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Tesla Electric

Has Looks, Power; But Range Claims Questioned Low Centre Of Gravity Gives Go-Cart Handling Fuel Economy Data Assumes A Speed Of Only 55 Mph New-generation electric cars have so far failed to capture the public’s imagination, but the new Tesla 415 hp super-car may change all that. The Tesla Model S has been winning awards […]

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VW Success In Europe Threatens Opel, Peugeot – Report

Germany’s Volkswagen could have see its European market share accelerate to about one third by 2020 if present trends continue, while GM’s Opel-Vauxhall and France’s Peugeot-Citroen will be in mortal danger, according to Bernstein Research analyst Max Warburton. Government’s may have to step in to save the weakest, he said. VW’s Western Europe market share […]

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Renault Sells Volvo Stake, Completes Russian Deal

Renault Sells Volvo Stake, Completes Russian Deal Lada Deal Promises Big Leverage In Massive Local Market Renault pleased investors by selling its remaining shares in Volvo trucks for €1.6 billion, and finalizing control over Lada-manufacturer AvtoVAZ of Russia. According to the Financial Times of London’s Lex column, Renault’s Volvo deal was smart, with the remaining […]

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Peugeot Plans Could Be Diluted By French Government

Peugeot Plans Could Be Diluted By French Government Current Closures Expected To Go Ahead, But Future Cuts Doubted   Peugeot-Citroen will benefit from the French state bailout of its financing arm by being better able to compete with tough competitors like Volkswagen, but its long-term survival plan may be jeopardised by government interference, according to Fitch […]

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Mercedes Long-Term Plans Fail To Convince

As Big-Three Germans Flex Sales Muscles, All Profits Will Suffer. Mercedes Management Control, Expertise Said Inadequate“Unless there is a dramatic change of strategy we remain sceptical that all players will remain as profitable as today” Investors believe Mercedes’ plan to be the world’s biggest-selling premium carmaker by 2020 is incompatible with its aim to raise […]

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Skoda Tour de france

Will Skoda Join Rabobank And Quit Tainted Tour de France?

Volkswagen’s Skoda subsidiary has refused to acknowledge that its sponsorship of the Tour de France was jeopardised by recent drug taking revelations, but now that Rabobank of Holland has dropped out, perhaps the Czech company will reconsider. Earlier today, Dutch bank Rabobank withdrew from supporting cycling. Rabobank spent €15 million a year on the sport. […]

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