Despite the uncertainty, green cars are featured in Paris
Automakers, has reunited for Paris Mondial de l'Automobile, Thursday expressed their uncertainty about the impact of the financial crisis on their sector, while emphasizing their "green cars" as the way forward.
The Renault boss Carlos Ghosn, and finds that the "very unstable" economic situation called a "prudence", refusing in this period to advance new forecasts Result 2008 for the group.
For him, "Today, no business owner is able to predict the decline of activity that will result slowdowns steps." However he reaffirmed that his group would not "abandon french site", including Norman Sandouville, which is "a site long term."
While holding the "objectives" of his stimulus plan Cape Town 2010, the President of PSA Peugeot Citroen, Christian Streiff, also emphasized "a much more difficult situation than what was planned during the elaboration of Plan "there eighteen months. He highlighted the "great uncertainty" about the growth and nees purchasing power of the financial crisis.
Cote German, head of BMW, Norbert Reithofer, was more alarmist, not excluding new measures economies, while the group has already planned more than 8,000 job cuts by the end of the year .
The boss of Volkswagen, the first European manufacturer, Martin Winterkorn, had confirmed him Wednesday its goals for 2008, but also by being more prudent, given the financial crisis.
In this uncertain environment, or tightening of credit granted by banks may have a direct impact on sales, the head of General Motors Europe, Carl-Peter Forster, has called politicians a "restore consumer confidence" and "stimulate the economy".
The Paris Motor Show has also been an opportunity for large groups to present their novelties, like the Renault Megane, Citroen C3 Picasso and Volkswagen Golf.
Faced with rising fuel manufacturers always build on the new technologies.
The solutions are many and different choices however a group to another, or PSA Honda betting on hybrid vehicles, while Renault has put forward its projects in the electric vehicle.
Christian Streiff promised launch from 2011 of the first hybrid cars PSA with a diesel-electricity solution for medium and high range.
Honda presents the new Insight in Paris, he wants to position itself as the least expensive hybrid car running with the aim to sell 200,000 per year.
Renault has unveiled the prototype Z.E. Concept, such as "zero emission" solution "rupture" necessary in the eyes of Carlos Ghosn. Debuts are planned for 2011.
Several manufacturers such as Pininfarina-Bolloré or Venturi, also benefit for the World present their creations in electric vehicles.
A topic that has derait also be on the agenda of the visit of Prime Minister Francois Fillon will inaugurate Friday afternoon after the Paris Motor Show.
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