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Russia Garage Equipment Market Overview

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The number of cars and trucks in Russia has grown tremendously over the last ten years and this trend continues today. However, the share of older vehicles in Russia is much higher than that in Western countries; and, as a result, those vehicles require extensive maintenance.

 

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Russia Automotive Aftermarket Industry

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This is the latest edition of the CS St. Petersburg Russian Automotive Industry Newsletter. This report contains information on developments in the imported and domestic car markets, trade events, and U.S. Commercial Service programs that can assist U.S. exporters wishing to enter this promising market. U.S. exporters should be aware of the U.S. Pavilion at the Moscow International Motor Show, Russia's largest automotive industry trade event (see end of report for details), to take place August 30 - September 3, 2006.

 

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Romanian Auto Parts Market

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An increasing number of foreign companies are making the strategic decision to manufacture auto parts for Romanian cars. This reflects the latest trend in the automotive industry whose growth has shifted from mature markets to emerging markets. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers are increasingly shifting production to Eastern Europe.

 

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Poland Automotive Parts and Accessories

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This report presents an introduction to the market for automotive parts and accessory products in Poland. Poland has a population of approximately 39 million people. Generally, Poles buy much smaller cars than most Americans and they tend to also keep them longer. Diesel fuel engines are more popular to a greater degree in Poland and unlike in the U.S., cars are almost exclusively equipped with manual gearboxes. Poland has also attracted a number of significant foreign investors including automotive parts producers like: Delphi, Dana, Gates, Suzuki, TRW, Lear,Visteon and others.

 

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Norway Automotive Aftermarket

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The market of automotive accessories and specialty equipment can best be described as stable and fragmented; the overall market size has been steady, and distribution channels consist of small independent regional importers for the most part.
The market is not particularly big. Absence of a strong heavy industry sector, auto industry in particular, makes the Norwegian auto aftermarket relatively small compared to neighboring Sweden. However, purchasing power is among the highest in the world and acceptance of U.S. products and technology is generally high. American high quality products and services as well as state-of-the-art technology are well received.

 

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The Netherlands Market for Accessories and Specialty Equipment

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The Dutch market for accessories and specialty equipment holds many opportunities for U.S. suppliers. The Netherlands ranks sixth largest market for passenger vehicles in Europe, it is largely dependent on imports and it is very receptive to U.S. products.

 

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Mexico Automotive Sector

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Mexico is currently eleventh in the world in automotive production and by 2011 will rank fifth, competing with stronger economies such as India, United States, China and Slovakia. In a report, PricewaterhouseCoopers affirms that this competition must have a sustained growth by the U.S. companies in the sector, and that they must use with better efficiency, the supplies, trade agreements, geography and customs benefits provided by Mexican government.

 

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Malaysia National Automotive Policy

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Malaysia is ASEAN’s largest motor vehicle market with more than 500,000 vehicles sold annually, and 90% of that manufactured or assembled domestically. Malaysia is the only country in Southeast Asia producing its own cars. Its policy of protecting the national carmakers – Proton and Perodua – drove many foreign car manufacturers to Thailand, which adopted an open-door policy.

 

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Korea Automotive Aftermarket

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Korea is the number six car maker in the world, and its automotive aftermarket is estimated at $2.2 billion. As more import passenger cars enter Korea, and Korean consumers gain more appetites for high quality auto parts and accessories, the import automotive aftermarket is forecast to grow steadily. If the on-going Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations between the U.S. and Korea conclude successfully, it will have a significantly favorable impact for U.S. auto aftermarket suppliers, as it will lift the eight percent duty Korea currently levies on automotive parts imports. However, U.S. suppliers need to be aware of the fierce competition from long-established domestic suppliers, joint ventures, and imports from Japan, China and Europe among others.

 

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Japan Auto Parts and Accessories Industry for Aftermarket

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Japan is the second only to the United States in terms of the number of motor vehicles on the road and accounts for an estimated ten percent of the world total of approximately 700 million units. Of the 74.65 million registered motor vehicles in Japan, 55.99 million are passenger cars, 16.78 million are trucks, and 0.23 million are buses. Other specialized vehicles represent 1.65 million units.

 

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Japan Automobile Industry

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With annual automotive production of 10,799,659 motor vehicles in 2005, Japan is the world's second largest automobile producing country after the United States. Japan's total domestic auto-related output, including automobiles, auto bodies, parts and accessories, was estimated to be worth more than 45.8 trillion yen in 2004 ($416 billion at 110 yen/dollar), the most recent full year for which data is available. This represents more than 16.1 percent of Japan's total annual manufacturing output. In addition, auto-related industries in Japan are believed to account for one out of every ten jobs in the country.

 

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Hungary Automotive Parts and Equipment Market

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The market for automobiles in Hungary has been robust since the mid-1990s, helped by the rise of personal disposal income and the easing of available credit. Although new car sales have stagnated recently, due to an influx of used cars from Western Europe, following the elimination of import tariffs when Hungary joined the EU in 2004, the trends still augur well. In 2004, Hungary had about 281 cars per 1,000 people, versus 362 cars per 1,000 people in Greece, which has the lowest per-capita car ownership in the EU-15. So there is room to grow, especially since the average age of vehicle is 11.7 years.

 

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Hungary Automotive Tuning Segment

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The overall car fleet in Hungary consists of 2.8 million automobiles representing over forty brands. While the overall automotive parts market was valued at USD 1.2 billion, the market for performance and tuning products in Hungary was assessed to be around USD 20 million in 2004, with a growth rate of 2-3 percent per annum. The most popular products in this sector are aluminum wheel rims, chrome-styling, high performance exhaust systems, hi-fi entertainment systems, dashboard computers, sport air filters, chip tuning as well as neon lighting products. Entering the Hungarian market will require a careful selection of good quality product mix at an attractive price level and working with the local distributor to create product awareness and focus on market exposure.

 

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Germany the Market for Automotive Tires

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Although the German tire market experienced significant positive growth from 2004 to 2005, this growth was unevenly distributed across sub-sectors. The greatest sales growth took place in the replacement tire market for winter tires, which for the first time outsold summer tires in 2005 due to public debates about the implementation of a winter tire requirement and because of heightened interest in road safety. Other growth markets were run-flat tires, which are becoming standard issue on an increasing number of new cars, as well as off-road tires, which are growing in sales as sports utility vehicles (SUVs) gain popularity in Germany. Additionally, as the German domestic passenger vehicle market continues to recover, sales of tires for new cars are experiencing strong growth. These trends are expected to continue through 2006.

 

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Germany the Market for Automotive Parts and Services

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Germany is the third largest manufacturer of passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the world, behind only the United States and Japan. Nearly one in ten vehicles produced worldwide originates in Germany. In 2005, the German automotive industry exported goods worth EUR 156 billion, with over EUR 19 billion in exports to the United States, its most important trading partner. Amounting to 19.1% of all German exports, automobiles and automotive parts are Germany’s most important export goods. The German automotive industry is thus highly export-oriented and competitive: of the 5.35 million passenger cars built in Germany in 2005, 70.9% were sold to foreign markets.

 

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German Market for Motorcycles and Scooters

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October 11 through 15, 2006 in Cologne, Germany, is the world’s largest trade fair for motorcycles and scooters. This fair is the industry’s meeting place and a perfect platform for your product! The product range being represented extends from motorized vehicles through components and accessories to clothing and other gear for motorcyclists.

 

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France Motorcycle Market

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The French motorcycle market has shown significant growth potential over the past few years. While light motorcycles (<125cc), especially scooters, remain the most popular models, motorcycles with higher horsepower have also been popular. The market as a whole improved in 2005.

 

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France Automotive Accessories and Specialty Equipment Market

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The tuning market in France is fragmented, characterized by a large number of importers and a complex distribution network. In the context of a relatively strict regulatory environment, the world of tuning has had to adapt in order to fulfill consumer preferences while respecting increasingly severe legal requirements. Most industry specialists agree that the market is far too unpredictable to accurately assess all future trends. This is in part due to the fact that the market is so dependant upon consumer preferences, which can change significantly from year to year. Despite this, most affirm that the tuning
market will continue to evolve, offering more and more specialized designs and high-range equipment. While consumer preferences are limitless, French and European regulations will be the deciding factor for the future of the tuning market.

 

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Czech Republic: Importing Cars Into the Czech Republic

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Sales of used car in 2005 made up 52.81% of total car sales what well represents the importance of used car market in the Czech Republic. In 2005, there were 106,688 new personal cars and 119,411 imported used personal cars registered. Sales of new cars declined for 2.43% in 2005 comparing to 2004 while sales of used cars jumped for 20.03% in the same period of time. Vast majority of used cars is imported from EU countries. Import of American cars has been a niche market due to differences in European and American technical requirements and related expanses to comply with European standards. This makes American cars less competitive, however, there is still healthy demand for classic American cars.

 

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Czech Republic Automotive Accessories and Specialty Equipment Market

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Total exports and imports of the category “Other parts and accessories for motor vehicles” in 2005 were $2,175 billion and $1,307 billion respectively. Total exports overcame imports for 66% that means that a very significant part of imported auto parts / specialty equipment are re-exported. While import from the States to the Czech Republic in this category represented $17.4 million, export reached $12.4 million. The balance is positive for $5 million. We conservatively estimate the size of automotive accessories & specialty equipment market in the Czech Republic at CZK 230 million ($10 million).

 

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Colombia Motorcycles, Parts, and Accessories

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2005 was a record year for motorcycle sales in Colombia. 270,000 motorcycles were sold throughout the country. This activity can be attributed to an increase in fuel prices, vehicle reduction programs during peek traffic times in main cities, and traffic jams. Also, due to Colombia’s currency revaluation during 2005, motorcycle imports increased, which helped to increase the local demand for those imported products. Additionally, local banks are offering loans with low interest rates, which favor the
buying decisions for new imported motorcycles.

 

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China Increased Demand for Sport Utility Vehicles

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China’s vehicle exports are expected to outpace imports again in 2006 despite the higher excise tax that fueled explosive growth in car imports during the first quarter. In terms of volume, exports will continue to surpass imports in 2006 as
more Chinese automakers eye selling low-priced cars to the huge overseas market.

 

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China Automotive Industry

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China is set to become the world’s second largest new automobile growth market by the end of 2006 and this growth is spurring demand for U.S. automotive parts, services, and aftercare products. The East China region in particular has tremendous opportunities as new car drivers become more sophisticated and demand better vehicle quality and better repair and maintenance service. U.S. exporters should be aware that while industry revenue is increasing, profit margins are slowly falling to international averages. Infringement of intellectual property remains a very serious issue.

 

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Chile Vehicle Emission Regulations

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The following is a list of the vehicle emission regulation standards for 2006. Vehicles are divided into three categories according to their gross weight. Emission regulations also vary by region in Chile. (Chile is divided into 12 regions plus the Metropolitan Region, which represents Santiago, the nation’s capital.)

 

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Canada New Opportunities for U.S. Automotive Parts

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Linamar Corporation (Canada’s second-biggest auto parts manufacturer after Magna International) announced a partnership with the Ontario government on May 12th aimed at expanding the company’s manufacturing facilities. Under the
plan, Linamar will invest $1.1 billion over the next five years and is expected to create over 3,000 well-paying and highly skilled jobs during that time. The announcement is the latest from a series of auto manufacturers and parts suppliers that has seen over $6 billion invested in southern Ontario over the last two years.

 

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