Idea: Halos are Nice But Volume Pays the Bills
Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida thinks that the company will have a comeback somewhat soon—if not the end of this year, then early in 2021. This will be a product-led revival. In this business, it is always a product-led revival, because what else is there?
Nissan’s Uchida plans for improvement. (Image: Nissan)
To that end—well, at least part of it—Nissan is bringing back the Z, the Nissan Z Proto. “Prototype,” perhaps?
You can see the unveiling on TheNissanNext.com on Tuesday, September 15 at 7;30 pm CDT.
Nissan describes it as “50 years of passion and heritage with modern technology.”
It is not clear when it will arrive in showrooms.
A better play for Nissan will probably be the Ariya, a battery electric crossover. It is to arrive in 2021. At some point.
Know that in the U.S. in 2019 (being used for purposes of a year of normalcy) Nissan sold 2,384 370Z models, down 31.3% compared to 2018.
And as for its current EV offering, the Leaf, its 2019 sales were 12,365, down a more modest 16% compared to 2018.
The Nissan Ariya electric crossover. (Image: Nissan)
Arguably the Z Proto and Ariya will be halos. Because Nissan needs to have volume products doing well if Uchida’s goal is to be achieved.
Innovation: What to Do with CO2
Put it in foam.
That’s what Swiss company FoamPartner is doing in the development of its cardyon material, a polyol. Chemical company Covestro has developed a technology that allows up to 20% CO2 incorporated into polyols, which are then used in the production of polyurethanes. An objective is to create materials for interiors—headliners, door panels and seat covers. The low-emission foams are laminated to a textile for these applications. FoamPartner is marketing the material under the “OBoNature” name.
Know This: “We are now taking another important step toward using carbon dioxide as an alternative raw material in the chemical industry on an even broader scale.”--Sucheta Govil, Chief Commercial Officer of Covestro
How Covestro is using carbon dioxide for polymers. (Image: Covestro)
Alcoa Inc. has split in two, with there being Alcoa Corp. and Arconic Inc. The latter will focus on “multi-materials innovation, precision engineering and advanced manufacturing.”
There is a lot of discussion about how 3D printing/rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing is revolutionizing manufacturing, including automotive manufacturing.