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ANALYSIS - Future models for Nissan

25 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Nissan is the eighth brand to be looked at as part of a series which examines the major current and future models of Groupe Renault and Nissan Motor divisions. The first two were Alpine and Renault, followed by Dacia, Lada, Samsung, Datsun and Venucia. Features on the remaining two makes - Infiniti and Mitsubishi - will be published soon.

Nissan and Dongfeng planning Venucia EVs and SUVs

22 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

Dongfeng Motor and Nissan Motor's Venucia, a brand which concentrates on low-price vehicles for the Chinese market, is having a cracker of a 2018. And this after high levels of year-on-year expansion since its inception in 2010. Time to look at what the partners have planned for this increasingly important division.

Volkswagen withdraws from Paris motor show

18 May 2018 | Glenn Brooks

The importer for France has confirmed rumours which had claimed that Volkswagen would not have a stand at the 2018 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile. Other Group brands will, however, go ahead with their displays.

Another electrifying Volvo performance?

14 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Liking PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) is one thing. But is around 30 miles of pure electric running really worth a premium of at least GBP13,000?

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

12 March 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.

Pitch perfect - Harman hits the right note on EVs

12 March 2018 | Matthew Beecham

Electric vehicles are quiet. Too quiet, say legislators, thereby posing a risk to pedestrians and cyclists. So new legislation is swinging into force next year mandating all hybrid and EVs to generate a certain level of noise when travelling electric at low speeds. We discuss the implications of these new sound regulations and the opportunities they present to OEMs with Harman’s Rajus Augustine, Global Director of Business Development for HALOsonic - Harman’s suite of active noise management technologies.

Latest news

SPIEF 18 - Russia at start of electric road - Renault

25 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

Russia's startling paucity of electric vehicles means it is at the very start of its alternative fuel journey says the country's Renault operation, although government Ministers underline the country "is not California."

just-auto Plus only Ford relocates EV and AV development teams to Corktown

25 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

Marking its return to the Motor City, Ford is moving its electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle business teams into a refurbished former factory located in Detroit’s historic Corktown...

Work begins on BMW Leipzig extension

24 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW says it is to invest more than EUR300m in its Leipzig plant to extend and update the body and paint shops, assembly and logistics. It also says comprehensive work is under way, laying the foundation for continued growth and the production of future models in Leipzig.

Toyota ramps up plans for hydrogen fuel-cells

24 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Toyota is planning a ten-fold increase to production volumes of fuel-cell stacks and hydrogen tanks post-2020.

New Kia Sportage fitted with 48V diesel mild-hybrid system

23 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Kia Motors says its new Kia Sportage, to be launched later this year in Europe, will be the brand's first to equipped with a new 'EcoDynamics+' 48V diesel mild-hybrid powertrain.

BYD Europe holds first supplier conference

23 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

BYD says its European unit has held its first ever supplier conference at a plant in Hungary. The Chinese (Shenzhen-based) OEM is focused on the electric bus market around the world and is looking to build more buses in Europe.

Groupe PSA and Nidec establish electric traction motor JV

23 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

Groupe PSA and Nidec have formed a joint venture dedicated to the design, development, manufacture and sale of electric traction motors.

Tesla lowers China prices after tariff cut announcement

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla was reported to have slashed up to US$14,000 off its Model X in China after Beijing announced major tariff cuts for imported cars.

Consumer groups ask US agency to probe Tesla Autopilot ads

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Two US consumer advocacy groups urged the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate what they called Tesla's "deceptive and misleading" use of the name Autopilot for its assisted-driving technology, a news agency reported.

Tesla still has $35,000 Model 3 on hold - report

23 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla is adding two top specification versions of the Model 3, suggesting those waiting for a 'base' version may be kept waiting for some time.

Korea can 'lead the era of electrification' in Asia - Nissan

23 May 2018 | Dave Leggett

As recently as 2010, just 61 EVs were sold in South Korea. In 2017, more than 10,000 were sold, a growth curve that Nissan says points to the potential for South Korea to be a leader in electrification in Asia.

just-auto Plus only EVgo makes key leadership appointments

23 May 2018 | just-auto plus Extended News

EVgo, the nation's largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations, announced the expansion of its leadership team with clean energy industry veterans to advance...

Toyota to sell GAC brand EVs in China

21 May 2018 | Staff reporter

oyota Motor plans to sell an electric vehicle in China sourced from its local partner GAC Motor from next year, according to reports in Japan.

French Smart plant to build electric Mercs

18 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars is expanding its capacities for electric cars in Europe by using the Smart Hambach plant in France to produce a compact electric car for the EQ brand.

New Euro 6d-Temp engines for Opel/Vauxhall Astra

17 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

PSA's Opel/Vauxhall unit, like the parent company, is continuing its move to Euro 6d-Temp with two new engines for the C-segment Astra range, a 1.6-litre Turbo (200PS) petrol and a 1.6-litre CDTi (136PS) diesel unit.

New plant to make Mercedes EVs in China in 2019

17 May 2018 | Staff reporter

China's Beijing Automotive Group Company this week signed an agreement with Beijing Shunyi district authorities for the construction of new facilities for the production of Mercedes-Benz new energy vehicles from next year.

Honda Indiana plant begins Insight hybrid production

15 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Honda has started mass production of its new 2019 Insight hybrid in Indiana, also announcing US$61.5m in new capital investment in Indiana and Ohio for production of this latest electrified vehicle.

Subaru America cues up Crosstrek PHEV

15 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Subaru of America, which has recorded nine consecutive years of record sales and 10 consecutive years of growth, has announced its first plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), borrowing the technology from minor shareholder Toyota.

UPS and Arrival team for 35 EVs in London and Paris

15 May 2018 | Simon Warburton

UPS says it is working with UK-based technology firm, Arrival to develop a pilot fleet of 35 electric delivery vehicles to be trialled in London and Paris.

Renault-Nissan sign EV battery deal with CATL

15 May 2018 | Staff reporter

Nissan and Renault have signed an agreement with Chinese manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) for the supply of batteries for electric vehicles.

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