Auto investment avoids the crash

Investment in the automotive sector was only slightly down in the first nine months of 2009, a boost for an industry hit by a relentless stream of damaging headlines.

China ramps up auto spending

Recent activity shows that China is growing as a source of outward investment in the automotive industry, as well as continuing to be a key global destination market.

Electric dreams

Kentucky’s governor is planning to make the state ‘the epicentre of the US’s automobile industry’ by focusing on its production of batteries for electric cars. Karen E Thuermer reports.

From a spark to a flame

Could electric vehicles re-energise the flagging US auto sector and help fuel economic revival in the rust belt? Lillie Guyer examines the initiatives which encourage battery manufacture and how companies are responding.

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