Bigger Is Better in India’s Nascent Electric Car Market

Demand for smaller SUVs has been surging in India. They’re suited for the country’s driving conditions, which can vary vastly from smooth multi-lane freeways to rutted streets crowded with rickshaws, dogs and cows. They also offer aspirational buyers an important, yet affordable, status symbol, perching drivers above the masses. And while larger electric SUVs tend … Read more

Growth in China Slows Significantly

(Bloomberg) — Economic growth in China slowed significantly in 2022 from a year earlier as Covid-19 and the government’s response led to the second-weakest performance since the 1970s. While economists expect activity to pick up steam this year, China is contending with near record-low consumer confidence, a property market in the doldrums and a shrinking … Read more

China’s MG Motor Aims to Launch Three EVs in India by End 2024

An MG badge is displayed on an MG Hector sports utility vehicle (SUV) during the vehicle’s launch at the Morris Garages flagship showroom in Gurugram, Haryana, India, on Thursday, June 27, 2019. The launch of the Hector from the iconic brand MG, now owned by Chinese giant SAIC Motor Corp., marks the first Chinese entrant … Read more

These Were the World’s Most Punctual Airlines in 2022

The most punctual global airline of 2022 was Garuda Indonesia, according to fresh analysis by travel data provider OAG, with 95.63% of the carrier’s flights coming in on time. However, overall operations were way down on 2019 levels, with just 25% of flights taking to the skies.

Tesla Dip Buyers Return as Stock Snaps Near-Record Losing Streak

“It feels like confidence is gone, and Tesla’s fairy tale suddenly ended,” said Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior analyst at Swissquote Bank. “Investors are more eager to see how the looming recession will hit Tesla demand, how competition from other electric-vehicle makers will impact Tesla’s market share, and when Elon Musk will stop messing elsewhere while Tesla … Read more

Pacific Storm Will Pummel US With Snow, Floods and Tornadoes

Upwards of 2 inches of rain could drop suddenly in the valleys of Southern California Saturday into Sunday with up to 6 inches in coastal foothills and mountains, touching off floods and landslides, the US National Weather Service said. Then snow could fall by the foot in the Sierra Nevada range, as well as in … Read more

Russia Is Feeling the Pain of Europe’s Oil Embargo

Meanwhile, Europe isn’t scrambling for crude. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has stoked inflation, including for food and energy, has undermined European economies to the point where, as I suggested back in early November, the world can easily handle the loss of Russian barrels, at least for now.

Central Banks Start to Pause Hikes

(Bloomberg) — Global central banks are pausing or nearing the end of their interest-rate hiking cycles as inflation shows signs of slowing and recession concerns mount. Policymakers in Canada and Kazakhstan signaled they may soon hold steady, while central bankers in Brazil and Poland left their key rates unchanged for a third-straight meeting. Next week, … Read more