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The three largest automotive markets – Western Europe, the USA and China – all expanded significantly in March. In Western Europe new registrations of passenger cars rose by 9.5 per cent, while in the USA sales of light vehicle increased by nearly 6 per cent and the Chinese passenger car market grew by a good 12 per cent.
Today the European Parliament passed amendments to Directive 96/53 governing the dimensions and weights of commercial vehicles. Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), commented: "The vote by the European Parliament is basically a step in the right direction.
In March 2014, new registrations of passenger cars in Germany rose by 5 per cent to 296,400 units, continuing the expected stabilisation. In the first quarter the figures increased by 6 per cent to 711,700 vehicles. Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), stressed, "The welcome development on the German market consolidated in March.”
"The German automotive industry is working on a completely new definition of safety in road traffic. The future lies in connecting vehicles with one another, with the infrastructure and with the Internet. Cars will communicate with one another using either mobile telephony or wireless networks."
The global automotive business demonstrated two separate trends in February. Considerable growth was seen on the passenger car markets in Western Europe (+6 per cent) and Japan (+19 per cent), while in China demand for passenger cars recorded a double-digit increase (+22 per cent).
This year the IAA Commercial Vehicles is emphasising its role in promoting careers. The "job and career” forum will be a new feature at the world’s leading trade fair for mobility, transport and logistics in Hannover.
"Driving the Future”. This is the slogan of the 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles, which will be held in Hannover from 25 September to 2 October 2014. "The IAA slogan underlines two strategic tasks for commercial vehicles: the drive for innovation of the entire industry – which is of course preparing for the future – and the special contribution this industry makes to transport and logistics."
A considerable number of new electric cars will appear on German roads in 2014. The German manufacturers alone will have 16 electric series models on offer by the end of the year. The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) is now firing the starter’s pistol for fleets of e-cars. Today it can already pay off to choose electric cars – for commercial fleets in particular.
The prices of historic motor vehicles have again shown a strong rise over the past year. In 2013 the German Classic Car Index published by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) increased by 8.1 per cent (cf. 4.2 per cent rise in 2012). A clear upward trend was seen on the historic vehicle market, most particularly in the second half of 2013.
In January developments on the international passenger car markets varied considerably. The Western European market recorded 897,100 units sold, which was a rise of nearly 5 per cent. This means that demand for passenger cars increased for the fifth month in succession. China’s sales totalled 1.7 million new cars, a new monthly record.
For the 16th time the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) is holding its Technical Congress, which this year will take place on the trade fair grounds in Hannover on 20 and 21 March. "Technical innovations are more important than ever before – for growth and employment, and in order to secure Germany’s international competitiveness.
Statement delivered by Klaus Bräunig, Managing Director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA); press conference at the German pavilion in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, 6 Februar 2014, 12.00 h local time
In January 2014 a total of 206,000 passenger cars were newly registered, which was a good 7 per cent up on the same month last year. Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), stressed, "We welcome the continuing stabilisation of the German passenger car market at the beginning of the new year.
"Automotive logistics plays in the Champions League of logistics. Logistics providers control material flows perfectly to ensure that production can run smoothly all around the globe,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), at the Automotive Logistics Forum in Frankfurt am Main.
The "Automotive Logistics Forum” will take place under the slogan "Flexibilisation of complex networks – international, intelligent, innovative” in Frankfurt am Main on 4 and 5 February 2014, organised by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and the German Logistics Association (BVL).
In December 2013, the Western European passenger car market showed double-digit growth again for the first time in almost four years. Sales climbed by nearly 13 per cent to 881,900 units. The last time Western Europe recorded double-digit growth (also of 13 per cent) was in March 2010. "It is especially welcome that the states which were previously in crisis are now moving forward once again.
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