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  • India: Industry seeks postponement of BS IV deadline

    The Indian automotive industry has sought more time from the government for the implementation of Bharat Stage IV (BS IV) emissions standards in the country. In this regard, the industry has asked the government to postpone these norms, which are scheduled to come into effect in 11 Indian cities from

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  • South Korea: Renault Samsung hit by higher costs

    According to Jean-Marie Hurtiger, Renault Samsung Motors chief executive officer, the 80%-owned Korean operating unit of Renault probably saw a fall in its operating profitability in 2009 after a stronger yen increased the cost of Japan-sourced components.   As quoted by Bloomberg, Hurtiger noted: “The operating profit will be negatively…

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  • US: VW aims to double US sales by 2012/13

    In comments made in advance of the opening of the 2010 NAIAS in Detroit, Stefan Jacoby, chief executive officer of Volkswagen of America, is reported by Reuters to have said that the OEM aims to more than double its sales in the US within the next three to four years.

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  • Japan: Honda to up global auto output 6% – report

    According to a report in the Japanese media, Honda Motor plans to produce 3.59 million units globally in the company’s next financial year commencing on 1 April 2010, up around 6% from the current financial year’s level. The increase is based on the company’s outlook for rising sales, the Asahi newspaper

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  • UK: Jaguar reports very strong XJ interest

    In an interview with German weekly WirtschaftsWoche, David Smith, chief executive officer of Jaguar Land Rover, has stated that demand for the new Jaguar XJ – which will arrive in dealerships in Germany in February 2010 – is already very strong. “Interest in the car is gigantic, we already have

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  • New Zealand: Car and CV sales down 28% in 2009

    Combined car and commercial vehicle sales in New Zealand fell by around 28% year-on-year for the full year 2009, down to 70,048 units. Of this total, passenger cars accounted for 54,404 units, down 25.9% from 2008 figures of 73,397, while the CV segment fell from 23,933 units to 15,644 units…

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  • US: Cummins receives EPA OK for new SCR engines

    Cummins has announced it has received certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its 2010 Heavy-duty big-bore ISX15 and MidRange ISB6.7, ISC8.3 and ISL9 engines. Certification of these engines means that the Cummins 2010 engine line-up for on-highway applications meets the near zero emissions levels required for all engines

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  • US: Ford debuts new powertrain technologies

    Ford has unveiled its new 2-litre DOHC I-4 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and direct injection (DI) as part of the preview of the new Focus model at the 2010 NAIAS in Detroit. The new engine is designed to deliver an estimated 155hp and 145 ft lb

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  • North America: Amminex plans new facility

    Amminex of Copenhagen is putting in place plans to supply its North America customers with ASDS, an ammonia storage and delivery system that provides efficient removal of NOx gases from diesel engine exhausts. The new manufacturing facility will compliment a unit the company will establish in Europe to source its

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  • South Africa: Industry reports 13.1% drop in Dec sales

    Combined vehicle sales in South Africa fell by 13.1% last month to 26,958 units, from 31,017 vehicles sold in December 2008. Sales of buses alone grew compared with a year earlier, while LCV numbers remained nearly flat, according to figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South…

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    France: Peugeot outlines new brand strategy

    Peugeot has outlined a new brand strategy, which it refers to as a new ‘Marque plan’, setting out a range of targets for 2015. Key goals include moving up three places in the world car market (from its current 10th spot), establishing Peugeot as the ‘benchmark for style’ and becoming

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    Japan: Vehicle sales down 9.3% in 2009

    The passenger car segment played a key role in boosting total automotive sales in Japan last month. As a result, combined vehicle sales rose by 21.6% year-on-year to reach 372,608 units. Of this total, passenger cars accounted for 321,514 units, translating into sales growth of 27.3% compared with the figures…

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  • Norway: Volvo receives order for 12 hybrid buses

    Norwegian bus operator Nettbuss has ordered 12 parallel hybrid buses from Volvo for service in Norway, making it the first company in the Nordic region to implement the hybrid technology commercially, according to Volvo. The OEM’s hybrid buses boast improved fuel economy of up to 30%. Of the total 12…

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