Posts Tagged ‘nissan news’

First Drive: 2017 Nissan Titan

Truck offers plenty of power, creature comforts.

by on Aug.11, 2017

The 2017 Nissan Titan features a strong grille that is often the hallmark of popular full-size pickups.

Trucks are in right now and their strong appeal has helped keep showrooms humming and factories busy.

One of the reasons that trucks are so popular is that they are solid and appealing vehicles. Case in point is Nissan Titan, which faces off against enormously popular Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.

Subscribe Now!

The Titan may not command the loyalty of the American brands but it is made in the United States in Canton, Mississippi, and it has the rugged style, driving characteristics, dynamics and features that Nissan’s competitors have used to define and re-define the segment in recent years. (more…)

Nissan Agrees to Pay $97.7M in Takata Settlement

Less than 30% of Nissan vehicles have been repaired.

by on Aug.08, 2017

Nissan is paying $97.7 million to owners of vehicles equipped with Takata airbags.

Nissan agreed to pay $97.7 million to owners of its vehicles equipped with deadly Takata Corp. airbags to offset economic losses on the 4.4 million cars in the U.S. The move is part of a settlement with those owners.

The automaker said in a statement that it was not admitting fault under the settlement, which is similar to that of other companies that used the potentially lethal airbags.

News Now!

In June, a federal judge in Miami granted preliminary approval to settlements with Toyota Motor Corp., Subaru Corp., BMW AG and Mazda Motor Corp. totaling $553 million and affecting 15.8 million vehicles with Takata inflators, according to Reuters. (more…)

Leaked Pics Show More Conservative Nissan Leaf

Gen-2 battery-car set for September debut.

by on Aug.07, 2017

A reader of Broom, a Norwegian magazine, caught the new Leaf being filmed in Spain.

With little more than a month to go before Nissan pulls the covers off its second-generation Leaf, what appear to be pictures of the battery-electric vehicle being shot for a promotional video have leaked out onto the web.

The Japanese automaker has already dropped some hints about the update, revealing that it will be the first of its products to get the semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist technology, as well as the drive-by-wire e-Pedal system which will effectively allow a motorist to use the throttle pedal to both accelerate and stop.

Spy shots!

But the newly leaked images, on top of a company-released shot of the 2018 Nissan Leaf headlamps, indicate the new model will be far less quirky and distinctive than the original battery-electric vehicle. If anything, it will now look a lot more like the European subcompact, the Nissan Micra.

(more…)

UAW Loses Battle at Nissan Mississippi Plant

Workers vote down union by wide margin.

by on Aug.05, 2017

Employees at Nissan's Canton, Mississippi, plant voted against UAW representation by a wide margin.

Nissan workers voted down a bid by the United Auto Workers to unionize employees at the company’s big assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi, by a wide margin.

The final tally in the election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board was 2244 to 1307.

News You Can Trust!

“With this vote, the voice of Nissan employees has been heard. They have rejected the UAW and chosen to self-represent, continuing the direct relationship they enjoy with the company,” the company said in a statement issued after the votes were counted. (more…)

Nissan Rear Door Alert Aims to Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths

"We want you to think for a moment" about what might have been left behind in the vehicle.

by on Aug.02, 2017

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder will be the maker's first model equipped with the Rear Door Alert.

Just days after a bill was introduced in Congress in an effort to prevent the death of children left in overheated vehicles, Nissan has introduced a new system aimed at addressing the problem.

The Rear Door Alert system will make its debut on the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder SUV when it goes on sale next month and will roll out on other models, the Japanese automaker said Wednesday, “in the coming years.” Nissan becomes the second automaker to offer a system intended to advise caregivers to make sure they haven’t inadvertently left a child in their vehicle, General Motors now offering its own system on a number of different models.

Safety First!

“If you open a rear door, whether to put a child or a package in the rear seat, the vehicle will help alert you when you reach your destination that you may want to check the rear seat,” explained Marlene Mendoza, a Nissan engineer and mother of three who helped develop the Rear Door Alert. (more…)

First Drive: Nissan ProPilot Assist

Not quite autonomous, new system to debut on next-gen Nissan Leaf

by on Jul.21, 2017

A Nissan Rogue outfitted with ProPilot Assist. But the first production model will be the '18 Leaf.

Like parents helping their child learn to walk, automakers are trying to teach their cars how to drive on their own. And Nissan will take a big step closer to that goal later this year when an all-new version of the Leaf battery-electric vehicle comes to market.

The 2018 Nissan Leaf will see its range roughly doubled, the automaker signaling it will be able to deliver around 200 miles per charge. It also will feature a number of new technologies, including the e-Pedal system announced earlier this week, as well as something it has dubbed ProPilot Assist.

Tech News!

Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn has promised that the company will have its first fully autonomous car on the market by around 2020. But before then, Nissan plans to roll out a series of increasingly sophisticated, semi-autonomous driver assistance systems. ProPilot Assist is the latest. And we jumped at the chance to spend some time checking it out.

(more…)

All-New Nissan Leaf to Add e-Pedal Technology

System will allow one-foot driving under most conditions.

by on Jul.19, 2017

Nissan plans some major changes when it launches the next-gen Leaf in September.

When Nissan launches an all-new version of its Leaf battery-electric vehicle later this year it is planning to do more than just double its range. You can expect to see the new model add a range of new technologies, as well.

That includes both the semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist, as well as e-Pedal, a new system that essentially transforms the throttle into a multifunction control that can be used to accelerate, slow and even come to a complete stop.

Subscribe Now!

“Drivers can cover 90% of their driving needs with the e-Pedal, making the process of driving more exciting,” Nissan said in a statement released Wednesday. “In heavy traffic and during city commutes, drivers will greatly reduce the need to shift from one pedal to the other, making your drive simpler and more engaging.”

(more…)

UAW Sets Vote at Nissan’s Mississippi Plant

Long-awaited vote coming to fruition next month.

by on Jul.18, 2017

UAW President Dennis Williams is hoping a successful vote at Nissan's plant in Canton, Mississippi, will open more southern auto plants.

Workers at Nissan’s sprawling plant in Canton, Mississippi, are tentatively scheduled to vote early next month on whether the will be represented by the United Auto Workers.

The vote, which is scheduled for Aug. 3–4, will be a reprise of 2001 vote at Nissan’s assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, which was easily won by the company.

Union News!

The company and the union, however, have feuded for years about representation at the plant in Canton, which is located in a heavily African-American corner of Mississippi where Nissan maintains it has created new economic opportunities in one of the poorest regions of the country. (more…)

Nissan Running With the Bulls in Russia

Maker adding second shift to St. Petersburg plant.

by on Jul.12, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, listens as Nissan executives discuss plans to add 450 workers to its St. Petersburg plant.

Russia’s image as a bear is apparently being replaced by a bull, at least as far as its automotive industry is concerned. Nissan just became the latest automaker to expand its operations in the country, announcing plans to add a second shift at its plant in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The rise in the market, which has other automakers like Mercedes-Benz and Ford looking to expand or stabilize their operations in the country, has Nissan searching for another 450 workers for the plant.

Global Auto News!

“Russia has always been and remains a key strategic market for Nissan,” said Paul Willcox, chairman, Nissan Europe, while meeting with Russian government officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, at the International Industrial Fair Innoprom. (more…)

UAW Pushes for Organizing Vote at Nissan’s Mississippi Plant

Union faces several hurdles in its latest effort.

by on Jul.11, 2017

Danny Glover, spoke during a recent UAW rally in Canton, Mississippi. Photo credit: UAW.

After a long and often tortuous campaign, the United Auto Workers has filed for an election at Nissan’s sprawling assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi.

The campaign began nearly a decade ago but has been stalled several times by Nissan’s efforts to organizing the workers at the plant. The UAW said little about the petition for a vote but generally the union has not asked for a vote unless it has surveys among workers indicate a majority of the workers support the union.

Union News!

However, the union faces several issues including the fact that a large percentage of workers in the plant are “temporary” employees, who are paid by an outside contractor. In the past, most of the support for the union has come from full-time employees, who have seen their terms of employment altered by the company. (more…)