Next-Generation Nissan Titan Pickup get’s New Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine

IRVINE, Calif. – At the kickoff of Nissan 360, an industry showcase of Nissan’s global product and technology portfolio, the company announced it will offer a newly-developed Cummins V8 turbo diesel in its next-generation full-size pickup.Image

Now in the latter stages of development and testing, the available Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine has been optimized for the next generation Titan as a result of the partnership between Cummins and Nissan. Cummins also is developing a version of the engine for its commercial vehicle customers. Continue reading

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Nissan Altima Honored in AutoPacific® 2013 Ideal Vehicle Awards©

– 2013 Altima named Most Ideal Mid-Size Car –
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2013 Nissan Altima was recently named the Most Ideal Mid-Size Car in the AutoPacific® 2013 Ideal Vehicle Awards©. Based on a survey of over 52,000 new car and light truck owners who have driven their vehicles for 90 days or more, the Ideal Vehicle Awards recognize the cars that best meet owner expectations and desires.

Owners of the 2013 Altima expressed satisfaction in 15 key vehicle attributes, including exterior styling, cargo space, power, acceleration and safety features. This honor becomes the latest in a steadily-growing list of accolades for the 2013 Altima.

“In completely redesigning the Altima for the 2013 model year, we wanted to make sure that each customer need in this segment was addressed while neither skimping on fuel economy nor tech features,” said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing, Service & Parts, Nissan North America. “We’re thrilled to be recognized by AutoPacific, which further validates the tremendous sales we’ve seen with a product that’s also incredibly affordable, with a starting price of $21,860*.” Continue reading

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2013 Nissan Versa Note Named to Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The all-new 2014 Nissan Versa Note™ was named today to the top spot on Kelley Blue Book’s’s list of 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2013. Each year, editors at Kelley Blue Book’s, a leading provider of new and used car information, develop their list of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars based on characteristics that cater to an average student’s lifestyle. The publication credited the Versa Note’s cost efficiency, sleek design and overall technology offerings as primary factors for the vehicle’s top ranking.

“The all-new Versa Note offers the ideal combination of versatility, style and technology, all at an attractive price point for the budget-savvy student heading back to campus this fall,” said Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. “The Versa Note’s modern styling provides enhanced aerodynamics for improved fuel economy while its dramatic shape and proportions add an energetic look to reflect the active lives of its target consumers.”

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Two NISMO Athletes Jump into the SUPER GT Hot Seat

  • Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe to compete at the Fuji Sprint Cup in November
  • Both head to Japan this week for SUPER GT Test at Fuji

YOKOHAMA, Japan – The next phase of the NISMO Global Driver Exchange will see Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe head to Fuji this week to take part in the SUPER GT Official Test at Fuji Speedway on August 6 and 7. Both drivers will then go on to compete at the Fuji Sprint Cup (formerly JAF GP) at Fuji this November.

YOKOHAMA, Japan (August 5, 2013) - The next phase of the NISMO Global Driver Exchange will see Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe head to Fuji this week to take part in the SUPER GT Official Test at Fuji Speedway on August 6 and 7. Both drivers will then go on to compete at the Fuji Sprint Cup (formerly JAF GP) at Fuji this November.

Jann Mardenborough is the 2011 winner of GT Academy who is now competing against the cream of the crop of single-seater drivers in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship.  He has recently taken a podium finish in a Nissan-powered LM P2 car at the Le Mans 24 Hours and been part of an ‘All-Gamer’ line-up that took a Pro-Am podium at the Spa 24 Hours in the No.35 Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

“It is an amazing opportunity for me to have the chance to race in Japanese SUPER GT,” said Mardenborough. “I have raced at Fuji many times on Gran Turismo 5 so I can’t wait to go there for real and sample that long pit straight and there is a long right-hander that also looks a lot of fun.  Before I started racing in 2011 there were three places that I always wanted to go: Dubai, USA and Japan. I’ve done the first two and now I get to go to Japan and I get to race there too. I will be racing GT300 but it will be good to get a close look at the GT500 cars too as they look so exciting! I would love to race regularly in Japan at some point in my career so this opportunity is very important for me.” Continue reading

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Nissan, Gibson Collaboration Builds a One-of-a-Kind Mobile Repair Van

NEW YORK – Making its world debut ahead of the 2013 New York International Auto Show is the Gibson NV200 Mobile Repair & Restoration Van.

This unique vehicle is the result of an iconic collaboration between Nissan and Gibson that are, opportunely, corporate neighbors in the Nashville area.

“Gibson and Nissan are both Tennessee-based companies that build products worthy of consumer passion yet suitable for everyday use. We’ve sought a way to combine forces for many years now, and the introduction of the 2013 NV200 Compact Cargo van gives us the perfect opportunity to do so. Working with Gibson has been a dream come true for many of us here at Nissan,” said Joe Castelli, Nissan’s vice president of Commercial Vehicles.

The Gibson NV200 Mobile Repair & Restoration Van, built by Nissan, is an extension of both Gibson Pro Audio and Gibson’s fabled Repair & Restoration shop, based in Nashville, Tenn. This facility is where the best and brightest guitar builders go to ply their craft for one of the oldest and most-respected guitar companies.

As the Repair & Restoration shop fixes and customizes guitars owned by both the top professional musicians in the world and passionate enthusiasts, the Gibson NV200 Compact Cargo acts as a quick response support vehicle for professional and part-time musicians in need of timely repairs. It also will serve as an educational tool to the public representing the art of someone who makes or repairs stringed instruments, also known as a luthier.

In discussing the collaboration between Nissan and Gibson, Castelli said: “it’s really worked out and beautiful music is now being played between our great product and their (Gibson’s) great product. For each company, our customers are looking for something that is high quality. It’s not only assumed, but it’s expected.”

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IIHS: New Altima Garners Top Safety Pick+ Recognition

The innovative and fuel-efficient 2013 Nissan Altima Sedan recently became one of the first cars in America to earn “Top Safety Pick+” status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The new honor recognizes even higher levels of occupant protection than under the Institute’s previous testing methodology, which evaluated vehicle safety performance in side-, front- and rear-impact scenarios, as well as in rollover situations. The Altima, in winning a spot on the Top Safety Pick+ roster, not only achieved high marks in those areas, but also in the new small-overlap test designed to measure occupant protection when a vehicle hits a narrow obstacle like a tree. (The original front-impact test is geared for moderate-overlap incidents, where Nissan2013Altima_17crash forces are spread out across more of the frontal area of the vehicle.)

And remember, the all-new Altima also was awarded a five-star overall safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its performance in the government’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).

“Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan, which is why we make features like Safety Shield technologies available,” said Bob Yakushi, Nissan’s director of product safety. “The 2013 Altima is truly Nissan’s most innovative Altima ever, and the ‘Top Safety Pick+’ designation by IIHS reflects the engineering and design that have gone into this car to make it stand out in the class.”

Note: At this stage, the IIHS only has tested a batch of midsize cars using the new protocol, and also continues to evaluate vehicles for its traditional Top Safety Pick honors—which, so far this year, have been earned by the Nissan Cube, Nissan Juke and Nissan Versa Sedan.

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Nissan Celebrates Two Years of LEAF Sales with Announcement of U.S. Battery Plant

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – With two years of Nissan LEAF sales just completed, the company today announced the launch of the United States’ largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in Smyrna, Tenn. The facility – which is making battery components for the ramp-up of production of the all-electric, zero-emission 2013 Nissan LEAF early next year – is one of three of its kind in the world operated by a major automaker.

Since December 2010, Nissan has delivered more than 18,000 LEAFs to U.S. customers and more than 46,000 worldwide, making it the most successful 100-percent electric vehicle in history.

“Opening this U.S. plant is an important milestone in Nissan’s overarching strategy to foster sustainable mobility around the world,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co. “Nissan is the zero-emissions vehicle leader, and we are making significant strides as one of the largest producers of electric vehicles and batteries in the United States. The opening of this facility in Tennessee supports our goal of making zero-emissions mobility a reality through American jobs and American manufacturing.”

The first batteries produced at the plant have completed the required aging process and are now ready to receive their first charge. The state-of-the-art facility is capable of expanding to produce modules for up to 200,000 batteries annually depending on market demand. Those batteries can serve as the power source for the all-electric Nissan LEAF and for future vehicles that could be added to the portfolio.

The new battery plant is located adjacent to Nissan’s existing vehicle assembly plant in Tennessee, which has been retooled to accommodate production of the Nissan LEAF. Adding production of the Nissan LEAF and the battery has resulted in the creation of more than 300 U.S. manufacturing jobs to date. As battery production and LEAF assembly expand to accommodate demand, combined operations could add up to 1,000 additional jobs as needed. Continue reading

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