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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 range 30kwh battery that fits in the same space, weighs 21kg more and propels my favourite EV about 25% further - a theoretical 250 kilometres or, in old money, 155 miles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 has assigned production of future generation electric vehicle (EV) batteries to its factory in Sunderland, UK.
Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover is now Britain's biggest vehicle producer with its 489,923 units built in 2015 (up from 449,507 in 2014) nudging ahead of Nissan's 476,589 (500,238).
New vehicle sales in Malaysia rose by 7.4% to 69,401 units in December, from 64,638 units in the same month of last year, according to data compiled by the Malaysian Automotive Association.
President Obama's lofty goal of getting 1m plug-in electric cars on US roads by 2015, set back in 2008, with petrol prices averaging nearly US$4 a gallon, has been missed by about 600,000 units, a media report said.
Proposals floated in Detroit last week by top federal auto safety officials indicating the agency is willing to allow auto manufacturers to detour US motor vehicle laws and regulations, particularly for unproven robot cars would, if true, be a "wrong turn" for the agency, Consumer Watchdog said.
Last year, 2015, new car registrations in Europe's Big Five markets passed the 10m units mark, increasing by 8.8% compared to 2014. All five markets posted positive growth with Germany leading the way with 3.2m units, up by 5.6%, although this was the lowest annual increase among the five countries.
New vehicle sales in Japan fell by 14.5% to 369,460 units in December, from 431,919 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
Japanese automakers are taking on Detroit's Big Three by trying to expand their share of pickup truck sales in the US as record low petrol prices reduce demand for their once best-selling small and medium-sized sedans.
Renault-Nissan is prepared to resume vehicle assembly in Iran as soon as international sanctions are lifted, according to group CEO Carlos Ghosn.
New vehicle sales in China jumped by 15.4% to 2.8m units in December, from 2.4m units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
Automakers are shipping more sport utility vehicles to the United States from Japan and South Korea to meet strong demand, according to a report from the Detroit show.
Nissan Motor announced plans to spend BRL750m (US$186m) over the next three years to produce a new local model at its Resende plant in Brazil, just west of Rio de Janeiro.
Nissan Motor and Microsoft on Tuesday (5 January) said all Leaf EVs and Infiniti models in Europe will have Connect Telematics Systems (CTS) powered by the software giant's Azure.
Nissan and BMW are joining forces to offer public fast charging at 120 locations across the US in an effort to support Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 customers and to promote increased adoption of electric vehicles.
Renault said its Batilly plant, which makes the large Renault-badged Master van plus variants for GM Europe's Opel and Vauxhall brands, and Nissan Motor Europe, has broken a production record in 2015.
As JD Power/LMC Automotive and Edmunds.com predict a big December and an all-time record for US light vehicle sales in the 2015 calendar year, Dublin-based Experian said more than 17m new US light-vehicle registrations were recorded for the 2015 model year.
After settling a dispute with the French government over the balance of power in their automaking partnership, Renault and Nissan Motor will boost integration without moving toward a full merger at this point, alliance chief Carlos Ghosn said.
Nissan domestic production volume for fiscal 2016 is expected to top 1m units boosted by shipments of the Rogue SUV to North America.
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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