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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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  • China: Vehicle subsidy raise comes into effect

    The government of China has increased its subsidy for the replacement of old vehicles with new ones, as of 1 January 2010. This move is part of an extension of the stimulus package for the country’s automotive industry. According to a statement released by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, the…

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  • US: NHTSA considers Prius brake probe

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering launching an investigation into a potential problem with the brakes on Toyota’s Prius model, reports The Independent. The agency has received more than 20 complaints claiming that the brakes on the third-generation 2010 Toyota Prius can malfunction unexpectedly. Toyota has already

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  • India: Mahindra EV to debut at New Delhi

    Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) is expected to unveil its upcoming electric vehicle at the New Delhi Auto Expo later in January, reports Economic Times. The new eco-friendly model is scheduled to launch by the end of this year. The Auto Expo will also see the debut of M&M’s new Maxximo

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    US: Chrysler launches ‘Coming Home’ campaign

    On 1 January 2010, Chrysler Group introduced a new corporate advertising campaign called ‘Coming Home’. The new campaign is targeted at the OEM’s suppliers and partners as well as consumers. According to Chrysler, the campaign is the result of requests from its dealers and research conducted which found that some…

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    Japan: Toyota plans hybrid output at Miyagi plant

    According to a report in the Japan Times, Toyota is planning to produce hybrid vehicles at a new assembly plant that will start operating in 2011 in Ohira, Miyagi Prefecture, north-eastern Japan. Toyota intends to manufacture a Vitz (Yaris)-class subcompact hybrid model at the plant, which would be one of

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  • Israel: Fourth-quarter sales nearly double

    Vehicle sales in Israel nearly doubled year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to preliminary figures gathered by local publication Globes. Around 49,000 vehicles were sold in the October-December quarter, with 17,000 units in December alone. For the year as a whole, vehicle deliveries are estimated at 174,000 units.…

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    India: Ashok Leyland, Nissan to go with own brands

    Indian commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland has clarified that it will not share joint branding for LCVs produced at its new joint venture with Nissan. “There will be no joint badging. Some products in the value segment will bear Ashok Leyland name, while those in the niche segment will have…

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    US: Ford Super Duty trucks spark DEF launch

    Ford has alerted its dealerships to prepare for the launch of Motorcraft Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) that will be required for 2011MY F-Super Duty pick-ups fitted with the new Scorpion 6.7-litre V8 diesel engine. DEF is a non-hazardous fluid (67% deionised water/33% chemically pure urea) injected into the diesel exhaust

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  • China: China Yuchai updates on shares sale in Thakral

    China Yuchai International has announced that CIMB-GK Securities has recently entered into agreements with purchasers for a further 340 million shares out of the remaining 354 million in Thakral Corporation. The shares are being offered by Venture Delta, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Yuchai. The placement is on an ex-distribution…

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