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Apple's new interface patent shows its intention to develop its automotive proposition

On July 9, 2013, Apple was awarded a patent for "programmable tactile touch screen displays and man-machine interfaces for improved vehicle instrumentation and telematics" by the US Patent and Trademark Office. While Apple intends to develop new products for the automotive technology market, collaboration with manufacturers will be vital to future success.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2013
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Renault-Nissan's new Common Module Family system takes platform sharing to the next level

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has unveiled its CMF system. CMF provides greater manufacturing flexibility than traditional platform-sharing initiatives and will be used on the joint company's global vehicle range. CMF has the potential to deliver significant savings, and may help to improve the fortunes of other struggling volume manufacturers.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jun 2013
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Porsche's Panamera leads the hybrid charge

Porsche has developed an innovative new hybrid-electric powertrain that combines the electric motor and the clutch in one unit. The unit is intended to significantly reduce the amount of fuel consumed in everyday driving conditions. The module will debut on the next-generation Panamera, but is intended to be fitted to all Porsche's future cars, including the iconic 911 range.

Published By Datamonitor
16 May 2013
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Digital showrooms could change the future of vehicle retailing

Car-makers are adapting to the digital age by offering motorists the use of digital showrooms, enabling drivers to experience and purchase cars without physically test-driving them. Moving to a virtual showroom is a bold decision for manufacturers and motorists, and relies on people's willingness to buy a vehicle without trying it first.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2013
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Ferrari heading for California as brand aims to increase its exclusivity

With the recent LaFerrari hyper-car selling out well before its official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, it seems that consumers' appetite for this luxury brand will continue over the coming years. By offering consumers a growing range of personalized options and investing in a new body shop in the US, the company will stay one step ahead of its main competition.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2013
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Skoda's ambitious sales targets are no joke

Skoda has announced that it will add a second SUV to its line-up and build new Chinese production capacity as part of its plans to boost global sales by 50% over the next few years. This is a potentially risky strategy, as a disappointing recent performance by the Chinese economy could result in the brand suffering from some of the oversupply issues that are affecting other volume manufacturers.

Published By Datamonitor
07 May 2013
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Bosch prepares for future with investment in next-generation battery technology

Bosch has revealed its motives for pulling out of its battery manufacturing partnership with Samsung SDI last year to focus on developing next-generation lithium-ion batteries, saying that the market is saturated due to the slow global uptake of electric vehicles. Despite current challenges, this is a good move for Bosch, positioning it to take advantage of a future market upturn.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2013
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PSA results highlight challenges for company

PSA Peugeot Citroen has released its financial results for 2012, with net losses reflecting the overall ill health of the European car market. With a restructuring plan having been completed, PSA hopes that it has laid the foundations for an upturn in fortunes in 2013. Its heavy investment in the Southern European car market, however, could lead to another difficult year for the company.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2013
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New partnership gives first-mover advantage to Daimler, Ford, and Nissan in electric vehicle market

Ford, Nissan, and Daimler have announced that they have partnered to develop electric vehicle technology. The manufacturers have each developed their own electric fuel cell technology, but by joining forces they aim to speed up its commercialization with the hope of creating an industry standard for vehicle manufacturers to follow.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2013
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Kia's new urban SUV concept taps into the category's popularity

Kia has released a teaser for its new urban SUV concept that it will debut at the Geneva Motor Show this March. Although the model remains unnamed, its look and design make it a challenger to the increasingly popular Nissan Juke. Expanding into the compact SUV market will be a smart move for the Korean manufacturer, as if Juke sales are anything to go by, it is certainly healthy and expanding.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2013

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