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Lending Shortage May Turn Car Sales Descent Into A Debacle

Banks More Concerned With Rebuilding Balance Sheets Than Lending As Usual, Germans Excluded From Nasty Scenarios No Deaths, But Peugeot-Citroen, Fiat And Renault Will Struggle “Next year in Western Europe we will see the worst demand for 18 years” Europeans plucky enough to ignore the crumbling economy and confident that their jobs are safe might […]

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German Automakers Set To Ride Out The Storm

Peugeot, Despite New Models, Struggles To Keep In The Black “The strong are getting stronger; the weak are getting weaker” Renault, Peugeot, Fiat Paying For Previous Weakness “French, Italians simply haven’t undergone cost cutting exercises the Germans have. French made mistakes and are looking vulnerable” It might remind you of a chant from a protest […]

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Renault Twizy

Conventional Engines Will Shrug Off Electric Challenge

Battery Car Sales Barely Register, Hammered By Price, Range Anxiety Hybrids Will Be Most Important High Tech Sector Could Weird Little Renault Twizy Be Most Popular Electric Vehicle? “Why don’t manufacturers produce a cheap and cheerful improved golf-cart with no pretensions about being a car, with limited shopping or school-run capability?” “A gasoline hybrid would […]

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VW Wolfsburg Autotьrme

German Premium Manufacturers Fight Recession

Big Three Reap Benefit From Early, Painful Restructuring Mass Market Makers Uncomfortable As Economic News Worsens Harsh decisions which would have paid huge dividends in future viability and profits were put off Stock markets may be crashing as investors panic, western economies totter on the brink of another recession, and the euro zone is close […]

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