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Old 09-23-2005, 05:28 PM
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Ford is licensing Toyota hybrid patents in exchange for diesel and direct-injection engine technology. The problem is supply from Japan and maybe to a certain extent ford is getting the squeeze with the limited supply vs the way Aisin is filling those orders with Toyota and Honda vs Ford.

Ford even used Toyota patents to release their hybrid suv before Toyota could which had to sting some.
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Ghosn: Gas Prices, Storms Cut Sales - - Source: The Car Connection

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says September sales at his company are hurting, due to the rise in gas prices in the wake of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico. "There was a market slowdown starting at the beginning of September following the first hurricane and the second hurricane is obviously taking a toll on consumer confidence," Ghosn told CNBC. As a result, September sales will be slower, he predicted, and the sluggishness could stay through the fourth quarter if gas prices don't recede. On Tuesday, the Conference Board reported that consumer confidence fell by the largest amount in 15 years in September, from 105.5 to 86.6, as Americans expressed concern over the financial aftermath of the Gulf storms.
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Nissan creates U.S. division to sell commercial trucks

Nissan creates U.S. division to sell commercial trucks - - Dale Jewett - - Source: Automotive News / January 25, 2006

DETROIT -- Nissan North America Inc. is creating a division to sell light commercial vehicles in North America, a market segment where it is not present.

The automaker has not determined the number of vehicle lines, types of vehicles or the distribution network, spokesman Fred Standish said.

Examples of light commercial vehicles are delivery vans and parking lot shuttle buses.

Nissan's Light Commercial Vehicle and Fleet Division begins operating Wednesday, Feb. 1. It will be headed by Mike Hobson, a 15-year Nissan veteran. Hobson will report to Jed Connelly, head of sales and marketing for Nissan North America.

Nissan markets light commercial vehicles in Europe and Japan. Its European nameplates includes Cabstar Interstar, Primastar and Kubistar. Nameplates in Japan include Civilian, Atlas, AD Van and Vanette.

The automaker hasn't decided if it will import existing Nissan trucks from Japan and Europe for North America, or develop new trucks, Standish said. Also undecided is a distribution plan for the vehicles.

"You see these types of trucks running around every day, and we're not in that market at all in the United States," Standish said.

Expanding into the light commercial vehicle market in the United States is part of Nissan's growth strategy under its three-year Value Up plan.
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Nissan is a beast right now... cool move for them.
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light? meh.... do it all the way and make heavy duty too.
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Nissan is a beast right now... cool move for them.
Diversity is the key to success, so kudos to them.
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Incase anyone is interested here's some of the new commercial vehicles they have overseas already:

Europe:

Nissan Interstar


Nissan Primastar


Nissan Atleon


Nissan Cabstar



Japan:

Nissan Clipper



Nissan Expert


Nissan Advan


Nissan Caravan


Nissan Vanette



Nissan Atlas





Nissan Civilian



Nissan Forklift


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make something like this and we'd be all over it.

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But why another division? You'd think they would build up brand recognition by sticking with Nissan.
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Originally Posted by Teh Jatt
make something like this and we'd be all over it.

There’s probably a much higher demand for smaller commercial trucks then there are for big rigs so maybe Nissan won't go there. Also the majority of businesses can't afford or need such large rigs in their fleets. Plus I think truckers like to stick to what they know i.e. Kenworth, Freightliner, International, Mack, Volvo, Ford, Sterling, Peterbilt, etc…
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Originally Posted by phile
But why another division? You'd think they would build up brand recognition by sticking with Nissan.
It'll the new division will continue to develop the brand. It's a business division, but the trucks are still Nissan branded. This division is very different from comsumer dealerships. They'll have teams of sales people trying to sell these trucks to fleet customers. Everyone from UPS to tour buses. If they didn't have a different division, commercial customers would have to be serviced at the same place you go to check out the Maximas and Altimas. Imagine buying a Nissan forklift and Sentra at the same store...
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Plus I think truckers like to stick to what they know i.e. Kenworth, Freightliner, International, Mack, Volvo, Ford, Sterling, Peterbilt, etc…
Ya you are right on that.
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Originally Posted by titan
It's a business division, but the trucks are still Nissan branded.
I see...
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Nissan, Renault combined auto sales up 5.9 percent in '05

Nissan, Renault combined auto sales up 5.9 percent in '05 - - Reuters - - Source: Automotive News

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co. and French partner Renault SA said on Monday their combined global auto sales rose 5.9 percent in 2005 from the previous year to 6,129,254 units.

That gave the alliance a global market share of 9.8 percent and an unchanged fourth-place ranking in the world, with 5.74 percent for Nissan and 4.04 percent for Renault, they said in a joint statement.

Sales at Japan's second-biggest automaker climbed 9.2 percent to 3,597,748 units, while those at the Renault group, which includes the Dacia and Samsung brands, grew by 1.7 percent to 2,531,506 units.

Nissan is held 44 percent by Renault and owns 15 percent of its French partner. Since last spring, they have also shared a chief executive in Carlos Ghosn.

The two companies' alliance, which is in its seventh year, has been a rare success among the partnerships formed in a wave of consolidation in the auto industry over the past decade.

Last year, the partners launched more vehicles based on their common B-class, or small-car, platform through the Clio III for Renault and the Note, Wingroad and Bluebird Slyphy models for Nissan.

Nissan also rolled out the Serena car based on the C-class platform that it shares with Renault's popular Megane line.

In 2005, they developed their third common engine in another step aimed at sharing costs and achieving economies of scale.
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Nissan stops sales of some Altimas, Sentras

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Check this out:

http://today.reuters.com/stocks/Quot...ETY.XML&rpc=66

DETROIT, June 2 (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co. Ltd (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Friday it had asked its U.S. dealers to stop selling certain 2006 model-year Altimas and Nissan Sentra SE-Rs cars due to reports of excessive oil consumption that could damage the engine or cause a fire.

About 100,000 Altimas and Sentra SE-Rs built between January and May 2006 may have the problem, according to the company.

There have been about 215 reports of excessive oil consumption, mostly from rental-car fleets, and 17 reports of engine fires, resulting in one minor injury, Nissan said.

This is the latest setback for the Japanese auto maker, which has cut U.S. production this year because of sales declines in the region. Nissan's U.S. sales are down 3 percent so far this year.



Nissan said it had extended the engine portion of the vehicles' warranty on Altimas and Sentra SE-Rs built during January to May 2006 to 84 months or 100,000 miles.
Ooops. How come it only happened with 2006 models? Maybe something's going on that Nissan doesn't want the public to know?
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Old 06-03-2006, 04:28 PM
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Better they halt the sales and fix the problems. Doesnt really sound like they are hiding anything. Just not giving full disclosure.
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theres enough altimas out there anyways...
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Looks like this is a QR25DE issue.
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sounds like they are being responsible about it at least. that's a start.
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Better they halt the sales and fix the problems. Doesnt really sound like they are hiding anything. Just not giving full disclosure.
Agreed.
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The VQ in the 350Z and G35 has this problem as well.. they're just not making it public.
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The VQ in the 350Z and G35 has this problem as well.. they're just not making it public.
Being a Nissan insider, I guess you would know.
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Originally Posted by F23A4
Being a Nissan insider, I guess you would know.

No just someone very familiar with the VQ, I had the same problem with my G35. Go to g35driver.com or my350z.com and run a search for "oil consumption" you'll see just how common this is.
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No just someone very familiar with the VQ, I had the same problem with my G35. Go to g35driver.com or my350z.com and run a search for "oil consumption" you'll see just how common this is.
A few 5.5G owners on Maxima.org had 'oil consumption' issues but, it seems to be few and fairly far between. LINK (But I personally have not had any excessive oil consumption issues with my 02 Maxima and 05 Murano.....gasoline is a different story though.)
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About 100,000 Altimas and Sentra SE-Rs built between January and May 2006 may have the problem, according to the company.

There have been about 215 reports of excessive oil consumption, mostly from rental-car fleets




What company rents Altima SE-R's?
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Originally Posted by Speed_Racer
About 100,000 Altimas and Sentra SE-Rs built between January and May 2006 may have the problem, according to the company.

There have been about 215 reports of excessive oil consumption, mostly from rental-car fleets




What company rents Altima SE-R's?
They are referring to Altima 4 cylinders and Sentra SE-Rs which have the same motor (QR25DE - 2.5L DOHC Inline 4).
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Nissan's six-year upswing shows signs of slowing

Nissan's six-year upswing shows signs of slowing - - By LINDSAY CHAPPELL | AUTOMOTIVE NEWS - - Source: Autoweek

NASHVILLE -- Suddenly, Carlos Ghosn's six-year winning streak is looking shaky.

Last year he successfully concluded an ambitious three-year plan to add 1 million sales globally and post operating profits equal to 8 percent of global revenues.

But in May, U.S. sales fell 7.3 percent for Nissan North America Inc., including an 11.7 percent drop at Infiniti Division.

The company has scheduled six extra days of production shutdown at its two big U.S. factories, in Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss., to prevent inventories from bloating. This month, the Japanese home office also trimmed daily production at two factories there, one of which assembles the Infiniti G35, M45 and Q45 for North America.

Nowadays, Nissan looks more like a cyclical Western company than the quintessential Japanese corporation, Toyota Motor Corp., which reveres relentless, incremental growth.

To complicate things, Nissan has had to halt the global sale of some 2006 four-cylinder Altimas and Sentra SE-Rs built from January through mid-May of this year because of evidence of engine fires.

Ghosn, who began crafting Nissan's revival in 1999, brushed aside criticism that the company was in a slump.

"You can't judge Nissan's long-term strategy by a three- or six-month period," he said of the current situation. "You have to look at five or six years."

Speaking to reporters in Nashville this month as he broke ground for a Nissan headquarters building, Ghosn said that Nissan expected only stable U.S. sales in the first half of 2006. The second half, he said, will see a stream of new sales.

"As for sales being down," Ghosn said, "look at the product plan." During the rest of this year, Nissan says it will launch nine new or redesigned vehicles worldwide.

In the next six months, Nissan's U.S. retailers will receive a redesigned Sentra and Altima. They also will get an Altima hybrid, the new Versa small car from Mexico and the re-engineered Quest minivan. Those products alone should represent half of the brand's annual U.S. sales volume next year.

But until then, Nissan's new management team will have its hands full. On July 1, a slate of new senior managers will begin taking control in Nashville as the company relocates its offices from Gardena, Calif.

Ghosn ordered the move to Nashville to save money. But only 42 percent of the 1,300 staffers decided to move, causing considerable disruption.

Among them: Brad Bradshaw, senior vice president for North American sales and marketing; Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager for Nissan Division; and Larry Dominique, vice president of product development.

In addition to launching the new products, they must deal with a few other models that have slipped this year. Nissan's foray into large trucks, another leg in Ghosn's revival of the company, has been bedeviled by falling market demand for vehicles with big engines.

Sales of the full-sized Titan pickup were off 23.2 percent in May compared with May 2005, and the full-sized Armada SUV is down by 30.2 percent. June began with 100-day supplies of both trucks.

Worse elsewhere

Other auto brands are facing worse concerns. While Nissan Division sales are down by a modest 1.8 percent this year, Chevrolet is down by 8.7 percent and Mitsubishi by 12.3 percent. Ford Motor Co., whose F-series trucks are the target for the Titan and a newly designed Toyota Tundra due out this fall, has a 104-day supply of those trucks. The Chrysler group is sitting on a 125-day supply of its Dodge Ram pickup.

In the same vein, Nissan's U.S. challenges are milder than those in its home market. Nissan's Japanese sales plunged 18.5 percent in April. Ghosn's COO in Japan, Toshiyuki Shiga, said earlier this month that the sales dip was a "backlash" from last year's sales push.

"We totally expected a backlash, but the decline exceeded our expectations," he said.

Asked whether Nissan's targets under the 180 plan, which ended March 31, 2005, might have pulled ahead U.S. sales from the current year, Ghosn gave an adamant "no."

"We added 1 million sales," while maintaining excellent profit margins, he said, referring to the target of his 180 plan. "We didn't give away any sales."
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But until then, Nissan's new management team will have its hands full. On July 1, a slate of new senior managers will begin taking control in Nashville as the company relocates its offices from Gardena, Calif.

Ghosn ordered the move to Nashville to save money. But only 42 percent of the 1,300 staffers decided to move, causing considerable disruption.

Should have stayed in LA
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It was bound to happen. The maxima went from being a sporty front driver, to being a pudgy/bloated front driver. The Altima has been around too long and needs an update, not just a freshening. And i hate the fact that nissan changes the power rating of their cars almost every year. If i were a potential nissan customer, and i cared about performance, i would be hesitant on buying a car for that model year, because they are always changing output.
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This is not a good year to move your operational HQ if you're Nissan.

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It was bound to happen. The maxima went from being a sporty front driver, to being a pudgy/bloated front driver. The Altima has been around too long and needs an update, not just a freshening. And i hate the fact that nissan changes the power rating of their cars almost every year. If i were a potential nissan customer, and i cared about performance, i would be hesitant on buying a car for that model year, because they are always changing output.
In magazines, they're showing the ads comparing their 1970s lineups to today's lineup. And the point would be ...?

Same old Nissan! Except for the Maxima. That car is going downhill fast.
As for their power ratings, they're never accurate. Lusty engines, but not as refined as Honda.

Along with Honda and Toyota, they need to build new sports cars.
Then I'll shut up. The Altima redesign looks promising as well.
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The only soft spots I see in the Nissan lineup are the Sentra, Quest and maybe Maxima. IMO they have a solid lineup. I don't think they've done enough in the fuel mileage department which I think has caused this recent downturn in sales.
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Honestly, a number of current models are either due for OR awaiting a new generation:

Sentra - next gen due later this year
Altima - 4G due later this year (with a Toyota Hybrid model to debut later)
Maxima - a "cleaned up" 6.5G is now hitting dealerships; although the 07 is a measurable upgrade a compelling 7G is needed
Quest - see Maxima (above)
Murano - is entering its probable last model year for the current generation

G-coupe/sedan - next gen models are just about dealer bound
FX - similar in circumstance to the Murano, it is also entering its probable last model year for the current generation
Q - although the new M is a terrific premium luxo-sports sedan, Nissan NEEDS a brand new flagship. (The current Q debuted the same year the long extinct I35 debuted and it appears it will be around well past the debut of the 2G G35. )

If anything the 'Shift_2.0' tag signifies a transition period where Nissan sales can be expected to 'lag' a little as some may anticipate what Nissan will present to the world next.
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Any auto companies with gas-thirsty big trucks are hurting, being Japanese no exception.
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Seeing a lot more Nissans pop up in rentals lately. Can't say that I've been too impressed with them, especially their four bangers - loud and raspy.
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dom has a point about fuel mileage. The Nissan line up has plenty of power, but gas mileage is rather lacking when compared to Honda and Toyota. The recent gas prices, while it hasn't moved most people away from SUVs, has at least gotten people to pay more attention to the mileage ratings on the window sticker.
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Seeing a lot more Nissans pop up in rentals lately. Can't say that I've been too impressed with them, especially their four bangers - loud and raspy.
Nissan: cost-cut interiors, unrefined engines, lower resale value

Not bad overall, definitely not Mitsubishi ... but not exactly like Honda either.

... you'll just have to wait until SHIFT_2.0 is fully online with the new 2007 models all on the market.
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... but not exactly like Honda either.
On varying levels, that is a mixed bag.
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Originally Posted by F23A4
On varying levels, that is a mixed bag.
Apologist!!! An apologist, I say.
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Should have stayed in LA
California should have done more to keep Nissan.
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