Archives: December 2007

Nissan Truck Woes

Posted by: David Kiley on December 19

Remember when the Nissan Titan was going to really put the fear of...well...something...into Ford? Sales are clicking along at an anemic 5,000 trucks or so a month. The company sold...

Chrysler and Renault-Nissan at the Dance

Posted by: David Welch on December 17

It leaked out in the past week that Chrysler is talking to Renault-Nissan about striking up a deal to jointly develop some key models that the struggling American carmaker...

Suzuki to make Splash in India but no sign of a cheap car

Posted by: Ian Rowley on December 12

Last week, I wrote a quick piece after Suzuki chairman Osamu Suzuki raised doubts over plans by both Tata and Carlos Ghosn's Nissan-Renault alliance to make a $3,000 car for...

More on Hummer in Japan

Posted by: Ian Rowley on December 12

A bit more on GM's plans for right-hand drive Hummers in Tokyo. I read David Welch's post below with interest (and a degree of bafflement) so I figured I'd check...

Hummer is Going Big in Japan

Posted by: David Welch on December 11

Here’s something counterintuitive. General Motors is going to take Hummer to Japan. I’m being a bit snide here, but that strikes me as a bit like trying to sell...

Chrysler's Vines Departs. Does CEO Nardelli KNow What Drives Auto Marketing.

Posted by: David Kiley on December 10

Most consumers and customers of Chrysler don't know who Jason Vines is. So, perhaps Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli views Vines resignation as no big deal. Vines has been the vp...

Ford Outlook Updated--Pluses and Minuses.

Posted by: David Kiley on December 10

Goldman Sachs auto analyst Robert Barris issued a reprt today updating his outlook of Ford based on a recent deep dive into the financials and product plans. "What's changed?." writes...

Stalled Energy Bill May Be A Good Thing

Posted by: David Kiley on December 07

The U.S. Senate did not get enough “yes” votes to send the wide ranging energy bill that will raise fuel economy standards by 40% to the White House. While it...

Chrysler Confident About Brisk Sales for Challenger

Posted by: David Kiley on December 06

Chrysler says it took in more than 4,300 orders the first day it opened up the books for its new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8®. Now, don't get hysterical. Dealers...

Volkswagen's Play for America

Posted by: David Welch on December 04

Finally, Volkswagen AG seems serious about really growing in the U.S. car market. The German media says the company is scouring the U.S. for a big patch of land...

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