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Why the car sharing future WILL mean ...

Why the car sharing future WILL mean a fall in unit sales
According to a research note from the Deutsche Bank automotive team that has been widely reported on this week, car sharing, when it arrives, may not cut into total car sales. We disagree. “The consensus view is that auto sales will decline, and that this will be negative for U.S. original equipment manufacturers,” said Deutsche Bank’s [...]

Universal autonomy is further away th...

Universal autonomy is further away than you think
Widespread adoption of fully self-driving cars with the occupants reclining comfortably in the back are further away than you might think. A new Moody’s forecast estimates that while fully autonomous or driverless cars could be a common option on U.S. vehicles by about 2030 and is likely to be standard on all new vehicles sold around 20 [...]

At Hyundai, Peter Schreyer is a one-m...

At Hyundai, Peter Schreyer is a one-man strategy
Peter Schreyer’s book of Genesis Hyundai’s Genesis luxury-car strategy is as much a design strategy as it is a business plan, or so it seems. In fact, one wonders whether Hyundai would even do this thing if Peter Schreyer was not  its chief designer. Okay, that’s a stretch. But when you have the designer who once put Audi on the fast track an [...]

BMW at the crossroads; PSA gazes over...

BMW at the crossroads; PSA gazes over the Atlantic; Hyundai prepares to show the look of Genesis; GM and Toyota make tactical moves in ride-sharing and self-driving
Toyota strikes fast on automatic braking … watch for others to follow When it comes to tactical decision-making, speed is everything these days. Such as move was inevitable and it is fascinating how quickly the formerly fast-following Toyota moved. Soon after 20 carmakers committed to making automatic emergency braking systems a standard feat [...]

BMW at the crossroads; PSA gazes over...

BMW at the crossroads; PSA gazes over the Atlantic; Hyundai prepares to show the look of Genesis; GM and Toyota make tactical moves in ride-sharing and self-driving
Toyota strikes fast on automatic braking … watch for others to follow When it comes to tactical decision-making, speed is everything these days. Such as move was inevitable and it is fascinating how quickly the formerly fast-following Toyota moved. Soon after 20 carmakers committed to making automatic emergency braking systems a standard feat [...]

Is Volkswagen on the precipice of a s...

Is Volkswagen on the precipice of a strategic blunder?
If this really is Volkswagen’s new strategy for North America, dealers hate it Volkswagen dealers in the U.S. are in uproar about the new strategic direction VW global brand chief Herbert Diess has hinted at. A dozen U.S. retailers are in Wolfsburg this week for a corporate event, but much more important things were added to their agend [...]

Is Volkswagen on the precipice of a s...

Is Volkswagen on the precipice of a strategic blunder?
If this really is Volkswagen’s new strategy for North America, dealers hate it Volkswagen dealers in the U.S. are in uproar about the new strategic direction VW global brand chief Herbert Diess has hinted at. A dozen U.S. retailers are in Wolfsburg this week for a corporate event, but much more important things were added to their agend [...]

Toyota’s restructuring, Carlos ...

Toyota’s restructuring, Carlos Tavares’ PSA miracle, Google’s speedy car-project build-up and Renault-Nissan’s new approach to its alliance
Bo Andersson may be out at AvtoVaz, but the ex-GM purchasing czar could have other opportunities Rarely has the dismissal of an executive been so broadly telegraphed as the imminent departure of Bo Andersson as CEO of AvtoVaz. Carlos Ghosn seems to have lost patience in Russia overall. So removing Andersson, the former GM global purchasing bo [...]

Toyota’s restructuring, Carlos ...

Toyota’s restructuring, Carlos Tavares’ PSA miracle, Google’s speedy car-project build-up and Renault-Nissan’s new approach to its alliance
Bo Andersson may be out at AvtoVaz, but the ex-GM purchasing czar could have other opportunities Rarely has the dismissal of an executive been so broadly telegraphed as the imminent departure of Bo Andersson as CEO of AvtoVaz. Carlos Ghosn seems to have lost patience in Russia overall. So removing Andersson, the former GM global purchasing bo [...]

Strategic shifts for Honda, General M...

Strategic shifts for Honda, General Motors, Daimler
How will competitors react as GM threatens to cancel its investment plan for Brazil? General Motors will reconsider plans to invest $2.9 billion in new products and technology in Brazil through 2018. Is the company simply nudging the Brazilian government to clean up its act, economically and politically? Possibly, but with Dan Ammann as its c [...]
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New Website Launched

July 27, 2014July 27, 2014
Newswebsite Honorary Consul General Mr. Godwin E. Bencini today announced that the Honorary Consulate for the Slovak Republic in Malta has launched its new website. This website is aimed at brining together the Slovak community in Malta, inform them of the Honorary Consulate's work and act as a bridge between Slovakia and Malta. Mr. Bencini encourages all Slovaks, both in Malta and abroad, to engage with this website, share their views and participate in the consulate's affairs.