Who Is The World’s Leading EV Maker? No, It’s Not Tesla

Like Tesla’s enormous market capitalization, the outsized mindshare of the Californian carmaker is hard to reconcile with its true market share. A look at hard data shows that noisy Tesla is quietly outsold by the true pioneer in the electric vehicle field, namely the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The Alliance may get no respect in a media that hangs on to every Musk tweet, but it sure gets the customers.

In the first quarter of 2017, the Renault-Nissan Alliance moved nearly 37,000 electric vehicles, per data supplied by the automakers. That is some 12,000 units, or nearly 50%, more than the 25,000 electric vehicles Tesla said were shipped by the company in the first quarter.

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Dark Horse Renault-Nissan Is World’s 2nd Largest Automaker, Beats Volkswagen

Volkswagen AG, the company that ended 2016 as the world’s largest automaker, continues to show a lack of follow-through. Three months into the year, the Germans fell back to place three. It does not surprise that formerly largest automaker Toyota regained the leadership. The astonishing part is that a dark horse is in second place. With Mitsubishi under its belt, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has upset the top three, and even more surprising, it is nipping at the heels of #1 Toyota.

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Has NISMO Really Gone To The Toilet? O.K., I Checked

This must be the coincidence of the week. Yesterday, The Drive lambasted Nissan for allegedly having “turned its back on NISMO, and that’s a damned shame.” Today, Nissan asked journalists to come to NISMO’s Omori factory between Tokyo and Yokohama for a “briefing on our plans to enhance and expand the NISMO road car lineup.” Nissan will push its NISMO performance line heavily, and globally, we heard today.

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Tesla’s ‘Pushing Of Production Boundaries’ Makes Large Carmakers Yawn

If you noticed mild tremblors yesterday and today, then it’s probably from the auto industry shaking its heads around the globe about an article that appeared at Reuters yesterday. It talks about Californian carmaker Tesla breaking new ground (and taking big risks) in car production. The head shakers think the alleged production revolution is a yawner.

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If Any Chinese Car Company Will Take On The World, Then This One

When will Chinese carmakers follow the Japanese, and Korean example, and take over the world? If it happens, who will it be? Sitting at a desk overlooking a glitzy Shanghai skyline that can put Manhattan, or downtown Tokyo to shame, I predict that scrappy Geely will be at the vanguard of Chinese automakers to take on the world. I write this after having seen Geely’s R&D center in Hangzhou, after having talked to its production engineers in Geely’s hometown some three hours south of Shanghai, and after having been granted a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of the company’s design studios in Shanghai. I am rarely impressed, but I am.

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Trounces Tesla 2:1 (Or Worse.)

“Tesla is cooking with gas while Renault-Nissan has dropped the ball,” told me a media colleague the other day. His name shall remain unmentioned, not only due to his use of inappropriately mixed metaphors. His comment made me dig up some numbers, and the result of the digging is that the Renault-Nissan Alliance remains the world’s EV leader, selling more than double the number of electric cars the allegedly gas-cooking Tesla could move.

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Close Confidante Gets VW CEO In New Dieselgate Trouble

When former Porsche chief Matthias Müller took over as CEO of Volkswagen from disgraced Martin Winterkorn, the jovial Bavarian was welcomed as a new start for Volkswagen. Now, the past has caught up with him. A close confidante and engine computer specialist, supposedly dispatched by Müller to get to the bottom of the dieselgate morass, was involved in the defeat device development from the early get-go, documents cited by Germany’s BILD [German, paywall] suggest. Meanwhile, the only VW top executive indicted in the U.S. sued the Volkswagen at home for an unpaid $1.5 million performance bonus, while Volkswagen fired the law firm it hired to “relentlessly” investigate its emissions scandal.

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What’s Going To Happen At Mitsubishi Motors? Ask The Man.

Imagine you are handed a car guy’s dream job. You will be responsible for the complete product range of a big global automaker with a hundred-year long history. Like many automakers, this one had its scandals, and it was in financial doo-doo a few times. Infused with fresh capital and technology, the company is good to go. Your job starts in two weeks. What will you do?

This is what I ask Vincent Cobee.

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