Kia Niro ‘First Edition’ For – high quality, great value, terrific guarantee, impressive economy? Against – no 4×4, looks questionable. **** £26,995 Kia has plugged a gap in its range with its first small SUV, the Niro, and it’s a petrol electric hybrid. Kia says the Niro has been specially developed as a hybrid, and […]
Kia Niro ‘First Edition’ For – high quality, great value, terrific guarantee, impressive economy? Against – ...
Renault Megane Dynamique S Nav dCi 110 review. For – handsome, high-quality, wide choices, latest technology, ...
Infiniti Q30 Sport 2.0T 7DCT 4WD review. For – eye-catching, high quality, well-equipped, drives well, different. ...
Audi A3 1.6 TDI Sport review. For – high quality, great drive, huge range, unsurpassed technology. ...
Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT review. For – scintillating performance, moody looks, silly price. Against – ...
Fury, Panic Over Brexit Subsides As Calmer Views Prevail. “The E.U should not treat Britain as an escapee from prison, but as a potential compatriot” Initial handwringing about the sky falling on the automotive industry after Britain’s shocking decision (Brexit) to leave the European Union (E.U.) has been replaced by a less emotional determination to […]
VW Profitability Problems Could Undermine Financing Costs. Whatever Happened To Those Important Cost Cutting Talks? As the first anniversary of Volkswagen’s balance sheet shattering dieselgate disclosure looms, opinion is divided on the underlying health of the company. BMI Research worries that rising legal costs, and declining profits will hamper VW’s need for finance. Investment bank […]
BMW Profit Margin Beats Audi, Impresses Investors. Company Said Well Prepared For Any Possible Downturn. “continues to deliver solid sales growth and healthy mix” BMW increased second quarter earnings nearly 8% and its profit margin exceeded Audi’s, and although some investors are beginning to worry about an economic slowdown they reckon the Bavarians are well […]
FCA Problems Won’t Be Solved By Magneti Deal. “The results are solid but fall clearly short of the very strong results from competitors” Reports Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) was about to sell its parts making subsidiary Magneti Marelli to Samsung of Korea for $3 billion were welcomed by analysts, but FCA’s huge problems won’t get […]
Electric Car Sales Stall In Europe Despite Big Subsidies. “brutal reality is that the region’s half year electric car sales share remains stuck at 0.61%, and if anything, it appears to be slipping” European car makers plan to produce more electric cars and big government subsidies make them more affordable, but consumers are still refusing […]
Investors Calm After Security Problem Reports. Investors shrugged off reports that about 100 million old Volkswagen car security systems might be vulnerable to hacking. Volkswagen, in a statement, conceded that old vehicles might be vulnerable to hacking, but said all its current vehicles are free of the problem. It declined to respond to a question […]
Toyota Expects Operating Profit To Almost Halve. Foreign Exchange Movements Hurting The Company. Toyota Motor Corp said it expects operating profit in the financial year ending next March to drop 44 per cent to 1.6 trillion yen, a four-year low, because of the strength of the yen on foreign exchange markets. One trillion yen is […]
Ride-sharer Lyft Reportedly Turns Down GM Bid. Just As Well, Says FT’s Lex. General Motors has made an unsuccessful attempt to buy all of the ride-sharing company Lyft, and the Financial Times Lex column applauds the outcome, saying GM should find better uses for the money. GM already owns 9 per cent of Lyft, for […]
Renault Megane Dynamique S Nav dCi 110 review. For – handsome, high-quality, wide choices, latest technology, great warranty. Against – doesn’t stand out from the field, Renault remainiac. **** £22,925 The new Renault Megane is a terrific small family car which may have a bit of trouble standing out in an impressive crowd. After all […]
VW Persuades Investors The Rally From Dieselgate Has Begun. VW Brand Profit Margin Remains A Pressing Problem. Most Volkswagen investors were impressed with details of second quarter results which they believe showed the company was making progress after the shock of dieselgate. Most VW investors; not all. Volkswagen announced […]
PSA Big Profit Jump Stuns Investors, But Is It Sustainable? New Products Like Peugeot 3008, Citroen C3 Will Help. PSA Group, a financial basket case not that long ago when it was called Peugeot, spurred euphoria amongst investors who described its latest performance as being more German premium manufacturer than plain-vanilla mass car […]
FCA Improves Profit, But Performs Worse Than Competitors. “Considering all other manufacturers beat expectations results are a bit disappointing” Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) delivered what it promised in the second quarter, but as just about everybody else did better than expected the results disappointed investors. FCA adjusted operating profit in the […]