Industry Trend Analysis - Key Themes For Autos In 2018 - FEB 2018

In 2018, the autos sector will continue its transition away from an industry of purely manufacturing vehicles to sell to individuals towards one which embraces new technology such as autonomous and electric vehicles and which provides transport solutions rather than just vehicle sales. However, this will only be possible with a stable political backdrop, which is another theme to be negotiated throughout the year.

Electrification Of Commercial Vehicles

Electric commercial vehicles (CVs) are not new: small vans have been entering delivery fleets for the past few years and fleets of electric buses are entering service, particularly in densely populated city centres looking to cut down on pollution. However, we expect to see more products being launched and more companies forming purchasing strategies in the heavy trucks segment in 2018.

Tariff Impact Biggest For CVs
Average WTO Tariff By Vehicle Segment (%)
Source: WTO

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