Volkswagen News Mixed for U.S. Dealers

Volkswagen News Mixed for U.S. Dealers

December 10, 2015 — Volkswagen executives today presented a far more favorable picture of the automaker this morning during an early press conference than could have been envisioned a few weeks ago. But the situation in the U.S. remains more murky as Volkswagen waits for guidance from U.S regulatory officials on whether its proposed fixes…

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Threatened

Renault-Nissan Alliance Threatened

December 8, 2015 — If you haven’t been paying attention to French politics recently, an intriguing battle is brewing for control of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. A vote by the alliance’s board that likely will determine its future is scheduled for December 11. The background is complicated. In a move to protect jobs and its ability to…

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Volkswagen’s Issues Continue to Grow

December 6, 2015 — Volkswagen’s challenges are showing no signs of letting up and appear to be growing in complexity. Plunging sales, disappearing incentives, VW’s inability to find a fix and questions surrounding management continue to plague the automaker and its dealers. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, top Volkswagen executives are…

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A New Digital Land Grab Coming to Automotive

December 1, 2015 — Industry-specific domain extensions are coming to the automotive industry next week and could create a digital land grab reminiscent of the Oklahoma land rush in 1889. Cars Registry Ltd, a joint venture between XYZ and Uniregistry,  which owns and operates the new extensions, is making the domains, .cars, .car and .auto available for purchase… Continue Reading

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More Turmoil at Volkswagen

October 15, 2015 — The Volkswagen saga continues as its North American president and CEO Winfried Vahland resigned suddenly yesterday. Vahland, who had been Skoda’s CEO, was appointed to the newly created position in North America as part of the automaker’s scrambling to deal with its growing diesel engine scandal. Vahland’s move potentially places Michael Horn,… Continue Reading

Ferrari Races Into IPO

Ferrari Races Into IPO

October 9, 2015 — Sergio Marchionne, showing confidence in Ferrari, decides to move forward with a planned IPO of the luxury brand despite a volatile stock market that has forced numerous companies to recently postpone going public. Ferrari N.V. filed amended IPO papers this morning with the Securities Exchange Commission expecting to generate anywhere from $48… Continue Reading

Management Changes at FCA

Management Changes at FCA

October 7, 2015 — Management changes at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles happen so often, they normally amount to nothing more than press release fodder. But three changes that were announced this week might provide a hint as to which executives are moving up the ladder and possibly be in the running for the top job when Sergio… Continue Reading

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UAW Rejects FCA Deal — Now What?

October 1, 2015 — More bad news for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as the United Auto Workers Union rejects the proposed new labor contract this week raising significant questions about future production costs for the automaker. Meanwhile, significant problems on the recall side lurk beneath the surface and indicate deeper systemic issues.  United Auto Worker leaders flew…

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