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AUTO SALES: Carmakers to Face More Pain as Sales in China Keep Sliding

  • Date: 18-02-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Car sales in China continued to decline in January after their first full-year slump in more than two decades, adding to pressure on automakers who bet heavily on the market amid waning demand for cars from the U.S. to Europe.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Honda to Shut U.K. Factory in Latest Blow as Brexit Looms

Honda Motor Co. said it plans to close its factory in the U.K. in the biggest blow yet to the British auto industry already buckling under thousands of job cuts and the loss of key models in the run-up to Brexit.

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BATTERIES: DOE launches its first Li-ion battery recycling R&D center: ReCell; driving toward closed-loop recycling

  • Date: 16-02-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched its first lithium-ion battery recycling center, called the ReCell Center. Recycled materials from lithium-ion batteries can be reused in new batteries, reducing production costs by 10 to 30 percent, which could help lower the overall cost of electric vehicle (EV) batteries to DOE’s goal of $80 per kilowatt hour.

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AUTO SALES: China sales likely weakened in January

  • Date: 15-02-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Just Auto

China's vehicle market looked to have weakened further in January with some key producers reporting declining sales ahead of the release of official data from the China automotive Manufacturers Association (CAAM).

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AUTO SALES: European car sales drop 4.6 percent in January: ACEA

  • Date: 15-02-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - FCA Group, Ford and Volkswagen led a 4.6 percent decline in European car registrations in January, industry data showed, dampened by an economic slowdown in euro zone economies and consumer jitters over Brexit and trade.

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MOBILITY: GM will launch electric bike sales in Europe

  • Date: 14-02-19
  • Category: MOBILITY
  • Source: Auto News

General Motors said it will begin selling electric bicycles in Europe in the second quarter. Two such bicycles, a compact bike and a foldable one, will launch first in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, markets where cycles powered by lithium ion batteries are already popular, GM said in a statement Thursday.

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EMISSIONS: Thailand brings forward Euro 5 for diesel

  • Date: 14-02-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Just Auto

The Thai government has said it will bring forward its planned introduction of Euro 5 standards for diesel fuel to 2023 from its previous deadline of 2025 in response to recent concerns over air pollution in the country.

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AUTO SALES: No-Deal Brexit - impact on UK light vehicles - LMCA view

  • Date: 14-02-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: LMC Auto

If there are no significant changes to Brexit-related legislation in the UK Parliament between now and 29 March, the automatic operation of law will see the UK leave the EU, with or without a deal. The politics appear impossible to predict, but we can examine some aspects of a no-deal scenario, which is no longer unlikely. Our newly launched European Light Vehicle Trade Flow Forecast reveals where some of the biggest risks lie.

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