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Nissan Blows Cover off New 2017 Sentra Nismo

Japanese maker expands performance family.

by on Nov.15, 2016

Nissan expanded its Nismo performance line-up for 2017 with the new Sentra Nismo.

The popularity of small, powerful cars continues to drive automakers to produce new models with the latest being the 2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo: The maker’s first-ever Nismo-branded Sentra.

“With the addition of the new Sentra NISMO, the enthusiasts behind NISMO production sports vehicles like the GT-R NISMO and 370Z NISMO sought to widen the reach of the NISMO brand,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America Inc.

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“But they wanted to do it without diluting the NISMO brand – which meant Sentra NISMO going deeper than just visual changes to an enhanced, visceral driving experience.” (more…)

2016 Nissan Sentra Gets Heavy Mid-Cycle Redesign

Refresh meant to give the sedan a more upscale appearance.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The 2016 Nissan Sentra's redesign is meant to give it a sleeker, more up-market appearance.

It’s long been the “other” Nissan sedan, the midsize Sentra often ignored in favor of the more upscale and better-selling Altima.

But the once vanilla sedan has earned some new fans in recent years for its mix of features and an affordable price tag, and the Japanese automaker is hoping to gain a bit more traction as it launches the updated 2016 Nissan Sentra.

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While this is, in many ways, the year of the SUV, the second-largest Japanese maker has made a major push to build its presence in the American sedan market, updating both the Altima, the bigger Maxima and now the Sentra.

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Hyundai, Nissan Combine to Recall 1.1 Million Vehicles

Latest actions push number of recalls to 45 million in 2014.

by on Jul.30, 2014

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is subject to a safety recall.

Add another million to the running tally of vehicles in a record-setting 2014 as Hyundai and Nissan announced actions totaling 1.1 million cars today: Hyundai recalling 889,000 vehicles and Nissan more than 226,000.

Hyundai is recalling 883,000 Sonata sedans from 2011-2014 due to a faulty shift cable. The cable may disconnect allowing the car to roll away after parking or preventing it from being shifted out of park.

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The maker received nearly 1,200 warranty claims due to the problem. Dealers will inspect the cable and repair the connection between he shift cable and shift lever at no cost to the owner. It also recalled nearly 5,700 2015 Sonatas for brake problems, asking owners to park the vehicles. It was the second time this year the 2015 model has been recalled. (more…)

Nissan Puts Sentra, Juke in Overdrive with Nismo Editions

Along with Nismo GT-R, Nissan rapidly expands performance line-up.

by on Nov.20, 2013

Nissan's Nismo Sentra helps the sedan shed its "sedate" reputation. The maker has three vehicles in the Nismo stable.

Anyone who thinks of the Nissan Sentra as a sedate, even stodgy four-door may be in for quite a surprise when they get a look at the 2014 Nismo Concept version that made its first appearance today at the annual L.A. Auto Show.

The sportiest version of the Sentra yet is actually one of three new models to carry the Nismo badge as Nissan moves to expand the presence of its high-performance brand-within-a-brand. Also on display in Los Angeles is the all-new 2014 Nismo Juke, while Nissan is using the simultaneous Tokyo Motor Show to highlight the debut of the equally all-new Nismo GT-R.

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“Fans have asked that we bring back a high-performance Sentra straight from the factory, just like in generations past,” said Nissan Vice President of Product Planning, Pierre Loing. “With Nismo, our in-house motorsports arm already producing versions of the 370Z Nismo, JUKE Nismo, JUKE Nismo RS and upcoming GT-R Nismo, we wanted to demonstrate where we could go in the future.” (more…)

All New Nissans to Get Easy-Fill Tire Alert System

Skip the gauge.

by on Jun.07, 2012

A customer reinflates a tire on the 2013 Nissan Altima using the Easy-Fill system.

Nissan will offer its new Easy-Fill Tire Alert system on all new and updated models as they come to market starting next year.

The system — which will debut on the 2013 Nissan Altima when it goes on sale in the coming weeks – is designed to not only alert a motorist when a tire is underinflated but also to make it easier to fill it back up.

Federal rules already require the use of a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS, on all vehicles.  But most makers have opted for a low-cost version that flashes a warning when one of the vehicle’s tires is low.  It’s then up to the motorist to figure out which one and then re-inflate it.

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More advanced TPMS technology – typically offered on higher-end vehicles – will show a driver which individual tire is underinflated.  But that still requires a motorist to use a special tire gauge to ensure proper inflation, a sometimes frustrating trial-and-error process.

With the launch of the 2013 Altima, Nissan introduces a simpler system that not only tracks the precise inflation at each of a vehicle’s individual wheels but also permits a driver to fill a low or flat tire without a gauge.

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New Nissan Sylphy World Car Hints at Next Sentra

Whatever you call it, Nissan has very big plans for its new "world sedan."

by on Apr.23, 2012

Nissan rolls out a "new world sedan," the Sylphy to most global markets and the Sentra in the U.S.

You might want to take a close look at the new Nissan Sylphy making its debut at Auto China 2012 this week.  Sure, it’s an unfamiliar name – to Americans, anyway – but what you see is what you’ll soon be getting pretty much everywhere in the world, whether it’s called Sylphy or Sentra.

The debut of what Nissan officials are calling their “new global sedan” was the highlight of their news conference at the Beijing Motor Show and underscores the aggressive tact the maker is taking as it pushes forward with a goal to gain a hefty 10% of the global automotive market.

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The next-generation, 2013 Nissan Sentra, for Americans, is a significant shift in strategy, at least from a styling approach.  The Sentra has been the dull and largely ignored fraternal twin to the more striking – and expensive – Nissan Altima, that model also getting a complete redesign for 2013.

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Nissan Teases with Image of 2013 Altima

New model set for NY Auto Show debut.

by on Mar.02, 2012

Nissan offers a first look at the new Altima.

There’s been plenty of action in the midsize passenger car market of late.  We saw an all-new Toyota Camry hit the road for 2012 while key players like Ford and Honda have weighed in this year with offerings of their own.  So, can Nissan be far behind?

Clearly not, as this teaser image makes apparent.  The second-largest of Japan’s automakers – which scored some big sales gains with its outgoing midsize model last month – is planning to lift the covers on its own new entry at April’s New York International Auto Show.

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The 2013 Nissan Altima appears to borrow some cues from the maker’s Leaf electric vehicle, if this image is any indication.  There’ll clearly be an emphasis on aerodynamics – and that includes the somewhat bug-eyed headlamps that Nissan developed for its battery-electric vehicle, which not only reduce drag but also shift wind away from the sideview mirrors, reducing cabin noise.

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