Will Volkswagen Shake-up Traditional Governance? “The chronic productivity problem in VW cars is a consequence of its legal form” Volkswagen, particularly its core brand, needs to attain healthy profitability to restore investor confidence, but this is unlikely to happen while strategy remains in the hands of the union and local politicians. […]
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Tesla Stuns Some Investors With Ambitious New Target. “Tesla is pushing the boundaries. We believe it can deliver” “On our current forecasts, we don’t predict Tesla will achieve 500,000 units of volume before 2025” Tesla Motors pulled forward its 500,000 annual car production forecast by 2 years to 2018 in a hard-to-believe, hubristic […]
Will FCA, Google Deal Trigger Industry Disruption? Maybe. “One possible outcome is a future devoted to large-scale contract manufacturing of the autonomously driven mobile computing electric transport capsules formerly known as automobiles” Google’s decision to choose Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) as a manufacturing partner in its robot cars project is a watershed event […]
Investor VW Attack Stops Short Of Seeking End To Dilute Union. “Clearly the company has a major corporate governance problem” “management team knew they would be paid a lot of money simply for protecting jobs and increasing wages” Activist investor TCI Fund Management launched a stinging attack on Volkswagen for failing shareholders and […]
Mitsubishi Motors Rescued By Nissan After Fuel Data Scandal. Is It A Takeover, Or Bailout – FT Calls It A BailOver. Mitsubishi Motors of Japan, reeling from the impact of falsifying fuel economy data on more than 600,000 vehicles, was bailed out by compatriot Nissan which paid $2.2 billion for one third of […]
Volvo Makes Profit Progress, But Sales Target Looks Elusive. “we anticipate that global sales will peak at around 707,500 by the end of the decade, still a far distance from its goal,” Volvo, which is launching the V90 estate car at the Geneva Car Show, expects record profits this year after tripling earnings […]
BMW Profits Slip, But Should Hit Target Range For The Year. 3 Series Sales In The U.S. Slow. BMW profits are coming under pressure because of foreign exchange swings, China weakness and now problems in the U.S., but most investors shrugged off short-time problems and decided that the future looks relatively healthy. […]
Bentley Continental GT W12 review. For – impeccable luxury, performance, handling, quality. Against – only for the 0.01%. ***** £178,080 “I’d expected hate and grudge, but all I got was a thumbs up sign in Hastings and grins and admiration for the magnificence of the beast” The Bentley Continental GT W12’s basic […]
Volkswagen Investors Welcome Increased Dieselgate Clarity. “We believe VW will develop into a credible turnaround story and reiterate our buy recommendation” Volkswagen shares fell after investors digested sketchy details of how it will compensate U.S. owners of diesels which wilfully flouted U.S. rules, and news of VW’s financial provisions for dieselgate. Investment banks were surprisingly […]
Jaguar’s First SUV, the F-Pace, Joins A Hot Sales Sector. “apparent and repeated suicidal attempts at over-taking” SVETI STEFAN, Montenegro – Jaguar has succumbed to commercial pressure, cast aside tradition and decided to make an SUV, the F-Pace, which goes on sale in the U.S. next month. Jaguar joins Maserati, Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Lamborghini […]
Daimler Reports Lower Profits, Then Hit By Emissions Probe. Earnings Cut By New-E-Class Costs, Foreign Exchange. “we don’t believe this is the same type of issue Volkswagen has faced” Daimler shares were shaken by a double whammy as earnings fell nine per cent, followed by news the U.S. Justice Department was investigating its diesel engines. […]
FCA Stock Price Performance In Roller-Coaster Mode. Financial Results Impress, Then Doubts Set In. Reports Of Talks With Google Add To Volatility. Chairman Elkann Also Revives Merger Talk. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) reported nearly doubled operating profit in the first quarter, but investors, initially happy, lost confidence when they noted debt had jumped sharply too. […]
BMW Loses Electric Leaders Because Of Lack Of Urgency. “perhaps not unexpected given the company’s seeming lacklustre commitment to BMW “i”” BMW has lost key members of its electric vehicle design team because it failed to show sufficient interest in developing its “i” brand. That’s the view of investment researcher Evercore ISI. In mid-April, Bloomberg […]