BMW i3 sales boom – Spain recalibrates radar guns – German border controversy

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NEWS: BMW i3 sales boom – Spain recalibrates radar guns – German border controversy

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ELECTRIC CARS. With 80% of the first year’s sales projections already sold - a month before it goes on sale - BMW is looking at expanding production of its all-new i3 electric car says Automotive News Europe. It’s an early sign that the company’s billion dollar bet on EVs is paying off, and/or that the 92% of other manufacturers which are at least hedging their bets on electric vehicles (according to a survey by KPMG) have missed the boat. While we’re enormously impressed by the comprehensive package BMW has built in and around the i3 – the telematics, lifestyle, interior – we’re thinking it’s one of those rare occasions when a futuristic concept car should have been radically toned down for production… Mind you, we’re yet to see one in the flesh.

ELECTRIC CARS. With 80% of the first year’s sales projections already sold – a month before it goes on sale – BMW is looking at expanding production of its all-new i3 electric car says Automotive News Europe. It’s an early sign that the company’s billion dollar bet on EVs is paying off, and/or that the 92% of other manufacturers which are at least hedging their bets on electric vehicles (according to a survey by KPMG) have missed the boat. While we’re enormously impressed by the comprehensive package BMW has built in and around the i3 – the telematics, lifestyle, interior – we’re thinking it’s one of those rare occasions when a futuristic concept car should have been radically toned down for production… Mind you, we’re yet to see one in the flesh.

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SPAIN. Police have unofficially recalibrated radar guns to their pre-2010 3% tolerance according to this week’s Sunday Times. The law was changed in 2010 so that only speeds more than 10% over the limit would be prosecuted. The biggest losers are likely to be rental drivers where fines – and an admin fee – will be automatically deducted.

GERMANY. The mayor of Heidmuhle in east Bavaria has closed the border crossing over locals’ fears a spate of burglaries were being carried out from a village in the nearby Czech Republic. It flies in the face of EU Freedom of Movement rules and is set to be hotly contested at an upcoming regional conference, but is remarkably similar to threats made by a mayor in the Belgian town of Voeren recently – over drug sales in Maastricht – when he insisted he had the right to close the border in ‘cases of risk’.

Also, Angela Merkel’s CDU party is under fire for receiving three €230,000 donations from members of the BMW-owning Quandt family days before the govt stood in the way of new EU low emission rules for cars.

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Random pic: A great road - SP65 Raticosa Pass - countryside - Tuscany - lake - Lago di Bilancino - and some impressive infrastructure. We're happy.

From the archives: A great road (SP65 Futa/Raticosa Pass), countryside (Tuscany), lake (Lago di Bilancino) and some impressive infrastructure. We’re happy.

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  1. MERKEL IS A ROBOT OF THE ROTHSCHILDS

    1) ” Autocracy? Germany’s Merkel fights corruption accusations following massive BMW donation

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under fire for accepting a nearly 700,000-euro donation to her conservative party by owners of popular car maker BMW, so much so that the country’s president is being forced to clamp down on massive political gifts………………………………….
    The Quandt dynasty, which owns 46.7 percent of the BMW auto concern, was reported on the German parliament’s website to have made the transaction to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party in the first days of October. This was followed by a barrage of criticism from German opposition parties and NGOs, Germany’s The Local reports.
    The catalyst seemed to be that, just days before the transfer, Europe’s environment ministers caved in to Berlin’s demands to cancel an agreement that would limit the country’s car emissions. ” http://rt.com/news/merkel-criticism-bmw-carbon-305/

    THE QUANDT FAMILY IS CONNECTED WITH THE DRESDNER BANK.
    ” Susanne Klatten (born Susanne Hanna Ursula Quandt on 28 April 1962 in Bad Homburg, Germany) is the daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quandt. As of 2011, she is worth $14.6 billion, and is the richest woman in Germany and the 44th richest person in the world……………….She gained further business experience in London with Dresdner Bank, the Munich branch of management consultants McKinsey and the bank Reuschel & Co.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susanne_Klatten

    ” Stefan Quandt (born 9 May 1966) is a German engineer and industrialist. He is ranked as the 76th richest person in the world in the Forbes list of billionaires, who put his personal wealth at $11.2 billion He was born in Bad Homburg to Herbert Quandt and Johanna Quandt…………..He also has held seats on the supervisory boards of Dresdner Bank AG…” http://www.whoislog.info/profile/stefan-quandt.html

    ” Dresdner, a subsidiary of Allianz, had gigantic amounts of rotten paper, which Allianz thus got rid off in a very nice way. ” http://larouchepac.com/node/13519
    ALLIANZ IS ALSO CONNECTED WITH GOLDMAN SACHS.
    ” Peter the British “Knight” is a good example of how incestuous is the small circle of people who think they have the right to control, and destroy, our lives. Since 1995, he has been the chairman of Goldman Sachs International, the London arm of the New York-based parasite bank. From 1997-2009, he was the chairman of BP. And, from 2001-2009, he was a director of the Royal Bank of Scotland, a member of the Inter-Alpha Group. In addition, from 1989-1993, he was chairman of Allied Irish Banks, another Inter-Alpha bank. As you can see, for some eight years Sutherland was simultaneously at BP, Goldman Sachs, and RBS. That’s an indictable offense!
    Sutherland is also the chairman of the notorious London School of Economics, and a member of the supervisory board of Allianz, one of the world’s largest insurance companies. He is a former European Commissioner, and the former director of GATT and the World Trade Organization. He has been called “Mr. Globalization” for his efforts to turn the world over to the empire and its cartels. All in all, a thoroughly despicable character. ” http://larouchepac.com/node/14786

    GOLDMAN SACHS IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH WARREN BUFFET A FRIEND OF JACOB ROTHSCHILD AND EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD.
    Lord JACOB ROTHSCHILD “Hosted the European Economic Round Table conference in 2002 at Waddesdon Manor, attended by such figures as James Wolfensohn, Nicky Oppenheimer, Warren Buffet, and Arnold Schwarzenegger ” https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Jacob_de_Rothschild_bio.htm https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Evelyn_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    The same Warren Buffet, that is chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, ” agreed to purchase $5 billion in Goldman’s preferred stock “.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldman_Sachs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkshire_Hathaway
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1080664/Nat-Rothschild-naughty-boy-says-mother-law.html
    GOLDMAN SACHS IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD. http://uk.linkedin.com/in/ruperttipler
    http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Christoph-Ladanyi/23971288
    THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD IS OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild ) AND BY HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild )
    http://www.lejdd.fr/Economie/Images/Les-plus-grosses-fortunes-de-France/Benjamin-de-Rothschild-206941
    ” Edmond de Rothschild Buys BMW After ‘Nightmare’ Year ” http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=ateEqIsD4EfE
    ” Benjamin de Rothschild, only son of the late Edmond de Rothschild, was a classic case of great expectations gone astray. Despite being groomed for greatness from a young age, as a teenager he skipped university and instead headed for Los Angeles with dreams of being a film producer. In LA he started taking drugs, and ended up on heroin. Meanwhile, he failed to make it into Hollywood’s charmed circle and bombed as a film-maker. ”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/poor-little-rich-boys-1097744.html

    2) MERKEL IS ALSO A PUPPET OF DEUTSCHE BANK.

    ” Opposition lawmakers and German media have accused Ms. Merkel of hosting a private party at taxpayer expense for the birthday of Mr. Ackermann [FORMER CEO OF DEUTSCHE BANK], an influential but controversial figure in Germany. ”
    ” A German official confirmed that Mr. Ackermann proposed guests’ names to the chancellery. Guests included executives from big German companies such as BASF AG and Siemens AG, as well as media publishers and some leading academics.
    The dinner highlights the fact that relations between Germany’s political and business elites have long been cozy, reflecting a tradition of trying to govern the country by building a consensus with industry, banking, unions and other interest groups. ” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125133086245062187.html

    WE CAN NOTICE RELATIONS AMONG LORD JACOB ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK. https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Jacob_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    DAVID HAYSEY HEAD OF PUBLIC EQUITIES AT RIT CAPITAL PARTNERS AND IN THE PAST DIRECTOR AT J ROTHSCHILD CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, BOTH OWNED BY JACOB ROTHSCHILD, HAS BEEN MANAGING DIRECTOR AT DEUTSCHE BANK ” http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/david-haysey/1b/470/bb3
    THERE ARE ALSO LINKS AMONG EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD AND DEUTSCHE BANK. https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisations/introduction/PEHI_Evelyn_de_Rothschild_bio.htm
    LYNN FORESTER DE ROTHSCHILD, THE WIFE OF EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD, IS A DIRECTOR OF DEUTSCHE BANK.
    ” In addition, she serves as a Trustee of the ERANDA Foundation (a Rothschild family foundation), the Outward Bound Trust, the Alfred Herrhausen Society of International Dialogue of Deutsche Bank and the Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium Advisory Board of Deutsche Bank. ”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_Forester_de_Rothschild
    DEUTSCHE BANK IS CONNECTED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD
    ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild ) AND BY HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild ). http://in.linkedin.com/pub/nicolas-hindi/31/912/265

    http://wikimapia.org/6825620/fr/Chateau-de-Pregny http://www.panoramio.com/photo/77169200 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waddesdon http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/ http://www.thefullwiki.org/Waddesdon_Manor http://www.thefullwiki.org/Ascott_House http://www.breathingenglishair.blogspot.fr/2012/04/ascott-house-buckinghamshire.html

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