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Toyota: focus on fleets to increase dominance

Japan's number one vehicle manufacturer has enjoyed considerable gains in recent years, with new figures just released confirming that this year will be no exception. As Toyota [TM] sees ever more rapidly expanding global production growth, its UK strategy is turning increasingly towards the fleet market.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jul 2003
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Nissan: against the Great Wall

Chinese auto manufacturer Great Wall may be facing a lawsuit from Nissan [NSANY] over design copyright. Since China gained entry into the WTO more than a year ago many barriers and tariffs on auto imports have been abolished. Despite a pledge from the Chinese government to improve its discouraging record on protecting intellectual property, rules still need to be rigorously reinforced.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2003
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CommentWire

Mitsubishi: raising cash through Fuso sale

Mitsubishi Motors [7211.T] is to discuss the sale of its 42% stake in truck manufacturer Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus at a meeting in Germany next Thursday. Following huge losses in the US market, Mitsubishi desperately needs cash to restructure its business.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2003
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Ford: cost cutting

Ford Motor's [F] redesigned F-150 pick-up is boosting the company's finances. Ford hopes to prolong this trend by trimming around $1,000 from each model's production cost by the end of 2004. As long as the F-150 remains Ford's best selling vehicle, the company can be confident of the boost it will provide to the $7 billion profitability target.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Dec 2003
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Renault Trucks: commitment to China

Renault Trucks has signed an agreement with Chinese Truck manufacturer Dong Feng Motors. This joint venture, together with another truck production deal in the country, will reinforce Volvo Group's position in the growing Chinese commercial vehicles market, as well as offering it an advantage in the component sector.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jan 2004
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Hino Motors: denying Scania stake interest

Hino Motors [7205.TO] has denied having any interest in purchasing some of Volvo's [VOLVB.ST] share in Swedish rival Scania [SCVB.ST]. However, a potential stake in the large and reputable European truck manufacturer could give the Japanese manufacturer a solid base in Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2004
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DaimlerChrysler / Hyundai: reshaping their relationship

DaimlerChrysler's [DCX.F] strategy to enlarge its presence in Asia could be threatened by the uncertain future of its partnership with South Korean automaker Hyundai [05380.KS]. This latest development comes on top of the well-documented collapse of its Mitsubishi partnership, leaving DaimlerChrysler in a vulnerable position in this booming automotive market.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2004
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Volvo: feathering its nest

Commercial vehicle manufacturers are especially sensitive to the vagaries of the wider global economy, with the measure of a successful manufacturer often being one that can retain solid sales in a macroeconomic slump. Volvo's [VOLVB.ST] latest figures suggest that its restructuring program is beginning to bear fruit, and this should stand it in good stead for any future downturn.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2004
Expert View
Expert View

Gasoline prices work to Japanese manufacturers' advantage in US

Rising gasoline prices are pushing North American consumers towards more fuel-efficient models, leading Japanese manufacturers such as Honda to benefit, to the detriment of their US rivals. Fuel efficiency, it is clear, has become a decisive selling point for the SUV target and the US big three need to respond to this trend, as Datamonitor's Richard Carteau reports...

Published By Datamonitor
06 Dec 2005
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Chinese automotive trade rules: driving Europe to extremes

Favoritism towards domestic producers, investment restrictions and weak enforcement of intellectual property rights were among the many the criticisms leveled at the Chinese automotive industry by the European Commission this week. The fact that China's auto sector recently recorded its first positive trade balance has also fueled concerns among European car firms about competitive practices.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2005

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