José Muñoz, a Nissan and Infiniti sales and marketing vice president, will replace Colin Dodge as Nissan's new North America chief, come Jan. 1, as part of a wide-ranging management shuffle, Automotive News reports. Dodge will remain on Nissan's board, be assigned to special projects and report directly to CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Nissan is working on reorganizing its global operations into six regions, each with a new chief: North America (Muñoz' territory), Latin America, Japan-Southeast Asia, China, Europe and Africa-India-Middle East. Currently Nissan divides the globe into three regions, the Americas, Europe-Africa-India-Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

Nissan also lowered its sales forecast from 5.3-million vehicles to 5.2 million for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2014. Last year, the company sold 4.914 million in the same period. In May, after Nissan's market share had fallen to 7.7 percent, Ghosn said he wants to double sales in the US by 2017 and increase its market share in the country to 10 percent.

The automaker's annual operating profit forecast was lowered as well, from 700-billion yen ($7.13 billion) to 600-billion yen ($6.11 billion), still better than fiscal year 2013, which had an operating profit of 523.5-billion yen ($5.33 billion). Nissan blames the slide on capital investment costs, recall-related spending and selling expenses, Automotive News reports.


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      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nissan, imho, suffers from a dearth of vehicles in the middle. They have the Versa (at the very bottom) and a fine Maxima at the top. The Altima is good but the Sentra is more forgettable than a Corolla. Maybe if they started by making the Sentra better (e.g. a car people want to have) as a true competitor in the segment: it would bolster the success they have with the Altima. The Juke and Cube are just distractions. Albeit they get attention to the brand... They are clearly not volume vehicles.
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Might not be the must have product but the Sentra and Versa sell in significant volume. Through October 2013 CYTD: Versa - 100,161 Sentra - 106,680 Altima - 271,303 Rouge - 137,588 The Maxima is in a niche market space but surprisingly does decent for a older product. CYTD Maxima - 40,179
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cruising
          I think ghosn wants to approach the recall issues, nissan never use to have so much, some people here is blaming him,let get real, some are supplier fault, but some too are managers fault, some workers fault, nissan america workers was getting sloppy, and now they want union, wonder if they are doing it out of spite to the company.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cruising
          I wonder how my Cruzes GM sold and how many Focuses Ford sold during the same time period. 100K units sounds great...until you put it in perspective.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        the new sentra is a better car than the corolla, but not as nice as the mazda 3, read all the reviews, it has better acceleration, braking driving charateristic and MPG,except for the corolla le that uses valvmatic, the versa note is a better car than the yaris too.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          Saying your car is better than a comparable Toyota is like saying cancer is better than AIDs.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      So how long will take for Mr. Jose Munoz to say something akin to, "GT86 is a car designed for 50 year old man in a mid-life crisis"?
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sales are down because their cars are UGLY. Seriously - Juke, Versa, Leaf, Altima, Cube, Murano CC, and King Bloomberg's new toaster-on-wheels of the future. Nissan is making some of the ugliest cars on the market right now.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        Don't forget the new "squished" Pathfinder. Oddly enough, the only Nissan I'd remotely consider would be the funky little Cube, but when I sat in one, it just felt so very cheap. If Ford can make a Focus feel nice inside, then Nissan could do the same...or at least try.
        RyleyinSTL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Winnie Jenkems
        I cannot agree. The 2014 Note and Rogue, in the context of their respective categories, look plenty nice to me.
      Tweaker
      • 1 Year Ago
      While not every model is butt-ugly, Nissan is foisting enough eyesores on us to where I don't even consider the brand.
      Henry
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is no surprise given some of their recent product offerings. I predicted this when the new Pathfinder was was leaked and subsequently shown. They are ruining the Pathfinder brand. The current Pathfinder design should have been the 3-seater Murano or better yet, the Quest. The current Quest minivan is on few people's minivan purchase radar. Also, the fact that most of their high volume vehicles require premium fuel is a serious drag especially in an age of near $4.00 premium gas price. I said it before and I am going to say it again, Mr, Gosn is cheapening the Nissan brand and it's only a matter of time before it catches up with them.
        RyleyinSTL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Henry
        "most of their high volume vehicles require premium" Altima, Rogue and Sentra account for most of the volume...none of which require premium petrol.
          Henry
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RyleyinSTL
          Yes, I omitted a qualifier about my statement but take a look at any of their vehicles with V6 or higher and tell me what they use. I own several of them, that's how I know.
          RyleyinSTL
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RyleyinSTL
          "V6 or higher and tell me what they use" As far a V6's go the Maxima and Altima both take regular. As does the Pathfinder, Frontier, NV Cargo, Quest and Xtera.....so I'm not sure what you're on about.
          Henry
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RyleyinSTL
          Unless they made changes for 2014, Nissan V6s' manufacturer's spec always list premium. Even the last Quest and Pathfinder require premium gasoline. Few examples: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bymodel/2013_Nissan_Maxima.shtml http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/32108.shtml http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/32014.shtml http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/noframes/31982.shtml
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah the lateral promotion. The you are under contract but aren't delivering so go look for a new job while we wait until your contract is up rather than fire you.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      no surprise with the number of recall of new vehicles not even one year old, that show nissan america is loofting around. The plants reliability has sink lower, although some faults can be associated to part suppliers.Someone has mess up, and this man sis sent to correct it. Nissan must be happy it only the usa have the issue.
      • 1 Year Ago
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