Pickup trucks are back with a vengeance this year. There are new products, more and better features, and a fresh sense of competition. We examine the competitive landscape and look ahead as 2015 shapes up to be The Year Of The Truck.
Jalopnik got photos and video of the Nissan GT-R LM testing at the Circuit of the Americas, and it's wilder than we imagined: it does have its engine in the front, it apparently uses that combustion engine to power the front wheels while its KERS unit powers the rear wheels, and total system horsepower for the racer "is a conservative 2,000 [hp]."
The 2016 model year refresh for the Nissan Altima likely includes some major changes. It's possible the design could get a sportier look, and some tech updates are potentially on the way too. Fuel economy might even see a boost. The tweaks are all to keep the sedan's sales number growing in the midsize market.
Nissan appears more than ready to take on a possible challenge to the success of the Leaf by a production version of the Chevrolet Volt Concept. The Japanese brand is reportedly developing a high-output version of its future EV hatch that could drive 200 miles or more. The huge increase in range is thanks to the latest developments in battery technology that allow for less weight and higher power densities.
Full Titan Range Will Offer Multiple Engine, Cab, Bed Configurations
The 2016 Nissan Titan XD has arrived at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, packing a 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V8 with 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. That means when properly equipped, the Titan XD can tow up to 12,000 pounds. Read all about it, here.
Nissan and NASA have announced a collaboration on autonomous drive systems, human-machine interfaces, network-enabled applications, and software analysis and verification. Nissan wants to offer such features by 2016, and fully autonomous cars by 2020.
The latest installment in Nissan's video development series about the next-gen Titan doesn't provide many new hard details about the truck. However, it does drop a few hints about the pickup's Cummins diesel V8, and also provides some the best looks yet at the new model's styling, even if it is covered in camouflage. The debut is less than a week away at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
The G-Shock car pack is ready for Forza Horizon 2, bringing with it a collection of six very eclectic models that run the gamut from concepts like the 2015 Nissan IDX Nismo to classics like the 1953 Ferrari 500 Mondial. The car pack even gets very quirky with the 1980 Subaru Brat GL. There's at least one car here to grab the interest of any fan of the game.
Out of 16.5-million overall sales in 2014, the top three vehicles sold last year in the US were pickup trucks, led by the Ford F-Series. The rest of the top ten featured three Hondas, two Fords, two Toyotas and a Nissan, and elsewhere on the charts a number of brands had record years.
Chinese dealers have long submitted to the power of foreign automakers, but with inventories out of control and only 30 percent of dealers operating at a profit, the situation has gotten so bad that the country's largest dealer body has complained to the government.
With the punishing set of responsibilities that come with command of three automakers, 60-year-old Carlos Ghosn is arguably the hardest working man in the auto industry. While his capabilities can hardly be doubted, it's quite clear that he can't do this job forever. And that's probably going to be bad news for the Renault-Nissan Alliance he so successfully helms.
Motorhead Magazine somehow finagled a complete shutdown of the Mazda Turnpike in Japan. What'd they do with it? Raced a bunch of cars, naturally. Watch every commuter's dream brought to life in this cool video.
This rendering of the Nissan GT-R LM endurance racer to race in the top LMP1 class in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans was supposedly based on reports from people who actually have seen the car. The engine supposedly fits underneath that long nose at the front, though behind the axle, for a novel mid-engine design. The brand promises to have a very different looking racer, and this would certainly fit those criteria.
California EV Company Hits One Billion Kilometer Milestone 1.5 Years Earlier
Just a few weeks ago, Nissan announced that its customers have driven over a billion electric kilometers in the four years that the world's best-selling EV has been on the road. That heady milestone means, Nissan says, that the Leaf has saved 180 million kilograms of CO2 emissions around the world.
The Detroit Auto Show is going to be quite an event for pickup fans thanks to introductions of the new Toyota Tacoma and at least the rumor about the future F-150 Raptor. In addition to them, Nissan will finally unveil its next-gen Titan after months of teasing and spied glimpses.
In July, Harald Müller notched a Guinness World Record by drifting longer than any lone tire-burner ever had: 89.55 miles. This month, Nissan Middle East broke the Guinness World Record for the longest twin drift when two drivers slithered through a figure eight for 17.7 miles. The feat came about to commemorate the opening of the Nissan 370Z Drift Experience in Dubai, which will teach eager punters how to abuse slip angle, but the actual drifting was done with two 350Zs.