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Nissan makes holiday magic with Star Wars: Force for Change Amazon Wish List

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the click of a mouse, online shoppers this year can join Nissan in taking on the Battle for Good. Nissan is uniting with Star Wars: Force for Change, and Amazon, to host a toy drive benefitting the Toys for Tots organization and children across the U.S. The campaign begins today, Cyber Monday, and goes through Dec. 18.

“Nissan’s alliance with Lucasfilm and Star Wars reminds us that everybody has the choice to be a hero, and the holidays are a time when many children can benefit from the generosity of everyday heroes,” said Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing Communications & Media, Nissan North America, Inc. “This toy drive is a way of bringing the magic and excitement of Star Wars to kids, so that they may experience the joy of Christmas and a message of hope.”

When a toy is gifted from the www.amazon.com/ROGUETOYDRIVE Wish List, additional gifts will be provided by Nissan. All gifts will be delivered to Toys for Tots for distribution before Dec. 22, 2016.

 

The toy drive is a continuation of Nissan’s ongoing collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd. in support of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” opening in U.S. theaters on Dec. 16.

As part of this promotional campaign, Nissan recently revealed the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition – the first production vehicle ever to include Star Wars-branded elements – including a unique badge, exclusive interior and exterior trim items and a full-sized, numbered, Death Trooper collectible helmet.

*Nissan will give $150,000 in toys and/or cash to Toys for Tots. Toys gifted by consumers will be delivered to Nissan and given to Toys for Tots. This toy drive is sponsored by Nissan and all toys included on the Wish List have been selected by Nissan and its partners, not Lucasfilm or the Walt Disney Company.

About Nissan Rogue
The Nissan Rogue, marching its way to the top-selling spot in the Nissan lineup, has been updated for the 2017 model year with fresh exterior and interior treatments, an expanded suite of Nissan Safety Shield technology including available Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection*, and the first ever Rogue Hybrid model. For more information on the 2017 Rogue and the complete lineup of Nissan vehicles, please visit NissanUSA.com or Nissan.CA.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Star Wars: Force For Change
Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Born in 2014, it was inspired by Star Wars fans, and the countless hours they have dedicated to philanthropy over the past three decades. To date, over $12 million has been raised for charitable causes around the world on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change, including $8M towards UNICEF’s programs to put children first. With a bright future ahead, and new Star Wars stories to be told, Force for Change aims to continue collaborating with causes and encouraging others to be forces for change in their own community. To learn more, please visit ForceForChange.com.

About “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Warstimeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.

Source: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-makes-holiday-magic-with-star-wars-force-for-change-amazon-wish-list

Nissan announces “America’s Best Truck Warranty”: 5 Years/100,000 miles bumper-to-bumper for 2017 TITAN and TITAN XD

5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty beats competitors’ standard protection programs by two years and 64,000 miles. Includes powertrain warranty – helping give Nissan full-size truck owners added trust and peace of mind

  • Covers all 2017 TITAN Endurance® V8 gas and 2017 TITAN XD Cummins® diesel and Endurance V8 gasoline-powered models

Nissan has announced “America’s Best Truck Warranty”* on its 2017 TITAN and TITAN X.D full-size pickups – featuring bumper-to-bumper coverage of 5-years/100,000-miles, whichever comes first. The announcement is part of Nissan’s “Year of the Truck” – a new product onslaught of pickups, SUVs and CUVs.

Vehicles covered by the new warranty – which includes basic and powertrain coverage – include all TITAN V8 gasoline-powered models and diesel and V8 gasoline-powered 2017 TITAN X.D models, including both 4×4 and 4×2 drive configurations, in Crew Cab and recently revealed Single Cab models. The 2017 TITANs have began arriving at Carousel Nissan in September.

“We’re pleased to now offer the same confidence-inspiring protection as our commercial vehicles for our entire range of 2017 TITAN and TITAN X.D full-size pickups,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. “The new bumper-to-bumper coverage shows customers that Nissan stands behind the quality of its vehicles – including the ones that are subject to the hardest use.”

The all-new, category-busting TITAN X.D was introduced for the 2016 model year, leading Nissan’s all-out assault on the highly competitive full-size truck segment.

For the 2017 model year, Nissan adds an all-new TITAN half-ton pickup, powered by Nissan’s new 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine, to the expanding TITAN X.D lineup. TITAN X.D is currently offered in a Crew Cab body with a choice of a powerful Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel or the Endurance® V8. New TITAN X.D and TITAN Single Cabs, the first single cab variants in TITAN history, join the lineup in late fall. A King Cab body configuration, along with a V6 engine, will follow at a later date.

“TITAN will ultimately be available in a total of three cabs, three bed lengths, three engines, 4×4 and 4×2 drive and S, SV, SL, PRO-4X and Platinum Reserve trim levels – covering about 85 percent of the total light pickup marketplace,” said Diaz. “And each and every one of them will be covered by the new 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty – the best truck warranty in America.”

 

Source: nissannews.com

 

Nissan recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

  • Nissan Motor Corporation, Ltd was included in the prestigious World Index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
  • Nissan is the only Japanese automobile company included in this year’s World Index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
  • Nissan enters the World Index after being selected in the regional Asia Pacific Index for the past seven consecutive years

YOKOHAMA, Japan – This year, Nissan Motor Corporation, Ltd. achieved world ranking in the prestigiousDow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and was the only Japanese auto company to receive this recognition. The DJSI measures companies’ performance in the area of sustainability. Nissan has been included in the regional Asia Pacific Index for the past seven consecutive years but was included in this year’s World Index, underscoring the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable mobility.


“Nissan is proud to be leading the way toward a new era of sustainable mobility. Our goals are clear: We want to be one of the most sustainable companies in the world and to achieve long-term growth by focusing on innovation and acting with integrity and transparency.”

Read the full 2016 Sustainability Report


“We are pleased that Nissan’s leadership in creating a new era of sustainable mobility has been recognized at the highest ranks of the DJSI, World Index,” said Hitoshi Kawaguchi, senior vice president and Nissan’s chief sustainability officer. “From pioneering the world’s top-selling zero-emission vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, to reducing emissions through our manufacturing processes, we are dedicated to using our engineering and technological expertise to help solve today’s most urgent environmental challenges. These activities are part of our third generation environmental action plan, Nissan Green Program 2016. This milestone recognizes our ongoing efforts to be among the most sustainable companies not only in the automotive industry, but in the world.”

This assessment also reflects that Nissan’s commitment goes above and beyond the company’s commitment to safeguarding the environment. Nissan also makes sustainability considerations a priority through social and governance activities.

The DJSI was created to measure the sustainability performance of companies. It is jointly managed by S&P Dow Jones Indices and the financial firm RobecoSAM.

2016 vs. 2017 Nissan Pathfinder: What’s the Difference?

There’s no mistaking when Nissan Pathfinders undergo a complete redesign. With every generation, there are massive, unmissable changes to the styling, body structure and even its general purpose. The changes made between the 2016 and 2017 Nissan Pathfinder don’t represent one of those dramatic transformations, but nevertheless, significant updates were made to Nissan’s 3-row family crossover. Let’s take a look at the changes.

2016 Nissan Pathfinder2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Exterior

You’ll be forgiven if you have a tough time telling between the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder and its 2017 replacement, but when you start carefully looking at them side by side, you may notice the differences. For instance, the grille has been reshaped and is now separated from the redesigned headlights that feature a signature LED running light strip. The taillights are also a bit different, while the front and rear bumpers have been reshaped. Besides looking different (Nissan says it was going for a more masculine look), the new styling reaps an improvement in aerodynamics for better fuel economy.

2016 Nissan Pathfinder2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Interior

Changes to the cabin were less substantial but could prove more significant on a daily basis. The front cupholders have been redesigned to include a channel between them, allowing for a greater variety of containers to fit within. More importantly, the Pathfinder gains the latest Nissan touchscreen, which is bigger than before and offers improved responses. The 2016’s was one of the easier touchscreens to use, and the 2017 version only builds upon the ease of use.

Other changes include new metal and wood finishes, as well as new cloth upholstery. Otherwise, the Pathfinder’s seating and overall packaging remain unchanged. Seating for seven is standard, although the third row isn’t quite as accommodating as those of some competitors.

2016 Nissan Pathfinder2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Mechanicals

This is where the big changes show up for the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder that may ultimately lead you to choose the newer version. There’s a new V6 engine that produces 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, a far more competitive figure than the old V6, which managed only 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The result is a noticeably more muscular SUV that can better handle the rigors of lugging about a full family load. Plus, towing capacity has raised from 5,000 to 6,000 pounds, bringing the Pathfinder from average to better than all competitors not named Dodge Durango.

The new engine even produces a nice growl that doesn’t get drowned out by the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). For the 2016, the transmission causes prolonged droning noises when under heavy throttle. For the 2017, Nissan introduced more pronounced artificial shift points (a CVT does not have traditional gears to work through) that eliminate much of this droning and create a normal driving experience.

Fuel economy is a bit of a complicated story. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changed the way it measured fuel economy for 2017, which resulted in a lowering of most cars’ mile-per-gallon figures. Therefore, the 2016 Pathfinder’s fuel economy estimates of 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined (with front-wheel drive) would’ve gone down had Nissan not changed the engine. Since the engine did change and is more efficient, the figures are actually the same. More simply, the 2017 Pathfinder receives better fuel economy, even though the EPA figures don’t indicate it.

Source:

Autotrader.com;

http://www.autotrader.com/car-reviews/2016-vs-2017-nissan-pathfinder-whats-the-difference-256498

 

Nissan TITAN XD, Maxima and Altima excel in 2016 J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL)℠ Study

  • All-new Nissan TITAN X.D named most appealing Large Light Duty pickup
  • Redesigned Maxima takes top spot in Large Car segment
  • Refreshed Nissan Altima finishes in top 3 among Midsize Car competitors
  • Nissan safety, convenience and connectivity technologies rate well with customers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three Nissan models have scored favorably in their respective segments in the just released J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Automotive, Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) SM Study – with the all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN X.D taking honors in the Large Light Duty Pickup segment, the new Maxima topping the Large Car segment and the refreshed Altima ranked number two among Midsize Car competitors.

The TITAN scored 867 points to dominate its class, while the Maxima tallied 857 points. The 2016 Altima, Nissan’s best-selling vehicle, with 824 points, was up seven points from last year. Overall, the industry average score was up three points to 801 in 2016. Murano and Sentra scored well at 831 and 814 points, respectively, but lacked sample size in this year’s survey to qualify in their segments from J.D. Power.

“It is gratifying to see three vehicles that are either all-new or redesigned receive such high marks from customers,” said Christian Meunier, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A., Nissan North America, Inc. “And along with our best-selling sedans and crossovers, Nissan is providing more options as we launch the ‘Year of the Truck’ with our all-new TITAN and TITAN X.D trucks.”

The annual APEAL Study, now in its 21st year, surveys purchasers and lessees of new vehicles, giving owners a platform to evaluate their cars, trucks and SUVs across 77 specific attributes. The results are combined into an overall APEAL score measured on a 1,000-point scale. The study found that some features, such as blind spot warning and parking assist systems, substantially improved owners’ sense of security – and satisfaction – with their vehicles. Nissan continues to offer a range of ‘Safety Shield’ technologies, as well as convenience and connectivity system technologies across a wide application of vehicles and trim levels including:

  • Predictive Forward Collision Warning
  • Forward Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Driver Attention Alert*
  • Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • NissanConnect
  • Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display

For photography and information about the complete lineup of 2016 Nissan vehicles, please visitNissanNews.com.

View the complete results of the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM here.

*It is the driver’s responsibility to remain alert at all times. DAA is only a warning to inform the driver of a potential lack of driver attention or drowsiness. It does not detect and provide an alert in every situation. See Owner’s Manual for details.

About J.D. Power
J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. Headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., J.D. Power has offices in North/South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visitjdpower.com/ratings. J.D. Power is a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online atwww.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com andInfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

 

Source: http://nissannews.com/en-US/nissan/usa/releases/nissan-titan-xd-maxima-and-altima-excel-in-2016-j-d-power-automotive-performance-execution-and-layout-apeal-study

New Compact Electric Vehicle

extended range

While we’ve heard that Nissan will introduce a 200-mile all-electric Leaf but it looks like there will be another long-range EV in the company’s future. Nissan CEO Carlo Ghosn spoke at the company’s annual shareholder meeting this month and said that Nissan is going to introduce a range extender on a new compact car in Japan. Ghosn also said that new a autonomous-drive, single-lane self-driving steering feature is also on the way. We will see both of them by the end of March, 2017.

We saw a sort-of preview of a Nissan range extender in the Gripz concept at the Paris Motor Show last fall. The difference was that that concept was more of a traditional hybrid, with a fossil-fuel engine powering electric motors. Automotive News notes that the Gripz hybrid system and the new plug-in range extender will share the e-Power name for the powertrain. A longer-range all-electric concept was on display in NIssan’s IDS (pictured above) at the Tokyo Motor Show last fall.

At the meeting, Ghosn said that, “This new electric vehicle will meet consumer demand for greater autonomy and fuel efficiency. It will utilize a new e-Power system that matches the agility, quietness, strong acceleration and efficiency of the Nissan Leaf.”

Article Credit: Autoblog http://www.autoblog.com/2016/06/28/nissan-will-introduce-range-extender-in-new-compact-ev-soon/

Image Credit: AOL

2WD, 4WD, OR AWD: Which is Best for You?

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If you’re looking for a new car, you’ve probably run across a simple fact: Some cars are 2-wheel drive, while others are 4- or all-wheel drive. So what’s the difference? Should you get 4WD just to be safe? Can you use 2-wheel drive in the snow? We’ve explained the basics of each system, and pointed out the optimal usage for each one.

4-Wheel Drive and All-wheel Drive 

All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive are easily confused. The easiest way to tell them apart is that all-wheel-drive systems are always on, and they use electronic sensors to determine which wheel should get a car’s power. Four-wheel drive, meanwhile, is usually disengaged — that is, until you flip a switch or pull a lever to engage it. Then all four wheels turn at the same time.

So which is better? Well, like nearly everything, it depends.

If you live in an area with occasional snow and rain, all-wheel drive is probably the right choice. Since you don’t have to worry about driving through snow banks, leave the hard work to your car’s computers. If they detect the car is sliding, they’ll step in — and you won’t have to worry.

But if you live in an area with muddy roads or heavy snow, you’ll probably want to go with 4-wheel drive. All-wheel-drive vehicles tend to get stuck in such situations, because sensors have trouble determining exactly where to send power. Four-wheel-drive vehicles don’t have that problem. Just throw it in “low” and all wheels turn at the same low speed to power through nearly any obstacle.

But what if you live in a warmer climate? Should you choose all- or 4-wheel drive anyway, just to be safe? Our answer is, generally, no. While all-wheel drive and 4WD may offer some benefit if the weather gets rough, the systems also add weight and complexity to your car. That means increased tire wear, decreased gas mileage and a greater chance of something breaking under the skin. Instead, we recommend…

2-Wheel Drive 

Two-wheel drive cars use one of two setups: front- or rear-wheel drive. We recommend 2-wheel drive if you’re in a mild climate with little rain or snow. That means places such as Texas, the Southeast or Southern California. Drivers in places with occasional snow, such as the Mid-Atlantic, should decide how comfortable they feel driving in the snow without the assistance of all- or 4-wheel drive.

Can you drive in the snow without all- or 4-wheel drive? Of course. With modern traction control systems and good tires, experienced drivers should have no trouble steering most 2-wheel drive cars through snow. But we recommend skipping 2-wheel drive if you’re a young driver or inexperienced with driving in harsh weather.

As for the difference between front- and rear-wheel drive, many drivers probably wouldn’t notice a thing. But the general rule is that rear-wheel-drive cars are better for performance and worse in bad weather, while front-wheel drive offers improved harsh-weather driving. Front-wheel drive is also typically used in family cars with better fuel economy and less performance.

Don’t Forget

As you consider your next car, don’t forget about the drivetrain. You don’t want to end up stuck on the side of the road with a rear-wheel-drive performance car, or saddled with poor gas mileage in an all-wheel-drive vehicle where you don’t need the traction.

 

Sources:

Autotrader.com (story), Nissanusa.com (image)

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