Nissan last week announced connectivity improvements for some of its models, including the upgraded Altima that is set to debut this summer as well as the Leaf battery-electric vehicle.

The Japanese automaker, which made the announcements at the New York Auto Show, said its NissanConnect system will launch in the new Altima this July. The system will include Google search and Google navigation capabilities as well as access to Pandora Internet radio.

Additionally, the Nissan Leaf will have improvements to its Carwings communications system, including algorithms that will improve accuracy in predicting the battery's driving range. Next year, Nissan will start installing the Intel-developed duel-display entertainment-communications system in its Infiniti vehicles.

The Altima "is our best-selling car in the United States," Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn said. "It's absolutely essential that this car plays an important role as, if not the most sold car in this segment, at least the second-most sold car in this segment."

Ghosn added that Nissan expects to be able to lower the price of the Leaf in the U.S. once the car and batteries start being assembled in Tennessee later this year.

Nissan unveiled the 2013 Altima in New York last week. The car, which Nissan says will get an estimated 38 miles per gallon, will start at $21,500. The fuel-economy gain – the four-cylinder 2012 Altima gets a combined 27 miles per gallon, according to the EPA – stems from improvements to its transmission's gear ratios as well as the fact that the car is about 80 pounds lighter than the previous model.



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Nissan Unveils Major Advances in Connected Car Technology

- CEO Carlos Ghosn Announces Plans for Automotive Communications Systems Offering Drivers Breakthroughs in Safe Access to Connected Services and Content -

* New generation of NissanConnect(SM) debuts on all-new Altima
* Innovative new twin-display shown in Infiniti LE Concept
* Collaboration with Google®, Pandora® Radio and Intel®

NEW YORK, April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Motor Company's chief executive officer, this week unveiled a series of major initiatives in automotive communications technology intended to move Nissan and Infiniti into a leadership position in the connected car content and services market.

In announcing the collaboration with technology innovators such as Google®, Pandora® Radio and Intel® at the New York International Auto Show, Ghosn said Nissan was determined to introduce class-leading connected content and services to drivers and passengers around the world in a way that does not distract the driver.

"It's clear that consumers expect to be connected wherever they are, and that includes the time spent in their automobiles," said Ghosn. "To meet those needs, Nissan is developing a series of innovative breakthroughs in communication devices that will be safe to use while driving."

Ghosn noted that 20 years ago, the radio was the only connection to the outside world available in a car. "Today, we take it for granted that we can communicate by mobile phone using Bluetooth® technology, check traffic conditions and receive navigation guidance while driving," he said. "By 2020, aided by wireless and cloud-based technologies, Nissan will offer our customers enhanced safety and a wide variety of new conveniences like accident-avoiding driving intervention technologies, electric vehicle charging reservations, or a music player that adapts to the listener's moods."

Three Pioneering Technologies
Nissan's eighth generation connected car system, NissanConnect(SM), debuts on the all-new Altima, which was revealed at the New York International Auto Show and will be available in July. This breakthrough product will provide Altima drivers and passengers access to Google® local search, Google® send-to-car destination navigation and Pandora® Radio entertainment. The customer's Bluetooth® phone will provide the connectivity. Smartphone or data plans are not required.

Ghosn also hinted at what customers will soon see available at Infiniti dealerships. He announced the dual-display concept, a technology that debuted in the Infiniti LE Concept, a zero emission luxury concept car. The twin-display will be available on Infiniti production models starting in 2013. This technology, an auto industry innovation, was developed with the help of Intel®, a world leader in computing innovation. Ghosn said that working with Intel® and having Intel® technology inside Infiniti's future vehicles will give drivers a rich in-vehicle experience that will keep Nissan drivers and passengers informed, entertained and productive while maintaining optimal safety.

Intel® brings a wealth of experience in consumer electronic devices and IT in collaborating with Nissan to deliver on the shared vision for the connected car. "Through our ongoing joint research and product development, Intel® and Nissan are bringing an enriched driving experience to the road in a safe, effective and enjoyable way," said Tom Steenman, vice president and general manager, Intelligent Systems Group at Intel® Corporation. "The processing power of the Intel® Atom™ processor will enable Nissan to deliver relevant driving information to drivers and entertainment to passengers at the same time through a twin display."

Ghosn also announced enhancements planned for Nissan's award-winning CARWINGS® system that is already available on the Nissan LEAF. CARWINGS® is a subscription-based connected car service that is focused on the specific needs of electric vehicle drivers. Soon, LEAF drivers will have improved accuracy of predicted driving range thanks to new CARWINGS® algorithms that will use on-board and Internet-based information.

Nissan is the automotive leader working with partners to develop a global electric vehicle charging network. As more chargers are available, the on board CARWINGS® system is periodically refreshed automatically. Soon, with selected partners, customers will be able to check the current availability of each EV charger.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 and 2011 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information about Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.Infiniti.com.

About Nissan
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 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.1 million vehicles in 2010, generating revenue of 8.77 trillion yen ($102.37 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan, 2012 RJC Car of the Year, 2011 European Car of the Year, and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


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      • 1 Month Ago
      The 2013 Altima will prove to be an amazing vehicle and you will see many more EV's from Nissan in the next couple of years. Nissan is definitely the leader in EV technology and I believe 2012 is going to be an even more impressive year for Nissan that 2011. Check out http://jessesimmons.com to see a one-of-a-kind website that will set the standard for the people selling these vehicles.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Month Ago
      In the video he actually says that localisation of car and battery production will reduce costs and enable them to promote Nissan and Renault electric vehicles more aggressively. That is the first hint I have heard that prices may drop for the consumers. Great stuff!
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Month Ago
        @DaveMart
        That is not the first hint from Ghosn. Maybe the first posted here on ABG. Most of the hints are buried deep withing archive video of Ghosn's 80 minute long speeches. He also hinted at being the only automaker ready for the possibility of the U.S. Federal subsidy of $7500 suddenly going away... Nissan should be ready to drop the costs by about the same amount, keeping the consumer price nearly static.
          Naturenut99
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Actually, if they could drop the price by $7500 that would be the 1st time the majority of us could get one for that price since most don't qualify for the full tax credit. (Having to first owe that much in taxes for that same year in order for it to get reduced by that much)
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          There is a proposal to make that tax credit a dealer credit.. so the dealer gets the credit and it becomes a point of sale rebate for you. :)
          DaveMart
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Hi Joe. I understand that Nissan's plan is to be able to do without the rebate when they hit full production in their current expansion plans, at about 550,000 vehicles in 2014 or so. It's worth noting that Renault alone is planning capacity for 150,000 Zoe cars, but tell us that they could if the demand is there easily up that to 300,000 pa.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 1 Month Ago
        @DaveMart
        GJ on pointing that out.. Why would a green news site mention price reductions on an electric car.. :P
      Aaron
      • 1 Month Ago
      "Duel" display entertainment? Will they fight to the death? Now THAT would be entertaining! DUEL means to fight. DUAL means two.
      lne937s
      • 1 Month Ago
      What's impressive about the Altima, is that by making it 80lbs lighter, the total weight comes to 3100 lbs. This is lighter than a compact Chevy Cruze, and significantly lighter than any other midsized car. 182 hp in a 3100lb car should make for pretty decent performance, in addition to class-leading non-hybrid fuel economy. http://jalopnik.com/5899141/the-2013-nissan-altima-now-with-more-squiggles http://www.insideline.com/ford/focus/2012/comparison-test-2011-chevrolet-cruze-ltz-vs-2012-ford-focus-titanium.html
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 1 Month Ago
        @lne937s
        Anything in the compact segment is bettter than the cruze... what a pig that car is! My '96 BMW was lighter than the cruze! That's with a 2.8L 6 cylinder engine, rear wheel drive, ballast in the rear, and a crap-ton of interior noise insulation. It may have had a stronger body as well.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 1 Month Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          The sad thing is that GM cars used to be pretty light. My 2001 Cavalier ( predecessor to the cruze and cobalt ) came in at just about 2,400lbs with a cast iron pushrod 2.2L engine and automatic transmission. It was a pretty quick car, and could pull ~36mpg highway with some careful hypermiling. 10 years later, we have a car that has a much more sturdy chassis but engine that is much smaller, probably having an aluminum head. And the thing is 700lbs heavier. That's a lot of pork to tack on in 10 years! In the Cruze's defense though, real world mileage is pretty good and it would beat the Altima. But the slightly oversized engine, in traditional Nissan fashion, would be so much more fun when the foot is on the floor.. ( how i love my Maxima and 200SX SE-R over their Toyota and Honda counterparts. )
          Laurence
          • 1 Month Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          What's more, if you spec our a 1.4 Turbo Cruze with an automatic(what most people in the US drive), it comes within about $1000 from an Altima. If you opt for the Eco with an automatic, then it is basically the same price. However, the Altima at 27 City 38 Highway comes in with better combined fuel economy than either one of them (although the Eco gets 39 hwy, its city mileage falls short)... So for basically the same price, you get a larger car, with better fuel economy, 45 more horsepower and lighter weight leading to better performance... Or you can spend ~$4k more for a 3620lb Malibu e-assist that also underperforms the Altima in fuel economy with worse power/weight while having a shorter wheelbase and less useable trunk. GM has made some pretty heavy cars. You can tack on turbos, mild hybrid systems, etc., but it is hard to overcome basic physics.
        • 1 Month Ago
        @lne937s
        I wonder if there were any studies done on cumulative fuel savings if we as a nation became less obese.
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