Euro Auto Trends


US/JAPAN: Toyota stays on top of global hybrid sales chart

Posted in Current Models by jonas on the September 1st, 2014

Toyota sold 665,740 hybrids in the first six months of 2014, 4.1% ahead of last year’s record tally.

JAPAN: Toyota wins approval for hydrogen tank inspection

Posted in New & Coming Models by jonas on the September 1st, 2014

Toyota has been given the go-ahead to self-inspect the high pressure hydrogen tanks it makes for its fuel cell vehicles.

RUSSIA: AvtoVAZ mulls more component production

Posted in Current Models by jonas on the September 1st, 2014

AvtoVAZ says it could generate a “couple of billion Roubles” in parts sales if it further leveraged its expertise in component manufacture.

RUSSIA: AvtoVAZ looks to 30,000 workforce by decade end

Posted in Current Models by frank on the September 1st, 2014

AvtoVAZ says it is looking to potentially reduce its headcount to around 30,000 staff through natural wastage by the end of the decade.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: And what a week…

Posted in New & Coming Models by frank on the September 1st, 2014

I submit, yeronner, brain fade, the leap straight from summer holiday to Swedish presser and an exceptionally busy week for the delay in this column arriving in an inbox near you.

FRANCE: Car sales down 3% in August

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends,New & Coming Models by frank on the September 1st, 2014

The French car market was down 3% on last year with 83,340 sales in August, according to the CCFA.

JAPAN: Car market down 9.1% in August

Posted in Current Models by jonas on the September 1st, 2014

Car sales in Japan declined by 9.1% year-on-year in August as the market was weighed down by sales tax increases.

BRAZIL: VW expects boost from 2015 Fox and Saveiro double cab

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends by jonas on the September 1st, 2014

Two new model launches by the same automaker the same day is unusual here in Brazil but, in a sluggish and competitive market, it can happen, as it did with Volkswagen’s 2015 high-roof Fox hatchback and the double cab Saveiro compact pick-up both revealed recently.

UK: Mazda launches roadside assistance for older cars

Posted in Market Trends,New & Coming Models by jonas on the September 1st, 2014

Mazda’s UK unit is introducing an aftermarket roadside assistance scheme available to about 325,000 owners whose cars are out of their three-year warranty period and no longer qualify for the service free.

RUSSIA: Moscow revives scrappage in US$267m incentive scheme

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends,New & Coming Models by jonas on the September 1st, 2014

Russia has introduced a US$267m automotive scrappage scheme from today (1 September) in a bid to halt the alarming slide in vehicle sales this year as continued political unrest triggers consumer unease.

US SALES PREVIEW: Analysts call August about 1.5m, SAAR 16.6m

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends by jonas on the September 1st, 2014

With automakers in the US due to start announcing their August 2014 sales this week, three forecasters have predicted sales from just under to just over 1.5m units and SAAR of 16.5m to 16.6m.

BRAZIL: Chery starts assembly, plans R&D

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by jonas on the September 1st, 2014

China’s Chery Automobile opened its first car assembly plant in Brazil last week, in the city of Jacarei in Sao Paulo state.

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