Renault is looking for unicorns in Africa. Not the sparkly horses with the pointy heads, the other ones. It’s looking for new businesses that combine innovation with technology to change the lives of a region, a country, even a continent.
As many of us will attest, driving today is nothing like it was 50 years ago. For older generations, seat belts were the only road safety features on most cars but that landscape has changed significantly.
New mobility is to us what the Model T was to them in 1908. And while the Model T took four or so decades to fully supplant the horse, new mobility will be with us much sooner. South Africa’s small population and few large cities will probably delay the demise of your car parked in your driveway for now. But not forever.
The coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the world affecting nearly every sector as the lockdown continues with no end in sight. While it’s hard to find good news during these challenging times, the way individuals and companies have responded is uplifting and that includes Renault using 3D printers to make medical supplies.
Africa’s time to shine is rapidly moving to realisation. I hear the thud of Afro sceptics falling off their chairs, but think about it. Groupe Renault did think about it and it is investing heavily in the continent, specifically in smart cities. Why would they do this?
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has outlined a new framework aimed at further reinforcing its business model to help strengthen its management structure. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi emphasised that the Alliance is essential for strategic growth and to enhance the competitive nature for each company.
The Alliance Operating Board (AOB) met in Yokohama, Japan, to make the new framework official. It will enhance the ability of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to capitalise on each company’s individual strengths and complement their strategies.
Right now the whole world is in a panic over coronavirus. In a strange dichotomy, the economic shock has shown us something unusual. From the canals in Venice running clean and full of fish for the first time in 500 years to CO levels over Los Angeles at early 20th century levels. But the virus will be beaten and we will go back to our old ways of ignoring our world.
What Car? Car of the Year awards is the most respected UK acknowledgement of automotive excellence. Four models that fall under the Renault banner were thus rewarded this year.
What is a circular economy? In a nutshell, it’s an economic system that focuses on eliminating waste and the continuous use of resources. The circular economy is also often referred to as circularity with systems looking at re-using, sharing, repairing, refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling. It attempts to create a closed-loop which minimises resource inputs and waste creation, pollution and notably, carbon emissions.
Imagine driving to work and back again in the afternoon, without using petrol. Yet being able to go away for the weekend without worrying about charging your battery. Welcome to the world of the hybrid.