Chinese online retail giant Alibaba has created a giant cat-shaped vending machine to help consumers book and take out vehicles for test drives. Ford is heavily involved in the project.
UK vehicle sales fall for the 9th straight months, but the annual figure is still one of the highest in a decade and EV sales rose dramatically.
Saudi Arabia could see 60,000 new vehicle sales per year with the removal of the ban on women drivers.
Misleading labelling and confusion over ATF specifications have been revealed in the Petroleum Quality Institute of America's Automatic Transmission Fluid Survey.
The global legislative drive to reduce the burn of fossil fuels and enhance air quality is setting challenges for the lubricants industry as OEMs are forced to seek alternative power sources for vehicles and other modes of transport. How the industry responds will be critical over the next few years.
As the lubes industry continues to grow, the influence of a fragile global economy and unpredictable political outcomes in Europe and elsewhere may yet derail the positive market.
As the US DOE invests in new research aimed at understanding powertrain efficiency through automated and connected vehicles, Indian scientists question the rigour of new passenger car fuel consumption standards.
Growth in the automotive sector and purchasing power of consumers is increasing the lubricants market.
Experts at the Detroit Fuel Economy conference believe there is a bright future for the internal combustion engine with greater efficiencies to come.
Masternaut are launching an OEM fuel economy database while Peugeot-Citroen will publish real-world fuel economy figures.
Computer hackers demonstrate how they can control a Jeep remotely, prompting calls for legislation in the US.
Automobili Lamborghini Sant’Agata Bolognese factory is the first company to get Co2 neutral certification.
The UNITI Conference provided thought-provoking insights into the future of the European and global automotive and lubricants industries - from multiple propulsion solutions to ultra-thin engine oils.
Thatcham made an impact without making an impact as nearly 50 fleet and transport managers from all industry sectors joined their live Auto Braking and Driver Assistance demonstrations.
China's latest clampdown on pollution and vehicle emissions, along with volatile domestic and export sales of cars and trucks, is creating challenges for both lubes producers and vehicle makers.
Russia's poor automarket will see GM idle its plant in St. Petersburg while Nissan has suspended its production for 16 days, but Ford is deepening its ties in the country.
Russia’s automotive lubricants consumption is set to grow by around 3% annually, according to a report.
Toyota will evaluate the performance of new power semi-conductors that use a silicon carbide (SiC) material, fitted to a Camry hybrid saloon prototype and a hydrogen fuel cell-powered bus.
Despite falling sales for many of China's automakers some fared better than others
Light vehicle sales in the US continue to rise, but buying habits are definitely changing according to a new report.
Audi's driverless concept car clocks up 550 miles while Mercedes has built the driverless F015 which has a zero-emission hydrogen-electric hybrid engine and Bosch has developed an automated system for cars in traffic jams.
Thatcham Research Future Vehicle Engineer, Andrew Hooker, examines the tensions for automakers in the Chinese market. In particular challenge of low-grade metals and lube recycling on the country's accident repair industry.
New research predicts independent lubricants manufacturers' market will reach US$8.5bn by 2019.
OATS launches a dynamic new data platform - earlFUSION; the Eurozone could slide back into recession; Russian sanctions bite on automotive industry and the spread of Ebola virus could take a massive toll.
Car accidents happen at different times and in different ways depending on gender, according to a study from Kansa State University.
OEMs need to work on new driveline technology to meet consumer demands in the four-wheel-drive market.
EU regulators are trying to close loopholes in fuel saving and emissions credentials, while MIT reveals fall in US fuel consumption for light vehicles.
Heavy duty trucks which operate night and day may be putting a strain on their engine oil, according to Chevron.
Japanese car manufacturers and universities have teamed up to further improve engine efficiency
New European Commission regulation on emissions for trucks and buses has met with criticism from trade bodies
Sales of domestic commercial vehicles in India declined 20.2 per cent in 2013-14
China's economic growth has significant bonuses for the lubes and automotive industries but could be constrained by the challenges of pollution and emissions control. Domestic manufacturers could fail in the EV sector against overseas rivals.
The latest Kline report ranks India third after the US and China in the global lubricants market.
PSA is set to launch its new battery-free petrol car technology but is looking for a new partner to help meet the 2016 production schedule.
Policy makers are keen to curb smog in China's increasingly polluted capital with further radical measures on vehicle ownership.
PMIs are generally on the up, despite the threat to the world's economy from the US Budget battle. Automotive PMI is volatile and lubes marketers will need all the digital support then can get.
An internal combustion engine has been developed that emits less than half the CO2 of a regular engine.
CADA to investigate luxury car brand pricing to mainland China
China's slowing economy reflected in national auto sales
Chinese Academy proposes scrapping of monopolies to promote fair trade.
Indian automakers and oil companies remain divided over new fuel emission norms.
What would happen if US consumers follow Europe's diesel consumption and petrol reduction lead? How will the trend for Always On technology impact lubes marketing in developing nations.
A paper from Roland Berger's Bill Downey published after the London ICIS Conference 2013 which examines how changes in the global auto industry will affect the lubricants sector.
Beijing's smog problem is reaching dangerous levels, but should the government be looking to the automotive and oil industries to solve the problem?
A generally positive outlook for 2013 for the global economy and the oil and lubricants sectors, but the legislators are likely to be the key influencers.
ECL has announced the formation of a new subsidiary in Germany.
BMW stops deliveries of 2013 modes in M5 and M6 performance range after an oil pump issue. Toyota to recall millions of cars globally for window switch problem
The Second Half of 2012 is set for growth in China's auto market, but dealer inventories continue to expand.
A new report from ACEA shows general satisfaction of car and commercial vehicle owners with aftermarket dealerships and repairers
The US has filed a complaint against China's level import tariffs, while the EC thinks the S Korea agreement may be one-way traffic.
VW has taken a controlling stake in Porsche as the German Group continues to grow its worldwide market
A UK-based joint project is set to develop the viability of low-cost electric motors for vehicles that reduce the need for expensive elements.
Volvo details its new heavy truck natural gas engine for the American market.
Shell technologists are calling on the lubes industry to think differently when it comes to commercial vehicle specs
Stricter emissions regs in China's auto industry is driving up the cost of Palladium.
Audi is looking to the China market to boost sales beyond 1.5m as BMW opens new dealerships to play catch-up.
The emissions catalyst market is set to benefit significantly as global passenger car sales continue to grow over the next five years say new reports.
New regulations make make recalls and suspension more common for vehicles in China
State researchers predict an upswing in China's car sales.
Overloading of trucks is causing havoc on China's roads, but tougher penalties are looming.
Beijing is set to introduce a vehicle scrappage scheme in an effort to reduce pollution as JD Power predicts boom in China car sales
Bentley has seen record sales in China as local manufacturers push to increase sales
Auto manufacturers are increasingly turning to lubes R&D to help drive fuel efficiency according to Shell.
The European Commission has published its White Paper on Tranport, setting goals for the EU to 2050.
The Japanese environmental disaster, combined with a slowing global economy and short-term auto production slowdown, could still benefit the lubes industry.
An Electric Rolls Royce concept includes innovative battery and transmission technology.
Report from Russia and Ukraine suggests more attention should be paid to MTBE and ETBE factor co-efficients in gasoline pricing.
ExxonMobil will continue as GM's US lubes supplier for the next five years as Mobil1 gains global DEXOS licence, but Chevron and CITGO will not go for dexos licences.
The North American finished lubes and automotive consumer markets are recovering, but it will be a slow process according to Kline.
Lubrizol has released a report on the role of engine oils in improving fuel economy in Europe.
GM's Dexos specification testing to be funded by licence and blending fees.
Aramco expands its Yanbu refinery; Shell and BP consolidate in Africa; Chevron contracts but expands in Sri Lanka; better news for Fuchs; Ford sells Volvo to China; Renault-Nissan join forces with Daimler; and Afton buys Polartech.
Big promises at the Climate Change conference, but what impact on fuel and lubes? Algae based fuel for the US Navy; new fluid power research shows promise; and there are innovations in lubricants and transmissions.
Drivetrains and transmissions lead this month's innovation including an gasoline engine with diesel efficiency and a GKN LSD for the Mazda 'hot hatch'. Dow launches its biodegradable range and Petronas' Urania goes global.
The ACC shows slight encouragement for the chemical industry's production index, but ACEA can't lift the gloom for the European auto makers and calls for urgent help for the commercial vehicle sector. There's also an interesing report on the Nanocatalyst market.
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