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The future of Car Industry

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Mr. Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat stated, a few months ago, that in Europe there is place only for one automobile manufacturer, while, on the rest of the world there will be only two or three more. This means that the battle will be very hard. We cannot understend the immininent agreement between Chrisler and Fiat without the idea of a car market dominated by a small number of great actors.

Fiat 500 in USA?

The demand of small and eco-compatible cars, in USA, seems to be very strong, on this side of the Atlantic and this seems to be a good deal for the European car industry. One of the main issue is that a lot of manufacturers do not have a distribution network on the US. The eldorado for small cars constructors need to be conquered quickly, but the most of European brands has not dealers in North America and, now that car factories are sold, in USA, such as we were on a sale off, FIAT got his chance. Perhaps, it’s since 2005 that Marchionne’s guys are trying to come back to North America. One of the first ideas circulating in some environment was that FIAT could use the Ferrari dealers network, but it was not so developed as the Chrisler’s one. So, considering all this variable, you might soon find a small and sexy FIAT 500 on Main Street.

Is it Only a Commercial Agreement?

I, actually, do not know. One of the very immediate ideas coming into my mind is that FIAT has desperate need of fresh money. An agreement with a US manufacturer can give the Turin factory the chance to put their hands on the money Team Obama is spending to save the stars&stripes car industry. Otherwise it is very difficult to understand what sense does this decision make. Under the industrial point of view, it makes not sense: it is a common place, for example, that US plants are not tecnologically very developed. So, why should FIAT buy Chrysler?

Fiat Rulez, Maybe

I do not know if FIAT will survive the crisis. The problem is how well the Chrylser operation will work. I do not know. Witch model will Chrysler build? Renamed FIAT ones? who knows. What is important is that the operation will work for everyone.


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Written by Francesco Piccinelli Casagrande

04/18/2009 at 12:56 pm

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Pulizer for the journalists from L’Aquila, Italy

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The journalists of Il Centro, the newspaper of L’Aquila, Italy, never sopped telling us about the earthquake that moved the world, even thought the distruction of their families, home and newsroom. That’s why they deserve the 2010 Pulizer Prize for their professionality.
Their job shown the world the importance of a free press in emergency situations and the love they demonstrated for the profession is a model for every journalist all around the world.

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Written by Francesco Piccinelli Casagrande

04/14/2009 at 11:58 am

Tragic earthquake in Italy

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Dozens of corpses are being recovered in L’Aquila, Italy, after the tremendous quake of  the last night. The prime minister Silvio Berlusconideclared the State of National Emergency and decide the intervention of the Army and of the Italian Emergency Management Agency.

The Interior Minister, Roberto Maroni, stated that this is “the worst tragedy in thi beginning of 21st century” even if he quake of L’Aquila had been weaker than the Irpinia’s one in 1980. But it was as well devastating: it’s very hard, i Italy, to find buildings made with to survive geological events.

Anyway, what is most tragic is that tha quake had been forseen by Giampaolo Giuliani,  last Tuesday: Abruzzo had been crossed by a lot of micrequakes for a month.  The scholar reported to Mr. Bertolaso that a devastatig quake could happend but his appeal was considered less than a joke.

 Of course, he did non forsee the exact date of the event (his predictions told about one week ago, for the big one) but if a scientist tell me that something is going wrong I’m not sure I will not consider his worries. Mr. Giuliani, now, has to face a trial for false allarm because nobody in Italy gave him 20 seconds of genuine attention. Now, one week later, Italy is mourning his deads.

Written by Francesco Piccinelli Casagrande

04/06/2009 at 8:27 am

Posted in News