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CommentWire
CommentWire

Zurich: set to boost US non-standard motor book

Zurich Financial Services has announced that its subsidiary Farmers Group has entered into an agreement to acquire rival US motor insurer Bristol West Holdings. This looks to be a sensible move as, provided the deal goes ahead, Zurich should see significant growth in its US non-standard motor business.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

Young drivers: design matters

A raft of recent vehicle launches, in particular from Japanese manufacturers, has demonstrated the automotive industry's obsession with the so-called Generation-Y market. But designing specific lifestyle oriented vehicles is a gamble that may not pay off.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Yes Car Credit: you can't any more

Following a three month review and expected losses of GBP24 million in 2005, Provident Financial announced that it has closed its specialist sub-prime motor finance division. The failure of the business may stem from the innovative model of combining a motor finance business and a car dealership under one roof.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

World autos: uncertainty ahead despite November rises

Ford and GM increased sales on last year, Italian new car registrations were up by 3.7%, and South African sales increased by 11%. The market growth is impressive given the slowdown. However, it may not be sustainable. Italy's growth was driven by Fiat's new model, the US' growth was driven by 0% financing, and South African growth is already slowing.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Dec 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

Windscreen wiper blade aftermarket: European manufacturers set to see increased sales

The aftermarket for windscreen wiper blades in Europe is showing an increasing preference to purchase from European manufacturers rather than Asian manufacturers. The less expensive wiper blades produced by Asian manufacturers initially offered consumers in Europe perceived value for money, but cost increases across the industry have led to a change in attitude.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2012
Expert View
Expert View

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
Expert View
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
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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

Will motorists hit the information highway?

Published By Datamonitor
05 Oct 2000
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

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