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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.
This coalition agreement must result in stable government work – a stable majority is not everything. We welcome the fact that at least tax burdens are not going to increase and that German industry is being given fundamental importance. However, this on its own is not sufficient for leading our country into a robust economic future.
The Technical University of Berlin is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Quality Management Department at its Institute for Machine Tools and Factory Management. In his speech at today’s celebratory colloquium, Dr Ulrich Eichhorn announced that a new chair in "Quality Strategy and Quality Competence” at the TU Berlin would be created with sponsorship from the VDA’s Quality Management Center.
Today Dr. Ing. E.h. Bernard Krone was given honorary membership of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in recognition of his outstanding services as long-serving VDA Vice-president and chairman of the Manufacturer Group "Trailers, Special Bodies and Buses.”
The global passenger car market was buoyant in October: the Chinese market increased by one third, while sales in the US grew by nearly 11 per cent, and in Japan by a good 18 per cent. The Western European market continued its recovery, expanding by just over 4 per cent.
This year German cars have once again come top in the quality and reliability rankings, right across the board from AutoMarxX and the ADAC breakdown statistics to the TÜV Report. These successes are the result of the German automotive industry’s untiring efforts to continue raising the quality of its products and processes
The Managing Board of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) elected Arndt G. Kirchhoff, CEO of Kirchhoff Holding GmbH & Co. KG, to the VDA’s Presiding Board for Manufacturer Group III (vehicle parts and accessories) at its meeting on 13 November 2013.
The VDA has criticised the European Commission’s decision to initiate an in-depth review of Germany’s trade surplus to investigate "macro-economic imbalances.” Matthias Wissmann, VDA President, said, "The export surplus is not the result of political intervention in the market, but of a competitiveness that the German companies work on every day."
Germany has come in for criticism. This is not – as in many other countries – an accusation of protectionism. Instead, it is Germany’s strength in exports that Washington and Brussels object to. They complain that Germany’s trade surplus is maintaining the existing imbalances in Europe, while the country’s domestic demand is too weak.
"The limit value set for the year 2020, of 147 g CO2/km, is exceptionally challenging and will demand a good deal from our companies, without being excessive. This Regulation is reasonable because it is oriented on what is economically and technically feasible,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
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