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Plunkett's Automobile Industry Trends & Statistics 2013: A Summary Version Of Plunkett's Automobile Industry Almanac 2013

5) Electric Cars and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) Enter Market in Low Numbers 11

6) Major Research in Advanced Lithium Batteries 14

7) Clean Diesel Technology Gains Acceptance 15

8) Natural Gas Powered Vehicles off to a Slow Start 16

9) Ethanol Production Soars, But U.S. Federal Subsidy in Question 17

10) Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Power Research Continues 21

11) Outsourcing of Automobile Component Manufacturing/Design 24

12) "Optimum Lean Production" Saves Manufacturing Costs 25

13) China Becomes the World's Largest Auto Market/Sales Rise in India 26

14) Focus on Safety Improvements by Automakers/Google Car Drives Itself 29

15) Super-Expensive Cars are Pushed by Manufacturers/Luxury Car Market Is Highly

Competitive 30

16) Rethinking SUVs/Small Sedans and Crossovers Gain Market Share 31

17) Big News in Small Cars 32

18) Car and Bike Sharing Programs and Mobility Services Proliferate 33

19) Wireless Information Systems Surge Ahead in Vehicles: Telematics, ITS and Real-

Time Traffic Information 34

20) Ford Sync and Microsoft Software Race to Bring Onboard Apps to New Car Buyers/In-Car

Internet Grows 37

Chapter 2: Automobile Industry Statistics 39

Automotive Industry Overview 40

General Motors Corporation Overview 41

Ford Motor Company Overview 42

Toyota Motor Corporation Overview 43

Daimler Overview 44

Honda Motor Company Overview 45

New Vehicle Sales by Vehicle Type, U.S.: 2007-2011 46

Highest Fuel Economy by Vehicle Class: 2012 Model Year 47

Lowest Fuel Economy by Vehicle Class: 2012 Model Year 48

Personal Transportation Expenditures, U.S.: 2005-2011 49

Average Miles Per Gallon vs. Horsepower, U.S.: 1975-2011 50

Automobile Driving Costs, U.S.: 2012 51

Highway Vehicle Miles Traveled, U.S., Monthly: January 1990-March 2012 52

Motor Vehicle Traffic Accidents in the U.S. by Type of Vehicle & Person: 2001-2010 53

International Retail Premium Gasoline Prices: August 1996-August 2012 54

Retail On-Highway Diesel vs. Regular Gasoline Prices, U.S.: January 1995-July 2012 55

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