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'Le Cost Killer' goes easy on Renault

Renault chief executive Carlos Goshn, famed for his turnaround of Nissan, has announced an ambitious four-year plan to improve the French group's faltering performance. The plan, which features a move into new segments and a large-scale product offensive, is unlikely to cut as deep as his Nissan revamp, but as Datamonitor analyst Richard Carteau explains, Renault still has room to maneuver...

Published By Datamonitor
14 Feb 2006
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3D Fast Bus: overtaking more conventional green automotive innovations

According to a recent Datamonitor survey, consumers worldwide are becoming increasingly interested in energy efficient cars. However, congestion remains a concern, and in an attempt to tackle this issue, a revolutionary new type of bus is set to be pilot tested in Beijing, which will address the problem by simply driving above passenger cars, without the need for a separate track.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2010
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Apple's new interface patent shows its intention to develop its automotive proposition

On July 9, 2013, Apple was awarded a patent for "programmable tactile touch screen displays and man-machine interfaces for improved vehicle instrumentation and telematics" by the US Patent and Trademark Office. While Apple intends to develop new products for the automotive technology market, collaboration with manufacturers will be vital to future success.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2013
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ArvinMeritor/Dana: bidding over

US auto parts firm Dana [DCN] has rejected a final $2.7 billion bid from rival ArvinMeritor [ARM], citing fundamental antitrust barriers and substantial financial risks. Shortly after, ArvinMeritor put an end to one of the year's most bitter hostile takeover battles. Despite its commitment to the takeover, ArvinMeritor will now have to look for other ways to grow in the static automotive market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2003
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Auto manufacturing: core models to do battle

The Frankfurt Motor Show will provide the platform for a host of new model launches by Europe's car manufacturers. Of real importance is the sales battle for dominance in the lower-medium sector, where volumes are high and fleet business is critical.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
01 Sep 2003
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Automakers need to address every link in the supply chain

Finished vehicle logistics is of vital importance to automakers and although there has been a greater emphasis on the inbound supply chain in the past, manufacturers now need a holistic approach to logistics. Changes in production patterns provide an opportunity to re-assess structures throughout the supply chain, including areas which have not previously been central to the logistics strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2009
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CommentWire

Block exemption: reform in the slow lane

When amendments were made to the automotive industry's 'block exemption' legislation last year, many predicted significant change in the way cars were sold and serviced. With the compliance deadline looming however, signs of progress are few and far between.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Sep 2003
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CommentWire

BMW / Mini: a happy adventure

BMW's [BMW.F] Mini is holding its own against more established rivals in the new car market. It is also one of the lowest depreciating models in terms of used car sales. It is for this reason that BMW has decided to increase its investment into the Mini. This is a wise move, since sustained demand, even after four years on the market, suggests that the model is a mini goldmine.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Feb 2005
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BMW: going against the grain?

Ignoring the potential cost savings of relocating industrial processes to lower cost countries, BMW has opened a new factory in Germany. However, it is widely believed that the decision to open the new plant in Leipzig rather than eastern Europe came about as a result of political pressure. BMW must acknowledge the risk that the move may not be in the long term interests of the company.

Published By Datamonitor
17 May 2005
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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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