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Renault-Nissan Come Even Closer as They Double Down Bet on Battery Power

Alliance targets annual sales of 14 mil vehicles, revenues of $240 bil.

by on Sep.15, 2017

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said the Alliance expects to sell 14 million vehicles annually by 2022.

Renault and Nissan plan to double their savings by drawing even closer as part of what often is held up as the world’s most successful automotive alliance.

Together, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which also includes Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors, has sold more vehicles than any other company in the world so far this year, leap-frogging competitors Volkswagen and Toyota. Now, as part of the new Alliance 2022 strategy, the goal is to boost global sales nearly 40%, to 14 million a year by 2022, Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn said Friday. The partners also announced their goal of having electrified vehicles represent 30% of its global total.

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“This plan will boost the growth and profitability of our member companies,” said Ghosn. “We intend to deliver on growing synergies, with three autonomous companies cooperating with the efficiency of one. The Alliance has grown and performed with two members since 1999. With Alliance 2022, we will prove that we will grow and perform with three companies or more.” (more…)

Renault Driverless Electric Symbioz Concept Merges Home and Car

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by on Sep.14, 2017

Renault's Symbioz Concept made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show and reflects how we might live our lives in the future.

For many folks, the automobile has become a second home. So why not make the car quite literally part of one’s house?

What happens when automakers begin delivering their first driverless, connected and battery-powered vehicles in the coming decade? Such vehicles are expected to dramatically change not only the way we travel but many aspects of the way we live our lives more broadly – or so says Renault, which is giving a glimpse of how this might happen with the debut of its Symbioz concept car at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

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As the name implies, embraces symbiosis, the concept of living together in harmony. In this case, it is envisioned as “an integrated house and car.” And, no, Renault isn’t suggesting you sell your home and live out of the backseat of the Symbioz, but it actually could operate as an additional room for your existing house, and even provide back-up power in the event of a grid outage. (more…)

France Expected to Ban Gas, Diesel Vehicles – But Not Until 2040

“A very difficult objective,” admits Environment Minister.

by on Jul.07, 2017

Even before the latest proposal, Paris was considering a ban on diesel vehicles.

France could become one of the first countries to ban the sale of vehicles running on fossil fuels, the country’s Environment Minister this week proposing a complete transition to zero-emissions vehicles.

But it won’t happen quickly, Nicolas Hulot’s plan expected to take until 2040 to roll out. And the minister admitted the “revolution” he is proposing would create some serious challenges for the auto industry. It does help that both French-based automakers have already made major commitments to shift to electric propulsion.

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A number of countries are focusing on alternative powertrain technologies, ranging from hybrids to pure battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs, as well as hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. That includes China, the world’s largest automotive market. But none have yet gone as far as to actively consider plans to eliminate gas and diesel vehicle sales entirely.

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Automakers Hit by Ransomware Attack

Several Renault-Nissan European plants temporarily idled.

by on May.15, 2017

Nissan's Sunderland plant was one of several European auto plants impacted by the attack.

With the Wannacry ransomware attack again heating up as the workweek begins, at least two automakers have been hit, forcing both France’s Renault and its Japanese alliance partner Nissan to temporarily idle some of their plants in Europe.

“We are doing what is needed to counter this attack,” a Renault spokesperson said, while Nissan stated it is “responding accordingly” to what may be the world’s single-biggest attack by hackers, computers in as many as 100 countries reportedly impacted, according to various news wires, by Monday morning.

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That includes everything from individual computers to corporate networks, as well as the British healthcare system. Approximately 20% of the hospitals in Great Britain were impacted in recent days, forcing many to cancel all but emergency medical procedures.

What worries cybersecurity experts is that while the Wannacry attack appeared to be winding down as the weekend began, there were signs that a new assault was underway on Monday.

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Nissan’s Ghosn to Reveal Plans for Updated Leaf, Autonomous Cars

Also expect to hear about additional battery-cars during CES keynote.

by on Jan.04, 2017

Carlos Ghosn is expected to reveal big news during this week's Consumer Electronics Show.

Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of both Nissan and its French alliance partner Renault, is expected to make some big news about battery-electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles during a keynote speech at this week CES conference in Las Vegas.

Among other things, Ghosn will likely reveal plans for the next-generation Nissan Leaf, the new model expected to deliver as much as twice the mileage of the original battery-electric vehicles. Ghosn may also announce timing for the production of the Japanese maker’s first self-driving vehicle.

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Nissan officials declined to comment on what Ghosn has in store, though they did point out that the company was the first manufacturer to launch mainstream production of a battery-electric vehicle. And it has been an early proponent of autonomous vehicle technology. (more…)

Renault-Nissan, Microsoft Ink New Connected Car Deal

Renault-Nissan, Microsoft Ink New Connected Car Deal

by on Sep.26, 2016

Renault-Nissan and Microsoft are teaming up to develop next-generation connected car technology.

Renault-Nissan and Microsoft just inked a global, multiyear deal to partner on next-generation technologies that will advance connected driving experiences like navigation, mobile services and, ultimately, autonomous driving.

The new venture is only the latest in a series of alliances that have sprung up in recent years between old-line automobile manufacturers with their expertise in bending metal and mass production and tech companies with their roots in the digital economy.

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Microsoft, however, is something of a veteran at partnering with car companies having entered into a venture with the Ford Motor Co. nearly a decade ago when connected cars were a novelty and self-driving cars still belonged in science fiction movies as far as the general public was concerned. One of the fruits of the Ford-Microsoft alliance with the oft-criticized Sync system. (more…)

Despite Retreat by Some Makers, Diesel Not Dead Yet

BMW cleared to sell diesels in U.S. after meeting new, tougher standard.

by on Sep.07, 2016

BMW delayed the launch of its various diesel models in the U.S. due to added testing, which they have passed.

For years, Volkswagen set the stage for the comeback for the diesel engine for the U.S. market and its continued growth worldwide. Now it appears to be the leader in killing it.

The German automaker’s recent scandal has not only cast doubt in the minds of potential buyers of diesels, it has other automakers reconsidering their diesel-center plans. Renault executives recently stated that they expect diesel engines to disappear … in Europe.

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The announcement came after the French automaker examined the costs of meeting tougher emissions standards after the VW scandal. According to Reuters, the determination was revealed during an internal meeting earlier this summer. (more…)

Renault and Nissan Tighten Embrace to Boost Earnings

Partners target $6 billion in new synergies.

by on Mar.04, 2016

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn sees more opportunities for savings.

Already one of the most successful partnerships in automotive history, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is targeting an additional $6 billion in new “synergies” by 2018, the two carmakers announced Friday.

The plan comes as something of a victory lap for Carlos Ghosn, the Brazilian-born executive who serves as CEO of the two companies. Late last year, he beat back a push by the French government, a major investor in Renault, which threatened to fracture the Euro-Asian alliance.

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“The auto industry is rapidly evolving, requiring Renault and Nissan to leverage the Alliance as a pragmatic business tool,” said Ghosn in a prepared statement.

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Daimler, Renault/Nissan Could be Open to Alliance with Fiat Chrysler

Six years in, Daimler and Renault/Nissan continue to expand their partnership.

by on Sep.16, 2015

Daimler's Dieter Zetsche and Renault/Nissan's Carlos Ghosn brief reporters on their growing alliance during a meeting in Frankfurt.

Increasingly frustrated in his bid to merger with General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne might consider an alternative in his bid for better economies of scale.

At a media briefing called to discuss the results of their own, six-year partnership, Daimler AG Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche and Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said they would be open to the possibilities of adding FCA to their successful alliance.

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“Any single opportunity we have in front of us…we will entertain,” said Renault/Nissan’s Ghosn.

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Smart Reveals New ForTwo Cabrio

America’s smallest car goes topless.

by on Aug.28, 2015

The newly redesigned Smart ForTwo Cabrio will offer a three-position canvas top.

The new Smart car hasn’t yet landed in showrooms in the U.S. but the German microcar maker is already rolling out a second version, with a third on the way.

The redesigned Smart ForTwo Cabrio gets a new canvas “tritop” that can open up like a sunroof or fold back more like a conventional convertible. Set to formally debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the two-seater will reach showrooms in mid-spring 2016.

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“Our new smart cabrio really exudes joie de vivre in the city – which is what our brand stands for”, said Smart brand boss Annette Winkler. “I am sure that we will delight our present 220,000 cabrio customers and win lots of new fans with this successful lifestyle icon.”

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