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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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Skoda's ambitious sales targets are no joke

Skoda has announced that it will add a second SUV to its line-up and build new Chinese production capacity as part of its plans to boost global sales by 50% over the next few years. This is a potentially risky strategy, as a disappointing recent performance by the Chinese economy could result in the brand suffering from some of the oversupply issues that are affecting other volume manufacturers.

Published By Datamonitor
07 May 2013
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Renault-Nissan's new Common Module Family system takes platform sharing to the next level

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has unveiled its CMF system. CMF provides greater manufacturing flexibility than traditional platform-sharing initiatives and will be used on the joint company's global vehicle range. CMF has the potential to deliver significant savings, and may help to improve the fortunes of other struggling volume manufacturers.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jun 2013
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PSA results highlight challenges for company

PSA Peugeot Citroen has released its financial results for 2012, with net losses reflecting the overall ill health of the European car market. With a restructuring plan having been completed, PSA hopes that it has laid the foundations for an upturn in fortunes in 2013. Its heavy investment in the Southern European car market, however, could lead to another difficult year for the company.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2013
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Porsche's Panamera leads the hybrid charge

Porsche has developed an innovative new hybrid-electric powertrain that combines the electric motor and the clutch in one unit. The unit is intended to significantly reduce the amount of fuel consumed in everyday driving conditions. The module will debut on the next-generation Panamera, but is intended to be fitted to all Porsche's future cars, including the iconic 911 range.

Published By Datamonitor
16 May 2013
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New partnership gives first-mover advantage to Daimler, Ford, and Nissan in electric vehicle market

Ford, Nissan, and Daimler have announced that they have partnered to develop electric vehicle technology. The manufacturers have each developed their own electric fuel cell technology, but by joining forces they aim to speed up its commercialization with the hope of creating an industry standard for vehicle manufacturers to follow.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 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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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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GM: Delta force

General Motors [GM] has announced its intention to buy South African vehicle importer and manufacturer Delta Motor Corporation. If the purchase goes ahead, GM is likely to start manufacturing vehicles in South Africa, largely for the export market. The takeover marks another step in GM's drive for growth in 2004, yet if it wants to meet its target it must prioritize product improvements.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jan 2004
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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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