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Powertrain at the Crossroads

Mapping the Future for the Global Bus and Truck Industry

The impact of the global financial crisis on the truck and bus industry has been profound. However, other forces are also driving significant changes in the powertrain industry. These forces will fundamentally change the rules of the game for players in the industry, affecting OEMs, dealers and...

How business can help solve the urban mobility challenge

The proportion of people living in urban areas around the world is constantly rising, and with it the challenge of mastering the growing complexity of urban travel.
Automotive, Strategy

The coming transformation of the automotive industry

The automotive industry is going through a crisis unprecedented in its century-long history. Optimistic commentators predict that strong demand from the BRIC countries and growing market penetration of hybrid or electrical vehicles will propel the industry back to growth in the wake of the...

Biofuels 2.0: investment opportunities and risks

Demand for biofuels is rapidly increasing as governments respond to climate change concerns. For the investor, such a rapidly growing market is attractive, but current demand depends heavily on government incentives. Newer "secondgeneration" technologies offer the potential for improved performance...
Automotive, Utilities & alternative energy, Sustainability

CO2 @ automotive OEMs - What to do in the short term?

The CO2 debate is changing the automotive landscape. While technological solutions will take years to be implemented, changes in buying criteria and their impact on automotive sales might be the real challenge for global automotive OEMs. This article outlines the major drivers for the industry in...

Knowledge Management at Daimler-Benz's Passenger-Car Division

Daimler-Benz has long been a leading-edge manufacturer of high-quality luxury passenger cars, with a tradition of exceptional engineering, performance, and safety. The technological edge was the company's critical success factor and a structural barrier to market entry for potential competitors. In...
Automotive, Strategy

Industry Outlook Report New Paradigms for the Auto Industry Beyond 2000

The automotive industry will ride a wave of dramatic change over the next decade as new technologies emerge, markets stagnate in developed countries and grow in emerging countries, buying patterns change, and customers become ever more demanding. The industry will respond to a wide range of...

Rethinking the Organisation: New Structures for Global Competitiveness

As the next millennium approaches, leading companies are racing to implement fundamental reorganisations of various kinds. Ford is rearranging itself into global "centers of excellence." AT&T is breaking apart. GM is contemplating a new international organisation to coordinate its global...
Automotive, Strategy