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Ex-dealer wins $256M jury award from Nissan finance unit

After years of legal wrangling, ex-Nissan dealer Mike Kahn has been awarded $256 million by a jury against Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.

Darrell Waltrip: From dirt track to fame

Darrell Waltrip has made himself into a lot of things since he took up dirt-track stock car racing as a teenager in Kentucky back in the early 1960s.

Honda die mold specialist moonlights in the pits

Anyone watching the NASCAR Xfinity Series Sparks Energy 300 race at Talladega this month might have noticed the big guy in the pit tending to the fuel of Jimmy Means Racing's car 52. That was Mark Sanders

Suppliers turn to matchmaking events

Auto parts suppliers in Tennessee mingled and table hopped from customer to customer here last week in a bid to "speed date" their way to new business contracts.

Nissan restructures U.S sales ranks for regional attack

UPDATED: 5/8/17 7:27 pm ET - adds details

Nissan realigned its top U.S. sales management to channel more decision-making authority to eight geographic regions, and drive additional market share gains.

Nissan's radical strategy for the Titan pickup

New models are supposed to burst onto the market, suddenly visible and available everywhere, in showrooms and ad campaigns and on the street. Not so for the Nissan Titan.

Magna panel of outsiders looks at future technology

Magna seeks high-level advice on all things technical as it plans its future.

NISSAN: Rogue gains can't counter overall dip

Another month of booming Rogue sales failed to shield Nissan from the industry's downturn in April.

Nissan Rogue Sport: A conquest machine?

Nissan expects the new Rogue Sport to become a conquesting machine, taking buyers mostly from small import sedans such as the Honda Civic.

Nissan's new design chief on following a legend

After 30 years in Nissan studios around the world, Alfonso Albaisa has become Nissan's first non-Japanese head of global design. He's ready - even if it means laying down his pencil.

Hits, misses from the show that never sleeps

A month ago, the word on the street was that "New York looks light this year." "Nothing's happening this year," the wise guys said. "Nobody's going." And of course, they were wrong.

Nissan OK with rising fleet sales

As other automakers shun the daily rental business, Nissan sees an opportunity.

Infiniti QX80 Monograph heralds new SUV styling

Infiniti is extending the expressive, confident styling of its recent QX50 concept and Q60 coupe to its full-size QX80 SUV.

PACE winners improve electronics, trim weight

Responding to automaker needs for lighter-weight components and more advanced electronics earned 12 international suppliers a 2017 Automotive News PACE Award last week.

Tavares entrusts PSA's U.S. return to an ally

Carlos Tavares, fresh from his acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall, is moving ahead on his vow to put PSA back into the U.S. market. But Larry Dominique, named to head the return, says the company won't rush.

Peugeot's U.S. return to be led by former Nissan exec Dominique

France's PSA Group -- the maker of Peugeots and Citroens -- is taking its first significant step to re-enter the U.S. market by naming former TrueCar and Nissan executive Larry Dominique to spearhead the project.

Fuel economy, autonomous-drive ideas win big at PACE 2017

UPDATED: 4/4/17 2:20 pm ET -- correction

Breakthroughs on advanced electronics and lighter-weight parts proved a common theme Monday night at the 2017 Automotive News PACE Awards. A total of 13 awards went to 12 suppliers.

NISSAN: A big lift from light trucks

U.S. sales of crossovers and pickups in March gave Nissan and Infiniti brands their best sales months ever.

How Nissan got to 10%

For Nissan to claim a 10 percent U.S. market share, it first had to turn itself into a company that was capable of achieving a 10 percent share.

Nissan pushes dealers on service, too

Nissan dealers are subpar in getting service work out of car-buyers -- so they miss out on $1.4 billion a year.

Michael Bunce

  • Age: 44

  • Title: Vice president, product planning, Nissan North America

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.

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