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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.
"The MEPs have voted for a necessary and important correction to the unrealistic plans of the Commission,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), in response to today’s vote by the European Parliament on the draft Regulation on exterior noise from road vehicles.
In January 2013, 192,100 passenger cars were newly registered in Germany. This was nearly 9 per cent down on the very high level recorded in the same month last year. Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), underlined, "The January figures show that the German passenger car market cannot completely escape the economic difficulties in Europe.”
"A high level of individual mobility and protection for our ecological life-support systems – these are the most important goals for the mobility of tomorrow,” according to Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), and Ralf Fücks, President of the Green Heinrich Böll Foundation.
VDA, VDIK and ADAC present new rescue software to Federal Transport Minister Ramsauer; start on 1 Fe
In future, fire and rescue services will be able to help at road traffic accidents even faster and more precisely than before. Starting immediately, all the necessary data sheets containing information for rescuing persons from vehicles involved in accidents are available in electronic form at the rescue control centres.
We must not jeopardise the capability and enhancement of our competitiveness – a joint achievement by politicians, businesses and trade unions over recent years. We should not forget that years ago Germany was seen as the ‘sick man of Europe.’ Eight years ago Germany was suffering with around 5 million unemployed.
"Today the German automotive industry works in highly complex production networks spanning the globe. Automotive production logistics – that is, the punctual supply of assembly lines with all the necessary parts – is a prerequisite for a smoothly functioning value-added chain for manufacturers and suppliers alike,” stressed Matthias Wissmann, President of the VDA.
"The first ever Automotive Logistics Forum has got off to a flying start. By attracting over 500 participants the event has far exceeded our expectations,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), speaking in Munich. The Automotive Logistics Forum was organised jointly by the VDA and the German Logistics Association (BVL) for the first time.
International automobile markets: BRIC states and USA continue growing – Western Europe remains prob
The international automobile markets remained stable over the year 2012 as a whole. The USA, Brazil, Russia, India and China enjoyed solid growth, while the Japanese passenger car market recorded around 4.6 million new cars – the highest number of new registrations since 2006. By contrast, sales in Western Europe were down by 8 per cent.
The "Automotive Logistics Forum” organised by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and the German Logistics Association (BVL) will be held in Munich on 23 and 24 January 2013 with the slogan "Mastering Complexity.”
The US automotive market has revitalised itself with amazing speed and dynamism. Last year it shifted up several gears. We are especially delighted that in 2012, in both the passenger car and the light truck segments the German manufacturers grew faster than the relevant US markets.
In 2012 the German group brands once again grew faster than the US market. They pushed up their sales of light vehicles (passenger cars and light trucks) by over 21 per cent to around 1.27 million units, while the total light vehicle market expanded by a good 13 per cent to more than 14.4 million vehicles.
As expected, new registrations of passenger cars in Germany reached a volume of around 3.1 million units for the entire year 2012. This represents a modest fall of almost 3 per cent compared with the 2011 figure (3.17 million new registrations). "We therefore regard our forecast as confirmed,” stressed Matthias Wissmann, President of the VDA.
In 2011 the German automotive industry once again increased its investment in research and development. Expenditure on R&D by the industry in Germany came to nearly 22 billion euro, including external spending. This was around 11 per cent more than in the year 2010.
When accidents occur, light vans do not behave very differently from passenger cars. This applies above all to vans up to 2.8 t. That is the result of a research project by the German Insurers Accident Research (UDV), the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), the German Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) and the testing and training organisation DEKRA.
Six German automotive companies – the passenger car manufacturers Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen, and the supplier Bosch – are starting their first ever joint information campaign for "clean diesels” in the USA.
This Christmas present will delight all car aficionados: a gift ticket to the 65th International Motor Show (IAA) Cars in Frankfurt am Main. With this ticket you can spend two days experiencing all kinds of automotive attractions at the world’s most important trade fair for mobility.
The figures for the first eleven months of this year are now available. We are therefore already in a position to assess the automotive year 2012 and to give you an initial idea of the outlook for the coming year.
"The global market for passenger cars is continuing its growth in 2012 – despite the difficult situation in Western Europe. The dynamic growth in North America and Asia is supporting the increase in world-wide passenger car sales of 4 per cent to over 68 million new cars,” stressed Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
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