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    Tunisia: Fire destroys Autoliv plant

    Autoliv’s steering wheel plant in El Nadhour, Tunisia has been destroyed by a fire that broke out on 26 December. The supplier believes the fire was caused by welding repair work that was being conducted during the holiday period. The El Nadhour plant manufactures steering wheels for more than 25…

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  • Switzerland: UN forum to adopt Japanese EV regulations

    The upcoming UN World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations is expected to adopt several of Japan’s safety regulations regarding hybrid and electric vehicles, turning them into global standards, reports Japanese newspaper the Nikkei. The forum is a working party of the United National Economic Commission for Europe and is

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  • China: SAIC hopes to double Roewe, MG sales in 2010

    Chinese vehicle manufacturer SAIC Motor plans to double its car sales from an expected 90,000 cars in 2009 to 180,000 this year, according to a report carried by China Daily. This is the number the OEM has suggested for its own-brand cars under the Roewe and MG brands. In the…

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  • Italy: Maserati sees flat sales in 2010

    Maserati expects to sell about as many cars in 2010 as it did this year, when unit sales dropped by 40%, Harald Wester, the unit’s head, is reported to have said in an interview with auto motor und sport. “We need to be prepared to become significantly more profitable in…

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  • China: GM’s 2009 China sales rise 67%

    General Motors has reported a 67% rise in its 2009 China sales to 1,826,424 units, taking market share to 13.4%, from 12.1% in 2008, reflecting strong sales of Buick, Chevrolet and Wuling vehicles. The strong year-end results were possible in part because of record December sales by GM’s Shanghai GM

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    South Korea: Hyundai/Kia target 17% growth in 2010

    Hyundai and Kia are together targeting a 17% increase in vehicle sales in 2010 to 5.4 million units, growth which is expected to be driven by new models and a global economic recovery. Hyundai Motor Group, which encompasses Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, sold an estimated 4.63 million units in

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  • India: Ashok Leyland unveils new U-Truck platform

    Ashok Leyland has unveiled a new truck platform, U-Truck, and has launched a tipper and a tractor on the platform. The Indian CV manufacturer’s intention is to shift its entire product range to the U-Truck platform by 2013. “Starting April this year, we will roll out 25 products in the…

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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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