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 and

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.

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