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AUTO PRODUCTION: FCA, Italy's top dealer enact temporary closures under virus pressure

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Wednesday it will start implementing temporary closures at some of its Italian plants, and Italy's largest dealer group said it will shut its doors until April 3 to help combat Europe's worst outbreak of the coronavirus.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Work starts on 'electric petrol station' in Essex

Work has started on an electric vehicle charging forecourt that will be able to charge 24 cars at once.

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AUTO SALES: Morgan Stanley Slashes U.S. Auto Sales View Over Virus ‘Shock’

  • Date: 11-03-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

Morgan Stanley’s auto analyst sliced his estimate for U.S. sales this year, predicting a “demand shock” from consumers delaying big-ticket purchases because of the coronavirus.

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PGM PROJECTS: Implats casts further doubt on $874m Waterberg JV saying it is “treading cautiously”

IMPALA Platinum (Implats) gave its biggest signal yet that it was having second thoughts about investing in the Waterberg Joint Venture, a large palladium resource currently under the development of Platinum Group Metals (PTM).

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AUTO SALES: JATO: electrified vehicles 13% of new car reg in Europe in January 2020; electrified vehicles only growth-driver

  • Date: 10-03-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

After a large increase of new vehicle registrations in Europe in December 2019, volumes for January decreased, marking another month of transition for the complex new car market. A total of 1,138,057 new passenger cars were registered in Europe in January 2020, representing a decline of 7.6% from January 2019, according to JATO Dynamics. This steep reduction was in large part caused by the last-minute purchases made in December, due to the impending introduction of the new CO2 emissions regulati

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AUTO SALES: US plug-in electric vehicle sales decline in 2019 due to softer PHEV sales; ~2% of market

  • Date: 10-03-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Following a year of rapid growth in 2018, in which sales nearly doubled from the previous year, sales of plug-in electric vehicles in the US declined in 2019, due to lower sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

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AUTO SALES: Steeper decline expected for Chinese auto market

  • Date: 10-03-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Shine.cn

China’s passenger car sales are expected to decline 8 percent in 2020, according to the latest figures from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA).

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AUTO SALES: European Carmakers Worry Coronavirus Outbreak May Hurt Sales

  • Date: 10-03-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: New York Times

European auto manufacturers have so far defied expectations that supply chain chaos would bring their assembly lines to a standstill. Even after northern Italy, an important node in the global parts network, went into lockdown on Sunday, carmakers like BMW, Daimler, Fiat, Peugeot and Volkswagen said on Monday that production was normal.

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