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The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and the German Design Council are presenting the VDA Design Awards for the sixth time. The laureates are from Sweden, India, Australia and Germany.
At the press conference of the German pavilion at the Comtrans commercial vehicles trade fair in Moscow, Dr Kay Lindemann, Managing Director of the German Association of the Automotive Industry, stated: Russia is continuing to gain in significance for the German commercial vehicle industry, something which is particularly clear here at the Comtrans in Moscow.
The 65th IAA 2013 is "the world’s most automobile show.” That is the IAA slogan. The slogan is backed up by facts and figures: there is no other motor show anywhere in the world with more premieres, more new developments or more innovation. Visitors will not find "more automobile” anywhere else. They can look forward to 159 world premieres, 70 of them by manufacturers and 65 by suppliers.
In August the US market increased by 17 per cent to 1.5 million light vehicles (passenger cars and light trucks), turning in the best monthly result since May 2007. "This means that after only eight months the market has already broken through the 10 million mark. US customers are in the mood for buying automobiles,” stressed Matthias Wissmann, President of the VDA.
In August 2013 a total of 214,100 passenger cars were newly registered on the German market. That represents a fall of 5 per cent in comparison with the same month last year. However, August this year had one less working day than August 2012. After seasonal adjustment, the volume of registrations is roughly equal to that seen last year.
Advance ticket sales for the International Motor Show (IAA) Cars are doing better than ever. "So far 40 per cent more tickets for the IAA have been sold in advance this year than in 2011. And although of course that cannot be seen as a forecast of visitor numbers, the keen advance sales are an initial indication that the IAA will be well visited,” said VDA President Matthias Wissmann.
On 12 September 2013 the 65th IAA Cars will open its doors. While the first two days are reserved for trade visitors, from 14 September onwards the exhibition will be open to the general public. And there are numerous automobile-related special activities for visitors of all ages. Fun behind the steering wheel, the children’s cinema, and quiet breaks.
Two major country-themed events will take place at the 65th IAA Cars: the IAA symposium entitled "The Transatlantic Partnership – Opportunities and Challenges” on 18 September 2013, dealing extensively with trade relations between the EU and the USA, and the "8th IAA India Day” on 13 September 2013, which will focus on Indo-German relations.
The 65th IAA Cars will be characterised by two strategically important technological innovation topics: electric mobility and connected cars. These two technology drivers will not only be visible at the exhibitors’ stands, but will also receive detailed treatment at two one-day IAA symposia.
In July new registrations of passenger cars in Western Europe increased by a good 4 per cent to reach 954,300 units. Following April, this is the second month of growth this year. "The positive July result on the Western European passenger car market is a good start for the stabilisation of the automotive business we expected on this important market in the second half of the year.
Vehicles premiered at the IAA 30 years ago become the latest historic vehicles/ 150 years of the Red
These cars are just 30 years young and already well on the way to being classic cars. At the IAA 2013 the "Special show of historic vehicles” is presenting cars premiered at the IAA in 1983 – under the slogan "The stars of 1983 – where are they now?” Today the vehicles on display are 30 years old and therefore can be registered as historic vehicles for the first time.
The 65th IAA Cars in Frankfurt will not only host numerous world premieres; the world‘s most important trade fair for mobility is also a major congress with a large number of specialist events. One of the highlights will be financial aspects associated with cars – taxes, import duties and financial services.
65th IAA Cars: again large numbers of exhibitors and area despite economic situation in Western Euro
"Even in these difficult times the IAA is a rock of stability: the number of exhibitors (around 1,000) and the exhibition area (around 230,000 square meters) have both reached the high levels seen in 2011 – despite weakness on the Western European passenger car market,” stressed Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in Berlin.
The German passenger car market grew by 2 per cent to 253,150 units in July 2013. That is the second rise this year, following growth in April. However, the last month had one more working day than July 2012. In the first seven months of this year 1.76 million passenger cars were newly registered in Germany (-7 per cent).
The situation on the international markets displayed marked contrasts again in June too. The dynamics in the Chinese market were confirmed once more in the past month. Sales rose by almost 15 percent by comparison with June 2012.
"When science and business are networked intelligently, this benefits Germany as an industrial location. Interfaces such as the "acs Automotive Center Südwestfalen” bring small and medium-sized suppliers and research institutes together and strengthen the entire German automotive industry with innovative ideas,” explained Dr Ulrich Eichhorn...
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