May 31, 1991 |
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.
April 14, 1989 |
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.
October 17, 1986 |
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.
October 28, 1988 |
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.
July 28, 1989 |
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.
March 22, 1997 |
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.
August 26, 1994 |
While Philadelphia police finished notifying relatives of three people killed Wednesday night in a two-car crash on Kelly Drive, accident investigators continued yesterday to seek the cause of the grinding collision. The vehicles, a sporty 1991 Nissan 300 ZX and a sleek 1966 Shelby Cobra, struck each other almost head-on about a half mile north of Hunting Park Avenue. Killed were Dale A. Bluebond and his wife, Leslie M., both 32, of South Philadelphia, and Robert P. Barnes, 42, of Bala Cynwyd.
August 27, 2003 |
A Cumberland County crash involving a small car and a tractor-trailer claimed a third victim yesterday, police said. Marilu Martinez, 27, of Bridgeton, was a passenger in a 1987 Nissan that was hit broadside by a Mack truck Monday. She died early yesterday at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center in Camden, said Sgt. Gerald Lewis, a state police spokesman. Investigators said the Nissan's driver, Adriana Guiza, 32, of Bridgeton, had failed to stop at a stop sign at Route 553 and Lebanon Road in Upper Deerfield Township about 4 p.m. The tractor-trailer, driven by Rueben Corona, 62 of Port Norris, slammed into the driver's side of the Nissan.
June 4, 2012 |
New Jersey state police were still looking Sunday for the driver and vehicle that struck and killed a Jackson Township woman on Saturday. Officials said Michelle Macinnes, 29, was one of four passengers inside a Mazda M3S when it was was struck around 11:40 a.m. by what appeared to be a black Nissan near Exit 4 on Interstate 676 in Camden. Macinnes was transported to Cooper Medical Center where she died from her injuries. The Nissan also struck a green Ford E150 van, though no one was injured in that vehicle.
April 2, 1996 |
Two young men were killed and another critically injured yesterday when their car, traveling at high speed, swerved and flipped into the woods off Route 563 in Burlington County, state police said. The driver, Keith Lopez, 20, of Woodland Township, and his front-seat passenger, Jeffrey Hollinger, 17, of Browns Mills, were killed on impact, police said. The third occupant, Randy Atz, 17, of Browns Mills, was thrown from the vehicle and was in extremely critical condition at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, according to State Trooper Al Della Fave.