Euro Auto Trends


INDIA: Government extends vehicle excise tax cut

Posted in Current Models by jonas on the September 15th, 2014

The Indian government will continue with the current excise tax cut beyond December.

US: ZF to buy TRW after $13.5bn deal agreed

Posted in Current Models by jonas on the September 15th, 2014

TRW will become a separate business division within ZF after the two struck a deal under which ZF will acquire all outstanding shares in TRW.

ARGENTINA: Government eases carmakers’ currency nerves

Posted in Current Models by jonas on the September 15th, 2014

Car makers in Argentina have enough dollars to meet production and sales targets, the government said following reports that General Motors had suspended exports from neighbouring Brazil due to a hard currency shortage.

FRANCE: Renault-Nissan Alliance re-thinking EV battery strategy – report

Posted in Market Trends,New & Coming Models by jonas on the September 15th, 2014

The Renault-Nissan Alliance reportedly is planning to retrench on electric vehicle battery making, consolidating next generation output, currently in the US and UK, in Japan and outsourcing production to LG Chem which could even take over one or both of the plants outside Japan.

FRANCE: Renault Le Mans plant to make chassis parts for Flins’ Nissan Micra

Posted in Market Trends,New & Coming Models by frank on the September 15th, 2014

Renault’s Le Mans plant will start making chassis parts for the next generation Nissan Micra from late 2016.

GERMANY: Bosch taking over EPS JV with ZF

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends by jonas on the September 15th, 2014

Bosch is to take over completely electric power steering specialist ZF Lenksysteme (ZFLS) which until now has been operated as a 50-50 joint venture by the two rival tier one suppliers.

PHILIPPINES: Sales jump 39% in August

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by jonas on the September 15th, 2014

New vehicle sales in the Philippines rose by 39.5% to around 19,120 units in August, from 13,704 units in the same month of last year, according to the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI).

INDIA: Maruti plans LCV project on limited scale

Posted in New & Coming Models by jonas on the September 15th, 2014

Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) plans to launch a light commercial vehicles (LCV) project on a limited scale.

INDIA: Ford to launch four new models

Posted in Current Models,New & Coming Models by jonas on the September 15th, 2014

Ford plans to release four new cars in India in the next 18 to 20 months.

INDIA: Honda plans third car plant in Gujarat

Posted in Current Models,Market Trends by frank on the September 15th, 2014

Honda Cars India will build a manufacturing plant in Gujarat, India, its third in the country, though plans are only at an early stage.

SPAIN: Opel starts Mokka assembly at Zaragoza

Posted in New & Coming Models by jonas on the September 15th, 2014

Opel’s Mokka small SUV (also sold as a Vauxhall in UK) is now assembled at General Motors’ assembly plant in Zaragoza, Spain.

ITALY: Ferrari books record half year sales and profits

Posted in Market Trends by frank on the September 12th, 2014

Ferrari booked a record half year trading profit up 5.2% to EUR185m on revenues of EUR1,348.6m (+14.5%).

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