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General Motors bought some 2 million vehicles abroad this 12 months, a drastic improvement, however understand that the global auto market is heating up, with other new market entrants. The weak figures come on the heels of stories last week that US auto security regulators opened a preliminary investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot self-driving know-how after a fatal crash in Florida involving a Model S. Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India’s Activa has an almost 50% share within the country’s scooter market.

Bloomberg’s Polina Noskova checked in with one in every of these market watchers U.S. sales of automobiles and lightweight vans this 12 months will fall wanting 2015’s document in the first annual decline in seven years, LMC Automotive stated in a revised estimate that cites ‘latest plateauing’ of deliveries and ‘rising economic and political threat,’” she reported.

This would shrink the demand for vehicles, and cut back their perceived worth to little greater than nameless ‘pods’. Maruti Suzuki India , the business chief with a 47% market share, noticed its gross sales grow 11.5% on the 12 months to a report 1.305 million units.

First off, the slowdown seems to be like one only in comparison to the go-go progress charges put in in the course of the first half of the last decade, and when China toppled the US as the highest market for new car gross sales. At a convention on the sidelines of the Detroit auto show, the rivals outlined their methods for an period of slower progress and rapid shifts in technology and consumer behavior. Auto Protection gives aftermarket warranties for sports activities automobiles even when the car just isn’t at the moment covered by the factory warranty.

The May issue ends with the regular ahead model calendar, compiled by Glenn Brooks, which lists each new automobile mannequin that will likely be coming to market within the subsequent 12 months and highlights three which we expect will likely be particularly vital: Peugeot 2008, one other challenger to the Nissan Juke, Opel/Vauxhall Cascada a mid-sized tender-prime, and BMW’s hatchback addition to the highest of the Series 3 vary, the new Gran Turismo (GT).