Nissan will next month unveil a small car that can get almost 70 miles per gallon with a traditional internal combustion engine, yet still reach speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
Its three-cylinder configuration gives many benefits including less weight and further reductions in friction loss, thanks to having fewer moving parts. Further gains are made thanks to the adoption of advanced engine management systems with Start/Stop and energy regeneration.
Feb 21, 2011 8:47 AM
Nissan's luxury Infiniti marque has recruited from Japan Keith St. Clair, the global marketing manager at Lexus and a 20-year veteran of the Toyota organization. St. Clair will work from Nissan's Cool Springs building.
"We welcome Keith to his new role at Infiniti and expect that his previous experiences will greatly benefit the quality and performance of Infiniti's marketing communications globally," said Toru Saito, corporate vice president, Global Infiniti Business Unit, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. "Infiniti was the fastest-growing import luxury brand in the U.S. last year and we are growing across the globe."
Feb 9, 2011 8:57 AM
French automaker Renault has suspended three senior executives involved with its electric-car program over allegations that they violated the company's security policies. Renault owns more than 40 percent of Nissan and shares a CEO in Carlos Ghosn. The two entities are pouring billions into electric-car technology, which includes an under-construction plant in Smyrna.
Jan 6, 2011 10:38 AM
General Electric boss Jeff Immelt says his conglomerate will soon announce a massive buy of electric cars — some observers expect the number to top 20,000 — that will likely include several auto makers. Let's just say it will be a big black eye for Nissan if its Leaf isn't among the chosen models. Separately, Nissan officials have announced their latest partnership to develop a municipal electric-car charging infrastructure, this time with Atlanta.
Nov 1, 2010 11:44 AM
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn was at the Paris Auto Show last week selling his company's plans for electric cars. He reiterated the company's stance that it's a pioneer investing for mass production — Nissan is building capacity for 500,000 cars a year — and dismissed potential worries about having to share (voluntarily or not) the technology behind lithium-ion batteries. "I don't think this is a static technology. This is something that is in continuous development," he said. Companies and countries who want the technology "can get this technology and then they're going to have to continue to work on it." That dynamic has the potential to be good long-term news for the auto maker's Smyrna operations, which is one of the sites preparing to crank out the lithium-ion batteries.
Oct 4, 2010 7:25 AM
Nissan says it has taken reservations for the first 20,000 Leaf electric cars to be sold in the United States. The company had initially expected to hit that number in December. It will now hold off on new reservations for a while.
Achieving 20,000 reservations marks the successful completion of the first phase of the Nissan LEAF rollout, which began more than five months ago, and no further reservations will be taken until next year. Nissan now is focusing on providing the best level of customer service and premium ownership experience to those who already have enrolled. A subsequent phase of reservations will begin next year, after current reservations and orders have been processed.
Sep 24, 2010 7:10 AM
CNN's Ali Velshi talks with Carlos Ghosn about his offer to bring GM into the Renault-Nissan fold, the improving health of the auto sector and how he sees electric cars accounting for 10 percent of the market 10 years from now. Then the audio cuts out.
Sep 10, 2010 1:33 PM
July sales of Nissan and Infiniti rose almost 15 percent from a year ago, with the company's truck and SUV models selling particularly well. Alan Ohnsman at Bloomberg BusinessWeek has some broader industry perspective, including the fact that Nissan is now growing at its fastest rate since 2004.
Aug 4, 2010 9:16 AM
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