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Fiat Chrysler in discussions with Renault, could join alliance with Nissan - report

Discussions initially focussed on Fiat Chrysler (FCA) using platforms and technologies from Renault have reportedly morphed into something more complex and wide-ranging. Multiple sources have told The Financial Times the talks between FCA and Renault are on-going, with a lot of structures and options currently being evaluated...

Audi e-tron, Renault Clio, Volkswagen T-Cross shine in Euro NCAP testing

Euro NCAP has released a new round of safety ratings this week, with a trio of new models impressing against the firm's latest, strictest criteria. In addition to the ANCAP ratings released this week based on the European arm's testing, a handful of models not yet available in Australia also received five-star ratings – the electric Audi e-tron, the new Renault Clio light hatch, and the Volkswagen T-Cross compact crossover...

Renault EZ-Pod concept unveiled

According to Renault, the EZ-Pod is "an exploratory electric and autonomous vehicle for on­-demand travel over short distances". It is envisaged as a vehicle for getting people or goods to their final destination in densely populated areas, such as a city centre or housing estate, or within a closed environment, like a parking garage, airport, hotel complex, shopping centre or campus...

2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy-R revealed, Australian launch confirmed

The 2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy-R has been revealed ahead of its in-the-flesh unveiling on May 24 debut at the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, and then later in Australia. Said to have been "developed as a racing car in a very short time" by a small team of engineers, the Trophy-R has completed an official full lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes 45...

Mitsubishi Motors CEO to step down, replaced by chief of Indonesian unit

Osamu Masuko, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors, will step down from his role as CEO when the company meets for its annual general meeting on June 21, 2019. He will be replaced by Takao Kato, who is the president of Mitsubishi Motors Indonesia. Masuko (above) will stay with the automaker as its chairman. Both men will hold a press conference on May 20, Japan time, to discuss the change of leadership...

CarAdvice podcast 151: Kia Rio GT-Line v Skoda Fabia 81TSI Monte Carlo

On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mike Stevens and Scott Collie. In car news, Kia is developing neater tech for emergency services, Isuzu has announced a six-year warranty and seven-year capped price servicing, Australian orders for the Tesla Model 3 will be opening in May, and Toyota has opened a Nurburgring-inspired test track...

Renault to offer Nissan a merger plan - report

Renault is set to propose a merger to Nissan, but the chances of success seem low at this stage. A source has outlined Renault's proposed merger plans to The Nikkei. In the proposal, a new holding company will be formed to own 100% of Renault and Nissan, with current shareholders swapping their current shares for stakes in the new company...

Renault Australia: Anouk Poelmann named managing director

Anouk Poelmann has succeeded Andrew Moore as managing director of Renault Australia, after Moore's sudden departure on April 10. Poelmann has form with French brands in Australia. Having served on the Inchcape Australasia executive team, she headed up Peugeot Citroen Australia. The company says she has history of business turnarounds and disruptive transformations around the world...

Renault Megane RS Cup EDC on sale from $51,990, now with 5yr warranty

Renault Australia has bolstered its Megane RS 280 range with the addition of an auto-equipped Cup chassis variant, on sale now from $51,990 plus on-road costs. After introducing an automatic option for the first time with the new-generation model, Renault has now opened up the more focused Cup variant to those wanting a self-shifter, having previously reserved the option for manual models...

VIDEO: Electric vehicles explained for Australian buyers

Electric cars have been thrust into the spotlight in the lead-up to the 2019 Federal Election, driven by a proposed Labor policy to make 50% of new car sales electric by 2030. If you've been keeping up with coverage of the issue, you'll know there's a lot of misinformation and confusion around the technology...

Carlos Ghosn charged again, but given bail

Late last week Carlos Ghosn walked out of the Tokyo Detention Centre again after posting ¥500 million ($6.3 million) in bail. Unlike his first release from jail, when he donned a construction worker's outfit as disguise, Ghosn left jail this time in a plain white button-up shirt with a dark blue jacket...