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Deals driver (June 2017): automotive trends and transactions

Deals driver: Automotive trends & transactions

Deals driver provides a snapshot of the market forces driving merger and acquisition activity in the automotive industry

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Automotive trends and transactions in Canada

According to half of respondents to KPMG’s 2017 Global Automotive Executive Survey the battery electric vehicle (BEV) has emerged as the top trend in the industry from now until 2025. That said the industry has yet to set up user-friendly charging infrastructure which leads the majority (62 per cent) of executives to believe that BEVs will fail. In addition, 78 per cent of executives believe that BEVs will be overshadowed by fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the future, with FCEVs solving the recharging and infrastructure issues BEVs face today. This division and the continued investment in combustion engines puts into question whether either BEVs or FCEVs will benefit from industry investment.

This edition of Deals driver features Peter Hatges’ article Diesel, Batteries and the Gasoline Engine. The article explores the limitations on battery charging infrastructure, and how improvements to the combustion engine and the application of turbocharging have extended the life of the combustion engine.

Deals driver provides a snapshot of automotive trends and the merger and acquisition activity in the automotive industry, along with current valuations of publicly traded companies.

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