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Saab takes first step on the road to recovery

In a bid to refresh its iconic portfolio, Saab has named Ferrari innovator Jason Castriota as lead designer. Having bought Saab in February 2010, Dutch carmaker Spyker is looking to capitalize on a unique opportunity to re-establish a global brand, with plans to finally return it to profit by 2012 through a focus on design-led performance.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2010
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Revolo joint venture has great potential for hybrid market

India-based engineering and IT development firm KPIT Cummins and automotive component manufacturer Bharat Forge have formed a joint venture for the mass production of the Revolo system, a new plug-in mild hybrid solution which can be retrofitted to vehicles. While details of the technology are limited at present, the Revolo system's potential both in India and further afield is enormous.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2010
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China: new subsidy for electric cars may have major implications for the sector

The Chinese government is piloting a program for the subsidization of electric cars in five major cities across the country: Shanghai, Changchun, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Hefei. The move represents a huge business opportunity for the players involved across the electric vehicle value chain in China, and could lead to the nation becoming an international hub for the sector.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2010
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Ford: the end of the road for Mercury?

Ford has confirmed media speculation that its beleaguered Mercury marque is to be wound down due to struggling performance, and by Q4 of 2010, the US brand founded in 1939 by Edsel Ford, is to go the same way as GM's Pontiac, Saturn and Hummer marques.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jun 2010
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Toyota sees technical and political advantages in Tesla deal

Car manufacturer Toyota and Tesla, the battery-powered sports car pioneer, have announced that they are to work together in a surprise deal which will see Toyota initially invest $50m in the small California-based company. Despite obvious benefits for hybrid vehicle development, the deal represents an attempt by Toyota to restore its profile in the media and seek new technological innovation.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jun 2010
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Mahindra & Mahindra-REVA deal highlights growing focus on electric vehicles

Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra has acquired a majority stake in REVA, the largest electric vehicle specialist in the country. Datamonitor believes that the deal is representative of a growing trend among traditional carmakers to move into the electric vehicle market through alliances with niche players in this sector.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jun 2010
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Western Europe: will diesel car penetration regain its lost dominance?

Having grown continuously since 1990, the share of diesel cars among new car sales declined sharply between 2007 and 2009, falling from 53% to 46%. This was largely due to the recession and incentives such as car scrappage schemes, which tend to favor smaller petrol-powered cars. However, as these schemes come to an end in 2010, diesel car penetration looks set to recover.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2010
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Electric car market to benefit from industry standard for recharging

A number of interested parties, including Toyota and Nissan, have joined together to create the CHAdeMO Association, which will ensure the standardization of charging points for electric cars in Japan. While many uncertainties for the technology remain, this is a significant step that will remove a major potential stumbling block as the first mass-produced zero-emissions car is launched.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2010
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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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Russian automotive logistics market to receive car scrappage scheme boost

After registering a sharp decline of 47% in 2009, Russian passenger car sales are expected to increase in 2010 thanks to a recently launched car scrappage scheme and a rise in foreign car production led by the construction of new assembly plants by international players. The resultant increase in passenger car sales will ultimately boost the automotive logistics market in Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2010

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