Early conversations around driverless cars have focused on robot taxis because taking the human driver out of a cab seemed like the quickest path to profitability. Renault-Nissan sees autonomous delivery as the more lucrative venture.
Renault is deepening a partnership with Alibaba to boost sales in China, a market the automaker is counting on as the biggest growth pillar in the coming years. As part of Renault's push, Chinese consumers will be able to buy the company's cars online through Alibaba's Tmall service.
Nissan says the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has no plans to change cross-shareholding ratios of its member companies. The response follows a Reuters report saying that Nissan was in talks with Renault over a closer tie-up that would lead to a merger.
The Renault EZ-GO offers a look at the automaker's plans for a robotaxi service, which it aims to start by 2022. The driverless electric concept seats six passengers and Renault envisions attracting customers for the model from municipal transit authorities, hotels and other service businesses.
Renault is seeking to broaden the appeal of the Alpine A110 sports coupe with three new versions: a minimalist Pure edition, a comfort-oriented Legende model, and the track-only GT4, with a power-to-weight ratio of 3.2 kg per horsepower.
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is looking to extend its convergence in purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and supply chains. It named new project leaders for some of its key business areas.
Anyone connected to the automotive business will tell you that in the not-so-distant future cars will be autonomous, connected and electric. The open questions include: What shape will that future take? When will it get here?
Renault posted record sales and profit for 2017, bolstering CEO Carlos Ghosn's position in the face of government demands for a clearer succession plan and deeper integration with alliance partner Nissan.
Renault board member Thierry Desmarest has resigned from the automaker, Reuters reported, days ahead of a meeting at which CEO Carlos Ghosn will ask directors to back his chosen successor's appointment.
Renault Chief Performance Officer Stefan Mueller is leaving the automaker, sources said. The move likely clears the way for rival candidate Thierry Bollore to be named second-in-command and eventual successor to CEO Carlos Ghosn.