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    Will China drive global alignment in EV battery swap standards?
    China, the largest electric car market in the world, is expected to drive global benchmarks in electric vehicle battery swapping practices, as well as the emerging battery-as-a-service, or BaaS, industry. Neither the EV battery swap model is new nor it was invented in China. However, it is the only ...
    How driving assistance and automation are impacting the steer-by-wire systems market
    The current steering systems market is primarily controlled by low-end, column-motor systems in the entry and lower-midclass vehicle segments and high-end, rack-motor systems in the upper-midclass and premium-class vehicle segments. However, steer-by-wire (SBW) steering systems will dominate the fut...
    Renault, Minth to manufacture aluminum battery casings for EVs in Ruitz, France
    French automaker Renault announced via press release on 20 June that it will be forming a joint venture (JV) with Chinese automotive parts manufacturer Minth to manufacture aluminum battery casings for its electric vehicles (EVs) in France. According to the press release, the new JV will manufact...
    Software République targets 10 new automotive products and service launches by 2025
    Software République is looking to launch 10 new automotive products and services, incubate over 50 startups, and propose services to at least 50 territories, an official press release on 17 June read. The group also announced four projects which include a “detect and respond” cybersecurity...
    Nissan upgrades MY 2023 Altima sedan with new 12.3-inch HD color display
    Nissan has unveiled the model year (MY) 2023 Altima sedan with a new 12.3-inch display, replacing the older 8.0-inch display, it said in a press release on 9 June. The 12.3-inch display features HD color with multi-touch control and the customizable home screen includes shortcuts to user favorites a...
    10-Jun-2022 News New Products
    Renault rolls out Amazon Music through OpenR Link in the all-electric Mégane E-Tech
    Renault has announced the roll out of Amazon Music in all-electric Mégane E-Tech through its new connected interface OpenR Link, according to a press release published by the French automaker on 8 June. Amazon Music app is available via My Renault Mobile application as a free download. Renault c...
    BlackBerry to power BDStar Intelligent & Connected Vehicle Technology’s intelligent cockpit
    BlackBerry has announced an agreement with BDStar Intelligent & Connected Vehicle Technology Co, under which BlackBerry QNX technology will be used to power BICV’s next-generation intelligent cockpit, a company press release on 7 June read. The cockpit is currently used by Renault Jiangling in...
    Managem to supply Renault with 5000 TPY of cobalt sulphate from 2025 to 2031
    French automaker Renault announced via press release on 1 June that it had signed an agreement with Moroccan mining company Managem for the supply of low-carbon cobalt sulphate needed for its vehicle electrification targets. According to the press release, Managem will supply Renault with 5,000 t...
    Panasonic supplies large-screen windshield HUD to Nissan Ariya
    Panasonic Automotive Systems has announced that its large-screen windshield heads-up display (WS HUD) will be installed in the new Nissan Ariya electric vehicle, a company press release dated 26 May read. This is the sixth model from Nissan to use the WS HUD, following the Skyline, Rogue, Qashqai, P...
    Nissan, Mitsubishi unveil jointly developed mass market electric car in Japan
    Nissan Motor Company Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, and NMKV Company. Ltd. held the assembly line roll off ceremony for the new mini electric vehicle jointly developed by the two automakers in Japan, the company said on 20 May 2022. The ceremony took place at the Mitsubishi Motors’ Mizushima...
    23-May-2022 News New Products
    RoboSense ties up with dSPACE for LiDAR development and validation
    RoboSense has tied up with dSPACE, under which multiple RoboSense lidar sensors will be integrated in the dSPACE simulation and validation tool chain to develop, test and validate lidar in intelligent driving applications. In a press release dated 7 May, RoboSense said the focus will be on sens...
    Renault collaborates with partners to develop in-vehicle connected solutions
    Renault has announced four new partnerships to improve in-vehicle customer experience in its new vehicles equipped with OpenR Link, according to a company press release on 18 May. OpenR Link is Renault’s new intuitive and connected infotainment interface. The French automaker will tie up with R...
    Swedish technology company EasyPark, Renault collaborate to develop automated parking features
    EasyPark and Renault have announced a collaboration to incorporate the EasyPark app into the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, according to a press release on 18 May 2022. The app may be uploaded straight to the car's entertainment system, allowing drivers to explore various new features and o...
    Nissan's new sensor fusion based ADAS aims to improve collision avoidance performance
    Japanese automaker Nissan has announced a new driver-assistance technology, which is currently in-development, that utilizes real-time information about the vehicle’s surrounding environment to automatically perform collision-avoidance maneuvers, according to a company press release on 25 April 20...
    Renault explores sale of 43% stake in Nissan, plans a separate EV business
    French carmaker Renault is considering selling part of its stake in Nissan Motor Company in a move that could help it raise billions of euros, according to a report filed by Bloomberg on 23 April 2022. The raised funds as a result of the said stake sale could help the carmaker in its shift to electr...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Renault halts production of Megane e-Tech at Douai plant in France
    French carmaker Renault has halted the production of Megane e-Tech model at Douai plant in France due to the shortage of components, according to a report published by French publication called Automobile Propre on 13 April 2022. The report stated that the periods of partial unemployment are not com...
    T-Hub ties up with Renault Nissan to support Indian automotive startups
    T-Hub has partnered with Renault Nissan Technology and Business Centre India (RNTBCI), Mint reported on 5 April. Under the partnership, RNTBCI will collaborate with automotive startups scouted by T-Hub. The startups will be able to pitch in front of RNTBCI access their global mentorship network. ...
    Nissan delays Ariya electric SUV sales due to supply chain issues
    Japanese automaker Nissan Motors has again delayed the release of the Ariya B6 sport utility vehicle (SUV) due to a global shortage of semiconductors and COVID-19 related supply chain disruptions, according to a report published by Reuters on 5 April 2022. Nissan Ariya, the company's second all-e...
    Toyoda Gosei supplies LED illuminated logo to Nissan Motor’s Ariya crossover EV
    Toyoda Gosei has developed an LED emblem to light up Nissan Ariya crossover’s front end, according to a press release published by the Japanese supplier on 30 March. The new illuminated emblem is built from transparent and light-dispersing materials.    Significance: An increasin...
    31-Mar-2022 News New Products
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: French carmaker Renault suspends operations in Moscow
    French carmaker Renault Group said on 23 March 2022 that its Board of Directors met on 23 March and have approved suspension of all activities in its manufacturing plant in Moscow with immediate effect. The decision comes after Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy called out Renault during his 20...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Yokohama stops tire production in Russia
    Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama Tyres is halting production at its passenger tire plant in Kazinka Village, Gryazy District, Lipetsk region, Russia, run by its subsidiary, L.L.C. Yokohama R.P.Z., according to a statement provided by the company to Tire Business on 18 March. According to the s...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Russia’s biggest carmaker Avtovaz to partially resume operations
    Russia’s biggest carmaker Avtovaz plans to partially resume operations at its Togliatti and Izhevsk manufacturing facilities from 16 March despite a persistent shortage of components, according to a Reuters report on 10 March 2022. Citing the carmaker, the report stated that Avtovaz plans to ...
    Software République launches startup incubator for connected mobility
    Atos, Dassault Systèmes, Orange, Renault Group, STMicroelectronics, and Thales have launched the Software République incubator, an official statement on 8 March read. The incubator will support an open ecosystem for intelligent mobility. This incubator will help startups with their projects aro...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Volvo cars suspends shipments to Russia
    Volvo Cars has suspended car shipments to Russia until further notice due to the ongoing geopolitical actions between Russia and Ukraine, according to a statement published by Reuters on 28 February. The Swedish automaker’s decision aligns with the potential risks associated with trade relations b...
    Nissan to invest USD500 million to transform Canton, Mississippi to build all-new EVs
    Japanese carmaker Nissan announced on 17 February 2022 that it plans to transform its Canton-based vehicle assembly plant in the Mississippi region as the hub of its electric vehicle (EV) production in the United States. As part of this plan, the company has earmarked investments to the tune of USD5...
    21-Feb-2022 News Investments
    Renault, Valeo, Valeo Siemens eAutomotive team up to codevelop electric motors in France
    Renault Group, Valeo and Valeo Siemens eAutomotive have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to form a strategic partnership on jointly designing, developing and manufacturing new generation electric motors in France, Renault said in an official release on 10 February 2022. The vehicle manufac...
    11-Feb-2022 News New Products
    French EV battery startup Verkor to set up its first Gigafactory at Dunkirk
    French electric vehicle (EV) battery technology startup Verkor, which is backed by Renault Group, plans to set up the company's first Gigafactory at the port city of Dunkirk, France, the company announced on 1 February 2022. Verkor plans to scale up production of its patented low-carbon battery cell...
    Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance expects to launch first full software-defined car by 2025
    The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance announced that it will launch its first full software-defined vehicle by 2025, according to a press release dated 27 January. With this vehicle, the Alliance will improve its cars' over-the-air (OTA) performance throughout their life cycle. With shared platf...
    Renault design department certifies Elix polymers’ color laboratory to self-validate new or existing colors
    Elix Polymers announced that Renault design department certified Elix to create and develop its own colors, the company said in a press release on 24 January. Elix has extensive expertise in developing colours based on OEM requirements, including colours and gloss targets using different surfac...
    01-Feb-2022 News New Products
    Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi announce a shared 2030 roadmap, plan to invest USD25.71 billion
    The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance plans to jointly invest EUR23 billion (USD25.71 billion) over the next five years on developing electric and connected vehicles, the three companies said in a joint announcement on 27 January 2022. Notably, the Alliance has already invested more than EUR10 bill...
    28-Jan-2022 News Investments
    Nissan announces all-new compact electric car for European markets
    Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Corporation on 27 January 2022 announced an all-new compact electric vehicle (EV), which would be a successor to the Micra hatchback, for the European markets. The company said the planned new compact electric car would be built on the CMF B-EV alliance platform, which...
    28-Jan-2022 News New Products
    Renault unveils all-new Austral with OpenR interface
    All-new Austral’s interior sketch debits with the company’s hi-tech interior solution OpenR, it said in a press release on 26 January. The interior space provides a slim and bold new design language by providing a seamless flow from the front seat occupants to the rear. Renault Design Project...
    27-Jan-2022 News New Products
    Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi to triple their EV investments, aim to line up 30 new EVs by 2030
    Renault SA, Nissan Motor Company, and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation plan to triple their investment to jointly develop electric vehicles (EVs), said a report filed by news agency Reuters on 23 January 2022, citing two people aware of the French-Japanese alliance’s EV plans. Even as the three co...
    Renault debuts OpenR screen with the new Megane E-Tech electric
    Renault debuts the OpenR in-vehicle in the new Megane E-Tech electric vehicle (EV), the French automaker announced in a press release on 20 January. The electronic architecture in the vehicle combines driver assistance systems and increased viewing comfort when using them.   Marc, director, ...
    24-Jan-2022 News New Products
    Geely Group, Renault sign up for joint cooperation in South Korea, export markets
    Renault Group and Geely Holding Group have signed an agreement to launch a new collaboration dedicated to bringing fuel-efficient hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and internal combustion engine (ICE) models to the South Korean market as well as for export sales, the two companies said in a strategic ...
    Qualiconsult commissions Renault charging service Mobilize Power Solutions
    Paris-based real estate and construction industry service provider Qualiconsult has commissioned Renault's charging service Mobilize Power Solutions to install charging points at all its branches in the medium term, according to a report published by the news website electrive.com on 17 January 2022...
    Renault aims to go fully electric in Europe by 2030
    French carmaker Renault aims to become an all-electric car brand in Europe by 2030, a report published by news website electrive.com said on 14 January 2022. “This applies not only to the Renault brand, but to Groupe Renault – including brands such as Alpine and Dacia,” it said, adding that Re...
    17-Jan-2022 News New Products
    Qualcomm announces chip supply deals to automakers Volvo Group, Honda Motor, and Renault SA
    According to Reuters on 4 January, California based chip maker company signs partnership deals to supply chips to automakers Volvo Group, Honda Motor and Renault SA. Significance: The joint partnership is aimed at increasing smart and connected cars to be equipped with high-neural computers for e...
    05-Jan-2022 News New Products
    Suppliers to the new Nissan Qashqai
    Produced by the Nissan since 2006, with most of the European volume built at Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK. Nissan’s compact crossover SUV is now in its third generation. With production starting in June 2021, the all-new Qashqai is Nissan's first model built in Europe using a significant ...
    Renault Group and Dassault Systèmes strengthen their partnership to accelerate the car manufacturer's transformation with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform
    According to an official press release dated 21 December, Dassault Systèmes and Renault Group are reinforcing their 20-year collaboration with a new partnership that will contribute to Renault Group's strategic plan "Renaulution," which focuses on value creation. Renault Group is globally implem...
    Nissan to lower EV production costs by recycling batteries in Europe and the United States
    The daily Nikkei on 16 December reported that Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co Ltd plans to build new battery recycling factories in the United States and Europe by the end of fiscal 2025. According to the news article, the automaker hopes that recycling batteries and reusing them in elect...
    17-Dec-2021 News Investments
    INFINITI upgrades MY 2022 QX50 with wireless Apple CarPlay and ProPILOT Assist technology
    INFINITI has launched its model year (MY) 2022 INFINITI QX50 model with wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility and ProPILOT Assist technology standard on all grades, it said in a press release on 8 December. All grades also include features such as a Type-C USB charge port for rear passengers, rear do...
    10-Dec-2021 News New Products
    Allego, Nissan enter long-term partnership to expand, manage DC charging network
    EV charging network provider Allego said on 30 November 2021 that it has entered a long-term partnership with Nissan under which it will expand and manage the DC charging network located at the Japanese carmaker’s dealerships across more than 600 locations in 16 countries in the coming years. Alle...
    Renault expects its new recycling business to report USD1.13 billion in revenues by 2030
    French carmaker Renault said on Tuesday that its yet-to-launch recycling business has the potential to generate an extra EUR1 billion (USD1.13 billion) in revenues by the end of the decade, according to a Reuters report filed on 1 December 2021. "These activities will generate EUR200 million ...
    Mobilize Power Solutions partners with Chipside for EV charging and parking payment solutions
    Mobilize Power Solutions has partnered with Chipside to offer combined EV charging and parking payment solutions, Business Car reported on 25 November. Customers using public car parks to charge their vehicles will be able to use Chipside's MiPermit virtual cashless payment system. This enables driv...
    Nissan accelerates electrification plans with Ambition 2030 over the next five years
    Nissan unveils 'Nissan Ambition 2030', the company’s new long-term vision for leveraging mobility, it said in a press release on 29 November. Nissan aims to become a sustainable manufacturer enabling a cleaner, safer, and more inclusive world. Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida stated: “The role of com...
    29-Nov-2021 News New Products
    Alpine launches A110 models with new multimedia system with enhanced connectivity
    Alpine has launched its A110 range with a new Alpine multimedia system, it said in a press release dated 24 November. It includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, and two USB outlets. The intuitive system allows widgets to be customized and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Andr...
    25-Nov-2021 News New Products
    Renault Group acquires 21% stake in engineering services startup Whylot
    French carmaker Renault Group has acquired a 21% minority stake in engineering services company Whylot, it announced on 23 November. Whylot is a company based in the Lot region of France that has developed a unique technology in the promising sector of innovative electric motors. “This acquisit...
    Vulcan Energy Resources signs a binding lithium offtake agreement with Renault Group
    Australia-based mining company Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd. has signed a binding lithium hydroxide offtake agreement with the French vehicle manufacturer, the Renault Group, the company announced on 22 November. The agreement between the two companies follows the binding term sheet, which was signed...
    Renault launches ‘Refactory Project’ at its Seville, Spain plant
    French vehicle manufacturer Renault Group has launched a ‘Refactory Project’ at its Seville plant in Spain in the presence of Juan Manuel Moreno, president of the Andalusia region, the company said in a statement on 5 November. The company said that the ‘Refactory Project’ is an extension of...
    HYVIA unveils two new hydrogen light commercial vehicle prototypes
    HYVIA, an equal joint venture between French carmaker Renault Group and New York based hydrogen and fuel cell solutions company Plug Power, has unveiled two new hydrogen light commercial vehicle prototypes capable of emitting zero emissions, increased driving range and a refueling time of five minut...
    23-Nov-2021 News New Products
    Renault Megane E-Tech debuts with LG’s in-vehicle infotainment system
    LG Electronics’ (LG’s) next-generation in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system will power the new Renault Megane E-Tech Electric said to launch in 2022, the company said in a press release on 1 November. LG’s IVI system, to debut in the Megane E-Tech, was unveiled at the IAA Mobility in Muni...
    Suppliers to the new 2022 NIssan Pathfinder
    The fifth-generation Nissan Pathfinder is assembled at the Nissan Smyrna Assembly Plant plant in Tennessee, USA. Output of this model at the Tennessee plant is expected to peak at around 115,000 units in 2024, according to IHS Markit. If you would like your company included in this featu...
    Nissan selects Hankook Dynapro HT and Dynapro AT2 for 2022 Frontier
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook Tire announced via press release on 2 November that its premium all-season Dynapro HT in the size P265/70R16 and the all-terrain Dynapro AT2 in size 265/70R17 will fitted in Nissan’s next generation 2022 Frontier. According to the press release, the t...
    Verizon, Nissan, CCTA collaborate on connected-vehicle technology for roadway safety
    According to an official press release issued on 21 September, Verizon and Nissan North America's Research and Advanced Engineering team completed a research proof-of-concept demonstrating how sensor data from vehicles and surrounding infrastructure can be processed at the edge of Verizon's wireless...
    Renault introduces ‘ONE PEDAL TO PARK’ assistant
    Renault has introduced the ‘one pedal to park’ option for certain vehicles, it said in an official statement on 15 October. Apart from being easier and safer, it also allows the speed of the manoeuvre to be controlled by the driver themselves instead of being defined by the system. “Using t...
    19-Oct-2021 News New Products
    Renault partners with Terrafame for supply of nickel sulphate
    French automotive manufacturer Renault announced via press release on 8 October that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the future supply of nickel sulphate with Finnish multimetal company Terrafame. According to the release, Renault Group will procure a supply of nickel s...
    Nissan Mexico to halt production due to chip shortage
    According to a Reuters press release dated 6 October, Japanese automaker Nissan will implement temporary work stoppages at two Mexican plants for several days in October due to production adjustments required to manage a semiconductor chip shortage, its Mexico unit said. "We continue to make adju...
    Nissan Technical Center North America expands with USD40 million Safety Advancement Lab
    Nissan has expanded its Michigan-based engineering centre, Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA), with a more than USD40 million Safety Advancement Lab for vehicle safety testing, according to a press release on Business Wire dated 29 September. The new lab improves vehicle development ...
    01-Oct-2021 News Investments
    Qualcomm, Google provide in-vehicle features to Renault Mégane E-TECH Electric
    According to an official press release issued on 6 September, Qualcomm Technologies announced at IAA 2021 that it will collaborate with Google and Renault Group to create a rich and immersive in-vehicle experience for Renault's next-generation electric vehicle. Renault Group will use Qualcomm Tec...
    Harman supplies sound system for Renault’s new Mégane E-TECH Electric model
    Harman will be supplying the Harman Kardon sound system for Renault’s new Mégane E-TECH electric vehicle, the Samsung unit said in a press release on 6 September. The vehicle will feature nine speakers, including a subwoofer powered by a digital multichannel amplifier with up to 410 W of power. ...
    INFINITI launches QX80 SUV with advanced connectivity
    Infiniti has unveiled its new QX80 SUV with widescreen, high-definition 12.3-inch INFINITI InTouch display, it said in a press release on 2 September. Wireless Apple CarPlay and USB-based Android Auto are compatible. The new display is standard on all trims and includes navigation with lane guida...
    07-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Renault premieres updated Mégane E-TECH Electric hatchback
    French carmaker Renault has premiered the newest version of its Mégane E-TECH Electric. According to a press release issued by Renault on 6 September, the company stated that this new pure-electric hatchback uses a new electric motor that has been developed within the Alliance at two different loca...
    07-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Renault unveils Mégane E-Tech EV with new OpenR display
    Renault has unveiled the new Mégane E-Tech electric vehicle (EV) with new OpenR display and its new OpenR Link multimedia system, developed with Google and based on Android Automotive OS, comes with Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play built-in for a helpful, personalized, and seamles...
    06-Sep-2021 News New Products
    Nissan, Waseda University jointly working on recycling process for EV motors
    Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Company and Tokyo-based Waseda University have commenced testing a jointly developed recycling process that efficiently recovers high-purity rare-earth compounds from electrified vehicle motor magnets, the company announced on 3 September. The joint testing is aimed...
    EDF ties up with Nissan for V2G service in UK
    EDF, through its joint venture (JV) DREEV, has partnered with Nissan in the United Kingdom to launch a new charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, Green Car Congress reported on 2 August. The EDF V2G offer is available for fleet owners of Nissan’s LEAF and e-NV200 models. The...
    Fender premium audio system powered by Panasonic to debut in MY 2022 Nissan Frontier model
    Panasonic has announced that the Fender premium audio system, which is powered by the company, will debut with the MY2022 Nissan Frontier pick-up truck, according to a company press release on 10 August. “Panasonic's exclusive collaboration with Fender has allowed us to develop a one-of-a-kind ...
    13-Aug-2021 News New Products
    Renault and Geely sign MoU to focus on hybrid vehicles in China, Korea
    French vehicle manufacturer, Renault Group and one of China’s leading carmakers, Geely Holding Group have signed a MoU framework to focus on the growing hybrid vehicle market in China and South Korea, the two companies said in a joint statement released on 9 August. The cooperation, focused on ...
    Vulcan Energy signs agreement with Renault to supply lithium for five years
    German-Australian start-up Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd has signed a deal with French carmaker Renault to supply lithium for five years, Reuters said in a report on 2 August. Renault became the latest carmaker to secure a stable supply of lithium, a metal critical to batteries required for electric v...
    Why the Nissan-Envision AESC gigafactory is strategic for UK’s EV battery supply chain
    Unveiling its strategy to put the UK at the center of its electric vehicle (EV) game plan for Europe, Nissan, along with its battery partner Envision AESC, made a crucial announcement on 1 July to jointly invest GBP1 billion (USD1.37 billion) in the northeastern region to set up the country’s firs...
    Renault CEO expects semiconductor shortage to be felt into 2022
    According to a press release on Bloomberg dated 8 July, Renault SA CEO Luca de Meo said the effects of the global semiconductor shortage will be felt through next year, a warning that does not bode well for a recovery in auto production. Major suppliers have cautioned Renault that the shorta...
    Renault and Plug Power's venture HYVIA hydrogen to sell products throughout Europe
    The HYVIA hydrogen venture, established by French carmaker Renault and Plug Power, will assemble fuel cells and hydrogen refueling stations at its Flins factory in France from the end of 2021 onward. According to a report published by business news agency Reuters on 6 July, this joint venture will a...
    07-Jul-2021 News New Products
    Magna to open new factory in North Macedonia to produce wing mirrors
    Canadian automotive systems supplier, Magna International Inc., has announced that it will establish a new production facility near Struga, in the southwestern part of North Macedonia. According to a report filed by Bulgaria-based news agency SeeNews on 1 July, this facility, which represents an inv...
    06-Jul-2021 News Investments
    Nissan’s Qashqai to feature TomTom’s advanced mapping technology and connected services in Europe
    TomTom has announced that Nissan Qashqai will feature its advanced mapping technology and connected services in Europe, according to a 29 June press release. TomTom’s cutting-edge maps will be part of Nissan’s upgraded ProPILOT with Navi-link driver assistance, and NissanConnect infotainment sys...
    Renault developing new generation of in-car sounds for production vehicles
    Renault has said that Renault Design is currently working on new generation of in-vehicle sounds for production vehicles to be launched in the next few years, starting with the Mégane E-TECH electric vehicle (EV). The sound redesign is close to completion with new models expected to be integrated w...
    24-Jun-2021 News New Products
    MY 2022 Infiniti QX60 features intelligent AWD system
    Nissan-owned luxury carmaker, Infiniti, has unveiled its newest SUV, the QX60. According to a press release issued by Infiniti on 23 June, the company stated that the vehicle will be equipped with advanced intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) system as an option. The vehicle is slated to go on sale in ...
    24-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Nissan launches Note Aura with electrified powertrain in Japan
    Nissan has launched its new hatchback, the Note Aura, in Japan exclusively with its e-POWER electrified powertrain. According to a press release issued by Nissan on 15 June, the company stated that sales of this new vehicle are slated to commence from autumn this year onward. The second generatio...
    16-Jun-2021 News New Products
    Renault creates ElectriCity EV production cluster in France
    Renault Group and the representative trade unions (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC, CGT, FO, and SUD) have signed an agreement for the future of the Renault sites in the Hauts-de-France region, as part of the Renaulution strategic plan. According to a company press release on 9 June, the agreement has resulted ...
    Renault, Plug Power launch HYVIA JV for hydrogen-based commercial vehicle mobility
    Renault Group and Plug Power have launched their joint venture (JV) HYVIA, as outlined in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreement signed on 12 January 2021, according to a press release by Plug Power on 3 June. The 50:50 JV is chaired by David Holderbach, having over 20 years of experience i...
    Kumho Tire exclusively supplies Ecsta HS51 tire for Renault Samsung’ Arkana
    Kumho Tire is exclusively supplying its Ecsta HS51 tire to Renault Samsung Motors’ compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), Arkana, reports The Korea Herald. Significance: The Ecsta HS51 is their best-selling tire in Europe, The Korea Herald reported. The tire uses rubber and high grip resin for e...
    Novelis to supply sustainable aluminum body sheet to Nissan
    Novelis will supply Nissan with sustainable, lightweight aluminum body sheet for the all-new Qashqai sport utility vehicle (SUV) and create a closed-loop recycling system in Europe, the company announced in a press release on 28 May 2021. The Nissan Qashqai will incorporate Novelis aluminum in the h...
    Nissan in advanced talks with UK government to build battery gigafactory
    Nissan is in advanced talks with the UK government to build a battery gigafactory, reports Nikkei Asia. Nissan aims to make the United Kingdom its largest electric vehicle (EV) production hub outside of Japan. Nissan will employ mainland Chinese battery maker Envision AESC to run a new fac...
    28-May-2021 News Investments
    Renault, Iberdrola partner for carbon neutrality at Spain, Portugal factories
    Renault Group and Iberdrola have signed a strategic partnership agreement to launch carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reduction programs in Renault's energy consumption in Spain and Portugal. According to a company press release on 29 April, Iberdrola will supply Renault with “long-term green energy,...
    Renault launches Mégane E-Tech PHEV
    French carmaker Renault has announced the launch of the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of its Mégane. According to a press release issued by Renault on 5 May, the PHEV powertrain option will be made available for both the hatchback and station wagon variants. The Mégane E-Tech plug-in hybrid is ...
    12-May-2021 News New Products
    Renault unveils Mégane E-TECH electric hatchback
    Today in France, Renault CEO Luca de Meo and the Renault brand shared a few images of the Mégane E-TECH electric hatchback, including an Android-focused center stack, at its “Renault Talk” event, according to a company press release on 6 May. The company also released the picture of the logo as...
    Nissan divests its entire stake in Daimler
    Japanese carmaker, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., has announced that it has sold off its entire stake in German automotive OEM, Daimler AG. According to a press release issued by Nissan on 5 May, the company stated that this divestment involved the sale of 16,448,378 shares, equivalent to 1.54% of Daimler's...
    SiriusXM Connected Vehicle Services launches in Mexico through NissanConnect
    Sirius XM has announced the launch of its connected car service in Mexico, the company said in a press release on 6 April. SiriusXM will power Nissan’s NissanConnect Services which will allow drivers of select model year (MY) 2021 Nissan Sentra and Nissan Kicks models have access to the suite...
    Renault, STMicroelectronics and others create ‘Software République’ intelligent mobility ecosystem
    STMicroelectronics has partnered with Groupe Renault, Atos, Dassault Systèmes, and Thales to jointly create ‘Software République’, an open ecosystem for intelligent mobility, the company said in a press release on 9 April. The ecosystem will develop products and services using artificial in...
    Android’s grip tightens on automotive OS
    Android Automotive has taken the automotive headunit by storm. From its initial introduction in early 2017 until now, six global automakers across more than 10 brands have signed on, accounting for nearly one-fifth of all vehicles once fully rolled out. The significance of Android Automotive lies wi...
    Toyota Motor Corporation invests in e-Mobility Power Inc.
    e-Mobility Power, Inc., the equity holders of which are Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO HD) and Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. entered into an absorption-type corporate division agreement with Nippon Charge Service, LLC on 5 February. According to a press release issued by Toyota on 5 A...
    06-Apr-2021 News Investments
    Electrification pushing chassis component technology trends
    Earlier in March, Volkswagen, and Japan-based automotive components supplier, NSK, formed a partnership between their steering divisions to further the level of innovation in automotive steering technology. Today, even with a commoditized component such as the steering system, automakers and supplie...
    Renault to manufacture five new hybrid SUV models in Spain in 2022–24
    France’s Renault has said that it would start producing five new hybrid SUV models in its “second home” Spain in 2022–24, in line with an agreement with unions in the country, reports Reuters. The automaker intends to make Spain a hub for its E-TECH hybrids in an attempt to improve profit ma...
    25-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Japanese automakers to assess impact on production due to fire at Renesas plant
    Japanese carmakers including Toyota, Nissan, and Honda are assessing the impact on vehicle production caused by a fire at Renesas Electronics’ chip making unit, Reuters reported on 22 March. The fire, at a time when the automotive industry is struggling to cope with the shortage in semiconductors,...
    Renault, Solvay, Veolia partner to recycle end-of-life EV battery materials
    Groupe Renault, resource management firm, Veolia, and Solvay, have announced their partnership to enable closed-loop recycling of EV battery metals in Europe according to a press release on 18 March. The three partners are actively engaged in an experimental phase of setting up a pre-industrial demo...
    Nissan recalls 26,156 vehicles in US to replace front passenger airbag module
    Nissan is recalling 26,156 vehicles in the United States to replace the front passenger airbag module, according to a recall notice on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety (NHTSA) website on 4 March. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2006–08 INFINITI FX35 and...
    16-Mar-2021 News Recalls
    Volkswagen expects EVs to account for half of all vehicles sold in mainland China by 2030
    Volkswagen (VW) expects 50% of its vehicles sold in Mainland China to be electric by 2030, according to a report by China Daily. This is part of VW's ACCELARATE strategy. The brand will be unveiling at least one EV per year to reach its new electrification goal. Significance: Volkswagen launched ...
    Nissan, Mitsubishi to introduce electric minicar in Japan; likely price under USD18,000
    Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors plan to launch an electric minicar next year with a price point of lower than USD18,400 with subsidies in Japan, reports Nikkei Asia. The battery range of the car Nissan and Mitsubishi are developing will be in line with this concept, and be limited to about&nbs...
    10-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Nissan recalls 854,113 vehicles in North America over brake light issue
    Nissan is recalling 854,113 vehicles in North America over brake light issue, according to a report by Automotive News Canada on 9 March 2021. The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2016–19 Sentra compact sedans, covering 807,376 vehicles in the United States and 46,737 in Canada. Signific...
    10-Mar-2021 News Recalls
    Renault launches Arkana hybrid SUV in Europe
    French carmaker, Renault, has launched its newest SUV, the Arkana, in Europe. According to a press release issued by Renault on 4 March, the company stated that the 145 bhp E-TECH Hybrid powertrain will be provided as an option on this vehicle. Additionally, Renault will also make this vehicle av...
    05-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Nissan achieves 50% thermal efficiency for engine with e-POWER hybrid powertrain
    Japanese carmaker, Nissan, has announced a breakthrough in engine efficiency. According to a press release issued by Nissan on 26 February, the company stated that it achieved 50% thermal efficiency with its in-development, next generation e-POWER system. Attaining this level of thermal effi...
    01-Mar-2021 News New Products
    Toyota extends production suspension at Japanese plants due to parts shortage
    Toyota has further extended production suspension across 12 production lines at 8 manufacturing plants in Japan during 22–23 February due to a shortage of autoparts, the company said in a press release on 22 February. The extension affects the company’s plants in Takaoka, Tahara, Miayata, F...
    Suppliers to the new Renault Captur
    The second-generation Renault Captur is assembled at Renault's facility in Valladolid, Spain. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Renault Captur from the plant is expected to peak in 2022 at over 229,000 units. If you would like your company included in ...
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