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Customers' luxury motivation turns to self-reward, execs say

1:48 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
The definition of luxury automotive brands, and the motivation of luxury-car shoppers, is changing from an outward-directed display of wealth to a self reward for a successful customer. That was the conclusion of a panel of luxury-brand executives at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum in New York today.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Hyundai, Toyota to debut mid-sized sedan rivals

April 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Hyundai and Toyota have key product debuts at the New York auto show. BMW will unveil the X4 crossover while Mercedes debuts the S63 AMG coupe, a high-performance version of the S-class coupe.... Read More »

 

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Mid-sized sedans and crossovers to square off in the Big Apple

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Hyundai will roll out its 2015 Sonata while Toyota offers an aggressive midcycle freshening of the Camry at the New York auto show this week. And Subaru will pit its redesigned 2015 Outback crossover against the next Nissan Murano.... Read More »

 

Ghosn spurs Renault-Nissan to greater U.S. clout

April 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Fifteen years after its launch, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is targeting the United States in earnest as CEO Carlos Ghosn pushes his companies into common product architectures, manufacturing and r&d.... Read More »

 

Ghosn spurs Renault-Nissan to greater U.S. clout

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Fifteen years after its launch, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is coming to the United States in earnest.... Read More »

 

Infiniti names French executive as new Europe head

April 3, 2014 10:47 CET
Infiniti has named former Ford executive Francois Goupil de Bouille as head of its European operations to succeed Fintan Knight, who was in the post for less than a year.... Read More »

 

Nissan, Infiniti report solid sales gains

3:42 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
Nissan moved forward on multiple fronts in March, bucking meek industry gains to score its best sales month in history. The results lifted Nissan past Honda Division for the third straight month, encouraging Nissan in its publicly declared goal to displace Honda as the industry's No. 2 import brand.... Read More »

 

Airbag glitch spurs Nissan recall

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
A software problem that could deactivate airbags has prompted Nissan Motor Corp. to recall 989,701 vehicles in North America, including 2013-14 Altima sedans... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan veteran named to lead Infiniti product strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Infiniti has named industry veteran Francois Bancon as its product strategy head. Bancon has long been involved with Nissan and Infiniti product strategy and product communications, and played a key role in the global launch of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle.... Read More »

 

Infiniti names new product strategy head

March 27, 2014 11:32 CET
Infiniti has named industry veteran Francois Bancon as its product strategy head. Currently Bancon leads advanced product planning at parent Nissan.... Read More »

 

Nissan recalls 989,701 vehicles in N.A. because airbag might fail to deploy

7:08 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
Nissan said it will recall 989,701 vehicles including its latest Altima sedans in North America to fix a software problem that could deactivate the airbags.... Read More »

 

Infiniti gets engine-specific on Q50

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Infiniti raised production expectation for its two-month-old Q50 Eau Rouge concept sports car here last week by identifying the specific engine it would receive.... Read More »

 

Throughput tumbles at VW, Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Volkswagen and Infiniti added franchises last year, each raising the franchise count by 4 percent. But their U.S. sales fell, so average sales per franchise tumbled.... Read More »

 

Mercedes, Infiniti to pool small cars, plant, sources say

March 5, 2014 15:15 CET
Mercedes and Infiniti plan to pool development of compact cars to cut costs, expand the German carmaker's North American production and broaden the Infiniti lineup, sources said.... Read More »

 

Infiniti Eau Rouge would get 560 hp engine

5:30 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
Barely two months after unveiling the Formula One racing-inspired Q50 Eau Rouge concept in Detroit, Infiniti has moved the car a step closer to commercial production – even referring to it as the brand's future performance flagship.... Read More »

 

FEBRUARY U.S. AUTO SALES

Mother Nature chills showroom traffic, sales

7:00 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
U.S. auto sales were flat in February as rising showroom traffic in recent weeks fueled hope that the industry would finally break out of its three-month, weather-crimped slump in March. Total sales fell by just 357 units, or 0.03, percent. Four of the five biggest automakers posted declines, while Chrysler Group and Nissan bucked the trend with double-digit increases. All-wheel-drive specialist Subaru plowed to a 24 percent gain.... Read More »

 

Infiniti auction goal: Lift margins

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Infiniti has introduced a live online auction program that gives its dealers first crack at off-lease vehicles entering the network.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Nissan design boss Nakamura expects Q30 to give Infiniti a big lift in Europe

Feb. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Infiniti's Q30 will win sales in Europe by offering features not found in the crowded compact premium segment led by models such as the Audi A3, Nissan design boss Shiro Nakamura says.... Read More »

 

Nissan tops Honda, gains 10% as Rogue stars

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
The new-generation Rogue crossover helped Nissan Division overcome bad weather in key markets to post a 10 percent U.S. sales increase in January. Nissan Division sales totaled 81,472 cars and light trucks for the month, setting a record for January volume.... Read More »

 

Infiniti dealers talk margins, ads absent brand execs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Icy weather in the Deep South prevented Infiniti's management team from traveling to the annual make meeting here. Although an NADA representative informed dealers at the meeting room doorway that the meeting would not take place, a full roomful of retailers pressed ahead, eager to discuss a new dealer-margin system that launched Jan. 1.... Read More »

 

Q&A: MATT GUNDERSON, INFINITI NATIONAL DEALER ADVISORY BOARD

Gunderson expects more changes as Infiniti goes global

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2014
Matt GundersonLast year brought big changes to Infiniti. The product plan changed. The names of all Infiniti models changed, and Infiniti moved to separate itself further from Nissan, its mass-market sibling. Infiniti also has a new national leader, former Porsche Cars North America executive Michael Bartsch. A wave of new products is still another year off, according to Matt Gunderson, 2014 chairman of the Infiniti National Dealer Advisory Board... Read More »

 

Infiniti wants more distance from Nissan ads

4:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2014
Infiniti wants to have a new global ad agency selected and in place by July as it pushes further away from its mass-market sibling, Nissan.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Just whose NADA is this?

9:40 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
If you see Michael Bartsch at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans this weekend, you will probably find him empty-handed.... Read More »

 

2014 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Infiniti concept has racetrack vibe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Infiniti's Q50 Eau Rouge concept symbolizes the brand's future.... Read More »

 

DEALER COUNCIL LEADERS

Infiniti will benefit from independence

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2014
Separating Infiniti from Nissan day-to-day business will help the small luxury brand grow, says the chairman of the brand's national dealer advisory board. The problem isn't confusion in the mind of the consumer, says Matt Gunderson, dealer principal of Infiniti of Mission Viejo in Mission Viejo, Calif. The problem is elsewhere -- from how Infiniti is discussed in the media to how product decisions are made at the parent company, Nissan Motor Corp.... Read More »

 

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