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  • China: Ford’s local sales up 44% in 2009

    Ford has said that sales of its vehicles in China rose by 44% in 2009, reaching 440,619 vehicles, compared with 306,306 units sold in 2008. Vehicle sales in China have gained from the government’s cuts in sales taxes for small cars and subsidies for rural buyers. Ford is banking on…

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  • India: Nissan to source components worth US$40m by 2012

    Nissan has confirmed that there is indeed a plan at the company to source automotive components from India for its global operations, to the tune of US$40m by 2012. “There is a plan for us to utilise our Chennai facility for supplying components to Nissan’s global operations, such as in…

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  • India/US: Tata eyes US Nano launch in 3 years

    Tata Motors chairman Ratan Tata says the company may look at launching its low-cost small car, the Nano, in the US in the three years. “We also recognise there is a market [for the Nano] not only in developing countries, but possibly in the developed countries. For the US we…

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  • US: New head of sales for Ford brand

    Ford has reportedly appointed Hal Feder as the new head of sales for the Ford brand and Lincoln Mercury, reports Automotive News, citing a memo sent to employees. Feder will take over from current general manager of Ford and Lincoln Mercury sales Randy Ortiz, 51, who has held the post

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  • US: Ford shows new MyFord Touch interface

    Ford has unveiled a new driver interface and dashboard design at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Known as MyFord Touch, the new interface combines voice recognition, graphic screens and touch controls on the steering wheel. It will debut in the 2011 Ford Edge and globally on the

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    Canada: GM denies production cut report

    GM has denied recent reports that it would reduce production targets across its Canadian operations, reports Canadian Press. The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association had claimed that GM’s decision to build the new Chevrolet Impala in both Oshawa, Ontario and Hamtramck, Michigan could threaten its overall production levels in Canada. “On…

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    US: GM to reinstate ‘hundreds’ of dealers

    More than 100 and possibly hundreds of GM dealers could be reinstated during dealer arbitration hearings, according to GM chairman and chief executive Ed Whitacre. Whitacre’s comments, reported by the Detroit News, follow a Congressional order to allow those dealers slated for closure to request independent reviews challenging their closings.

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    Poland: Opel’s Gliwice output contracts 43.5%

    Output at Opel’s plant in Gliwice, Poland contracted 43.5% year-on-year in 2009 to 96,697 units, compared with 171,644 units the year before, reports AFP, quoting news agency PAP. The Opel Zafira made up the bulk of production at 64,000 units last year. In November, the facility added production of the

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  • South Korea: LG Chem wins Eaton battery contract

    Korean supplier LG Chem has secured a four-year contract to provide lithium-ion batteries to Eaton, reports Korea Times. The batteries will be used for hybrid electric commercial vehicles and deliveries are scheduled to begin in November. In order to fulfil the order, LG Chem intends to expand capacity at its…

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    US: Chrysler names separate brand ad agencies

    Chrysler Group has announced the individual advertising agencies that will be managing its Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Truck brands. The OEM currently has a contract with BBDO Detroit, but this expires at the end of January. “To establish a distinct identity and build upon the current brand equity, it…

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  • US: DEF availability on target, say suppliers

    Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), the urea solution required by diesel-engined vehicles equipped with SCR (selective catalytic reduction) control of NOx emissions, is now available from 2,800 locations across the US and Canada, according to the North American SCR Stakeholders Group. It asserts that the fluid (known in Europe as AdBlue)

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    US new vehicle market trends into 2010

    The economic storm that tore the US new vehicle market apart in late 2008 and continued well into 2009 has abated at last but the recovery remains patchy. After a period of such extreme pain for most OEMs, time then to take a long, hard look at how the major

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  • India: Volkswagen mulls sourcing components from India

    Volkswagen says it is considering the possibility of sourcing components from India, using the base set in place by Suzuki’s Indian subsidiary Maruti Suzuki. The OEM would not, however, provide any sort of timeframe for it to start sourcing components, nor would it suggest a possible volume. This decision follows…

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