At the Auto China 2018 auto show held in April, Nissan made a big splash by introducing an all-new model. The Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission will be the first electric vehicle made by Nissan specifically for the Chinese market.
“The new Sylphy Zero Emission is the next step in our electrification strategy for China,” said José Muñoz, Nissan’s chief performance officer. “The new Sylphy Zero Emission will be Nissan’s first mass-production electric vehicle for the China market and one of the 20 electrified models that we plan to introduce over the next five years.”
The Sylphy is built on the same platform as the American Nissan LEAF. The Sylphy’s batteries are stored under the seats to ensure that they don’t hamper passenger or cargo space. According to Chinese standards, the Sylphy will have an impressive electric driving range of 210 miles. That’s long enough for a nice road trip here in the U.S.
We all know how challenging an issue pollution has been for China and the entire planet, so here at Cronic Nissan, we are glad to see our company making such a big push for electrification and zero emission vehicles. The Sylphy Zero Emission is expected to go on sale in China late this year.
Visiting the Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Carlos Ghosn recently spoke with graduate students about the future of the industry. ParisTech is a leading engineering and research graduate school often considered a member of the French ivy league. Ghosn, CEO of Nissan-Renault, studied for years in Paris, so he decided to come back and have a lively discussion with students, by facilitating a Nissan ParisTech visit.
According to Nissan, the Nissan-Mitsubishi partnership was one of the major topics of the Nissan PartisTech visit. Ghosn, who is now a chair member for Mitsubishi, explained that Nissan-Renault and Mitsubishi have worked together for years, yet these were mostly in one-off deals. Now, the two can partner to develop new technologies, forming a massive research team.
“There are two reasons why we decided to take 34% of Mitsubishi,” said Ghosn, “first, for a strategic reason, and then for a financial reason…It is an industry of scale, which is to say that an automaker that is bigger than another automaker has an advantage.”
Students also asked the Nissan-Renault CEO about the surge of autonomous vehicle technologies. Nissan hopes to complete the second stage of its self-driving technologies by 2018, releasing fully-autonomous vehicles by 2020. Though a long way off, this could redefine the entire industry.
This visit is just one of the many ways Nissan is trying to get students more excited about the auto industry, paving the way for future industry leaders.