Nissan expands its certified pre-owned program to include decade-old cars, Stellantis wants more of its cars to be made from recycled stuff, the Sony and Honda joint venture EV will support paid subscription services. All this and more in today’s issue of The Morning Dump.
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Nissan Will Now Sell You A Ten-Year-Old Certified Pre-Owned Car
Despite supply and wholesale values of used cars easing, prices are still incredibly high. It makes sense, then, that Nissan would follow in Honda’s footsteps by expanding its certified pre-owned program to include models up to ten years old with up to 100,000 miles. Dubbed Certified Select, Nissan even says that this program will even include certain non-Nissan models, although each Certified Select model will only be covered by a six-month, 6,000-mile warranty.
However, arguably the most important part of this program is online sales. Retailers like Carvana have made huge inroads by offering detailed online pricing and shopping options, so Nissan’s adapting to fit these new consumer demands. From Nissan:
“As pre-owned vehicle sales continue to outpace those of new vehicles in the marketplace, Certified Select allows our trusted dealerships to offer more high-quality options for shoppers,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, eCommerce, Nissan U.S. “And we’ve further committed to customer satisfaction by offering a seamless online purchase option and a complimentary maintenance visit.”
While there’s nothing like being able to check out a car in person to make sure panels are straight, paint matches, and mechanicals are in good condition, we now have the technology to offer transparent pricing online, so why spend more time on a dealership lot than necessary? Expect Certified Select models to go live on Nissan’s Nissan@home e-commerce platform shortly.
Stellantis Wants More Recycled Content In Its Cars
Pricing for commodities like steel is quite high right now, so it’s not surprising to see Reuters report that Stellantis wants to substantially increase recycled content in its new cars.
In its business plan, Stellantis has set a goal to boost revenues of its recycling business ten-fold to over 2 billion euros ($1.9 billion) by 2030. It also aims to quadruple revenues from extended-life parts and services.
“We talk about having a minimum target of 35% of recycled materials in our vehicles, it will vary by vehicles,” Jones said.
“Of course we’ll look to increase that, because we want to make sure we take more material and put it back in our vehicles going forward,” she added, without specifying what the percentage might rise to.
Presenting Stellantis’s Circular Economy business at on online press conference, Jones said the project – based on “reman”, “repair”, “reuse” and “recycle” – would help the group meet its carbon net zero target set for 2038.
Higher recycled material content is all well and good, but the “reman” part of Stellantis’ plan is particularly exciting. Does this mean remanufactured cars or just remanufactured parts? Either possibility is quite interesting as manufacturers historically haven’t been keen on taking on projects like that. Many remanufactured auto parts just aren’t remanufactured well, so if Stellantis can do better, have at it.
Alpine Has A Fun Way To Use Hydrogen
Just because the era of fossil fuel-powered cars is slowly coming to a close in developed nations doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end of the road for the combustion engine. Alpine recently revealed a new concept car that turns hydrogen into power, noise, and steam.
Called the Alpenglow, it’s a hydrogen-powered supercar concept meant to preview some themes of Alpine’s LMDh race car coming in 2024. Hydrogen stored at 700 bar gets burned in a combustion engine to produce clean tailpipe emissions and the unmistakable roar of a traditional performance car.
While the Alpenglow is far from the first vehicle to burn hydrogen in an internal combustion engine, it’s the first concept to do so in a while. BMW experimented with a hydrogen-burning bangle-butt 7-Series but found combusting hydrogen to be rather inefficient. Despite featuring a six-liter V12, the Hydrogen 7 only mustered up 256 horsepower, far from an impressive number.
Power output for the Alpine Alpenglow hasn’t been announced yet, although I’d be interested in hearing exactly what powertrain it uses and what projected output might be. If significant improvements have been made to internal combustion hydrogen powertrains since the 2000s, they could be a viable way of keeping some automotive pantomime going in the future.
More Details On That Honda And Sony Partnership Emerge
Hey, remember how Honda and Sony plan on making a car together? Well, more details have arisen regarding this joint venture and they’re not all positive. Reuters reports that this new car will support digital microtransactions.
The new EV will also be priced at a premium, offering a new software system developed by Sony that would open the way to recurring revenue from entertainment and other services that would be billed monthly, the companies said.
The update from the joint venture, Sony Honda Mobility, is the first since the two companies launched the project in June.
Tread carefully with this one, Honda and Sony. So long as subscriptions don’t just activate hardware already installed in the car, they should be just dandy. However, putting digital transactions aside, the electric vehicle itself sounds quite neat. It’ll have Level 3 autonomy, which is a confusing step in the automation process but an important development in the grand scheme of things. Expect to see this new EV on the market in 2026.
Whelp, time to drop the lid on today’s edition of The Morning Dump. Happy Thursday, everyone. The weekend is just around the corner, which means that it’s almost time to head out for a bit of an autumn drive. For me, autumn drives often mean cranking up the heated seats, which begs a question: What’s one in-car gizmo you simply can’t live without?
Lead photo credit: Nissan