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Turkish Automotive Chemicals and Lubricants Market

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The 2006 Turkish market was $500 million for purchasing automotive chemicals, lubricants, greases, fuel additives and general car care products. U.S. producers only accounted for 4.5% of the import market, or approximately USD 3 million. The rest of the import market is shared among the following countries: Belgium: 40.1%, Germany: 32.9%, Italy: 7.8%, Netherlands: 6.9%, U.K.: 6.3%, and the rest by France, Switzerland, and Spain. Domestically manufactured and refined petroleum products meet more than 85% of the market.

 

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Switzerland Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Specialty Equipment Market

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The overall Swiss market demand for automotive parts, aftermarket products, accessories as well as specialty equipment was valued in 2006 at USD 949 million and is forecast to grow 3-4% over the next two years. In the past few years, U.S. exporters have garnered a small market share, registering USD 45 million in 2006 or 4.8%. Germany, which traditionally has had a strong stronghold in the market, captured the lion’s share with a total exceeding 47% of the market, followed by France with 14% and Japan with 12%.

 

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Russia Automotive Industry Newsletter

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This is the latest edition of the CS St. Petersburg Russian Automotive Industry Newsletter. This report contains information on recent developments in the imported and domestic car markets and U.S. Commercial Service programs can assist U.S. exporters wishing to enter this promising market.

 

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Romania Automotive Market

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With Romania’s accession to the European Union, new opportunities have opened up for foreign investors. Being the second largest market in CEE and the seventh in the EU, Romania has an open market economy, low levels of economic and political risk, and an inexpensive and qualified labor force engaged in the automotive industry. Evidence of the market opportunities was demonstrated by 2006 being the 6th year in a row of increased motor vehicle sales.

 

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Poland Automotive Styling and Tuning

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This report presents an introduction to the market for automotive styling and tuning in Poland. Poland has a population of approximately 39 million people. Typically, Poles buy much smaller cars than Americans and tend to keep them longer. Diesel fuel engines are more popular in Poland and unlike in the U.S., cars are almost exclusively equipped with manual gearboxes.

 

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Mexico - The Market for Automotive Parts and Accessories in Northwest Mexico

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The annual estimated market in Northwest Mexico for Automotive Parts and Accessories is almost $2.93 billion and growing at a 10 percent annual rate. This market is fueled mainly by the duty free import of used vehicles from the United States to the border region, which includes a 25-mile line along the Mexican border. Vehicles imported under this regime must be at least five years old. At least 1,200 used vehicles are permanently imported daily to the Mexican border cities of Tijuana, Mexicali and Nogales, generating an important market for automotive parts.

 

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Mexico Automotive Accessories in 2007

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Automotive accessories are considered all of those parts that are sold to enhance the appearance of the vehicle, to increase performance, to replace original parts with up-graded luxury items such as seat covers, door and window handles, chrome plated exhaust pipes, larger sized wheels and tires, etc. for cars, pick-ups, and trucks.

 

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Japan Auto Parts and Accessories Aftermarket

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Japan, which accounts for an estimated ten percent of the world’s total of approximately 700 million motor vehicles currently in use, is second only to the United States in terms of the number of motor vehicles on the road. Of the 75.7 million registered motor vehicles in Japan, 57.1 million are passenger cars, 16.7 million are trucks, and 230,000 are buses. Other specialized vehicles represent 1.6 million units. Accurate statistics for the Japanese auto parts and accessories aftermarket are not readily available. However, according to a survey that the Japan Auto Parts Association and AM Network conducted, the
size of the auto parts, accessories, and chemicals aftermarket was estimated to be 7,987 billion yen ($72.6 billion) in March 2006 up 6.4 percent from 7,070 billion yen in March 2005. Although U.S. firms face stiff competition in this market, there are significant opportunities in areas such as sports performance parts, aluminum wheels, shock absorbers, and new technologies such as parts used for intelligent transportation systems.

 

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Greece Automotive Industry Tuning Products

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Car tuning is an exciting subject and does well when the economy does well. The majority of Greek tuning fans cannot afford large engine cars like found in the U.S.A., however U.S. may find some good opportunities. Automechanika in Frankfurt and Equip Auto in Paris are trade shows where Greek tuning product importers seek new products. U.S. firms participating in these shows stand good chances of being visited by Greek businessmen.

 

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Germany Automotive Original Parts and Equipment - OE

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Sales revenues in the German automotive supply industry continued to grow in 2005, rising by 4% to US- $ 90 billion. This was mainly due to overseas business, which increased substantially, and to the continuing trend towards vehicles with higher specifications. In 2005, sales revenues from foreign business increased by 6 % to US-$ 38 billion, while sales by domestic firms reported a 3% increase to US-$ 51 billion. Overseas business continued to be the main stimulus for German manufacturers, with exports accounting for around 43% of total sales, a new record figure.

 

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