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Marchionne’s Latest Five Year Plan Rightfully Addresses the Core Problems at FiatChrysler (Part 2)

Further to my first piece which focused on FCA’s plans in Europe, the second problem that FCA’s new plan seeks to tackle is the group’s fundamental under-representation in key emerging markets, especially China. Although compact cars account for 1 in 4 passenger vehicle sales in China, competition is intense and FIAT arguably sits uncomfortably between domestic […]
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The Rise and Fall of Car Traffic

Download as pdf Car traffic volume continues to rise in the majority of countries for which data are available. One particularly notable exception is the USA where car traffic has declined by 4.9% since 2007 – equivalent to 130 billion fewer car-kilometres in 2012 than in 2007. The USA continues to be home to the […]
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Thailand’s Troubled Car Market Makes Investment Elsewhere in the ASEAN Region More Attractive

I read with interest an article in the 5 February edition of the Financial Times, “Japanese Car Sales Plunge in Thailand”, which outlines that Mazda and Mitsubishi are the latest carmakers to report declining sales in Thailand in their third-quarter results. With ongoing political unrest and a poor prognosis for demand, autos investment will surely come under […]
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As Cars Increasingly Become Smartphones on Wheels, Their Makers Need to Support Both Android and iOS

AppConext Auto recently released an infographic, “Wheels in Motion”, which states that “according to a survey by Accenture, in-vehicle technology was overwhelmingly named as the most important factor in car purchasing decisions for US-based buyers”. No wonder then that cars are increasingly becoming “smartphones on wheels”, but the question still remains as to which operating […]
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Easing of Iranian Sanctions Provides a Much-Needed Boost to the French Car Industry

The French car industry is heavily reliant on Europe and so was particularly adversely impacted by the economic downturn in Europe. However, French producers are exploring new opportunities in the Iranian market after Iran pledged to freeze its nuclear programme. New Opportunities in Iran Following Iran’s pledge to freeze its nuclear programme, trade sanctions were […]
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Super Capacitors Could Make Electric Vehicles More Appealing

On 17 October, Volvo revealed new energy storage technology, developed in collaboration with London’s Imperial College and eight other partners through an EU-financed project aiming to replace heavy and expensive conventional hybrid and electric car batteries. If successful, it could make electric vehicles more appealing. Source: Volvo Cars Background to this New Technology The technology […]
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Where Should Porsche Seek to Expand in Africa?

Back in September 2012, in the briefing “China’s One-Child Policy is Shaping a New Automotive Landscape”, I discussed the fact that one natural side-effect of China’s one-child policy is a proliferation of smaller households. In fact, half of all homes are expected to have just one or two residents by 2020. Traditional three and even […]
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