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These 10 auto brands have the most fake social media followers

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are filled with fake followers.

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Being popular on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is a status symbol for many brands. They rely on clever posts, paid social media influencers, and product placement to help drive followers to their pages.

Pilot Fish Media, a marketing agency in Edinburgh, Scotland, recently studied the accounts of a number of brands' social media accounts, including those form the sports, beauty, and automotive industries and has determined which vehicle manufacturers have the most fake followers.

How do they get fake followers? They can be bought from a bot farmer, a $1.3 billion industry Wired covered in detail earlier this year. Twitter has reported that they're removing 7.5 million fake accounts per week.

Here are the worst offenders according to the study.

No. 10: Maserati

Fake Instagram followers: 41% | Fake Twitter followers: 33% | Average: 40%

No. 9: Lamborghini

Fake Instagram followers: 43% | Fake Twitter followers: 27% | Average: 42%

No. 8: Mercedes-Benz

Fake Instagram followers: 45% | Fake Twitter followers: 28% | Average: 43%

No. 7: Porsche

Fake Instagram followers: 44% | Fake Twitter followers: 31% | Average: 43%

No. 6: Bugatti

Fake Instagram followers: 44% | Fake Twitter followers: 34% | Average: 44%

No. 5: Ferrari

Fake Instagram followers: 44% | Fake Twitter followers: 34% | Average: 44%

No. 4: Mercedes-AMG

Fake Instagram followers: 45% | Fake Twitter followers: 33% | Average: 44%

No. 3: Jaguar

Fake Instagram followers: 47% | Fake Twitter followers: 32% | Average: 45%

No. 2: BMW

Fake Instagram followers: 47% | Fake Twitter followers: 32% | Average: 45%

No. 1: Audi

Fake Instagram followers: 47% | Fake Twitter followers: 32% | Average: 45%

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All statistics were accurate as of September 11, 2019.

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Grab this 2000 BMW M5 before someone else does

Classic good looks and a rowdy V8 are the story here.

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We could spend all day bemoaning the rise of car auction sites and their impact on prices, but that won't do any good. The damage has been done. Of course, there are exceptions to the sky-high pricing we typically see on auction sites, and some cars are worth the money. This 2000 BMW M5 is one of them, and its current auction bid of just $15,250 makes us think it could go for a decent price.

The E39 M5 is one of the most legendary and sought-aftersports sedans of all time. Its 4.9-liter V8 produced 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when it was new, which isn't all that crazy by today's standards, but an almost 400-horsepower family car was a big deal at the time. That magical engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive – an enthusiast's dream recipe.


2000 BMW M5 This car is in great shape for its age.Bring a Trailer


Inside, this car's tan leather upholstery looks great, and matches well with its black exterior. The seller has kept mods to a minimum, with just a set of aftermarket headlights on the list of changes. The car's original navigation system and head unit appear to be in place and the entire package is so well preserved it's amazing that the car hasn't drawn more interest so far.

Where this M5 will end up is anybody's guess. These cars are particularly difficult to find in any condition that could be called drivable, so this car's relatively low $15,000 current bid amount is surprising. Commentors on this auction are just as surprised as we are, and are asking where the love has gone for this M5. Of course, someone could swoop in at the last moment and start a bidding war, and with a full day left on the clock there's plenty of time for some action.


2000 BMW M5 The tan leather is nearly perfect.Bring a Trailer

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EQS buyers will have access to two years of free charging.

Electrify America

The Mercedes-Benz EQSis set to start hitting dealers' lots in just a few months, and the automaker is working drum up excitement for the all-new EV. Today, Electrify America announced that it will partner with Mercedes to offer charging services to buyers of the upcoming vehicle.

The agreement means that EQS owners will have two years of free charging, which includes 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America locations. The services go a step further, however, and will include the ability to plug and charge. This means that EQS owners who have activated their Mercedes me Charge accounts can start a free charging session just by plugging the vehicle into the charger. Electrify America says that no authentication or initiation steps will be required.


2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS is due to hit the market in late 2021.Mercedes-Benz


The agreement between Mercedes-Benz and Electrify America will also extend some services to future EQ battery-electric vehicles, as well as future Mercedes plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company notes that there may be costs to charge for those vehicles, but drivers will still be able to use the Mercedes me app to initiate sessions.

As more automakers jump in the EV game, free charging partnerships are becoming a bigger deal. Just last month, Hyundai announced that buyers of its Ioniq 5 EV will receive two years of free charging from Electrify America, and Ford offered free charging to its Mustang Mach-E customers, also through Electrify America, though The Blue Oval's offer only extended to 250 kilowatt-hours.

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS The partnership with Electrify America will provide access to chargers across the country.Mercedes-Benz


The EQS itself is Mercedes' first vehicle in what will become an electric sub-brand for the automaker. It will hit the market as a 2022 model late in 2021, and will be offered in two models. The entry level machine features 329 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, while the up-level EQS 580 4Matic will see 516 horsepower and 611 pound-feet of torque. Beyond its electric powertrain, the EQS will offer several advanced tech features, including a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 17.7-inch touchscreen. Even the passenger gets a display in the new car, as a second 12.3-inch screen will be positioned on the right portion of the dash.

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