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Nissan has been vowing for two decades to get serious about the American full-size pickup market with a product that challenged Ford, Chevrolet and Ram. But the Japanese automaker is now taking a step back — a reminder that challenging mighty Detroit’s pickups isn’t so easy. Nissan told its U.S. dealers last week that it
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While much of the auto industry steers away from the evaporating sedan market in the U.S., Nissan is accelerating toward it with product reboots. Nissan this month unveiled a redesigned Versa subcompact — now bigger in proportion, bolder in design and bundled with technology typically found in more upscale vehicles. Meanwhile, a freshened Nissan Sentra
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — In his hospitality suite overlooking the manicured Michigan bayside resort where hundreds of auto industry thought leaders gather each year to consider the future, consultant Dietmar Ostermann is reassuringly upbeat. “U.S. GDP has been growing at between 2 and 3 percent,” said Ostermann, U.S. automotive advisory leader for PwC. “That’s fantastic.
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TEMPE, Ariz. — The roadside memorial looks like thousands of others that appear on streets across America. Two small crosses, a balloon, faded flowers. A note that reads, “I love you, Mom.” I don’t know why, but I expected more. A plaque that signifies the importance of the location, a larger bouquet of flowers, a
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Some of the UK’s newest and most popular cars are at risk of being stolen in seconds by exploiting weaknesses in keyless entry systems. The systems let drivers open and start their cars without taking their key out of their pocket. What Car? magazine tested seven different car models fitted with keyless entry and start
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Korean supplier of interior components has a product that shares a key similarity with midcentury home den paneling. Seoyon has developed parts that have a cork finish. Instead of being able to have only wood in a vehicle’s interior, the supplier is positioning its cork-finished components as an eco-friendly, sustainable option that offers a high-end
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One of the design briefs for the new Chevrolet Corvette was to ensure it can carry luggage and other bulky items, even as it appeals to its traditional sports car customers. Corvette engineers carved out room in front of the car and in the rear, just behind the engine, for two trunks that hold a
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Hypercar maker Pagani Automobili is not new to firsts. Its limited-edition cars have long featured unique materials and designs, inside and out. So here’s another. Last week, Pagani became the first manufacturer to reveal a real car design in a video game: Zynga’s “CSR 2” drag-racing competition. The car is the Huayra Roadster BC, a
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Tesla Inc. doesn’t sell cars through dealers, as other automakers do. But like the retailers for incumbent brands, the electric vehicle company is focusing on the service lane. To improve sales, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company needs four things, including sensible pricing, charging infrastructure and consumer financing. Equal with those — and more
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AutoNation Inc. befuddled many in February when it announced a new outsider CEO with no automotive experience would take over from longtime chief Mike Jackson. The choice followed a months-long search during which the board director assigned to lead the hunt abruptly resigned. Again last week, many were just as baffled when the country’s largest
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Like most everyone else, I am convinced that someday we will see electric vehicles as well as autonomous vehicles on streets around the world. Unlike a lot of folks, I am also convinced that it will take many years — perhaps decades — before we see any of these vehicles in large numbers. This is
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