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Old 08-21-2008, 05:35 PM
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^ I agree that Nissan has been great with the quality over the last few years.

However, they are talking about the overall quality complaints. Some people might have ZERO problems with their vehicles but that doesn't necessarily mean that the particular brand doesn't have any quality issues. I mean it's just always good to improve the quality, you know?
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Good points. I guess it wont hurt things.
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Notice this article is in Tokyo...doesnt anything about boosting quality inspectors stateside.

But on that note. I wouldnt say Nissans are bad or having a big problem by any means.
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strange, I would have expected an article like this coming out of a VW or a Saab..
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strange, I would have expected an article like this coming out of a VW or a Saab..

Or Land Rover....
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a quality inspector can't fix cheap parts that feel like they are going to break off.
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strange, I would have expected an article like this coming out of a VW or a Saab..
VW has been pretty decent recently as well.

Saab I cant say.
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Does anyone call the dealer and complain that the car has a fake aluminum or CF interior parts?

They are talking about more like technical complaints.
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strange, I would have expected an article like this coming out of a VW or a Saab..


But there is a reason why some companies do well and some don't.
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I could fill a list of things wrong w/ my 05 Quest that only has 50k on the clock.
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Does anyone call the dealer and complain that the car has a fake aluminum or CF interior parts?
yeah, I hate the center console... and I hate to say it... but it ain't fake aluminum... its real, and I don't mean that in a good way... the shit scratches so easily and just look cheap. I almost want to buy an aftermarket wood dash kit or something... some people over at the FX forums have had decent luck with the kids, some not so good...
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^^wow, really? the aluminum looks great...now....
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^^^maybe they used a different aluminum back in 03'
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^^^maybe they used a different aluminum back in 03'
Lets hope....
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yeah, was not expecting this from nissan. maybe they are looking to any possible leverages considering the dragging car sales in todays economy. hiring a couple thousand low waged employees to improve quality could be a cheap improvement to their dying sales.

anyone find it interesting that a quality inspector for Nissan Motor would quickly lower the bar for his quality standards when stepping off the infiniti production floor and onto the nissan floor. HA

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Nissan: Reducing SUV and Infiniti Production

It seems as though production cuts are a now a daily occurrence in the automotive industry, with today being no different. Nissan already announced that it will be slashing SUV production due to weakening demand, but the cuts will be much more far reaching than just that.

Although specific numbers for each plant are not yet available, Nissan announced on Tuesday that it will be cutting production by 65,000 units at its Kyushu and Tochigi plants in Japan between November and March – the end of the automaker’s fiscal year. The production cuts are in addition to the 10,000 vehicles already eliminated from Tochigi’s production schedule in September.

Nissan’s Tochigi production facility is responsible for producing about 95 percent of all Infiniti vehicles sold in North America, according to Automotive News. Nissan’s Kyushu plant mainly produces SUVs for the North American market.

“We will implement a production cut in response to sales conditions in North America,” a Nissan spokeswoman told Automotive News.

Nissan also announced that it will idle production at its Sunderland for two weeks and will also shorten work weeks for three weeks between October and November. The Sunderland plant, which is located in the UK, produces the Micra and Note for European markets.

Nissan’s production plant in Barcelona – which produces the Pathfinder, Navara and Primastar van – will also idle production for one week and shorten shifts for an additional eight weeks.
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seems reasonable enough..
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Honda picked the perfect timing to ramp up V8 production.
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It was all part of the great plan!!!!
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Honda picked the perfect timing to ramp up V8 production.
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New Maxima getting production cut...and so is the Altima

Nissan has seemingly been immune to the sales crunch so many other automakers have been experiencing, so it comes as some surprise that the Japanese automaker announced yesterday that it is scaling back production of its until recently strong-selling Altima and just-launched Maxima. The cuts come in response to a 40 percent fall off in Altima sales and lukewarm reception to the Maxima.

Nissan will produce 4,250 fewer Altima sedans, coupes and hybrids in 2008 than the automaker had intended and it’s reducing Maxima production by 900 units - a fairly large number given Nissan’s relatively low sales expectations for its flagship sedan.

As other automakers continually post dramatically reduced sales, Nissan had been posting good numbers thanks to strong Altima, Versa and Sentra sales. The automaker hasn’t announced any cuts for the smaller models and most analysts predict that 2009 will be a decent year for the automaker. Nissan was one of the first to put a focus on small, efficient cars with upscale features and that gamble has paid off as gas prices increased.

“The cars themselves, particularly Altima, are not selling badly in relation to the rest of the industry,” said Haig Stoddard of industry analyst Global Insight. “But demand for a lot of typically strong sellers will be down simply because the overall market is drying up.”

Nissan doesn’t seem too concerned by the cuts.

“It was a tough month of economic factors for everybody,” Katherine Zachary, a spokeswoman for Nissan North America, told Automotive News.
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oof! The Maxima can't catch a break..
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Nissan: Focus on Electric Vehicles

Nissan, hardly a major player in the global hybrid market with its one Toyota-engineered model (the Altima Hybrid), says it is staying out of hybrids altogether when it comes to small cars. Instead, Nissan plans to focus its efforts on zero-emissions electric vehicles.

Speaking at the Shanghai Motor Show, Nissan Senior Vice President Andy Palmer told Automotive News that EVs are a “more persuasive technology.”

“That’s where we’re directing our efforts,” he said. “In the small cars, it’s clear we’re going to make the EV happen.”

It seems clear that Nissan won’t create a small car hybrid entry to compete with the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight, though the automaker is planning to launch an Infiniti-badged hybrid in the next year. By comparison, Toyota is planning to integrate its hybrid system into its Yaris small car and Honda says it is working on a hybrid Fit.

Nissan’s small EV could arrive in North America as early as 2010. Its batteries, developed through a partnership with NEC, will be built in Smyrna, Tennessee, if Nissan gets the United States Department of Energy loan it applied for recently. The Japanese automaker recently began a coast-to-coast tour of its Cube-based EV prototype.
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Memo to car makers - sure, go ahead and work on developing alternative cars, but don't bother bringing them to market now cause few people are buying. You'll have to wait till Obama has his way and raises gas back over $4/gal.
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^^ If they are anything like the Tesla "sedan" that's coming out....$4 fill-ups are good in any market.
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Finally, a Japanese maker throws their hat into the EV ring. Now the technology will actually gain a foothold in the mass market, since nobody seems to care about this green stuff until the Japs have at it. (See Toyota Prius)
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Nissan: Dual-Injector System news

Nissan announced today that they have developed a dual-injector system to increase fuel-efficiency on its small-displacement gasoline engines.

“The new fuel delivery system, the first of its kind in the world, uses an injector for each port rather than one per cylinder - speeding up fuel vaporization, reducing the amount of unburned fuel and reducing hydrocarbon emissions, Nissan said in a statement.

Most current gasoline engines use one injector per cylinder while Nissan’s Dual Injector system uses double the number of injectors per cylinder, which reduces the diameter of the fuel droplets by about 60 percent.

“We consider it important to further improve the fuel efficiency of gasoline engines as demand for gasoline and other internal-combustion systems continues to increase around the world,” said Shuichi Nishimura, Corporate Vice President, Nissan Powertrain Engineering Division. “By widely applying the Dual Injector system on small-displacement engines, we hope to help reduce CO2 emissions and conserve rare metals.”

Nissan said that it will introduce the new system in production vehicles starting early in fiscal 2010.

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^ Great new tech from Nissan. Period. Anyone who says that gas engines can't continue to be improved upon are idiots.
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Alot of sport motorcycles with fuel injection use dual fuel injectors per cylinder. The upper injector is called the shower-head injector. Improves fuel atomization supposedly.

Lexus has an even more novel injector setup on their 3.5L V6, they use a direct injector AND a intake port injector. Pretty nifty setup used on the IS350 and GS350.

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Alot of sport motorcycles with fuel injection use dual fuel injectors per cylinder. The upper injector is called the shower-head injector. Improves fuel atomization supposedly.

Lexus has an even more novel injector setup on their 3.5L V6, they use a direct injector AND a intake port injector. Pretty nifty setup used on the IS350 and GS350.

http://www.autoblog.com/2006/02/22/h...cadillac-3-6l/
but they dont really save gas.....
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but they dont really save gas.....
I'm not too sure about that. From most tests the IS350 seems to have better mileage than the G35/37, 5AT or 7AT., you know, like 17-19mpg vs 19-21mpg or something like that.
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^ Great new tech from Nissan. Period. Anyone who says that gas engines can't continue to be improved upon are idiots.
Improvements, yes - great gains, not so much. The only technology with the potential to improve things significantly (>10%) is the gas/diesel combo engine Honda/MB and others are working on. You could debate the details forever but the bottom line is that the Civic of today has only slightly better mileage than one form 20 years ago. The biggest diff between then and now is how much cheaper (and better overall) in real terms the car of today is.
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while MPGs might be similar, the engine performs much better. I bet the engine 20 years ago couldnt accelerate the current gen civic like the current engine does. More displacement and horsepower for the same MPGs.
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but they dont really save gas.....
Not sure if they or not. The Lexus press release got into the power/torque gains with the emissions reduction on cold-startup. The writeup is worth a read.
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Although we don't have gas mileage increases, the two area's where technology has dramtically affected internal combustion engines is emissions and power. My brother has a 2007 Civic with a 140HP motor that he gets almost identical gas mileage to his 1986 CRX Si with only 91HP. The emissions are much lower on the 2007 due to EPA.

Unfortunately the size and weight of the majority of vehicles continues to rise. 1986 CRX was ~1900lb, 2007 Civic 4 door is ~2700lbs. Although larger and safer US vehicles are like many of Americans, they continue to increase in weight.... where I leave my donut?....
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