Facing Owner Complaints on Leaf E.V., Nissan Executive Defends Company’s Record

Andy Palmer, executive vice president at Nissan, said the company had no plans to upgrade the purely electric Leaf with a new, longer-range battery, or to add an active temperature management system for its battery packs. Mr. Palmer, at a press briefing on Tuesday in Lower Manhattan, discussed the automaker’s E.V. strategy in light of recent attacks aimed at the program.

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On a Manhattan Rooftop, Talking Tail Fins With the Designer of the Cadillac Ciel

After its debut at Pebble Beach last month, the Cadillac Ciel concept has been on a whistle-stop tour en route to the Frankfurt auto show, turning up in Michigan on Monday and New York on Thursday. The car was displayed on the rooftop of a gallery building here in Chelsea, against a backdrop of wooden water towers and blue September skies.

There is no shortage of emblematic American land yachts that the Ciel, which is a foot longer than a Cadillac CTS sedan, evokes. Take the Lincoln Continental of the early to mid-1960s, for example. Not only the car’s long, slab sides and sharp fender creases lend that impression, but the words of the executives who rolled the car out in California on Aug. 18.
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Dieter Zetsche, Matchbox 20 and a 1937 540K Inaugurate Mercedes Showroom

On Tuesday night Mercedes-Benz Manhattan celebrated the opening of its sprawling, company-owned showroom on 11th Avenue between 53rd and 54th Streets. The dealership occupies the bottom floors of Mercedes House, a residential development designed by the architect Enrique Norten.

The showroom’s five stories are bound together by a spiraling ramp. Views down and across the 330,000 square-foot structure, which was built to the gold certification standards of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system, lend a sense of openness. On the north wall of the showroom is a photographic mural, in black and white, of the company’s Park Avenue sales space, whose interior was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
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Ferrari North America Chief Makes a Play for Younger Buyers

Dressed in a Mediterranean-blue summer suit, Marco Mattiacci, the president of Ferrari North America, contrasted nicely with the yellow 458 Italia on the floor of the company’s showroom in Manhattan, as well as with the chic, champagne-sipping crowd surrounding it.

The celebrants, most of them current or prospective Ferrari owners, had come to ogle a new coffee-table book that traces the history and heritage of the carmaker in words and exclusive photos.
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At MoMA, Volkswagen Formula XL1 Makes U.S. Debut

Martin Winterkorn, the Volkswagen Group chief executive, showed off the latest XL1 Formula prototype, as well as the actress Lucy Liu, on Monday night in Manhattan.

The XL1 was pulling double duty outside the Museum of Modern Art on 53rd Street. It was the first time that the latest prototype, unveiled at the Qatar auto show in January, was seen in North America. The vehicle also was the de facto ambassador for a broad partnership announced earlier on Monday between Volkswagen and MoMA, in which the German automaker would finance exhibition and education projects at the institution, as well as donate two works to its permanent collection.
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