Nissan Motor Co., the most prolific electric-car maker, plans to offer free rapid charges for its battery-powered Leaf hatchback for new customers in Texas, experimenting with a strategy pioneered by Tesla Motors Inc.
General Motors Co., trailing Nissan Motor Co. in electric-car sales, plans to boost output of its Chevrolet Volt to 5,000 a month as the automaker seeks to seize the lead and test consumers’ hunger for plug-in vehicles.
Honda Motor Co.’s Accord outsold Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry, the perennial best-seller among cars in the U.S., last month as gains for resurgent U.S.-based automakers surpassed those of Japanese and South Korean brands.
Nissan Motor Co., with U.S. sales lagging the industry’s rebound this year, said it hired a former Chrysler Group LLC executive to run its namesake brand in the country after the departure of a long-time sales official.
When General Motors Co. announced plans in June 2008 to build the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, executives called it a “moon shot” intended to rocket past Toyota Motor Corp. in technology leadership. Now the car is a flash-point for concern.
Buyers of General Motors Co.’s 2011 Chevrolet Volt won’t get California’s $3,000 rebate for the most advanced cars while Toyota Motor Corp. ’s Prius plug-in hybrid that can’t drive as far without gas qualifies for an incentive.
Tesla Motors Inc., the luxury battery-car company run by billionaire Elon Musk, is North America’s rechargeable auto sales leader so far this year as its Model S sedan passed General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Volt.
Toyota Motor Corp. expects assembly “interruptions” in North America and delayed sales of a new Prius model in its home market as the company grapples with the aftereffects of Japan’s strongest earthquake on record.
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