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Car Dealerships Overstocked for Labor Day Weekend

Comstock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- If you’re planning on buying a car over the Labor Day weekend, you’re in luck.

According to a popular search engine for cars, many dealerships will be overstocked and ready to potentially dish out some great holiday deals for prospective buyers over the holiday weekend.

The website, called Chug, released a list Friday compiling the top 50 vehicles due to crowd U.S. dealerships over Labor Day.

Chug, which maps the entire national vehicle marketplace, found that auto dealerships have the highest inventory supply of the year this Labor Day weekend, and are looking to clear their overcrowded lots for incoming 2012 models.

"If you are currently in the market for a new vehicle, there is no better time to buy than this Labor Day weekend," said Chug CEO Len Short. "Car buyers will find some of the most popular models such as the Ford F-150 and the Honda Odyssey on the over-supply list, as well as the much buzzed-about Chevrolet Volt." 

The top 10 makes and models overstocked this weekend are Nissan’s Murano CrossCabriolet, Ford’s Super Duty F-750 Straight Frame, Subaru’s Impreza Wagon WRX, Toyota’s Prius, Subaru’s Impreza Sedan WRX, Audi’s Q5, Chevrolet’s Volt, Mercedes-Benz’s SLK-Class and BMW’s 6 Series.

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Six More Small Cars Receive Top Safety Award

Fstop/Photodisc/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- The number of small cars that have been named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grew to 22 Thursday, when the organization announced the latest vehicles to earn the prize.

After evaluating 13 small cars, the IIHS awarded the top crash-test rating to six models: the 2012 Ford Focus and Honda Civic, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, Lexus CT 200h, Nissan Juke, and Toyota Prius.

Dodge Caliber, Honda CR-Z and Insight, Nissan's Sentra and Versa, Scion xD, and Suzuki SX4 were also tested but they were not named Top Safety Picks.

To earn the top honor, cars must receive a rating of "good" in front, side, rollover, and rear impact crash tests, and have available electronic stability control.

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Nissan Considering Moving Some Production from Japan to US

PRNewsFoto/Nissan North America(TOKYO) -- As the March 11 earthquake and tsunami continues to disrupt business operations in Japan, Nissan is now considering moving some of their production lines over to the U.S. to make up for lost production.

The Japanese automaker announced Thursday that it is looking into having its plant in Dechard, Tennessee supply engines to Japan to make up for production shortcomings at its Iwaki engine plant.  No definitive decision has yet been made.

Nissan also announced that its North American manufacturing operations will continue to follow a normal production schedule through at least April 1.

Meanwhile, production of the LEAF -- Nissan's electric vehicle -- and its battery resumed Thursday at the Oppama assembly and Zama battery plants in Japan.

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Nissan Reports 78 Percent Jump in Profits for Third Quarter

Photo Courtesy - Nissan North America(TOKYO) -- A day after Toyota reported a bad third quarter, Nissan announced the opposite news.

Nissan's latest financial report released Wednesday shows profits for the Japanese automaker jumped 78 percent in the third quarter, compared to the same time period the previous year.  Nissan said its net profit was 80.1 billion yen -- the equivalent of $972 million -- for the three months leading to the end of December.  During the same time last year, the automaker profitted 45 billion yen.

Nissan said strong sales in North America and Asia helped offset sluggish sales back home in Japan.

The company also raised its vehicle sales forecast for the full year -- up 19 percent from the previous fiscal year.

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Volt Named Car of the Year

Chevrolet[dot]com(DETROIT) -- Automotive journalists selected the Chevrolet Volt as the North American car of the year for 2011 on Monday. 

It will be next year before the Volt goes on sale nationwide. "We are very bullish on the Volt so we are continuously monitoring and watching and when the time presents itself when the country is ready for more we are absolutely prepared and interested in giving them more Volts", says Chevrolet's Pamela Fletcher, who expects to sell about 45,000 of them. 

The cars run on electricity for 40 miles before a backup gas engine takes over. The Volt costs about $41,000 before a $7,500 tax credit drops the price. 

Nissan is ramping up production of the Leaf and Ford just introduced the electric Focus. "It's important that we get these vehicles out there, get them launched and then get the customers and country frankly to realize these are important vehicles and this is the way we ought to go in the country", says Ford Chairman Bill Ford. With gas prices rising he expects demand for electric cars to grow, though it'll be next year before most Americans have the opportunity to drive them. 

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Nissan Dealerships to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto | Nissan North America(FRANKLIN, TN) -- Select Nissan dealerships across the country will soon be among the first in the nation to add electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to dealership operations. 

This new feature will be available for new owners of the Nissan LEAF, which is set to roll out in select U.S. markets beginning in December.  Nissan is preparing to open EV charging stations at more than 150 dealerships in target markets in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Tennessee by January 2011.

"We're proud to have strong partners in our dealer group who, like Nissan, are investing in affordable, sustainable mobility," said Brian Carolin, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Nissan North America. 

Twenty thousand U.S. consumers have already reserved the Nissan LEAF since reservations opened April 20.

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