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AUTO SALES: Carmakers Look to Beijing to Revive China's Slumping Auto Market

  • Date: 17-04-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Volkswagen AG, Nissan Motor Co. and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. are among the carmakers increasingly counting on Chinese government tax cuts to stimulate demand and help the world’s biggest auto market rebound from its worst slump in a generation. The unanswered question is when that will happen.

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CHINA: China considers plan to ease controls over new car licenses: Caixin

  • Date: 17-04-19
  • Category: CHINA
  • Source: Reuters

China is considering plans to relax controls over the issuance of new car licenses in major cities to boost flagging auto sales, financial magazine Caixin reported on Wednesday, citing a draft document by the country’s state planner.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Royal Bafokeng Platinum Quarterly Review and Production Report

  • Date: 17-04-19
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Royal Bafokeng Platinum

Total tonnes delivered to concentrators increased by 17.3% to 862kt with total tonnes milled increasing by 11.6% to 846kt compared to the corresponding 2018 quarter.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The uphill road - battery limitations to test China's electric vehicle ambitions

It took one 330 kilometre trip from Chongqing to Chengdu in his Nio ES8, a seven-seater all-electric SUV, for its owner Wang Haichun to be consumed with buyer’s remorse.

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FUEL CELLS: Hyundai Motor, H2 Energy JV to spearhead hydrogen mobility in Europe; 1,600 fuel cell heavy-duty trucks to the JV through 2025

  • Date: 16-04-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Hyundai Motor Company and H2 Energy AG have signed a contract for a joint venture—Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility—aimed at taking a lead across Europe’s burgeoning hydrogen mobility ecosystem.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Northam places R1.65bn in new notes as existing note maturity draws near

NORTHAM Platinum has completed the private placement of R1.65bn in domestic medium term notes which will be used to settle existing notes that mature from this month.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The $18 Billion Electric-Car Bubble at Risk of Bursting in China

An iPhone assembler, e-commerce emporium and real-estate developer typically don’t compete in the same business -- except when it comes to electric vehicles in China.

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LITHIUM: Orocobre and Toyota Tsusho approve Japan plant

  • Date: 12-04-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Lithium miner Orocobre and its joint venture (JV) partner Toyota Tsusho Corporation have approved the development of the $77.6-million Naraha lithium hydroxide plant, in Japan.

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