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Turnaround of Slumping Europeans Auto Market Could Take Years, Warns Ghosn

Renault/Nissan CEO remains strong battery car proponent.

by on Mar.05, 2013

Don't expect much improvement in the European car market until at least 2016, warned Ghosn.

The slump in the European market continues to worsen, exceeding even the most gloomy forecasts, cautioned Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of the Renault/Nissan Alliance, and it is likely to take at least three years before things start to rebound, he said during a media roundtable at the Geneva Motor Show.

In a wide-ranging conversation, the Brazilian-born executive said that despite slow sales he remains a strong proponent of battery power. He also said that global corporations should take a hint from the ballot initiative approved by Swiss voters last weekend and put executive salaries up for shareholders to decide.

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European car sales plunged to the lowest level in nearly two decades last year and Ghosn, like many other observers, had been forecasting demand would slip another 3% to 5% as the Continent continued to struggle with a massive debt crisis that nearly shattered the European Union. But based on the results of the first two months of the year, the car market could post as much as an 8% drop for 2013, with little sign that the situation is ready to bottom out, warned the executive.

“The only question is whether it will be bad or very bad” in 2013, said Ghosn, adding that, “I don’t think anybody is forecasting a pick-up of the European market for the next three years.”


Nissan Will Miss Leaf Sales Targets, Says Ghosn

Maker still upbeat about EV opportunities.

by on Nov.16, 2012

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn shown with the Infiniti LE battery-car concept.

A day after declaring Nissan’s commitment to automotive electrification, CEO Carlos Ghosn acknowledged the maker will fall short of its admittedly ambitious 2012 sales goals for the first of those battery cars, the Nissan Leaf.

After a sharp downturn early this year, however, sales of the mass-market electric vehicle took a sharp turn upward last month – and Nissan is expecting to see an even bigger shift in momentum when it opens its all-new U.S. battery car assembly line next month.

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Nonetheless, “The forecast we have given ourselves for the year will not be reached,” Ghosn acknowledged during an interview on Bloomberg Television.

The maker narrowly missed its goal last year, with U.S. sales of 9,679 Leaf battery cars, but it will fall even further behind for 2012. Through October, demand was down 15.6%, at 6,791 of the vehicles. But last month saw the first big surge of the month, sales climbing 86% to 1,579.


Nissan’s Ghosn Seeks U.S. Government Support for Alternate Power

“There must be some kind of vision,” says CEO.

by on Nov.14, 2012

Government support for battery power and other alternatives is critical, says Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

In the wake of the superstorm that swept through much of the Atlantic coast, there’s growing debate over the steps that must be taken to prevent similar disasters – with even some traditional skeptics now conceding their concerns about global warming.

For his part, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn believes “some kind of vision” about alternative vehicles must be included in any plans for the future.

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The continued dependence on oil for most of the world’s transportation needs “cannot continue,” Ghosn declared during a speech at the Wall Street Journal CEO forum in Washington, D.C.  “There are a lot of (alternative) technologies available,” he asserted.


Ghosn Disappointed by Current Battery Car Sales – But Still Sees Upbeat Future

“We will be patient.”

by on Sep.28, 2012

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, shown with the Nissan Leaf during its public debut.

The floor of the Paris Motor Show is covered with an array of hybrids, plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehicles, the latter ranging from the little Nissan Leaf up to the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive.

But barring a sudden shift in consumer sentiment, demand for battery-based products has filed to charge up the sales charts. That’s particularly true for the Leaf, which has experienced an unexpectedly sharp decline in demand in the critical U.S. market this year.

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Asked whether that worries him as Nissan prepares to open a new Nashville assembly line for the Leaf, the maker’s CEO Carlos Ghosn responded that, “If you ask a CEO if he is disappointed in the level of sales, you are always going to get “yes” for an answer.”

But the Brazilian-born executive, who also serves as chief executive of Nissan’s alliance partner, Renault, insisted that rather than panic, “We will be patient.”


Ghosn Sees Buyers Plugging Into Battery Power

But Leaf lags as Volt charges ahead.

by on Apr.04, 2012

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn remains confident battery-car sales will take off this decade.

They may little more than an asterisk on the sales charts, right now, but battery cars will account for as much as 10% of the market by 2020 – or so predicts Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, one of the industry’s most unabashed promoters of zero-emissions technology.

A little more than year after the launch of the Japanese maker’s battery-electric Leaf, sales appear to be lagging behind plans, the Nissan BEV, or battery-electric vehicle, generating just 579 sales in March – or barely half what it hit at peak last year.  That number – along with the weak performance by other electric vehicles has left many wondering whether the technology just doesn’t turn on consumers.

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Not Ghosn.  He remains as committed as ever, as he made clear during a keynote speech at a conference in New York City sponsored by consulting firm IHS and the National Automobile Dealers Association.  “Am I still bullish on electric vehicles? Yes,” he proclaimed.


First Look: Nissan LEAF Battery-Electric Vehicle

Automaker unveils what could be first in a proposed electric vehicle fleet.

by on Aug.02, 2009

Nissan plans to put the Leaf battery car into limited production in a year, and begin retail sales in 2012.

Nissan plans to put the Leaf battery car into limited production in a year, and begin retail sales in 2012.

Nissan is hoping to turn a new Leaf. The automaker this weekend pulled the wraps off its long-promised battery vehicle, a product the Japanese manufacturer hopes will put it in the forefront of the industry’s push for cleaner, more fuel-efficient automobiles.

While Nissan is by no means the only automaker pushing for “electrification” of the car, the maker has been racing to form an array of government and private partnerships that it believes will help it turn battery power into a commercially viable concept faster than competitors like Toyota, General Motors or Honda.

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Dubbed Leaf, Nissan’s 5-door hatchback is roughly the same size as the gasoline-powered Tiida – which it markets in the U.S. as the Versa.  In current configuration, the battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, is expected to deliver about 100 miles per charge, though company insiders tell that their mid to long-term goal is to bring range up to 200, and perhaps even 250 miles as lithium-ion battery technology continues to improve.