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GENEVA INTERVIEW - Nissan Europe SVP of sales and marketing Ken Ramirez

12 Mar 2018 | Mike Vousden

Ken Ramirez is Nissan Europe's recently appointed senior vice president sales and marketing. We caught up with him at the 2018 Geneva show to talk about the cars on display and the brand's plans for an electrified future.


Management briefing - 2018 Geneva motor show review

12 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Geneva 2018 had the usual collection of hypercars, although many of them are powered by the energy stored in batteries rather than in petrol tanks. Robotic taxis were there too with Volkswagen cheekily painting its already seen SEDRIC in the colours typical of a US schoolbus. Why then for a show rich in electric vehicle world premieres were so many of them overshadowed by new petrol and diesel models?


GENEVA INTERVIEW - Cupra strategy director Antonino Labate

7 Mar 2018 | Mike Vousden

We caught up with Antonino Labate, director of strategy, business development and operations at Cupra, Seat's newly spun off performance-minded sister brand. He discusses the genesis of the brand, the thinking behind launching with an SUV and how Cupra could develop in the future.


GENEVA SHOW - Changes are a'coming

7 Mar 2018 | Mike Vousden

The Geneva show has traditionally been seen as the European motoring industry's foremost new car showcase. While the 2018 event is similar to previous years – the rotating car platforms and strobe-lit press conferences remain – there's a growing sense that great changes are afoot. As Ken Ramirez, Nissan's head of sales and marketing observed – the kinds of questions being asked now simply didn't exist 10 years ago.


GENEVA INTERVIEW - Kia Motors Europe's Michael Cole

6 Mar 2018 | Chris Wright

Kia Motors Europe is cautiously optimistic that it can break through the 500,000 sales barrier this year with numbers already running 6% ahead of last year which ended with 472,000 sales.


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Lexus Europe eyes six-figure sales by 2020

5 Jun 2018 | Chris Wright

A shift away from diesels and new WLTP reporting rules are helping Toyota's luxury Lexus brand in its quest to achieve 100,000 sales in Europe.


GENEVA SHOW - Flying car maker goes back to the future

8 Mar 2018 | Chris Wright

As far back as the 1960s motor show visitors were given visions for the future with pictures and posters of carefree couples buzzing around cities in their flying cars.


GENEVA SHOW - Ssangyong plans electric offroader

7 Mar 2018 | Chris Wright

South Korean brand Ssangyong is upping its game with the launch of a vastly improved and more sophisticated Rexton SUV and will make a technology leap in two years time with the launch of an all electric, fully off road capable model based on the Korando.


GENEVA SHOW - Volvo Cars' Chinese Polestar plant on schedule

7 Mar 2018 | Chris Wright

Polestar, Volvo Cars’ new electric  performance brand, is on track to have its first plant up and running in Chengdu, China, by the middle of next year with initial plans to make 500 models annually.


2018 GENEVA SHOW - World premieres list

7 Mar 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Vehicles which made their global debuts at the Geneva motor show are named below.


GENEVA SHOW - Diesel taxes minds in 2018

6 Mar 2018 | Chris Wright

The demonisation of diesel was taxing the minds of automakers at the Geneva show today.


GENEVA SHOW - Renault launches new petrol engine developed with Daimler

6 Mar 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Renault launched a new 1.3 litre, direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, co-developed by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Daimler at the Geneva show.


Nissan crossover and SUV sales rise in 2017

19 Feb 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan Motor's crossover and SUV sales worldwide rose about 12% year on year in 2017 to around 2m vehicles, driven by the Kicks small crossover launched in 2016 (and in Brazilian production last year), the Rogue/X-Trail and Qashqai compact models, a refreshed North American market Armada full size SUV and the Infiniti QX30.


Uber needs to change, British PM says in Davos

25 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Uber should not be shut down but instead should comply better with labour and safety standards, British prime minister Theresa May has said.


Nissan upgrades e-NV200 van

16 Jan 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Nissan's upgraded e-NV200 van with longer range will go on sale in Europe in spring 2018.



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