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Nissan Makes a Splash in NYC with New Versa, 3 Sports Cars

Japanese maker shows off new GT-R, two 50th anniversary sportsters.

by on Apr.17, 2019

Nissan brought four new models to the NY Auto Show, including the 50th Anniversary 370Z.

Nissan hit the New York International Auto Show looking to make a splash with the introduction of a trio of vehicles including a celebration of the 50thanniversaries of the iconic Nissan GT-R and 370Z sports cars as well as the all-new, third-generation 2020 Nissan Versa.

The 2020 Nissan GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition, Nissan GT-R NISMO and 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition are the scene stealers, although the Versa is often the brand’s first with new, young car buyers so an updated model is important.

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With that in mind, the company’s newest version comes with a bunch of updates and an exterior redesign — the third Nissan to get a makeover. The stylish entry-level 4-door Versa is set to go on sale in summer 2019. (more…)

Infiniti Qs Inspiration EV Concept Charges into Auto Shanghai

First new Infiniti battery-car “to be built in China, for China."

by on Apr.16, 2019

Infiniti brand design chief Karim Habib helps debut the new Qs Inspiration battery-car concept.

Infiniti has formally unveiled its new Qs Inspiration battery-car concept at 2019 Auto Shanghai and confirmed it will strongly influence the maker’s design direction as it begins rolling out its first all-electric models.

With its tall, blunt nose, and low, fastback roofline, the Qs is meant to “reinterpret” the traditional look of three-box sedan designs. Meanwhile, the flexible architecture underlying the Qs will wind up being used for an array of upcoming battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs.

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Eventually, Infiniti officials have said, the goal is to offer battery-based powertrains for all of the Infiniti line-up, whether plug-in hybrid or pure electric. But the automaker noted that its first BEV will be “built in China, for China.” That comes as no surprise to many industry observers considering the New Energy Vehicle mandate enacted in late 2017 which has already transformed China into the world’s largest market for plug-based vehicles.

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From Minicars to $4M Hypercars, Something for Everyone

Check out the debuts from the foreign makers.

by on Apr.15, 2019

The New York International Auto Show will see dozens of new model introductions this year.

There’s been plenty of talk about the end of the auto show era, and we’ve certainly seen a lot of manufacturers step back from the lavish previews that were the norm in decades past. That said, this year’s New York International Auto Show looks to be a major event, with close to three dozen vehicles making either their North American or global debut.

There’s something for everyone’s taste and budget, from the new, entry-level Nissan Versa all the way up to the special edition Bugatti Chiron Sport “110 ans Bugatti,” a hypercar expected to go for somewhere around $4 million. No surprise, there’s a particular focus on sport- and crossover-utility vehicles, reflecting the ongoing shift in the U.S. market.

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We’re waiting to hear more about some of the products coming to the 2019 NYIAS, several automakers promising to deliver some surprises – such as the all-electric concept Genesis has been hinting at. But here’s a look at the foreign automaker’s products we already know about that will debut at the Jacob Javits Convention Center this coming week. (We’ve put the American brands in a separate piece due to length.) (more…)

Nissan Kicks Out the Jams to Launch 2020 Versa

Small car offering a lot of features in new incarnation.

by on Apr.12, 2019

Nissan took the 2020 Versa all the way to the Tortuga Muscia Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for its debut.

The New York Auto Show will see more than two dozen new models debut next week. For some automakers, that’s a great place to launch a new product. For others, it’s a problem, as they worry about getting lost in the crowd.

That’s apparently a key reason why Nissan decided to kick out the jams with the introduction of the new, 2020 Versa, and introduce it in Fort Lauderdale today, having the stage all to itself at the Tortuga Music Festival. Okay, not entirely to itself, but having Kenny Chesney and Sheryl Crow as headliners certainly didn’t hurt.

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“First impressions are exceptionally important, which is why we are thrilled to introduce the all-new 2020 Versa directly to our customers in such a memorable way,” said Claudia Marquez, vice president of sales operations for Nissan North America. “The Versa is our first impression into the Nissan family. I believe that when customers see this beautiful new car and all the amazing technology that comes with it for the price, they will be part of the Nissan family for life.” (more…)

Tokyo Court Extends Ghosn’s Detention by Eight Days

More time was expected, although shorter than predicted.

by on Apr.12, 2019

Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn accused former colleagues of backstabbing in a video made just before his re-arrest last week.

Former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn will be spending more time in jail than originally proscribed by the Tokyo District Court. In a move surprising no one, the court extended Ghosn’s detention period to April 22.

He was initially set to be released on Sunday, but was expected to be detained another 10 days so the judge’s move to limit it to eight is a bright spot for the former auto executive.

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The move gives prosecutors eight more days to bring formal charges against the former Nissan Motor Co boss or let him go. Ghosn’s detention period during his initial arrest last November was extended several times at the request of prosecutors. (more…)

Survey: Most Americans See EVs as City, Commuter Cars

Majority see the need for just 75 miles of daily range.

by on Apr.12, 2019

One of several recent Mini electric vehicle concepts.

Sales of battery-based vehicles have finally begun to escalate as their availability – along with public awareness – grows. But a new survey suggests that consumers are pigeonholing them into a niche that could limit their popularity.

Nearly two out of three American consumers said they saw the best way to use a battery vehicle was for commuting or as a city car, according to the survey by Mini USA, the British automaker that is itself preparing to enter the electric vehicle market.

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“It is important for us as a brand to understand how consumers want to use their electric vehicles, and what they know and don’t know about them as we move closer to the launch of the MINI Cooper S E electric vehicle in the U.S.,” said Andrew Cutler, Head of Corporate Communications, MINI USA.

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Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition Bound for NYIAS

Q Inspiration Concept will share stage.

by on Apr.11, 2019

The 2019 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition adds more luxurious touches to the mainstream sedan.

The sedan is dead. Long live the sedan.

While SUVs and CUVs may be taking over the U.S. market at a rapid pace, there’s still a sizable market for classic, three-box models like the Infiniti Q50. Nissan’s luxury brand is betting it can increase the sedan’s appeal by upping its luxury quotient.

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An upgraded version, dubbed the 2019 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show next week – sharing the stage with the Infiniti Q Inspiration concept that offers a glimpse into the future of the brand.

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Ghosn Accuses Colleagues of Conspiracy, Backstabbing in Video

Former Chairman says Nissan officials afraid of next phase of alliance.

by on Apr.09, 2019

Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn accused former colleagues of backstabbing in a video made just before his re-arrest last week.

In his first public statement since his initial arrest in November, former Renault-Nissan Alliance chief Carlos Ghosn tersely and forcefully accused “backstabbing” former colleagues of conspiring to get him fired from his job as Nissan chairman and threatening the Japanese automaker’s future.

Ghosn, clad in a black suit and white shirt, levied the charges in a video made shown to reporters in Tokyo Monday after he was re-arrested last week on new allegations that he used $5 million in company funds for his own benefit.

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The former executive had been out on $9 million bail for 30 days, and recorded the video the day before he went back to jail. Nissan Motor Co. chairman also said in the video that rivals focused on derailing a closer alliance between the automaker and French partner Renault were to blame for his current problems.  (more…)

Former Nissan Boss Ghosn Expected to Be Back in Jail for at Least 10 Days

Japanese prosecutors have shown skill at extending his detention, however.

by on Apr.05, 2019

Carlos Ghosn was taken into custody again in Japan after new charges were filed against him by prosecutors.

Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan boss who was rearrested for the fourth time on Thursday on charges of financial corruption will be detained at the Tokyo Detention Center until at least April 14, a court in the capital city ruled Friday morning.

As they did when Ghosn was first arrested Nov. 19, prosecutors can readily seek a 10-day extension and they have already proved adept at stringing things out even longer, Ghosn spending a total of 108 days in solitary confinement before finally winning bail on March 6. Among other things, authorities could arrest Ghosn for a fifth time on new or revised charges.

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Prosecutors based the latest arrest on allegations that $5 million a Nissan subsidiary had intended for a dealership in Oman was instead diverted to a company controlled by Ghosn. Prior arrests have outlined claims that the executive, among other things, hid nearly $90 million in income. (more…)

2019 Green Car Winners Announced at DC Auto Show

Gen-2 Nissan Leaf among honorees.

by on Apr.04, 2019

The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus gives the brand its first real competitor in the long-range EV arena. It took home Connected Green Car of the Year award.

Its been a decade since Nissan broke ground with the rollout of its original Leaf, the first mass production battery-electric vehicle. The second-generation Leaf has lots more competition these days but remains a standout, at least according to the members of the Green Car of the Year jury.

The Leaf took honors for being the 2019 Connected Green Car of the Year during a ceremony at the auto show in Washington, D.C. Thursday afternoon, one of two awards presented at the annual event. Chevrolet, meanwhile, took honors for 2019 Green Car Technology of the Year with its Dynamic Fuel Management system.

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“Nissan’s Leaf has impeccable ‘green’ credentials and a highly-desirable array of advanced and connected features,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal, which has created a series of awards for environmentally friendly vehicles, some awarded in Washington, D.C., others at the annual Los Angeles International Auto Show. (more…)

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