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    2020 Nissan Versa Pricing Released

      ...No longer the cheapest you can buy...

    The Nissan Versa once held the dubious title of being the cheapest new car you could buy.  Now, with the all new 2020 Nissan Versa, Nissan hopes to bring the sub-compact a little bit more premium and with that the Versa goes up in price.   Now coming only in a sedan (The Kicks has replaced the Versa Note), the Versa wears one of the more stylish exteriors for the sub-compact class. The engine is a next generation 1.6 liter 4-cylinder, with an increase in horsepower to 122.  Fuel economy is rated at 32 city / 40 highway / 35 combined. 

    Those of you who prefer to row your own gears instead of letting Nissan's CVT do it are limited to buying the base model Versa S, starting at $14,730. Above that, all models come with the CVT.

    Model/Engine/Transmission

     

    Versa S 1.6 5MT

    $14,730 USD

    Versa S 1.6 Xtronic

    $16,400 USD

    Versa SV 1.6 Xtronic

    $17,640 USD

    Versa SR 1.6 Xtronic

    $18,240 USD

     

    Destination and Handling $895.

    These prices are roughly a $2,000 increase over the current car. But you do get a lot more for your money.   Nissan Safety Shield 360 is standard on the SV and SR. Available equipment includes heated front seats, 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, and Automatic Climate Control, bigger wheels, and intelligent cruise control. 

    The 2020 Nissan Versa is available at dealerships soon. 

     

    Source: Nissan News



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    1 hour ago, riviera74 said:

    Hmm.  Interesting🤔.  Who would buy a new Versa when you can buy a Kicks, or better yet, a Rogue?

    Versa has a nicer interior than Kicks.

    Versa is cheaper than Rogue by a significant amount 

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    48 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Makes a nice out of college starter vehicle. :metal:

    Maybe, but there are a LOT of used cars and CUVs at MSRP of the new Versa that are just as good or better.

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    7 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Versa has a nicer interior than Kicks.

    Versa is cheaper than Rogue by a significant amount 

    Ah but all those used  rogues for sale on the enterprise lots across this great land

    5 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Makes a nice out of college starter vehicle. :metal:

    Actually an office I worked at just a short few years ago had hired a tech school grad and he bought a new Versa with his first job. It was almost his only new option and he was driving to work 40+ miles one way a day. And wasn’t getting paid a lot. The versa was an extremely smart move for him.  New car warranty. Great mpg. And establish good credit with a loan.  I do think versa is a good choice for that purpose. 

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    Gets the C&G Award for Most Improved Car Of The Year.

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    13 hours ago, regfootball said:

    Ah but all those used  rogues for sale on the enterprise lots across this great land

    Actually an office I worked at just a short few years ago had hired a tech school grad and he bought a new Versa with his first job. It was almost his only new option and he was driving to work 40+ miles one way a day. And wasn’t getting paid a lot. The versa was an extremely smart move for him.  New car warranty. Great mpg. And establish good credit with a loan.  I do think versa is a good choice for that purpose. 

    So true. 'Ode to my days in 2010 selling Nissans...and Sentra SR/SV's being the "it looks nice, and Nissan will approve me on my first loan" car of choice.

    Cheaper cars with features. Not a bad move. Even if the Nissan long term quality starts to fall apart, by then, you're ready to graduate to your next ride.

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    32 minutes ago, caddycruiser said:

    So true. 'Ode to my days in 2010 selling Nissans...and Sentra SR/SV's being the "it looks nice, and Nissan will approve me on my first loan" car of choice.

    Cheaper cars with features. Not a bad move. Even if the Nissan long term quality starts to fall apart, by then, you're ready to graduate to your next ride.

    A single mom I know has a Sentra, it was a bigger compact for her and her kids and that was what she could get a good payment on.

    We rip Nissan for being fleets and cheaper cars but they do move a lot of units that way they otherwise would not.  It's quite arguable to me whether that actually tanks their value.  I think their vehicles sell new based on what they offer vs the competition.  People still love the Rogue, they like the Altimas and stuff, and Nissan although not keeping them bleeding edge they still keep the cars current (unlike say Mitsubishi).  You can still look at Hondas and Toyotas and go look at a Nissan and it seems just as current and capable.  All of the rental and lease returns serve the secondary '3 year old used' market pretty well.  Face it, if you can't foot for a 23,000 new Altima then a 3 year old Altima for 14-15 grand is not a bad option.

    Nissan would not survive in the US trying to upscale their cars.  Look at what happened when VW tried to do that.  Now, VW has become purveyors of cheap rides and lease whores with the best of them.  Look at Mazda, they are on the path to becoming irrelevant in the market because they think their prior enthusiast cred means they can charge more money for something like an unexciting new MAzda3 which got beat by the 2020 Corolla in a Motor Trend test lately.  MAzda fanbois whine about 'they are taking away the manuals' and no one buys manuals anymore.  Mazdas cred was by also being a good value for the money and Mazda is forgetting that.  Nissan would be the same thing.  Apart from the MAxima which is a dying segment, no one wants to pay a lot more for a Nissan compared to a Honda, Toyota...etc.  Honda still benefits from the Acura brand as being the purveyor of tarted up Hondas which is why Honda can stay its own path and keep their prices good all around.

    The massive auto MSRP race to the top is going to crash soon, and cars like the Sentra, Altima etc will still need to be in the market to fill the void.

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    4 hours ago, regfootball said:

    A single mom I know has a Sentra, it was a bigger compact for her and her kids and that was what she could get a good payment on.

    We rip Nissan for being fleets and cheaper cars but they do move a lot of units that way they otherwise would not.  It's quite arguable to me whether that actually tanks their value.  I think their vehicles sell new based on what they offer vs the competition.  People still love the Rogue, they like the Altimas and stuff, and Nissan although not keeping them bleeding edge they still keep the cars current (unlike say Mitsubishi).  You can still look at Hondas and Toyotas and go look at a Nissan and it seems just as current and capable.  All of the rental and lease returns serve the secondary '3 year old used' market pretty well.  Face it, if you can't foot for a 23,000 new Altima then a 3 year old Altima for 14-15 grand is not a bad option.

    Nissan would not survive in the US trying to upscale their cars.  Look at what happened when VW tried to do that.  Now, VW has become purveyors of cheap rides and lease whores with the best of them.  Look at Mazda, they are on the path to becoming irrelevant in the market because they think their prior enthusiast cred means they can charge more money for something like an unexciting new MAzda3 which got beat by the 2020 Corolla in a Motor Trend test lately.  MAzda fanbois whine about 'they are taking away the manuals' and no one buys manuals anymore.  Mazdas cred was by also being a good value for the money and Mazda is forgetting that.  Nissan would be the same thing.  Apart from the MAxima which is a dying segment, no one wants to pay a lot more for a Nissan compared to a Honda, Toyota...etc.  Honda still benefits from the Acura brand as being the purveyor of tarted up Hondas which is why Honda can stay its own path and keep their prices good all around.

    The massive auto MSRP race to the top is going to crash soon, and cars like the Sentra, Altima etc will still need to be in the market to fill the void.

    Better reason of why all of what you said is true: Hyundai/KIA.

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    11 hours ago, regfootball said:

    A single mom I know has a Sentra, it was a bigger compact for her and her kids and that was what she could get a good payment on.

    We rip Nissan for being fleets and cheaper cars but they do move a lot of units that way they otherwise would not.  It's quite arguable to me whether that actually tanks their value.  I think their vehicles sell new based on what they offer vs the competition.  People still love the Rogue, they like the Altimas and stuff, and Nissan although not keeping them bleeding edge they still keep the cars current (unlike say Mitsubishi).  You can still look at Hondas and Toyotas and go look at a Nissan and it seems just as current and capable.  All of the rental and lease returns serve the secondary '3 year old used' market pretty well.  Face it, if you can't foot for a 23,000 new Altima then a 3 year old Altima for 14-15 grand is not a bad option.

    Nissan would not survive in the US trying to upscale their cars.  Look at what happened when VW tried to do that.  Now, VW has become purveyors of cheap rides and lease whores with the best of them.  Look at Mazda, they are on the path to becoming irrelevant in the market because they think their prior enthusiast cred means they can charge more money for something like an unexciting new MAzda3 which got beat by the 2020 Corolla in a Motor Trend test lately.  MAzda fanbois whine about 'they are taking away the manuals' and no one buys manuals anymore.  Mazdas cred was by also being a good value for the money and Mazda is forgetting that.  Nissan would be the same thing.  Apart from the MAxima which is a dying segment, no one wants to pay a lot more for a Nissan compared to a Honda, Toyota...etc.  Honda still benefits from the Acura brand as being the purveyor of tarted up Hondas which is why Honda can stay its own path and keep their prices good all around.

    The massive auto MSRP race to the top is going to crash soon, and cars like the Sentra, Altima etc will still need to be in the market to fill the void.

     Agreed. Add the to the fact they put cash on the hoods, it ends up being a good value. When the Economy does tank, folks won’t be laughing at Nissan ant more.....

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    On 8/3/2019 at 3:40 PM, riviera74 said:

    Better reason of why all of what you said is true: Hyundai/KIA.

    Yes,

    imagine all the possible Ford GM and Chrysler buyers that may be left if Hyundai Kia never made deft inroads on the market, and if GM figured out how to sell more cars while still being profitable.

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    On 8/3/2019 at 12:09 PM, regfootball said:

    Look at Mazda, they are on the path to becoming irrelevant in the market because they think their prior enthusiast cred means they can charge more money for something like an unexciting new MAzda3 which got beat by the 2020 Corolla in a Motor Trend test lately. 

    I don't even know how that is possible.  The Mazda 3 interior is leagues better, the engine is smoother, the drive more interesting....

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    1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I don't even know how that is possible.  The Mazda 3 interior is leagues better, the engine is smoother, the drive more interesting....

    And it still sells worse than its Japanese competitors in the same class.

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    2 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

    And it still sells worse than its Japanese competitors in the same class.

    I can't figure out why? Lack of Advertising maybe? 

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    The Civic I understand, but the Corolla I just can't get behind.  It's slow, it doesn't handles particularly well, and the interior is cheap cheap cheap.  If you're autocrossing your compact commuter, I can see how the rear suspension might be an issue.... but if you're just buying it as a commuter car, the Mazda 3 is the better choice just for the interior alone.  

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    Mazda slammed the roofline and got rid of side glass the hatch roof is a head slicer it’s so low. Useless back seat. I think at the end of the day the corolla has a more commodious interior and that trumps nicer plastic. 

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    2 minutes ago, regfootball said:

    Mazda slammed the roofline and got rid of side glass the hatch roof is a head slicer it’s so low. Useless back seat. I think at the end of the day the corolla has a more commodious interior and that trumps nicer plastic. 

    If size matters, they should have included the new Jetta in there and then it would have won over the Corolla. 

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    On 8/5/2019 at 10:56 AM, Drew Dowdell said:

    If size matters, they should have included the new Jetta in there and then it would have won over the Corolla. 

    They ripped mazda to moving to a beam suspension was the deal.

     

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    The Toyota's suspension still managed to control the body during aggressive driving, but it didn't feel as confident or as fun as the Civic's.

    "The suspension was OK until I ran over a couple abrupt road imperfections," Gale said. "Then you really felt and heard them. The real issue with this model is tire noise. Yes, those wheels are hot, but that might get old if you don't turn up your music loud enough."

    Mazda's move to ditch the independent rear suspension has been a gossip topic in the auto industry, but the key question remains: Is it still fun to drive? The Mazda3's 2.5-liter engine is pretty robust and hasn't really changed much since the previous generation. The transmission also feels jerky when driving at low speeds. But our biggest critique was—you guessed it—the new torsion-beam suspension, which dramatically changed the driving dynamics on twisty roads and broken pavement.

    "Moving to a torsion beam detracted from the car," Ogbac said. "It has a good ride on glass-smooth surfaces, but it feels less sophisticated than before and loses composure once it has to deal with successive imperfections." Example: The rear end bounced sharply side to side when driving over a midcorner bump.

     

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    @regfootball your moving the goal posts.  First you said it was the suspension, then you said it was interior room, now you're back to suspension again.

    Again, that isn't something the typical commuter car buyer is going to notice. It's also not a symptom limited solely to torsion beam suspensions. I still cannot get behind the opinion that the Corolla is a more engaging drive than a 3 torsion beam or now.  I've driven them both.. back to back. The 3 is a much nicer place to sit, and much more engaging drive than the Corolla. 

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    I forget, it’s the 2020 corolla here. I can’t recall if you’ve driven that. 

     

    My experience driving all mazdas is they are not as good as the buff books always say.  They have some nicer interiors these days.  

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    I've heard from multiple people on multiple new Mazdas that they fit tighter than their exterior seems. 

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    22 minutes ago, regfootball said:

    I forget, it’s the 2020 corolla here. I can’t recall if you’ve driven that. 

     

    My experience driving all mazdas is they are not as good as the buff books always say.  They have some nicer interiors these days.  

    No, they're not a poor-man's BMW like the buff books say, but they are almost always better than their direct competition in their respective classes. The current Civic is the possible exception.  Yes, I've driven a 2020 Corolla and Corolla hybrid at the same event as I drove a Mazda 3 Hatch with AWD.  If interior room is the important factor, then head over to VW and try a new Jetta, it's nearly a mid-size in there. 

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    On 8/7/2019 at 11:10 AM, ccap41 said:

    I've heard from multiple people on multiple new Mazdas that they fit tighter than their exterior seems. 

    i tried them on for size at the auto show, they are super tight, the 3 keeps getting smaller.  NFW i would look at a Mazda3, the Civic, Jetta make way more sense.  The only reason to get a mazda would be the nicer interior digs or if you like the styling at this point.  Shit, buy a GTI if you want a performer.  Or a used A3.

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      The car's all-electric drivetrain combines excellent power delivery, charging capabilities and range. Customers can choose from multiple configurations to meet their individual needs. These include two-wheel-drive and new "e-4ORCE" all-wheel drive versions, as well as two different battery sizes. The e-4ORCE all-wheel control system balances the powerful performance with a smooth, comfortable ride and all-weather capability. The system's twin electric motors provide balanced, assured handling with sports car-level power.
      Advanced design and technology for stress-free driving
      Ariya is also the most advanced embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility in a car to date.
      Drivers will feel more confident and less stressed thanks to the available, next-generation ProPILOT Assist 2.0 advanced driver assistance system that uses driver attention monitoring to enable hands-off single-lane highway operation. Ariya will also offer e-Pedal, which allows the driver to start, accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator pedal.
      Standard across the Ariya lineup is Nissan Safety Shield® 360, a suite of six advanced active safety and driver-assist technologies. This includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and High Beam Assist. Ariya will also feature Nissan's Intelligent Around View Monitor, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning and other technologies aimed at making the drive easier and more enjoyable.
      A human-machine interface lets customers use natural speech to adjust car settings. Over-the-air firmware updates keep the Ariya feeling fresh and exciting. The Ariya also includes Amazon's Alexa to help customers simplify and organize their lives.
      Ariya will also feature wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ standard to help drivers seamlessly integrate their smartphone into their vehicle experience.
      Spacious, flat-floor cabin
      The Ariya's striking looks represent Nissan's new design language, Timeless Japanese Futurism. It is characterized by a distinctive Japanese approach, conveyed in a simple yet powerfully modern way.
      Nissan's designers took advantage of the car's new EV platform, which allows for a flat floor, and its compact climate control components to give the Ariya a very spacious cabin. The lounge-like interior, featuring thin profile Zero Gravity seats, provides a welcoming and comfortable environment for driver and passengers alike.
      "Nissan was a pioneer in the world of mass-market electric vehicles a decade ago with LEAF, setting the standard for affordable, mass-market electric vehicles. We expect nothing less for the new Nissan Ariya," said Gupta. "While the driving exhilaration of its acceleration and torque levels is undeniable, the Ariya offers balanced, customer-centric technology that is perfect for everyday use."
      Nissan Ariya Key Specifications
      Passenger configuration
      2-row, 5-passenger
      Drive configuration
      Front-wheel drive or e-4ORCE all-wheel drive
      Platform
      Newly developed Alliance CMF-EV
      Powertrain
      Single (FWD) / dual (e-4ORCE AWD) electric motor, Externally Excited Synchronous Motor (EESM)
      Battery capacity
      63 kWh / 87 kWh usable (total 65 kWh / 90 kWh)
      Thermal management
      Active battery management system
      Estimated range
      Up to approximately 300 miles (preliminary Nissan estimate)
      Level 2 charging
      Up to 7.2 kW
      DC charging type
      CCS standard up to 130 kW
      Output
      160 kW – 290 kW
      Torque
      221 lb-ft – 443 lb-ft
      Wheelbase
      109.3 in.
      Overall length
      182.9 in.
      Overall width
      74.8 in.
      Overall height
      65.4 in. – 65.7 (depending on roof rack)
      Cargo volume
      16.5 cu ft (FWD)
      14.6 (e-4ORCE)
      Wheel size
      19-inch or 20-inch
      Tire size
      235/55R19 or 255/45R20
      Available interior features
      Lounge-like space created by flat, open floor and slim-profile Zero Gravity seats; large, minimalist instrument panel with integrated capacitive haptic switches; innovative center storage box with fold-out tray, adjustable center console
      Available Advanced Driver Assist (ADAS) Technology
      ProPILOT Assist 2.0 featuring hands-off highway operation with Driver Monitoring System
      Available safety technology
      Nissan Safety Shield® 360 with Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist and Rear Automatic Braking
      Model configurations
      Ariya standard and long range (FWD)
      Ariya standard range e-4ORCE and long range e-4ORCE (AWD)
      * NOTE: All specifications are as of July 2020 and are subject to homologation. Model names, features and specifications may vary by market. Subject to final validation.
    • By William Maley
      Nearly a decade ago, Nissan launched an ambitious assault on the U.S. commercial van market with the launch of their NV vans. It started with the Titan-dervived, body-on-frame NV1500/2500/3500 vans. This was followed by the unibody NV200 van, which was for a time the "Taxi of Tommorow" in New York City. But Nissan is reportedly throwing in the towel.
      Automotive News has learned from a source that it will end production of their commercial vans. No time frame was given.
      "We don't want to go more in the business of vans in the U.S. We will exit," said the source.
      Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman declined to comment about the future of the commercial vans, only saying in a statement that the automaker " is considering a number of opportunities to streamline the product portfolio and drive efficiencies within our manufacturing operations."
      When the NV lineup was launched in 2009, Nissan was hoping to steal away sales from the Detroit Three. At the time, Ford and GM had 97 percent of the large van segment. The NV was positioned as being a more modern option compared to the Ford E-Series and Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana. It was more comfortable with adjustable seats, taller ceiling for easier access to the cargo area, and pre-drilled holes in the body to allow owners to add interior racks easily. But Nissan wasn't able to make decent inroads into this market, only achieving around an eight percent share in the marketplace.
      What was the NV's downfall?
      Brand Loyalty to the American brands Using a modified Titan platform for the larger vans comprised them in urban areas with their extended front nose, and cargo capacity. "A third of the vehicle is dedicated to the engine and passenger compartment instead of cargo. The van takes up more real estate for the same amount of cargo space," explained Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions. NV200 Taxis were dinged by taxi companies poor ride quality, difficulty entering/exiting the van for elderly passengers, and increasing maintenance costs. Proved to a be a difficult sale to fleet buyers due to the automaker lacking the numerous combinations of light-trucks that the Detroit three can offer. Trucks and vans work hand in hand to attract sales in the commercial market. "Chevrolet and Ford can be everything to everybody," said Tyler Slade, operating partner at Tim Dahle Nissan Southtowne in Salt Lake City. "When we went to some of these fleet companies, it didn't make sense for them to have trucks from Ford and vans from Nissan." Add in $2.8 billion in cuts that the company is planning to stay afloat and COVID-19, and the death knell was coming sooner than later for the NV family.
      If Nissan does go forward with dropping the NV family, this will be a major blow to about a forth of Nissan dealers in the U.S. They made various investments such as installing heavy-duty lifts capable of lifting fully-loaded vans and having a dedicated sales staff to handle specific fleet issues.
      "Dealers now have serious concerns about their investments in commercial vehicles," said Slade.
      There is also the question as to whether Nissan may try again. Automotive News notes that in the new business strategy outlined last month, Nissan is wanting more global cooperation with its alliance partner Renault. The French automaker already has a number of vans in its lineup and is quite successful in various markets. Nissan already sells a version of the Renault Traffic, called the NV300 in Europe.
      But getting a Renault van into the U.S. as a Nissan will be difficult and costly in terms of homologation. Also, Nissan would still need to figure out how to appeal to larger fleet buyers that go with Ford or GM.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), The Drive
      Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears

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    • By William Maley
      Nearly a decade ago, Nissan launched an ambitious assault on the U.S. commercial van market with the launch of their NV vans. It started with the Titan-dervived, body-on-frame NV1500/2500/3500 vans. This was followed by the unibody NV200 van, which was for a time the "Taxi of Tommorow" in New York City. But Nissan is reportedly throwing in the towel.
      Automotive News has learned from a source that it will end production of their commercial vans. No time frame was given.
      "We don't want to go more in the business of vans in the U.S. We will exit," said the source.
      Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman declined to comment about the future of the commercial vans, only saying in a statement that the automaker " is considering a number of opportunities to streamline the product portfolio and drive efficiencies within our manufacturing operations."
      When the NV lineup was launched in 2009, Nissan was hoping to steal away sales from the Detroit Three. At the time, Ford and GM had 97 percent of the large van segment. The NV was positioned as being a more modern option compared to the Ford E-Series and Chevrolet Express/GMC Savana. It was more comfortable with adjustable seats, taller ceiling for easier access to the cargo area, and pre-drilled holes in the body to allow owners to add interior racks easily. But Nissan wasn't able to make decent inroads into this market, only achieving around an eight percent share in the marketplace.
      What was the NV's downfall?
      Brand Loyalty to the American brands Using a modified Titan platform for the larger vans comprised them in urban areas with their extended front nose, and cargo capacity. "A third of the vehicle is dedicated to the engine and passenger compartment instead of cargo. The van takes up more real estate for the same amount of cargo space," explained Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions. NV200 Taxis were dinged by taxi companies poor ride quality, difficulty entering/exiting the van for elderly passengers, and increasing maintenance costs. Proved to a be a difficult sale to fleet buyers due to the automaker lacking the numerous combinations of light-trucks that the Detroit three can offer. Trucks and vans work hand in hand to attract sales in the commercial market. "Chevrolet and Ford can be everything to everybody," said Tyler Slade, operating partner at Tim Dahle Nissan Southtowne in Salt Lake City. "When we went to some of these fleet companies, it didn't make sense for them to have trucks from Ford and vans from Nissan." Add in $2.8 billion in cuts that the company is planning to stay afloat and COVID-19, and the death knell was coming sooner than later for the NV family.
      If Nissan does go forward with dropping the NV family, this will be a major blow to about a forth of Nissan dealers in the U.S. They made various investments such as installing heavy-duty lifts capable of lifting fully-loaded vans and having a dedicated sales staff to handle specific fleet issues.
      "Dealers now have serious concerns about their investments in commercial vehicles," said Slade.
      There is also the question as to whether Nissan may try again. Automotive News notes that in the new business strategy outlined last month, Nissan is wanting more global cooperation with its alliance partner Renault. The French automaker already has a number of vans in its lineup and is quite successful in various markets. Nissan already sells a version of the Renault Traffic, called the NV300 in Europe.
      But getting a Renault van into the U.S. as a Nissan will be difficult and costly in terms of homologation. Also, Nissan would still need to figure out how to appeal to larger fleet buyers that go with Ford or GM.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required), The Drive
      Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears
    • By William Maley
      Nissan isn't quite ready to show off the next-generation Frontier, but they have decided to drop the new engine and transmission destined for the new model into the outgoing Frontier.
      Revealed on the eve of the Chicago Auto Show yesterday, the new 3.8L V6 produces 310 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque - an increase of 49 hp over the outgoing 4.0L V6, but torque remains the same. This is paired with a nine-speed automatic that is similar to the one used in the recently refreshed Titan. The introduction of this new powertain does mean the base 2.5L four-cylinder and manual transmission have been dropped for 2020.
      Why is Nissan releasing this new powertrain in a model that is destined to be replaced in a year's time? Most likely Nissan sees it as a way to get some real-world mileage before being dropped into the next-generation Frontier.
      Nissan is also giving all 2020 Frontiers push-button start, power windows and locks; and tilt-telescoping steering wheel. 
      Source: Nissan
      Press Release is on Page 2


      2020 Nissan Frontier debuts with ‘heart of the next-generation Frontier’
      All-new 3.8-liter direct injection V6 engine, 9-speed transmission help set the stage for all-new truck to come next year CHICAGO – As one successful era ends, another is just beginning in the heart of the 2020 Nissan Frontier.
      At a media reception tonight, Nissan revealed the 2020 Frontier which features an all-new, powerful 3.8-liter direct injection V6 engine and all-new 9-speed automatic transmission – both of which will be key elements in the next-generation, all-new Frontier coming soon.
      The 2020 Frontier, which marks the last model year of the current generation, will feature best-in-class horsepower1 while also providing improved fuel economy and emissions performance. It will go on sale in spring 2020.
      Helping celebrate the transition to the next-generation Frontier was Brian Murphy and his 2007 Frontier, which just last week crossed the 1 million mile mark – a true testament to the durability and reliability of the Nissan Frontier.
      "The 2020 Frontier lays the groundwork for the exciting, next-generation Frontier – an all-new pickup truck slated to arrive soon," said Tiago Castro, director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Nissan North America, Inc. "While looking ahead, we're also celebrating our strong heritage – including the innovations, versatility and reliability of past models, such as the 2007 Frontier that Chicago resident Brian Murphy has driven for more than one million miles."
      2020 Nissan Frontier
      The 2020 Frontier, with its standard 3.8-liter V6 and 9-speed automatic transmission, focuses on the needs and demands of truck owners in the U.S. Nissan's all-new engine is using 93 percent new or redesigned parts, and the powerplant underwent extensive testing in North America. The engine will be assembled at Nissan's advanced engine facility in Decherd, Tenn., next to the full-size TITAN pickup's 5.6-liter Endurance® V8.
      Along with the 49-horsepower improvement over the previous Frontier V6, fuel economy is expected to increase2. Also contributing to the 2020 Frontier's improved acceleration and fuel economy is the all-new 9-speed automatic transmission designed to maximize powertrain efficiency and provide an enhanced acceleration feel.
      "From its roots tracing back more than 60 years, to the current model, Frontier has had a lasting impact on the compact and mid-size truck segments in North America. As Nissan transitions to the next chapter, we celebrate both a proud past and a bright future with the heart of the next Frontier," added Castro.
      The "Million-Mile" 2007 Frontier
      Chicagoland delivery man Brian Murphy bought his two-wheel-drive, 4-cylinder 5-speed manual Frontier King Cab pickup in June 2007 with one goal: to put 1 million miles on it3. The red Frontier passed the million-mile mark on January 27, 2020.
      According to Murphy, the original clutch lasted 801,000 miles, the timing chain was replaced as a preventative measure at 700,000 miles, and the radiator and alternator lasted about 450,000 miles each. Even the driver's seat lasted a half-million miles but has also been replaced. 
      To celebrate Murphy's incredible accomplishment and loyalty, Nissan announced it would give Murphy a new Frontier once the 2020 model begins production later this year. 
      "I never imagined I'd be given a new truck, especially since my Frontier is still running strong. It will be a real treat to have an efficient V6 engine, but I guess I'll have to find another way to exercise now that I'll have an automatic transmission and power windows," said Murphy. 
      For regular maintenance, the truck has been serviced at M'Lady Nissan in Crystal Lake, Illinois, the same dealership where Murphy purchased the vehicle new in June 2007. Murphy insists on doing his own oil changes every 10,000 miles.

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