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Why does PSA want to buy OPEL and VAUXHALL?

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  Why does PSA want to buy OPEL and VAUXHALL? A truly intriguing question for the experts, because none of these, except of course ones PSA, are able to answer. And this because it lacks any economic or industrial or commercial evidence of where the winning secret of the takeover. Opel has not exactly a story of success for the last years, and this it was emphasized by Harald Hendrikse of the...

The list of the most read posts of 2016 on Automotive Space

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  Also this year we like to publish the list of most read posts of Automotive Space. You can see there are more differences from the last post on the most read posts in 2015. For this reason we can confirm that Automotive Space doesn’t aim the last news. Unfortunately from one year we are publishing a fewer number of post because we haven’t abroad correspondents…be patient; we...

50 years ago, the project which motorized Russia

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  It is never easy to assess the importance of an event that happened fifty years before, especially when it refers to automotive history. But the collaboration agreement signed between Fiat and the Soviet Ministry of industry for the construction of a car plant in what was then the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (URSS), and which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, deserves to be remembered. On...

Dusseldorf: cast a glance over nautical world.

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  The Dusseldorf Boat Show, which took place during the last week in January, declared the 2016 boating season opened. About the organization of the Exhibition and the attendance figures there is not much to say! The organization is always excellent, a bit rigid (german), but surely efficient and focused on the visitors’ and workers’ needs . Numbers definitely describe it as the first and foremost...

Dieselgate: the ends justify the means?

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  Objectives, results, standards and performance. Are we sure that the ancient motto “the ends justify the means” is achievable? What happens if a Company is put under pressure, particularly when Consumers believe that the brand is incapable of overlooking high standards? Imagine a successful athlete who is “accustomed” to win by his fans. Imagine that on the eve of a competition he –...

Sailing by sea or living on the sea? The debut of Overblue, the crossover

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  Among the innovations at the Boat Show of Cannes and Genoa it couldn’t go unnoticed a “strange” boat, which could be similar to a house boat at a cursory look. Actually, at a second look even a layman realized that Overblue it’s not a simple houseboat but that have behind a very innovative concept and a lot of design work. We were lucky enough to meet the designer of Overblue, the architect...

Luxury brand have been trouble with the strange sore… Tesla!

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  I must say first of all that: the electric car fascinates me, I like its way to move without vibrations and with little noise. The electric engine seems to me elegant, with its round components which just rotate, almost without tremors. The efficiency is a byproduct of this elegance, with its 85/90% outclasses any internal combustion engine for automotive applications and it is comparable only...

Electric hybrid vehicles and their consumptions

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  For all of us, the electric hybrid vehicles and the electric pure ones by now mean reduction in consumption and therefore less CO2 emissions and more environmental protection, even if there are conflicting opinions because of the damages caused from the extraction of metals needed to build electric motors (see the post ‘Interview to professor Ivan Maio of the Polytechnic in Turin‘). Electric...

Seventh commandment: you shall not steal (the outboard motor…)

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  The theft of outboard motors, as well as that of small boats, dinghies and water motors, isn’t a recent phenomenon but in the last years it has become more frequent and organized. Ports and marinas, yacht clubs and associations, retailers’ sites and stores are increasingly “visited” by thieves. The outboard motor it’s an object easy to remove and transport, with a high intrinsic value...

9th survey by AS. EV car registrations are still very low, why?

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  EV car registrations are still very low, why? 91 votes: Is the Automotive Professional tired because of the warm? A topic that has been already dealt with … or is it uninteresting? Who knows! But the fact remains that the votes, deliberately collected among a large set of selections in order to have opinions and ideas from different points of view, finally can be categorized only in 3...

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...

Pirelli and Pininfarina: an unavoidable epilogue

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  Another company in the automotive sector of our Europe moved in the court of the giant Asian ChemChina. Pirelli, the fifth tire manufacturer on the world, has been acquired by means of sovereign funds of nationalized China. An operation financially complex which opens the debate to a series of assessments on the health conditions of our badly off capitalism, especially if you consider that the...

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...

Time stays, carmakers go.

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  In Italy, in five years, carmakers have lost more than 1,600 dealers, while the dealers of trucks (550 in 2009), today are only 110. Also in the ultra-efficient US there was a die-off: NADA-data shows that more than 6,500 dealers have disappeared. Whilst of the remaining 17,665 dealerships, 5,000 of them sell less than 10 new cars per month, and 7,000 fewer than 30 per month. These numbers...

Car colors: freedom of choice?

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  The Mass Customization should satisfy the desires of each individual client, preserving the typical efficiencies of the mass production, as low costs of production and sale. To complicate matters, it often happens that customers and Companies do not speak the same language, also the excess of supply is confusing to the buyers. In the age of mass customization, the color of a new car can accelerate...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Alfa Romeo vs BMW?

Alfa vs BMW
  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”...

When the eastern wind…

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 I have already had occasion to say that the world of the automotive and the recreational marine one are very close. In general, the world of boating retraces the same choices and pathways of the automotive… ten year later. Over the years in the automotive there are been manufacturers’ realities characterized by low cost connotations. To Asian manufacturers -mostly Koreans- who first pointed...

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...
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