Dacia’s New Crossover Revives Memories Best Forgotten
Dec10

Dacia’s New Crossover Revives Memories Best Forgotten

By Andy Bannister

12.10.2009

New Dacia DusterDacia, Renault’s economy car brand, has unveiled its entrant into the burgeoning small crossover sector, the Duster, which goes on sale in 2010.

The Romanian marque, owned by Renault since 1999, has taken a leaf out of the book of other manufacturers by reviving a model name from the past.

The company’s marketing men must be wearing exceedingly rose-tinted spectacles, however.

They have clearly forgotten that the previous Dacia Duster was a nightmarish incarnation of the very worst aspects of car production under the old communist system Romania has been trying to shake off for a generation.

Read More
Chrysler Brand May Have a European Future, After All
Dec09

Chrysler Brand May Have a European Future, After All

By Andy Bannister

12.09.2009

Chrysler pentastarIn a u-turn which contradicts previous reports, it seems the Chrysler nameplate is now likely to survive in Europe after all.

Comments from Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne imply the name will be used to market Lancia models in those parts of the continent where the Italian marque is unrepresented or performs poorly.

Earlier, Fiat sources were suggesting Chrysler and Dodge would both be phased out of European showrooms in short order.

This continued churning of the rumour-mill can’t be doing much for the European public’s confidence in the long-term future of Lancia or Chrysler, not to mention Alfa Romeo and Dodge.

The fundamental problem it highlights is the current weakness of both Lancia and Chrysler in most of Europe.

Read More
Customers Pay the Price for Ford’s Abandoned British Factories
Dec04

Customers Pay the Price for Ford’s Abandoned British Factories

By Andy Bannister

12.04.2009

Ford logoRecent news that, in the teeth of the deepest national recession since the 1930s, Ford is raising prices in the United Kingdom – its biggest European market – exposes the short-sightedness of the company’s decision to pull the plug on local car production.

When I was a kid growing up here in England, most people assumed Ford was a British-owned company, and the simple reason for this was that all its line-up were proudly made in the UK, principally at the company’s giant Dagenham and Halewood plants.

Today, however, Ford cars sold in Britain all come from abroad, principally from Germany, Belgium and Spain – countries which are in the Euro currency zone.

With the decline of the British pound against the Euro – down around 30% since 2007 – this means that imported Ford cars have become increasingly unprofitable for the firm, hence the latest 2.7% price hike, on top of a string of other small raises.

Read More
Dark Clouds Over Alfa Romeo
Dec02

Dark Clouds Over Alfa Romeo

2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

By Andy Bannister

12.02.2009

Alfa Romeo has released the first pictures of its crucial new mid-range hatchback, but the car’s launch next spring could be overshadowed by continuing doubts about the company’s long-term future.

The Golf-sized five-door will replace the ageing Alfa Romeo 147, and was until recently to be called the Milano. Instead the company has sprung a surprise by reviving the historic Giulietta name, first used by the company on a famous model of the 1950s and then again on a wedge-shaped saloon in the late 1970s.

It will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in March next year, by which time Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne should have announced his plans for the future direction of Alfa Romeo. Recent noises from him haven’t been encouraging.

Read More
VW Polo Scoops European Car of the Year Title
Nov30

VW Polo Scoops European Car of the Year Title

By Andy Bannister

11.30.2009

2010 VW Polo side

Volkswagen has triumphed in this year’s European Car of the Year contest, narrowly beating Toyota’s iQ for the top spot in a ballot featuring a jury of 59 motoring journalists from across the continent.

The Polo secured 347 points versus 337 for the baby Toyota. Both were miles ahead of the third place Opel/Vauxhall Astra, with 221. An impressive 25 jurors scored top marks for the Polo, against 20 for the iQ.

VW Group’s other entrant, the Skoda Yeti, came 4th with 158 points, just three ahead of the Mercedes E-class.

Read More
https://best-cooler.reviews/

https://best-mining.com.ua

steroid-pharm.com/