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Nissan has big plans to expand its SUV line-up into the 2020s, building on its major successes with the Qashqai and Juke. And the first addi...
In a fresh bid to enliven sales of the Q50 range, Infiniti has given this C-Class sized sedan new turbocharged V6 engines, including a 400hp...
Can the Mercedes-based Q30 finally establish the premium brand of the Renault-Nissan alliance?
A fair number of interesting stories came out of Geneva this week. We learned, for example, that Jeep almost got yanked from the UK market in 2012. And has apparently been saved by the (Fiat-built) Renegade. Volkswagen's little diesel difficulty isn't worrying GM Europe - Opel's boss wants to increase the diesel mix as he also adds a little electrification to the bowl. Even better, after years of losses and not a little restructuring pain (RIP Bochum and Antwerp plants), breakeven is on the cards this year.
Can what we now call the QX70, the car that started life as the FX, really be almost eight years old? It’s still selling strongly too, deliveries in its largest market rising by 25% in February.
Infiniti had a record year in 2015, selling 215,250 vehicles worldwide. January is looking good too, with the addition of the UK-built Q30 just starting to add some decent volume, especially across European markets. But surely no Infiniti makes as much of a visual impact - and as much profit - as the range topper, the XXL-sized QX80.
Mike O'Driscoll, Group CEO of Williams, leads a brand that is well known for its motorsports activity and Formula One participation. However, the firm is now eyeing more consultancy business and looking further afield for opportunities. Ian Adcock caught up with him to hear more.
Calum MacRae talked to JATCO's Yuko Fujita. JATCO holds 49% of the world CVT market. JATCO, 75% held by Nissan Motor Company, was exhibiting at the Paris Motor Show for the first time.
Renault-Nissan and Rostec State Corporation say they expect to appoint Serguey Skvortsov as AvtoVAZ chairman, with Denis Le Vot elected as vice chairman following the Russian automaker's annual shareholder meeting on 23 June in Togliatti.
March was a month of surprises. Analysts were surprised when Easter and spring break holidays played hob with their sales forecasts. General Motors might have been caught off guard when the fleet sales it tries so hard to avoid helped Ford leapfrog it into the top spot for March. Nissan set an all-time record and bumped American Honda down to sixth place among the major automakers.
Nissan Europe on Wednesday said it would increase Qashqai capacity at its Sunderland, north-east England factory and "further enhance its position as the best-selling crossover in Europe" following "a decade of unprecedented customer demand".
Nissan Motor in the US said it was kicking off preview week of the 2016 New York International Auto Show by looking into the future of mobility and discussing how emerging trends already are changing the way people get from place to place, especially in crowded urban environments.
US vehicle safety regulators announced on Thursday (17 March) 20 automakers have agreed to make automatic emergency braking standard on nearly all US vehicles by 2022, a move that could prevent thousands of rear-end crashes annually.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is strengthening synergies in four core divisions and launching new "convergence" projects to boost efficiency and revenue.
Russia’s severe economic crisis may be bad news for car companies selling there, but Datsun – Nissan’s value brand for emerging markets – sees an export opportunity arising from the weak Russian currency.
Nissan's Decherd, Tennessee Powertrain Plant built its 10 millionth engine on Monday (29 February).
Starting today (29 February) Nissan Motor is buying back up to 300m shares worth JPY400bn. The programme ends on 22 December, 2016.
A flaw related to a companion app means Nissan Leaf electric cars' heating and air-conditioning systems can be hijacked, a "prominent" security researcher has discovered.
Nissan has echoed Toyota in issuing a statement to express a ‘preference’ for the UK to remain in the EU and stressed that stability is more positive than a ‘collection of unknowns’.
Mobileye has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nissan aimed to integrate Mobileye's new Road Experience Management (REM) technology into Nissan's fleets.
New vehicle sales in China rose 7.7% year on year to 2.5m units in January, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
Nissan Motor announced it would begin vehicle assembly in Myanmar in this first quarter of 2016.
Renault's Sandouville plant in northwest France will build a new light commercial vehicle for Nissan.
Nissan Motor Company has told Ashok Leyland it is ending its 50-50 technology development joint venture Nissan Ashok Leyland Technologies due to non-payment of royalties, according to Indian media reports.
Chevrolet, Kia, Nissan, Ram and Toyota all had vehicle world premieres at this year's Chicago auto show.
Nissan has announced financial results for the 9-month period ending December 31 that showed net income of 452.8 billion yen, up 33.7%, as strong demand in North America and Western Europe offset weakness in several emerging markets.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance said it sold 8,528,887vehicles in 2015, up almost 1% year on year, thanks to record sales in the United States, China and Europe.
In 2015 the European car market totalled 14.2m new registrations, an increase of 9.3% over 2014 full year results; the highest since 2009. The market benefited from the last two months of double-digit growth with December setting the highest positive monthly change of the last three years at 1.16m units. Therefore, the last quarter volume increase was the highest of the year, standing at 10.2% more than in Q4 2014, representing 3.42m cars sold in total. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, SAAR, came in at 16.52m units.
In an interview with the Nikkei news agency, Carlos Ghosn has said that Alliance partners Renault and Nissan are looking to increase synergies and raise annual cost savings to EUR4.3bn this year.
Renault-Nissan Alliance chief Carlos Ghosn has said that he believes China's auto market will continue expanding at a healthy rate of 5-6% a year.
Nissan's Qashqai has been an enormously successful model in Europe and the company is now looking to sales of that model in other parts of the world. The smaller Juke, also built in the UK, has also been pretty successful.
The fantastically named Cedric, once hugely popular in Japan as a taxi, has been laid to rest.
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