Reducing Vehicle Weights Helps Automakers Meet Fuel Economy Rules

Mike Omotoso

All the major auto manufacturers are making efforts to reduce weight in order to meet tighter CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards in the United States and to meet CO2 reduction targets in Western Europe.

Vehicle weight reduction in conjunction with powertrain improvements are the two main tools for improving fuel . . . Continue Reading Reducing Vehicle Weights Helps Automakers Meet Fuel Economy Rules

Stunning Growth in Emerging Markets Overshadows Mature Auto Markets

John Humphrey

A new world order has been established with respect to global automotive sales. With China at the forefront, emerging markets—especially the BRIC countries, which also include Brazil, Russia and India—already have overtaken mature automotive markets in terms of sales, and will continue to be the primary source of growth for the sector going forward.

In 2010, light-vehicle sales in these emerging markets comprised slightly more than one-half (51%) of global sales. Going forward, the share of emerging markets is expected to increase steadily to 60% of global automotive sales in 2015. Sales in China alone in 2015 are projected to reach 29 million units, with the United States following with just 16.5 million unit sales. The U.S. and other mature markets like Western Europe and Japan are expected to return to pre-recession sales levels by 2015. Continue reading ›

Tragic Events May Trigger Shortages Beyond Japan

Jeff Schuster

Japan’s seven major automakers extended production shutdowns nationwide on Monday following parts shortages, power outages and concerns about damaged export facilities, according to Automotive News. Plants unaffected by Friday’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami also were temporarily shut as rolling outages to save power have been implemented by the local utility. Tokyo . . . Continue Reading Tragic Events May Trigger Shortages Beyond Japan