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E.U. Car Policy Plans Get Ahead Of Consumer, Technology

Ford Worries About Regulation Forcing Manufacturing Out E.U. Obsessed With Battery Cars Which Need Subsidies To Flourish European Union automotive industry policy ideas threaten to undermine manufacturing and its obsession with battery-only cars would force what looks like a cul-de-sac technology on the buying public. The problem of huge price and limited ability of battery-only […]

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Government Nudges, Not Pricey Prods, Will Force Electric Liftoff

Concessions Would Help Electric Car Drivers, But Antagonize The Rest All Cars Could Be Electric By 2030, Says One Proselytizer U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) edicts are based on flimsy ground.  Predictions about the future of electric cars are all over the place, suggesting more than a degree of uncertainty about their likely […]

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Chrysler-Fiat Project Better Not Depend On Europe

Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Targets In Europe Too Tough In 2011 Lancia-Badged U.S.-Derived Chryslers Face Uphill Struggle Fiat Accelerates Plan To Buy Majority In Chrysler  “Chrysler models are outclassed by the competition. In this market image is more important than almost anything. Almost regardless of the visual appeal of forthcoming Chrysler models in Europe, they will do very, […]

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A Honda sign is seen at a building damaged by the March 11 tsunami in Kesennuma town

Electric Car Maker Tesla Jump Started By Investment Report

Could Be Fourth Largest Vehicle Maker In U.S. Production Might Hit 500,000 By 2025, Profits $1.2 Billion Report By Morgan Stanley, Which Organized Tesla’s 2010 Share Sale  Battery-powered cars will be a great success, providing affordable and practical transport for millions, and will save the world from global warming. Battery-powered cars are a ridiculous con-trick […]

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Japan Quake Impact on Global industry Hard To Fathom

Some Say Normality Weeks, Not Months Away. Others That Japanese Production Losses Will Gather Pace. Will Crucial Electronic Parts Made By Small Firms Be The Achilles Heel?  News about the possible impact of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant disaster on the global automotive industry is confused and contradictory. Nissan Motor’s Chief Operating […]

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Short-Term Outlook Grim For Japanese Automakers

Delicate, Crucial Supply Chain Badly Damaged Even If Production Restored, Infrastructure Havoc Will Curb Exports Competitors Circle To Gain Advantage  Japanese auto manufacturers closed down their factories in the days after the earthquake and tsunami disaster and nuclear power plant failures, but even if big factory production is restored, with roads and ports crippled the […]

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