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BMW and Toyota strengthen relationship 29th June 2012

By Andrew Marsh, 05.07.12
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The relationship between vehicle manufacturers and suppliers has rarely moved faster in more than 100 years of the motor car. Just a few days ago BMW and Toyota announced the next stage of their technology co-operation, so ending another arrangement. In addition, the same week, Daimler announced the opening of the world’s first automotive fuel ...

Volkswagen Group expands to 11 brands 180412

By Andrew Marsh, 20.04.12
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Ducati bought by Audi
Volkswagen Group board approved the purchase of Ducati by the Audi division on 18th April 2012. The three main controlling clusters are the Audi division, Volkswagen passenger car division and the Volkswagen commercial vehicle division. The purchase of Ducati now brings the brand portfolio to 11 units: Audi AG Bugatti Ducati Lamborghini Seat Volkswagen passenger ...

Porsche 911 highs and lows on one day – 5th April 2012

By Andrew Marsh, 06.04.12
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Porsche Carrera type 991
In New York the Porsche type 991 (the current ‘911’) was officially named as the ‘2012 Wold Performance car’, which is well deserved. A total of 64 journalists across 25 countries debated the merits of 19 new releases in this category, and announced the result at the New York Motor show on 5th April 2012. ...

Right to Repair gets serious in the USA

By Andrew Marsh, 26.03.12
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Bosch EV system ghosted
For a long time independent repairers (of which more than 70 % of the UK vehicle collision repair business is independently owned) have sought access to rep[air information from vehicle manufacturers. With little surprise, vehicle manufacturers fondly still believe that all repair matters and parts purchases will come to them – a position than the ...

Jaguar Land Rover seek to establish Chinese base

By Andrew Marsh, 21.03.12
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Chery A1 DR1 front three qaurter.
JLR have signed on 21 March 2012 an agreement with Chery Automobile Ltd to establish an engineering centre, build Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles in China, to build jointly developed vehicles, to build engines and to sell all products via the joint venture company. Some issues: The Chinese market is slowing markedly right now with ...

Volkswagen Group may purchase Ducati – why?

By Andrew Marsh, 19.03.12
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Ducati Diavel in diamond black front three qaurter
The news swirled around the Geneva press days a few weeks ago that Audi would be the Volkswagen Group division to place a bid for Ducati, which is up for sale. Volkswagen Group has made no formal comment about the story, but senior officers have. Why buy a motor bike manufacturer? Well the visionary leader ...

GM to purchase 7% of Peugeot Citroën

By Andrew Marsh, 29.02.12
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Ducato, Jumper and Boxer
PSA Peugeot Citroën announced on 29th February 2012 that it was going to issue shares to raise an additional €1 billion and GM had agreed to buy 7% of those shares. The pressing matter is that both companies have excess production capacity, both have weakening sales in Europe and both do not make enough profit ...

GM to purchase 7% of Peugeot Citroën – why?

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Manufacturer Profiles
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A joint venture to produce a new range of vehicles between PSA and GM in Europe from 2016 onwards raises some interesting questions. The pressing matter for PSA Peugeot Citroën and Opel / Vauxhall is that both companies have excess production capacity, both have weakening sales in Europe and both do not make enough profit ...

Production over capacity in Europe

By Andrew Marsh, 06.02.12
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MMC Born plant
The European market took 13.573 million cars and light commercial vehicles during 2011 in the European Union as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland  - a decline of 194851 units compared to 2010. Across the region individual country vehicle markets are at best in slight growth (Germany) but mainly either flat or even in recession. ...

Volkswagen Group next generation platform strategy is complete

By Andrew Marsh, 02.02.12
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Volkswagen MQB platform
On 01st February Volkswagen Group announced the fourth and final part of their grand plan – modular platforms covering all segments of their passenger car business, from Audi to Porsche. What on earth does this mean? Core vehicle architecture based around common key components (seat frame, HVAC module, engines / transmission packages, electronic modules, electric ...
 
 
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