GM Creates New South America Regional Organization

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General Motors is creating a new regional organization to meet rising customer demand in South America. GM South America will be headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil and will be led by Jaime Ardila, currently president and general manager GM Mercosur. Ardila becomes president, GM South America and will report to GM Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre. GM South America currently has 29,000 employees.

BASF to concentrate plant biotechnology activities on main markets in North and South America

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Citing a lack of acceptance for plant technology in many parts of Europe, BASF announced that it is concentrating its plant biotechnology activities on the main markets in North and South America. However, there is still a lack of acceptance for this technology in many parts of Europe – from the majority of consumers, farmers and politicians. We have excellent scientists and facilities there and at our research sites in North America.

Electric car maker THINK takes vehicles to South America

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Scandinavian electric vehicle maker THINK, has announced it is to deliver its first vehicles into South Americapart of a new collaboration with Brazilian electricity supplier, CPFL Energia SA. Tags: Electric cars Latest news Brazil South America Think The news follows THINK’s recent announcements about entering in Europe and plans to start new operations in the USA and Asia. CPFL Energia has purchased three THINK [.].

Honda Fit Gets A Crossover Twist--But Only In South America

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The Honda Fit is very good at a great many things, but off-roading isn't part of its wide pool of talents. That's unlikely to change much even with the Honda Fit Twist, unveiled at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil--but Honda's intentions are along different lines. As reported by Auto Express, Honda says that customers in Brazil prefer cars that

IRENA report finds renewable power costs at parity or below fossil fuels in many parts of world

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The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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Opel introducing new 1.6L SIDI engine with start-stop system; 3 new engine generations over next 12 months part of major turnaround plan

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Export initiative: Opel wants to enter new markets, including Australia, North Africa, South America and the Middle East. Opel’s first new engine for a revamped portfolio is a turbocharged 1598 cc, four-cylinder gasoline unit with direct injection and Start/Stop. Click to enlarge.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz A Class Live Gallery: 2012 Geneva Motor Show

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For the past 15 years, Mercedes-Benz has offered its entry-level A Class hatchback to parts of Europe, South America, and Asia. The ugly duckling of Mercedes-Benz, the A Class lacked the poise of its siblings, and has become something of a favorite with middle-class soccer moms. At yesterday’s Geneva Motor Show however, Mercedes unveiled its

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BMW, Daimler moving ahead with mobility services JV following US greenlight

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All antitrust authorities involved have now given the green light for the new joint venture, which is owned in equal parts by the BMW Group and Daimler AG.

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Tier 1 Musashi invests in solid-state battery company KeraCel; long-term partnership

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Musashi is a global auto parts Tier 1 company for automobiles and motorcycles. It has 33 manufacturing sites spreading across Europe, North and South America, China, and South East Asia. Tier 1 Musashi invests in solid-state battery company KeraCel; long-term partnership. Japan-based Tier 1 Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co., has invested in KeraCel Inc., a Silicon-Valley-based venture developing solid-state batteries using 3D printing technologies.

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Audi, Airbus and Italdesign present flying, driving model prototype of flying taxi/autonomous EV concept

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To see what an on-demand service of this kind could be like, Audi is conducting tests in South America in cooperation with the Airbus subsidiary Voom. Audi, Airbus and Italdesign are presenting for the first time a flying and driving prototype of “Pop.Up Next”.

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Balqon Expands Heavy-Duty Electric Truck Distribution into Argentina

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Under the terms of the Dealer Agreement, Balqon Corporation has assigned Autoelevadores Yale as an authorized Balqon Dealer for heavy-duty electric vehicles and parts and service in Argentina.we Balqon Corporation, an emerging developer and manufacturer of heavy-duty electric vehicles for Class 7 and Class 8 applications ( earlier post ), has entered into a Dealer Agreement with Autoelevadores Yale, a leading distributor of material handling equipment and electric vehicles in Argentina.

IHS Markit: more than 11.2M Vehicles will be equipped with V2X in 2024

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While automatic crash notification systems are doing their part in this matrix, the introduction of V2X is expected to revolutionize the way consumers drive, if not the entire transportation system. India isn’t expected to see any type of V2X production in vehicles until 2023, while the South America region falls outside of the forecast period (2017-2024) altogether. More than 11.2

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Iwatani acquires four hydrogen-refueling stations in California from Messer (formerly Linde)

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Iwatani Corporation of America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Iwatani Corporation recently acquired four hydrogen-refueling stations in California from Messer (formerly Linde, LLC). On 1 March 2019, Messer Group and CVC Capital Partners Fund VII completed the planned acquisition of certain businesses in the Americas from Linde plc. Together with Messer Group, the consolidated business represents a USD3 billion global enterprise with presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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Global Bioenergies adapts its bacteria to produce bio-isobutene from sucrose

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The adaptation of the process to sucrose was one the first technical milestones set as part of “IBN-One”, the Joint-Venture between Global Bioenergies and Cristal Union. Whereas glucose is the major North-American feedstock, sucrose is abundant in Europe and South-America, noted Marc Delcourt, CEO of Global Bioenergies.

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Cartagena orders 147 Scania Euro 6 natural gas buses

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The Colombian city of Cartagena has ordered 147 Scania Euro 6 gas buses for its new transport system as part of Scania’s largest deal to date on Euro 6 gas technology in South America. Scania will be the exclusive provider for two trunk lines for Cartagena’s new Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, called Transcaribe.

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Ford and Volkswagen expand global collaboration to include EVs, invest in Argo AI

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For Ford, using Volkswagen’s MEB architecture is part of its more than $11.5 As part of the transaction, Volkswagen also will purchase Argo AI shares from Ford for $500 million over three years. Volkswagen will supply MEB parts and components as part of the collaboration.

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Volkswagen to invest ~$1.2B in Zwickau plant to convert to pure e-mobility facility; MEB-based EVs

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As part of a projected €22.8 Ground-breaking, market-oriented SUV projects are planned for plants in Mexico, the USA, South America and Russia. billion (US$26.9 billion) investment in its plants worldwide, the Volkswagen Group will invest about €1 billion (US$1.2

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Volvo Group launches Quester heavy-duty truck range for growth markets

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UD Trucks, part of the Volvo Group, launched Quester, a new heavy-duty truck range developed specifically for growth markets. UD Trucks has served the Japanese market, and exported trucks to markets across Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle-East for many decades. To ensure best possible uptime, Quester is supported by an expanded and upgraded distribution network providing UD Genuine Service and UD Genuine Parts amongst others.

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Study finds megacity traffic soot can reach high altitudes and be transported over long distances, contributing to global warming

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The conurbation of the metropolitan area of La Paz/El Alto is one of the fastest growing urban settlements in South America with the particularity of being located in a very complex terrain at a high altitude. With Bogota (about 7 million inhabitants on 2640m), Quito (about 2 million inhabitants on 2850m) and La Paz/El Alto (about 2 million inhabitants between 3400 and 4100 m), several of the fast-growing cities in South America are located at high altitude.

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Volkswagen Group delivers more than 10M vehicles in one year for first time

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That is an outstanding performance and an impressive result, and all Group brands have played their part in achieving this despite at times very difficult market conditions. The company delivered 891,900 (890,600; +0.2%) vehicles in the North America region from January to December, of which 599,700 (611,800; -2.0%) were handed over to customers in the United States. Demand was particularly high in Western Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America.

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Audi newly to begin production in Brazil in 2015; $200M investment in Curitiba

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The plans for Brazil are part of Audi’s international expansion plans. Together with the new production in Brazil, Audi intends to significantly increase its deliveries of the brand in South America. Beginning in 2105, Audi AG will produce the new Audi Q3 and the new A3 Sedan on the premises of Volkswagen’s Curitiba plant in São José dos Pinhais, Brazil.

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New Nissan Versa hatchback to take cues from new Nissan Note

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As a part of Nissan North America’s offensive of five new models in 15 months, the sub-compact Versa hatchback will receive take design cues from the new Nissan Note, announced earlier today in Japan and other overseas markets. The Nissan Note, which will go on sale in Japan in September and Europe in 2013, hints at the design direction for the next Versa hatchback to be sold in the Americas.

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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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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. North America. South America. In the United States, Chevrolet was the best selling passenger car brand in 2011, thanks in large part to the success of the Cruze. General Motors Co. global sales rose to more than 9 million vehicles in 2011, a 7.6%

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Praxair partners with NEL ASA on hydrogen refueling network in Norway; invests in Uno-X JV

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As part of the agreement, Praxair’s Norwegian affiliate will aqcuire a 20% ownership interest in the joint venture. a Fortune 250 company with 2015 sales of $11 billion, is the largest industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide.

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Nissan unveils first Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell vehicle; fueled by ethanol, 600 km range

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The fuel cell prototype forms part of Nissan’s ongoing commitment to the development of zero-emission vehicles. These fuels are widely available in countries in North and South America, which feature widely established infrastructure.

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Volvo hybrid bus trials reach Brazil and Mexico

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Both South and Central America will play host to hybrid drive buses as part of a trial from Volvo. Now in South America test [.]. Earlier this year the company launched serial production of hybrid buses, the Volvo 7700 Hybrid and the double-decker Volvo B5L Hybrid, while securing orders for around 150 hybrid buses in Europe.

Navistar to take stake in Brazilian bus builder Neobus; to partner on fully integrated commercial buses for the Americas

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Working together, we can bring value to customers with an integrated solution for commercial bus markets in South America and North America. San Marino Onibus e Implementos Ltda develops vehicles for passenger transportation under the Neobus brand, exporting to the Americas, Africa and Middle East. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Navistar, Inc.

Ford pilots Ekso exoskeleton technology to help lessen chance of worker fatigue, injury

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Primary tools used with the vest vary by application, including applications that use no tools at all—just manipulating parts with hands overhead. Ford is working with California-based Ekso Bionics to test the use of exoskeleton technology for Ford assembly workers.

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TOAR shows present-day global ozone distribution and trends relevant to health; public database

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Ozone levels across much of North America and Europe dropped significantly between 2000 and 2014. People living in parts of southern Europe, South Korea and southern Japan and China also experienced more than 15 days a year of ozone levels above 70 ppb.

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EIA: US exports of distillate fuel continue to grow; refinery distillate yields up to about 28%

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According to the International Energy Agency, from 2000 through 2008 (the last year for which a complete set of global data exists), global diesel (also called gasoil in some parts of the world) consumption increased by 23%, while consumption of other petroleum products grew by 7%. In 2010, Central and South American countries imported about 311,000 bbl/d of US distillate fuel, 47% of total US distillate exports.

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Ford to introduce next version of AppLink next year for improved smartphone integration

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As part of the SmartDeviceLink project, Ford is working with Alibaba, a global consumer Internet service, to extend the group’s map, navigation and music services to vehicles. This next version of AppLink is part of Ford’s implementation of the open-source SmartDeviceLink technology that makes it easier for developers to create smartphone apps that are compatible with communications and entertainment systems from all automakers and suppliers.

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Mazda plans to increase production capacity in Mexico to 230K units from FY ending March 2016

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This production capacity increase is an important part of Mazda’s drive to strengthen its overseas production base as laid out in our medium- to long-term plan. The Mazda2 and Mazda3 models produced at the plant will be sold throughout North, Central and South America. Mazda Motor Manufacturing de Mexico S.A. de C.

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Study links ambient PM2.5 and ozone specifically caused by vehicle exhaust emissions to ~361,000 premature deaths worldwide in 2010 and ~385,000 in 2015

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Transportation-attributable health impacts declined in the United States, European Union, and Japan as vehicle emission standards have been implemented, but these reductions have been offset by growing impacts in China, India, and other parts of the world.

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Volkswagen Group: Foshan Plant Phase II mega-factory key for China; strengthening e-mobility strategy

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Moreover, among the new FAW-Volkswagen factories in Qingdao and Tianjin, Foshan will play a key part in the Group’s Roadmap E strategy. Through this mega-factory at the South China base of FAW-Volkswagen, we are fulfilling our promise to electrify China. The Volkswagen brand will assume responsibility for North America, South America and the Sub-Saharan region.

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It’s Time To Go To The Mattresses

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As an example of coal’s impact consider this: continued construction of coal-fired power plants will raise atmospheric carbon dioxide to a level at least approaching 500 ppm (parts per million).

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USGS new estimates of global undiscovered, technically recoverable conventional oil and natural gas, excluding US

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The assessment results indicate that about 75% of the undiscovered technically recoverable conventional oil of the world, exclusive of the United States, is in four regions: South America and the Caribbean (126 bbo); sub-Saharan Africa (115 bbo); the Middle East and North Africa (111 bbo); and the Arctic provinces portion of North America (61 bbo).

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Study: IMO low-sulfur fuel standards will decrease childhood asthma cases, premature deaths; climate tradeoffs

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from 35,000 parts per million (ppm) to 5,000 ppm. Some key regions include China, Singapore, Panama, Brazil and coastlines of Asia, Africa and South America.

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Preliminary Data Shows June 2009 Second Warmest on Record Globally; Global Sea Surface Temperature Hits June Record

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The warmest anomalies most notable in parts of Africa and most of Eurasia, with temperatures of 3°C (5°F) or more above average.

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Study: 87% of world’s population in 2013 lived in areas exceeding WHO PM2.5 guidelines

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increased by 20.4%, driven by trends in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and China, according to the team’s findings. from 1990–2013 with increases in most countries—except for modest decreases in North America, parts of Europe, and several countries in Southeast Asia.

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

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By offering the appropriate products we intend to achieve sustainable and profitable growth in very different parts of the world. Through subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia.

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Ford launches Hsuehshan Tunnel Transformer Challenge in Taiwan; Mobility Challenge Series 2.0

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As part of the challenge, Ford and the challenge cosponsor, the Institute for Information Industry of Taiwan, are providing resources to developers to help them find new ways to increase traffic efficiency. Building on the success of Ford’s Innovate Mobility Challenge Series (IMCS) 1.0

Petrobras sells sugar, ethanol and petrochemical assets for US$587 million

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PetroquímicaSuape and Citepe are fully-owned subsidiaries of Petrobras and form part of the company’s Chemical-Textile Industrial Complex in Ipojuca, in the state of Pernambuco. The group specializes in transforming raw materials into sugar, ethanol, alcohol and starch and has 24,000 employees at 42 industrial units across Europe, South America, the Indian Ocean, Africa and Asia. Brazil’s Petrobras closed two asset sales for the total sum of US$587 million.

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Roskill: predominance of lithium production shifting to mineral vs brine, driven by volume requirements of EVs

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In large part, this has been driven by investment in exploration within the mineral sector, and the hunt for lithium-bearing pegmatites in Australia, Canada and Europe, and lithium-bearing clay deposits in the US and Mexico. Brine resources have also grown, the result of significant investment in Argentina, the nation that has seen the greatest exploration activity of the three countries covering the lithium triangle in South America.

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