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First Drive: 2017 Nissan Titan

Truck offers plenty of power, creature comforts.

by on Aug.11, 2017

The 2017 Nissan Titan features a strong grille that is often the hallmark of popular full-size pickups.

Trucks are in right now and their strong appeal has helped keep showrooms humming and factories busy.

One of the reasons that trucks are so popular is that they are solid and appealing vehicles. Case in point is Nissan Titan, which faces off against enormously popular Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.

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The Titan may not command the loyalty of the American brands but it is made in the United States in Canton, Mississippi, and it has the rugged style, driving characteristics, dynamics and features that Nissan’s competitors have used to define and re-define the segment in recent years. (more…)

Nissan Unleashes Titan Pickup Truck in New York

"Standard" truck follows in footsteps of Titan XD.

by on Mar.24, 2016

The standard Titan is powered by a 5.6-liter V8 engine, and offers rear and all-wheel-drive.

Nissan continues to broaden its efforts to expand its footprint in the lucrative American truck market by unveiling the 2017 Nissan Titan at the New York International Auto Show.

After hitting bottom during the 2008 2009 recession, truck sales have steadily climbed and General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler have earned profits from their truck lines and Nissan, as well as Toyota, have taken up the challenge over the past new offerings.

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The Titan XD, Nissan’s answer to the heavy-duty pickup trucks sold by the domestic companies.  Prices for the gasoline version will start at $35,290 plus the $895 transportation charges.   (more…)

Nissan Ready to Storm Full-Size Truck Set with New Titan

Maker's next-gen Titan coming late 2016.

by on Dec.03, 2015

Nissan's next-generation Titan full-size pickup will hit dealer show rooms late in 2016.

The hot-selling full-size pickup truck segment is getting another new player: Nissan confirmed that the newly redesigned version of its full-size Titan pickup will make its debut towards the end of 2016.

The replacement for the Titan, which was first introduced in 2003 as a 2004 model, has been a long time coming. It will mark a new assault on the U.S. pickup truck market by Nissan.

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However, truck owners can get an idea of what the next-gen Titan will be like with the debut of the new Titan XD, which will be sold with an optional diesel engine built by Cummins. (more…)

Ford May Return to Small Pickup Market

But Detroit maker likely won’t use new Global Ranger for American market.

by on Oct.09, 2014

Ford still sells the Ranger around the world, but is reconsidering its decision to discontinue it in the U.S.

Ford Motor Co. may be ready to reverse its long-standing decision to abandon the compact American pickup market. But the maker is struggling to find a design that will offer a true alternative to the best-selling Ford F-150 full-size truck.

Ford walked away from the small pickup segment in December 2011, when it abandoned the long-in-the-tooth Ranger. And it wasn’t alone. With small truck sales withering over the decades, Chrysler and General Motors also pulled the plug on their old models.

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But GM is back for 2015 with two new midsize pickups, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and if initial reviews and early orders are any indication, they could be major hits, challenging the aged trucks offered by Toyota and Nissan. (more…)

With or Without Chrysler, Nissan Truck Production Will Continue

Despite Titan's near-death experience, Nissan intends to keep on trucking.

by on Apr.09, 2009

Better days: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn smiles as he debuts the original Titan pickup truck.

Better days: Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn smiles as he debuts the original Titan pickup truck.

Regardless of whether or not Chrysler and Nissan restart shelved plans to swap a small car and a full-size truck with each other, Nissan says it will continue to produce and sell the Titan half-ton pickup.

Last year, the two companies announced that the next-generation Nissan Titan would be built at Chrysler’s Saltillo, Mexico, assembly plant starting in early 2011, based on the Dodge Ram 1500 light-duty pickup. Current Titan production at Nissan’s Canton, Miss., plant was scheduled to end in late 2010, to make room for Nissan’s all-new lineup of light commercial vehicles.

The indefinitely postponed project raised questions about Nissan’s short and long-term plans for the Titan if the Dodge Ram-based version isn’t built.

Click Here to Subscribe to TDB“Our goal is to stay in the full-size market, even if Chrysler doesn’t build the (next-generation) Titan for us,” said Larry Dominique, Nissan North America’s vice president of product and advanced planning, on Wednesday at the New York Auto Show.  “[Light-duty] trucks sell about 1.1 million [units] annually right now. That’s important to us. We could potentially extend Titan production [beyond 2010] to stay in the market.”