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Growth in UK new car sales will prove to be unsustainable

The UK is expected to see a rise in new car sales to just over 2 million in 2013. This is promising, as it shows consumers are willing to spend, but the market depends heavily on the strength of the pound, allowing dealerships to offer attractive financial packages. This improvement will therefore be short-lived.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Apr 2013
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Scrappage schemes are only a temporary fix for Europe's car sales problem

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has added his voice to the demand for government incentives to boost EU new vehicle sales. Spain's scrappage scheme will end in March 2013, and the French government looks to be considering reintroducing similar incentives to try to stimulate growth. However, motorists remain reluctant to spend and these schemes are simply a temporary fix for declining sales.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2013
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Tax incentives for ultra-low emission vehicles pose benefits and challenges for UK auto industry

Chancellor George Osborne's 2013 Budget announced this week includes one notable measure likely to affect the UK automotive industry - tax incentives for manufacturers of ultra-low emission vehicles, aimed at boosting manufacturing of the vehicles in the UK. There will be obvious benefits to manufacturers, but the measure will pose a challenge to the UK aftermarket.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 2013
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Compact SUVs showcased at Geneva International Motor Show as consumer appeal drives sales growth

The Geneva International Motor Show will run from March 7 to 17 and is set to be dominated by the release of several new models in the small SUV segment, with Citroen, Ford, Peugeot, and Renault all using the show to launch their latest small SUV models. Compact SUVs are one of the few opportunities for growth in the UK automotive market due to their increasing popularity with consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Mar 2013
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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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Cars should get connected to boost sales

Daimler AG has announced a partnership with Deutsche Telekom to improve the technology in its vehicles. The collaboration will focus on providing motorists with online services in their car to improve the driving experience. Such features will become more and more commonplace over the coming few years, and those manufacturers that do not follow suit may be left behind.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Feb 2013
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Repsol's commitment to sustainability will bring early-mover advantages

Under an agreement signed with the Spanish government, Respol will be installing 300 electric vehicle charging points at its sites. The move is not without risk, as there is currently little consumer demand for alternative fuels, but with conventional oil prices soaring, Repsol aims to boost dwindling revenue by entering into an innovative and expanding market.

Published By Datamonitor
22 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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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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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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