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I took a look for Forbes at the showdown that took place this morning between Sergio Marchionne and Martin Winterkorn. The location: a breakfast meeting of ACEA, the European automobile manufacturers' association. They've been at each others' throats over a number of things lately, and the whole thing blew up in Paris. Both VW and Fiat are threatening to withdraw from ACEA, which would be as if General Motors and Ford threatened to pull out of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
But the fight boils down to this: things are good for VW. Things are bad for Fiat. VW is pretty much taunting Fiat. That doesn't sit well with an Italian, especially one who's going to have to put his company through yet another turnaround. Now, in a perfect world, these gentlemen would go back to their respective corners and just worry about their car companies, which they've claimed to do after the breakfast meeting.
Isn't the conflict more fun?
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Europe's car industry is at the start of a massive nosedive right now. Maybe that's why Peugeot's 680 horsepower diesel Onyx concept is as fuel efficient as a Prius.
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Looking at the McLaren P1 concept up close, you get the impression that, were it not for aerodynamics, there'd be no dynamics at all. The P1, in all seriousness, is a car designed by the wind.
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The curtain has been pulled, and the Mazda6 has been debuted again, this time at the Paris Motor Show. This is the Mazda6 wagon's first official appearance, and we must say, both models are looking sexy.
Of course, introduction in Paris means nothing regarding the scraps Mazda will send across the... More »
On this day in 1936, Charles Duryea of automotive history's Duryea brothers, died. The Duryeas are given credit for being the first American auto manufacturers, although they were not the first company to build automobiles. Like the fight between VW and Fiat, there seems to have been some tension between the Duryeas. Charles tried to hog the spotlight on a patent application, and it was actually Frank Duryea who took the Duryea Motor Wagon out for its first spin. Still, they live on as a trivia question. [History]
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