When is BMW going to sort out its paintwork? There was more orange peel in the launch line-up of 3-series Tourings than in the Tango man’s dressing room. This citrus coachwork calamity isn’t just confined to BMW, but it doesn’t exactly help to confirm that you are buying a quality product when you hand over 30 big ones and find your next-door neighbour’s Mondeo has better paint.
There was lively discussion of typical buyers for the DS 7, a new mid-sized sports utility with a heavy marketing and design emphasis on French luxury. The three-year-old PSA Peugeot Citroën brand employed Sophie Marceau for its launch in China, but it’s hard to believe she peregrinates on anything other than an ethereal swan’s-down coach, pulled by gilded seahorses wearing jetpacks.
I would have been nine or 10 years old, bored in the back of my dad's Ford as we traipsed through France on tree-lined Routes Nationales on our annual holiday. Then a blast of air horns and a French-blue projectile hurtled past, its engine ringing a flat top-E like my dad's favourite sopranos. I nearly choked on my Iced Gems. What was that? "It's one of the new Renault Alpines," said dad. He knew his cars.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".