Nissan Seals $2.3 Billion Mitsubishi Motors Stake Acquisition

Nissan Motor Co. completed its acquisition of a $2.3 billion stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corp., clearing the way for Carlos Ghosn to take over as chairman of a scandal-plagued partner and embark on his bid to turn around a third major automaker. Ghosn, already chairman and chief executive officer at Nissan and Renault SA, promoted […]

Central America: A Growing Middle Class and Changing Buying Preferences Bode Well for Suppliers of Auto Aftermarket Products.

Manufacturers and distributors of automobile parts, components, and accessories and automobile care equipment ought to consider growing their businesses by exporting to Central American countries such as El Salvador and Guatemala. Central America emerged as a key growth market for the auto industry, said Andres Castrillon, senior counsel for international affairs at the Auto Care […]

Mexico courting Japanese parts suppliers

TOKYO — Mexico is trying to lure Japanese autoparts makers. Although the country makes more cars than any other Latin American country, its automakers share a structural weakness — underdeveloped supporting industries. Workers attend to a car inside Nissan Motor’s plant in the Mexican state of Aguascalientes. Mexico lacks the layers of reliable domestic suppliers needed […]

Toyota, Nissan, Fuji Makers set record

TOKYO — Japanese automakers doing well in North America booked record net profits in the April-June quarter while others reliant on markets elsewhere saw profit declines, their earnings releases show. All seven major automakers announced quarterly results by Tuesday. Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor and Fuji Heavy Industries — the company behind the Subaru brand — […]

Nissan seen cruising to record operating profit in China

TOKYO — Nissan Motor’s Chinese operations are expected to generate an all-time high operating profit of about 160 billion yen ($1.27 billion) in the current fiscal year ending in March, beating the previous fiscal year’s record number by 24%. China is projected to make up 19.2% of Nissan’s group operating profit this fiscal year, which […]

Nissan Motor views the Chinese market as “still healthy”

TOKYO — Nissan Motor views the Chinese market as “still healthy” and expects to achieve its sales target of 1.3 million vehicles there in fiscal 2015, CEO Carlos Ghosn told reporters Wednesday. The Japanese automaker’s sales in the world’s largest market edged 0.5% higher to 1.2 million units in the year through March, according to […]

Saudi Arabia Drives Surge in Spare Parts

Manufacturers and distributors of the GCC’s automotive aftermarket recently gathered in Dubai to discuss new opportunities in the region’s commercial vehicle (CV) market, as Saudi Arabia spearheads a regional surge in demand for CV spare parts and services. According to global analysts Frost & Sullivan, there are currently 750,000 trucks and buses on Saudi Arabia’s […]

Toyota and Nissan Butch Up Their Trucks

Toyota and Nissan haven’t made much of a dent in America’s booming pickup business of late, in part because they haven’t really tried. Nissan hasn’t overhauled its full-sized Titan pickup in 12 years. Toyota’s more popular midsized Tacoma has been largely unchanged for a decade. The listlessness is evident in their sales. Titan sales in […]

Thai Auto Sales Plunged in April

BANGKOK—Auto sales and production in Thailand tumbled again last month amid the nation’s political turmoil. April production totaled 126,730 vehicles, down 25.6% from a year earlier, said the Federation of Thai Industries’ Automotive Industry Club—and a slight easing from March’s 29% contraction. Sales were off 33% over the year-earlier level to 73,242 vehicles. For the […]

Nissan forecasts global deliveries will climb 8.9% to 5.65 million vehicles this fiscal year, representing a global market share of 6.7%

Nissan Motor Co. (7201), Japan’s second-biggest carmaker, forecast profit that missed analysts’ estimates, as intensifying competition drives up incentive spending in the U.S. Net income will climb 4 percent to 405 billion yen ($4 billion) in the year ending March 31, the highest since the 2008 fiscal year, the Yokohama, Japan-based company said in a […]