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Toyota: a shot in the arm for UK manufacturing

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota's [TM] extra investment in its Burnaston plant will boost its UK production to 285,000 cars per year. The move reflects Toyota's growing share of the European passenger car market, and will also provide a timely boost for the UK's automotive manufacturing sector.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2004
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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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The UK may face an uphill battle as it tries to push the adoption of electric vehicles

Manchester has become the latest UK city to announce plans to create a network of EV charging points. An increase in the number of EV charging points in the UK resulted in pure EV sales rising by 80% in 2012, but mainstream adoption of the vehicles requires more than the creation of a more extensive infrastructure.

Published By Datamonitor
07 May 2013
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The rise of the small, fuel-efficient car market is driving the decline of the tow bar aftermarket

While compact cars are becoming increasingly popular due to their low running costs, their down-sized, emission-reducing engines mean that they often make poor tow vehicles. This preference for small cars has heralded the decline of the tow bar market; however, car storage manufacturers can take advantage of the situation by promoting alternative storage methods, such as roof boxes.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Aug 2012
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The global automotive market begins to see signs of nascent recovery

The financial crisis curbed the growth of the automotive industry, as new car sales declined, industry players filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy and governments rolled out economic stimulus packages. Now, halfway through 2010, global volumes are recovering, fueled by growth of 2.2% in the car parc, and Datamonitor expects the global auto aftermarket to see growth of 0.7% by the end of the year.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2010
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The expansion of Nissan's Sunderland plant will provide opportunities for the UK supply chain

A new hatchback is to be manufactured in Nissan's Sunderland factory, creating over 600 jobs at the plant. Along with Nissan, automotive parts suppliers clustered around the plant will also profit from this increase in production. The existing supply chain will be given the chance to grow, providing ample opportunities for new suppliers to take advantage of the increasing demand for parts.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Apr 2012
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The damage done to the global auto industry by the disaster in Japan will hopefully be short-lived

The earthquake and following tsunami on March 11 devastated the east coast of Japan, the world's third largest economy, and this is expected to result in a reduction in the nation's economic growth of 0.5 percentage points this year. This will in large part be due to the slowdown in Japan's auto industry, but the market's innate advantages may be able to generate a recovery by the end of 2011.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Apr 2011
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The company car market is expected to show buoyant growth in 2011

Cost pressures, the termination of contracts, high lending rates, and a decline in the residual values of end-of-contract vehicles all had a huge impact on the profit margins of European leasing companies in 2009. However, 2010 saw a relative reversal in fortunes for the market, and Datamonitor estimates that new company car purchases will increase by around 8% in 2011.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Mar 2011
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The car aftermarket remains resilient in spite of recession

The current economic turmoil is hampering the automotive sector but the aftermarket, while not completely unaffected, remains resilient. However, key aftermarket players are having to face up to uncomfortable challenges, with the commodities price bubble boom and bust, severe pressure on consumer spending, low cash flow levels yielding insolvencies, and global car registrations in reverse.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2009
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Tesco and Comet: plugging the electric fuel gap

Supermarket giant Tesco and UK electricals retailer Comet plan to establish a network of electric car charging points on their London retail sites. Although the current supply of electric vehicles is limited, sector investment and government backing mean that retailers will eventually pose a viable threat to 'big oil' in city locations.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jun 2009

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