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Tesla Truck, Roadster Wow Audiences, But Model 3 Existential. Details Of Truck Missing, But New Funding Ideas Welcomed. “some aspects were unconvincing. Musk said the truck would be available in 2019 and the sports car by 2020, which seems impossible” Tesla Inc grabbed the headlines with the expected launch of its electric truck, then astonished […]
Aston Martin Vantage Aimed At Ferrari. “There’s not much competition for Aston Martin apart from the Ferraris. It’s a nice area for them” Aston Martin’s new Vantage sports car, unveiled last week, is causing some angst amongst Ferrari shareholders because it promises competition in a sector where it formally prowled alone. The Vantage, powered by […]
Investors Like VW’s 5-Year Plan But Worry About Unknowns. Free Cash Flow Target Suggests Higher Dividends. “New market participants, especially from China, could cause further market changes. Nobody can predict how the year 2025 actually looks” Volkswagen’s 5-year financial targets with sales led by SUVs and electric cars impressed investors, although some cautioned that imminent […]
E.U. Deal Still Most Likely, So Auto Industry Can Relax. “that puts us in a stark position: if they could not pass then we would be in the semi-catastrophic position of having to stop production” The debate about the impact on the British auto industry of leaving the European Union (E.U.), otherwise known as Brexit, […]
Renault Touts Its Plans For Latin America. “Renault Americas looks set to be on the cusp of a boom in sales” Renault’s revelation Europe would take second place to the rest of the world in the long-term plan to 2022 was greeted without excitement. But a sponsored trip to Brazil later in the month for […]
PSA Opel Plan Said Over-Optimistic; Only A Hint Of Harshness. Surprising Omission Of Capacity, Headcount Cuts. Call To Dump Vauxhall Denied By Tavares. “Many questions remain” “Opel-Vauxhall loss-making is not just going to go away. Something quite dramatic and credible will have to be done” PSA Group of France’s decision to buy chronic loss-maker Opel-Vauxhall […]
Charging Network, Electricity Supply May Cripple Electric Cars. “If EV penetration continues to increase, ageing grids will be unable to cope with extra peak demand, increased demand volatility” “A battery electric car with “fast” electric charge is about 25 times slower to fill than a vehicle with conventional fuel” Tesla Inc has a convincing recharging […]
E.U. CO2 Plan Relieves Industry, Infuriates Environmentalists. Watch Out For City Action Across Europe To Force Green Agenda. “The Commission has gifted the car industry an ineffective regulation after they came calling” “Our first reaction is that it could have been worse for the auto industry” Auto manufacturers were breathing a sigh of relief after […]
Investors Shrug Off Tesla Loss, Still Believe In Future. “Tesla (will be) the lowest-cost manufacturer with the most competitive mass-market product for at least four to five years” Tesla Inc lost a record $671 million in the 3rd quarter, but most investors preferred to avert their gaze from mundane short term problems and clung to […]
Western Europe Sales Gaining Again In 2017, But Pace Slowing. Brexit Cited As Big Hurdle For U.K., And Market As A Whole. “But the outlook in 2018 appears increasingly uncertain as a result of Brexit and other potential causes of macroeconomic instability” Western Europe’s car sales in 2017 look set to hit their highest since […]
Investors Worry BMW Past Peak After Profit Falls, Margin Lag. “BMW was the future once” BMW has been overtaken in the profitability race by rivals Audi and Mercedes, and investors worry this may be a long term trend. BMW’s third quarter results provoked negative comments like “you were the future once”, and “the absence of […]
Opel-Vauxhall To Focus On Electrification, Expand Globally “Opel will enter more than 20 new export markets by 2022 (and) explore global midterm overseas profitable export opportunities” Opel-Vauxhall, sold to France’s PSA Group by General Motors, plans to concentrate on electrification and expand its sales outside of Europe for the first time. Opel-Vauxhall, outlining its long-term […]