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May 31, 1991 | By Mariann Caprino, Associated Press Inquirer staff writer Al Haas contributed to this article
The music industry might have to abandon the term going platinum to describe a bestselling record. The price of the precious metal plunged yesterday after Nissan said it had invented a cheap way to eliminate platinum in car pollution-control devices. Nissan Motor Corp.'s disclosure that it has developed a platinum-free catalytic converter, the boxlike device that transforms auto pollutants to harmless byproducts, sent the platinum contract for July delivery tumbling by the daily limit of $25 a troy ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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April 14, 1989 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
Many people probably will assume that an Axxess is a female ax murderer. But that's a long hatchet throw from the truth. In ax-uality, the Axxess is a new vehicle from Nissan. In the wake of its christening at the Lizzie Borden School of Automotive Nomenclature, the Axxess has been making its way into the Nissan stores as a replacement for the Stanza wagon. Like its predecessor, the Axxess is a cross between a station wagon and a minivan. Unlike the Stanza, the Axxess is a rather attractive little critter.
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October 17, 1986 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Staff Writer
The debut of Nissan's new four-wheel-drive Pathfinder is, among other things, a commentary on how much the automotive marketplace is heating up. Nissan has introduced this compact sport-utility vehicle knowing that this market segment is crowded already - and about to shrink. The automaker's own marketing studies have told it that compact sport-utility sales probably will tail off from the 477,000 recorded in 1986 to about 400,000 in the new model year. Yet, Nissan has gone ahead and taken the plunge, because it's hungry enough to want a bite of that still-considerable pie, and confident enough in its new product to believe it can take it. After driving the new Pathfinder, one gets the feeling that Nissan's confidence is well-founded.
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October 28, 1988 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
Nissan knows that it is not easy to sell refrigerators to Eskimos. So it tried something else: selling cars that look like refrigerators to Americans. I mean, have you looked at a Sentra or Stanza lately? If you have, you'll probably agree that the styling is not only squarish and stale, but also downright appliancelike. It wouldn't be surprising if their option lists included an automatic defroster. This boxy, last-generation styling has a bit to do with the fact that Nissan's sales have been in the deep freeze in recent times.
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July 17, 2016 | By Al Haas, Staff Writer
Thanks to an extensive, midcycle refresh that veers very close to a full-fledged redesign, the 2016 edition of the Altima, Nissan's popular midsize sedan, has greatly increased its sportiosity quotient. In addition to furnishing sportier styling and more athletic steering and suspension systems across the Altima lineup, Nissan has introduced a new SR model that raises the performance ante even more. You may be wondering, by this time, why Nissan expended all those design dinars to sporterize a family sedan typically tasked with trips to the shopping center and the kids' soccer games.
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December 21, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
'Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose" from "Me and Bobby McGee," a Kris Kristofferson song. In 2014, Nissan sold 15,000 Titan full-size pickups. That's a minuscule chunk of the market. Ford alone annually sells something on the order of 750,000 big pickups. So, Nissan has taken the freedom that comes with nothing left to lose, and cleverly developed a truck that should significantly increase its share of the very profitable big-pickup pie. That all-new truck, which begins arriving in the showrooms this month, is a nifty niche vehicle called the Titan XD. Just as Dodge once split the difference between a compact and full-size pickup with its midsize Dakota, Nissan has hatched a tweener that dwells in that hitherto unpopulated border country between light-duty and heavy-duty big pickup.
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July 28, 1989 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
For the last year, Nissan has been treating its somnolent sales ailment with massive injections of exciting new product. It came out with a more stylish version of its upscale sedan, the Maxima, and replaced its supposedly sporty 200SX coupe with a real show-stopper, the 240SX. It also deep-sixed its old minivan in favor of a lower, more highly styled hauler, the Axxess. More recently, it has introduced an all-new 300ZX sports car, which makes the old Z-car seem like a Zzzzzzzzzz-car.
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March 22, 1997 | By Christine Bahls, Mark Fazlollah and Rich Henson, FOR THE INQUIRER Inquirer staff writers Larry King, Rena Singer and Walter Naedele and correspondents Natalie Kostelni, Laura Barnhardt and John Murawski contributed to this article
The driver who raced wildly along the Route 422 Expressway before causing a horrific accident that killed five adults and two children Thursday had a long criminal history, according to authorities. Donald Matthews, 30, of the 5600 block of Elliott Street, Philadelphia, "in all likelihood would be charged with six homicides had he not died," said Bruce L. Castor Jr., Montgomery County first assistant district attorney. Matthews was acquitted in 1983 of a murder in West Philadelphia.
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July 1, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A man died when he was struck by two vehicles after stepping into the roadway in Delaware County. The victim, described as a male pedestrian in his 40s or 50s, stepped off the sidewalk and into the path of traffic on the 6400 block of Market Street in Millbourne at about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, said Shawn Payne, the borough's police chief. A woman driving a Toyota Coupe didn't see the man and hit him, Payne said. She pulled over, and the victim was then struck by a second vehicle, a Nissan sedan.
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October 18, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
It turns out that Chester County is an auto-body trainee's idea of utopia. High-income residents, expensive cars, and winding rural roads add up to a lucrative place for collision-repair specialists to make six-figure salaries. And 45 students at Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine are on their way there, learning the magic of making dents - or worse - disappear. But along the way, the teens are doing a good deed. Students at the Downingtown school are the first high schoolers in the nation to participate in a program that repairs older vehicles to be donated to needy families and charitable groups.
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August 29, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
2016 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SR CVT Vs. 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Premier: Small sedan shootout. This week: Nissan Sentra. Price: $25,245 as tested. (The SR started at $20,410 and added $1,230 for the technology package and $2,590 for Premium Package. A base S with six-speed manual starts at a tantalizingly low $16,780.) Marketer's pitch: "Your upgrade awaits. " Conventional wisdom: "Oh? You're upgrading me from this Sentra to what kind of car?" Reality: I'd hate to see a downgrade.
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July 17, 2016 | By Al Haas, Staff Writer
Thanks to an extensive, midcycle refresh that veers very close to a full-fledged redesign, the 2016 edition of the Altima, Nissan's popular midsize sedan, has greatly increased its sportiosity quotient. In addition to furnishing sportier styling and more athletic steering and suspension systems across the Altima lineup, Nissan has introduced a new SR model that raises the performance ante even more. You may be wondering, by this time, why Nissan expended all those design dinars to sporterize a family sedan typically tasked with trips to the shopping center and the kids' soccer games.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A man died when he was struck by two vehicles after stepping into the roadway in Delaware County. The victim, described as a male pedestrian in his 40s or 50s, stepped off the sidewalk and into the path of traffic on the 6400 block of Market Street in Millbourne at about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, said Shawn Payne, the borough's police chief. A woman driving a Toyota Coupe didn't see the man and hit him, Payne said. She pulled over, and the victim was then struck by a second vehicle, a Nissan sedan.
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June 5, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
2016 Nissan Altima 2.5 SR vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited: Sedan test mash-up. This week: Nissan Altima. Price: $25,525 as tested, including $220 for carpeting floor and trunk mats. Nissan is priding itself on offering trim levels without options throughout its model lineup. More about what the SR has - and doesn't have - below. (A bare-bones Altima can be had for $22,500.) Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver calls it "a capable sedan with a decent options list and a roomy, comfortable cabin.
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May 9, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
2016 Nissan Rogue SL AWD vs. 2017 Kia Sportage SX: Battle of the off-brand small crossovers. This week: Nissan Rogue Price: $33,175 as tested. $29,890 for a base SL. The SL premium package added $2,190 and panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, forward emergency braking and more. Marketer's pitch: "Accelerate your expectations!" Conventional wisdom: A 2014 Rogue put through the Mr. Driver's Seat Test Course a few years back left some distinct impressions.
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April 17, 2016 | By Scott Sturgis, Staff Writer
2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-X 4WD vs. 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 4WD: Big trucks go head to head. This week: Nissan Titan. Price: $57,830 as tested (the base MSRP is $50,970). Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver says it offers "smooth, quiet torque" but suffers from "overwhelming flab and no ambition to be great. " Marketer's pitch: "The every duty truck. " Reality: A big boy with mostly good manners, though it belches audibly at the pump. What's new: The whole shebang.
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February 8, 2016 | Al Haas, FOR THE INQUIRER
Between major vehicle redesigns, automakers will do what they call a "mid-cycle freshening. " This is usually a largely cosmetic exercise that typically amounts to replacing the grille, fascias, head and taillights, tweaking the interior, and offering fresh wheels. Nissan went considerably further when freshening the 2016 edition of the Sentra, its popular compact sedan. As one Nissan operative told me, "We spent three times more than we've spent in the past to freshen this vehicle. " After restyling the usual suspects, Nissan designers also fashioned a new hood and fenders.
NEWS
December 21, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
'Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose" from "Me and Bobby McGee," a Kris Kristofferson song. In 2014, Nissan sold 15,000 Titan full-size pickups. That's a minuscule chunk of the market. Ford alone annually sells something on the order of 750,000 big pickups. So, Nissan has taken the freedom that comes with nothing left to lose, and cleverly developed a truck that should significantly increase its share of the very profitable big-pickup pie. That all-new truck, which begins arriving in the showrooms this month, is a nifty niche vehicle called the Titan XD. Just as Dodge once split the difference between a compact and full-size pickup with its midsize Dakota, Nissan has hatched a tweener that dwells in that hitherto unpopulated border country between light-duty and heavy-duty big pickup.
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July 19, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD: Top student in a class of one? Price: $41,905 as tested (this trim level starts at $38,550; a base front-wheel-drive Murano can be had for $29,560). Marketer's pitch: "It's got form. It's got function. All that's missing is competition. " Conventional wisdom: Nissan's just trying to be weird and edgy. (And bad grammar-y, at least in the marketing department.) Reality: Bottom student, too. Up to date: I hadn't given the Murano a great deal of thought since, like, ever.
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June 14, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
First drive: 2016 Nissan Maxima. What it is: The eighth incarnation of the largest Nissan sedan. Price: $32,410 to $39,860. When it's on sale: Began arriving in dealerships June 3. Big Apple debut: When I received an e-mail about the new Maxima, I thought, "Oh, ho hum, a new Nissan. " But then I looked at the picture of the sedan, and I was kind of taken. The raised front fenders and the long hood made for a thing of beauty. "Hmmm. This might be worth it after all. " The new Maxima is the latest installment in the company's revamped lineup, which has given new looks to the Rogue, Murano and, coming at the end of the year, the Titan full-size pickup.
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