May 29th 2006 7:24PM In USA, this year is not so important for TV industry but in the rest of the world, world cup 2006 has already caused massive increase of TV sales and ad revenues. So, may be it is time that AMerican Tv stations give world cup football more importance.
May 29th 2006 7:18PM I think that it is ultimately the banks who are to blame for the lack of development of clean fuel powered vehicles. Many times, the bankers think that AE projects are not viable and they do not give loans and that is why AE is not developing.
May 29th 2006 6:58PM " Buick has become increasingly irrelevant. GM's upper management has continually made overtures at courting younger buyers who are more likely to buy a Japanese or European import, but even newer offerings appear unlikely to result in a lower average customer age. "
I guess, these days, GM bosses realize everything a bit late. Today all of a sudden GM India realized that India was a very attractive market and for this GM India has set a target of producing 200,000 cars by 2010 (http://www.southasiabiz.com/2006/05/gm_india_launching_chevrolet_s.html) and in 2007 GM is even introducing `Chevrolet Spark' in the Indian market to salvage some pride in the mini car segment.
May 21st 2006 4:31AM I visited the website and it is good and very useful for thoese users who are looking to use alternative energy. I just wish that the car companies who are beind this website arrange enough media promotion for this website so that people can easily find it.
In my blog about South Asian Business, I try to cover alternative energy topic quite frequently. For example, 2006 is going to be the year of diesel cars in INdia (http://www.southasiabiz.com/2006/05/2006_the_year_of_diesel_powere.html) as the major car companies (both foreign and local) are busy in planning to introduce diesel powered cars in Indian market or 15% of Nepalese household now use biogas (http://www.southasiabiz.com/2006/05/nepals_success_in_biogas_a_gre.html).
I believe that AE will become a part of the mainstream energy very soon. ALl we need is to invest our time and money behind it.
I will be delighted if any Autobloggreen blogger visits my blog and one time write about it.
May 21st 2006 4:21AM It is not fair to criticize the bloggers of Autoblog this way. They are doing their job- giving the readers news and views. Whether you like it or not Toyota is a big news now around the world. Toyota is now one of the top key players even in USA (http://asianbiz.blogspot.com/2006/05/toyota-is-included-in-top-three-in-us.html). The next big wave of the company is coming in China.
May 21st 2006 4:09AM The future for Toyota looks very bright in China. Right now, Toyota plants in China have an annual production capacity of 360000 cars and by 2010, company wants to have annual production capacity of 900000 in China (http://asianbiz.blogspot.com/2006/05/toyota-taking-chinese-market-very.html). GM should take China very seriously now or else it will regret after 3 years.
May 20th 2006 6:34PM " I must tell on myself: I get a little annoyed when I read a comment by the gentleman from SE Asia about Americans and Europeans and conspicuous consumption and how for the price of a Marc Jacobs handbag a thousand malnourished children in the Third World could eat for a year and so on...
After all, this site is called "Luxist," it's not called "Bargain Basement" or "Feed The World" or "Why Capitalists Are Scum."
But right now we need him. We need his commentary now. For this revolting display. Bring it on. We appreciate you, Razib Ahmed! Sincerely, I do appreciate your comments and I will never roll my eyes again when I read them."
Thanks, Susanna for your comment. I live in a part of the world, where people of all age suffer from poverty everyday. 2 Million children are suffering from Hunger in Nepal (http://www.southasiabiz.com/2006/05/nepal_2_million_children_suffe.html).
Well, I know that there are many people even in USA and Canada who are hungry daily (of course the condition in North America is much better). At the end of the day, it is we the readers and the consumers who are to blame for this kind of coverage. I do not blame the bloggers. I am a professional blogger too and I work for money just like these bloggers in Luxist and may be if I had got a scope to write for this blog I would have jumped on the team long ago. Why this kind of entries are posted? Because there is enough demand among the readers. I just talk about hungry children not to offend any blogger or their writing. I have nothing against them and I am one of them too. I just want to remind the readers of the other side of the world which is not rosy and lauxarious.
Thanks again everyone for tolerating my comments.
May 20th 2006 5:33PM Yes Thailand is a big producer and Thai trucks are famous in Asia. I know that to the western people Thailand is mainly a tourist place but in South and South East Asia, Thailand is known as an important trade hub and production hub.
Another major producer of vehicles in Asia which is not famous in USA is India. According to OICA (The International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers) statistics, 1,511,157 were produced in India in 2004 (http://www.southasiabiz.com/2006/05/asian_cars_riding_high_what_ab.html) which is I think even higher than Thailand.
Tata Motors has taken a very ambitious plan to introduce a car with the price of Rs 1 lakh (nearly $2,000) in the Indian market within the next few years (http://www.southasiabiz.com/2006/05/worlds_cheapest_car_to_be_prod.html) and if it is produced then it will be the cheapest car in the world.
May 20th 2006 1:04PM Thanks for this article and the previous one. I am not a game developer but I am sure it will help many people who wants to have a shot at this. Specially, readers of South Asia will be beneifted from your articles. Thanks again.
May 20th 2006 12:38PM This is a good news for supporters of green fuel. AMericans should learn from Nepal how to make best use of environment friendly fuel. In the recent days, Nepal has come to the headlines for its political crisis and falling economic growth. However, Nepal's success in using biogas has remained virtually unnoticed so far. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world but in terms of biogas unit per capita it is way ahead of India and China the two emerging giants in the world economy. In fact now 15% families in Nepal are using biogas and recently got recognition from WOrld Bank (http://www.southasiabiz.com/2006/05/nepals_success_in_biogas_a_gre.html).
American corporate leaders should act more instead of rhetoric.
"With only about 600 retail outlets currently carrying E-85 , the automakers say the figure will need to climb to the 34,000-50,000 to support the increased production of E-85-capable vehicles."
That's a daunting task and I feel that Americans should visit Nepal to learn how to motivate people.