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Australia’s Automotive Fortunes Assured in the Short Term but Disruptors to the Long-term Potential are Many

A combination of low interest rates and oil prices, employment gains and healthy economic growth are boosting Australia’s automotive fortunes in the short term. Australian consumers also continue to defect to versatile vehicles such as SUVs in their droves which is supporting replacement demand. The likelihood of rising oil prices and interest rates and an […]
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Opel Ogles Value Vehicles

Following the announcement by General Motors (GM) in December 2013 that it is withdrawing the Chevrolet brand from Europe, I commented back in December that this creates space for an affordable GM brand in Europe. This possibility is further supported by the fact that GM is seeking to move the Opel/Vauxhall brands upmarket with models […]
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National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) Drives Car Sales to Record Levels in Nigeria

In October 2013, the Federal Government of Nigeria announced its National Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP). In order to stimulate investment in local vehicle production and thereby bolster Nigeria’s economy instead of revenues heading abroad, a core component of the plan is an increase in import duties for passenger cars from 20% to 70% (35% […]
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Marchionne’s Latest Five Year Plan Rightfully Addresses the Core Problems at FiatChrysler (Part 2)

Further to my first piece which focused on FCA’s plans in Europe, the second problem that FCA’s new plan seeks to tackle is the group’s fundamental under-representation in key emerging markets, especially China. Although compact cars account for 1 in 4 passenger vehicle sales in China, competition is intense and FIAT arguably sits uncomfortably between domestic […]
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Thailand’s Troubled Car Market Makes Investment Elsewhere in the ASEAN Region More Attractive

I read with interest an article in the 5 February edition of the Financial Times, “Japanese Car Sales Plunge in Thailand”, which outlines that Mazda and Mitsubishi are the latest carmakers to report declining sales in Thailand in their third-quarter results. With ongoing political unrest and a poor prognosis for demand, autos investment will surely come under […]
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As Cars Increasingly Become Smartphones on Wheels, Their Makers Need to Support Both Android and iOS

AppConext Auto recently released an infographic, “Wheels in Motion”, which states that “according to a survey by Accenture, in-vehicle technology was overwhelmingly named as the most important factor in car purchasing decisions for US-based buyers”. No wonder then that cars are increasingly becoming “smartphones on wheels”, but the question still remains as to which operating […]
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