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Another automotive mega-corp proposal - the week

By Dave Leggett | 1 November 2019

The really big job that Carlos Tavares has long craved could be coming - he will be CEO of the merged PSA/FCA combine if it comes off

The really big job that Carlos Tavares has long craved could be coming - he will be CEO of the merged PSA/FCA combine if it comes off

This week was dominated by the news of a merger proposal for PSA and FCA. There is certainly plenty of industrial logic for such a coming together, but - as the collapsed FCA-Renault proposal of earlier this year illustrates - it's far from a done deal yet. When the stakeholders get involved in the next level of discussions, the devil really will be in the detail. There will certainly be plenty more discussion, things to defend, positions to be taken, briefings and leaks to be made, kites to be flown. We'll aim to keep you up-to-date in our hot topic area, so keep an eye on it.

HOT TOPIC: PSA and FCA plan to merge

Also this week, GM took a $1bn strike hit on its Q3 earnings and there is more to come through in its Q4 numbers.

Strike dents GM earnings

They must be relatively happy over at Ford, for now. There's certainly no room for schadenfreude in the auto biz, though. Could be someone else's turn next time.

Ford and UAW reach proposed tentative agreement

The news on emerging markets continues to be rather mixed. The ASEAN markets were down on Q3, which is a worrying development.

ASEAN market decline steepens in Q3

But there is investment taking place, especially in e-mobility.

Toyota to support Indonesia EV policy

Although the news from India is that charging infrastructure is needed.

Maruti Suzuki's EV launch hits delay

And Volkswagen is pushing on with e-mobility in China.

Volkswagen boosts e-mobility drive in China

This sounds like a potentially interesting breakthrough, but scaling up is not exactly going to be easy or quick to do.

Rapid EV battery recharging process developed by Pennsylvania State University

In the supplier industry, a significant announcement of restructuring caught our eye.

Honda and Hitachi create US$16bn supplier

Quantum computers are a fascinating concept - quite a technological leap is promised in terms of processing power and speed. Could they help to optimise future intelligent mobility traffic flows? It's perhaps something to mull next time you are stuck in a jam.

Volkswagen optimises traffic flow with quantum computers

Have a nice weekend.

Dave Leggett

Editor, just-auto

Have a nice weekend.

Dave Leggett

Editor, just-auto