Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors announced a technology partnership that will make its vehicles among the first to use Google's Android operating system in its dashboards to control navigation, infotainment and apps directly installed in vehicles.
Two of the auto industry's most prominent global leaders — General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and chairman of Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors — will be keynote speakers at the Automotive News World Congress in January.
These are exciting times for Japan's little three. Mazda and Subaru are preparing to launch electrified vehicles in the U.S. — including their first plug-ins — and take advantage of their partnerships with Toyota, while Mitsubishi is moving ahead with the backing of Renault-Nissan.
Genesis, for the first time, topped J.D. Power's annual study of new-vehicle appeal, nudging past Porsche, while Mitsubishi, Dodge, Jeep, GMC and Toyota posted the biggest improvements. Chevrolet and GMC tied for top-ranked nonluxury brand.
Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors and Daihatsu were forced to suspend operations at several domestic plants and have yet to decide on plans for the coming week as torrential rain and landslides battered Japan, killing dozens of people.
Amid persistent speculation about the future of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Chairman Carlos Ghosn told shareholders of Nissan and Mitsubishi that Renault isn't engineering a takeover of its Japanese partners.