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Brazil overtakes Germany as 4th biggest car market

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

Brazil this year overtook Germany as the fourth-biggest car market in the world — and foreign investors see huge potential as the Latin American giant becomes increasingly prosperous.

At the end of 2010, a total of 3.45 million vehicles are forecast to have been sold in Brazil, nearly 10 percent more than last year, according to the national automobile manufacturers’ association Anfavea.

That would position Brazil behind China, the United States and Japan in sales of cars and light trucks, and just ahead of Germany.

“This in itself is already big attraction for a growing market, with a low density of vehicles per inhabitant,” Anfavea president Cledorvino Belini told AFP.

File photo of traffic on the Tiete highway, one of the ring roads most prone to traffic-jams in in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He explained that Brazil, with a population of 192 million, had approximately one vehicle per seven residents, leaving plenty of room for growth.

There are some 30 million vehicles in total in Brazil, and the world’s big car companies expect that fleet to balloon as the country’s economic boom creates more consumers.

Europe and the United States, in contrast, are seen as saturated markets with minimal growth prospects.

Brazil “is a market that should keep growing over coming years, and that is attracting a lot of investment,” said Belini, who is also the head of the Brazilian subsidiary for Italy’s Fiat.

“We have competent workers. We also have all the primary materials for our product,” along with a dynamic economy, controlled inflation and easy credit for car-buyers, he said.

To underline the corporate optimism in Brazil, Fiat last week announced it was building a second factory in the country to the tune of 1.8 billion dollars. That was part of a 5.9-billion-dollar investment plan for Brazil that Fiat is rolling out between 2011 and 2014.

Fiat is intent of keeping its number one status in the Brazilian market, where it accounts for 23.1 percent of sales.

Germany’s Volkswagen is a close second with 22.7 percent, and US group General Motors is in third place with 21.2 percent, according to the national car dealers’ federation.

In terms of manufacturing, Brazil is the sixth-biggest vehicle producer in the world, turning out 3.64 million units under 17 different brands.

That base looks set to expand further with South Korea’s Hyundai and China’s Chery poised to also open factories.

That highlights Brazil’s enviable dual role as both Latin America’s biggest market, and “a production and development hub” for the region, Belini said.

Sixty percent of Brazil’s auto exports go to Argentina, while another 20 percent go to other parts of the continent, Anfavea said.

In terms of vehicle imports, 50 percent come from Argentina, 22 percent from South Korea and China, 10 percent from Mexico and 6.5 percent from Europe and the United States.

The panorama could change, though, as Brazil’s currency, the real, continues to soar against the dollar and the euro. That makes imported vehicles sought after by class-conscious Brazilians more affordable, and makes Brazilian exported vehicles more costly.

“We are feeling difficulties in competing in foreign markets, and at the same time imports are growing,” Belini admitted.

For now, however, the situation is rosy, with 780,000 vehicles being sold abroad, 64 percent more than 2009.

Source: SGGP

Colombia arrests third suspect in car bomb attack

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 7:26 am

BOGOTA, Aug 18, 2010 (AFP) – Colombian investigators have arrested a man suspected of involvement in an August 12 car bomb attack north of Bogota, outside a Spanish radio station, the prosecutor’s office here said.

The suspect, identified as Edison Moreno, is accused of helping prepare the vehicle that was used in the attack, officials said.

He was arrested south of Bogota, after being identified by other suspects in the case who have always admitted forging license plates for the stolen car used in the attack.

Investigators have not yet named those they suspect of masterminding the attack, which injured eight and did extensive damage to the nearby buildings, including a building housing the offices of Radio Caraco, a subsidiary of Spain’s Grupo Prisa.

The attack came shortly after the inauguration of President Juan Manuel Santos, who dealt severe blows to the country’s leftist guerrillas during a stint as defense minister.

“We are not going to be frightened, to be intimidated. We are not going to fall into this trap,” he pledged after the attack.

Colombia has been beset for years by violence involving leftist guerrillas, right-wing paramilitary death squads, and powerful drug cartels.

The last major attack in Colombia occurred March 24 when a car bomb exploded near the mayor’s office in the Pacific port of Buenaventura, killing nine people.

Then-president Alvaro Uribe blamed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Source: SGGP

Car driving performance to be launched in HCMC

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Car driving performance to be launched in HCMC

QĐND – Thursday, June 03, 2010, 21:9 (GMT+7)

Special car driving performances will be launched by Russ Swift, a well-known stunt performance driver, at the Saigon Auto Tech 2010 from June 4 to 6 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The first car driving performance will be held by Motor Image Vietnam (MIV), the official distributor of Japan’s Subaru in Vietnam.

With the Subaru Impreza car, Russ Swift, who has taken part in more than 5000 performances in various countries, will exhibit to the Vietnamese audiences special car driving performances.

Russ Swift’s stunts, which have been broadcasted in many channels, have won him lots of prizes including a Guinness World Record.

The coming event, sponsored by the Saigon Auto Tech 2010, Tires Pacific and Vilube, will take place at the Tan Binh Exhibition Hall in Tan Binh district.

Source: 24h online

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Low-cost Nano car rolls out of new Indian plant

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:08 am

SANAND, India, June 2, 2010 (AFP) – The world’s cheapest car, the Nano, rolled out of its new plant in western India on Wednesday, two years after Tata Motors abandoned its first-choice factory due to a violent land row.

The Nano costs as little as 100,000 rupees (2,150 dollars). AFP photo

The new plant in the western state of Gujarat was inaugurated by Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata and state chief minister Narendra Modi.

“We will see the product of this state on the roads of India, giving the people of India a chance to have personal transport,” Tata said at the opening ceremony.

Tata Motors had originally chosen Singur in communist-ruled West Bengal as the main plant to produce the Nano, but had to scrap the nearly complete factory in 2008 over a bitter land ownership dispute.

The Nano, which has so far sold a less-than-expected 35,000 units, has until now been made at various Tata factories elsewhere in India.

Launched with great fanfare last July, it costs as little as 100,000 rupees (2,150 dollars) and is pitched at India’s aspiring middle classes, many of whom currently travel on two-wheelers.

Deliveries from the new plant start later this month, but the company will also continue producing the Nano at a factory in the northern state of Uttarakhand to help clear the backlog of orders.

Tata Motors is currently carrying out inspections of sold Nanos after owners reported fires in the car. But the company said the checks were “to allay owners’ concerns” rather than a recall.

India, with its 1.2-billion-strong population, is a huge draw for carmakers across the world because of its low car ownership rates and rapidly expanding number of affluent consumers.

Just 13 per 1,000 people own a car in India, compared with 550 per 1,000 in Germany and 495 in France.

The new plant in Gujarat has the capacity to manufacture 250,000 units annually, and aims to increase production to 500,000.

The Nano has sparked a race to create other low-cost cars for the Indian and other emerging markets.

French automaker Renault and its Japanese partner Nissan will launch the small Micra car in July this year to rival the Nano.

Ford, Toyota and Honda are also poised to launch small cars in India in the next two years.

Source: SGGP

Pieces still missing in NYC car bomb plot puzzle

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

The Pakistani-American who police say admitted to igniting a failed car bomb in busy Times Square has made no court appearance since his arrest early this week and, though he is cooperating, authorities remain unsure he was acting alone.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined Friday to discuss what Faisal Shahzad is telling investigators, including what his motives were. He was arrested Monday aboard a Dubai-bound plane two days after the nighttime bomb scare cleared several blocks of the bustling district.

“This individual is cooperating. In these types of situations, you let the information flow, so to speak,” Kelly said.

A member of the New York Police Department bomb squad prepares to check a suspicious package in New York’s Times Square, Friday, May 7, 2010

Police have surveillance images of Shahzad around Times Square and video that shows his car traveling to the spot where they say he left a smoking sport utility vehicle May 1 rigged with a gasoline-and-propane bomb.

Law enforcement officials say they are trying to find links between the Bridgeport, Conn., man and possible financing sources, including the Pakistani Taliban, which has both claimed responsibility for and denied roles in the botched bombing.

A money courier was being sought who may have funneled cash to the 30-year-old budget analyst, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

Gen. David Petraeus, head of U.S. Central Command, said Friday the Times Square suspect had apparently operated as a “lone wolf” who did not work with other terrorists. Petraeus said in a statement to the AP that the alleged perpetrator was inspired by militants in Pakistan but didn’t necessarily have direct contact with them.

Investigators believe Shahzad had some bomb-making training in Pakistan as he claimed to investigators, and his training may have been sponsored in part by the Pakistani Taliban, a senior military official told the AP. But it was not clear where the training took place nor the quality of it, the official told the AP on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.

Shahzad has told investigators that he trained in the lawless tribal areas of Waziristan, where both al-Qaida and the Pakistani Taliban operate, and that he came up with the attack plan himself.

Investigators have not been able to establish whether Shahzad was recruited for the Times Square operation by the Pakistani Taliban or another militant group — or whether Shahzad came up with the attack plan himself, the official said.

American officials have been quoted as saying they believe the Pakistani Taliban, which has no history of attacks on U.S. soil, had a role in the Times Square plot, either in funding or motivating and training.

Half a world away Friday, police cleared the streets around Times Square and called in the bomb squad to dismantle what turned out to be a cooler full of water bottles. Earlier in the day, police were called in to check a suspicious package that turned out to be someone’s lunch.

Since the bomb scare in the heart of the city, false-alarm calls are up dramatically, nerves are jangled, and media and law enforcement are rushing to the scenes to make sure the reports aren’t something bigger.

More than 600 calls came in since the attempted car bombing a week ago — about 30 percent higher than normal, police said.

Times Square vendor Walter “Candyman” Wells said the constant scares aroused more suspicion.

“I think they’re testing us, whoever is doing this,” Wells said, sitting on a stool near his table of T-shirts. “They’re playing chess with us right now, but they ain’t gonna win. ‘Cause we’re the Bobby Fischers.”

Source: SGGP

White male suspect linked to Times Square car bomb

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm

NEW YORK (AFP) – New York police on Monday hunted a middle aged white male seen near a car bomb in Times Square that sparked a new terrorist alert and authorities discounted an Al-Qaeda link.

The man in his 40s was caught on a security camera taking his shirt off near the car just before the alert was raised and police cleared thousands of tourists away from the packed theatre district, officials said.

A New York traffic cop mans his post in a quiet Times Square near where a crude car bomb was discovered. AFP photo

President Barack Obama vowed to track down the attackers and investigators said there were several strong leads as to who abandoned the Nissan Pathfinder utility vehicle with a large, spluttering homemade bomb inside late Saturday.

Police studied footage from 82 security cameras around Times Square and evidence from the car and bomb, which were hauled to New York police laboratories.

One film sequence showed the man that city police chief Raymond Kelly said was acting in a “furtive” manner as he hurried away from the area.

He was “a white male in his 40s” and “seen shedding a dark colored shirt revealing a red one underneath,” Kelly said.

He added that a tourist had contacted police to say he “may have got a picture of the individual” while he was filming a nearby mounted policeman.

While New York has been on a terrorist alert ever since the September 11, 2001 attacks, authorities have ruled out a major Islamist militant link to the bomb.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said: “There is no evidence that this is tied in with Al-Qaeda or any other big terrorist organization.”

Kelly also dismissed a claim of responsibility made over the Internet by the Pakistani group Tehreek-e-Taliban.

“I’m confident we’ll find out who did it,” Bloomberg said alongside the police officer who was first on the scene and whom the mayor treated to dinner in Times Square as a reward.

“This is the crossroads of the world. People feel safe in New York and they will continue to come here,” Bloomberg said.

On a visit to the oil spill on Louisiana’s coast, Obama said US security services had taken “every step necessary” in the hunt.

It remained unclear why the device — comprised of fireworks, propane, gasoline and possibly fertilizer — failed to detonate, despite smoldering after partly catching fire in the back of the Nissan.

Kelly said the bomb would have created a “significant fireball” in the teeming district. The car “would have at least have been cut in half.”

The engine was still running and the emergency lights were blinking when the smoking car attracted a nearby street vendor.

The vendor, a Vietnam War veteran, told police who quickly brought in the bomb squad.

“I did a lap around the vehicle. The inside was smoking,” the first officer on the scene, Wayne Rhatigan, told the New York Daily News. “I smelled gunpowder and knew it might blow. I thought it might blow any second.”

Kelly said the license plate on the utility vehicle belonged to a vehicle traced back to a Connecticut junkyard.

Officials said the attempted bombing was terrorism, but they were cautious about suggesting who might have been behind the attack, raising speculation that domestic militants were responsible.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the FBI, the New York police and the government’s Terrorism Task Force were probing a “potential terrorist attack.”

There was no evidence of a broader plot, but law enforcement authorities had been alerted to “stay on their toes,” she said.

The bomb, while threatening “mayhem,” according to Kelly, was comprised of the kind of materials available from regular stores. Bloomberg called it “amateurish.”

Kelly described a multi-layered device consisting of two alarm clocks as timers, a pot of fireworks as detonator, two canisters of gasoline, three propane gas tanks and a large box containing what was believed to be fertilizer.

The scare raised tensions across the United States where security forces have been on edge since a young Nigerian allegedly attempted to set off a bomb on a US airliner as it came in to land in Detroit, Michigan.

New York City police are on constant alert after a string of plots since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In February, Afghan migrant and self-confessed Al-Qaeda agent Najibullah Zazi, 25, pleaded guilty to a plot to set off bombs in New York’s subway system. He could be sentenced to life in prison.

Source: SGGP

NY car bomb threatened ‘very deadly event’: officials

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 8:37 am

A car bomb that threatened a “very deadly event” failed to go off Saturday in the heart of New York‘s Times Square, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday.

“We are very lucky… (to) avoid what could have been a very deadly event,” Bloomberg said at an impromptu press conference. “The bomb squad confirmed that the suspicious vehicle indeed did contain an explosive device.”

Bloomberg also said the bomb was homemade and “looked amateurish” but “certainly could have exploded.”

New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the device consisted of three propane tanks, consumer-grade fireworks, two gasoline containers, wires and two clocks.

Times Square, one of the busiest areas of New York, remained under police lock down hours after the incident as security forces entered a huge manhunt for the driver of the dark green Nissan Pathfinder.

“We do not know who drove the car,” Bloomberg said. “We have no idea who did this or why.”

Police seal off Times Square. A car bomb that threatened a very deadly event failed to go off Saturday in the heart of New York’s Times Square, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday

Kelly said that the Nissan with tinted windows had license plates belonging to a different vehicle and had been caught driving in the area just before the incident.

Police began “observing white smoke inside and coming out of the rear of the vehicle,” Kelly said, and “began to clear pedestrians.” Fire fighters, then bomb squad staff were called in.

No detail was given on how the components were meant to have fitted together and whether the clocks were used as timers.

The bomb scare raised tensions across the United States where security forces have been on edge since a Christmas Day alleged attempt by a Nigerian man to set off a bomb on a US airliner.

The White House said President Barack Obama was briefed “on the excellent work by the NYPD in relation to the incident in Times Square” at about 10:45 pm Saturday (0245 GMT Sunday).

“The president commended the quick action by the NYPD and asked John Brennan to communicate to NYPD that the federal government is prepared to provide support,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

New York City police are on constant alert after a string of terrorist plots and alleged plots in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Source: SGGP

New rules on car use for representative offices issued

In policies on March 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

New rules on car use for representative offices issued

QĐND – Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese ambassadors, charge d’affaires, and heads of missions to international organisations are allowed to use a car valued at less than 65,000 USD for business purposes, according to a new decision by the Prime Minister.

Those who hold the position of consulate general can use a car valued at no more than 60,000 USD.

A representative office of the country abroad can buy up to 10 cars, depending on specific circumstances and the nature of their work. Each office can buy one car valued at less than 45,000 USD, the remainder costing less than 35,000 USD.

With other Vietnamese offices abroad, those with less than four staff can buy a car, while those with more than four staff can buy two.

Cars for ambassadors, charge d’ affaires, and head of missions can be sold after at least five years of use.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Cable car rises over Vung Tau

In Vietnam Travel on March 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Cable car rises over Vung Tau

QĐND – Saturday, March 13, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

A 455-meter-long cable car line in the coastal town of Vung Tau gives travelers a panoramic view of the area’s beaches and hills.

Opened on February 17, the system carries travelers from the Bai Truoc (Front Beach) to the Ho May Tourism Resort on the Big Mountain at a height of 201 meters above sea level.

The VND250 billion (US$13.1 million) first stage of Ho May has just been completed. The resort hosts a variety of tourism facilities, including a cherry blossom orchard, a pine forest, a peacock garden, and a waterfall.

The ticket costs VND100,000 for adults and VND50,000 for children. The fee includes sightseeing by foot and bus at Ho May Tourism Resort. Vung Tau, one of the closest beach destinations to Ho Chi Minh City, is located in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau.

Source: TNO

Source: QDND

Sterner tax regime on car imports

In Vietnam Economy on March 8, 2010 at 2:38 am

Sterner tax regime on car imports

QĐND – Thursday, March 04, 2010, 20:12 (GMT+7)

The General Department of Customs has issued a new reference table of imported car prices aimed at helping its officials to combat import tax evasion.

The department’s new taxable price table lists over 1,000 automobile and truck models, both new and used (under 9-seat cars, buses and lorries), and increases the reference prices for tax purposes by 2-20 percent.

The reference price of a Toyota Corolla, for purposes of calculating the import tax, has risen in the table by about 1,500 USD over 2009, while high-grade models from Bentley, BMW and Cadillac would see increases of thousands of US dollars.

The department based the new table on the suggested retail prices of foreign auto manufacturers and the fluctuation in the foreign exchange rate between the dong and the US dollar.

Customs officials would continue to apply tax rates set by the Ministry of Finance to the actual declared value of the vehicles, but the higher referent prices would increase pressure on importers to properly document any prices that significantly vary from the reference prices in the table, said Nguyen Van Can, deputy head of the department.

Deputy Minister of Finance Tran Van Hieu also said, at a press conference on March 2, that it was necessary to more closely control the importation of luxury goods to balance the country’s trade deficit.

In light of Government’s efforts to cut the trade deficit, the volume of automobiles imported into Vietnam decreased sharply in the first two months of the year, with 3,400 units imported in January and 2,500 in February, decreases of 69.6 percent and 26.5 percent from previous months. The trend was expected to continue in March, according to a General Statistics Office prediction.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND