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Industry Trend Analysis - Magna Investment Supports Tennessee Hub - NOV 2014

Americas October 2014 / United States / Industry

BMI View: The US will continue to attract investment in value-added production, giving it an advantage over other competitive production bases such as Mexico. Canada will continue to lose out to both countries in winning investment, particularly from suppliers as vehicle output volumes in the country fall.

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Industry Trend Analysis - ZF's TRW Acquisition: A Smart Strategy - NOV 2014

Asia October 2014 / Global / Industry

BMI View: Over the next 10 years, mergers and acquisitions of safety and electronic component supplier firms by Tier 1 autos suppliers will become increasingly more common and aggressive. This view is informed by our bullish view on the markets for connected cars and EVs.

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Industry Trend Analysis - Connected Cars: Only A Matter Of Time - NOV 2014

Emerging Europe October 2014 / Global / Industry

Rising demand for in-car connectivity will spur more collaboration between automakers and internet companies. While challenges still exist, we believe connected cars would become the norm within the next decade.

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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.

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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.

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