Infiniti Looking For A New Boss After Christian Meunier Leaves To Lead Jeep

Infiniti looking for a new boss after Christian Meunier leaves to lead Jeep

Nissan's premium division Infiniti is expected to announce a new acting global chief for the brand, the company said, after its current head, Christian Meunier, left to lead the Jeep unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Nissan's chief quality officer Christian Vandenhende will oversee Infiniti's global operations effective immediately, until a new brand chief is named, Infiniti said in the statement on Tuesday. Meunier, 51, was named Infinit's global chief in early January after its previous boss Roland Krueger left the Hong Kong-based brand. Meunier will take over as global president for SUV-focused Jeep effective immediately, Fiat Chrysler said in a separate statement. Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley had been running Jeep until he was elevated to the top job in July after the death of Sergio Marchionne.

Meunier has international experience from his years with Ford, Land Rover, Nissan and Infiniti, which may prove valuable as Jeep attempts to expand overseas with a lineup of new products including the Gladiator pickup, a Wrangler plug-in hybrid, and the revived Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer nameplates. He's worked mostly in sales and marketing roles, including as senior vice president of sales, marketing and operations for Nissan North America; chairman of Nissan Canada; and his recent role heading up Infiniti. An Infiniti spokesman said Meunier's resignation was not related to Nissan's internal investigation into its former leader Carlos Ghosn.

Glay's Takuro Reveals Pv For Album Lead Track 'yasuragi No Chise'

GLAY's TAKURO reveals PV for album lead track 'Yasuragi no Chise'

GLAY's TAKURO (G) will be releasing his second solo album "Journey without a map II' on February 27. At this time, the PV for its lead track "Yasuragi no Chise" has been uploaded onto YouTube. 

"Yasuragi no Chise" is described as a slow ballad with a gentle tone. "Chise" in the Ainu language means "home." Shot in Los Angeles, the PV features scenes of TAKURO playing the guitar as well as scenes of Los Angeles and the people who live in the city. 

Abe: Japan Vows To Lead In Nuclear Arms Ban Effort

Abe: Japan vows to lead in nuclear arms ban effort

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan is determined to lead efforts to bridge deepening rifts between countries that possess nuclear weapons and those that do not.

Abe delivered an address at the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima on Monday, the anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city in 1945.

Japan To Take The Lead In Tackling Ocean Pollution

Japan to take the lead in tackling ocean pollution

Japan's top government spokesperson says the country will take the initiative in the global efforts to address ocean pollution caused by plastic and other waste.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga spoke to reporters on Monday about the outcome of a meeting of the environment ministers of Japan, China and South Korea.

Mazda Working On Lithium-ion Batteries To Replace Lead-acid Starter Batteries

Mazda working on lithium-ion batteries to replace lead-acid starter batteries

In the quest for ever better fuel economy, car companies are looking for every single advantage possible, no matter how small. This is evident in everything from active grille shutters to the 48-volt mild-hybrid electric assist systems like that in the new Ram 1500. For Mazda, the latest target for potential efficiency gains is the lowly 12-volt starter battery.

The company announced that it is partnering with two other companies, ELIIY Power and Ube Industries, to develop a lithium-ion starter battery that would be used on mainstream models in place of conventional lead-acid units. Mazda plans to have them ready for use by 2021. The advantage here would be that 12-volt lithium-ion batteries would be much smaller and lighter than the lead-acid ones they replace. And lighter cars don't need as much fuel to move around. Plus, as an added benefit, making cars lighter also often makes them faster and better handling. This is why companies such as Lotus and Porsche have offered optional lithium-ion 12-volt batteries for some lightweight sports cars.

Mahias Retakes Championship Lead As Caricasulo Secures Podium At Magny-cours

Mahias retakes Championship Lead as Caricasulo Secures Podium at Magny-CoursIt was an incredibly dramatic race for the GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team on Sunday in damp conditions at Magny-Cours, round ten of the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship. Federico Caricasulo stormed to his third podium of the season after battling for the victory the entire race, crossing the line in second just 0.875s behind the winner. His teammate Lucas Mahias mounted a superb comeback after contact with another rider saw him down in 19th at the end of the first lap, with the local hero fighting back superbly to finish in an incredible fourth place and lead the championship standings by nine points.

Mahias Retains Championship Lead With Podium At The Lausitzring

Mahias Retains Championship Lead with Podium at the LausitzringGRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias survived a scare to secure his sixth podium of the season to lead the championship by one point after a red flag ended the race prematurely at the Lausitzring for round eight of the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship. His teammate Federico Caricasulo was incredibly unlucky as he crashed out of the race while battling for the lead in the incident that led to the red flag.

Mahias Extends Championship Lead With Assen Thriller

Mahias Extends Championship Lead with Assen ThrillerGRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias extended his championship lead to 20 points after a thrilling race at the TT Circuit Assen, round four of the 2017 World Supersport Championship. The French rider secured second by just 0.005s in a photo finish in front of the packed grandstands after a race long battle with five riders. His teammate Federico Caricasulo was also involved in the scrap for the podium, riding through the pain to cross the line in sixth.

Caricasulo And The All-new Yzf-r6 Lead A Yamaha 123 In Thailand

Caricasulo and the all-new YZF-R6 Lead a Yamaha 123 in ThailandGRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Federico Caricasulo scored his first 2017 FIM World Supersport Championship race win with the all-new YZF-R6 after a dramatic 17-lap World SSP race at the Chang International Circuit. In the second round of the series, in a race that featured very high track and air temperatures, teammate Lucas Mahias looked set for a podium finish of his own but experienced a technical issue early on and had to retire. Two other Yamaha R6 machines scored podium finishes, in the hands of wildcard Decha Kraisart and privateer Niki Tuuli.