About Bertel Schmitt

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.

Tuesday morning car news roundup, February 21, 2017

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Monday morning car news roundup, February 20, 2017

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Audi Engineer Airs The So Far Dirtiest Laundry Of The Dieselgate Scandal. Stadler Soiled

A case brought to a German labor court could end the career of Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. Testimonies place Stadler at the center of Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal. Documents presented in court describe the motive for the emission fraud: Without cheating, sales of the diesel-powered cars would have been in serious trouble. With cheating, the whole company is in serious trouble. With a little bad luck, current Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller could be implicated.

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Friday morning car news roundup, February 17, 2017

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Here Are The Opel Plants Most Likely To Die

There is no shortage of expert opinions about the possible sale of GM’s European Opel arm to PSA Peugeot Citroen. Most of the experts sit at brokerages and investment banks, and their opinions usually side with their bonuses. For a sober examination by people who really understand the highly complex and often baffling auto business, let’s have a look at LMC’s analysis of the proposed acquisition of Opel by PSA. Here, you’ll find the most likely answers to the most pressing questions: What can Opel bring to Peugeot? Which plants will be shut down? What are the political frictions?

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Thursday morning car news roundup, February 16, 2017

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Toyota Turns A Plug-In Prius Launch Into A Celebration Of Hybrid Technology’s Birthday

The symbolism couldn’t possibly have been thicker: Yesterday, Toyota announced that it has produced the tenmillionst hybrid car, a job that took them 20 years after it launched its first Prius in October of 1997. Today, the Chief Engineer who headed the Prius project 20 years ago, climbed the stage at the Tokyo Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, and kicked-off the start of Japanese sales of the new plug-in version of the Prius. The former Chief Engineer of course is Takeshi Uchiyamada. At a sprightly age 70, he normally serves as Chairman of Toyota. Today, he was the star of the launch event.

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Wednesday morning car news roundup, February 15, 2017

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