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Favourite stories of the past week…?
- That’s Not My Name -- MG’s latest vehicle is a minibus based on the Maxus V80 van. The brand’s Chinese owners (SAIC) are entitled to do as they please, Rover didn’t exactly cover itself in glory of course, but is this a bit far?
- Ready Or Not -- Ford CEO Jim Hackett says the firm will be ready for the recession. After being amongst the first companies to acknowledge that US industry was at around the peak, Ford seems more prepared than most to admit that worse may be to come. Will this revelation be put to good use or squandered?
- Regulate -- VW is rumoured to be having problems with the development program of the all-electric ID (and the next generation Golf). First Model 3, then I-Pace, EQC, eTron and now this; a pattern is emerging. OEMs have already shouted loudly about how much money it is going to cost them to develop electric vehicles but the question is: have they actually underestimated the effort involved?
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?