Global automotive industry is expected to record sales in 2011

PricewaterhouseCoopers forecasts that in 2011 the volume of car production worldwide could grow by 6%, resulting in global auto industry will reach a record 75.3 million vehicles. In many respects it will be linked to the continuing growth in demand for new cars in India and China.
At the same time, some impact will a gradual recovery in the U.S. market. Another positive trend is a worldwide increase in demand for premium brands. However, it should be noted that in the European Union market recovery has been slow, which is undoubtedly due to the cessation of government recycling programs to stimulate markets. There is considerable likelihood that the top of the year, emerging markets will outperform developed nations in terms of production cars. In other words, the engine of growth of production in emerging markets will be the Asia-Pacific region, where the foundations of growth will be laid in the first place the Chinese market, where sales results exceeded all possible expectations.
At the same time opportunities in developed markets will remain limited. In addition, a role played by Russia and Thailand. Thus, Russia’s contribution to world output growth in the period from 2010 to 2017-th-th years can amount to about 7%.


2011 Chrysler 300 Sedan makes its world premiere

The new Chrysler 300 made its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show this week. The American auto giant’s new flagship sedan features a more aerodynamic profile, distinctive LED-illuminated running lamps, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, luxurious interior and massive 8.4-inch Touch infotainment center.

The windshield on the 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan has been raked back 3 inches for improved aerodynamics and rolled-framed doors along with thinner pillars improve outward visibility by 15 percent according to Chrysler.

Under the hood of the Chrysler 300 and 300 Limited models is a 292 horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine which boasts 36 percent more torque (260 lb.-ft.) than the previous entry level 2.7 liter V6 and an improvement in fuel economy of up to 8 percent.

The more powerful Chrysler 300C variation packs a punchy 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine delivering 363 horsepower, 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 6 seconds and gets fuel economy of up to 25 mpg on the highway courtesy of “Fuel Saver Technology” which shifts between a high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode and V-8 mode.

There’s also an AWD Chrysler 300C which features an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system which automatically switches between rear-wheel drive and AWD to improve fuel economy by up to 5 percent.

The 300 has a Garmin navigation system onboard and its Uconnect Touch infotainment center features 8.4-inch touchscreen, while the SIRIUS Travel Link promises to keep the driver up-to-date with real-time weather reports and fuel prices.

New active safety features include adaptive-forward lighting, Forward Collision Warning and Blind-spot Monitoring.

The 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan will arrive on showroom floors in Spring and are said to start at $27,995 for the standard 300 model. The 2011 Chrysler 300 Series will be available in the U.S in four models: Chrysler 300, 300 Limited, 300C and 300C AWD.

Electric cars are becoming more popular

Almost every day we learn of the progress in the development of practical electric cars. Progress does not mean much, however, if nobody is buying things. With this in mind, ZPryme Research & Consulting recently conducted an online survey of 1,046 men and women in the U.S., asking how he felt about various aspects of the purchase of an EV (electric vehicle).
First, only 8.5 percent of respondents said they were very willing to buy an electric vehicle in the next two years, while 28.7 percent are considered unlikely. Of the remaining respondents somewhat or very unlikely, 25.8 percent said they were somewhat likely to buy an electric vehicle in the next five years.

Why one?

The main reason for buying an electric vehicle would be the price of the vehicle, according to 66. 8 percent of respondents, with a fuel that comes in the number two reasons, at 50.4 percent. Although not cited as a reason for buying an electric vehicle 64. 1 percent of respondents were very or somewhat likely to purchase within the next two years, said that environmental concerns are very important to them. Of those who were very or somewhat unlikely to buy, only 32.4 percent were very concerned about the environment.

Of all respondents, 31.1 percent said they would be willing to pay more for an EV to a conventional vehicle, with 12.6 percent said they would be willing to pay up to $ 5,000 more, and 5.2 percent saying it would pay $ 10,000 more.

Range and charging time

In the very likely that something within the group of two to five years, 33.7 percent said that 400 miles (644 km) would be a sufficient range, 33. 3 percent were willing to settle for 300 miles (483 km). When it was acceptable load times, 32.1 percent indicated that four hours, 18.1 percent indicated that 6 hours, and 20.0 percent is expected for the 8. If it were possible to pay a premium to load the fastest car, 87. 4 percent said they would opt for it. The ability to charge an EV at home is also big business, with 93.2 percent described it as very important.

What was to buy

In terms of brands and models … so, people will not buy a car if you are unaware of its existence. When asked that electric vehicles that he had heard, those interviewed include the Chevrolet Volt (53.1 percent), Ford Focus EV (49.1 percent), Nissan Leaf (30.8 percent) and Tesla Roadster (16.8 percent) – brands such as BYD and ZAP Sat somewhere under 5 percent. When he reached the automaker to which respondents would like to buy an electric vehicle for five brands are: Ford (17.8 percent), Toyota (16.7 percent), Chevrolet (16.0 percent), Honda (12.6 percent) and Nissan (7.1 percent).

Regional Differences

While there were no major differences in how receptive people in different geographic quadrants were to electric vehicles, the Western states were the most welcoming, with 40. 1 percent of the respondents were categorized as likely to buy an electric vehicle. The south and the northeastern U.S. came in next at 37.3 and 37 percent, respectively, with the center-west of the entrance to the lowest in 35.3 percent.

What to do

At the end of its 71-page report on the results of the survey, ZPryme makes some predictions about what will happen to electric vehicles to be widely accepted. On the one hand, it is suggested, the vehicles must be integrated with the Internet, wireless networks, telematics, smart phones and users. The “likely” group is apparently a techie group, and would be more interested in vehicles that take full advantage of current technologies.

A smart grid that manages municipal energy systems will also be essential in order to avoid becoming burnt and black-outs due to the overloading of all charging battery. Similarly, the pricing of infrastructure will be put in place, allowing users a lot of opportunities for recharging in the field, but also at home. That the burden should also be required less frequently, with the development of low-cost batteries that can go from 250 to 350 miles (402 to 563 km) on a single charge. The low-cost batteries should help reduce the total price of an electric vehicle to a conventional vehicle, which is another challenge that the reports must be met.

Finally, and not surprisingly, Zpryme suggests that “consumer education is at the heart of the EV adoption.” Whatever progress is made in the EV connectivity, coverage, convenience and price, consumers will not buy electric cars if they are holding in their old misconceptions.