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Sub-Prime Auto Loan Delinquencies Continue to Rise, but Experts Provide Divergent Views of Impact

Nearly one year ago, we wrote about auto loan delinquencies’ potential impact on the automotive industry. Now, car sales are falling and auto loan delinquencies are making headlines again, with a growing number of subprime...more

Governments Pursue Legislation to Bolster Electric Vehicle Usage

Around the world, governments are considering how to spur electric vehicle adoption and usage. One area of focus is infrastructure development. In the United Kingdom, the Queen’s Speech included the announcement of an...more

Cities Plan for Future of Autonomous Cars

One year ago, we posted about the National Association of City Officials’s (NACTO) policy recommendations for autonomous vehicles. NACTO focused on the projected infrastructure requirements for autonomous vehicles. Now, the...more

Fans Rejoice: The Fate of the Furious Delivers

Taking a break from our regular legal and business analysis, this post focuses on a different type of industry topic. As a long-time fan of The Fast and the Furious franchise and a lover of all things automotive, I anxiously...more

4/19/2017  /  Automotive Industry , Cars , Movies

Car Industry Focuses on Luring Younger Buyers as Millennials Shift Attitudes on Car Ownership

For years, we have been reading articles about how teen licensing rates are falling (from 88.6 percent in 1996 to 71.2 percent in 2015). We have also seen much hand wringing about millennials forgoing car ownership in favor...more

Geneva Auto Show Showcases Europe’s Supercars, Crossover Vehicles Amid Hope for 2017 Sales

Europe’s Geneva Auto Show ended March 19, demonstrating to the world that Europe continues to dream up some of the best supercars in the world. Supercars making waves at the show included Lamborghini’s impressive, muscular...more

Car Technologies Capture Attention, Excitement at CES 2017

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, automotive technology continued its growing role at the show and shared the spotlight with virtual and augmented reality systems, video recording toothbrushes, and smart home products...more

More Auto Companies Bet on Car-Sharing

Auto companies around the world have announced partnerships with car-sharing companies, or created their own car-sharing platforms. Toyota announced in October that it is investing in car-sharing service Getaround....more

European Union Posts September Car Sales Record, Asian Markets Continue to Grow

New car sales in Europe grew by 7.3% in September, marking a new record for September. This growth continued despite concerns over Brexit. In the first nine months of 2016, European Union passenger auto registrations grew by...more

10/28/2016  /  Asia , Automotive Industry , EU , Sales

Could Rise in Auto Loan Delinquencies Signal Cooldown in Auto Industry?

The summer yielded mixed economic signals for the auto industry. On the plus side, U.S. unemployment rates and interest rates remain low. However, auto sales at several auto manufacturers, including Ford and GM, slipped in...more

As Consumers Flock Towards Connected Cars, The Wireless Industry Benefits

It is no secret that consumers are increasingly focused on connected cars. In a survey of consumers by Accenture, over 50% of consumers surveyed were already using some connected car services, 57% of those surveyed would like...more

European Commission Sets “Low-Emission Mobility” Strategy, Aiming for Zero-Emission Vehicles

Last month the European Commission continued its drive towards reducing carbon emissions by releasing a low-emission mobility strategy. The strategy identifies key transportation initiatives of the European Commission and...more

City Transportation Officials Weigh-in on Automated Vehicles

Then National Association of City Transportation Officials (“NACTO”) released its policy recommendations for automated vehicles on June 23, 2016. Although much of the discussion to date has focused on the safety and...more

Most Frequently Hacked Industries Now Includes Manufacturing

Second only to health care, the manufacturing industry is now one of the most frequently hacked industries (according to IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index). And more importantly, automotive manufacturing was the...more

As Analysts Predict Slowdown In Sales Growth, Auto China 2016 Showcases Rise of SUVs in China

Many of the stories coming out of Auto China 2016 are showcasing the SUVs and luxury SUVs at the show. Highlights include SUVs and crossover SUVs concepts from VW (VW T-Prime Concept GTW), Infiniti (QX Sport Inspiration),...more

Automakers Report Increased March U.S. Sales, But is the Pace of Growth Slowing?

Automakers closed out the first quarter with a 3 percent increase over last year’s March sales and 1.59 million cars sold. Some highlights of the 2016 versus 2015 sales numbers include...more

European Commissioner for Transport Focuses on Connected Cars as Part of Continuing Road Safety Strategy

In 2010, the EU set an ambitious goal of halving traffic deaths in 2020. As part of these ongoing efforts to increase road safety, on Thursday the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc published a report on road...more

American Car Manufacturers Benefiting From Surge in European SUV Sales

After closing out 2015 with over 9 percent sales growth year over year, European auto sales have continued to rise in January and February. Western Europe car sales rose 14 percent in February, following a January passenger...more

Auto Industry Record Breaking Sales Close Out 2015

The automotive industry ended 2015 with a bang, breaking the record with nearly 17.5 million sales of cars and light trucks. This tops the previous record of 17.35 million cars in 2000. In all, American consumers spent $570...more

California Proposes Regulations On Deployment of Autonomous Cars

California’s DMV recently released preliminary regulations on self-driving cars—and proposed a ban on cars without a driver on board. The rules stem from a 2012 law ordering the DMV to issue rules on autonomous vehicles. The...more

U.S. Auto Companies Report Best October in 10+ Years, Head Toward Record Year

The auto industry posted the strongest October sales in ten years—and even longer for some U.S. companies. The industry is capitalizing on low interest rates and low fuel prices across the U.S. to drive record sales....more

European Auto Sales Remain Strong, While Chinese Auto Sales Continue to Sink

As we posted earlier this year, car sales in the European auto industry have been on the upswing for nearly two years. This continued in July as sales rose in Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. Spain posted the biggest gain,...more

EU Seeks to Balance Emissions Controls and Global Competitiveness

The European Union has placed a growing emphasis on climate change policies in recent years, and the week of June 15–19 marks the 10th annual European Union Sustainable Energy Week focusing on “sustainable mobility,”...more

Car Hacking Concerns Re-enter the News

Following on the heels of Senator Ed Markey’s report released in February, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent letters on Thursday to NHTSA and various auto manufacturers regarding cybersecurity. The letters seek...more

Automotive Battery Industry Expands Its Horizons to Other Applications

As previously discussed on this blog, the automotive industry is pushing to develop new and improved batteries and charging and power systems for cars. Now, the automotive industry is setting its sights on improving batteries...more

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