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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...
The GT200 Sport Tourer version of Renault's B32 series Mégane is that rare thing - a small estate that brings a smile to the driver's face. The BFD five-door and KFB wagon replacement models will have a new platform, but will they be as much fun to drive?
The big news this week was that Jaguar Land Rover announced a plan to build a 300,000-unit capacity plant in Slovakia. We knew that a plant in Central/Eastern Europe was under consideration as part of the Tata-owned premium firm's fairly ambitious growth plans.
It's been glacially slow in evolving, but could one of the longest-running sanctions sagas in modern times be about to draw to a close?
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.
Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Dr Volkmar Offermann, Marketing Director of Saint-Gobain Sekurit about some key market and technical trends driving the auto glazing sector, including OEMs’ interest in thinner windows and even polycarbonate windshields.
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.
Renault Brazil would prefer to launch the Captur first ahead of the Kwid to take advantage of a wave of compact SUVs in a segment likely to become the second most important in Brazil this year and second only to compact hatchbacks and saloons. The Captur is not due for launch until the first quarter of 2017.
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.
Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of Groupe Renault, and Zhu Yanfeng, chairman of Dongfeng Group, have opened the new Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC) joint venture assembly plant in Wuhan, Hubei Province.
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.
PSA may have grabbed the headlines this week with its JV announcement for Iran, but cross-town rival Renault has issued a statement to remind us that it has a presence there and also has ambitions for its Iranian operations.
Renault group LCV sales in 2015 rose 12.4% year on year to 387,000 units, despite a 6.3% dip in the total market, North America excluded. Its share of the global LCV market was 3.76%, an improvement of 0.63 points over 2014.
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.
Renault’s Maubeuge plant has produced its millionth second-generation Kangoo.
Renault will recall 15,800 diesel Captur SUVs to fix pollution-control systems and offer voluntary emissions-system updates for about 700,000 vehicles as the French carmaker seeks to avoid a Volkswagen-type crisis.
The Renault group's passenger car and light commercial vehicle registrations saw a further rise of 3.3% worldwide to 2.8m vehicles, in a market that grew 1.6%.
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.
Renault shares have plunged the most in 17 years after a union said French fraud investigators seized computers from the automaker, apparently as part of a probe into emissions testing.
Renault-Nissan is prepared to resume vehicle assembly in Iran as soon as international sanctions are lifted, according to group CEO Carlos Ghosn.
The only positive result for the Brazilian auto industry in 2015 was vehicle export volume jumping 25% to 416,955 units, heavy vehicles included, but not counting CKD assembly kits.
Groupe Renault and Gravity Motorsport S.a.rl, an affiliate of Genii Capital SA, have completed the acquisition by Groupe Renault of a controlling shareholding of Lotus F1 Team Limited.
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.
Groupe Renault has completed acquisition of a controlling shareholding in Lotus F1 Team Limited.
European new car sales experienced a 27th consecutive month of growth during November 2015 with volume up 13.5% year on year, the second largest rise this year, according to analysts at JATO Dynamics. This followed a significant slowing of growth during October as a consequence of smaller increases in the 'Big Five' EU markets.
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.
Heavy rain in Chennai will disrupt vehicle manufacturing in 'India's Detroit' because subsequent flooding disrupted parts production for automakers.
Talks between the two long-term shareholders of Renault, Nissan and the French government, have resulted in "a sound agreement that will ensure the Alliance’s stability and promote its future growth", Renault said on Friday (11 December).
Attending the recent Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, security was as tight as I've experienced anywhere.
Renault's 2014 Annual Report is now out, released at yesterday's AGM at which the French government and Carlos Ghosn were competing for voting rights.
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