December 2, 2016
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thumbnail Truck Products Bolster Nissan Group Sales in November

Nissan staked 2016 as “Year of the Truck” with good reason. November vehicle sales results for the U.S. show that Nissan’s stable of trucks, crossovers and SUVs continue to deliver big for the company.

thumbnail Nissan Group Reports November 2016 U.S. Sales

Nissan Group today announced total U.S. sales for November 2016 of 115,136 units, an increase of 7.5 percent from the prior year and a November record.

thumbnail INFINITI Reports November U.S. Sales

INFINITI today reported sales of 12,112 vehicles in the U.S. during November, an increase of 3.6 percent compared to the prior year.

thumbnail Nissan Group Reports November 2016 Canadian Sales

Nissan Group today announced monthly Canadian sales of 10,671 units, an increase of 12.9 per cent over last year and its best November ever. Calendar year-to-date sales are up 4.2 per cent. Nissan brand sales totaled 9,541 units, an increase of 12.6 per cent year-over-year, marking its best November ever. Calendar year-to-date sales are up 4.0 per cent. INFINITI brand sales also recorded its best November with 1,130 units sold, an increase of 15.8 per cent. Calendar year-to-date, sales for INFINITI are up 6.6 per cent.

thumbnail INFINITI Reports November 2016 Sales in Canada

INFINITI today reported November sales of 1,130 vehicles in Canada, an increase of 15.8 per cent versus the previous year, marking the best month ever for the INFINITI Division in Canada. Calendar year-to-date sales are up 6.6 per cent.

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thumbnail The Case for Reviving Mitsubishi Motors – by Carlos Ghosn

In his latest LinkedIn Influencer post, Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn says that Nissan had a clear choice when considering its acquisition of a stake in Mitsubishi Motors: Sever ties with its longtime partner, or choose to support its revival. "We chose the latter," writes Ghosn.

thumbnail "Dreams Don't Come True Unless You Act On Them" – Mayra Gonzalez

When I was a young girl, my parents taught me that I could do anything I put my mind to, I just had to make sure I was the best at it. This is how I became the girl who always won more candy at kids’ parties, the girl who always answered questions first in class, and the first one to turn in tests. I feel truly fortunate to have grown up in a home that pushed me beyond the limits and social expectations for women, even in a society like Mexico’s -- known for its deeply rooted male chauvinism or machismo -- where women have few opportunities to exercise their rights.

thumbnail Nissan India Gets Closer to Customers in Karnataka

Nissan India opened a new dealership, Swasti Nissan, in Belgaum today. The latest addition to the company’s network is the ninth Nissan dealership in the state of Karnataka, and Nissan’s first dealer in the city of Belgaum. Nissan India has opened two new dealerships in Karnataka in the span of one week with the aim of enhancing sales and after sales service for current and prospective customers.

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Renault-Nissan Alliance

thumbnail Renault-Nissan’s Strategic Alliance With COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco

Renault-Nissan Alliance, world leader in zero-emission mobility, provided a fleet of 50 electric vehicles as the official passenger-car provider for the United Nation’s COP22 Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco from November 7th till the 18th, where more than 25,000 participants (delegations of international leaders, organizations and advisers) from different 196 countries attended and 1500 journalists.

thumbnail Alliance Research and Advanced Engineering Teams Host the Alliance Innov’ Days, Showcasing Promising Technologies From Renault and Nissan

The Alliance Innov’ Days, a two-day exhibition showcasing the most promising technologies being developed by Renault and Nissan, were organized by the Alliance Research and Advanced Engineering teams.

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Social Media

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thumbnail 2017 INFINITI Q60 – Performance Drive Modes to Customize Your Drive
thumbnail 2017 INFINITI Q60 – INFINITI InTouch™ Technology is Intelligence at Your Command
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11/30-12/2 Women's Forum Global Meeting 2016
Deauville, France
12/11 NISMO Festival
Fuji International Speedway, Japan
12/16 Star Wars: Rogue One Movie Premier
Los Angeles
12/23 - 1/2 Holiday Closure
Most U.S. Locations Closed
1/8 - 1/22 North American International Auto Show
Press days: Jan. 9-10; Public Days: Jan. 14-22
1/19 - 1/20 Montreal Auto Show

External News

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Nissan Clips

Building a Habitat for Humanity House With Nissan Changed My Life
CarBlog.com11/30/2016 — By Manuel Carrillo III

Typically we feature car reviews on this website. This is after all. As far as this article goes, however, there will be no talk of any specific car. Today we’re talking about Nissan’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity, which began back in 2005 after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ripped through the Gulf Coast region. In response to the devastation, Nissan donated 50 trucks and sent employees to assist the rebuilding efforts.

Carlos Ghosn Makes a Case for Reviving Mitsubishi Motors
AutoCar Professional (India)12/02/2016

On October 20, 2016, Nissan completed its acquisition of a 34 percent equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) and became its largest shareholder. MMC will also become part of the global Alliance with Nissan and Renault. With the addition of MMC, the Alliance will be in the world's top three automotive groups by global volumes, with sales of 10 million units in fiscal year 2016.

All the Brands Pulling Ads From Breitbart
USA Today12/02/2016 — By Mary Bowerman

Amid fierce online criticism, advertisers are severing ties with Breitbart News, a far-right website formerly run by a top aide of President-elect Donald Trump. Breitbart urged its readers Wednesday to boycott Kellogg's products after the company decided to pull its ads from the website earlier this week. The company was the latest to pull ads, as critics angered by what they call Breitbart’s racist, sexist and anti-Semitic content, publicly named its advertisers on social media... Jeannie Whited, a Nissan spokeswoman, said in an email statement that the company places ads "in a variety of sites in order to reach as many consumers as possible."

Foreign Automakers Post Fat November Sales Gains
USA Today12/02/2016 — By Nathan Bomey

With U.S. stocks trading at record highs, low gasoline prices fueling big-car purchases and Black Friday luring in shoppers, foreign automakers enjoyed a strong month in the showroom. Japanese automakers Toyota Motor, Nissan Group and Honda Motor posted U.S. sales increases of 4.3%, 7.5% and 6.5%, compared with a year earlier. Toyota sold 197,645 vehicles, while Nissan sold 115,136 and Honda sold 122,924.

Auto Sales Surge After Election, Nearing Record
USA Today12/01/2016 — By Nathan Bomey and Brent Snavely

Buoyed by renewed economic confidence following the presidential election, Americans snapped up new vehicles at a rapid pace in November, giving the U.S. auto industry a chance of breaking its all-time record for full-year sales. With stocks hitting record highs following Donald Trump's victory, easy credit, strong employment and a solid housing market, vehicle shoppers had little reason to hesitate in the showroom.

Toyota, Nissan Post November Sales Increases
USA Today12/01/2016 — By Nathan Bomey

With U.S. stocks trading at record highs, low gasoline prices fueling big-car purchases and Black Friday luring in shoppers, foreign automakers enjoyed a strong month in the showroom. Japanese automakers Toyota Motor and Nissan Group posted U.S. sales increases of 4.3% and 7.5%, compared to a year earlier. Toyota sold 197,645 vehicles, while Nissan sold 115,136.

Black Friday Pays Off for Tennessee Automakers
Daily News Journal (TN)12/01/2016 — By Michelle Willard

Black Friday doesn’t just help retail stores. This year it helped accelerate sales for Nissan, General Mills and even Volkswagen.

GM, Nissan, Ford, Toyota Post Nov. Gains Behind Deals, Trucks
Automotive News(subscription may be required)12/01/2016 — By David Phillips

General Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. posted higher November sales on strong light truck demand and fatter discounts.

Nissan Group Reports November 2016 U.S. Sales
Automotive World12/01/2016

Nissan Group today announced total U.S. sales for November 2016 of 115,136 units, an increase of 7.5 percent from the prior year and a November record.

November Auto Sales: GM, Nissan, VW Rise as FCA Tumbles
Advertising Age12/01/2016 — By David Phillips

Ford, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and General Motors posted U.S. sales increases in November as a rise in incentive spending helped put the industry back on a winning track after three straight monthly declines.

Nissan Group Nov. U.S. Sales Up 7.5%

Nissan Group announced total U.S. sales for November 2016 of 115,136 units, an increase of 7.5 percent from the prior year and a November record.

Nissan's Armada SUV Returns With Upgraded Engine, Look
Japan Today12/02/2016 — By Ann M. Job / Associated Press

Nissan took a model year off from its largest SUV, the Armada, but it’s back for 2017 restyled and re-engineered with a plush ride, a well-equipped interior and a more horsepower than ever.

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Infiniti Clips

Trucks Star at Nissan Brand, Infiniti
Automotive News(subscription may be required)12/02/2016 — By Lindsay Chappell

Record November sales of light trucks gave the Nissan brand an 8 percent boost for the month. The same market trend lifted the Infiniti brand 3.6 percent, compared with a year earlier.

2017 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400
PC Magazine12/01/2016 — By Doug Newcomb

Infiniti is starting from scratch with the 2017 model, and the all-new Q60 not only distances itself from the G37, but comes closer to standing out in the luxury coupe segment thanks to a curvaceous sheet metal makeover, a powerful new turbocharged 400-horsepower, V6 engine at the top of the range, and innovative technology. While lower trim levels of the Q60 still offer great value, they can't compete with cars like the BMW 4 Series$52,300.00 at TrueCar and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. But the high-performance flagship Red Sport trim that we tested gives these competitors a run for their money in terms of performance and cutting-edge tech.

Car of the Week - Infiniti Q30
Sport 36012/02/2016 — By Steve McKenlay

One thing you can always be sure of is that when Infiniti launch a new car it is going to be luxurious and distinctive.

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Datsun Clips

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Zero-emission Clips

Tesla Hosts Lobby Group Shunned by Ford Over Climate Stance
Bloomberg12/02/2016 — By Jennifer A Dlouhy

Tesla Motors Inc. is hosting a party for a conservative lobbying group whose opposition to climate-change initiatives has driven Google, Ford Motor Co. and several oil companies to drop their membership.

Toyota CEO Appointed Head of EV Division, Toyota EV Due by 2020
Auto Evolution12/01/2016 — By Mircea Panait

Akio Toyoda, who is the head honcho of Japan’s biggest automaker, happens to be a motorsport enthusiast. He once took a Lexus LF-A prototype racer to the 24h Nurburgring. Be that as it may, Akio isn’t clueless as to what the automotive industry is heading toward. Hence, Toyota’s board of directors appointed Toyoda as the head of the brand’s newborn EV skunkworks.

Toyota's Electric Car - What We Know So Far
Auto Evolution12/01/2016 — By Sebastian Toma

Evidently, Toyota is not going to try to sell an electrified 2016 Prius in 2020, but the platform of the Prius might become the base for the first production EV from Toyota... It is interesting to see Toyota enter this field today. It already markets the world’s first production hydrogen FCV, which is available in multiple markets. Toyota has acknowledged that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles might not take off too soon, so EVs will be made as a safety net, along with the segments that the brand sees “fitting” for this category of vehicle.

Toyota Chief To Head Electric Car Development
The Motor Report (Australia)12/01/2016 — By Brad Leach

Toyota plans to debut a large range of EVs in 2020 when the world spotlight will be on Japan for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, as reported by TMR previously.

Toyota Goes Electric: President Steps up to Lead New EV Division
Blog: Teslarati12/01/2016 — By Carolyn Fortuna

Toyota now understands how important all-electric vehicles are to the future of their company… so important, in fact, that they’ve designated the company’s president to lead the charge, along with two executive vice presidents and the chief engineer of its Prius team.

GM to Take a $9,000 Hit on Every Chevy Bolt Sold; Its SUVs Give Thanks
The Truth About Cars12/01/2016 — By Steph Willems

To play the game, you’ve got to be prepared to kiss off a few bucks. That’s what General Motors will do with every Chevrolet Bolt that rolls off its Michigan assembly line, but it’s not because the automaker suddenly felt like becoming a masochist.

General Motors May Lose $9,000 For Every Bolt Sold (Switzerland)12/01/2016 — By Brad Anderson

According to a report, General Motors could lose $9,000 on every Chevrolet Bolt sold as it targets the electric car boom.

Plug-in Electric Car Sales for Nov: Volt Soars, Prius Prime Arrives
Green Car Reports11/15/2016 — By John Voelcker

Last month, sales of the Nissan Leaf electric car actually increased over last year's comparable number, while those of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid soared. While no Chevy Bolt EV 238-mile electric cars were delivered (we expect that to happen this month), Toyota delivered almost 800 of its new Prius Prime plug-in hybrid model.

Mazda To Offer An EV In 2019 With Range Extender
I4U12/01/2016 — By M. Affan

Mazda off to enter the EV industry with a little twist. Mazda might Offer an electric car in 2019 with with a range-extending gasoline engine.

Major Automakers Team Up on Ultra-Fast EV Charging Project
The Detroit Bureau12/01/2016 — By Paul A. Eisenstein

Another barrier to electrification is about to fall, thanks to a new coalition pairing BMW, Daimler, Ford and the various Volkswagen AG brands. The automakers have signed a preliminary agreement that would begin rolling out a network of ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations across Europe – setting the stage for the adoption of similar Level 4 technology in the U.S., as well. The chargers will deliver 350 kilowatts of direct current, or roughly 2.5 times the jolt of the Superchargers Tesla is deploying across much of North America.

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Manufacturing Clips

Nissan Letter Deemed Too Sensitive to Make Public
Financial Times(subscription may be required)12/02/2016 — By Peter Campbell

The government has rejected a freedom-of-information request to release a letter from Greg Clark, the business secretary, that encouraged the Japanese carmaker Nissan to invest in its factory in Sunderland, despite the uncertainty after the UK vote to leave the EU.

Nissan Deal's Deal With the Government Should Be Audited, Says Senior MP
The Daily Telegraph (London)12/01/2016 — By Marion Dakers

The deal that has kept Nissan building cars in Britain should be examined by the National Audit Office, over concerns that the assurances could add to the public debts without proper scrutiny, a senior MP has said.

MP Asks Spending Watchdog to Investigate Nissan Brexit Deal
The Guardian (UK)12/01/2016 — By Rajeev Syal and Phillip Inman

Whitehall’s spending watchdog could investigate the deal to keep Nissan making cars in north-east England, following a demand from the chair of an influential parliamentary committee. Andrew Tyrie, chair of the Treasury select committee, has written to the National Audit Office (NAO) asking for an inquiry into any assurances offered by the government to the Japanese car giant.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Unit to Invest About €420 Million in Brazil Over Five Years
The Wall Street Journal(subscription may be required)12/01/2016 — By Luciana Magalhães and Jeffrey T. Lewis

Volkswagen Truck & Bus on Thursday said it plans to invest about 420 million euros ($447 million) in Brazil over the next five years to introduce new products and modernize its plant in the city of Resende, in Rio de Janeiro state.

Volkswagen Truck & Bus to Invest 420 Mln Euros in Brazil
Reuters News12/01/2016 — By Maria Sheahan

Volkswagen AG said its truck and bus unit would invest 420 million euros ($446.5 million) in Brazil over the next five years to offer new products, modernize its plan in Resende and develop connectivity services.

How Trump Plans to Keep Jobs in America: Pressure and Promises
Bloomberg12/01/2016 — By Thomas Black, Rick Clough and Mark Niquette

Presidential jawboning is back. American companies beware. Donald Trump isn’t even president yet but in a span of just 12 days he’s twice claimed victory in getting major U.S. corporations -- Ford Motor Co. and Carrier Corp. -- to keep manufacturing jobs in America... Many experts say the piecemeal approach, while saving some jobs, is probably too little, too late to reverse the long-term decline in manufacturing employment in America.

Toyota Says Turbo and Hybrid C-HR Won’t Come to U.S., Admits Faster Version Is Possible
Car and Driver12/01/2016 — By Mike Duff

The new Toyota C-HR is one of the most radical things the Toyota brand has done in years. But although the Euro-focused crossover will be making it to the United States next year, we won’t be getting its 1.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or hybrid powertrains. We initially reported this news in our first-drive review of the Europe-spec version, but there’s more background on the decision.

Toyota Gives First Glimpse at Edgier 2018 Camry
CNet12/01/2016 — By Chris Paukert

This is the world's first look at the 2018 Toyota Camry, and it's an appropriate photo. Poised to enter its eighth generation when it bows at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Japanese automaker's venerable sedan has been showing its taillights to the competition from atop the sales charts for going on 15 years.

2018 Toyota Camry Looking Pretty Ahead of Detroit Debut
AutoBlog.com12/01/2016 — By Brandon Turkus

The next Toyota Camry is up for big changes at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. This teaser image is our first look at what that entails. The single shot shows a cohesive and potentially very pretty design.

Toyota Goes Back to Drawing Board for Next-Gen Camry
The Detroit Bureau12/01/2016 — By Paul A. Eisenstein

Look for an all-new, eighth-generation Toyota Camry to make its debut at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the automaker’s top U.S. executive confirmed today. Calling it perhaps the most important product the automaker has ever launched in the U.S., Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter said the 2018 Camry will introduce a new and much more passionate approach to design and driving dynamics. The goal is to move away from the reliable but boring product that, Carter acknowledged, is often derided as a rolling “refrigerator.”

2018 Toyota Camry Teased Ahead of Detroit Auto Show
Motor Authority12/01/2016 — By Kirk Bell

Toyota isn't about to let its main bread-winner, the Camry, get old. It is, after all, the best selling car in America. The Camry was new for the 2012 model year, and Toyota gave it a major refresh for 2015 after some negative reviews. Now Toyota is planning to release an all-new Camry for the 2018 model year and we will see it next month at the annual Detroit auto show.

These Rules May Prohibit Trump From Threatening Federal Contractors to Keep Jobs in US
CNBC.com12/01/2016 — By Eamon Javers

Donald Trump has mastered the art of the deal — in the private sector. But as president he may find that dealmaking in the federal government is somewhat less artistic. Federal contracting regulations are notoriously restrictive.

Ford Fiesta ST to Return in 2018
Blog: Leftlanenews.com12/01/2016 — By Drew Johnson

Ford will unveil a high-performance ST variant of its latest Fiesta small car later next year. Ford recently unveiled the standard version (pictured) of the new Fiesta at an event in Germany.

Rolls-Royce Offers 1st Good Look at Upcoming SUV
The Detroit Bureau12/01/2016 — By Paul A. Eisenstein

Rolls-Royce is plowing plans to put its first SUV on the road – and its giving us a first look at the vehicle it’s developing as part of what it has dubbed Project Cullinan. The British ultra-luxury brand is just one of the latest manufacturers to adapt to shifting market trends, echoing rival Bentley which launched its own Bentayga sport-utility vehicle earlier this year. With the exception of Ferrari, in fact, all major super-premium brands – including such names as Aston Martin and Lamborghini – intend to roll out utes of their own.

WAP Begins Production of Pacifica Hybrid Minivan
Windsor Star12/02/2016 — By Grace Macaluso

The Windsor Assembly Plant marked another milestone Thursday as production of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid commenced, Fiat Chrysler announced.

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Industry Clips

Donald Trump Warns of Penalties If U.S. Firms Take Jobs Abroad
The Wall Street Journal(subscription may be required)12/02/2016 — By Ted Mann, Damian Paletta and Andrew Tangel

President-elect Donald Trump threatened Thursday to punish U.S. companies that shift jobs overseas as he praised a deal that would save about 800 factory jobs in Indiana... Some economists called Mr. Trump’s actions, including an earlier agreement with Ford Motor Co. to keep some production at a Kentucky plant, an unsustainable intervention in the economy.

Auto Makers’ November Sales on Track for Record
The Wall Street Journal(subscription may be required)12/01/2016 — By Anne Steele and Adrienne Roberts

Auto makers reported U.S. sales on track for a record November as Black Friday deals, steep incentives and consumer confidence drew more car shoppers into showrooms.

Winter Warriors: Best 2017 Cars And Crossovers For Snow
Forbes Online12/01/2016 — By Jim Gorzelany

If you don’t feel like slipping and sliding through the white stuff this year, or just want to feel more secure behind the wheel during the winter months, we’ve compiled a slideshow of 15 cars and car-based crossover SUVs that are best suited to the season’s climactic conditions.

Self-Driving Chinese Truck Is The Future
Forbes Online12/01/2016 — By Jon Markman

The $300 billion Chinese trucking market is filled with long hauls and chaos. The government and technology firms are betting that self-driving 18-wheelers are the solution... Last month at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, the Internet services company Baidu (BIDU) and Foton showed off Super Truck. Apart from its array of sensors and distinctive surround windshield, the level 4 autonomous freight truck would not stick out in a crowd of diesel burners.

GM, Ford Zoom Past November Sales Expectations
USA Today12/01/2016 — By Nathan Bomey

Buoyed by renewed economic confidence following the presidential election, consumers flocked into domestic automaker dealerships in November. General Motors and Ford Motor outperformed expectations, giving their stocks a boost Thursday.

Scott Sturgis' Driver's Seat: Ford Focus RS is Fun Enough to Make up for Its Quality
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette12/02/2016 — By Scott Sturgis

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine creates 350 horsepower — 40 more than the Mustang’s EcoBoost engine of the same size, and 50 more than the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition. When pushed, the RS races to astonishing speeds in no time.

VW Brand’s U.S. Sales Rise for First Time in More Than a Year
Bloomberg12/01/2016 — By Gabrielle Coppola

Volkswagen brand sales in the U.S. climbed 24 percent last month, the first gain in more than a year, as Europe’s biggest automaker emerged from a sales slump triggered by the emissions-cheating scandal that was revealed in September 2015.

Next-gen Toyota Camry to Debut in January at Detroit Auto Show
Automotive News(subscription may be required)12/01/2016 — By John Irwin

The next-generation Toyota Camry will debut in January at the Detroit auto show, Toyota confirmed today. Toyota released a teaser image of the 2018 Camry that shows a sedan with sportier styling than the current generation. The image also shows a passenger-side brake light, which appears thinner and longer than that on the current Camry.

U.S. Auto Sales Stay Strong in November, Pointing Toward Record 2016
TheStreet12/01/2016 — By Doron Levin

This was the year that U.S. auto sales were supposed to tank after six straight year-over-year increases. Like Brexit and Hillary Clinton's presumed cakewalk to the White House, auto sales in 2016 have confounded the experts. Sales for the month of November came in strong for General Motors, Toyota Motor and Ford Motor, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. posted a big decline. Overall, the industry is expected to register a seasonally-adjusted average rate (SAAR) of 17.9 million vehicles for the month or close to it.

US Auto Sales Rebound in November
The Detroit Bureau12/01/2016 — By Joseph Szczesny

With General Motors and Volkswagen AG leading the way, the U.S. auto industry busted out of a mini-slump in November, albeit with some help from major promotions. GM’s total U.S. sales in November were up more than 10% over last year as Buick, Cadillac and GMC posted double-digit gains. Nissan Group announced an increase of 7.5% from the prior year and sets a November record. Nissan Division sales increased 8%, while Infiniti sales increased by 3.6%.

FCA US Nov Sales Down 14%

FCA US LLC reported U.S. sales of 160,827 units, a 14 percent decrease from last year's 187,731 units.