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Re: Nissan corporate news

Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:20 am

^^^
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:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/nissan-suspe ... 59889.html

The below has a clickbait title. I'm not sure the language about the inspection in the article constitutes a "raid".
https://www.autoblog.com/2017/10/04/jap ... an-plants/

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Re: Nissan corporate news

Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:44 pm

Nissan gets approval to expand Tennessee battery plant:
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/111 ... tery-plant

Weird, in light of the planned sale of the AESC JV to the Chinese (GSR Capital). Perhaps the latter wants the expansion and they figure this is a way of having it done more quickly/ahead of time?

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Re: Nissan corporate news

Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:18 am

="cwerdna"
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...

Today's news indicates Nissan has a big problem.

But the underlying question in my mind is, why are uncertified vehicle inspectors good enough for export markets, but not for JDM sales?

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...

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nissa ... ss+News%29
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Re: Nissan corporate news

Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:19 pm

edatoakrun wrote:...Today's news indicates Nissan has a big problem...

As found in translation by Bertel Schmitt:

...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...

https://dailykanban.com/2017/10/nissan- ... -shutdown/
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Re: Nissan corporate news

Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:55 am

Hmm... seems like Nissan's not alone.

Subaru says improper inspections conducted for over 30 years
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/subaru-s ... 46527.html

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Re: Nissan corporate news

Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:33 am

Not a great quarter:

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...

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-niss ... SKBN1D80CT

But longer-term, the Mitsubishi acquisition is now looking like a very shrewd move:

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...

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... paying-off
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Re: Nissan corporate news

Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:42 am

IMO, N-R-M will likely be the first manufacture of BEVs to meet both these objectives.

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."

http://europe.autonews.com/article/2017 ... ev-assault
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