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In September the German automotive manufacturers once again expanded in the US faster than the overall market for light vehicles (passenger cars and light trucks). They sold 104,000 new vehicles, thus pushing up their sales by 17.4 per cent compared with the same month last year. The market as a whole increased by 12.7 per cent to 1.18 million light vehicles. Also during the first nine months of the current year, the German brands grew faster than the total market.
"Electric mobility is coming, and the only question is where and when it will achieve the breakthrough, because it is a key technology for the sustainable mobility of the future,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), and German co-ordinator for electric mobility, on the occasion of today’s summit meeting in the Federal Chancellery.
Anyone who sits behind the wheel of a historic vehicle drives very safely and thinks ahead. In addition these vehicles, which are at least 30 years old, are in amazingly good technical condition. These are the findings from a new study into road traffic accidents compiled by the Traffic Accident Research unit (VUFO) affiliated to the Technical University of Dresden, on behalf of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
"Germany has a great deal to offer in the field of electric mobility. The German Government is therefore actively promoting research and development in this sector.” In his speech at the Electric Mobility Congress at the 64th IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Federal Minister of Economy Dr Philipp Rösler emphasised the drive for innovation of the automotive industry.
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my pleasure to welcome you most cordially to our final press conference at the 64th IAA Commercial Vehicles. Please allow me to start with my conclusion: never before has an IAA been as exciting as this one! Never before have we had so many new commercial vehicles – vans, heavy trucks, buses – on show as at this exhibition.
China built 6.2 million commercial vehicles in 2011, making it the world’s largest producer of commercial vehicles. Its share of total global production comes to 44 per cent. "China has now become a second home for the German automotive industry, and China itself is also at home in the international automotive family.” said Klaus Bräunig (VDA).
Round the clock, every day of the year, carriers have to assure safe and disturbance-free supplies of fresh foods and heat-sensitive chemical and pharmaceutical products – that is what the consumer wants. Accordingly, temperature-managed transport is of great significance throughout the entire logistics chain.
The future of commercial vehicles lies in the hybrid electric drive. But what contribution does the drive technology really make to improving the overall ecological balance, looking at the carbon footprint? How can lightweight, electrically powered commercial vehicles be used cost-efficiently?
Germany is about to undergo a paradigm shift in its transport policy: long-distance traffic is being largely deregulated to allow buses to ply the routes. The German parliamentary parties, the Länder (individual states) and the Federal Government have reached a multi-party agreement giving the green light for long-distance bus travel that is good for the environment and society.
What is the strategic importance of financial services in the commercial vehicle and trailer business? What is commercial vehicle financing by manufacturers’ banks like in Europe and other regions? What currently available insurance products are attractive to the operators of commercial vehicle fleets in Europe?
"The automotive industry is about to take a new innovative leap forward. New mobility concepts, the integration of energy providers, apps in the car and new customer demands made of mobility and networking call for high investments in IT, infrastructure, and the development of new, efficient solutions.
Today Turkey is one of the five largest commercial vehicle countries in the world. Last year its commercial vehicle production rose by over 10 per cent to 549,000 units. At the 64th International Motor Show (IAA) Commercial Vehicles in Hannover Turkey has 135 companies – the second largest group of foreign exhibitors.
"In an industrial society hazardous goods are used every day and of course they also have to be transported. However, the term ‘hazardous goods’ is by no means a negative one because the goods are generally basic materials and objects that have to be transported for everyday use.
Now that the European Union has set binding target values for reducing CO2 emissions of cars and light commercial vehicles, as a next step it is working to regulate CO2 emissions of heavy commercial vehicles. The European Commission has announced that it will present a proposal for regulation before expiry of the current legislative period in the year 2014.
Since the beginning of the year longer trucks with a total length of up to 25.25 metres have been running on German roads within the framework of a field trial. Following the first months of this trial an initial intermediate balance was struck at the 64th International Automobile Exhibition (IAA) Commercial Vehicles.
The 64th IAA Commercial Vehicles, which has a new record of 354 world premieres, and with 1,904 exhibitors from 46 countries has far exceeded the level at the IAA in 2010, is also attracting a greater number of visitors. On the first four exhibition days 148,000 people visited the IAA to experience the innovations at the world’s largest trade fair for transport, mobility and logistics.
Fans of model cars and miniature vehicles will find plenty to suit them at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover this weekend. This year too the model car collectors’ fair "Automania” will once again be one of the main attractions during the visitors’ weekend and will fire both children and adults with enthusiasm.
The international award for the trailer and bodybuilding industries that promotes outstanding ideas and product innovations in the trailer and body sectors, "Trailer Innovation 2013”, was presented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover yesterday.
In 2011 trucks transported around 3.4 billion tonnes of goods rapidly, efficiently and punctually on Germany’s roads. To guarantee the greatest possible safety for all road-users, it is essential that the payload is reliably secured to the loading floor. Load securing is therefore an important topic at the International Motor Show.
"India is one of the pillars of growth for our industry. Companies not represented in India are missing an important opportunity. And the European market is also becoming an increasingly interesting prospect for India. India can look forward with confidence to a free trade agreement that opens up the markets. However, a free trade agreement must actually serve the purpose of free trade.
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