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FEATURE-Truckers' secret to fuel efficiency: take it easy  

By Nick Carey EAST DUBUQUE, Illinois, May 25 (Reuters) - Mario Enriquez says there's no real trick to getting great fuel mileage in a big truck. "Just take it easy," says the 61-year-old native of El Paso, who's driven an 18-wheeler for 11 years. "I don't gun the engine, I just gradually give it the gas."...More

Daimler teams up with China's Baidu in connected cars drive  

FRANKFURT, May 25 (Reuters) - German carmaker Daimler is to make software from web services company Baidu available in its Chinese Mercedes-Benz cars as part of a trend of deepening ties between carmakers and consumer technology companies. Carmakers are seeking to extend information and entertainment services available in vehicles, as well as smartphone compatibility, in an era of increasingly congested traffic. Daimler and Chinese tech giant Baidu announced their tie-up on Monday at consumer electronics show CES in Shanghai....More

Indonesia's 2015 motorcycle sales seen down at least 13 pct - Industry body  

JAKARTA, May 25 (Reuters) - Indonesia's motorcycle sales in 2015 are expected to reach 6.8 million units at most, the Indonesia Motorcycle Association said on Monday, down 13 percent from around 7.8 million units sold in 2014 and below an earlier target of 7.7 million. "We see this adjustment as important because community buying power has declined," association resident Gunadi Sindhuwinata told reporters. (Reporting by Hidayat Setiaji; Writing by Fergus Jensen; Editing by Prateek Chatterjee)...More

BMW, Nissan to expand green cars plug-in network in S.Africa  

CAPE TOWN, May 25 (Reuters) - The South African units of BMW and Nissan will build a national grid for electric and hybrid cars to expand sales of vehicles that could reduce pollution in Africa's top auto market. The two companies will roll out fast-charging stations from now until 2017 which BMW and Nissan cars can use to power up. Nissan introduced its all-electric Leaf in South Africa in 2013, while BMW launched its i3 and i8 models in March....More

Thai business sentiment at 7-mth low, auto sales slump clocks 2 years  

* Domestic car sales down 26.2 pct y/y in April * Auto sales seen below target this year as economy slows By Kitiphong Thaichareon and Orathai Sriring BANGKOK, May 25 (Reuters) - A slump in car sales in Thailand reached two years in April, while business sentiment hit a seven-month low, the Federation of Thai Industries said on Monday....More

BRIEF-Lifan Industry to raise up to 5.2 bln yuan in private placement  

May 25 (Reuters) - Lifan Industry Group Co Ltd * Says plans to raise up to 5.2 billion yuan ($838.57 million)in private placement of shares to fund new energy projects * Says trading of shares to resume on May 26 Source text in Chinese:; Further company coverage: ($1 = 6.2010 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Hong Kong and Singapore newsrooms)...More

French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on May 25  

PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) - Below are company-related news and stories from French and Benelux media which could have an impact on the region's markets or individual stocks. RENAULT The Turkish arm of French carmaker Renault on Saturday offered concessions including a cash lump sum to striking workers if they return to work. LVMH /KERING /L'OREAL...More

Slovak Republic - Factors To Watch on May 25  

BRATISLAVA, May 25 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financial markets on Monday. ALL TIMES GMT (Slovak Republic: GMT + 2 hours) =========================ECONOMIC DATA========================= Real-time economic data releases................... Previous stories on Slovak data............ Overview of economic data and forecasts............More

BRIEF-YAZDA says GAZ decreased its stake in company to 79.94%  

May 25 (Reuters) - YAZDA OJSC : * Says GAZ decreased its stake in company to 79.94 pct from 89.97 pct Source text: Further company coverage:, (Gdynia Newsroom)...More

Ryder shares could rise 30 percent in a year - Barron's  

May 25 (Reuters) - Ryder System Inc's shares could rise 30 percent in a year as the truck rental company continues to attract first-time leases and expands its out-sourced maintenance services, Barron's financial newspaper said in its latest issue. Ryder looks likely to grow its earnings at a double-digit clip over the next few years, while the S&P 500's earnings growth has recently slowed to near zero, the newspaper said. (
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