Datsun to launch in South Africa by end of 2014; also India, Indonesia and Russia

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brand designing vehicles for high-growth markets, will return to South Africa. The first model to be introduced in South Africa will be a new passenger vehicle that will be launched by the end of 2014. This follows a global decision in 2010 to re-introduce the Datsun brand as part of the company’s Nissan Power 88 mid-term plan to achieve 8% of the global market share and 8% operating profit by fiscal year 2016. Datsun, a Nissan Motor Co.

Ballard and Anglo American launch field trial of methanol-fueled fuel cell home generator in rural South Africa

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Ballard and Anglo American Platinum have partnered with Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, and The Department of Energy of South Africa to conduct the 12-month field trial. The trial is being conducted in the rural community of Naledi Trust, identified by South Africa’s Department of Energy as a suitable site, without access to grid power. —Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources.

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South Africa Revitalizes Efforts on Automotive Li-ion Batteries

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South Africa is reinvigorating its efforts to develop automotive lithium-ion batteries, with the government’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) now determining the commercial feasibility of battery manufacturing in the country. Engineering News.

Ballard and Anglo American Platinum partner on a range of fuel cell applications in South Africa

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Ballard Power Systems and Anglo American Platinum Limited, the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals, are working in partnership on a number of early-stage stationary and motive power applications of fuel cells in the South African market. The companies deployed and demonstrated a 150 kW fuel cell system near the 17 th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Durban, South Africa in late-2011.

Toyota to start vehicle exports from India; Etios to South Africa in 2012; the priority of emerging markets

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TKM), will begin exporting the Etios series sedan and hatchback to South Africa in March 2012. The models for export will be based on the Etios platform currently sold in India, but will be developed and produced to fit the lifestyles, consumer preferences, climate, road conditions and usage considerations in South Africa. Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) production and sales subsidiary in India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private, Ltd.

Volkswagen establishes new Sub-Saharan Africa region

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The Volkswagen brand has established a "Sub-Saharan Africa” region to develop and strengthen its activities in the African market. Sub-Saharan Africa refers to the area of the African continent south of the Sahara. The new fourth region joins Volkswagen’s existing regions of North America, South America and China and is the next step in the Volkswagen brand’s strategy to position itself in focus areas.

Renault Samsung SM3 ZE electric sedan: battery upgrade gives 130-mile range in Korean tests

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Frequently, cars withdrawn from one market live on in another, sometimes for years. Consider that the first-generation Volkswagen Golf launched in 1974, for example, lived on in South Africa until 2009 as the VW CitiGolf. South Korea Better Place plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Renault-Nissan Samsung 2012 Renault Fluence Z.E.Those vehicles may even be upgraded with newer technology in the older body.

Volkswagen plans integrated mobility concept in Rwanda; vehicle production in Kenya

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Volkswagen is taking a further step to develop market potentials in Africa. Francis Gatare, Director of the Rwanda Development Board, and Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Group South Africa, this week signed a memorandum of understanding for a new integrated mobility concept in Kigali in the presence of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. Volkswagen is consistently developing market potentials in Africa.

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Ricardo study predicts that BRIC automotive markets will be eclipsed by the “Rising-15”

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A study by Ricardo Strategic Consulting has concluded that while sluggish automotive demand in Europe, Japan and North America will be balanced by the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) markets through 2020, thereafter the ‘Rising-15’ nations become the engine for profitable growth—assuming political stability. The study set out to analyse and compare the key indicators for social and economic development, and market drivers in 23 countries. Positioning the Rising 15.

Optimal Energy takes delivery of four of its Joule EVs for marketing fleet

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South Africa-based Optimal Energy has taken delivery of four of its Joule EVs ( earlier post ) for use as a marketing fleet. The marketing fleet was hand-built in Port Elizabeth by Hi-Tech Automotive, a specialist automotive production firm, and to date have undergone extensive testing within the premises. The marketing fleet will undertake a nation-wide road show in 2011; the Joule fleet has been designed and built to closely resemble the production version of Joule.

Continental calls for market-based adaptation of the legal framework to support autonomous driving

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International automotive supplier Continental is calling for a market-based adaptation of the legal framework for automated driving. However, the necessary adjustments to the traffic regulatory framework must not fail to take into account the connection with these market dynamics. In addition to Germany and most EU Member States, the other principal signatories include Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, and Turkey.

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Sasol bails on $13-$15B US GTL project, divests from Canadian shale; no new greenfield GTL

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At the company’s Capital Markets Day 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sasol management said that the company will no longer pursue its proposed ) project in the US ( earlier post ) and furthermore will not invest in additional greenfields gas-to-liquids (GTL) projects. It is clear that megatrends influential to our business will result in greater demand for chemicals and energy products in key markets we serve. Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) Market Background Natural Gas

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LanzaTech collaborating with Swayana to convert waste gases from ferroalloy production to ethanol

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South African engineering company Swayana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LanzaTech to collaborate on developing projects for the production of ethanol and higher value products from waste gases in the ferroalloy and titania smelting sectors. South Africa has the potential to produce more than 400,000 tonnes of ethanol per year from existing ferroalloy and titania producers.

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GM global sales up 7.6% in 2011 to 9.026M vehicles; China and US largest markets

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GM gained four-tenths of a point of market share to 11.9% Sales were up in all four reporting regions—North America, South America, Europe and International Operations—as GM sold a total of 9,025,942 vehicles compared with 8,385,484 in 2010. On a corporate basis, GM’s two largest markets in 2011 were China, where GM and its joint venture partners increased sales 8.3% GM is the market leader in both countries. South America. General Motors Co.

Volkswagen Group and Tata Motors Ltd. to explore strategic alliance for joint development projects; ŠKODA to lead

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The first step will address topics such as the application of specific market knowledge as well as local development expertise. In the long term, the Volkswagen Group is looking to further expand its product portfolio in the fast-growing emerging markets. We strongly believe that both the companies, by working together, can leverage from each other’s strengths to create synergies and develop smart innovative solutions for the Indian and overseas market.

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Fuel-cell maker Ballard acquires IdaTech’s backup power system product lines, ip and customer base

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Strategically, it provides Ballard with additional product capabilities with methanol fueled systems and key customer relationships in leading markets for fuel cell commercialization, such as Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America as well as South Africa. The shares will subsequently be transferred to IdaTech’s principal funder, Investec, a South African specialist bank and asset management company.

Mercedes-Benz running automated test drive in Shanghai; infrastructure peculiarities

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million kilometers in Europe, the US, China, Australia and South Africa, and more than 1.2 China is the largest automobile market in the world. The second leg in the Shanghai megalopolis will be followed by test drives in Australia in November and South Africa in December.

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Cooperation of Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance accelerates, strengthens in 2015

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It has accelerated the time-to-market for vehicle launches and has been an obvious strategic advantage for each partner. The new pickup will share some of its architecture with the all-new Nissan NP300, but will be engineered and designed by Daimler to meet the specific needs of its customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Ford to expand aggressively in Middle East & Africa; at least 25 new vehicles by 2016

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Ford Motor Company announced an aggressive product acceleration in its newest business unit, Middle East & Africa, leveraging the company’s One Ford global portfolio and targeting opportunities for growth in small, mid-size and large vehicle segments. During a special “Go Further” event in Johannesburg attended by 1,000 employees, Ford dealers, suppliers, government officials, and media, Ford pledged to launch at least 25 new vehicles by 2016 to Middle East & Africa.

Opinion: Everyone Is Guessing When It Comes To Oil Prices

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But along with all of the excess crude flowing from the oil patch, there is also an abundance of market indicators that while important, tend to produce a lot of noise that makes any accurate estimate nearly impossible. Finally, clouding the entire picture are fluctuations in currency markets.

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Volkswagen founds mobility services company in Rwanda; to begin local assembly of Polo and Passat

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The objective is to provide modern integrated mobility services in Africa in future. As part of its worldwide regionalization strategy, Volkswagen is planning to expand its business presence significantly in Sub-Saharan Africa. These figures are derived from expected market acceptance of these innovative mobility services that are completely new to Rwanda. Africa Mobility services Vehicle Manufacturers

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Daimler & Renault-Nissan Alliance expand cooperation to 1-ton pickup trucks

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The primary target markets for the truck are Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. The NP300, sold under the name NP300 Navara and NP300 Frontier (depending on the market), was launched in June 2014 and is currently produced in Thailand and Mexico. The three trucks will also be built in the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain, for other markets, excluding North America. Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Boeing, South African Airways and Mango celebrate Africa’s 1st commercial flights with sustainable aviation biofuel from tobacco

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Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango celebrated Africa’s first passenger flights with sustainable aviation biofuel. Biomass might have different market applications: biogas and Biomethane, electric generation, paper pulp industry, animal cake.

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Axion International signs LOI to form global JV with Sicut Holding to target $8B railroad tie market with recycled structural composites

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Ltd) to establish a global joint venture to capitalize on the world-wide railroad tie market through the manufacture and sale of Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) ties/sleepers utilizing their respective geographic licenses from Rutgers University. Simultaneously, Sicut is the licensee of patents owned by Rutgers University for Europe, India, South Africa, South-East Asia and a portion of the Chinese market, also based on a “contracts-won” basis.

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Optimal Energys Joule EV Completes Prototype Phase, Nearing Production

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Joule, the EV from South African company Optimal Energy ( earlier post ), has completed the prototype phase recently and is nearing the start of volume production, according to the company. Designed by South African-born Keith Helfet, Joule has been developed from a static display model and engineering prototype into a pre-production prototype by Zagato’s Total Design Centre.

Mercedes-Benz introduces its mid-size pickup truck: the X-Class leans on diesel

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The market launch in Europe is scheduled for November 2017. At the beginning of 2018 South Africa, Australia and New Zealand will follow, and at the beginning of 2019 Argentina and Brazil. At market launch, there are two four-cylinder engines. Markets.

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BRIMCS countries, and especially China, outspending IEA countries in energy RDD

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“ Governmental Energy Innovation Investments, Policies and Institutions in the Major Emerging Economies: Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico, China, and South Africa. Brazil China India Market Background Policy Research

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Renault-Nissan Alliance posts record €2.9B in synergies in 2013 ahead of launch of first common module family vehicles; targeting €4.3B in 2016

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CMF and emerging markets drive synergies. Emerging markets. The Alliance also generated synergies in emerging markets, such as India and Russia, where Renault and Nissan manufacture vehicles together at the same plants. Last year, Renault began sales of the Duster sports utility vehicle in the UK and South Africa. The Alliance is also increasingly benefitting from synergies in non-traditional areas, such as sales and marketing.

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Boeing, Aeromexico, Mexican Government collaborate on sustainable aviation biofuel research and development

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Research will be conducted on biomass sourcing, fuel production, sustainability and lifecycle assessment, and aviation biofuel market development. As part of Boeing’s commitment to protect the environment and support long-term sustainable growth for commercial aviation, the company has active biofuel projects on six continents, including in the US, Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Southeast Asia.

Joint IEA-NEA report details plunge in costs of renewable electricity; nuclear competitive with other baseload power sources

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No single technology proves the cheapest form of electricity generation under all circumstances: many factors determine the final cost of any investment, principally local influences such as market structure, policy environment and resource endowments.

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ExxonMobil: global GDP up ~140% by 2040, but energy demand ~35% due to efficiency; LDV energy demand to rise only slightly despite doubling parc

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A group of 10 Key Growth countries is expected to represent an increasingly significant share of the global energy market due to their rising populations and living standards. Africa’s liquids exports are expected to decline as local demand more than doubles.

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Cooperation between Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance deepening in 2016

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It will be engineered and designed by Daimler to meet the specific needs of its customers in Europe, Australia, South Africa and Latin America. Later this month, Mercedes-Benz will provide further insights into the new pickup truck’s design, strategy and markets. in addition to serving local demand, the plant exports engines to Mercedes sites in East London, South Africa, as well as machined components to Germany).

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Mercedes-Benz Vans to launch midsize pickup by end of decade

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The new Mercedes-Benz midsize pickup will initially be targeted at markets in Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Europe, all of which are posting sustained growth in this segment. Mercedes-Benz is the first premium manufacturer to respond to this market shift by developing its own pickup. Before the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz will launch the first pickup from a premium manufacturer.

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51% of BMW Group’s electricity worldwide from renewable sources; targeting 100%

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At the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, a methane gas system provides around 50% of the energy required for production. At the Rosslyn plant in South Africa, the foundation stone for a combined heat and power unit fired by biogas was laid at the end of 2014. Only under the right framework conditions can we put our plans into action step by step in individual markets worldwide.

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Nissan re-launches Datsun brand with 1.2L Datsun GO

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Nissan positioned the new car as built to meet the needs of the recent rising group of optimistic customers in high-growth markets who seek better value propositions. Datsun models will be individually developed for different markets.

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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.

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Optimal Energy to Introduce Pilot Fleets of Joule EV by 2010, Mass Production by 2012

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Current market conditions are slowing down the traditional manufacturers’ efforts while the market, especially for clean vehicles, is predicted to be in a strong upward swing from 2012 onwards. The vehicle was designed by Keith Helfet, South African-born former Jaguar designer.

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AFC and University of Witwatersrand Sign Exclusive Agreement to Commercialize Fischer-Tropsch Fuels and Chemical Feedstocks in the Americas

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and the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (Wits) signed an exclusive representation agreement to commercialize the Fischer-Tropsch-based fuel and chemical production process developed by the Centre of Materials and Process Synthesis (COMPS) located at The University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The agreement grants AFC exclusive rights to market the Wits conversion technology in the Americas.

Ford India expands Chennai engine plant by 36% to 340K units per year

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HC and Duratorq engines will be exported to markets such as South Africa, Thailand and Taiwan. Ford India has completed the expansion of its engine plant in Chennai, India, increasing annual engine production capacity 36% to 340,000, helping transform the facility into a regional small engine hub. The additional 80,000 diesel engine capacity will feed the growing demand for diesel powertrains in India and growing exports, Ford says.

First production Detroit SP:01 EV rolls off assembly line

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The new SP:01 is destined for one of Detroit Electric’s export markets to be delivered to the EV company’s first customer. Detroit Electric has established distributors throughout Europe and Asia extending from the North (Iceland and Norway) and the East (Azerbaijan, South Korea, China and Hong Kong) to the South (South Africa), with additional countries due to join the growing global network over the coming months.

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