Monday morning car news roundup, September 22, 2014




Friday morning car news roundup, September 19, 2014


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Thursday morning car news roundup, September 18, 2014


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Europeans trade-in Daimler for Dacia


By now, you have probably heard that the European car market is alive, well, and on its way to new heights. Sadly, that isn’t so. The market apparently hit rock bottom in the Euro-crisis year of 2013 and recovered slightly. The long-term trend, however, is still down. [Continue Reading]

Wednesday morning car news roundup, September 17, 2014


US: Strong economic growth to underpin auto sales: OESA - Just-auto: Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), estimates what many are predicting will be US economic growth of 3% next year will sustain the current strong revival in American … [Continue reading]

Warburton declares French Renaissance. Could be followed by a revolution.

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For a while, yours truly has been monitoring the impressive gains of Renault’s affordable Dacia line in a still difficult (albeit slowly mending) European market. Now, Max Warburton of Bernstein Research sees Dacia as the centerpiece of a “French … [Continue reading]

Toyota: Read my lips, no new plants

Toyota's new factory plans

Two weeks ago, Mark Hogan, formerly at GM, and now freshly minted board member at Toyota, told Reuters that Toyota absolutely need more and bigger plants in Mexico. Days later, Bloomberg saw Toyota execs “scouting the country for possible factory … [Continue reading]

Tuesday morning car news roundup, September 16, 2014


NHTSA chief says GM made 'incredibly poor decisions' on recalls - Automotive News: The top U.S. auto safety regulator harshly criticized GM for not promptly reporting and recalling cars now linked to at least 19 deaths and said he has been meeting … [Continue reading]

From The Boneyard

VW Scirocco GTI 1976

Three severely camouflaged VW Scirocco GTI 1976 were flown to Los Angeles

Did you ever hold a 70s vintage Volkswagen car catalog in your hands? You know, the ones without a picture of a car on the cover? Just “The Rabbit,” “Der Käfer,” “Le Golf?” One distinct color per model, that’s it? Yes, those were the handiwork of yours truly. Making them was dangerous business. Those catalogs left dead bodies behind. [Continue Reading]

After a 40 year hiatus, spent doing propaganda in the automotive industry around the world, Bertel returns as a journalist and to the roots of his initials. His wife is a late model Japanese Import.

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