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Polls and the U.S. Auto Industry

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Washington /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The intense debate undey about the future of the American auto industry has generated a lot of discussion about the public's attitudes.

“Right now, the American people are justifiably very concerned about the state of our economy and an overriding fear for their futures,” said pollster Peter D. Hart. “Polls I conducted in mid-November showed deep concerns about the harmful impacts of the collapse of the U.S. auto industry,” said Hart.

  • 90% fear the harm it would do to America's manufacturing sector
  • 84% of Americans say it would harm the U.S. economy
  • 70% fear the harm it would do to America's standing in the world
  • 68% worry about the lack of consumer choice for America's car buyers.


BYD's Bid to Break the Chinese Mold

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
BYD F3 DM Hybrid

Chinese car makers have come in for a lot of stick in their attempts to export to Europe. Quality, in general, remains at best suspect — and at worst, downright dangerous, judging by high-profile failed crash tests of Landwind and Brilliance cars.

And then there's the issue of design piracy — a number of obvious copies of other automakers' cars have controversially been shown at shows, with some automakers mobilizing their lawyers as a result.

But the Geneva Show saw the European debut of the Chinese automaker that might just make a breakthrough. (more…)

Why CAFE Makes Fuel Economy Worse

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Earlier today GM's Tom Wilkinson posted a well-argued criticism of over-simplistic CAFE provisions () at the company's . Despite reinforcing his own explanations of why certain CAFE proposals are bad policy with a number of supporting sources, reaction on the GM blog alone indicates that people still do not understand the inherent problems with the CAFE approach to increasing average fuel economy. It seems that for many people the argument simply boils down to “increased fuel economy across the board is good, therefore we should increase fuel economy standards across the board”. Perhaps the difficulty is that there are so many reasons CAFE is bad policy it is hard to know where to begin trying to explain what they are, and too much effort for either lawmakers or consumers to understand. (more…)

Combining the G6 and GTO

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

Let me make this clear, this is not a rumor, nor is it speculation, it is a suggestion to GM. If it makes sense to you, and you like these product suggestions then you may want to lobby GM, directly and through your local Pontiac dealer.

Timing for the next major overhaul of the G6 put it beyond the introduction of Epsilon II, and so the program (GMX 388) has apparently been cancelled We have since been assured the program is still on track. At the same time volume for the V8 GTO has not been high, and the new Holden coupe may diverge from NA requirements. What to do? (more…)

Mergers Redux

Friday, March 9th, 2001

It's been a year and a half since my last merger article (October,1999) and things seem to have settled down for a bit. Now then is a good time to review the state of play and see where things may go from here.


BMW finally threw up its hands and practically gave away the Rover Group, but first re-organized the more attractive assets into different sections of BMW (UK) Holdings and sold Land Rover to Ford. In addition to the new Mini produced by BMW (UK) Manufacturing, BMW also kept the re-organized Riley and Triumph, British Motor Heritage (producing parts for older English cars) and other businesses such as Midland Powertrain. (more…)