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GS Yuasa to set up SLI lithium-ion battery plant in Hungary

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GS Yuasa Corporation will establish a manufacturing subsidiary company, GS Yuasa Hungary Ltd. in Hungary and build a new plant for lithium-ion batteries. These batteries will be used for SLI (Starting, Lighting, and Ignition) applications which are expected to be expanded in the European market. GS Yuasa will also consider manufacturing lithium-ion cells in this plant in future.

Mercedes-Benz Cars invests €1B in new “Full-Flex” car plant in Hungary; Factory 56 applied to full plant

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Mercedes-Benz Cars is starting construction of its first “Full-Flex Plant“ in Kecskemét, Hungary, about 90 km in the south of Budapest. With an investment of one billion euros, we are building in Hungary the first ‘Full-Flex Plant’ in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

Diesel new vehicle market share in Europe in February dropped to 39.5%; SUVs still driving growth

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million units registered in Europe in 2018 so far, according to figures from JATO Dynamics. The market share of diesel vehicles fell to 39.5% compared to the same month last year, meaning SUVs accounted for 33% of the total market in February. MPVs saw market share decline by 2.1

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Mercedes-Benz to invest ~€500M to produce electric compact EQ model at Hambach plant

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In Germany the smart brand is the market leader among all-electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2018. The production network of the new generation of compact cars includes the plant in Kecskemét, Hungary, the BBAC production site in Beijing, the COMPAS plant in Aguascalientes (Mexico) as well as the Finnish manufacturing service provider Valmet Automotive. Mercedes-Benz Cars is expanding its production capacities for electric cars in Europe.

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Ipsos study finds US among most skeptical of Autonomous Vehicles

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Although there is widespread interest in autonomous vehicles (AVs), the US—one of the largest auto markets in the world—expresses higher levels of resistance than most nations, according to a new study by Ipsos, a leading global market research firm. This issue of What the Future focuses on mobility, and if people are ready for the coming technology.

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Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant to produce compact electric EQ vehicles; 3rd center of competence for EQ models in Germany

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Mercedes-Benz announced that its Rastatt plant—the company’s lead plant in global production of compact cars—will produce compact-class electric EQ models in the future. Future EQ models can be integrated in the series production of existing Mercedes-Benz plants on four continents. The company will decide on the basis of market demand which foreign locations will produce further EQ models within the production network.

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