Ghosn Reportedly Seeks Damages Over Dutch Contract

Ghosn reportedly seeks damages over Dutch contract

A French newspaper report says Nissan Motor's former chairman Carlos Ghosn is suing the firm and Mitsubishi Motors for damages over the cancelation of his employment contract with the two companies' joint venture in the Netherlands.

Le Figaro said in its online edition on Wednesday that Ghosn filed the lawsuit with a court in Amsterdam, seeking up to 15 million euros, or more than 16 million dollars, in damages.

Nissan Reportedly Rejecting Renault Proposal For Closer Ties

Nissan reportedly rejecting Renault proposal for closer ties

TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co Ltd will reject a management integration proposal from French partner Renault SA and will call for an equal capital relationship, the Nikkei newspaper said on Monday, citing sources. Nissan's management feels the Japanese company has not been treated as an equal of Renault under existing capital ties, and a merger would make this inequality permanent, the Nikkei reported. The outlook for the alliance — one of the world's top automaking partnerships — has been in focus since the arrest in November of its main architect, Carlos Ghosn, on charges of financial misconduct. The former Nissan and Renault chairman has denied the charges against him and has said he was the victim of a boardroom coup by Nissan executives opposed to closer ties.

To which, Bloomberg reported that it has seen emails in which Nissan executives were working with Japanese government officials to defend the company's independence, as Ghosn was pushing for a full merger.

Toyota Reportedly Working On Second-generation 86

Toyota reportedly working on second-generation 86

There's stronger confirmation that earlier reports of the Toyota 86's demise were premature. Autocar got confirmation from Toyota's European marketing boss that the company is planning a second generation of the 2+2 rear-wheel drive coupe, which is known as the GT86 in Europe, in concert with Subaru.

We presume that holds true for the U.S. as well; Autoblog sought confirmation from Toyota. It jibes with an earlier report in which both automakers refuted a Japanese outlet's assertion that the 86 and the Subaru BRZ would not see successor versions.

Walmart Reportedly Planning To Launch Its Own Budget Android Tablet

Walmart Reportedly Planning To Launch Its Own Budget Android Tablet


Amazon has seen considerable success with its low-cost Fire tablets and it appears that Walmart wants in on the action as well. A new report claims that the retailer is planning to launch a cheap Android tablet under its in-house ONN brand. The device will be made by a Chinese supplier and is going to be powered by Android.

A spokesperson for Walmart confirmed to Bloomberg that this tablet will be launched under the in-house ONN brand. It’s expected to have functionality which would make the cheap Android tablet a good fit for kids.

Nintendo Switch Reportedly Continues To Dominate The Competition

Nintendo Switch Reportedly Continues To Dominate The Competition

For the longest time ever, Sony’s PS4 has more or less dominated the console space, at least until the Nintendo Switch came along and changed the landscape. Granted the Switch has yet to catch up to Sony in terms of total units sold, but so far it appears that on a monthly basis, Nintendo may very well have outsold the competition.

This is according to early NPD figures as seen by Direct-Feed Games where according to the figures, the Nintendo Switch managed to sell 284,000 units for the month of January 2019. This is versus other consoles like the PS4 which managed 195,000 units, while the Xbox One only sold 101,000 units.

Qualcomm Reportedly Developing Low-cost Soc For Android Go Devices

Qualcomm Reportedly Developing Low-Cost SoC For Android Go Devices

One of the ways that Android Go devices have managed to keep its costs down is by using lower-end hardware which is generally cheaper compared to more powerful hardware. It seems that Qualcomm could be trying to capitalize on that particular market because according to a report from WinFuture, the company might be testing out low-cost SoCs designed specifically for android Go devices.

This will reportedly come in the form of the QM215 chipset which is said to be a quad-core chipset clocked at 1.3GHz, and will feature a 650MHz graphics unit. It is also expected to fall somewhere between the Snapdragon 410 and the 425, and will support up to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

Honda Reportedly Will Close Car Plant In Uk With Loss Of 3,500 Jobs

Honda reportedly will close car plant in UK with loss of 3,500 jobs

LONDON — Japanese carmaker Honda is set to announce the closure of its Swindon car plant with the loss of 3,500 jobs, Sky News reported on Monday. Sky News said that the announcement by Honda could come on Tuesday, and that the plant was scheduled to close in 2022. Spokesmen for Honda were not immediately available to comment on the report. "That's speculation so we wouldn't comment on that," a spokeswoman for Britain's business ministry said. Honda built just over 160,000 vehicles at its British factory last year, where it makes the Civic Hatchback and Type R, accounting for just over 10 percent of Britain's total output of 1.52 million cars. It ceased building the CR-V crossover there last year. The firm said last month that it will shut its British operations for six days in April to help it counter any border disruption from the Britain's departure from the European Union. It has also said it was preparing to front-load some production at its plant to ship overseas or build up inventories. Factors other than Brexit are said to have contributed to Honda's decision, Sky News reported, but any such announcement would come just over two weeks after Nissan canceled plans to build its X-Trail sport utility vehicle in Britain. The BBC also reported that Honda was due to announce the plant's closure. It quoted a tweet from a conservative member of Parliament, Justin Tomlinson, who said, "Honda are clear this is based on global trends and not Brexit, as all European market production will consolidate in Japan in 2021."

Japanese carmakers Nissan, Toyota and Honda build roughly half of Britain's cars and, along with the rest of the sector, have been proponents of free and unfettered trade after Brexit, calling on politicians to provide clarity as soon as possible. U.S. carmaker Ford told British Prime Minister Theresa May last week that it may have to move some production out of Britain because of Brexit, according to a source on the call. Honda has struggled in Europe and built increasing proportions of its cars for sale outside of the continent in recent years. For example, the Civic Type R's engine is built in Ohio and shipped to Swindon.

Renault-nissan Reportedly Partnering With Waymo On Self-driving Cars

Renault-Nissan reportedly partnering with Waymo on self-driving cars

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance will tie up with Alphabet Inc's Waymo to develop autonomous taxis and other services using self-driving vehicles, the Nikkei reported on Tuesday. Google's self-driving car company Waymo will work with the carmakers and announce a plan for the arrangement as early as this spring, the business daily reported. The partners are considering the joint development of unmanned taxis using Nissan vehicles and a system that handles reservation and payments, Nikkei said. A spokesman at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, Nick Twork, said, "This (Nikkei) story is based on rumors and speculation. We have nothing to announce." Waymo did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Last month, Nissan Motor Corp said its board remained committed to the carmaker's alliance with Renault SA and Mitsubishi Motors Corp, after directors met to discuss the ongoing investigation into former chairman Carlos Ghosn and ways to bolster governance.

Among the companies developing autonomous driving technology, Waymo is considered to be far in the lead in terms of test-fleet miles driven. It operates hundreds of vehicles in 25 U.S. locations, and is already operating a taxi service with paying customers in Chandler, Ariz.

Sony Reportedly Shifting Focus To First-party Ps5 Titles

Sony Reportedly Shifting Focus To First-Party PS5 Titles

According to the rumors, Sony’s PlayStation 5 console could already be in development. Some believe that it could be announced possibly next year (there are some who claim this year but it seems doubtful). If the rumors are true, then we can’t say we’re surprised to learn that Sony might be shifting focus towards development of first-party titles for the console already.

This is according to Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad (via VG247) who claims that Sony’s first-party studios are already working on games for the PS5. In his post on ResetEra, “In general, most of the focus for Sony [first-party] is on PS5 right now. It is still early to talk about next gen but I imagine we’ll hear some whispers come out of GDC.”