The Truth About Cars » Netherlands http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:42:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Netherlands http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Study: Virtual Drivers Possible Key Toward Autonomous Vehicle Acceptance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/study-virtual-drivers-possible-key-toward-autonomous-vehicle-acceptance/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/study-virtual-drivers-possible-key-toward-autonomous-vehicle-acceptance/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 17:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1073074 Virtual drivers may be the key to developing trust in autonomous vehicles, so long as those drivers are quicker on the draw than Johnny Cab in an emergency. A study published in the Human Factors journal posits public concern regarding the safety of autonomous vehicles could be mitigated with a humanoid robot behind the controls, […]

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Virtual drivers may be the key to developing trust in autonomous vehicles, so long as those drivers are quicker on the draw than Johnny Cab in an emergency. A study published in the Human Factors journal posits public concern regarding the safety of autonomous vehicles could be mitigated with a humanoid robot behind the controls, […]

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Marchionne’s Choice of Fiat-Chrysler HQ Weighs Political Realities Against Lower Taxes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/marchionnes-choice-of-fiat-chrysler-hq-weighs-political-realities-against-lower-taxes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/marchionnes-choice-of-fiat-chrysler-hq-weighs-political-realities-against-lower-taxes/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:55:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=726994 Now that Sergio Marchionne has succeeded in joining Fiat and Chrysler together, for his next act he’s planning on moving Fiat’s headquarters out of Italy. While such a move has tax advantages, it would present a political and public relations challenge for Fiat and Marchionne in their home country. According to Reuters, the new entity, […]

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Now that Sergio Marchionne has succeeded in joining Fiat and Chrysler together, for his next act he’s planning on moving Fiat’s headquarters out of Italy. While such a move has tax advantages, it would present a political and public relations challenge for Fiat and Marchionne in their home country. According to Reuters, the new entity, […]

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Car Carrier Sinks In The North Sea http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/car-carrier-sinks-in-the-north-sea/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/car-carrier-sinks-in-the-north-sea/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2012 13:27:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469292 1,400 new cars, most of them Mitsubishis on their way from Japan and Thailand to Finland went to the bottom of an icy North Sea when the 485 foot car carrier Baltic Ace sunk off the coast of the southern Netherlands last night. The ship had collided with the container ship Corvus J.  According to […]

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1,400 new cars, most of them Mitsubishis on their way from Japan and Thailand to Finland went to the bottom of an icy North Sea when the 485 foot car carrier Baltic Ace sunk off the coast of the southern Netherlands last night. The ship had collided with the container ship Corvus J.  According to […]

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Return Of The Zombies: Spyker, Youngman, Phoenix http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/return-of-the-zombies-spyker-youngman-phoenix/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/return-of-the-zombies-spyker-youngman-phoenix/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:39:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457982   Victor Muller managed to sell out to China after all. Today it was announced (full press release here) that Muller’s Spyker and former Saab suitor Youngman will form two companies. Spyker calls them “joint ventures,” but they look more like companies owned mostly by Youngman, with Spyker holding a token share. The first company […]

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  Victor Muller managed to sell out to China after all. Today it was announced (full press release here) that Muller’s Spyker and former Saab suitor Youngman will form two companies. Spyker calls them “joint ventures,” but they look more like companies owned mostly by Youngman, with Spyker holding a token share. The first company […]

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Saab To China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/saab-to-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/saab-to-china/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 12:23:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393482 As expected, troubled Saab has been thrown a lifeline by China’s Hawtai. Spyker announced today that its Swedish unit Saab has secured €150 million ($222.5 million) in funding from Hawtai. The Chinese company will be able to produce and sell Saab cars in China. Hawtai will invest €120 million for a 29.9 percent stake in […]

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As expected, troubled Saab has been thrown a lifeline by China’s Hawtai. Spyker announced today that its Swedish unit Saab has secured €150 million ($222.5 million) in funding from Hawtai. The Chinese company will be able to produce and sell Saab cars in China. Hawtai will invest €120 million for a 29.9 percent stake in […]

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“They Cannot Pay Their Bills.” Saab Stops Production Yet Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/%e2%80%9cthey-cannot-pay-their-bills-%e2%80%9d-saab-stop-production-yet-again/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/%e2%80%9cthey-cannot-pay-their-bills-%e2%80%9d-saab-stop-production-yet-again/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:01:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390085 Yesterday,  Spyker CEO Muller said everything is peachy. Saab “is not on the verge of collapse,” Muller said to a rapt audience of reporters, while, as Reuters snidely remarked, “Saab was presenting new vehicles already shown at the Geneva auto show.” Muller promised that “a small glitch does not change the fact that cars are […]

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Yesterday,  Spyker CEO Muller said everything is peachy. Saab “is not on the verge of collapse,” Muller said to a rapt audience of reporters, while, as Reuters snidely remarked, “Saab was presenting new vehicles already shown at the Geneva auto show.” Muller promised that “a small glitch does not change the fact that cars are […]

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Saab In Trouble Over Unpaid Bills http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/saab-in-trouble-over-unpaid-bills/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/saab-in-trouble-over-unpaid-bills/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:20:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389224 While other manufacturers have problems getting parts, Saab has problems getting parts. But for different reasons. “Production at Saab stopped for a second day on Wednesday as the money-losing automaker faces payment problems with its suppliers,” reports Automotive News [sub]. They add that Saab said it will start production again on Thursday, after money problems […]

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While other manufacturers have problems getting parts, Saab has problems getting parts. But for different reasons. “Production at Saab stopped for a second day on Wednesday as the money-losing automaker faces payment problems with its suppliers,” reports Automotive News [sub]. They add that Saab said it will start production again on Thursday, after money problems […]

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Saab Needs Help (Again) (Updated) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/saab-needs-help-again/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/saab-needs-help-again/#comments Mon, 27 Sep 2010 15:13:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=366929 Remember the 4 “dead brands” walking? Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer and Saab? Seems like a long time ago. Who’d have thought Saab would be the last brand standing? Arguably, the one of the weakest brands of them all. At least Hummer and Saturn had genuine interest. But Saab found a Dutch white knight (a white knight […]

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Remember the 4 “dead brands” walking? Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer and Saab? Seems like a long time ago. Who’d have thought Saab would be the last brand standing? Arguably, the one of the weakest brands of them all. At least Hummer and Saturn had genuine interest. But Saab found a Dutch white knight (a white knight […]

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Spyker And Saab In Deep Trouble http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/spyker-in-deep-trouble/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/spyker-in-deep-trouble/#comments Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:42:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=363920 When Spyker bought Saab from GM, they bit off too much than they can chew.  Spyker is upside down, under water, or whatever you call it when you have negative equity. They just announced that their debt exceeds their capital. And it looks like they have been dipped by GM: “The negative equity is due […]

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When Spyker bought Saab from GM, they bit off too much than they can chew.  Spyker is upside down, under water, or whatever you call it when you have negative equity. They just announced that their debt exceeds their capital. And it looks like they have been dipped by GM: “The negative equity is due […]

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Nasty Securities Laws Make Spyker’s Muller Use The Cyprus Connection http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/nasty-securities-laws-make-spyker%e2%80%99s-muller-use-the-cyprus-connection/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/nasty-securities-laws-make-spyker%e2%80%99s-muller-use-the-cyprus-connection/#comments Thu, 25 Mar 2010 13:05:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=350354 Ah, the tangled web of automotive high finance. Victor Muller, CEO and largest shareholder of Dutch automaker Spyker Cars said “oops” (or Dutch words to that effect) and reduced his voting interest is Spyker from 34.3 percent to 26.8 percent. Why? It just dawned on Muller (or his CPAs) that with more than 30 percent […]

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Ah, the tangled web of automotive high finance. Victor Muller, CEO and largest shareholder of Dutch automaker Spyker Cars said “oops” (or Dutch words to that effect) and reduced his voting interest is Spyker from 34.3 percent to 26.8 percent. Why? It just dawned on Muller (or his CPAs) that with more than 30 percent […]

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Resuscitated Saab Makes Cars Again http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/resuscitated-saab-makes-cars-again/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/resuscitated-saab-makes-cars-again/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:43:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349892 Saab is in full re-start mode. A few days ago, we reported that Saab is re-starting incentives. Now, they are re-starting production. Germany’s Automobilwoche [sub] reports that “after a one and a half month pause, Saab is building cars again.” Now under the ownership of the Dutch boutique maker Spyker. They even hired a new […]

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Saab is in full re-start mode. A few days ago, we reported that Saab is re-starting incentives. Now, they are re-starting production. Germany’s Automobilwoche [sub] reports that “after a one and a half month pause, Saab is building cars again.” Now under the ownership of the Dutch boutique maker Spyker. They even hired a new […]

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Netherlands Scuttle Spy Box Plans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/netherlands-scuttles-spy-box-plans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/netherlands-scuttles-spy-box-plans/#comments Fri, 19 Mar 2010 13:16:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349599 Last November, Dutch lawmakers approved the first “pay-as-you-drive” tax system in Europe. A GPS gizmo, promptly dubbed  “Spionagekastje” (“spy box,”) by the Dutch, was supposed to record where and when people would drive in the land of cheese, tulips, and koffie shops. With the information collected by the mandatory kastje, the Dutch government intended to […]

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Last November, Dutch lawmakers approved the first “pay-as-you-drive” tax system in Europe. A GPS gizmo, promptly dubbed  “Spionagekastje” (“spy box,”) by the Dutch, was supposed to record where and when people would drive in the land of cheese, tulips, and koffie shops. With the information collected by the mandatory kastje, the Dutch government intended to […]

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Saab: EU Can Spike The Spyker Deal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/saab-eu-can-spike-the-spyker-deal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/01/saab-eu-can-spike-the-spyker-deal/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2010 18:21:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=343431 So you thought the Saab deal is done? A deal is never done until the check clears. Speaking of clearing, Laurence Stassen, a member of the European Parliament, and a member of the Dutch Partij voor de Vrijheid (a right-of-the-center party in the Netherlands) is seeking clarification from Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. Vrouw Stassen wants […]

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So you thought the Saab deal is done? A deal is never done until the check clears. Speaking of clearing, Laurence Stassen, a member of the European Parliament, and a member of the Dutch Partij voor de Vrijheid (a right-of-the-center party in the Netherlands) is seeking clarification from Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. Vrouw Stassen wants […]

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