Electric Car Prospects Stall, Awaiting Battery Improvements. “These numbers are so low because it will still make more sense to have an internal combustion engine in 2025 using fossil fuel” As investors start to lose faith in Tesla Motors and its battery-powered future, some of the more brazen claims for electric cars generally are starting […]
Volkswagen Passat SE Business 150 DSG. For – high-quality all-rounder. Against – when prices creep into ...
Jeep’s New Renegade Spurs Spectacular European Sales. “Jeep’s market potential may still be deeply underestimated, and ...
Honda HR-V – small SUV. For – handsome, well built, great technology, “magic” seats. Against – ...
Ford Mondeo Hybrid. For – handsome, high quality, drives well, priced to go, economical. Against – ...
Alfa Romeo Releases First Picture Of New Giulia. “Alfa Romeo’s targeted volumes appear to be even ...
Government Subsidies Keep Electric Car Sales Afloat In Europe. “when these incentives drop again, the market will die as quickly as it exploded” Electric car sales in Western Europe are being kept alive by government subsidies and will quickly fall away again when tax-payer funding dries up. The failings of electric cars are well rehearsed […]
Mercedes Resists Faltering China With Powerful Profits. “We expect sales momentum to continue” – Zetsche Mercedes Benefitting As Audi, BMW Ranges Look Old. While BMW and Volkswagen investors wobble from real or imagined fears about China, Mercedes-Benz sailed serenely on reporting sharply higher sales there, while reporting much improved profits. Investors wondered whether Mercedes-Benz could […]
VW Boosts Profit, But Cuts Sales Forecast Citing China. VW Brand Improves Profit Margin. China Margin Of Close To 15 Per Cents Looks Unsustainable. Volkswagen impressed investors with its latest financial report but worries about China were inescapable. Shareholder confidence won’t be helped either by the fact that VW remains leaderless after the demise of […]
Peugeot-Citroen Stuns With Stellar Profit Performance. “the company could teach BMW how to cut fixed and variable costs” Investment banks were throwing away their unambitious forecasts for PSA Peugeot-Citroen after the company shocked markets with stonking profits. The company made a profit in the first half (French companies only report profits, or losses, for the […]
Renault Profit Advances, But Margins Lag Peugeot’s. Government Will Sell Extra Five Per Cent Stake. Renault’s financial results would have looked better if they had preceded rather than followed compatriot Peugeot’s sparkling numbers. Renault operating profit rose to a healthy looking €1.07 billion from €729 million a year earlier, while profit at the automotive division […]
Volkswagen Passat SE Business 150 DSG. For – high-quality all-rounder. Against – when prices creep into premium territory, bets are off. **** £31,610 The new Volkswagen Passat is a terrific car with great qualities. It has masses of space, drives well, has a high quality feel, and this version’s six-speed automatic gear box was a […]
Jeep’s New Renegade Spurs Spectacular European Sales. “Jeep’s market potential may still be deeply underestimated, and may be the world’s best positioned auto brand over the next three to five years” Jeep’s new Renegade compact SUV boosted Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) half year performance in Western Europe, Ford Europe barely matched the market growth, while […]
German Car Makers Hit By China Fears, But Future Looks Bright. “the future was bright because the rate of premium car ownership in China was still way behind the U.S. rate” German premium car makers BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen’s share prices have been on the slide since doubts began to mount over the future of […]
Worries About Greek Crisis Undermine Europe Sales Outlook. “Private demand looks close to saturation point. Buyer fatigue seems to be setting in” Western Europe’s latest car sales figures pointed to a healthy future, but as the dust settled some analysts reckoned the rally might be petering out, undermined by worries about Greece. Data from the […]
China Market Will Dip, But Long-term Prospects Still Strong. China Sales Will Surge To 30 Million In 2020, Up 30 Per Cent From 2014. “China’s share of the world’s car sales will increase to 32.6 per cent in 2022 from 23.6 per cent in 2014” Car sales in China will fall slightly in 2016 and […]
Iran Car Market Will Grow Again When Sanctions Expire. Peugeot, Renault Ready To Go. China Has Already Entered Market With Importer Network. Car sales in Iran are likely to accelerate when sanctions are lifted later this year or early in 2016, with Chinese automakers in the fast lane along with other Asian manufacturers, a report […]
Better Get A Move On If You’re Dreaming Of A Flash Roadster. “By 2025, 20 per cent of vehicles that used in urban environments won’t be owned, but will be available as cars on demand for rent” The argument rages about when, not if, the global automotive industry will be turned upside down by new […]