Nissan and Renault formed an alliance called the Renault-Nissan Alliance and opened a US research center in 2011. The two automakers have now announced that they have expanded their presence in Silicon Valley with the opening of a new advanced research center. The automakers say that initially the new research center will focus on autonomous driving and connected cars. Read the rest of this entry

Nissan said it’s planning to launch an automatic version of its flagship hatchback ‘Micra’ and mid-sedan ‘Sunny’ soon in India.

Toshiyuki Shiga, company’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “For financial year 2013, we will introduce a CVT variant which is a very fuel efficient engine for Micra.”

 To a query on when they planned to introduce the new variants, Toru Hasegawa, company’s Corporate Vice President, said: “Very soon..Very soon.” Read the rest of this entry

Ford, Mercedes, and Renault-Nissan announced on Jan. 28 they would produce fuel cell vehicles in 2017.

The three companies have been working on the technology, and some have demonstrated prototype vehicles. Mercedes-Benz has been testing multiple generations of their F-Cell fuel cell vehicle.

The Toyota-BMW agreement covers the united development of a fuel cell stack, hydrogen tank, and electric motor for a car. They will also work on new lithium-air battery technology, aiming to increase the energy density of electric vehicle batteries. Read the rest of this entry

Nissan‘s new Leaf EV could be priced as low as $18,800 in 2013, as the company chases elusive sales and first-time electric car buyers with a refreshed, budget version.

The company’s base price for the entry-level Leaf will be $28,800, it has confirmed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. That’s $6,000 less than the current cheapest model, and forms the bottom rung of a new, three car line-up.

With locally-decided subsidies, however, those in more EV-friendly states could save $10,000 off the sticker price, bringing the Leaf comfortably under the all-important $20k boundary. Read the rest of this entry

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