EV car designs flaunt large sofas, ample floor space

If you were to go by designs showcased in Shanghai’s auto exhibition, future electric SUVs will sport ample floor space large enough to provide luxuries typically found in your living room. Concepts electric vehicle (EV) cars on display in Shanghai’s autoshow this week, including ones from the Audi AI:me and Infiniti QX Inspiration, underscore aspirations…

Streamlining decision-making, focus of Renault-Nissan alliance: Jean-Dominique Senard

Japan’s Nissan and France’s Renault have agreed to strategically retool the alliance so as to put themselves on a more equal footing. In an interview to Le Figaro, Renault’s chairman Jean-Dominique Senard drew attention to the fact that Renault and Nissan must streamline decision-making; he also mentioned that boosting the companies’ cross-shareholding is not currently…

VW purchases 75.1% stake in Volvo’s WirelessCar platform

The forward-looking purchase of the stake is of strategic significance as it revolves around the future of mobility. In a strategic move, Volkswagen has purchased a controlling stake in Volvo’s WirelessCar, a digital service developer which specializes in connected driving, for $122 million (1.1 billion Swedish crowns). In a statement Volkswagen stated, WirelessCar’s technology would…

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to boost collaboration in key technologies

Areas of convergence that have been identified by the trio include engineering, manufacturing, purchasing and supply chains. On Thursday, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance stated it would boost the speed of convergence of technologies between the trio as they collaborate on key areas as part of a bigger, broader strategy to boost profits and lower costs. The…

Nissan begins public field tests for its autonomous vehicle services, Easy Ride in Yokohama, Japan

Analysts at IHS Markit see global autonomous vehicle sale touching 33 million units ub 2040, while Goldman Sachs has predicted that the ride-hailing market will grow 800% by 2030 and be five times the size of the current taxi market. In a strategic development, Nissan Motor Co has taken the first steps towards becoming an…

Nissan’s revamped Leaf competes head to head with Tesla’s Model 3

In 2018, Nissan plans on releasing another version of the Leaf which will have a driving range of “more than 300 miles” In a significant development that underscores Nissan Motor Co’s efforts at stimying criticism over its limited driving ranges in its EV offerings, the company has launched a revamped version of its Leaf electric…