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Avondale Group dealerships roll out rewards program in partnership with DFW businesses

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas is one of the businesses that is a part of the new rewards program.

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Avondale Group's automotive dealerships have launched a new rewards program, Avondale Access Rewards. The program is a next step in the company's pathway to enhancing the experience of owning a vehicle purchased at an Avondale dealership.

"We are thrilled to introduce the Avondale Access Rewards program," said Liz Shafton, Communications & Experiential Marketing Director for Avondale Dealerships. "Our goal at Avondale Group is to always elevate the experience of our clients while celebrating a milestone, the purchase of a vehicle, and Access Rewards speaks to this mission."

When clients purchase a vehicle from any Avondale they receive an Access Rewards portfolio that includes exclusive curated offers from local partners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Current partners include: Lombardi Family Concepts, Mi Dia From Scratch, Winewood Grill, The Adolphus Hotel, Lilium Florals, Bachendorf's, The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, Toro Toro Fort Worth, Beretta, Alicia Connolly Design, Hotel Vin, Ride Alto, Stanley Korshak, and Hidden Door Spa.

"We have garnered absolutely incredible partners and are eager to connect our wonderful clients with the experiences these local businesses have curated," added Shafton.

The Avondale Group family of dealerships includes:

Avondale Select, a vehicle leasing program, and Avondale Collision and Repair are also part of the brand portfolio.

The Avondale Access Rewards program kicked off March 1, 2021.

Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land offers a similar program, but it is confined to one dealership and Houston area businesses.

Some automakers also offer rewards for using their services and purchasing vehicles from their dealerships. This includes Ford, which recently launched the FordPass Rewards Visa. In exchange for using their FordPass Rewards Visa Card to pay for purchases, customers can earn points that they can use toward dealership purchases, including service. Users also get $200 each year when they spend $6,000 in 12 consecutive billing cycles after opening the account. Customers get a $100 statement credit when they spend $3,000 within the first three billing cycles after opening an account.

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The Recreation Module fits into the Cullinan's boot.

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

If you're driving in your Rolls-Royce Cullinan and hear Rare Earth come on the radio, it's generally not a bad thing. If you happen to change the lyrics to their best-known hit to "I just want to recreate", Rolls-Royce has a solution for you.

The new Recreation Module brings bespoke storage solutions for adventure enthusiasts to the bespoke SUV in proper Rolls-Royce fashion. This isn't just underfloor storage or bins. This is an entire solution designed around an owner's hobbies.

The 48-liter motorized drawer cassette fits invisibly into the luggage compartment of the Cullinan. Via the touch of a button, the Module slides open to reveal equipment, accessories, and paraphernalia that has been personally selected by the motor car's commissioning client. This is no junk drawer setup. Each item is ensconced in its own individual, tailored container.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Recreation Module The Recreation Module allows for bespoke storage.Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Recreation Module

Rolls-Royce designers are able to trim out the Module to match or contrast with the car's interior and exterior.

Cullinan owners who wish their model had come with the Recreation Module aren't out of luck. They can have the Module retrofitted to their vehicle - the electric connections are already existing.

Rolls-Royce clients that demand even more can have multiple Modules configured. Say, for example, the owner is simultaneously a shooting, skiing, and photography fanatic but they don't do all those at once. Before setting off to a hunt, heading out to ski, or setting out on an excursion, the owner can install the proper Module in the cargo area while leaving the others behind.

You may remember a similar storage solution from 2019. That year, Rolls-Royce commissioned photographer Mark Riccioni to create a series of innovative and subversive images featuring Black Badge Cullinan, under the cover of darkness, in Los Angeles. To support the project, the marque developed a personalised Urban Photography Recreation Module, incorporating specialist equipment including a DJI Mavic Mini drone, 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro, 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro, Sennheiser PXC550 MkII noise-cancelling headphones, Persol PO3225-S sunglasses and outerwear from streetwear brand Supreme.

Cullinans outfitted with the Module do not have their cargo capacity lessened. The length and boot capacity remain the same as vehicles without the component.

Commissioners can have their Cullinan outfitted with both the Module and the Viewing Suite – two rear-facing sociably arranged either side of a retractable cocktail table. It too deploys via the touch of a button.

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Domino's and Nuro announced their partnership in 2019 — and now the robots are hitting the roads.

Photo courtesy of Nuro

After announcing their partnership to work on pizza deliveries via self-driving robots in 2019, Dominos and Nuro have officially rolled out their technology to one part of town.

Beginning this week, if you place a prepaid order from Domino's in Woodland Heights (3209 Houston Ave.), you might have the option to have one of Nuro's R2 robot come to your door. This vehicle is the first do deliver completely autonomously without occupants with a regulatory approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a news release.

"We're excited to continue innovating the delivery experience for Domino's customers by testing autonomous delivery with Nuro in Houston," says Dennis Maloney, Domino's senior vice president and chief innovation officer, in the release. "There is still so much for our brand to learn about the autonomous delivery space. This program will allow us to better understand how customers respond to the deliveries, how they interact with the robot and how it affects store operations."

Orders placed at select dates and times will have the option to be delivered autonomously. Photo courtesy of Nuro

Nuro Domino's delivery vehicle

The Nuro deliveries will be available on select days and times, and users will be able to opt for the autonomous deliveries when they make their prepaid orders online. They will then receive a code via text message to use on the robot to open the hatch to retrieve their order.

"Nuro's mission is to better everyday life through robotics. Now, for the first time, we're launching real world, autonomous deliveries with R2 and Domino's," says Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder and president, in the release. "We're excited to introduce our autonomous delivery bots to a select set of Domino's customers in Houston. We can't wait to see what they think."

California-based Nuro has launched a few delivery pilots in Houston over the past few years, including the first Nuro pilot program with Kroger in March 2019, grocery delivery from Walmart that was revealed in December 2019, and pharmacy delivery that launched last summer.

From being located in a state open to rolling out new AV regulations to Houston's diversity — both in its inhabitants to its roadways, the Bayou City stood out to Nuro, says Sola Lawal, product operations manager at Nuro.

"As a company, we tried to find a city that would allow us to test a number of different things to figure out what really works and who it works for," Lawal says on an episode of the Houston Innovators Podcast. "It's hard to find cities that are better than Houston at enabling that level of testing."

You can find out which self-driving vehicles are being tested in your neck of the woods by clicking here.


This article first appeared on AutomotiveMap's sister site InnovationMap.

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