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Peter Schmidt AID Newsletter Journal Report WarwickHigh price to pay to attract green vote

"It hardly comes as a surprise that Toyota’s hybrids are suddenly getting a second look from European motorists. That’s chiefly because hybrids were always seen as a means to save fuel. But unlike North America, here in Europe that role was already perfectly played by diesels, which, compared to most petrol powered cars offer real-world fuel economy savings of up to 30 per cent
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Toyota sales grow nearly four-times faster than overall market
  | Toyota eyes on Europe’s slipping diesel car market, hybrids pushed as safe haven


 

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Peter Schmidt AID Newsletter Journal Report WarwickBritain, a nation of Shopkeepers?

"Clearly, the idea of Britain as a nation of shopkeepers is no longer true. However, more appropriate today, particularly when seen with the eyes of the UK’s continental neighbours, the UK has become a nation driven increasingly by automotive badge snobbery
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Mercedes Cars, great strength, few problems
  | May unveils hard Brexit flight plan


 

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Peter Schmidt AID Newsletter Journal Report WarwickKeeping up appearances - Premium Profits

"Profitability wars. Just last week Daimler was compelled to issue an ad hoc investor relations release sparked by higher than expected Q1 profits. But only yesterday - hot on its heels – BMW followed suit with its own release sparked also by Q1 pre-tax profits beating earlier market expectations. Making it three-out-three, previously tarred and feathered Volkswagen joined in the fun this Tuesday saying its Q1 operating profits also topped market expectations
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Mercedes Cars, great strength, few problems
  | Audi hurt by toxic waves of Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal


 

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Peter Schmidt AID Newsletter Journal Report WarwickDiesels: are German deserters switching to Toyota hybrids?

"The feature of yesterday's March car sales statistics for Germany which must give European carmakers serious pause for thought relates to the sudden unparalleled change in the type of car wanted by King buyer. No, it is not the on-going Crossover car buying spree. That too, as has been the case for months, remains a hot issue. But hotter still, signs are that growing numbers of Germany’s new car buyers are now beginning to drop all earlier thoughts of buying a diesel-powered car
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Anti-diesel campaign continues to take its toll
  | Hybrid sales share in Western Europe and US reach near identical 2%


 

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Matthias Schmidt Editorial Portrait
Consequences of a falling diesel share – rising CO2 levels

"Although environmentalists like to read the news these days, with diesel car sales shares falling in near synchronised fashion across the vast majority of West European car markets, it is worth taking a brief look at Germany’s February KBA passenger car sales data. With February’s sales share of efficient diesel engines falling to a new recent low of just 43.4 per cent, Germany’s CO2 emissions from cars rose during the same month. That’s a 0.2 per cent rise to 127.7g/km according to KBA data. That’s in spite of a near doubling in February’s BEV electric car sales and a recent record month for hybrid car registrations"
Matthias Schmidt
| Analyst



 
| Hybrid sales share in Western Europe and US reach near identical 2%
  | Europe’s diesel car market is continuing to crumble

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterWith a little help from my ‘vans’

"Commercial fortune is smiling at PSA’s Carlos Tavares. After treating lesser bigwigs to a memorable autoindustry masterclass in both 2015 and 2016, likelihood now is that his conviction – ‘there is no point to profitless growth’ - will be the one mantra he will best be remembered for. This belief, probably still seen sceptically by some other carmakers just a few years ago, is one, if not the only root cause of PSA’s remarkable financial turnaround
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Mercedes sets sights on global prestige sector crown and wins 4-years early
  | 2016 winners are? – Prestige carmakers continue to steal mass-carmakers sales


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterOpel is not a basket case

"The mind boggles. GM’s renewed decision to rid itself of Opel Vauxhall doesn’t look clear cut and lacks logic. There are sufficient reasons to suggest that now is not a good time to offload something on the cheap that potentially still looks like a still appreciating asset rather than a growing liability. So no surprise then that cunning Carlos Tavares, who knows a bargain when he sees one, is now showing a serious interest in Opel. A turnaround expert made from the same wood as Fiat’s Marchionne and Renault/Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn, Carlos Tavares sees value and hidden strength where lesser autoindustry mortals would likely call the undertakers
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Mercedes sets sights on global prestige sector crown and wins 4-years early
  | 2016 winners are? – Prestige carmakers continue to steal mass-carmakers sales


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterStar reborn

"For Daimler’s Mercedes car division the pendulum of success has swung back and forth several times in its long and tradition-rich history. The same goes for the fortunes of Daimler’s current CEO Dieter Zetsche, who boasts the combined rare skills needed for both top-notch leadership and professional showman
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| All change, global autoindustry finds itself at a crossroads
  | Déjà-vu - return to infamous ‘Rip-Off Britain’ days?


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterMay unveils hard Brexit flight plan

"Now we know it. Theresa May and her government have now made it abundantly clear that post-Brexit Britain cannot remain within the European single market. What does it mean for the autoindustry?
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| All change, global autoindustry finds itself at a crossroads
  | Déjà-vu - return to infamous ‘Rip-Off Britain’ days?


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterAll change, global autoindustry finds itself at a crossroads?

"Whichever way recent events are looked at, we are witnessing the start of a paradigm shift in the automotive world. All-round drastic change is underway. The few unwilling to change will eventually be swept away by a whirlwind of change. If not in the next five or so years, but then in all likelihood during the mid to late 2020s at the very latest
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Goals, to be meaningful, must be achievable
  | Uber and Volvo self-driving taxi joint-venture


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterSilicon Autobahn - No pain, no gain, but will it fly?

"Given German carmakers’ decision to boost the number of genuinely high-power BEV recharging stations in key European locations, is there reason to believe that anything will change? By close of next year, thanks to their efforts, there’s hope that electric car drivers will be able to drive from Berlin to Barcelona and Prague to Paris without the dreaded range anxiety. But whether that cuts any ice with Joe Public, interested at best in a battery powered Golf, Leaf or possibly Zoe, remains an altogether different question
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Has the US car sales bubble finally popped?
  | Never in US history have Light-Trucks captured a higher share of sales


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterGoals, to be meaningful, must be achievable

"The way things stand today, CAFE, the benchmark for current and future vehicle fuel-economy in the US, may be relaxed. That’s chiefly because they are seen by some as too challenging for America’s autoindustry. Now, while driving some environmentalists to despair, that’s not as far-fetched as some might believe. On this issue, Trump has a point
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Bellwether - Truck Market
  | Never in US history have Light-Trucks captured a higher share of sales


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterHas the US car sales bubble finally popped?

"Has America’s car market peaked? US October Light vehicles fell 5.9 per cent marking the third successive fall in a row and this year’s second biggest decline. So when looking even casually at latest underlying US light vehicle sales trends, few would probably disagree that this market, following more than half a dozen years of strong recovery growth, and culminating last year with a record 17.47m sales, has probably peaked
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Bellwether - Truck Market
  | Never in US history have Light-Trucks captured a higher share of sales


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterBellwether - Truck Market

"The difference between the car and commercial vehicle market couldn’t really be bigger. Unlike a shiny, brand-new private car, which, for its proud owner start losing money the day it is first parked on the owner’s home driveway, the trucks acquired by haulage or construction companies for example are acquired to generate profits from day one
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Déjà-vu - return to infamous ‘Rip-Off Britain’ days?
  | For German carmakers Britain’s bumpy roads are still paved with gold


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterPounding pressure, slowdown ahead?

"With ‘hard Brexit’ fears lingering, the pound is taking a hammering. The consequence? Short term hedging, for example, will help to damp the softening pound shock. But sooner rather than later there’s the likelihood that a large chunk of these hedges will expire. Bad news for a nation of seemingly tireless shoppers. If not this year, then next year, they face the prospect of significantly higher prices. And that is expected to damp their spirits a great deal
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Déjà-vu - return to infamous ‘Rip-Off Britain’ days?
  | For German carmakers Britain’s bumpy roads are still paved with gold


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterIt’s tough out there for stand-alone truckers

"The truck business is a man’s world. A relentless toil of countless lonely hours, night-time work and unsocial hours. For the driver, that’s it in a nutshell. Yet, almost the same goes for senior management of today’s few remaining heavy truck makers. And yet, almost everyone in this business is wary of the fact that the global truck business, unlike the highly volatile car business, is comparatively future-proof and is not subjected to the whims of fashion. Whatever the economic conditions, just like bread and water, trucks are a prime essential part of daily living
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Trucks | Deliberate autoindustry attempts to keep observers in the dark
  | Scania wheels out all-new heavy truck range

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterBullitt – A true Ford marketing master-class

"In whatever industry, and the autoindustry is no exception, lucky them who come up with a fashion icon. Particularly so if rivals cannot jump on this particular speeding bandwagon simply because your product stands out as a unique creation tied rigidly to your company. Clearly, that rules out today’s automotive trendsetter; the SUV, or for that matter Apple’s iPhone. Ford, not renowned for its trendsetting automotive creations, but thanks to a great piece of luck, however did just that
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Uber and Volvo self-driving taxi joint-venture
  | Déjà-vu - return to infamous ‘Rip-Off Britain’ days?

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterUber and Volvo self-driving taxi joint-venture

"If there is one trend that most prognosticators agree on, urbanisation the world over is in full swing. Today, more than half of the world’s population already lives and works in cities. Say in a couple of decades from now, that proportion is likely to rise to two thirds. By contrast the rural population will continue to shrink. Around the world, city planners are hounding the private car, effectively encouraging car-less cities. That’s urban planning for people, not vehicles. As is already the case today, public transport systems will convey city dwellers within city limits. Accordingly, the significance of taxis will, due in part to a growing elderly population, continue to grow in line with urbanisation
Peter Schmidt | Editor


 
| Badge culture, what’s safety got to do with it?
  | New Volvo XC-90 faces harsh competition from Germans, Range Rover

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterKing Buyer holds key to electric car future

"Europe’s heavy truck makers no less acted as though they were untouchable. From a governmental or regulatory point, to grant such sweeping powers and trust and then to be surprised when they are abused is as naive as to hand the drug cupboard key to an addict and not to expect it to be used. As Volkswagen’s diesel deceit tragedy now illustrates, the financial penalties for such behaviour have now rocketed to new stratospheric heights. As if that weren’t enough, Europe’s heavy truck makers also enriched themselves by breaking the rules big time
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Renault’s ZOE, thanks to home advantage, remains W.Europe’s leading PEV
  | Far from picking up speed, in Europe electric car demand has lurched into reverse

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterDeliberate autoindustry attempts to keep observers in the dark

"Europe’s heavy truck makers no less acted as though they were untouchable. From a governmental or regulatory point, to grant such sweeping powers and trust and then to be surprised when they are abused is as naive as to hand the drug cupboard key to an addict and not to expect it to be used. As Volkswagen’s diesel deceit tragedy now illustrates, the financial penalties for such behaviour have now rocketed to new stratospheric heights. As if that weren’t enough, Europe’s heavy truck makers also enriched themselves by breaking the rules big time
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Europe’s heavy truck market on fire
  | Editorial | It’s like lunatics running the asylum

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterDéjà-vu - return to infamous ‘Rip-Off Britain’ days?

"The UK’s decision to exit the EU is likely to lead to higher UK car prices, born out of intensifying added costs stemming mainly from the now widely predicted future weakness of the pound and the conceivable imposition of future UK tariffs on EU manufactured cars and components
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | It’s like lunatics running the asylum
  | Editorial | Europe still bathed in wall to wall sunshine

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterFiat, in Brazil, produced an ace from its sleeve

"Brazil’s car market, after decades of next to no change, has also undergone a profound sea change. Almost overnight, it seems, the changes ended a cosy carmaking oligopoly in Latin America’s biggest market. Volkswagen and Fiat, effectively calling the shots there for decades, while making the most of their Brazilian cash cow, appear to have been caught on the hop. Like a rabbit mesmerised by the headlights of a speeding car, both Volkswagen and Fiat appear to have been taken by surprise
Peter Schmidt | Editor

  | Editorial | It’s like lunatics running the asylum
  | Editorial | Europe still bathed in wall to wall sunshine

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterSUV Love –
Drives world’s auto sales

"Yes, today’s world is gripped by the SUV-Crossover bug. And judged by very latest car sales trends, and almost regardless of appalling economic conditions - as illustrated for instance in today’s slump-struck Brazilian car market - consumers love them with a passion
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | It’s like lunatics running the asylum
  | Editorial | Europe still bathed in wall to wall sunshine

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterIt’s like lunatics running the asylum

"The autoindustry’s governing bodies, charged with the responsibility to ensure that carmakers stick to the rules, ended up with egg on their faces. Worse still, they stand accused of sitting back happily twiddling their thumbs, while the carmakers effectively continued to regulate themselves. Meanwhile, the regulatory agencies - set up principally to act in the public interest, were cosying-up to the autoindustry for years. For ages, it seems, the lunatics were given licence to run the asylum
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | Europe still bathed in wall to wall sunshine
  | Editorial | Is it thumbs up for Germany’s autoindustry lobby?

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterEurope still bathed in wall to wall sunshine

"Outwardly at least, the stored up heat in the market, thanks to a continuing flow of upbeat tell-tale indicators on Europe’s economic front, is such that this year's passenger sales alone remain on track for a likely 14m sales
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | Fast rising Crossover tide lifts even the leakiest boats
  | Editorial | Is it thumbs up for Germany’s autoindustry lobby?

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterGolden boys, silk purse out of a sow's ear?

"Not so long ago, autoindustry whispers rather than predictions, forewarning of the slow death of Fiat, joined more recently by trouble-struck Peugeot Citroën, have proved overly pessimistic. Likewise, albeit after first biting the bullet and declaring itself bankrupt, previously woe-struck Chrysler also bounced back from the brink. Add GM and Ford to this list, and earlier still, Japan’s Nissan and Germany’s tradition-laden Porsche and Britain’s Jaguar, and what you’ve got is a pattern
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | Fast rising Crossover tide lifts even the leakiest boats
  | Editorial | Honda – another missed opportunity?

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterFast rising Crossover tide lifts even the leakiest boats

"In just two year’s France’s SUV-Crossover share sky-rocketed from 16.3 per cent in 2013 to last year’s 26.1 per cent. That’s a gain of close on 10 percentage points in just two short years. Moreover, in the three months to March this year France’s Crossover share ballooned to 27 per cent. Significant for the bottom line, these vehicles are among the autoindustry’s most profitable products
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Star wars – Mercedes force awakens
  | Brand with the four rings kept dealers’ tills ringing, fight on for future sector positions

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterWinning is paramount

"This year, following compatriots Daimler and Audi in this year’s results’ reporting season, BMW didn’t even attempt to spoil Audi’s annual full year results party. Instead, BMW’s first-off results were published well after this year’s notably more sober and distinctly less glitzy Audi results presentation. This year BMW has plainly ignored Audi’s numbers show. Is Audi no longer seen as a threat?
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Star wars – Mercedes force awakens
  | Brand with the four rings kept dealers’ tills ringing, fight on for future sector positions

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterIs it thumbs up for Germany’s autoindustry lobby?

"AID has learned that Germany’s government insists that two-thirds of the subsidy, say €3,500 of a conceivable €5,000 subsidy must come out of the carmakers’ own bulging pockets
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | Paradox of today’s PHEV market
  | Last year the Netherlands stood out as Europe’s towering PHEV capital

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterParadox of today’s PHEV market

"The underlying message for manufacturers in today’s European car sales climate, if you want to shift PHEVs, make sure it’s an SUV. The paradox for taxpayers, surely - in countries where these vehicles are subsidised - given that today there is no means of checking the way these vehicles are driven, scarce public funds are spent to subsidise automotive toys already well within reach of these SUV hybrid buyers
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | CO2 battle, odds stacked against carmakerss

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterMercedes - Sharper bite

"Happy workers, they say, provide higher quality service. If metal bashing is their trade, more often than not these happy workers also churn out some quality products, snapped up the world over by equally happy customers. In reflection, Daimler’s bigwigs can look back at 2015 with a great deal of gratitude, with shareholders and the workforce reaping the rewards of a true vintage year
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| China’s prestige sector rally fizzles out as year closes

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterHappy bunch of European diesel car owners

"Carmakers, thanks to the higher CO2 emission from petrol cars would stand next to no realistic chance of complying with the EU’s ultra tough 95g/km fleet-average levels by 2021. Billions ploughed of late into diesel engine technology would be wasted and the global oil industry could conceivably drown in a forever expanding ocean of surplus diesel fuel?
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Sub $40 oil aimed to stall electric car take-off?

 


 

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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterSub $40 oil aimed to stall electric car take-off?

"The prospect of a lasting cheap oil era, say for the next half decade or so, allied to the absence of discriminatory taxes aimed specifically against conventionally powered vehicles, will conceivably prolong the useful life of combustion-powered vehicles well beyond 2025. Likewise, the continuing flow of cheap oil is likely to stall greatly the otherwise inevitable massive future inroads from hydrogen powered fuel-cell vehicles.
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| CO2 battle, odds stacked against carmakers

 


 


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Peter Schmidt Editor In Chief AID NewsletterCO2 battle, odds stacked against carmakers

"The industry faces tough EU CO2 limits on the one hand, while on the other hand consumers are flocking in droves for higher emitting cars because of comparatively cheap fuel. No two ways about it, a no win scenario for the industry
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| SUV-Crossovers heading for new European sales record, again

 


 

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Has Volkswagen’s fool’s game primed ticking time bomb?

"To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you simply can’t expect to fool all of the people all of the time”. That, at least is the impression from latest captivating developments at deeply troubled Volkswagen, which appears to be sinking deeper and deeper into the morass
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | The unacceptable face of fast-track corporate growth

 


 

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Diesel or not, that is the question

"Environmentalists, whose heavy flak-fire now appears to be aimed principally at diesels, could conceivably contribute to the hastened death of diesel cars in Europe. Paradoxically, in so doing the group would be shooting themselves in the foot
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
| Editorial | The unacceptable face of fast-track corporate growth

 


 

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Smoking gun

"Little doubt, at Volkswagen's Wolfsburg headquarters the proverbial s*** has finally hit the fan in a very big way. But I for one believe that the spluttering mess will stick not only to VW’s bigwigs
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
> Diesels still account for more than half the cars sold in Western Europe

 


 

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Germany’s return to pre-crisis car sales levels 

" In large numbers, dealers up and down the European continent are registering new cars for which there are no buyers. These cars, after first time registration are then sold with tempting double-digit discounts in the flourishing used car market. A case in point, some 65.2 per cent of the cars registered in Germany this August were attributable to non-private buyers
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
> Editorial | Volvo Cars - Good cards but poor game

 


 

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Volvo Cars - Good cards but poor game 

"Making next to no progress on the profitability and global sales side, and essentially still a laggard. This is the harsh verdict on Volvo Car’s first half performance
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
> Editorial | Bugatti, there is a bright future waiting out there

 


 

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Bugatti, there is a bright future waiting out there 

"If it’s Prada, Gucci, Cartier or Rolex, the name has great value. So in today’s status-driven world of luxury goods, the right name associated with desirable quality products still finds plenty of willing buyers. Even the faintest whiff of mass-market associations will handicap any aspirations in this highly profitable segment, where pedigree is by its very nature status-driven. Bugatti fits the bill
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
> Editorial | BMW fears lashing from storm brewing in China

 


 

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Can Audi avoid Icarus type fate in China? 

"Audi, encouraged by forever growing demand for its cars in China, continued to ramp up its local car production capacity. This, it is understood, was on schedule to reach some 700,000 cars by close of this year. But what happens from now if the rosy glow from local sales starts to wear off?
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
> Editorial | Honda - another missed opportunity?

 


 

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Honda - another missed opportunity? 

"What looked likely to turn into a potential safe path out of the morass, chiefly a torrent of HR-V customer orders, now looks likely to turn into a conceivable flop. Despite its Small-Sector origins, and a short class-typical wheelbase of 2,610mm, the new HR-V is priced dangerously above today’s sector norm. UK prices trumpeted to the world only yesterday, start just £5 short of the £18,000 mark
Peter Schmidt | Editor

 
> In Europe Honda is taking a battering

 


 

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BMW fears lashing from storm brewing in China 

"With the 2021 fleet average bar for cars raised by the EU to 95g/km, one wonders which technology will ultimately be chosen to clear this particular high bar.  Mercedes with a higher mix of powerful, larger and heavier cars is likely to adopt a different strategy than mass market Peugeot for instance. Nissan and Daimler executives tell AID how they intend to clear this target at the first attempt
Matthias Schmidt - Assistant Editor

 
> EDITORIAL | Until today, all of Piëch’s vexations ended in tragedy

 


 

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Raising the bar - techniques to reach new heights

"With the 2021 fleet average bar for cars raised by the EU to 95g/km, one wonders which technology will ultimately be chosen to clear this particular high bar.  Mercedes with a higher mix of powerful, larger and heavier cars is likely to adopt a different strategy than mass market Peugeot for instance. Nissan and Daimler executives tell AID how they intend to clear this target at the first attempt
Matthias Schmidt - Assistant Editor

 
> EDITORIAL | Until today, all of Piëch’s vexations ended in tragedy

 


 

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PHEV owners could get the best of all worlds 
"When product planners gaze into their crystal balls to see what the automotive world will look like in the medium to long term in today’s developed world, most visionaries see plug-in-hybrids, likely followed further off in the future by electric cars
Peter Schmidt - Editor

 
> EDITORIAL | City dwellers encouraged to do without their cars

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When fuel is cheap buyers head for larger cars 
"Not only in the US and Europe, but almost anywhere else on the planet, SUV-Crossovers were transformed from villain to hero
Peter Schmidt - Editor
 
> EDITORIAL | German car buying trends in 2020 and beyond

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Toyota’s fuel-cell powered Mirai – nail in electric coffin? 
"A true technology leader is surely one who knows the way, shows the way, and goes the way. Overnight, it has made pure electric cars seem yesterday’s news"
 
> EDITORIAL | German car buying trends in 2020 and beyond

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German car buying trends in 2020 and beyond
"substantial inroads form PHEVs, which by 2040, are predicted to account for 11 per cent of German sales"
 
> EDITORIAL | A friend in need - Renault-Bolloré

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Google car graphic AID design
Autonomous driving – held back by legal constraints rather than lack of technological
know-how

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Some of us, but certainly not all of us, on certain occasions, would no doubt benefit from the use of a driverless car. But how soon can we look, experience and buy one from our local dealer? If Google has its way, the first of its driverless cars, might go on sale as soon as next year"
 
> EDITORIAL | Future is electric, but not quite as envisaged today by autoindustry

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"It conceivably means the premature death of a pure battery-fuelled electric car future even before it began"



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