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Fiat: money for nothing

While Fiat [FIA.MI] continues to struggle due to another poor performance from its auto division, an injection of funds from General Motors [GM] following a contractual dispute last year has given the company a lifeline to allow it to assess the future of the business. As the latest results show, it must not underestimate the scale of the task required to get Fiat Auto back on track.

Published By Datamonitor
12 May 2005
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Fiat: Morchio gets his Maserati Man

The former president of Ford Europe, Martin Leach, has become chief executive of Italian luxury car manufacturer Maserati. The struggling unit of Ferrari is planning to increase its sales with the launch of new, more practical models. However, Mr Leach will have his work cut out to succeed with this niche brand.

Published By Datamonitor
05 May 2004
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Fiat: the beginning of a new era

Sergio Marchionne is to become Fiat's [FIA.MI] new CEO following Giuseppe Morchio's resignation. Mr Morchio quit after Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was appointed new chairman of the group. Mr Morchio's restructuring brought improved results for the first quarter of 2004, laying the foundations for the company to break even by the end of this year in accordance with its targets.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jun 2004
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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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Ford focuses its ambitious expansion plans on China

Ford Motors recently announced its ambition of increasing global automotive sales by 50% over the next five years, from 5.3 million vehicles in 2010 to 8 million by 2015. Given the near stagnant performance of Ford's core markets in recent years, the plan's success will be highly dependent on how well it fares in Asia Pacific over the next five years.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jul 2011
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Ford focuses on Burma

Ford has announced its intention to open a new car showroom in Burma after the US government eased trade restrictions in February 2013. The removal of sanctions presents a new opportunity for American companies within Asia. Following Burma's recent democratic reforms, Ford is among the major Western companies that are looking to tap into the Burmese market's potential.

Published By Datamonitor
02 May 2013
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Ford Motor Company: forward, but far enough?

The name given to Ford's new turnaround initiative - "Way Forward" - implies that investors should be looking ahead to a more streamlined, positive future for the company. Yet many believe that the turnaround plan favors cutbacks over innovation, leaving confidence low among analysts as to whether Ford can shake off what has been described as 'a legacy of inertia'.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jan 2006
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Ford's mpg ratings court case is a wake-up call for the industry

Ford has been taken to court in the US, after a claim that it has misled consumers over its rating of 47mpg for its CMax Hybrid and Fusion models. Ford may see some reputational damage, but the EPA's test does not accurately reflect day-to-day usage, making too few stops during the city driving test phase and not averaging high enough speeds during the highway or high speed test phases.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2013
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Ford/GM: joint investment for smoother driving

General Motors [GM] and Ford [F] are to invest $720 million to build a new six-speed automatic transmission under their R&D partnership signed in 2002. This collaboration is based only on designing, engineering and testing the new transmission. Both manufacturers will be hoping to catch up with competitors using more efficient transmissions.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2004
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Ford/Toyota: hybrid visions near reality

Toyota [TM] has agreed to allow Ford [F] to use its hybrid fuel system after reaching a licensing agreement. The US manufacturer is developing its own SUV hybrid model as demand for more economic vehicles is slowly increasing. However, Toyota's head start in the dual fuel sector could give it a decisive advantage in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Mar 2004

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