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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.

What a Concept!

“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…)

Redesigned Nissan Titan Aims to Crack Detroit’s Hold on Full-Size Pickup Market

Much-delayed Japanese truck gets new high-mileage turbodiesel.

by on Jan.12, 2015

Nissan's all-new Titan full-size pickup truck is taking aim at a market dominated by Detroit's Big Three.

If at first you don’t succeed…? Well, Nissan is ready to try again with the launch of the newly redesigned Titan full-size pickup. The long-delayed truck will take aim at the last segment of the U.S. market overwhelmingly dominated by Detroit’s Big Three.

The maker hopes to create what it is describing as a “new class,” within the huge pickup segment, targeting those, it says, who want “the capability of a heavy-duty hauler with the drivability and affordability of a light-duty pickup.”

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Two versions of the 2016 Titan will be offered, a base model, and the heavier-duty XD line that is the focus of Nissan’s push at this year’s North American International Auto Show. And the emphasis, at launch, will be on a new Cummins turbodiesel engine that the maker promises will deliver the best of both worlds: plenty of stump-pulling torque and great fuel economy. (more…)

First Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon

Big things in a smaller package.

by on Sep.25, 2014

GM is jumping back into the midsize truck market with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

When General Motors pulled the plug on its old Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models a few years back, it looked like the midsize truck segment was getting ready to be taken off life support. At one time, back in the 1980s, U.S. buyers bought more small pickups than full-size models, but that flip-flopped in subsequent decades and, with sales sliding, seemingly towards oblivion, General Motors followed Chrysler and Ford towards the exit door.

But the biggest of the Detroit makers wasn’t quite ready to drive off into the sunset – not with archrival Toyota, as well as smaller Japanese maker Nissan, picking up whatever demand was left in the midsize truck market. GM had other plans in mind, revealing it would be back with two all-new trucks for 2015.

Stay in the Loop!

Rather than just rehab its old pickup platform, GM set out to do a complete redesign. What its come up with is something of a hybrid, starting out with the best attributes of the global midsize truck it offers in markets as diverse as Thailand and Brazil and blending them with the rugged, U.S.-centric Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups launched late last year. (more…)

Nissan Crowdsources Truck Options for Project Titan

Polling gives maker insight into next-gen pickup.

by on Jun.10, 2014

Nissan is crowdsourcing a 2014 Titan to be driven by two Wounded Warrior project alumni in Alaska this summer.

It seems there is nothing that can’t be crowdsourced these days, cable channels do it for houses and Nissan is doing it for Project Titan: a customized 2014 Titan that will be modified by popular vote and driven by two Wounded Warriors this summer.

In fact, the project has already begun with the first round of voting on Nissan’s Facebook page. The maker is offering up three different suspension systems to be installed on the truck: Access-Oriented, Balanced Capability and High Articulation suspensions.

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The early voting shows the High Articulation option with the early lead. (more…)

Nissan Considering Diesel for Midsize Frontier Pickup

But other options, including hybrid, also under study.

by on Feb.06, 2014

Nissan teamed with Cummins on the Frontier diesel concept debuting in Chicago.

After a long and near complete absence from the American automotive market, diesels are again gaining traction, a growing number of makers offering them this year, with more to follow – and nowhere is that more apparent than in the full-size pickup segment where Chrysler is winning kudos for the EcoDiesel in its big Ram 1500, while rival Nissan has announced plans to add a diesel when it launches its next-generation Titan for 2016.

But the Japanese maker brought another possible diesel option to this year’s Chicago Auto Show, a concept version of its midsize Frontier truck featuring an engine produced by Nissan’s diesel partner Cummins.

Keep on Truckin'!

And a senior official broadly hinted that the prototype, dubbed the Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner, could soon wind up in production.

“Will we build it? We want to see what the public tells us,” said Nissan’s head of U.S. sales, Fred Diaz.


Nissan Crowdsourcing Design of Next Titan Pickup

Building “the ultimate off-road capable truck.”

by on Jan.17, 2014

The next-generation Nissan Titan will be getting a much-needed diesel option.

Long an also-ran in the full-size truck market, Nissan wants to come out swinging when it launches an all-new version of the Titan pickup a few years from now – so it’s asking current owners and potential buyers to help design precisely the truck that they would want.

As part of what the Japanese maker is calling “Project Titan,” it is turning to the social media, using crowdsourcing to “build the ultimate off-road capable truck,” the maker explained during an announcement at the 2014 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas.  The project car will be produced and turned over to a wounded veteran.

Keep on Truckin'!

But what comes out of the crowdsourcing effort, Nissan suggests, will influence what it does with the next Titan model.

“Nissan is invested in designing the most innovative trucks ever,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales and Marketing, Parts and Service in the U.S. “Projects like this allow us to gather input directly from industry leading media members and those companies that embrace an outdoor lifestyle in their work and play, helping us deliver trucks that buyers want to own.”


Nissan Planning New Titan for Likely 2015 Debut

More body styles, powertrain options aimed to enhance appeal.

by on Feb.07, 2013

The current Nissan Titan is a marginal player in the big pickup market.

One thing the Japanese have demonstrated, over and over again, is that they live by the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” And nowhere is that more apparent than in the full-size truck market.

Despite repeated attempts, Nissan and Toyota have failed to dislodge Detroit’s firm grip on the huge and highly profitable segment. But even as the bigger of the two makers gets ready to reveal an all-new version of the Tundra pickup during the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan officials are confirming that they’re working up a replacement for their own full-size offering, the Titan.

News You Can Use!

Japanese officials, hoping to grab a bit of Toyota’s spotlight, announced they are “prepared for (the) long haul” and are “moving fast” to launch an “all-new” version of Titan.  While they didn’t have much else to say about their plans, has learned some significant additional details from Nissan planners attending the Chicago Auto Show.


First Drive: Nissan NV

Nissan jumps off deep end into commercial van segment.

by on Feb.03, 2011

Nissan enters the commercial cargo truck segment with the new NV line.

Nissan, which does 20% of its business worldwide in light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, has never offered a commercial van in the North American market.  Until now.  And the one they’ve finally introduced is the biggest one available.

Starting next month, at 250 carefully selected dealerships in the U.S., Nissan will offer a whole family of what it calls its NV vans, in 1500, 2500HD, and 3500HD conventional and 2500 and 3500 high-roof versions, all in a heavy-duty, body-on-frame construction.

Each participating dealership has committed to the installation of higher service-bay doors to accommodate the high-roof versions, plus at least one heavy-duty service lift, along with special training for mechanics and parts department personnel.


Nissan Eyes Growth in Commercial Sector

New NV to be followed by battery van and other models.

by on Mar.12, 2010

The 2011 Nissan NV commercial van will be offered in standard and tall configurations and, eventually, with battery drive.

Nissan rolled out its new commercial van at the National Truck Equipment Association’s annual Work Truck Show in St. Louis, this week, and is also suggesting the small van will be among the first electric vehicles to follow the Nissan Leaf sedan into the market.

Before the work truck show, Nissan North America Vice President of Commercial Vehicles Joe Castelli said the company is determined to expand its presence in the commercial market. Nissan’s commercial vans already are sold in 75% of the world’s markets, including Japan, China, Mexico, Europe, South America, Australia and the Middle East. Other manufacturers including Daimler AG, Chrysler, General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have or are promising to step up their activity in the commercial vehicle segment over the next couple of years.

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The new NV, however, is only one of the commercial vehicles Nissan is planning to sell in the US. A small van will also be introduced in the US next year and, after that, an all-electric version of the small van will come to the US market, Nissan officials said.

The new full-size van, which was shown in St. Louis, comes in two versions — standard and tall. It capitalizes on Nissan’s experience around the world. The tall version comes with a cargo box that is 76 inches tall and the standard 4-foot-by-4-foot by 4-foot cube-shaped palate slips easily into either the tall or standard-size cargo box, Nissan officials said.