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Dec 6, 2010

Exclusive: Nissan to end Rogue in Japan after facelift

TOKYO (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co will stop building the Rogue in Japan at the crossover’s next remodeling around 2013, transferring output of one of its most popular U.S. vehicles to reduce exposure to the yen, an executive with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The Rogue is made at Nissan’s 430,000 units-a-year Kyushu factory in southern Japan, and is the brand’s best-selling light truck in the United States.

Dec 6, 2010

Nissan to end Rogue in Japan after facelift

TOKYO, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research) will stop
building the Rogue in Japan at the crossover’s next remodelling
around 2013, transferring output of one of its most popular U.S.
vehicles to reduce exposure to the yen, an executive with direct
knowledge of the matter said.

The Rogue is made at Nissan’s 430,000 units-a-year Kyushu
factory in southern Japan, and is the brand’s best-selling light
truck in the United States.

Dec 3, 2010

Nissan launches Leaf, bets big on electric vehicles

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan’s Nissan Motor Co formally launched its zero emmisions Leaf vehicle, an electric car boasting a range of 200 kms (124 miles) and billed as the first of its type to be sold on a large scale.

Nissan and Renault are counting on an aggressive push into the nascent electric car market to boost their brand image — much as the Prius hybrid did for Toyota Motor Corp.

Dec 3, 2010

Special Report: Turning over new Leaf: Get ready for EV era

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Over the past few years, Eiji Makino has met with heads of state, governors and mayors around the globe pursuing an unconventional strategy for Nissan’s new electric car, the Leaf: lining up support for the model before it was even on the road.

Electric cars need to recharge around town and a growing number of governments, seeking to reduce oil dependence and clean up the environment, have agreed to subsidize that kind of infrastructure.

Dec 3, 2010

Nissan launches Leaf, world’s 1st mass-market EV

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan’s Nissan Motor Co marked a major milestone in automotive history on Friday with the launch of the zero-emission Leaf, the world’s first electric car to be mass-marketed.

Nissan said the five-seater hatchback was rated with a driving range of 200 km (124 miles) on a full charge under Japanese test standards, more than the 160 km (100 miles) advertised under California’s rules and 73 miles under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s reading.

Dec 3, 2010

Nissan launches Leaf EV, gets 124 miles range in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan’s Nissan Motor Co on Friday marked a major milestone in automotive history with the launch of the Leaf, the world’s first electric car to be mass-marketed.

The Leaf gets 200 km (124 miles) on a full charge under Japanese test standards, 160 km (100 miles) under California’s regulations, and 73 miles under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s reading.

Dec 3, 2010

Nissan launches Leaf EV, gets 200 km range in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan’s Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Friday marked a major milestone in automotive history with the launch of the Leaf, the world’s first electric car to be mass-marketed.

The Leaf gets 200 km (124 miles) on a full charge under Japanese test standards, 160 km (100 miles) under California’s regulations, and 73 miles under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s reading.

Dec 2, 2010

Turning over new Leaf: Get ready for EV era

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Over the past few
years, Eiji Makino has met with heads of state, governors and
mayors around the globe pursuing an unconventional strategy
for Nissan’s new electric car, the Leaf: lining up support for
the model before it was even on the road.
    Electric cars need to recharge around town and a growing
number of governments, seeking to reduce oil dependence and
clean up the environment, have agreed to subsidise that kind
of infrastructure.

The Nissan-Renault car alliance put together more than 80
such agreements across five continents, with the first batch
of its zero-emission cars reaching customers only this month.
    “At first we had no clue which regions to attack,” Makino,
who was put in charge of Nissan Motor’s strategy for
electric vehicles in 2008, said at the company’s global
headquarters in the Japanese port city of Yokohama. “Portugal
was the first partnership we signed, and that made sense
because they were promoting renewable energy.”

Dec 2, 2010

Getting a charge out of the electric car

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Electric cars run
soundlessly, get some of the best mileage, and don’t pollute
the air. But if you ask officials in Yokohama, Japan’s
second-largest city, an electric car can do even more than that.

They can contribute to the electricity network.

Because electric vehicles, or EVs, run on batteries, they
could theoretically store energy and feed it back into the
home from the garage, for instance, or even provide
electricity to the community if it was connected to a “smart
grid”.

Dec 1, 2010

Japan, Europe November car sales fall

TOKYO/PARIS, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Japanese car sales slumped
for the third straight month as the euro zone crisis threatened
sales, while economic woes and the end of scrappage schemes
threatened a bleak start to 2011 for Europe’s car markets.

In Europe, while austerity measures and economic concerns
will likely hit spending power and consumer confidence in the
coming months, the end of scrapping incentives had a more
immediate impact on November automobile sales.

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