Alliances

Big suppliers hunger for startups' tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2016

The auto industry's big suppliers are racing to invest in companies that can deliver key technologies for infotainment, self-driving cars, EV batteries -- you name it....
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Renault-Nissan to offer 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

The Renault-Nissan Alliance said today it plans to offer 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in four years. The alliance made the announcement today as Carlos Ghosn, who is CEO of both companies, was meeting with reporters at Nissan's Silicon Valley research center....
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Automakers strike back at Silicon Valley disruptors

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2016

The automotive industry this week used the Consumer Electronics Show to strike back at the would-be disruptors of its century-old business model. This week's news from CES by GM, Ford, Toyota, and others marks a turning point in the power struggle between auto and tech companies, analysts and industry experts say....
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Automakers, not Silicon Valley, lead in driverless car patents, study says

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Automakers, not technology companies, are in the driver's seat in developing self-driving, "autonomous" cars, and Toyota is best positioned to lead the way, according to a new report on patents for the fast-evolving technology....
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Nissan supports Renault, French gov't power agreement

Dec. 12, 2015 10:27 CET

Nissan said it supported a power-sharing compromise deal between parent company Renault and the French government, drawing a line under a power struggle between Paris and the two companies....
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Renault ready to weaken grip over Nissan, report says

Dec. 6, 2015 19:32 CET

Renault is drawing up proposals to relinquish some power over alliance partner Nissan as a clash looms with the French government, sources told Reuters....
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Nissan in new bid to end Renault control, curb French clout, report says

Dec. 2, 2015 12:07 CET

Nissan has set out new proposals to end parent Renault's control and block French government interference in their alliance, sources told Reuters....
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Nissan denies plan to issue new shares to reduce Renault stake

Dec. 1, 2015 09:03 CET

Nissan is not planning to issue new shares to reduce Renault's stake in the Japanese automaker, a Nissan spokesman said....
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France opposes Renault-Nissan merger, French Prime Minister Valls says

Nov. 8, 2015 18:13 CET

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said his government does not want a merger between Renault and Nissan. The structure of the automakers' alliance has become a source of tension after the French government bought a bigger stake in Renault....
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Renault board agrees to further talks in French standoff over Nissan

Nov. 6, 2015 22:54 CET

Renault's board failed to resolve an escalating power struggle with the French state over the carmaker's alliance with Nissan, agreeing to back further talks in a bid to end the standoff....
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France seeks Renault-Nissan merger, report says

Nov. 4, 2015 13:38 CET

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron is pressuring Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn to undertake a full merger with alliance partner Nissan on the government's terms, sources told Reuters....
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Renault board to consider next move in French power struggle over Nissan

Nov. 3, 2015 17:41 CET

Renault has called an emergency meeting of its board to discuss a mounting power struggle with the French government over the future of its alliance with Nissan, government and company sources said....
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Ghosn fights to preserve Renault-Nissan alliance through crisis

Oct. 28, 2015 09:19 CET

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said the two automakers will preserve their 16-year alliance through a crisis that has emerged after the French government's bid for more influence over Renault....
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Renault-Nissan said to discuss new structure as Ghosn seeks to counter French control

Oct. 7, 2015 09:21 CET

Renault and Nissan have entered discussions to reorganize their capital alliance structure in a bid to contain the growing influence of the French government, reports said. Renault may lower its stake in Nissan to allow its Japanese partner voting rights....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Why Marchionne and his rivals disagree on the need for mass consolidation

Oct. 5, 2015 06:15 CET

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the global auto industry will face “disastrous consequences” if it ignores his call for more large-scale consolidation. But General Motors, his No. 1 merger choice, is not alone in disagreeing with the executive....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: The secret to the Ghosn-Zetsche alliance's success

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Carlos Ghosn and Dieter Zetsche's annual press conference, known on the auto show circuit as “The Carlos and Dieter Show,” would be easy to dismiss as mere self-congratulation. But in this year of feverish merger talk, it took on broader implications....
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Toyota: Decision on sports car project with BMW due soon

2:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Toyota and BMW will decide by year end on whether to develop a common sports car architecture. BMW and Toyota have for some years been collaborating on fuel cell technology, lightweight components, and on possibly jointly developing the underpinnings of a sports car....
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BMW, Audi and Daimler open to other investors in map consortium, report says

Aug. 3, 2015 17:12 CET

BMW, Audi and Daimler plan to invite other investors to join the mapping consortium they have forged to compete with Google, Bloomberg reported. Talks have been held with other automakers including GM, according to the report....
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New Aisin Seiki boss pressures supplier to compete

July 22, 2015 10:58 CET

A former Toyota executive, Yasumori Ihara, is telling Aisin Seiki, the carmaker's second-biggest supplier. to raise its game across its auto-parts businesses or risk falling behind....
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Renault-Nissan names Olive as head of manufacturing engineering, supply chain

1:38 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

The Renault-Nissan Alliance today named Jerome Olive its new executive vice president of manufacturing engineering and supply chain management, effective Aug. 1....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs....
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Audi snubs Google bid to attract German carmakers

June 10, 2015 10:50 CET

Google's strategy of courting German carmakers into partnerships was snubbed by Audi amid concerns that Internet-assisted driving may risk intruding on passenger privacy....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Marchionne fights industry's history of failed mergers

11:32 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

As he presses rivals to merge with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Sergio Marchionne faces a fact his counterparts at General Motors and Ford know all too well: auto mergers and alliances fail at least as often as they succeed. Among the duds are DaimlerChrysler, GM's ill-fated tie-up with Fiat, and Ford's rollup of Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Aston Martin....
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Goodyear, Sumitomo to dissolve global tire alliance

12:07 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

Goodyear and Sumitomo Rubber Industries have agreed to dissolve their 16-year-old global tire alliance, with Goodyear to pay SRI $271 million initially and $55 million in three years' time....
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Ghosn says Renault-Nissan can compete without new partners

June 4, 2015 09:12 CET

Renault and Nissan continue to increase savings through synergies and can meet longer-term goals without expanding their current alliances, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. The automakers saved more than 3 billion euros ($3.31 billion) in 2014 from sharing costs for new vehicles and technology development....
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