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  • US: Panasonic to supply battery cells for Tesla

    Tesla has chosen Panasonic to supply it with nickel-based lithium-ion battery cells for battery packs used in its electric vehicles and the two companies will collaborate to build more affordable and efficient lithium nickel batteries. “Being selected by Tesla to provide cells for their current and next- generation EV battery…

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    Sweden: AlixPartners to oversee Saab wind down

    Following a recent flurry of bids for its Saab business, General Motors has announced that it has selected AlixPartners to supervise Saab’s wind down. GM notes that the use of a wind down supervisor is common in Sweden, and it has requested approval of its selection from the Swedish authorities.…

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  • Germany: A-Class E-Cell production starts in October

    Daimler has confirmed that it will begin production of an electric version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class in October 2010. Production of the electric A-Class, to be badged A-Class E-Cell, will be limited to 500 units, which will be available for lease to selected customers for four years or 60,000km. The

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  • US: Mahindra eyes Navistar plant for pick-up assembly

    Pawan Goenka, the president of Mahindra & Mahindra’s automotive division, has confirmed that the company is considering assembling pick-ups at a Navistar plant in the US. The Wall Street Journal, citing comments by Goenka in an interview with Dow Jones, reports that a final decision on the matter is expected

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  • Turkey: Vehicle production down 24% in 2009

    Despite an increase in production in November and December 2009 of 30% and approximately 70% respectively, Turkey’s Automotive Industry Association (OSD) has reported that full-year vehicle production in Turkey fell by 24% year-on-year to 869,953 units. The majority of vehicles built in Turkey are exported, and the end of year…

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    Sweden: Genii Capital confirms Saab bid

    Luxembourg-based investment firm Genii Capital has confirmed that it has submitted a bid to acquire GM’s Saab operations in collaboration with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone. In a statement, the company explains that its diverse investments and knowledge of the automotive industry will allow it to “add value to the

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  • India: Maruti Suzuki Eeco unveiled at Auto Expo

    Suzuki’s Indian subsidiary Maruti Suzuki India has unveiled its new offering in the C segment, the Eeco minivan, designed specifically for the domestic market. The Eeco replaces the OEM’s older minivan, the Versa, and retains the Versa’s general shape and dimensions. The five-door Eeco offers seven- and five-seater options, and…

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  • India: OEMs report strong sales in December

    Low automotive sales in December 2008, when the industry was significantly affected by the economic slowdown, boosted OEMs’ sales growth rates last month. The leader in the passenger car segment, Maruti Suzuki, accounted for total sales of 84,804 units (+50.6%), up from 56,293 units a year earlier. The bulk of…

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  • India: Eicher reports rise in December sales

    VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), the 50:50 joint venture between Eicher Motors and Volvo Trucks in India, has reported sales of 2,665 Eicher branded trucks and buses in December 2009, compared with 748 units a year ago. This was comprised of 2,378 domestic sales, up 374% year-on-year, and a 17% rise

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  • US: Polaris enters LSV market with electric model

    Polaris Defense has entered the low-speed vehicle market with the introduction of its electric Low Speed Vehicle (LSV), the Polaris EV LSV, targeted at military on- and off-road use. The vehicle is based on the Polaris Ranger EV platform and is the company’s first off-road electric vehicle. The vehicle is…

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  • India: Renault Nissan sets plant inauguration date

    An unnamed state government official says Renault Nissan Automotive India (RNAIPL) plans to inaugurate its upcoming joint venture plant at Oragadam, near the southern Indian city of Chennai, on 18 March 2010. Citing this official, Press Trust of India says RNAIPL managing director Akirai Sakurai met Tamil Nadu’s deputy chief…

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  • Denmark: Geely prepares to launch Nanoq EV in Europe

    A joint venture between Geely and Danish company Lynx Cars is preparing to launch an electric version of the Geely Panda in Europe in spring 2010, with sales in Asia, the Middle East and the US expected to follow. The small hatchback will be sold in Europe and the US…

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  • UK: Carlutti to head Tesla’s European operations

    Tesla Motors has appointed Cristiano Carlutti as the vice president of the company’s European sales and operations. Carlutti, a former Fiat executive, takes on his new responsibilities as of this week. Carlutti, who joined Fiat in 1995, most recently served at the vice president level with responsibility for its strategy…

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