April 2006 management briefing

As we enter the new financial year, the financial strength of the global auto industry is fragmenting geographically. This month’s management briefing is just-auto’s annual review of the world’s most popular car groups; providing you with all the key facts and figures from the last 12 months. The report begins with an overview of the industry’s major geographic regions and their respective best-selling manufacturers, including how productive efficiency, innovation, cost reduction and margins reflect on profitability, financial results and volume growth. The main part of the briefing provides detailed comparisons of the major car makers’ financial status, namely: BMW , Volkswagen , Daimler Chrysler, Renault-Nissan , GM, Ford, Toyota , PSA Peugeot Citreon, Fiat and Porsche. This includes a composite table showing financial, industrial and stock performance, with analysis for each company. Other data includes selected operating profits, unit sales, year-on-year % change and trading profits.

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