The head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, thinks electric vehicles are catching on. The company recently sold its 250,000th EV and global EV sales are up 15 percent through May. “The Alliance today accounts for half of all EVs sold worldwide, and the LEAF remains the best-selling EV ever,” he said.
While the LEAF has not set sales record here in the U.S., the Rogue crossover has been in hot demand. So much so, that the Alliance will increase production by 100,000 units a year by adding a production plant in Japan. Rogue sales here are up 36.3 percent this year.
Mini has announced that its cross-country owners rally, “Mini USA,” will kick off on July 9, 2016 and finish on the 23rd. The route will be announced at a later date. Planning ahead might be an idea after nearly 4,000 owners showed up for the last event that ended in Boston, 5,142 miles from the start.
Mini’s parent, BMW, has signed on as a Global Partner for the next America’s Cup challenge in 2017. (My how these folks plan ahead)! Bimmer will also be a Technology Partner to ORACLE TEAM USA for the third consecutive race that will be staged off Bermuda. The cup race now has a 164-year history.
It is always good to be optimistic on a Monday morning, and the Robert Bosch Company is. By 2016, the auto parts supplier believes it realize $1.1 billion in sales from automated driving devices. It already sells radar and video sensors.
Ducati wants you to devise the “ideal motorcycle vacation paired with great music” in its “Ride a Song Contest.” It asks participants to choose the perfect song for their trip and add it to the Ducati playlist on Spotify and then describe their dream two wheel vacation. The winner and two friends will receive an exclusive experience riding the new Multistrada 1200 among other goodies. Interested? Find more at: