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Nissan Holding Course on Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, Says CEO Ghosn

Chief exec warns of “disruptors” that could transform the auto industry.

by on Sep.15, 2015

Autonomous vehicle technology will reach the market in "waves," says Nissan CEO Ghosn.

Japanese automaker Nissan has no intention of backing down on either its plans to sell electric vehicles or its push to be one of, if not the, first automaker to have a fully autonomous vehicle on the market, CEO Carlos Ghosn said during a Frankfurt Motor Show meeting with reporters.

Nissan was the first automaker to go mainstream with a pure battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, the Leaf. And it is pushing to have a fully autonomous vehicle in production by 2020, with a series of less advanced technologies coming out in “waves,” said Ghosn, over the next five years.

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Autonomous technology “won’t come all of a sudden,” stressed the Brazilian-born executive. “We will have waves” of more and more capable systems starting next year.


Toyota, Nissan and GM Take Top Honors in Motorist Choice Awards

Balancing customer satisfaction and cost of ownership.

by on Sep.24, 2014

Toyota's FJ Cruiser is the favorite SUV, according to IntelliChoice and AutoPacific's Motorist Choice Awards.

When it comes to the brands that best fit their lifestyle needs, U.S. drivers are pointing to Toyota, Nissan and General Motors, the three topping the charts in the new Motorist Choice Awards.

Compiled by data tracking service Intellichoice and automotive research firm AutoPacific, Inc., the awards are meant to reveal the vehicles that deliver the best combination of customer satisfaction and lower-than-expected operating costs.

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“Buyers look for a vehicle based on their usage needs and emotional desires” said Daniel Hall, vice president of AutoPacific. “By paying attention to these buying patterns, and incorporating our satisfaction data and IntelliChoice’s cost of ownership insights, we can offer sound advice to consumers across all vehicle segments.” (more…)

Automakers Report Robust Results for July Sales

Despite impressive results, makers fall short of predictions.

by on Aug.01, 2014

Ford sales were led, once again, by the F-150, but supported by the Fusion and Escape. The maker reported a 10% increase in July.

U.S. automakers enjoyed a strong sales month in July, but fell short of lofty analyst expectations. Toyota and Ford were the only makers to surpass predictions with increases of 11.6% and 10% respectively.

New car sales got a lift during July thanks to an improving economy, ample financing and the appeal of new products. Several companies posted double-digit sales increases, including Chrysler (20%), Nissan (11.4%), Subaru (27%), Mazda (17.1%), Audi (11.9%), Porsche (12.6%), Mitsubishi (21.4%), Land Rover (15%) and last, but not least, Maserati, which was up 315%.

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“Incentive spending in July was above this year’s average, taking transaction prices down about one percent,” said John Krafcik, president of TrueCar. “Other than GM and Nissan, every full-line automaker increased incentive spending over last year. With growing discounts and low-interest financing readily available, it’s a great time to buy a car.” (more…)

Buyers Looking for Safety Help on Future Vehicles

Lane drift warning among most desired new options, survey says.

by on Jul.23, 2014

Auto Pacific's new FADS survey shows an increase in drivers wanting advanced safety systems on vehicles.

While a self-driving car may be in our future, for now drivers just want for some additional safety help as they’re motoring along America’s highways and byways, according to a new study.

The top desired features showing the largest growth are lane drift warning systems and backup collision intervention, backup cameras and drowsy driver monitoring systems.

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The lane drift warning was the biggest riser in Auto Pacific’s annual Future Attribute Demand Study (FADS). The demand jumped 26% from 2013 to 2014, the company said. (more…)

Nissan Crowdsources Truck Options for Project Titan

Polling gives maker insight into next-gen pickup.

by on Jun.10, 2014

Nissan is crowdsourcing a 2014 Titan to be driven by two Wounded Warrior project alumni in Alaska this summer.

It seems there is nothing that can’t be crowdsourced these days, cable channels do it for houses and Nissan is doing it for Project Titan: a customized 2014 Titan that will be modified by popular vote and driven by two Wounded Warriors this summer.

In fact, the project has already begun with the first round of voting on Nissan’s Facebook page. The maker is offering up three different suspension systems to be installed on the truck: Access-Oriented, Balanced Capability and High Articulation suspensions.

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The early voting shows the High Articulation option with the early lead. (more…)

Nissan Changes “Golden” Rule with New GT-R

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by on May.21, 2014

Nissan's 2015 GT-R sports car has real gold flecks in its "regal red" paint.

The world’s most memorable cars are often just that because of their exterior appearance or more precisely, the paint. It’s the first thing that catches the eye whether of a prospective buyer or a simple admirer.

Nissan seems to get it. It’s added a special tweak to the paint on its 2015 GT-R sports car and it caught the eye of many at its recent event for the new racer: gold…real gold. The Japanese maker added gold flecks to its “regal red” giving it a golden sparkle in bright sunlight.

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It’s not an inexpensive option, adding about $3,000 to the price, but given the GT-R comes in at $107,650, including delivery charges, it may not be a big deal. (more…)

Nissan Profits Jump 5%, Sales Outpace Industry

“Satisfactory” earnings and an optimistic forecast.

by on May.12, 2014

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announcing earnings.

Its sales outpacing the rest of the global industry, Nissan Motor Co. earnings increased 5% for the January to March quarter – though favorable exchange rates also helped drive up earnings.

Nissan’s numbers came out ahead of the predictions by a group of analysts surveyed by FactSet. The automaker also signaled that it expects further growth during the fiscal year that began on April 1, countering arch-rival Toyota which issued a more cautious forecast for the coming year.

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For the most recent three-month period, sales jumped 20%, to 3.2 trillion yen, or $31 billion, but the quarterly profit of 114.9 billion yen, or $1.1 billion, but a more modest 5%, from 109.7 billion yen, something described only as “satisfactory” by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who said the company must work harder in “pursuing profitable growth opportunities, focusing relentlessly on quality and enhancing our sales power.” (more…)

Nissan Targets Sagging Russian Market with Datsun Brand

Russia expected to be the largest market in Europe.

by on Apr.07, 2014

The Datsun on-DO is the brand's first offering in Russia. It is a four-door, five-seat family sedan.

Despite a slowdown and sales, cuts in production and the political crisis in the Ukraine, global automakers are still moving ahead with plans to expand in Russia, which could become Europe’s largest single market before the end of the decade.

Russian sales dropped 5% last year and are expected to shrink further this year despite the pent up demand for new vehicles in European Russia. At the same, though, Nissan has moved forward with sales in Russia of its Datsun brand, which is aimed at the lower range of the market.

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Global automakers appear to be willing to look beyond Russia’s role in the messy political upheaval in the Ukraine as they continue to expand in Russia, which is expected to emerge as the largest automotive market in Europe well before the end of the decade. (more…)

Nissan Recalls 1 Million Vehicles for Airbag Issue

Maker plans software update to solve sensor problem.

by on Mar.26, 2014

Nissan's extremely popular Altima is being recalled for a problem with airbags. The airbags may not deploy on the passenger side.

Nissan just issued a second recall for more than 1 million cars, SUVs and vans to fix a problem with the airbags in those vehicles.

Due to a faulty sensor, passenger-side airbags on the vehicles may not inflate. The sensor does not detect an adult sitting in the passenger seat, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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The recall affects the Altima, Leaf, Sentra, Pathfinder models from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Also impacted are the NV200 Taxi van and Infiniti JX35 SUV from 2013 as well as the Infiniti QX60 and Q50 SUVs from 2014. (more…)

Toyota Workers Get First Pay Increase Since 2008

Nissan, Honda follow suit with smaller raises.

by on Mar.13, 2014

Toyota workers in Japan received raises for the first time since 2008. Could similar increases be coming for its U.S. employees?

For the first time since 2008, Toyota, Japan’s largest automaker, has agreed to increase in base pay for its 50,000 Japanese factory workers. The typical Toyota Motor Workers’ Union member will earn $26 more in base pay per month, Senior Managing Officer Naoki Miyazaki told reporters at a press conference in Tokyo.

The 0.8% pay increase is less than $40 per month raise sought by the union, which had been encouraged by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to call for a pay increase. The raise is the largest since 1993, according to Reuters.

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However, when the boost in longevity pay and compensation workers receive for learning new skills is calculated, the typical Toyota worker will get a 2.9% pay increase or the equivalent of about $73 per month, Toyota officials noted. (more…)