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VW Should Dump SEAT And Replace It With Alfa Romeo

Bernstein’s Warburton, With No Evidence, Calls This A Neat Idea It Would Appeal To Piech’s Heritage Fascination Fiat’s plans for Chrysler have taken the spotlight away from its troubled sporty subsidiary Alfa Romeo, but Max Warburton, senior analyst at Bernstein Research, has an interesting theory. Might Volkswagen board chairman Ferdinand Piech be interested in buying it? […]

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VW, Suzuki Deal Provokes Widespread Approval

VW Gets Profitable Small Car Expertise, Access To India Suzuki Gains Engine Technology Volkswagen’s deal with Suzuki of Japan was warmly received by many investors, who immediately identified the arrangements as having that rare advantage; everybody wins. “We see a strong strategic rationale for the partnership. Suzuki offers VW access to industry leading small car […]

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Peugeot-Mitsubishi Alliance Proposal Draws Fire

“There Is No Other Alternative” Hardly A Ringing Endorsement Mitsubishi’s Battery Car Expertise Impresses Though Could This Help Peugeot’s Long Promised Return To The U.S.? News that Peugeot of France is negotiating a tie-up with Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors hasn’t thrilled investors who view the Japanese company as weak, although they are impressed by its electric […]

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BMW Business Model Under Pressure

Changing Economics, Tastes, CO2 Rules, Tougher Competition Audi Looming Large In the Rear View Mirror “BMW most at risk without the scale of Audi, Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti” Germany’s premium car manufacturers have weathered the recession without taking on too much water, but the long-term prospects for Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, and particularly BMW are starting […]

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