The automotive industry is facing a few problems. High component prices such as steel and insane fuel prices. The Economist has a very good article on the state of the automotive industry as whole, as well as predictions on where things are going.

  • Automobile manufacturers must be leaner and fitter
  • Mergers do not work well, expected to be a thing of the past
  • The French-Japanese deal that profited (Renault Nissan)
  • The German-American deal that flopped (Daimler Chrysler)
  • China and India markets

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