Jonathan Romeo at Brentwood Home Page has the story on Batson & Associates' plan to build a four-in-one auto dealership for Aston Martin, Bentley, Maserati and Rolls-Royce on Mallory Lane north of Moores Lane in Brentwood. The Music City Motorcars project would take up almost five acres and join nearby dealerships for Audi, BMW, Mini and Porsche.
Trade publication Manufacturers' News says manufacturing employment in Tennessee rose by almost 4,500, or about 1.1 percent, over the past year. The auto sector is leading the way and the state has comfortably outpaced the nation over the past two years.
Franklin-based Nissan Group said its dealers sold a little more than 103,000 cars in November, a drop of 3 percent from the year before but comfortably above Edmunds analysts' forecast of less than 98,000. The Nissan brand saw sales dip 2 percent, with the top-selling model Altima slipping 7 percent while sales of the Rogue SUV and smaller Sentra models more than offset drops in the number of Maxima and Juke cars shipped to consumers.
"Through November, Nissan has set an all-time yearly sales record in 2014, with a month still to go," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations in a statement. "Over the next three months, we will look to keep our foot on the accelerator through high-visibility, big marketing moments, including Nissan's return to Super Bowl advertising for the first time in almost two decades."
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