Should we desert the ACEA to be heard? The very political bet of Carlos Tavares

Edition of 20/06/2022

Conference: Deciphering the new European regulation on automobile distribution

Don’t miss the conference organized by, on June 28, on the new rules of automobile distribution, with the exceptional participation of a representative of the European Commission’s DG Competition.


United States: Tesla increases the price of its cars due to inflation

(Reuters) – Tesla has again raised prices for its U.S. models amid ongoing global supply chain issues and soaring raw material costs.


The GCA group will take over the distribution of BMW-Mini in Caen and Deauville

After taking control of the three BMW-Mini concessions of the Guénant group last March, the GCA group is preparing to acquire the Caen and Deauville businesses of the Pautric group.


The new structure of Volkswagen Group in China

As of August 1, 2022, Volkswagen Group announces a realignment of its structure in China, the management of which is placed under the responsibility of Ralf Brandstätter. Stefan Mecha will join this new structure as General Manager of the Volkswagen VP brand and Marcus Hafkemeyer is appointed Chief Technology Officer of Volkswagen Group China.


Utz Rachner named Global Sales Director of Quantron

Utz Rachner joins Quantron as Head of Global Sales.


The Gémy group selected to take over the Val de Loire plate from RRG

After the Mary group, Renault will integrate another major Peugeot distributor into its network, the Gémy group, to which it will sell its RRG establishments in Tours, Le Mans, Chinon and Loches, weighing 15,000 vehicles and employing 400 employees.


Volvo Cars simplifies its management structure

Volvo Cars announces a reorganization of its management structure with the creation of two deputy general manager positions: BJörn Annwall, appointed commercial director, and Javier Verala, director of operations. Henrik Green takes responsibility for the new Advanced Technology and Sustainability unit.


The bonus of 6,000 euros has a good chance of being extended

The extension of the bonus of 6,000 euros after July 1, a promise made by Bruno Le Maire during the presidential campaign, could be formalized this week.


SpaceX, the company of Elon Musk, lays off employees who are too critical

(Reuters) – SpaceX has fired at least five employees for writing and circulating a letter criticizing the company’s founder, Elon Musk, and demanding action to make the company more inclusive, two people with knowledge of the matter said. .


Tesla and Musk sued for ignoring harassment charges

(AFP) – A Tesla shareholder is suing the company, its board of directors and its famous boss, Elon Musk, accusing them of having neglected accusations of sexual harassment and racism made by some employees.


Category Analysis

Should have stayed

It’s a young Brazilian that you probably don’t know that I’m talking about today, but who nevertheless speaks to many of us….


After the vote in the European Parliament, the time to ask the real questions has come

The electric vehicle debate is, as the past week has shown, more of a religious war than a real political fight over which automotive industry and services we want to develop and which vehicles we want consumers to use. Since the strategy led by politicians and the Commission is to put the industry up against the wall and force it to stick to a bet they have made for it, the time has come to ask operational questions which are not less political: how do we want to fulfill these specifications and/or how can you take this bet in the best of our interests?


America chooses the hybrid, Musk not representative

The pandemic has greatly favored telework all over the world. In the United States, the practice was already widespread in the business world when the functions allow it. Since the end of the confinements in 2021, teleworking or takeovers in hybrid mode have remained very present in many companies. The choice is not only offered to employees, it is also offered to new recruits, provided they have experience.


The difficulty of designing a car at low rent refers to the depth of the gap to be filled

The electric vehicle at 100 euros per month could well remain an electoral formula which will only become effective for a few nurses working in rural or peri-urban areas. Private offers like those of Cetelem presented this week seek to overcome the shortcomings of public systems and are undeniably a step in the right direction. The fact remains that the rents offered are very dependent on public aid and that, even under these conditions, they struggle to be competitive with the makeshift solutions that households have been designing and implementing for years. There is therefore still a long way to go to operationally resolve the question that, intellectually, we manage to ask correctly today.


New builders out of power, a charging problem?

The electric car is unfolding, it is an undeniable fact. Governments have put some means and, in Europe, many restrictions to push the market. The historical manufacturers unveil their product plans, invest massively in factories and partnerships. But, for the new builders, investments are slowing down, the financial markets are getting tired and the difficulties are increasing. Will those who were to kill the historic builders themselves survive?


My Benz

Today, I invite you to meet Karl. A guy with whom I have to show green (or yellow) paw to have the right to ride.


Renault: what will be left after the summer of a serious examination of the “split project”?

Renault’s board of directors had to examine very fundamental questions concerning Russia and the consequences to be drawn from what has happened in terms of corporate strategy in emerging countries or the pace and forms of electrification of its ranges. Instead, since February, there is only talk of the famous “split project”. As the project goes from being very nebulous, it becomes a little bit more reasonable and precise, it becomes both more defensible and less necessary.


Lancia returns to premium electric, but is the market infinitely expandable?

Lancia returns, repositioned and reloaded. But electrification has a price, because technology is not advancing as fast as expected, raw materials are becoming more and more expensive and infrastructure transformations risk confining the electric car to a luxury item for another some long. The good will of the manufacturers is therefore naturally oriented towards electric vehicles with a premium positioning, following the path opened by Tesla. But can the market expand to infinity?


Negotiate the prohibition of thermal vehicles against a real consideration of the two social issues

It is almost certain, at the end of May 2022, that the proposals to ban the registration of new thermal vehicles in 2035 will be adopted. The German or other oppositions threw in the towel and the outings of the PFA expressing its usual objections then appeared as a vain last stand. In a context where most of the 27 Member States are little concerned and where, since the VW affair, the words of industrialists have become very little heard, these remarks have very little chance of being heard. If all the arguments invoked are not equally understandable, the questions of the ability of households to equip themselves with electric vehicles and that of the ability of employees to keep their jobs are unavoidable and NGOs like governments would have every interest to better take them into account.


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