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3D Fast Bus: overtaking more conventional green automotive innovations

According to a recent Datamonitor survey, consumers worldwide are becoming increasingly interested in energy efficient cars. However, congestion remains a concern, and in an attempt to tackle this issue, a revolutionary new type of bus is set to be pilot tested in Beijing, which will address the problem by simply driving above passenger cars, without the need for a separate track.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2010
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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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CommentWire

ArvinMeritor/Dana: bidding over

US auto parts firm Dana [DCN] has rejected a final $2.7 billion bid from rival ArvinMeritor [ARM], citing fundamental antitrust barriers and substantial financial risks. Shortly after, ArvinMeritor put an end to one of the year's most bitter hostile takeover battles. Despite its commitment to the takeover, ArvinMeritor will now have to look for other ways to grow in the static automotive market.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2003
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CommentWire

Block exemption: reform in the slow lane

When amendments were made to the automotive industry's 'block exemption' legislation last year, many predicted significant change in the way cars were sold and serviced. With the compliance deadline looming however, signs of progress are few and far between.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Sep 2003
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CommentWire

BMW: going against the grain?

Ignoring the potential cost savings of relocating industrial processes to lower cost countries, BMW has opened a new factory in Germany. However, it is widely believed that the decision to open the new plant in Leipzig rather than eastern Europe came about as a result of political pressure. BMW must acknowledge the risk that the move may not be in the long term interests of the company.

Published By Datamonitor
17 May 2005
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CommentWire

BMW: it's a Mini expansion!

BMW [BMW.F] will increase its investment at its Mini plant in Oxford as sales continue to increase. This goldmine brand has become a major part of the manufacturer's expansion strategy, having exceeded all expectations. The Mini brand could well prove to be the perfect advertising tool for the whole BMW marque.

Published By Datamonitor
19 May 2004
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CommentWire

BMW: new models maintain the momentum

BMW [BMW.F] is continuing with its biggest ever new model introduction by unveiling several new products at the Frankfurt Motorshow. Despite the investment needed to develop and launch these products, together with an expansion drive into the Asian market, the company is still expected match last year's profits.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

BMW: spearheading the use of lightweight carbon fiber

BMW is to use carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic to manufacture the body of its forthcoming Megacity electric car. The material is expected to reduce the car's weight by 250-350kg, thereby significantly increasing its driving range, which was previously a major resistor to the uptake of electric/hybrid cars. This should lead to a rise in adoption rates, especially in the luxury segment.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jul 2010
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CommentWire

BMW: staying strong

The BMW Group fulfilled its expectations of improved vehicle sales in 2004, with BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce all generating growth. Despite adverse conditions in the automotive industry, revenues increased to E42.5 million at its core automobile division. The automaker was helped by its luxury image among consumers but will hope for a less turbulent 2005.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2005
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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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