Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that the replacement for the current Nissan Micra compact car will be manufactured at a Renault plant in Europe. Due to start production in 2016, the vehicle will be exported across Europe's left-hand drive markets.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says localization and lower costs will be key to Nissan's leadership in China's emerging electric car market. Ghosn, speaking at Kansai University amid a gathering of Nissan LEAF owners and students, told the Global Media Center that with China's 2 million electric car goal for 2020, Nissan will do everything possible to be the EV leader.
Sales of the Nissan LEAF have recently passed the 50,000 mark. Not bad say some for a new technology, a new idea, the first mass-market all electric car. But critics of the Nissan LEAF say it's just not enough, that sales have not met expectations.
Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn made news yesterday at the North American International Auto Show with predictions of self-driving cars by 2020 and comments on revving up the EV market. Pure zero-emission vehicles are still something the CEO is bullish on, despite some growing commentary that electric vehicles are over due to lack of infrastructure, reliability and cost.
As Japan's top automobile executives gathered at an industry event in Tokyo to kick off the new year, Nissan COO Toshiyuki Shiga said he's expecting growth in 2013, citing the weaker yen and an improving outlook in China.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn spoke on global leadership Wednesday at the University of Tokyo, and assembled students and alumni heard his views on the possible outlook for Japan's future leaders and country.