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Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, other companies investigated for diesel fraud in France
Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, other companies investigated for diesel fraud in France

Earlier this month, Fiat Chrysler warned investors that it was facing a Dieselgate-esque crisis of its own, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Now, we have a few more details about the issue, and we've learned that FCA isn't the only automaker being scrutinized by regulators across the pond. Here in...Read More»

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Lada Nada: Communist Car Struggles In Capitalist World

Lada survived the fall of communism in the Soviet Union, but the automaker is struggling to stay relevant in an era of global brands and ever-increasing market penetration. Known as a blue-collar brand favored by city dwellers in the former Soviet Union, Lada is owned by OAO AvtoVAZ, which is in...Read More»

2012 Nissan Versa four-door sedan
Nissan To Launch 52 New Vehicles In Six Years

Nissan has announced an ambitious new midterm business plan they’re calling “Power 88.” The name comes from Nissan’s goal of an eight-percent global market share, coupled with an eight-percent profit margin, all within the next six years. To achieve such an ambitious goal...Read More»

Nissan Leaf iAd application on iOS4 by Apple.
Renault Launches Twizy Electric Car With Apples iAd

When Apple announced its iAd platform, which allows advertiser to reach iPhone users from within applications, it also announced that Nissan would be the first automotive company to utilize it. Using iAd to promote the upcoming 2011 Leaf electric car, Nissan took a new marketing approach for a new...Read More»

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Today in Car News: Subaru, Land Yachts, Electric Cars and MJ

The other New York newspaper thinks land yachts have hit a new sales stride--but does an S-Class really count? [Wall Street Journal] The EPA wants to give cars a letter grade for fuel economy, but a survey suggests people won't understand how to compare cars any better with new grades. [PRNewswire]...Read More»

1997 Nissan 240SX SE
Today in Car News: Nissan 240SX, Night Driving and EVs

The latest estimates on the auto-industry bailouts are in--and GM shares would have to be priced above $133 for us to get back all our $49.5-billion investment in the automaker. [Wall Street Journal] Nissan won't build you a new 240SX, but would you be interested in something like a Sentra coupe...Read More»

Renault 12SecondStrip promotion for the Wind convertible
Renault Seeks Warm, Caring Strippers For Short-Term YouTube Commitment

It's Wednesday, which can only mean two things: (a) we're halfway to the weekend, and (b) we're feeling a little punchy. What better time to mention Renault's campaign to raise awareness of its new Wind convertible among strippers, exhibitionists, and famejunkies? The gist of the campaign is pretty...Read More»

Nissan LEAF
Nissan CEO: EVs Not A Competitor To Gasoline-Engine Cars

Renault-Nissan CEO and president Carlos Ghosn is standing behind his prediction that ten percent of all the vehicles sold worldwide will be electric. And contrary to how some people are seeing it now, he says that electric power for cars isn't at all a competitor to the gasoline engine in the...Read More»

Guillotine, from Amnesty International's Flickr stream
Bailed-Out U.S. Automakers Give Thanks They're Not French

Lots of people, including Teamsters Union members and Tea Party protesters, seem to have a beef with last spring's bailout and restructuring of the two bankrupt U.S. automakers, General Motors and Chrysler. As our colleague Bengt Halvorson notes, the automakers themselves aren't complaining...Read More»

2010 Opel Meriva leak
New Opel Meriva, Toyota Prius Tuning: Today’s Car News

General Motors’ European division Opel has taken the wraps off a new compact MPV complete with suicide style rear-hinged doors. The new car is the Opel Meriva and though it was originally hoped that it could be sold in the U.S. as a Saturn, the chances of it ever appearing on this side of the...Read More»

Dacia Duster SUV
Report: Renault Considering U.S. Return As Budget Brand

Renault bosses have hinted at a possible return to the U.S. market as the French automaker contends with one of the worst sales slumps in its history. Renault’s market share in Western Europe has dropped to just over 7% from the highs of 9.7% in 2005 when current CEO Carlson Ghosn stepped in...Read More»

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Better Place Wants The Danish To Roll In EVs

We've mentioned Shai Agassi and his game-changing EV startup, Better Place, several times on TCC. Now comes word that he's brokered an intriguing  deal to install charging and battery-changing infrastructure across Denmark, and the Danish government has agreed to nix the 200% new car tax (yes, you...Read More»

From Renault's Zero Emissions Magazine #1
Renault's Sustainable-Mobility.Org Touts Zero-Emissions Tech

In America, we tend to think of Renault as that wacky French outfit responsible for the Le Car craze of the 1970s and 80s. But in fact, the company has been doing some very interesting work on the EV front, thanks largely to its partnership with Nissan. In that vein, Renault recently launched a...Read More»

Nissan President and Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn: Auto Sales Have Bottomed, Nowhere To Go But Up

Speaking at a World Economic Forum in New Delhi, Carlos Ghosn -- head of Nissan Motor Company and Renault SA -- had some interesting things to say about the global auto industry. Among the most notable and encouraging items, Ghosn believes that the international sales slump has ended and that the...Read More»

Renault and Biotherm present the ZOE Z.E. concept
WTF: Renault, L'Oreal Create First-Ever 'Spa' Concept Car

The ZOE Z.E. concept car stems from a curious collaboration between French automaker Renault and luxury skincare company Biotherm (a division of L'Oreal). The ZOE Z.E. offers the usual complement of EV conceptual goodness -- it's battery-powered, boasts zero-emissions, is quickly rechargeable, and...Read More»

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BREAKING: RIP Saturn? Penske Walks Away After Failing to Find Cars

General Motors will shut down the Saturn brand after Penske Automotive ended negotiations on an agreement to buy the brand and dealer network. Penske was unable to find any global automakers to supply him with cars. The agreement between GM and Penske had been under negotiation since early June...Read More»

Renault Fluence EZ concept, 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show
Better Place Sets Goal Of 100,000 EVs By 2016

Better Place has never been afraid of thinking big. Heck, the company's basic premise -- that electric vehicles can be built with easily swappable batteries -- is one of the most outside-the-box ideas we've heard in a while. So it should come as no surprise that Better Place is now thinking even...Read More»

Renault Twingo
Renault Helps Mercedes On New Smart, Plans Return To U.S.

No one can deny that French automaker Renault is on the move these days. In addition to its work with Nissan on electric vehicles, the company is in talks with Mercedes-Benz to develop a new model for Mercedes' Smart brand. And here in the U.S., the company is chatting with Roger Penske about...Read More»

2008 Renault Z.E. Concept
Renault To Preview Production EV at 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

The charge toward full-electric vehicles is proceeding at a snail's pace to the public's eyes, though behind the scenes at many of the world's major automakers, progress is fast and furious. Renault aims to be one of the leaders of this next wave, and will preview a production electric vehicle at...Read More»

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