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CommentWire

Volkswagen: exploiting comparative advantage

New emissions standards to be introduced in Europe in the next few years could see numerous energy intensive manufacturing tasks transferred to cheaper production locations. Volkswagen [VOW.F] is to study the possibility of moving some parts manufacturing to the Gulf, which would prove unpopular in Germany but nevertheless cost-effective in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jun 2004
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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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Expert View

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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CommentWire

Oil manufacturers should promote the benefits of synthetic oil to consumers in emerging countries

Synthetic motor oil is becoming increasingly popular, particularly in countries where the car parc is young. Growth opportunities are arising in emerging economies such as China, where the age of the car parc has been decreasing. By promoting the tangible benefits of their synthetic oil brands, oil manufacturers can help to increase their market share in emerging countries.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2012
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Starter motor and battery sales will be affected as start-stop cars enter aftermarket

The aftermarket for starter motors and starter batteries is set to enter a transitional phase over the next few years, as the first wave of vehicles with start-stop technology will require replacement components. Aftermarket product manufacturers will be alert to the impact that this will have on replacement rates and, ultimately, sales.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Aug 2012
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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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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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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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