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  • Judge Throws Out Nissan’s Exclusive Contract To Supply New York City’s Taxi Cabs

    10/10/2013 5:24:58 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 7 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 10/10/2013 | TTAC Staff
    A New York State Supreme Court judge on Tuesday voided Nissan’s contract with New York Citys’ Taxi and Limousine Commission that would have forced taxicab operators to buy and use taxis based on the Nissan NV200 van. Judge Shlomo Hagler said that the commission “exceeded its authority” by awarding Nissan the exclusive ten year contract to supply New York City’s taxis. The ruling was the outcome of a lawsuit filed against the commission by the Greater New York Taxi Association. Nissan beat out Ford and a Turkish company in a 2011 competition to win the contract, part of NYC Mayor...
  • Nissan pledges to bring self-driving cars to showrooms by 2020

    08/29/2013 10:09:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | 08/29/2013 | Rebecca Grant
    Nissan said it will have self-driving cars for the mass market by 2020. The company has unveiled an aggressive plan to build such cars that are commercially viable within two “vehicle generations.”The company demonstrated its self-driving car tech for the first time at Nissan 360 in Southern California yesterday. It presented Nissan Leafs tricked out with laser scanners, around-view monitor cameras, and artificial intelligence to the audience as a glimpse of a future where our cars drive us.“Nissan Motor Company’s willingness to question conventional thinking and to drive progress – is what sets us apart,” said CEO Carlos Ghosn....
  • Miss. lawmakers OK financing for Nissan suppliers

    04/01/2013 4:52:46 PM PDT · by WKB · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | | March 30, | By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House on Saturday passed a bill to help finance buildings for suppliers that might locate at Nissan Motor Co.'s plant near Canton. The bill was blocked from going to Gov. Phil Bryant immediately because some House members are seeking a second round of debate. Senate Bill 2920 would allow the Madison County Economic Development Authority to issue industrial development bonds, which would be repaid by Nissan. The local authority would own buildings that would be home to suppliers that are brought in to support an expansion of Nissan's assembly plant on Interstate 55.
  • Toyota and Nissan Shift From Electric Vehicles; Death Knell for Chevy Volt?

    02/05/2013 9:26:42 AM PST · by jazusamo · 67 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 5, 2013 | Mark Modica
    According to Toyota Vice Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, "Because of its shortcomings - driving range, cost and recharging time - the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for most conventional cars; we need something entirely new." Uchiyamada is considered the "father of the Prius." An article by Reuter's exposes the limitations of EVs and focuses on Toyota's, along with Nissan's, change in strategy, which is now moving away from EVs. Even the most ideological and extreme green energy proponents and backers of the Chevy Volt will have to open their eyes to the sad truth uncovered by the latest report....
  • Goodbye, Prius? Japanese carmakers drop battery electric-car development

    02/04/2013 10:41:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Japan is backtracking on battery electric-car development, as even Nissan’s vice chairman, the so-called “father of the Prius,” announced plans to copy Toyota and pursue fuel-cell cars that convert hydrogen to electricity. “Because of its shortcomings — driving range, cost and recharging time — the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for most conventional cars,” said Nissan’s vice chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada,..
  • Nissan Admits Arrogance in Sales of Taxpayer-Subsidized Leaf

    12/19/2012 10:52:23 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 19, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    A top Nissan official has said the company was “arrogant” in its marketing and sales approach for the all-electric Leaf, which received a $1.4 billion stimulus loan guarantee fromPresident Obama’s Department of Energy. Not that the company is going to return taxpayers their money, since the premise upon which Nissan received the loan were ridiculously high production estimates. Too much in expenses would have to be eaten otherwise. “We were a little bit arrogant as a manufacturer when we went to the 50-state rollout,”said Al Castignetti, Nissan’s vice president for sales, to Automotive News in late November. “We had assumed...
  • $3,000 Sticker Price on New Datsuns Not Cast in Stone

    10/03/2012 8:59:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 56 replies
    www.insideline.com ^ | Oct 3, 2012 | By Peter Nunn, Correspondent
    TOKYO — Among enthusiasts of a certain age, there was a notable flicker of excitement back in March when Nissan announced that the Datsun brand was making a welcome and long overdue comeback. Starting in the late 1960s, Datsun hit a strong chord in the U.S. market with cool, well-conceived, good-value entries such as the Datsun 510 sedan and sexy 240Z coupe, effectively the Japanese BMWs of their day. But Nissan has very different plans in mind in reviving Datsun for the modern era. The target is high-growth emerging markets such as Russia, Indonesia and India. A new family of...
  • Government Stimulus Can't Overcome 100 Years of EV Battery Shortcomings

    09/20/2012 10:51:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 20, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    It’s the battery. Contrary to the excuses that Nissan has supplied about the loss of capacity for owners of the all-electric Leaf in the desert Southwest – especially super-hot Phoenix – a tightly-controlled test of a dozen of the vehicles showed that all of them experienced reduced range. Even a month-old Leaf could not recharge to 100 percent. GreenCarReports.com revealed the dismal development this week. That the power reduction came so rapidly and so quickly debunked the claims of Nissan executives Carla Bailo and Andy Palmer, who suggested the problems could lie either with owners who were charging their...
  • Nissan Integrity at Stake in Leaf Owners' Battery Test

    09/18/2012 1:11:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 18, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    In what looks like an attempt to avoid a potentially costly and disastrous recall of its taxpayer-funded electric vehicles, Nissan has dismissed the concerns of its Leaf customers in Arizona and other hot states by claiming the apparent loss of battery capacity is “normal.” Owners of the company’s dismal selling plug-in have banded together to collectively test their vehicles and see just how “normal” their loss of “bars” on their power indicators are. Over the weekend twelve Leaf owners – led by EV advocate and Leaf owner Tony Williams – were to conduct an extended range test in Phoenix,...
  • ARE THE JAPANESE BRANDS SLIPPING?

    08/29/2012 12:37:17 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 65 replies
    I've been closely following recent technology advances in automobiles for the last 2-3 years. Some very interesting technologies are beginning to make it into regular production vehicles that ordinary people can buy. The first is direct injection for gasoline engines. The second "big deal" is the dual-clutch transmission. These are cutting edge technologies for cars right now. Guess what? There is no Japanese brand car available with both of these technologies. In fact, both Honda and Toyota seem to be ignoring dual clutch transmission entirely. It appears to me Toyota is coasting on its reputation right now and isn't doing...
  • Nissan refuses to honor NHTSA safety recall for Nissan Titan

    08/09/2012 2:59:22 PM PDT · by darylmh · 15 replies
    08/09/2012 | Daryl Holtzclaw
    Nissan is refusing to honor and repair my 2004 Nissan Titan, the recall was by the NHTSA, due to a electrical safety violation, Nissan says that the safety recall campaign has ended, and they will not be responsible for my truck or any other 2004 Nissan Titans on the road today, which means that the passenger side airbag will not deploy in case of an accident.
  • Nissan Leaf Range Loss Issues Persist In Arizona

    07/28/2012 3:46:42 PM PDT · by BobL · 82 replies
    Hybrid Cars (website) ^ | July 23, 2012 | Jeff Cobb
    Home / Nissan Leaf Range Loss Issues Persist In Arizona Published July 23, 2012 By Jeff Cobb 2012_nissan_leaf_06 Owners of the Nissan Leaf in Arizona have been chronicling complaints with Nissan whose representatives were initially said to be explaining away substantial range degradation, but now it appears Nissan is responding further to the heat. And perhaps that is appropriate as the heat of Arizona was what presumably created issues that have prompted a thread now 169 pages long on the MyNissanLEAF.com forum. As you can see in the video report, some owners have reported unacceptably significant degrees of range loss...
  • Wisconsin man avoids jail by agreeing to have his Nissan Skylines crushed

    06/04/2012 1:32:17 PM PDT · by Cowman · 30 replies
    autoblog.com ^ | May 29th 2012 2:58PM | Zach Bowman
    Authorities in Wisconsin are bound and determined to crack down on gray market vehicles. According to Stevens Point Journal, In 2010, the state government orchestrated a sting to catch Justin Beno selling two Nissan Skyline models, one of which played a role in the Fast and Furious franchise. A Wisconsin Department of Transportation investigator spotted both a 1995 and a 1996 Skyline up for sale and pretended to be a buyer. The investigator asked if it were possible to get the cars titled, and Beno said he believed the vehicles could be titled in Florida, then retitled in Wisconsin. This...
  • Nissan resurrects the Datsun brand

    03/25/2012 1:16:55 AM PDT · by derfel · 50 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | March 21, 2012 | Kevin Voigt
    Nissan Motor Company announced the return of the Datsun brand after 30 years, with plans to introduce a low-cost car in several emerging markets in 2014. In a nod to the growing importance of developing markets, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn made the announcement Tuesday in Indonesia, one of three markets the new car line will debut.
  • GOP Rep. Chews Out Steven Chu: “You’re Telling Me My Constituents Need to Buy a Nissan Leaf?”

    03/21/2012 4:38:34 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 21, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) gave anti-Energy Secretary Steven Chu an earful yesterday during a hearing on oil prices. McHenry ripped Che for the administration’s policies that have prevented access to domestic oil and gas. “You’re telling me my constituents need to buy a Nissan Leaf?” "My time is short, you've listed a long list of things that this administration has done. I have not yet heard that there are trying to increase the supply of American oil or our refining capacity or limit the regulations in the diversity of blends that are required. I have heard nothing from you today...
  • Nisson Truck Commercial

    10/18/2011 3:02:52 PM PDT · by CTOCS · 90 replies
    TV Ad | Today | Self
    By now I'm sure most of you have seen the Nisson truck ad where the pickup aids the Boeing 727 land with collapsed nosegear. Is this for real or an episode of clever cinematography? I figure if anyone would know, you guys would.
  • REAL Stars... and Their Cars

    10/01/2011 5:10:55 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 1, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Spectacular images of an elegant time gone by- Marlene Dietrich: 1936 Cadillac V-16 (!) 36-90 Aero-Dynamic Coupe  -one never to be equalled by today's repellent  Hollywood slobs and their farcical 'green' charade More at Reaganite Republican
  • Yes, there is a difference between American and Japanese cars

    06/20/2011 6:36:40 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 76 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/20/11 | Bob Lutz
    A lot of words have been written in the past few post-tsunami weeks about the negative impact of the disastrous tragedy on the short-term future of Japanese cars in the U.S. market. In parallel, many articles proclaim this to be a “historical window of opportunity” for the “Detroit Three,” now able to deliver to waiting customers an abundant supply of new vehicles while, at Toyota, Honda and Nissan, the cupboard is bare.
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner's car is registered in New York but way out of date

    06/05/2011 2:43:13 AM PDT · by South40 · 69 replies
    NYDailyNews.com ^ | June 5, 2011 | ALISON GENDAR
    After a week of facing questions about lewd Twitter photos, Rep. Anthony Weiner Saturday had more explaining to do: why his Nissan Pathfinder has New York license plates but a 2007 registration sticker. A photo of Weiner behind the wheel of his more than 20-year-old SUV appeared in Saturday's Daily News as he left his Washington home Friday night. ((snip)) In March, the Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, reported Weiner owed more than $2,000 in parking tickets for violations around the Capitol and near Reagan National Airport.
  • DNC Chairwoman Bashes GOP For Supporting Foreign Car Companies, Owns Foreign Car

    05/28/2011 10:13:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 27, 2011 | Josh Feldman
    It’s a general rule of thumb that whenever a politician says something negative about their opposition, they better not be guilty of the same thing, otherwise they would end up looking incredibly foolish. The latest pol to suffer from this is Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Since she began her tenure as head of the DNC, Wasserman Schultz has gone on the offensive against the Republicans. She accused the GOP of “waging war on the unemployed” and slammed their budget proposal as a “path to poverty.” But her latest attack on the opposition backfired in a major way....
  • U.S. Government Buying 116 Plug-In Electrics, Including 101 Chevrolet Volts

    05/24/2011 1:01:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | 5/24/11
    In an attempt to go green, the U.S. government will be purchasing 116 new plug-in electric vehicles for use in the federal fleet — but according to The Detroit News, the majority of that order consists of 2012 Chevrolet Volts. By the start of 2012, the General Services Administration, which oversees the purchase of two-thirds of the federal fleet, will take delivery of 101 new Volts, 10 Nissan Leafs, and five Think City EV plug-in electric vehicles. While the purchase will help to reduce the agency’s carbon footprint, it will not increase the size of the federal fleet, as the...
  • Nissan Leaf Electric Cars Failing to Start

    04/12/2011 6:25:20 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 11, 2011
    Nissan Motor Co has received complaints from owners that its Leaf electric car on occasion fails to start, posing a potential setback for the automaker's goal of promoting zero-emission vehicles. Japan's No.2 automaker said on Monday it was looking into the exact cause, which it traced back to the Leaf's air-conditioning unit. Nissan is investigating whether the glitch was in a certain component or the programing, spokesman Toshitake Inoshita said.
  • China vehicle maker to open plant in Kenya

    04/10/2011 7:31:58 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 21 replies
    China’s vehicle manufacturer Foton is setting up an assembly plant in Kenya in what is set to heighten the battle between China and Western nations for business in Kenya. The Sh1.2 billion assembly plant is expected to churn out 10,000 units of prime movers, tippers, buses, pick-ups, and light commercial trucks per year, making it one of the biggest foreign direct investments by a Chinese company. Foton said it is setting up the plant to avoid paying a 25 per cent import duty on cars to allow in its low cost products putting it in a head-to-head battle with Japanese...
  • GM sells just 281 Chevy Volts in February, Nissan only moves 67 Leafs

    03/03/2011 8:23:13 PM PST · by dila813 · 62 replies
    green.autoblog.com ^ | Mar 1st 2011 at 7:47PM | Sebastian Blanco
    Peruse Chevrolet's February sales release, and you'll notice one number that's blatantly missing: the number of Chevy Volts sold. The number – a very modest 281 – is available in the company's detailed data (PDF), but it certainly isn't something that GM wants to highlight, apparently. Keeping the number quiet is a bit understandable, since it's lower than the 321 that Chevy sold in January. Nissan doesn't have anything to brag about here, either (and it didn't avoiding any mention of the Leaf sales in its press release). Why? Well, back in January, the company sold 87 Leafs. In February?...
  • Feeling Empowered for One Oil-Free Weekend (Nissan Leaf)

    01/22/2011 12:36:22 AM PST · by Cronos · 52 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21-Jan-2011 | Ezra Dyer
    It’s an exceedingly normal four-door that just happens to sever the umbilical cord that tethers our cars to a region of political instability, the Middle East. Even if net emissions were the same as a gas car’s — and they’re not — I’d rather send my money to a coal miner in West Virginia than to the sultan of Brunei or to Hugo Chávez in Venezuela...
  • First Nissan Leaf ... major delays nationwide?

    12/13/2010 3:40:37 AM PST · by Haiku Guy · 100 replies
    Autobloggreen ^ | 12/11/10 | Sebastian Blanco
    First Nissan Leaf delivery happening today, but are there major delays nationwide? The first Nissan Leaf destined for a customer's driveway will be delivered today in California. If you can't be there, you can participate digitally by tuning in to the Nissan Leaf page on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. PST (4:30 EST) today and watch the press conference live from San Francisco. Twitter fans can also get updates from @NissanLEAF and the hashtag #firstLEAF. By the looks of things, the owner has arrived and has checked out the car already. This doesn't mean that everything is going according to plan...
  • Nissan's 99 MPG smugmobile--Subsidized green cars waste a lot of greenbacks

    11/27/2010 12:07:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 96 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 27, 2010 | Editorial
    Practitioners of the green religion are ecstatic over last week's Environmental Protection Agency decision to award the new Nissan Leaf an official "99 miles-per-gallon" rating for use on the showroom floor. This is a rather curious claim for a battery-powered vehicle that uses no gasoline. Federal officials intend to subtly imply with this "equivalent" mileage figure that the Leaf is three to four times better than ordinary, gas-powered automobiles.There's more than just deceptive government gimmicks at play, as the left has been using cars like the Leaf to make an all-out assault on our wallets. The Department of Energy,...
  • Carlos Ghosn: 2011 Nissan Leaf sold out

    05/26/2010 10:10:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies · 550+ views
    Autoblog Green ^ | May 25, 2010 | Sam Abuelsamid
    If you aren't already on the list to purchase a 2011 Nissan Leaf, you're officially out of luck. During a speech to the Detroit Economic Club today, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the U.S. market allotment for the first year's production of Leafs is already sold out more than six months before the EV even goes on sale. Nissan has now received 13,000 orders for the $32,780 electric car – quite impressive for a vehicle almost no one's driven.
  • Nissan Leaf EV to Have Ultra-Cheap Battery Pack

    05/08/2010 7:37:51 AM PDT · by mylife · 27 replies · 1,262+ views
    fast company ^ | May 5, 2010 | Ariel Schwartz
    Nissan Leaf EV to Have Ultra-Cheap Battery Pack BY Ariel Schwartz Wed May 5, 2010 Over 8,200 people have made online reservations in the past month for the upcoming Nissan Leaf EV, and for good reason. The $33,000 vehicle, set to be released later this year, is the first affordable all-electric vehicle from a major auto manufacturer. It's an early adopter's dream. Now Nissan has revealed the secret behind the Leaf's reasonable price: an ultra-cheap battery pack. While most lithium-ion batteries cost $1000 to $1,200 per kWh, the Leaf's 24 kWh battery pack costs just $9,000 to produce, or $375...
  • Report: Next Generation Nissan Titan Could Get a Diesel Engine

    04/13/2010 6:52:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies · 723+ views
    www.autoguide.com ^ | 4/13/2010 | Staff
    Nissan’s next generation of Titan pickup trucks could get a diesel option, says Nissan North America product boss Larry Dominique. In a recent interview with the folks at AutoWeek, Dominique, former project boss for the original Titan, commented that no decision has been made about the future powerplants, but that they are still considering several options. “I have a broad menu I can look at,” he said. “We could do downsized powertrains, we could do an enhanced V8, and we could look at diesel powertrains.” Currently the Titan is only available with the company’s 5.6-liter gasoline V8. A new Titan,...
  • Why Nissan's Electric Car Will Flop

    02/20/2010 1:12:28 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 49 replies · 1,235+ views
    Forbes ^ | 2/19/2010 | Jerry Flint
    The question isn't whether the world is ready for the Leaf. It's whether the Leaf is ready for the world. The most daring gamble in the automobile world is Nissan's electric car, the Leaf. But is this car, coming at the end of the year, really ready for prime time? Undoubtedly Nissan (NSANY) can sell some in the U.S.--a few thousand a year, perhaps 10,000 or 20,000 or 30,000. Some people always want something new. But the Leaf is more likely to be a sales failure than a sales success. It's not pleasant to rain on someone's parade before Job...
  • Cities Prepare for Life With the Electric Car

    02/14/2010 6:19:51 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 65 replies · 1,233+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 14, 2010 | Todd Woody and Clifford Krauss
    SAN FRANCISCO — If electric cars have any future in the United States, this may be the city where they arrive first. The San Francisco building code will soon be revised to require that new structures be wired for car chargers. Across the street from City Hall, some drivers are already plugging converted hybrids into a row of charging stations. In nearby Silicon Valley, companies are ordering workplace charging stations in the belief that their employees will be first in line when electric cars begin arriving in showrooms. And at the headquarters of Pacific Gas and Electric, utility executives are...
  • Nissan Sentra 88 89 90 91 92 93 Sun Visor Sunvisor - Trying to find a pair.

    12/26/2009 5:44:56 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 35 replies · 759+ views
    26 December 2009 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Anyone who might have access to an 89 90 91 92 or 93 Nissan Sentra which is being sold for parts and could help me make connection to get the sun visors in usable condition would be most appreciated. Trying to restore an 89 Nissan Sentra (on a tight budget) which looks just like the 87 I had when I married my sweety 21 years ago. Thanks in advance.
  • New Electrification Coalition Calls for 75% EV Proliferation by 2040

    11/29/2009 2:52:11 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 67 replies · 1,426+ views
    Futurecars.com ^ | November 16th | Aaron T
    In brief: This new coalition of members of the electric vehicle community, infrastructure, and more proclaim that the U.S. needs to have 75% of its light-duty vehicle miles go electric by 2040. They officially released their report titled Electrification Roadmap, which outlines a vision for the deployment of EVs and infrastructure on a national scale. Members of the coalition include GridPoint, INc., Coda Automotive, Nissan Motor Company, Johnson Controls, FedEx, and A123 Systems. Everyone in the coalition produces vehicles, infrastructure, or components for the EV industry. That 75% goal would mean 200 million cars being replaced by electrics in only...
  • Nissan prototype Land Glider

    10/14/2009 8:49:31 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 57 replies · 2,501+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 09/14/09 | Seattle Times
    Japan's auto giant Nissan unveils the new concept vehicle "Land Glider", a tandem-ride ultra light weight electric vehicle with a narrow body at the company's design center at Atsugi city in Kanagawa prefecture, suburban Tokyo on September 25, 2009 for a preview of the Tokyo Motor Show. The Land Glider can shift the center of gravity by leaning its body like a motorcycle. The Tokyo Motor Show starts October 23.
  • Big winners in Cash for Clunkers: Toyota, Honda, and Nissan; Update: Parts business big losers?

    08/27/2009 8:28:47 AM PDT · by Lou Budvis · 27 replies · 1,006+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 27, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    The Obama administration spent three billion dollars subsidizing the destruction of 700,000 vehicles in order to boost car sales. Which auto makers actually benefited from these American tax subsidies? Reuters reports that foreign car manufacturers gained market share, while the two bailed-out American automakers lost significant portions of theirs in the big summer sale. Only Ford managed to hold its own:
  • Nissan claims 367 mpg for electric Leaf

    08/15/2009 12:03:45 PM PDT · by freebilly · 150 replies · 2,171+ views
    The Car Tech blog ^ | August 14, 2009 | Antuan Goodwin
    OK, these ridiculous mpg claims are starting to get out of hand. Earlier this week, General Motors announced an estimated 230 mpg for the upcoming Volt extended-range EV--a claim that was later undermined by the EPA. No doubt attempting to steal a bit of GM's thunder, Nissan claimed (via Twitter) that its upcoming Leaf EV could do better: "Nissan Leaf = 367 mpg, no tailpipe, and no gas required. Oh yeah, and it'll be affordable too!" At first, we thought this was an odd claim to make, seeing that the Leaf is fully electric and (as stated in the same...
  • Nissan's Plug-In Gamble

    08/04/2009 1:55:30 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 11 replies · 894+ views
    Forbes ^ | 8/3/2009 | Joann Muller
    Carlos Ghosn resisted hybrids as a costly fad. Now he's betting heavily on electric vehicles--with more than a little help from the government. Like all other auto executives these days, Carlos Ghosn has been pulling in the reins. In February he suspended Nissan Motor's three-year business plan and launched widespread cost cuts, even delaying new products. Even so, Nissan couldn't avoid a $170 million first-quarter net loss, reported in July. But Ghosn, who surprised many with his quick turnaround of the Japanese carmaker a decade ago, has been careful to protect spending for his boldest initiative yet: to lead the...
  • Nissan rolls out electric car at new headquarters

    08/02/2009 8:32:08 PM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies · 1,158+ views
    yahoo.com ^ | August 2, 2009 | YURI KAGEYAMA
    YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn drove quietly out of the Japanese automaker's soon-to-open headquarters Sunday in the first public viewing of its new zero-emission vehicle. It was the first time the external design was shown of Nissan Motor Co.'s environmentally friendly electric automobile, set to go on sale in Japan, the U.S. and Europe next year. The blue hatchback had a sporty design and a recharging opening in the front. Designer Shiro Nakamura said the vehicle was designed to avoid a stereotypical futuristic design. "This is not a niche car," he said. "We didn't make it unusual...
  • Ford, Nissan, Tesla's electric plans get $8B jolt

    06/24/2009 12:07:58 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 636+ views
    Forbes ^ | 6/23/2009 | KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON and KEN THOMAS
    Cultivating the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles, the Obama administration said Tuesday it would lend $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Co. and about $2.1 billion to Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc. in a government-industry partnership to build green cars. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the three automakers would be the first beneficiaries of a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles. The loans to Ford will help the company upgrade factories in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio to produce 13 fuel-efficient vehicles. Nissan (NSANY) will receive loans of $1.6 billion to retool its plant in Smyrna, Tenn.,...
  • Energy Dept. to lend $8B to Ford, Nissan, Tesla

    06/23/2009 8:44:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 498+ views
    breitbart ^ | 6/23/09 | KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON and KEN THOMAS
    The Energy Department said Tuesday it would lend $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Co. and provide about $2.1 billion in loans to Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc., making the three automakers the first beneficiaries of a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • AP source: Ford, Nissan, Tesla to get govt loans

    06/23/2009 5:27:54 AM PDT · by Need4Truth · 13 replies · 721+ views
    AP / Yahoo ^ | June 23, 2009 | Ken Thomas
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Energy Department is expected to announce Tuesday it is lending money to the Ford Motor Co. and two other automakers from a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • Nissan expands Miss. plant for commercial vehicles

    03/04/2009 12:41:01 PM PST · by Islander7 · 14 replies · 582+ views
    WLS - AP ^ | March 4, 2009 | By TIMOTHY R. BROWN
    CANTON, Miss. (AP) -- Nissan will invest $118 million to retool its Mississippi auto plant to produce its first commercial vehicle made in the United States. Dan Bednarzyk, vice president of manufacturing at Nissan in Canton, said Wednesday that modifications at the plant have begun and production will start in 2010. Bednarzyk said Japan's third-largest automaker, which last month announced 20,000 job cuts globally amid an industrywide downturn, reached the decision after seeing commercial vehicle sales grow by 8 percent in overseas markets. Nissan's concept commercial vehicle was unveiled Wednesday at a national truck show in Chicago. The Nissan NV2500...
  • Nissan Cuts 20,000 Jobs, Including 4,000 In The U.S. (Obama's Fault)

    02/09/2009 6:59:16 AM PST · by an amused spectator · 19 replies · 925+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | February 9, 2009 | Dave Hayes
    Nissan cuts 20,000 jobs, including 4,000 in the U.S.
  • Nissan eyeing $556 million government loan :report

    02/05/2009 8:10:10 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 480+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 02/05/09 | V. Phani Kumar
    Nissan eyeing $556 million government loan :report By V. Phani Kumar Last update: 8:27 p.m. EST Feb. 5, 2009 Comments: 100 HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. (NSANY: ) is considering seeking financial assistance from the government amid a global sales decline, according to a published report Friday. Nissan has a lot of cash on hand, but is trying to secure its financial base by diversifying funding options, the Nikkei reported. The assistance could be in the form of 50 billion yen ($556 million) in low-cost funds raised from the state-backed Development Bank of Japan, it added.
  • Oh My Godzilla

    01/08/2009 3:16:40 PM PST · by xcamel · 25 replies · 841+ views
    fox ^ | January 9th, 2009 | FOX CAR REPORT
    Nissan's technological monster, the 2009 GT-R, gives you a choice: get in, or get out of the way.
  • North and South split as US battles to save GM, Chrysler and Ford.

    12/14/2008 5:58:22 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 77 replies · 2,085+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 15 December 2008 | Tom Baldwin
    Almost 150 years after the American Civil War the struggle to save the country’s carmaking industry is once again becoming a battle between the Union and the Confederacy. In this latter-day renewal of hostilities the union is the United Auto Workers (UAW) whose members are mostly employed in Northern states such as Michigan, the traditional heartland of US motor manufacturing. Union leaders have bitterly denounced Republican Senators from the South for scuppering a $14 billion bailout package for General Motors (GM) and Chrysler which, along with Ford, make up Detroit’s “Big Three”. Many of those who voted against it represent...
  • Views on Auto Aid Fall On North-South Divide

    12/14/2008 12:42:56 PM PST · by Lorianne · 20 replies · 769+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 14, 2008 | Peter Whoriskey
    SMYRNA, Tenn. People in this small town surrounding one of Nissan's busiest U.S. car plants have followed the news of the auto bailout with particular interest. Namely, they wonder, what about us? Nissan is a Japanese automaker, but the Altimas, Maximas and Pathfinders that roll out of the factory are built by locals who are "Americans too," they like to point out. And just like the other automakers, Nissan is inflicting some of the economic pain on its employees, cutting shifts and pay. For some, the most galling aspect of the bailout is that federal money could go to union...
  • Card-Checkocracy (Card Check - Obama Union Payback Act of 2009)

    12/03/2008 9:19:21 AM PST · by Fred · 4 replies · 891+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 120308 | Opinion
    Organized labor helped elect Barack Obama and now eagerly awaits his promised support for its top priority—a bill that would make it easier to set up union locals. The Employee Free Choice Act would allow unions to create local bargaining units without winning the vote of a majority of workers in a secret ballot. The local unit would be certified if a majority of workers endorsed it by signing an authorization card handed out by union organizers. Fair enough? Not really. The so-called card-check bill would not protect workers and it would not be "free choice." It would strip away...
  • There's no 'free choice' in Employee Free Choice Act (Obama Union Payback Act of 2009)

    11/25/2008 2:35:05 AM PST · by Fred · 8 replies · 1,147+ views
    Regarding Dr. John David's commentary, "Make it Easier to Unionize Workplace": Labor unions certainly have their place in a contemporary American economy, but not at the expense of employee free choice and economic security. Indeed, the Employee Free Choice Act would severely erode the freedom enjoyed by employees for nearly 75 years to make a private, fully-informed decision about whether or not they want a union to represent them. Too often, the losing party in a union election - the company or the union - blames its loss on the opposing party's "coercive and underhanded" tactics. In reality though, the...