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OCT
2013
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Nissan CEO Ghosn at Autonomous Drive Wheel

Nissan CEO Ghosn at Autonomous Drive Wheel

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn sat in the driver’s seat for a test of Nissan’s latest Autonomous Drive car prototype ahead of technology exhibition  CEATEC JAPAN 2013, which opened on Tuesday.

After not quite taking the wheel, CEO Ghosn spoke to the Global Media Center, reaffirming plans to introduce self-driving cars by 2020.

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Renault "J" five-speed manual gearbox a win-win for Renault and Nissan
The “J” gearbox is Renault’s best-selling manual gearbox and is another example of how the Alliance benefits both Renault and Nissan.
 
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26
SEP
2013
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Nissan helps to clean up the City

Nissan helps to clean up the City

The City of London – the heart of the capital’s financial district – has undergone a clean up, courtesy of Nissan.
 
It’s down to a hugely successful trial of Nissan’s forthcoming 100 per cent electric van, the e-NV200, carried out by the City of London Corporation, the local authority services provider for the Square Mile. Promising no emissions, virtually no noise and low running costs, e-NV200 will be put into full production next year.
 
The prototype van gained universally positive feedback from fleet drivers and members of the Corporation’s senior management team, who all took the wheel during the week-long trial.

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24
SEP
2013
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Renault electrifies the world of motor sport

Renault electrifies the world of motor sport

Renault’s world-leading expertise in electric vehicle technology is on the right track. Literally. At the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, the company revealed its latest model: a single-seater racing car, powered by an advanced 270hp electric motor.

The Spark-Renault SRT_01E has been created for the world’s first pure EV championship. The FIA-sanctioned 2014 Formula E series kicks off next year and will see 20 identical Spark-Renault racers from ten teams taking part.

Recognising the zero-emission status of the 10-round championship, the races will all be held in the centre of some of the world’s largest cities. European races will take place in London, Rome and Berlin while the host cities in Asia are Beijing, Bangkok and Putrajava. When the series moves to the Americas, the teams will race in Los Angeles, Miami, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. The series will be held from September 2014 to June 2015.

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23
SEP
2013
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Renault celebrates delivery of its 10,000th Kangoo Z.E.

Renault celebrates delivery of its 10,000th Kangoo Z.E.

Renault's Kangoo Z.E. has reached the milestone of 10,000 vehicles registered, reflecting the popularity of this versatile, zero-emission van. Launched at the end of 2011, the Kangoo Z.E. has become Europe's top-selling small electric van and represents around 10 percent of all Kangoo sales.

A special ceremony was held at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 10th to mark the 10,000th registration. 

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20
SEP
2013
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Keep on Running - the music that's driving the Alliance

Keep on Running - the music that's driving the Alliance

One week after they left the Champs Elysées in Paris, the 19-strong team of Renault-Nissan Alliance runners are well on their way to their final destination, Togliatti in Russia… some 4,000kms away.

The aim of the run is to promote human values and team spirit within the Alliance and to highlight the power of the partnership: Togliatti is the home of the AVTOVAZ manufacturing complex, a joint venture which is on target to build 1.7 million Nissan, Renault and Lada vehicles a year.

Run as a relay event, the plan is to cover the distance in 17 days. The runners are split into three teams (one running, one resting and the third leapfrogging the others to the next starting point) with individuals each running between 10 and 15 kms a time before handing the baton onto a colleague.

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SEP
2013
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‘High Five’ for Renault design

‘High Five’ for Renault design

Renault’s new design language is already winning awards. The company picked up no fewer than five honours at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the annual Automotive Brand Contest organised by the German Design Council.
 
The accolades focused on Renault range of new models – ZOE, Clio and Captur – all of which picked up awards in the Exterior Volume Brand category. All three models have been launched within the past year and reflect the first fruits from creative genius Laurens van den Acker, who was appointed Renault’s head of design in 2010.
 
The other two awards were equally well deserved. The Alpine A110-50 took its win in the ‘concepts’ category while the entire Renault stand – called ‘The Bump’ – was also given a gong.

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19
SEP
2013
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Renault partners with Bolloré to extend EV car sharing scheme

Renault partners with Bolloré to extend EV car sharing scheme

Electric car sharing schemes have been given a major boost following the creation of a new partnership between Renault and Bolloré. The letter of intent recently signed by the two groups addresses potential improvements in three key areas: the implementation of new car sharing solutions, increased production of Bluecars, and the development of a new 3-seater EV.
 
The French investment group Bolloré has supplied Autolib’, Paris's car-sharing service, with Bluecar electric vehicles ever since its launch in 2011 – and now the partnership with Renault is set to extend the initiative within and beyond the French capital.

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Renault-Nissan & Avtovaz create common purchasing organization in Russia

- Jointly-owned organization to oversee a defined scope of purchasing activities for Renault, Nissan and AVTOVAZ in Russia 

- Will allow partners to generate significant savings thanks to increased volumes and better pricing with suppliers

- Will strengthen global quality and competitiveness of LADA, AVTOVAZ’s iconic brand

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and AVTOVAZ today announced the establishment of a common purchasing organization in Russia. This structure will manage a defined scope of purchasing for Renault, Nissan and AVTOVAZ joint activities related to industrial equipment, powertrains and vehicles based on common platforms.

"Common Purchasing Organization” LLC (CPO) is equally owned by AVTOVAZ and Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization (RNPO) on which it will be modeled. Established in 2001, RNPO is Renault-Nissan’s largest common organization and biggest contributor to new synergies derived from cost reductions and cost avoidance. RNPO covers all purchasing activities of both Renault and Nissan worldwide.

Like RNPO, CPO is expected to generate significant savings for the three partners in Russia thanks to increased volumes and better pricing with suppliers. CPO will use the RNPO methods and standards that have contributed to its success. RNPO generated 851 million euros in new synergies for Renault-Nissan in 2012, or about a third of total synergies.

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SEP
2013
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Datsun return gathers pace with GO+ in Indonesia

Datsun return gathers pace with GO+ in Indonesia

The return of Datsun gained momentum with the world premiere of the brand’s second model, the GO+, in Jakarta on Tuesday.

The Indonesian debut of the MPV follows the July launch of the Datsun GO in Delhi, with both set to be sold in Indonesia from 2014, said Nissan Motor Company CEO Carlos Ghosn.

“We’re going to come with a product which is modern, extremely fuel efficient – it’s going to be the best in its category – and at a very affordable price,” Ghosn said.

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