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Archive | May, 2014


VW E-Golf review

VW E-Golf – Stop-Gap Before Plug-In Hybrid Arrives. “if a buyer ever needs a proper car with acceptable range and performance, VW will arrange a temporary one for you”. For – quiet, good acceleration, no obvious compromises. Against – low top speed cruising, range anxiety, waste of time/space with plug-in coming. * out of five […]

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Europe’s Rally Goes On, But Investors Worry About Quality

Easy Comparisons Put False Shine On Numbers. Discounts, Self-registrations, Scrappage Undermine Bottom-line Impact. Auto manufacturers may be getting excited about the long-awaited rally in European car sales, but investors are losing belief, worried about the quality and power of the turnaround and spooked by danger signs that important profit centres in emerging markets are over-heating. […]

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Turmoil In Emerging Markets Will Roil Big Manufacturers

Brazil Slipping, Turkey, Russia Too. Thank Goodness For China, But Will That Last? Emerging markets looked like a license to print money for hard-pressed vehicle makers for a while, but times are changing as economic frailties curb demand and foreign exchange turbulence makes business volatile and unpredictable. Traditional markets are bringing in the profits with […]

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