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Berlin, 15 May 2013. Russia continues to become more important for the German automotive industry. "One fifth of all passenger cars newly registered in Russia bear a German group badge. In Russia, too, we are pursuing a successful two-pillar strategy – based on exports from German plants and simultaneous establishment and expansion of local assembly,” said Dr Kay Lindemann
More and more historic vehicles are running on German roads. At the turn of the year 254,053 passenger cars had "H” registration plates. This was almost 10 per cent up on the previous year. In total Germany has around 285,000 vehicles with H-plates – alongside passenger cars they include motorcycles, commercial vehicles, tractors and other vehicles.
The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) made the following statement on today’s vote in the Environment Committee of the European Parliament on the CO2 regulation for light commercial vehicles.
In April 2013, 284,500 new passenger cars were registered in Germany. This represents year-on-year growth of around 4 per cent. However, this year April had two more working days than it did in 2012. Since the beginning of the year new registrations have fallen by nearly 9 per cent to 958,500 units.
The German manufacturers and suppliers currently lead global competition in innovation. This is the main finding of the recent study of innovation by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM). Matthias Wissmann, President of the VDA commented, "Our industry has more than ever absorbed the fact that research and innovation are the keys to a successful future!"
Berlin, 24 April 2013. Commenting on today’s vote by the Environment Committee of the European Parliament on the CO2 regulation for passenger cars, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) declared: EU sets strictest limit value world-wide – alternative drive trains are necessary
With 30 exhibitors – all of them highly expert and innovative suppliers – the German pavilion is larger and more comprehensive than it was two years ago. Several major supply companies from Germany also have their own exhibition stands here in Shanghai.
Berlin, 17 April 2013. In March global sales of passenger cars once again showed mixed results. In the USA sales of light vehicles increased (+3 per cent), while double-digit expansion of the Chinese passenger car market (+20 per cent) reinforced its importance as a driver of growth in world-wide demand for passenger cars.
In March 2013, 281,200 passenger cars were newly registered in Germany. That represents a fall of 17 per cent compared with the same month last year. However, owing to this year’s Easter holiday, March had two fewer working days in 2013 than in 2012. "The drop is therefore especially marked in comparison to the very respectable figures for March 2012,” stressed Matthias Wissmann.
In view of the high diesel and petrol prices, Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), has warned against making individual mobility even more expensive. "Right now, during the holiday period, the consumers will once again have to reach deep into their pockets,” Wissmann said.
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Statement delivered by Klaus Bräunig, Managing Director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), at the VDA’s Press Briefing on March 28, 2013, at the Seoul Motor Show, Seoul, South Korea
Munich/Berlin, 21 March 2013. "The German automotive industry is setting itself the goal of consistently opening up fields for future development for mobility. Our manufacturers and suppliers want to set the technological benchmark. One major driver of innovation is the premium segment.
Developments on the world’s passenger car markets again varied in February. Demand for new vehicles rose by 4 per cent in the USA, and by 2 per cent in Russia. In the first two months of this year the Chinese market expanded by a good 28 per cent – although the February figures are not comparable with those from the previous year owing to the Chinese New Year celebrations.
"Electric mobility can create many thousands of new jobs in Germany. The new drive train technology can become a motor for jobs German industry, in both research and production, given the right general conditions,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). He was speaking at the Capital Conference on Electric Mobility 2013 in Berlin.
Growth in the value of historic motor vehicles in Germany slowed down markedly in 2012. The average values of historic vehicles rose by a moderate 4.2 per cent last year, according to the latest German Classic Car Index for 2012, which is published by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
Geneva/Berlin, 4 March 2013. Traditionally the Geneva International Motor Show stands for the beginning of the "automotive spring.” And here on the shores of Lake Geneva the German manufacturers in particular are showing numerous innovations.
Berlin, 25 February 2013. "The preparations for the world’s most important automotive trade fair, the 65th International Motor Show (IAA) Cars in Frankfurt, have been running at full speed for many weeks now. In addition to numerous world premieres, the innovations will focus on electric mobility and networked driving.
Berlin, 21 February 2013. "This year’s Technical Congress is devoted to technological change, which currently pervades all areas of the automotive industry and poses huge challenges for our companies,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
As the new year started, as expected trends on the world’s passenger car markets varied. Sales showed marked double-digit growth in China (+59 per cent), the USA (+14 per cent) and Brazil (+18 per cent). The Russian market also expanded (+5 per cent). New registrations of passenger cars in Western Europe, by contrast, were down by 9 per cent owing to the weak demand in key countries.
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