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GROUP CHAIRMAN H. FERRUH ISIK PUBLISHER: ‹letisim Magazin Gazetecilik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. Ad›na Sahibi ve Sorumlu Genel Yay›n Müdürü (Editor in Chief): Mehmet Söztutan (msoztutan@img.com.tr)

Mehmet Soztutan, Editor-in-Chief mehmet.soztutan@img.com.tr

Editor İbrahim Küpeli (ibrahim.kupeli@img.com.tr)

We are at Automechanika Istanbul once more

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ctually, Automechanika Istanbul,2015 has turned out to be Turkey’s leading International Trade Fair for the Automotive Industry. The major product groups to be displayed include: Parts & Components, Electronics & Systems,Accessories & Tuning, Repair & Maintenance, IT & Management, Service Station & Car Wash. It is evident that the brand name Automechanika stands for successful fairs for the automotive original equipment manufacturing and aftermarket industries all around the world. Whether in Europe, Asia or the Americas, Automechanika aims at providing the ideal trading and information platform for international automotive professionals. Messe Frankfurt’s international expertise in the field of trade fair organization and in-depth knowledge of the most dynamic markets constitutes the base for each Automechanika Fair. The automotive industry is one of the remarkable “locomotives” of the Turkish economy. It assembles some of the country’s largest exporters and represents one of the leading investor industries. A multitude of enterprises engage themselves in both production and trading, adding enormous value to the already dynamic automotive industry. Turkey's autoparts industry exports are increasing steadily year by year. It is the only country within the surrounding geographical area to have established a well advanced automotive industry. Therefore, the automotive industry is strategically important both for Turkey and for firms that invest in Turkey. The autoparts industry of Turkey has developed rapidly as a consequence of developments in the automotive industry. The Turkish autoparts industry with its large capacity, wide variety of production and high standards, supports automotive industry production and the vehicles and also has ample potential for exports. The shape and structure of Turkish automotive industry is changing dynamically, making Turkey an alternative suppliers center for global manufacturers. This month, we are at Automechanika Istanbul, 2015 to convey the messages of Turkish automotive industrialists and exporters. Our publications remain at the service of those business people seeking to increase their share in the increasingly competitive automotive markets. We wish Turkish automotive exporters and their trading partners lucrative business.

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Turkey’s Oil Bill Diminishes

n January 2015, when crude oil price decreased up to $47,9 a barrel on average, Turkey’s oil imports reached last 7-year high. Turkey’s oil imports showed a remarkable increase depending on plunging prices. This year, the highest oil imports were carried out in last 7-year due to oil prices decreased $47,9 a barrel on average in January. This price was seen the lowest price since March 2009 when the price was $43,7 a barrel. Turkey’s oil imports increased 7.8 percent to 1 billion 599 tons in January’15 over previous month. The oil imports expanded 27.8 percent in January compared to the same month last year. When made a comparison in oil imports with the same months previous year, in January 2008 imports increased 21.8 percent, in January 2009 the imports up 40.4 percent and as for January 2010 decreased 4.1 percent. In January 2011, the imports increased 21.8 percent, in 2012 January oil imports decreased 9.1 percent, and in January 2013 the imports decreased 11.2 percent. In January 2014, oil imports up 1.6 percent over the same month previous year. Decrease in crude oil prices began June 2014, after raising by APRIL 2015

$112,4 a barrel, then it began to lose value quickly. The prices lost value 4.8 percent in July, in August 5 percent, in September 4.4 percent, in October 10.3 percent, in November 8.7 percent, in December 21.4 percent, in January 23.4 percent over previous months respectively. In January 2015, the oil price plunged 56.1 percent over the same month last year. In the scope of these developments, as Turkey’s oil imports increased 27.8 percent in January this year, the payment fell 43.9 percent. While Turkey paid $1 billion 8 million for 1 billion 252 million tons of oil imports in January 2014, this year in January Turkey paid $565 million for 1 billion 599 tons of oil imports.


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AAPC: U.S. Auto Sector’s Doubling Of Exports

merican Automotive Policy Council President Governor Matt Blunt issued the following statement on new numbers showing that the U.S. automotive sector has more than doubled its exports in the last five years (2009-2014) from $68.09 billion in 2009 to $141.22 billion in 2014, according to official U.S trade data: “The data is in and it overwhelmingly demonstrates how vital auto manufacturing is to the overall U.S. economy. The automotive sector represents the nation’s No. 1 export industry and is responsible for driving job making and economic growth across the country. This news is further evidence of the economic significance of U.S. exports to job formation and a fast-growing economy. “In addition, increased exports have far reaching impacts on the economy overall. FCA US, Ford and General Motors produce more of their vehicles, buy more of their parts, conduct more of their research and base more of their workers in the United States than their competitors. These differences represent billions of dollars in investment and purchases, representing millions of American jobs. "This significant milestone also spotlights the need to ensure all trade agreements help generate economic growth in APRIL 2015

the U.S. As America’s largest export industry, we realize the potential of trade pacts such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership to achieve this. However, even the most promising trade pacts can be threatened by other countries’ use of currency manipulation practices to gain an unfair advantage. To continue the growth of the last five years over the next five years, it is now more important than ever that strong and enforceable currency rules are included as part of any major trade agreement."


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World Bus Demand To Reach 664,000 In 2018

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lobal demand for buses is projected to advance more than five percent per annum to 664,000 units in 2018, twice as fast as the 2008-2013 rate of increase, finds Freedonia in her report “World Bus”. Five major trends will drive growth. The major one is expansion in the size of the global urban population. Rising government investment in public transportation networks, particularly bus rapid transit systems, to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, is another trend. Further aspects are growth in the number and size of private transportation companies, and the climbing worldwide sales of electric, hybrid, compressed natural gas (CNG), and liquefied natural gas (LNG) models, as many countries adopt more stringent emissions standards and as environmental considerations grow in importance. Additionally growth in the use of Type C and other school bus models in response to government efforts to expand access to education, safety concerns, and more favorable conditions in the large US market. Analyst Gleb Mytko notes, however, that “global bus sales increases will be restrained by rising use of motorcycles and light motor vehicles as income levels climb in many developing nations.” The expansion of rail transportation networks around the world is also expected to moderate bus market growth. The Asia/Pacific region is projected to account for more than three-fifths of all new global bus demand through 2018. China alone will be responsible for nearly half of the global total. Growth is expected to pick up in both China and India, the region’s two largest bus markets, after declining moderately during the second part of the 2008-2013 period. Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea are also expected to perform considerably better between 2013 and 2018 as older buses are replaced. Suppliers to the Asia/Pacific market will benefit greatly from additional government investment in bus transportation networks and expansion of the tourism and private transportation industries. Also, Type C and other purpose-built school bus demand will rise, especially in China. After a period of sizable losses, demand for buses in North America and Western Europe is projected to rebound noticeably, as sales of electric, hybrid, CNG, and LNG buses grow. Since 2003, demand for these models has increased dramatically in these regions (from relatively small existing market bases).

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IDEF’15 Opens Doors In May

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IDEF’15, the 12th International Defense Industry Fair, as the biggest defense industry fair in Eurasia region and one of the top four in the world is going to open its doors from 5th to 8th May

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DEF’15, the 12th International Defense Industry Fair which is being held under the auspices and support of the Ministry of National Defense in response of Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TAFF), is being realized by the cooperation of Tuyap Fairs and Exhibitions Organization Inc. between May 5-8, 2015. IDEF International Defense Industry Fair is held once every odd year since 1993. IDEF has played an essential role on the development of friendship and cooperation between participant countries.

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IDEF, as a high technology defense industry fair, incorporating main defense industry branches and their subordinates, is an essential international marketing arena for defense industry companies. IDEF is the biggest defense industry fair in Eurasia region and one of the top four in the world with an increasing trend in terms of the number of participating countries, delegations and companies. Previous IDEF’13 hosted 794 representatives of companies from 51 countries, 531 High Level Foreign Delegates responsible for defense supply for their countries including ministers and deputy ministers, chiefs of general staff.


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Kale Gets 1st Prize In Supplier Award Program In the scope of Supplier Award Program organized by TAYSAD, Kale Oto Radyator received 1st Prize in Industrial Design category

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nder the scope of Supplier Award Programme organised by Taysad (Association of Automotive Parts & Components Manufacturers) every year, our company received the 1st prize in Industrial Design category during the General Assembly Meeting held at Taysad on 11th March 2015. By registering a total of 77 Industrial Designs with the Turkish Patent Institute during 2014, our company has accomplished an important achievement in this field. Including engineering sciences today industrial design, which is a base of making up new product in the meaning of vsiual and technical, has become one of the most important vehicles of companies. In order to protect industrial designs - which make distinction, aesthetic, innovation as well as having a high material gain - should be primarily regsitered

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on behalf of the firm which is owner of the design. Apart from the current designs which are known and used by consumers, the new and original designs, which are designed as distinctive, provide advantage in the aspect of industrial property and commercial. As Kale Oto Radyatรถr, we have engineering experience in the issue of engine cooling modules and interior air conditioning. In this scope, we manage original product design and codesign works together with our customers. Our product design works show differences according to the engine cooling needs of vehicles. Engine cooling systems should be durable for hard working conditions and ensure well cooling performance. For this reason, the technical spesications of the materials that are used should be chosen conforming to working conditions of vehicles.


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Geneva Motor Show Aims Quality Not quantity The 85th Geneva International Motor Show closes its doors by conforming its prestige; the 86th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show will take place from March 3-13, 2016

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he Geneva International Motor Show closed its doors after 11 days exhibition. The infatuation of the visitors for this international automobile showroom was confirmed by the 682’000 entries recorded one hour before the official end of the Show. During the two Press Days before opening to the public more than 11,300 media representatives from all over the world were busy transmitting their enthusiasm for the exciting new conceptions of design and performance that were being presented. The 86th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show will take place from March 3-13, 2016. At the closing of the Geneva International Motor Show last Sunday evening, its President, Mr. Maurice Turrettini conveyed his satisfaction with this year’s Show: «Once again the Geneva International Motor Show has enhanced its image as an outstanding international showroom that brings together not only the largest automobile manufacturers, but also provides a stage for smaller constructors, designers,

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suppliers and preparation specialists.” All of the exhibition halls were completely full and the special exhibition of the Swiss watch manufacturer TAG Heuer was dedicated to its involvement in motor sports and thrilled the visitors with displays ranging from Formula E (for electric) racing cars to the new Nissan GT-R Nismo and mythical historic Formula 1 cars from McLaren. The watchmaker has been a sponsoring partner of McLaren for exactly 30 years. The total number of visitors this year, 682’000, is slightly higher than last year (+1.8 %). “We cannot greatly increase the number of visitors as, within the existing infrastructure, the comfort of visitors is paramount and would suffer with even larger numbers,” explained André Hefti, the Managing Director of the Motor Show. He affirmed that “Our goal is quality, not quantity.” The Geneva International Motor Show is one of the 5 major motor shows in the world certified by the OICA (International Organisation of Automobile Constructors) with Frankfurt, Paris, Detroit and Tokyo. The 86th edition will take place from March 3-13 2016


2015 To Be A New Milestone For HIDIRUSTA

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aintaining its stable growth graphic through its investments and distribution network which enlarges with every passing day, Hıdır Usta has done a swift start in 2015. Stating they had added the world giant producers such as Euroricambi, SKF and FAG on its current brands which they distribute, Riza Sahin, General Manager of Hıdır Usta Motorized Vehicles, pointed out they would expand the vehicle groups this year, adding that they announced the growth targets as 25 percent. Q - Would you tell us current position of Hıdır Usta which takes place among powerful representatives of spare parts sector since the establishment to date? A- Stepping into spare parts sector in 1978, since 1997 expertizing especially in MAN and Mercedes-Benz brands commercial vehicles in spare parts distribution, Hıdır Usta Motorized Vehicle today has been in the position owning the highest turnover of its segment. We also sign global cooperation besides our activities directed towards the domestic market. In this scope, including Hıdır Usta, coming together with 10 companies TATCOM Inc. have been set up and have become shareholder of TEMOT INTERNATIONAL, a world automotive market leading player. As known ‘Aftermarket Professional Club’ TEMOT’s members play an outstanding role in the development of the sector across the world. Q- How does your motto that called ‘Your Spare Part Warehouse’ reflect to your mission and business processes? A- Keeping customer satisfaction and quality in the front plan with the motto ‘Your Spare Parts Warehouse’ we, as Hıdır Usta, make a principle offering possible quickest service to our customers with 1 headquarters, 4 branches, product diversity, experienced employees and strong infrastructure. As for our mission, we can summarize as “respecting our customers’ time and rights, fulfilling our responsibility to human being, environment and universal values.” Q- Would we get more detail information about product range of Hıdır Usta which represents nearly 60 world brands? A- We operate distributorship of the leading brands in their area in spare parts of heavy commercial vehicles such as MAN and Mercedes-Benz. The brands that we currently distribute

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as follows: Blacktech, Bando, Behr, Beru, Beşer, BF, Boge, Bogra, Bosch, Brio, Contitech, Corteco, Dayco, Delco, Depo, Diesel Technic, Dinex, Ditaş, Elring, Erich Jager, Euroricambi, FAG, Febi, Ferodo, FTE, Garrett, Glyco, Goetze, Haldex, Hella, Hengst, Holset, Hubner, INA, KKK-Schwitzer, Kongsberg, Laso, Lemforder, Maysan, Mekra, NTN, OE Germany, Orex, Pobjeda, Prestolite, Racor, Sachs, Sampa, Sanz, Separ, Seuffer, SKF, SKT, Supar, Supsan, Textar, Valeo, VDO, Voith, Wabco ve ZF. 17 percent growth, infrastructure worth TL1 million Q- As Hıdır Usta, what kind of performance did you perform in 2014? Would you tell us your branches that you have commissioned and investments in infrastructure? A- In terms of our company the 2014 has been staged lots of crucial steps. Our branching works which we started in the last quarter of previous year began ripen the fruits. After the branch in Gaziantep, we have commissioned our branches in Ankara, Samsun. Last year, our last stop was Izmir, a pearl of the Aegean. So, we have reached a more powerful structure with one headquarters and 4 branches as well as our travelling teams. Enlarging our customer portfolio in an outstanding size, we are able to distribute to 2000 different locations. Meanwhile, we achieved growth in rate of 17 percent in terms of our turnover. Including branching investments, we allocated worth TL1 million for our infrastructure investments. Q- Last year, you let your B2B system meet with your customers as well. Would you mention also this investment? A- Last year, we have opened a new page at our B2B Online Order System that we started in 2009 to date. We have also renewed our B2B system from top to bottom including design to functionality, content to menus in order to be


able to respond right and quickly to developed technology and changing needs in business processes. As the result of inclusive investment and teamwork, our implementation entered into force on https://b2b.hidirusta.com as of June 2014 that brings together many innovations in spare parts order. Thanks to use-friendly Hıdır Usta B2B System without needing any mediator, independently from time and space, following the current account, 3D Secure System paying by credit card, password and knowledge updating can be made via computer or smart phone, tablet computer. With our B2B solution which provides safety data in the world standards, error rate in the processes of supply, order and payment decreases to zero. Q- Which headlines are there on your agenda in 2015? A- In the framework of our aim to be a first firm that would come to mind in all commercial vehicles’ spare parts segment, the year 2015 will be a remarkable year for us. We are planning to serve to DAF, Volvo, Renault Trucks and Scania

as well as MAN and Mercedes-Benz. As for our next step will be light commercial vehicle group. This year also we will gather fruits of our investments we made. We target to grow over 25 percent. We can be a base in spare parts of Europe Q- Lastly, would we get your assessments directed towards Turkish spare parts sector? A- When we consider Turkey’s targets set for 2023, I consider noteworthy opportunities in the spare parts side as much as the automotive main industry. Domestic made parts use rate in the main industry gradually reduce. In order to prevent this negative condition, regulations should be enacted to encourage the projects and production in automotive main industry, to provide sourcing of domestic made components. Turkish automotive industry has an infrastructure in engine reconditioning issue. In my opinion, in addition to components prices, also cheap and qualified labor force is a great advantage. It is possible to be engine reconditioning center and spare part supplier base of Europe with a suitable lawful regulation. For this, primarily feasibility study needs to be made. An outlook to Hıdır Usta Establishment: 1997 Headquarters: Istanbul Branches: Gaziantep, Ankara, Samsun and Izmir Vehicle Groups: MAN, Mercedes-Benz, DAF, Volvo, Scania, Renault Trucks Number of Representing Brands: 60 Warehouse size: 20.000 sq meters Distribution Locations: 2000 various locations Number of employees: 130 Turnover target for 2020: TL500 Million

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ASELSAN And TEMSA Cooperate In Electric Bus ASELSAN and TEMSA have signed an agreement to promote indigenous electric bus in the scope of the projects of The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey

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he two firms have agreed in order to adapt the electric components such as motor and motor drivers, battery and battery management systems, vehicle control and steering systems, radar, night vision systems, ultrasonic sensors, communication systems to the transport vehicles which are developed by TEMSA, according to the statement. The components based on critical technology would be developed and manufactured for the transport vehicles manufactured by TEMSA, according to the agreement signed by ASELSAN Executive Board Chairman Hasan Canpolat and Sabanci Holding Industrial Group Chairman Mehmet N. Pekarun. Stating as they were improving high value-added products they were trying to use the domestic possibilities primarily SMEs and universities in the upper level, Canpolat recorded, “Transferring the knowledge and experience accumulation of original, high reliable, low cost, efficient and critical technological products developed by ASELSAN - which has gained from the system in the military field - aimed to

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be a player in the global markets and to contribute to the economy.” Canpolat recorded they aimed to make up the industry and ecosystem of national transport systems have a high technological maturity. “Cooperation will ensure to turn dream to reality” As for Mehmet N. Pekarun, Chairman of Industry Group of Sabanci Holding, said a new period would begin in the production of bus in line with the agreement signed between ASELSAN and TEMSA. Pekarun continued; “Directed towards to achieve 100 percent domestic made bus, this cooperation is quite crucial step for both our country and industry. The automotive industry takes place in the headline of our country’s exports items. However, as for the development of the Turkish automotive industry - which imagines, desires - is to make a domestic car. The cooperation of ASELSAN and TEMSA will ensure to transform this dream to reality.” One of the most important features of the project was ecofriendly feature is needed in the transport systems; he wished the agreement to be auspicious for both the two companies and the country. Dincer Celik, General Manager of TEMSA, said application would be made to TUBITAK together with ASELSAN for “Avenue” in 12 meters length electric bus project in the scope of 1511 projects of TUBITAK, in addition to MD9 ElectricCITY electric bus project in 9 meters length having produced as prototype. Stating the works would be planned in a joint structure, he concluded, “Electric bus will run completely with electricity energy will be designed to complete its route by charging at the stops or last stop. Thanks to electric bus production instead of the imported parts such as motors, gearbox, the electric motors, inverters and converters which are designed in the home. The project is expected to be a comprehensive synergic study with uniting strong sides of the both establishments.”


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Automotive Exports Decrease In February Automotive exports gained 16 percent share from the Turkey’s overall exports, despite decreasing 7 percent in February

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utomotive exports gained $1 billion 705 million in February 2015 decreasing 7 percent year on year, because of euro-dollar parity. Orhan Sabuncu, Chairman of Uludag Automotive Industry Exporters (OIB), stated the automotive exports decreased 7 percent in February, adding the automotive exports were experiencing loses due to euro-dollar parity in recent periods. “If parity lose would not occur, the sector exports would have been $2 billion.” He said despite decrease in the automotive exports the sector share in the overall exports of Turkey became 16 percent and the sector kept its leadership in foreign sales. In the first two months although most of the sectors decreased, automotive industry showed 0.4 percent increase and achieved exports worth $3 billion 434 million, Sabuncu noted. He continued; “Our exports are experiencing loses in recent periods regarding euro-dollar parity. We are also affected from this condition because of exporting 77 percent to the EU countries. When we our products are recorded as dollar that we sell via euro, so we experience loses. In February, we lost some $250 million. Last year in the same period while euro-dollar parity was 1,36; this year the rate decreased by 1,14. If we calculated our exports via dollar having adjusted from the foreign currency effect, our exports value would reach nearly $2 billion.” According to the exports data announced by OIB, while 1 percent lost experienced in the exports to the EU countries, meanwhile the sector’s exports increased 22 percent in the UK, 44 percent in Spain and 100 percent in the US. Increase was observed in buses, minibuses, vans and special purpose vehicles in the exports. The supplier industry exports decreased 14 percent to 685 million in February. Passenger cars recessed 6 percent to 564 million, special purpose vehicles increased 4 percent to 344 million; bus, minibus and vans expanded 30 percent to $96 million in February. In the first two months this year, the supplier industry exports

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decreased 14 percent to $1 billion 382 million, the passenger cars increased 5 percent to $1 billion 144 million, special purpose vehicles expanded 26 percent to $698 million; bus, minibus, van group surged 38 percent to $168 million. As for country-base exports, despite decrease Germany kept its leadership in the Turkish automotive exports with 12 percent plunge in February. Upward trend continued to the UK with 22 percent growth. The sector exports decreased 4 percent to France, 2 percent to Italy; the export figure expanded 100 percent to the US and 44 percent to Spain in February.


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Automotive Market Increased 33 Percent Turkish automotive market boosted 33 percent in the first two months this year, increase in automobile market was 27 percent; the total exports showed 1 percent rise in this period

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urkish automotive market increased 33 percent to the number of 95 thousand units in the period of JanuaryFebruary this year compared to the same period last year. The automobile market increased 27 percent to 65 thousand units in this period. The sales of imported automobile increased 21 percent, domestic made automobiles 45 percent, in the first two months this year. The share of imported vehicles became 72 percent in this period. The light commercial vehicle market increased 52 percent to 25 thousand units in the first two months this year. The sales of domestic made light commercial vehicles became 78 percent, imported ones were 28 percent. The share of total imported vehicles was 42 percent. The heavy commercial vehicle market surged 34 percent to 5,153 units in the said period year on year. But the truck market increased 48 percent to 4,537 units with regard to the construction sector’s growth in this period over last year. Bus market raised 29 percent to 227 units, year on year. The total market in last decade on average increased 28.5 percent, automobile market 38.6 percent, light commercial vehicle market 9.3 percent respectively. The truck market increased 25 percent; bus market decreased 14.3 percent in the last decade averagely. The import market share in automobile was 73 percent in February 2015. As for imported light commercial vehicle market became 42 percent in February 2015.

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Export This year in the first two months, the total automotive exports increased 32 percent, as for automobile exports 21 percent over the same period last year. The number of total exports of the sector was 160 thousand units; automobile exports were 99 thousand units. The commercial vehicle exports surged 58 percent to 60 thousand units, tractor exports 17 percent to 2,573 units in February. The industry exports increased 1 percent to $3,5 billion according to the Automotive Industry Exporters’ Association. Production The total production expanded 34 percent, automobile production 19 percent to 126 thousand units in the first two month this year compared to the same period last year, bus production 15 percent; small truck increased 16 percent, midibus decreased 11 percent. In this period total of 212 thousand vehicles were produced; 75 percent of the total production was exported accounting for 160 thousand vehicles. In the two first months, tractor production increased 12 percent to 7,971 units.


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Discount In Natural Gas Underway Following the 14th International and Gas Conference which held in the capital city of Ankara, Minister Yildiz said a discount of 10.25 percent has been agreed between BOTAS and Gazprom

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he discount agreement in natural gas price between Turkish Pipeline Company BOTAS and Gazprom will be signed in the rate of 10.25 percent, according to the announcement from Taner Yildiz, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Recourses. Yildiz said they were maintaining in order to bring economy into a stable structure along with a strong will. Highlighting Turkey has set a target for 5.5 percent growth, Minister Yildiz said, “Currently there is a 5.5 percent growth rate of Turkish economy, but the growth in the energy sector was 11.6 percent. Without sluggishness, not loosening in facilitators which have been provided for the private sector, we must install a stringent structure.” Over a question about 10.25 percent natural gas discount would not be true between Russian Gazprom and BOTAS Yildiz said; “We have ensured the agreement, confidence between us and Russia is important at least written text. If I have said this, it means you have taken the information from the key source. I am happy from this discount on behalf of me.” In fact, Turkish consumers use the cheapest natural gas

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among the EU countries and take place in 5 countries in the cheapest electricity use in industrial area and dwelling, Yildiz said. About the new natural gas pipeline project of which groundbreaking ceremony newly made whether its price would be cheapest than the Russian gas, Minister Yildiz said although it is a new project the Azeri gas would be cheaper than the Russian gas. “TANAP is a very important project in the aspect of safety supply for Europe. There were calls for launching energy dialogue in high level, as today Turkey has started it through official courses. While the EU tries to solve its problem with Russia, Turkey will not be key element. Turkish Current is also a project for the EU. Primarily, Turkey should have a structure to replace the western line and minimize the risks. We are not to solve this problem between the EU and Russia. ‘Turkish Current’ is not a project to substitute TANAP, we have 30 percent share in TANAP,” Minister Yildiz said. Responding another question Yildiz said they foresaw to use different pipelines against any possible disruption in TANAP. The TANAP is foreseen to make Turkey a key hub by the gas pipeline will span to Europe through Caspian region.


MSM Hits Its Target Sales Volume By Exports

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SM GERMANY OIL produces industrial and marinated synthetic and mineral motor oils for automotive (PVL) and heavy vehicles (CVL). The firm has also launched brake pad production as of March. MSM achieved its targeted sales through progresses in exports. “We aim a fast growth in the Mideast and African markets,” Alican Avcı, Chairman of the Board of MSM GERMANY JS, said. We conducted an interview with Mr. Avcı about current activities and future plans of the firm. Q- Would you please tell us about your activities since the establishment of your company? A- Day by day, we have added new products in our product portfolio and extended our distributor network. We are a company that attaches a great deal of importance on R&D. We continue to be one step ahead in the market thanks to the works of our chemical engineers and marketing experts. Q- What do you produce for the sector? A- We are producing industrial and marinated synthetic and mineral motor oils for automotive (PVL) and heavy vehicles (CVL). We have also started brake pad production as of March. The pad production currently started for heavy vehicles, but production for passenger and light commercial vehicles will start soon. Q- To assess the year 2014, how was it for your firm and for the sector? A- The year 2014 was a difficult year for both our firm and for the sector. All firms were affected from that tough time from big companies to little ones. Especially sudden rise of dollar affected our domestic sales and profits negatively. Despite all these, the growth targets which set at the end of 2013 were achieved through progresses in exports. Q- What are your plans and objectives for 2015? Are there

(Left to right) A. Yasin Avcı, Member of the Board, Alican Avcı, Chairman of the Board and Ali Baysal, Member of the Board

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Alican Avcı

Chairman of the Board of MSM

new investments you plan for the future? A- In 2015, we aim a fast growth in the Mideast and African markets. Because of long-payment terms in the domestic market and bankruptcies of even very deep-rooted firms in the market, we take our steps very cautiously. So, we target a growth through exports in 2015. Last month, we were at the fair in Algeria and we will take our place at the fairs to be held in Kiev, Nigeria, Dubai and Moscow. Of course, together with this, we will also get a place at the spare parts sector which we have begun with brake pad production by improving ourselves. Q- Where do you ship your products in export markets? Are there new markets that you plan to penetrate into? A- Currently, we export to Iraq, Syria, Azerbaijan, Nakhichevan, Georgia, Benin and Niger regularly. In 2015, North and South African countries, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Kuwait in the Middle East are the countries that negotiations are underway and we aim to export this year. Q- Is there anything that you would like to add? A- Our firm has come to a position growing quickly and making its presence felt in the sector. Our advancement with true and smart steps and our market share will continue in a growing trend. We follow up innovations continuously. We want to make us a sought after brand especially in specific products. Of course, as I mentioned before, we have very qualified engineer team and marketing staff to achieve this goal of our company. We manage very serious works by following feedbacks of aftersales services and final users. Our faith and wish is to become a deep-rooted and sought after firm in the sector. Our firm has a dynamic partnership structure with 3 persons.


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“Domestic Market Can Reach 2- 2,5 Million” Automotive market would reach by the number of 2-2,5 million, if low taxation might be introduced, Mustafa Bayraktar, Chairman of ODD

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f low taxation exists, the domestic market would reach the number of 2-2,5 million, Mustafa Bayraktar, Chairman of Automotive Distributors’ Association (ODD), said. He also noted in order to allow the sector to achieve objectives set for 2023; the sector should be rescued from the tax burden in his announcements to Anadolu Agency. Bayraktar said they would expect 3 percent growth in the country economy; even the growth would not be very close to their wished growth rate, 3 percent growth was better. Responding to the question whether last year’s constriction would be compensated when 33 percent growth of the automobile and light commercial vehicle market happened in the first two months, Bayraktar said, “The first two-month figures are not possible to depict the whole year’s picture. Last year began with constriction when compared to the previous year. Because, tax increase and raising in the foreign currencies affected the market negatively. So looking at 2015 through 2013 would be more correct. In fact, there is 13 percent growth in the market compared to 2013. We predict the automotive market will accomplish this year with 10 percent growth reaching the number of 850 thousand units.” About discussions of interest rates and currencies’ effects for the sector, Bayraktar said; “25 points down, 50 points up do not affect much the market. We look at how much the total credit amount grows some more. From 2012 to 2013 in the total credit stock, there was over 30 percent growth. In 2014, the growth constricted up to 17 percent. After this, prediction is difficult, but we expect a new increase will happen. In the vehicle market, the share of operational leasing is very big. Some of them shift to that side. We must look at both of them together.” Reminding Turkey is a country importing energy, Mustafa Bayraktar said, “As long as our energy problem continues our current account deficit will continue as well.” He also marked the automotive sector yielded surplus, slowing of the current account deficit made economics finance growth easy.

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Pointing out the biggest factor in the growth of the automotive sector was not the interest rates and change in foreign currencies; it was economic growth in being affected of the market, Bayraktar recorded, “3 percent growth led to 1.5-2 percent growth in the automotive market.” He also stressed the demand increases especially along with the economic growth or household richness. Reflecting of the foreign currency to automobile prices when it gets raise would not happen in a short time and would take a certain time, because of in front of us there is a foreseeing time. When demand decrease you cannot brake rapidly to stop oncoming supply. Consumer might not demand by making decision immediately, but even production center is in Turkey, they have some production schedules, there is also supplier industry. It does not stop within one day. So in order to be able to manage the current stocks, adjusting prices take a certain time, he said. The number of vehicle per 1000 people is 177 in Turkey; this figure is 650 in west Europe, 350 in East Europe, 800 in Japan, over 1000 in the USA. The car potential is 600 in Turkey per 1000 people, in the case of low taxation the domestic market would reach 2-2,5 million vehicles, Bayraktar concluded.


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Automotive Market Expects 10% Growth “This year the automotive market would achieve 10 percent more than last year; the market would reach between 820-850 thousand units”

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n Turkey, there are the number of 10 million automobiles, of which 3,2 million are over 20-year old, Ibrahim Aybar, General Manager of Renault Mais, said. He added that Turkey is going to transform to an old vehicle parking. “We must find new business models with contribution of the government to export and so we would both getting rid of the old models and gain export income,” Aybar said. Responding questions related to the automotive sector and market, Aybar shared his foresees for this year. In the case, realization of the economic stability and expectation in the scope of their prediction, this year the automotive market would accomplish 10 percent more than last year, the market would reach between 820-850 thousand units. Persistently foreign currency increase will reflect to automobile prices Highlighting he had seen the benefit of fulfilling free-economy requirement every time, Aybar continued; “Our connections have been made in a determined foreign currency. If the currency increases, it will not affect our automobiles of which we did their connection, except the new orders in the future. So a foreign currency increase will affect the automobile prices. The consumer loans are an outstanding factor in automobile sales. For buying an automobile there are three conditions; suitable price, suitable managing cost and suitable credit condition. People are extremely sensible to finance solutions. In order to reduce monthly installments the interest rate must be lower. Currently loaning procedure is made with monthly 1 percent interest rate.” New measurements and precautions to be active more Aybar marked the European market continued to grow, 6-7 percent increase happened, this year growth is also expected even though not in the same level. The growth in the European market would affect positively the domestic market; Aybar said “However euro/dollar parity will bring a sensibility, this year the automotive exports will realize some over of last year.”

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Aybar also noted light commercial vehicle performance would be higher than last year. “We, as Renault, will put forward new precautions and measurements. The commercial vehicle manufacturers in Turkey have appeared with the new models. They will be also effective in the market. If any measurement will not be implemented such as K certificate and negativity in the macroeconomic conditions that I do not expect, certainly this year will be better. Over 20 percent of last year an increase will occur in the domestic market. The commercial vehicle basic growth will be more in the total market growth.” No hindrance in second hand vehicle exports In Turkey there are 10 million automobiles, 3,2 million of them are over 20-year old. “We sell new ones but old vehicles do not exit from the cycle. Solution such as scrap for the old vehicles was implemented, but seemingly a new junk application for old vehicles will not be introduced. In this condition we must find new business models for these old vehicles for both getting the export income and removing them from the cycle. Today, the old vehicles in the EU find a market in other places of the world. The vehicles of Far East find market. Why don’t we find?”


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Brother Continues Renewal With Solutions In Automotive The Japanese Brother firm maintains its renewal with solutions in the automotive sector

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s a leading producer in near past in drilling and tapping machines, Japanese Brother firm continues to offer solution to its customers by clinching its position in the sector with production concept which has changed as “machining center” as of 2014. Entering the year 2014 with completely renewed SX, RX and MX series machining centers, the Brother firm has also marked on this sector with its latest model S1000X1 which world debut was made at JIMTOF 2014 Fair held in November in Japan. Being the only machining in its class having 1.000mm X axle, S1000X1 has been offered for sales across the world in 2015. For example, S1000X1 model which would remove swift machining problem which is experienced in the parts such as cylinder lid of truck engine, truck manifold, crankcase body and base station relay box in communication sector, quick machining solution will be also possible for the similar parts in other sectors in the course of time. Increasing machining efficiency and speed much more in the parts up to 1.000x500 mm sizes and 500 kg, S1000X1 can be also able to machine the parts up to 540 mm diameters with column heightening option up to 350mm, turning table. Thanks to the widened column base and main body, S1000X1 achieves more strong burrs thanks to optional high torque (10.000 rpm, 92Nm) which keeps its rigid workpiece shaft. This machine, which is powerful as much as not being

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expected from a workbench with BT30 workpiece shaft, keeps upper cutting performance in materials such as steels with high carbon, stainless steels and even titanium in addition to relative soft metals such as aluminum and various cast irons. Machining tool change speed from chip to chip in 1,4second, 14 or 21 tool capacity and 50m/min speed in X, Y axles and 56mpm in Y axle, this machine provides superiority to its rivals having BT40 workpiece shaft on the same part as processing period. Also providing “Win Win” opportunity to its users up to 80 percent saving in energy and air spending when compared to machines have BT40 workpiece shaft, Brother S1000X1 is nominee of the most interesting machine in 2015.


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Initiative For Domestic Made Diesel Engine A study has been lunched in order to meet diesel engine need which causes a foreign deficit worth $3 billion per annum

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urkey’s Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology has launched a study to manufacture indigenous made diesel engines which cause foreign trade deficit of $3 billion in the economy per annum, according to the statement. The statement indicated first step had been taken for Engine Excellency Center. The number of 150 thousand unit engines which are used in heavy commercial vehicles, earthmoving machines, tractors, military vehicles, generators style machines and maritime applications, primarily engine cast section many inputs of the foremost engine manufacturers of the world are supplied by the Turkish manufacturers, the statement noted. The study, which will get rid of machinery and tractor manufacturers depending on abroad, would raise Turkish competitive power in this area more. “The domestic market offers great opportunities to manufacturers with its tractor parking with the number of 1,8 million and to its third biggest earthmoving machines following China and India. The market is foreseen to grow more with 60 thousand unit tractor market per annum and recondition of the old tractors. In addition to tank and swift carriers, also domestic made engines which will be used in maritime field will add power to the defense industry.” According to the statement, Fikri Işık, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, came together with the representatives of engine industrial establishments. At the meeting, as the country’s needs were evaluated, the possible cooperation expectations between the industrial establishments had been laid on the table. A decision has been made for ‘Clustering Support Program’ which makes up a situation for cooperation with the support of R & D of TUBITAK. Decision was made for ‘Engine Working Group’ which will make initial preparations for making up ‘Engine Excellency Center’. The engine working group will be formed from the representatives of the private sector in the head of an academician.

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Highlighting not being depending on the global monopoly engine manufacturers in the world, the domestic manufacturers in the diesel engine area should cooperate by clustering way, Minister Işık noted. Marking the domestic firms which manufacture engine parts for the world market should consider big, Minister Işık said, “We can reach a competition point in the world firstly producing our own engines with the support of the state and uniting our powers.” Indicating R & D studies were an expensive business, he said; “In this case, we can work together. We can come together in production and setting up R & D Excellency Center. If a joint business culture would not exist, what kind of support is given by the state, the result will not be obtained. Let’s focus on how we can convert our individual successes to collective success. We try to give life water to you.”


Kancıoğlu Automotive Makes A Breakthrough

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s Kancıoğlu Automotive, we launched our business adventure at a production area of 80 sq meters in 1960. As of 2015, we have brought our firm into a comprehensive, systemized position in commercial spare parts production by moving from an area of 80 sq meters to 11000 sq meters, Mehmet Ali Kancaoglu, Chairman of the Board of Kancıoğlu Automotive, said. In this development, they would continue to progress to serve to their partners that work completely for them on an area of 4000 sq meters and generate employment opportunity for the people, he noted. Kancaoglu continued, “At the same time, continuing to serve to the sectors such as construction, tourism in our commercial area, we have directed 80% of our power and attention towards the automotive sector with our industrial spirit, production and desire for innovations. In the first years producing engine mountings, shaft centre bearings, along with our innovations we have also added brake chamber production since last 20 years; now we are going to offer TYPE Brake chamber, which is a first in the world by using our knowledge, experience and technology to the market this year. Together with our all necessary R & D studies, abiding by conditions in the scope of the standards, our tests that we accomplished by vehicle continued for 12 months. In this new process that we have started by believing we have obtained much positive results from our TYPE Brake Chamber. By your mediator we have a debt to thank for everybody who work at Kanca group exerted effort and support. This

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Kancıoğlu Automotive is going to make a breakthrough as a first in the world by offering its new product, TYPE Brake Chamber, to the market this year success belongs to all of us. As Kancıoglu Automotive, we exert efforts to get opinions of our employees, encourage them to produce new ideas, we also play role in their individual progress in order to reach achievement.” “So, we make our employees feel as a member of our Kanca family rather than as an employee of our firm and their contribution to our firm. We are closer one step ahead to innovations regarding our employees’ competence, talent, effort and production capacity. Our engineers who engaged in our R & D studies for innovation; technical team and masters who devoted themselves to our work have become our partner by producing new ideas for years.” Kancioglu concluded, “Our TYPE Brake chambers were displayed as prototype at IAA HANNOVER fair and saw terrific interest in the giants of the sector. The officials of the firms congratulated us. This is also sufficient for our brand. I hope our success would also contribute promotion of our nation even little bit, everything deserves for our country and people.”


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Tire Sector Hopeful From 2015 Turkish tire sector is one of the effective actors of the world market conforming to the international standards; in 2014 the number of 1 million 127 thousand tires were exported

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onstricting 1.5 percent in 2014, the tire sector expects 3 percent growth in 2015, according to the statement of Hakan Bayman, Chairman of Tire Industrialists and Importers (LASID). Turkish tire market diminished 1.5 percent with 20 million units in 2014. At the press conference Hakan Bayman said the sector grew over 50 percent in last decade, despite troubles in recent years the sector maintained its growth in long term. Touching the global tire market Bayman said 1,7 billion tires were sold with 4.5 percent expansion in 2014. He recorded the biggest share in the global growth was emerging countries 9 percent growth in China, 6.5 percent in India. Performing constriction in recent years the European market accomplished 2 percent growth with the sales of 206 million tires. In Turkish market, 20 million tires were sold shrinking 1.5 percent. Bayman said they were hopeful from 2015 with 3 percent growth. Sharing the exports data in 2014, Hakan Bayman highlighted the Turkish tire sector was one of the

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effective actors of the world market conforming to the international standards, in 2014 the number of 1 million 127 thousand tires were exported. Striking part of the exports was shipped to European countries. Two new factories The present factories are observed to raise their capacity utilization and investing directed towards technological innovations. The new actor of the market, Sumitomo is expected to kicks off production together with its domestic partner in 2016 in the province of Cankırı. The second factory of Brisa is being installed in Aksaray. Hankook which has expanded its facility in Hungary, is expected to increase its imports to Turkey, Hakan Bayman said. Pointing out winter tire application that let the market accelerated, LASID Chairman Bayman said the Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communication had issued a new directive in the implementation of winter tire and the previous one was revived. In order to spotlight the public, a film was prepared and submitted to RTUK -the radio, television board – for approval.


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takul Dizel A.S. has been providing a spare parts for Mercedes-Man trucks and Mercedes light commercial vehicles to his domestic customers since 1987. The company were established in Ankara and he is making service to all of the Turkey from Ankara for 30 years. Due to changing on the domestic market needs and also his desire of bringing this quality service to the foreign markets; it was inevitable to open a new branch in Istanbul. Because Ankara is capital city of the Turkey as an officially but Istanbul is capital city of the Turkey for commercial subjects and has an advantages for logistics. So Atakul Dizel A.S. opened a new branch in Istanbul at the begining of 2014. After a while he decided to issue a new and different company and also to built a new trademark for to proceed his succesful business in export market. Thus at the begining of 2015, the new company Saha Motorlu Araçlar Dış Ticaret Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd. Sti. were established

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by shareholders of the Atakul Dizel A.S and than Sahaparts were registered as a trademark of Saha Motorlu Araçlar. They start out as a representative of the quality spare parts, have a same meaning of the quality parts and to appear that it is quality parts on the customer minds. In order to ensure that they create a sales, purchasing and quality assurance department and the staff who is experts in his field, equipped and experienced that have been employed. Saha Motorlu Araçlar is operating his sales and shipment activitiy in his new place in Istanbul together with the Atakul Dizel A.S. ( Ikitelli Industrial Area ) which is two times bigger than the first one. He has improved his storage area, packaging capacity to arrange the shipments properly. There is also new showroom in this new place. This is for to present all the product range that Sahaparts has and the foreign visitors would have a chance to check all the parts by their own eyes. Sahaparts proposes to build the cooperation with these principles to all the stakeholders.


EU Collective Land Passenger Transport To Be Doubled

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European Citizens’ Mobility Forum proposes Action Programme blueprint to EU policy decision-makers on doubling use of collective land passenger transport by 2025

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he European Citizens’ Mobility Forum (ECMF) has published a blueprint for an EU Action Programme that is fully in line with the Smart Move campaign to double the use of collective land passenger transport by 2025. Framed around four principles, the Action Programme covers nine action areas, including governance, infrastructure, innovation, funding, sustainability, taxation, service quality, image, and monitoring the progress made in achieving the objective of doubling. It also advocates the formation of a dedicated EU funding instrument to enhance collective mobility across Europe. Ismail Ertug, European Parliament Transport Coordinator and ECMF member, said, “Our challenge is to provide the highest possible level of mobility for all EU citizens and, at the same time, tackle resulting issues of congestion, road safety and pollution. A key factor in this will be the promotion of well-functioning, sustainable collective mobility. Therefore, I fully endorse the ECMF's Proposal for a European Action Programme 2015-2025 and look forward to our cooperation.” Gesine Meissner, European Parliament Transport Coordinator and ECMF member, said, “Promoting collective public transport will be on the agenda of the new Transport Committee of the European Parliament. It is not only a major

challenge for cities, but also for rural areas where more and more elderly people rely on bus and coach services.” Wim van de Camp, European Parliament Transport Coordinator and ECMF member, said, “I fully support this initiative because it not only helps reduce traffic congestion in cities, but also provides safer and cleaner cities.” The Action Programme aims to improve the collective doorto-door mobility chain as a whole, while stressing the key role of customer satisfaction and choice. It also seeks to further improve the mobility chain’s environmental record and continue the industry’s focus on safety, while resolutely improving its image and attractiveness for both customers and those working in the industry. Yves Mannaerts, President of the IRU Passenger Transport Council, concluded, “The private bus, coach and taxi industry is satisfied with the results achieved so far within this unique discussion platform, the ECMF, which brings together key European mobility stakeholders. We support the vision, objective and set of proposals made under the nine action areas. We call on the European Commission to take over these proposals and to launch a dedicated EU Action Programme to double the use of collective land passenger transport in the EU in the next decade.”

Logistic Sector Supports SolarPowered Car Project

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ogistic sector is going to support to first family car project “Aruna” which will be powered by solar energy. Offering logistic solutions in the international area and fulfilling its operations in an eco-friendly approach, Batu International Logistics will support to the solar-powered car project which have been developed by the solar-powered car team of Istanbul Technical University. Having developed by the solar energy car team of the Istanbul Technical University and featuring the first family car ‘Aruna’ which is driven by the solar energy in Turkey, is preparing to set out. Aiming zero emission transportation without harming to the environment and having a range of 700 Km with a full battery, the car will launch a tour including 26 cities and 6

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thousand kilometers throughout Turkey in August. Emerging as the sector which travels road mostly, the logistic sector supported the solar-powered car project. Batu International Logistics will support the project. Indicating the importance of the eco-friendly technologies in the aspect of the future, Batu International Logistics Executive Board Chairman Taner Ankara said the idea of car which driven by solar energy had utmost importance in both environment and the future. He continued; “We are working to reduce the detrimental effect on the environment as the sector which spend the time on the road mostly. As Batu International Logistics, we have been in the eco-friendly approach every time. In order to reduce carbon emission rates to minimum, we are also managing R & D studies to equip our transportation vehicles with CNG in 2015.”


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New Vehicle Registration Up 10.5 Percent In January In January, the number of 137,334 new vehicles registered traffic increasing 10.5 percent compared with the same month previous year, so the total number of motor vehicles reached 19 million units in Turkey

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he total number of road motor vehicles registered to the traffic reached 18 million 955 thousand 588 by the end of January. Within the total, cars represented 52.5%, followed by small trucks 16.3%, motorcycles 14.9%, tractors 8.6%, trucks 4.1%, minibuses 2.3%, buses 1.1% and special purpose vehicles 0.2%, according to the data from Turkish Standards Institute (TurkStat). In January, 137,334 unit new vehicles registered Of these 137 thousand 334 vehicle registrations in January, cars accounted for 64.5%, followed by small trucks 20.8%, motorcycles 5.1% and trucks 3.9%. Minibuses, buses, tractors and special purpose vehicles constituted 5.7% of new registrations. The number of vehicle increased 43.7% over previous month In January, the number of road motor vehicle registrations increased by 43.7% compared with December. Cars, minibuses, buses, small trucks, trucks and special purpose vehicles increased by 51.3%, 44.2%, 64.2%, 93.2%, 125.7% and 79% respectively. Motorcycles and tractors decreased by 21.2% and 57.7%. The number of vehicles registered increased 10.5% year on year In January, the number of road motor vehicle registrations increased by 10.5% compared with the same month of the previous year. Cars, minibuses, buses, small trucks, trucks and tractors increased by 8.7%, 38.8%, 4.7%, 22.7%, 26.3%, 44.4%. Motorcycles and special purpose vehicles decreased by 23.1% and 29.7% respectively. In January, the total vehicles in traffic increased 126,867 While 10 thousand 467 road motor vehicles were withdrawn from the traffic, 137 thousand 334 road motor vehicles were added in January. Hence, the total number of road motor vehicles registered increased by 126 thousand 867.

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462,576 road motor vehicles handed over in January The number of 462 thousand 576 vehicles handed over, cars accounted for 69.9% followed by small trucks 16.8%, tractors 3.9% and motorcycles 3.2%. Minibuses, buses, trucks and special purpose vehicles constituted 6.3% of the handed over motor vehicles in January. The ratio of cars registered using LPG was 41.2% At the end of January, among 9 million 944 thousand 305 registered cars, the share of LPG-fuelled cars is 41.2% followed by diesel-fuelled cars with 29.6% and gasoline-fuelled cars with 28.8%. The ratio of the cars with unknown fuel type is 0.4%. In January, 88,533 cars were registered to the traffic In terms of the distribution of trademarks for the 88 thousand 533 new registered cars in January, Renault recorded 17.8%, Volkswagen 11.9%, Hyundai 8.4%, Fiat 7.2%, Dacia 6.7%, Opel 6.5%, Ford 6.3%, Toyota 6.3%, Nissan 3.7%, BMW 3.5% and the other trademarks 21.8% of the total. Most frequent engine size is 1501-1600 for registered cars Within 88 thousand 533 cars registered to traffic in January, 37% of them have engine size 1501-1600, 26.5% have 14011500, 18.2% have 1300 or less, 13.4% have 1301-1400, 3.1% have 1601-2000, 1.6% have 2001 and above engine size. The share of cars with unknown engine size is 0.1%. Most frequent colour is white for registered cars Within 88 thousand 533 cars registered to traffic in January, 61.3% of them are white, 16.9% are grey, 9.8% are black, 4.6% are red and 7.3% are in other colours.


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Speculators Also Play A Role In Oil Fall” The supply and demand balance in the first half of 2015 points to an oversupply of around 2 million barrels a day, the market should return to balance during the second half of the year, Abdalla S. El-Badri, OPEC Secretary General

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bdalla S. El-Badri, OPEC Secretary General Delivered a speech at the 19th Middle East Oil & Gas Conference. He said, “Over the years, the global oil and gas industry has gone through a number of cycles and changes that have required the industry to adapt and evolve. There is no doubt that the last nine months has been one of those intermittent periods of volatility, after several years of stability.” “In terms of oil, I am often asked what has been behind the recent volatility. There are evidently some key factors. The global economy continues to offer up both optimistic and pessimistic indicators, although we do see global economic growth next year at 3.4 per cent, compared to 3.2 per cent in 2014.” There have been rising supplies from non-OPEC producers. In fact, since 2008 non-OPEC supply has risen by almost 6 million barrels a day. In contrast, OPEC’s production has been fairly steady at around 30 million barrels a day. Oil demand in 2014 was weaker than originally projected at the beginning of that year, although we do expect higher growth this year. In 2014, oil demand growth was just below 1 million barrels a day, while this year it is expected to rise to around 1.2 million barrels a day.” El-Badri continued, “It means that the supply and demand balance in the first half of 2015 points to an oversupply of around 2 million barrels a day, although the market should return to balance during the second half of the year. I should stress, however, we do not believe that actual market fundamentals warranted the almost 60 per cent drop in prices that the market saw between June 2014 and January 2015. It is clear that speculators also played a role in this fall. Of course, the current lower price environment is a test for all producers and investors. Lower oil prices mean less revenue. And less revenue means tighter budgets. While prices will no doubt rebound, as they have done lately, it is clear that the industry is currently witnessing a landscape that is shifting the global oil industry. For example, a number of projects are being cancelled or put on hold, rig counts have fallen dramatically, investment plans are being revised, costs are being cut and squeezed, and redundancies have been made.” “These are the current realities. It is a challenging time for the industry. However, there are clearly many things that the industry can do with one eye on the current situation, and one eye on the future. It is important to look at new ways to reduce costs and achieve

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more efficient working practices. It is vital as an industry to enhance collaboration between National Oil Companies, International Oil Companies, service providers, as well as other industry stakeholders, to help further streamline the industry and discuss views on the industry’s future. It is essential to maintain R&D initiatives and to continually develop technologies that can help in discovering, extracting and producing more hydrocarbon reserves in an ever more cost effective and sustainable manner. And for producers, it may be useful to use the situation of lower oil prices to generate incentives to use energy more efficiently and implement sustainable policies that could lay the groundwork for more diversified and less energy-dependent economies. The reason we need to keep our eyes on the longer term is because energy demand is expected to increase by 60 per cent by 2040, with fossils fuels remaining central to the energy mix. The world will need more oil investments and the MENA region will be central to this. In OPEC’s World Oil Outlook 2014, oil-related investment requirements are estimated to be around $10 trillion between now and 2040. And oil demand is seen increasing by around 21 million barrels a day to 111 million barrels a day by 2040, with Asia accounting for almost three-quarters of this growth. The MENA region is clearly perfectly-positioned to supply Asia’s ever-expanding demand for oil and gas. However, as we all know, no-one can make precise predictions about the future. History tells us that things rarely stay the same. The past nine months have demonstrated this. There is no doubt that the market and its stakeholders will have to evolve to ever-changing circumstances and challenges in the years ahead. Alongside the current market situation, these include uncertainties that we can call ‘known’ uncertainties. These include the potential impact of UN climate change negotiations; the role of financial markets and oil market speculation; energy policies in some consuming countries; manpower bottlenecks; advances in technology; and rising costs. And there are also ‘unknown’ uncertainties. These are most often related to geopolitics and severe weather events. However, it is important to stress that the oil business has been dealing with change and uncertainty since its very early days. We cannot avoid cyclical events, when prices rise and fall, and we cannot avoid challenges. It is the nature of the market.” He concluded, “But there are clearly tremendous opportunities too. Despite the recent volatility and current uncertainties, there is no doubt that the industry has a healthy long-term future.”


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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For TANAP Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev made groundbreaking ceremony of Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Project (TANAP) project

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he groundbreaking ceremony was held in the eastern province of Kars for the $10 billion Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Project (TANAP) project to transfer Azeri gas to Western markets, in line with a plan which could help the EU reduce its dependence on Russian energy. The initial capacity of TANAP is expected yearly 16 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz II field in the Caspian Sea, one of the world’s largest gas fields, and the capacity will be gradually increased to 31 bcm. Around 6 bcm of gas will be delivered to Turkey, while the rest will be supplied to Europe. The gas will reach Turkey by 2018, and after the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) it will reach Europe by early 2020. By 2023, TANAP’s capacity will rise to 23 bcm per year and then to 31 bcm by 2026, according to the statement. Ankara raised its stake in the project to 30 percent last year. Azeri state-oil firm SOCAR holds 58 percent, while BP has the remaining 12 percent. “We plan to establish Turkey as the energy distribution hub of the region,” President Tayyip Erdogan said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “TANAP has a special importance because of its route and its goal. It is not an alternative project to others; there is no alternative to it,” Turkish President Erdogan noted. As for Taner Yildiz, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, in his speech said, “TANAP has faced many political and economic obstacles throughout its development; however

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Turkey will always fully support the project.” The project was announced on 17 November, 2011 at the Third Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum in Istanbul. In December 2011, Turkey and Azerbaijan signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a consortium to build and operate the pipeline. In spring 2012, the process of conducting the technicaleconomic feasibility study was launched. In June 2012, Aliyev and Erdogan, who was prime minister at that time, signed a binding intergovernmental agreement on the pipeline. In November 2014, Turkmenistan signed an outline deal with Turkey to supply gas to a new pipeline that could help Europe reduce its dependence on Russian gas imports. Azerbaijani natural gas passing through Georgia gets into the pipeline under construction, which will have its roots in Selim region of Kars, from there through Ipsala district of Edirne will go to Greece and then to Italy and then to Europe. The total length of the pipeline is 1,841 km. The project cost about 10 billion dollars. Pipeline will be commissioned in 2018; in 2026 the capacity will reach by 31 billion cubic meters of blue fuel to flow through the pipeline. Ankara and Baku also struck a so-called framework agreement on for Turkmenistan, which is keen to diversify exports of its gas to world markets. The groundbreaking ceremony was kicked off for the TANAP project with the participation of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the eastern province of Kars.


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TAYSAD Guides Members To Raise Value Added TAYSAD General Coordinator Suheyl Baybali, “We urge our members to get technological products to make up high valueadded products in automotive sector”

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AYSAD hosted the senior administrators of BASF, a chemical leader of the world, in the scope of ‘Technology Days’. Association of Automotive Parts & Components Manufacturers (TAYSAD) is guiding its members to the technological products to raise value added. TAYSAD General Coordinator Suheyl Baybali said, “We want to let technological products meet with our members to make up high value-added products. Encouraging its members in line with increasing interest in R & D, design and innovation, TAYSAD has added a new one to its organization called ‘Technology Days’. A 150year leader of the world in chemical sector, BASF became guest of TAYSAD at its 4th Technological Days at which nearly 200 experts from the R & D departments of the automotive manufacturers and supply industry. TAYSAD General Coordinator Suheyl Baybali touched the importance of Technological Days and the targets of their events were to follow up topical technology and trends. Baybali noted, “We want to let specific technologies that we have taken on the agenda meet with our members and make up value added products.” Vehicles will be lighter in the future As the technology developed the new features and comfort have been added onto automobiles and so together with

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these developments the vehicles have been more weight and so their fuel consumption has increased, highlighted at the Technology Days. For this reason, in order to be lighted weight of automobiles BASF offered solutions to reduce weights from its R & D studies at the gathering to the members of TAYSAD. BASF Turkey General Manager Bugra Kavuncu, said; “Today chemical solutions worth 850 euro are used at an automobile. The role of chemical in automotive sector increases with every passing day. Kavuncu shared the innovation studies in 5 basic matters as “Reduction of Weight and Emission, Heat Management, Comfort and Quality and Future of Automotive with the members. BASF Automotive Innovation Manager Dr. Uwe Seeman, BASF Application Development Manager Xaver Hopfenspirger and Value Manager Julianne Kruessemann briefed the TAYSAD’s members about the studies. Basf in cooperation with Daimler and Citroen According to this, by the concept vehicle Smart Forvision which was developed together with BASF and Daimler shed light on the future of automobile, another work thermoplastic polyurethane material was used first time on Citroen C4 Cactus and a great success was gained. The administrators of BASF also told they had developed many different joint projects especially in weight reduction for lots of different components and successes have been gained.


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“The amount of savings could reach 20%, which means that a person who drives around 20,000 kilometres a year can save about 300 euros”, according to Ángel Suárez, an engineer at the SEAT Technical Centre

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t is possible to save fuel in our everyday lives by following a few practical tips that ensure efficient driving. More specifically, “the amount of savings could reach 20%, which means that a person who drives around 20,000 kilometres a year can save about 300 euros”, according to Ángel Suárez, an engineer at the SEAT Technical Centre. This expert points out that the guidelines are very easy to apply, but require that people change their daily driving habits. The most common driving mistakes that directly affect fuel consumption are jackrabbit starts and hard braking in the city, and driving in low gears on the motorway. He says that in the city, people tend to “accelerate and brake too suddenly, and that compromises consumption”. To avoid this, “it’s important to anticipate what’s ahead”, for example, when you approach a red light you should let the car slow itself down by using the engine brake and remove your foot from the accelerator. When it comes to using the right gears, the Technical Centre engineer recommends driving in the highest gear possible. Once in second, his advice is to move up the gear range quickly. To illustrate this, at 40 km/h you can already be driving in fourth gear, and in sixth gear at 60 km/h. However, you have to keep in mind that after reaching 80 km/h, even though you are driving in sixth gear, “you have to press down on the accelerator, which means injecting more fuel into the engine” and therefore, greater consumption.There are also a few guidelines for when you first set out. “You don’t have to

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warm up or rev up the engine. You just step on the clutch, start the ignition and pull away in first gear, and quickly engage second gear after travelling just a car length”, explains Suárez.Before getting into the car it is important to perform a number of checks. The tyres have to be in the best possible condition, so you should verify their inflation pressure and avoid driving if they have insufficient tread depth. In addition, you should not over-load the vehicle. “You should always distribute the load evenly in the luggage compartment, and if you install a roof mount cargo box, remember that this will also compromise fuel consumption”, adds the engineer. With the arrival of warm weather we are faced with the uncertainty of whether driving with the window down or turning on the air conditioning consumes more fuel. It is always preferable to lower the window when driving at low speed, and close the window and switch on the air conditioning at speeds above 80 km/h. Finally, another important point to consider is putting the car in neutral. “A lot of times we find that people slip the car into neutral when driving downhill. This is a mistake, as the motor is disconnected from the gearbox and it still generates consumption. The right thing to do is to use the engine brake, so, with the car in gear, you remove your foot from the accelerator and there won’t be any fuel consumption”, concludes Suárez. By following these practical tips you will save money on fuel and furthermore, drive more safely and contribute towards safeguarding the environment.


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Vehicles Production Up 3 Percent In World In 2014 The world’s vehicles production reached 89.5 million in 2014, +3% compared to 2013, The Asian and Middle East region in both production (47.4 million, +3%) and sales (42.6 million, +6%), accounting for around 50% of the global figures

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ICA announced that the world’s vehicle production reached 89.5 million units in 2014. This represents an increase of +3% from 2013. Since 2005, the increase is +34%. The sales, thus calculated only on registered vehicles (that are not including military, police and other officials), reached 88.2 million in 2014, with the same increase as production of +3%. The geographical split shows different situations in the world (all data compared to 2013). The European figures (EU 28 + EFTA) are still very much below the pre-crisis levels, even though a clear recovery can be noticed. Production reached 17.0 million units (+5%) and sales 14.9 million units (+6%). Production figures are on their way to reach again the more usual levels of around 18 million vehicles. When it comes to sales, some recovery could be observed last year, but we are still well below the pre-crisis levels. For the rest of Europe, including Russia and Turkey, there is a

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marked decline both in production, 3.4 million vehicles (-7%) and in sales, 3.5 million units (-6%). There was a clear increase after the 2008-2009 crisis, but the tendency is now again clearly negative since 2 years. The Asian and Middle East region in both production (47.4 million, +3%) and sales (42.6 million, +6%), now account for around 50% of the global figures. China is still the strongest player in this region and had a +7% increase both in production and sales, last year. Some Asian markets however declined, such as Thailand (by -30%) and Indonesia (with a modest decline of -2%). North America (NAFTA) continues to perform strongly in 2014. Production in the region has even exceeded pre-crisis levels with 17.4 million units and sales figures are clearly positive with 19.9 million, having almost returned to record levels. In all three markets of the region, USA, Canada and Mexico, the trends are positive. In Central and South America, after several years of steady increases, 2014 saw a marked decline, with sales decreasing by -11% and production by -17%. In particular, the Argentinean market completely collapsed in 2014, with a 36% decline in sales, and -22% in production. The African production and sales continued their steady increase. The figures remain modest, production 0.71 million (+11%) and sales 1.56 million (+3%), but the tendency is quite interesting, especially when taking into account their stability over time, which enables a clearer long term vision. OICA calculated that the world’s average rate of vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants is now 174, + 21% since 2005.


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Visionary Tire Technologies Showcased At Geneva Motor Show Goodyear offers the possibility of charging the batteries of electric cars by transforming the heat generated by the rolling tire into electrical energy

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wo groundbreaking concept tires unveiled by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show could radically change the role of car tires in the future. Though the two tires are concept products, the futuristic technologies stretch the imagination and provide a glimpse of what practical innovations may be on the horizon. The first concept – named “BHO3” – offers the possibility of charging the batteries of electric cars by transforming the heat generated by the rolling tire into electrical energy. The second concept – named “Triple Tube” – contains three tubes that adjust tire inflation pressure in response to changing road conditions, delivering new levels of performance and versatility. “These concept tires reimagine the role that tires may play in the future,” said Joe Zekoski, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer. “We envision a future in which our products become more integrated with the vehicle and the consumer, more environmentally friendly and more versatile.” Additional details on the two concept tires: BHO3 This tire generates electricity through the action of materials in the tire that capture and transform the energy generated by heat when it flexes as it rolls during normal driving conditions.

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The materials used would optimize the tire’s electricity generation capabilities as well as its rolling resistance. As demand for electric cars grows, this technology has the potential to significantly contribute to the solution of future mobility challenges. This visionary tire technology could eliminate the vehicle-range anxiety motorists may have with electric cars. TRIPLE TUBE This tire features three internal tubes within the tire. Tubes are located beneath the tread and near the inboard and outboard shoulders of the tire as well as the center. The tire relies on an internal pump that moves air from the main air chamber to the three individual air chambers, or tubes. The tire automatically adjusts – on its own – to three different positions based on road conditions. . The Eco/Safety position – with maximum inflation in all three tubes – offers reduced rolling resistance. . The Sporty position – with reduced inflation within the inboard shoulder tube – gives drivers dry handling through an optimized contact patch. . The Wet Traction position – with maximized inflation in the center tube – provides high aquaplaning resistance through a raised tread in the center of the tire. Although these tires are future concepts, Zekoski says they represent an essential aspect of Goodyear’s innovation strategy, instilling a forward-looking, market-back mindset in the company’s research and development teams. “It is more important than ever for us to stay firmly rooted in our market-back innovation process, which calls on us to focus on, and anticipate, the rapidly evolving needs of our customers,” said Zekoski. Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs approximately 67,000 people and manufactures its products in 50 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry


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ROTA will announce 3 patented solution in Automechanika Istanbul Under the brand ROTA NSK Group will launch 3 new patented solutions in ‘Automechanika İstanbul 2015’.

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utomotive sub industry products, spare parts and service equipments will promote in Automechanika İstanbul which will be organize by Messe Frankfurt from 09 to 12 April, 2015 in Tuyap Fair Convention and Congress Center. Under the brand ROTA, NSK Group export more than 6000 of parts such as rod, tie rod end, ball joint, drag link, axial joint, V stay arm and torque rod to 100 countries in 5 continents. ROTA will launch 3 of the patented solutions for occurring problems from heavy duty vehicles in steering and suspension system in Automechanika Istanbul 2015 Fair. Longer Service Life for V Stay Arm with 'Teflon Bearing' ROTA offers a longer service life by preventing abrasion of products with the patented 'teflon bearing' V stay arm it has recently developed for off-road and heavy duty vehicles. ‘Teflon bearing’ system developed for off-road and heavy duty vehicles is manufactured from composite material and has an extended durability when compared to plastic bearing products. Due to the deformation of plastic bearings, ‘teflon bearing’ system which has a higher yield point is preferred to extend the service life of V stay arm. Additionally, due to notch and load effect present at the end of the spherical zone in the structure, bearing material is subject to deformation in time. Oscillation angle during operation of V stay arm is extended thanks to

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‘teflon bearing’. Thus, load bearing capacity per unit surface is increased and oscillation angle is increased from 44° to 50° to offer a more flexible action for V stay arm. Driving Safety with ‘C Type Adjuster Sleeve’ ROTA offers a safe driving by preventing pull out of the tie rod end from the drag link with the patented ‘C type adjuster sleeve’ it has recently developed for drag links used in commercial vehicles. Adapters located in the tube in drag links ensure stability of tie rod ends. Tie rod end pull out problems and irregular tightening force distributions are experienced in 3 slot adjuster sleeve used as standard version. Rota has minimized pull out issues of tie rod end from drag link by maximizing the tightening force on the tie rod end with single slot ‘C type adjuster sleeve’ it has developed. Drag links which are including ‘C type adapter’ are observed to perform two times higher resistance than standard 3 slot adjuster sleeve according to R&D studies. Patented Solution to Chronic Problems with ‘Snap Ring Lock’ ROTA developed patented ‘snap ring lock’ solution for snap ring pull out problems for suspension systems of heavy duty vehicles. ROTA offers more effective and longer service life for suspension parts thanks to its ‘Snap ring lock’. Heavy commercial vehicles are used with over load capacities which are far in excess of normal operating conditions. Repair kits which are running inside the housing of V stay arm &torque rod, face pull out problem caused by snap ring. ROTA developed ‘snap ring lock’ to prevent problems in vehicles due to snap ring pull out issues. ‘Snap ring lock’ ensures that repair kit of V stay arm and torque rod can function inside the housing for longer periods. Upon completion of laboratory and field test studies, production of V stay arm and torque rod implemented ‘snap ring lock’ commenced in 2013. ROTA exports suspension parts which are applied with ‘snap ring lock’ to in 100 countries, 5 continents and has not received any snap ring pull out complaint yet.


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Toyota Shares Production And Management Concept Toyota Automotive Industry Turkey’s General Manager and CEO Orhan Ozer shared his personal experiences and Toyota’s original production and management understanding with students

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oyota Automotive Industry Turkey’s General Manager and CEO Orhan Ozer told his personal experiences as well as Toyota’s original production and management understanding over the invitation of Middle East Technical University and Okan University. Orhan Ozer shared his personal experiences about “Toyota’s Production and Management Concept” with the students. Indicating a guide had been formed in 2001 under the name “Toyota Way” which includes Toyota’s business style and values, Ozer said the two main principles of Toyota were “Continuous Rehabilitation and Respect to Human”. Ozer continued his remarks; “Toyota Automotive Industry Turkey has come to a situation to produce high in quality vehicles by continuously implementing Toyota’s Production System in the best way. Our plant in Sakarya not only high in quality production, but also it has been in an exclusive place with its many parameters such as efficiency, competitiveness in both Europe and the world. Continuously progress ensures to take big distances with small and consistent steps. Acting with ‘Toyota Way’, implementing an open and just

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method, prioritizing labor safety , environment and quality, setting relations with our all employees, business partners and society based on confidence are principal principles of Toyota Automotive Industry.” “Spreading of Toyota Production System and management understanding more will contribute to our country’s competitiveness as well. As Toyota Automotive Turkey, we do not avoid to share our ideas in these matters. We do this sharing seeing as a service to our country with enjoyment,” he noted. Highlighting three basic concepts as waste, excessive burden and imbalanced production, Ozer said; “Our prioritized target is to reduce production costs. This will be possible by removing the three basic factors as waste, excessive burden and imbalanced production.” He stated coming together with the university students and sharing his experiences related with professional business life to allow future’s leaders to get vision made him happy. Toyota Automotive Turkey came together with the students at 20 universities including Istanbul Technical, Middle Eastern, Hacettepe, Gazi, Dokuz Eylül, Yıldız Technique, Sakarya, Okan and Fırat Universities in 2014-2015 education-year.


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EU Commercial Vehicle Registrations Up 8.0% Over Two Months In February 2015, demand for new commercial vehicles in the EU increased for the second consecutive month after the decline recorded at the end of 2014 as well as passenger car registrations up over two months

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otal New Commercial Vehicles in EU In February 2015, demand for new commercial vehicles in the EU increased for the second consecutive month after the decline recorded at the end of 2014. Total commercial vehicle registrations grew by 8.3%, totalling 135,778 units. Growth was sustained across all segments of commercial vehicles. Looking at the largest markets, Spain recorded the highest upturn (+29.5%) followed by the UK (+19.4) and Italy (+8.7%), while demand in Germany remained roughly stable (+1.0%). France was the only major market recording a decline (-4.3%). Significant growth was also posted by the new EU member states (+20.4%) contributing to last month’s positive outcome across the region. In the first two months of the year, the EU market expanded by 8.0%, totalling 278,376 commercial vehicles. During the same period, Spain (+27.7%), the UK (+21.9%), Italy (+5.2%) and Germany (+3.1%) all posted growth, while France was the only major market recording a decline (-7.0%). New Light Commercial Vehicles up to 3.5t – vans In February 2015, new registrations of light commercial vehicles totalled 112,593 units, or 9.5% more than in February 2014. This marked the eighteenth consecutive month of growth in this segment, which accounts for the majority of sales in the commercial vehicle market. Spain (+27.7%), the UK (+17.9%), Germany (+9.2%) and Italy (+8.8%) contributed positively to the upturn, while France (-2.6%) performed less well than in February 2014. From January to February 2015; 229,727 new vans were registered in the EU or 8.5% more than in the same period last year. France (-5.5%) was the only major market to post a decline, while Spain (+29.3%), the UK (+20.2%), Italy (+6.0%) and Germany (+5.2%) saw their demand for vans increase. New Heavy Commercial Vehicles over 16t February 2015 results showed an 8.1% increase in new heavy truck registrations, totalling 17,185 units. This positive outcome was mainly sustained by the significant growth recorded in the UK (+52.1%), Spain (+48.9%) and Italy (+15.2%), while heavy truck registrations dropped in France (-14.8%) and Germany (-9.3%). Noteworthy was the contribution of the new EU member states (+19.5%) to last month positive outcome.

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Two months into the year, the EU market grew by 8.2%, reaching 35,732 units. The UK (+55.4%), Spain (+16.2%), Germany (+4.5%) and Italy (+4.1%) saw their demand for heavy trucks increase, while French market declined by -18.6%. New Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicles over 3.5t In February 2015, results for trucks were diverse, with France (-17.2%) and Germany (-15.3%) performing less well than in February 2014, while Italy (+9.3%), the UK (+30.5%) and Spain (+42.9%) recorded a significant increase. Overall, the EU recorded 21,048 new trucks, or 2.0% more than in February 2014. From January to February 2015, 43,541 new trucks were registered in the EU, 4.4% more than in the same period last year. Among major markets only the UK (+33.0%), Spain (+16.5%) and Italy posted growth (+1.9%). New Buses & Coaches over 3.5t In February 2015, new buses and coaches registrations increased (+12.2%) compared to February 2014. This was probably due to the significant growth observed in the new EU member states (+45.3%). In the first two months of 2015, the EU market increased by 17.2%, totalling 5,108 new buses and coaches. Demand declined only in France (-2.2%) and in Italy (-7.8%), while new buses and coaches registrations increased in Spain (+47.4%), the UK (+45.9%) and Germany (+0.7%). Passenger car registrations up 7.0% over two months In February 2015, EU passenger car registrations recorded growth for the eighteenth consecutive month (+7.3%), reaching 924,440 In February 2015 EU passenger car registrations recorded growth for the eighteenth consecutive month (+7.3%), reaching 924,440. All major markets contributed positively to the overall expansion, especially Spain (+26.1%), Italy (+13.2%) and the UK (+12.0%) posting double-digit growth, followed by Germany (+6.6%) and France (+4.5%). From January to February 2015, new passenger car registrations increased by 7.0%, totalling almost 2 million units (1,923,484). Most major markets posted growth, contributing to the overall upturn of the EU market. Germany (+4.6%), France (+5.3%), the UK (+8.3%), Italy (+12.3%) and Spain (+26.7%) increased over this period.


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Ford Honored With Golden Gear Award Washington Automotive Press Association recognizes Ford Motor Company for its 111-year history of engineering innovation with Golden Gear Award

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ord Motor Company and its founder Henry Ford were honored at the Washington Automotive Press Association’s 30th Anniversary Gala with the organization’s Golden Gear Award. The company and its founder are being recognized for their outstanding contributions to the automotive industry. Jim Holland, vice president, Vehicle Components and Systems Engineering, Ford Motor Company, was on hand to accept the award. “On behalf of all the men and women of Ford Motor Company, I’d like to thank the Washington Automotive Press Association for the Golden Gear Award,” said Holland. “Henry Ford left us with quite a legacy, and the Ford team continues driving innovation through every part of our business to improve people’s lives. This is what has always defined us as a company. Through innovation, we are changing the way the world moves.” Henry Ford didn’t just set out to build a strong business by introducing compelling products – he was passionate about making life better for millions of people. He may be best

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known for the invention of the affordable car that put the world on wheels, but equally notable is the mark he made on society – perfecting the moving assembly line to help usher in another industrial revolution and doubling wages of factory workers, which helped give rise to the middle class. Earlier this year the company announced its Ford Smart Mobility plan to use innovation to take it to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data. Ford is also conducting 25 mobility experiments around the world this year to test breakthrough transportation ideas to create better customer experiences, more flexible user-ship models and social collaboration that can reward customers. The experiments seek to address four global megatrends – explosive population growth, an expanding middle class, air quality and public health concerns, and changing customer attitudes and priorities – challenging today’s transportation model and limiting personal mobility, especially in urban areas. Henry Ford believed a good business makes excellent products and earns a healthy return, and that a great business does all of this while creating a better world. That vision continues to drive the people at Ford Motor Company each day. Carrying on the legacy of its founder, Ford Motor Company is driving innovation in every part of its business includes: • EcoBoost® engine technology that is now in more than 5 million Ford vehicles, helping people everywhere save gas • Advanced, lightweight materials that make America’s bestselling pickup truck, F-Series, even more capable and efficient • Industry-first inflatable rear safety belts that provide additional protection for rear seat passengers, as well as other safety innovations that help millions of people avoid accidents


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JEC Europe Fortifies Its Number-One Position JEC Europe 2015 fortifies its number-one position in the world and announces new name and new location

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ith exhibitors & visitors up by +13%, JEC Europe 2015 held in Paris, 10-12 March, stood once again as the number one Composites Show in the World, gathering the whole composites value chain from around the globe. It cements the major role played by the JEC Group in the sector’s economy. Announcements benefiting the Composites Industry “JEC Europe Show & Conference in Paris is a global reunification of the best advancements and innovations we can find today in the world. With not less than 10 different parallel programs, the 2015 session attracted an impressive number of exhibitors and visitors: 36,222 versus 31,919 in 2014 (+13%)” explains Mrs. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO. “The logical consequence of this success is the change of name and location of our event. Recognizing the global nature of the Paris event, JEC Europe changes its name and becomes JEC World starting with the next session to be held in March, 8-10, 2016. Moreover, with the number of manufacturers and visitors constantly increasing, the largest global meeting for composites has to adapt its size and location and will move to the biggest venue in France: the Paris Nord Villepinte fairgrounds with a substantial growth, reaching 62,000sqm of exhibit space next year. The new venue will, with no doubts, improve the attendees and exhibitors‘ experience with JEC World, as the modern and functional site is close to infrastructures like the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport and the Roissy TGV high-speed train station, giving our international visitors easy access to it, for better networking and shared knowledge.” adds Mrs. Frédérique Mutel. Additionally, JEC Group reaffirmed its will to develop its

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activities in America with the 4th JEC Americas in Houston in June and in Asia with the 8th session of JEC Asia in Singapore in 2015. New partnerships have also recently been engaged allowing JEC Group to address new promising markets such as Latin America with Compocity in São Paulo in November 4-6, 2015 (in partnership with ALMACO) or South Africa in 2016. Celebration of Composites Innovation JEC Innovation Awards Winners – Paris 201518 composites champions received a trophy at the 2015 JEC Innovation Awards session, rewarding their technological breakthrough for the industry. The first ever JEC Life Achievement Award – Paris has been handed out to Professor Stephen Tsai for his life-long career dedicated to the research, promotion and improvement of the composites industry. The Automotive Composites Circle gathered Top Leaders of this Industry to develop synergies and favour networking. The circle was highlighted with insightful speeches from PSA, Toyota, Siemens and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. Composites for Better Living by JEC©Also new this year, the 3rd additional floor of JEC Europe was dedicated to Innovation with an Innovation Corner presenting more than 30 composites parts, a Live Demo Zone showcasing the know-how of 7 machines and the stage to 6 high-value JEC Conferences on Aeronautics, Automotive, Mechanical Behaviour, Mechanics & Testing, NDT or again Production Technology. This 3rd floor also hosted the newest and most promising creation of JEC Group: Composites for better living by JEC©, an area dedicated to designers and crafters. Due to their low-weight/high-strength characteristics and complex shape capability, composite materials are now inspiring new generations of designers.


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Neste Become Largest Producer Of Renewable Fuels Neste Oil has become the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residuebased raw materials

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ver the last few years, Neste Oil has become the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues. In 2014, the company produced nearly 1.3 million tonnes (1.6 billion liters, 423 million gallons US) of renewable fuel from waste and residues. In practical terms, this is enough to power for two years all the 650,000 dieselpowered passenger cars in Finland with NEXBTL renewable diesel manufactured from waste and residues, according to the statement. Examples of Neste Oil’s waste and residue-based raw materials include animal and fish fats; used cooking oil; and various residues generated during vegetable oil refining such as palm fatty acid distillate (PFAD) and technical corn oil. These raw materials accounted for 62% of Neste Oil’s renewable inputs in 2014 (52% in 2013, 35% in 2012). NEXBTL products (renewable diesel, jet, and naphtha fuels and isoalkane) are produced by hydrotreating vegetable oil or animal fat (HVO). Additionally, Neste Oil manufactures renewable products from vegetable oils, mainly from crude palm oil. Its proportion of the total feedstock usage has decreased markedly over the past few years and currently stands at 38% (47% in 2013, 65% in 2012). In all, Neste Oil is already able to produce renewable diesel from more than ten different raw materials, and the total amount of renewal diesel produced by Neste Oil in 2014 would suffice to power 2.8 million passenger cars for one year.

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All of the company’s renewable raw materials are sustainably produced and comply with both the requirements set out by legislation and the company’s own stringent sustainability criteria. With regard to crude palm oil, Neste Oil only uses certified feedstock. Neste Oil produces renewable products based on its proprietary NEXBTL technology in its refineries located in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore. With its annual capacity of 2 million tonnes, the company is the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel. The goal is to increase annual capacity to 2.6 million tonnes without making any major additional investments. Additionally, the NEXBTL product range will expand to cover entirely new applications outside traffic fuels, such as the chemical industry.


Quality Assurance Requires Continuous Quality Improvement

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The 29th Control – International Trade Fair for Quality Assurance, the World’s biggest exhibition in Quality Assurance and Quality Control with ‘1.000 exhibitors from 32 countries, 25.000 visitors from 89 countries on 5th to 8th May 2015 in Stuttgart

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rickenhausen, “Quality assurance necessitates a system of continuous quality improvement” – this quote from the America quality text, “Commitment to Quality”, makes it more apparent than any other quote concerning the issue of QA that quality is not free of charge! No later than when the insight ripens that quality plays a decisive role as a factor in international competition, manufacturing companies are well advised to view quality assurance a basic, overriding function in all corporate divisions. The Control international trade fair for quality assurance provides customers and users with an adequate information, communication, procurement and business platform, which will be promoted in 2015 for the 29th time. In order to lastingly live up to the exacting demands of the industry sector and its customers, Control also abides by the quote cited above and will present a sparkling array of innovations and optimisations at Control 2015! Above all the updated nomenclature can be mentioned in this respect, which will be subdivided into primary segments including measuring technology, materials testing, analysis equipment, optoelectronics and QA systems in the future. There are a total of 16 headings within these five primary segments, under which technologies, processes, products, modules, subsystems and complete QA solutions are listed, covering both hardware and software. Above all this update does justice to the rapidly growing presence of optoelectronic

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components and systems such as image processing and vision systems, as well as system integration. And the second innovation impacts precisely this area, namely a special trade fair guide for “Image Processing, Vision Systems and System Integration”, which is available in both online and printed versions. Presented for the first time at the last control, expansion into the area of “system integration” permits target-oriented, direct contact with competent experts in accordance with actual needs. Complementary supplements are offered by tried and true Control collaboration partners such as the IPA with its event forum covering “Multi-Sensor Applications in Measuring and Test Technology”, the innovative Mechatronics Network BW with its technology park, the Fraunhofer Vision Alliance with its special show and the TQU who will once again confer the Baden-Württemberg Competence Award. Roughly eight months before the trade fair opens, it’s already becoming apparent that the 29th Control will also be a big success: according to Control project manager Gitta Schlaak, more than 90% of all available exhibition floor space has already been booked due to great demand demonstrated by domestic and above all by foreign exhibitors.


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Used Car Market And Perception Of Consumers

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n 2nd March 2015, the European Commission published its long-awaited report on the functioning of the market for second-hand cars from a consumer perspective. The study covered purchases of second-hand cars by consumers from franchise dealers, independent dealers and auctions (private sales of second-hand cars between individuals were not included). It focused on dealers’ practices and compliance with the existing regulatory framework for selling second-hand cars, consumers’ ability to make informed choices with the information they receive prior to purchase and at the point of sale, as well as problems experienced by consumers. The 471 page document (key-findings) gave particular attention to the prevention of odometer fraud, the provision of information concerning legal and commercial guarantees, best practices in the used car market, and cross-border trade. The Commission’s report is the result of a study which launched at the end of 2013, in view of the fact that, over a period of three years, the used car market consistently received the lowest score on the Commission’s Consumer Markets Scoreboard. The Scoreboard ranks specific consumer markets according to how well they perform for consumers with regard to comparability, trust, problems and complaints, overall satisfaction, switching and choice. Following the publication of the 8th Consumer Markets Scoreboard in December 2012, CECRA contacted the Commission to provide its feedback on the results. CECRA also provided its input as part of the research leading up to the publication of the final report. In particular, CECRA pointed out that some illegal practices, such as odometer fraud, are carried out by both used car dealers and private individuals. This has been highlighted by the Commission: “while the focus of this report is on sales of second-hand cars from trade sources, the role of private sales should also be kept in mind by national authorities, especially since these undermine the good reputation and best practices of certain, mostly authorised, car dealers. This is especially the case in

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some Eastern European countries, as certain stakeholders indicated.” In order to improve the image of the used car market, CECRA has long been a supporter of measures tackling odometer fraud and has recently co-signed a joint appeal urging policymakers to tackle the problem. CECRA also helped the Commission by indicating the best practices from its national associations, including conciliation mechanisms and model contracts for used car sales that are used by professionals who belong to a national association. These best practices were mentioned in the Commission’s report, which argues that “independent dealers and auctions can benefit to some extent by learning from the best practices employed by franchise dealerships.” Another important element highlighted in the final report is the information that consumers need to have when purchasing a used car. Even if it is clear that the professionals must provide the consumers with a detailed information, CECRA believes that it is also important for Member States to better inform their consumers about the exact content of the guarantees they receive, as these guarantees do not always cover everything that could happen to the car.


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European Automakers Invest €32 Billion In Research European automobile manufacturers invest €32 billion a year into researching the technologies and production methods to lead through safer, cleaner and smarter mobility

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uto shows are always an opportunity for manufacturers to show off their wares, but the Geneva event is a highlight of the calendar. Automobile manufacturers use it as an opportunity to highlight some of their latest innovations. European automobile manufacturers invest €32 billion a year into researching the technologies and production methods that are often first seen by the public in concepts shown at auto shows. They provide a means to gauge consumers’ reactions to the open possibilities of future mobility afforded by manufacturers’ striving to make cleaner, safer and smarter vehicles. Concept cars represent design exercises and showcase technologies that will appear on vehicles not just in the next year or two, but also in decades to come. They are the ‘cars of the future’, conceived to show what would be possible in a ‘blue sky’ world devoid of restrictions or limitations. They have practical application, however. Technologies that have begun life in concept cars include ideas that are now common, such as ‘drive-by-wire’ steering and braking, modular seating arrangements, on-board computers, and connectivity solutions. Innovative alternative powertrain vehicles are also a staple of the concept car circuit, with electric, hybrid, CNG/LNG, or hydrogen-powered cars, vans, trucks and buses all demonstrating the potential of zeroemissions technologies. The appeal to consumers of new propulsion and connectivity technologies has impact beyond the vehicles alone. New powertrains and systems that connect vehicles to each other

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and their surroundings have a ‘network’ effect, in that to be desirable the right infrastructure has to be in place and other people need to be using it. This is why the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has long been calling for the EU to support member states in rolling out the necessary infrastructure to make alternative powertrains viable on European roads. Taken together, the technological advances that are making it into production cars thanks to automotive innovation are changing the way consumers buy, own and use cars. Safer cars are reducing the number and severity of road accidents. Cleaner cars are helping to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. Smarter cars are helping to keep drivers and passengers informed and entertained on the move. Manufacturers from across the automotive spectrum are offering a wider-than-ever choice to consumers, with innovations finding their place in vehicles from the mass market up to the premium segments. In the long run, the evolution in vehicle design – and the rollout of matching infrastructure – may even have an impact on the structure of the industry itself. The popularity of cars has generated a whole raft of social, environmental and economic challenges that manufacturers are working to overcome. Vehicle manufacturers are designing these cars of the future to show off their contribution to facing the tests of the coming years and decades. ACEA regularly voices the importance of innovation – and the need for vehicle manufacturers to have a free hand when it comes to developing fresh solutions. It highlights the need for infrastructure to match these new vehicle types. In the spirit of the technological wonders shown off in Geneva this year, ACEA reiterates its call for a greater focus on, and support for, innovation in Europe. It is through this focus that Europe’s automotive industry will continue to lead through safer, cleaner and smarter mobility.


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Automechanika Istanbul Set To Host Visitors One of the most dynamic and inclusive automotive event Automechanika Istanbul’15 is being held between 9th – 12th April at the TUYAP Fair and Congress Center

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utomechanika Istanbul, the 9th edition takes place from April 9th to 13th, 2015, at the TUYAP Fair and Congress Center. Turkey’s Leading International Trade Fair for the Automotive Industry, Automechanika Istanbul which was organized biennially till 2013 started to be organized as an annual event since 2014 due to intense interest of the market. Beginning with 302 exhibitors in 2001, the event raised the bar increasing this number up to 1,475 (739 national and 736 international) exhibitors in 2014 which is an 1,5% increase of exhibitors to the previous year 2013. Hannover Fairs Turkey General Manager Alexander Kühnel, stating Automechanika Istanbul has recorded growth in many aspects and said: “Turkey has been in the first 5 in Europe by performing over 1 million vehicle production per annum in the last three years consecutively. Having organized for 9 years biennially till 2013, in line with the demand from the sector since 2014 is held annually in April. The fair contributes greatly to Turkey’s exports. Last year attracting 44,469 commercial visitors from 123 countries we have realized the duty on our shoulders to let Turkey reach its targets set for 2023. From 40 countries 1,475 exhibitors took place at the fair on an area of 34,791 sq meters in 2014. In order to raise this number upper level this year the fair is held at 14 halls which were 12 in 2014.” “The dynamic Turkish automotive market requires good preparation and smooth entry conditions. If you would like to enter this rapidly growing market or if you would like to

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expand your existing business in Turkey, Automechanika Istanbul is the right platform for you. Bringing the major players in the Turkish and European industries together, this fair has become a meeting point, for Turkey as well as for the surrounding regions.” 5 days full of Innovation and Business Contacts Automechanika Istanbul is Eurasia’s number one OEM and Aftermarket event. It brings together all relevant professionals from the Automotive Manufacturing, Distribution and Repair sectors in the region and it provides opportunities for Small and Middle Enterprises to step up in the market. Automechanika Istanbul 2014 closed with record numbers: 1,475 exhibitors met with 44,469 visitors from all around the world during 10-13 April 2014. Market information The automotive industry is one of the four “locomotives” of the Turkish economy. It assembles some of the country’s largest exporters and represents one of the leading investor industries. At the same time, a multitude of small and medium-sized enterprises engage themselves in both production and trading, adding enormous value to the already dynamic automotive industry. It is an economically strategic sector in terms of contribution to the national economic and social development, generating hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect employment units throughout the country and providing work for more than 500.000 people, also in the related sub-sectors. The automotive industry has been attracting large amounts of foreign investment. Nowadays, the shape and structure of Turkish automotive industry is changing. Foreign investors started to see the Turkish industry not only as a temporary investment opportunity, but also started to establish production centers for their global markets. A large amount of vehicles that the large international car manufacturers produce in Turkey is aimed for export purposes all over the world. Turkey became a center for manufacturing, in particular for sedantype passenger cars and also for a wide range of extremely successful commercial vehicle brands, making Turkey an alternative supplier center for global manufacturers.


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Supsan Introduces Its Eco-Friendly Products Supsan Inc. trained over 2000 workers employed in the automotive supplier industry and introduced their eco-friendly products at the regional meetings

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ne of the biggest valve producers of Turkey, Supsan Inc. has trained over 2000 workers of automotive supplier industry holding 9 regional meetings in 6 provinces across Turkey. Supsan has also found opportunity to introduce primarily its turbo and other products. One of companies of Borusan Holding, the biggest valve producer of Turkey and surrounding countries, Supsan Inc. has completed the regional meetings and told its activities and products in the sector. Supsan Inc. has together with dealers, repairmen, masters of engine reconditioning, retailers and automobile industry employees in the scope of 9 Supsan Regional Meeting events in the provinces of Bursa, Izmir, Adana, Denizli, Antalya and Kocaeli in February and March. Training over 2000 automotive supplier industry workers at the regional meetings, Supsan Inc. has possessed the noteworthy part of the Turkish market with its 10 million unit valve production capacity. Thanks to the event, having opportunity to recognize closely the sector, Supsan Inc. has

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introduced its products primarily turbo and other productions as well. “We bring together dealers and sector’s workers” Stating the regional meetings had featured a great importance for them, Salih Alson, General Manager of Supsan Inc., said; “Coming together with our dealers and sector members we have introduced our products such as valves, turbo, camshafts, guides, gaskets, bearings to the employees of the automotive supplier industry.” Recording that they were producing valves for renowned firms such as Porsche, Aston Martin, Ferrari, BMW and Mercedes, Salih Alson continued, “We export to Italy, France, Germany and the USA and surrounding countries. In addition to valves, accomplishing turbo and camshafts at a single plant is a crucial development for our sector.” Turbo market of 400 thousand units Salih Alson also briefed they had introduced their eco-friendly products at the regional meetings. “Turbo increases efficiency by saving fuel as well as being eco-friendly. In the world currently turbo is the most effective way to decrease Co2 emission. We will also produce for tractors, trucks and heavy vehicles along with increasing capacity utilization within 5 years. After the Turkish market we are planning to export the turbo products to Germany and France. We will be successful in European market beside Turkish market. Especially having distributors in Europe and being assertive in quality will ensure us to be successful in those markets,” he noted. Pointing out there were 3 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Turkey Salih Alson said nearly 400 thousand units of those vehicles have been in renewing process. He concluded, “As Supsan, we aim to access 50 percent of these vehicles. We see 2015 more positive than 2014. We expect increase in valve production and sales of OEM in addition to sales of our spare parts.”


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BMW i8 Presented With World Green Car Award Sports car with path-breaking overall concept repeats the BMW i3’s success of the previous year

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or the second time in succession BMW i clinched victory at the World Car Awards in the category World Green Car. Following the success of the purely electrically driven BMW i3 the previous year, the BMW i8 was awarded this prestigious award at the New York International Auto Show. The sports car's combination of groundbreaking plug-in hybrid drive technology and innovative lightweight construction together with its avant-garde design was honoured by the international jury at the World Car Awards. The BMW i8 was also one of the finalists in the category World Luxury Car at the World Car Awards 2015, thereby underlining its special position. “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the team in Munich”, says Dr. Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW, speaking at the Award Ceremony in New York. “The BMW i8 represents the future with its unique lightweight construction and unrivalled connectivity. To win this award for the second year in a row shows that our BMW i products are truly leading the world.” The BMW i8 is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle manufactured by the BMW Group. It combines the performance of a sports car with the fuel consumption and emission figures of a

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subcompact vehicle. The BMW i8 can be driven up to 37 kilometres under electric power alone, accelerate in the style of a purebred sports car and yet its average consumption is that of a subcompact car. Its 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, equipped with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, is combined with an electric motor. The battery can be charged at a conventional power outlet, at a charging station or simply while driving. The system performance of the BMW i8 is 266 kW/362 hp and it accelerates in just 4.4 seconds to 100 km/h from a standing start (combined fuel consumption: 2.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 49 g/km)*. The extensive use of innovative materials, as well as the i8's energy-efficient production processes also underline the overall, future-oriented concept. The optional laser headlights and the services developed specifically for electro mobility by the BMW ConnectedDrive team are further proof of the progressive direction taken by the BMW i8. Since 2005, the World Car Awards have been presented annually at the start of the New York International Auto Show and are among the most important international prizes to be won in the automotive sector. The jury is composed of 75 journalists from more than 20 countries. Each summer before the award ceremony, the models nominated in each category are announced, from which an Expert Committee or the jurors nominate five vehicles in each category (World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car) or ten vehicles (World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car). From these, the jury selects the three finalists in the runup to the Geneva Motor Show, before the winners are finally announced in New York. The BMW i8 is the BMW Group's third model to be honoured with the World Green Car Award at the World Car Awards, following the BMW 118d in 2008, which represented the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, and the BMW i3 the previous year.


Scania Expands Its Operations In Taiwan

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ur firm was established in 1974 under the title “ŞAN TİCARET”, then in 1990 “ ŞAN TİCARET INTERNATIONAL” in Macedonia was established to go with the expansion of the firm. In 1993, ÜÇEM OTOMOTİV was established due to the great expansion in exports. ÜÇEM OTOMOTİV could prove itself in the local market as well as the overseas markets. Last but not the least, ÜÇEM GASKET was established in 1997 as a full equipped last technology gasket factory. The main reason for such an investment is the increasing demand for quality gaskets that mostly all the local producers did not take into account. We decided to produce our gaskets under the original standards. By doing that, we could improve ourselves and our products are being exported to all over the world with great being exported to all over the world with great satisfaction of retailers and consumers.

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Within a very short time, we could enter the global market and sell our products ta well-known firms. Our gaskets are being accepted not only for their competitive prices and quality, but also because we do use Asbestos-Free materials that are legal in the world market. Besides the gasket production, and according to the 40 years experience in the engine spare parts, we supply all the engine spare parts for DEUTZ, MERCEDES BENZ, MAN, DAF, SCANIA, VOLVO, RENAULT RVI and ZF. Our ideal is to satisfy our customers by supplying them quality parts. In 2007 year we moved to uour 6000 m2 Factory for enhancing our technologic capacity and aimed providing our customers in oem quality producuts.


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Delphi Successfully Completes Automated Drive From San Francisco to New York, Delphi achieves first coastto-coast trip ever taken by an automated vehicle

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elphi Automotive PLC has completed the longest automated drive in North America, traveling from San Francisco to New York in the first coast-to-coast trip ever taken by an automated vehicle. Nearly 3,400 miles were covered with 99 percent of the drive in fully automated mode. The drive was used by Delphi engineers to research and collect information that will help further advance active safety technology – the most rapidly growing technology sector of the auto industry. The team collected nearly three terabytes of data—about 30 percent of all of the printed material in the Library of Congress. “Our vehicle performed remarkably well during this drive, exceeding our expectations,” said Jeff Owens, Delphi chief technology officer. “The knowledge obtained from this trip will help optimize our existing active safety products and accelerate our future product development, which will allow us to deliver unsurpassed automotive grade technologies to

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our customers.” The nine-day trip crossed 15 states and the District of Columbia. Along the way, the vehicle encountered complex driving situations such as traffic circles, construction zones, bridges, tunnels, aggressive drivers and a variety of weather conditions. Delphi’s automated driving vehicle is equipped with a full suite of advanced technologies and features, many of which are already on the market today including collision mitigation, integrated radar and camera systems, forward collision and lane departure warning. About Delphi Delphi Automotive PLC is a leading global supplier of technologies for the automotive and commercial vehicle markets. Headquartered in Gillingham, U.K., Delphi operates major technical centers, manufacturing sites and customer support services in 33 countries. Delphi delivers innovation for the real world with technologies that make cars and trucks smarter and safer as well as more powerful and efficient.


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Infiniti Reveals 2016 QX50 Luxury Crossover Updated 2016 Infiniti QX50, with extended wheelbase, increased interior room and refined exterior design, goes on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide this fall

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he 2016 Infiniti QX50, which was one of the first luxury compact crossovers and continues to be one of the most powerful, features new exterior styling, an extended wheelbase and more than eight cubic feet of additional interior room. It is scheduled to go on sale in North America in fall 2015. The QX50’s new front end brings its appearance more in line with the design language that first appeared in the Infiniti Q50 and Q70 – including its new LED Daytime Running Lights and LED fog lights. There’s also a new side sill design, a new rear fascia, LED side mirror turn signals and a new 19inch wheel design. The QX50 wheelbase has been extended by 3.2 inches, with most of the gain – 4.3 inches of additional legroom – felt by rear seat passengers. Overall, interior volume has been increased by 8.3 cubic feet, including an additional 2.7 cubic feet of cargo space. "The QX50 was one of the first luxury compact crossovers, foreshadowing one of the hottest segments in the auto industry right now. It was the first vehicle to offer our innovative Around View Monitor. And it remains one of the most powerful and versatile personal crossovers you can buy. The enhancements for 2016 keep it fresh and competitive,” said Albaisa.

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As in previous years, the 2016 QX50 is equipped with a standard 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine and a 7-speed automatic transmission. It is offered two models – QX50 and QX50 AWD with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive – and with several optional equipment packages that have also been revised for 2016. The Infiniti QX30 Concept, Infiniti’s design vision that will inspire a new premium compact crossover, cements Infiniti’s ambitions to expand into the this segment which is forecast for significant growth with the entry of younger, affluent customers. Combining the sleek lines of the coupe with the command seating position and all-wheel drive of a crossover, the QX30 Concept is designed to be an urban explorer – one that stands apart in style and substance and in the sophistication of its proportions and form. "The QX30 Concept’s sleek, exterior shape is composed of bold sections, each marked by deep, upward cuts – intersections that generate Infiniti’s hallmark ‘dual wave’ effect," said Albaisa. "The athletic silhouette is sleek and sinuous, and the aerodynamic design provides a showcase for QX30 Concept’s confident attitude." Inside the futuristic exterior, the warm, authentic and inviting interior is designed to engage emotionally with the vehicle’s occupants. All four seats have been streamlined, to convey a "suspended" look, evoking the feeling of taut and toned athleticism. "By keeping the seats slim, we’ve enhanced the impression of shared space within the cabin. Because we have narrowed the typical expanse that exists between driver and passengers, the interior becomes a place for occupants to connect with one another. And, with its rich, brown leathers and soothing blue accents, the darker interior environment dovetails nicely with the sturdy, outdoors appearance of the exterior," added Albaisa. A production version of the Infiniti QX30 Concept has been announced as launching in calendar year 2016.


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MAN Shifts NEOPLAN Production To Turkey MAN Truck & Bus has shifted production of NEOPLAN in its structure to Turkey plant in Ankara where currently local; travel, tourism and service buses as well as NEOPLAN buses are manufactured

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he premium brand of the bus world, NEOPLAN is going to be produced only at MAN’s Turkey plant, in Ankara. Together with assuming all models of NEOPLAN, the production, employment, turnover, exports figures of MAN Turkey would expand in outstanding size, according to the statement. MAN’s Neoplan brand of buses under the company’s Truck & Bus division will be just produced at the Turkey’s plant of the company. The German automotive manufacturer, which specializes in heavy vehicles, has commissioned a new production line at its Ankara plant for Cityliner, Jetliner, and the upcoming Skyliner models, making Turkey its export hub for Neoplan brand buses. Speaking at the roll-off ceremony, Fikri Isik, Turkish Minister of Science, Industry, and Technology, said; “MAN’s selection of Turkey to relocate its bus production would be an important addition to the country’s exports and employment figures, while boosting quality in the local supply industry.” “Turkey’s production of motor vehicles has reached 1.2 million units in 2014, up from 357,000 in 2002 while automotive exports hit $18.1 billion up from $3.3 billion in the given period,” Isik said, adding that the government’s aim was to increase local research and development in the automotive industry, as well as manufacturing capabilities. “Recent investments in quality and efficiency have turned the MAN Turkey plant into an exemplary facility in the company’s network. The production of premium models such as the

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Cityliner, Jetliner, and Skyliner at the Ankara plant ensures the Neoplan buses’ future in the market,” Dr. Carsten Intra, Executive Board Member for Production & Logistic of MAN Truck & Bus AG, noting that the company was planning to add design operations to its Turkish unit. In his speech Munir Yavuz, Managing Director of MAN Turkey, said, “Having preferred Turkey plant of the company in Ankara for production of NEOPLAN is source of proud not only for MAN Turkey and its staff, also for all of Turkish automotive sector and its labor force.” He added they had also prepared for the projects which would follow this beginning project. MAN Turkey commenced operations in 1966 as MAN’s first production plant outside Germany. The Turkish division currently exports to 41 countries. The company’s plant in Ankara’s Akyurt district is manufacturing buses and coaches at a rate of 2,000 vehicles per year while employing 1,800 people. The history of MAN in Turkey dates back to the end of the Nineteenth Century. As long ago as in 1874 MAN exported trains and freight cars to Turkey. MAN Turkey A.S. was the first MAN production plant outside of Germany and commenced operations in 1966. Today, MAN Turkey is MAN's largest bus production plant. In 2015 MAN Turkey can look back over a 49-year history of success in the Turkish automotive industry. At its plant in Ankara, Akyurt, the company produces city buses, coaches as well as intercity coaches of the MAN and NEOPLAN brands on a site with a total area of 317,000 m2 and is MAN´s biggest bus production center. "The MAN plant in Turkey is the competence centre for high-floor and low-floor buses. We achieve ultimate quality standards and delivery reliability with the MAN MNPS Production Management System. We are working continuously on further improvement to quality and customer orientation with our young and dynamic organisation."


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Scania And Swedfund Invest in Indian Biogas

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cania and the development financier of the Swedish state Swedfund are establishing a partnership to develop the production of biogas as an automotive fuel in the Indian city of Nagpur, which is located in the state of Maharashtra and has 2.5 million inhabitants. The biogas will be produced from digested sludge from one of the city’s wastewater treatment plants in collaboration with local companies. Nagpur is participating in the Indian Government’s initiative to improve the environment and transport systems in the country’s 100 largest cities. The agreement between Swedfund and Scania was signed at today’s inauguration of Scania’s bus manufacturing facility in India by the companies’ chief executives Anna Ryott and Martin Lundstedt in the prescene of Sweden’s Minister of infrastructure , Anna Johansson and Shri. Nitin Gadkari, Honourable Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India "This is a Swedish venture, which in a sustainable and profitable manner can generate many new jobs and contribute to India’s shift towards renewable fuels. Biogas is the fuel of the future, which will contribute to solving India’s huge pollution problems while taking a comprehensive approach to the major environmental challenges,” says Swedfund’s CEO Anna Ryott. The plans for the biogas project were presented today in connection with the inauguration of Scania’s bus facility in Narasapura in Karnataka state. Today India occupies third place in terms of global carbon dioxide emissions, and these emissions are expected to double in the next few decades. In line with the country’s

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continued urbanisation, the quantity of waste produced in the cities is also increasing. “Scania has vehicles and technologies that can contribute to this shift, here and now. We see great opportunities for Sweden as a country to lead the development towards sustainable cities in the world in general and in India in particular. For this reason, we are extremely happy to be able to take this step together with Swedfund” says Scania's President and CEO Martin Lundstedt. Initiative in 100 cities with international support The Indian Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working actively to improve the environment and accessibility in 100 large cities in the country. The initiative is called Smart Cities. The Government is also approaching international companies that want to invest in technologies and systems that can promote the development of sustainable cities. Producing biogas from waste in major cities and residual products from agriculture represents an important part of the solution to India’s problems with air pollution, waste management and the cost of imported energy. Swedfund, which is owned by the Swedish state, offers risk capital, competence and financial support for investments in growth markets in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The task is to reduce poverty by creating sustainable business, which contributes to economic, environmental and social development. Since 1979, Swedfund has been an active, responsible and long-term investor in more than 230 companies.


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“Step Underway For Indigenous Car” We have a dream for indigenous car brand characterizing its own design, technology; we will achieve this, Nihat Zeybekci, Turkish Minister of Economy

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urkish automotive industry can be able to achieve its own car brand with its own design and technology, “but this is only a financial issue. This should be installed. The automotive industry will absolutely step into this project,” Nihat Zeybekci, Turkish Minister of Economy, said. In his speech delivered at the 40th Anniversary of Automotive Manufacturers’ Association (OSD), Minister Zeybekci the automotive industry is source of proud for Turkey. On the trip of Turkey’s industrialization and technology, the automotive industry was the sector that has achieved a jump, Zeybekci said the automotive sector has been one of the rare sectors can be able to compete across the world. Along with the last investments automotive sector with its capacity utilization ranking 16th in the world, 6th in Europe was not enough, Zeybekci said; “Turkey should be hub of automotive in Europe. We are number one in Europe in some areas for example in some vehicles such as bus, truck. So that we can be able to be number one in automobile as well. We can also come to a very distinctive point in the world. For that reason, our door has been left open completely in cooperation

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with you. After this it will continue to remain open.” Marking the automotive sector had features to mobilize many sectors; Zeybekci stated Turkey has self-confidence in the automotive sector to be able to compete with the world. “One of the most indicators to manufacture its own automobile Turkish automobile industry is capable to manufacture necessary everything for making a motorized vehicle. Currently, the automotive sector is a locomotive in R & D. In Turkey, there are 176 R & D centers, one third of these have been in the automotive sector. This is also become an example for other sectors. As the government, we have also removed restrictions and limits concerning R & D centers,” he noted. Touching Turkish automobile industry had a dream to manufacture its own automobile with its own design and technology, Zeybekçi concluded, “Our industry will achieve this. Because of this qualification is available in Turkey. This is not a technology matter, mastership or engineering matter. This is only and only a financial matter. This should be scheduled. Once we install the factors related with this and economy, make this scenario and simulation, we can be able to manufacture the indigenous automobile very easy.”


Bombardier Wireless Electric Bus Charging

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Bombardier's innovative Primove system charges the Berlin buses' batteries at 200 kW in the very few minutes of dwell time spent at the end stations, allowing the e-buses to serve the nearly four-mile-long bus line back and forth

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erlin will be the first capital city to turn a complete bus line into an eco-friendly route using e-buses with the wireless Primove charging system and the compact Primove battery system. Starting in summer 2015, passengers on the city centre bus line 204 will be able to enjoy a quiet and zeroemission ride through Berlin. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is supporting the project in the context of the "International Showcase Programme for E-mobility Berlin Brandenburg". On the occasion of the installation of the inductive charging pad at Berlin's first charging station the project partners Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe BVG, the Technical University (TU) Berlin and Bombardier Transportation invited representatives from the BMVI, the City of Berlin and media to inform them about the technical details of the wireless charging technology, the current project status and the further project milestones. At the event, guests had the rare opportunity to inspect the charging pad, which will be invisibly embedded under the ground in just a few days. The precast charging pad weighs seven tons, is 16 feet long, 6.5 feet wide and 10 inches thick. Bombardier's innovative Primove system charges the Berlin buses' batteries at 200 kW in the very few minutes of dwell time spent at the end stations. This allows the e-buses to serve the nearly four-mile-long bus line back and forth without additional stops or battery changing for an entire

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day. As with an electric toothbrush, charging works without a cable connection. As soon as the e-bus is positioned over the underground charging pad, the pick-up coil mounted on the underside of the vehicle lowers. The inductive energy transfer begins, generating an electromagnetic field. This poses no danger to drivers, passengers or pedestrians - or even to people with pacemakers. With the optimization of the transfer frequencies and advanced shielding, the charging system falls well below the very strict European limit values for electromagnetic emissions. Additional Primove charging stations will be installed at the route's second end stop as well as at BVG's bus depot where the four e-buses will be based. The e-buses will be built this spring by the Polish manufacturer Solaris. The twelve meter long vehicles are nearly identical to the Urbino 12 electric bus equipped with Primove charging and batteries, which has been in successful passenger operations in Braunschweig, Germany, since March 2014. The delivery of the first e-bus to the Bombardier site in Mannheim, Germany, for final coordination of the technical components is planned for May 2015. Following this, the vehicles will be delivered to Berlin for approval and commissioning. In summer 2015, passenger operations on route 204 will commence. Berlin's new fleet of e-buses will save around 260 tons of CO2 per year. In order to achieve the same affect, around 250 private cars in Berlin, on the basis of normal driving behaviour, would have to be switched to electric mode.


Cadillac Extends Top Of Its Range With CT6

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Advanced technology generates a new formula for the prestige sedan through the integration of new technologies developed to achieve dynamic performance, efficiency and agility previously unseen in large luxury cars

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adillac held the world premiere of the 2016 CT6, elevating it to the top of its range and creating a new formula for the prestige sedan through the integration of new technologies developed to achieve dynamic performance, efficiency and agility previously unseen in large luxury cars. CT6 marks Cadillac’s long-awaited return to the global prestige luxury segment, and is one of eight all-new vehicles the brand will launch by the end of the decade as part of its $12-billion product investment to expand and elevate. “The CT6 is nothing less than an entirely new approach to premium luxury – and an approach only Cadillac can offer,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Cadillac. “It is a bold endeavor with unmatched dynamism that reignites a passion for driving in large luxury vehicles. In short, it is prestige luxury reimagined.” Cadillac CT6 takes drivers to a higher threshold of involvement, with technologies that make them more aware of their surroundings, chassis systems – including active technologies – that make the most of control in all conditions, and powertrains led by an all-new Cadillac Twin Turbo engine that rewards with stirring power on demand. Passengers are ensconced in the brand’s ultimate expression of comfort, luxury and connectivity. The CT6 features one of the industry’s most advanced

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automotive body structures, an aluminum-intensive architecture that incorporates 11 different materials to achieve strength, performance and efficiency thresholds practically unmatched among the world’s elite luxury performance sedans. It is one of the world’s lightest and most agile full-size luxury performance sedans, with dimensions and spaciousness on par with BMW’s short-wheelbase 7-Series, but the approximate weight, agility and efficiency of the smaller Cadillac CTS – which is lighter than a BMW 5-Series. The CT6 is lighter than the BMW 5-Series, 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. “We reinvented the approach to structural underpinnings in the quest to develop a unique formula for the prestige luxury performance sedan,” said de Nysschen. “Melding that new approach with the dynamics conveyed in our other awardwinning rear-driven sedans – including V-Series – results in something that has been lost in the segment: the exhilaration of a true driver’s car.” Cadillac focused on three pillars that would coalesce to deliver the CT6’s dynamic experience – and do so with higher levels of presence, elegance and technological innovation to help elevate Cadillac around the world. “Luxury brands are built from the top down,” said Cadillac Chief Marketing Officer Uwe Ellinghaus. “Adding a dynamic, top-of-the-range car is central to Cadillac’s elevation and global growth.”


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Hyundai i20 And Sonata Drive To Three Red Dot Design Awards Hyundai Motor receives three Red Dot Design Awards, new Generation i20 Coupe and fivedoor and All-New Sonata claim prestigious design awards

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hree new models from Hyundai Motor have been named as winners of prestigious Red Dot Design Awards. The New Generation i20 Coupe, New Generation i20 five-door and the all-new Sonata take the honours in the 2015 programme. The recognition comes from the expert jury of one of the world’s most sought-after quality marks for design excellence. The awards in the Automotive category include a double endorsement for the New Generation i20 family, designed at Hyundai Motor’s Design Centre Europe in Rüsselsheim, Germany. With the New Generation i20 Coupe, Hyundai decided to go against the industry norm and, for the first time, has created a sporty looking three-door that is differentiated by design from the five-door model. This innovative approach was rewarded by the Red Dot jury, acknowledging the bold decision to make a dedicated Coupe design. The design of the five-door i20 also marked a big step forward for the company. With a longer, lower and wider body than its predecessor, the car has a more confident stance. This is emphasised by the longer bonnet, more upright A-pillars and new-look hexagonal grille – the characteristic feature of Hyundai cars. Simple, elegant lines extend along the body, and the rear is marked out by gloss-black C-pillars that create the illusion of a floating roof.

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The design focus of the All-new Sonata is ‘Inner Force’, an aesthetic expression of purpose and sophistication that emphasizes the car’s quality and presence. The All-new Sonata offers a more refined look through a new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness and advanced safety and convenience features. Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group, said: "We are delighted to receive recognition for our designs from the members of the acclaimed Red Dot jury. Our approach to design embodies the progressive spirit of Hyundai, and the jury’s decision demonstrates the advances we are making worldwide.” Each of the awarded models are inspired by Hyundai Motor’s well recognized and rewarded ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design philosophy, which embodies a flowing and dynamic form. It embraces the harmony of human coexistence, combined with the wisdom of sustainable growth from nature’s never ending evolution to generate a vision of progressive and passionate future design. Drawing on a jury of 38 experts from 25 countries – all high profile designers, professors and journalists – the Red Dot Design Award is recognised globally as one of the most sought-after marks for quality design. The 2015 contest attracted 4,928 entries from 1,994 participants in 56 countries, making the Red Dot Award the largest and most international product competition in the world. The 2015 Red Dot Design Awards follow accolades in 2014 for All-New Genesis and New Generation i10, thereby covering every new model introduced in Europe since the end of 2013. The All-new Sonata and Genesis also received recognition for design, winning the 2014 Good Design Award, while the New Generation i20 was also rewarded with the iF Design Award 2015 for its distinctive and sophisticated B-segment styling.


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Producing Technology For Renowned Brand ITU ARI Teknokent and Automotive Exporters’ Association (OIB) have merged their powers to improve technologies of the automotive industry

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iming to strengthen the technological infrastructure based on R & D and innovation in Turkey, ITU ARI Teknocity and Automotive Exporters’ Association (OIB) have united their powers to improve automotive technologies in Turkey. With this cooperation is aimed to evolve Turkish automotive sector from subcontracting producer role to a leading configuration in the market with new and innovative technologies. New generation automotive technologies will emerge from ITU Cekirdek Beginning operations in 2012 in the structure of ITU ARI Teknokent and funding over TL5 million for entrepreneurs, the entrepreneurship support program ITU Cekirdek guides the developments of the sector by opening special categories having big potential besides being open to all commercialize projects and sectors. In this context, this year’s special category is Automotive Technologies Category to allow automotive sector reach a more powerful structure owning sustainable competition advantage. The entrepreneurs in this area will benefit from the experience, vision and wide network in the automotive sector of OIB. As for the possibilities, which are ensured in ITU Cekirdek, will prepare suitable base for development of the projects. As for the OIB will act as bridge to transfer the projects to the industry. Kenan Colpan, General Manager of ITU ARI Teknokent, stating the automotive area would be assessed in a wide perspective in Turkey, and said, “This year, we are going to grant award worth TL1 million to entrepreneurs to give possibility to advance entrepreneurs in our ITU Cekirdek project as ITU ARI Teknokent. This year, we expect some 2500 projects’ application to ITU Cekirdek this equals the total of applications that submitted in the first three years. We support the target in Turkey’s exports in the automotive area through this year’s special category called ‘Automotive Technology’. We must reveal a Turkish brand in automotive. But this does not mean to make up a brand for serial production. In the next decade the automotive sector is expected to develop focusing on electric, electronic, software and energy. In this direction, producing Turkish branded technologies will key of generating distinction and development. We are offering unprecedented opportunity for those who want to manufacture technology in the automotive area with the

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category of ITU Cekirdek Automotive Technologies that we have made up with the support of the OIB. The projects which complete their incubation period, will emerge from ITU Cekidek to contribute greatly to attract investors to Turkey, the automotive technologies will also contribute to our exporters.” Omer Burhanoglu, Deputy Chairman of the OIB, highlighted that earlier enough possibility had not been ensured to the entrepreneurs in the automotive, the cooperation made with ITU ARI Teknokent was very important in that area and said; “How much the automotive market is big also production increases as much as that amount. Primarily, we increase the automotive market. As the market grows we will be more attractive for the new players and possibility of the new investment to come to Turkey will rise too. For this, some structural steps should be taken such as reducing taxation burden, improving human resources and infrastructure. Also incentives should exist to support the investments. The efficient production can be made in the countries such as India, Thailand, South Africa and Morocco where there is low laboring. On the other hand, the USA which has reached cheap energy opportunity thanks to shale gas, aims to increase the vehicle production with high automation. As Turkey, we should focus on new generation vehicles and technologies in order to separate from the competitive condition. Demands for hybrid, hydrogen and especially electric vehicles will increase very quickly in the world and these new type vehicles will spread in a very short time from supposed time. As the Automotive Exporters’ Association, we aim to let our industry win value-added products along with this cooperation made with ITU ARI Teknokent. I hope that this cooperation will form correct condition to generate Turkish brands in the automotive area.”


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Iveco Demonstrates Leadership In Natural-Gas Technologies Iveco in Brussels for Eurogas: “The brand demonstrates its established leadership in naturalgas technologies, now a strategic priority for European policy”

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veco was present at the Eurogas Annual Conference, held in Brussels where it presented a report on the strategic role of gas in the transport sector, confirming its leadership in – and commitment to – the field of natural gas bus and commercial vehicles. The brand was the only manufacturer of commercial vehicles invited to take part in the initiative hosted by Eurogas, an association representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors. Speaking on behalf of the company was Pierre Lahutte, Iveco Brand President, who reiterated the importance of efficient transport as the key to growth and competitiveness in Europe. Lahutte said that the increased use of natural gas and biomethane for fuel is a smart choice in technical terms and that it is an immediately available solution to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector. In these respects, Iveco is thereby in line with the recent European Commission document, in which Europe has committed to decarbonise the transport sector through the use of biofuels and to put liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the heart of its sustainable transport policies. In his speech Lahutte said: “Iveco is the European leader in

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natural gas vehicles with more than 25 years of experience in the sector. Thanks to its engine technology, the company’s Iveco and Iveco Bus brands boast a complete range of natural gas vehicles, having sold more than 13,000 units, including light, medium and heavy goods vehicles, as well as buses. There are several advantages of these vehicles in terms of environmental and cost sustainability: the overall saving on a vehicle's Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) could be up to 10%. With its comprehensive range of natural gas vehicles, Iveco is therefore the perfect partner, helping to preserve air quality and ensuring greater profitability for customers”. Natural gas is significantly less expensive at the pump when compared with Diesel, resulting in fuel costs being reduced by up to 40% – the most important factor when evaluating TCO. Methane gas and liquid methane are important because they represent a midpoint to even more sustainable solutions, including from renewable sources. The engines installed in Iveco vehicles are already compatible with biomethane. The spread of biomethane is significant because it would make it possible to reach the target of having 10% of transport fuel from renewable sources, as set out in Directive 2009/28/EC on promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources.


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100% Electric Buses Of Ebusco Go To Norway Norway, will start operating two fully electric buses of Ebusco in their regular public transport operations, the electric buses are developed and built by the Dutch company Ebusco BV of Helmond

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oreal Transport Norge AS of Stavanger, Norway, will start operating two fully electric buses of Ebusco in their regular public transport operations. The electric buses are developed and built by the Dutch company Ebusco BV of Helmond, a manufacturer of 100% electric buses. They are the first, produced by a Dutch manufacturer, and the first100% electric buses which will be going into regular service. Over a year ago the negotiations between Ebusco and Boreal started about the development of a solution for sustainable public transport in Stavanger and its surroundings. The city bus, which was then designed and manufactured according to the wishes of Boreal, is one of which Ebusco dares to say that it is unique in Europe and even the world. The bus has a length of twelve meters, an aluminium body and a battery pack of 250 kWh sufficient for at least 200 km driving after each charge, and is recharged overnight. This range of 200 km was required by Boreal. Alternatively the bus can be

supplied with a battery capacity of 311 kWh sufficient for 300 km driving on a single charge. The bus can accommodate more than ninety passengers, incl. a wheelchair passenger. This quiet and comfortable zero emission bus has no harmful emissions such as CO², NOX and particulates. To optimize the comfort for the passengers there are USB connections at various points in the passenger area enabling the travellers to charge their mobile devices. The first test drives of these two-door buses with low floor have already taken place to the full satisfaction of Boreal Transport Norge AS. Of course the Ebusco bus, and in particular the battery package, is resistant to the weather conditions which prevail in this region. Ebusco has already gained a lot of experience in Finland under similar conditions. In this country the first Ebusco electric bus was sold to Veolia more than a year ago and has since been in use on a regular scheduled service in Espoo. There is currently so much interest in the Ebusco buses that plans are being made for assembly of these vehicles in the Netherlands.

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Chinese Auto Export Decrease Year On Year

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ccording to the statistics made by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), the auto export was 51,400 units in February, down 16.7% than that of last month, and down 4.3% year on year. Among different types, the passenger cars were 30,500 units, down 12.9% than that of last month, and down 0.4% year on year; and the commercial vehicles were 20,900 units, down 21.8% than that of last month, and down 9.4% year on year. For the first two months, the export reached 113,100 units, down 8.6% year on year. To be specific, the passenger cars reached 65,400 units, down 15.5% year on year; the commercial vehicles were 47,700 units, up 2.9% year on year. According to customs data sorted out by CAAM, in January, the total import of automobiles was 100,600 units, down APRIL 2015

9.4% year on year, and the total export was 74,200 units, down 16.2% year on year.


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BASF Launches New Binder For Automotive Composites Low-emission Acrodur® Power 2750 X helps produce costefficient lightweight composites with integrated functions and a higher share of natural fibers

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ASF is launching a new binder – Acrodur® Power 2750 X. The product is designed for the production of natural fiber composites for automotive lightweight applications such as interior car door panels or shelves. As a low-emission alternative to formaldehyde-based reactive resins, Acrodur Power 2750 X gives natural fiber composites high mechanical stability. At the same time, the product offers thermoplastic processability and, unlike traditional thermoplastic binders based on polypropylene, it allows the use of up to 75 percent natural fibers in lightweight components. At the JEC Composites Show, one of the globally leading trade fairs in the composites industry taking place in Paris from March 10 to 12 this year, BASF is going to present at its booth F51 in hall 7.2 a functionalized natural fiber lightweight composite based on Acrodur Power 2750 X. Environmentally-friendly and health-compatible lightweight components “Due to the use of Acrodur Power 2750 X, natural fiber components are up to 40 percent lighter than conventional plastic products. This results in cars that consume less fuel and have fewer carbon emissions,“ explains Claus Dallner, Head of Marketing for Dispersions for Fiber Bonding at BASF. The water-based binder Acrodur Power 2750 X is a healthcompatible alternative to conventional formaldehyde-based reactive resins: Neither during processing nor as part of the final product does it release any organic substances. This offers greater safety at work for the user, who no longer needs to invest in exhaust air treatment systems. In addition to this, the binder helps to improve the ambient air quality inside cars. Making it easier and more cost-effective to produce high-

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performance components Natural fibers bonded with Acrodur Power 2750 X can be processed using traditional thermoplastic cold-forming methods and be combined in one single process step with complex plastic elements such as reinforcing ribs or supports. The product helps to save both system and process costs. Acrodur Power 2750 X combines these benefits with great mechanical component stability. Furthermore, the preimpregnated natural fibers boast a long shelf-life. “With its novel Acrodur Power 2750 X product BASF offers the automotive and component-supplying industry an innovative, environmentally-friendly solution that preserves resources and helps reduce the weight and costs of natural fiber composites,“ underlines Vice President Jürgen Pfister, responsible for the dispersions business of BASF for adhesives and fiber bonding in Europe. “As a strong development partner in the value chain, equipped with a comprehensive portfolio and far-reaching technical expertise, we help customers all over the world to differentiate from their competitors.” The low-emission Acrodur binders are used to reinforce natural fiber composites before these can be processed into molded components. They are also used for the production of high quality lightweight applications in the furniture and automotive industry. Due to their 3D plasticity, the binders help generate attractive design options with a natural fiber look and feel.


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“The future of transport sector is full of exciting possibilities: new high tech materials; connected cars getting smarter and smarter and one day autonomous; seamlessly functioning, intelligent transport systems”

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peaking at the CLEPA Annual Reception in Brussels on 24 March, Commissioner Arias Cañete called for a reinforced cooperation across sectors, member states and policy areas: “The future of transport sector is full of exciting possibilities: new high tech materials; connected cars getting smarter and smarter and one day autonomous; seamlessly functioning, intelligent transport systems. One thing this innovative technologies and solutions have in common is that on one can develop them alone”. Welcoming more than 300 attendees, Mr de DavidBeauregard, CLEPA President, highlighted the strong links and interdependencies between transport, energy and climate, particularly as urbanization accelerates worldwide. “In mobility, just like in the energy sector, technologies are largely available. The need of their uptake depends on consumer preferences, energy prices, the market and the national and international regulatory framework”, said CLEPA President before listing CLEPA priorities: the reduction of CO2 emissions post 2020, Clean Air, Connectivity and Automated Driving. The EU CO2 legislation for passenger cars has largely been a success in driving innovations, lowering CO2 and offering planning certainty. CLEPA members are developing a wide

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range of technologies for further CO2 reductions post-2020. “We see additional potential via both increased efficiency of the internal combustion engine and increasing market shares of alternative powertrain vehicles. CLEPA members are committed to remaining leaders in CO2 reduction. For the time after 2020 there are, however, reasons to believe that a linear continuation of currently demanded reductions will not be possible. This is amongst other things linked to the costs and market penetration of alternative technologies and the fact that the physical potential of efficiency gains is asymptotic” highlighted the CLEPA President. “We are one of the biggest contributors to job and growth in Europe thanks to the Innovation carried out by our members. They invest 18 billion Euro each year in R&D. CLEPA’s members are committed to make major contributions to safer and cleaner cars”, said Mr Paul Schockmel, CLEPA CEO. As regards automated driving, this is part of a new paradigm shift and mobility evolution. It is estimated that it will bring tremendous social benefits in terms of road accident reductions, traffic management, fuels savings and additional productivity due to traffic avoidance. CLEPA supports a stepwise approach towards higher levels of automated driving and its technological advancements in key innovation areas. “Modern vehicles equipped with driver assistance systems can feel, listen and soon speak with their environment. Connectivity and autonomous driving are the new opportunities and challenges for the years to come and we are committed to deliver integrated solutions in cooperation with our customers, European authorities and all relevant stakeholders involved”, concluded Mr Paul Schockmel, CLEPA CEO.


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“Indian Automobile Industry Continues Reviving” The Indian automotive industry produced the number of 21,468,103 vehicles April – February 2015 growing 9.28 percent over the same period previous year

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roduction The industry produced a total of 21,468,103 vehicles including passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, three wheelers and two wheelers in April-February 2015 as against 19,645,555 in April-February 2014, registering a growth of 9.28 percent over the same month last year. Domestic Sales The sales of Passenger Vehicles grew by 4.03 percent in April-February 2015 over the same period last year. Within the Passenger Vehicles segment, Passenger Cars and Utility Vehicles grew by 5.24 percent and 5.46 percent respectively, while Vans declined by (-) 11.00 percent in April-February 2015 over the same period last year. The overall Commercial Vehicles segment registered a de-growth of (-) 3.39 percent in April-February 2015 as compared to same period last year. Medium & Heavy

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Commercial Vehicles (M&HCVs) grew by 15.09 percent and Light Commercial Vehicles declined by (-) 11.75 percent. Three Wheelers sales grew by 11.56 percent in April-February 2015 over the same period last year. Passenger Carriers and Goods Carriers grew by 12.88 percent and 6.11 percent respectively in April-February 2015 over April-February 2014. Two Wheelers sales registered growth of 8.97 percent in April-February 2015 over April-February 2014. Within the Two Wheelers segment, Scooters, Motorcycles and Mopeds grew by 26.59 percent, 3.24 percent and 5.55 percent respectively in April-February 2015 over April-February 2014. Exports In April-February 2015, overall automobile exports grew by 16.92 percent over the same period last year. Passenger Vehicles, Commercial Vehicles, Three Wheelers and Two Wheelers grew by 5.82 percent, 12.37 percent, 13.84 percent and 20.78 percent respectively during April-February 2015 over the same period last year.


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Wonders of World At Istanbul Autoshow Istanbul Autoshow 2015, which is one of the events to contribute the country’s dignity and awareness abroad, will be held from 22nd – 31st May

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he world’s new wonders, the latest model automobiles, are being displayed at 14 halls on an area of 120 thousand sq meters at TUYAP on 22-31 May 2015. Automotive Distributors’ Association (ODD) Executive Board Mustafa Bayraktar marked the fair was one of the events to contribute the country’s dignity and awareness abroad and continued; “Istanbul Autoshow has gained an international qualification by entering the calendar of OICA, the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers. As well as in our country, we are maintaining our efforts to increase its recognition abroad and to compete with foremost fairs across the world. Of course, this is a long and difficult way, every year take sound steps and we believe that this will be accomplished. One of the most necessities in order to make a fair being approved in terms of international meaning is a modern and complies with the international standards. TUYAP ensures these features to us and continues to progress every year, this also makes us pleased. Another crucial element is date issue. In order to let Istanbul Autoshow

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get recognition is to be held on a date to be able to host launching of the world and European. It has been for a long time previously having held in fall, the date has been shifted to May, so we have made a true decision.” About concept of the fair, Bayraktar said; “Automobile brands not only see fairs to display their new models, but also they see the fairs as a platform to introduce future’s technologies with consumers. A technology that we saw in a concept car a few years ago, as we considered whether it would be converted to a reality or would it be very futuristic?; today that technology taking place in the models that we have offered for sales is a very sense of exciting for press members and our customers as well as members of the sector. In recent times, letting the latest technologies enter into force has shortened fairly. A feature, of which we could not make even its dream a few years ago, can be transformed into reality speedily. We believe that fairs have a magical power to transform dreams into reality. Setting out through this fantastic ambition, we have set this year’s fair concept as ‘Venue of Wonders’. I would like to state our cars ‘new wonders of the world’ in the scope of this concept.”


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GM To Change Business Model In Russia GM will focus on the premium segment of the Russian market with Cadillac and U.S. built iconic Chevrolet products such as the Corvette, Camaro and Tahoe

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eneral Motors announced plans to change its business model in Russia. GM will focus on the premium segment of the Russian market with Cadillac and U.S. built iconic Chevrolet products such as the Corvette, Camaro and Tahoe. The Chevrolet brand will minimize its presence in Russia and the Opel brand will leave the market by December 2015. “This change in our business model in Russia is part of our global strategy to ensure long-term sustainability in markets where we operate,” said GM President Dan Ammann. “This decision avoids significant investment into a market that has very challenging long-term prospects.” Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann said, “We do not have the appropriate localization level for important vehicles built in Russia and the market environment does not justify a major investment to further localize.” The GM Auto plant in St. Petersburg will halt production

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by the middle of 2015. GM is planning to idle the plant. Furthermore, the contract assembly of Chevrolet vehicles at GAZ will be discontinued in 2015. The GM-AVTOVAZ joint venture will continue to build and market the current generation Chevrolet NIVA. GM’s global luxury brand Cadillac will be set up for growth in Russia over the next several years as it prepares for numerous product introductions. Chevrolet and Opel will work closely with their dealer networks in Russia to define future steps while ensuring the company will honor its obligations to existing customers in the coming years. “We can assure our customers that we will continue to provide warranty, parts and services for their Chevrolet and Opel vehicles. We want to thank our customers and dealers for their loyalty to the Chevrolet and Opel brands,” said Dr. Neumann. “We had to take decisive action in Russia to protect our business. We confirm our outlook to return the European business to profitability in 2016 and stick to our long-term goals as defined in our DRIVE!2022 strategy,” said Dr. Neumann. By 2022, the company plans to raise its market share in total Europe to 8 percent and to reach a profit margin of 5 percent. As a result of the decision to change the business model in Russia, GM expects to record net special charges of up to approximately $600 million primarily in the first quarter of 2015. The special charges include sales incentives, dealer restructuring, contract cancellations and severance related costs. Approximately $200 million of the net special charges will be non-cash expenses.


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OPEC Price Up 22 Percent In February The OPEC Reference Basket price raised 22 percent concerning prompt demand from Europe and Asia in February 2015

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he OPEC Reference Basket averaged $54.06/b in February, representing a gain of $9.68 or nearly 22% amid a pickup in prompt demand from Europe and Asia and optimism that oil prices may have reached bottom. ICE Brent rose $9.04 to $58.80/b, while Nymex WTI gained $3.40 to stand at $50.72/b. The Brent-WTI spread widened to above $8/b in February, according to the statement released by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. World Oil Demand The estimate for world oil demand growth in 2014 remains broadly in line with the previous report at 0.96 mb/d. For 2015, global oil demand growth is expected to average 1.17 mb/d, relatively unchanged from the previous month. Almost half of 2015 oil demand growth is projected to come from China and the Middle East. World Oil Supply Non-OPEC oil supply growth in 2014 is now expected at 2.04 mb/d, following an upward revision of 0.05 mb/d from the last report, mostly due to stronger-than-expected growth in 4Q14. In 2015, non-OPEC oil supply is projected to grow by 0.85 mb/d, unchanged from the previous assessment. OPEC NGLs in 2015 are forecast to grow by 0.19 mb/d. In February, OPEC crude production declined by 0.14 mb/d to 30.02 mb/d, according to secondary sources. Product Markets and Refining Operations Product markets continued strengthening in the Atlantic Basin in February. The more bullish sentiment was fuelled by the heavy maintenance season and some outages in the US, at a time when colder weather boosted demand for heating fuels. Meanwhile, the Asian market maintained most of the previous month’s recovery with support from stronger light distillate demand, which allowed margins to remain healthy. Tanker Market

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Dirty tanker spot freight rates were mixed in February. VLCC and Suezmax rates encountered declines, mainly on the back of low activity and holidays in the east, while Aframax freight rates increased partially as a result of a tightening positions list, weather conditions and port delays. Freight rates on all reported routes remain higher than the same month a year ago. Stock Movements OECD commercial oil stocks fell in January by 5.0 mb to stand at 2,695 mb. At this level, inventories are 22 mb higher than the five-year average. Crude showed a surplus of 54 mb, while product stocks remained 32 mb below the five-year average. In terms of days of forward cover, OECD commercial stocks stood at 59.3 days, 1.5 days higher than the five-year average. Balance of Supply and Demand Demand for OPEC crude is estimated at 29.1 mb/d in 2014, broadly unchanged from the previous assessment. In 2015, required OPEC crude is projected at 29.2 mb/d, also unchanged from a month earlier. World Economy World economic growth for 2014 is now seen at 3.3%, up from growth of 3.2% in the previous report. Global economic growth in 2015 remains unchanged at 3.4%. The OECD growth estimate is unchanged at 1.8% for 2014 and 2.2% in 2015. China’s growth forecast remains at 7.4% for 2014 and 7.0% for 2015. The growth forecasts for India in 2014 and 2015 have been revised higher to 7.2% and 7.5%, respectively, following large revisions by the country’s statistical office. Russia is now expected to see a contraction of 3.2% in 2015, compared to a contraction of 2.4% in the previous report. Brazil’s growth in 2015 has also been revised lower to 0.2%, from 0.7% previously.


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The New Audi TT Peaks At Four Stars The Audi TT achieved four stars overall, amongst other reasons due to the lack of latest advanced technologies such as autonomous emergency braking

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he new Audi TT has been awarded a four star overall safety rating by Euro NCAP. The third generation TT went on sale in 2014, surprisingly without a safety rating for the European market. Following last year’s controversy in the UK, Euro NCAP has taken the initiative to put the car to the test themselves. The Audi TT achieved four stars overall, amongst other reasons due to the lack of latest advanced technologies such as autonomous emergency braking. This important technology is becoming more common and is already available on many other models in the Audi range. The Audi TT is the first car tested by Euro NCAP under the new 2015 rating rules that use new and updated test protocols and crash test dummies. A new full-width rigid barrier frontal test has been added to complement the frontal offset deformable test. The full-width test specifies, for the first time in any European crash test, a small female driver and rear seat passenger. In recent years car structures have become stiffer, which has helped to reduce lower leg and head injuries as the passenger compartment is less prone to collapse. Higher structural stiffness however also means higher comportment decelerations that need to be dealt with by the restraint systems in the front and rear seats during the crash. These

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decelerations can lead to severe injuries, especially to the chest of the more vulnerable, smaller or elderly occupants. Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General to say: 'The scores obtained in the new full width impact test will provide further information on how safe occupants of different stature really are and will provide an incentive to improve the restraint systems in cars.' Also published this month are the 3 stars Renault Trafic and its twin the Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro. Both vans were tested under the current 'Heavy Vehicles' protocol. From 2016 onwards, van testing will be aligned to the passenger vehicle testing, sharing essentially identical test protocols.


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Six Facts About Diesel

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1. A typical diesel car emits 10 times more nitrogen oxides than an equivalent gasoline car. Testing conducted by the independent International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) found a typical modern Euro 6 diesel emits 7-10 times more nitrogen dioxides (NOx) on the road than the Euro 6 limit achieved in tests (80mg/km). Petrol cars have a tighter limit (60mg/km) that is typically met on the road. NOx is a mixture of mainly nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Diesel cars also produce much more nitrogen dioxide (NO2) within the NOx emissions they emit. The European Commission’s scientists2 found the share of NO2 in the total NOX emissions reached 60% for diesel vehicles but was substantially lower for gasoline vehicles (0-30%). NO2 is the more toxic form of nitrogen oxides. Although nitric oxide (NO) is also converted to NO2 in the air, the process can take time and is dependent on the availability of other pollutants in the air. As a result the NO2 levels in streets with a high penetration of diesel vehicles are especially high. 2. 12 out of 13 Euro 6 diesel cars failed to achieve the Euro 6 limit in tests conducted on the road. The worst vehicle emitted 22 times the allowed limit. Independent tests by the ICCT (below) and others show how most Euro 6 cars produce much more pollution on the road than during laboratory tests. Emissions are the highest in urban areas where most people are exposed to the pollution. On average a new diesel car emits 800mg/km of nitrogen oxides driving in town compared to the limit of 80mg/km. 3. Diesel exhaust fumes cause cancer. Nitrogen dioxide causes a range of short-term health effects, like asthma; and longer-term effects that shorten lifetimes. In the air nitrogen oxides are converted into other harmful pollutants like fine particles and ozone. The World Health Organisation has classified diesel exhaust as carcinogenic. It causes lung cancer in humans. Breathing NO2 even for a short time can inflame the airways of healthy people and cause increased symptoms in people with asthma. During periods of high nitrogen dioxide pollution there are increased visits to hospital emergency departments and hospital admissions for respiratory issues. A severe episode of pollution occurred most recently in Spring 2014 when pollution levels reached hazardous levels in London. Living in a place with high levels of NO2 can also produce chronic, long-term health effects. For example, it has been associated with both low birth weight babies and small head circumferences. 4 It has also been associated with excess deaths in a large study in Rome and heart attacks. In the air NOx is eventually converted into nitrate aerosol particles that are a significant component of PM2.5 (fine particulates), one of the pollutants of greatest health concern. So although diesel particle filters are reducing direct emissions of fine particles, the NOx emissions are also causing this pollution. NOx in the air also contributes to the creation of ozone created when it reacts with unburned hydrocarbons (fuel) in the presence of sunlight. Transport has been estimated to be responsible for 45% of the emissions leading to ozone formation. Children, the elderly, people with lung diseases such as asthma and people who work or exercise outside are at risk of adverse effects from ozone. These include reduction in lung function and increased respiratory symptoms as well as respiratory-related emergency department visits, hospital admissions, and possibly premature deaths. Virtually all EU citizens are exposed to ozone above WHO health guidelines. 4. The current system for testing cars in a laboratory is obsolete and produces meaningless results – the figures quoted by ACEA. The car industry is fighting to delay and weaken new on-road tests precisely because Euro 6 cars cannot achieve the limits set. Cars are currently tested in a laboratory using a test called NEDC. The APRIL 2015

test is outdated and obsolete and produces results for the amount of pollution being emitted that are totally unrepresentative of those achieved by the car on the road. In addition carmakers deploy “cycle beating” techniques to lower the test results still further. One reason carmakers are able to manipulate test is because they pay the organisations overseeing the tests and usually conduct these in their own laboratories. The introduction of Euro 6 regulations in 2007 was supposed to be accompanied by a new real-world driving emissions test which measured pollution produced on the road – but arguments over how the test should be carried out have delayed its introduction that should have started in 2015. Carmakers are fighting to weaken the new test. For example, compared to the testing proposed by the European Commission and member states, carmakers want: a. Less of the test carried out in urban areas (ACEA suggest 26%, the Commission 33%) b. A lower maximum test speed (130kmph) compared to 145kmph proposed by the Commission c. Cars not to be tested in cold weather – minimum temperature 3°C not -7°C proposed by the Commission d. Cars only to be tested at low altitudes (below 700m) not 1300m Crucially carmakers want high conformity factors to apply. These factors multiply the permissible level of pollution. Carmakers have been calling for a conformity factor of 5 to apply from 2017 and 3 after 2021. This would increase the permissible limit of pollution to 400mg/km and 240mg/km respectively. If Euro 6 diesels are so clean why do carmakers want to raise the allowable levels of pollution? 5. On average, diesel cars actually emit more, not less CO2, than petrol or hybrid cars. The SMMT figures show that in 2013 the average diesel car emitted 129.2g/km of CO2. The average gasoline emitted 128.8g/km and the average alternatively-fuelled car (mainly hybrids) 95.5g/km. Diesel cars also tend to be driven much further. Over its lifetime a typical diesel drives 230,000km and a gasoline car 169,000km – all these additional miles produce more CO2. Diesels also cause higher emissions in their production as they tend to be larger. 6. The UK has some of the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide in Europe. Levels of NO2 in the UK are some of the highest in Europe. King’s College London scientists measured in Oxford Street London an average of 135 milligrams per cubic metre – the nitrogen dioxide levels are three times higher than the EU’s safety limit. The street broke hourly limits of 200 milligrams per cubic metre more than 1,500 times during the year. Official figures from the UK Government show that the UK is not expected to meet the EU Ambient Air Pollution limits (that should have been met in 2005) until 2030 as a result of high levels of nitrogen dioxide.


ŠKODA Fabia Honoured With ‘Red Dot Award’

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The all-new, redesigned small car has received the converted ‘Red Dot Award’ for its outstanding product design; the ‘Red Dot Award’ is presented annually by a top-level international panel of experts

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restigious award for the new ŠKODA Fabia: The allnew, redesigned small car has received the converted ‘Red Dot Award’ for its outstanding product design. The ‘Red Dot Award’ is presented annually by a top-level international panel of experts. With 4,928 submissions by 1,994 participants from 56 countries this year alone, the ‘Red Dot Award: Product Design’ is of the world's largest and most internationally recognised product competitions. The third generation ŠKODA Fabia is now the eighth ŠKODA model series to have been awarded the prize. The new ŠKODA Fabia has been available on the European market since November 2014. The all-new, emotional and strong appearance excited the judges. With its sharper design, the popular small car is more sporty, distinctive and expressive than the previous model, and features balanced proportions, crystalline shapes and sharp lines. The new ŠKODA Fabia is a young small car with character; passionate, modern and customizable. This ŠKODA Fabia is also the first series-production ŠKODA to sport design elements from the ŠKODA VisionC show car. ŠKODA’s new design language also won over the Red Dot Award jury. The new Fabia had to undergo detailed examination by a high-ranking, 38-member panel of experts, consisting of design professors, designers and journalists from

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25 countries. They evaluated the vehicle’s design based on selected evaluation criteria, such as degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics and durability. Ecological compatibility and clarity of function were included in the overall assessment as well. “The new Fabia is more dynamic and full of character than ever before, and is the most emotive Fabia ever,” says Chief Designer Jozef Kabaň. “We are delighted that the new design language has won over the experts and customers alike. Winning the Red Dot Award confirms that we are on the right track in developing ŠKODA’s design language.” In addition to the design, the new ŠKODA Fabia sets standards in its segment in terms of technology and functionality. The small car is exceptionally eco-friendly and features top technology from higher vehicle classes. ŠKODA is well known for above-average amount of space and this model is no exception, with the largest boot in the small-car segment and the highest practicality, featuring up to 19 ‘Simply Clever’ solutions. The perfect blend of emotion and functionality has won over the market: Over the first two months of 2015, deliveries of the Fabia increased 11.7% in Western Europe and 32.7% in Central Europe. This is the eighth time that ŠKODA has won the Red Dot Award. The brand’s first model to receive the prize was the ŠKODA Octavia Combi (estate) in 2006. In 2007 the coveted seal of quality went to the ŠKODA Roomster, and in 2008 the second generation ŠKODA Fabia won the award. In 2010 there were two models to receive the Red Dot: the ŠKODA Yeti and ŠKODA Superb Combi (estate). In 2013 the design award went to the compact saloon ŠKODA Rapid, and finally last year to the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback.


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