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    Spain: Sales figures improve by 25.1% in December

    Despite a 25.1% rise in new car registrations in December, up to 90,553 units, total registrations in Spain for 2009 fell behind 2008 figures by 17.9%, dropping from 1,161,176 cars down to 952,772 units. The rise in December registrations was primarily the result of the low base effect. Compared with…

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  • India: Mahindra Navistar launches first two HCVs

    Mahindra Navistar Automotives (MNAL) has unveiled two trucks, a 25-tonne unit and a 31-tonne truck, for the Indian market. These are first two vehicles of the company’s heavy CV line-up, and have been developed, especially for the Indian market, with an investment of Rs6.5bn (US$141m). MNAL is a commercial vehicle…

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    India: Chevrolet launches the Beat hatchback

    General Motors India has launched its latest offering from the 300 series, the Chevrolet Beat, in New Delhi. The car is based on GM’s global mini-vehicle architecture. The OEM plans to launch the Beat in more than 150 global markets, including markets in Europe, North America and other parts of…

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    France: Vehicle sales surge 43% in December

    New data from the Comité des Constructeurs Français d’Automobiles (CCFA) shows that sales of cars and light commercial vehicles in France in December 2009 amounted to 264,713 units, a rise of 43% from the 185,095 sold in the same month of 2008. Car sales alone rose 48.6% to 228,451 in

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  • US: New president for Ricardo, Inc

    Ricardo Inc, the US unit of UK engineering company Ricardo plc, welcomed a new president on 1 January when Kent Niederhofer officially assumed the role. In his new role, Niederhofer will report directly to Ricardo plc chief executive Dave Shemmans. The supplier explains that this new appointment follows a wide-ranging

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    Tunisia: Fire destroys Autoliv plant

    Autoliv’s steering wheel plant in El Nadhour, Tunisia has been destroyed by a fire that broke out on 26 December. The supplier believes the fire was caused by welding repair work that was being conducted during the holiday period. The El Nadhour plant manufactures steering wheels for more than 25…

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  • Switzerland: UN forum to adopt Japanese EV regulations

    The upcoming UN World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations is expected to adopt several of Japan’s safety regulations regarding hybrid and electric vehicles, turning them into global standards, reports Japanese newspaper the Nikkei. The forum is a working party of the United National Economic Commission for Europe and is

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  • China: SAIC hopes to double Roewe, MG sales in 2010

    Chinese vehicle manufacturer SAIC Motor plans to double its car sales from an expected 90,000 cars in 2009 to 180,000 this year, according to a report carried by China Daily. This is the number the OEM has suggested for its own-brand cars under the Roewe and MG brands. In the…

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  • Italy: Maserati sees flat sales in 2010

    Maserati expects to sell about as many cars in 2010 as it did this year, when unit sales dropped by 40%, Harald Wester, the unit’s head, is reported to have said in an interview with auto motor und sport. “We need to be prepared to become significantly more profitable in…

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  • China: GM’s 2009 China sales rise 67%

    General Motors has reported a 67% rise in its 2009 China sales to 1,826,424 units, taking market share to 13.4%, from 12.1% in 2008, reflecting strong sales of Buick, Chevrolet and Wuling vehicles. The strong year-end results were possible in part because of record December sales by GM’s Shanghai GM

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    South Korea: Hyundai/Kia target 17% growth in 2010

    Hyundai and Kia are together targeting a 17% increase in vehicle sales in 2010 to 5.4 million units, growth which is expected to be driven by new models and a global economic recovery. Hyundai Motor Group, which encompasses Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, sold an estimated 4.63 million units in

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  • India: Ashok Leyland unveils new U-Truck platform

    Ashok Leyland has unveiled a new truck platform, U-Truck, and has launched a tipper and a tractor on the platform. The Indian CV manufacturer’s intention is to shift its entire product range to the U-Truck platform by 2013. “Starting April this year, we will roll out 25 products in the…

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  • Czech Republic: Avia Ashok Leyland sales/output fall

    Czech OEM Avia Ashok Leyland both made and sold around 300 of its light trucks in 2009, financial director Tomás Juricka informed local business daily Hospodárské noviny. This was a year-on-year fall of approximately 33% and 55%, respectively. The company’s 2008 production reached 474 units, with sales of 583. This…

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