy of imcdb (Internet Car Movie Database)

Dodge 3700 GT (From Batman)

Batman’s legendary adversary ‘The Joker’ was made famous to cinema audiences across the world by Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman film. And the “Clown Prince of Crime” was seen driving an old Dodge 3700 GT – in his trademark colours of purple and green

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1966 Batmobile (From the television series of Batman)

Back before Batman was modernised into a dark playboy and philanthropist, him and his loyal sidekick Robin, were known as the lovable crime fighting duo. But what duo would be complete without a customised Batmobile with distinctive wing-shaped tailfins. The car that was designed by George Barris – a Hollywood custom car builder – based it on the Ford Futura concept car below.

Ford Futura Concept

 

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Digital radio still seen as the next big step for in-car technology

British drivers think hands-free driving will be the next big technological leap in motoring, research by Auto Trader and Digital Radio UK reveals.

The research looks at digital innovation in cars and reveals that UK motorists want technology to take some of the hassle out of driving. With 40% thinking self-park buttons are the next big thing and 35% believing voice commands are the future of motoring. However, despite the desire for hands-free driving, the top in-car innovation demanded by motorists is something that is already a part of life for some drivers – digital radio.

41% believe that DAB radios are the next leap forward for in-car technology, despite the fact that 15% of British drivers already have digital radios in their cars.

Nick King, Market Research Director at Auto Trader, says: “Digital technology has transformed the way consumers see the world over the past decade and motorists are no different. They have seen how voice recognition has changed phones and how apps have made previously complex things solvable at the press of a button. They now want motoring to be made as easy as possible by putting these features in cars. As we have seen in many other industries, the companies who respond and adapt best to changing consumer need will benefit most in the years to come.”

Although the Government has indicated the digital radio switch-over might take place in the next couple of years, misplaced concerns about the price of installing a digital radio may well be putting people off getting one installed. In-car digital radios can be picked up for around £70 and installation is available for as little as £30 but the motorists we surveyed believed on average it would cost them £202 – more than double the actual cost.

The concerns over price come at the same time as the vast majority (71%) of motorists believe having a DAB radio installed will add value to the price of their car. Nick King continues: “At the moment motorists have conflicting views on digital radio. Despite the fact it is already here they think it will be the next great innovation and despite believing it will be an investment and add value to their car, they hugely over-estimate the costs involved in getting one. When/if the date of the digital switch-over is confirmed more people will have DABs fitted to their cars as potential buyers will demand it.”

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Win tickets to Motorcycle Live!

Fancy going to the UK’s biggest and best bike show? Well here’s your chance. We’ve got 2 pairs of all-inclusive day tickets to give away – giving you access to all of the latest bikes, clothes and accessories as well as non-stop entertainment from some of the biggest names in the biking world.

Do you think life’s better on 2 wheels? Then here’s how to enter our Twitter competition…

We have 2 pairs of tickets up for grabs which can be used any day between Saturday 24th November and Sunday 2nd December, so make sure you enter to get your hands on this fantastic prize!

Remember we’ll be direct messaging the winners on Twitter so you have to be following us in order to organise delivery of your prize!

Hurry competition closes tomorrow at midday…

 

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Men drive hard bargain: Owners’ Guide

The economic downturn has turned British motorists in to such good barterers that they haggled an average £939 off the price of a car, according to the Q3 2012 Auto Trader Owners’ Guide. Men apparently drive a harder bargain than women when it comes to price, on average saving £300 more than female car buyers.

The Auto Trader Owner’s Guide  is a quarterly in-depth examination of the automotive marketplace and what it means to car buyers, owners & sellers. The latest findings show how far the market is currently skewed towards buyers, with three-in-five motorists paying under the asking price for a new or used car in the past quarter (July-September).

Nathan Coe, Group Director of Auto Trader, said: “With so many sellers getting less than they were expecting for their cars it raises the question of whether this is people not valuing their cars appropriately or whether it’s buyers taking advantage of a weak market. Everyone knows buyers look at the state of the market before they purchase, but consumers have a lack of understanding about accurate pricing when it comes to selling. Sellers should do research through online valuation sites to prevent disappointment.”

Auto Trader’s Retail Price Index, which tracks the average asking price of used cars, indicates that the situation is starting to improve for sellers. Nathan Coe continues: “While it is a good time to buy, the market is starting to turn so buyers should not be complacent. Those who are willing to do their homework will usually get the best deals. It’s advisable to research the price and specifications of cars online ahead of making a purchase so buyers are armed with the knowledge and confidence that enables them to make more informed decisions.”

You can download the full Auto Trader Q3 Owners’ Guide here and check out some of the key facts below…

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Top 10 Halloween Cars

Here at Auto Trader, we love compiling a good list. Today we bring you a very bad list. A list of our favourite Halloween inspired cars – from the creepy to the downright terrifying.

10. Scary Smart Car

This little guy may not have the smartest costume but sometimes it’s the simplest things that work best. Genius!

9. Pinky and the brain

Looking like that weird brain villain, Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this bub wouldn’t need to beep to get us out of the way.

8. Coffin-mower

Not strictly a car but 10 points for effort goes to this kid’s coffin-mobile

7. Car vs Alien

We found Ridley Scotts’ Aliens scary enough when they were on legs but just imagine if they were motor powered!

6. Christine

No one wants to mess with Steven King’s evil-minded motor, Christine was way more than Arnie Cunningham bargained for when he bought this rather lovely looking Plymouth Fury – cue scary headlights.

5. Car Skeleton

If Gunther von Hagen made cars instead of frighteningly inappropriate anatomical exhibitions, this is probably what you’d get.

4. Ghost truck

Never mind the Ghost Train, that might have scared you when you were a child but it doesn’t have a patch on this terrifying truck!

3. The It car

Steven King inspires our fears again with this clown Beetle. We could never look at clowns the same way again after that Georgie scene in It.

2. Goldilocks car

Arguably the most frightening car you’ll never hope to see in real life. We reckon that Bear can just keep that car now, who’s going to ask him to give it back?!

1. Car Carnage

That’s a lot of effort they’ve gone to there, keeping that windscreen real clean.So this Zombie killer car had to top our list.

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Win tickets to Top Gear Live at the NEC

Fancy joining Clarkson, May and Hammond at the ultimate Top Gear event? Well here’s your chance… we’ve got tickets for Top Gear Live at the NEC in Birmingham and we’re giving them away to our Twitter followers.

To enter:

Competition is now closed

There are 9 pairs of tickets up for grabs – a limited selection of show times and dates are available for the Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October (these will be allocated to winners on a first come first served basis – so make sure you’re free!).

Remember we’ll be direct messaging the winners on Twitter so you have to be following us in order to organise delivery of your prize!

Hurry competition closes Thursday 18th October at 3pm…

 

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