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Nissan moves U.S. execs to global roles

A series of job promotions announced last week by Nissan North America gives indications of two new shifts at the company -- growing importance of light commercial vehicles, and movement of trusted Nashville executives to...

Nissan promotes several key executives in U.S., globally

Nissan North America will promote several US sales, marketing, planning and manufacturing directors and executives, with some receiving new global roles.

Wake up! Your supplier's plant is on fire!

Somewhere in the world this month, a typhoon might delay a shipment of auto parts. A violent mob could shut a supplier's factory, or a faraway boardroom spat might halt a critical product investment.

Nissan to extend crossover lineup with tiny Kicks

Nissan appears ready to jump into the subcompact crossover segment in the U.S. with the Versa-sized Kicks.

NISSAN: Rogue becoming face of the brand

Booming sales of its compact Rogue crossover provided most of the muscle to lift the Nissan brand to a February U.S. sales record.

Nissan Kicks emerges from shadows but its future in Canada is unknown

Nissan's elusive Kicks -- a new Versa-sized subcompact spotted road-testing in Michigan -- is getting closer to U.S. showrooms, but Nissan Canada refused to comment on whether it would arrive here.

Nissan Kicks emerges from the shadows

Nissan's elusive Kicks -- a new baby crossover -- is getting closer to U.S. showrooms.

Six daring products that Ghosn championed

Since Carlos Ghosn's 1999 arrival at Nissan, he has signed off on some daring product initiatives

Ghosn's 18 years of epic battles

In the course of running Nissan Motor Co. for 18 years, Carlos Ghosn has racked up a long list of battles and dramas, many of them at his own instigation.

Mahle zooms in on wiring headaches

Mahle Service Solutions has launched a technology venture using wire harness data to let assembly technicians zoom to the heart of vehicle test failures.

Denso U.S. chief seeks partners

Since becoming CEO of Denso's North American business last year, Kenichiro Ito has been busy reaching out to U.S. technology companies as partners. The stakes? Denso's future.

Nissan Leaf finds its fan base

Nissan's bold move into electric vehicles with the Leaf earlier this decade looks like a sales flop to many. But there are pockets of the U.S. market where EVs are in demand.

Nissan gets its commercial trucks in a row

Nissan executives say they finally have a lineup that will enable their dealers to make a plausible run at one of the great bastions of Detroit-dominated truck business: commercial sales to businesses.

Chicago: City of the Big Fenders

Last week's Chicago Auto Show was a reminder that the U.S. love affair with oversized light trucks never really went away and is now stirring with renewed interest.

Nissan takes Midnight across the line

Nissan's edgy, urban Maxima "Midnight Edition" package last year proved so popular that it has expanded the black-trim accessory package across its line.

Nissan rounds out Titan lineup with King Cab variant

Nissan introduced the fifth of its five full-size Titan pickup variations here Thursday, declaring that the brand is now a serious contender in the Detroit-dominated segment.

Nissan expands 'Midnight Edition' to six models

Nissan's trial run at an edgy, urban Maxima “Midnight Edition” package last year proved so popular that it has expanded the black-trim accessory package across its line.

Infiniti dealers expect fresh products in '17

Infiniti's redesigned QX50 crossover could become the brand's volume leader when it reaches showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2017, dealers were told at the annual Infiniti franchise make meeting.

Nissan plans a year of bigger truck volumes

The launch of the Rogue Sport this spring will dominate Nissan's product activity in 2017, and the automaker assured dealers at the brand's NADA make meeting that it will be in ample supply.

NAFTA: An accounting can of worms

Auto parts cross the U.S.-Mexico border, sometimes more than once or twice, get added touches in one place and turned into modules at another.

Big Data is rising on the dealer horizon

Big Data is trending this year at the convention.

Nissan assures dealers of truck, marketing plans

Nissan plans a major product initiative with pickups, crossovers and SUVs this year and is studying more cost-efficient ways to promote the models.

Rock legends want a few good dealers

Foreigner — yes, Foreigner — the hot-blooded, cold-as-ice jukebox heroes who want to know what love is — are on the prowl for car dealerships to help raise charity funds.

Sales look great? Beware unhealthy habits

Retailers are expressing confidence that 2017 U.S. light-vehicle sales will duplicate 2016's record volumes.

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