Lindsay Chappell

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Incentives prop up sedan-heavy strategies
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13
Take a look at who's been increasing incentives lately and you will see a larger trend in vehicle strategy for the United States. ...


GreenTech electric vehicle venture anticipates U.S. production in 4th quarter
5:20 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9
A Chinese-affiliated electric vehicle venture that has generated more curiosity than cars during the past five years anticipates launching U.S. production by the end of t ...


Zagato wants to create new classics
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7
While turning out countless special Zagato editions over the years, the Zagato company has had a major influence on the styling of European luxury cars, racers and airpla ...


Nissan boosted 15% by multiple nameplates
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3
Nissan Division reported rising U.S. demand in August across its product portfolio. The division sold 125,224 cars and light trucks last month in the United States, up 15 ...


Disney exec to lead Nissan U.S. marketing
3:22 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3
Nissan has named Disney ad executive Jeremy Tucker as its chief of U.S. marketing, fulfilling the automaker's pledge to market the brand in nontraditional ways. ...


Settlement rolls Tide coach into Birmingham
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Nick Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar's in imperial Rome. So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, the Mercede ...


Infiniti readies dedicated design centers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Infiniti will open three design studios around the world in the coming weeks, all of them intended to separate its luxury-vehicle designers from the Nissan stylists next ...


Johan's gone but his Infiniti plan stands
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Infiniti is reassuring U.S. dealers that its product expansion plans are on track, despite the defection of their chief architect, Johan de Nysschen, this summer. ...


Settlement allows Mercedes to award dealership to Alabama's Saban
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23
Mercedes' plan to award a dealer franchise in Alabama to Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban and a business partner can move forward now that litigation with a longtim ...


Toyota to expand Highlander production in Indiana, invest $100 million
11:36 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22
Toyota said today it will spend $100 million to increase production of the Highlander crossover in Princeton, Ind. The Highlander has been bumping against its production ...


BMW shows off limited M5, but holds on tight
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a 30th Anniversary Edition M5 to the portfolio, good luck. ...


Why Americans are rediscovering Italian cars
8:52 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16
Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Pagani, Zagato -- those luminary Italian brands barely add up to a percent of a percentage point worth of sales in America. Bu ...


BMW hanging on to 30th anniversary M5
11:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15
For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a limited-edition 30th Anniversary M5 to the portfolio, good luck. ...


Automakers to face intensified scrutiny over voice recognition
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14
The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. Power plans to criticize them for one of the most poorly executed technologies they offer to ...


Students' task: Create BMW pickup with sports car cred
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
It sounds like a long shot, but BMW is taking a keen interest in an X3-derived pickup unveiled at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars here last week by engineering gradu ...


Oil boom is a bonanza for full-sized pickups
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Full-sized pickup sales are rebounding nicely, thanks to the booming oil industry. ...


In era of giant suppliers, startups are winning auto business
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
It can be a struggle for newcomers and unknowns to win business in an industry where suppliers are consolidating into a few, ever-larger corporations with global factory ...


Trouble looms as industry zooms
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
As U.S. auto sales and output roar back to levels many in the industry feared they would never see again, leading industry economists and forecasters have a warning: Dark ...


Automakers called out on lousy voice recognition
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. Power plans to lay into them for one of the most poorly executed technologies they peddle to ...


Nissan goal: Instant retail feedback
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Nissan will try to speed feedback from vehicle shoppers and move beyond widely accepted customer satisfaction practices. ...


Nissan taking more time to hire new N.A. ad boss
2:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7 | UPDATED: 8/7/14 2:50 pm ET - includes video
Nissan is taking its time to hire its next North American advertising chief, and it will not necessarily be someone from the auto industry who takes the job. ...


The global market beckons, but where?
4:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
The auto industry will have to side-step social unrest and political obstacles to take advantage of a coming decade of overseas growth opportunity, says GM’s chief ...


Nissan exec wants faster customer satisfaction feedback
1:02 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Nissan will attempt to speed up feedback from car shoppers and move beyond widely accepted customer-satisfaction practices, Nissan's top sales executive for the United St ...


Pickup trucks rising, thanks to oil boom
8:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Full-sized pickup sales are rebounding to big volumes -- even without the complete return of new-home construction. ...


Nissan brings suppliers closer to the line
10:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
Nissan North America is pulling back from a strategy of buying parts from low-cost countries and is now encouraging suppliers to locate near its assembly plants in the Un ...


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