Nissan Canada has priced the Kicks, the automaker's newest entry in the compact utility vehicle segment, at $19,793, including shipping. That's lower than the vast majority of competitors.
Infiniti Lab, the luxury brand's startup accelerator program, will return to Toronto for the second consecutive year, giving tech businesses a chance to vie for funding and potential partnerships with the automaker.
Karim Habib, Infiniti's global design chief, spent his formative years in Canada. He is now tasked with helping buyers take a deeper look at Infiniti, which has struggled to stand out from rival luxury brands.
Since its Canadian launch in 2011, about 50 per cent of Leaf sales have been in Quebec, the automaker said. The City of Montreal alone will own close to 230 by the end of the year.
The 2019 Nissan Altima will have all-wheel drive available across all trims. The feature is designed to woo buyers in snowy Canada and sets the car apart from most competitors in the midsize sedan segment.
Nissan, pledging to maintain its leadership in electric vehicles, outlined plans to launch eight new EVs and hit annual sales of one million electrified vehicles by 2022.
Nissan North American has elevated several of its top U.S. sales executives to new posts as part of a larger refresh of its North American management ranks. The changes affect the chain of command in Canada.
Former Nissan and Chrysler executive Fred Diaz will be put in charge of Mitsubishi's North American operations, the latest step in the Renault Nissan Alliance's plan to revive the small Japanese brand. Diaz, 52, will become North American president and CEO, succeeding Ryujiro Kobashi, who will return to Mitsubishi's headquarters in Japan.
Nissan's compact Kicks crossover will make its Canadian debut at the Montreal International Auto Show on Jan. 18 and will arrive in showrooms in June. It will target young couples and empty-nesters