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Nissan and Renault Name New CEOs

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Just this year, we saw two chief executive officers make their exit from Nissan. Recently, the company announced that they have finally chosen someone who will officially take the leadership position and that’s Makoto Uchida.

The announcement that Uchida is the next CEO of Nissan came this Tuesday. He is currently the company’s head of its China business.

It should be noted that the Japan-based company just removed Carlos Ghosn last April following a series of controversies arising from his alleged financial misconduct. The allegations led to his arrest in November last year.

Ghosn’s replacement, Hiroto Saikawa was also ousted barely a month ago due to an alleged pay scandal. He was heavily criticized too for his failure to support Nissan’s merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

Uchida is only 53 years old upon his new appointment. He served as president of the company’s Chinese joint venture in April 2018. Nissan is hopeful that he will be a key in repairing their severed ties with Renault.

Speaking of Renault, its board announced an interim CEO for the company as well. They just fired Thierry Bollore on Friday following the announcement of Nissan’s change in leadership. Taking over the French firm temporarily is Clotilde Delbos who has been with Renault since 2012 and has served as the company’s chief financial officer in 2016.

Delbos is said to be a supporter of Renault’s merger with Nissan. Paired with Uchida, the people within their respective companies and the French government are hoping that the Nissan-Renault full merger will still push through, and possibly increase their ties with Mitsubishi Motors.

Carlos Ghosn Shots Back at Nissan and Mitsubishi in Dutch Court

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The saga of former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn continues. Eight months after his arrest by Japanese authorities and three months after his ouster from his company, he is now returning the favor to his rivals through a lawsuit filed in the Netherlands.

According to the Asia Times, the former Nissan CEO is currently under house arrest in Tokyo as he awaits trial over alleged financial misconduct. In November last year, Ghosn was arrested for under-reporting compensation. He was released on bail in March but he was rearrested the following month, and since then, he remained under detention.

The 65-year old is presently facing multiple charges in Japan. His allegations include breach of trust, understatement of income, transferring his personal financial losses to Nissan, and misappropriation of company money from a business partner in Oman for personal use.

In the ensuing lawsuit that Ghosn filed, he claimed that his former employers improperly terminated his contract. His lawyers accused that the termination of their client’s contract was “not sufficiently substantiated.”

As a result, his legal team is claiming damages amounting 15 million euros ($13.4 million). The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, thus, the case went under the jurisdiction of a Dutch court.

Both Nissan Motor CEO Hiroto Saikawa and Mitsubishi Motors Chairman Osamu Masuko has taken the helm as directors of the alliance after the subsequent absence and termination of Ghosn.

So far, that’s all there is to the drama surrounding Ghosn’s life, but we will surely keep an eye on updates and post them here right away.

New 2019 Renault ZOE Has Longer Range, More Tech

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The 2019 Renault ZOE looks similar to the current one in the market. Externally speaking, that is. The latest version of Europe’s best-selling electric car can now get to 242 miles on a single charge, thanks largely to its massive 52kWh battery.

Under the hood, Renault used denser cells to prolong the battery’s capacity. That raised the car’s capacity from 41kWh to 52kWh. All this was done without having to increase the battery’s physical size. With this, the Renault ZOE can go 242 miles from 186 miles on a single charge.

Renault said the car’s battery will take about nine hours and 25 minutes to fully charged when plugged in a standard 7kW wall box charger. That additional 50kW DC fast charging will give you about 90 additional miles in just 30 minutes.

This larger battery is paired with a 135bhp electric motor, although a lesser 110bhp motor is also available.

The ZOE has been on sale for seven years, but this one is the largest change we have seen in the electric car. It has the same size as before, with the only change seen on the new front bumper, C-shaped LED headlamps, and additional chrome detailing.

The ZOE’s charging port is hidden behind its badge on the nose. The charging port now supports DC fast charging up to 50kW.

Inside the cabin, the update grows a little stronger. The center console has been completely redesigned. It now has a 9.3-inch touchscreen display. This comes as standard on every model. There’s also a new electronic gear level, parking brake, and wireless charging pad for smartphones.

There’s a new infotainment system called the Easy connect. The setup allows drivers to control and operate many of the car’s functions as long as the accompanying app is also installed in their smartphones. Drivers can set the destination on the navigation system, set the car’s climate, look up public charging stations, and check the car’s battery health.

New Renault EV Car To Compete With Nissan Leaf

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French brand Renault is about to introduce two new electric vehicles (EVs) by 2022, one of which will be a larger family-sized model that will take on the Nissan Leaf. The other one will be a smaller city car. This expansion into electric vehicles production will help the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance reach its target of selling two million cars a year by 2025.

Renault currently has four EVs in its lineup, though it plans to ramp up the production as it aims to manufacture eight new ones by 2022. Eric Feunteun, the brand’s global electric vehicle program director told Auto Express, that the company will continue to focus on the B-segment, which is “our strongest segment and it is the heart of the European market.”

The plan then is to produce smaller city cars after the B-segment and then slowly go up into the C-segment to increase their coverage. But Feunteun is adamant that the timing is critical because of the price of batteries in today’s market, especially since Renault’s goal is to offer affordable technology. The ZOE, he said, is the most affordable electric car currently on the market.

“Price is the number one deciding factor,” Feunteun added, which is why the rival for Nissan Leaf shouldn’t be expected until 2022 when the prices of batteries are expected to be at the level that Renault is hoping.

The model will likely to be based on the Renault Symbioz concept, which announced the French brand’s vision of electric and autonomous vehicle technology.

This future family-sized model will have the concept’s aggressive features such as the exaggerated daytime running lights at the front and rear ends. It will use the all-new dedicated EV platform, which is also available to all of the Alliance’s partners, that can provide more space for the passengers. The model will possibly ride higher, too, because of the larger battery size to power it up for more than 250 miles.


Source: Auto Express

2020 Renault Captur With Plug-In Hybrid Spied Testing In The Cold

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The new 2020 Renault Captur crossover’s plug-in hybrid variant has been spotted winter testing. Scheduled to be sold starting 2020, it looks like Renault is on schedule to produce probably one of its best-selling vehicles.

Based on the latest spy shots, the latest Captur will adopt an evolutionary design though it brought the same shape, profile, and the brand’s signature grille to this camouflaged prototype. The new photos, however, revealed that the Captur crossover will have the new Clio-inspired front end.

Inside, the Renault Captur will carry the brand’s latest dashboard layout with a portrait-style touchscreen infotainment unit at the center. We expect to see more cabin space, too, both for the passengers and cargo since Renault is planning on making the Alliance B platform longer and wider. That should unlock more shoulder and leg room.

Since it was launched in 2013, the first-generation Captur was Renault’s third best-selling vehicle globally with 232,733 units making rounds in the world today. This next-generation Captur crossover has then a gigantic task to face: continue its role as a sales success for Renault when it goes on sale early next decade.

This will also be Renault’s first plug-in hybrid model that uses the technology outlined by former Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn during the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

For the new Captur’s plug-in hybrid engine, Renault is developing a system that will make use of Nissan’s 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric drive system. The electric motor will have a dual role, providing the petrol engine with additional torque and power and offering up to 30 miles on electric charge alone.

There are no technical specifications available yet for this plug-in hybrid system but Renault confirmed that the electric drive setup will carry a 9.8kWh battery. This same technology will be used in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance for future cars.

Carlos Ghosn Resigns As Renault’s Chairman

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Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn voluntarily resigned as Renault’s CEO and chairman following his arrest in Japan in November over allegations that he understated his pay and used company assets for personal investments.

Renault confirmed Ghosn’s decision to step down from the chairmanship after a board of directors meeting. Ghosn is still in jail in Japan and has recently been denied bail once again. He spent his Christmas and New Year in jail. Renault also confirmed that a new CEO and chairman has been named.

As expected, former Michelin chief executive Jean-Dominique Senard was elected as the French company’s new chairman during the board meeting. Theirry Bollore, who ran the business during Ghosn’s absence, will be Renault’s new chief executive.

Following his appointment as CEO, Senard will also be the chairman of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance which Ghosn headed.

In November, Nissan’s board of directors voted to sack Ghosn after he was indicted in Japan for understating his pay. Nissan’s internal investigation also alleged that the disgraced former executive used the company’s assets to cover the loss of some personal investments.

In its investigation, Nissan further found out that Ghosn and former deputy Greg Kelly reported compensation amounts in the Tokyo Stock Exchange securities report that were less than the actual amount. The misconduct happened “over many years.”

Nissan provided the information to the Japanese Public Prosecutors Office as they have been fully coordinating with the investigation, a statement from the Japanese auto company said.

Nissan then apologized to its shareholders and stakeholders for the risks and concerns Ghosn’s actions produced. “We will continue our work to identify our governance and compliance issues, and to take appropriate measures.”

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, however, a long-standing partnership among the three companies, will remain “unchanged” even as one of its founders has left the group.

 

Carlos Ghosn Is Going To Spend Christmas In A Japanese Cell

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Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn will have to spend his Christmas and New Year’s Eve in a Tokyo jail without the possibility of receiving visitors as fresh allegations surfaced that he made the carmaker shoulder $16.6 million in personal investment losses.

On Sunday, a Tokyo court ruled that Ghosn can be held for another 10 days without bail after his rearrest on Friday on charges of breach of trust. The former Nissan chief has been detained for the past five weeks on charges that he underreported his income. The breach of trust allegations is an additional charge.

Japanese prosecutors petitioned the court to extend the detention to 10 days without bail. They were granted that petition. During the 10-day period that ends on January 1, Ghosn cannot welcome regular visitors, except for his lawyers and consular officers from countries where he holds citizenship.

Ghosn is a Brazil-born businessman who also has French and Lebanese citizenships. He served as the CEO of Michelin North America, chairman and CEO of Renault, chairman of AvtoVAZ, chairman and former CEO of Nissan, and chairman of Mitsubishi Motors.

Ghosn’s arrest in Tokyo last month shocked the auto industry. It also strained the partnerships he built between Nissan (NSANY), Renault (RNSDF), and Mitsubishi Motors (MMTOF). After his arrest on November 19, Nissan fired him as its chairman but Renault appointed interim management, keeping Ghosn on the payroll.

Prosecutors alleged that around October 2008, during the global financial crisis, Ghosn shifted personal trades to Nissan, making it responsible for about 1.85 billion yen ($16.6 million) in appraisal losses. This move inflicted damage on Nissan by having it pay up a total of $14.7 million between June 2009 and March 2012.

His first confinement to the detention center was due to the initial allegations of financial misconduct wherein he reportedly underreported his income between 2010 and 2015. If proven guilty, Ghosn is facing a possible maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Prosecutors are also alleging him to have continued this practice in 2017 but they haven’t charged him yet.

 

2020 Renault Captur Is Its Brand’s First PHEV

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French automaker Renault is getting ready to introduce its first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the high-tech Captur crossover, in 2020.

The second-generation Renault Captur has big shoes to fill. The first-generation model, which was launched in 2013, has been Renault’s third best-seller globally, with 232,733 units sold last year alone. And since this will be Renault’s first foray into plug-in hybrid cars, the Captur must set the example for the next cars in the company’s lineup.

Renault will be using the tech introduced by its boss, Carlos Ghosn, during the Paris Motor Show early this month. It’s an all-new plug-in hybrid setup that will make use of the Nissan-developed 1.6-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric drive system. The electric system will be tasked to provide the petrol engine with additional torque and power plus an additional 30 miles of all-electric drive.

The power for the electric drive will be supplied by a 9.8kWh battery but there have been no details of the power specs yet from the petrol engine.

This same technology will be used in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. After the Captur gets unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next year, it will be the next-generation Nissan Qashqai’s turn. It will get the same plug-in hybrid system.

The technology, however, won’t be available on Renault’s supermini and biggest seller, the Clio. Instead, the fifth-generation Clio, which is scheduled to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, will come with a conventional closed hybrid setup that doesn’t require plugging in. Upcoming electrified Renault vehicles will be badged as e-Tech models.

As for its design, the Captur’s profile, shape, and signature grille will remain the same. Every panel will be slightly different, however, and there will surely be new headlights and tail lamps. The cabin will have Renault’s latest dashboard layout—a portrait-style touchscreen infotainment unit smacked in the middle. There is an expected increase in cabin space, too, since the French company plans to stretch out the Alliance B platform.

Photo Source: Auto Express

3 Things You Should Know About The 2019 Renault Arkana

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French car manufacturer Renault revealed an all-new coupe SUV called the Arkana at the Moscow Auto Show. This is the first coupe-inspired SUV to sit at a lower price point compared to its more premium competitors.

For now, it is just a concept, but one that is really close to production. Once released, it will first be marketed to Russia before going to other Western countries under a different name. The United States won’t get it, though, since we don’t have Renault here but we expect to see Nissan release a similar architecture to the Arkana.

1. Exterior

The latest technology and ideology from Renault designed the Arkana based on the Talisman and the Megane. There will be many bits and pieces of the front and rear end of the Arkana that would be taken from the two cars. If you look at it closely, it would resemble in many ways an updated Renault Megane Grand Coupe. There’s also redesigned C-shaped lights.

The one obvious thing that made this a coupe crossover is the coupe roofline. While many automakers try to hide the coupe nature of their coupe-inspired SUVs, Renault went the other way and made this with a high waistline, massive clearance, and 19-inch wheels.

Based on its dimensions, the Arkana is going to compete with the Nissan Rogue or the Honda CR-V.

2. Interior

Renault refused to give photos of its interior, but it’s safe to say that it would be close to the high-speccedMegane or Talisman. The dashboard will be dominated by a massive central portrait screen while the instrument cluster will be partially digital.

It brings a sense of comfort for the Arkana to have a Megane interior because it will at least bring a dash of elegance and sophistication.

3. Drivetrain

Remember that this is going to be a cheap crossover, so it will probably carry the engine from the Renault Kadjar. That being said, the Arkana will come equipped with a 1.2-liter turbocharged petrol engine and an option for a 1.6-liter diesel engine. These machines should be paired with a possible 4WD.

4 Things To Know About The 2018 Renault Megane RS


Renault is bringing a sportier and more powerful version of the Megane to 2018. Called the Renault Megane RS, it will have a wide stance, unique body lines, aggressive front end, and a motorsport-inspired, functional rear diffuser.

Exterior

The RS model is wider than the standard model with the rear haunches up by 45 mm (1.77 inches) and the front extended by 60 mm (2.36 inches). The front has an all-new fascia and the large air intakes are more menacing and aggressive than ever. The new grille also adds a sportiness to the whole look.

The rear end is very interesting, with a micro look on the fascia and a functional diffuser in the middle. There are new fog lights, too, and you can choose from 18- or 19-inch wheels. There are eight exterior colors to choose from—Glacier White, Arctic White, Mercury, Diamond Black, Titanium Grey, Flame Red, Volcanic Orange, and Liquid Yellow.

Interior

The interior is all sports car with its RS-specific goods. The red trim is thrown around the car and the RS badge on the bottom of the steering wheel is a nice sporty touch. There are red accents, too, in the hear shifter, the instrument cluster, and the infotainment system. All over, the interior is wrapped in charcoal gray with red top stitching and to round off the sporty feel of the interior, there are aluminum pedals, too.

The sports seats offer plenty of support, which included integrated headrests. The R-Link 2 comes as standard equipment and this features an 8.7-inch display that’s vertically oriented.

Performance

The Renault Megane RS is powered by a 1.8-liter four-pot engine that produces 280 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 287 pound-feet of torque. For this kind of power, Renault has to do over the air intake, the exhaust system, and the cylinder head, which received attention from the Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing department.

The Megane RS can reach 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds. It also comes with the Multi-Sense, which offers several driving modes—Comfort, normal mode, sport mode, race mode, and Perso mode.

The Renault Megane RS is priced at $37,271, and competes directly with the Volkswagen Golf R and the Honda Civic Type R.

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