That isn't that terrible, but it seems rather unusual for all vehicles sold to a given country for several years to be ALL recalled.Nissan suspected of forging inspection documents: reports...
Nissan to suspend domestic production of cars for Japan market
Japan’s second-largest automaker said it would stop production of domestic market vehicles at all six of its Japanese plants to reconfigure their inspection lines.
That came after Nissan admitted uncertified technicians had continued to perform final vehicle checks even after it had said it had strengthened control of its inspection processes when the issue first came to light late last month....
Japan’s transport ministry said this month it had discovered that uncertified technicians at plants producing Nissan vehicles were using the stamps of certified technicians to sign off on final vehicle inspections, in violation of ministry guidelines.
As a result, Nissan has recalled vehicles to re-do final inspections on issues including steering radius and braking and acceleration capabilities, at a cost of around 25 billion yen ($222 million).
While Nissan has said the misconduct has no impact on the quality of its vehicles, it has raised questions about how closely rules are followed at its production plants, while also dealing a blow to its reputation at home...
Nissan will continue to produce vehicles for export in Japan, including its popular Rogue SUV crossover model and the battery-electric Leaf, as the certification process for final inspections does not apply to vehicles shipped overseas...
edatoakrun wrote:...Today's news indicates Nissan has a big problem...
...What happened really?...
In Japan, a new car is legal only when tested and approved by government agencies. You don’t want to have to do this for each car that leaves the factory. Therefore, in an exercise called “Conformity of Production,” OEMs file lengthy statements, certifying that each new car is essentially of the quality as the tested one. Part of this is what is known in the biz as a “control plan” that describes the types of checks and measurements taken to control the quality.
When Nissan files its papers with the Japanese government, part of its plan is that each car is checked by a technician who has received two months of training. After the two months, the technician receives a special pin, and he can legally certify the quality of the car.
Nissan’s crime was that some quality controls were performed by technicians while they were still within the two months training period, we heard today from Nissan’s Chief Competitive Officer Yasuhiro Yamauchi. “In an attempt to lubricate the operation, the foreman may have decided that a technician is suitably skilled before the two months are over,” Saikawa added.
Did any defects slip by these not-yet-certified inspectors. “No,” Saikawa said, “no defects.” Nevertheless, three years’ worth of cars have to go back, in order to get the proper paper, signed and sealed by a man with the proper pin...
Nissan cuts profit outlook on inspection scandal after downbeat Second quarter
YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Japan’s Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) reported its smallest quarterly profit in three years and cut its annual outlook, hurt by rising expenses in a competitive North American market and costs stemming from improper final inspection procedures at home...
Carlos Ghosn Does It Again
Nissan's stake has almost doubled in value and future indicators are looking healthy
The auto patriarch who last year folded troubled Mitsubishi Motors Corp. into the Groupe Renault-Nissan Motor Co. global alliance has seen the value of his company's 34 percent stake almost double. After reporting a 9.6 percent jump in first-half sales on Tuesday from the year before, Mitsubishi Motors' market value topped 1.35 trillion yen ($11.9 billion). Talk about a quick buck, er, 223 billion yen for Nissan...
Ghosn focuses Renault-Nissan alliance on EV assault
NEW YORK — Carlos Ghosn refuses to say the words "I told you so." But you know he's thinking it.
For almost a decade, Ghosn has been the industry's biggest cheerleader for electric vehicles — predicting their rise, touting the logic of their technology and suffering all the slings and arrows of critics who said he was wrong.
Ahead of his competitors, Ghosn bullishly invested $5 billion in 2010 and 2011 to build mass-market EV assembly lines and battery plants in the U.S., Europe and Japan for the two automakers he oversaw, Nissan Motor Co. and Renault.
Many in the industry shrugged off EV technology, saying consumers weren't interested. But now, automakers from BMW to Volkswagen are scrambling to electrify their vehicle portfolios. Toyota, General Motors, Ford, Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo all have revealed big EV product plans in recent months.
"Now they come," Ghosn quips of the growing industry trend. "Everybody's coming. The reality appears more clearly to a lot of people today."
Ghosn in September unveiled a six-year business plan for the newly renamed Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, of which he is CEO, to create 12 electric models worldwide.
The 12 will be jointly developed by the alliance and sold through Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi brands. And many more models will follow those, he hints during an interview last week at the alliance's Manhattan offices....
The plan will unfold in a new era of development for the three automakers. As CEO, Ghosn is pushing the alliance to step up its coordination of technology-sharing and co-development work. Another part of the six-year plan calls for much more emphasis on shared vehicle platforms and powertrains. Ghosn says that by 2022, 9 million of the three companies' vehicle sales will come from four shared platforms.
The 12 EVs of the next six years will be a group undertaking, not individual models developed separately by the alliance member companies.
"Now we're saying: One platform. One set of batteries. One set of motors," says Ghosn, who handed over his CEO title at Nissan this year but remains chairman of the automaker. "We're going to go together because our objectives are mass marketing and profitability."...
"For me it was obvious," he says of his idea, voiced in 2008, to mass-produce electrics. "And I said, the first one who was going to move in this direction was going to benefit a lot, not only in terms of brand, but in terms of the advantage of mass-marketing the electric car."
Six EVs headed to Nissan, Infiniti
TOKYO — The Nissan brand will get four full electric vehicles and Infiniti will receive two over the next five years, a top Nissan Motor Co. powertrain executive says.
Those six battery-powered vehicles are the Japanese automaker’s share of the 12 EVs that are now planned for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi through 2022, ...
The six Nissan vehicles include only full EVs, not hybrid powertrains such as the company’s new e-Power system...
The EV plan reflects only the next five years. Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa separately last month revealed a longer range plan in which, starting in 2021, every new vehicle coming out of Infiniti will be either an EV or an e-Power system vehicle.
Nissan to launch new all-electric Leaf in Asia-Pacific markets
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) said on Tuesday it will launch the new version of its all-electric vehicle Leaf in seven markets in Asia-Pacific, and explore bringing it to two more, in its latest push to boost sales of electrified vehicles...
Nissan, Japan’s No. 2 automaker, will launch the model in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand during the next fiscal year, and also explore introducing it in Indonesia and the Philippines.
The company is also looking at the option of bringing vehicles based on its “e-Power” gasoline hybrid technology to Southeast Asia...
Nissan to Invest $9 Billion in China in Race for EV Dominance
Nissan Motor Co. intends to spend 1 trillion yen ($9 billion) over five years in China as it vies to become the largest global electrified vehicle maker in the country.
The Japanese carmaker aims to raise annual deliveries by 1 million units by 2022, with much of the growth coming from electrified models, Jun Seki, head of Nissan’s China operations, told reporters in Beijing Monday...
Nissan, maker of the Leaf EV and already the largest Japanese carmaker in China, is planning to introduce 20 electrified models by 2022 in China. Under the plan, electrified cars will account for 30 percent of all sales in 2022, and by 2025, all Infiniti models will be electrified.
Nissan set up a joint venture with China’s Dongfeng Motor Group in 2003 and in August last year, established a joint venture with Renault SA and Dongfeng to develop electric cars for the local market.
The Japanese automaker was initially uncertain about how fast demand would grow for electrified vehicles in China and wanted to avoid over-investing, said Seki.
“The growth in local competition has been much faster than we expected,” he said. “Now we have come around to changing our local strategy.”...
Nissan aims to sell 1 million electrified vehicles a year by FY2022
YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled plans to launch growing numbers of electrified vehicles, expand and evolve autonomous driving systems, and accelerate vehicle connectivity as part of its Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022 midterm plan.
Among the targets, Nissan is aiming to sell 1 million electrified vehicles – either pure electric models or those with e-POWER powertrains – annually by fiscal year 2022.
As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company also intends to:
Develop eight new pure electric vehicles, building on the success of the new Nissan LEAF
Launch an electric car offensive in China under different brands
Introduce an electric “kei” mini-vehicle in Japan
Offer a global crossover electric vehicle, inspired by the Nissan IMx Concept
Electrify new INFINITI models from fiscal year 2021
Equip 20 models in 20 markets with autonomous driving technology
Reach 100% connectivity for all new Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun cars sold in key markets by the end of the plan
Philippe Klein, Nissan’s chief planning officer, said: “Our product and technology strategy is dedicated to positioning Nissan to lead the automotive, technology and business evolution. Our efforts are focused on delivering Nissan Intelligent Mobility, encompassing the three core elements of electrification, autonomous drive, connectivity and new mobility services.”
Speaking at a media briefing alongside senior vice presidents Takao Asami and Ogi Redzic, who lead the respective autonomous driving and connectivity projects at the Alliance, Klein reaffirmed that the midterm plan aims to boost annualized revenue by 30% to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal year 2022. The company is also targeting an 8% core operating profit margin and cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen.
Klein pledged to leverage the platform and powertrain assets of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi to support the company’s goals...