Opinion on Automotive in South and Central America

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Brazilian autos: positioning the key to survival

Published By Datamonitor
05 Oct 2001
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CommentWire

GM: in the black in Brazil

GM [GM] expects to break even in Brazil in 2004 after big losses in the country the previous year. The US based manufacturer is counting on the recovering economy in Latin America to bolster demand as it can no longer rely on European and US success to fuel profits.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2004
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CommentWire

Renault: cheap and cheerful

The Logan is the first vehicle in Renault's [RNO.PA] X90 series, which is at the heart of its strategy to target emerging markets. Renault's concept of producing budget vehicles under a different brand identity should prove successful in those regions, where affordability is key. However, it runs the risk of denting its image if it compromises too much on the build quality of the vehicle.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jun 2004
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Expert View

Europcar's new owner shifts up a gear

The acquisition of Europcar has cost the French private equity firm Eurazeo more than many had predicted, and with good reason. Following a few years of damaging declines, the outlook is now bright for the global car rental market, and Europcar's strategy of expansion into North America and China is one many private equity firms would bet their money on. Jugoslav Stojanov reports...

Published By Datamonitor
16 Mar 2006
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CommentWire

Lithium-ion batteries: a stopgap in the fight against growing emissions

Auto makers are joining with consumer electronics giants to produce lithium-ion batteries for use in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. However, although lithium-ion batteries offer benefits such as ease of recharge and higher energy density, they are also associated with potential safety hazards, and so auto makers must either make them safer or find other options for alternative fuel vehicles.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jun 2008
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CommentWire

Markerstudy: Zenith acquisition is a shrewd move

Gibraltar-based insurer Markerstudy Holdings has acquired motor insurance firm Zenith from Guardian Holdings. The deal will be welcomed by the latter's shareholders, given the past performance of Zenith. However, as the market hardens, Markerstudy's acquisition of the company may yet prove to be a winning strategy.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jan 2010
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Energy storage: evolution, not yet revolution

For some time the investment community has considered the energy storage industry as an area of great opportunity, expecting financial headlines to be awash with market players' success stories. Instead, energy storage seems to have stepped out of the limelight. Nevertheless, these nascent market technologies are quietly making progress toward commercialization across a number of industries.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2010
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The global automotive market begins to see signs of nascent recovery

The financial crisis curbed the growth of the automotive industry, as new car sales declined, industry players filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and governments rolled out economic stimulus packages. Now, halfway through 2010, global volumes are recovering, fueled by growth of 2.2% in the car parc, and Datamonitor expects the global auto aftermarket to see growth of 0.7% by the end of the year.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2010
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Electric vehicles are still very much "work in progress"

The launch of the Leaf, Nissan's new five-door hatchback EV, provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress that EVs have made over the last few years. Technology companies have broken boundaries and governments have pushed their green agendas, making headlines in the process; however, behind the scenes, manufacturers are still working on how best to absorb EVs into their future portfolios.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2010
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Drop-in biofuels are exciting, but have yet to convince

Many countries share the aim of reducing their dependency on foreign oil imports. Biofuels are seen as part of the solution, and they also help to reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector. A form of this fuel, drop-in biofuels do not need any modification of existing infrastructure and have many advantages over ethanol. However, they need to be competitively priced to gain wide acceptance.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Mar 2011

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