What we're reading this morning in the Motoramic Dash about General Motors' ambitions for Peugeot, Porsche's plug-in plans and what car all the cool kids in Baghdad want to drive:
GM Seeks Wider Peugeot Deal [Wall Street Journal] While the tie-up between General Motors and French automaker Peugeot Citroen received tepid reviews from financial analysts, GM CEO Dan Akerson talked up the possibilities to the Journal, with sources saying the company wants two new models it can sell around the world co-developed with Peugeot. Because the French enjoy taking orders from Americans.
Mazda races to restore profits, escape yen swings [AutoNews] There's two tricks to surviving as a global automaker: Sell luxury cars, or sell at least six million cheap vehicles a year worldwide. Mazda falls into neither category, and now has a small window to either stop its losses or face more severe choices, such as turning back to Ford for help.
Porsche plans plug-in hybrid Panamera for 2014 [AutoNews] As part of a Volkswagen-wide push for plug-in hybrids, Porsche will equip its Panamera sedan with a battery and plug for an unknown amount of electric driving. This being VW, the system will be shared with the Audi Q7 and perhaps the VW Passat in Europe, among other vehicles. How serious is VW about hybrids? It's testing a new one that, according to Road & Track, would be the most efficient in the world — and also the slowest.
Iraqis can't wait to buy Dodge "Obama" cars [Businessweek] The improving Iraqi economy means a boom in people looking for new cars, and one of the most sought-after models is the Dodge Charger, nicknamed by Iraqis the "Obama." Then again, as the story shows, "improving" is a relative term in a country where the average worker earns just $3,000 a year.
Top photo: The Opel Ampara, GM's European version of the Chevy Volt, will race in this year's Rally Monte Carlo.