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Carlos Ghosn re-arrested on fresh charges

Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO of Renault and Nissan, has been re-arrested by Japanese authorities, alleging of the money paid from his discretionary fund to an affiliate in the Middle East was used for his own personal enrichment. Prosecutors turned up at Ghosn's residence in Tokyo before dawn to take the former executive in for further questioning...

Nissan CEO unaware of Renault's desire to pursue merger with Fiat Chrysler

Sources have told The Financial Times Renault is hoping to start merger talks with Nissan within 12 months, and then work on purchasing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). According to wire reports (via Automotive News), when Saikawa was asked about whether he knew about Renault's reported plans, he replied, "not at all"...

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance agrees to new management structure

The heads of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors have agreed to form of a new board of management for the three-headed automaking alliance. As part of the deal agreed to in Tokyo, the "New Start" board will be chaired by Jean-Dominique Senard, chairman of Renault. The other members of the board will be Thierry Bollore, CEO of Renault; Hiroto Saikawa, CEO of Nissan; and Osamu Masuko, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors...

Carlos Ghosn granted bail

Carlos Ghosn has walked out of jail, 108 days after being arrested disembarking a private jet operated by Nissan. At 4.30pm yesterday, the former CEO emerged from the Tokyo Detention Centre surrounded by guards. In an effort to evade the media, Ghosn left the jail wearing a blue cap, sunglasses, a surgical mask, and a worker's vest with orange safety stripes...

Alpine A110 gunning for Porsche 718 in Australia

Alpine is a name that won't mean much to most Australians, but the French manufacturer has set the mark high with its (re-)entry to the market, with its sights firmly set on the segment-leading Porsche 718 Cayman. Speaking to media today at Motorclassica in Melbourne, Andrew Moore, Alpine Australia managing director, didn't hesitate in naming the mid-engined, four-cylinder Porsche as the A110's primary target...

Alpine A110: Half of initial Oz allocation sold

Alpine has sold 32 of the 60 initial A110 'Premiere Edition' cars it's been assigned for 2018, and has five pre-orders for its 2019 allocation of Pure and Legende models...

2018 Alpine A110 pricing and specs

Renault Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the 2018 Alpine A110 range, which is available to order now from $97,000 before on-road costs – $8000 more than the Alfa Romeo 4C. Three variants are available at launch – Pure, Legende, and the Australian Premiere Edition – with the first two scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2019, and the latter slated for a fourth-quarter launch this year...

Alpine A110 Legende and Pure headed for Geneva

Alpine will use the Geneva motor show to unveil two new A110 variants: a high-end Legende, and a stripped-back Pure. Both models are powered by the same mid-mounted 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine as the regular car, making 185kW and 320Nm. Power is put to the road through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, for a 4.5-second sprint to 100km/h...

Mazda, Alpine winners in Festival Automobile International design awards

The Mazda Vision Coupe and Alpine A110 have taken out awards at the Festival Automobile International awards in Paris, France overnight. Alpine's compact Porsche Cayman-hunter was voted Most Beautiful Car of 2017 in a public online vote, while the Vision Coupe won Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year...

Alpine A110: Australian pricing likely to start around $90-100k

Renault is set to launch the company’s revived Alpine brand in Australia with the all-new Alpine A110 expected to hit local showrooms in June next year. While exact pricing is still to be confirmed, Renault’s Australian managing director Andrew Moore told assembled media at the car’s launch in France this week that he anticipated a price of around $90,000 to $100,000...

Alpine A110 confirmed for Australia

The Alpine A110 sports car has been confirmed for the Australian market this week, set to arrive Down Under in the second half of 2018. According to the French manufacturer, Australia is the second market outside of Europe to be confirmed, and one of only three right-hand-drive markets to be receiving the A110 so far...