from India Insight:

Interview: DC Design mulls IPO to raise up to $24 million in 2014

February 5, 2014

Indian automotive design and modification firm DC Design is considering an initial public offering this year to raise about 1 billion to 1.5 billion rupees ($16 million-$24 million) to expand its operations, its founder said in an interview on Wednesday.

from Photographers' Blog:

Bureaucrats in a conflict zone

December 6, 2013

Bangui, Central African Republic

By Joe Penney

On Thursday, the volatile Central African Republic was host to a bloodbath. Hours of fighting between the former “Seleka” rebels that took power in a March coup d’etat and local militia and fighters loyal to the deposed president, Francois Bozize, killed over a hundred. As the situation continues to deteriorate, France is set to take a bigger role in its former colony’s security, sending hundreds of troops in the coming days.

from Photographers' Blog:

Home is where the Beetle is

October 30, 2013

Monterrey, Mexico

By Daniel Becerril

The need to find a place and make it your own is sometimes the only way to cope in a life full of surprises, hardship, sorrow and joy. It’s unbelievable how humans are capable of accommodating themselves in any space and under any circumstances.

from Global Investing:

Korean exporters’ yen nightmare (corrected)

January 17, 2013

(corrects name of hedge fund in para 3 to Symphony Financial Partners)

Any doubt about the importance of a weaker yen in thawing the frozen Japanese economy will have been dispelled by the Nikkei's surge to 32-month highs this week. Since early December, when it became clear an incoming Shinzo Abe administration would do its best to weaken the yen, the equity index has surged as the yen has fallen.

from Fan Fare:

Another Charlie Sheen car over the cliff

June 15, 2010

Another day.  Another pricey Charlie Sheen car ends up wrecked at the bottom of a Los Angeles canyon.  And another mystery heist.

from India Insight:

Recall virus dims Maruti A-Star lustre

February 23, 2010

No. 1 Indian carmaker Maruti Suzuki's recall of its best-selling A-Star vehicles may not cost the company much financially, but sure raises questions about the procedures followed by the company for disclosing such information to investors.

from Your View:

Work or play? Kids helping to clear snow

December 20, 2009

A group of Brooklyn kids help their Dad clear snow out from around their car after the December 19th snow storm.  Your View/Matthew Schrack

from Changing China:

China: Green or Gray?

December 4, 2009

                   

As Copenhagen's climate talks draw near, more and more critics are turning to the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and asking how much damage has been done and what is being done about it?

from India Insight:

It’s raining compact cars in India

June 18, 2009

Honda's premium hatchback Jazz has just added to the flurry of four-wheelers crowding the ramp in the compact car segment.Indian market leader Maruti has been in the forefront here, following up its launch of the A-Star in 2008 with the Ritz (see photo) this year.This week, Fiat launched the Grande Punto, another compact car.This segment already has cars such as the hugely popular Swift, Swift D'Zire (all from the Maruti stable), the i10, i20 and Getz from Hyundai, Chevrolet's Spark, etc.There are more in the pipeline with Skoda Auto's new Fabia expected later this year and Volkswagen's Polo in early 2010.And there is room for more.Auto expert Hormazd Sorabjee thinks this segment is fairly elastic and has the scope to absorb the supply."Of course there will be a lot of competition…they will eat into each other's share, but it will help to expand the market. And the competition is good."Around 75-80 percent of the cars sold in India are in the compact segment - where the price varies from about 350,000 rupees to about 700,000 rupees (the super-premium compact).Within this elastic price range, the category has the cars to suit all budgets.Maruti dominates the segment because of the number of brands it has.It would be difficult for other players to dethrone it mainly because the company has got a clear head start over the others and it has identified itself as more of an "Indian" company compared to them.Few people think about its Japanese parentage. It also has the advantage of having a wider service network than the other relatively recent entrants.What do you think? Which car can end Maruti's domination over the compact car segment in India?

from Fan Fare:

Robert Pattinson’s love affair with his old ride

March 26, 2009

     robert-pattinsonWhen 22-year-old actor Robert Pattinson emerged as a big star last year for playing an alluring vampire in "Twilight," he still drove an old beat-up BMW.