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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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The G-Wagen was already over-the-top.

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The Mercedes-AMG G63 is rolling excess, in every sense of the word. It's huge, expensive, loud, quick, and demands attention, but some people feel that it needs even more of all of those things. That's where tuner Brabus comes in, and as this G-Wagen shows, people are willing to shell out big money to own a Brabus-tuned G.

Among other upgrades, the Brabus B40S-800 and G800 Widestar packages brought more power, 20-inch forged wheels, a lift kit, a performance exhaust, extra bodywork, and carbon fiber trim as far as the eye can see. The already impressive twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 to boost output to 800 horsepower and 712 pound-feet of torque. An AMG nine-speed automatic transmission handles gear shifts, while a dual-range transfer case and three locking differentials help the hulking SUV handle off-road duties with ease.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G63 Brabus G800 Widestar The G63's interior is opulent and spacious.Bring a Trailer

Inside, the G-Wagen features quilted Nappa leather upholstery, carbon fiber trim, and aluminum accents throughout. Features include a Burmester sound system, blind spot monitors, ambient lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, and plenty more. An AMG flat-bottom steering wheel, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and large center touchscreen highlight the front cabin. Just 900 miles are shown on the odometer.

2021 Mercedes-Benz G63 Brabus G800 Widestar Power output has been boosted to 800 hp.Bring a Trailer

The standard G63 starts at over $156,000, so it's not surprising to see one with far more power and a laundry list of custom features with a current bid price of $376,000. The B40S kit alone costs $35,000, and then there's installation, tuning, and all of the surrounding work. That's before we even get to the lift kit and other work done here. The price tag is steep, but this may be one case where we can actually add things up to see where the selling price comes from, instead of ogling at the six-figure price tag with no context.

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The new Tiguan sports an all-new front-end design.

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The Volkswagen Tiguan is an interesting compact SUV with a fun-to-drive personality and plenty of style. After 14 years on sale, the Tiguan is just in its second generation, but VW has given it a significant update for the 2022 model year that brings new tech, updated styling, and a refreshed interior.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The rear has been massaged with new badging and standard LED taillights. Volkswagen

The restyled Tiguan is available in four trim levels: S, SE, and SE R-Line Black. All models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, but VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive can be optioned in.

Styling updates are the big story for the 2022 Tiguan. The front end is entirely new and carries design cues from the larger Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. LED headlights are now standard, and an illuminated light line is available for the SUV's grille. On the rear liftgate, the Tiguan model name lettering also mirrors that of the Atlas, with the name spelled out underneath the VW logo.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Most trims get an 8-inch touchscreen.Volkswagen

Inside, the Tiguan now comes standard with heated seats, while a heated steering wheel and ventilated seats are available. Cloth upholstery is standard, while mid-range trims get leatherette. The top SEL R-Line comes with leather and a perforated leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. Front-wheel drive models come standard with three rows of seating as well, making the Tiguan one of the more family-friendly vehicles in its class.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The top trim gets upscale leather upholstery.Volkswagen

The base Tiguan S comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen running Volkswagen's excellent MIB 2 software, but all others get MIB 3 infotainment software running on a glass-covered 8.0-inch touchscreen. The automaker notes that it's a capacitive touch system, which functions more like a smartphone than other infotainment systems, which sometimes require pressure to register a touch input. All Tiguans get a digital gauge cluster with an 8-inch display, while the top SEL R-Line upgrades to a 10.25-inch configurable gauge cluster that offers full-screen navigation and other views.

Pricing for the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at $25,995 for the base S trim with front-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the prices to $27,495. All Tiguan models will see a $1,195 destination charge tacked on at the bottom line.

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