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Natural disasters: can the automotive industry weatherproof production?

While natural disasters are considered to be mostly unpredictable, a number of car manufacturers are finding that their location of choice has put them in the direct path of some of the most severe disasters in recorded memory. Recent movements within the automotive industry suggest that while loyalty to a native location is important, manufacturers are unwilling to tempt fate twice.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2012
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Ford focuses its ambitious expansion plans on China

Ford Motors recently announced its ambition of increasing global automotive sales by 50% over the next five years, from 5.3 million vehicles in 2010 to 8 million by 2015. Given the near stagnant performance of Ford's core markets in recent years, the plan's success will be highly dependent on how well it fares in Asia Pacific over the next five years.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jul 2011
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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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Drop-in biofuels are exciting, but have yet to convince

Many countries share the aim of reducing their dependency on foreign oil imports. Biofuels are seen as part of the solution, and they also help to reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector. A form of this fuel, drop-in biofuels do not need any modification of existing infrastructure and have many advantages over ethanol. However, they need to be competitively priced to gain wide acceptance.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Mar 2011
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British Gas: taking a Leaf out of Nissan's book

Suppliers across the UK are relying on partnership deals to get involved in the home electric vehicle charging market. British Gas's deal with Nissan and Pod Point is just the latest example of what may prove to be the archetypal strategy. Pod Point has developed the charging solution, while British Gas has avoided exposure to innovation risks and will be able to leverage its strengths.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Mar 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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Developments in the infotainment market will help shape the future of the automotive industry

As developments in the infotainment market continue apace, the automotive industry will need to adapt to growing consumer demand for enhanced connectivity between car and driver. Several manufacturers are beginning to introduce Internet-based systems to their latest models, while others are in the process of developing alternative technology.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2011
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UK new car sales: 2011 decline forecast as market conditions remain taxing

Last year's modest 1.8% increase in new car sales leaves a lot to be desired given the dismal year that the automotive industry had in 2009. Indeed, despite reaching the two million mark in 2010, new car registrations in the UK are still well below pre-recession levels, which stood at 2.4 million in 2007. Furthermore, vehicle manufacturers are also facing a market contraction in the year ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2011
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Electric vehicles are still very much "work in progress"

The launch of the Leaf, Nissan's new five-door hatchback EV, provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress that EVs have made over the last few years. Technology companies have broken boundaries and governments have pushed their green agendas, making headlines in the process; however, behind the scenes, manufacturers are still working on how best to absorb EVs into their future portfolios.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2010
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Current model Toyota Prius misses the boat on UK government grant

The UK government's plug-in vehicle grant of up to GBP5,000 is expected to whet motorists' appetite for environmentally friendly cars. However the most widely known hybrid, the Toyota Prius, does not qualify from the start, which may prove unsettling for green consumers. Nevertheless, the new crop of fun and efficient hybrid and electric cars may change the image of frugal motoring for the better.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Oct 2010

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