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Archive | November, 2009

Peugeot’s Varin Outlines Vision, Underwhelms Investors

Questions About Euro Bias, Faurecia Remain Unanswered Short-Term Profitability Improves, But Concerns Mount About 2010 Peugeot CEO Philippe Varin finally unburdened himself of his vision of the future at a meeting on November 12, but investors were not impressed. Investors wanted guidance from Peugeot about his plans, with the main concerns being the company’s Eurocentricity, […]

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GM Angers Europeans, But Opel Decision Gains Plaudits

Ruesselsheim Seen As Indispensable Global Jewel Not Everybody Agrees “The GM board doesn’t understand Europe, and Opel-Vauxhall will continue to a loss maker” GM’s last minute decision to hang on to its European Opel marque left Russian Premier Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angel Merkel spluttering with anger and induced German unions to take to […]

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Mazda CX-7 review

False Start Remedied By New Diesel Engine Whoops! It Still Doesn’t Have An Automatic Gearbox Great Value, Classy Looks Inside And Out, Excellent Quality *** out of 5 Mazda rarely puts a foot wrong with its marketing, but it dropped a clanger with its initial CX-7 SUV. It tried to sell this huge vehicle as some […]

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Seat Exeo review

Is This The Most Sensible Family Car Ever? Regurgitated Audi A4 Slashes Development Costs You Get Premium Quality At Bog-Standard Prices **** out of 5 The Catch? It Does Look A Little Nondescript The SEAT Exeo looks eerily familiar because it is the old Audi A4 thinly disguised. But it also might be the most intelligent […]

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Toyota Prius III review

Finally Provides Fantastic Economy   Not Enough For Toyota, Which Persists With OTT Claims Much Improved Performance And Interior Too **** out of 5 The petrol-electric Toyota Prius hybrid is all about fuel economy, so let’s get right to it. The old Prius II might have been a technological marvel, but it was a bit of […]

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Kia Cee’d review

  Is It 5 Grand Worse Than A VW Golf? Capable, Smart, Undercuts European Competition Mind-Boggling 7 Year Guarantee Is A Deal Clincher **** out of 5 Dopey Name The Only Negative LIVERPOOL Kia has face-lifted and revised its highly successful Cee’d small family car, although you’d be hard pressed to tell the new model from the […]

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