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Industry Trend Analysis - VW R&D Is A Step Up For The South - OCT 2014

Americas September 2014 / United States / Industry

BMI View: We see the southern US states as a growing production hub to rival the country's traditional bases and the addition of R&D takes this trend a step further. This kind of value-added operation in an already competitive manufacturing sector gives developed states an edge over emerging market alternatives.


Industry Trend Analysis - BMW Sales Surge Set To Continue - OCT 2014

Asia September 2014 / Global / Industry

BMI View: We hold a bullish view on BMW for 2014 as new model releases and a strong existing line-up boost global sales and revenue.


Global Industry Overview - Global Autos Update: Resilient Japan Boosts DMs - OCT 2014

Emerging Europe September 2014 / Global / Industry

Our view that developed states will offer some of the best growth opportunities in the passenger car segment in 2014 has been given a boost by the resilience of the Japanese market following the hike in consumption tax on April 1. Conversely, the worsening picture in Russia has prompted a further downgrade of our sales forecast, with little prospect for a near-term recovery in sight.


Industry Trend Analysis - Fighting And Inflation Will Lead To Market Contraction - OCT 2014

Middle East & Africa September 2014 / Iraq / Industry

BMI View: The worsening conflict in Iraq will lead to a 12% contraction in the new car market in 2014, as spending priorities change and trade routes are at risk. Rising inflation will also contribute by pushing up prices of new cars. The market will not return to its 2012 level by the end of our forecast period in 2018.


Industry Trend Analysis - Motorcycle Sales To Decline As Prices Rise - OCT 2014

Western Europe September 2014 / Italy / Industry

BMI View: Weak consumer sentiment will continue to weigh on motorcycle sales as pricing pressures increase in 2014, and we expect to see a further decline in the market.