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Industry Trend Analysis - Venezuelan Autos: Worst Case Scenario Playing Out - FEB 2015

Americas January 2015 / Venezuela / Industry

BMI View: On the back of our Oil & Gas team's downward revision to our oil price forecast, we now expect Venezuela's automotive industry to suffer from further production and sales declines in 2015. Despite vehicle production and sales already falling more than 80% in 10M14, we now forecast production to decline a further 12.1% in 2015 accompanied with a decline of 12.6% in sales.

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Industry Trend Analysis - Auto Sales Cruising On Consumption Growth - FEB 2015

Asia January 2015 / Philippines / Industry

Growth in the passenger car segment will be boosted by strong private consumption and also a resilient currency unit supporting auto imports. We have raised our 2014 and 2015 auto sales growth forecast for the Philippines to 29.4% and 13.3%, up from 21.7% and 9.4% previously.

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Industry Trend Analysis - Company Announcements Signal Production Boom - FEB 2015

Emerging Europe January 2015 / Hungary / Industry

BMI View: Vehicle production in Hungary will post faster growth in 2015 than previously forecast, buoyed by growing demand for new Suzuki and Audi models manufactured in the country. We forecast growth of 13.1% in 2015, revised up from 3.1% previously.

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Global Industry Overview - Global Autos Update: Vehicle Sales Reflect Global Slowdown - FEB 2015

Middle East & Africa January 2015 / Global / Industry

Our core view on the global economy running out of steam heading into 2015 is widely reflected in the autos market, and many of the themes noted in macroeconomic terms are also true of the autos sector in the countries or regions in question. The US will be the outperforming developed state, as the failure of Abenomics to take off will keep the Japanese market subdued and the stuttering eurozone will see our Core Europe group of markets vastly underperforming the Emerging Europe states.

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Industry Trend Analysis - Daimler's Li-Ion Investment Riding Demand Boom - FEB 2015

Western Europe January 2015 / Germany / Industry

BMI View: Daimler's recent investment into Li-Ion battery production is well timed to capitalize on growing demand for electric vehicles. However, low economies of scale will mean other major manufacturers of Li-Ion batteries maintain their cost advantage over the next five years.

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