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Nico Hulkenberg - Renault
You have to build it up step by step, session by session. The last thing you want to do is touch a wall as that will take all your confidence away. In qualifying you peak and take more risks and get closer to the barriers and really get on the limits. But it is a street circuit, we know what they entail and you have to be sensible and totally focused on the task.feedback
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May 22 2017
Renault has been commented on by 82 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Renault are: Carlos Ghosn, Cyril Abiteboul, David Palmer-Jones and Jolyon Palmer. For instance, the most recent quote from Carlos Ghosn is: “It's fair to say that ten years ago under the Tony Blair government, we were so worried about the strength of the pound that we started to transfer the supplier base overseas. Depending on what happens on Brexit, we would be prepared to reverse that. The supply of parts can be a very good hedge against currency fluctuations.”.
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Jolyon Palmer

I am confident [in Renault], it is just the way it has been. The one time there was a problem on his car he wasn't even driving it! That is how it goes. I am sure the luck will turn and like I said last year it was tough times and I dug in and finished the year with a very good second half. We are not even a quarter through the year so there are plenty of races to turn it around.feedback

Charlie Whiting

It wasn't a matter of helping anybody, it was a matter of establishing whether the measures that have been introduced -- losing the tokens and all of those sorts of things that were to help convergence - whether it had worked. Part of the obligation to supply but it was not totally connected with obligation to supply but it was part of the whole agreement.feedback

Charlie Whiting

This was done and we announced the results of this to the Strategy Group the other day, and we have convergence. Convergence is defined by the top three being within 0.3s around Barcelona. This only applies to the power unit, of course. So the top three power units are within 0.3s. One of the reasons for making all those changes - the main thing being losing the tokens - there were a number of other measures that were put in place to try and assist, and it seems to have worked.feedback

Charlie Whiting

They all agreed to it. The power unit manufacturers agreed to this methodology, so we can't renegotiate it. It's something that's been in place for a year or so now, a bit more than a year. They've all known exactly how it was going to be done and that's how it's been done, and those are the results.feedback

Charlie Whiting

It's far more complicated than [0.3s around Barcelona] because there was a very detailed methodology for simulating this based on all the data that only we have. So we take all the data that we can from the first three races -- all the power units -- and we've got some simulation engineers in Geneva, who along with Fabrice Lom sat down and analysed all this data and using the method that was agreed by all the power unit manufacturers, to derive from these simulations what it meant in terms of lap time around Barcelona.feedback

Sergio Perez

It's the opposite I think. This year with these cars, the engines are much more important than in the past. The amount of time you spend full throttle is a lot less, and the amount you recover is also a lot less. Definitely Ferrari and Renault have done a massive step forward to catch Mercedes.feedback

Sergio Perez

I think this track should be a bit better to us. I think Bahrain really exposed all of our issues in one go. It was also a very tricky weekend up to qualy with all the issues that I had personally with the car. I think Bahrain was always going to be a very hard race for us given the track layout, how it is. It was probably one of the hardest races for us. I think here we should be a bit more competitive. I at least have the hope that we can be more competitive and closer to where we should be.feedback

Helmut Marko

We have two problems: (engine supplier) Renault had some reliability issues, which have slowed them down in the development; and we didn't deliver the chassis that we should have done. But we are working day and night to pick up our shortcomings. We are pretty optimistic that we will make a significant step forward in Barcelona where a big change of parts is coming. So sometimes patience is the best virtue a driver can have. The chassis will be revamped in Barcelona and Renault is planning something for Montreal.feedback

Helmut Marko

The latest must be 2021 that an independent engine supplier comes into F1. This is more than necessary, and the engine has to be simple, noisy and on the cost side below 10 million. We are talking about a much less sophisticated engine than what we have now, a simple racing engine. There are enough companies around that could supply. So we expect from the new owners together with the FIA to find a solution at the latest by the end of this season. If that doesn't happen our stay in F1 is not secured.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

Long run pace and tyre management, we will obviously find that out tomorrow. In Shanghai we were struggling a bit but yesterday we got some good long runs in. We tried to work against it a bit in Shanghai, made some changes. I hope that it's better tomorrow. I think tomorrow will be a true test.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

This was seriously, together with the lap from Brazil in 2010, my best quali lap in my career. Especially around here, which I always found a track where I used to struggle in qualifying before to hook it all up perfectly but today it went smooth as silk. It was beautiful. A great lap. I felt since winter testing it was there. In winter testing in Barcelona we did a sub-1m20s lap time with not crazy low fuel and under good normal circumstances, not underweight, so from the beginning the car was good with that.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

I'm happy, I'm positive from that respect. I think already yesterday we saw that one lap pace, the car has one lap pace. It's like naturally there. I think that's probably our strong point at the moment. So that's pretty good, positive.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

We know Oliver very well and we are very pleased to reward his work with this position with Renault Sport Formula One Team. Development Driver is an important position in a team and it is very interesting to have someone who already knows us well.feedback

Kevin Magnussen - Renault

The race was really well-managed from the team. It was good strategy to get me out on the supersoft after the intermediates. You had to fight for it, in terms of passing. It's not easy, but you also have grip, so you can take different lines and get close in alternative ways. It's so much more fun when you're fighting in the points. I'm happy for the team and we're looking forward to the coming races.feedback

Guenther Steiner

He struggled a little bit in Australia but he did well here, so step by step and we ended up in the points on merit, not from luck or anything. He didn't have a good start but then [he] made it up. They both did a good job and for Kevin to get in the top ten in the second race with us, it proves a point I guess for both sides. The earlier you can do, the less you can go downhill. For sure we have to repeat it like everything, as we know, you always remember the last race you do here in this game, but it's important for him.feedback

Guenther Steiner

Especially after last year and the second half of the season, he got a lot of criticism for what he's not doing so I think he proved a point with the result. I think he drove a very good race. There was nothing wrong with it, it was calm, no mistakes, it was as good as you can do.feedback

Kevin Magnussen - Renault

I had fun out there. I had a good car all the way through the race. I'd made a really poor start, so to come back from that and push, I was really happy. The car's been good today. I was able to look after the front tires, which I think was key, along with working with the team to get the car in the right window.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

There is what I like and what we need! I don't think Formula One can afford to turn its back to some things that are relevant to the manufacturer in the current business model of Formula One. We could see Formula One completely change its business model and go for something that is radically different and not road relevant but that would be a brave manoeuvre.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

We went from something that is a bit too old fashioned to something that is maybe too modern, too complex, too sophisticated, too expensive. We need to be a bit careful about solutions that seem to be easy, like freezing the current engine, because if we do we could freeze something that is extremely expensive and costs will not go down. Development costs for manufacturers may go down but supply costs for the teams will not go down because the bill of material of the engine is extremely expensive if it is [this level of] sophistication.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

I think one thing that we cannot be stubborn, we cannot be deaf to what we have been constantly hearing since we introduced that new engine regulation. Fundamentally there were some very good things introduced with that new engine formula. With the previous V8 we believed that clearly Formula One had lost contact that automotive [industry] was taking, so something had to be done. Maybe we went a step too far.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

As far as I'm concerned I started with the sound of the V10 and that's something I will never forget -- but that's just me. The new generations that we need to acquire -- because it's not just about the current fan of Formula One, we have to think about the fans we do not have -- those fans have never heard the sound of a V10, and maybe a V10 or V8 is not so relevant. So it's a complex debate and an interesting debate and I hope it's going to be done in a constructive and documented manner.feedback

Zak Brown

This year, clearly the start of it is a disappointment to where we thought we would be. We're in year three. If you go back and look at how long Mercedes, Renault, Ferrari have been in, they've got decades of head start, so this year's definitely an initial setback. But we're very committed to them, they've very committed.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

Clearly, this latest generation Formula 1 has intensified the need to deliver at maximum potential in every regard. We need to ensure that the car is in the right place at the right time, whether that our strategists finding the best clear air on track, our mechanics and every component on the car is faultless, our pit stops occurring as quickly as possible and our power unit is being harnessed in the most efficient manner possible. We must always deliver at the top of our game.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

The performance of the power unit seems to be delivering at the level we expected and we know there is more to come. In due course we will revert to the 2017-specification MGU-K and we will also introduce upgrades but this will only happen if we achieve the reliability level we need.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

The big positive we take from Melbourne is that we have the pace to be where we want to be: fight for points. If we do everything right, we will fight for fifth place in the championship by the end of the season.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

Race one in Australia showed that we have the pace but not necessarily the complete execution with the R.S.17. We definitely had potential to finish in the points at Albert Park, so that is what we should have achieved.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

At short term, the main point is reliability. We didn't have any ERS [issues] but we did experience other issues - most notably Jolyon's brakes in the race - so we clearly have work to do.feedback

Nico Hulkenberg - Renault

I was hoping he would have a little bit of a problem on the soft and I was obviously on the ultra-soft. But quickly I understood that it wasn't going to happen.And these cars, the dirty air is huge, so overtaking -- almost impossible. I probably could have gone more than a second quicker, but it's just not in there.feedback

Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari

It is, definitely [more difficult]. Even in years before it has been difficult to follow once you get within one and a half or one second, just because the turbulent air messes up the aerodynamics of the car. That means you don't know have that much grip while following another car and now as more of the grip from the car is relying on the aero it's a bigger effect.feedback

Sergio Perez

Following in F1 is alright, it is more overtaking. To overtake some car ahead, given the brake distance is a lot shorter and grip limit is a lot shorter you really need a big delta difference. One second is not enough, you need at least two and a half second to be able to pass. It is harder to overtake.feedback

Esteban Ocon

Me and Nico were a lot faster than Fernando, but we couldn't get close so that was very tough. He did a small mistake out of Turn 12 and I managed to get close and get my shot.feedback

Max Verstappen

I am not too worried. That is what we use testing for to test all the bits and I am quite confident at Renault. They can solve the issues for Melbourne. It is nothing major what is happening, which is good.feedback

Max Verstappen

We have to wait and see in Melbourne. The most important thing for us was to check the balance and we definitely improved but it can be better. It was a positive day, the performance is not too bad. We want to improve and we have to improve but it is OK for the moment. Even if we were a little bit faster than what we were today, we always want to improve.feedback

Remi Taffin - Renault

We have a completely new power unit for 2017 and we have been mileage-limited with an element on the ERS side this week. We saw some similar issues in development on the dyno, however testing on track has magnified this. Fixes are already underway and we expect to have them in place for Melbourne so we achieve the appropriate level of reliability for the start of the season, however this impacted on our running in Barcelona.feedback

Cyril Abiteboul - Renault

The R.S.17 looks beautiful and we think it is a good platform to build the performance that will allow to achieve our aims for 2017. We know the areas we need to address. We think we already have a good step forward with performance thanks to this car and the new power unit as shown by our lap times despite adverse circumstances that prevented optimising the package. We have to focus on reliability with special attention on the ERS, which is already well underway.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

It's fair to say that ten years ago under the Tony Blair government, we were so worried about the strength of the pound that we started to transfer the supplier base overseas. Depending on what happens on Brexit, we would be prepared to reverse that. The supply of parts can be a very good hedge against currency fluctuations.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

I'm not so worried because frankly I think NAFTA is so much in the interest of all parties. We are used to dealing with different countries, political change, agreement change, and this is not an exception.feedback

James Key

I think the good thing with Renault is on the performance side, since we've been with them, they've turned a huge corner. Our impressions are positive -- exactly where it stands in the order is impossible to say at this stage, but there's definitely a vast improvement from what we saw in the past. You can see that, that's real, it's not just a value coming out of a dyno, I think it's real. So from a performance point of view we're happy with what we're seeing so far.feedback

James Key

Williams is difficult to tell at the moment I think, and I think it's difficult to tell with Force India as well but I'm sure that both will be in good shape. So it's difficult to pick any one person after effectively three days of testing, particularly when we haven't really put in any lap times and judged ourselves against them, but I think the impression we get doing the numbers and the homework appear to show it's going to be quite tight.feedback

James Key

We know winter testing is very difficult to tell of course, so it's always with a caveat but it does appear to be very tight. If you do the calculations, much depends on fuel levels and where people are running their engine and that sort of thing -- we're pretty conservative right now anyway despite the tyres we're using -- but I think it looks tight.feedback

James Key

There's the top three teams that we traditionally have, it's difficult to tell at the moment because Ferrari do look pretty strong, Mercedes will be and I'm sure Red Bull will be as well. Whether there's a big gap between them and our group is difficult to tell but it's going to be very interesting next week when people really begin to focus on performance.feedback

James Key

I think Haas look quite reasonable, I have to say. They look in reasonable shape just looking at the numbers, we'll have to see how that develops next week and into Melbourne but they appear to have done a good job. Renault could be tight with them, we'll have to see but they look on balance more competitive than they were last year.feedback

Franz Tost

No I'm convinced that Renault is around it, all these small problems is nothing major and I'm quite optimistic that we will be very well prepared for the second test and for the races. Fortunately the first two days we could do a number of laps, so we got many datas on the aerodynamic side as well as the mechanical side but we are still missing some information regarding the compounds, regarding the soft tyres.feedback

James Key

I think the reasons for the issues need to come from Renault, we've had some dramas. I don't think it's installation-related, from what we can tell. Anything that's happened on the power unit side we've had discussions on that but they don't appear to be to do with anything specific on our car.feedback

Takeshi Miyao

The timing is a bit surprising. It appears Ghosn has decided very quickly that Saikawa is the right person to lead the company. Ghosn is likely to focus on strengthening and raising profitability at all the alliance members so that they are not overly dependent on Nissan. Even if the alliance as a whole produces 10 million cars, if 3 million of those cars are not profitable it will be difficult for the alliance to continue.feedback

Clotilde Delbos - Renault

That means there is plenty of potential for Renault to continue to grow.feedback

Dominic O'Brien - Exane

The key here though will be the mid-term plan, (which) will likely re-ignite interest in the stock.feedback

Nicolas Maure - AvtoVAZ

The company's intensive recovery measures show the first positive trend in (its) financials thanks to the active contribution of every employee and partner in Avtovaz. Our goal is to reach the break-even point for operations in 2018.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

We are going to increase investment, we are going to have lot of new cars coming, better batteries, better performance, lower prices.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

The U.S is the second largest car market in the world … and we have to adapt to the evolution of the administration in the United States, not the other way around.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

We will increase capacity in the years to come, and we will be waiting for the policies now … before making a decision.feedback

Thierry Koskas - Renault

Our position is one of working a lot with the authorities in France and in Europe, in total co-operation with them, but our situation is not comparable to that of the other companies.feedback

Thierry Koskas - Renault

Our strategy of product range renewal and geographic expansion, under way for several years now, has proven to be successful. It enables the Groupe Renault to progress significantly in terms of volume and market share in every region.feedback

Ségolène Royal

I have no reason to think that Renault cheated like Volkswagen.feedback

Ségolène Royal

A number of anomalies were noted on Renault vehicles. The controls performed far exceeded the permissible standards. This is also the case for other carmakers to a different extent. So there could be other investigations.feedback

Michelle Krebs - Auto Trader Group

It's not identical to the Volkswagen situation, or at least it isn't yet. It's an inconclusive situation. There's still work going on. In the case of Volkswagen, it was deliberate cheating. They knew they were doing this. It's not clear at all that that's the situation here.feedback

Osamu Masuko - Mitsubishi

We didn't think it was appropriate to reduce compensation while prioritising the company's recovery.feedback

Catherine Loubier

The alliance is on track with its overall convergence objectives, including engineering.feedback

François Fillon

We are in a country which is riddled with debts, where public state functions take up nearly all the country's resources, a country with terrible debts which will have to face higher borrowing costs in the months or years to come. So, this is a country which is no longer investing. How do we make investments when we don't have money? My own view is that I want to restart on privatisations.feedback

Ségolène Royal

It's underway and will be published. We'll have the first results in December.feedback

Ségolène Royal

We will be asking the consumer fraud investigators and prosecutors to communicate any findings that will enable us to establish whether it's necessary to withdraw sales authorisations.feedback

Ségolène Royal

The consumer fraud directorate has alerted the prosecutor. So clearly we have taken action over this observation.feedback

Kevin Magnussen - Renault

It was my decision. I had an offer but not a good enough offer that I could take it.feedback

Esteban Gutierrez

It's very clear that the decision will be made very soon. Concerned? Yes and no. Whatever the outcome is, nothing will change (me) as a person. Nobody is dying. That's the most important thing.feedback

Guenther Steiner

Hopefully we will announce something this weekend. There are still a few things we have to talk with people about and then we will announce who our (second) driver will be.feedback

Jerome Stoll - Renault Sport

We are delighted to retain Jolyon as our driver for the 2017 season. Jolyon has shown his hunger to develop with us as the team grows and we have been impressed with his increasingly strong performances on track as the season has progressed. We are confident that the combination of Jolyon and Nico Hulkenberg offers a very promising driving force to meet our goals.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

But I think when you have a technology that brings so much benefit that I don't think people are going to drop off … after one problem.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Then, after 2020 you'll have the driverless cars, the cars without the driver.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

The most exciting technology is the combination of connected (cars) and autonomous (driving). Now the car becomes a mobile space, connected, where you can have a video conference, see a movie, talk to your kids or consult your doctor.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

What we are seeing that in China what is really selling are the very low cost electric cars. This is where the market is moving.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

I think our objective is to be on the market within in a couple of years.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

We are at a price point where the sales are just not taking off. So what we decided is go after the market … we are developing a very cheap electric car. Cheap means involving a price point where these cars are selling in China which is about $8,000.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

It's under the form of safeguarding the competitiveness of the plans of Sunderland.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

My problem is when I make a decision on investments for Nissan I make it knowing exactly what is the environment in which I am making these investments. And I have obtained enough clarification and reassurance from the British government to proceed with these investments.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

I think I have a reasonable chance to be here ... I'm pretty confident of being on the grid next year.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

I think the reason the decision has been delayed is that it's not clear at the moment who is going to take the seat.feedback

Ogi Redzic

The global automotive industry is at a strategic turning point, and the Renault-Nissan Alliance is pioneering the transformation in EVs, autonomous driving and connectivity features on mainstream, mass-market vehicles at affordable prices.feedback

Valtteri Bottas

I really feel like I'm getting the most out of what I've got now.feedback

Kevin Magnussen - Renault

The option that Renault has on me was extended by two weeks but it's run out. I'm a free agent.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

As far as the other ones (team vacancies) go, we'll see what's on the table after that.feedback

Valtteri Bottas

I'm just trying to do the best I can to take the second seat.feedback

Jolyon Palmer

I think me and Kevin have overall done a good job for the team and got on really well with the team and worked hard for it but obviously one of us is gone.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

This sends a strong message that it's not Nissan that's going to transform Mitsubishi, it's Mitsubishi that's going to transform Mitsubishi.feedback

Alain Raposo - Renault-Nissan

The techniques we've used to reduce engine capacities will no longer allow us to meet emissions standards. We're reaching the limits of downsizing.feedback

Sudeep Kaippalli - Frost & Sullivan

You can't downsize beyond a certain point, so the focus is shifting to a combination of solutions.feedback

Thomas Weber - Mercedes-Benz

It becomes apparent that a small engine is not an advantage. That's why we didn't jump on the three-cylinder engine trend.feedback

Pavan Potluri - IHS Automotive

They might be doing OK in the current European test cycle, but in the real world they are not performing. So there's actually a bit of 'upsizing' going on, particularly in diesel.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Eighty-five percent of [vehicles produced in Sunderland] goes to Europe, so for us, the trade relationship between Europe and the U.K. is extremely important.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

I'm not confident of anything until I know what's going to be the rules. That's what we have said to the British government.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

It's going to make the car more costly, but this is a cost that can be borne by larger cars, more expensive cars. For smaller cars, it's a killer, so it means that we're going to have to go for different kinds of technology, more affordable.feedback

Herbert Diess - Volkswagen

We really think that electric mobility will take off by the year 2020, that's our judgement of the future. China will probably be the lead market for electric cars.feedback

Thierry Koskas - Renault

We should see some kind of stabilisation of the European market in 2017.feedback

Ogi Redzic

The Sylpheo team of software developers and cloud engineers joining the Alliance will have a unique opportunity to work on our next generation of connected cars and other advanced technologies. They will be playing a critical role in this new era of tremendous change for the global auto industry.feedback

Pavan Potluri - IHS Automotive

Beyond 2025 there may be some manufacturers that completely drop diesel, because the cost of electrification will have come down significantly.feedback

Stuart Pearson - Morgan Stanley & Co. International

It might be one reason why Renault's earnings could be handicapped relative to Peugeot over the next few years.feedback

Stuart Pearson - Morgan Stanley & Co. International

But they're going to have to address the diesel issue and add more SCR content than others.feedback

Pavan Potluri - IHS Automotive

Everybody is backtracking on diesel because after 2017-18 it becomes more and more expensive.feedback

Margrethe Vestager - European Union

The prodcuers discussed their envisaged gross list prices increases for medium and heavy trucks. Simply speaking, these gross list prices are the basis for the prices in the truck industry. what the truck producers did was to coordinate with each other on increasing this gross list price of trucks.feedback

Arnaud Deboeuf - Renault-Nissan

There might be some years when we are down because the way you calculate is very linked to the product plan.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Obviously 4.3 billion euros is a conservative number. I think a reasonable target would be 5 billion euros.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Concerning Brexit, we are a little worried because of the uncertainty caused by the waiting and the consequences of the new status of the United Kingdom and the European Union.feedback

Jim Holder - Autocar

The electric movement really is gathering pace, legislation demands that it does and the car makers are starting to see that customers finally are willing to buy electrified cars.feedback

Alex Goy

There's always space for people to be imaginative because legislation and rules doing the rounds, you know, they dictate certain things: headlamp height and safety, things like that, whereas a concept car shows people that this is what cars could be, this is what we can really, actually properly do if we're given the space to do it.feedback

Francois Hollande

I've been told there is a code of good conduct. If it's not applied there will be consequences. If this council does not react firmly, the first decision will be to make general (shareholder) assembly decisions binding.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

What we are very clearly demanding is that Mr Ghosn live up to his responsibilities with regard to his compensation for 2016.feedback

Michael Sapin

The state has defended its own interests, just as it did with Renault and as it always will.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

I'm a little bit skeptical when a carmaker…says we are going to be able to sell cars, autonomously driven, before 2020, in 2018, when the regulation is not ready. And we know the technology is still in a prototype phase.feedback

Christian Horner

It's probably going to be a season of two halves. The first half is going to be less competitive than the second but we are expecting to make significant progress during the year.feedback

Christian Horner

I think it would be foolhardy to write a team off with the calibre of people that Red Bull has in it.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Motorsports and sports cars are deeply rooted in the DNA of Groupe Renault. Earlier this month, we announced our return to Formula One with a Renault team, and today we are announcing Alpine. This is an exciting next step in our strategy to leverage talent and technology between road and track, and we look forward to reaching new customers in the sport premium cars segment.feedback

Jacques Daniel

Are we arriving after the battle? Not at all, because this market is not going to stop. Entering a market of 20 million vehicles a year is no bad thing for a manufacturer.feedback

Christopher Richter - CLSA

I can easily see the Daihatsu brand used in the same way that VW uses Skoda or Renault uses Dacia or Nissan uses Datsun as a low-cost, sub-premium brand to the core brand. That could be a very effective weapon against Suzuki in places like India ... if I were Suzuki that would sound like a risk to doing business with Toyota.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

You've got to have a catalyst. Somebody has got to start and that is why policy is so really important in my opinion. If you can't quite see that economic just today, because look at commodity prices, they still quite low on occasion, but we know inevitably we can't continue because we have a finite resource in this world and we can't continue using three worlds worth of materials, at some stage that equation is going to stop.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

Here and now, help us through this first period, create those conditions for the market to allow us to play and then for me it's all about designing away waste. The world continues to grow in population, we need to find the answers. That will come in my opinion through innovation and technology.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

At the moment, commodity prices are moving – they fluctuate a lot, oil prices are down and so sometimes the economics don't stack up short term. But if we go back to the long term vision, which is developing those demand side measures so we really are attracting those materials into the market place to make that circular loop start to happen.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

Today there's 800 million tonnes going to landfills which we waste. We bury material and energy in the ground. What we've got to do first is get the facilities, the infrastructure on the ground, locally, serving the populations, serving industry to extract that material.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

There are two types of industry really. There are ones who get it, Already those large industries are making those changes, planning for the future. But there is another group that aren't doing that, they live in the past.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

We see lots of new policy coming from Europe now which really tries to push that back to those industries – and they'll have a wake up call won't they – because if it costs them money, goodness me, they'll be designing away, future costs in their processes.feedback

David Palmer-Jones

What you need to do is when you push out those materials – those really valuable materials – let's find a market for them. We need to make sure there is an active market, a viable market.feedback

Thierry Koskas - Renault

I don't think the current situation will have any consequences.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We will divest these shares only when they have returned to their normal price.feedback

Ion-Marc Valahu - Clairinvest

It's hard to believe that VW would have been the only one to have rigged emissions testing. I sold out of European car stocks at the end of last year and the beginning of this month after they had rallied, and I am not planning to get back into the sector.feedback

Chris Beauchamp

It was almost inevitable that someone else would fall under the eye of investigators, it's just surprising it has taken this long.feedback

Marco Vailati - Cassa Lombarda

Expectations of more ECB help were growing. But news like this is a cold shower for such expectations in a climate already (made nervous) by the China situation, geopolitical tensions in Korea and this morning's attacks in Jakarta.feedback

Florent Grimaldi

There were searches at several Renault sites by fraud investigators. Management has not confirmed that it is about NOx emissions, but given the sectors that were inspected we think that it could be linked.feedback

Jason Torrance

Advocates of driverless cars often forget that people live next to roads and use them regularly, so safety must be prioritized especially when normal unpredictable and legal human behavior comes into contact with driverless machines.feedback

Bernard Cazeneuve

These attacks were prepared by cells outside our national territory and with individuals unknown to our services. Even if some were known to us – because there was French involvement – they were not known for their implication in terrorist activities but because they were frequenting radicalised places of worship.feedback

Javad Montazeri

Despite all the challenges, it seems that with the removal of sanctions, President Rouhani's support, and partnerships with world-famous companies, Iran's car industry should get back on its feet.feedback

Olof Persson

The uncertainty we had in the market during the second half of last year and in the beginning of this year has been replaced with more stability and our customers had more confidence to actually place orders.feedback

Nicolas Guermonprez

It is out of the question that Renault's shareholders should get richer while worker's families have nothing. And not just the families of the 1,000 at the plant but also those of parts supplies in this area; we can't let that happen.feedback

Jean-Paul Lecoq

Carlos Ghosn must first lower the price of the Laguna so they sell more and not focus entirely on profit margins and satisfying the shareholders and that way they'll retain the workers whose skills can be used to make future models.feedback

Ralph Speth - Jaguar Land Rover

It's quite clear that the economic situation is a challenge for all of us. But we also have to see our limits. We have to be very, very agile in order to overcome this kind of situation because we are not really powerful enough to change the economy in Europe at all.feedback

Giovanni Magi

The automobile trade is in crisis, but some manufacturers are trying to turn things around by launching new models and here is the ideal place to do so.feedback

Howard Archer - IHS

Germany is the best market to see future upticks because the fundamentals for consumers there, such as high employment and wage growth, are better than elsewhere.feedback

Paul Ingrassia

The industry is very sick. Usually at a car show, the cars are the story. This year the economy is the story. There is a lot of over capacity in the middle part of the market. So companies such as Renault, Opel, and especially Peugeot-Citroen and Fiat, they are all have too many cars, too few buyers, especially because of the economic recession that seems to be setting in in Europe.feedback

Michel Bourdon

We were told that this factory at Rennes was the best in the group, but you can make a comparison between Rennes and the Renault plant at Vilvoorde in Belgium. Renault said that Vilvoorde was the best, in terms of quality, and look what happened to Vilvoorde, it was shut down.feedback

Abdelmalek Sellal

This Renault factory is a win-win partnership, and we shall work for more plants on Algerian soil.feedback

Jerome Stoll - Renault Sport

The Group still expects 2012 unit sales to exceed the level reached in 2011, provided that there is no further deterioration of the market situation in Europe.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

If mistakes have been made, those who are responsible should go, if what they have done wrong justifies that.feedback

Joao Dias

His eyes are lively and shining: he's very enthusiastic, he transmits a lot of energy to you and he's a visionary.feedback

Jose Socrates

We want to increase Portugal's autonomy in terms of energy, so that future generations can make their own decisions and we are not at the mercy of others, as we are today.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

We want to make large scale availability of zero emission vehicles one of our main priorities in the short and long term.feedback

Toshiyuki Shiga - Nissan

The company is committed to becoming the leader in the world of electric vehicles and we are doing all we can to achieve that goal together with our alliance partner, Renault.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

The autonomous car is based on technical modules. These modules are being prepared. In fact some of these modules you're going to see in the Infiniti cars, or the Nissan cars, or the Renault cars coming before 2020. But assembling all these modules to make the autonomous car? I think 2020 is a very reasonable date, and by the way I don't think ours will be the only one coming in 2020.feedback

Patrick Vergelas

Here you have room for 3 icons (here there are only two, there is one double) so these icons can be configured by the customer who can use what he wants in terms of functionality and go directly to them. For example, here is 'Driving Eco 2', an application developed by Renault to enable our clients to improve the use of their vehicle.feedback

Patrick Vergelas

So in fact the system is a multimedia system with navigation – digital music for your players, telephone, car functions such as 'Driving Eco 2' that we just saw and service applications; and here you have access to the 'R-link store' which allows you to access applications and load them to your vehicle. You may also find applications for fuel prices, it will tell you the cheapest petrol station on your route. It can also tell you where to find services.feedback

Laurent Meillaud

Clearly today the trend is electric cars or hybrid cars. A few years ago – during the last car show -they were only concept cars, today these vehicles are on the road. But the recharging terminals for them are not common, which is a bit strange. However, these cars are in renting companies and used by people who car share. It's not the car for everyone though.feedback

Hakan Samuelsson - Volvo Cars

Here's our logic: we put together two strong companies and we create a very strong truck maker. We will become number one in Europe and number three in the world. By pooling our financial and technological resources, we create a real platform for future growth – internationally and globally.feedback

Dieter Zetsche - Daimler

First of all, we have created the basis to make the next-generation of Smart cars in a successful and economically sustainable way.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

In the mid-term both Renault and Nissan will benefit from vehicles and powertrain projects that help us offer better products at a lower cost.feedback

Daniel Kim

We use gyroscopes to actually keep the vehicle upright so it makes it un-tippable. You need a baby elephant to knock it over.feedback

Francois Baroin

We must take all the consequences … from the incredible amateurism, and the indignity, and the attack against these men.feedback

Thibault de Montbrial

We are now going to see whether Renault and my client have the same assessment of the worth of what Mr Tenenbaum has suffered – professionally, personally and in terms of his health – over the three absolutely terrifying months he's been subjected to.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

I was wrong, we were wrong, and after the conclusions given to us by the Paris prosecutor, it seems that we were cheated.feedback

Rick Wagoner - General Motors

We aren't building our turnaround efforts on the basis of additional partnerships, because we deal with what we know and what we can control. But we are open to additional partnerships if they help us to move better and faster.feedback

Angela Merkel

In a free world you can't impose limits on the size of cars and you can't standardise them. Consumers must have free choice on what they buy. And moreover, if there were no manufacturers of big cars, innovation in the production of smaller cars wouldn't advanced so quickly.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

Taking into account that the number of cars will increase, that oil prices will increase, that the pressure on the environment will increase, the auto industry has no alternative but zero emission vehicles.feedback

François Roudier - Comité des Constructeurs Français d'Automobiles

We are happy sales have stopped plummeting. They've hit the lowest point and are starting to recover. But realistically sales this year will be the worst since the crisis the French industry suffered in 1997-1998.feedback

Vincent Neveu - Confédération Générale du Travail

Usually it's when you're making a loss that you tell the unions that there are difficulties and we anticipate big problems. Right now they're making big profits and so this is difficult, very difficult, for us to hear.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

If the markets head south we're going to have to restructure our manufacturing capacities in Europe.feedback

Carlos Ghosn - Renault

You have to strike a balance between company's resources and its results, it is better to do that when the wind starts to turn rather than when the storm arrives, because then you'd have to make much bigger decision, which we want to avoid.feedback

Nicolas Sarkozy

Investment is the solution to the crisis. That is the best way support business, to save jobs today and to create jobs in the future, because France has lagged behind in investing in its future.feedback

Serge Rombi

We'll come back to SMEs in a moment. Another concrete example in the industrial sector is steel. In France, Italy, Finland, and Spain the sector is very badly affected. How can we reverse this?feedback

Serge Rombi

One last question. It is European SME Week and I want to start my own business, to become an entrepreneur, and I'm lucky enough to be talking to the Vice President of the European Commission, and the Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship. What sector would you advise me to try?feedback

Serge Rombi

Factories are closing, unemployment is increasing, SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), aren't surviving the economic crisis. Is it all completely unavoidable or can we get out of it?feedback

Serge Rombi

It's urgent because some sectors are very badly affected, I am especially thinking of the automobile sector. The great majority of European manufacturers have really suffered in this crisis. Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Renault, said a few days ago at the opening of the Paris Motor Show: 'If things go on like this, Renault could disappear.feedback

Serge Rombi

We'll finish with SMEs. I'll put myself in the place of an European entrepreneur today – we meet a lot of them on Euronews. They are confronted with many obstacles: administrative burdens, sometimes corruption, many difficulties. They feel powerless. There are also problems of bad debts, which is a real problem for SMEs. On these precise points, how would you reassure them, re-energise them?feedback

Serge Rombi

You have been talking about off-shoring. A few days ago you said in an interview that the wind was changing. On what concrete facts do you base this opinion?feedback

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