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General Motors: a rolling restart

The confirmation of a huge shake-up at General Motors' [GM] European arm costing $1 billion has outlined starkly the seriousness of the company's position. With up to 12,000 jobs on the line, GM will face a tough fight from workers' unions, however the company's priority must now be to drive down costs, and quickly.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Dec 2004
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Fiat/GM: putting the option to rest

With both companies already suffering heavily from tough competition, Fiat [FIA.MI] and General Motors [GM] will be keen to end the long running 'put' option dispute. However if a costly and bitter legal action is to be avoided, the only workable compromise may see GM pay Fiat to allow the option to lapse.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Dec 2004
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Volkswagen: ruing the road to Russia

Following lengthy talks, Volkswagen's [VOW.F] attempts to move into Russia with manufacturing operations have seemingly been put on ice. Nevertheless, with its western European sales still in the doldrums, the German group must continue to look east in a bid to remain price competitive, shifting plants to cheaper manufacturing posts and looking for new markets.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2004
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Ford: Jaguar is on a long and winding road

News of another cash injection for Ford's [F] ailing luxury sedan brand Jaguar suggests that the widening losses at the business continue to undermine Ford's recovery plan. However Ford is right to shore up the firm financially while its restructuring takes effect, though it should also hope that American consumers regain their penchant for sedans over SUVs.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jan 2005
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GM faces a long road to its hydrogen future

General Motors (GM) is using the forthcoming Detroit motor show to wheel out its latest hydrogen powered prototype vehicle. GM estimates that it will be in a position to mass produce such cars by 2010. However, the firm is set to encounter stiff competition from other manufacturers offering hybrid powered vehicles, and it will also need to confront the lack of hydrogen refueling stations.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2005
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Mitsubishi: towed out of turmoil

As Mitsubishi Motor Corporation [8058.TO] prepares to release its recovery plan at the end of the month, there is speculation linking it to possible production alliances with other automakers - Peugeot and Nissan being the front-runners. Such an arrangement would give Mitsubishi the breathing space it needs to work on restoring its business following the scandals of recent times.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jan 2005
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Mazda / FAW: proceed with caution

Mazda [7260.TO] plans to sell 300,000 vehicles in China by 2010 through the deal with First Auto Works (FAW) and its subsidiary FAW Car. However, with the Chinese economy booming a little less than it was a few months ago, the road ahead may not be as smooth as Mazda hopes.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jan 2005
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Fiat Auto: staying put?

The dispute between Fiat and GM, about the validity of a contractual clause allowing Fiat to force the sale of its auto division to GM, remains in mediation. However, beleaguered GM will want to avoid the purchase altogether while Fiat would arguably rather receive a cash injection than hive off the company. Indeed keeping Fiat Auto in Italian hands for the moment may be the best bet.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2005
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BMW: staying strong

The BMW Group fulfilled its expectations of improved vehicle sales in 2004, with BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce all generating growth. Despite adverse conditions in the automotive industry, revenues increased to E42.5 million at its core automobile division. The automaker was helped by its luxury image among consumers but will hope for a less turbulent 2005.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2005
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Mitsubishi Motors: firms of a feather flock together

Mitsubishi Motors [7211.TO] (MMC) has received another blow this week with the news that its principal shareholder, Phoenix Capital, is to offload all of its shares in the troubled company. The upshot of this is that a bailout will come in the form of loans and investments from other Mitsubishi group companies, returning the group to one of Japan's largest corporate groups.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Feb 2005

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