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Renault obstacle-avoidance technology "as good as professional test drivers"

Renault has demonstrated its latest autonomous driving systems, including obstacle avoidance technology "as good as professional test drivers". The systems are a product of the Renault Open Innovation Lab, focused on improving active safety and autonomous driving systems within the broader 'Groupe Renault...

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Mitsubishi to release six new models by 2020
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Mitsubishi to release six new models by 2020

Mitsubishi has announced its Drive For Growth three-year plan, which will include the release of six all-new vehicles. The plan targets a 30 per cent increase in annual sales to 1.3 million vehicles per annum, along with an operating profit margin of 6.0 per cent or more by the end of 2019...


Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance outlines 2022 plan
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Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance outlines 2022 plan

The newly minted Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, complete with a new logo, has laid out its ambitious growth and cost reduction plans for the next six years. A major component of the new plans is to boost the use of common platforms. At the end of 2016, Renault and Nissan produced around two million cars per annum off two common modular platforms...


Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor to co-develop EVs in China
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Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor to co-develop EVs in China

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Dongfeng Motor Group have announced their collaboration on developing and selling electric vehicles (EVs) in China. Dubbed eGT New Energy Automotive, the joint venture will design and develop a new EV with intelligent interconnectivity, primarily aimed at the Chinese market...


Renault-Nissan Alliance leads 2017 global sales race at halfway point
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Renault-Nissan Alliance leads 2017 global sales race at halfway point

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has vaulted past the Volkswagen Group and Toyota to be the world's number one automaker at the halfway point of this year. To the end of June, the Franco-Japanese pairing sold 5,268,079 vehicles, ahead of the Volkswagen Group's 5,155,600, and Toyota's 5,129,000...


Mitsubishi: ‘Old product is hurting us’
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Mitsubishi: ‘Old product is hurting us’

There’s no hiding it – Mitsubishi has some of the oldest products on the market, and the company’s global chief operations officer reckons that’s his biggest focus under the stewardship of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Mitsubishi COO Trevor Mann told media this week in Sydney that he wants to see shorter life-cycles and more investment in research and development – meaning newer cars that drive up to the standards of the classes in which they compete...


Electric cars ‘need subsidies to get a foothold in the market’: Renault-Nissan chief
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Electric cars ‘need subsidies to get a foothold in the market’: Renault-Nissan chief

The chicken or the egg? Forget that. What about the government subsidy or the electric car? Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, told media this week that in order for electric vehicles to be in the minds of consumers there needs to be government support in the form of subsidies. Without subsidies, Ghosn warned, there is little to no demand from private consumers...


Nissan and Mitsubishi announce shared parts and accessories warehousing in Australia
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Nissan and Mitsubishi announce shared parts and accessories warehousing in Australia

Nissan Australia and Mitsubishi Australia have this week announced the establishment of a joint local parts and accessories logistics and warehousing operation. The new 'National Parts Distribution Centre' will be one of the country's largest automotive logistics facilities when construction finishes by December this year, measuring more than 36,000 square metres...


Brand identities not at stake through extended sharing, says Renault-Nissan Alliance chief
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Brand identities not at stake through extended sharing, says Renault-Nissan Alliance chief

The head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance says the individual brand identities that fall under the overarching group umbrella will remain, and that it is important the brands have unique selling points to appeal to different buyers...


Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi “not doing their fair share in Australia”, says global CEO
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Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi “not doing their fair share in Australia”, says global CEO

New car buyers can soon expect to see a more aggressive approach from Renault, Mitsubishi and Nissan as the brands push for greater relevance in the busy Australian market, following a strongly-worded press conference with the global head of all three brands this week...


2018 Alpine A110 detailed: video
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2018 Alpine A110 detailed: video

Revealed last week, the hotly-anticipated 2018 Alpine A110 has now been detailed ahead of its European launch later this year. Weighing just 1080kg, the A110 is a featherweight by today's standards, while its performance specifications should worry some established sports cars. Under the bonnet is a new 1...


New Lada Niva for 2018... Could it be?
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New Lada Niva for 2018... Could it be?

Everyone’s favourite pioneering Russian SUV, the Lada Niva, turns 40 years old this year - making it just about ready for an update. Reports this week suggest that Lada’s parent company, AutoVAZ, is finally looking to move the ‘darling of the field’ (Russian translation for Lada Niva) to a new and more modern platform, for launch in 2018...


Mercedes-Benz chief confirms brand won't build new small cars with Infiniti
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Mercedes-Benz chief confirms brand won't build new small cars with Infiniti

Mercedes-Benz has revealed that the alliance it has with Renault-Nissan to produce a range of models is strong, but company chief Dr Dieter Zetsche confirmed there are joint projects that may be dropped if they don’t make sense – including a second-generation range of small cars...


Mitsubishi Motors joins Renault Nissan Alliance: Official
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Mitsubishi Motors joins Renault Nissan Alliance: Official

Nissan has formally acquired a 34 per cent stake in Mitsubishi Motors, and taken effective control of the smaller, scandal-beset Japanese car maker. As part of Nissan's acquisition of a controlling share in the tri-diamond brand, Mitsubishi will join the Renault-Nissan Alliance...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 7, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 7, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Mercedes-Benz utility details to be revealed in October
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Mercedes-Benz utility details to be revealed in October

Details on the first ever Mercedes-Benz pick-up utility vehicle are set to be revealed later this month, according to a release from the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The release focused on the intra-brand co-operative deal between Renault, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz in the joint development of a new pick-up truck...


Nissan's takeover of Mitsubishi close to completion
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Nissan's takeover of Mitsubishi close to completion

The Renault Nissan Alliance’s takeover of Mitsubishi should be completed by the end of the year, according to the alliance’s CEO, Carlos Ghosn. Ghosn revealed at the Paris motor show this week that the Alliance was in the due diligence phase and that he expected the deal to be finalised by the end of the year...


Renault Nissan Alliance to partner with Microsoft on connected-car tech
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Renault Nissan Alliance to partner with Microsoft on connected-car tech

There's an old joke that has Bill Gates boasting that if General Motors were as advanced as the computer industry, "we'd all be driving cars with V32 engines that got 1000 miles to the gallon". The 1990s-era joke then has former GM boss Jack Smith retort with the idea that a Microsoft-inspired car would crash twice a day and the airbag would ask 'are you sure?' before activating...


Infiniti reveals world's first market-ready variable compression ratio engine
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Infiniti reveals world's first market-ready variable compression ratio engine

Nissan’s premium arm Infiniti has released initial details of its new variable compression-turbocharged (VC-T) petrol engine, ahead of the unit’s public debut at the Paris motor show on September 29. Touted as the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine, the Infiniti VC-T is not limited by a fixed compression ratio, allowing it to raise or lower the height that the pistons reach...


2017 Nissan Micra to be built in France
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2017 Nissan Micra to be built in France

The next-generation Nissan Micra will be built in France. The Japanese brand's five-door Micra micro car is set to be built where its ally, Renault, currently assembles the European-market Clio and the cutesy Zoe electric car...