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After three years of improving fortunes there are growing signs that the global demand for vehicles is stuck in the slow lane

Automakers spy hazards ahead

Cars pass along an elevated road in Shanghai May 10, 2010
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Technological and regulatory demands force manufacturers to invest as vehicle sales face difficult times


BMW i8
Rohit Jaggi test drives the BMW i8, a hybrid supercar that addresses environmental concerns
Jinyao Desandies (right) and Dandre Desandies (left) plug the Tesla Supercharger into their Tesla Model S sedan outside of the Tesla Factory on August 16, 2013 in Fremont, California
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Hydrogen and electric vehicles battle for supremacy

Lack of recharging points poses threat

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Younger generation stops buying cars

Car sharing schemes are expected to expand rapidly

a BMW simulation of a heads-up screen at work

Heads up on augmented reality displays

Windscreens take on a life of their own and could increase people’s faith in driverless cars

Vehicles are seen in a traffic jam during weekday rush hour in Beijing January 10, 2011
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China chooses German partner to build mobile driving network

Operating system could generate big profits

Commentary: Sleek hybrids are likely to be the future of motoring – at least for now

The latest fleet of electric cars give supercars a run for their money

The Ryden dual carbon battery

Strong relationships and solid records boost Asian battery manufacturers

It can take years of testing before automakers are comfortable with new products

Automatic brakes will help save lives

Improvements to vehicle safety seen as aiding the EU reduction in fatalities

Cost of electric vehicles outweighs their ‘green’ credentials

Manufacturers need to flag up eco benefits

Dashboard of a Nissan Pulsar with a built-in satnav

Connected cars raise privacy worries

Rush to add cutting-edge technology could be a security minefield