Separating Renault-Nissan would be bloody

November 20, 2018 09:52 CET

If you depose a king, you need a plan for what to do in the aftermath.

That’s the challenge confronting Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa after the remarkable palace coup in which Chairman Carlos Ghosn was dethroned after almost two decades bestriding the global auto industry.

The man who is widely seen as indispensable to the collective functioning of Nissan’s alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi Motors has been detained on suspicion of breaching Japan’s Continue reading “Separating Renault-Nissan would be bloody”

Elon Musk tweets about partnering with Daimler on electric vans

November 19, 2018 19:58 CET

NEW YORK/FRANKFURT — Elon Musk floated the idea of working with a familiar ally on electric work vans after being guilt-tripped on Twitter for using fuel-burning vehicles to service Tesla Inc. models.

The Tesla CEO vowed to inquire with Daimler AG about working together on an electric Sprinter van. He was tweeting on Monday in response to a follower who wrote to him that Tesla needed an electric service vehicle rather than vans in use now that “burn fuel Continue reading “Elon Musk tweets about partnering with Daimler on electric vans”

Ghosn arrest raises questions about Renault-Nissan alliance’s future

November 19, 2018 18:45 CET

PARIS — Carlos Ghosn’s potential ouster as chairman of Nissan after his arrest for alleged violations of Japan’s financial laws raises the question: Can the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance survive without him?

Ghosn’s arrest doesn’t mean he will be found guilty and it’s unclear how long the legal process will take, but his arrest most likely signals the end of his 20-year relationship with Nissan, which Ghosn, turned around, earning him “business Continue reading “Ghosn arrest raises questions about Renault-Nissan alliance’s future”

Best in-car charger for your gadgets: 2018 group test

We pick from eight in-car power banks to keep your kit fully juiced up on a journey

Keeping your battery-powered devices juiced up on the move has become an important part of modern life. In the car, you could trail wires from your cigar lighter socket, or you can buy a portable power bank to plug into.

Choose a capacity for your needs. A Samsung S8 smartphone, for example, has a 3Ah battery, but an iPad Air 4’s is 11.5Ah, so tablets and games players need more than a phone, although Continue reading “Best in-car charger for your gadgets: 2018 group test”

Black Friday 2018: best car deals and products for UK motorists

We look at the best Black Friday Deals 2018 for motorists at the annual cut price shopping event extravaganza

Black Friday 2018 is almost upon us, but even before the day itself on 23 November, companies are giving out deals and offers to customers left, right and centre – including many products perfect for motorists and car fans.

Rather than queuing for ages in the freezing cold and getting into an altercation with other angry shoppers, you can take the easy option and view all the Continue reading “Black Friday 2018: best car deals and products for UK motorists”

Hyundai Kona Electric vs Nissan Leaf

What’s the best affordable small electric car on sale? We test the new Hyundai Kona Electric against the Nissan Leaf to find out…

For years the Nissan Leaf had the affordable electric car market to itself, sewing up the sector with a balance of range, practicality, performance and affordability that made electric cars viable for many, if not the masses. But now there’s a new challenger.

Hyundai has launched its Kona Electric, and with a choice of battery sizes available packaged in Continue reading “Hyundai Kona Electric vs Nissan Leaf”

Jaguar reportedly considering electric option for F-Type

2019 Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar is in the process of drawing up plans for its next F-Type and one of the options reportedly on the table is an available electric powertrain.

Autocar reported Tuesday that the next F-Type is due by 2021 and that an electric powertrain is just one of the options being looked at, though even if approved the zero-emission powertrain might not be available at the car’s launch. To offset the weight of the batteries, the British magazine claimed Jaguar might utilize Continue reading “Jaguar reportedly considering electric option for F-Type”

New 2019 Renault Clio spied testing again

Next Renault Clio supermini could break cover later this year. We expect a hybrid powertrain and an evolutionary design update

Renault is gearing up its testing of the all new Renault Clio – and we’ve spied it testing out on the road again. We expect what should be one of the brand’s most important cars this century to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, taking on the likes of the latest Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and SEAT Ibiza.

Likely to go on sale in the middle of Continue reading “New 2019 Renault Clio spied testing again”

Why Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn scandal looks like a palace coup

November 19, 2018 18:43 CET

The downfall of kings is bloody and swift. 

That certainly looks to be the experience of Carlos Ghosn. A few hours ago, he was chairman of Nissan Motor Co., Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., and arguably the most lauded automotive executive of his generation. As of writing, he’s been arrested by Japan’s police over alleged misconduct, is on his way to being removed from his positions at Nissan, and his hand-picked successor has just spent an Continue reading “Why Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn scandal looks like a palace coup”

Ghosn’s legacy at risk from financial misconduct probe

November 19, 2018 15:42 CET

PARIS — Carlos Ghosn was set to end his career in a few years as a towering industry figure. But it seems that will no longer happen after his arrest in Japan on Monday on charges of financial misconduct and Nissan’s statement that it will seek to oust him as chairman.

Whatever the outcome of the allegations that Ghosn engaged in wrongdoing including personal use of company money and under-reporting for years how much he was earning, his leading role in Continue reading “Ghosn’s legacy at risk from financial misconduct probe”