Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and Didi Chuxing sign MOU to explore new business opportunities


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s leading automotive alliance, today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with DiDi Chuxing (‘DiDi’), the leading Chinese mobile transportation platform, to explore future business cooperation on a new electric vehicle car-sharing program in the People’s Republic of China.

The memorandum of understanding signed with DiDi underlines the commitment to new mobility services at the Alliance, including the launch of robo-vehicle ride-hailing services, as part of the Alliance 2022 strategic midterm plan launched last year by Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

Ogi Redzic, senior vice president of Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said: “The potential business and technology opportunities that we will explore with DiDi are quite promising. This cooperation fits with the Alliance expansion in vehicle electrification, autonomy, connectivity and new mobility services.”

Chen Ting, General Manager for the Express Mobility Group of DiDi Chuxing, said, “Strategic partnerships with the world’s leading industry players like Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi will enable us to pool our strengths and resources to meet diversified mobility demands and create an open, sharing-based transportation ecosystem, as we innovate vehicles for a future of ridesharing, AI technology and new energy.”

As the world’s largest automotive group in unit sales, the Alliance is accelerating convergence and synergy initiatives in a range of new automotive technologies. By the end of its strategic plan, the Alliance will launch 12 pure electric models worldwide, utilizing common EV platforms and components, while also bringing to market 40 vehicles worldwide with autonomous drive technology and developing robo-vehicle ride-hailing services.

Under the Alliance 2022 strategic plan, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is forecasting that the combined revenues of its member companies will reach $240 billion and that annual unit sales will exceed 14 million by the end of 2022, compared with 10.6 million units sold by its member companies in 2017.

ABOUT RENAULT-NISSAN-MITSUBISHI:

Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor Company and Mitsubishi Motors represent the world’s largest automotive alliance. It is the longest-lasting and most productive cross-cultural partnership in the auto industry. Together, the partners more than 10.6 million vehicles in nearly 200 countries in 2017. The member companies are focused on collaboration and maximizing synergies to boost competitiveness. They have strategic collaborations with other automotive groups, including Germany’s Daimler and China’s Dongfeng. This strategic alliance is the industry leader in zero-emission vehicles and is developing the latest advanced technologies, with plans to offer autonomous drive, connectivity features and services on a wide range of affordable vehicles.

About Didi Chuxing

Didi Chuxing (formerly Didi Kuaidi ), is a major ride-sharing , AI and autonomous technology conglomerate founded by Cheng Wei, providing transportation services for more than 450 million  users across over 400 cities in China. Its headquarters is located in Beijing. It provides services including taxi hailing, private car hailing, Hitch (social ride sharing), Didi Chauffer, Didi Bus, Didi Test Drive, Didi Minibus, Didi Luxe, Didi Car Rental,  Didi Enterprise Solutions, and bike sharing to users in China via smartphone application. Didi has over 7000 employess with 40 percent women.

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Renault launches its first Design Academy in India to foster fresh talent in Car Design

  • To offer an exclusive 6 months training to 6 selected post graduates

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New Delhi, March 2, 2017: Renault is all geared up to nurture fresh talent in car design with the start of it’s first-ever Renault Design Academy in Chennai. The Design Academy will commence on April 3rd, 2017 and will operate out of the Renault Design Studio in Chennai, India, a brand new facility fully equipped for developing new vehicles.

The Design Academy project in India is organized by Renault Design and developed under the lead of Patrick Lecharpy, VP, Advanced Design and Head of Renault Design India Studios, Luciano Bove, Design Academy Head of Program and Advanced Design Manager, Alain Lonay, New Design Director Mumbai & Chennai studios and Philippe Ponceau, General Manager, Chennai Studio. As part of the programme, an exclusive six months training in car design will be offered to select six design graduates, post which they will get a Professional Internship certificate and the best two candidates will receive a permanent designer job offer from Renault.

According to Patrick Lecharpy VP Advanced Design, Head of Renault Design India studios. “India remains one of the important markets for Groupe Renault. The start of the New Design Academy is a testimony of our strong customer centric approach and long-term vision to strategically developing the skill-set of its workforce. With the Design Academy, we decided to make an extra step to train young talents, select the best and put them together in one of our foreign Design Studio. We will give a project to develop for which they will get the chance they were waiting for to unleash their creative abilities & skills.”

A total of 400 entries were received from various parts of the world including Italy, USA, Russia, India, Brazil, Argentina, Poland, France, Germany, UK, Iran, Korea, Japan and China. The judging panel comprising of Patrick Lecharpy, Luciano Bove, Alain Lonay and Philippe Ponceau selected the six candidates on the basis of their creativity and skills level.

  • Rohit Dhiman, India (IAAD Design University in Torino Italy)
  • Smitesh Chavanke, India (ISD RUBIKA Design school Pune)
  • Nikhil Sorte, India (ISD RUBIKA Design school Pune)
  • Yimeng Li, China (CCS Detroit Design school USA)
  • Alireza Salehi, Iran (IAAD Design University in Torino Italy)
  • Gautam Muthuswamy, India (ISD RUBIKA Design school Pune)

During the six months internship program, these selected 6 candidates will be working on a project given to them, under the watchful eye of a team of 12 Renault designers (from France and India) including the Program Director, Patrick Lecharpy and Design Manager, Luciano Bove. The candidates will have several projects progress meetings and a final presentation to top management. The various training modules that will be provided to the candidates include Exterior & Interior design, C&T & Trends, Digital Modelling, Manual Modelling, French automobile Design, Design Management etc.

Renault Design has a long history of ties with Design Schools worldwide. It has been offering internships to talented students in its design studios across the global design organizationFrance, Korea, Romania, Brazil and India.

ABOUT RENAULT:

Renault India Pvt. Ltd. is a fully owned subsidiary of Renault S.A.S. France. Renault India cars are manufactured in the manufacturing facility located in Oragadam, Chennai, with a capacity of 480,000 units per annum. Currently, Renault India also has a widespread presence of more than 270 sales and 230 service facilities across the country with benchmark sales and service quality.

Renault India’s product line up and services have seen strong recognition among customers and industry experts alike, winning more than 60 titles, including 31 accolades for DUSTER as well as awards for PULSE and SCALA, making Renault India one of the most awarded automotive brands in a single year in India. The Renault KWID has already bagged 32 awards, which include 10 ‘Car of the Year’ Awards.

For Further information, please contact:

Jatin Aggarwal
Head – Public Affairs and Communication
Renault India Pvt. Ltd.
E-mail: jatin.aggarwal@renault.com
Twitter: @RenaultIndiaPR @RenaultIndia

GROUPE RENAULT: 2016 WORLD SALES RESULTS

RECORD SALES FOR GROUPE RENAULT, UP 13.3% TO 3.18 MILLION VEHICLES IN 2016 FOR THE LAST YEAR OF THE RENAULT DRIVE THE CHANGE

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  • Record year-on-year increase of 374,000 units (13.3%), up to 3.18 million vehicles sold in 2016.
  • Record year for Renault, top French brand worldwide, and Dacia, and Renault Samsung Motors volumes up by 38.8%.
  • Market share up in all regions: Renault brand number-two in Europe, while the Alliance is the number-two automotive group.
  • Sustained growth ambitions for Renault in 2017, with young product range, new releases, and international development.

WORLD SALES RECORD

Under the impetus of the Renault – Drive the Change plan, sales are on the rise for the fourth year running, making Groupe Renault the number-one French automotive group worldwide, with 3,182,625 vehicles registered in 2016.

Groupe Renault worldwide passenger car and light commercial vehicle sales rose by 13.3% in 2016, against 4.6% for the market as a whole. The group’s share of the world automotive market stands at 3.5% (up 0.3 points vs 2015). Both Renault and Dacia brands have registered record sales. Renault keeps its position as the world’s leading French brand. Renault Samsung Motors sales rose by 38.8%.

The group continued to benefit from buoyant conditions on the European automotive market (up 7% on 2015), with registrations up 11.8% to 1,805,290, for a market share of 10.6%.

Outside Europe, Groupe Renault achieved record sales in 2016, up 15.3% on 2015 against growth of 5.2% on the market as a whole. Volumes and market shares were up in all regions.

“In 2016 we sold 3.18 million vehicles worldwide, setting a new sales record. Our strategy of product range renewal and geographic expansion, under way for several years now, has proven to be successful. It enables the Groupe Renault to progress significantly in terms of volume and market share in each region.” notes Thierry Koskas, member of the Executive Committee and Group Executive VP for sales & marketing.
RENAULT SECOND BRAND IN EUROPE

In Europe, Groupe Renault’s market share (passenger cars and light commercial vehicles) rose by 0.5 points to 10.6%. Registrations rose by 11.8% to 1,805,290. Sales were up in all the countries in the region.

Sales were up again for the Renault brand, which becomes Europe’s second biggest automotive brand. With 1,390,280 vehicle registrations (up 12.1% on 2015), Renault’s market share rose 0.4 points on 2015 to reach 8.1%.

On the passenger car market, Renault’s market share rose more than any other brand in Europe, by 0.4 points. It is mainly due to the successful product range renewal programme including Espace, Talisman and the Megane family. New Scenic got off to a good start, with more than 19,000 orders in its first quarter on the market.
Renault kept its leadership in B-segment city cars, owing to successful showings from Clio and Captur, which heads its segment at 215,670 units.

On the European light commercial vehicle market, Renault brand sales rose 9.9% to reach 296,187 vehicles, for a market share of 14.8%.

After eleven years on the European market, Dacia brand sales were again up in 2016 (by 10.8%), at a record 415,010 registrations.

The Renault brand stays at the top of the European electric vehicles market, with sales up by 11 % at 25,648 units (excluding Twizy). ZOE heads the electric passenger car ranking with 21,735 registrations (up 16%) and Kangoo Z.E. the electric light commercial vehicle market with 3,901 vehicles sold.

In France, Groupe Renault achieved its best sales performance in five years. Renault widened its lead as France’s leading automotive brand, with a 22.3% of the passenger car and light commercial vehicle market, while Dacia sales hit a record high of 112,000 units, ranking fourth for sales to private motorists.
INTERNATIONAL GROWTH

Despite uneven economic situations across the globe, Groupe Renault strengthened its positions to increase its market share in all regions. Again, its product range renewal programme bore fruit, with Kwid in India, QM6 and SM6 in Korea, Kaptur in Russia, Koleos in China, Megane Sedan in Turkey and Oroch in Latin America.

In the Africa / Middle East / India region, Groupe Renault registrations rose by 36.4%, giving a market share of 6.2% (up 1.7 points).
In India, Renault kept its position as best-selling European automotive brand, with sales up by 145.6%. Kwid registrations totalled 105,745. India rose five places to become the group’s eighth biggest market worldwide.
In Iran, sales boomed by 110.7% to give Groupe Renault an 8.4% market share, up 3.7 points on 2015. The group has reclaimed its position as a major player on the Iranian market, doubling its market share in a single year thanks to successful performance from Tondar and Sandero.
In North Africa, Groupe Renault holds a 38.5% market share, up by 4.9 points. In Algeria, its market share reached a record 51.3% in 2016, up by 15.7 points, benefiting from local production of Symbol.
In Morocco, where Dacia and Renault hold first and second places respectively, Groupe Renault registrations rose by 22.5%, with record sales yielding a market share of 37.8%.

In the Eurasia region, registrations rose by 2.3% despite market shrinkage of 6.3%. Market share rose accordingly, by 1.1 points to 13.0%, largely driven by strong performance with record sales in Turkey (up 4.4%). New Megane Sedan got off to a good start, with orders topping 13,200 in the first two months.
Sales growth in most of the countries in the region offset the impact of the economic crisis in Russia, where the market collapsed by 10.8%. Renault was able to contain the decline in its sales here at 2.6%, to achieve a record market share of 8.2%, up by 0.7%, chiefly owing to successful performance from Kaptur, which sold more than 14,600 units since it was launched in June.

In the Americas region, Groupe Renault sales rose by 0.1% despite market shrinkage of 4.1%, holding up well to the economic difficulties with a market share of 6.5%, up by 0.3 points.
In Brazil, market share rose by 0.2 points to a record 7.5%, on a market that slipped back 19.8% thanks to the successful performance of Duster Oroch. In 2017, the group will benefit of its brand new SUV range with Captur, Kwid and New Koleos as well as the arrival of Alaskan. The Renault brand continues to reap the benefits of pickup on the Argentinian market, with registrations up by 24.8% against growth of 9.1% in the market as a whole. In Colombia, sales volume and market share hit records (21.3%).

In the Asia Pacific region, Renault Samsung Motors sales rose 38.8% in South Korea despite the 0.3% shrinkage of the market: the market share was up 1.7 points at 6.2% thanks to the successful launches of SM6 and QM6 in 2016. QM6 orders reached 21,000 in just four months.
In China, following release of Kadjar, the first vehicle made locally by the Dongfeng Renault joint venture, Renault sales rose by 50.8% against market growth of 14.0%. New Koleos orders approached 10,000 in just two months.
GROUPE RENAULT SALES OUTLOOK FOR 2017

In 2017, the global market is expected to grow by 1.5% to 2% compared with 2016. The European market is also expected to increase by 2%, with a 2% increase also for France.

At the International level, the Brazilian and Russian markets are expected to become stable. China shall grow by 5% and India by 8%.

Groupe Renault should continue to reap the benefit of product range renewal in Europe, and of the strong dynamic on international markets, with Kwid in India, Koleos and Kadjar in China, Kaptur in Russia, QM6 and SM6 in South Korea, and Alaskan plus the SUV range in Latin America.

Groupe Renault therefore expects a sustained growth in sales volumes and market shares in Europe and in the international markets.

Group sales by region PC+LCV

December Ytd*
2016 2015 % var.
France 651,778 607,173 7.3%
Europe** (Excl France) 1,153,512 1,007,018 14.5%
France + Europe Total 1,805,290 1,614,191 11.8%
Africa Middle East India 491,151 360,029 36.4%
Eurasia 364,451 356,216 2.3%
Americas 354,370 354,072 0.1%
Asia Pacific 167,363 124,418 34.5%
Total Excl France + Europe 1,377,335 1,194,735 15.3%
World 3,182,625 2,808,926 13.3%

* Sales    
** Europe = European Union, except Romania, Bulgaria & Island,  
Norvway & Switzerland, Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Serbia

 

Sales by brand

December Ytd*
2016 2015 % var
RENAULT      
PC 2,094,542 1,829,832 14.5%
LCV 392,767 348,127 12.8%
PC + LCV 2,487,309 2,177,959 14.2%
RENAULT SAMSUNG MOTORS      
PC 111,097 80,028 38.8%
DACIA      
PC 542,542 511,501 6.1%
LCV 41,677 39,438 5.7%
PC + LCV 584,219 550,939 6.0%
GROUPE RENAULT      
PC 2,748,181 2,421,361 13.5%
LCV 434,444 387,565 12.1%
PC + LCV 3,182,625 2,808,926 13.3%

 


Groupe Renault: 15 markets – December Ytd

    Volumes  2016* MS VP+VU 2016
(units) (% )
1 FRANCE 651,778 26.87
2 GERMANY 198,609 5.49
3 ITALY 190,610 9.37
4 SPAIN 170,272 12.90
5 TURKEY 169,236 17.20
6 BRAZIL 149,977 7.55
7 UNITED KINGDOM 138,642 4.51
8 INDIA 132,235 3.95
9 RUSSIA 117,227 8.21
10 SOUTH KOREA 111,087 6.19
11 IRAN 108,536 8.44
12 ARGENTINA 99,097 14.50
13 BELGIUM+LUXEMBOURG 92,247 13.82
14 MOROCCO 61,726 37.84
15 ALGERIA 61,249 51.32

*2016 full year (sales), excl Twizy