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Favourite stories of the past week…?
- Hangin’ Tough -- VW are cutting Golf production, JLR are going to a three day week in Castle Bromwich, BMW say competition is challenging. Is this just a case of bad news coming in threes or are we going to see OEMs becoming increasingly desperate in the market?
- For The Love Of Money -- VW CEO Herbert Diess said the company is spending more on electric vehicles than planned. Just after Daimler’s CEO said the same thing, not to mention the billions Tesla have spent on developing three cars. It all points to difficulties for the various Chinese companies that have promised to deliver portfolios for $1.5 billion.
- The Next Episode -- The BMW iNext has put on a few pounds and emerged as an SUV rather than the sleek saloon it was before. After years of cries for more electric vehicles, it seems like there will be loads of them, provided you want a large SUV. Tesla Model S and Model 3 look to have their respective segments to themselves for a while yet. Why have all the Germans decided to build the same car?
Volkswagen plan to make the MEB platform upgradeable so that used vehicle buyers can get a car with a specification and functionality that is better than when it came out of the factory gate
GM’s Corporate line seems to be growing inexorably -- how much longer investors will agree to hundreds of millions of dollars per quarter being spent without any substantive explanation?