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Europe will overtake the US in the electric and hybrid cars market, says MarketLine

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The hybrid and electric cars market has seen strong growth globally as countries work to meet ambitious CO2 targets, rising at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6%. Scandinavian countries such as Sweden will enjoy exceptional growth forecast growth of 27.9% between 2016 and 2021, according to research firm MarketLine. The company’s latest report, however, states that the level of growth varies significantly between countries. Despite the fact that the US and Asia-Pacific have been leading the charge in the hybrid and electric cars market for the last five… Read more

The Sky is the Limit: How Uber’s dominance of a market allows it to chase next-gen dreams

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Uber released financial data to Bloomberg on April 14, 2017, something it is in no way obliged to do. The image it presented was one of rapid growth and expansion, skyrocketing revenues and incredible levels of spending. One would hope to see this level of performance; private investment in the company has grown consistently since its launch in 2009 as UberCab, generating nearly $10bn from investment firms since then, and it has managed to spend more than $8bn investing in its own growth. Private investment growth will need to continue… Read more

Car manufacturing sector booming in the UK: Weaker pound boosts exports, yet Brexit worries persist

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2017 has been a good year for the UK car manufacturing sector as far as production levels are concerned, with the country manufacturing cars in March 2017 at a level last seen in the year 2000. Manufacturing levels have been boosted by a strong rise in exports of cars, which has come about due to the weak pound, low crude oil prices and rising demand for British cars in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as in the United States. However all of this has been happening among the backdrop of… Read more

Renault Car Emissions: New allegations threatens French car manufacturer

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The accusations against Renault published in the French press follow on from a 2015 report detailing cars which exceeded environmental rules by over 300%. Stretching back to 1990, the hierarchy at Renault is said to have known about and been involved with cheating emissions tests. The influence of the French government, and therefore the French taxpayer, will be important given the upcoming presidential election and shareholding. If reports of nearly one million cars being sold with devices used to distort the results of emission testing, the scandal could involve the… Read more

LiDAR self-driving technology. A case of calculated theft?

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Google and Uber started off as friends with Google parent Alphabet investing $258m in Uber in 2013. They then became competitors, as Uber started experimenting with its fleet of self-driving cars in 2016. Finally, in 2017, both companies ended as adversaries in court, engaging in a bitter legal fight to control the future of transportation. The suit details the lengths Waymo goes to in order to protect its trade secrets, including purchasing LiDAR components from numerous vendors and completing assembly in-house to prevent any single vendor from knowing everything about… Read more

From GM to PSA: Why the sale of Vauxhall Opel is good for shareholders but bad for workers

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US-based General Motors is the world’s third largest automobile manufacturer by sales, and second largest by revenues. French-owned Groupe PSA, which sold nearly 3.2 million vehicles and had revenues of €54bn ($57bn), is a fairly small player in comparison. GM’s ownership and continued management of Vauxhall Opel is at odds with the rest of its portfolio – the company primarily operates in the US and Asia, selling brands including Chevrolet, Buick, Holden and Wuling – while PSA operate Peugeot, Citroen and DS Automobiles primarily out of Europe. The sale of… Read more

Samsung purchase of Harman signals the future

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The takeover of Harman has placed Samsung among the leading players in the connected car industry; the Korean technology company has access to a raft of deals with major car manufacturers, expertise from a range of companies acquired by Harman and a huge $24bn order backlog. Infotainment, acoustics, display and other systems are all due to expand in value in the coming years, and Harman has systems already installed in over 30 million cars worldwide. Taking over the company presents Samsung with a highly valuable market position. CarPlay (the system… Read more

Ford’s autonomous cars due for release in 2021

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Ford, one of the world’s largest automotive and mobility companies, announced that it will be developing autonomous cars for use by 2021. As part of this goal, Ford will be investing in several startups, continuing its trend of making investments in technology in recent years. For example, Ford’s recent technology investments include Easy Access Door System, Active City Stop, Hands-Free Tailgate, and Active Park Assist. In the announcement, Ford said that it will also be investing in companies developing advanced algorithms, 3D mapping, LiDAR, and radar and camera sensors. These… Read more

Volkswagen scandal refuses to go away

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The VW emissions scandal shows little sign of slowing – affected consumers must be compensated whatever the cost if the scandal is to be finally concluded. Volkswagen owners in the US received $20,000 per case in compensation; European owners received a mere software update. However, this could be about to change after courts in Germany ruled a pilot case filed against the company by investors could go ahead. Efforts are underway to circumvent European Union laws and bring about similar cases in other European countries too. It follows a raft… Read more

Self-driving to the future

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The line between the auto and tech industries is rapidly blurring, with the pursuit of autonomous driving and a shift from car ownership towards car sharing and ride sharing. China is widely viewed as the next frontier for growth and many market players are looking to establish a foothold in this country, which requires significant investment. To keep up with changing market trends, most major auto makers are investing in their own driverless-car technology, which is less costly if done in cooperation with high-tech companies, like Google or Apple. The… Read more

Volkswagen: Diesel duping scandal

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Car manufacturing giant, Volkswagen, has admitted that approximately 11 million vehicles worldwide are effected by the recent scandal involving the rigging of car emissions test results. The discovery was initially made public by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US which led to the US government ordering the recall of around 500,000 vehicles. This then led to the admission from Volkswagen that this issue is far more widespread and not limited to the US, but is a global issue. Volkswagen is now in a state of panic and is… Read more

Driverless Cars: The coming insurrection

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The technology required to produce an autonomous vehicle already exists in specific circumstances. The challenge is to make self-driving cars viable in all locations, all conditions and all situations. Incumbent automotive manufacturers, together with major suppliers to the industry, are well along the road towards commercial production having already implemented a number of more basic autonomous driving features. Yet there remain significant barriers to the adoption of autonomous driving, not least of which will be consumer perception. Some of the key concerns in this regard will be skepticism around the… Read more

Jaguar Land Rover: Five years of successive growth under Tata’s leadership

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Jaguar Land Rover has now reached five consecutive years of growth in 2015, which has been achieved under Tata Motors ownership and investment. This success has emboldened the company to invest in itself and Jaguar land Rover now produces its own engines, has plants in Brazil and China and has brought the Jaguar range right up to date, making the company one of the most important and successful prestige car companies and one of the most recognizable British manufacturers. The company has managed to do this on the back of… Read more

The New Cars Market in 2015

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In the international spectrum China will remain the main driver for a global growth in the sales of new passenger cars. The forecast for automotive industry is still optimistic despite the slowdown in the major European markets, such as France and Italy. The second place on the podium is occupied by, dethroned a few years ago, the USA. Americans bought 7.7m of new passenger cars in 2014. In order to maintain a sustainable growth, manufacturers will have to look for new customers in rural areas of developing countries like China… Read more

Toyota follows Tesla down the royalty-free rabbit hole

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Toyota has revealed that it intends to allow royalty free access to 5,680 of its hydrogen fuel cell technology patents. This is the same technique that Tesla employed last year to release its battery patents to its competitors. The point of such a move is that in order to kick start new technology on such a massive scale as would be required to replace traditional automobiles; a number of the biggest automotive manufacturers need to heavily invest. This is for a number of reasons but principally consumers need confidence to… Read more

Is there a recipe to boost manufacturing sector growth in the Eurozone?

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In 2010, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) launched its Quantitative Easing (QE) program with the aim of re-establishing credit conditions by accelerating inter-bank lending and, consequently, supporting business and consumers to have access to relatively cheap loans. The policy was designed to support the overall level of economic activity in the United States, raise inflation and employment to levels consistent with the Fed’s maximum employment and price stability mandate. The announcement that it would artificially create money by increasing its liabilities was seen as an unorthodox monetary policy by mainstream… Read more

Global car manufacturing industry continues to motor along

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The global car manufacturing industry exhibited strong growth in 2013, although it should be noted that the situation differed greatly from country to country. Some of this country specific growth was encouraged by government schemes to encourage the domestic manufacture and purchase of cars. One such example was the increase of import tax for cars in Brazil, introduced in 2012. The industry stabilized in Western Europe following a sharp contraction in 2012, as countries such as the UK continued to perform well. Globally, the industry grew by 4.3% in terms… Read more

Market unimpressed by Peugeot Citroen recovery plan

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The French auto group Peugeot Citroen gave little comfort to investors despite presenting a global recovery strategy aimed at building a money-making culture within the business. Having made net losses of €7.2 billion ($10.0 billion) in the last two years, the group released a strategic plan titled “Back in the Race”, and emphasized ambitions to grow in China and South-East Asia. Traders were less than impressed with the changes however which they saw as too little too late and this was reflected in PSA Peugeot Citroen share price which ended… Read more

UK new car sales surge

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If you want a quick way to judge how an economy is performing, you could do a lot worse than look at how new cars are selling. For most of us, a car is a considered purchase, not an impulse buy. It may require us to dig deep into our savings, or take out a sizeable loan. These are not actions we are likely to take if we see a salary freeze or unemployment looming. As a result, the number of cars sold is highly sensitive to macroeconomic conditions: during… Read more

Global car manufacturing continues to motor

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The global car manufacturing industry exhibited strong growth in 2012, although it should be noted that the situation differed greatly from country to country. Some of this growth was encouraged by certain government schemes to encourage the domestic manufacture and purchase of cars. One such example was the increase of import tax for cars in Brazil. In 2012, the levy imposed on cars produced outside of Brazil was increased from 25% to 55%, meaning that a Toyota Corolla that sells for $16,230 in the US costs the equivalent of $29,000… Read more