Results for: Auto Group

Volkswagen's Electric Distraction

After being burned via (the lungs in particulate) diesel emissions, Volkswagen Auto Group (VW AG) has started to electrify everything (primarily Porsche). Many might believe it is a marketing ploy; that it is all in response to the scandal, but that is not true. Even before the diesel disaster; the auto group was using the excesses generated by Audi and Porsche to develop interchangeable modal e

GM Might Be King of the Autonomous Auto Future

When General Motors (GM) first announced their alliance with Lyft, many people were not able to extrapolate how that union would yield results in auto autonomy. Now, it seems that they will be in the best position when legislation catches up to technology. None of their competitors have an infrastructure anywhere near advanced as the American auto group’s. But how did GM investing in a ride-sourci

Smart Mobility, What's That?

Smart mobility is now being used to describe the new developments that the share economy has forced upon the auto industry. Basically, it is learning to mobilize more effectively using the internet. Using an app to: hail a cab, share autonomous autos, rent a car or find a multi-modular route to reach a certain destination; all fall under smart mobility. Companies know that this new concept will s

Cadillac is as Adept as Always

It is no secret that Cadillac has not been thriving as of late. It is unfortunate, because General Motors (new GM) really turned their tides after the financial collapse. Chevrolet has received repeated praise for their post bankruptcy craftsmanship; and their sales have been proportional to the plaudits. What has not been as thoroughly promulgated, is that Cadillac is and has been building a whol

Auto Groups: Fixing Ford's Folly

In the go-go 80s the only thing that garnered more prestige than owning one company was owning several. After a while, it was almost a taboo to be in the upper echelons and only own one company. Small business owner? More like a peasant with a loan. Thanks to corporate personhood (not really) even Ford as an entity wanted to become an Auto Group to be hip like all the others. That was a satirical

Auto Group Outlier: Volkswagen

Touching back on the M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) effect, Volkswagen Auto Group (VW AG) was an outlier immune to their effects due their business model. VW AG was aware that in order to stay buoyant, they needed to balance their resources by building the base out before building up. Basically, Volkswagen embodied a pyramid. VW AG has Hitler to thank for their success. I know that is an awf

Auto Groups: An M&A Effect

The 1980s were particularly unfortunate for automobile drivers, because against them was a dynamic duo of pure evil. It was not just the Crapolla Effect plaguing them; in the late seventies, KKR made M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) the national pastime. The Detroit three saw this as a perfect time to diversify their portfolio… in only one industry. In the eighties the coolest thing one could do

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Pollute More Than the Average Bear

Volkswagen Passenger Cars has been reigning supreme in global sales as of this year’s second quarter. In the first half of 2015, they surpassed Toyota Motor Corporation in total Global Sales. However, it seems the German Giant might be walking into a world of woe. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that Volkswagen Passenger Cars has been cheating on emissions tests for VW AG to to

Scandal at Volkswagen: The Great Diesel Vehicles Cover-Up (Part 1)

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency dropped a proverbial bombshell on the auto industry when it accused Volkswagen AG of knowingly evading federal air pollution standards. The EPA alleges that nearly a half-million of VW’s late-model diesel vehicles—specifically 2009 to 2015 TDI Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Audi A3s—came with “defeat devices” designed to trick investigator

FCA Sets a Precedent With United Automobile Workers

Negotiations with the United Auto Workers (UAW) Union has always been a source of strife in the American auto market. For 19 hours now, Sergio Marchionne in debate with Dennis Williams in order to reach an accord for wages and Healthcare, among other things. FCA’s negotiations with UAW Union are setting a precedent for the other major Detroit Automakers. This round of debate was much fairer than