Wednesday morning car news roundup, December 17, 2014

Today is Wednesday

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EU new car market runs out of steam in November, self-registrations and discounts very high

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The big European turn-around that appeared to finally have collected enough courage in the past two months, already ran out of steam in November. Sales across the EU were up a mere 1.4 percent in November, Europe’s manufacturer association ACEA reports. What little growth there is more or less goes on account of Mediterranean countries where new cars sales pretty much had come to a halt last year during the financial crisis. [Continue Reading]

Monday morning car news roundup, December 15, 2014

Today is Tuesday

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Swag the dog: The shitstorm that could stop all junkets

Swag? Ask the Urban Dictionary

Swag? Ask the Urban Dictionary

 

Yesterday, Noah Joseph, a writer for Autoblog, went semi-public on Facebook, demanding more gifts from OEMs. “Am I the only one who misses a bit of swag from press events?” Joseph asked the members of an allegedly secret Facebook group (1024 members,) dedicated to writing about cars. It was a loaded question. Joseph not only shot himself in both feet, he took more than a few of his colleagues with him, and it may very well be the shot that signaled the end of lavish press junkets.

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Friday morning car news roundup, December 12, 2014

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Tesla says China unit head Wu resigns - Reuters: U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc said on Friday its China president, Veronica Wu, has resigned, without giving a reason for her departure. Tesla's China president resigns after less than 9 … [Continue reading]

Thursday morning car news roundup, December 11, 2014

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SWEDEN: "Nine lives" NEVS at 8.9: FKG MD - Just-auto: Scandinavian automotive supplier body, FKG, is welcoming the latest potential for National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) to secure further investment following the automaker's reorganisation … [Continue reading]

Tesla under water soon? Company looks for “diver support system” experts

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Yesterday, the Daily Kanban did cast doubts on the technical prowess of Tesla’s alleged game-changing lane-changer, the overpromised “Autopilot.” This assessment was based on a discussion with intelligent vehicle system experts, who said that systems … [Continue reading]

“Mahindra buys Saab brand.” No, it doesn’t

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Yesterday, Financial Times reported that “Mahindra & Mahindra, India’s leading sport utility vehicle maker by sales, plans to buy a majority stake in the parent company that owns Saab’s brand.” Slight problem: It’s not true. “Mahindra is set to … [Continue reading]