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    Germany: VW outlines e-mobility roadmap

    Volkswagen has announced a launch schedule for what the OEM calls its E-traction products, with the goal of becoming the market leader in e-mobility by the year 2018. According to Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen: “Volkswagen will be taking e-mobility to mass production. In 2011,…

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  • Germany: Mercedes-Benz bank reports substantial profits

    Mercedes-Benz bank, part of Berlin-headquartered Daimler Financial Services (DFS), has reported that it gained market share in 2009 despite facing a difficult economic situation. The automotive bank increased the financing and leasing contracts’ share of Daimler vehicle sales to private and commercial customers by six percentage points (to 53%). The

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  • US: Setback for truck idling reduction efforts

    Efforts to cut truck emissions and fuel usage through reduced engine idling time, typically overnight where drivers sleep in their cabs at truck stops, have suffered a serious setback. IdleAire, the largest provider of electrical plug-in services at truck stops, enabling cab heaters in winter and air conditioners in summer

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  • Russia: Renault lifts capacity at Avtoframos plant

    Renault has announced it has inaugurated the second phase of the Avtoframos plant in Moscow on 1 March 2010. The Moscow plant was originally inaugurated in April 2005 with initial capacity of 60,000 vehicles per year and a €230m (US$313.4m) investment. Capacity is now being boosted to 160,000 with an

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  • Sweden: Volvo aftermarket head to step down

    The head of Volvo’s aftermarket business will be leaving the company at the end of March. Tony Helsham, senior vice president responsible for coordinating the Volvo Group’s aftermarket business, has said he wishes to return to his native country, Australia, after 32 years away. A successor has not yet been

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    US: Visteon reports financial progress in 2009

    Visteon has reported details of its financial performance in the quarter and 12 months ended 31 December 2009, indicating a significant improvement in cash flow and earnings. This reflected what the company described as “ongoing operational improvements, cost reductions and restructuring benefits, and some slight recovery of global vehicle production

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  • Japan: NEC announces new IPDs for auto lighting apps

    NEC Electronics has announced four new intelligent power devices (IPDs), the µPD166017, µPD166019, µPD166020 and uPD166021, for automotive lighting applications, as well as other critical vehicle loads. Designed for on-board electronic control units (ECUs), these high-side IPDs are typically used in applications such as headlights and fog lights. These new…

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  • US: House members seek to block EPA GHG regs

    Three members of the US House of Representatives have filed a resolution that would halt Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposals to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Congressman Ike Skelton, (Democrat), Congressman Collin Peterson (Democrat), and Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (Republican) have introduce a joint resolution in the House to nullify the

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  • US: ArvinMeritor raises terms of notes deal

    ArvinMeritor has announced that it has increased the price it will pay for its 8.75% notes due 2012 that are tendered as part of its previously announced tender offer for up to US$175m of those notes. The total consideration for each US$1,000 principal amount of notes tendered has been increased to

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  • Japan: Denso to form driving info services company

    Denso Corporation has announced that, in partnership with BeMap Inc, Nagase & Co, JTB Central Japan Corporation, and Ryukohasshin Holdings, it will establish a new company on 1 April 2010 to provide driving information services in Japan through the Internet. The new company, Denso Communications Corp, will start operations on

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  • US: Alcoa & Ricardo to collaborate on US Army project

    The US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) has appointed Alcoa Defense and Ricardo Inc to work on the army’s Fuel-Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) project. The two companies will work together to produce a tactical wheeled vehicle structure, which, Alcoa says, will significantly improve fuel efficiency…

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    China: Toyoda to brief Beijing on recalls

    Toyota president Akio Toyoda is reportedly scheduled to hold a press conference in Beijing today, 1 March, to address concerns about its recent global recalls. Toyota has recalled around 8.5 million vehicles across the world in the past few months. A total of 75,000 RAV4 units were recalled in China

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    US: Toyota offers home pick up for recall customers

    Toyota is offering a home pick up and return service across the US for owners of vehicles included under a massive global recall. The extended service also includes expedited repair scheduling, driving customers to the dealership of their choice or to work, and providing alternative transportation while customers cannot use

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