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ExxonMobil now offering 3% cash back when you pay with your Apple Card

Apple Pay now works in conjunction with the ExxonMobil app.

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ExxonMobil will now provide three percent Daily Cash back with users fill up at an Exxon or Mobil station using their Apple Card with Apple Pay. The offer is available on fuel, car washes and convenience store purchases at over 11,500 Exxon and Mobil stations across the United States.

Here's how it works. Exxon and Mobil consumers use Apple Card with Apple Pay in the Exxon Mobil Rewards+ app to pay for fuel at the pump. This makes it so you don't have to touch the payment-related buttons at the pump or insert your credit card.

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To make a convenience store purchase at check-out using Apple Card with Apple Pay, customers simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near the payment terminal to make a contactless payment.

According to a release, when they use the Exxon Mobil Rewards+ app, consumers will also earn points towards future savings through the Exxon Mobil Rewards+ program.

This news comes on the heels of the Worldwide Developers Conference where Apple unveiled its new iOS 14 operating system. There were also updates to Apple CarPlay, fresh Apple Maps upgrades regarding electric vehicles, and new phone-as-key functionality that is first being brought to the redesigned BMW 5 Series.

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The Lexus Monogram digital shopping experience allows buyers to purchase and finance a vehicle from the comfort of their home.

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The new Lexus Monogram retail experience is designed to provide flexibility to customers whether they're purchasing or just browsing, enabling them to initiate and compete the car buying and financing process from the comfort of their home.

Designed in partnership with Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Lexus Financial Services (LFS), the Monogram program puts buying power back in the hands of the customer, shifting to fit their preferences. Customers can choose the path that works best for them by starting their journey online, saving their progress in the "digital garage" to pick up where they left off at the dealer, or completing their purchase at home or at their Monogram dealer.

Lexus Monogram logo Lexus has created a new digital purchasing path for customers.Photo courtesy of Lexus

Lexus Monogram logo

The technology integrates with Lexus dealership inventory, allowing the dealerships' customer relationship management system (CRM) to continue to hold weight. It also works directly with the LFS system to allow financing application and acceptance completely online, should the customer choose that path.

"Our goal is to create greater transparency with our guests and efficiency for our dealers – whether that's in the showroom or online," said Andrew Gilleland, group vice president and general manager, Lexus Division. "From increased flexibility for guests to enhanced technology for our dealers, Monogram provides our brand the tools to anticipate guest expectations today and into the future."

The program is similar to Toyota's SmartPath digital buying experience. It's currently being piloted in select markets with plans to accelerate its availability through 2021. An all-new Monogram complete online experience, which expands to allow customers the ability to complete their purchase online, will roll out market by market starting in Spring 2021.

Lexus has recently added new products to its lineup that customers may want to shop for. The refreshed 2021 Lexus ES is currently on the market, as is the new Lexus LC 500 Convertible. Further revisions to the stable are expected in the coming year.

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Toyota has made it possible to buy a vehicle, including financing, without leaving home.

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Not visiting your local Toyota dealership is getting even easier. Toyota Motor North America (TNMA) has revealed the next iteration of its SmartPath retail experience, which allows customers to have the flexibility of doing the entire vehicle purchasing process online, including financing. Volkswagen rolled out a similar program last year.

TMNA worked in partnership with Toyota Financial Services (TFS) on the project, the pace of which was accelerated in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Cox Automotive COVID-19 Digital Shopping Study showing two out of three shoppers are more likely to purchase a vehicle 100 percent online.

The SmartPath service allows customers to choose the right path to ownership for them. They can start their journey online and come back to it later, complete their purchase at a dealership, or complete their purchase entirely online. At no time will SmartPath leave the internet, go to the break room, make a cup of coffee, and pretend to be negotiating a better rate for you.

Toyota SmartPath Toyota has laid out a complete path to ownership via online sales.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

"Our goal is to ensure we create the best experience for our customers and our dealers," said Jack Hollis, senior vice president, Automotive Operations, TMNA. "As our customers' expectations evolve, SmartPath provides our dealers the technology to exceed those expectations. Our shared mission is to make the experience of shopping, buying, and owning a Toyota as easy and carefree as driving one."

Currently, SmartPath is available to customers in select markets at more than 50 dealerships. An additional 50 dealerships will go online with the purchasing platform this spring. Toyota intends to aggressively enroll more dealers through 2021.

This year and next are expected to be busy ones for Toyota as they gear up to launch a next-generation Tundra along with other models that have undergone revisions, giving buyers more choices at as they shop online fro their next new vehicle.

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