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Electric-Car with PlugGlobal Production of Electric Vehicles

World­wide pro­duc­tion of elec­tric vehi­cles (EVs) will soar by 67 per­cent this year. See ten predictions.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Sales To Top 600K By 2020

Fuel cell light vehicles expected to be commercially launched in 2014 in most regions of world. The US will be the largest market for FCVs in 2020, followed by China and Germany.

Distracted Driving More Dangerous for Novice Drivers

The findings from a newly-released distracted driving study that monitored 151 licensed U.S. drivers - 42 novices and 109 experienced drivers – reveal that the things that allow a driver to talk - such as dialing or reaching to get to a ringing phone – are the real danger. For the novice driver, dialing a phone is more dangerous than retrieving text messages, and reaching for an object while driving is more likely to produce an accident than eating behind the wheel. Even experienced drivers face a dangerously-high risk of getting into an accident while manipulating a cell phone. READ MORE

Segment Share by Automaker – August 2013

  • The growth in the truck segment appears to have no end in sight
  • Thanks in large part to the rise in new home construction taking place across US
  • Kelley Blue Book expects growth in the full-size pickup truck segment to continue unabated

Market Share by Automaker – August 2013

  • Honda has had tremendous growth so far this year, with sales up more than 8.4% year-to-date through July
  • Thanks to the success of the redesigned Accord, Civic and CR-V
  • Ford has seen sales volume improve nearly 13% so far this year, benefitting from its own batch of well-received redesigns

IHS Completing Acquisition of Polk and Carfax

IHS Inc. will be clos­ing its acqui­si­tion of RL Polk & Co. faster than expected. The buyer has been granted early ter­mi­na­tion of the usual wait­ing period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improve­ments Act of 1976; the acqui­si­tion is expected to close dur­ing the week of July 15 if the cus­tomer clos­ing con­di­tions are met. IHS […]

US Population by Generations – Estimated 2012

  • Gen Yers, who are about 15 to 30 years old, now make up the largest segment of US consumers
  • As more come to age, they’ll make up a large portion of new and used car buyers
  • Chart comes from JD Power and Associates’ report, Staying Ahead of the Curve

Used Vehicle Stabilizing in Post-Hurricane Market, Manheim Says

Tom Webb Chief Econ­o­mist Man­heim Consulting Novem­ber whole­sale prices were flat, but the out­come depends on how you look at it; Rose by 0.6% w/ sea­sonal adjust­ment; Index stood at 122.6, 1% decline from year ago, 25% increase from bot­tom­ing out in Decem­ber 2008 and 4% decline from all-time high reached in May 2011. Click here […]

Car Buyers Visiting an Automotive Site

  • About one in four new vehicle buyers nationwide say a “ratings site” influenced their dealer selection
  • As for sites visited by California shoppers while researching new vehicle purchases, OEM sites lead, followed by third party, with dealer sites trailing
  • Comes from J.D. Power and Associates 2012 New Auto Shopper Study on understanding California’s auto marketplace

CNW Research’s Sept. 2012 Retail Automotive Summary

Retail Auto­mo­tive Sum­mary — Sept 2012

How Long Will It Take for Next-Gen Batteries to Arrive?

Most mar­ket ana­lysts say that the long-term suc­cess of elec­tric vehi­cles will depend upon mar­ket access to depend­able, long-lasting, long range, more afford­able bat­ter­ies. The U.S. Dept. of Energy thinks the next gen­er­a­tion of usable bat­tery tech­nol­ogy is still 10 years away. The “10 years from now” fore­cast is com­monly used to describe tech­nol­ogy advance­ments […]