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GM Replacing 88% of Lineup By 2020

General Motors should gain market share by replacing 88% of its light-duty lineup by 2020, while Volkswagen and Korean automakers are relying too heavily on cars with consumer demand shifting toward SUVs and trucks, according to a Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst.

UK Awards Funding for Driverless Car Integration

Innovate UK has announced that "UK Autodrive "a consortium of local authorities, the UK’s leading technology and automotive businesses and academic institutions, has won the UK Government’s £10m "Introducing Driverless Cars" competition.

Fleet Natural Gas Vehicle Adoption Slow

Commercial fleets have been slow to add natural gas vehicles to their fleets globally due to the significant upfront purchase cost and relatively high cost of conversion, according to a new research report.

Forecast of Fleet Operating Costs for 2010 Calendar-Year

Fuel costs, the largest fleet operating expense, declined dramatically in the 2009 calendar-year due to a sharp decline in worldwide fuel consumption. Also, many fleets downsized, due to widespread corporate layoffs, which lowered overall fuel spend. However, maintenance and repair costs increased in 2009, primarily due to vehicles kept in service for longer periods as a result of corporations slashing capital expenditures. Open the blog for a forecast of 2010 operating cost trends.

AutoPacific: Americans Keeping Cars Longer

Survey shows that 59 percent of new car buyers do not intend to shop for a new vehicle in four years or more. This is an almost 13 percent increase from a 2005 survey.