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    China: Vehicle sales rise 46.1% in 2009

    New vehicle sales in China rose by 46.1% in 2009, boosted by the government’s stimulus measures, to reach 13.64 million units. Xinhua, citing data compiled by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), says passenger car sales accounted for 10.33 million units, a year-on-year increase of 52.9%. Sales of CVs…

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    North America: Ford grabs car/truck of the year awards

    Ford’s Fusion Hybrid has been named the 2010 North American Car of the Year while the Ford Transit Connect has been named 2010 North American Truck of the Year. The awards are decided by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from the US and Canada and take into account a

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  • Slovakia: Car/LCV segments post combined drop of 29.5%

    Sales of passenger cars and LCVs, less than 3.5 tonnes, in Slovakia dropped to 6,474 vehicles in December 2009, compared with 9,185 units sold in the corresponding month a year earlier. Data compiled by Slovakia’s automotive industry association ZAP reveals that total sales last month comprised 4,261 cars (6,393 in…

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  • Germany: MAN Group secures €300m R&D loan

    MAN Group has concluded a €300m (US$436m) loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB). The funding will be used towards research into more fuel efficient and cleaner engines for trucks and buses. The loan is part of a programme to stimulate investment in eco-friendly automotive transport. Over the next…

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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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  • 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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    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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  • Czech Republic: Industry records flat sales in December

    Data published by the Czech Republic’s Car Importers Association (CIA) shows that the country’s automotive industry recorded flat sales in December 2009, compared with the corresponding month a year earlier. Total new vehicle registrations, including two-wheelers, trailers and tractors, stood at 18,869 units last month, while 18,870 new vehicles were…

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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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  • 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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