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Nissan: a model performer

Nissan's [NSANY] strong global sales led the Japanese manufacturer to a record profit rise of 12%. The manufacturer has become the world's most profitable mass-market carmaker in a fiercely competitive industry. Nissan has proved that success in this industry relies not only on product design and performance but also in matching customer expectations.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2004
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DaimlerChrysler / Hyundai: reshaping their relationship

DaimlerChrysler's [DCX.F] strategy to enlarge its presence in Asia could be threatened by the uncertain future of its partnership with South Korean automaker Hyundai [05380.KS]. This latest development comes on top of the well-documented collapse of its Mitsubishi partnership, leaving DaimlerChrysler in a vulnerable position in this booming automotive market.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2004
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Mitsubishi: trying to keep things ticking over

Mitsubishi Motors' [7211.T] freshly selected CEO, Yoichiro Okazaki, now has to find a rescue plan for the company and make it work. The company should focus on repairing its damaged reputation and prioritize the quality of its vehicles. At least profitability in its European operations should give the company some hope for the future.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2004
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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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Renault: finally moving into China

Renault [RNO.PA], one of Europe's largest car manufacturers and a major global player, has reportedly signed a 50:50 joint venture with Dongfeng Motor to produce vehicles in the southern city of Shenzhen. Renault is the latest in a long list of foreign automakers to invest in the country, but overseas companies must target their products carefully to maximize returns.

Published By Datamonitor
11 May 2004
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Suzuki: jumping profits

Suzuki's [SZKMF.OB] increasing profits and optimistic forecast are largely due to the good performance of the Asian market. However the US remains a tantalizing market opportunity, and the company will now be hoping its alliance with General Motors [GM] will benefit the Japanese manufacturer in the US as much as it has benefited GM in Asia.

Published By Datamonitor
13 May 2004
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BMW: it's a Mini expansion!

BMW [BMW.F] will increase its investment at its Mini plant in Oxford as sales continue to increase. This goldmine brand has become a major part of the manufacturer's expansion strategy, having exceeded all expectations. The Mini brand could well prove to be the perfect advertising tool for the whole BMW marque.

Published By Datamonitor
19 May 2004
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Toyota: a shot in the arm for UK manufacturing

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota's [TM] extra investment in its Burnaston plant will boost its UK production to 285,000 cars per year. The move reflects Toyota's growing share of the European passenger car market, and will also provide a timely boost for the UK's automotive manufacturing sector.

Published By Datamonitor
28 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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Renault: cheap and cheerful

The Logan is the first vehicle in Renault's [RNO.PA] X90 series, which is at the heart of its strategy to target emerging markets. Renault's concept of producing budget vehicles under a different brand identity should prove successful in those regions, where affordability is key. However, it runs the risk of denting its image if it compromises too much on the build quality of the vehicle.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jun 2004

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