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Apple's new interface patent shows its intention to develop its automotive proposition

On July 9, 2013, Apple was awarded a patent for "programmable tactile touch screen displays and man-machine interfaces for improved vehicle instrumentation and telematics" by the US Patent and Trademark Office. While Apple intends to develop new products for the automotive technology market, collaboration with manufacturers will be vital to future success.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 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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Digital showrooms could change the future of vehicle retailing

Car-makers are adapting to the digital age by offering motorists the use of digital showrooms, enabling drivers to experience and purchase cars without physically test-driving them. Moving to a virtual showroom is a bold decision for manufacturers and motorists, and relies on people's willingness to buy a vehicle without trying it first.

Published By Datamonitor
10 May 2013
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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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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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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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Ferrari heading for California as brand aims to increase its exclusivity

With the recent LaFerrari hyper-car selling out well before its official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, it seems that consumers' appetite for this luxury brand will continue over the coming years. By offering consumers a growing range of personalized options and investing in a new body shop in the US, the company will stay one step ahead of its main competition.

Published By Datamonitor
09 May 2013
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GM: in the black in Brazil

GM [GM] expects to break even in Brazil in 2004 after big losses in the country the previous year. The US based manufacturer is counting on the recovering economy in Latin America to bolster demand as it can no longer rely on European and US success to fuel profits.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Feb 2004
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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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New Bentley SUV should do well due to premium positioning

Bentley's new SUV is set to go into production within three years, amid reports that the company has approved a final design. Although the design of the previous concept car was not that well received, it is expected that this new model will fill an important new niche in the market - the ultra-luxury SUV - and provide an important sales boost for Bentley, particularly in emerging markets.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jan 2013

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