… the first part!
Speaking of electric cars, what is your opinion of the EC 2011 White Paper and of the studies conducted in the US, by Exxon and by Toyota itself, according to which a significant market is only possible after 2020?
Don’t you think Renault’s anticipating the times is counterproductive? And if you don’t, why not? Read more »
Posted by Pietro Montagna in Car, Dacia, Ecology and Environment, Electric Cars, Market, Renault, The Interviews |
Interview Date: January, 21 2013
Professional Profile: Jacques Bousquet is a graduate of the EDHEC Business School in Lille and majored in Business Management at the University of Michigan of Detroit, the Duke University in North Carolina and the INSEAD in Fontainebleau. From 1982 to 1998 he held positions of increasing responsibility in Ford; from 1999 to 2002 in Fiat Auto, and later DaimlerChrysler France as Managing Director and then he covered the role of CEO of Chrysler Europe from 2006 to 2008. Since January 2009 he was President and CEO of Renault Italy.
Since June 2011 Jacques Bousquet is also President of UNRAE. Read more »
Posted by Pietro Montagna in Car, Dacia, Ecology and Environment, Electric Cars, Europe, Market, Renault, The Interviews |
[Marine Drive, Llandudno, Wales] (LOC) © The Library of Congress
40,000 fatal car accidents occur every year in Europe and 93% of them are due to human errors. This is the evidence that highlights the limits of the “automobile solution” for land transportation.
The use of this solution for people transportation implies the death of a percentage of them! It is as if every year a small town would disappear. It is unpleasant to make a so dramatic statement but this is the reality.
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Posted by Raffaele Vincenti in Car, Ecology and Environment, Electric Cars, Piaggio |
Date of interview: April 24, 2012
Professional Profile: Roland Schell
Notes: Interview by Pietro Montagna
I had the opportunity to interview Roland Schell and I did not let slip the opportunity, trying to bring the discussion on the future of our industry, because speaking about the present would have been disheartening.
The Italian market continues to fall, while the world continues to grow. In 2011, the Italian market for light passengers (cars + light commercial) weighed 2.5% of the world (it was 3.7% in 2008). What is happening and what is the answer of your company? Read more »
Posted by Pietro Montagna in Car, Electric Cars, Long-term rental, Mercedes, Smart, The Interviews |
Even if we do not know – at home – we ALL have a piece of the vehicle that has won numerous awards during the Rotterdam Shell-Eco Marathon, travelling along 5,000 kilometers with 1kWh of energy (the equivalent of a liter of gasoline).
The engine of this 100% Italian vehicle – built by the school “ITIS Rossi” in Vicenza – is the motor of a… washing machine! Manufactured by Askoll, the supplier of the world’s leading manufacturers of household appliances in over 20 countries. Read more »
Posted by Maurizio Sala in BYD, Car, Chevrolet, Electric Cars, Europe, Opel, Tesla |
Plain English (sort of): "Please do not speak to driver while bus is in motion" © Newtown graffiti
The driver? … It’s an optional!
How do you create something really new in the automotive field?
The answer is: think different!
It is what the brilliant creators of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, made getting to an original and hardly debatable conclusion: the limit of the car we know is connected to the limits of the driver!
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Posted by Raffaele Vincenti in Car, Electric Cars |
Interview Date: March, 14th 2012.
Professional Profile: Marco Saltalamacchia
Remarks: Interview carried by Pietro Montagna
I have asked Mr. Marco SALTALAMACCHIA (former Senior Vice President of BMW Sales & CEO of BMW Italy SpA) some thoughts about the future of our sector.
Good Morning Mr. Saltalamacchia, the current crisis of the European Automotive Market triggered a huge brainstorming of ideas and possible solutions. From your experience do you think it would be feasible to think about a distribution without dealers? Do you foresee a direct web selling, or either un-experimented channels? Read more »
Posted by Pietro Montagna in BMW, Car, Chrysler, Dealer Develop., Electric Cars, GM, Mini, Opel, The Interviews |
Interview Date: 18th February 2012.
Professional Profile: Daniele Maver
Remarks: Interview carried by Carlo Simongini
The Italian Market keep falling, while the Worlwide one keep growing. Over 2011, the Italian Light Passengers Market (Cars + Light Commercial Vehicles) scored 2.5% in the world (being 3.7% in 2008).
Did any changes occur against our Market while being approached by OEM? Read more »
Posted by Carlo Simongini in Car, Electric Cars, Jaguar, Land Rover, The Interviews |
IMGP1016 © by marko8904
During the approval phase for cars, automobile companies are required to comply with the regulations in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) established by directive EU 91/441/EC.
This regulation calls for a series of tests that must be uniform and repeatable. To guarantee that they can be repeated, the tests are performed not on roads or a track but on dynamometric rollers in a laboratory at a controlled and constant temperature and humidity, therefore examining only a reduced and insignificant range of use. Read more »
Posted by Paolo Camerin in After Sales, Car, Electric Cars, Europe, LCV, Used Cars |
IMG_4332.JPG © by masolino
Hybrid Ideas …
If automotive experts would stop saying stupid things about more or less electric vehicles, the world would be a better place.
There is a whole variegated bunch of stupidities out there. Some are functional to elegant and content deprived ads and commercials. Well, to be honest, in this case we are dealing with plain lies. Others are technologically flavoured, sound highly innovative, suggest great breakthroughs, but … Read more »
Posted by Andrea Aparo in After Sales, Car, Customer Satisfaction, Electric Cars, Europe, Market, Tesla |