Global automotive industry statistics 2018The automotive sector of Indonesia has become an critical pillar of the country’s manufacturing sector as a lot of of the world’s effectively-known vehicle corporations have (re)opened manufacturing plants or expanded production capacity in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy. Coping with all this will call for enormous investments from carmakers, which will face other pressing calls on their money in 2018. Prime amongst these will be the improvement of connected automobile technology, which is gathering pace. GM, which has set up a massive team in Canada to concentrate on self-driving vehicles, says it is effectively on the way to launching its first models, while Renault-Nissan plans to launch more than ten autonomous models by 2020. Regulations for self-driving autos are also in the performs, with the US deciding in October 2017 to exempt them from some federal standards (such as the need for steering wheels) to encourage their development.
Auto sales in Western Europe in 2018 had been down .7% on the preceding year, with a total of 14.2m units sold – the very first annual decline considering that 2013. In numerous markets across the area it was a weak end to the year. The Italian economy, for example, is teetering on the edge of recession and consumer and organization sentiment has also dipped in several other countries, such as Germany. France’s economy has taken a hit as protesters have hit the streets. France’s ‘gilets jaunes’ maybe encapsulate the sense that all is not that well politically … READ MORE >>>