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The tsunami autonomous car is drawing near the automotive

autonomous cars
  Getting into a car, which is able to drive autonomously, will become a habit? Probably yes and one day cities will become similar to the minority Report metropolis. These evocative and suggestive images, however, are only the visible part of an iceberg that, although not as dangerous as the one which sink the Titanic, will be able to overturn the whole automotive industry. Insurances, for instance,...

Bertone, the epilogue of the last coachbuilder

Logo Bertone
  It took little more than 100 years (102 to be exact) for a trademark, symbol of the design, to be smashed up in pieces. This is the perfect example of how a generational shift is important in a company. No school, university or a master can ever transmit passion, tradition and pride. Personally, I learned the news of the failure of this company symbol and its auction “of what is left”...

The car dealers are sick. What about those of Trucks?

Trucks
  The world of HCV and Trucks changes much faster than the one of the automobile! The truck dealers – who are still snubbed as ‘truckers’ with spicy calendars by those who work in the chain of Passenger Vehicles – they are ahead of the “obedient car dealers”. A forced change: the cataclysm feared by the Italian dealers federation is already a reality from some years...

Italy: whilst Penske is arriving, Marchione is… departing?

Allen
  With trumpets and drums Mr. Rob Kurnick announces the landing of the Penske Group into the land of Fiat: “In Italy the economy is recovering and there are opportunities to grab!” A few days ago the associations of Dealers and Manufacturers – Federauto and Unrae – had spoken a “bit differently” regarding the dramatic situation of all those spitting blood in...

Manufacturer Alliances: Good or bad?

manufacturer
  The recent announcement by PSA and GM of their intended strategic alliance is one of many such alliances between various manufacturers. But when do these alliances start diluting brand equity? In the past the first tentative alliances were based on purchasing power formats. Then the inevitable creep sets in with manufacturers sharing platforms, major components, engines and indeed entire vehicles. There...

A new European Brand: QOROS.

qoros
    QOROS. Remember this name. This is a new official brand since November the 28th, founded by a joint venture between Chery and Israel Corporation, with active operational participation of Magna (who wanted to buy Opel in 2009). A powerful agreement between the largest Chinese Car provider (for the last 8 years at least) and one of the biggest Israeli Holdings. The news was not emphasized...

When the Chinese acquire…

acquire
  photo credit: *helloharry* After seeing their great ability to compete in terms of industrial by Chinese companies, we can determine (after a few years from the first major acquisitions) what they produced. One thing: in only three years (from 2003 to 2006) the value of M& A Chinese rose from 1,6 to 18,2 billion dollars. This dynamic has caused in the world the fear of being bought. The...
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