Nissan’s commitment to a global outreach in general—and to the country of Brazil in specific—continued recently with the official opening of a new Nissan Design Studio at Nissan Brazil’s headquarters. The new studio, called the Nissan Design America Rio studio, will immediately begin contributing to development projects, with a focus especially on the areas of materials and styling for future Nissan products.
Taro Ueda, Vice President of Nissan Design America (NDA), celebrated the design studio’s opening as a bright light for both Nissan and the country of Brazil. “Brazil has been one of Nissan’s key markets for years and can offer new inspiration for the design of our products for Brazil as well as globally. Soon, you may see some results of the work done by this team in collaboration with other design centers around the world,” Ueda said. “Rio has a wonderful combination of vibrancy and diversity that represents the Brazilian culture and people, with each region being unique in its own way. This is an ideal location to establish a design studio.”
As is true with everything Nissan does, the Nissan Design America Rio studio will be home to the best and smartest people in the design industry, ensuring that the brand will deliver nothing less than the best, smartest, most stylish vehicles on the road for many years to come. Come see us at 171 Nissan to check out the current Nissan lineup and get excited about the future as well.
With every coming year, Nissan continues to improve their green car options and make their current hybrid models better in both efficiency and in even lower environmental impacts. With the power of the hybrid and the electric vehicle (like the amazing Nissan LEAF) increasing greatly over the past decade or so, and green cars becoming a more mainstream choice, many drivers are actively trying to change how we affect our environment. And in one state, New Jersey, this effort for a greener tomorrow may include causing acts of coal rolling to be illegal across the state.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this rude obsession some big pick up drivers have, coal rolling is when a diesel powered vehicle spews an excess of particulate emissions. Many of you have probably seen this done on the road but never knew that most of the time; it’s done on purpose and is becoming an increasing fad in some states. Below this article you can see a video of a truck coal rolling so you can get the idea.
Well State Assemblyman Tim Eustace has begun submitting a bill (A3583) through New Jersey that will “Prohibits retrofitting diesel-powered vehicles to increase particulate emissions for the purpose of coal rolling; prohibits the practice of coal rolling”. Although modifying exhaust systems in that way is already illegal in some states, this just goes to show that just because someone is behind the wheel of a hybrid doesn’t mean they won’t put up a fight![Top]
A while back, Nissan announced the exciting and original idea of Project Titan, a plan to create the world’s first crowd-sourced truck. And now, here at 171 Nissan, we are thrilled to announce that Project Titan is officially a go. After collecting tons of information and votes on the Nissan Truck’s Facebook page, Nissan has begun building the truck of its customers’ dreams.
Nissan is tracking the progress of Project Titan in a video series. “We partnered with our Nissan Truck fans and the Wounded Warrior Project to create the ultimate Titan for an epic adventure in Alaska,” an announcement at the beginning of the first video says. “Now we’re building it.”
Phase One of Project Titan introduces us to the base platform of the new Titan. It’s built on the 2014 Nissan Titan PRO-4X, with plenty of fan-favorite changes to boot. Phase One also sees the Titan team replace the car’s tires with Nitto Trail Grapplers and replace the normal suspension with a 4” PRG Long Travel Kit edition.
With those changes already in place, we can already see this uniquely customized truck rounding into the perfect shape to tackle the rugged Alaskan wilderness. Check back on the blog for more Project Titan news and keep an eye out for videos of future phases on Nissan’s YouTube channel as well.[Top]
In January, Detroit will, as always, play host to the North American International Auto Show, where the next-generation 2016 Nissan Titan will make its long-anticipated debut. Here at 171 Nissan, we don’t know how we’re going to contain our excitement until then—January is still five long months away. For now, though, we’ll at least enjoy our rights of speculation, joining in with Torque News to guess what the 2016 Nissan Titan will look like.
Torque News made a list of five things to expect from the new Titan, like more powertrain options, improved fuel economy, added technology and convenience features, and even an overall larger design. But it’s mostly just conjecture at this point; however, we do know for sure that the Titan will feature a 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine, making the engine lineup more diverse for the next generation.
What’s on your personal wish list for the next-generation Titan? Let us know when you visit us at 171 Nissan to check out our lineup of cars, trucks, and SUVs alike.[Top]