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Tuesday, Mar 41:53 PM
Tuesday, Mar 41:53 PM| 2 Comments
- The overall tone at the Geneva Motor Show is positive as sales patterns in Europe have stabilized and even shown some pockets of strength. Perhaps the biggest question is if the sales gains are organic or the results of heavy discounting? Autohaus PulsSchlag reports price cuts of at least 10% at most major manufacturers.
- European automakers are downplaying the impact on sales in Russia from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Russia is Europe's second largest automobile market and is expected to pass Germany within a few years.
- Jeep unveiled its all-new 2015 Renegade compact crossover SUV. The model is unique in that it will feature seven different engine choices tailored to different global markets.
- BMW announced plans to build over ten new smaller models on its latest platform. The Mini Clubman concept has created a stir with analysts.
- New models from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati show that the ultra-wealthy haven't been forgotten by automakers at the show. Related stocks: GM, F, TM, FIATY, HMC, NSANY, TSLA, VLKAY, DDAIF, HYMLF, BAMXY, MMTOF, PEUGF, RNSDF, TTM, SZKMY, FUJHY, RNSDF.
Monday, Mar 31:32 PM
Tuesday, Feb 2512:21 PM
Tuesday, Feb 2512:21 PM| 4 Comments
- The UAW will continue to pursue a goal of unionizing workers for a foreign automaker despite falling short in a vote at a Volkswagen (VLKAY) plant in Chattanooga.
- The labor group missed a landmark development by a mere 45 votes, but will appeal the voting process.
- Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), BMW (BAMWXY), and Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF) all have plants in the south that ultimately the UAW would like to see represented by a union.
Tuesday, Feb 189:55 AM
Saturday, Feb 1512:05 AM
Saturday, Feb 1512:05 AM| 83 Comments
- In one of the most closely watched union votes in the U.S. in decades, workers at the Volkswagen (VLKAY, VLKAF) plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., voted against joining the United Auto Workers union.
- A win would have marked the first time the UAW had been able to organize a foreign-owned auto plant in the U.S., as well as a turnaround in sentiment in the traditionally anti-union South.
- The UAW’s loss likely will hurt plans to organize other auto plants in the South; two other German-owned plants, Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF) in Alabama and BMW (BAMXY, BAMXF) in South Carolina, as well as a Nissan (NSANY, NSANF) plant in Mississippi, have been among its top targets.
- The UAW enjoyed some unusual help - the cooperation of Volkswagen management and the aid of Germany's IG Metall union - yet it still lost; "If the union can't win [in Chattanooga], it can't win anywhere."
Friday, Feb 1411:43 AM
Friday, Feb 1411:43 AM| 35 Comments
- Employee voting ends today at a Volkswagen (VLKAY) plant in Tennessee on the issue of joining the UAW.
- The stakes are very high with the UAW still searching for its first representation at a plant of a foreign automaker.
- The Big Three (GM, F, FIATY) are quiet on the issue, but wouldn't mind a more level playing field.
- What to watch: There are close to 20 automobile plants in the South at risk of unionization if Chattanooga falls. A Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF) factory in Alabama and Nissan (NSANY) location in Mississippi could be the first two on the list.
Wednesday, Feb 124:31 AM
Wednesday, Feb 124:31 AM| 1 Comment
- The major auto makers have found themselves in a bit of a dilemma.
- They've been offering discounts in order to clear an increasing amount of unsold inventory in the U.S., which in January reached the highest level since August 2009.
- However, the industry wants to avoid getting sucked into the kind of price wars that have caused so much trouble in the past.
- Production cuts are not on the agenda at the moment.
- Relevant tickers: TM, RNSDF, VLKAF, GM, DDAIF, BAMXF, FIATY, HMC, PEUGF, F
Friday, Feb 77:59 AM
Friday, Feb 77:59 AM| Comment!
- Daimler (DDAIF) CEO Dieter Zetsche says the automaker is open to talking to other global automakers about partnering on a small car platform.
- The company has met with reps from Volkswagen, BMW, and Fiat in the past before deciding gains from a project would only be marginal.
- However, future strategic initiatives from Daimler could include joint ventures, says Zetsche.
Wednesday, Feb 58:46 AM
Wednesday, Feb 58:46 AM| Comment!
- Daimler (DDAIF) reports global sales of Mercedes-Benz vehicles rose 15% to 109,477 in January.
- Sales in China rose 45% to 24,199 which marks impressive growth after concerns cropped up on slowing demand from government hotshots.
- In the U.S., sales were only up 0.6% amid an overall slow weather-impacted month.
Tuesday, Feb 43:06 PM
Tuesday, Feb 43:06 PM| 24 Comments
- IHS Automotive forecasts global electric vehicle production will increase 67% this year as a number of major automakers (DDAIF, BAMXY, TTM, HYMLF) enter the category (EV and plug-in hybrids) or try new markets.
- Europe will account for 40% of all EV production, followed by Asia at 30% and the U.S. with 27%, according to IHS.
- Three EV trends to watch: 1) Automakers (NSANY, TM, GM) needed a high level of incentives to spur electric car demand in the U.S. last year. Will 2014 be any different? 2) Demand in China for EVs could soar if the government keeps instituting mandates to lower pollution in major cities. 3) The war of words between Tesla (TSLA) and Toyota (TM) on electric batteries vs. hydrogen could intensify late in the year as the much-hyped Toyota FCV debut gets closer.
Monday, Feb 32:44 PM
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Friday, Jan 1712:45 PM
Friday, Jan 1712:45 PM| Comment!
- German luxury automakers (VLKAY, DDAIF, BAMXY) are hitting price points at around $30K with new models in order to build brand loyalty. Execs with the companies think that by opening up the brand they will see demand benefits down the road.
- The pricing on the their low-end vehicles now overlaps popular entries from Chevrolet (GM), Toyota (TM -0.7%), and Honda (HMC -0.2%).
- The group used the same tactic in Europe to some success.
Thursday, Jan 163:08 PM
Thursday, Jan 163:08 PM| 6 Comments
- Kelley Blue Book sees U.S. auto sales of 16.3M units this year to rep a growth rate of 4.9%. One of the biggest risks to the industry is a bump in interest rates to a level where buyers are pushed away from purchasing new cars. Industry watchers think the luxury sector (VLKAY, BAMXY, DDAIF) could see the sharpest impact as consumer previously willing to stretch trade down.
- Ford's (F) increased use of aluminum in the widely popular F-150 line will be in focus. Analysts think could consumer reaction could go either way. Rival truck makers like Ram (FIATY) are set to pounce if the aluminum concerns show any validity.
- Japanese automakers (NSANY, TM, HMC, MZDAY, SZKMY, FUJHY) are betting big on growth in the U.S. as tensions in China continue to crop up and clip sales from climbing to full potential .The group is seen as likely to use incentives and promotions in the U.S. to gain market share if sales momentum slows.
- Toyota vs Telsa: Top execs with the two automakers have dialed up the rhetoric on the use of hydrogen fuel cell cars despite being long-time partners. With the Toyota (TM) FCV and Tesla (TSLA +4.5%) Model X both slated for a 2015 launch, the remainder of this year could see the war of words escalate.
Thursday, Jan 167:28 AM
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