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Nissan Juke gets a little Jukier, adds features
1:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20
Nissan, surprised that one of its most polarizing cars has become one of its most successful, is turning up the Juke-iness of its Juke subcompact for 2015. ...


Infiniti preps Q30 hatch for young buyers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
Infiniti is road-testing its next global model, the compact Q30 hatch, which will hit showrooms in 2016. ...


Dealerships' newspaper ad spending forecast to dive
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15
Auto dealers large and small will eliminate $800 million worth of print advertising from U.S. newspapers next year, according to a new industry forecast, accelerating the ...


Infiniti readies Q30 targeting young buyers
10:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11
Infiniti is road-testing its next global model, the compact Q30 hatchback, which will hit showrooms in 2016. ...


Nissan pushes quality initiatives for 'flawless' Murano launch
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Nissan threw the switch last week to begin building its prestige vehicle in the United States for the first time, moving the Murano's global export base from Japan to its ...


Tuner guru sees hope for really young buyers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9
RJ de Vera's auto industry resume is as free-form and hard to read as a graffiti wall in urban L.A. ...


Nissan is bumping into N.A. capacity constraints
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8
Nissan's steady U.S. sales gains are putting the squeeze on its North American production capacity. ...


Cheaper gas led to increased light-truck and crossover sales? Not necessarily
11:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6
Cheaper gas is being widely credited with October’s gains in the sales of crossovers, SUVs, pickups. And no doubt, lower pump prices are figuring into consumer thin ...


Nissan babies the new Murano -- but will Americans share it?
6:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5 | UPDATED: 11/5/14 7:54 pm ET - adds details
Nissan gave the global launch of its redesigned Murano the white-glove treatment to make sure the crossover makes the brand shine around the world. ...


Nissan's global product boss drives a smoky motorcycle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Keno Kato, Nissan Motor's global head of product planning and strategy who directs a global team of 500 planners, is a buzz-cut 1960s-muscle car fan from rural Japan. ...


Nissan brand rolls to 13th record month
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Rising Sentra, Versa and Rogue volumes gave Nissan Division its 13th consecutive record sales month in October. The brand sold 94,072 vehicles for the month, an increase ...


Infiniti embraces events marketing
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Infiniti Motor Co. will ask its new global ad agency to turn up the volume on public events and customer interaction as it hunts for customers in new markets around the w ...


BILL LIA: Keep stores modern
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20 | UPDATED: 10/21/14 8:04 am ET -- corrected
"People keep asking us for our store designs," says Bill Lia, the 78-year-old CEO of Lia Auto Group in Albany, N.Y., which just finished building its 19th dealership. "We ...


Auto economists eye troubling signs on horizon
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Business is booming for auto dealers five years after the national economic crisis, so what could go wrong? Plenty, warns a number of auto industry economists. ...


GM's loss, Hyundai's gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Stores targeted for closure by one troubled brand were snapped up by a rising brand. ...


MIKE WOOD: How hard are you willing to work?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Long hours and hard work in the past few years turned Mike Wood from a dealership manager into a dealer with four stores. ...


Dealers pursued opportunities from the rubble of '09
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
In the five years that have passed since the economic crash of 2009, the auto retailing sector has emerged from the ashes. The transition has been painful. There are fewe ...


For 15 years, Nakamura has redrawn Nissan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18
Fifteen years after taking over Nissan's global design leadership, Shiro Nakamura has come full circle. Nissan will launch its third-generation Murano crossover late this ...


Dealers take Affordable Care Act in stride
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
Hold down costs and turn a profit -- but don't do so by shaving employee health benefits. That is the consensus among owners and managers of stores on Automotive News' li ...


Nissan repolishes Murano for grown-ups
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14
Nissan designers in southern California have reshaped the Murano for 2015 with curvier and more sensual body lines to stand out from the crowd as it did when originally i ...


Nissan commercial fleet to get self-driving tech
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Nissan believes fleet and commercial vehicle customers are getting more demanding about creature comforts and safety systems, and the company plans to offer autonomous dr ...


Nissan brand to benefit from Daimler partnership
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Mass-market Nissan will begin receiving some goodies that have been flowing from the product-sharing partnership between Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, a sen ...


Do-it-all dealer learns to delegate as business grows
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Through long hours and hands-on involvement in every corner of his business, Mike Wood has rapidly built a group of four dealerships in seven years. He has more growth pl ...


Big, bold luxury returns
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7
The world might be shifting to smaller vehicles, but life is different for the rich. ...


Dealers to get Titan diesel training
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Nissan executives have promised that next year's redesigned Titan pickup, with an optional 5.0-liter V-8 diesel, will be a bold new product for the brand. ...


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