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

'We have always run our business like it is going out of business'

Michael Palazzolo talks about Budget Brakes' low-cost approach, growth plans and overcoming bad publicity [From our print edition featured in Monday's City Paper]
Mar 7, 2010 10:18 AM

Nissan's turn in the recall line

Nissan has recalled more than 500,000 vehicles because of possible problems with brake pedals and fuel gauges.
Mar 3, 2010 11:00 AM

Another sports sponsorship for Bridgestone

The tire maker's Firestone brand will replace Bombardier Learjet as the title sponsor of the June 5 IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Mar 3, 2010 9:32 AM

Infiniti steps up NCAA marketing

The Infiniti division of Nissan North America has signed on with the NCAA to be an official partner of the upcoming men's basketball tournament. Among its initiatives is the sponsorship of's bracket contest, which had more than 1 million participants last year.
Mar 1, 2010 11:04 AM

Former Ford Glass plant may be sold again

Zeledyne, the company that two years ago acquired the former Ford and Visteon automotive glass plant in West Nashville, is rumored to have received at least two bids to buy the company. Union officials in Tulsa think a buyer may be best. SEE ALSO: Zeledyne's recent local building permit and some background on Zeledyne's initial local plans.

Feb 25, 2010 8:20 AM