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Lindsay Chappell

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Nissan gives Canada president more responsibility, names new U.S. sales boss

Nissan has shaken up its North American management team by giving more responsibility to Nissan Canada President Joni Paiva and naming Dan Mohnke the new top U.S. sales and marketing executive.

Nissan gets new U.S. sales boss; Meunier takes Infiniti role

Nissan has promoted former Saturn executive Dan Mohnke to lead sales and marketing for the brand in the United States; he succeeds Christian Meunier, who becomes a global vice president for Infiniti.

A lean winter for Infiniti lineup

Infiniti has stocked up on QX50 and QX70 inventories to make it through the winter after halting production in preparation for new models to come.

Nissan applies chuckles to big pickup marketing

Nissan's newest Titan TV ad inserts a belly laugh into the solemn no-nonsense world of advertising big pickups.

PACE Awards announces 33 finalists

Thirty-three innovations from 27 component and technology suppliers around the world have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Automotive News PACE Awards.

Denso's billion-dollar EV scene-setter

Japanese giant supplier Denso has jumped to put EV and autonomous parts into production in Tennessee to prepare for the coming wave of planned vehicles.

An open letter to Sir James Dyson

Dear Sir James: We heard you intend to spend $2.7 billion to enter the electric car business. I'd like to urge you to save your money.

NISSAN: Sentra strategy pays off

Nissan's strategy to pull back from the midsize-car competition in favor of compacts paid off in September, with bigger Sentra sales helping to lift the brand 9.3 percent.

New factory investments? Now?

Falling sales, rising incentives and mounting vehicle inventories — is this really the right time for automakers to invest heavily in new U.S.

The friendship that formed Auria Solutions

When IAC decided to spin off its global soft-trim business, an old friend in China was the first person they called.

Nissan promotes manufacturing exec Martin to Alliance role

Nissan's North American factory boss John Martin will move up to the role of executive vice president for manufacturing engineering and supply chain management for the global Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Nissan positions Leaf as affordable EV choice

Nissan redesigns the Leaf for 2018 and reconceives the marketing strategy that launched it.

Supply chains await Harvey's ripple effects

As bad as Hurricane Harvey's destruction was to the Texas coastal area, it will likely continue spinning out trouble for auto industry logistics in the weeks ahead.

NISSAN: Double whammy knocks sales

Nissan Division sales fell 15 percent in August -- partly due to the Texas storm and partly due to a planned reduction in fleet volumes. Infiniti sales rose.

VW's hippie-mobile goes commercial

Bringing back the 1960s-era Microbus might seem like a fun nostalgia play, but Volkswagen has something more functional and potentially lucrative up its sleeve.

What Toyota and Faraday have in common

The industry has witnessed two automakers tacitly acknowledging this month that they got their new factory plans wrong.

What does Nissan's exit from battery business mean?

Nissan's exit from battery-making stirs the pot on its new-gen Leaf, as well as on North American EV battery capacity.

VW's retro bus to take dealers on a commercial trip

VW will use the I.D. Buzz to help put its U.S. dealers in the commercial vehicle business -- a segment where the company has global aspirations.

Prototype 9: Where history meets fantasy

With the Prototype 9, Infiniti imagines a 1940s racing heritage for a brand that did not debut until 1989.

Tesla will reduce electrical wiring in Model Y, Musk says

Whatever new technologies Tesla's new Model 3 contains as it reaches consumers this year, there is one thing it will have much less of -- and that's wiring.

Nissan's next Altima slips out

The 2018 Nissan Altima, based on new spy images, will feature less rounded surfaces than the current sedan, and a more pronounced back side. Body sculpting appears to have traces of the Vmotion 2.

Road to the future paved with doubt

The industry has been suiting up for a new world of electric and autonomous vehicles for the past few years. But as auto sales soften, some executives are having a moment of angst.

Musk: Tesla will slash wiring on Model Y

Tesla's upcoming Model Y small crossover will require a fraction of the wiring as previous models, thanks to new electrical systems and power transmission hardware.

Nissan counts on Bosch, Continental

Robert Bosch and Continental AG will move into high volume production this year to supply Nissan Motor Co. with advanced automated braking systems. The systems will be used across most of its U.S. product line.

Denso looks far into the future

Denso's strategists have peered into the year 2050 -- and now they intend to remake the company accordingly.

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