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

automotive
  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...

Car and boat, two worlds very close

boat
  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...

If India isn’t just the two marines

India
  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,...

Fiat World: Anno Domini 2013

Fiat in the world
  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...

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

Renault ZOE
  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...

Interview with Paolo Gagliardo, Head of Brand Lancia/Chrysler for EMEA – 2^nd part

Gagliardo
  …the first part! GLOBALISATION!  This term should allow you to achieve a product that is in line with the tastes of the “entire world”, with the underlying principle of listening to your customers. Are Lancia and Chrysler getting to grips with this term? Do they listen to the large mass of customers who are trying to convey their expectations? If not, what’s missing...

Interview with Paolo Gagliardo, Head of Brand Lancia/Chrysler for EMEA – 1^st part

Gagliardo
  Interview Date: January 4, 2013 Professional Profile: Paolo Gagliardo, after an MBA at Columbia Business School in New York, has built great part of its career in the Automotive industry. He has worked in Ford Motor Company and FIAT in various Marketing, Sales and Product assignments in the UK, US and Italy. He has also worked in the Italian Railroad Company, as Chief Marketing Officer and Piaggio...

When scale economy compromises quality

Quality
  Using the same parts for different models of cars, and for different brands in the case of auto groups, is definitely an intelligent solution for cost containment and the allocation of fixed costs on a larger number of vehicles, besides the reduction of merchandise in stock by adopting a just in time production system. But sometimes this industrial logic was adopted too hastily and without a...

The residual value of your new car

residual value
  For the last few days I have been hearing the ad on the italian radio for the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the part about maintaining its value in the used car market according to Eurotax and Quattroruote (the most important italian automotive newspaper) really caught my attention. I wondered: is it really true what they’re saying in the Giulietta ad? And, if it is true, why advertise...

Memorable Experience

experience
  Today we live in an era in which we are bombarded with a wealth of information. Today more than ever it is important to sell not only automobiles but also experiences. Automobile companies invest millions of euros in advertising, spokespersons and events. It has almost become a habit for many brands to be open on Sunday, dictated by the company, which is costly for the dealer. On the other hand,...

Bifuel or not? This is the question…Part 2

Bifuel
  Here follows the analysis of LPG-CNG  started in the past weeks with questions and answers: Life of LPG-CNG injectors around 30000 miles As mentioned is always advisable to switch to LPG with gasoline especially if you make long-distance routes, for short routes this problem does not exist. Replace LPG-CNG filter every 10000miles The cost is very limited (less than simple operation, and 25...

Bifuel or not? This is the question…Part 1

Bifuel
  In this period of expensive fuel, I suggest again the question of convenience or not to switch to gas. Whether it’s natural gas or LPG, the car is registered as an original bi-fuel or it is transformed , the advantages are many: savings on supplies, reduced emissions and always the ability to drive. What I am going to do is a list of the main concerns, of even greater concern, which can...

Thinking of Japanese design

Japanese
  Thinking about Japanese design, I think we are in the phase where it does not receive any push to keep them always interesting and be able to create emotions. Until few years ago, Japanese design was powered by the legacy that absorbed by the advice of italian coach builders and designers, who with their proposals could combine elegance and emotions with advanced Japanese technology. Those elements...

Daimler AG and Algeria, the results of the revolts in North Africa

Algeri
  Today on March the 23rd I just got the following press release by Mr. Fabio Franchi (PR at Daimler Italy): “On March 22, 2011, Daimler AG, the Algerian government, and PJS Aabar Investments signed a memorandum of understanding with Regard to the assembly of trucks and buses. The project encompasses the supply of vehicle parts to Algeria for local assembly in Rouiba. Daimler Will Provide...

Q…BUT…”HOW MUCH ARE WE QUALIT-ATIVE?”

QQuality
    The argument quality has suffered for years since its birth (within its first publication in 1987 as the nowadays famous ISO 9000) several changes and adjustments (based on the prehistoric BS 5750 BSI – British Standards Institute which among other things had already been proposed to ISO as far back as 1979). You should think its story can be almost traced some twenty years earlier,...
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