When you speak of an esteemed French car manufacturing company such as Renault, you would expect for the company to invest all of its resources into the development and manufacturing of vehicles, so that it might be able to produce something that is actually useful for humanity. However, some of Renault’s recent activities certainly do not appear to be towards this end.
Those who love reading juicy and unbiased news on the French automotive industry, have run out of luck it seems, owing to how Renault has finally decided to take “unbiased” completely out of the proposition.
The company has purchased a 40 percent stake in the Challenges Group, which is a French publishing company, known for news that it delivers on the automotive industry. What this means is that people of France will read what Renault will feed on the matter of French cars. So much for unbiased journalism!
The surprising part of it all is that Renault is known, all over the world as one of the leading players in the international automotive industry. However, when you consider that the company had to stoop so low to contend with being left behind by companies that are ACTUALLY serious about taking the automotive industry forward, you have to consider the crisis that Renault must be in for it to make such a move.
Renault needs to realize that the company will be better served by making investments in cars rather than news agencies, owing to how it is the cars that will ultimately bring in profits and not public sentiment. If a car manufacturer is able to put forward the best products in the market, purchasing a news agency should be the least of its concerns.
Nissan has recently been involved in talks with the French government for the purchase of stakes in Renault, as part of the merger prelude. For those who don’t already know, Renault and Nissan have been in alliance for quite some time now – since 1999 to be exact, with Mitsubishi joining in on the fun recently as well. As a part of the alliance, Renault holds 43.4 % of the shares in Nissan, whereas Nissan holds 15 % of the stake in Renault. Recently, the alliance proposed a plan to the French government according to which not only would Paris give up its controlling at Renault but the company will relinquish its control over Nissan as well.
The proposition appears to be preposterous, especially when you consider the Tokyo market rules, according to which Renault will lose its entire stake in Nissan, as the deal will see Nissan’s stake in Renault exceed the mark of 25 %. This should be seen as nothing short of a disgrace for a country like France, which has always been one of the market leaders in this industry.
On top of that, the dilution of stake could be a risky game for the Macron government, owing to how they are still facing backlash for letting the TGV train makers fall into foreign hands. However, such a merger will have far more serious consequences, owing to how it will not only affect the country’s technological centers but hit the industrial jobs and the revenues that are collected from tax as well. What this means is that not only will the French lose out on their jobs but will need to contribute more to the state, in the name of tax as well.
Regardless of how lucrative the deal offered by Nissan might be, the French government needs to learn from its mistakes in the past and keep the companies that the French created with their blood and sweat from falling into foreign hands. If not, then it is the commoners of France who will suffer…again!
Renault has, recently, decided to re-launch its Alpine brand after a period of 20 years. The CEO of Renault had inaugurated the production line for the new A110, back in December, in a small coastal town in the northwest region of France, called Dieppe. Dieppe is among the poorest communities in the Normandy region, and the venture is bound to aid the living standards of the people there. Everything would have been perfect, however, if the spokespersons for Renault hadn’t resorted to lies as means for boasting their brand…yet again!
Renault claimed that its factory in Dieppe is the only one that’s building cars with aluminum bodies and chassis in the whole of Europe. The spokesperson had, perhaps, assumed the UK to not be a part of Europe, when making such a bold remark, owing to how JLR—a company based in the UK—has already been in the business of manufacturing cars with aluminum bodies and chassis. Either Renault needs an elementary lesson in geography to learn that the UK is one of the most powerful forces in Europe, or they need to build a car that can actually match up to the standard of JLR’s F-150, so that they don’t have to make audacious claims of greatness. It’s true, sadly, that everyone lies, whether it’s a person or a mere legal entity!
Gone are the days when racing companies and racers alike prided themselves upon going all in for victory. Don’t believe me? Well, take a look at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and decide for yourself. Renault’s races—Nico Hulkenburg—decided that it was worth it to not go for a win and to pragmatically secure the sixth place. Regardless how big of a mockery it makes out of the spirit of sportsmanship, it’s the manner in which the “sportsman” went about his business that has caused the uproar.
Early in the race, Hulkenburg decided to go off circuit to take the lead on Force India’s Sergio Perez. Most spectators would expect such an indecent maneuver to result into a strict action, but the organizers—for some bizarre reason—decided to hand out a five second penalty, which caused Renault to finish in the sixth position.
However, it’s when you consider what the result meant that you realize the gravity of the atrocity that had been committed. The result was good enough for Renault to go ahead of Toro Rosso in the Constructor’s Championship and take the sixth place. As a result, Renault will have more competitiveness (and more money) next year. If the competitions, nowadays, allow for achieving results through clear underhanded tactics, then the organizers should, at least, communicate to all of the participants, so that the competition is fair and the sport isn’t reduced to a mockery!
The French automaker Renault seems as if it was drooling over the uplifting of bans on Iran.
It only took a little while for the carmaker to strike a deal with Iran worth $987 million! The deal basically states that the carmaker will make tens of thousands of cars annually under a joint venture with Iran. Trump is already trying to isolate the automobile industry of Iran. So, here is the problem: the deal is pretty good from Iran’s point of view, but as for Renault, there does not seem any real value to it.
As if that wasn’t a problem in itself, by making this deal, the automaker is unnecessarily damaging its alliances with the US. In fact, Donald Trump only recently signed sanctions against Iran. Moreover, he also took the French President Emmanuel Macron on board to impede the growing influence of Iran. Not only does Renault try hard to break the confidence of the US President in the French government to fight Iran’s influence, but it has also put other French industries in jeopardy. You would not want to break ties with the US just so a petty carmaker like Renault can indulge in making cars with Iran.
It is evident that Renault knows no meaning of common courtesy when it hired Marcin Budkowski as Executive Director.
Marcin had been an FIA technical chief for eight months before Renault decided to lure him in. This means that he has an insight to pretty much all the secrets of the different F1 teams. As bad as it was on his part, it should have been Renault that should’ve busted the move.
It is unethical that you hire a person who knows well about the components different companies are using on their cars. It simply makes the sport unfair and inclines it into the favor of the desperate Renault. According to Toto Wolff from Mercedes,
“it’s incorrect that a person of that seniority within the FIA should be allowed to be in another working environment within a three-month period”
The low-blow Renault has made has caused several major names in the F1 Strategy Group. These names include McLaren, Red Bull, and Ferrari etc. Marcin will definitely use his knowledge and expertise in order to give Renault a chance to lead. This itself tells the trust this French automobile company has over its own components, operations and capabilities.
Renault could have been better than that!
The US and France have been great allies for centuries. French automaker Renault shows absolutely no regard for it though.
The United States and Iran haven’t gotten along well in the past many years. The US recently imposed a new sanction over Iran which shows that the tension between the countries still exists. While all this was taking place, France was supposed to take sides with the US and keep away from Iranian deals.
Instead, Renault has had the audacity to make a historic deal with the middle-eastern country. The multimillion dollar deal will definitely infuriate the Trump Administration denting the long-lasting relationship.
As per the deal, the French automaker will set up its plants in Iran. These plants will produce around 150,000 cars each year. The project will begin from 2018, and will initially produce Renault’s infamous Duster compact SUV as well as its Symbol.
The appalling move by the French automaker was nothing but disgrace to the terms the US have had with France. What’s even more saddening was the fact that President Trump even had a dialogue with Emmanuel Macron—French President—on the matter. Trump had wanted to lessen Iran’s influence in the Middle-Eastern conflict, but the French automobile industry is out there making historic handshakes with Iran—a true depiction of backstabbing!
Being a big automaker means you should be bold in taking decisions, not get scared stiff of them!
There was a recent cyber attack in Europe where hackers blocked access to important information and demanded ransom in order to release it back. Like several other companies, Renault was also a victim of the cyber-attack. However, where a lot of the other companies took bold measures and continued working to counter the issue, Renault, on the other hand, packed its bags, and refused to conduct any business.
Although it said in a statement that it is working to conquer the issue, what the French automaker actually did was panic and cease all operations at its Sandouville factory in Normandy.
Shutting down operations here meant a production fall back of a staggering 640 vehicles per day. Although the halting of production lasted only for a weekend, it caused a backlash of over a thousand vehicles. There were, without a doubt, many other measures the French automaker could have taken to reduce the damage caused by the cyber attack.
Sandouville was only one of the sites where production was halted. With a company that is over a century old, far better alternative measures could have been taken.
The Renault Trezor was first unveiled at the Mondial De L’Automobile Paris 2016.
And it has the kind of design that you just cannot miss. It’s eye-catching for sure. And it did win the award for the Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year 2016. But there’s a huge difference between being eye-candy and a practical vehicle that will satisfy the concerns of the buyers.
Will it be able to achieve all that? We’re not really sure.
There’s no doubt about the fact that the Trezor has a unique sense of style, a personality, and an irresistible charm. There’s something about the absence of lines across its body and the “floating” roof that gives the car a futuristic look.
However, the two-seater electric coupe does not leave enough room for the passengers to feel comfortable. We’re also not sure about the visibility through the red-tinted glass panel that separates the roof from the rest of the body.
Renault also added a clamshell-like opening to the vehicle where the whole top lifts off kind of like a jewelry box. While this was likely done to add an element of futuristic appeal to the vehicle, it makes for a rather awkward entry and exit.
Would you like to travel in a vehicle like this? Tell us all about it in the comments.
The French car manufacturer has had a terrific year of sales in India. And it has reached extremely close to meeting its target of capturing five percent of the Indian market share. It currently holds the 4.5% of the market share and is on its way to crossing the 5% mark this year.
One thing, however, stands in the way of success for the company.
In November last year, the Indian government embarked on a demonitisation policy. For those who don’t know what it means, demonitisation is when the government strips the legal status off its currency notes.
In India, the local banknotes worth 500 and 1,000 rupees were rendered useless at the stroke of a midnight hour. The measure was carried out to prevent the misuse of Indian banknotes by terrorist outfits and stop the flow of Indian currency in the black market.
One speech by the Indian Prime Minister, and the whole system underwent several aftershocks. Every sector in the Indian economy, including the automobile industry, was affected.
Renault was no exception.
The demonitisation circus inhibited the flow of traffic to dealers when the company saw a decline in the demand of new cars. Even when a sale was completed, the purchasers delayed delivery.