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  1. Nissan is known for their Zero Gravity Seats found in many of their vehicles, some of the most comfortable cars seats I've found in the industry. Nissan took that experience and applied it to three gaming chair concepts aimed at the gaming crowd. First of the three is a chair based on the Nissan GT-R Nismo (shown above). It's made from carbon fiber and aluminum and shaped like a racing seat. The soft areas are covered with a red leather and synthetic suede surfaces. My personal favorite is the Nissan Armada. Inspired by Nissan's full-size SUV, the chair is based on the Platinum Reserve with black and brown leather seating surfaces in the shape of a captain's chair. It has climate controlled heating and cooling with lumbar support for additional comfort. Finally, the Nissan Leaf. It features gun metal painted surfaces with light-gray leather-appointed seats with electric blue inserts, usb charging ports, and integrated leg rests. Unfortunately, Nissan has no current plans to build any of these chairs, but is gauging public reaction. If you are interested in one of these chairs, but sure to tweet them at @NissanUSA. What say you reader? Should Nissan build one of these models? View full article
  2. EV-curious. That’s what I would call myself. Someone that is interested in EVs but just hasn’t found the right one. There are many aspects of an EV that is appealing to me. Instant torque, quick acceleration, the ability to charge at your house or apartment, and the continuation of creating semi-autonomous driving. It’s all so exciting! I’m ready to go out and trade in my 2016 Volkswagen GTI for one now! Or am I? Let’s take a quick look at a small field of electric vehicles, starting with the brand new 2020 Porsche Taycan. The release of the 2020 Porsche Taycan is a feat in and of itself. The car itself is downright sexy, is has a handsome interior, and performance that is pure Porsche. Over 700 HP for the Turbo S model is impressive. It also costs what you would expect an electric super-Porsche would be since the range topping Taycans are coming out first. These are the Turbo and Turbo S which cost over $150,000. After these come onto the market, less expensive and less powerful versions will come. Would this be the car that I will buy? Sure, once I get that CMO position at a major company. This is a dream electric car, but not one that I would consider just yet. What about an attainable electric car? There are a few on the market that cover the bases. Vehicles like the Hyundai Kona Electric, Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, and others have good to respectable range, decent features, and are not the most expensive vehicles. Average prices of $40,000-$45,000 is a bit steep, but electric cars usually command a premium over gasoline vehicles. They also have good driving aids such as blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, something that my current car has and is top priority for me. They’re all very good cars but with flaws such as build quality and designs that keep me from considering one. My problem is simple: performance. Electric cars have instant torque at 0 RPM and can be extremely fast. These EVs just don’t cut the mustard for me since they are more about range than blistering speed. For around $45,000, I can get a gas-powered car such as a Genesis G70 3.3T that is faster, has better range, and the safety features I want. Let’s continue from good electric vehicles to “the best”. Right now, you are probably thinking: “Anthony, you are forgetting the king of electric vehicles. They are synonymous with electric cars and have a huge cult following.” Guess who that is? Yes, that is of course Tesla. You can’t write about electric cars without talking about Tesla. They are a very S 3 X Y R brand indeed. The Model S introduced expensive but seriously quick electric vehicles. The X brought us an odd but much-needed crossover. The 3 is the bread-and-butter maker with a starting price around $40,000, and acceleration that beats almost all vehicles in its class. The Y hasn’t come out yet but is a crossover version of the 3, and the Roadster is a $250,000 supercar. Even though there are three models currently available, I will focus on the Model 3 Performance since that is the one I am most interested in. There is a lot to like about the Model 3 Performance. It has “performance” in its name and with 450 HP, it is one of the quickest sedans I’ve ever driven. The instant torque from the motors is intoxicating and it handles well for a heavy vehicle. Does it tick all the boxes to convert to a Tesla-fanatic? No. Why? The interior. I am not a fan of controlling absolutely everything with a touchscreen and not having my speedometer in front of me. The Model 3 Performance can have semi-autonomous driving, but it is a $7,000 option. Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assist system is standard and is regarded to be one of the best, if not the best driver-assist system. Tesla has sold over 250,000 Model 3 vehicles and it is a genuinely amazing feat for a young company. The range is good at over 310 miles. Pricing starts at $55,000 and is fully-loaded around $64,000. If you are okay with the minimal interior and styling, get yourself a Model 3. I personally am not a fan of either of those, so onward we go. This brings me to a car I am waiting for: The Polestar 2 fastback. Polestar used to be a sub-division of Volvo, like AMG is to Mercedes-Benz. You can still get Polestar-tune Volvos, but Polestar has branched out into their own brand. The Polestar 2 is their first all-electric car. It has over 250 miles of range, 400 HP, and most import to me, gauges that are straight in front of the driver. The design is bold yet looks like an even more modern version of a Volvo. Since Polestar is a sporty company, the performance upgrades include upgraded shocks, brakes, and bigger wheels with Swedish gold seat belts. You get this package mainly for the gold seat belts. Is it pricey at over $60,000? Yes, but it feels justified for the 408 hp and range of 275 miles. 0-60 is said to be around 4.7 seconds but I suspect it will be lower. Will they sell Tesla Model 3 numbers of them? I highly doubt it since they area new brand, but it should be a great competitor to the Tesla Model 3. I like the concept of electric vehicles. I know that one day, there will be one charging at my house. Am I ready for an electric car? Yes. Is there any on the market that jumps out at me and gives me the satisfaction I have for my current car at a reasonable price of around $40,000 new? No. Do not get me wrong; there are electric cars that make sense for a multitude of situations. Range and charging are getting better, more features are getting added, and manufacturers are creating electric-only ranges of vehicles that will bring down the costs of more performance-oriented vehicles. I can go in-depth about certain electric cars in a future article. For now, I think I will keep my car and wait until something really catches my eye. That, or wait a few years and hope the Porsche Taycan depreciates enough that I can buy one. View full article
  3. Nissan is known for their Zero Gravity Seats found in many of their vehicles, some of the most comfortable cars seats I've found in the industry. Nissan took that experience and applied it to three gaming chair concepts aimed at the gaming crowd. First of the three is a chair based on the Nissan GT-R Nismo (shown above). It's made from carbon fiber and aluminum and shaped like a racing seat. The soft areas are covered with a red leather and synthetic suede surfaces. My personal favorite is the Nissan Armada. Inspired by Nissan's full-size SUV, the chair is based on the Platinum Reserve with black and brown leather seating surfaces in the shape of a captain's chair. It has climate controlled heating and cooling with lumbar support for additional comfort. Finally, the Nissan Leaf. It features gun metal painted surfaces with light-gray leather-appointed seats with electric blue inserts, usb charging ports, and integrated leg rests. Unfortunately, Nissan has no current plans to build any of these chairs, but is gauging public reaction. If you are interested in one of these chairs, but sure to tweet them at @NissanUSA. What say you reader? Should Nissan build one of these models?
  4. The latest CEO at Nissan, Hiroto Saikawa, is out-of-office permanently as of September 16th after yet another financial scandal rocks the company. Saikawa is the second Nissan CEO to be tainted by financial misconduct allegations. Allegedly, Saikawa received improper payments with regards to the sale of Nissan stock. The payments were after the date of the sale of the stock was altered and netted Saikawa additional hundreds of thousands of dollars. Saikawa has not yet been charged with a crime. Saikawa originally said he would stay on until a replacement was found, but abruptly changed course and formally resigned today. The temporary replacement will be Chief Operating Officer Yasuhiro Yamauchi until a permanent replacement has been found. There are currently ten candidates for the positions and Nissan says it is considering outsiders and non-Japanese. View full article
  5. The latest CEO at Nissan, Hiroto Saikawa, is out-of-office permanently as of September 16th after yet another financial scandal rocks the company. Saikawa is the second Nissan CEO to be tainted by financial misconduct allegations. Allegedly, Saikawa received improper payments with regards to the sale of Nissan stock. The payments were after the date of the sale of the stock was altered and netted Saikawa additional hundreds of thousands of dollars. Saikawa has not yet been charged with a crime. Saikawa originally said he would stay on until a replacement was found, but abruptly changed course and formally resigned today. The temporary replacement will be Chief Operating Officer Yasuhiro Yamauchi until a permanent replacement has been found. There are currently ten candidates for the positions and Nissan says it is considering outsiders and non-Japanese.
  6. EV-curious. That’s what I would call myself. Someone that is interested in EVs but just hasn’t found the right one. There are many aspects of an EV that is appealing to me. Instant torque, quick acceleration, the ability to charge at your house or apartment, and the continuation of creating semi-autonomous driving. It’s all so exciting! I’m ready to go out and trade in my 2016 Volkswagen GTI for one now! Or am I? Let’s take a quick look at a small field of electric vehicles, starting with the brand new 2020 Porsche Taycan. The release of the 2020 Porsche Taycan is a feat in and of itself. The car itself is downright sexy, is has a handsome interior, and performance that is pure Porsche. Over 700 HP for the Turbo S model is impressive. It also costs what you would expect an electric super-Porsche would be since the range topping Taycans are coming out first. These are the Turbo and Turbo S which cost over $150,000. After these come onto the market, less expensive and less powerful versions will come. Would this be the car that I will buy? Sure, once I get that CMO position at a major company. This is a dream electric car, but not one that I would consider just yet. What about an attainable electric car? There are a few on the market that cover the bases. Vehicles like the Hyundai Kona Electric, Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, and others have good to respectable range, decent features, and are not the most expensive vehicles. Average prices of $40,000-$45,000 is a bit steep, but electric cars usually command a premium over gasoline vehicles. They also have good driving aids such as blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, something that my current car has and is top priority for me. They’re all very good cars but with flaws such as build quality and designs that keep me from considering one. My problem is simple: performance. Electric cars have instant torque at 0 RPM and can be extremely fast. These EVs just don’t cut the mustard for me since they are more about range than blistering speed. For around $45,000, I can get a gas-powered car such as a Genesis G70 3.3T that is faster, has better range, and the safety features I want. Let’s continue from good electric vehicles to “the best”. Right now, you are probably thinking: “Anthony, you are forgetting the king of electric vehicles. They are synonymous with electric cars and have a huge cult following.” Guess who that is? Yes, that is of course Tesla. You can’t write about electric cars without talking about Tesla. They are a very S 3 X Y R brand indeed. The Model S introduced expensive but seriously quick electric vehicles. The X brought us an odd but much-needed crossover. The 3 is the bread-and-butter maker with a starting price around $40,000, and acceleration that beats almost all vehicles in its class. The Y hasn’t come out yet but is a crossover version of the 3, and the Roadster is a $250,000 supercar. Even though there are three models currently available, I will focus on the Model 3 Performance since that is the one I am most interested in. There is a lot to like about the Model 3 Performance. It has “performance” in its name and with 450 HP, it is one of the quickest sedans I’ve ever driven. The instant torque from the motors is intoxicating and it handles well for a heavy vehicle. Does it tick all the boxes to convert to a Tesla-fanatic? No. Why? The interior. I am not a fan of controlling absolutely everything with a touchscreen and not having my speedometer in front of me. The Model 3 Performance can have semi-autonomous driving, but it is a $7,000 option. Tesla’s Autopilot driver-assist system is standard and is regarded to be one of the best, if not the best driver-assist system. Tesla has sold over 250,000 Model 3 vehicles and it is a genuinely amazing feat for a young company. The range is good at over 310 miles. Pricing starts at $55,000 and is fully-loaded around $64,000. If you are okay with the minimal interior and styling, get yourself a Model 3. I personally am not a fan of either of those, so onward we go. This brings me to a car I am waiting for: The Polestar 2 fastback. Polestar used to be a sub-division of Volvo, like AMG is to Mercedes-Benz. You can still get Polestar-tune Volvos, but Polestar has branched out into their own brand. The Polestar 2 is their first all-electric car. It has over 250 miles of range, 400 HP, and most import to me, gauges that are straight in front of the driver. The design is bold yet looks like an even more modern version of a Volvo. Since Polestar is a sporty company, the performance upgrades include upgraded shocks, brakes, and bigger wheels with Swedish gold seat belts. You get this package mainly for the gold seat belts. Is it pricey at over $60,000? Yes, but it feels justified for the 408 hp and range of 275 miles. 0-60 is said to be around 4.7 seconds but I suspect it will be lower. Will they sell Tesla Model 3 numbers of them? I highly doubt it since they area new brand, but it should be a great competitor to the Tesla Model 3. I like the concept of electric vehicles. I know that one day, there will be one charging at my house. Am I ready for an electric car? Yes. Is there any on the market that jumps out at me and gives me the satisfaction I have for my current car at a reasonable price of around $40,000 new? No. Do not get me wrong; there are electric cars that make sense for a multitude of situations. Range and charging are getting better, more features are getting added, and manufacturers are creating electric-only ranges of vehicles that will bring down the costs of more performance-oriented vehicles. I can go in-depth about certain electric cars in a future article. For now, I think I will keep my car and wait until something really catches my eye. That, or wait a few years and hope the Porsche Taycan depreciates enough that I can buy one.
  7. The current generation of Nissan Armada came out in 2016 for model year 2017. As we're already into the 2020 model year it seems it was about time for a refresh. Someone in Saudi Arabia snapped shots of a Nissan Patrol, the same vehicle as the Armada, and leaked them out on Facebook. Nissan's big body-on-frame SUV gets some updated headlights and updated grille. It could just be the angle, but the hood looks more horizontal and the lower side air inlets are a different shape. Around back the bumper gets smaller and more integrated into the body and new tail lamps show up that remind one of an Expedition. On the inside, the shape of the interior looks familiar, though the center stack is now flat rather than having a bulge in the middle. There also appear to be two screens as in many Infiniti models. Red quilted leather seats and the badge on the back indicate that this is a Platinum model. Under the facelift, expect the hardware to remain the same with a 390 horsepower, 5.6-liter V8 and a 7-speed automatic. We expect to see the 2020 Nissan Armada at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November. View full article
  8. The current generation of Nissan Armada came out in 2016 for model year 2017. As we're already into the 2020 model year it seems it was about time for a refresh. Someone in Saudi Arabia snapped shots of a Nissan Patrol, the same vehicle as the Armada, and leaked them out on Facebook. Nissan's big body-on-frame SUV gets some updated headlights and updated grille. It could just be the angle, but the hood looks more horizontal and the lower side air inlets are a different shape. Around back the bumper gets smaller and more integrated into the body and new tail lamps show up that remind one of an Expedition. On the inside, the shape of the interior looks familiar, though the center stack is now flat rather than having a bulge in the middle. There also appear to be two screens as in many Infiniti models. Red quilted leather seats and the badge on the back indicate that this is a Platinum model. Under the facelift, expect the hardware to remain the same with a 390 horsepower, 5.6-liter V8 and a 7-speed automatic. We expect to see the 2020 Nissan Armada at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November.
  9. NISSAN DIVISION AUGUST AUGUST Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2019 2018 % chg 2019 2018 % chg Nissan Division Total 118,045 101,580 16.2 862,243 909,150 -5.2 Versa 2,817 3,145 -10.4 54,219 54,301 -0.2 Sentra 11,393 13,314 -14.4 137,657 148,352 -7.2 Altima 22,403 14,925 50.1 142,416 154,732 -8.0 Maxima 3,548 2,724 30.2 22,467 29,263 -23.2 LEAF 1,117 1,315 -15.1 8,063 9,123 -11.6 Juke 0 13 -100.0 10 691 -98.6 370Z 214 254 -15.7 1,692 2,427 -30.3 GT-R 41 90 -54.4 242 433 -44.1 Total Car 41,533 35,780 16.1 366,766 399,322 -8.2 Kicks 7,058 3,876 82.1 42,897 6,814 529.5 Frontier 5,888 4,573 28.8 50,851 50,856 0.0 Titan 2,589 4,661 -44.5 22,857 31,932 -28.4 Pathfinder 4,223 4,889 -13.6 45,221 43,894 3.0 Armada 1,716 1,775 -3.3 22,102 22,514 -1.8 Rogue 41,629 33,400 24.6 242,851 275,137 -11.7 Murano 9,462 9,619 -1.6 41,888 54,968 -23.8 Quest 0 0 n/a 0 2 -100.0 NV 2,503 1,415 76.9 13,815 10,905 26.7 NV200 1,444 1,592 -9.3 12,995 12,806 1.5 Total Truck 76,512 65,800 16.3 495,477 509,828 -2.8 North American produced 87,847 77,298 13.6 685,167 694,935 -1.4 Car 41,278 35,423 16.5 364,822 395,771 -7.8 Truck 46,569 41,875 11.2 320,345 299,164 7.1 Import 30,198 24,282 24.4 177,076 214,215 -17.3 Car 255 357 -28.6 1,944 3,551 -45.3 Truck 29,943 23,925 25.2 175,132 210,664 -16.9 INFINITI AUGUST AUGUST Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2019 2018 % chg 2019 2018 % chg Infiniti Total 9,185 10,796 -14.9 80,903 92,713 -12.7 Infiniti Q50 1,888 2,551 -26.0 18,120 24,105 -24.8 Infiniti Q60 384 674 -43.0 3,182 6,121 -48.0 Infiniti Q70 182 306 -40.5 2,047 3,102 -34.0 Infiniti QX30 208 662 -68.6 2,931 6,079 -51.8 Infiniti QX50 1,833 2,449 -25.2 12,258 13,124 -6.6 Infiniti QX60 3,495 2,870 21.8 29,190 27,966 4.4 Infiniti QX70 0 66 -100.0 6 925 -99.4 Infiniti QX80 1,195 1,218 -1.9 13,169 11,291 16.6 Total Car 2,454 3,531 -30.5 23,349 33,328 -29.9 Total Truck 6,731 7,265 -7.4 57,554 59,385 -3.1 NISSAN GROUP AUGUST AUGUST Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2019 2018 % chg 2019 2018 % chg TOTAL VEHICLE 127,230 112,376 13.2 943,146 1,001,863 -5.9 Total Car 43,987 39,311 11.9 390,115 432,650 -9.8 Total Truck 83,243 73,065 13.9 553,031 569,213 -2.8 Selling days 28 27 206 205 # # #
  10. A little over a week ago we told you that Nissan was going to start cutting parts of its model lineup. Some of the low hanging fruit for Nissan are the variants of the Nissan Titan. Nissan Titan sales are down 22.6 percent, selling only 18,026 copies in the first half of 2019. The biggest news is that Nissan will be killing off the Cummins diesel option for the Titan XD. The 5 liter turbocharged V8 produces 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. For 2020, the Titan XD will be powered solely by the 5.6 liter gasoline V8 unless Nissan has a card up their sleeve to offer something else. Also going away will be the standard cab variants of the Titan and Titan XD, leaving just the extended cab and crew cab in the lineup. For 2020, the truck will be receiving a light refresh. The exterior is getting a face lift and the interior is lightly updated plus gaining a new infotainment system with a larger screen. We reviewed the 2016 Nissan Titan XD with the Cummins diesel back in May 2016 and came away impressed but confused by its place in the market. Take a read to find out why. View full article
  11. A little over a week ago we told you that Nissan was going to start cutting parts of its model lineup. Some of the low hanging fruit for Nissan are the variants of the Nissan Titan. Nissan Titan sales are down 22.6 percent, selling only 18,026 copies in the first half of 2019. The biggest news is that Nissan will be killing off the Cummins diesel option for the Titan XD. The 5 liter turbocharged V8 produces 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. For 2020, the Titan XD will be powered solely by the 5.6 liter gasoline V8 unless Nissan has a card up their sleeve to offer something else. Also going away will be the standard cab variants of the Titan and Titan XD, leaving just the extended cab and crew cab in the lineup. For 2020, the truck will be receiving a light refresh. The exterior is getting a face lift and the interior is lightly updated plus gaining a new infotainment system with a larger screen. We reviewed the 2016 Nissan Titan XD with the Cummins diesel back in May 2016 and came away impressed but confused by its place in the market. Take a read to find out why.
  12. The Nissan Versa once held the dubious title of being the cheapest new car you could buy. Now, with the all new 2020 Nissan Versa, Nissan hopes to bring the sub-compact a little bit more premium and with that the Versa goes up in price. Now coming only in a sedan (The Kicks has replaced the Versa Note), the Versa wears one of the more stylish exteriors for the sub-compact class. The engine is a next generation 1.6 liter 4-cylinder, with an increase in horsepower to 122. Fuel economy is rated at 32 city / 40 highway / 35 combined. Those of you who prefer to row your own gears instead of letting Nissan's CVT do it are limited to buying the base model Versa S, starting at $14,730. Above that, all models come with the CVT. Model/Engine/Transmission Versa S 1.6 5MT $14,730 USD Versa S 1.6 Xtronic $16,400 USD Versa SV 1.6 Xtronic $17,640 USD Versa SR 1.6 Xtronic $18,240 USD Destination and Handling $895. These prices are roughly a $2,000 increase over the current car. But you do get a lot more for your money. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard on the SV and SR. Available equipment includes heated front seats, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, and Automatic Climate Control, bigger wheels, and intelligent cruise control. The 2020 Nissan Versa is available at dealerships soon. View full article
  13. The Nissan Versa once held the dubious title of being the cheapest new car you could buy. Now, with the all new 2020 Nissan Versa, Nissan hopes to bring the sub-compact a little bit more premium and with that the Versa goes up in price. Now coming only in a sedan (The Kicks has replaced the Versa Note), the Versa wears one of the more stylish exteriors for the sub-compact class. The engine is a next generation 1.6 liter 4-cylinder, with an increase in horsepower to 122. Fuel economy is rated at 32 city / 40 highway / 35 combined. Those of you who prefer to row your own gears instead of letting Nissan's CVT do it are limited to buying the base model Versa S, starting at $14,730. Above that, all models come with the CVT. Model/Engine/Transmission Versa S 1.6 5MT $14,730 USD Versa S 1.6 Xtronic $16,400 USD Versa SV 1.6 Xtronic $17,640 USD Versa SR 1.6 Xtronic $18,240 USD Destination and Handling $895. These prices are roughly a $2,000 increase over the current car. But you do get a lot more for your money. Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard on the SV and SR. Available equipment includes heated front seats, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, and Automatic Climate Control, bigger wheels, and intelligent cruise control. The 2020 Nissan Versa is available at dealerships soon.
  14. There's one disadvantage to being partially owned by the French, they know how to cut things off when they need to. We reported last week that due to lagging sales and plunging profits, Nissan was readying to layoff 12,500 employees globally, or 9% of their global workforce. It seems that other cuts are on the way as well, though we may not see as much of it here in the U.S. Along with the 9% cut in jobs will be around 10% of its global lineup as well. First to go will be the low-end models in developing markets like India. Their overseas brand Datsun could see the bulk of the cuts, but the US will lose models as well. Expect coupes and hatchbacks to be the first to go, the Versa hatchback for example will not be returning for 2020, replaced by the more crossover-like Kicks. Which coupe might die? The Nissan 370Z, the Nissan GT-R, and the Infiniti Q60 are prime targets. Deliveries of the Infiniti Q60 are down 48.8% as of June. In Sedan-Land, the Maxima fell 30% and the Altima, which is all-new, is down 12.1%. But it isn't just cars that could get kicked to the curb. The Nissan Titan sales are down 22.6%, selling a mere 18,026 copies in the first half of this year. This trails even the slow selling Toyota Tundra by some 36,000 units. The Murano is down 33% year to date. So if you're wondering which models may have their head in the Guillotine, take a look at our Sales Figure Ticker for Nissan for June and put a big red question mark on them. View full article
  15. There's one disadvantage to being partially owned by the French, they know how to cut things off when they need to. We reported last week that due to lagging sales and plunging profits, Nissan was readying to layoff 12,500 employees globally, or 9% of their global workforce. It seems that other cuts are on the way as well, though we may not see as much of it here in the U.S. Along with the 9% cut in jobs will be around 10% of its global lineup as well. First to go will be the low-end models in developing markets like India. Their overseas brand Datsun could see the bulk of the cuts, but the US will lose models as well. Expect coupes and hatchbacks to be the first to go, the Versa hatchback for example will not be returning for 2020, replaced by the more crossover-like Kicks. Which coupe might die? The Nissan 370Z, the Nissan GT-R, and the Infiniti Q60 are prime targets. Deliveries of the Infiniti Q60 are down 48.8% as of June. In Sedan-Land, the Maxima fell 30% and the Altima, which is all-new, is down 12.1%. But it isn't just cars that could get kicked to the curb. The Nissan Titan sales are down 22.6%, selling a mere 18,026 copies in the first half of this year. This trails even the slow selling Toyota Tundra by some 36,000 units. The Murano is down 33% year to date. So if you're wondering which models may have their head in the Guillotine, take a look at our Sales Figure Ticker for Nissan for June and put a big red question mark on them.
  16. Yesterday we reported that Nissan may be cutting up to 10,000 jobs.... we were short by about 2,500. Nissan Motor Company's CEO Hiroto Saikawa said "The results were really more negative than we expected" in a financial briefing at Nissan Headquarters. Operating profit was nearly wiped out, falling to just $14.8 million in the first fiscal quarter ending June 30th. Operating margin shrank from 4.0 percent last year to barely 0.1 percent this year. Global retail volume fell 6.0% to 1.23 million vehicles. On the back of these poor results. Nissan has annouced job cuts of up to 12,500 worldwide as part of a plan to revive the company. Of that, 6,400 job cuts are already underway with 1,420 jobs lost in the U.S. An additional 6,100 job cuts are planned over the next 4 years. Most of the job cuts will be at plants that are working below capacity. In the U.S., Nissan is trying to move away from fleet sales and focus on increasing retail sales, with the goal of boosting retail sales by 100,000 units. View full article
  17. Rumor has it that that Nissan is about to report that its first-quarter profit fell by nearly 90%. Nissan has yet to recover from the financial scandal caused by Carlos Ghosn. Additionally, years of chasing volume over profits in the U.S. has damaged the brand, requiring heavy discount and cheap financing to move metal. Investors are also worried that the alliance with Renault is breaking down. Friction with France's Renault over the failed merger with Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles has brought tensions between the two companies to an all-time high. Reports are that due to the falling profits, Nissan will be cutting up to 10,000 jobs, primarily in Asia and South America. In doing so, Nissan would join the ranks of Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Honda, and others with global layoffs in the five digit range. Nissan/Infiniti sales in the US are down 8.9 percent year to date as of June. View full article
  18. Yesterday we reported that Nissan may be cutting up to 10,000 jobs.... we were short by about 2,500. Nissan Motor Company's CEO Hiroto Saikawa said "The results were really more negative than we expected" in a financial briefing at Nissan Headquarters. Operating profit was nearly wiped out, falling to just $14.8 million in the first fiscal quarter ending June 30th. Operating margin shrank from 4.0 percent last year to barely 0.1 percent this year. Global retail volume fell 6.0% to 1.23 million vehicles. On the back of these poor results. Nissan has annouced job cuts of up to 12,500 worldwide as part of a plan to revive the company. Of that, 6,400 job cuts are already underway with 1,420 jobs lost in the U.S. An additional 6,100 job cuts are planned over the next 4 years. Most of the job cuts will be at plants that are working below capacity. In the U.S., Nissan is trying to move away from fleet sales and focus on increasing retail sales, with the goal of boosting retail sales by 100,000 units.
  19. Rumor has it that that Nissan is about to report that its first-quarter profit fell by nearly 90%. Nissan has yet to recover from the financial scandal caused by Carlos Ghosn. Additionally, years of chasing volume over profits in the U.S. has damaged the brand, requiring heavy discount and cheap financing to move metal. Investors are also worried that the alliance with Renault is breaking down. Friction with France's Renault over the failed merger with Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles has brought tensions between the two companies to an all-time high. Reports are that due to the falling profits, Nissan will be cutting up to 10,000 jobs, primarily in Asia and South America. In doing so, Nissan would join the ranks of Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Honda, and others with global layoffs in the five digit range. Nissan/Infiniti sales in the US are down 8.9 percent year to date as of June.
  20. Nissan is releasing the next version of ProPilot in Japan in the fall of 2019 on the new Nissan Skyline (Infiniti G50 to us Yanks), but here in the U.S., we'll need to wait a bit longer while the system undergoes further testing and mapping of the US highway system. ProPilot 2.0 makes a big jump in autonomous driving capability, the biggest of which is true hands-off highway driving. The system can switch lanes and pass cars, but those moves require a hands on approach from the driver. ProPilot 2.0 also takes orders from the Navigation system, while using seven cameras, five radar sensors, and 12 sonar sensors to pilot the car. The system will only work on highways where the roads have been mapped in 3D High-Definition. Japan's more compact nature means that most of the roads there have already been scanned. The US, with its wide open space will take longer to map. Currently ProPilot Assist (1.0) is offered only on the Leaf, Rogue, Rogue Sport, and Altima. In the US, 60 percent of Leaf buyers and 40 percent of Rogue buyers opt for the 1.0 version of the system. Eventually Nissan wants to expand ProPilot to 20 models. View full article
  21. Nissan is releasing the next version of ProPilot in Japan in the fall of 2019 on the new Nissan Skyline (Infiniti G50 to us Yanks), but here in the U.S., we'll need to wait a bit longer while the system undergoes further testing and mapping of the US highway system. ProPilot 2.0 makes a big jump in autonomous driving capability, the biggest of which is true hands-off highway driving. The system can switch lanes and pass cars, but those moves require a hands on approach from the driver. ProPilot 2.0 also takes orders from the Navigation system, while using seven cameras, five radar sensors, and 12 sonar sensors to pilot the car. The system will only work on highways where the roads have been mapped in 3D High-Definition. Japan's more compact nature means that most of the roads there have already been scanned. The US, with its wide open space will take longer to map. Currently ProPilot Assist (1.0) is offered only on the Leaf, Rogue, Rogue Sport, and Altima. In the US, 60 percent of Leaf buyers and 40 percent of Rogue buyers opt for the 1.0 version of the system. Eventually Nissan wants to expand ProPilot to 20 models.
  22. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan Group announced total U.S. sales for June 2019 of 123,504 units, a decrease of 14.9 percent compared to the prior year. Nissan highlights: Sales of Nissan NV commercial vans set a June record with 1,706 units sold, up 10 percent. NV200 compact cargo van sales were 1,737 units, up 1.2 percent, and set a June record. Versa sales rose 15 percent in June to 8,882 units. Frontier truck sales rose to 7,346 units, up 7 percent. Several key models have shown gains in 2019: NV commercial vans (+16 percent), Pathfinder (+8 percent) and Versa (+7 percent). *INFINITI sales total included for reference. For more information on INFINITI’s June sales performance, please visit INFINITINews.com. NOTE: To ensure consistency in global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days. June 2019 had 26 selling days, while June 2018 had 27 selling days. NISSAN DIVISION JUNE JUNE Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2019 2018 % chg 2019 2018 % chg Nissan Division Total 113,665 134,398 -15.4 653,978 708,525 -7.7 Versa 8,882 7,745 14.7 48,700 45,684 6.6 Sentra 21,224 20,572 3.2 109,899 115,676 -5.0 Altima 16,548 26,956 -38.6 108,777 123,792 -12.1 Maxima 2,079 4,504 -53.8 16,795 24,052 -30.2 LEAF 1,156 1,367 -15.4 6,008 6,659 -9.8 Juke 0 41 -100.0 10 652 -98.5 370Z 230 363 -36.6 1,252 1,949 -35.8 GT-R 30 60 -50.0 174 304 -42.8 Total Car 50,149 61,608 -18.6 291,615 318,768 -8.5 Kicks 7,236 563 1185.3 29,263 563 n/a Frontier 7,346 6,856 7.1 39,322 41,701 -5.7 Titan 2,665 4,121 -35.3 18,026 23,294 -22.6 Pathfinder 6,494 6,736 -3.6 36,312 33,702 7.7 Armada 2,505 5,434 -53.9 18,713 18,445 1.5 Rogue 28,694 37,004 -22.5 175,267 215,202 -18.6 Murano 5,133 8,806 -41.7 25,972 38,800 -33.1 Quest 0 0 n/a 0 2 -100.0 NV 1,706 1,553 9.9 9,536 8,248 15.6 NV200 1,737 1,717 1.2 9,952 9,800 1.6 Total Truck 63,516 72,790 -12.7 362,363 389,757 -7.0 INFINITI JUNE JUNE Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2019 2018 % chg 2019 2018 % chg Infiniti Total 9,839 10,698 -8.0 63,058 72,170 -12.6 Infiniti Q50 2,042 2,631 -22.4 14,337 19,157 -25.2 Infiniti Q60 359 591 -39.3 2,402 4,692 -48.8 Infiniti Q70 183 364 -49.7 1,693 2,517 -32.7 Infiniti QX30 290 656 -55.8 2,449 4,814 -49.1 Infiniti QX50 1,799 1,710 5.2 8,724 9,066 -3.8 Infiniti QX60 3,133 3,382 -7.4 22,836 22,176 3.0 Infiniti QX70 0 65 -100.0 6 806 -99.3 Infiniti QX80 2,033 1,299 56.5 10,611 8,942 18.7 Total Car 2,584 3,586 -27.9 18,432 26,366 -30.1 Total Truck 7,255 7,112 2.0 44,626 45,804 -2.6 NISSAN GROUP JUNE JUNE Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2019 2018 % chg 2019 2018 % chg TOTAL VEHICLE 123,504 145,096 -14.9 717,036 780,695 -8.2 Total Car 52,733 65,194 -19.1 310,047 345,134 -10.2 Total Truck 70,771 79,902 -11.4 406,989 435,561 -6.6 Selling days 26 27 153 154 # # #
  23. After Nissan having a heavy hand in helping to scuttle the potential merger between Renault and FCA, Renault is getting payback by helping to block corporate reforms Nissan is attempting to put in place after the arrest of Carlos Ghosn and poor financial performance by the company. Nissan and Renault are fighting because Nissan abstained from the vote on whether to merge, and following that, the French government did as well. Without the cooperation of the French government, FCA pulled out of the deal. Renault holds 43.4 percent of Nissan and is upset with the representation they would have on the board and committees under the current plans. The French company says that their abstention from voting is not final and can change pending changes to the proposals. Meanwhile, rumors say that FCA and Renault are still looking for ways to salvage the merger while Nissan is pressuring Renault to reduce their holdings in Nissan. Nissan has been seeking more autonomy from Renault ever since the Ghosn scandals. View full article
  24. After Nissan having a heavy hand in helping to scuttle the potential merger between Renault and FCA, Renault is getting payback by helping to block corporate reforms Nissan is attempting to put in place after the arrest of Carlos Ghosn and poor financial performance by the company. Nissan and Renault are fighting because Nissan abstained from the vote on whether to merge, and following that, the French government did as well. Without the cooperation of the French government, FCA pulled out of the deal. Renault holds 43.4 percent of Nissan and is upset with the representation they would have on the board and committees under the current plans. The French company says that their abstention from voting is not final and can change pending changes to the proposals. Meanwhile, rumors say that FCA and Renault are still looking for ways to salvage the merger while Nissan is pressuring Renault to reduce their holdings in Nissan. Nissan has been seeking more autonomy from Renault ever since the Ghosn scandals.
  25. May 2019 May 2018 % chg Nissan Group Total sales (units) 131,983 131,832 +0.1 Nissan Division sales 121,570 120,207 +1.1 INFINITI sales* 10,413 11,625 -10.4 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan Group announced total U.S. sales for May 2019 of 131,983 units, an increase of 0.1 percent compared to the prior year. Nissan highlights: Sales of the Armada SUV set a May record with 4,490 units sold, up 103 percent. Pathfinder SUV sales, at 7,751 units, were up 27 percent in May. Frontier truck sales increased 8 percent to 7,497 units. Altima sales climbed to 24,218 units, up 5 percent. Nissan's commercial van models, NV and NV200, each set May records. NV van sales were 1,829 units (+8 percent); NV200 compact cargo van sales were 1,825 units, also up 8 percent. Several key models have shown gains in 2019: Armada (+25 percent), Pathfinder (+11 percent) and Versa (+5 percent). *INFINITI sales total included for reference. For more information on INFINITI's May sales performance, please visit INFINITINews.com. NOTE: To ensure consistency in global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days. May 2019 and May 2018 each had 26 selling days. NISSAN DIVISION MAY MAY Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2019 2018 % chg 2019 2018 % chg Nissan Division Total 121,570 120,207 1.1 540,313 574,127 -5.9 Versa 8,116 6,576 23.4 39,818 37,939 5.0 Sentra 18,831 18,103 4.0 88,675 95,104 -6.8 Altima 24,218 23,030 5.2 92,229 96,836 -4.8 Maxima 2,153 3,694 -41.7 14,716 19,548 -24.7 LEAF 1,216 1,576 -22.8 4,852 5,292 -8.3 Juke 0 72 -100.0 10 611 -98.4 370Z 198 343 -42.3 1,022 1,586 -35.6 GT-R 18 74 -75.7 144 244 -41.0 Total Car 54,750 53,468 2.4 241,466 257,160 -6.1 Kicks 6,005 0 n/a 22,027 0 n/a Frontier 7,497 6,938 8.1 31,976 34,845 -8.2 Titan 3,189 3,779 -15.6 15,361 19,173 -19.9 Pathfinder 7,751 6,119 26.7 29,818 26,966 10.6 Armada 4,490 2,216 102.6 16,208 13,011 24.6 Rogue 28,600 38,413 -25.5 146,573 178,198 -17.7 Murano 5,634 5,881 -4.2 20,839 29,994 -30.5 Quest 0 0 n/a 0 2 -100.0 NV 1,829 1,702 7.5 7,830 6,695 17.0 NV200 1,825 1,691 7.9 8,215 8,083 1.6 Total Truck 66,820 66,739 0.1 298,847 316,967 -5.7 INFINITI MAY MAY Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2019 2018 % chg 2019 2018 % chg Infiniti Total 10,413 11,625 -10.4 53,219 61,472 -13.4 Infiniti Q50 1,857 2,945 -36.9 12,295 16,526 -25.6 Infiniti Q60 314 848 -63.0 2,043 4,101 -50.2 Infiniti Q70 203 390 -47.9 1,510 2,153 -29.9 Infiniti QX30 350 672 -47.9 2,159 4,158 -48.1 Infiniti QX50 1,829 1,859 -1.6 6,925 7,356 -5.9 Infiniti QX60 4,100 3,718 10.3 19,703 18,794 4.8 Infiniti QX70 0 69 -100.0 6 741 -99.2 Infiniti QX80 1,760 1,124 56.6 8,578 7,643 12.2 Total Car 2,374 4,183 -43.2 15,848 22,780 -30.4 Total Truck 8,039 7,442 8.0 37,371 38,692 -3.4 NISSAN GROUP MAY MAY Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2019 2018 % chg 2019 2018 % chg TOTAL VEHICLE 131,983 131,832 0.1 593,532 635,599 -6.6 Total Car 57,124 57,651 -0.9 257,314 279,940 -8.1 Total Truck 74,859 74,181 0.9 336,218 355,659 -5.5 Selling days 26 26 127 127

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