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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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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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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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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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New Bentley SUV should do well due to premium positioning

Bentley's new SUV is set to go into production within three years, amid reports that the company has approved a final design. Although the design of the previous concept car was not that well received, it is expected that this new model will fill an important new niche in the market - the ultra-luxury SUV - and provide an important sales boost for Bentley, particularly in emerging markets.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 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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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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