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Renault-Nissan Alliance Leapfrogs Toyota, VW, to Become World’s #1 Automaker

Hits mid-year with big lead, lots of momentum.

by on Jul.28, 2017

Badass warrior? Nissan and Alliance partner Renault have leveraged a lead in global sales.

The auto industry has a new king-of-the-hill – at least for the first half of the year. A dark horse not all that long ago, the Renault-Nissan Alliance handily outsold both Volkswagen and Toyota and continues to gain momentum going into 2017’s second act.

It had been largely a two-horse race until recently, Volkswagen last year pulling off an upset due to a series of problems hammering Toyota. But Nissan has rapidly gained speed and last year’s effective takeover of troubled Mitsubishi Motors Corp. helped put it over the top.

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For the first half, the Euro-Asian Renault-Nissan Alliance sold 5,268,079 vehicles, compared to Volkswagen’s 5,155,600 and Toyota’s 5,129,000. All three makers are on track to top 10 million for year. But General Motors, which had long ranked at the top of the sales charts, now lacks well back in fourth and unlikely to even make 9.5 million for the full year without picking up its pace.

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Renault-Nissan Aims to Be New Global King of the Hill

Automotive apple cart in for an upset.

by on May.01, 2017

The Nissan Qashqai is getting a new look for Europe - and a new badge, the Rogue Sport - for the U.S.

In recent years, it’s been a three-way race to see which automaker would take the global sales and production lead, with Volkswagen pulling off an upset last year, toppling Toyota, while long-time leader has continued to lose momentum.

But there’s a pair of dark horses in the race and both hail from France, of all places. One, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, is already making its move, while the PSA Group, until recently considered an industry basket case, is also making its move.

By the Numbers!

About the only thing certain is that General Motors seems out of the running and comfortable slipping down the charts as it abandons its long-troubled European sales subsidiary. Beyond that, the race for leadership could be a real cliffhanger over the next several years.

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Daimler, Renault-Nissan Point COMPAS Toward Mexico

Makers continue expanding partnership.

by on Jul.28, 2015

Daimler and Renault-Nissan are building a new plant in Mexico to produce small cars. The entity, COMPAS, is run by a board of executives from both companies.

Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance are pointing their compass south of the U.S., or more precisely their putting COMPAS in Mexico to build compact cars for them.

The companies announced that they’ve formed COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes), a 50-50 partnership that will “oversee the construction and operation of a manufacturing plant for the production of next-generation premium compact vehicles for the brands Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti.”

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The two automakers announced last fall they would team up to find a way to build small cars in Mexico, but did not provide any substantive details at the time. The new entity will build a $1 billion plant – each kicking in half of the funds – on the grounds of Nissan’s plant in Aguascalientes. The new plant will be built alongside Nissan’s existing plant in the central Mexican city of Aguascalientes. (more…)

Jim Press Pulled Back By Renault/Nissan Allianace

Former Toyota, Chrysler exec aiding global alliance strategy.

by on Jul.20, 2010

Former Toyota and Chrysler exec Jim Press has resurfaced working for the Renault/Nissan Alliance.

Once the most powerful American in the Japanese auto industry, Jim Press has resurfaced, this time working for the Renault/Nissan Alliance.

The 63-year-old Press is serving as a consultant on sales, service and marketing issues for the Euro-Asian partnership, a Nissan/Renault spokesman says.

A former board member with Toyota Motor Co. and the maker’s top-ranked U.S. executive, Press had most recently been working as a vice chairman for Chrysler until the maker’s 2009 bankruptcy.

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“Jim is already making a great contribution to the business,” said Renault/Nissan spokesman Simon Sproule, confirming Press’s involvement with the Alliance.

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