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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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GM Angers Europeans, But Opel Decision Gains Plaudits

Ruesselsheim Seen As Indispensable Global Jewel Not Everybody Agrees “The GM board doesn’t understand Europe, and Opel-Vauxhall will continue to a loss maker” GM’s last minute decision to hang on to its European Opel marque left Russian Premier Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angel Merkel spluttering with anger and induced German unions to take to […]

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Renault Battery Vision Looks Like An Expensive Blind-Alley

Why Pursue Batteries When Plug-In Hybrid Makes Them Obsolete? Firms Which Rescue Stranded Motorists Will Be Big Winners Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s startling claim that battery powered vehicles will win 10 per cent of global new car sales by 2020 still beggars belief. At the Frankfurt Car Show last month, Ghosn wasn’t talking about plug-in […]

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Magna Deal For Opel Brings Relief To Merkel, German Unions

Investors Bemoan Bailout Of Unprofitable Manufacturer But Overcapacity Must And Will Be Addressed Sooner Or Later German unions and Chancellor Angela Merkel were happy after General Motors finally agreed to sell a majority of Opel-Vauxhall to the Magna-Russia consortium. But British unions worried about the job “guarantees”, while investors complained that propping up Europe’s most […]

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