Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra India (PressExposure) January 08, 2008 -- The managing editor Dave Leggett's review of the automotive industry in 2005. It is concisely presented month-by-month so you can be sure you haven't missed any of the important issues of the last year. From January through December, he chronicles the events that shaped the automotive year in the global automotive industry as well as some of the more quirky happenings. And, as you might expect, there are also some irreverent musings.
It was the year that Delphi filed for Chapter 11, the management at DaimlerChrysler played musical chairs and GM finally split with Fiat. And let's not forget the kaleidoscope of captivating new products, from the SsangYong Rodius to the Bugatti Veyron. Yes, another busy year.
Table of Contents :
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
List of figures :
Figure 1: Fiat's Croma: competent if unexciting design job by Giugiaro, but it still begs the immediate question that faces every large Fiat ...#34; why?
Figure 2: Bentley Continental Flying Spur: less exclusive than the Arnage perhaps, but not exactly pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap
Figure 3: Jaguar's new mantra: drop-dead gorgeous, forget volume
Figure 4: Trollhattan must get used to BLT, sorry BLS
Figure 5: Bye, bye Smart roadster
Figure 6: Seat Leon: flattened Altea?
Figure 7: Saab 9-5 BioPower: powered by wood pulp
Figure 8: SsangYong Rodius: Pig-Dog?
Figure 9: Porsche Cayman S: much cheaper to develop than the Panamera
Figure 10: A boxfish
Figure 11: A boxfish-inspired Mercedes
Figure 12: Astra coupe and convertible
Figure 13: Carlos Ghosn, man in demand
Figure 14: Renault Modus
Figure 15: Ferdinand Piech in 1974, when life was simpler
Figure 16: Honda Jazz (Fit): can I have one from Japan, please?
Figure 17: Last Rover 75 off the line
Figure 18: New Lexus IS: so, come on then BMW ...#34; you want some?
Figure 19: Chinese Passat Lingyu ...#34; what's wrong with a bit of recycling?
Figure 20: Lada Kalina: no jokes per-lease