NEW FIAT COMPACT SEDAN: first sighting

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  New Fiat Compact Sedan for the first time in the test on the roads of Turin. Designed by the FCA Style Centre and jointly with Tofas, production will take place at Fiat’s factory in Turkey Bursa. Fiat Compact Sedan comes from the platform that was also used in development of Fiat 500L, 500X and Jeep Renegade. On sale from November in more than 40 countries in EMEA Region. (note: click...

The China gives up the electrics and the Europe just watches

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  Two months ago I published one post dealing with selling data and the evolution, over the last years, of the electric cars in Europe. To avoid of causing useless wars, I limited to reporting market data (ACEA) and to suggesting how to read them analytically and how to contextualize them. But in private, someone wanted to charge me with provincialism, saying for instance: “…Pietro, but...

4 years of Automotive Space

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   4 years have passed since the first English post on Automotive Space was published, and we want to celebrate it! 😉 From April 10, 2011 to date, it have been published 185 posts, each of them original and with no review of car, receiving more than 220 comments! Although these data are significant, however they should be read together with those, which by now constitute the Automotive...

The electric cars in EU in 2014: it was established their failure

Electric Cars
  This “European” post is originated from some considerations after more years of incentives and more millions of euro thrown away because of the electric. Here, for ex., are the italian data (this blog was born in Italy): 1,104 sales of EV cars, in 2014, of which 246 sold to private (UNRAE data). Essentially in Italy the 0,08% of the auto market, in 2014, represents electric cars, while...

Interview with Elena Cortesi, Global Brand Pillars Communication Manager in Ford Motor Company

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  Date of interview: February, 26 2015 Professional profile: At Ford from 2000. She has worked as Area Manager, Dealer Manager and Fleet manager, used cars and CV. Subsequently, as PR director in Italy, Elena has developed a social media strategy involving bloggers and community, becoming a benchmark in the sector. On February 2012, she assumed the position of Director, Earned and Social Media,...

The list of the most read posts of 2014 of Automotive Space

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  It seems that during these Christmas Holidays, and for the end of 2014, the most popular blogs,– not belonging to an editorial group, used to do a roundup on the best posts published in the last year. I want to practice this custom as well, and in order to be impartial during my choice, I commit it to St. Google (Analytics) so that it will choose the 10 most read posts, regardless of the date...

Peugeot and Citroen: It’s nice to win easy!

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  By at least one semester Peugeot and Citroen started a radical transformation of production, managerial, commercial and communication. Talk about the last aspect: the Communication! Money are invested if there is something to communicate and when there are budgets to bind on. Budgets are allocated if there are invoices. Data about Italy and Europe show that there’s turmoil… to put it mildly. From...

Outsourcing in the automotive: does the abuse hurt?

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  I’’ve already largely expressed my opinion about the growing precariousness management in the automotive field, which finds its highest expressions in the outsourcing. It was a year ago…. We were convinced that some strategic position couldn’t be the subject of outsourcing and that others, even these strategic ones, during the start-up and re-engineering, could be optimized through...

The sustainable mobility goes through inter-modality

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  Listening to different observation about the automotive future, and in general about means of transport, I remembered of some notes taken during the lesson of “Economy of Transport” by professor Ennio Forte (UNINA- Federico II University of Neaples – Italy -) some decades ago. In the last years, there were been progresses but, as declared by the White Book of Transport 2011 (EC), the...

The LPG and CNG help you, such as the electrics

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  The plan, which foresees about 3,000 LPG fuel stations and 1,000 CNG ones to the end of 2012, is proceeding at a steady pace toward the goal. Actually Fiat Professional has already monitored 3065 LPG points (+40 closed) and 908 CNG points (+8 closed) regularly active (data September 7, 2012). In spite of this, a subtle and insightful enemy, the electric Lobby, which includes several devices...

How to not have a winning strategy

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  So I also find myself to generalize telling an experience of life lived (automotive)… sometimes you allow me to “vent”…. The “Case history” I’m going to tell you is dramatically true and is a prime example of what it means to get out of your own safety…. Even if continuing to be cunning! Not long ago a “friend” dealer, one of those BIG ones who only speaks about MILLION of...

Marchionne, from FGA to FCA the wind changes… all aboard!

Marchionne
  Is time that, intentionally, I don’t write about Fiat (in a general sense). I’ve also intended , after the fusion announced at the beginning of January 2014, to not do it until May when the new project FCA will be launched. I decided so, both individually and as Automotive Space, because several reasons such as: Automotive Spaces doesn’t deal with gossip, we let do it to guru! They need...

The first 3 years of Automotive Space (Eng): wishes!

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  And who would have thought and dreamed…. 3 years! Yes it is so, just THREE years are passed since April 10, 2011… when the English version of Automotive Space was originated. Nothing left to imagine that we would become a community presents on 12 Social Network and counting more than 7,000 followers. Three years in which we didn’t waste a useful day to publish something that would be considerable...

If India isn’t just the two marines

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  In India, one of the greatest nuclear power (the largest importer of weapons in the world and, until 2012, the first user of gold in the world for 50 years in a row), there are been 2 important events about automotive sector : the 12th Auto Expo Components and the 12th Auto Expo Motor Show. India, belonging to BRICS nations, receives special attentions by global OEMs. Prestigious research centers,...

Young people are not interested in the car!

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  I was one of the first to broadcast the news that from the Far East and the USA worrying signals about the wants of the new generations were coming. Here I absolutely don’t want to deny the news, but I want to clarify some aspects which, to me, are taking a turn for the worst. Let’s clarify that the answer you are trying to give is originated from superficiality, lack of analysis...

Interview with Stefano Villanti, Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Product Strategy at Qoros

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  Interview date: Feb 21,  2014 Professional Profile: Stefano Villanti is the Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Product Strategy at Qoros Automotive Co., Ltd.. He joined the organisation in 2008 and was a key staff member during the initial start-up phase. As Qoros has grown so has Stefano’s responsibility and he now leads over 260 internal and external Qoros staff. Prior to joining...

In Europe won’t be a recovery as in the USA

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  Few days ago we published a post where I announced the USA sales data and how the Downsizing “famous theory” , well known as the philosophy of Economics decrease, is only another hoax by popular influencers and speakers to make money with books and different conferences. I have already talked about it during the consumptions crisis, declaring how the Downsizing was only a contingent need...

Downsizing inside the automotive: another hoax that vanishes

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  More than two years ago I instilled the doubt about the Downsizing “trend”, which was all the rage inside the automotive, and about the Economics of decline. My argument, with all humility towards leaders and excelled speakers’ opinion (who benefit JUST in saying certain declarations and not thanks the truthfulness, NOW ready to change the repertory of their interventions)...

If managers fail the (electric) aims, will they pay?

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  This is a (general) question that a lot of people asked especially in the last few years. For instance they wonder it about the old managing of Alitalia but also about Italian railways company. But here we’re talking about automotive so I don’’t want to digress on it! We have dwelt upon electric car, and upon tales told, a lot both on this blog and on Linkedin. The funny aspect is that...

At last! Up!+Citigo+Mii surpasses Panda

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 Let’s say once and for all…. AT LEAST! We have had enough about the torment dealing with the Panda (Italian approximation sign) rose after the press triumph at the Up+Citigo+Mii! launch. Obviously this ironic and sarcastic sentence is originated from both public and private huffy comments due to the publication of the post “Because nobody says that Panda is sold more than Up!…. article...

Automotive Space in the 30 most influential European digital media in Martorell

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  After so much buzz on the Social Networks (Facebook – photos – and Twitter with the hashtag #LeonSTdrivingday) it seems unlikely that some followers do not know that AS has been invited to the presentation of the new Seat LeonST, as one of the four Italians media, within the group exclusive of the 30 most influential digital media in Europe. It was a source of great joy, pride and...

Only one Billion of our Euro for the electric vehicles of Renault

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    After the post regarding the aid to PSA by Hollande, started with fortuitous coincidence the inspection proceeding by the European Community for a possible rules infringement.  As it was predictable politics prevailed and France demonstrated its concept of Europeanism. Do not think, however, that it is an isolated case. Indeed there is, in my view, a real coordination between the individual...

The overproduction concerns the whole of Europe, or not?

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  Do you remember the article of Marco Saltalamacchia “Move the metal, Jack!” after just one month since our launch? Over time it has become a MUST! A way to tackle the situation “taking the bull by the horns“, reaffirmed about a year later in the interview that was issued by the same author of the post. The subject is the automotive production capacity in Europe. Subject...

MY Alfa Romeo 4C

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  On the last 11th of June I was in Maserati as guest of Alfa Romeo for the presentation of the notorious 4C. I won’t list the technical details of the product. For this matter there are other automotive magazines. Otherwise you can read AR Official Press Release in our News section, or use the hashtag #4C that I used with the account @automotivespace. For photos and videos, however, you can...

Autopromotec 2013

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  Has just ended. The biennial event has registered respectable numbers at the height of the crisis. As well as two years ago, the feedback is undoubtedly positive, at least are not visible the long faces and the gloomy atmosphere as in other shows/fairs /conventions dedicated to the automotive industry. Here are the official numbers numbers: 1,512 companies and 102,536 visitors, including...

Interview with Cristiano Carlutti, Sales and Marketing Qoros Director for EMEA – 2^nd part

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  …from the first part! Designing a sales network is not an easy thing, but even more difficult is the set-up of the after sales service network, also in this case can you helps us to understand how you are moving? Even in this case, the focus is on what really matters to the customer. If something does not benefit the customer it becomes not only a cost but also an organizational obstacle:...

Interview with Cristiano Carlutti, Sales and Marketing Qoros Director for EMEA – 1^st part

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    Date of interview Jun, 4 2013 Professional profile: Business Administration degree at Bocconi University in Milano, Cristiano has developed an 18 years long experience in sales, retail development and marketing, with experiences in Czech Republic, Italy, Ireland and United Kingdom and responsibilities growing from the Italian market to the European and finally to the European and Middle...

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité! Vive la France, vive l’Europe!

Liberte
  Do you remember the article on car purchases by the Italian State, which has stimulated a heated debate on this blog? With all the related discussion on globalization, market and liberalization? Well brace yourselves because while half of Europe is drifting, the other half knows where is going, and without wanting to be ironic, hats off to their rulers! We start recalling that in the European...

Interview with Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO – Mopar® – 2^nd part

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    …from the first part! May I ask a more generic question? What professional differences are there, for a person in your position, between working in Turin and working in Detroit? Both Turin and Detroit have a strong, proud automotive heritage. While both have gone through tough times, both continue to maintain a vivid passion for cars. From a professional standpoint, I feel at home...

Interview with Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO – Mopar® – 1^st part

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  Date of the interview: March, 26 2013 Professional Profile: Pietro Gorlier was born in Turin (Italy), he joined the Fiat Group in 1989 as a market analyst in Iveco helding various positions in logistics, in the After Sales and Customer Care, before joining Fiat Group Automobiles in 2006. After the experience in FGA and in CNH Global N.V., he joined Chrysler Group. He is President and CEO of...
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