Wed, Mar. 25, 9:41 AM
- U.S. sales for Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) will fall 8.0% Y/Y to 137.2K in March, according to an estimate from TrueCar.com.
- Nissan's market share is forecast to be 9.0% vs. 9.4% in February and 9.7% a year ago in March.
- Incentive spending by Nissan -5.8% Y/Y and -19.9% M/M to $2,547 per unit vs. the industry average of -1.3% Y/Y and +0.4% M/M.
- Total U.S. new vehicles sales are expected to fall 0.8% Y/Y during March to 1.5247M
Fri, Mar. 20, 11:27 AM
- Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) has reorganized its sales operations in the U.S. into eight territories from five to help it become more efficient.
- The company also announced a series of management changes impacting the North American business.
- Nissan U.S. sales are up 8.1% through the first two months of the year.
Fri, Mar. 20, 11:10 AM
- A self-driving car from Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) would be considered legal in 45 states at the moment, according to analysis from Wired.
- That 90% ratio is expected to change.
- The self-driving issue is likely to be teed up politicians and regulators over the next year as Tesla's new software update pushes up the timetable on the autonomous car concept.
- In Germany, for example, an explicit ban exists on autonomous driving.
- Another riveting puzzle: How does the software code get tested?
- There's also the question of what the insurance industry will have to say about the burgeoning technology and how much advanced sensor components will cost.
- Automobile experts think some functions such as self-parking, car retrieval features, and collision prevention technology will be approved federally and locally - while the full Muskonian dream may be a reach.
- BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Audi (OTCQX:VLKAY), Mercedes-Benz (OTCPK:DDAIF), and Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) are the other companies/brands out in front with self-driving car development.
- The Detroit Three (GM, F, FCAU) are mainly just kicking the tires on the concept.
- Previously: Tesla Motors talks range and self-driving features (Mar. 19 2015)
Wed, Mar. 18, 6:57 AM
- State TV in China has launched its 2nd expose on Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) of the week.
- The German automaker is accused by CCTV of ignoring consumer complaints of dangerous oil leaks within the engine.
- Last weekend, CCTV's 3.15 consumer rights show hit Volkswagen, Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), and Mercedes-Benz (OTCPK:DDAIF) over repair and parts pricing.
- Retail analyst Rahul Sharma notes that it's no coincidence the government is also for sales improvement for domestic car brands.
Tue, Mar. 17, 8:28 AM
- Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) car registrations +26.7% to 39,389 units in February, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
- Overall EU registrations +7.3% Y/Y in February, led by double-digit growth in Spain, Italy, and the U.K. YTD registrations +7.0%.
- Nissan market share: 4.1% vs. 3.5% a year ago.
- Nissan YTD registrations +30.5%.
- EAMA release (.pdf)
Mon, Mar. 16, 9:38 AM
- TrueCar expects Japanese automakers (OTCPK:NSANY, TM, HMC, OTCPK:MZDAY, OTCPK:SZKMY, OTCPK:FUJHY, OTCPK:MMTOF) to offer a higher level of incentives in March in order to hit annual sales targets with their fiscal year ending March 31.
- Data from TrueCar indicate the aggressive positioning by Japanese automakers is having an impact on pricing in the broad automobile market.
- Incentive spending per unit in the U.S. fell 2.9% Y/Y in February.
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Tue, Mar. 10, 7:05 AM
- Automobile sales in China are up 8.7% Y/Y to 3.43M units after the first two months of the year, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
- Analysts tend to look at the two months together to smooth out the impact from the Chinese New Year holiday.
- YTD sales growth by manufacturer: GM (NYSE:GM) flat, Audi (OTCQX:VLKAY) +10.5%, Honda (NYSE:HMC) -7.6%, Ford (NYSE:F) +14.6%, Toyota (NYSE:TM) +13.6%, Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) +11.7%, BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) +2.7%.
Mon, Mar. 9, 9:22 AM
- Honda (NYSE:HMC) continues to be the automaker willing to ask the hard questions on subprime lending and extended loan terms.
- The Japanese automaker hasn't been pulled into some of the aggressive sales tactics of rivals such as Toyota and Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) on a more cautious view.
- Locking buyers into long terms keeps them underwater past when they historically want to trade, notes Honda exec Jeff Conrad.
- He also mentions Nissan's reliance on fleet sales to generate mass volume as a potential danger.
- Nissan has made some noise about outselling Honda in the U.S. for the first two months of 2015.
- Previously: Wells Fargo ringing a bell for subprime auto lending? (Mar. 02 2015)
Fri, Mar. 6, 8:39 AM
- Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) recalls 625K vehicles due to an issue with faulty latches.
- The automaker admits in a filing that there is risk of the hood opening if the main latch isn't fastened.
- This recall covers 2013 to 2015 Altima cars, while a previous recall over the same problem was related to a different set of Altimas, Pathfinders, QX60s, and JX35s.
- NHTSA notice
Tue, Mar. 3, 3:16 PM
- All-electric and plug-in hybrid car sales showed only modest growth in the U.S. during February.
- A slow pace of sales in February was expected for the Leaf and Chevrolet Volt with General Motors and Nissan holding back on marketing efforts in front of this summer's release of next-gen models.
- The surprise of the month may have been BMW i3 topping the 1K mark during the tough weather period and with lower gas prices in the background.
- YTD EV sales are running slightly ahead of last year's pace.
- Looking ahead: Though EV sales are only a fraction of the total U.S. auto market, repping only ~15% of sales of the Toyota Camry for instance, major bets are being laid out by automakers on research and development. Exponential demand growth in the segment will be needed to make the Model X, Chevrolet Bolt, BMW i3, 2016 Toyota Prius PHV, 2016 Leaf, and other notable entries major successes.
- February EV sales scorecard (units): Nissan Leaf 1,198, Model S 1,150 (estimated), BMW i3 1,089, Chevrolet Volt 693, Toyota Prius PHV 397 (plug-in not conventional hybrid), Cadillac ELR 127, Chevrolet Spark 119, BMW 113.
- Related stocks: Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA), Toyota (NYSE:TM), BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY), Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), General Motors (NYSE:GM).
Tue, Mar. 3, 10:18 AM
- Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) unit sales +2.7% to 118,436 vs. a range forecast by analysts of 3.8% to 5.1%.
- Sales growth by brand: Nissan +1.1% to 106,777; Infiniti +19.8% to 11,659.
- Sales growth by model: Pathfinder +11.0% to 7.066; Frontier +5.4% to 6,106; Sentra +24.4% to 15,354; Altima -7.7% to 28,474; Leaf -15.9% to 1,198; Infiniti Q50 +11.4% to 3,649; Infiniti QX60 +10.4% to 2,985.
Fri, Feb. 27, 8:01 AM
- Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) says it can reach 10% market share in the U.S. without making any major production investments in the next few years.
- The Japanese automaker hints it can shift output from South Korea and its home plants to meet U.S. demand.
- If Nissan is to hit the 10% goal it will need a strong response for the 2015 Murano mid-size SUV.
- Nissan's U.S. market share has ranged from 8.7% to 9.7% recently.
Tue, Feb. 24, 1:25 PM
- Consumer Reports selects the Tesla Model S as the best overall model with an overall score of 99 on a combined measure of safety, performance, and reliability.
- Though scoring off the charts on performance and equivalent gas mileage, the Model S was only "average" for reliability.
- Other segment winners are listed below.
- Compact car: Subaru Impreza (test score 79).
- Midsize sedan: Subaru Legacy (test score 89).
- Large car: Chevrolet Impala (test score 91).
- Luxury car: Audi A6 (test score 90).
- Green car: Toyota Prius (test score 75).
- Sports sedan: Buick Regal (test score 83).
- Small SUV: Subaru Forester (test score 86).
- Large SUV: Toyota Highlander (test score 84).
- Minivan: Honda Odyssey (test score 84).
- The pickup category was skipped by CR due to the newness of the F-150 and Chevy Colorado launch.
- Automaker stocks: GM, F, TM, HMC, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:MMTOF, TTM, OTCPK:SZKMY, OTCPK:FUJHY, OTCPK:GELYF, FCAU, OTCPK:NSANY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTCPK:MZDAY, TSLA.
Mon, Feb. 23, 1:50 PM
- U.S. sales for Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) will increase 5.1% Y/Y to 121.3K in February, according to an estimate from TrueCar.com.
- Nissan's market share is forecast to be 9.4% vs. 9.0% in January and 9.7% a year ago in February.
- Incentive spending -8.4% Y/Y and -13.2% M/M to $2,554 per unit.
- Industry-wide new vehicles sales are expected to rise 8.5% Y/Y during February to 1.2965M
Wed, Feb. 18, 10:19 AM
- Shares of Toyota (NYSE:TM) and Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) are both up 1.3% (Nikkei +1.2%) on some positive news this week for the Japanese automakers.
- The companies both gained market share on strong sales in Europe and the U.S. during January amid positive review for new models.
- Those sales in the U.S. and Europe are magnified as Toyota and Nissan convert cash back to the weaker yen.
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