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AUTO SALES: Indian LV Market Makes a Sluggish Start to 2019

  • Date: 05-04-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: LMC Auto

Light Vehicle (LV) wholesales remained weak in February, inching up by just 1% year-on-year (YoY) to 323k units. Passenger Vehicle (PV) sales fell by 2% YoY to 257k units, while demand for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) with a GVW of up to 6 tons surged by 12% YoY to 67k units. Consumers and businesses are taking a wait-and-see approach ahead of the general elections in April/May 2019. A slowing economy, a weak rupee, and tight credit conditions (even after a recent interest rate cut) are dampening sales, too.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Lack of electric car charging points 'putting off drivers'

A "patchy" network of charging points is discouraging UK drivers from embracing electric cars, analysis suggests.

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BATTERIES: VW secures lithium for EV batteries

  • Date: 05-04-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Just Auto

The Volkswagen Group and China's Ganfeng Lithium have signed a memorandum of understanding on long-term lithium supplies for battery cells.

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DIESEL: Dumping Diesel Is Bad for the Planet

  • Date: 05-04-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Bloomberg

File this under “unintended consequences.” The anti-diesel campaign that followed the 2016 discovery that Volkswagen AG used software cheats to understate its cars’ nitrogen oxide emissions has led to a rise in carbon dioxide, which has a greater impact on the climate.

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MACROECONOMICS: German Manufacturing Orders Plunge

German factory orders unexpectedly plunged in February, adding to evidence that Europe’s largest economy is some way off from overcoming a painful slump in industry.

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AUTO SALES: UK sales fall in key 'plate change' month

  • Date: 04-04-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Just Auto

UK new car registrations declined by 3.4% last month - unusual as March is one of two 'plate change' months.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Toyota to give royalty-free access to hybrid-vehicle patents

Toyota Motor Corp said it would offer royalty-free access to its hybrid-vehicle technology patents through 2030, as it seeks to expand use of lower emissions vehicles before the global auto industry shifts to all-battery electric cars.

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HYDROGEN: Full steam ahead for hydrogen in Korea

  • Date: 03-04-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Just Auto

While the rest of the world seems fixed on driving up the use of electric and hybrid vehicles to help reduce emissions and energy consumption, the South Korean government is putting forward a transportation policy based on hydrogen power.

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