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AUTO SALES: Fuel types of new cars: petrol +11.9%, diesel -3.7%, electric +81.3% in fourth quarter of 2019A

  • Date: 06-02-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 6 February 2020 – In the last quarter of 2019, EU demand for diesel cars further decreased, dropping to 29.5% of new-car registrations. Petrol cars accounted for 57.3% of the EU market, while electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECV) made up 4.4% of total new car sales across the region from October to December last year. All alternatively-powered vehicles (APV) combined held a market share of 13.2%.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: The Renault design boss matching sneakers to cars

Laurens van den Acker is shown wearing Le Coq Sportif sneakers to match the Renault Captur, pictured on the right.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Volkswagen aims to sell 250,000 electric cars in 2020

German carmaker Volkswagen is investing heavily in electric cars. The company has rolled out 250,000 electric cars since the start of the company’s electric vehicle programme in 2013.

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CORONAVIRUS: VW is automaker most exposed to virus impact, S&P says

  • Date: 05-02-20
  • Category: CORONAVIRUS
  • Source: Bloomberg

Volkswagen Group is the automaker most exposed to the coronavirus outbreak in China, according to Standard & Poors.

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ACQUISITION: Early settlement of deferred consideration for 33% interest in BRPM JV by Royal Bafokeng Platinum

  • Date: 03-02-20
  • Category: ACQUISITIONS
  • Source: Anglo American Platinum

Anglo American Platinum refers shareholders to the SENS announcement of the completion of the disposal of its 33% interest in the Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine joint venture (“BRPM JV”) on 12 December 2018, (the “Transaction”).

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SOUTH AFRICA: Platinum Mining Giant Says South Africa Running Out of Time

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa may be running out of time to enact the reforms required to attract significant investments in the country’s mining industry.

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PGM PROJECTS: New Age Metals Inc. Closes Private Placement for $2-million

  • Date: 03-02-20
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: New Age Metals

February 3, 2020 Rockport, ON, Canada – New Age Metals Inc. (the “Company”) (TSX.V: NAM; OTCQB: NMTLF; FSE: P7J) has closed a fully subscribed private placement of 40 million units for aggregate gross proceeds of $2-million managed by IBK Capital Corp. Each Unit consisted of one common share and one common share purchase warrant (“Warrant”), where each Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one additional common share at a price of $0.10 per share for a period of two (2) years from the date of closing.

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BATTERIES: PSA Group And Saft Announce Two EV Battery Gigafactories

  • Date: 03-02-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Inside EVs

French battery manufacturer Saft (part of Total since 2016) and the PSA Group (with its Opel brand) officially announced plans for two lithium-ion EV battery cell plants in Europe.

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