Car manufacturers

May 19, 2008 - 3:17am

Rolls-Royce has again peered into its crystal ball and is predicting steady growth in business jet deliveries through the remainder of the decade, it said yesterday here at EBACE. In a longer view, the company forecasts a demand for 39,000 new business jets, ranging from very light jets to bizliners, worth some $715 billion over the next 20 years.

April 30, 2008 - 9:16am

Hawker Beechcraft has appointed Charles Mayer, a veteran of the luxury automotive industry, vice president of marketing. Mayer has more than 15 years of marketing experience and most recently served as director of marketing, media and advertising for Maserati North America. Before that he led marketing communications and brand strategy for Jaguar Cars North America. He also managed marketing accounts for Cadillac and Saab.

April 11, 2008 - 7:02am

The Mitsubishi MRJ might have attracted its most powerful project partner yet, as Japan’s Toyota Motor Company contemplates a major investment in the two-aircraft regional jet series. According to Japan’s Asahi newspaper, Toyota plans to invest 10 billion yen ($96.8 billion) in the MRJ, scheduled for industrial launch within weeks. Under the partnership, Mitsubishi will retain a 60-percent stake in the company.

February 8, 2008 - 10:11am

A snippet in the Wall Street Journal in the middle of last month pointed out that the Dow Jones Industrial Average began the new year by logging its worst 13 sessions ever. This eyebrow-raising item seemed incongruous against the backdrop of unusually high levels of activity in the pre-owned jet market, or perhaps the robust action is spillover from last year as deals in the pipeline are just now being completed.

February 8, 2008 - 10:11am

A snippet in the Wall Street Journal in the middle of last month pointed out that the Dow Jones Industrial Average began the new year by logging its worst 13 sessions ever. This eyebrow-raising item seemed incongruous against the backdrop of unusually high levels of activity in the pre-owned jet market, or perhaps the robust action is spillover from last year as deals in the pipeline are just now being completed.

November 6, 2007 - 3:05am

Zenda Leather, well known among automobile and furniture manufacturers for more than 100 years, is growing wings. The Montevideo, Uruguay company–the largest supplier of leather to Audi and second largest to BMW–made a surprise U.S. appearance in September at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta.

September 14, 2007 - 10:56am
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With the LS600hL, Lexus has given the hybrid propulsion system popularized by the Toyota Prius some serious muscle and cloaked it in luxury robes. The “h” stands for the hybrid V8/electric motor powerplant that drives all four wheels and the “L” is for long wheelbase, which describes the expansive but not quite Maybachian rear passenger area.

April 10, 2007 - 12:04pm
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You can buy the flagship Lexus LS460–a fine blend of engineering, craftsmanship and performance–for about $80,000. How can a Rolls-Royce Phantom possibly be good enough to justify costing more than four times as much? That’s one question I pondered as a Rolls representative handed me the key to a $353,000 Phantom.

November 15, 2006 - 11:07am

Landing gear maker Messier-Bugatti hosted the launch meeting for the distributed and redundant electrical nose gear steering system (DRESS) project on June 26 and 27 at its corporate headquarters in Vélizy-Villacoublay, near Paris.

 
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