China Halves Sales Tax on Small Cars. Will Stimulate Auto Sector, But Won’t Help Foreigners Much. While the auto world focussed on Volkswagen and the diesel scam fallout, China cut the 10 per cent purchase tax in half on cars of 1.6 litres or under. The Financial Times’ Lex column talked about China’s contradictory policy […]
Volvo XC90 Review 2015. For – understated, high quality interior, serene ride. Against – slow-speed stutter/noise. ...
Renault Kadjar Review 2015. For – eye-catching, well-proven mechanicals, drives well. Against – expensive. **** £27,470 ...
VW Top Management May Pay The Price For U.S. Diesel Shenanigans. LONDON, Sept 22, Graphic News: ...
Seismic Shocks Building For Auto Industry In Frankfurt. “Frankfurt will be an auto show that shows ...
Jaguar Publishes Pictures Of Its First SUV “Will it cannabalize sales of the Range Rover Sport, ...
VW Needs Fast, Incisive Leadership; Could Piech Come Back? “VW is a massive tanker sailing towards the rocks at a rate of knots without anyone on the bridge” Volkswagen faces a crisis demanding urgent executive action which can only be handled by the short-term return of recently demised Chairman Ferdinand Piech as CEO, or the […]
VW, Audi Face Big Backlash In U.S. “This is a serious violation of the law. Volkswagen was ripping off the consumer and hurting the environment at the same time” Volkswagen and Audi faced a huge crisis on September 21, and an expensive backlash to its business in the U.S. after the EPA charged it with […]
VW Shares Take A Hit As Diesel Scam Spooks Investors. “This is bad stuff. It smells of lack of control, hubris and denial” Volkswagen shares dived around 20 per cent in Europe on September 21, as investors feared the long term implications for the company of apparently fiddling its data in the U.S. to make […]
Volkswagen Scandal Likely To Have Broad Ramifications. “the transportation sector could be affected if this emission test crisis affects consumers and regulator’s attitudes towards cars and pollution” Auto manufacturers should avoid taking too much pleasure from Volkswagen’s embarrassed writhing after it admitted scamming U.S. diesel rules because the fall-out from the crisis will be felt […]
VW Appoints Mueller CEO, But Radical Action Will Have To Wait. “A smarter choice would have been an outsider just to deal with this type of crisis” Volkswagen has a new CEO, but anyone expecting radical changes at Europe’s biggest car company following the EPA diesel deception crisis would have been disappointed, at least in […]
Volvo XC90 Review 2015. For – understated, high quality interior, serene ride. Against – slow-speed stutter/noise. **** £62,220 The Volvo XC90 is a handsome, high-quality SUV, and this version has an amazing little diesel engine which delivers terrific performance. Twinning a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder diesel to a huge beast like this sounds like a recipe […]
BMW Seems To Have Avoided VW Diesel Taint. “It’s possible VW may not prove to have been the only one to have breached test rules globally, it seems BMW has not” As auto makers sought to distance themselves from Volkswagen’s self-confessed diesel emissions cheating, BMW emerged as untainted, at least in the judgement of some […]
Volkswagen Needs New Control Structure, But Won’t Get It. “VW should be able to act as a world-wide global car manufacturer, but is more like a small-town operation based on the village of Wolfsburg” Volkswagen is doomed to remain a mediocre company by global standards because of its weak management ultimately controlled by unions. VW […]
VW Uproar, Underlined By Stock Market Panic, Will Subside. “When the Titanic went down, people still travelled across the Atlantic. Share prices will recover when investors realise how stupid this was” The reaction to Volkswagen’s problems with diesels has been hysterical and exaggerated, while regulations curbing automotive carbon dioxide emissions to save the planet from […]
Renault Kadjar Review 2015. For – eye-catching, well-proven mechanicals, drives well. Against – expensive. **** £27,470 DONCASTER, England – Renault’s new compact SUV is called the Kadjar. There is a reason for that name, but I’m afraid my brain glazed over while it was being explained to me. If it sells well, and it is […]
SUV’s Gather Pace; Almost 4-1/2 Million By Decade’s End? Jaguar and Bentley Join The Party. The SUV boom is accelerating, and many new ones were unveiled at the Frankfurt show which will push annual sales in Western and Central Europe to almost 4.5 million by the end of the decade, according to IHS Automotive Analysis. […]
Finance Chief Poetsch Close To Taking Over Piech Job. Investors Seeking Outsider Shakeup Disappointed. Volkswagen finance chief Hans Dieter Poetsch will replace Ferdinand Piech as chairman, if he is supported by the supervisory board, and wins a shareholder vote at a meeting in November. The likely appointment was immediately denounced by some investors who believe […]