• Nissan Arc plan

    Nissan launches its new Arc business plan


    Nissan is adapting its production strategy to rebalance its ICE and electric vehicle output and address rising costs and market fragmentation

  • One of the cornerstones of this initiative is the pursuit of “high-value-creation” operational projects across Latin America, India and Europe

    Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance embarks on a new era of collaboration for enhanced agility with strong regionalisation focus


    The alliance shifts to regional focus for enhanced agility challenging assumptions about global autmomotive markets

  • Renault-Geely

    Renault and Geely sign joint venture agreement to launch powertrain technology company


    Renault and Geely have signed a 50-50% joint venture agreement to form a new company, to develop and produce next-generation hybrid and highly efficient ICE powertrain solutions

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    Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance rebalances partnership


    Revised partnership will see high-value-creation operational projects in Latin America, India and Europe including further platform sharing

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    Mitsubishi masterplan – spearheading Alliance activity in South-East Asia


    In its new regional strategies for 2020, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance announced that it wants Mitsubishi to spearhead activities in South-East Asia

  • Rendering of Mitsubishi Electric Gujarat plant

    Mitsubishi Electric builds new component plant


    India - Mitsubishi Electric will make power steering units, exhaust gas recirculation valves and giant magnet-resistance sensors at its new plant

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    Working from home


    Ian Henry looks at how Japan’s OEMs are faring in their native land as they intensify supply to their own domestic market The domestic manufacturing networks of the major Japanese car companies have been stable in comparison to the extensive reorganisation, expansion and product re-allocations that have taken place ...

  • Nissan production

    Allies at a crossroads


    While boardroom scandal and criminal allegations have tested this longstanding partnership, the ties that bind the Alliance OEMS remain firmly in place With the arrest in late 2018 of Carlos Ghosn, the man who has led the turnaround in the fortunes of both Renault and Nissan in recent ...

  • Carlos Ghosn

    In our next issue...


    Coming soon in our March-April issue… >> The Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance – We report on manufacturing operations as the OEM’s longstanding partnership faces testing times of scandal and corporate upheaval >> Japan – How are Japan’s OEMs faring at home as they intensify supply to their own domestic market? ...

  • Mazda Thailand

    Asia’s other powerhouse


    Already a dynamic and rapidly growing manufacturing hub, South-East Asia’s automotive industry is finding further opportunity in the growth of battery and hybrid vehicle production Two nations dominate South-East Asia vehicle production, namely Thailand (approximately 2m units per annum (upa)) and Indonesia (c1.1m upa). There is one mid-sized producer ...

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    New year, new arrangements


    As 2018 draws to a close, the pace of change in vehicle manufacturing is accelerating. The move to EVs is gaining speed while the companies themselves continue to realign and optimise their manufacturing footprints. The future of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has been thrown into doubt with the arrest of Carlos ...

  • Carlos Ghosn Renault press image Jan 2017

    Going gets tough for Ghosn


    The alliance Ghosn championed is now cutting ties with him In recent days, Carlos Ghosn has been ousted as chairman of both Nissan and Mitsubishi and questioned by authorities in Japan on allegations of serious financial misconduct. Ghosn is the architect of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance (he ...

  • DTNA chassis

    Building on framework


    The Freightliner Custom Chassis plant in Gaffney, South Carolina, houses a diverse assembly mix, and has recently taken on a new project Gaffney is a small town sitting off the beaten track. It was previously described as ‘the peach capital’ of South Carolina, with the local economy dependant on orchards ...

  • Renault Maubeuge

    Van production boost at Renault plant


    France - The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has revealed new plans for the production of vans in the country. Specifically, €450m (US$393m) is being spent over the next five years to make the next-generation Renault Kangoo family at the Renault Maubeuge plant, where the Mercedes Citan van is currently built. The new ...

  • 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1.5-litre Direct Injection Engine

    GAC Mitsubishi makes engines


    China - The company has started making its 4B4 and 4J1 engines at a new plant in Changsha, Hunan. These were previously imported from Japan before being dropped into the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUV and the Outlander SUV.The engine plant has an annual production capacity of 200,000 units, and according ...

  • Mitsubishi Eupheme EV

    GAC Mitsubishi produces electric SUV


    China - The model, which is called the Eupheme EV, is now rolling off lines at the company's plant in Changsha, Hunan. It is currently available to buy in twelve cities across China, with additional locations to be introduced shortly.Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko commented: "The launch of Eupheme EV ...

  • Mitsubishi Xpander

    Mitsubishi to boost Bekasi plant output


    Indonesia - The company has decided to increase capacity at its manufacturing facility in Bekasi, primarily to keep up with rising demand for its Xpander crossover MPV. It can currently make around 115,000 units of the model though hopes to top 160,000 by fiscal year 2020, with the number of ...

  • Daimler India

    Daimler hits milestone in India


    India - Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), which is part of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), has made 100,000 vehicles at its plant in Oragadam - an industrial town located near Chennai on the south east coast. The news comes just two years after the facility hit the ...

  • Chiron brake caliper

    Making metal add up


    Additively manufactured metal parts present a challenge for high-volume production but at the other end of the scale, engineers are successfully developing the process for specialist, low volume parts. Mike Farish reportsAll over the automotive industry companies are exploring the potential of additive techniques to make parts in polymers and ...

  • Mitsubishi Xpander

    Mitsubishi boosts Xpander production


    Indonesia - Following strong demand in the ASEAN region, the OEM has announced that it will boost Xpander production at its Bekasi plant by 20% to 120,000 units. A further increase of 30,000 units is expected to take place in fiscal year 2019."I am very pleased that customers in Indonesia ...