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February 16, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Torrance-based Nissan North America Inc., the U.S. arm of Japan's Nissan Motor Corp., said it will build a $30-million engine plant in Decherd, Tenn. . . . The American Petroleum Institute reports that unseasonably mild weather last month held down heating oil use, contributing to a 2.3% drop in overall U.S. oil demand in January.
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March 24, 2007 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Nissan North America Inc. said Friday that 775 workers at its vehicle and engine plants in Tennessee -- 12% of the factories' combined payroll -- had accepted a company buyout plan. Parent Nissan Motor Co., whose aggressive cost cutting led it to relocate its North American headquarters and 1,300 jobs from Gardena to Nashville last year, initially said it expected about 300 of the 6,200 factory workers to take the buyouts. Buyouts have been rare among Japanese automakers with U.S. factories.
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June 26, 2003 | From Associated Press
Nissan North America Inc. said it would move production of the Pathfinder sport utility vehicle from Japan to Tennessee, which could mean 1,500 new jobs in the state. Nissan said the move would require an investment of $250 million at the plant in Smyrna, adding 170,000 square feet to the 5.4-million-square-foot facility. The 2005 Pathfinders should begin production in Smyrna in fall 2004.
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June 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Nissan North America Inc. told dealers to stop selling 2006 four-cylinder Nissan Altimas and Sentra SE-Rs after reports of engine fires. The automaker said that there had been one minor injury and that it was investigating the cause of excessive oil consumption in the cars' engines. Nissan said about 100,000 of the vehicles built in 2006 may be subject to the problem. The vehicles have not been recalled.
BUSINESS
August 6, 1999
* Nissan North America Inc. said it has retained Dallas-based marketing firm Ornelas & Associates to develop a national Latino market advertising campaign aimed at increasing Nissan's exposure among the 27 million Latinos living in the U.S. Ornelas is a Latino-owned firm with more than $25 million in billings from a client roster that includes Taco Bell, Anheuser-Busch, GTE and Kimberly-Clark. Carson-based Nissan is preparing for the launch of several models and has recently seen U.S.
SPORTS
December 4, 2001 | From staff reports
Nissan North America, Inc. has extended its sponsorship of the Nissan Open PGA Tour event through 2006. The previous agreement for the event, held at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, was due to expire after the 2002 tournament. Nissan has been the title sponsor of the tournament since 1989. It is the oldest civic-sponsored event on the PGA Tour. Next year's tournament, Feb. 11-17, will feature a record purse of $3.7 million and a first prize of $666,000.
BUSINESS
June 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Nissan North America Inc. told dealers to stop selling 2006 four-cylinder Nissan Altimas and Sentra SE-Rs after reports of engine fires. The automaker said that there had been one minor injury and that it was investigating the cause of excessive oil consumption in the cars' engines. Nissan said about 100,000 of the vehicles built in 2006 may be subject to the problem. The vehicles have not been recalled.
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October 13, 1999 | ROBIN FIELDS, Robin Fields covers consumer issues for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7810 and at robin.fields@latimes.com
Gardena-based Nissan North America Inc. is giving $1.5 million to the What to Expect Foundation to help disadvantaged families with child safety. The money will pay for free educational materials and for a fleet of minivans that will ferry moms and children to health clinics. Nissan's connection to the foundation grew out a desire to teach parents about the proper use of child car seats. Federal statistics show 80% of car seats are installed improperly.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2000 | John O'Dell
Gardena-based Nissan North America Inc. said its Nissan division's newfound sales success with such models as the Xterra sport-utility vehicle and the redesigned Maxima sedan has enabled it to slash incentive costs by 42%. Although the industry average is now $1,750 per vehicle, the Nissan division said its incentive costs for the first half averaged just $1,400, down from $2,400 per vehicle last year. The savings are a critical part of a corporate drive to return to profitability.
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November 10, 1999 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The nation's first gasoline-powered super-ultra-low-emissions vehicles--from Nissan North America Inc. and American Honda Motor Co.--will go on sale in California early next year, the state Air Resources Board said Tuesday. Both cars will be powered by four-cylinder engines that use super-efficient catalytic converters to reduce tailpipe emissions to one-eighth the level of the cleanest gasoline engines now sold in California.
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December 8, 2005 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Tennessee may not match California when it comes to beaches and celebrities, but it bested the Golden State when it anted-up to woo Nissan Corp. The Volunteer State used a relocation assistance package worth $197 million to persuade Nissan to move its North American headquarters from Gardena to the hills just south of Nashville, according to Tennessee's Economic and Community Development Department.
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November 10, 2005 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
After nearly half a century of calling Southern California home, Nissan North America is preparing to call it quits. The company is scheduled to announce in Nashville today that it will relocate its corporate headquarters and 1,300 jobs from Gardena to a growing automotive center in central Tennessee. Nissan already has more than 6,500 employees at its largest U.S. assembly plant in the Nashville suburb of Smyrna.
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February 9, 2005 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Katzkin Leather Inc., a major manufacturer of custom auto interiors, sued Nissan North America Inc. on Tuesday, alleging the automaker engaged in unfair business practices when it attempted to block its dealers from using Katzkin products. Montebello-based Katzkin manufactures leather upholstery kits that are popular with motorists seeking a custom look for their vehicles. Some new-car dealers sell the kits in their parts departments.
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January 7, 2004 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Eyebrows raised when Nissan Motor Co. said it would challenge Detroit in the full-size pickup market. Not even Toyota Motor Corp., maker of the top import brand in the U.S., has had much success in the Ford-Chevy-Dodge-dominated big pickup arena. But Jed Connelly, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Gardena-based Nissan North America, predicts Nissan dealers will sell 100,000 of the company's new Titan full-size pickups this year -- more than twice Toyota's 2003 Tundra sales.
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July 21, 2003 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Nissan Motor Co.'s U.S. operating arm has launched a new marketing campaign that blends music, "reality" TV, radio and seemingly outlaw behavior in a bid to capture the attention of young American urban car buyers. Gardena-based Nissan North America Inc. has hired former Quincy Jones-David Salzman Entertainment marketing strategist Jonathon Cropper, 32, to head the campaign.
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July 4, 2003 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
William Kirrane, Nissan North America vice president and Nissan division general manager, is retiring this month after 32 years with the company, setting off a chain of promotions at the Gardena-based importer and distributor of Nissan and Infiniti cars and trucks. Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager of the company's Infiniti luxury car division, will replace Kirrane, effective July 20. Kirrane, 57, has overseen a major overhaul of the company's U.S.
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February 9, 2005 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Katzkin Leather Inc., a major manufacturer of custom auto interiors, sued Nissan North America Inc. on Tuesday, alleging the automaker engaged in unfair business practices when it attempted to block its dealers from using Katzkin products. Montebello-based Katzkin manufactures leather upholstery kits that are popular with motorists seeking a custom look for their vehicles. Some new-car dealers sell the kits in their parts departments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2000
Five Nissan employees filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that their employers at a parts distribution warehouse in Costa Mesa ignored their complaints of racial and sexual harassment and, in some cases, retaliated against them for speaking out. A spokesman for the car manufacturer said it was premature to comment on the allegations. "We haven't officially been served with this suit, so at this point we have no comment to make," said Scott Vazin, Nissan's director of corporate communications.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2003 | From Associated Press
Nissan North America Inc. said it would move production of the Pathfinder sport utility vehicle from Japan to Tennessee, which could mean 1,500 new jobs in the state. Nissan said the move would require an investment of $250 million at the plant in Smyrna, adding 170,000 square feet to the 5.4-million-square-foot facility. The 2005 Pathfinders should begin production in Smyrna in fall 2004.
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November 19, 2002 | Karen Robinson-Jacobs, Times Staff Writer
Latinos in Florida who financed their car purchases through Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. routinely paid higher interest rates than white consumers with similar credit histories, according to a study recently released as part of a class- action lawsuit. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Nashville, alleges that the lending policies of Nissan Acceptance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Torrance-based Nissan North America Inc., discriminate against African American consumers.
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