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Nissan dangles factory-to-salesperson incentive

Nissan is steering cash spiffs to dealership sales personnel this month in a bid to sell off 2017 models.

Dealer's big win reversed

Ex-Nissan dealer Mike Kahn won a $256 million jury verdict in his lengthy fraud case against Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. But a judge dismissed the verdict.

Ghosn's ace for growth: Suppliers

Carlos Ghosn has big visions for the growth of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. And to make it happen, he knows he must lean on parts suppliers like never before.

Ghosn pressing to bring Renault, Nissan, Mitsu closer

Carlos Ghosn retired this year as Nissan CEO, but as CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, he's laying out strategies to make the three automakers larger and more profitable.

Why is this catalytic converter supplier smiling?

Tougher fuel economy and emissions regulations will require new engine designs, and more work for the company.

Ghosn's ace for growth: Suppliers

Carlos Ghosn has big visions for the growth of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. And to make it happen, he knows he must lean on parts suppliers like never before.

Product transformation ripples through supply base

ZF is remaking itself for a future industry of autonomous vehicles and advanced electronics. Many suppliers are also repositioning themselves to look dramatically different in the future.

Nissan will send U.S.-built Titans to China

UPDATED: 11/17/17 4:47 pm ET - adds details

Nissan will ship the U.S.-built Titan pickup to China as the company and its Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance explore more commercial opportunities around the world.

MITSUBISHI'S OSAMU MASUKO: Looking to bounce back fast

CEO Osamu Masuko wants Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to make a V-shaped recovery from the dark days of 2016 when it was laid low by a fuel economy scandal in Japan.

Ghosn focuses alliance on EV assault

Carlos Ghosn heard years of skepticism from competitors about his bullishness on electric vehicles. Now, the herd is following him.

Outside the box

Japan's auto industry follows its own customs at the Tokyo Motor Show. It's an all-in event that mixes automakers, suppliers, motorcycles and commercial trucks in a single celebration.

Renault-Nissan tech program is a big win for Conti

The sourcing arrangement with Continental shows just how lucrative the industry's sometimes enigmatic emerging technologies can be to suppliers.

Munoz: Nissan's ProPilot will be a U.S. hit

Nissan's semiautonomous ProPilot highway-driving technology arrives in the 2018 model year. North American Chairman Jose Munoz believes it will be a hit.

Nissan's big vision: Rolling Titan into global markets

Still in launch mode for the Titan pickup in the U.S. market, Nissan is contemplating selling the full-size truck to various global markets.

Nissan's Diaz takes Mitsubishi role

Fred Diaz has moved below the radar screen to Nissan's new partner Mitsubishi where he will be in charge of performance optimization.

Ex-Saturn exec takes over sales at Nissan

Christian Meunier takes a global No. 2 post at Infiniti, while a former Saturn executive steps in to lead Nissan's U.S. sales and marketing.

Nissan gives Canada president more responsibility, names new U.S. sales boss

Nissan has shaken up its North American management team by giving more responsibility to Nissan Canada President Joni Paiva and naming Dan Mohnke the new top U.S. sales and marketing executive.

Nissan gets new U.S. sales boss; Meunier takes Infiniti role

Nissan has promoted former Saturn executive Dan Mohnke to lead sales and marketing for the brand in the United States; he succeeds Christian Meunier, who becomes a global vice president for Infiniti.

A lean winter for Infiniti lineup

Infiniti has stocked up on QX50 and QX70 inventories to make it through the winter after halting production in preparation for new models to come.

Nissan applies chuckles to big pickup marketing

Nissan's newest Titan TV ad inserts a belly laugh into the solemn no-nonsense world of advertising big pickups.

PACE Awards announces 33 finalists

Thirty-three innovations from 27 component and technology suppliers around the world have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Automotive News PACE Awards.

Denso's billion-dollar EV scene-setter

Japanese giant supplier Denso has jumped to put EV and autonomous parts into production in Tennessee to prepare for the coming wave of planned vehicles.

An open letter to Sir James Dyson

Dear Sir James: We heard you intend to spend $2.7 billion to enter the electric car business. I'd like to urge you to save your money.

NISSAN: Sentra strategy pays off

Nissan's strategy to pull back from the midsize-car competition in favor of compacts paid off in September, with bigger Sentra sales helping to lift the brand 9.3 percent.

New factory investments? Now?

Falling sales, rising incentives and mounting vehicle inventories — is this really the right time for automakers to invest heavily in new U.S.

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