Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by
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...
Monday, July 9, 2012 by
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...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by
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...