Luca Ciferri

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Life or death decisions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why Marchionne needs a powerful 'mother-in-law'

5:59 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne will need a powerful, influential mother-in-law to help initiate the megamergers that he covets.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why Marchionne needs a powerful 'mother-in-law'

5:59 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne will need a powerful, influential mother-in-law to help initiate the megamergers that he covets.... Read More »

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BLOG: Seeing through Mini's digital goggles

4:30 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

I cannot imagine life without a smartphone or a tablet, but after testing a set of digital goggles from Mini I am not convinced yet that I need to add augmented reality eyewear to my driving experience. The aviator-style eyewear is BMW's interpretation of computerized headsets such as Google Glass.... Read More »

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BLOG: Super-sized Shanghai more survivable than Frankfurt

5:22 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The Shanghai auto show's new home is bigger than the fairgrounds used for the Frankfurt show, but it is less brutal on the body.... Read More »

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BLOG: Fiat meeting goes from legendary to ordinary

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Fiat's investor meetings in Italy used to be legendary. Thursday's first gathering in Amsterdam was extremely ordinary.... Read More »

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BLOG: Fiat meeting goes from legendary to ordinary

11:52 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Fiat’s investor meetings in Italy used to be legendary. Thursday's first gathering in Amsterdam was extremely ordinary.... Read More »

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BLOG: How PSA's Tavares keeps his desk clean

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

PSA's Carlos Tavares has topped past and present CEOs Lee Iacocca, Jacques Nasser and Sergio Marchionne in an interesting category: He has the cleanest desk of any automaker CEO I have ever met.... Read More »

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While others stand up, Italy stands aside

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Formula One tire supplier Pirelli will have a Chinese owner.... Read More »

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BLOG: China and cutting CO2 tough tasks for incoming BMW CEO Krueger

7:15 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer sees China and CO2 emissions as the biggest challenges facing incoming chief Harald Krueger when he takes over the top job from Reithofer on May 15.... Read More »

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BLOG: Leroy's Toyota Europe success brings reward

6:34 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

When Didier Leroy was promoted to head Toyota's European operations in April 2011, his goal was to return the region to sustainable profitability. After a three-year plan that has brought success step-by-step, he now gets a new role with even more responsibility.... Read More »

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BLOG: Farewell to an auto PR legend

8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015

Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski -- even literally crashing into an auto show.... Read More »

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BLOG: Farewell to an auto PR legend

8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015

Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski even literally crashing into an auto show.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why loyalty leads to fewer dealership visits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014

A customer visited a dealership an average of six times in the UK before completing a purchase in 1994. That number dropped to 1.2 visits in 2012 and it's still falling, a successful retailer says.... Read More »

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BLOG: BMW's manufacturing arm also produces future leaders

6:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

BMW's manufacturing arm not only builds great cars -- it also produces the company's future leaders, as the appointment of Harald Krueger to succeed CEO Norbert Reithofer shows.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014

Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell also needs plug-in hybrid technology.... Read More »

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BLOG: Is Ferrari worth 12 billion euros?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014

Ferrari is worth as much as 12 billion euros on the open market based on Chairman Sergio Marchionne's most optimistic blue-sky estimate. The true value will be a hot topic for months.... Read More »

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BLOG: Ferrari will go public but remain private

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014

Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group.... Read More »

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BLOG: Ferrari will go public but remain private

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014

Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group.... Read More »

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BLOG: Reithofer's vision made U.S. plant into a global giant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2014

BMW CEO Nortbert Reithofer has transformed the automaker's U.S. factory into one of the world's largest SUV production hubs.... Read More »

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BLOG: Renault Eolab's funny numbers

5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014

I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations.... Read More »

Fiat 500X unlikely to steal sales from Jeep Renegade, analysts say

Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET

The Fiat 500X is unlikely to cannibalize sales from its sister model, the Jeep Renegade, industry watchers say. The 500X is a "cute, urban vehicle with off-road capabilities," while the Renegade is the "rugged" off-roader, one analyst said.... Read More »

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BLOG: Montezemolo's magic touch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014

When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar maker will lose its No. 1 salesman.... Read More »

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BLOG: Montezemolo's magic touch

7:20 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014

When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar maker will lose its No. 1 salesman.... Read More »

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BLOG: Nissan, Renault, Dacia and Lada benefit from low-cost car vision

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014

The global reach of Renault's budget-car program, which was dreamed up by former Renault CEO Louis Schweitzer, was in evidence at the Moscow auto show where seven models underpinned by the automaker's B0 low-cost platform were on display.... Read More »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound
Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Ita ...
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Jeep, Smart, Jaguar benefit most from Europe's forecast-beating 2015 sales
Jeep, Smart and Jaguar were the biggest winners last year in Europe, where overall vehicle sales ros ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
Lamborghini named Stefano Domenicali, a former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, as its new CEO. ...
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Honda names new Europe and North America chiefs
Honda named new chiefs for the company's operations in Europe and North America. ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl
Opel's new entry-level model, the Karl, is the brand's cheapest car but it now offers advanced conne ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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