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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...

New FCA Group: Second semester 2014

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The Second semester of the year shows positive data for the new FCA Group at a global level, in particular in the European market and the North American one as well. More in detail throughout the semester- just ended- FCA has recorded increases higher than those of both the Spanish and UK market, even with significant increases in double digits. Instead the sales trend in the important German and...

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 outsourcing. Then,...

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 next...

What future for the V2V- the communication among vehicles?

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What diffusion will the vehicles communication have? How will the V2V evolve? Will it be a sort of Big Brother or a helpful service? The truth, as always happens, lies in the middle and also the V2V case follows the rule. What about it? V2V stand for Vehicle-to-Vehicle and it is simply to understand that this technology tries to establish a temporary communication among vehicles in short-range standing...

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 in its...

The target doesn’t exist anymore in the automotive

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  It seems simple, as in a textbook : given the BRAND MODEL of a X segment, it will always exist: A first target, the owner of the same segment; A second target: climbers (from smaller segments or neomotorized) and downshifters (target neglected in the Italian Automotive culture) coming from bigger segments. The target is always been the centre around which the supporting job to the marketing research....

Amazon, books and cars

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  I’ve always been interested in the possible and future developments of our field. A hobby more and more challenging, daily and multidisciplinary, because the new technologies have increased so muchthe evolution in each field. Few days ago I was impressed by one of the Amazon “future project”. As you well know, Amazon.com Inc. is an American e-commerce company based in Seattle, USA. It...

Car and boat, two worlds very close

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Cars and boats, apparently two worlds very distant, in particular from a commercial point of view. I think this because I use boat for passion while I work with the car. Later on I was at the other side, working in the nautical field, when the joke became a job so I discovered… the other world. Some years ago – six/seven not so much – the world of yachting seemed the automotive one but...

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 dollars,...

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

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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 it...

The car and the boat: who chooses and who decides

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I take a cue from Elena Alberti’s interview, CFO of Penske Europe, in particular the paragraph where is dealt with the subject of decision maker in the car purchasing. Alberti declares that notwithstanding the 42% of purchasing is, in fact, made by women, it is still the family man who makes choices. To support the thesis, she tells also her own story, indeed she chooses color and model of the car...

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,...

Old Europe, if you’re there knock once

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Coming back to Italy after a couple of weeks spent in different European continental countries and Northern ones, I realize that during that time I never heard about Marchionne. And this is not because in the rest of the Europe nobody speaks about cars – Fiat as well- about the crisis of the sector, staff redundancies and factory closures…. But perhaps it is a bit less pressing the identification...

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 and knowledge...

Alfa Romeo vs BMW?

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Auto Motor und Sport – over half a million copies, an amazing website – is the most authoritative German automotive magazine, and one of the most acknowledged in World. Its tests stand out for their professionalism and objectivity, the competences of the journalists and the thoroughness of the trials are the best guarantees for the reliability of the results. The “safety section” of...

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...

Mclaren says goodbye to wipers?

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From the Fantozzi’s Bianchina car to the world rally, the wiper blades are one of the few components common to every car. Thinking to do without them? Madness! The more daring are the rally drivers, capable of striving with lucky systems if necessary: two laces and little else to operate them manually when the electronics abandon them. Perhaps the future holds a more refined technology to be able...

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 and at...

Fiat “buys” in the USA, a hundred years of history

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Fiat looked at the USA since the business foundation in 1902 by Senator Agnelli and in 1909 with the building of a factory. The acquisition of Chrysler by Fiat, made official in the first days of January, has had wide media coverage, even if with different interpretations. How much of this acquisition will be positive to the Company, and to those who work in it, to Turin and Italy we will see in the...

Fiat World: Anno Domini 2013

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Let me spend a few words about “the news” which ends the 2013 – the strategic importance of the acquisition by Fiat of the entire Chrysler block of shares. Marchionne will launch soon, no later than May, the new plane of release for the the Group with the timetable of presentation of new models, at least, as well as the list of establishments involved. Meanwhile you can already hear voices alluding...

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 nobody...

November: the FIAT Group in the world

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According to the main global markets data of November 2013 we can try to make a view, concise but accurate, on the trend of our National Builder about the main markets in the world, also expressing thoughts and forecasts. European automotive market, overall, registered in November a little growth of 0.9%, this marks the end of the month with an increasing trend for the 3rd consecutive month. In November...

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 from...

Electric Cars, the BMW i3 “case”: when the materials count

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Will be the definitive turning point for the electric cars? Hard to believe. What the BMW i3 brings with vehemence to the forefront of the market is, however, a concept of frame optimization result of specific needs and constraints that the electrical architecture imposes. Some considerations can not pass in the background, especially when you put on the scales important elements. It is the first...

China: so close yet so far

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During the CADA convention in Chengdu – the panda’s city with the largest mall in the world – I’ve met the extraordinary opportunities of the Chinese market, that astonished also the NADA delegation. Used Cars? We visited a consortium of 400 independent dealers selling 600 used cars per day (200,000 per year), including Sundays. In a unique location, they display 6,000 used cars...

Surprise! The consumers prefer self driving cars!

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Cisco Systems (www.cisco.com) has interviewed 1,500 people and found that half of them buy cars based on the “technologic reputation” of the brand. An interesting result as much as the other findings of the study, such as the increasing “digitization” of the buying process. First things first, starting from the sample used for research: they surveyed 1,511 people in 10 different...

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 often...

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 see our...
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