After Falling Oil Price Glee Comes Unintended Consequences. CAFE Targets Under Pressure, Electric Car Economics Jeopardised. Will 54.5 Mpg Become 50, With 60 Mpg Promised For 2030? The falling oil price has been welcomed as an unmitigated bonus, with consumer spending boosting the economy in general and the auto business in particular, but investment bank […]
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Ford Focus – Mid-Life Facelift. Huge Engine Choices, Wide Price Range, Technology Germans Will Envy. ...
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“This is a dead end technology and (the manufacturers) are foolishly wasting their time. I ...
Ford, GM Adequate In Europe, But Jeep Dazzles. “Another big gainer in 2014 was Renault of France’s Dacia, which raised sales 22.3 per cent to 300,000” Ford and GM turned in average performances as car sales in Western Europe turned positive in 2014 for the first time in six years, but Jeep ‘s growth was […]
Mercedes Swaggers In U.S. Spotlight Expecting Banner Year. Annual Bottom Line Benefit From New S Class Might Be €1 Billion. Mercedes-Benz emerged as a media darling at the Detroit Car Show via the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES), while investors also liked what they saw. Mercedes-Benz showed the “Luxury in Motion” autonomous concept vehicle […]
Honda Civic Tourer – Practical And Handsome. Well-Equiped With Great Interior But Not Cheap. For – high quality, looks good, terrific utility. Against – pricey. **** out of 5 Price £24,355 The Honda Civic Tourer is a bit longer than the saloon it is based on and the added bodywork certainly makes it look better […]
U.S. Manufacturers At NAIAS Set To Fight Off German Assault. Battery-Only Chevy Bolt Has Claimed 200 Mile Range. BMW, Audi, Mercedes Headline German Launches. Lower Oil Price, Falling Euro Will Help Europeans. “Volkswagen will probably be slightly up in 2015, mostly because it had such a bad 2014” Mercedes, BMW and Audi led the European […]
Volkswagen Phaeton Mark II Project Shocks Investors. “In third place was the Phaeton, which lost $2.7 billion or $38,000 a car since it was launched in 2002” Just when investors had started to believe Volkswagen had foresworn ego-driven projects in favor of the bottom line, come reports that the ill-fated Phaeton project will be extended. […]
Europeans At The NAIAS Set For Banner Year In The U.S. “It will be another big year for SUVs and trucks and even better for the premium brands. I think currency is in their favor (of the premiums) added to the fact that localized production will help too”. European premium brands were already poised for […]
“Manufacturers may be in a lose/lose situation, with the pace of improvement giving politicians a mandate to push forward with even more stringent regulation” Europe’s auto manufacturers need to increase the electrification of their fleets to meet harsh new fuel efficiency rules by 2020. The trouble is, current battery technology simply isn’t good enough to […]
“We see that further subsidies are necessary. We must speak with the German states about that” – Merkel Sales of electric cars in Europe might be gathering pace, but are still too slow to threaten targets for their adoption in Germany, and are undermining car manufacturers which have invested heavily in making them. In the […]
Ford Focus – Mid-Life Facelift. Huge Engine Choices, Wide Price Range, Technology Germans Will Envy. For – looks good, quality high, technology impressive, drives well. Against – so do lots of others. Rating – **** out of 5 MARGATE, Kent – Ford has face-lifted its big selling Focus, adding a bold new face, a redesigned […]
Europe’s Sales Rally Will Stall In 2015 As Stagnation Returns. “we forecast a slower pace of growth for 2015 versus 2014”. Don’t Expect Any Spectacular Technology Gains Either. Falling gas prices and improving economics will persuade more Americans to flock to car dealerships in 2015, so spare a thought for Europeans as the market here […]