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Will utilities receive the support to deliver on Copenhagen commitments to electric vehicles?

The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference will likely see some governments commit to electric vehicle deployment. However, Datamonitor questions whether there will be a similar commitment from governments to work with utilities to provide the necessary infrastructure to support widespread deployment of electric vehicles, as without it there could be a delivery network nightmare.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Dec 2009
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Expert View

Will the fuel duty increase lead to greater acceptance of green cars?

On October 1, 2010, the taxation levied on fuel in the UK will increase by 1p to 58.19p per liter for petrol and diesel, pushing the cost of fuel ever closer to prices experienced in 2008. While such a price hike may negatively affect both motorists and sales of petrol- and diesel-driven cars, it could prove beneficial to makers of hybrid-electric vehicles.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Oct 2010
Expert View
Expert View

Will Obama "change" the fortunes of the US automotive industry?

Following General Motors' admission that its cash reserves are becoming dangerously low, the calls for a bailout of the US automotive industry have become louder. President-elect Obama will be expected to respond to these calls even before he assumes office, as the chances diminish that General Motors and other members of the Detroit-three will emerge from the downturn without assistance.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Nov 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

West European car market: slow recovery

After rises in the first quarter of 2004, the west European car market is starting to look a little more confident. However, the prospect of soaring growth, which would basically be a result of improved economic factors across the board, is slim.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

VW: a theoretical debate

The German government has invoked a controversial law to prevent VW from passing into foreign hands, which could incur EU legal action. However, the dispute may well turn out to be purely theoretical as none of VW's rivals look to be in a strong enough position to buy it.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Volvo: the latest industry recall

Volvo [VOLVa.ST] is to recall 71,000 vehicles worldwide. Although no accidents have occurred and the recall is precautionary, the Volvo brand, which is known for its safe, family oriented image, could find itself scorched. The industry should be aware that increased recall rates could lead to a public perception of reduced product quality.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Dec 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Volkswagen: tough targets for new Golf

The new version of Volkswagen's [VW] Golf, one of the best selling cars of all time, will be launched in Germany in October. Despite the car's established reputation and popularity, it is entering a market that is more competitive than it has ever been.<BR /><BR />

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Volkswagen: showing its Metall

Despite its reluctance to meet wage demands for German workers, Volkswagen [VOW.F] continues to negotiate with the IG Metall union. Were VW to shift production away from its homeland, it risks provoking a storm of controversy that may damage the brand. But VW already has experience of successful car production in low cost markets, and may find the attraction too hard to resist in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2004

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