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Month: January 2015

The 2016 Nissan Titan Provides Heavy-duty Sweet Spot

2013 Nissan Titan

2013 Nissan Titan Pictured

“If your towing needs strain the capabilities of existing half-ton pickups but you don’t want to make the stretch to an expensive, stiff-riding heavy-duty pickup, the Titan XD might be in the sweet spot,” claims Edmunds.com.

Nissan recently revealed it’s newly redesigned, second generation, full-size pickup at the North American International Auto Show. The 2016 Nissan Titan provides consumers with the choice of: two frame sizes, the larger being the XD, three cabin configurations, five trim levels and three bed lengths.

The first version to be released, the Titan XD, will be available to consumers late 2015. Under the hood, the Titan XD encloses a 310 hp 5-liter Cummins V8 turbo-diesel engine controlled by an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission. A V6 version and a gasoline powered V8 will be soon to follow.

The Titan XD also comes equipped with 12,000 lbs of towing capability and a payload capacity of 2,000 lbs. Updated features include: a gooseneck trailer hitch, lockable storage box beneath the rear seat, additional locked storage reachable from the bed, and LED lighting on the bed rails. Safety features include Nissan’s surround-view camera system, blind-spot warning, and moving object detection.

Come test drive this new brawny Titan later this year and find your sweet spot at 171 Nissan!

The Future of Driving: Nissan Autonomous Vehicle Systems

Nissan Autonomous Drive

Although it might sound like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, self-driving cars are just on the horizon. Thanks to a new partnership between Nissan and NASA, commercial applications of autonomous driving systems are now in the works.

So how exactly does this work? Well, Nissan autonomous vehicle systems have been around for a few years; however, this new partnership is aimed at getting the technology to the public. Using remote-control technology, network-enabled communication, and state-of-the art radar, it’s as simple as typing in a destination.

“The work of NASA and Nissan – with one directed to space and the other directed to earth, is connected by similar challenges,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan. He states, “The partnership will accelerate Nissan’s development of safe, secure and reliable autonomous drive technology that we will progressively introduce to consumers beginning in 2016 up to 2020.”

Nissan says the most complex obstacle is by far city driving. Nissan and NASA, who mastered the technology in planetary rovers, are aiming to use vehicle-to-vehicle communications and high-tech cameras to make the system operational. Who knows, maybe in a few years hover cars will be an option as well. At 171 Nissan, we’re excited to see what this partnership will bring to future Nissan vehicles!

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Nissan LEAF Sales Continue to Shatter Records in 2014

Nissan LEAF Sales

Nissan LEAF sales continued to be the envy of every competing automaker as the plug-in EV shattered yet another sales record, with 30,200 LEAF vehicles sold in 2014—the most of any plug-in EV and the first time any plug-in has sold more than 30,000 units in a single year.

This new record was punctuated by incredible growth.  Nissan sold 3,102 LEAFs last December, up 22.7% from last year and setting a new record. It seems as though every month we sell more LEAF’s than the last at 171 Nissan.

And it’s no small wonder. With MPG ratings of 126 city, 101 highway, and 114 combined, the LEAF has exceptionally low operating costs—and with the available $7,500 federal tax credit, even the starting cost is a bargain!

“From the beginning our vision was to bring electric vehicles to the mass market in a practical and fun-to-drive package,” said Brendan Jones, director of Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure, “which is what makes Nissan LEAF the best-selling electric car in the world.”

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Nissan Safety Technologies Will Make Vehicles Autonomous by 2020

Nissan Safety Technology

Nissan is well on its way to offering vehicles with fully autonomous driving technology. By 2020, you should be able to purchase a Nissan that essentially does the driving for you.

Like anything, the road to this destination takes steps. Two of those steps were the development of Moving Object Detection and Around View Monitor. These are separate but complementary technologies that, as part of a larger complex of technologies, will allow for true driving autonomy in the future.

Around View Monitor gathers a composite picture of the vehicle’s surroundings and sends it to the driver in real time using four exterior cameras.

Moving Object Detection works with the Around View Monitor technology. MOD analyzes the feed coming from AVM and determines whether there are any moving objects around the vehicle. If so, it can issue audio and visual alerts to the driver.

Nissan has recently licensed these Nissan safety technologies to Hitachi Construction Machinery, which will create revenue that Nissan can further invest in better safety technologies.

Nissan is committed to safety. Visit 171 Nissan and we can show how this commitment has led to some of the safest vehicles on the road today!

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