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January, 2012

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Best of 2012 - People

These are some of the people whom we have met this year that made a difference to Nissan with their enthusiasm and professionalism, helping us keep the stories we tell interesting.

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Best of 2012 - Technology & Design

2012 has been yet another innovation-packed year for Nissan. Here are some highlights of the technology and design related stories we have covered.

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Best of 2012 - Sustainability

Being Green is key in our path towards a sustainable mobile society, here are some highlights from our Eco and EV-related stories this year.

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2012 Heritage Series Digest

We're proud of our heritage and here are some of the stories produced this year that remind us why.

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Best of 2012 - Motorsports

Some of the most exciting events this year were motorsports-related, not just on the race track but off as well. Here are some of the 2012 highlights from the racetrack.

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Nissan Funds Battle to Save Evergreens in Tennessee

Environmental experts say there is a hidden killer that could harm the very air we breathe. The killer is microscopic and often goes unnoticed, but in time, non-native forest pests are deadly.

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Plugging into the Future

The Best and Greenest were on display at the 14th Eco-Products event in Tokyo, as school kids in particular paved the road to the future.

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Learning to Lead

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn spoke with the Global Media Center on keys for Japanese and global leadership, after a speech at the University of Tokyo.

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Infiniti gears up for UK production

Infiniti, Nissan Motor Company's premium car brand, will manufacture vehicles in Europe for the first time at the award-winning production base in Sunderland, UK.

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Record November U.S. Sales and New Sedans

Global Sales EVP Takao Katagiri explains the strategy behind Nissan's newly-launched sedans, record November sales in the U.S., and the market outlook ahead.

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Q-uintessentially Infiniti

President of Infiniti, Johan de Nysschen, explains the rationale behind the brand's new nomenclature and what it signifies for its expansion strategy.

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Nissan NV Powers LA Mobile Edit Suite

PrePost Data runs their entire mobile unit out of a Nissan NV 2500 High Roof.

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Alliance Finalizes AVTOVAZ Ties

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Russian Technologies State Corporation created a joint venture for AVTOVAZ, Russia’s largest car company and owner of the LADA brand.

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Powering Up

Nissan celebrated two years of LEAF sales with launch of the largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in the US.

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Nissan reports on eco-targets, unveils hybrid plans

Nissan is on track to meet a slew of Nissan Green Plan 2016 targets and plans to introduce 15 hybrid models by the initiative's end.

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Building a Greener LEAF

The latest version of Nissan LEAF, introduced in Japan recently, has a new electric motor using 40% less of the rare-earth mineral dysprosium - without affecting performance.

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Start of the Skyline Legend

An epic lap during the 1964 Japan Grand Prix sparked the imagination of motorsports fans across a nation and marked the birth of a legend.

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Symphonic Sylphy

The all-new Nissan Sylphy came home to Japan Wednesday, after launches in the U.S., China, Thailand and other countries.

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Nissan Innovation on Stage at L.A. Auto Show

It is an all-star line-up of innovation for Nissan at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show where the all-new 2013 Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra are sharing a stage for the first time at a major auto show.

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Numero Uno in Mexico

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn recently visited Nissan Mexicana headquarters in Mexico City.

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October Sales Fall on China, Europe

Slower sales and increased competition in markets such as China, Russia and Europe put a strain on October results, says EVP of Global Sales Takao Katagiri

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Nissan Unveils Updated LEAF in Japan

Nissan unveiled an updated version of the LEAF in Japan, with a variety of enhancements, and more sales outlets in the country with quick chargers for the world's No. 1 electric vehicle.

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Going for Gold - Bolt GT-R

Usain Bolt is harnessing his passion for speed, performance and charity, in an auction of a unique 2013 “Bolt Gold” GT-R on eBay from November 22 to December 2, 2012.

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EV-ergreen in Yokohama

Yokohama is pushing the future of electric transportation in Japan with a new zero-emission vehicle.

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Take Note: Nissan Wins RJC Car of the Year Award

The Nissan Note held off rival Japanese automakers to be crowned 2013 Car of the Year by a leading panel of automotive journalists and researchers.

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Employing Diversity

Increasing workforce diversity is of growing importance to global Japanese businesses that want to deliver local products tailored to consumers needs. At a recent event at Nissan's Technical Center in Atsugi, executives from Nissan, Toshiba and P&G addressed why, and how to make it work.

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Nissan LEAF Gives Options after Superstorm Sandy

East Coast vehicle owners have struggled to find gasoline since super storm Sandy hit, but EVs like the Nissan LEAF have found the going easier.

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Another Look at the Numbers

Nissan released results for the first half of the financial year Tuesday, and the Global Media Center spoke with COO Toshiyuki Shiga on the numbers and the outlook ahead.

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China Slows September Sales

After 36 months of record global sales and market share gains, Nissan's deliveries dipped in September amid protests in China. EVP of Global Sales Takao Katagiri explains all to the Global Media Center.

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Nissan Sees $3.6 bln H1 Profit, Trims Forecast

Nissan announced first-half financial results Tuesday, posting an operating profit of 287 billion yen, or $3.61 billion, down 7.3% on year.

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The Man in Front of GT-R

Kazutoshi Mizuno details the story behind the 2013 Nissan GT-R.

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Leak Busters

Nissan North America is making major changes to reduce energy use, committed to cutting overall energy consumption by 25% in ten years.

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V8 Supercar on Melbourne Track

Nissan has wasted no time in getting its new V8 Supercar on the track with testing getting underway in Melbourne.

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Pushing the Needle

The 2013 Nissan GT-R was unveiled at a northern Japan racetrack Friday, heading to showrooms in the country this month and in global markets from January.

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Revving Up the Australian Supercar

Nissan unveils a special Altima at a launch event in Melbourne as the automaker prepares for entry in Australia's V8 Supercars Championship next season.

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The BEST and Brightest

Middle and high school teams got a head start at the annual Lipscomb/Nissan Music City BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics Competition in Nashville.

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Wound Up - Nissan Begins eMotor Trials at Decherd Tenn. Plant

The eMotor that powers the Nissan LEAF is currently assembled in Japan. Soon, however, it will be produced in Decherd, Tenn., about 70 miles (110km) away from where the automaker will build the 2013 version of the electric car.

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Preaching to the Converted

With more than 1 million vehicles in sales volume, Nissan's subsidiary Autech Japan is ramping up its conversion business overseas, with a little help from the NISMO brand.

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Autech's Global Conversion

EVP Andy Palmer details the expanding role ahead for Nissan conversion king, Autech Japan.

Mission Accomplished: Petit Le Mans Top Five

Mission Accomplished!

Nissan DeltaWing's goal entering its North American debut at Petit Le Mans - score a race finish. and the team not only completed the 1000 mile journey, but finished fifth.

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DeltaWing Ready to Run

The DeltaWing team at Petit Le Mans have the car ready for Saturday's endurance race, less than 24 hours after a practice accident.

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DeltaWing Accident at Petit Le Mans

The DeltaWing team says Wednesday's crash on the Road Atlanta track won't be a setback, as they gear up for Saturday's endurance race.

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Driving IT Home

Nissan's test track south of its Yokohama headquarters is home to some of the latest advanced technology - the kind of things that could be in your next car.

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Game On for Juke-R

Today Juke-R doubters are silenced, as the production version #001 emerges from the pit garage - in both real and virtual worlds.

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Meet our Director of Excitement

Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man is now Nissan's Director of Excitement.

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Decherd at Alliance Crossroads

The partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler reached a milestone last May when Tennessee officials joined Nissan leadership to break ground on a new manufacturing facility in Decherd, Tennessee.

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Driving Lightning

NISMO racing driver Michael Krumm sped around the GranDrive track with The Fastest Man in the World, Usain Bolt, later offering his take on the world-record holder's technique.

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To the World

Jamaica's multiple gold medal winner Usain Bolt stopped at Nissan's GranDrive testing track and Yokohama headquarters, bringing his record speed and excitement to Japan and becoming Nissan's Director of Excitement.

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A Lightning Bolt in Japan

World record holder and multiple gold medalist Usain Bolt arrived in Japan, meeting fans and media, as well as sharing a ride with Formula 1 driver Mark Webber.

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Fast and Furious

Coming off of Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit, Red Bull Formula 1 driver Mark Webber spoke on his finish and outlook for the rest of the season, which continues next week in Korea.

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Charging CEATEC

Nissan has presented at CEATEC since 2007. But this year's attendance of three automakers at Japan's largest event showcasing electronics and IT, establishes cars as the newest - and biggest - of consumer electronics.

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A Matter of Principal

Red Bull Team Racing Principal Christian Horner details expectations for the weekend's Formula 1 Grand Prix in Suzuka, Japan.

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Lining up the Logistics

Nissan's NV350 Caravan is providing logistical support to Red Bull Racing at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

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In the Driver's Seat

Two-time F1 champion and Infiniti Ambassador Sebastian Vettel is back in Japan ahead of the Suzuka Grand Prix, offering his outlook on the this weekend's race.

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Hammers of Hope

Habitat for Humanity Japan and Nissan are helping to improve living conditions for earthquake and tsunami survivors in temporary housing complexes in Ofunato, northern Japan.

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A Stand-Up Garage

Comedian Jay Leno visits the Nissan Heritage Garage, taking a spin in the legendary Fairlady 240Z.

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Eye on Design in Paris

Nissan’s deputy division general manager Francois Bancon, designer and keen industry observer, says as Europe struggles with the euro crisis it is premium car-makers who are innovating at the Paris motor show.

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The Future of Infiniti

Infiniti Johan de Nysschen has said Infiniti will expand its product portfolio to cover the premium market. Speaking in front of the EMERG-E concept at the Paris motor show he said Infiniti is about cars drivers lust over.

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Nissan DeltaWing back in France after Le Mans

The Nissan DeltaWing story continues with an appearance at the Paris motor show. After Le Mans success fans gather to see the innovative car before its next race in the United States.

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TeRRA Concept in Paris

Nissan has unveiled the TeRRA at the Paris motor show. The car is a show case for coming zero emissions technology.

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Juke gets Nismo treatment

The production version of the Juke Nismo is on display at the Paris motor show ahead of its forthcoming launch. The car is just the first in the Nissan line-up to get a sporty overhaul.

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Ghosn: Europe Market Down for Two to Three Years

Speaking at the Paris motor show Nissan's CEO Carlos Ghosn said the global market for cars is still good despite the crisis in Europe. He added Nissan's priority in Europe is to gain market share.

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Nissan’s DeltaWing Takes Aim at Petit Le Mans

Nissan DeltaWing is coming back to finish what it started, preparing to compete at Petit Le Mans later this month.

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Lightning Bolt in Yokohama

Usain Bolt will visit the Nissan Global Headquarters in October, as the world's fastest man brings his speed and excitement to Japan.

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Growth On Track

Global Sales EVP Takao Katagiri explains August sales and market share results in the context of slowdowns in China and Europe and strong growth in key developing markets, such as Russia and Brazil.

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World's Carmakers in Paris

Few cities in the motor show calendar can match the glitz and glamour of Paris. The 2012 Mondial de l'Automobile promises to be spectacular.

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Charged Up

EV owners across the U.S. enjoyed the second annual National Plug In Day on Sunday. with the Nissan LEAF leading the charge.

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Shades of Yellow

It's not just any yellow. Nissan designers pick icon-worthy color for New York's Taxi of Tomorrow.

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Supply-Side Economics

Calsonic Kansei produces designs for a variety of components, for major auto manufacturers, including Nissan, Honda, Mazda, BMW and Renault, with sales expected to hit over $12.7 billion.

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24K LEAF

Shannon and Christin Monroe of Orlando, Fla., decided to go electric, in a Nissan LEAF, 18 months ago. They since have logged nearly 24,000 commuting miles traveling to work, running errands and driving around town.

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A Call to Calsonic Kansei

At the R&D Center and headquarters of supplier Calsonic Kansei, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn expressed confidence in the company's growth and cost leadership, as the two work in tandem to keep production in Japan in check, from Nissan GT-Rs to EVs.

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Nissan DeltaWing Rides Again at Petit Le Mans

After being unceremoniously shoved out of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours in June, the fans' favorite will return to finish what it started at the event's little brother, Petit Le Mans.

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Zero Waste

Thanks to a personal passion for sustainable living, Coral Kanies, manager of electric motor production at Nissan USA, pledges zero-waste both at home and work.

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Living with the Yen

With the yen near record-high levels against rival currencies, Japan's automakers are boosting efficiency in Japan by shifting output from traditional strongholds.

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Snapping Sweet Light

The art and science of car photography: Tips from photographer Bruce Benedict on how to take the perfect picture.

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Down the Line

Nissan has celebrated the production start of the all-new Sentra compact car at its Aguascalientes 1 manufacturing plant in Mexico.

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Suzuka 5-0

Racing fans filled the stands of Suzuka to mark the 50th anniversary of Japan's legendary circuit, with historic cars including the 1964 Skyline GT.

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Nissan Does It Again

In terms of global volume and market share for July, EVP of Global Sales Takao Katagiri explains that Nissan again reaches record highs, despite slowdowns in some parts of the globe.

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New Sentra Kick Off

Nissan’s march toward 8% market share gained yards this weekend in Dallas, Texas, where media and fans got a first look at the all-new 2013 Nissan Sentra.

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Engineering for Russia

Russian consumer preferences, road and weather conditions, as well as rising standards of living all factor into Nissan's country-specific design and engineering. Global Chief Marketability Engineer Jerry Hardcastle has the back story.

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On the Road to No.1 in Russia

The Moscow International Motor Show kicks off, and Nissan eyes becoming Russia's top foreign automaker.

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Infiniti's Moscow Moment

New Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen speaks with the Global Media Center at the Moscow International Motor Show on plans for Russia.

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Take Note: Nissan's New Hatchback Begins Production

Nissan marked the start of Japan production of the all-new Note at a ceremony in Kyushu on Tuesday, a few days ahead of the hatchback’s sales debut.

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Factoring in Russia

Nissan's St. Petersburg factory is part of a major ramp up in the automaker's top European market.

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Growth Drives Nissan Frontier, Xterra, to Canton, Miss.

Change is coming to Nissan. Long-time employees at Nissan's Smyrna vehicle assembly plant see it as both a beginning and an end, the final frontier.

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Comedy, Music, Fans Fuel Pathfinder on Facebook

Second City Communications partnered with Nissan and invited fans to “An Improv-tastic Road Trip,” featuring musical improv using the next-generation Nissan Pathfinder as the central element.

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At Infiniti's Wheel

The new head of Infiniti Global, Johan de Nysschen, discusses plans to grow the Infiniti brand, at the 62nd Annual Pebble Concours d’Elegance.

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Inspiration Found at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Traveling the Pacific Coast Highway to Pebble Beach is a famed drive filled with picturesque curves.

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Glide Path: Nissan’s LATCH AND GLIDE™ Makes Third-Row Access Easy

For big families, it is time to celebrate. It used to be that “get in the back (row)” was an order saved for the youngest, and often smallest, passengers in a caravan. Being nimble didn’t hurt either.

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The Birth of Miss Fairlady

Nissan introduced the first class of Nissan Miss Fairladys in 1963 when it launched a new gallery in the heart of Tokyo. Nearly 50 years later, they remain symbols of the brand in Japan.

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Nissan's Black Cab for London

Nissan has unveiled a bold new vision for the future of the London 'black cab' and its 300,000 daily users - the Nissan NV200 London Taxi.

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Bold New Path

Nissan's newest model coming to dealer showrooms soon is the all-new, completely re-imagined Pathfinder. It was revealed in New York City this week to offer consumers, and media, an up close look at the new SUV, inside and out.

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Going for Gold

Nissan executives learn from the events, crowds and activities of Team Brazil in London, as they prepare for Nissan's exclusive automotive sponsorship of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Tech Talk: What's in the Orchard

Research and Development Executive Vice President Mitsuhiko Yamashita shares the latest in auto industry technology with the Global Media Center.

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June Sales, Share at Records

Nissan's global sales and market share hit records in June, with the Juke a key contributor.

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Nissan posts $1.5 bln Q1 operating profit, vehicle sales climb

Nissan posted an operating profit of 120.7 billion yen , or about $1.5 billion, in the first quarter, as vehicle sales climbed 14.6% to 1.21 million.

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Behind the Q1 Numbers: Nissan CVP Joji Tagawa

Nissan Corporate Vice President Joji Tagawa explains the first-quarter financial results.

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Japan's Power Gap

Japanese industry and households will face electricity rate hikes, meaning costs for manufacturers, like summer temperatures, are heading higher.

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LEAF Limo Stretches Zero-Emission Ride

The Embassy suites hotel in Nashville, Tennessee needed a new way to shuttle guests, committed to luxury and going green, so they helped create a Nissan LEAF limo.

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Notable Entry: EVP Andy Palmer on the new Nissan Note

Executive Vice President Andy explains why Nissan expects the new Note to be one of its key global growth models following its launch in Yokohama on Monday.

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Nissan’s all-new Note makes a splash at global launch party

Nissan held the global premiere of its all-new Note in Yokohama, with sales of the fuel-efficient hatchback to begin in Japan this fall.

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Striking the Right Note: Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura

Nissan Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura gives the story behind the new Nissan Note, debuting in Japan on Monday.

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Asean Spice

Takayuki Kimura, President of Nissan Motor Asia Pacific and Nissan Motor Thailand discusses growth in the Asean region, the importance of localization and addressing the needs of each specific market.

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First Stone for Mexico's New Plant

In a ceremony that fused Japanese and Mexican traditions, Nissan celebrated a historic milestone by setting the first stone of its new manufacturing complex in Aguascalientes.

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Nissan on Moody's Credit Rating Upgrade

Nissan Corporate Vice President Joji Tagawa discusses the recent credit rating upgrade by Moody's Investors Service.

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LEAF Unlocks Power Grid

Another summer of tight energy supplies is sparking plans for power-saving measures in western Japan, and the Nissan LEAF has become part of the solution with 250 Nissan available free for public and private use in Osaka.

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Nissan is adding 1,000 news jobs and three new vehicles, including the next generation Sentra, at its plant in Canton, Mississippi

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Record Sales in May - Again

EVP for Global Sales Takao Katagiri discusses the reasons for Nissan's record highs in market share and sales in May, including Qashqai's success in China and Russia.

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Taking Stock

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn reflected on a solid start to the Power 88 midterm plan, outlining progress at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

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Partners Nissan and Ashok Leyland Gear up for Growth in India

Dr. V. Sumantran, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland, joined the Global Media Center's Dan Sloan to discuss growth in India, collaboration between Nissan and Ashok Leyland on the Dost and LCVs and more to come.

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Owner Energy Fuels GT-R Experience

GT-R owners revved up to the Monticello Motor Club in New York for the third ever GT-R Experience.

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Carlos Ghosn's CEO School

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn tackled tough questions from the best and brightest students at Japan's Keio Business School on Tuesday, sharing his experiences leading two global automakers.

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The Checkered Flag

Le Mans 24 Hours concluded Sunday, with the world's oldest endurance race seeing a few historical firsts and many technological advances.

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DeltaWing in the Mirror

Nissan DeltaWing was called an answer in search of a question, but at Le Mans 2012 that query seems to be What If?

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Le Mans Race Day Warm Up

The Nissan DeltaWing and LMP2 teams make last minute checks and preparations amid wet morning conditions on Saturday, just hours before the 24-hour endurance race is to begin.

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In the Winner's Circle

Jerry Hardcastle, Global Chief Marketability Engineer, explains the techs and specs of the Juke NISMO in its debut at Le Mans, as well as the Nissan Juke-R, Nissan DeltaWing, and Nissan Leaf NISMO RC, all on display at the 24-hour endurance race.

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Nissan Loads LCV Line-up with new NV350 Caravan

Nissan signified its growing commitment to light-commercial vehicles on Friday with the launch of the all-new NV350 Caravan.

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NV350 Chief's Lowdown on Nissan's Newest Van

Norihiko Yagi, chief product specialist in charge of the NV350 Caravan explains the van's role among Nissan's award-winning line-up of light-commercial vehicles.

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NV350 Interview: Designing a Caravan

Ryoichi Kuraoka, chief designer of Nissan's new NV350 Caravan, explains how the twin aims of stability and modernity underpin Nissan's newest light-commercial vehicle.

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Jersey Facility Shores Up Nissan, Infiniti Dealer Tech Training

Nissan and Infiniti recently opened their largest U.S. training facility, a brand new 31,000-sq. foot center in New Jersey that will serve dealerships in the Northeast region.

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Nissan Pumps Up the Volume with 2013 Altima

Nissan will ramp up production of the new 2013 Altima at its Smyrna and Canton plants to satisfy growing demand in major markets, including Mexico, Canada and the Middle East.

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Venucia’s D50 leads expansion for Dongfeng Nissan in China.

Venucia’s D50 model drives growth for Dongfeng Nissan in China, with initial sales expanding the brand’s footprint to higher-growth domestic markets.

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Venucia Transit

Venucia's first production model, the D50, is leading the charge for Dongfeng Motor Co. in China, President Kimiyasu Nakamura tells the Nissan Global Media Center.

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De Nysschen Named New Infiniti Chief

Johan de Nysschen, a 19-year veteran of Volkswagen AG’s Audi division, is the new chief of Infiniti.

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Nissan Launches Global Brand Campaign with World’s Fastest Man

Triple Olympic gold-medalist and GT-R-owner Usain Bolt – a.k.a. the World’s Fastest Man – teams with Nissan to sprint into the new “WHAT IF_” global brand campaign.

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A Bolt for the Brand

Nissan is partnering with Usain Bolt, Olympic and world record holder and world's fastest man, to launch a new global brand campaign.

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Details Matter

Often it is a feature that is not thought about until it is needed, but windshield wiper function matters to drivers, especially in rainy and cold climates.

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Taxi’s Global Roadshow Makes Japan Stop

Nissan’s Taxi of Tomorrow, New York City’s next-generation cab, visited the Yokohama headquarters Tuesday, taking Japanese media for a spin.

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EVP Katagiri on Record Growth in April

EVP for Global Sales Takao Katagiri discusses the major drivers of Nissan's record growth in April - and the top markets worldwide - with the Global Media Center.

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Charging Ahead

A Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors-led consortium met in Tokyo this week to put a spark into their CHAdeMo high-speed charging roll out plans, with global customers updating on infrastructure.

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Nurburgring 24-Hour Race Highlights

Nurburging hosted the No.23 Nissan GT-R Club Track Edition with Michael Krumm, Toshio Suzuki, Kazuki Hoshino and Tetsuya Tanaka, and the No. 123 Nissan GT-R Club Track Edition, with Lucas Ordonez, Kazunori Yamauchi, Yasukichi Yamamoto and Tobias Schulze, which finished first in the SP8T class.

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Nissan Innovation Makes Tire Inflation Easy

A new federal study shows under-inflated tires triple drivers risk of an accident, so Nissan recently introduced the “Easy Fill Tire Alert” system as a standard on its 2013 Altima, a way to help motorists maintain optimum tire pressure.

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Nissan to Produce 100% Electric Van in Barcelona

The all-electric e-NV200 will be produced at Nissan's Barcelona facility from 2013, creating 700 new jobs and giving a timely boost to the Spanish economy.

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Eyeing Expansion, Infiniti Opens Hong Kong Global Headquarters

Infiniti, the luxury arm of Nissan Motor Co., officially opened its new global headquarters in Hong Kong on Tuesday, signaling the rising importance of Asia for high-end automakers.

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Carlos Ghosn on Infiniti’s new Hong Kong headquarters

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn discusses Infiniti’s new global headquarters and his outlook for the Chinese auto market.

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Dealer Expansion Key to Nissan Power 88 Success

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn met with customers and staff at a Tokyo dealership and accentuated the importance of a stronger global showroom network ahead.

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Great Minds Think Electric

The 26th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium in Los Angeles (EVS26) is a show completely dedicated to electric vehicles in the newest shapes, colors, and sizes.

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New 2013 Nissan Altima Begins Production in Tennessee

The newest Nissan Altima rolled off the line in Smyrna, Tenn. Tuesday, some 20 years and 4.4 million Altimas since the original model.

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Record Global Sales Push Nissan Profits Beyond Forecast

Nissan posts operating profit of 545.8 billion yen, as record global sales push results beyond FY11 forecast.

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CEO Ghosn on FY11 Earnings and Record Growth

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn discusses his take on the company's fiscal year 2011 financial results with Dan Sloan in the Global Media Center studio.

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Infiniti and Magna Steyr Ink Vehicle Assembly Agreement

Infiniti, the luxury vehicle brand of the Nissan Motor Company, has signed a memo of understanding with Magna Steyr for the assembly of a future luxury compact vehicle.

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Groundbreaking for Alliance Engine Plant Begins

The partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler reached a milestone with groundbreaking on a new manufacturing facility in Decherd, Tenn., which will produce Mercedes-Benz engines for Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz models.

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Nissan, Infiniti Debut Models Prove Winners at the Beijing Motor Show

The new generation Nissan Sylphy and Infiniti's M long-wheel base win awards at the 2012 Beijing auto show.

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Nissan, Infiniti Dealerships Open in Historic San Francisco

Nissan and Infiniti have expanded into a key-sales market known for a strong interest in leading-edge technology and environmentally-smart products with two new dealerships in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

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Nissan, GE Showcase Future Smart Grid with EVs

At the 2012 SAE World Congress, about 12,000 engineers from around the globe were in Detroit to talk about where the auto industry is going and how it is getting connected.

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Habitat Nashville Celebrates 500th Build with Partner Nissan

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville celebrated its 500th home build with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a new home owner and sponsor-partner Nissan.

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Dongfeng Nissan: 1 Million Sales Goal on Track

The new Nissan Sylphy and Venucia’s D50 look set to speed Dongfeng Nissan towards its 1 million unit annual target sales goal.

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Infiniti Makes China Statement with Expanded Output, Dealerships and Sales

Infiniti is shifting its global headquarters to Hong Kong, launching car production in China, and increasing mainland dealerships, on the road to becoming Asia's luxury brand.

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Beijing Auto Show Revs Up China Market

Auto China 2012 kicked off in Beijing, with automakers showcasing their best and latest at the nation's biggest auto show.

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Car Industry in Gear for Auto China 2012

On the eve of China's biggest motor show, the world's top car market expects strong industry and consumer interest, as Beijing hosts the world's top carmakers and suppliers.

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Nissan EVP Andy Palmer Statement on Network Intrusion

Nissan is taking actions to protect and inform employees and customers following an intrusion into the company's global network systems.

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Nissan Adopts EV Chargers at Two Prime California Destinations

Working with Adopt a Charger to accelerate the widespread acceptance of electric vehicles to address environmental concerns, Nissan North America has “adopted” 15 electric vehicle chargers in California.

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Nissan CEO Ghosn Visits the Zama Heritage Garage

With the clock ticking ahead of the return of the much-loved Datsun brand, CEO Carlos Ghosn stopped by the company’s Zama heritage warehouse, home to almost 80 years of automotive history.

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Zama Sets Standard for Nissan’s Battery Production Expansion

Nissan's Zama plant sets quality and efficiency standards, leading EV battery production expansion to the UK and the U.S., ahead of LEAF manufacture.

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Kung Fu Vettel: Drive of the Dragon behind the scenes

Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel started his Chinese Grand Prix weekend in unusual fashion in Shanghai, starring in a martial arts short film alongside Hollywood actress, model and martial arts expert Celina Jade.

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Chinese Journalists Preview the All-New Infiniti JX

For the first time, Infiniti invited Chinese automotive media to the United States for a hands-on orientation of a new Infiniti model - the all-new JX.

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Nissan’s Global Market Share Hits Record High in 2011

Nissan’s EVP Takao Katagiri spoke with the Global Media Center about the record market share in fiscal 2011.

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UK Prime Minister Visits Nissan’s Global Headquarters

British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Nissan’s headquarters Tuesday as production of a new hatchback at the company’s Sunderland factory in 2014 is confirmed.

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Zero Emissions, One-Hundred Percent Luxury

The Infiniti LE Concept makes its world debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, a near-production version of the performance luxury brand's first zero emission luxury sedan.

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Nissan, Intel unveil next-generation in-car technology at the New York Auto Show

Nissan debuts its next-generation connected car system, NissanConnect, with the new Altima at the New York Auto Show, while the reveal of the zero-emission Infiniti LE highlights the dual-display concept, a technology developed with Intel.

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New York Auto Show Kicks Off with Altima Unveiling

The New York International Auto Show opened Wednesday, as Nissan unveiled its new Altima sedan.

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Nissan CEO, New York Mayor Unveil Taxi of Tomorrow

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled on Tuesday the Taxi of Tomorrow, the next generation transport for the Big Apple.

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One Year On from 3/11: Interview with Nissan Prince Miyagi President Masaki Kobayashi

The Media Center interviewed Masaki Kobayashi, president of Nissan Prince Miyagi, three months after the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami devastated much of the Tohoku region. This week Kobayashi gave another interview, discussing progress made a year after the twin disasters.

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Japan's Mobile Libraries Bring Books to Iwate Residents

Since January, the Shanti Volunteer Association has used a converted Nissan Atlas as a bookmobile for Iwate residents in areas hit by the March 2011 tsunami.

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Miyagi Governor Murai leads Tohoku recovery efforts, with eyes on a sustainable future.

Miyagi Governor Yoshihiro Murai keeps focus on Tohoku recovery efforts one year after the twin disasters of March 2011, looking to build a sustainable future for northeast Japan.

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CEO Ghosn Returns to Nissan's Iwaki factory

A little more than a year after the tragic events of March 11 in Japan, CEO Carlos Ghosn returns to Nissan's Iwaki factory to commemorate the Fukushima plant's recovery.

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DeltaWing Tests at Sebring Reveal An Innovative Car with Conventional Details

Nissan’s DeltaWing experimental racecar made its track debut last week at the 12 Hours of Sebring and has been turning out test laps at the Sebring Racetrack since.

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Nissan Ups Investment in Indonesia, ASEAN’s Largest Market

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced a ramp up of investment in Indonesia, adding $400 million to increase production capacity to 250,000 by 2014.

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Nissan Envisions Cars Communicating With Cars To Eliminate Crashes

On the heels of the 2012 Nissan Versa Sedan being awarded a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Nissan’s Bob Yakushi spoke with the Media Center about the future of product safety.

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Geneva’s Green Statement

At Europe’s top auto show, Nissan shows it is primed for growth amidst strong competition.

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JATCO puts its CVT transmission business into overdrive

JATCO makes almost half of all global CVTs, while the top transmission supplier plans production boost.

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A Sneak Peek at the Preparations for the 82nd Geneva Motor Show

70 brands from 260 exhibitors will draw media and the public when doors officially open to the Geneva Show on March 6.

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Nissan Undertakes Yearly Emergency Drill Ahead of March 11 Anniversary

With its global headquarters in Yokohama as command central, Nissan conducted its annual emergency response drills Monday with crisis simulation exercises.

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Amsterdam’s TAXI-E takes zero emission push to the streets

Amsterdam’s newest taxi company, TAXI-E, has the polluting industry turning over new LEAFs with its sustainable business.

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Nissan LEAF Blazes New Trail for Bluegrass Underground

The Nissan LEAF breaks new ground in Tennesse, bringing music to one of the largest underground caves in the U.S. while keeping the unique natural environment intact.

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EVP Katagiri discusses Nissan's January sales performance

Takao Katagiri, executive vice president for global sales, provides all the details on Nissan’s January sales results.

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CEO Ghosn on the Nissan Technical Center

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn spoke with the the Global Media Center on location in Atsugi, discussing the continued importance of the company's global R&D and design hub.

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Nissan Technical Center Celebrates 30 Years

Located in Atsugi, NTC has been the center of Nissan’s design, development and engineering excellence since the early 1980s, its establishment coinciding with Japanese automakers rise to global prominence.

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Japan’s island paradise is becoming even greener, as EV infrastructure takes root in Okinawa

Okinawa sees EVs as integral to its plans for greater sustainability, building one of the deeper eco-infrastructures in Japan.

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Nissan puts the pedal down in expanding backing of a pro cycling team

Nissan North America steps up its commitment to professional cycling, becoming co-title sponsor of a team of 30 riders.

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Infiniti JX: The First Luxury Vehicle to be Built in Tennessee

The first Infiniti JX built at Nissan's manufacturing facility in Smyrna rolls off the production line, marking a new milestone for the plant and the first ever luxury vehicle to be built in Tennessee.

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Japan's island paradise expands EV role in eco-tourism

Nissan LEAF rent-a-cars in Okinawa create unique experiences in island eco-tourism while helping to build up local EV infrastructure.

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Infiniti Game on for Big 2012

Infiniti eyes growth in the U.S. with all-new, high-volume products.

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Daytona Dream

In the second chapter of the Global Media Center’s Heritage Series, “Daytona Dream”, we tell the story of the 1992 debut victory of the Nissan No.23 team in the legendary 24 hours endurance race.

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Huadu's Best Practices

The Media Center takes a closer look at Nissan's Huadu manufacturing facility, awarded best performing plant in the Renault-Nissan Alliance in 2011.

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Stars Aligned: Penn Jillette and the Nissan LEAF Headline in Las Vegas

Entertainer Penn Jillette makes a bet on Nissan LEAF in his hometown, making CO2 emissions magically disappear.

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Nissan Hosts Auto Bloggers at Chicago Auto Show for Launch of Project 370Z

Nissan's “Project 370Z” was launched at a special blogger media day at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show where enthusiasts can vote on modifications and follow construction online through Facebook.

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Nissan Shows Revised 370Z and NV200 Van at Chicago show

More than a dozen production and concept vehicles are making world or North American debuts at the Chicago Auto Show, with Nissan highlights including the revised 2013 370Z and NV200 compact van.

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Nissan Chief Financial Officer Joe Peter explains Q3 earnings and implications for fiscal 2011

Nissan CFO Joe Peter describes the impact of yen strengthening — and what Nissan is doing about it.

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Nissan Maintains Full-Year Profit Forecast, Financial Results Lead Japan’s Top Three

Nissan's encouraging financial results to date for fiscal 2011 show global sales off-setting strong headwinds.

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Nissan and FedEx test e-NV200 in London

The Nissan LEAF is already leading the way in reducing carbon emissions in cities, but with the e-NV200, Nissan is now extending this development into commercial vehicles in cities such as London.

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Renault-Nissan Bolsters BRIC Plans with Expanding India Alliance

Following Nissan's best ever monthly sales in India in January, the Alliance's Chennai plant will open a second line in March, doubling the facility's capacity.

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A Running Start for Nissan in North America

Brian Carolin, Nissan North America’s senior vice president for sales and marketing, spoke with the Media Center about January U.S. sales, which rose 10.4% from a year earlier.

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New Eco-Carrier Rides Waves of Sustainability

Sustainable mobility takes to the open water, as Nissan launches its first energy-efficient, coastal car carrier, the Nichioh Maru.

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EVP Katagiri looks back at Nissan’s record global sales in 2011

What were the key sales points of December and the record 2011 year? Executive Vice President for Global Sales Takao Katagiri has all the details.

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Nissan Mexicana chief talks new plant, 30% market share goal

Nissan Mexicana President Jose Munoz discusses achievements in 2011 and plans for 2012, including construction of a new manufacturing plant in Aguascalientes that will complement two existing Mexican factories from late 2013.

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Americas Focus on New Plants

Nissan Americas Vice Chairman Bill Krueger spoke with the Global Media Center, discussing the outlook for plants in Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. and 2012 growth plans.

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The Nissan LEAF proves slick in wintry test drives in northern Japan

Japan journalists brave Hokkaido snow and freezing temperatures to test drive the Nissan LEAF.

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Driving Results

Brian Carolin, Nissan North America’s senior vice president for sales and marketing, spoke with the Global Media Center, discussing plans to raise customer satisfaction, new products and the year ahead.

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From Inspiration to Innovation

Dongfeng Nissan marks eight years of stellar growth in mainland China with a month-long ‘Innovation Tour’, a roadshow of the best of today and tomorrow.

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Nismo Marches On at the Tokyo Auto Salon

Nissan debuts March Nismo Concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon, revealing a modified version of its popular compact.

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Media Center interview: EVP Andy Palmer At the North American International Auto Show

Executive Vice President Andy Palmer spoke with the Global Media Center at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, discussing the importance of storytelling, electric vehicles and the new Pathfinder Concept.

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Designs on India

Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s chief creative officer, spoke with the Global Media Center at the Delhi Auto Expo, discussing the challenge of combining practicality with innovative designs.

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Nissan highlights extended Heisman Trust ties with a tailgate party during the Detroit auto show

Nissan has extended its partnership with the Heisman Trust to 2016, hosting a tailgate party during the North American International Auto Show featuring Heisman Trophy winner and Hall of Fame pro player Barry Sanders.

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Infiniti Teases Advanced Sports Car Concept

Francois Bancon, deputy division general manager for product strategy and product planning, discusses the challenges of designing a sports car featuring an alternative propulsion system.

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Nissan unveils Pathfinder Concept and all-electric e-NV200 Concept

Nissan unveiled its Pathfinder Concept and the e-NV200 Concept at the North American International Auto Show Monday, the first in a wave of new models planned over the next two years.

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On the Offensive

Nissan's CEO says the carmaker is on the offensive, with another record year for the industry seen in 2012.

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Pathfinder drives Detroit debuts

The Pathfinder Concept is leading Nissan's new product charge at the Detroit auto show, and Nissan North America Vice President Al Castignetti calls the new car a game-changer.

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Counting on Canton

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn visits Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Canton, Mississippi, and speaks to the Global Media Center about the importance of the plant for Nissan’s business expansion in the United States.

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Nissan Makes Delhi Auto Expo Debut

Nissan made a first-ever appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo this week amid rapid sales growth in the world's second most populous nation.

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Dongfeng Nissan sets 1 million sales plan in motion

The Global Media Center spoke with Ren Yong, vice president of Dongfeng Nissan, on plans to achieve 1 million sales target this year, and the launch of the new Venucia brand in China.

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