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Nissan Recalling 3.5 Million Vehicles to Fix Faulty Airbag Sensors

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by on May.02, 2016

The Nissan Leaf is among the vehicles affected by the new airbag recall.

Nissan plans to recall 3.5 million vehicles sold around the world to fix sensors that could cause a car’s airbags to fail to deploy in the event of a crash.

The recall covers a number of Nissan and Infiniti cars, trucks and crossover vehicles, including the Altima sedan, Leaf battery car and NV200 commercial van.

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The recall is the fourth to attempt to address the problem with so-called “smart” airbag sensors. It is separate from recalls triggered by faulty Takata airbag inflators, an issue that has so far plagued 14 different automotive manufacturers.

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Tesla Costs Likely to Rise as Incentives End

Few, if any Model 3 buyers will qualify for $7,500 tax credit.

by on Apr.06, 2016

Tesla buyers may no longer qualify for federal tax credits by the time the Model 3 reaches showrooms.

When the Tesla Model 3 finally goes into production, in late 2017 or early 2018, buyers might be in for an unpleasantly costly surprise – one that fall particularly hard on customers who were hoping to get that new battery sedan at a relatively affordable price.

American motorists buying the carmaker’s two current products, the Models S and X, stand to receive federal tax credits of $7,500. Industry analysts say that incentive has helped draw many buyers into the battery-car market. But under federal guidelines, those givebacks might be gone before the first Tesla Model 3 hits the road.

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When Congress passed the measure aimed at spurring demand for battery-based vehicles – including both plug-in hybrids and pure battery-electric vehicles, or PHEVs and BEVs – lawmakers set a cap on those incentives, limiting them to just the first 200,000 vehicles sold by a particular automaker.

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Nissan Unleashes Titan Pickup Truck in New York

"Standard" truck follows in footsteps of Titan XD.

by on Mar.24, 2016

The standard Titan is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine, and offers rear and all-wheel-drive.

Nissan continues to broaden its efforts to expand its footprint in the lucrative American truck market by unveiling the 2017 Nissan Titan at the New York International Auto Show.

After hitting bottom during the 2008 2009 recession, truck sales have steadily climbed and General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler have earned profits from their truck lines and Nissan, as well as Toyota, have taken up the challenge over the past new offerings.

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The Titan XD, Nissan’s answer to the heavy-duty pickup trucks sold by the domestic companies.  Prices for the gasoline version will start at $35,290 plus the $895 transportation charges.   (more…)

Nissan and Renault Set to Launch 10 Autonomous Vehicles by 2020

“The future is not clear,” says CEO Ghosn.

by on Mar.24, 2016

“This is not a time to be conservative or cautious,” said Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn in NY.

Already the world’s number one producer of battery-electric vehicles, Japan’s Nissan and its French alliance partner Renault intend to become the leader in autonomous driving, as well – CEO Carlos Ghosn telling a New York International Auto Show audience the partners intend to offer 10 vehicles with “significant autonomous drive functionality” by 2020.

According to Ghosn, the Renault-Nissan Alliance will begin to roll out increasingly advanced version of its technology over the next four years, starting with cars capable of operating hands-free in a single lane on limited-access highways. The next step will allow vehicles to pass and change lanes, with the alliance’s first, fully autonomous car set to go into production by 2020.

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“This is not a time to be conservative or cautious” about changing technology, said Ghosn, who added that traditional automakers face a series of potential challenges, some posed by an assortment of outside tech companies like Google and Apple.

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Nissan GT-R Gets More Power, Updated Design

Biggest change to supercar since 2007.

by on Mar.23, 2016

The 2017 Nissan GT-R retains its familiar profile.

The Nissan GT-R is a perpetual motion machine, always seeming to be on the move, even when parked.

Wherever it’s going, it will get there a little faster next year, the Japanese maker giving the little supercar more power – and some design tweaks for 2017. It’s a welcome send-off considering the GT-R is expected to undergo a complete makeover within the next two years.

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“As the icon of Nissan’s driving performance, the GT-R continues to evolve,” said Mamoru Aoki, executive design director, Global Design Center, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “With the signature V-motion grille, the GT-R now possesses the latest Nissan design language. Its exceptional aerodynamic performance and upgraded interior have given the GT-R a more mature character, which will continue into the future.”

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Nissan GT-R Debut Teased Ahead of NY Auto Show

Subtle changes expected as sports car nears the end of its run.

by on Mar.17, 2016

Nissan will launch the GT-R update in NY.

The Nissan GT-R seldom sits still, whether on the track or in the engineering department. And the Japanese automaker appears ready to give the sports car one last tweak before it rolls out an all-new model, likely for 2018.

Known internally as the R35, Nissan is teasing the debut of an updated GT-R ahead of its news conference at the New York International Auto Show next week. Don’t be surprised to see it get a few minor exterior tweaks, as well as a bit more power than the current, 545-hp version.

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Dubbed Godzilla by its fans, the Nissan GT-R is meant to give challenge to a variety of ultra-high-performance competitors, from the Chevrolet Corvette to the Audi R8 and Porsche 911. Like the ‘Vette, the Japanese model has a significant price advantage over its European rivals.

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Renault and Nissan Tighten Embrace to Boost Earnings

Partners target $6 billion in new synergies.

by on Mar.04, 2016

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn sees more opportunities for savings.

Already one of the most successful partnerships in automotive history, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is targeting an additional $6 billion in new “synergies” by 2018, the two carmakers announced Friday.

The plan comes as something of a victory lap for Carlos Ghosn, the Brazilian-born executive who serves as CEO of the two companies. Late last year, he beat back a push by the French government, a major investor in Renault, which threatened to fracture the Euro-Asian alliance.

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“The auto industry is rapidly evolving, requiring Renault and Nissan to leverage the Alliance as a pragmatic business tool,” said Ghosn in a prepared statement.

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Nissan Spending $3.5B on Share Buyback

Automaker looking to raise stock price with effort.

by on Feb.29, 2016

Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn hopes to raise the automaker's share price with a $3.5 billion buyback of stock this year.

Nissan Motor Co. announced plans to repurchase $3.5 billion worth of its own shares before the end of 2016 to enhance return to shareholders, the company said in a statement.

“Return to shareholders is one of Nissan’s key objectives. We took this decision considering our financial status and outlook to continuously generate significant free cash flow,” said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan president and chief executive officer commented, adding the company was making an effort to balance the it’s financial strength and needs deriving from future business strategies.

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The move is expected to bolster the value of Nissan’s individual shares, which like those of other global automakers have lagged in recent weeks in the face of uncertainty about the overall health of the global economy. (more…)

Nissan Disables Leaf App to Lock Out Hackers

Researchers warn of vulnerability in remote control app.

by on Feb.25, 2016

Nissan increased the range of the 2016 Leaf.

Nissan has temporarily disabled a smartphone app designed to allow owners of the Leaf battery-electric vehicle to remotely operate various functions, such as the vehicle’s charging and climate control system.

The problem is that the app, known as NissanConnect EV, could enable hackers to access the vehicle, as well, simply by getting hold of a Leaf’s vehicle identification number, or VIN.

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In a blog post, Nissan said the move allows the estimated 200,000 Leaf owners worldwide to “continue to use their cars safely and with total confidence. The only functions that are affected are those controlled via the mobile phone – all of which are still available to be used manually, as with any standard vehicle.”

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Nissan Fills in Blanks About “Standard” Titan Model

Half-ton model will go on sale in summer 2016.

by on Feb.11, 2016

The new Nissan Titan half-ton comes in about a foot shorter than the Titan XD.

In an unusual move, Nissan launched its all-new Titan pickup line with the XD, or medium-duty model, last December. Now it’s ready to go after the heart of the truck market with the half-ton model.

The Japanese maker revealed some of the details of the standard-edition Titan in Chicago, just in time for the Windy City’s annual auto show press preview. Among other things, Nissan plans to lift a page from Detroit’s pickup handbook, offering the new Titan in a wide range of cab, drivetrain and bed configurations.

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Together Titan and Titan XD will cover nearly 85 percent of the total full-size truck market,” said Rich Miller, Nissan’s product planning director for trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles. The half-ton will target the highest-volume segments, the XD providing a bridge for those who want more capabilities than a standard truck but who can’t afford – or who don’t need – a traditional heavy-duty model.

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