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Nissan corporate news

Sun May 24, 2015 9:52 am

I don't think there is a thread dedicated to Nissan's business overall.

For those who haven't followed the news, Nissan has greatly increased it's worldwide production capacity and sales in the ~ four years since the LEAF was introduced.

It sounds like future investments will definitely include BEVs as a priority:

Now, Nissan will build up products, tech

Investment goals shift after plant expansion


YOKOHAMA, Japan -- After several years of opening factories, Nissan Motor Corp. now will channel investment into new products and technologies, said CEO Carlos Ghosn. Top priorities will be electrified drivetrains, fuel cell technologies, autonomous drive systems and connected-car products, Ghosn told a small group of reporters last week.

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Nissan does not disclose global capacity figures. But with its new factories, it lifted global output to 5.1 million vehicles in the fiscal year ended March 31 from 4.2 million four years earlier...

http://www.autonews.com/article/20150524/OEM/305259988/now-nissan-will-build-up-products-tech

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Re: Nissan corporate news

Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:27 am

Well, from this report, it sure sounds like Nissan is serious about its future being in manufacturing autonomous BEVs.

Big talk, but no details of what this means for the Gen 2 LEAF and/or Infiniti EV, both of which may still be introduced before the 2019/2020 time-frame.

Nissan plans for breakthrough battery, 10% of its cars EVs before the end of the decade

October 20, 2015 By Bertel Schmitt

Nissan, first mover in the electric vehicle space, plans for a major EV inflection point in the 2019/2020 time-frame. By that date, two factors will cause EVs go mainstream, the company said today.

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Nissan is so confident of its technological moxie that it will base its complete Japanese marketing on EVs and autonomous drive, we heard today. Nissan will have true autonomous drive “before anyone else” Akiko Hoshino said today in a subtle put-down of wannabe autonomous tech.

http://dailykanban.com/2015/10/nissan-p ... he-decade/

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Re: Nissan corporate news

Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:21 pm

Nissan/Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn in a ~40 minute wide-ranging Q&A, (video at link) summarized in the article below.

Re the gen 2 LEAF:

Carlos Ghosn:

...there is going to be a new LEAF coming. We didn’t take the leadership of electric car to abandon it. We are going to be fighting for it, we are going to continue to develop cars. But we would like to make announcement just before the cars come and not a long time before. So you are going to see us coming with products, with technologies, with enhancements, with reduction of costs and (more range).”...

http://insideevs.com/carlos-ghosn-fiat- ... y-bolt-ev/

I hope reduction in costs statement indicates the next LEAF (at least the base model) will not be burdened by the high cost and reduced efficiency imposed by a ~60 kWh pack.

An important point that article missed, was CG's statement after ~4 minutes on future Ultra Low Emission Vehicles:

Carlos Ghosn:

...mainly an electric car with something added, not a gasoline engine vehicle with a motor added...

Which sounds like it might be a confirmation of previous lower-level announcements of a BEVx from Nissan in the near future, as discussed here:

...As we reported last week, Nissan will unveil its first range-extending EV as early as 2016, but it won’t be the next LEAF, so unless it’s a dedicated new ‘green’ model, the JUKE EV could be revealed earlier than expected next year.

Effectively an electric vehicle incorporating an onboard engine to power the batteries but not drive the wheels, the ‘REV’ will combine the LEAF’s large-capacity electric motor with a small-capacity petrol engine that acts as a generator to charge the batteries when they run down...

http://www.motoring.com.au/nissan-to-to ... ke-100484/

The “range–extended” EV (BEVx) considered


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Re: Nissan corporate news

Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:24 pm

I just hope their folks developing autonomous car software aren't the same ones who worked on CarWings. :roll:

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Re: Nissan corporate news

Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:13 am

Today's announcement would seem to end speculation that Nissan might outsource most or all future battery production:

Nissan has today announced its commitment to produce a future generation of electric vehicle (EV) batteries at its flagship manufacturing base in Sunderland, UK.

Representing a £26.5m investment in the UK, this commitment will safeguard 300 highly-skilled jobs in manufacturing, maintenance and engineering at Nissan’s advanced lithium-ion battery plant in Sunderland, the largest of its type in Europe...

Already the global leaders in electric vehicles, and with a new 155-mile (250km) range Nissan LEAF on sale across Europe this month, this long-term commitment signals Nissan’s bold vision for the future of zero-emission motoring...

http://www.newsroom.nissan-europe.com/u ... aid=141565
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Re: Nissan corporate news

Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:14 pm

Nubo wrote:I just hope their folks developing autonomous car software aren't the same ones who worked on CarWings. :roll:


VW's CarNet app makes CarWings feel like Apple software.
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Re: Nissan corporate news

Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:36 pm

RonDawg wrote:VW's CarNet app makes CarWings feel like Apple software.

If you have used iTunes you have to wonder whether your comparison is a hgood thing or bad.
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Re: Nissan corporate news

Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:24 am

evnow wrote:
RonDawg wrote:VW's CarNet app makes CarWings feel like Apple software.

If you have used iTunes you have to wonder whether your comparison is a hgood thing or bad.


I have, and at least on the Mac platform it isn't bad.

Imagine if NIssan made you set the charge timers via CarWings. Or won't let you run heat or A/C in the car while you're charging, unless you turn it on "remotely" via CarWings. And then programs it badly, so that it doesn't work much of the time. That's VW CarNet, at least on the eGolf.
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Re: Nissan corporate news

Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:14 pm

Nissan continues to rake in the cash:

Nissan Turns $1.6B Q3 Profit

Automaker sees earnings rise 24% during quarter.


...Officials confirmed the company expects to meet its financial forecasts for the year, including revenue of $102.6 billion and operating profit of $6.1 billion...

http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2016/02 ... q3-profit/

Good news that ICEV sales are so profitable, since I believe it's likely Nissan is going to have to subsidize its BEV sales in the USA, for some time to come.

Gas prices fell below $2 a gallon in (high-priced) North California last week, for the first time since...2004?
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Re: Nissan corporate news

Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:19 am

Another report today of a possible sale by Nissan of its AESC interest:

Nissan in talks to divest stake in EV battery business, report says

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co. is discussing with Panasonic Corp. and overseas companies, including Chinese firms, the possible sale of its controlling stake in a car battery manufacturing venture, the Nikkei daily reported on Friday.

The Japanese automaker wants to sell its 51 percent stake in Automotive Energy Supply Corp., which is jointly owned by NEC Corp., because it would be cheaper to buy batteries for electric vehicles such as the Leaf from other producers, the newspaper reported, without saying where it obtained the information.

The report "is speculation, and is not based on any announcement by us", Nissan said in a statement. Spokesmen for Panasonic and NEC declined to comment...

http://www.autonews.com/article/2016080 ... eport-says

“Today’s reporting on Nissan and its battery business is speculation,” said Nissan spokesman Nicholas Maxfield today, reacting to a Nikkei report that Nissan may want to spin off its battery making operations...

That Nissan would sell its far-flung battery making ventures is an old standby in the reporting business. Two years ago, Reuters reported that “Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn is preparing to cut battery manufacturing,” and that Nissan would buy the batteries from LG Chem instead. That didn’t happen, even if it sounds like a good idea...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bertelschmi ... 260bb4f5fa
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