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What’s so special about the US market recovery which Europe lacks?

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The auto credit environment is a pretty consistent part of US auto market support and the auto market’s recovery since the crash has certainly played a significant part in the general US economic recovery. This is in stark contrast with Europe, despite some signs of resilience - the UK and Germany for example, where the automobile market has languished whilst the market in the US has steadily increased (though it will be interested to see whether the American momentum is sustained if, as is widely rumoured, Mr Bernanke turns off or significantly reduces his monetary printing press which reflects the downturn seen in GDP growth by the OECD in 2013 – albeit that US performance is still way ahead of the Eurozone).
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Written by Peter Bailey
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China revs up, the USA is on the road to recovery - but Europe is stuck in neutral or reverse gear

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The EU15 car market continues to stutter and falter – with major problems being faced in Italy, Spain and some of the smaller mature markets such as Greece, Ireland having a significant effect on Europe’s car sales and presenting Europe’s motor industry with headaches of hangover proportions post 2007.
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Written by Peter Bailey

Swiss Seasonality

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A world away from the economic and industry woes of Ireland, there is a European market where stability reigns and seasonality is only affected (slightly) by the weather, yes, one really exists! It’s Switzerland…
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Written by Peter Bailey

Are Continental franchised dealers really interested in selling used cars?

Are Continental franchised dealers really interested in selling used cars?

That’s one question – among others – that our guest speaker Christophe Louvard, CEO of Autobiz (http://pro.autobiz.fr/) asked during his presentation in our used car workshop, held at our ICDP of in Frankfurt on 5th December 2012. The ‘Webuyanycar’ type of service implemented recently developed by Autobiz enables dealers to get a gross margin of +3,000 euros per car, and there are still difficulties to convince dealers to adopt such a system for their sourcing…
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Written by Thomas Chieux

Banking on January 1st - the scourge of industry driven seasonality...

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The calendar year seems to have a grip on the throat of the industry with most depending on having a tidy year end and an improved financial result. How much better would it be if - in the Northern hemisphere at least – the financial year end did not fall in December, the forced sales and used car disposals to reduce stocks and improve end year results!
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Written by Peter Bailey

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