Patent Patrol: 14 April 2010

In this week's batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: Snuff conditioners, germicidal lights, a new way to track hypertension, and more...
Apr 14, 2010 1:49 PM

Another piece to Nissan's battery puzzle falls into place

Nissan has picked Mississippi-based W.G. Yates to handle design support services for the auto maker's Smyrna car battery plant. Construction on the assembly site, which has gotten major Department of Energy backing, is expected to start later this year. Yates also helped Nissan build its Canton, Miss., factory almost a decade ago.
Apr 8, 2010 9:59 AM

Will Benzes roll off the line in Smyrna?

The Renault/Nissan-Daimler tie-up may not be a whole-hog affair, but it will include each car maker manufacturing some of the other's products at its U.S. plants, meaning Nissan's Smyrna staff would work on cars "unlike any other." BusinessWeek's David Welch says it looks fairly promising.
I’ll give Ghosn his due. The Renault-Nissan alliance is one example of an alliance that has worked. Both companies have shared engines, parts and vehicle platforms to expand their offerings faster and more cheaply than they otherwise might have done. Ghosn had the advantage of running both companies. He won’t get into an alliance without knowing that there are some real projects in the works.
Apr 8, 2010 7:13 AM

Renault/Nissan hooks up with Daimler

Renault/Nissan and Daimler this morning formally announced an alliance that will share the companies' know-how on engine technology and small and electric cars. The first big milestone of the partnership is a small, jointly developed car that is scheduled to launch in 2013.
Apr 7, 2010 8:27 AM

Strong March has Nissan closing on Chrysler

Nissan saw its U.S. sales jump 43 percent in March versus a year ago, powered by its Maxima sedan and Versa subcompact. That's almost double the growth posted by the industry as a whole and means the automaker is nipping at the heels of Chrysler for fifth place in year-to-date market share.
Apr 2, 2010 11:07 AM

The price of a Leaf

...will be about $33,000, Nissan said today. Throw in the charging station and its installation but take out the federal tax credits you qualify for and you'll drop the total spend on the all-electric car to a little more than $27,000.
Mar 30, 2010 1:34 PM

Bridgestone investing in Iowa

Nashville-based Bridgestone Americas will plow $77 million into a Des Moines factory that makes farm tires. Part of the roof of the 65-year-old plant will be raised 10 feet to accommodate new equipment.
But Allen will say that after taking its lumps during the agriculture slump of the late 1980s and 1990s, the Ag Tire division is now a shining star in the Firestone/Bridgestone firmament. "The car people have had tough years recently because of the downturn in the automobile industry," Allen said. "But we've been increasing output to meet demand."
Mar 30, 2010 8:26 AM

Bridgestone promotes Karbowiak

'Trusted performer' elevated to new chief administrative officer post
Mar 24, 2010 11:21 PM

Nissan finds new marketing veep

Nissan North America has named Joel Ewanick its new vice president of marketing, replacing Christian Meunier, who last month was named to lead the auto maker's operations in Brazil. Ewanick comes from Hyundai, where he had quite the 2009.
Mar 19, 2010 8:29 AM

We need to lower the bar for electric cars

As we motor toward the end-of-year rollout of Nissan's Leaf electric car, automotive author Jim Motavalli takes a look at the hurdles that both we and the cars still need to clear. Top of the list: Our high expectations and an unwillingness to pay up for them.
Mar 18, 2010 10:42 AM