Halftime: Is Renault-Nissan World’s Largest Automaker? Tomorrow, We’ll Know

The Renault-Nissan Alliance jumped the gun today, and it announced its deliveries for the first half of the year. Tomorrow noon time, all Japanese automakers will release their numbers as scheduled, but now we know a day ahead that the Alliance delivered 5.27 million vehicles in the first six months, and that, at this point into the race, the number will make the Alliance at the very least the world’s second-largest automaker. When Toyota’s numbers will be announced tomorrow, we will know whether Toyota, or the Alliance has the bragging rights for world’s largest automaker at halftime.

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First The Cartel, Now The Rebellion: Labor Leaders And Managers Demand Heads At VW

The explosive car cartel scandal that became public over the weekend could result in billions of fines for Daimler and BMW. For alleged co-conspirator Volkswagen, the scandal could turn into something much costlier: An open rebellion of the people who work there, from the rank and file all the way into the upper reaches of management. That rebellion is under way, and the rebels demand heads.

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Dieselgate Product Of Vast VW-BMW-Daimler Car Cartel Conspiracy, Fresh Report Says

Two years ago, the dieselgate scandal just started to unfold, I recommended to dig deeper, and to dig elsewhere than Volkswagen, because having worked in said Industry, I knew that dieselgate is everywhere. Everybody in the industry knew it, but nobody talked. In America, dieselgate-cheaters are behind bars, while in Europe, emissions cheating is treated as a lesser offense than illegal parking: Not a single fine was handed out in Europe. Today, peccadillo suddenly morphed into a monstrous antitrust case when it became known that dieselgate is the product of a secret cartel far beyond Volkswagen. “Audi, BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, and Porsche colluded for years in more than 1000 meetings,” wrote Der Spiegel [German, paywall] today.

Germany’s Handelsblatt has a similar report.  EU antitrust regulators confirmed investigations, Reuters wrote.

The dieselgate scandal never was as simple as the common good prevailing over the villain Volkswagen. Today, we may begin to understand the true enormity of a scandal that involves a cabal of carmakers and politicians.

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More Than A Million Mercedes Diesel Cars Could Lose Their Type Approval, Court Said

Western Europe’s diesel car share “has continued its seemingly unwavering downhill slide,” the exclusive AID newsletter told its industry customers. In the course of one year, the diesel take rate dropped from 54.7% in France to 48.2%, and in Germany from 46.3% to 40.4%. Threatened by lock-outs from Europe’s inner cities, new car buyers seek the relative safety of gasoline cars. Prices of used diesel cars are dropping, writes Germany’s Welt. New developments could turn the diesel-flight into a stampede: A German court said that more than a million of Mercedes-Benz diesel cars could lose their type approval, and would be illegal to drive if Daimler AG is found guilty of using illegal defeat devices.

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Fremont, You Have A Problem, And It Starts With An M

Of course, this article was not really posthumously written by a Francesco Sagredo who died near 400 years ago. Feel free to speculate about the real face behind Francesco.

Under Elon Musk’s leadership Tesla’s Model X arrived two years late and subjected the company to six months of self described production hell, only to tie for last place in Consumer Reports’ luxury SUV ratings with a score of 59/100 (Nov 2016). Delays for the falcon winged albatross will allow the Chevy Bolt and second-generation Nissan Leaf to both beat the Model 3 to widespread availability by the end of the year. Tesla’s quality has been poor, the UAW is circling, and Mr. Musk recently tweeted about mixing alcohol and Ambien (zolpidem) — a drug combination not only dangerous in its own right, but that increases the risk of long-term zolpidem addiction. How is this man still Tesla’s CEO? [Continue Reading]

Today, Toyota Unveiled ‘The Safest Car In The World.’

When it comes to leading-edge technology, one of the world’s smallest, and one of the world’s biggest automakers don’t share the same opinion. Tesla thinks technology should allow cars to drive from San Francisco to Manhattan, all by themselves. Toyota thinks that technology should stop cars from killing people.

More than 1.25 million people die in road crashes each year, 3,400 deaths a day on average, says the W.H.O., stating that “tens of millions of people are injured or disabled every year, children, pedestrians, cyclists and older people are among the most vulnerable of road users.” Today, Toyota showed cars that have the lives of those children, pedestrians, cyclists and older people as their first priority.

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Top 10 Global Automakers: PSA Out, Daimler In

April brings back a more familiar look to the list of the world’s 10 largest automakers, measured by actual registrations: Volkswagen is back in the lead, with Toyota and the Renault-Nissan Alliance not far behind. Surprise: Daimler kicks PSA Peugeot-Citroen off the list.

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China’s New Rules: Tesla Must Stay Home, Used Car Factories Go Up In Price

China has effectively closed its doors to any new carmakers wanting to produce in the world’s largest automakers, a report in Beijing-based business publication Caixingglobal said. Capacity expansion by domestic automakers, and by joint ventures with overseas OEMs, also will be heavily curtailed.

China’s powerful state planner, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) outlined projects that won’t get its approval under the policy, “covering most new investments for car production,” Caixing said.

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