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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 ...

Munoz open to new Nissan dealers of all sizes

10:51 am U.S. ET | May 15
Nissan's North American chairman Jose Munoz says he doesn't care whether his future dealers are large chains, small family owners or non-U.S. corporations -- so long as t ...

Stores reach out to empower female customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
A visitor to Don Jenkins' dealerships in this north Tennessee city will find a fair share of brawny men, but a dearth of female shoppers. So the dealer's daughter, Casey ...

Tucker's approach with Nissan: Efficient tenacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Jeremy Tucker was named Nissan North America vice president of marketing communications and media last September as Nissan prepared for a series of key projects. ...

Munoz says Nissan's 10% U.S. share in reach

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Nissan Chairman Jose Munoz faces a difficult assignment: He must take Nissan and Infiniti to a combined 10 percent US market share by March 2017, up from 8.4 percent at t ...

Full speed ahead on 2016 Maxima launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Nissan says its factory launch of the newly redesigned 2016 Maxima will be its most flawless. Tighter project deadlines eliminated the last-minute design changes. ...

Nissan tweaks dealer sales incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Nissan has revised the Sales Growth Plan it introduced in 2014 as an alternative to controversial stair-step programs. ...

The president should have said 'Mexico'

11:23 am U.S. ET | April 28
Is China really the competitive threat that will spur Congress to sign off on the proposed new free-trade pact with Japan and other Asian nations? ...

Nissan to get lift from M-B pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Mercedes-Benz's plan to sell pickups in world markets will help Nissan improve its Latin American market share, Nissan's regional chief says. ...

Nissan is looking for more fleet business

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Honda's complaint that bigger fleet sales are driving Nissan's sales growth is erroneous, says Nissan Chairman Munoz. ...

Nissan expects Leaf sales to hit 50,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Nissan CEO Ghosn thinks selling 50,000 Leafs should not be a problem -- even with first-quarter sales down 21 percent. The key to EV growth will be more public charging, ...

Maxima strategy: 5 trims, no options

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12
When the redesigned 2016 Nissan Maxima sport sedan goes on sale this summer, it will come in five trim packages — “and zero options,” says Fred Diaz, vi ...

Subaru stores have year to get service-expansion aid

UPDATED: 4/7/15 1:15 pm ET - corrected
Subaru will have renovated and expanded two-thirds of the service-shop capacity at its U.S. dealerships by the time a national investment drive ends next year. ...

Nissan bets ad dollars on 4 models

UPDATED: 4/7/15 1:14 pm ET - corrected
Nissan will focus its marketing dollars on four key models for the foreseeable future, even as it prepares for another wave of critical product launches. ...

New York reveals a new era of fastbacks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
At the New York auto show, the look was everywhere. Traditional four-door sedans have embraced the modernized look of fastbacks of decades past: Low rooflines. Long, slan ...

Toyota to lift N.A. pickup, crossover output

UPDATED: 4/7/15 4:24 pm ET - corrected
Toyota is adding two variants and increasing production in North America to keep up with growing demand for its pickups and crossovers. ...

Ghosn says Nissan is not Mercedes' only pickup option

4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says global partner Daimler AG has plenty of options for sourcing the Mercedes-Benz pickup it is planning to introduce by 2020. And they may or ma ...

Nissan delivers a more intense Maxima

UPDATED: 4/2/15 11:01 am ET -- adds links, photo
Nissan is embracing racier styling, a Navy jet-inspired cockpit and high-end interior detail to ignite new interest in the redesigned 2016 Maxima sedan. ...

Traditional sedans fading away? Not in New York

12:10 pm U.S. ET | April 1
One of the more troubling sales trends for car buffs lately has been a shift away from sedans. Especially larger sedans. But watch the runway at this year's New York auto ...

Infiniti gives the QX50 a new life despite low sales

9:00 am U.S. ET | April 1
Infiniti has given its low-selling, small QX50 crossover a quick makeover for 2016 with new front and rear designs and a re-engineered chassis. ...
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