Davos

31
JAN
2011
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

21st century Challenge

21st century Challenge

The Century's Leadership Challenge, the 9AM session held in Congress Hall, grappled with the concept of shared norms, the differences in 21st century thinking, gender and generational diversity, and so on. Certainly qualified for the task was the panel of distinguished guests, of which Mr. Ghosn was the lone business leader, including Sharan Burrow (General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation), Salam Fayyad (Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority), Herman Van Rompuy (President, European Council of the European Union), Prime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva and was moderated by Al Jazeera anchor Riz Khan.

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28
JAN
2011
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Emerging

Emerging

In the months leading up to WEF at Davos, there's been a running dialogue about how to characterize the emerging markets. The term BRICs, created by Jim O'Neill, has met expectations and those four engines of growth, particularly China and India, now play major roles in setting the pace of the global economy. So what to call the "next" emerging economies?

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28
JAN
2011
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

From the Congress Centre - Davos

From the Congress Centre - Davos

Walking through the Congress Center is like flipping through an illustrated history of the modern world. The faces and personalities of those who step in and out of various sessions and meetings are so familiar - and yet unusually 3-dimensional. George Soros shaking hands with throngs of suited Davos visitors; France's President Sarkozy, making his way through the path cleared by his security entourage, after speaking on the need for the IMF to supervize and stabilize economic imbalances. To a first-time visitor, the celebrity and influence of those gathered here are unmatched.

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27
JAN
2011
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Sharing norms

Sharing norms

In between meetings at the Hub, Mr. Ghosn spoke with PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi about the Nissan LEAF and Renault Fluence Z.E. As they stood staring at the Leaf charging outside, she asked what battery it uses. Mr. Ghosn's response: "Ours." He described the cooperation that Nissan has in battery development with NEC, the joint venture called AESC. She said she'll be back for a test drive tomorrow.

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27
JAN
2011
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

From Davos - Partnerships for EVs

From Davos - Partnerships for EVs

This afternoon, London's Mayor Boris Johnson created a buzz around the Nissan LEAF, as it sat charging at the Hub Pavilion, when he stopped by to ask a few questions.

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27
JAN
2011
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Inside Davos

Inside Davos

As the World Economic Forum began its second day in Davos, CEO Carlos Ghosn kicked it off with seven interviews with broadcast media with audiences spanning the world. He started with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo live on Squwak Box followed by a taping for her program later in the day. The backdrop of the Swiss Alps was as breathtaking as the minus 12 degree weather in which Ghosn and Bartiromo sat, a white cloud of dialogue between them as Ghosn described what we can expect for the car industry in 2011.

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27
JAN
2011
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Post-dinner conversation in Davos

Post-dinner conversation in Davos

Hertz's Jack Hidary thinks in LEAF-fuls. Last night took two LEAF-fuls of individuals related to Silicon Valley (venture capitalists, journalists and other business folks) to dinner at a remote Swiss chalet. The post-dinner conversation? Probably all about EVs. Through Hertz, Hidary is collaborating with B-2-B and B-2-C ventures that span three continents in the cities of New York, San Fransciso, London, Paris, Shanghai and Beijing. He's waiting for his LEAF orders to get all locations up and running.

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26
JAN
2011
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Davos 2011: news from the Alliance

Davos 2011: news from the Alliance

As President Clinton was leaving lunch at Schneider’s in Davos, his advisor surveyed the pastries, pressed to pick a selection as good as the one that Clinton took home last year. Seizing the moment, I asked if President Clinton, or anyone in his party, wanted to test drive Nissan LEAF or a Renault Fluence Z.E. His advisor said they might stop by for a spin.

Welcome to Davos, where the world’s political and business leaders descend by helicopter and armored car to the World Economic Forum. As part of this community, what better place than here to bring zero emissions mobility?

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24
JAN
2011
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

The Renault-Nissan Alliance promotes zero emission in Davos 2011

The Renault-Nissan Alliance promotes zero emission in Davos 2011

Davos: it’s shorthand for the World Economic Forum (WEF), the annual gathering of the world’s top politicians, business leaders, intellectuals and thinkers.

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01
JUN
2010
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

All in this together…

All in this together…

The auto industry is probably better known for its intense competitiveness; companies finding more on which to disagree than agree. Trade associations such as the SMMT in the UK, ACEA in Europe and JAMA in Japan do create forums where automakers can debate areas of common interest and present a unified view on a specific issue.

Last year The World Economic Forum, best known for its annual meeting in Davos, helped to bring some of the major automakers together to make a unique but simple request to policy makers: we are ready to start working together to solve the environmental issues associated with vehicle transportation. Initially, the letter was signed by the CEOs of Daimler, Ford, the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Toyota. Last month, the CEOs of Audi, Hyundai and Volkswagen added their names to the list, and we expect more to follow.

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