“the diesel engine with direct fuel injection is the engine with the highest thermal efficiency” – Audi. MALMO, Sweden – Diesel engines are under attack on many fronts, but Audi still believes they have a solid future and will even lead the way in saving fuel for a while yet. Ever-tightening clean-air regulations make diesels […]
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“The VW brand has problems, big problems” Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest car maker, has suddenly switched from telling everyone within earshot the sky is not the limit, to a more modest, placatory tone which points out that maybe not all things are possible. The old VW told us it was going from strength to strength, steamrolling […]
Neumann Low-Cost Car Comment Raises Eyebrows. While Ford Europe at least made miniscule profits in the second quarter, General Motors’ European Opel and Vauxhall subsidiaries slipped into reverse. GM Europe lost $305 million in the second quarter, up from a loss of $114 million in the same period last year, with company officials blaming costs […]
“Self registrations, heavy discounting and other incentives are a significant concern, and distort the true level of demand” Car sales in Western Europe continued to recover from the depths of the recession in the first half of 2014, but investors in mass car manufacturers won’t be cheering too loudly because the improvement relied too much […]
Analysts Expect Profit Growth Will Lag Audi, BMW. CO2 Challenge Poses Bottom Line Threat, Medium-Term. Mercedes’ product-inspired roll is turning out how the company predicted, but investors seem to be saying, that’s nice, but what are you going to do for us today? Second quarter profits were strong, inspired by sales of the top-of-the-range S […]
Peugeot Then Cited As Fiat Chrysler Candidate. Denials All Round As Rumours Swirl. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FAC) and Volkswagen quickly denied reports they were about to get together, then a rumour Peugeot was a FAC merger candidate was squashed, but that didn’t stop investors musing about the possibilities. The fact that most of Europe’s non-German […]
“Even though it was a small profit, it was a profit. It shows our transformation plan is working” Ford Europe made its first profit since 2011 in the second quarter and looks set fair on the road back to profitability, benefitting from harsh decisions to slash production and headcount. Ford has removed 18 per cent […]
Batteries Battle Fuel Cells. “most traditional automakers are de-emphasizing electric vehicle development in favour of fuel cell electric vehicles” Auto manufacturers like Toyota of Japan are backing away from battery-only powered vehicles as sales fail to take-off, and hint that fuel-cells are the holy grail for future, green machines. Investment banker Morgan Stanley detects an […]
“They are noisier than you might think though. They give off a duller whine with a rough edge almost like a mechanical rattle” Electric car racing starts in Beijing, China in September, and the sight of these high-technology, battery powered single-seaters dicing around the world’s big cities could persuade the car buying public that maybe […]
“Expect gasoline-electric or a diesel-electric hybrid, more small four-cylinder turbo-charged engines, and maybe a battery-only version” The new small Jaguar XE will feature light-weight aluminum construction in the drive to save fuel and help Jaguar Land Rover with the smaller vehicles it needs to meet ever tougher government emissions rules. Jaguar said it will unveil […]
Opponent Of Dongfeng/France Plan Goes. Meanwhile Investors Wonder About Efficacy Of Turnaround Plan. Investors are puzzling about Peugeot-Citroen’s chances of fulfilling its financial turnaround plan, and its latest results due at the end of July will give clues as to whether it is yet showing traction. But as the new shareholders from China and the […]
UAW Fires Warning Shot That It Hasn’t Given Up. “The VW brand is going on the offensive again in America. The company’s key weapon in its renewed onslaught: More SUVs” Volkswagen finally opted to build its SUV for the U.S. market at the Chattanooga, Tenn. plant, a couple of days after the United Autoworkers Union(UAW) […]
“NAFTA will provide about 23 per cent of BMW’s global vehicle supply in the new decade” BMW will likely make smaller front-wheel drive cars and Minis at its new plant in Mexico, which will also allow it tariff-free access to the U.S. market and Europe. BMW’s expected announcement that it would spend about $1 billion […]
Business And Confidence Collapse As Rouble Weakens. “massive net capital outflows have continued which continues to undermine the value of the rouble” The fall in Russian car sales accelerated in June and is likely to gain pace as business and consumer confidence collapses, according to IHS Automotive. This will be of huge concern to manufacturers, […]
Honest Little Worker. Excellent in Town, Won’t Let You Down Off-road. “Acceleration a bit weak, but once it’s up and running it holds on to motorway speeds close to its maximum with ease” “the little train that could” For – cute, rugged, practical, goes anywhere. Against – poke a bit limited. **** out of 5 […]