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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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Murray mania of a very different sort

After Andy Murray rewrote the history books on Wimbledon's Centre Court, another Murray is looking to do the same for automobile manufacture.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jul 2013
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Renault-Nissan's new Common Module Family system takes platform sharing to the next level

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has unveiled its CMF system. CMF provides greater manufacturing flexibility than traditional platform-sharing initiatives and will be used on the joint company's global vehicle range. CMF has the potential to deliver significant savings, and may help to improve the fortunes of other struggling volume manufacturers.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jun 2013
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SAIC looks to reverse Chinese companies' fortunes in the UK auto market

Chinese car manufacturer SAIC Motor is due to start production of the MG3 for sale in the UK. The vehicle is scheduled for a September sales launch in the UK, Ireland and Cyprus before a planned expansion into other European markets. SAIC will need to carefully assess local consumer trends if the launch is to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jun 2013
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GM's planned Mokka move will address demand but risks overcapacity

According to reports in the German press, General Motors is considering shifting the bulk of the production of its Mokka compact SUV model from South Korea to Spain. The model, launched in October 2012, has proved to be popular with consumers in Europe in spite of the economic conditions, so moving production to an established local venue to meet demand will be a good move for GM if it goes ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jun 2013
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Ford2Go scheme will bring new opportunities for car sales

Ford is launching the Ford2Go car sharing programme in Europe. The service is set to be rolled out nationwide in Germany this year and will provide 500 vehicles available to collect from Ford's network of 50 dealerships. If successful, we expect to see similar schemes being rolled out across Europe.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jun 2013
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Surging share price enables Tesla to clear its debts

Tesla Motors has paid off the entire balance of a government loan nine years earlier than expected. Strong sales in North America, surging share prices since March 2013, up to $87.24 (22/05/13), and strong market capitalisation have enabled Tesla to repay its debts well ahead of schedule. Yet the repayment raises a number of questions and creates its own pressures.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2013
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Surging Chinese sales offer respite for struggling PSA

PSA's joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Corporation in China enjoyed growing success over the first quarter of 2013, and new figures show that sales increased by 37% in April to just over 47,300 units. The venture has sold 190,000 vehicles this year, and looks set to reach its 500,000 target. However, PSA needs to address its issues in Europe if it is to achieve this level of growth elsewhere.

Published By Datamonitor
22 May 2013
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Nissan should invest in infrastructure to recreate US success of EVs in Europe

Nissan has announced that sales of its Leaf EV have broken the 25,000 barrier in the US since production started there in January 2012, but nevertheless admits that it does not expect to meet its overall global sales target of 1.5 million EVs by 2016, due to poor sales in some European markets. Supporting the development of charging networks could help the company to drive uptake.

Published By Datamonitor
20 May 2013
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Building the EcoBoost engine in Russia will help Ford to exploit the country's market potential

Ford has announced that its Russian joint venture, Ford Sollers, will build the EcoSport engine in Russia from next year. Ford Sollers is already manufacturing seven Ford models and will produce the EcoSport engine at a new $274m powertrain plant. Foreign vehicles enjoy high demand in Russia, so this should be a good move for the company.

Published By Datamonitor
16 May 2013

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