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 […]
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“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 […]
“Europe is still dripping with overcapacity. If demand returns, it will take three or four years to get where we were before the recession” General Motors President Dan Ammann has been in Europe this week to spread the word about the company’s progress globally and pledge support to the turnaround of the troubled European serial […]
“Trailer Assist helps drivers park with a horse-box or luggage module” POTSDAM, Germany – Volkswagen’s big new Passat will, naturally, offer a plug-in hybrid option, but the array of high technology options available suggests mass market cars will soon be sporting gizmos which used only to be found on premium BMWs, Mercedes and Audis. One […]
“VW could sell at least 1.3 million new Passats in a year” POTSDAM, Germany – Volkswagen’s redesigned new Passat sedan is unlikely to stem the slide in sales in Europe, but success in China will more than make up for this. Sales of big European sedans like the Passat, Ford Mondeo, Opel-Vauxhall Insignia and Peugeot […]
“Corsa is the second most popular car in Europe after 32 years in the market and during that time, over 12 million have been sold, or an average of 370,000 cars each year” GM Europe’s Opel-Vauxhall has redesigned its Corsa small car using design cues from the highly successful Adam city car. The new Corsa […]
“Whilst the new Edge is likely to prove successful in the U.S. once more, it is the global opportunity which we find exciting” Ford’s plan to sell its Edge SUV in Europe for the first time will enhance its image and boost the plan to return to profitability next year. Ford Europe announced that it […]
But Underlying Profitability May Be Undermined By Sales Methods. Renault has been impressing investors lately, helped by sales of its new Captur compact SUV and its Dacia subsidiary, while news it will build a plant in Mexico with its partner Nissan and Daimler grabbed the headlines too. In the first five months of 2014 Renault […]
Bold Targets Look Realistic, Big Profits Too. Meanwhile, Fiat’s Latin-American Mainstay Crumbles. Arguments rage about the efficacy of Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA) long-term plan for survival, but the Maserati subsidiary’s serious sales acceleration looks set to make some serious money. CEO Harald Wester confirmed to Automotive News Europe that Maserati was on track to hit […]