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Hella aims for deeper penetration in electronics, vehicle safety Nabeel A Khan New Delhi

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ella India Automotive Private Ltd (HIAPL), erstwhile Hella India Electronics (HIE), sees a high potential for products like BCMs (Body Control Modules) as well as remote key and CAPE (Car Access Passive Entry) systems. It has developed a modular concept, which can be tailored to this cost sensitive vehicle segment. T he ma nu fact u rer of components and systems for lighting technology and electronics sees a rise in demand for fuel efficient vehicles in the Indian market. Hella has tuned a number of products catering to the emerging requirements of OEMs. The company’s portfolio includes products like battery sensors and voltage stabilisers to i mplement id le-stop functionality and fuel control modules to reduce the average

power consumption of the fuel pump. Cu r rent ly, t he industry demand is driven by the increasing fuel prices, which is the cost of ownership, government regulations on environmental target, emission control norms, and competition with respect to global OEMs. With all the major global vehicle manufacturers making their foray into the Indian market, the ready availability of advanced features has fuelled the demand for electronic content in the vehicles here. In order to cater to the rising demands of the ‘more aware end customers’ for safety, comfort and to ‘stay connected’, the pressure on OEMs to enhance the electronic component usage has significantly gone up. In fact, high electronics content is now one of the main differentiating factors contributing to the success of the respective vehicles.

(Left) Hella Keyless Remotes (Right) Hella Rain Light Sensors

The key features that are sought after are fuel efficiency, comfort and safety. In the recently held Auto Expo 2012, a shift in trends was observed viza-viz the previous Auto Expos. The driving and differentiating factors this time were high electronics-based passenger comfort and safety enhancing feat u res. A not her t rend leading to enhanced electronic component usage is driven by the government regulations. “In the area of fuel efficiency, we don’t see a big difference rather a greater need for cost sensitive

vehicles as these products help to reduce the cost of ownership. The challenge will be to make comfort features cost competitive for B and even A segment cars. We will see B segment cars in the future with BCMs, RKE (Remote Keyless Entry) and CAPE (Car Access Passive Entry) systems,” said MD, HIAPL, Naveen Gautam. Products contributing to fuel efficiency include FCM (Fuel Control Module), EVP (Electronic Vacuum Pump), IBS (Intelligent Battery Sensors) and DC/DC converters & stabilisers. In addition to this, the company

Land Rover helps Tata Motors cruise tough market conditions Our Bureau Mumbai

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jump in sales of the Land Rover has helped Tata Motors’ consolidated performance in the first quarter of this fiscal. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) sales grew by around 34 percent from 62,090 units, including 50,747 units of Land Rover in the first quarter of FY 2012 to 83,452 units (including 71,678 units of Land Rover). T he Ch i nese ma rket contributed 22.2 percent for JLR in the first quarter this fiscal as compared to 15.7 percent in the same period last fiscal with a 91 percent growth. The Land Rover volumes were majorly driven by successful debut of Range Rover Evoque (26,946 units) in the key markets globally in the first quarter this fiscal. Tata Motors reported consolidated revenues (net of excise) of `43,324 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, posting a growth of 30 percent over `33,289 crore in the corresponding

quarter of the previous year. The standalone revenues of Tata Motors were down by around nine percent to touch `10,586 crore in the first quarter this fiscal as compared to `11,624 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal. The net revenues at JLR grew by around 35 percent to touch £3.63 billion in the first quarter this fiscal as compared to £2.7 billion in the corresponding quarter last fiscal. The company’s standalone revenues were impacted by weak macroeconomic parameters, excise duty increases and poor availability of freight, which resulted in pressure on volumes in the MHCV segment, according to a company release. The company pointed out that competitive pressures on pricing in certain commercial and passenger vehicle segments and lower volumes, impacted the operating margins. The operating profit (EBITDA) stood at `774 crore in the quarter ended 30 June, 2012, as compared to `1,020 crore in the corresponding

sees an increase in Drive by Wire, where HIAPL is offering APS as well as torque and angle sensors for power steering. In terms of growth, Hella is targeting a CAGR of around 25 percent by 2015. “In these areas, we are working on a variety of products in the market like EVP, FCM, battery sensors, DC/DC converters and stabilisers, oil sensors, Position Sensors (CIPOS) such as steering or throttle position sensors and APS (Accelerator Pedal Sensor) where we are one of the leaders in the global market,” added Gautam.

Tata MPVs to offer protection to Jharkhand police Our Bureau New Delhi

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period last year. The company’s sales (including exports) of commercial and passenger vehicles for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, stood at 190,483 units, representing a decline of 3.6 percent, as compared to the corresponding period last year. The company’s passenger vehicles, including Fiat and Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles distributed in India, stood at 62,619 units for the quarter ended 30 June, 2012, a decrease of 9.9 percent over the corresponding

period last year. The company is working on various initiatives in the passenger car segment including expansion of distribution network, product refreshments, brand building and promotion activities and cost reduction and qualit y enhancement initiatives. It is looking to have newer variants in the Prima range of CVs, Ultra range of LCVs, additional Ace variants, Safari Storme, new Manza, and a CNG version of the Nano.

hark hand Police Force recently received delivery of five Tata MPVs (Mine Protected Vehicles) to secure the police personnel against improvised explosive devices like mines. These MPVs are based on modular flexibility and integrate V-shaped hull blast protection technology ideally suited for security operations. They are capable of protecting the occupants from threats like ambushes and sudden violent attacks, powerful explosive mines and heavy gunfire, which makes these vehicles highly useful for combat. Speaking on the occasion, V P(Defence & Government Business), Tata Motors, Vernon Noronha said, “The Tata MPVs will take protection of the Jharkhand Police to the next level, even against improvised explosive devices and anti-personnel mines.” The company will set up its dealer network and service station in inaccessible areas of Jharkhand in order to ensure spares availability.


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and Rover (more than Jaguar Land Rover) appears to be getting increasingly critical to the consolidated performance of Tata Motors, quarter after quarter. The stellar debut of the Range Rover Evoque in China and India has boosted the revival efforts of the British brands in the increasingly tough market conditions for SUVs globally. The success of the brand has raised the conďŹ dence of the parent, compelling it to loosen its purse strings and invest more in capacity expansion in the UK, and assembling operations in other promising markets. In hindsight, it is much easier to count the JLR acquisition as a beneďŹ t to Tata Motors. As renowned investor Warren Buffet puts it, ‘In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield’. So what could have gone right for JLR? If one looks at the performance of JLR over the past few months, the notable aspect is volume growth across all key markets globally. In the latest quarter, for instance, JLR’s retail sales have gone up 36 percent in the UK from 10,667 units to 14,483 units, six percent in North America (14,789 units vis-a-vis 13,918 units), 40 percent in Europe (19,378 units vis-a-vis 13,813 units), 34 percent in Asia PaciďŹ c (3,952 units vis-a-vis 2,957 units) and a whopping 86 percent in China.

The most logical inference from this performance is that retail touch points have grown and brands have been made available to people who are ‘capable’ of buying it. Financing could also have played a signiďŹ cant role in this revival. More importantly, buyers are conscious of the identity of the parent and are willing to repose faith in the brands knowing well that it is here to stay and that the service level is likely to only improve from this point. Analysts also point out that Tata Motors acquired JLR in a downturn, perhaps the best time to buy any asset and more so in the automotive industry with its notoriety for cyclical ups and downs. The only issue that is still unclear is whether there has been any headway in joint vehicle development programme between Tata Motors and JLR and what beneďŹ ts, if any, could the parent derive from JLR in terms of technology.

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C Ramakrishnan, Chief Financial Officer, Tata Motors

“We will go our ‘Hyundai way’ alone. We are not interested in takeovers and mergers�

“Competitive intensity poses a significant challenge to the passenger vehicle industry�

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CONTENTS MACHINING Dürr bags order for paint line in France

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Dürr received an order for the construction of a top coat line in Hambachan automotive paint shop for Smart France SAS

India, China key markets: Haas

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Haas Automation India Pvt Ltd is setting up 15 factory outlets in key industrial hubs like Ludhiana to impart product knowledge, coverage and sales & services

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GLOBAL WATCH Toyota’s new model army adds extra impetus to sales boom

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Toyota UK has recently introduced the GT86 sports coupe, Yaris Hybrid, Prius+and Prius Plug-in that have helped boost sales and build interest in Toyota’s range of cars—now 17-strong

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SCV, LCV segment to continue on growth path in India

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SCV and LCV market in India is the fastest growing in the world and is expected to continue growing for the next five to ten years, according to a recent briefing by Frost & Sullivan

Ford begins real-world testing of future communication technologies

Mazda CX-5 technology to be standardised across cars

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Carl Zeiss inaugurates new tech centre

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Ford has recently begun testing of future technologies as part of a research programme aimed at advancing car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication on European roads

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Euro NCAP, has highlighted the all-new Mazda CX-5 for being at the forefront of its drive to equip all models with life-saving Autonomous Emergency Braking

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Carl Zeiss India inaugurated its new campus and production facility for coordinate measurement machines in Electronic City, Bangalore

Scania to launch new trucks, buses by 2013 Scania Commercial Vehicles India will be investing `250 crore in setting up an assembly plant for trucks and buses in Bangalore

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Nissan unveils new vision for the London ‘black cab’: the NV200 Nissan has unveiled a new vision for the future of the London ‘black cab’ and its 300,000 daily users—the Nissan NV200 London Taxi

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SCV, LCV segment to continue on growth path in India Our Bureau Mumbai

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conomic changes in India have fuelled growth of the Commercial Vehicle (CV) segment. The growth has been skewed in favour of the Small Commercial Vehicle (SCV) and Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) segments. Just entering its rapid growth phase, the SCV and LCV market in India is the fastest growing in the world and is expected to continue growing for the next five to ten years, according to a recent briefing by Frost & Sullivan (F&S) christened ‘Strategic Assessment of Small and Light Commercial Vehicles Market in India’. “Product positioning in the LCV and SCV segment is very important. The customer in this segment looks at comparative factors such as payload versus price, number of trips in a day, features versus price, and Equated Monthly Instalment (EMI) for a cost-benefit analysis before ma k ing purchase decisions. Hence, product positioning has a significant impact on the purchase decisions in SCV and LCV segments,” said an analyst with Automotive & Transportation Practice, Frost & Sullivan-South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, F&S. He pointed out that within the SCV and LCV segment, the “below two tonne” goods carrier segment is the fastest growing segment. This growth is attributed to increasing consumption owing

to rapid urbanisation, easy manoeuvrability and shift from three-wheeler goods carrier to four-wheeler goods carrier with benefits like additional weight carrying capacity, comfort and safety. F&S’s survey pointed out that sales of small and light CVs in India stood at 353,620 units during 2010-11. This is expected to grow at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18.5 percent for the next five years with sales volumes expected to touch 827,920 units by 2015-16. SCV goods carrier is

The customer in this segment looks at comparative factors such as payload versus price, number of trips in a day, features versus price and EMIs for a cost-benefit analysis before making purchase decisions. Hence, product positioning has a significant impact on the purchase decisions in SCV and LCV segments expected to account for around 70 percent of this volume. The Indian CV market is polarising towards the small and light CV segments with the market share of Medium CVs (MCVs) declining. This trend is intensified by factors like restriction on medium and heavy

CVs’ entrance into metro cities making it necessary for logistics companies to procure SCVs and LCVs for within-city delivery of goods. Availability of low cost LCVs with high power and gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacities has also eaten the market share of MCVs. However, the entrance of global CV majors into the Indian market through joint ventures with local majors is expected to make it very competitive for existing players. Local majors like Tata Motors (TML), Ashok Leyland (ALL) and Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) will continue to dominate the market due to their widespread network in India and increasing acquisitions abroad. “As competition increases, it is important to strategically position products as early in their lifecycle as possible to capitalise on the market trends,” said a Frost & Sullivan Automotive Research analyst. “Inflation caused by polarisation and deregulation of

fuel prices, among other factors, has a direct impact on earnings of any organisation.” A not her major t rend identified by F&S survey is the pick up and growth of local assembling or manufacturing. Manufacturing in India is a key strength, especially for low cost trucks, which can generate a good business opportunity in growing global markets such as Mexico, Brazil, Africa and China. Domestic companies could garner higher volumes as these products provide similar configurations at lower costs, according to the study. “Designing the right product to be placed strategically in the market is critical for the long-term growth of the OEMs,” added the analyst. “The best combination of product and partner will ensure technological superiority—a better market share of the OEM.” Some of the challenges that need to be addressed by the CV

manufacturers include high crude oil prices, rising inflation, slowdown in global markets and currency f luctuations. A d d i t i on a l l y, d om e s t ic manufacturers face challenges in terms of product positioning and pricing due to increasing competition from global players entering this market with better products and technology. As against this, the multinational OEMs face challenges in terms of controlling costs and developing local dealer networks to effectively reach out to the target segment. The survey pointed out that domestic SCV and LCV market will continue to grow at a robust rate of around 20 percent. The market will become highly competitive as many players, including multinational OEMs enter the segment, though it is expected to be dominated by local players due to their strong and well established sales and service networks.


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Carl Zeiss inaugurates new tech centre Scania to launch new trucks, buses by 2013

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arl Zeiss India inaugurated its new campus and production facility in Electronic City, Bangalore, recently. It is active in the fields of semiconductor manufacturing technology, industrial metrology, microscopy, medical technology, vision care, consumer optics/optronics. It also manufactures precision measurement tools that are used in the auto, aerospace, and power sectors, besides manufacturing equipments required for the manufacture of integrated chips. After inaugurating the new centre, President & CEO, Carl Zeiss Group, Dr Michael Kaschke said, “Carl Zeiss is a brand trusted by scientists, researchers and doctors, eye care professionals, photographers and metrology specialists. This trust is built over an eventful journey of over 160 years. The new facility at Bangalore adds greater focus to our pursuit of excellence in all spheres of our operations.” The new Carl Zeiss campus in Bangalore is a sign of things to come from the Carl Zeiss Group. Spread over 240,000 sq ft, the company’s new head office in India has 120,000 sq ft of built up area, which will accommodate close to 300 staff, a warehouse and production facilities for Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) from the Industrial Metrology business group and prescription lenses from the Vision Care Business Group. The investment in a modern facility in India that is one of the fastest growing and important Rapidly Developing Economies (RDE) of the world, signifies Carl Zeiss’ deep commitment to the Indian market.

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The Carl Zeiss Facility

According to Kaschke, strategic investments such as these are only possible because we have a longterm plan and overall we are very pleased with the development of our business in India so far. We are confident that we will continue to grow rapidly over the next years. It is important to maintain our high growth in the Indian market in order to sustain continued investments at a rapid pace. The Indian subsidiary of Carl Zeiss was originally set up in 1998 with the objective of getting closer to its customers, to take advantage of the high quality talent-pool that India offers and to take advantage of opportunities to globalise value creation at Carl Zeiss. Dr Kaschke said, “We have successfully completed the qualifying on all three fronts and now the main race begins.” The Managing Director of Carl Zeiss India, V Srinivasan said, “We have grown into a powerful brand through unwavering focus on reliability, product quality and customer service. Carl Zeiss is expanding its operations in India to embrace the opportunities and challenges of the Indian market.” The new facility, equipped with modern office space and excellent communication and training facilities, will house all

of the Group’s business units and activities in Bangalore under one roof, including CARIn (Centre for Applications & Research in India), the R&D centre of the Medical Technology Business Group of Carl Zeiss. The Industrial Measuring Technology division shall in addition to producing Contura G2 and Spectrum model CMMs, also feature a “Tech Center” where customers can not only see the products but also find solutions for some of their measuring challenges. The new Carl Zeiss prescription lens manufacturing facility in Bangalore is a well equipped laboratory setup and run to global standards of Carl Zeiss. It is one of the largest prescription lens manufacturing facilities catering to the domestic Indian market today. Carl Zeiss in India represents the fields of vision care, sports and cine optics among other domains. Founded in 1998 in India, it is headquartered at Bangalore, with its sales offices in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. In addition to these offices, it has 35 market stock points across India to facilitate its vision care business.

Commercial Vehicles India, Henrik Fagrenius said that the 35 acre new plant will be a CKD assembly unit for truck and bus chassis. Bodybuilding of city buses and coaches is also planned in this facility. Scania will be launching four new trucks and luxury bus in the next six to 12 months. The company so far had trucks catering to specialised deep mining applications, now it will also roll out premium on road truck application for carrying over dimension cargo of 100 to 150 tonne, with its 6X4, 500 horsepower truck and 6X4, 460 horsepower trucks and 6X2, 410 horsepower truck along with rated load truck carriers meant for chemical, petroleum and container industry. The truck manufacturer is to employ around 800 people at the new facility across five years. It plans to source components for engine, chassis and body from vendors in India for both, the local plant and global plants. In the second phase, Scania aims to start assembling super luxury buses for inter-city applications at the plant for which, it will invest an additional amount.

ca nia Commercia l Vehicles India (SCVI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Scania AB, will be investing `250 crore in setting up an assembly plant for trucks and buses in Bangalore. The company has purchased 25 acre at the Narasapura Industrial Area in Kolar district, about 52 km from Bangalore from the state government to set up the assembly plant. To begin with, the company plans to assemble heavy trucks for mining, construction and on road heavy haulage applications at the plant which will be operational during the first quarter next year. The company had entered into India in 2007 with fullybuilt trucks imported from its Swedish facility for mining and construction segments. It formed a marketing and service arrangement with L&T. Recently, the European company had laid the foundation stone for its forthcoming assembly plant at Hosakote, near Bangalore in Karnataka to assemble both trucks and buses in the Completely Knocked-Down (CKD) format. The company will be assembling trucks and buses for the Indian market and the first rollout is expected early next year. The Scania Management Team On The Facility M D, S c a n ia Ground At Bangalore


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Jatropha biodiesel-CSMCRI perspective

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CSIR-CSMCRI biodiesel outperformed other EN14216 grade biodiesels from rape seed oil, animal fat, coconut oil and soya bean oil in terms of engine power output, efficiency and 16-days continuous running tests

entral Salt & Marine Chemicals Research I n s t it ut e ( C SI RCSMCRI), Bhavnagar embarked on Jatropha cultivation on wasteland in 1996 with support from UNDP/TMOP. Thereafter it received support from the Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India to raise two hectare cultivation in Orissa using the best varieties of the germplasm identiďŹ ed by the Institute. This formed the basis of a subsequent tie up with DaimlerChrysler-DEG in 2003 to produce biofuels from eroded land. The project was considered important in the context of utilisation of wasteland, self reliance and sustainable mobility. An important component of the project was forward integration to biodiesel preparation. The aim was to attain biodiesel quality that would allow its neat application in unmodiďŹ ed engines so that rural communities can directly utilise the local produce, besides the use of the fuel in advanced automobiles. CSIR-CSMCRI had also to prove the practicality of cultivating the plant on wasteland, which had not been done till that time. Biodiesel can, in principle, be prepared from any triglyceride such as vegetable oils. The key considerations are the quality of the biodiesel and the cost of manufacture. Another important aspect is the utilisation of by-products to distribute costs. By-products of the Jatropha seed capsule include: the empty shell having coal-like caloriďŹ c value, oil cake, soap and glycerol.

Key Features Of The CSIRCSMCRI Process: s 4HE PROCESS IS COVERED BY US patent granted in 2010. Certain additional improvements are covered through a second patent application which has been cleared for patentability by PCT ofďŹ ce s 4HEPROCESSCANHANDLEVARIAtions in free fatty acid content of Jatropha oil s 4HE PROCESS IS BASED ON CONventional alkali catalysis albeit with innovations to overcome known limitations in post-transesterification work up s !LL THE OPERATIONS IN THE CORE process are at ambient temperature; heat is required only in the oil expelling process and for processing of crude glycerol s .O EXTERNAL FUEL AND POWER input is necessary if dry fruits of Jatropha are used as feedstock instead of the seeds s 9IELDOF PERCENTBIODIEsel with respect to reďŹ ned oil s 7ATER REQUIREMENT IN THE process is less than 0.5 litre per litre of biodiesel s *ATROPHA BIODIESEL PRODUCED by the CSIR-CSMCRI process complies with EN14214 speciďŹ cation and can be used either in blend or neat form in unmodiďŹ ed diesel engines. The biodiesel yielded the best engine performance among all biodiesels in a study conducted as part of a EU project s :EROEFmUENTDISCHARGE s /THER TRIGLYCERIDE OILS CAN BE utilised as feedstock s "Y PRODUCTSTREAMSOFBIODIEsel process can be converted into biodegradable plastic, an invention which has won the CIPET National Award this

year. However, this process is yet to be scaled up. The B100 Jatropha biodiesel can be produced for `45 per litre and `65 per litre assuming all-inclusive dry fruit cost of `8,000 per tonne and 11,200 per tonne, respectively, and further assuming that all by-products are marketed. Considering that two thirds of fruit weight is seed weight, this translates to seed price of `12,000 per tonne and `17,000 per tonne, respectively. Daimler Corporation undertook vehicle tests (using two Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI vehicles without engine modiďŹ cation) with CSIR-CSMCRI’s neat biodiesel during April-May, 2004. Over 6,000 km was covered, the mileage was comparable to that found with diesel (litre for litre Jatropha biodiesel has ca. 91.8 percent of the caloriďŹ c value of fossil diesel), and no problem of any kind was encountered during the trip. Emission test results (conducted jointly with ARAI, Pune) were also encouraging, particularly the dramatic reduction in hydrocarbon and particulate emissions. Detailed results of the tests have been published by the company (“On Road Testing of Advanced Common Rail Diesel Vehicles with Biodiesel from the Jatropha curcas Plantâ€?, 3 -ANDPE 3 +ADLASKAR 7 Degen and S Keppeler, 2005-2656, Proceedings of SAEINDIA 356, onference 2005). Conference Following sucessful lowering cessful off the pour oint point t he off odiebiodiel, in sel, olcolblab-

ation oration ith with ubrizol Lubrizol nd ia, test Ind uns of the above runs C class Mercedes cars nd a Viano van were initiated by and Daimler India in Leh in August 2005 to ascertain performance at high altitude in rareďŹ ed atmosphere. The high point of the trials was the successful test drive by renowned auto journalists to Khardungla pass, the highest (18,380 ft.) motorable road in the world. The auto journalists have narrated their experience in leading auto magazines and national daily newspapers. On the request of the Austrian Biofuels Institute, 800 litre of Jatropha methyl ester was sent to Austria in 2005 for evaluation under an EU project. The CSIR-CSMCRI biodiesel outperformed other EN14216 grade biodiesels from rape seed oil, animal fat, coconut oil and soya bean oil in terms of engine power output, efďŹ ciency and 16-days continuous running tests (tests conducted in all cases with neat biodiesel on (!4:$:FOUR STROKEENGINE data courtesy Austrian Biofuel Institute). Many other companies and organisations in India and overseas have evaluated the CSIR-CSMCRI biodiesel over the

years and no negative feedback has so far been received. CSIR-CSMCRI licensed its knowhow to Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals and a demonstration plant is operational near Udaipur since March 2006. After successful testing of the biodiesel by VRDE, Ahmednagar, DRDO TOOREQUESTEDA40$ZEROEFmUent discharge plant, which was installed and commissioned in 2008. Both plants were set up on turnkey basis. 7,500 litre of our biodiesel has also been supplied during 2009 to Automobile Research Association of India, Pune for detailed testing on a variety of vehicles as part of a project being supported by the Government of India. Most recently, the Gujarat Forest Department has taken the pioneering initiative to run all its tourist vehicles in Sasan Gir with the neat CSIR-CSMCRI biodiesel. CSIR-CSMCRI’s own Toyota Qualis has now completed 1.9 lakh km of running on B100 Jatropha biodiesel without any modiďŹ cation whatsoever. Ever since it was established that Jatropha methyl ester yields biodiesel of an exceptional quality, there has been a surge of interest in Jatropha across the globe. However, large scale cultivation of Jatropha remains the single most important issue that will ultimately decide success. 7ITH 7ITH THE THE ABOVE ABOVE IN IN MIND

MIND #3)2 #3)2 introduced a multiinstitutional NMITLI project to test out

various accessions from across the country try. Salient ďŹ ndings from the project will be taken forward DURINGTHETH&IVE9EAR0LAN As ment ioned above, CSIR-CSMCRI has played a pioneering role in promoting the concept of Jatropha cultivation on wasteland and presently has 50 hectares of such cultivation with different accessions in two agro-climatic zones (Orissa and Gujarat). In-depth studies have been undertaken to identify the best agronomy practices including use of Jatropha oil cake. CSIR-CSMCRI also has several proven germplasm for which, data exists on ďŹ eld performance both of mother plants and progenies over several years. Accession # IC-565735 has fared equally well both in Gujarat & Orissa. Besides a yield in excess of two kg/plant for mature plants, the oil yield touched a maximum of 41 percent of whole seed weight. In the studies carried out by us over the last ďŹ ve years, we have also obtained sufďŹ cient and consistent data for the veriďŹ cation of our hypothesis that raising plantation with selected cuttings would lead

to a more productive plantation as compared with that by seedlings – even seedlings raised from seeds of elite plants. An important achievement in this direction is the success in raising true-to-type tissue culture plants from shoot tips. Presently the shoot multiplication ratio is eight-12 and the time required for raising a fully rooted tissue culture plant is six months initially (ie from ex-plants) and 90 days from sub-culture. CSIR has an ongoing project supported by MNRE for raising large numbers of elite cuttings and tissue culture plants. CSIR-CSMCRI also has an ongoing collaboration with US Department of Energy and General Motors on cultivation and productivity aspects as also life cycle analysis. Jatropha has received a temporary setback because misleading projections, investment and hype got ahead of primary data. Moreover, plans and policies have not had an adequately long term perspective. Another reason is that over projections were made of alternative feedstocks, sometimes without substance. It remains an important plant and the CSIR-CSMCRI Jatropha biodiesel process is proven technology. The great unknown is how much biomass one would be able to generate in India if we do all things right, what would be the enabling policies one would need to put in place to ensure that this happens, and what would be the short, medium and long term economics and sustainability of Jatropha cultivation for biodiesel. A part of the conclusions emerging from our work is discussed in: “Prospects for Jatropha Methyl Ester (Biodiesel) in India� Ghosh et al., Int. J. Environ. Stud. (Taylor & Francis, UK)—special issue on India’s future energy options (in the press). An article has also been published in Nature (“Biofuel: The little shrub that could-may be�, D Fairless, Nature, 449, 2007, pp. 652-655) describing at length CSIR-CSMCRI’s pioneering work on Jatropha. The institute’s pioneering end-to-end programme and accomplishments were featured in a television broadcast by the German Television Channel, :$& 4HE INSTITUTES EFFORTS ON cultivation were also featured in a climate feedback blog hosted by Nature (K Sanderson, nature. com, 17 Sep, 2009). Acknowledgement: ponsorship of projects by UNDP/ NOVOD Board (1996-98 for Jatropha + Jojoba extension), DBT (2001-2004), Gujarat Industries Commissionerate (2004-2007), Gujarat Forest Department (2008-present), DaimlerChrysler AG/DEG (2003-2007), GM/US DOE, CSIR (NMITLI project + funding under major laboratory programme) and MNRE (Jatropha tissue culture scale up facility) is gratefully acknowledged. CSIR-CSMCRI also thanks the various agencies who have evaluated our biodiesel and, particularly, DaimlerChrysler AG and DaimlerChrysler India, the Austrian Biofuels Institute, NSIC Rajkot, Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals, and VRDE (DRDO), A hmednagar. Collaboration with Prof K Becker, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart is acknowledged. (Courtesy: CSIR-CSMCRI)


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Dürr bags order for paint line in France Our Bureau Mumbai

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ürr has recently received an order for the construction of an automotive paint shop in France. In the first quarter of 2012, Smart France SAS ordered a top coat line for their plant in Hambach. This line will start operations as early as December of this year. The plant is designed for IPP 2 (Integrated Paint Process), which not only needs no primer, but also no oven between basecoat 1 and basecoat 2. Dürr implemented this

The plant not only needs no primer, but also no oven between basecoat 1 and basecoat 2. Dürr implemented this process at the Hungarian MB plant in Kecskemet

process for the first time at the Hungarian Mercedes-Benz plant in Kecskemet, Hungary. The scope of delivery from Dürr covers both the plant technology with application technology and the conveyor technology. 12 EcoRP L133 painting robots will do their job in the fully automated paint line. In addition, there are two cleaning robots with sword brushes and two robots for window flange masking. Paint application is performed with the EcoBell 3 rotating atomizer, and colour change with the EcoLCC colour changer. These guarantee minimal colour loss during colour changes and more effective paint application. The EcoDryScrubber, the innovative system for dry separation of overspray, will be used in the spray booth at the Hambach plant. More than 50 painting lines worldwide have already been ordered with this water and chemical-free Dürr technology that allows for extensive air recirculation. This leads to 60 percent energy savings in the paint booth. Starting at the

end of the year, 55 Smart for two model vehicles will be painted per hour in the new top coat line in Hambach. Dürr is a mechanical and plant engineering group and generates around 80 percent of its sales from the automotive industry. It also supplies the aircraft, machinery, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries with production and environmental technology. It has four divisions—paint and assembly systems plans and builds paint shops and final assembly systems for the automobile and aircraft industry. Appl icat ion tech nolog y provides automated paint application, sealing, and gluing with its robot technologies. Machinery and systems from the Measuring and Process Systems division are used in balancing and cleaning processes, in engine and transmission manufacturing and in final vehicle assembly, among other areas. The fourth division, Clean Technology Systems, is focused on processes to improve energy efficiency and on exhaust air purification. The company has 50 business locations in 23

Durr EcoScrubber

countries worldwide and approximately 7,100 employees. It has been active in India for nearly 50 years, with a local presence

for over 20 years. Its activities in India also include industrial cleaning and automation solutions and consulting.

India, China key markets: Haas Jagdev Kalsi New Delhi

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n a move to step up its Indian presence, Haas Automation India Pvt Ltd is setting up 15 factory outlets in key industrial hubs like Ludhiana to impart product knowledge, coverage and sales & services. These factory outlets will also impart on-site training for better utilisation of machines. With 30 percent of its total sales going into the automotive sector, the segment is key for its growth plans. “Our goal is to become the leading machine tool builder. It’s not something that’ll be achieved overnight. To be number one worldwide, we need to be number one in markets like India and China. Management in the US is very focused on this,” said Managing Director, Haas Automation India, Terrence Miranda. Emphasising on the need to conduct training programmes to impart practical application training, he envisaged, “When the market is tough for our customers, any steps we’ll take to improve their productivity and reduce overall running cost of the machine will be appreciated. These steps will show in the long run.” The company is also developing new products with multiple capabilities that will save time and money. The UMC-750 is their latest five-axis machining centre, which is ideal for multiple sided simultaneous machining. The UMC-750 will be more accurate and will save a lot of cycle time, Miranda claimed. It has also manufactured a drill tap centre machine coded DT-1, specifically for automobile industry, which is capable of machining aluminium components, uses Haas’ own patented tool changer, is faster, has a lower tool change time, is a unique design and has more number of tools as well. With the industry progressing quickly towards semi and fully automated manufacturing, Haas sees bright future with super quick, reliable and relatively low cost machines to bring the overall expenses down considerably. Miranda added that if automation is not economical, the customer won’t be able to make financial sense out of it. The company is however not planning to commence production in India anytime soon since it doesn’t see any immediate advantage to be garnered in terms of price until the number of machines they sell grows to 1,500-2,000 machines per annum. “30 percent of our sales is going to auto machining right now. We sell close to 250-300 units in the automotive sector. That said, we try to focus our efforts in selling value behind the products,” said Miranda.


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Toyota’s new model army adds extra impetus to sales boom

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oyota UK has recently introduced the GT86 sports coupe, Yaris Hybrid, Prius+ and Prius Plug-in that have helped boost sales and build interest in Toyota’s range of cars—now 17-strong. Latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that Toyota sold 5,740 new cars in July, 25.16 percent more than in the same month last year. That total has helped take year-to-date sales beyond 51,000, delivering 18.98 percent growth and a 4.25 percent market share.

Strong demand is being shown by retail customers, with a 37.8 percent sales increase in July, indicating that people value Toyota quality and services

Particularly strong demand is being shown by retail customers, with a 37.8 percent sales increase in July, compared to a 24 percent rise for the market as a whole, indicating that people value Toyota quality and service when it comes to spending their own money. The newcomers to the range represent Toyota’s strengthin-dept h in eng ineering exceptionally efficient powertrains and a revival in its reputation for building pure drivers’ cars. The past three months have ushered in quick succession: Yaris Hybrid: Europe’s first full hybrid supermini, so cleverly packaged that the powertrain in no way reduces the space and versatility of both the cabin and the boot. Prius+: the market’s first seven-seater full hybrid and first extension of the Prius family. Prius+ offers the required versatility and ease of use of a compact MPV, with the bonus of CO2 emissions from a zero road tax

99g/km* and official combined fuel economy from 68.9mpg*. Prius Plug-in: the next development of Toyota Synergy Drive, a Prius hatchback that achieves exceptionally low emissions and fuel efficiency thanks to a compact, light and quick-charging lithium-ion battery. Capable of about 15.5 miles on emissionsfree electric power, it switches automatically and seamlessly to its full hybrid system one battery charge is depleted, bringing its 1.8-litre petrol engine into play. As a result, there is no need for the driver to worry about whether there is enough battery charge to carry them to their destination. GT86: Toyota’s all-new 2+2 front-engined sports coupe captures the best elements of its famous sports car heritage. Using a two-litre “boxer” engine to drive the rear wheels, it is light weight with a low centre of gravity, making it all about driving pleasure—plus good looks and competitive pricing.

Toyota invests $100 million in Ontario Our Bureau New Delhi

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oyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc (TMMC) will invest around $100 million to increase Lexus RX production at its Cambridge, Ontario facility increasing Lexus RX capacity by 30,000 vehicles to 104,000 units, including 15,000 RX450h vehicles, the hybrid electric version. The investment will also take Toyota’s annual production capacity in Ontario to five lakh units. “This is a big and ambitious project with new technology, exacting standards and tight timelines. Our team members have demonstrated time and time again that they thrive on these kinds of challenges.” said, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc President, Brian Krinock. For almost nine years now, Canada has had the only Lexus production outside of Japan.

Investments This is the second major investment announcement for Toyota’s Canadian manufacturing operation this year. In March, TMMC announced an investment of $80 million in its Woodstock, ON plant. The Japanese carmaker is targeting for expanded Lexus production by early 2014. The Province of Ontario, in partnership with the Government of Canada, supported the production of the RAV4 EV through their investment in Toyota’s Project Green Light. The total investment among all partners could reach $545 million, with Ontario and the Government of Canada each providing $70.8 million towards Project Green Light.

Toyota’s Critical Role “Our government understands the critical role of manufacturing in the Province’s development and growth. Toyota’s announcement strengthens Ontario’s position as North America’s leading jurisdiction for automotive assembly,” said Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, Brad Duguid. Since 2004, Ontario has produced more vehicles than any other state or province in North America thanks to its dedicated workers, state of the art technology and innovation. The province’s auto industry contributes about $20 billion to the economy annually. In August 2011, TMMC announced plans to start assembling electric versions of its RAV4 sport utility vehicle in Woodstock, Ontario under a partnership with California-based Tesla Motor - the first electric vehicle built in Canada.


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Ford begins real-world testing of future car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication technologies

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ord Motor Company has recently begun realworld testing of future technologies as part of a research programme aimed at advancing car-to-car and car-toinfrastructure communication on European roads. “C a r- t o - c a r and car-to-infrastructure communications represent the next major advancements in vehicle safety,” said Chief Technical Officer and Vice President, Ford Research and Innovation, Paul Mascarenas. “Ford is committed to further real-world testing here and around the world with the goal of implementation in the foreseeable future.” Ford is contributing 20 specially equipped S-Max models to a 120 vehicle fleet being used

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to test 20 experimental driver assistance technologies as part of the four-year research project “Safe Intelligent Mobility— Testfield Germany” or sim. The project’s goal is to better understand the potential for car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication technologies to improve traffic safety and personal mobility. Experts believe roads could be made safer and traffic congestion reduced by using mobile communications technolog y to integrate vehicles with each other and with transport infrastructure. Engineers from Ford’s European Research Centre in Aachen, Germany and sim research project partners have up to now tested the developmental technologies in a controlled envi-

Ford begins real-world testing of future car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication technologies

ronment. The technologies will now be tested on public roads in and around Frankfurt in realworld driving conditions. “The vehicles will cover thousands of kilometres in test drives and evaluations to gather valuable research data from every-day driving scenarios,” said Technical Expert, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, Christian Ress. Ford continues its involvement in such testing programmes in Europe, the US and around the world, with the objective of harmonising global standards for messaging and hardware. Collating results from these programmes will enable Ford to deliver new technologies to global customers with greater speed, efficiency, and lower cost.

Blueprint For Mobility The increasing use of car-to-car and car-toinfrastructure technology is part of Ford’s “Blueprint for Mobility,” which was outlined by Executive Chairman Bill Ford during his keynote address at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. The “Blueprint for Mobility” details the company’s early thinking on how to tackle the issues of mobility in an increasingly crowded and urbanised planet between now and 2025.

sim Project The funding for the sim project is approximately €53 million, of which, €30 million of direct project promotional support has been provided by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technolog y together with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project is further supported by infrastructure investment from the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building, and Urban Affairs as well as funding from the state of Hessen. The consortium involves representatives from all major interest groups, including Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Opel, Volkswagen, Bosch, Continental, Deutsche Telekom, regiona l infrastructure operators and German Research Institutions (Technische Universität München und Berlin, Universität Würzburg, Fraunhofer).

Technologies As Part Of sim Project s %LECTRONIC "RAKE ,IGHT WHICH DELIVERS A message from the lead vehicle to a following vehicle if an emergency braking procedure is carried out, even if the incident occurs out-of-sight, for example around a bend in the road. Ford is leading the development and integration of this application s /BSTACLE 7ARNING SYSTEM WHICH ENABLES a vehicle to inform other road users of the presence, position and type of potentially hazardous obstacles on the road s 4RAFlC3IGN!SSISTANT WHICHREMAINSINCONtinuous contact with traffic management centres to access up-to-date information on variable speed limits, temporary restrictions and diversions, as well as providing details of current and approaching permanent regulations, such as fixed speed limits and right of way s 0UBLIC 4RAFlC -ANAGEMENT WHICH PROvides exact traffic prognosis based on comprehensive information. This includes identifying likely traffic scenarios and their impact at the point in the journey when they are encountered rather than at the point of departure s )N CARINTERNETACCESS WHICH FOREXAMPLE can enable the driver to reserve and pay for parking en-route.


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Mazda CX-5 life-saving technology to be standardised across cars

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ajor Eu ropea n v eh ic le s a fet y organisation Euro NCAP, has highlighted the a ll-new Mazda CX-5 for being at the forefront of its drive to equip all models with life-saving Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). The European New Car Assessment Programme organises crash-tests and provides f leets, company car drivers and private motorists with an independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. Now the organisation has called on motor manufacturers to fit AEB as standard on all cars and says that from 2014, it will include the technology in its crash test programme star rating. Mazda’s AEB system is called ‘Smart City Brake Support’ and CX-5 is one of the few models on sale in the UK that has the potentially life-saving technol-

ogy fitted as standard across the range.

NCAP Survey Typically available on more expensive luxur y cars, real world performance data suggests AEB systems can reduce accidents by up to 27 percent, according to Euro NCAP. ‘Smart City Brake Support’ operates at speeds of up to 19 mph and uses a laser sensor to detect a vehicle in front of the car. If the driver fails to slow the vehicle appropriately, or to take avoiding action, the system automatically activates the brakes and reduces the engine output at the same time. That helps to avoid collisions or mitigate the damage from rear-end collisions at low speeds, which are among the most common accidents. A Euro NCAP survey has revealed that AEB is completely unavailable on 79 percent of cars on sale in Europe and that 66 percent of manufacturers do

BMW Group adds one more model to its electric vehicle line up for London 2012

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MW, Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is keeping the Games moving with a range of fully electric vehicles as part of the fleet. The 160 BMW 1 Series ActiveE models and 40 Mini E’s are being used for many duties including shuttling athletes and officials within the Olympic Park and surrounding Games sites. They also helped support elements of the Olympic Torch Relay convoy on its journey around the UK and will do so similarly for the Paralympic Torch Relay. Recently, BMW is proud to introduce another critical electric vehicle to the Olympic and Paralympic fleet: the Mini MINI. This specially developed and designed radio controlled electric car is being used on the field of play in the Olympic Stadium to ferry javelins, discuses, hammers and shots back from the field to the throwing area, saving valuable time during competition.

Three Mini Mini have been deployed for this crucial task and be operated by Games Makers assigned and trained for this duty. The cars are roughly a quarter scale of the full-sized car and carry the athletic equipment situated inside, accessible through the adapted sunroof. The Mini Minis are all blue and feature the same Games livery as the ‘full-size’ official fleet vehicles. “The Mini team was thrilled to be given this challenge to develop a vehicle with such an important and high profile role during the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” commented MD of Mini Plant Oxford, Dr Juergen Hedrich. “I know that everybody was inspired by the challenge and the knowledge that these models will be seen in action by millions of people around the world.” The cars were designed and built to a specification agreed with LOCOG to ensure their role on the field of play is successful in saving time during competition. Each of the three Mini Minis are expected to cover around 6,000 mtre per day in four-hour shifts across nine days of Olympic and nine days of Paralympic competition.

NCAP has called on motor manufacturers to fit AEB as standard on all cars and says that from 2014, it will include the technology in its crash test programme star rating. Mazda’s CX-5 is one of the few models on sale in the UK that has the potentially life-saving technology (AEB) fitted as standard across the range not offer an AEB system on any of their new models. Secretary General of Euro NCAP, Michiel

van Ratingen said, “A faster penetration of these technologies into new cars will make it more realistic for the European Union to reach its target to cut road deaths by 50 percent by 2020.”If all cars were fitted with AEB systems, many crashes could be mitigated or avoided altogether on European roads. The Mazda CX-5 is therefore a good example for other manufacturers to follow.”

Risk Management Mazda Head of Fleet, Steve Tomlinson said, “Safety and occupational road risk management is a key issue for f leet operators. Mazda is ahead of many other manufacturers in terms of making vital safetyfocused technology accessible as called for by Euro NCAP. “Many f leets already use Euro NCAP crash test ratings in determining their f leet policy and Mazda’s decision to make ‘Smart City Brake Support’ standard

on the CX-5 in the UK will, we believe, further inf luence f leet manager and company car driver decision-making.” On-the-road prices for the 18-strong Mazda CX-5 range start from £21,395 for the 2.0litre SE-L Skyactiv-G 165ps petrol and rise to £28,995 for the f lagship 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D 175ps diesel Sport Nav Auto AllWheel Drive (AWD). The Mazda CX-5, a compact crossover SUV that went on sale in the UK in May, is also the first of a new generation of Mazda models, equipped with innovative Skyactiv technology that delivers major fuel savings and emission reductions for fleets, company car drivers and private motorists. Apart from new emission-reducing, fuel-sipping engines, Sk yactiv technology also embraces improved aerodynamics, vehicle weight reduction, chassis developments and new manual and automatic transmissions.


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Nissan unveils new vision for the London ‘black cab’: the NV200

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issan has unveiled a new vision for the future of the London ‘black cab’ and its 300,000 daily users—the Nissan NV200 London Taxi. The NV200 London taxi will offer significantly reduced CO2 outputs compared to current taxi models—a focus in line with the Mayor Boris Johnson’s Air Quality strategy for London. An all-electric e-NV200 concept is also set to undergo trials in the capital. The taxi versions of the NV200 have already been unveiled in Tokyo and it has also been chosen as the exclusive New York City ‘taxi of tomorrow’. The NV200 London taxi joins the global Nissan vision for the private hire industry. Nissan has a reserved place in the Capital’s taxi history—

its 2.7-litre TD27 diesel engine was chosen for the iconic LTI FX4 ‘Fairway’ black cab, which introduced improved speed, reliability and efficiency to the London cabbie’s daily drive. The same engine also featured in the Fairway’s successor, the TX1. G enera l Secreta r y of the Licensed Ta xi Drivers’ Association, Steve McNamara said, “Nissan already has a great footing in the London taxi market—the 2.7-litre diesel that featured in some of the early taxis was one of the greatest engines ever put in a cab. From what I’ve seen of the NV200 London Taxi, it ticks all the right boxes. It’s important that it looks like a cab, is comfortable with good ingress and egress and is reliable. If the fuel consumption figures are as promised, it will be a big seller.”

Designed from the inside out for the well-being of passengers, drivers and even other road users, the NV200 London taxi is more efficient and more environmentally considerate than current ‘black cab’ models, while delivering more comfort, space and convenience for occupants. A particular focus was also placed on providing for passengers with mobility issues. Alan Norton, from Assist UK, said, “Assist UK is proud to be associated with Nissan in the development of an accessible taxi to meet the needs of all disabled people. We have had the opportunity to bring together experts from all fields of disability to work with designers to ensure the vehicle will work for all in their transport needs. The work is ongoing and future refinements are planned after

the initial launch, as many ideas have been discussed and are currently undergoing development. We congratulate Nissan for its initiative and wish them every success with their project.” The Nissan NV200 London taxi is based on the company’s multi-purpose NV200 compact van—a vehicle which has won many awards including International Van Of The Year. Launched at end of 2009, the model has been introduced to 40 countries, selling over 100,000 units worldwide. The taxi comfortably seats five adults—three on a rear

bench with two on rear-facing, fold-down seats. The front passenger seat has been removed to create space for luggage. A stand-out feature is the taxi’s sliding passenger doors, which were developed for easy open and close. They are also much safer for pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles because they do not swing out to create a potential obstruction. The diesel version of the Nissan NV200 London taxi is expected to be competitively priced below the new TX4 and will be available through a designated ‘specialist’ Nissan dealer.

Highlights Nissan’s NV200 delivers significantly improved running costs than alternative London cabs. The model’s frugal 1.5 dCi 89 HP EuroV, 6-speed manual drivetrain achieves 53.3mpg on a combined cycle meaning almost 50 percent fuel saving than the most efficient TX4 with its combined cycle figure of 35.3 mpg. With a focus on improving air quality in the city, the NV200 London Taxi’s Euro V engine only emits up to 138g/km of CO2, compared with 209g/km from the ‘greenest’ TX4 model. As a relevant simulation, if all of London’s licensed taxis were replaced with the NV200 London Taxi, there would be a CO2 reduction across London of 37,970 metric tonne each year—the equivalent of planting 10,000 acres, or two Congestion Charge zones, of trees every 12 months. An all electric version could have an even bigger impact on London’s air quality. Having been the first car manufacturer to mass produce a 100 percent electric family car with its trail-blazing Nissan Leaf, Nissan could cement its place at the forefront of motoring technology with the introduction of an all-electric e-NV200 London taxi. With running costs estimated to be around one fifth of a conventional, diesel-powered Hackney Carriage it is likely to be popular with drivers too. Discussions with all the stakeholders will continue to try and make an e-NV200 a realistic proposition by increasing investment in charging infrastructure. Subject to final testing, including a crash-test, the dieselpowered Nissan NV200 aims to receive full London Taxi certification later this year. The extensive modifications to the standard NV200 ensure the model fully conforms to the regulations set in the Tf L London Taxi Conditions of Fitness. These include being able to accommodate a wheelchair passenger and achieve a 25ft (7.6m) turningcircle—a legal requirement for all Hackney carriages, said to originate from the small roundabout in front of the famous Savoy Hotel on The Strand that taxis needed to round in one manoeuvre. He continued: “The design process for the NV200 London Taxi was exhaustive and will be further improved. In addition to ensuring drivers would be comfortable spending extended hours behind the wheel, we’ve had to consider every user for this vehicle—there are no specific customer profiles in the back of a London cab. Adults, children, business professionals, foreign visitors, disabled travellers—they’re all potential customers. We’ve even considered those who might never get inside the taxi but who will benefit from features such as the model’s lower CO2 emissions or the un-obstructing sliding doors.


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AUTOFACTS Global Automotive Outlook, 2009 Q1 Release PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

North America Assembly Tracking 5-2012 (Tracking by Brand & Nameplate) May 2012 Ownership Org/

Last 3 Months

Year to Date

YOY

Assembly

YOY

Volume

% Chg

Share %

Share Chg

AutoAlliance International (USA)

15,064

37.2%

1.1%

Ford Mustang

11,402

25.1%

Mazda Mazda6

3,662

BMW (Germany)

27,205

BMW X3

13,545

28.2%

1.0%

(-0.0)

40,258

26.3%

1.0%

0

65,417

37.6%

1.0%

0.1

BMW X5

9,474

-1.6%

0.7%

(-0.2)

30,273

3.8%

0.8%

(-0.1)

50,042

13.0%

0.8%

(-0.1)

Brand & Nameplate

BMW X6

4,186

YOY

Assembly

YOY

Volume

% Chg

Share %

Share Chg

0.1

43,920

54.0%

1.1%

0.8%

(-0.0)

30,145

36.8%

96.1%

0.3%

0.1

13,775

12.9%

2.0%

(-0.3)

82,666

7.5%

0.3%

(-0.1)

12,135

YOY

Assembly

YOY

Volume

% Chg

Share %

Share Chg

0.2

69,994

55.4%

1.1%

0.2

0.7%

0.1

44,362

44.9%

0.7%

0.1

112.5%

0.3%

0.1

25,632

77.5%

0.4%

0.1

13.0%

2.1%

(-0.2)

135,845

22.4%

2.1%

(-0.0)

0.4%

0.3%

(-0.1)

20,386

6.7%

0.3%

(-0.0)

Chrysler Group LLC (USA)

222,359

24.6%

16.4%

(-0.6)

634,898

17.1%

15.8%

(-0.7)

1,017,721

22.9%

15.5%

0.1

Chrysler 200

15,327

15.6%

1.1%

(-0.1)

40,922

13.2%

1.0%

(-0.1)

60,771

18.9%

0.9%

(-0.0)

Chrysler 300

9,039

40.0%

0.7%

0.1

25,640

30.2%

0.6%

0

40,421

97.4%

0.6%

0.2

Chrysler Town & Country

12,326

20.9%

0.9%

(-0.1)

33,455

17.2%

0.8%

(-0.0)

49,643

12.4%

0.8%

(-0.1)

Dodge Avenger

11,242

49.7%

0.8%

0.1

30,899

24.6%

0.8%

0

45,927

35.4%

0.7%

Dodge Caliber

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.6)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.5)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.4)

0.1

Dodge Caravan

18,419

20.3%

1.4%

(-0.1)

52,938

21.7%

1.3%

(-0.0)

83,660

18.5%

1.3%

(-0.0)

Dodge Challenger

4,502

3.6%

0.3%

(-0.1)

13,450

37.9%

0.3%

0

20,889

26.7%

0.3%

0

Dodge Charger

8,699

24.7%

0.6%

(-0.0)

24,118

5.2%

0.6%

(-0.1)

40,015

-0.2%

0.6%

(-0.1) (-0.2)

Dodge Dakota

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.2)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.2)

-

-100.0%

-

Dodge Dart

1,481

-

0.1%

0.1

1,481

-

0.0%

0

1,481

-

0.0%

0

Dodge Durango

4,186

-38.4%

0.3%

(-0.3)

13,063

-40.6%

0.3%

(-0.3)

19,299

-46.4%

0.3%

(-0.4)

Dodge Journey

12,900

81.9%

0.9%

0.3

35,162

39.9%

0.9%

0.1

55,693

36.5%

0.8%

0.1

Dodge Nitro

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.2)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.2)

-

-100.0%

-

Fiat 500

8,681

2.6%

0.6%

(-0.2)

22,314

28.0%

0.6%

0

34,583

73.3%

0.5%

Fiat Freemont

3,580

26.6%

0.3%

(-0.0)

11,847

78.0%

0.3%

0.1

22,855

243.3%

0.3%

0.2

Jeep Compass

11,113

5.7%

0.8%

(-0.2)

35,337

15.4%

0.9%

(-0.1)

56,390

22.3%

0.9%

(-0.0)

(-0.2) 0.2

Jeep Grand Cherokee

21,026

53.8%

1.5%

0.2

61,395

44.0%

1.5%

0.2

102,484

56.8%

1.6%

0.3

Jeep Liberty

11,961

93.7%

0.9%

0.3

32,887

70.8%

0.8%

0.2

54,299

82.7%

0.8%

0.3

Jeep Patriot

8,857

5.0%

0.7%

(-0.1)

28,774

20.1%

0.7%

(-0.0)

52,253

37.4%

0.8%

0.1

Jeep Wrangler

6,937

45.4%

0.5%

0.1

20,389

21.0%

0.5%

(-0.0)

33,007

23.3%

0.5%

0

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

10,468

28.3%

0.8%

(-0.0)

31,552

18.2%

0.8%

(-0.0)

51,346

16.3%

0.8%

(-0.0)

Lancia Flavia

33

-

0.0%

0

928

-

0.0%

0

928

-

0.0%

0

Lancia Grand Voyager

556

-

0.0%

0

2,209

-

0.1%

0.1

3,157

-

0.0%

0

Lancia Thema

5

-

0.0%

0

8

-

0.0%

0

921

-

0.0%

0

Chrysler Group LLC (USA)

222,359

24.6%

16.4%

(-0.6)

634,898

17.1%

15.8%

(-0.7)

1,017,721

22.9%

15.5%

0.1

Ram Cargo Van

1,091

-

0.1%

0.1

3,060

-

0.1%

0.1

4,998

-

0.1%

0.1

Ram Pickup

37,986

49.2%

2.8%

0.4

109,552

21.9%

2.7%

(-0.0)

177,446

24.1%

2.7%

0

Volkswagen Routan

1,944

113.9%

0.1%

0.1

3,518

-27.6%

0.1%

(-0.1)

5,255

-39.4%

0.1%

(-0.1)

Daimler AG (Germany)

16,690

15.1%

1.2%

(-0.1)

48,552

16.7%

1.2%

(-0.1)

80,031

25.3%

1.2%

0

Freightliner Sprinter

850

17.1%

0.1%

(-0.0)

2,472

11.8%

0.1%

(-0.0)

4,047

13.8%

0.1%

(-0.0)

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

3,520

4.8%

0.3%

(-0.1)

10,240

9.9%

0.3%

(-0.0)

16,960

21.1%

0.3%

(-0.0)

Mercedes-Benz M-Class

10,560

20.9%

0.8%

(-0.1)

30,720

22.1%

0.8%

(-0.0)

50,880

31.9%

0.8%

0.1

Mercedes-Benz R-Class

1,760

4.8%

0.1%

(-0.0)

5,120

3.7%

0.1%

(-0.0)

8,144

5.2%

0.1%

(-0.0)

Ford Motor Company (USA)

230,106

-3.8%

16.9%

(-5.8)

688,522

-0.6%

17.1%

(-3.9)

1,103,696

3.3%

16.8%

(-3.1)

Ford C-MAX

40

-

0.0%

0

118

-

0.0%

0

165

-

0.0%

Ford Crown Victoria

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.7)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.8)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.7)

Ford Edge

17,045

35.1%

1.3%

0.1

45,035

7.0%

1.1%

(-0.2)

74,596

7.2%

1.1%

(-0.2)

0

Ford Escape

14,641

-47.8%

1.1%

(-1.6)

76,510

-10.5%

1.9%

(-0.7)

132,617

-2.5%

2.0%

(-0.5)

Ford E-Series

14,660

20.5%

1.1%

(-0.1)

44,467

10.5%

1.1%

(-0.1)

66,338

1.0%

1.0%

(-0.2) (-0.0)

Ford Expedition

6,287

18.4%

0.5%

(-0.0)

18,257

14.0%

0.5%

(-0.0)

28,767

22.4%

0.4%

Ford Explorer

18,270

8.4%

1.3%

(-0.3)

54,483

19.6%

1.4%

(-0.0)

83,046

26.6%

1.3%

0

Ford Fiesta

12,335

19.5%

0.9%

(-0.1)

35,648

16.7%

0.9%

(-0.0)

57,921

16.3%

0.9%

(-0.0) (-0.0)

Ford Flex

3,574

10.3%

0.3%

(-0.0)

9,573

25.0%

0.2%

0

15,023

22.1%

0.2%

Ford Focus

28,064

20.2%

2.1%

(-0.2)

72,648

16.6%

1.8%

(-0.1)

112,643

64.6%

1.7%

0.4

Ford F-Series

69,611

9.7%

5.1%

(-0.9)

199,231

7.4%

4.9%

(-0.7)

329,038

12.0%

5.0%

(-0.5)

Ford Fusion

28,732

0.4%

2.1%

(-0.6)

82,771

16.8%

2.1%

Ford Ranger

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.9)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.8)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.8)

Ford Taurus

8,337

9.7%

0.6%

(-0.1)

26,048

16.1%

0.6%

(-0.0)

(-0.1)

39,230

123,939

19.4%

3.9%

0.6%

1.9%

(-0.0)

(-0.3)

Lincoln Mark LT

26

-29.7%

0.0%

(-0.0)

68

-35.8%

0.0%

(-0.0)

106

-37.6%

0.0%

(-0.0)

Lincoln MKS

1,601

46.7%

0.1%

0

4,535

29.1%

0.1%

0

6,809

38.5%

0.1%

0

Lincoln MKT

618

50.4%

0.0%

0

2,026

89.0%

0.1%

0

3,603

62.4%

0.1%

0

Lincoln MKX

2,495

-26.8%

0.2%

(-0.1)

6,719

-24.8%

0.2%

(-0.1)

12,269

-14.9%

0.2%

(-0.1)

Lincoln MKZ

3,020

25.1%

0.2%

(-0.0)

8,223

-1.3%

0.2%

(-0.0)

13,833

-1.7%

0.2%

(-0.1)

Lincoln Navigator

750

-32.2%

0.1%

(-0.0)

2,162

-21.5%

0.1%

(-0.0)

3,753

-17.2%

0.1%

(-0.0)

Lincoln Town Car

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

Mazda Tribute

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

Mercury Grand Marquis

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

Fuji Heavy Industries (Japan)

23,698

69.2%

1.7%

0.4

73,695

43.1%

1.8%

0.3

126,236

31.5%

1.9%

0.1 (-0.0)

Subaru Legacy

3,517

-0.5%

0.3%

(-0.1)

12,527

21.0%

0.3%

(-0.0)

22,612

20.5%

0.3%

Subaru Outback

11,535

51.1%

0.8%

0.1

34,829

48.2%

0.9%

0.2

58,845

36.4%

0.9%

0.1

Subaru Tribeca

326

-39.9%

0.0%

(-0.0)

1,084

-32.0%

0.0%

(-0.0)

1,858

-34.7%

0.0%

(-0.0)

Toyota Camry

8,320

262.5%

0.6%

0.4

25,255

57.1%

0.6%

0.1

42,921

37.5%

0.7%

0.1

General Motors Company (USA)

285,807

0.5%

21.0%

(-6.0)

860,350

-0.4%

21.3%

(-4.8)

1,410,761

5.4%

21.5%

(-3.5) (-0.2)

Buick Enclave

5,834

-13.6%

0.4%

(-0.2)

17,837

-15.5%

0.4%

(-0.2)

28,982

-13.7%

0.4%

Buick LaCrosse

6,210

10.4%

0.5%

(-0.1)

18,189

-3.5%

0.5%

(-0.1)

25,659

-8.8%

0.4%

(-0.1)

Buick Lucerne

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.3)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.3)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.3)

Buick Regal

1,963

62.1%

0.1%

0

5,121

-17.0%

0.1%

(-0.1)

8,554

38.6%

0.1%

0

Buick Verano

5,305

-

0.4%

0.4

15,222

-

0.4%

0.4

24,291

-

0.4%

0.4

Cadillac CTS

4,695

-32.0%

0.3%

(-0.3)

14,616

-24.6%

0.4%

(-0.2)

24,101

-21.1%

0.4%

(-0.2)

Cadillac DTS

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

Cadillac Escalade

1,541

16.9%

0.1%

(-0.0)

3,911

-21.7%

0.1%

(-0.1)

6,498

-15.9%

0.1%

(-0.0)

Cadillac Escalade ESV

883

33.0%

0.1%

0

2,316

18.3%

0.1%

(-0.0)

3,526

19.6%

0.1%

(-0.0)

Cadillac Escalade EXT

188

16.0%

0.0%

(-0.0)

573

-15.6%

0.0%

(-0.0)

960

-15.8%

0.0%

(-0.0)

Cadillac SRX

7,667

9.9%

0.6%

(-0.1)

22,679

2.1%

0.6%

(-0.1)

37,954

10.6%

0.6%

(-0.1)

Cadillac STS

-

-

-

-

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

Cadillac XTS

1,808

-

0.1%

0.1

1,808

-

0.0%

0

1,808

-

0.0%

0

Chevrolet Avalanche

1,032

-56.3%

0.1%

(-0.1)

4,184

-37.2%

0.1%

(-0.1)

8,483

-16.7%

0.1%

(-0.1)

Chevrolet Aveo

7,182

14.2%

0.5%

(-0.1)

20,518

14.5%

0.5%

(-0.0)

34,229

28.9%

0.5%

Chevrolet C2

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.3)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.4)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.4)

Chevrolet Camaro

8,519

-16.8%

0.6%

(-0.3)

25,197

-11.7%

0.6%

(-0.2)

42,625

-11.4%

0.6%

(-0.2)

0


13 AUGUST 2012

N A M E R I C A N A S S E M B LY May 2012

Ownership Org/ Brand & Nameplate

Auto Monitor

21

Last 3 Months

Volume

YOY % Chg

Assembly Share %

Chevrolet Captiva

6,517

143.3%

0.5%

Chevrolet Colorado

4,267

14.1%

0.3%

Chevrolet Corvette

1,573

18.0%

Chevrolet Cruze

26,305

-3.8%

Chevrolet Equinox

22,135

Chevrolet Express Chevrolet HHR Chevrolet Impala

YOY Share Chg

Year to Date

Volume

YOY % Chg

Assembly Share %

YOY Share Chg

0.2

17,632

105.6%

0.4%

0.2

26,144

90.6%

0.4%

0.1

(-0.0)

12,299

17.6%

0.3%

(-0.0)

20,186

18.9%

0.3%

(-0.0)

0.1%

(-0.0)

4,143

9.0%

0.1%

(-0.0)

6,127

13.4%

0.1%

(-0.0)

1.9%

(-0.7)

77,581

-2.9%

1.9%

(-0.5)

127,224

1.9%

1.9%

(-0.4)

8.6%

1.6%

(-0.3)

66,619

5.5%

1.7%

(-0.3)

110,846

8.3%

1.7%

(-0.2)

10,270

39.1%

0.8%

0.1

26,295

30.9%

0.7%

0

39,006

22.9%

0.6%

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.5)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.5)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.5)

16,105

-12.1%

1.2%

(-0.6)

49,204

-11.0%

1.2%

(-0.5)

81,874

-8.9%

1.2%

(-0.4)

Chevrolet Malibu

21,973

-2.9%

1.6%

(-0.5)

63,524

-2.6%

1.6%

(-0.4)

107,867

18.5%

1.6%

(-0.1)

Chevrolet Silverado

37,782

-19.2%

2.8%

(-1.7)

128,727

-9.5%

3.2%

(-1.1)

220,070

2.4%

3.4%

(-0.7) (-3.5)

Volume

YOY % Chg

Assembly Share %

YOY Share Chg

0

General Motors Company (USA)

285,807

0.5%

21.0%

(-6.0)

860,350

-0.4%

21.3%

(-4.8)

1,410,761

5.4%

21.5%

Chevrolet Sonic

10,014

-

0.7%

0.7

27,939

-

0.7%

0.7

44,771

-

0.7%

0.7

Chevrolet Suburban

6,380

22.7%

0.5%

(-0.0)

16,919

3.9%

0.4%

(-0.1)

26,738

18.1%

0.4%

(-0.0)

Chevrolet Tahoe

10,280

31.6%

0.8%

0

31,662

19.7%

0.8%

(-0.0)

50,651

20.8%

0.8%

(-0.0)

Chevrolet Traverse

9,074

-26.9%

0.7%

(-0.5)

26,299

-23.7%

0.7%

(-0.4)

41,261

-21.9%

0.6%

(-0.4)

Chevrolet Volt

4,061

587.1%

0.3%

0.2

6,809

229.7%

0.2%

0.1

9,156

180.1%

0.1%

0.1

GMC Acadia

7,962

8.8%

0.6%

(-0.1)

23,618

-2.6%

0.6%

(-0.1)

37,592

-3.4%

0.6%

(-0.2)

GMC Canyon

950

-28.6%

0.1%

(-0.1)

3,048

-0.7%

0.1%

(-0.0)

5,063

4.4%

0.1%

(-0.0)

GMC Savana

3,749

103.8%

0.3%

0.1

11,547

50.2%

0.3%

0.1

16,979

35.3%

0.3%

0

GMC Sierra Pickups

16,612

-10.1%

1.2%

(-0.5)

58,394

5.5%

1.4%

(-0.2)

96,641

13.9%

1.5%

(-0.1)

GMC Terrain

9,095

-2.6%

0.7%

(-0.2)

31,086

6.7%

0.8%

(-0.1)

53,089

11.3%

0.8%

(-0.1)

GMC Yukon

4,069

-16.0%

0.3%

(-0.2)

13,409

5.2%

0.3%

(-0.1)

22,705

5.6%

0.3%

(-0.1)

GMC Yukon XL

2,873

15.8%

0.2%

(-0.0)

8,638

-7.9%

0.2%

(-0.1)

14,785

3.9%

0.2%

(-0.0)

Opel-Vauxhall Ampera

934

705.2%

0.1%

0.1

2,787

1890.7%

0.1%

0.1

4,316

2982.9%

0.1%

Saab 9-4X

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

-

-100.0%

-

Honda Motor Company (Japan)

150,908

152.6%

11.1%

5.4

446,653

97.2%

11.1%

4.2

748,217

67.1%

11.4%

Acura CSX

-

-

-

-

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

-

-100.0%

-

0.1

0.1 (-0.0) 3.0 (-0.0)

Acura ILX

3,958

-

0.3%

0.3

4,712

-

0.1%

4,712

-

0.1%

0.1

Acura MDX

6,961

120.8%

0.5%

0.2

20,462

61.2%

0.5%

0.1

33,352

39.3%

0.5%

0.1

Acura RDX

4,264

691.1%

0.3%

0.3

10,138

237.9%

0.3%

0.2

10,220

54.8%

0.2%

0

Acura TL

3,508

79.9%

0.3%

0.1

10,884

9.6%

0.3%

(-0.0)

20,605

54.5%

0.3%

0.1

Acura ZDX

60

93.5%

0.0%

0

409

114.1%

0.0%

0

632

21.3%

0.0%

(-0.0)

Honda Accord

33,951

182.8%

2.5%

1.4

103,213

123.8%

2.6%

1.2

175,189

85.5%

2.7%

0.9

Honda Civic

31,960

99.1%

2.4%

0.8

106,468

120.9%

2.6%

1.2

191,146

94.6%

2.9%

1.1

Honda Crosstour

2,705

126.2%

0.2%

0.1

9,428

138.1%

0.2%

0.1

14,485

97.6%

0.2%

0.1

Honda CR-V

31,831

192.8%

2.3%

1.3

91,344

102.3%

2.3%

0.9

148,331

69.3%

2.3%

Honda Element

-

-

-

-

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

-

-100.0%

-

74,716

1.1%

0.3

0.6 (-0.1)

Honda Odyssey

16,117

126.3%

1.2%

0.5

44,314

66.6%

48.0%

1.1%

Honda Pilot

13,343

95.3%

1.0%

0.3

40,451

57.1%

1.0%

0.2

66,816

29.0%

1.0%

Honda Ridgeline

2,250

-

0.2%

0.2

4,830

205.3%

0.1%

0.1

8,013

68.0%

0.1%

0

Hyundai Motor Company (South Korea)

64,829

30.5%

4.8%

0.1

180,491

17.2%

4.5%

(-0.2)

295,663

18.7%

4.5%

(-0.1)

Hyundai Elantra/i30

12,562

-8.0%

0.9%

(-0.4)

34,516

-8.8%

0.9%

(-0.3)

53,146

-3.5%

0.8%

(-0.2)

Hyundai Santa Fe

10,970

30.6%

0.8%

0

28,348

6.8%

0.7%

(-0.1)

45,581

5.7%

0.7%

(-0.1)

Hyundai Motor Company (South Korea)

64,829

30.5%

4.8%

0.1

180,491

17.2%

4.5%

(-0.2)

295,663

18.7%

4.5%

(-0.1)

Hyundai Sonata/i40

18,138

14.3%

1.3%

(-0.2)

54,114

4.4%

1.3%

(-0.2)

93,608

5.1%

1.4%

(-0.2)

Kia Optima

11,558

-

0.9%

0.9

32,216

-

0.8%

0.8

51,267

-

0.8%

0.8

Kia Sorento

11,601

-1.4%

0.9%

(-0.3)

31,297

-17.2%

0.8%

(-0.4)

52,061

-15.7%

0.8%

(-0.4) (-0.2)

Mitsubishi Motors Corp (Japan)

2,187

-14.4%

0.2%

(-0.1)

5,854

-40.5%

0.1%

(-0.2)

10,396

-40.5%

0.2%

Mitsubishi Eclipse

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

-

-100.0%

-

0.2 0.1

(-0.1)

Mitsubishi Endeavor

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.1)

Mitsubishi Galant

2,187

69.0%

0.2%

0

5,854

63.8%

0.1%

0

10,396

10.3%

0.2%

(-0.0)

Nissan Motor (Japan)

114,455

12.9%

8.4%

(-1.2)

326,963

22.8%

8.1%

0

552,712

23.3%

8.4%

0.1

Infiniti JX Series

3,295

-

0.2%

0.2

9,483

-

0.2%

0.2

9,868

-

0.2%

0.2

Nissan Altima

25,130

-7.4%

1.8%

(-0.7)

82,785

8.9%

2.1%

(-0.3)

141,545

13.3%

2.2%

(-0.2)

Nissan Armada

1,246

-27.0%

0.1%

(-0.1)

4,859

-6.2%

0.1%

(-0.0)

9,115

2.4%

0.1%

(-0.0)

Nissan Frontier

9,487

81.2%

0.7%

0.2

26,254

83.4%

0.7%

0.2

39,163

69.3%

0.6%

0.2

Nissan March

5,587

97.6%

0.4%

0.1

16,517

151.0%

0.4%

0.2

32,328

345.7%

0.5%

0.4

Nissan Maxima

6,218

-3.2%

0.5%

(-0.2)

19,071

7.7%

0.5%

(-0.1)

32,850

12.1%

0.5%

(-0.0)

Nissan NV-Series

622

-66.9%

0.0%

(-0.1)

1,580

-67.9%

0.0%

(-0.1)

3,342

-43.1%

0.1%

(-0.1)

Nissan Pathfinder

4,440

59.7%

0.3%

0.1

10,430

22.0%

0.3%

(-0.0)

15,709

2.6%

0.2%

(-0.0)

Nissan Pickup

6,346

51.5%

0.5%

0.1

20,080

94.2%

0.5%

0.2

31,916

79.2%

0.5%

0.2

Nissan Sentra

15,956

-6.2%

1.2%

(-0.4)

38,909

1.0%

1.0%

(-0.2)

64,584

-7.9%

1.0%

(-0.3)

Nissan Tiida

13,691

116.5%

1.0%

0.4

33,217

102.4%

0.8%

0.3

63,387

127.5%

1.0%

0.4

Nissan Titan

3,564

58.7%

0.3%

0

8,773

20.7%

0.2%

(-0.0)

13,683

16.6%

0.2%

(-0.0)

Nissan Tsuru

3,331

-49.7%

0.2%

(-0.4)

8,654

-47.1%

0.2%

(-0.3)

17,540

-41.9%

0.3%

(-0.3)

Nissan Versa

11,835

-19.8%

0.9%

(-0.5)

39,279

2.6%

1.0%

(-0.2)

65,873

1.3%

1.0%

(-0.2)

Nissan Xterra

3,517

71.1%

0.3%

0.1

6,562

24.2%

0.2%

0

11,029

11.9%

0.2%

(-0.0)

Suzuki Equator

190

5.6%

0.0%

(-0.0)

510

-7.3%

0.0%

(-0.0)

780

-6.0%

0.0%

(-0.0)

Tesla Motors (USA)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

Tesla Roadster

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

-

Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan)

156,737

400.8%

11.5%

8.6

460,186

103.7%

11.4%

4.6

741,585

65.3%

11.3%

Lexus RX Series

7,805

400.6%

0.6%

0.4

22,974

73.5%

0.6%

0.2

37,681

41.6%

0.6%

0.1

Toyota Avalon

3,698

212.1%

0.3%

0.2

10,829

31.8%

0.3%

0

17,265

11.1%

0.3%

(-0.0)

2.9

Toyota Camry

35,977

523.8%

2.6%

2.1

103,708

176.3%

2.6%

1.4

171,820

132.7%

2.6%

1.2

Toyota Corolla

34,793

723.3%

2.6%

2.2

101,069

172.8%

2.5%

1.4

150,786

98.5%

2.3%

0.9

Toyota Highlander

12,120

357.2%

0.9%

0.6

35,589

91.9%

0.9%

0.3

57,753

51.6%

0.9%

0.2

Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan)

156,737

400.8%

11.5%

8.6

460,186

103.7%

11.4%

4.6

741,585

65.3%

11.3%

2.9

Toyota Matrix

1,542

225.3%

0.1%

0.1

5,484

82.4%

0.1%

0

9,815

56.9%

0.1%

0

Toyota RAV4

16,692

406.7%

1.2%

0.9

49,726

75.7%

1.2%

0.4

78,661

37.9%

1.2%

0.1

Toyota Sequoia

2,163

258.7%

0.2%

0.1

6,287

88.6%

0.2%

0.1

10,218

63.4%

0.2%

0

Toyota Sienna

12,121

278.5%

0.9%

0.6

36,132

55.8%

0.9%

0.2

61,299

30.6%

0.9%

0.1

Toyota Tacoma

14,833

313.1%

1.1%

0.8

42,757

96.8%

1.1%

0.4

66,549

55.4%

1.0%

0.2

Toyota Tundra

10,387

260.3%

0.8%

0.5

30,821

53.0%

0.8%

0.2

52,780

35.2%

0.8%

0.1

Toyota Venza

4,606

147.2%

0.3%

0.2

14,810

28.1%

0.4%

0

26,958

33.1%

0.4%

0

Volkswagen (Germany)

48,815

16.4%

3.6%

(-0.4)

178,276

45.7%

4.4%

0.7

275,944

38.4%

4.2%

0.5

Volkswagen Beetle

6,462

-

0.5%

0.5

24,938

-

0.6%

0.6

33,964

-

0.5%

Volkswagen Bora

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

-

-100.0%

-

(-0.0)

0.5

Volkswagen Golf/Jetta Variant

6,238

-47.9%

0.5%

(-0.7)

32,497

-9.1%

0.8%

(-0.3)

52,774

-10.3%

0.8%

(-0.3)

Volkswagen Jetta

22,115

-20.8%

1.6%

(-1.0)

83,386

0.0%

2.1%

(-0.5)

130,700

-4.8%

2.0%

(-0.6)

Volkswagen Passat

14,000

600.0%

1.0%

0.8

37,455

1094.0%

0.9%

0.8

58,506

1765.0%

0.9%

0.8

Total Light Vehicle

1,358,860

29.1%

100.0%

-

4,031,026

22.2%

100.0%

-

6,568,801

22.5%

100.0%

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