Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s SUVs and Quest minivan don’t stir Bob Lutz’s passion, but he says the Japanese auto maker has emerged as the global leader in producing appealing cars. “I like their new designs, but not uniformly. I think it’s a mixed bag,” says GM’s vice chairman-product development. Lutz likes Nissan’s 350Z sports car but not its new SUVs or minivan. He singles out the 350Z sports car, Altima sedan and Infiniti coupe for special praise. “I’m a little less thrilled about ...

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