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Ford engine production boost for the UK – for how long?

By Andrew Marsh, 26.10.12
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Public
Ecoboost 1.6l engine inlet side
Once upon a time Ford had Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) as part of the European empire, and both were disposed to fresh willing partners. Both brands still use many Ford parts including pressings as well as engines / transmissions, such as the 2l EcoBoost petrol, 1.6l and 2.2l turbo diesel engines. Indeed the ...

Ford end production at Genk by 2014, GM and PSA joint production from 2016

By Andrew Marsh, 24.10.12
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Public
Mondeo CD391 Citroen C5 Vauxhall Insignia 241012
For many years Genk has been an important production hub for Ford of Europe, but the news announced today is that manufacturing will stop there by 2014. The announcement was widely anticipated, since Genk is home to the Mondeo (CD345) as well as the Galaxy / S-Max (CD340). The bottom line is that Mondeo has ...

GM and PSA joint production from 2016 – analysis part 1

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Update
GM and PSA announce JV details 241012
Two companies, same problem. Neither has viable manufacturing operations in Europe, and both are under pressure to do much better in the future. For GM the issue is to prevent Europe from damaging the rest of the organisation and especially to help overcome the resistance to boosting the share price in the USA. For PSA ...

GM and PSA joint production from 2016 – analysis part 2

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Update
GM and PSA announce JV details 241012_2
GM has often moved assets around the world for tax efficiency, and currently has an almighty USA share value issue to deal with. Ackerson is 100 per cent focused on getting the GM share price towards $53 (US), whereas the markets place it at closer to $30 (US). GM North America is very fond of ...

The end of the London Taxi?

By Jack Regan, 23.10.12
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Update
LTi TX4 front three quarter
The collapse of Manganese Bronze on Monday 22nd October 2012 followed a long and very hard battle to bring one of the few purpose engineered taxis to the wider global market. The company had set up a joint venture with Geely, including setting up a manufacturing line in Shanghai to produce complete vehicles and feed ...

Will Chrysler engineering be dominated by Fiat?

By Jack Regan, 13.09.12
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Public
Will Chrylser engineering be dominated by Fiat 130912
The take-over of Chrysler Group LLC by Fiat Auto has been utterly fascinating in that both companies have considerable form for financial instability, both companies though the other was saving them from oblivion and out of that comes a step change in engineering style for both companies. What has happened over the past four years ...

Will Chrysler engineering be dominated by Fiat? Part 1

By Jack Regan,
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Public | Update
Will Chrylser engineering be dominated by Fiat 130912
The take-over of Chrysler Group LLC by Fiat Auto has been utterly fascinating in that both companies have considerable form for financial instability, both companies though the other was saving them from oblivion and out of that comes a step change in engineering style for both companies. What has happened over the past four years ...

Will Chrysler engineering be dominated by Fiat? Part 2

By Jack Regan,
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Update
Chrysler 300C rear three quarter
The first adjustment to the vision Fiat wanted coverage in North America as well as the Far East. To do that is needed to be involved with companies already operating in those areas, and the available opportunities were limited. The Chrysler Group considerably boosted Fiat’s presence outside Europe, but still left the European market (even ...

Will Chrysler engineering be dominated by Fiat? Part 3

By Jack Regan,
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Update
Jeep Grand Chrokee May 2011
The second adjustment of the vision The first wave of investment intensive products is pushing ahead funded by the cash flow from the initial low investment steps. From the product announcements and delays, it would seem that rather than imposing Fiat vehicle engineering right across all vehicles, there will be a natural split between the ...

Great cars on a warm English autumn day – part 1

By Jack Regan, 11.09.12
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles | Public | Update
Bentley Blower 4.5 at Windsor 090912
Ever since the British companies – Rolls-Royce and Bentley were sold off by Vickers to BMW AG and Volkswagen Group AG, the two brands have been subjected to more investment than in their entire history. Whilst the Great Depression of the late 1920s resulted in Rolls-Royce acquiring Bentley Motors in 1931, the two brands separated ...
 
 
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