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2013 Nissan Altima
2013 Nissan Altima
The Altima has quietly become a serious contender for leadership in the import mid-size car segment, passing the Honda Accord, and gaining on Camry. Its success has helped boost Nissan's U.S. market share to 8.2% for the first 11 months of 2011 vs. 7.8% a year ago. The new model coming in the fall (2012 is pictured above) is key to Nissan reaching its 10% goal for 2014 growth set by CEO Carlos Ghosn. That would push Nissan past Hyundai-Kia and Honda and into fifth place in U.S. sales

By Alex Taylor III, senior-editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated December 22 2011: 1:40 PM ET
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