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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...
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 r...
| 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.
| 28 Jul 2015
Just as in Europe, India or the USA, looking at China as one market doesn't give you the full picture. Differences across geographical areas are one reason why some models are suddenly hugely popular, while others are fading rapidly.
| 16 Jul 2015
Vehicle sales ended the first half of CY2015 down 11%, due mostly to a tax rise for Kei-models. Yet not every OEM is suffering. Mazda was up 47% in June, while multiple European brands are also enjoying high percentage gains.
| 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.
| 14 Oct 2014
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.
| 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 has built the 500,000th second generation Qashqai on its production line in Sunderland, UK. Achieving the feat in a record-breaking 21 months, the segment-pioneering flagship crossover has become the fastest ever UK-built vehicle to smash the half million production mark.
| 7 Sep 2015
Renault-Nissan and the government of Tamil Nadu are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU), under which the alliance will invest INR42bn (US$628m) in the Indian state, media sources said.
| 7 Sep 2015
The media preview of CDMS 2015, the 18th Chengdu motor show, took place on 3 September. The following vehicles and concepts were world premieres.
| 4 Sep 2015
Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have broken ground for their joint venture manufacturing complex COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes), in Aguascalientes in central Mexico. The factory will build premium compact vehicles for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti.
| 4 Sep 2015
Nissan is recalling 298,747 2012-2015 Versa sedan and 2014-2015 Versa Note models made (in Mexico) from 23 April, 2013, to 11 March, 2015. The affected vehicles have a centre console trim panel that may catch the driver's shoe and delay the transition from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal.
| 25 Aug 2015
Rane TRW Steering Systems Occupant Safety Division - a 50:50 joint venture between Rane group and ZF TRW - has opened an airbag manufacturing plant located near its seatbelt factory in Singaperumal Koil, Chennai.
| 18 Aug 2015
Nissan says it has collaborated with ten other members in the creation of a potential next generation pedestrian alert technology.
| 17 Aug 2015
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) and Dongfeng (DFM) have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to achieve what they refer to as global industrial synergies.
| 13 Aug 2015
Nissan is to use production capacity in Japan to make its Qashqai SUV for the North American market. The move improves capacity utilisation in Japan and takes advantage of the weaker yen.
| 6 Aug 2015
Nissan vehicle sales in China dropped by almost 14% in July versus a year earlier, as the company felt the impact of slowing demand in the world's biggest car market.
| 5 Aug 2015
Rising sales of new commercial vehicles are leveling off and New Zealand's Motor Industry Association has lowered its expectation of breaching the 130,000-unit mark this calendar year.
| 4 Aug 2015
Americans flocked to dealer lots in July, snapping up more than 1.5m cars and trucks, an increase of 5.3% from July 2014, well above analyst forecasts.
| 30 Jul 2015
RCI Banque, which finances Renault-Nissan Alliance operations and dealerships, booked 2015 first half earnings before tax up 17.5% year on year to EUR422m.
| 29 Jul 2015
Nissan Motor has boosted operating income sharply in its first fiscal quarter.
| 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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