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Nissan Recalling 846K Altimas Due to Hood Issue

Automaker will begin repairs in February.

by on Jan.29, 2016

Nissan is recalling more than 900,000 Altimas for a hood latch problem.

Nissan is recalling more than 900,000 late-model Altimas due to problems with the secondary hood latch, which in some instances, is being repaired for the third time.

The Japanese maker said it’s recalling nearly 850,000 model year 2013-2015 Altimas because the hoods on the vehicles may open suddenly while driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if the primary latch fails or is released for some reason.

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For some of the vehicles, this is the third go-round with this problem, which stemmed from a problem due to the improper application of rust coating. The coating can “bind” and not allow the hood to latch securely. (more…)

Nissan Pushes the Boundaries with Titan Warrior Concept

Truck ups the “menacing” factor a la Ford Raptor.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Nissan ups the "menace" factor with its new Titan Warrior concept truck.

Just weeks after launching the new medium-duty Titan XD pickup, Nissan is going to extremes with the Titan Warrior, a concept vehicle designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the full-size truck.

The maker describes the Warrior – which is making its debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show – as “unapologetic, aggressive (and) athletic.” And they hint that it could serve as a model for a future version of the new Titan, along the lines of Ford’s familiar F-150 Raptor.

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“Truck buyers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for more content and more unique offerings,” said José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America, Inc. “Even though our all-new 2016 TITAN XD just started arriving at Nissan dealers nationwide last month, we are already exploring new territory where Titan might go in the future.”  (more…)

Renault-Nissan to Market “More Than 10” Autonomous Vehicles by 2020

Alliance aims for “mass-market cars at affordable prices.”

by on Jan.11, 2016

Nissan and Renault won't be the first to market with an autonomous vehicle, but they may have the most vehicles with the technology.

In the race to bring autonomous driving to market, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is hoping to gain a lead – if not by being first then by offering more self-driving cars than the competition.

The Euro-Asian partners plan to launch “more than 10” vehicles equipped with self-driving technology by 2020, adding that the goal is to go mainstream, with affordable, mass-market products.

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“Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of ‘zero emissions and zero fatalities,’” CEO Carlos Ghosn said during a visit to the Renault-Nissan Silicon Valley Research Center. “That’s why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents.” (more…)

New 2016 Nissan Titan to Start Just Over $40,000

Fully loaded pickup will top $60,000.

by on Dec.22, 2015

The top-line Titan XD Platinum Series.

The new 2016 Nissan Titan XD will debut at a starting price of $40,290, the maker announced this afternoon, with a fully loaded Platinum Reserve model pushing the sticker price up to $62,710.

Nissan is betting big on the launch of the new Titan XD. It marks the first remake of the Japanese automaker’s full-size pickup in a decade, and brings with it Nissan’s first U.S. diesel powertrain. The XD is the heavier-duty version of the Titan, with a standard ¾-ton truck set to follow next year.

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“Titan XD represents a unique proposition in the marketplace,” said Fred Diaz, Nissan’s head of sales and marketing in the U.S., “as the truck stands at what we feel is the perfect midpoint in terms of size, price and capability between ½ ton and ¾ ton trucks, thus meeting a previously unmet customer need.”


BMW, Nissan Team Up on National Fast Charger Network

Two battery-car leaders find common ground.

by on Dec.21, 2015

Get used to sights like this as Nissan and BMW are partnering to develop hundreds of new faster charging stations across the U.S.

Two of the leaders in the emerging market for “electrified” vehicles have decided to team up in a bid to make it easier for owners to charge up away from home.

BMW and Nissan are partnering in an effort to set up fast-charging stations at 120 locations across the U.S. The Level III systems are capable of giving a vehicle like the Nissan Leaf or the BMW i3 and 80% charge in as little as 20 to 30 minutes, far less time than a conventional charging system.

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“BMW continues to pursue new ways to support the development of a robust public charging infrastructure that will benefit current and future BMW i3 owners across the country,” said Cliff Fietzek, Manager Connected eMobility, BMW of North America. “Together with Nissan, we are focused on facilitating longer distance travel so that even more drivers will choose to experience the convenience of e-mobility for themselves.” (more…)

Nissan to Offer 390-HP Gas V-8 Option for New Titan

Gas engine alternative to big turbodiesel.

by on Dec.16, 2015

The 2016 Nissan Titan will be offered in a variety of configurations - and with two engine options.

Nissan will now offer a pair of powertrain options for its completely redesign Titan and new Titan XD pickups.

Nissan will officially launch the 2016 Titan next week, marking the end of a nearly decade-long run for the original truck. It will initially come to market with a big Cummins turbodiesel. But come spring, the Japanese maker will also make available a new, 390-horsepower V-8 that it will build in-house at an engine plant in Decherd, Tennessee.

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“With this new engine, Nissan Titan XD customers will have the opportunity to make the choice that is best for their towing and hauling needs,” said Rich Miller, the Titan chief product specialist.


Nissan Considering Extended-Range Hybrid

But despite reports, high-mileage model not locked down for production.

by on Dec.14, 2015

A Nissan E-REV could use a production version of the Sway concept first shown in Geneva.

Nissan is giving serious thought to bringing to market an extended-range electric vehicle, or E-REV. But despite widespread reports, the battery-based vehicle is not yet locked down for production.

Rumors began flying after an Australian publication interviewed Yoshi Shimoida, the deputy general manager of Nissan’s EV and HEV engineering unit. He told Motoring magazine the Japanese maker is working on “something like” the BMW i3 REx, an extended range version of the Bavarian maker’s electric city car.

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Shimoida also stressed that this would be an entirely new model, and not a modified version of the Nissan Leaf – which is expected to offer a much longer-range battery when a second-generation model comes to market in the next couple years.


National Labor Relations Board Files Charges Against Nissan

Automaker claims charges are without merit.

by on Dec.07, 2015

Nissan's Canton, Mississippi, plant is at the center of conflict between pro-union and anti-union supporters.

On the heels of gaining recognition as the official representatives of the skilled trades unit at Volkswagen’s plant in Tennessee, the UAW’s influence continues to expand in the Southeast to Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi, plant.

The National Labor Relations Board filed charges against the Japanese automaker claiming that it implemented a uniform policy in 2014 designed to restrict the free speech of pro-union, the UAW, advocates at the maker’s plant there as well as at two plants in Tennessee.

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Kelly Services, which provides contract workers in Canton, was also charged. The crux of the argument in for filing the charges, comes from the language in a question-and-answer document attached to the labor board complaint, which called for most employees to wear company issued pants and shirts. (more…)

UAW Gains Foothold in VW’s Chattanooga Plant

Skilled trades team votes to join union.

by on Dec.07, 2015

The UAW gained a foothold in the South after the skilled trades group voted to join the union.

After years of trying, the United Auto Workers won a breakthrough representation election at the Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when workers in the skilled trades voted to join the union, putting a crack in the nonunion wall around the transplants in the Southern United States for the first time.

In an election spanning two days last week, 152 of the 164 skilled trades’ employees, such as electricians and millwrights, cast ballots in the election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB said 71% of employees – 108 – voted for recognition by UAW Local 42.

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The vote came nearly 20 months after the union was narrowly defeated in an election involving all hourly employees at the plant. VW intends to appeal the result, claiming any vote should have included all 1,450 hourly manufacturing employees, not just the skilled trades. The skilled trades unit comprises roughly 11% of the plant’s hourly workforce. (more…)

Nearly 20 Mil Self-Driving Cars Expected to be on the Road by 2025

Dealing with the deadly “Trolley Problem.”

by on Dec.03, 2015

Autonomous vehicles, like this Google Car, could become a common sight in barely a decade.

While the first autonomous vehicles  are only expected to reach production by 2020, a new study forecasts they will catch on fast, with as many as 20 million of them likely to be operating on roads around the world by the middle of the next decade.

That said, the new study by Britain’s Juniper Research emphasizes that even by 2025, self-driving vehicles will represent less than 1% of the vehicles in use around the world. And that raises serious flags, industry analysts warning that things could get bumpy in the first years the technology is in use.

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“The research noted that concerns over the decision making capabilities of these systems have been raised and questions have been asked about the decisions autonomous vehicles would take when presented with…two disastrous outcomes,” stated a summary of the new Juniper study.