• Trashin’ The Camp -- There is speculation that Volvo will completely take over distribution in Sweden. The brand has made two major moves: first, it acquired a dealer group, then it served notice on a large dealer in the country. Although several brands have experimented with an omnichannel agency model where OEMs can sell cars directly and pay dealers to handle final delivery and customer liaison, it has mostly been with a nod to traditional dealer-OEM relationships, rather than taking over retail as Tesla has. Taken together with its aspirations for the all-in leasing service “Care by Volvo”, is the Swedish brand the most innovative traditional OEM when it comes to retail?
  • Another Day In Paradise -- It seems that VW Group’s CEO and labour representatives are at each other’s throats again. Apparently angry that union officials are blocking promotions for his preferred candidates, CEO Diess has openly warned that efficiency gains could be lost and apparently asked for a contract extension to be confirmed far earlier than is normal to help him stamp his authority on the company. If the power play fails, he could be out. Will VW get its head in gear, or hit self-destruct?
  • A Groovy Kind Of Love -- For a few years, Nissan has sold the Note in Japan with an optional motor as generator powertrain, in the updated model it will be all you can buy. What is motor as generator? It’s an electric car with a small battery that relies on a gasoline-powered motor to top it up. Some might call it a range extender but technically it is a bit different because the engine runs more often. Why choose that over an all-electric car? Cost. We’ve heralded motor as generator as part of the missing link in the transition to electric cars -- several European vehicles from the likes of Honda, Nissan and Renault will soon offer them. How long before the technology catches on?
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