It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Big Three coming to Detroit’s rescue! General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler are all doing their part to help their home-base of Detroit out after the city recently declared bankruptcy, and they’re doing so in an unexpected way. The three American carmakers recently pledged $26 million to help keep the Detroit Institute of Arts’ artwork off the auction block and on the Institute’s walls.
Currently, the Detroit Institute of Arts is in a $100 commitment to resolve Detroit’s bankruptcy problem. The $26 million from the Big Three will help keep city-owned pieced of art in the museum, since some creditors are demanding that they be sold to pay off Detroit’s debt. Of the $26 million, Ford will be donating $10 million, Chrysler is pitching in $6 million, General Motors is giving $5 million and the General Motors Foundation is giving $5 million.
Detroit’s debt is said to be $18 billion or more with $5.7 billion in unfunded retiree health care, so any money can help. We here at Cronic Nissan are just glad that the Automotive industry can help improve such an important city in our country.
The 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF has delivered not only its best sales year ever in Europe but also the best sales year for any fully electric vehicle, with a huge sales increase of 204% compared to 2012—for a total of 11,120 units sold.
With these incredible results, commanding a full 1/3rd, Nissan LEAF Leads Europe in the EV passenger car market, once more solidifying its position as the world’s best-selling 100 percent electric vehicle.
Its biggest success was in Norway, where the advanced EV infrastructure and government incentives go a long way toward motivating customers to make the switch to electric. In 2013, the Nissan LEAF was also the EV market leader in Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and—for the first time—France.
“97 percent of owners would recommend a Nissan LEAF to a friend,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe. “And we believe this, combined with a rapidly expanding charging infrastructure, will bring further growth in 2014. We are moving from the early adopters to the early majority.”
But there’s no reason the Europeans should have all the fun. Come get your own American-built Nissan LEAF at Cronic Nissan!
With increased sales and several debuts hinting at the automaker’s productive future, Nissan started the year on a positive note. On a more personal note, so did Nissan Motor Corporation’s Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President, Andy Palmer. He was named to the Queen’s New Year Honors List.
Adding Companion to The Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) to his list of titles, Palmer was distinguished by the Queen for his role in making the United Kingdom an influential automotive manufacturing base.
Palmer is responsible for bringing many important projects to the U.K. and orchestrating several of Nissan’s long-term partnerships with organizations like Williams Advanced Engineering and Infiniti Red Bull Racing.
His new title is bestowed upon non-military individuals who perform “extraordinary or important” works in a foreign country.
Of the honor, Palmer said, “This award is a genuine surprise and I am humbled, honored and extremely delighted to receive it. I would like to thank all the people of Nissan that have helped me achieve this.”
Here at Cronic Nissan, we are proud to be on the same team as influential men and women like Palmer. And, hey, we wouldn’t mind a shout-out from the Queen either.