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Scrapping Schemes Gather Pace Across Europe

Can This Be A Rare Win/Win Situation? No. Negative Implications For Mix, But Beggars Can’t Be Choosers. Britain Strangely Reluctant To Join In. Government incentives for people to swap new cars for old seem to provide an almost magical solution where everybody wins. With many potential buyers sitting on their credit cards because they simply […]

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France Plays Protectionist Card With Renault, Peugeot Aid

Sarkozy Orders Production, R&D, New Models Stay In France. Saves The Short-term, But Destroys Long-Term Profit Chances. Czech Republic Outraged, But Is E.U. Squared Away? France has bailed out Renault and Peugeot-Citroen, but investors worry that some of the terms of the loans may be threaten the companies’ long-term profitability, as well as possibly undermining […]

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Europe Must Act Soon To Avoid Car Industry “Catastrophe”

Scrapping Incentives Will Give Short-Term Boost. France Action Risks Protectionist Vicious Circle. Hundreds Of Thousands Face Unemployment. “getting it wrong could turn out be unprecedented,  catastrophic” The European Union is dithering while its car industry faces a challenge so desperate it could lead to the bankruptcy of some of its must important companies and force […]

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Ford Fiesta ECOnetic review 2009

Ford Fiesta ECOnetic review

Ford Claims 76.3 Mpg For Fiesta ECOnetic Will This Claim Stand Up To Real-World Test? Ford Claims “Independent” Analysis Backs Up Numbers But Read “CleanGreenCars” Quote And Make Your Mind Up Ford’s greenest car, the Fiesta ECOnetic, is now on sale, but a combination of factors raise doubts about its usefulness. Can it really achieve […]

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Alfa Romeo Mito review 2009

Alfa Romeo Mito review

Well Priced, Head-Turning Little Coupe Great, Turbo-Charged 1.4 Petrol Engine Does It Look A Bit High And Dumpy, Or Cool And Sporty? **** out of 5 BRIGHTON, England My first reaction on seeing the little Alfa Romeo MiTo coupe was predictable. “Wow doesn’t it look cute”, was the first thought that crossed my mind. But someone planted […]

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U.S. Talks Electric, But Internal Combustion Is Reality

Battery Range Claims Seem Flaky, Particularly Chinese Ones. Market Share Of Hybrids, Diesels In U.S. Will Miniscule. “if you run low on fuel, you can’t just look for the nearest petrol station. You might have to stay overnight while the battery recharges.  Listening, watching and reading the international media’s reporting on the Detroit Car Show, […]

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