Stagnant sales are reflected in the decline of the industry’s 5-million-unit plant capacity to 60%-65%. Large discounts and even larger incentives have squeezed profit margins, forcing many automakers to shelve investment plans....More
Prospects for hybrids in India look good for two reasons: The cars may offer relief from rapidly rising costs of conventional fuels, and government subsidies may help offset relatively high ownership and operation costs....More
Auto makers looking for a way to kick-start sales want the government to roll back excise-duty rates to 2008 levels, and introduce compulsory scrapping of passenger vehicles at least 15 years old....More
During the 2009 downturn, most of the manufacturers curtailed spending and stopped adding capacity, only to be caught unawares when the market recovered in 2010. They do not intend to repeat that mistake....More
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