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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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McLaren set to make mass redundancies

McLaren is to make around 1200 staff redundant across its automotive, technology and racing teams as part of a major restructuring of the business.

The move has come in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the imminent arrival of a cost cap in Formula 1 from next year.

The Woking-based outfit has taken a financial hit from the pandemic, which has affected car sales hard and forced the F1 season to be suspended.

The team announced on Tuesday that it was to begin a consultation period with staff to finalise the steps that would be taken, but a statement said it expected there to be 1200 redundancies across the group.

It is understood that around 70 staff will be cut from the F1’s operation, but final details have not been sorted out yet.

Paul Walsh, executive chairman of the McLaren Group said: “We deeply regret the impact that this

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