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Nissan is most awarded mass market car brand for 2020

Despite a string of bad news for Nissan, from its CEO’s fall from grace, to crashing stock prices, to the halt in production brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a ray of light shines upon the beleaguered Japanese car brand after a study found it to be the most-awarded mass market brand in 2020.

The latest J.D. Power 2020 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, released last week, revealed that Nissan managed four segment wins, the most of any mass market brand.

 

The all-new 2020 Nissan Sentra is Nissan’s best performing car in the study, scoring 42 points above its segment average (compact car). Meanwhile, the all-new Nissan Versa scored 41 points ahead of segment average (small car). Consequently, the latest Nissan Maxima was 30 points ahead of segment average (large car) marking the third APEAL segment win in a row for the Nissan

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India’s car market reportedly flatlined to zero sales in April

In attempts to control the spread of the coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic, India has been been on lockdown since March 25 and will continue to be locked down until May 17. Like other countries in similar situations, India’s economy has been suffering clinging to life as a result. According to a The Times of India, via Car and Driver, India reported exactly zero domestic car sales for the month of April.

According sales data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Indian manufacturers sold 2,773,575 passenger vehicles in the 2019-2020 financial year, a number that was already down from previous years of 3,288,581 in 2017-2018 and 3,377,389 in 2018-2019. Now, due to the unprecedented conditions created by the global COVID-19 crisis, that number will likely severely drop once again due to a current stretch of zero car sales whatsoever.

Mahindra & Mahindra, one of the

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