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Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one suppliers, this week Matthew Beecham talked with Detlef Jürss, group vice presiden...
A highlight for me in the last week was a go in what Nissan UK bills its third generation Leaf - the 2016 update with an optional longer ran...
| 23 Sep 2015
In the second and final part of this month's management briefing, we take a look at the stand out concepts, production cars and trends seen at the 2015 Frankfurt IAA motor show.
| 4 Sep 2015
Some of the news is just in today so, you may not have seen all of the stories yet but, after a slight rattling of investors' cages by the recent stock market shenanig..., er, 'correction' in China, this week we have seen automotive investment confidence in three key markets. From Mazda, in Russia, Daimler, in alliance with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, in Mexico and, Nissan again, right here in the UK, for Europe.
| 21 Aug 2015
The 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show got underway yesterday at the shiny new Indonesian Convention and Exhibition centre in BSD, a new commercial centre some 30km west of central Jakarta. Tony Pugliese was there.
| 29 Jul 2015
For many years, power steering technology was focused on hydraulic systems but demand is now favouring electric power steering mainly due to fuel consumption and logistical benefits. In this briefing extracted from just-auto/QUBE's research service, Matthew Beecham provides an overview of some key companies and developments in the steering sector.
| 12 Oct 2015
Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews at the 2015 IAA show, Matthew Beecham met with Geoffroy de Grandmaison, Marketing Director, Faurecia to learn more about the tier one supplier’s seating innovations, including its so-called Lightweight & Roominess and Active Wellness concepts. The latter can detect a driver’s drowsiness or stress and take countermeasures – such as a very specific seat massage pattern - to relieve those conditions.
| 20 May 2015
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.
| 26 Nov 2015
Toyota Motor has said it would replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6m cars in Japan that had previously been recalled after concluding that they may still be unsafe.
| 12 Nov 2015
The French government this week stated its wants to increase “operational integration” between Renault and Nissan but confirmed it was not seeking a full merger.
| 9 Nov 2015
Nissan will no longer use Takata airbag inflators containing ammonium nitrate.
| 2 Nov 2015
Nissan has reported a 37.4% increase to net income for the first half of the fiscal year. The results were boosted by a weaker yen as well as stronger sales in North America and Western Europe.
| 30 Oct 2015
Nissan says it has begun testing its first prototype vehicle that demonstrates piloted drive on both highway and city/urban roads.
| 30 Oct 2015
Just a year after its return, the reborn Datsun brand - Nissan's budget brand for emerging markets - is looking at possible expansion in new high growth markets such as Africa, Middle East, South East Asia and beyond.
| 28 Oct 2015
As the world's auto industry considers the ramifications of economic slowdown in the world's largest car market, some OEMs – including VW and Nissan - have expressed upbeat views on long-term prospects for China's vehicle market.
| 28 Oct 2015
Nissan has expanded its worldwide recall of Altima and Maxima models to 59,000 units due to possible fuel leaks.
| 23 Oct 2015
New vehicle sales in Japan continued to fall in September, by 7.6% to 479,375 units from 518,772 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
| 13 Oct 2015
Jatco has announced that it has jointly developed with Nissan Motor the Jatco CVT7 W/R, a new CVT (continuously variable transmission) for front-wheel-drive compact vehicles designed to enhance fuel efficiency.
| 13 Oct 2015
Nissan Europe is launching the redesigned Navara pickup truck line at its Barcelona plant.
| 13 Oct 2015
Hitachi Automotive Systems said it had started to supply Nissan Motor with the high-output lithium-ion battery pack used in the Murano Hybrid launched in August in China.
| 12 Oct 2015
Nissan has taken direct control and ownership of its sales operations in Turkey as the Japanese car maker “pursues an ambitious growth strategy in the country”.
| 7 Oct 2015
Renault and its Japanese strategic partner Nissan Motor are said to be discussing a realignment of their cross-shareholdings in an effort to reduce the French government’s control over the alliance.
| 6 Oct 2015
Media reports in Paris say that Renault plans to hold a board meeting to discuss its alliance with Nissan.
| 29 Sep 2015
At its first Sustainable Mobility Forum in Madrid in the week of 28 September, Nissan called for stronger infrastructure, including as many as 3,500 additional chargers on Spanish roads, to help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.
| 24 Sep 2015
UK car manufacturing output increased 40.6% year on year in August, according to latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Some 99,910 cars were built last month, taking year to date production past one million – an annual gain of 1.6%.
| 21 Sep 2015
The collaboration between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which has now expanded to 13 projects on three continents from an original plan to share development costs, drivetrains and production facilities for Smart and the Renault Twingo, is set to move into the sphere of electric cars next year. At the Frankfurt show, Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche announced that “in about a year” there will be electric versions of the Fortwo and Forfour, driven by a modified Renault R240 motor produced at Renault’s Cléon factory and powered by Daimler-supplied batteries.
| 18 Sep 2015
You might have expected a sombre mood at the Frankfurt show with Chinese market growth down to a trickle, the Russian and Brazilian markets still basket cases, uncertainty in Europe over the economic effects of the migrant crisis and dire warnings about a possible recession in the US, but there was not a hint of it. Auto industry executives, and especially those from the German premium brands, were in buoyant mood, insisting that it would be business as usual.
| 16 Sep 2015
The partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG accelerated and strengthened as it entered its sixth year in 2015, the companies’ leaders said today in their annual media update during the Frankfurt show. Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Alliance, described the partnership as “one of the most productive in the auto industry.”
| 15 Sep 2015
Nissan's premium Infiniti brand has revealed its first global entry in the compact segment which is central to its future volume growth plans. Infiniti says the new model will attracts a new generation of premium buyers.
| 15 Sep 2015
Nissan has emphasised a growth strategy for Europe based on product strength in crossovers and electric powertrain as well as the introduction of advanced autonomous drive technologies.
| 10 Sep 2015
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.
| 7 Jan 2015
The fantastically named Cedric, once hugely popular in Japan as a taxi, has been laid to rest.
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