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CommentWire
CommentWire

Kwik-Fit: auto aspirations

CVC Capital Partners, the parent company of Kwik-Fit, has announced that it has abandoned plans for an initial public offering and is instead looking to sell the company. As a leading player in one of the growth segments of the aftermarket, there should be no shortage of interested parties.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

MG Rover: salvaging a shell

The administrators of MG Rover, PricewaterhouseCoopers, say that they have received numerous expressions of interest for various divisions of the failed car maker. However, the previous management had already sold some of the crown jewels as they sought to keep the company afloat. This will undoubtedly make PwC's job harder than it would otherwise have been.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Apr 2005
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK transport: a nation of car drivers

Published By Datamonitor
22 Apr 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

AA / Shoosmiths: a personal injury push

The AA's partnership with Shoosmiths will allow it to compete with RAC's blossoming legal services division and capitalize on new opportunities in the sector. The services group's timing is appropriate, as regulatory changes in the law profession are likely to see a raft of familiar retail brands offering legal services. Like RAC, the AA is well placed at the vanguard of this shift.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Apr 2005
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK fleet: slowing growth in market volume

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

MG Rover: they think it's all over...

Phoenix Venture Holdings, the owners of MG Rover, called in the receivers after the collapse late last week of a proposed joint venture with China's SAIC. The UK government is now to prop up MG Rover for a further week in a bid to resurrect the failed SAIC deal, but it remains difficult to see why the Chinese player would come back to the negotiating table.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Peugeot Citroen: another dent in UK manufacturing

Peugeot Citroen's move to axe 850 UK jobs has been heavily criticized by trade unions. However, it must be seen in the context of exogenous factors, principally the relocation of car manufacturing jobs to countries with lower labor costs. This globalizing trend cannot be reversed, but with a benign economic climate and low unemployment, there is no need for Britons to panic at Peugeot's choice.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

Norwich Union/RAC: in-house insurance

The RAC acquisition by Norwich Union will boost its insurance book and provide the company with future growth potential, while reducing the impact of insurance cycle volatility on its results. It should also serve to reduce the gap between Norwich Union and the leading private motor insurer, RBS Insurance.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Mar 2005
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

European fleet: strong volume growth

Published By Datamonitor
16 Mar 2005
Expert View
Expert View

First filler for hydrogen raises future fuel mix issue

Hydrogen powered vehicles will again be in the spotlight as the UK's first hydrogen filling station opens in Essex in April. Hydrogen is billed by some commentators as the green wonder fuel of the future, however, it will not live up to this reputation in either an environmental, technical, or economic sense unless efficient hydrogen production methods are simultaneously developed.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Mar 2005

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