PlasticsToday's Stephen Moore offers his outlook for the automotive industry, which endured natural disasters in Asia in 2011, after surving economic catastrophes in 2009 and 2010. Whatever happens in 2012, Stephen assures us that draconian car-ownership fees where he lives in Singapore mean that despite writing about the automotive plastics industry for us, he'll remain a bike, and not a car, owner.
1. Economic uncertainty aside, what will 2012 hold for the global automobile industry? One thing that's close to a certainty is that electric and "almost electric" vehicles will be more widely available than ever to private users. Slated for launch in the U.S. market in 2012 are the Ford Focus Electric, the high-performance electric Audi E-Tron, the hybrid Cadillac Converj, the hybrid Chevrolet Volt MPV5, the electric Tesla Model S, and the electric Toyota Scion IQ EV, among others. What I can't predict is how many of these environmentally friendly vehicles will actually sell....