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Economics

Wrong-Way Nissan

Aging products. Slumping sales. Financial losses. A cloudy future.

Business

Nissan to End Datsun Output in Russia, Indonesia?

Nissan Motor Co. plans to stop making entry-level Datsun brand vehicles in Russia and Indonesia in 2020, sources tell The Nikkei.

Business

Nissan to Drop Datsun Brand?

Nissan Motor Co. is likely to scrap its entry-level Datsun brand as part of a global effort to cut costs and improve profits, sources tell Reuters.

Report: Cobee to Head Citroen

Vincent Cobee, who left Mitsubishi Motors Corp. in April, will succeed Linda Jackson as CEO of PSA Group’s Citroen unit, Automobilwoche reports.

Assembly

Nissan Halts Assembly Plant in Indonesia

Nissan Motor Co. halted operations six months ago at one of its two assembly plants in Indonesia but apparently still hasn’t directly acknowledged it.

Ex-Mitsubishi Strategist to Join PSA?

Vincent Cobee, who left Mitsubishi Motors Corp. in April, is joining PSA Group, according to Reuters.

UPDATE: Mitsubishi Motors Names New COO in Alliance Shuffle

Trevor Mann, chief operating officer for Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for the past three years, is leaving the company at the end of March.

Economics

Nissan Targets 5% Market Share in India

Nissan Motor Co. aims to hike its share of India’s new-car market from less than 2% in the fiscal year ended March 31 to 5% by 2022-2023.

Business

Nissan Brand Shifts to Premium-Only Models in India

Nissan Motor Co. tells reporters it will build and sell only premium models under its Nissan brand in India.

Sales

Nissan Turns to Emerging Markets as U.S. Demand Stalls

Nissan Motor Co. hopes to offset slowing sales growth in the U.S. with above-average expansion in China, India, the Middle East and Africa, Reuters reports.

Business

Nissan to Re-Enter Pakistani Market

Nissan Motor Co. says it will use its low-cost Datsun brand to resume vehicle production in Pakistan next year after a nine-year hiatus.

Autonomous Vehicles

Nissan Plans 8 New Electric Models by 2022

Nissan Motors Co. tells reporters it will add eight all-electric models to its lineup in a bid to hike its annual sales of hybrid and EVs to 1 million units by 2022.

Quality

Renault to Test India’s EV Market by 2022

Renault SA plans to debut its first all-electric car in India within five years.

Sales

Russia’s December Car Sales Jump 14%

Demand for cars and light-duty commercial vehicles in Russia climbed 14% to 166,000 units in December, according to the Moscow-based Assn. of European Businesses.

Business

Nissan Sues Indian State for Failure to Pay Promised Incentives

Nissan Motor Co. has gone to an international tribunal in a $775 million dispute over unpaid incentives promised by the Indian state of Tamil Nadu nine years ago, sources tell Reuters.

Australia’s Auto Production Goes Down Under

Say goodbye to car production in Australia.

Nissan “Z” Cars May Be Put to Rest

The ageing 370Z could be the last in a line of Z-badged rear-wheel-drive sports cars from Nissan Motor Co.

Sales

Ghosn Bets on Mitsubishi to Bolster Alliance Sales in SE Asia

Carlos Ghosn, who chairs the Renault-Nissan alliance, is counting on Mitsubishi Motors, the group’s newest member, to bolster sales in southeast Asia, The Nikkei says.

Assembly

Renault-Nissan Drops a Shift At Plant in India

Renault-Nissan Automotive India Pvt. Ltd.’s assembly plant in Oragadam is permanently eliminating third-shift production, sources tell The Times of India.

Nissan Plans 8 New Models for India

Nissan Motor Co. says it will introduce eight all-new car models in the India market by 2021 in a bid to increase market share and more strongly differentiate itself from alliance partner Renault SA.

Datsun Unveils Mini-Crossover in India

Nissan Motor Co.’s Datsun brand will add a locally produced mini-crossover vehicle, the Redi-Go, in India in May.

Sales

Car Sales in Russia Plunge 29%

Carmakers in Russia delivered 140,900 cars and light commercial vehicles last month compared with 197,200 in September 2014, according to the Moscow-based Assn. of European Businesses.

Business

Report: Renault-Nissan Halts India Investment in Dispute

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has suspended plans to spend 50 billion rupees ($754 million) on its factory in Chennai, India, according to the Hindustan Times.

Assembly

Renault-Nissan Plan Big Job Cuts in India

The Renault-Nissan Alliance intends to cut production 50% at its assembly plant outside Chennai, India, and eliminate as many as 3,000 jobs in the country, according to The Economic Times.