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Archive | January, 2012

If Consumer Fear Doesn’t Crimp Car Sales, Lack Of Lending Will

Germany Under Pressure Too As Pre-Registrations, Discounts Rise Non-Germans Face More Years Of Losses “Savage discounting in France, with PSA and Renault fighting each other – Clios for 40% off list, Twingos for less than Dacias” Predictions about how far Western European car sales might drop don’t seem to be getting any worse, but the […]

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Europe’s Threatened Manufacturers Will Vacillate

As Losses Mount, Need To Slash, Burn Will Increase Germans, After Hard Choices, Will Prosper Don’t Expect Action From Non-Germans Until Disaster About To Strike American manufacturers found themselves lauded as winners for a change at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, especially when investors looked at Europe’s weak markets, grotesque overcapacity, burgeoning losses, and apparent […]

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Lexus RX review 2012

Lexus RX 450h SE-L review

At least it’s not an X5 Its looks, whether you like them or not, are certainly different to the German trio *** out of 5 For: Beautifully built, bullet-proof reliability, excellent dealer service Against: Only for wealthy eco-warriors The Lexus performance in Britain in 2011 looked impressive with a 33% increase on the previous year. Unfortunately, total sales […]

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Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. review 2012

Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. review

Electric Van With Dodgy Range It Might Go 50 Miles, It Might Go 125 Miles Better Hope The Day It Conks Out At 50, It’s The Works Outing rating: * out of 5 For – all the Kangoo lugging and utility qualities you’d expect Against – not much use when you’re stranded and out of power “When the […]

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