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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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
In December 2013, a total of 215,300 passenger cars were newly registered in Germany. This ensured another a good 5 per cent growth on the domestic market as the year closed, and put the total number of vehicles newly registered during the year 2013 at more than 2.95 million (-4 per cent).
The year 2013 once again confirmed the remarkable rise in popularity of white as the colour for new cars. In 2006 less than 2 per cent of all newly registered passenger cars in Germany were white, but since then the proportion has risen continually.
The German automotive industry has set a new record for its expenditure on research and development for the fourth time in succession. In 2012 manufacturers and suppliers spent a total of 23.5 billion euro (including external expenditure). That represents a rise of nearly 6 per cent compared with last year.
Most young people in Germany want to have their own car, according to a study carried out by TNS Infratest, a renowned institute for market and opinion research in Germany. In the study, 1,000 men and women aged 18 or over were asked about their attitudes to cars. For 80 per cent of 18 to 29-year-olds, owning their first car is "something really special.”
The international passenger car markets proved to be in a very good mood in November. Passenger car sales in China rose by nearly one quarter last month. Positive growth was also seen in demand on the traditional automotive markets: the US light vehicle market expanded by almost 9 per cent, while Japan recorded an increase of around 17 per cent.
The number of "classic cars” (new and established historic vehicles) has been continuously increasing over the last five years – by an average of 8 percent per annum – and now exceeds 6.5 million vehicles.
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