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Nissan axes Pathfinder Hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
Nissan Motor Co. has killed the hybrid version of its Pathfinder crossover as consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups. ...

How Infiniti climbed quality chart

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4
The entire auto industry got a little bit better on quality this year, but few brands jumped in the rankings of a closely watched survey the way Infiniti did. ...

Nissan drops Pathfinder hybrid

7:00 pm U.S. ET | July 1
Nissan has quietly discontinued the hybrid version of Pathfinder crossover as U.S. consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups. ...

Rogue fires up Nissan sales

2:30 pm U.S. ET | July 1
Nissan Division posted a June sales record, gaining 13 percent over last year, thanks to big demand for its Rogue compact crossover. ...

Nissan renames Nashville's NFL stadium

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 25
Nissan North America has won naming rights for its hometown NFL stadium in Nashville where the Tennessee Titans play. ...

Nissan acquires naming rights to Nashville's NFL stadium

6:15 pm U.S. ET | June 24
Nissan has acquired the naming rights for the NFL stadium in its North American home town, where the Tennessee Titans play, according to sources familiar with the plan. ...

Infiniti reveals 2016 Q30 compact hatch - in camouflage

1:00 am U.S. ET | June 19
Infiniti intends to officially unveil the English-made Q30 hatch in September at the Frankfurt motor show. It goes on sale in Europe late this year and is expected in U.S ...

Who was Kirk Kerkorian? He was a money man

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18
It was always about the money for Kirk Kerkorian, the auto industry provocateur who died Monday at 98. ...

Nissan Sentra to be 'almost all new' after midcycle freshening

UPDATED: 6/15/15 9:33 am EDT - corrected
Nissan plans significant enhancements to the 2016 Sentra beyond the typical mid-cycle freshen. ...

Ex-Nissan store execs charged with fraud

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15
The U.S. Justice Department has charged the former general manager and controller of a Nissan dealership in Birmingham, Ala., with cheating on the automaker's national sa ...

New Infiniti N.A. chief sees positive trend

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14
Infiniti's new Americas chief Randy Parker sees the Q50 sales gains as a positive sign for a brand as it waits for new product. ...

Why Nissan Leaf sales surged -- and yet fell 33%

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11
Sales of the Nissan Leaf fell 33 percent in May from a year earlier, so why did some reports portray Leaf sales as surging ahead? ...

Nissan store manager, controller in Ala. charged with fraud to win incentive bonuses

UPDATED: 6/11/15 12:50 pm EDT -- adds attorney comment
The former general manager and controller of an Alabama Nissan dealership are charged with falsely reporting vehicle sales and receiving factory incentive bonuses. ...

Saturn was a loser for years -- but who knew?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8
Rather than seeking damages from General Motors for his lost Saturn dealerships, a former Florida dealer is moving ahead with his lawsuit against GM's independent auditor ...

Nissan braces for falling Leaf sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8
Nissan sees a tough road ahead for its electric Leaf. The end of Georgia's $5,000 EV tax credit threatens the Leaf's hottest market. ...

Nissan wants Maxima to skew younger

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8
Nissan is aiming its eighth-generation Maxima, redesigned for 2016, at younger buyers, with racier exterior styling, a floating roof, a beefier beltline, an enlarged fron ...

Nissan banks on racier Maxima to draw younger buyers

11:16 am U.S. ET | June 4
The redesigned Nissan Maxima, positioned to intercept younger premium-segment consumers, will re-emphasize the “4-door sports car” marketing tagline of years ...

Nissan falls short of 'phenomenal' year-earlier results

5:15 pm U.S. ET | June 2
Nissan-brand sales dropped by 1 percent in May, even as the Rogue and Murano crossovers attracted more buyers. ...

Will Nissan's big gamble on Maxima pay off?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
Nissan was leaning toward killing the Maxima sedan as the industry recovered from the recession and turned to smaller models. Instead, Nissan went the other way to create ...

Volvo: Back 'on the attack' in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
Volvo's proposed South Carolina car plant is far bigger than its current U.S. sales volume. ...

N.C. dealer stays flexible to win Hispanic sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
Summary: A North Carolina Nissan dealer builds a sales department to appeal to the growing local Hispanic market. Flexibility is a key to success. ...

Sales to Hispanics outpacing the market

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
Automakers are intensifying their pursuit of Hispanic car buyers in the U.S., and for one big reason: That's where the growth is. ...

Far from Sun Belt, a warm welcome for Hispanics

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
Hispanic buyers are not limited to the "smile states." A dealership in Minnesota is posting sales gains by understanding Hispanic culture. ...

Hispanic buyers help lift Mitsubishi store from the brink of bankruptcy

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
Mission Mitsubishi of San Antonio was selling barely 30 vehicles a month and on the verge of bankruptcy in 2011. Then its new owners embraced Hispanic marketing. ...

Volvo finally gets its American factory

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16
Volvo has wanted an American car factory for decades. But complications and setbacks have gotten in the way -- including an entire decade spent as a brand owned by Ford M ...
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