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September management briefing: Frankfurt review

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...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Confidence, demonstrated

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...

ANALYSIS: Mégane GT 220 & future Renaults

Glenn Brooks | 26 Aug 2015

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?


Dave Leggett | 14 Aug 2015

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.

COMMENT: Iran coiled spring bursting to unwind

Simon Warburton | 17 Jul 2015

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?

ANALYSIS: Japan under attack from foreign brands

Glenn Brooks | 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.

Latest Interviews

Q&A: Faurecia on lighter. smarter, 'greener' seats

Matthew Beecham | 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.

INTERVIEW: Paul Williams, CEO, SsangYong UK

Dave Leggett | 28 Nov 2014

The head of the UK distribution arm of SsangYong tells Dave Leggett that he expects the Korean brand to double its UK sales in 2015, boosted by the impact of the upcoming small SUV, Tivoli.

Latest News

Renault sells 240 EV vans to Norwegian post

Graeme Roberts | 27 Nov 2015

Posten, the Norwegian postal service, has ordered 240 Renault Kangoo Maxi ZEs. They will be used mostly in areas of high population density.

France seeking Renault-Nissan integration

Tony Pugliese | 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.

Renault revenues up in Q3/2015

Graeme Roberts | 2 Nov 2015

Renault group revenues increased by 9.4% to EUR9.34bn (US$10.28bn) in the third quarter of 2015.

Renault India to expand UV range

Graeme Roberts | 14 Oct 2015

Renault plans to expand its utility vehicle (UV) range in India to half a dozen vehicles by 2020, a media report said.

Four-door Renault pickup plugs a gap in Brazil

Fernando Calmon | 9 Oct 2015

Around four years ago, Renault-Nissan alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn visited Brazil and said the French automaker had no plans to make a Renault (Dacia) Duster/Logan/Sandero-derived pick-up. In fact, he just seemed to be deliberately fooling everyone and, more than that, hiding his plans for a planned compact four-door pick-up for the local market.

Posco and Renault Samsung increase collaboration

Tony Pugliese | 9 Oct 2015

South Korean steelmaker Posco has signed a preliminary agreement with local automaker Renault-Samsung to enhance collaboration in high-performance steel products for passenger cars. The agreement creates a framework for the two companies to develop synergies at a number of levels, including technology development, production and marketing.

Renault mulls cutting stake in Nissan

Tony Pugliese | 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.

Renault’s Revoz plant to lay off 150 in November

Graeme Roberts | 6 Oct 2015

Renault's Revoz plant in Slovenia plans to lay off 150 employees in November due to a lower than expected rise in demand.

Renault board to discuss alliance with Nissan

Dave Leggett | 6 Oct 2015

Media reports in Paris say that Renault plans to hold a board meeting to discuss its alliance with Nissan.

Faurecia develops new seat technology for Renault

Graeme Roberts | 1 Oct 2015

Faurecia has developed an innovative light sculpted panel using cover carving technology (CCT) for the front-seat backs of the new Renault Talisman mode line. This patented technology has enabled thye car designers to provide 3cn of extra knee room for rear passengers.

Dongfeng and Renault to produce EVs

Graeme Roberts | 29 Sep 2015

The Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company (DRAC) joint venture in China has announced plans to build its first electric vehicle in China based on Renault's Fluence ZE. The EV will be produced in Wuhan from 2017 and will be sold as a Dongfeng only in China.

Governments start eyeing vehicle emissions

Graeme Roberts | 24 Sep 2015

The French and UK governments have announced new measures to scrutinise vehicle emissions in the wake of the VW scandal in the US, according to media reports.

Daimler-Alliance alliance moves towards EVs

Roger Stansfield | 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.

Mood anything but sombre at Frankfurt

Roger Stansfield | 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.

Daimler-Alliance partnership "productive"

Graeme Roberts | 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.”

Renault-Nissan to invest US$628m in Tamil Nadu

Graeme Roberts | 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.

Nissan allocates redesigned Juke to Sunderland

Graeme Roberts | 3 Sep 2015

Nissan Europe has again picked its Sunderland, north-east England, factory to build its segment-pioneering Juke model. The automaker did not announce a production start date for the redesigned, second generation model line but just-auto expects this early in 2017. The decision, the automaker said, "points to a secure future for both production lines in Sunderland and the jobs of 34,000 people currently employed by Nissan and its British suppliers beyond 2020".

Renault previews light truck line, LCV support

Graeme Roberts | 3 Sep 2015

Renault has unveiled a one-tonne pickup truck concept previewing its previously announced version of a model line, based on Alliance partner Nissan's NP300 Navara/Frontier range, which will also be shared with Daimler's Mercedes-Benz. The automaker also announced a new global light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales and support network branded 'Renault Pro +', similar to FCA's Fiat Professional organisation.

Korea domestic sales rise 15% in August

Tony Pugliese | 2 Sep 2015

Domestic sales among South Korea’s five main automakers increased by 14.6% to 120,400 units in August, from weak year-earlier sales of 105,085 units, according to data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers and compiled by just-auto.

Rane TRW opens airbag manufacturing plant

Simon Warburton | 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.

JLR expects "many" of 5,800 Tianjin cars damaged

Simon Warburton | 21 Aug 2015

Jaguar Land Rover says it expects many of its 5,800 vehicles kept at the Port of Tianjin to have been damaged, although is unable to quantify the exact number.

VW gearbox site running but Tianjin inaccessible

Simon Warburton | 19 Aug 2015

Volkswagen Group says it is unable to reach the devastated Port of Tianjin to determine the number of vehicles destroyed in last week's hazardous material inferno, but adds its nearby component factory is functioning normally.

Latest blogs

Fried cabbage's off

Simon Warburton | 15 Jul 2015

Attending the recent Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, security was as tight as I've experienced anywhere.

Renault 2014 Annual Report highlights

Dave Leggett | 1 May 2015

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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