The IHS Automotive Blog | Driven by Polk

Presidential Candidates: Support the Economy by Making Automotive a Priority

It is a presidential election year, which is creating a flood of advertisements along with politicians pounding on podiums to convince voters they are the best candidate for the job. Politicians present their plans to turn the United States economy around and create jobs. Both parties discuss plans to invest in small companies and sexy high tech companies such as Facebook, and mobile devices including phones and tablets. Too often, they fail to discuss plans to attract and retain...
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Assembly Allocation to Mexico will Grow at Canada's Expense

The Polk forecasting team is in a position to report good news as the North American assembly and sales volumes continue to improve year over year. This is the direct result of modest economic improvement and the satisfaction of pent-up demand. Polk anticipates North American assembly volumes will increase by 10% (14.4 M) in 2012, following a 10% increase in 2011 (13.1 M) and a 39% increase in 2010 (12M), following a dreadful fall to 8.6 million units in 2009. However, there is at least one...
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China Leads World in Global Light Vehicle Assembly Growth

Presenting challenges and opportunities to automotive suppliers There has been a great deal of media coverage regarding the growth in new vehicle demand in the BRIC countries, with much of that growth taking place in China. This is related to a growing Chinese middle class with growing net worth, which is creating a market of many first-time new vehicle buyers. However, there has been less attention provided to the rapidly growing light vehicle assembly volumes in China as automakers are...
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