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Nissan Expands Leaf Sales To Seven More States

By Danny King December 8, 2011

Nissan North America Inc. expanded availability for its battery-electric Leaf to seven additional U.S. states this month, bring the total market to 30 states, adding the electric vehicle would be available nationwide in March. Nissan, which has sold 20,000 Leafs globally, in December added Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island to the EV’s U.S. marketplace, the Japanese automaker said in a statement Tuesday. With the expansion, Nissan made good on its July goal for the Leaf to be available in 30 states by the end of the year. Nissan started selling the car on the West more

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Why Nissan's Disaster Recovery Bested Rivals

By Peter Nunn December 5, 2011

There's no doubt that 2011 is turning out to be one of the toughest years on record for Japanese automakers. They have contended with two major natural disasters, a supercharged yen, strong and increasing competition from rivals in the United States and Korea, and sales in their perpetually moribund home market continue to shrink. How Japan's “Big Three” – Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. – have reacted to address the challenges has put them at center stage, working overtime to overcome. Japan is no stranger to adversity, from '80s-style trade conflict, to more

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Nissan Adding Plug-in Hybrid To Electric Lineup

By John O'Dell October 24, 2011

A plug-in hybrid vehicle will join Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s lineup of electric-drive vehicles by 2015, part of the automaker’s drive to become – along with its French partner Renault SA – the world’s leading provider of advanced-technology vehicles. The new plug-in will be part of a broader slate that will include a replacement in the 2013-2014 timeframe for the discontinued Altima Hybrid and, as Nissan has previously announced, three more all-electric vehicles to join the Leaf EV hatchback the company launched almost 11 months ago. more

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Nissan Shows New Hybrid System, Cheaper Fuel-Cell

By Danny King October 13, 2011

Nissan Motor Co., pushing its goal of extremely low-emission passenger transportation, has unveiled a new hybrid powertrain, a smaller and less-expensive hydrogen fuel cell and a new, more efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT). The company said the new hybrid system likely will appear in front-wheel-drive hybrid-electric vehicles in North America by 2013. The CVT will be used in some U.S. vehicles starting next year and in hybrids the following year. Nissan's new hybrid system includes an electric motor and two clutches as well as the new XTRONIC CVT, which boosts fuel economy relative to previous transmissions by as much more

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Beijing Gives Nissan OK To Export Leaf To China

By Scott Doggett September 15, 2011

Nissan Motor Co. has received permission from Beijing to sell its Leaf (above) battery-electric vehicle (BEV) in China and is prepared to do so, the head of the company's Chinese venture said Wednesday. Speaking with reporters at Nissan's headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, Kimiyasu Nakamura, president of Dongfeng Motor Co., said Nissan will be the first to import an electric vehicle to China. However, Nakamura did not say when the imports will begin. Nissan, Japan's second-largest automaker, currently builds the sleek four-door hatchback in Oppama, Japan, and plans to add output in Tennessee and the U.K. "If sales numbers of more

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Nissan Sells More Cars, Makes Less Money

By Peter Nunn July 27, 2011

More cars sold, but less money in the bank. That’s one way of looking at Nissan’s quarterly financial results, announced in Yokohama, Japan, on Wednesday. During the first quarter of fiscal 2011, which runs April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012, Nissan said it sold 1,056,000 vehicles. That’s up a healthy 10.6 percent over the same period last year when it moved 954,000 units globally. Profits, however, took a turn for the worse, an inevitable consequence of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Still, Nissan seems to have recovered faster from the crisis than its friendly J3 more

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2012 Nissan Leaf: More Features, Higher Price

By Scott Doggett July 19, 2011

Nissan has upped the price of its 2012 Leaf by between $2,420 and $3,530, depending on the trim level. The new price includes as standard equipment quick-charging and cold weather features. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the 2012 Nissan Leaf will be $35,200 for the SV trim level, up 8 percent or $2,420 from $32,780 on the 2011 model and $37,250 for the SL trim level, up 10 percent or $3,530 from the 2011 model. The Leaf is eligible for a $7,500 tax credit. Its monthly lease price will begin at $369, or $20 more than the more

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Renault-Nissan Sees Green In Silicon Valley

By Danny King July 13, 2011

Renault and its sister company Nissan have joined the ranks of automakers, including General Motors, BMW and Volkswagen, in opening offices in California's Silicon Valley to speed up technological advancements in its zero-emissions vehicles. The idea is that proximity provides first-hand contact with the type of advanced thinking that propels technology giants such as Google, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn made clear he expected the new office's progress to resemble that of its fast-paced Silicon Valley neighbors and not the more deliberate speed of most automakers in its efforts to address issues such as greenhouse-gas emissions and more

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New Nissan Biz Plan Challenges Toyota, VW

By Bill Visnic June 28, 2011

The global auto industry hasn’t been an incubator for easy profits for the past several years, but the past and a still far-from-settled future isn’t stopping – and perhaps is even encouraging – all manner of new ambitions to rearrange the pieces on the sector’s chessboard. The latest proclamation of competitive surge comes from Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., as president and CEO Carlos Ghosn outlined in Japan a plan to drastically hike Nissan’s market share and profitability. more

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