By on August 26, 2011

Forecasting the success of game-changing technologies is like predicting the weather. Despite a mediocre success rate, it is done every day. Ask me what the weather will be in 2017, and if I want to be absolutely right, I will say: “During the summer months, we expect sun with occasional rain, whereas in the winter months, some snow can be expected.” This prediction would protect my career in any company, but it won’t get me any press.

If I want press, I need to say: “In 2017, fire and brimstone will rain from the skies, which will cause a great conflagration, because all rain will have stopped a year earlier.” These predictions can be made with little risk. Six years down the road, who will remember the nonsense I said today? That thought crosses my mind as I read studies that predict the adoption of electric vehicles. Today, we have two of those. They couldn’t be more apart. We commissioned a third one. (Read More…)

By on January 22, 2010

A report about the automotive industry in the BRIC countries, released by the Boston Consulting Group, throws cold water on the low cost production story:

“In manufacturing, companies are generally paying a premium of 5 to 15 percent to manufacture in the BRIC countries, mainly because of diseconomies of scale and higher quality-assurance costs than they incur in the more developed markets; only in Brazil do they actually save money on manufacturing.”

Ooops.

Apart from this astounding revelation, the rest of the report is full of platitudes and comes 20 years too late: (Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • Scoutdude: No it isn’t warranty work, what I was referring to was the hrs paid for a specific procedure. There...
  • slavuta: BS Lou. you should go into the dark room and stay there. Sunlight is harmful. You telling me all these usual...
  • slavuta: This is what they tell you. What they don’t tell you is that how old those people are. In Italy,...
  • slavuta: Think about how Mexican Texas became Republic of Texas.
  • slavuta: Yes. We’re Darwinists. I said this before. Just don’t complain later that you have Lupus

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Who We Are

  • Adam Tonge
  • Bozi Tatarevic
  • Corey Lewis
  • Mark Baruth
  • Ronnie Schreiber