Commercial News USA, the U.S. Department of Commerce publication, is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Exporter of the Year awards. The ThinkGlobal/Commercial News USA Exporter of the Year awards are given to one U.S. company in each of 14 industry categories. An Overall Exporter of the Year winner is also selected.
The U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service Global Automotive Team has organized a webinar for U.S. suppliers interested in supplying Renault/Nissan. The automaker plans to open a plant in Tangiers, Morocco, in 2010, which will have the capacity to produce 400,000 vehicles per year.
For more details, click on www.buyusa.gov/auto/supply_to_renault_nissan.html.
In the first half of 2008, Russia for the first time displaced Germany to become the largest car market in Europe, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Russian new-car registrations hit 1.64 million during the first half of 2008, compared with 1.63 million cars in Germany.
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SEMA has compiled a list of 15 facts about the Chinese market:
The Honda CR-Z concept shown here will likely evolve into one of several production hybrids Honda plans to sell by 2010.
Stillen displays its front lip spoiler on the 2008 Nissan Altima coupe.
While American automakers have experienced a sales slump in recent months, Volkswagen sales have been soaring. According to The Detroit News, sales are up 5% compared to June 2007 and net profits are up 35% in the second quarter.
As auto dealerships face plummeting sales in a market plagued by shifting consumer trends, rising gas prices and a receding economy, they have been forced to make budget cuts. In particular, they have made advertising cuts. Some dealers have taken a different approach however, and have instead increased their advertising efforts. These dealers have found this to be an efficient tool for bringing more consumers into the showroom.
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