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  1. William Maley

    March 2018: Nissan Group U.S.

    Nissan Group reports March 2018 U.S. sales NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan Group today announced total U.S. sales for March 2018 of 162,535 units, a decrease of 4% compared to the previous year. Nissan highlights: Nissan Rogue posted the best monthly performance in the nameplate's history with 42,151 sales, up 7%. Armada SUV sales rose 39% to 4,288 units, a March record. Frontier truck sales rose to 8,932 units, up 28%. Sentra compact sales increased 14% to 25,123 units. INFINITI today reported sales of 17,432 vehicles in the U.S. during March, down 5%. Deliveries of the all-new 2019 QX50, powered by the world’s first variable compression engine, began in March, contributing to the luxury crossover’s best March, with 1,913 total sold, up 11%. The Q50 sports sedan increased 34% to 5,085 in March, up 12% for the year. Overall INFINITI sedans and coupes were up 2.6% in March. The updated QX80 premium full-size SUV also had its best March, with an increase of 5%. The QX60 premium crossover had an all-time sales record of 5,115 delivered, up 34% in March and 39% for the year. NISSAN DIVISION MAR MAR Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2018 2017 % chg 2018 2017 % chg Nissan Division Total 145,103 150,566 -3.6 375,116 373,330 0.5 Versa 10,921 12,336 -11.5 25,365 31,075 -18.4 Sentra 25,123 21,960 14.4 60,002 51,414 16.7 Altima 23,518 28,511 -17.5 63,406 73,985 -14.3 Maxima 5,034 6,961 -27.7 13,754 15,597 -11.8 LEAF 1,500 1,478 1.5 2,545 3,287 -22.6 Juke 142 1,487 -90.5 456 4,088 -88.8 370Z 447 500 -10.6 983 1,248 -21.2 GT-R 66 75 -12.0 135 195 -30.8 Total Car 66,751 73,308 -8.9 166,646 180,889 -7.9 Frontier 8,932 6,973 28.1 22,825 15,566 46.6 Titan 4,912 5,539 -11.3 12,724 11,295 12.7 Xterra 0 1 -100.0 0 1 -100.0 Pathfinder 6,680 10,442 -36.0 18,106 26,720 -32.2 Armada 4,288 3,094 38.6 9,082 7,291 24.6 Rogue 42,151 39,512 6.7 116,454 101,421 14.8 Murano 7,751 7,317 5.9 20,722 17,249 20.1 Quest 0 620 -100.0 2 3,870 -99.9 NV 1,606 1,863 -13.8 3,768 4,533 -16.9 NV200 2,032 1,897 7.1 4,787 4,495 6.5 Total Truck 78,352 77,258 1.4 208,470 192,441 8.3 INFINITI MAR MAR Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2018 2017 % chg 2018 2017 % chg Infiniti Total 17,432 18,266 -4.6 40,887 43,561 -6.1 Infiniti Q50 5,085 3,800 33.8 11,701 10,450 12.0 Infiniti Q60 1,136 1,829 -37.9 2,603 3,371 -22.8 Infiniti Q70 655 1,072 -38.9 1,491 1,962 -24.0 Infiniti QX30 1,227 2,960 -58.5 2,815 6,532 -56.9 Infiniti QX50 1,913 1,724 11.0 4,084 4,318 -5.4 Infiniti QX60 5,115 3,821 33.9 12,024 8,668 38.7 Infiniti QX70 221 1,077 -79.5 570 2,905 -80.4 Infiniti QX80 2,080 1,983 4.9 5,599 5,355 4.6 Total Car 6,876 6,701 2.6 15,795 15,783 0.1 Total Truck 10,556 11,565 -8.7 25,092 27,778 -9.7 NISSAN GROUP MAR MAR Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2018 2017 % chg 2018 2017 % chg TOTAL VEHICLE 162,535 168,832 -3.7 416,003 416,891 -0.2 Total Car 73,627 80,009 -8.0 182,441 196,672 -7.2 Total Truck 88,908 88,823 0.1 233,562 220,219 6.1 Selling days 28 27 77 75 # # #
  2. Nissan has played it safe for the past couple of generations with the Altima to some success. But with the sales decline in midsize sedans and automakers like Honda and Toyota taking bigger risks with their sedans, Nissan knew that it had to make some ambitious changes with the next Altima. The end result made its debut today at the New York Auto Show. Nissan didn't go full-on drastic in terms of the exterior like the new Accord or Camry, but the 2019 Altima is very different from the model it replaces. A fair amount of the design - especially in the side profile and lighting come from the 2017 Vmotion 2.0 concept. The front end takes ideas from the larger Maxima - the flowing hood and aggressive bumper - and adds a huge version of Nissan's V-Motion grille. Most dimensions have increased - 1 inch longer, 1.9-inch longer wheelbase, and 0.9-inch wider. The interior isn't as dramatic as the exterior. Nissan went for a simple and clean look. But there are some key changes. The dashboard has been lowered to help make the interior feel more spacious. An 8-inch touchscreen featuring the latest version of the NissanConnect infotainment system is standard on all Altimas. This includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. For power, the base engine is a revised 2.5L four-cylinder pumping out 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Optional is a 2.0L VC-Turbo engine producing 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This is the first Nissan model to get this unique engine that automatically adjusts compression ratio to deliver more power or fuel economy. Both engines come paired with a CVT. Nissan for the first time will offer AWD on the Altima, but only on the 2.5. Nissan's ProPilot Assist technology will come standard on the SV, SL, and Platinum trims. ProPilot is a semi-autonomous system that keeps you a set distance away from the vehicle in front of you and keeps the vehicle centered in the lane. It will also bring the car to a full stop in heavy traffic situations and start back up when traffic begins to move. No mention of pricing, but the 2019 Altima arrives at Nissan dealers this fall. Source: Nissan Press Release is on Page 2 All-new 2019 Nissan Altima – with Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology, new powertrains and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive – makes world debut at New York International Auto Show The 2019 Altima goes on sale in the U.S. this fall NEW YORK – Nissan today revealed the all-new Altima, bringing excitement back to the mid-size sedan segment with expressive styling, an uplifting interior, two new powerplants, the first available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive in a Nissan sedan in the U.S. and advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, including ProPILOT Assist. The 2019 Altima goes on sale in the U.S. in the fall, followed by other global markets at later dates. The sixth generation of Nissan's best-selling sedan made its world debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, alongside the first North American showing of Nissan's Formula E racing car. "This new Altima builds on 25 years and more than 5.6 million Altima sales to date – but to us, this is just a starting point," said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president, chairman of management committee, Nissan North America, Inc. "That's why we decided to shake up the midsize segment in terms of design, driving enjoyment and technologies that are advanced and affordable." The new Altima follows the 2018 LEAF in embodying the vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, making vehicles more desirable by re-defining how they are driven, powered and integrated into society. A key component is ProPILOT Assist, a single-lane "hands-on" driving assistance technology that eases driver workload by reducing the amount of driver acceleration, steering and braking input under certain driving conditions, such as single-lane highway driving. ProPILOT Assist is standard on the 2019 Altima SV, SL and Platinum grades. Also new for 2019 is Rear Automatic Braking, which helps the driver detect stationary objects when backing up, and if necessary applies the brakes to help avoid a collision. The addition of Rear Automatic Braking to Nissan Safety Shield creates Safety Shield 360, which provides front, side and rear safety monitoring and intervention technologies – including Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and High Beam Assist (HBA). Two new engines are introduced on the all-new Altima. Replacing the previous-generation Altima's 3.5-liter V6 engine is the company's world's first production-ready variable compression turbo inline 4-cylinder. The engine delivers near V6-level performance with 4-cylinder fuel economy. Standard on all 2019 Altima grade levels is a new 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder direct-injection engine. More than just the gains in horsepower and torque, the new engine offers improvements in noise, vibration and harshness, along with enhanced fuel economy and cleaner emissions. The 2019 Altima also offers available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive for the first time ever on an Altima. The AWD system is available on all trim levels equipped with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. "We saw that the lack of available all-wheel drive has been a key factor in pushing U.S. buyers who prefer sedans to compact SUVs," said Le Vot. "Of the top three selling midsize sedans in the U.S., only Altima will offer all-wheel drive. We expect this to be a key sales driver, especially for customers in the northern part of the country." The all-new Altima's expressive design was inspired by the award-winning Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept. The new Altima is lower, longer and wider than the previous generation with a highly balanced, aggressive stance that includes available 19-inch wheels and tires. Inside, the all-new premium interior features a wide "gliding wing" instrument panel – which accentuates the exterior's low cowl and hood, helping create an open, airy environment. Key interior comfort and convenience features range from seats with added bolstering for improved holding and support, to standard NissanConnectSM featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an 8-inch multi-touch color display. The 2019 Altima will be offered in a range of trim levels – S, SR, SV, SL and Platinum. All five come equipped with the standard 2.5-liter engine and are available with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. In addition, the Altima SR and Platinum grades are available with the advanced 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine (front-wheel drive only). An exclusive launch edition based on the Platinum VC-Turbo will be offered in limited quantities and open for reservations in early summer 2018 (U.S. market only). View full article
  3. Nissan has played it safe for the past couple of generations with the Altima to some success. But with the sales decline in midsize sedans and automakers like Honda and Toyota taking bigger risks with their sedans, Nissan knew that it had to make some ambitious changes with the next Altima. The end result made its debut today at the New York Auto Show. Nissan didn't go full-on drastic in terms of the exterior like the new Accord or Camry, but the 2019 Altima is very different from the model it replaces. A fair amount of the design - especially in the side profile and lighting come from the 2017 Vmotion 2.0 concept. The front end takes ideas from the larger Maxima - the flowing hood and aggressive bumper - and adds a huge version of Nissan's V-Motion grille. Most dimensions have increased - 1 inch longer, 1.9-inch longer wheelbase, and 0.9-inch wider. The interior isn't as dramatic as the exterior. Nissan went for a simple and clean look. But there are some key changes. The dashboard has been lowered to help make the interior feel more spacious. An 8-inch touchscreen featuring the latest version of the NissanConnect infotainment system is standard on all Altimas. This includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. For power, the base engine is a revised 2.5L four-cylinder pumping out 188 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Optional is a 2.0L VC-Turbo engine producing 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This is the first Nissan model to get this unique engine that automatically adjusts compression ratio to deliver more power or fuel economy. Both engines come paired with a CVT. Nissan for the first time will offer AWD on the Altima, but only on the 2.5. Nissan's ProPilot Assist technology will come standard on the SV, SL, and Platinum trims. ProPilot is a semi-autonomous system that keeps you a set distance away from the vehicle in front of you and keeps the vehicle centered in the lane. It will also bring the car to a full stop in heavy traffic situations and start back up when traffic begins to move. No mention of pricing, but the 2019 Altima arrives at Nissan dealers this fall. Source: Nissan Press Release is on Page 2 All-new 2019 Nissan Altima – with Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology, new powertrains and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive – makes world debut at New York International Auto Show The 2019 Altima goes on sale in the U.S. this fall NEW YORK – Nissan today revealed the all-new Altima, bringing excitement back to the mid-size sedan segment with expressive styling, an uplifting interior, two new powerplants, the first available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive in a Nissan sedan in the U.S. and advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, including ProPILOT Assist. The 2019 Altima goes on sale in the U.S. in the fall, followed by other global markets at later dates. The sixth generation of Nissan's best-selling sedan made its world debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, alongside the first North American showing of Nissan's Formula E racing car. "This new Altima builds on 25 years and more than 5.6 million Altima sales to date – but to us, this is just a starting point," said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president, chairman of management committee, Nissan North America, Inc. "That's why we decided to shake up the midsize segment in terms of design, driving enjoyment and technologies that are advanced and affordable." The new Altima follows the 2018 LEAF in embodying the vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, making vehicles more desirable by re-defining how they are driven, powered and integrated into society. A key component is ProPILOT Assist, a single-lane "hands-on" driving assistance technology that eases driver workload by reducing the amount of driver acceleration, steering and braking input under certain driving conditions, such as single-lane highway driving. ProPILOT Assist is standard on the 2019 Altima SV, SL and Platinum grades. Also new for 2019 is Rear Automatic Braking, which helps the driver detect stationary objects when backing up, and if necessary applies the brakes to help avoid a collision. The addition of Rear Automatic Braking to Nissan Safety Shield creates Safety Shield 360, which provides front, side and rear safety monitoring and intervention technologies – including Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Rear Automatic Braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), radar-based Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and High Beam Assist (HBA). Two new engines are introduced on the all-new Altima. Replacing the previous-generation Altima's 3.5-liter V6 engine is the company's world's first production-ready variable compression turbo inline 4-cylinder. The engine delivers near V6-level performance with 4-cylinder fuel economy. Standard on all 2019 Altima grade levels is a new 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder direct-injection engine. More than just the gains in horsepower and torque, the new engine offers improvements in noise, vibration and harshness, along with enhanced fuel economy and cleaner emissions. The 2019 Altima also offers available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive for the first time ever on an Altima. The AWD system is available on all trim levels equipped with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. "We saw that the lack of available all-wheel drive has been a key factor in pushing U.S. buyers who prefer sedans to compact SUVs," said Le Vot. "Of the top three selling midsize sedans in the U.S., only Altima will offer all-wheel drive. We expect this to be a key sales driver, especially for customers in the northern part of the country." The all-new Altima's expressive design was inspired by the award-winning Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept. The new Altima is lower, longer and wider than the previous generation with a highly balanced, aggressive stance that includes available 19-inch wheels and tires. Inside, the all-new premium interior features a wide "gliding wing" instrument panel – which accentuates the exterior's low cowl and hood, helping create an open, airy environment. Key interior comfort and convenience features range from seats with added bolstering for improved holding and support, to standard NissanConnectSM featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an 8-inch multi-touch color display. The 2019 Altima will be offered in a range of trim levels – S, SR, SV, SL and Platinum. All five come equipped with the standard 2.5-liter engine and are available with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. In addition, the Altima SR and Platinum grades are available with the advanced 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine (front-wheel drive only). An exclusive launch edition based on the Platinum VC-Turbo will be offered in limited quantities and open for reservations in early summer 2018 (U.S. market only).
  4. William Maley

    February 2018: Nissan Group

    Nissan Group reports February 2018 U.S. Sales NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan Group today announced total U.S. sales for February 2018 of 129,930 units, a decrease of 4% compared to the previous year. Nissan highlights: Combined sales of Nissan crossovers, trucks and SUVs set a February record, up 9% Nissan Rogue sales continued to be strong with 38,119 sales, up 15%, and set a February record Frontier truck sales rose to 7,992 units, up 69% Sales of the TITAN pickup in February totaled 3,761, up 26% Murano crossover sales increased 11% to 6,179 units Armada SUV sales rose 11% to 2,548 units NISSAN DIVISION FEB FEB Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2018 2017 % chg 2018 2017 % chg Nissan Division Total 117,110 122,003 -4.0 230,013 222,764 3.3 Versa 7,196 9,869 -27.1 14,444 18,739 -22.9 Sentra 17,148 16,010 7.1 34,879 29,454 18.4 Altima 19,703 26,543 -25.8 39,888 45,474 -12.3 Maxima 4,387 4,898 -10.4 8,720 8,636 1.0 LEAF 895 1,037 -13.7 1,045 1,809 -42.2 Juke 124 1,297 -90.4 314 2,601 -87.9 370Z 312 424 -26.4 536 748 -28.3 GT-R 35 55 -36.4 69 120 -42.5 Total Car 49,800 60,133 -17.2 99,895 107,581 -7.1 Frontier 7,992 4,736 68.8 13,893 8,593 61.7 Titan 3,761 2,988 25.9 7,812 5,756 35.7 Pathfinder 6,140 8,997 -31.8 11,426 16,278 -29.8 Armada 2,548 2,289 11.3 4,794 4,197 14.2 Rogue 38,119 33,149 15.0 74,303 61,909 20.0 Murano 6,179 5,569 11.0 12,971 9,932 30.6 Quest 1 1,372 -99.9 2 3,250 -99.9 NV 1,139 1,436 -20.7 2,162 2,670 -19.0 NV200 1,431 1,334 7.3 2,755 2,598 6.0 Total Truck 67,310 61,870 8.8 130,118 115,183 13.0 INFINITI FEB FEB Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2018 2017 % chg 2018 2017 % chg Infiniti Total 12,820 13,737 -6.7 23,455 25,295 -7.3 Infiniti Q50 3,904 3,444 13.4 6,616 6,650 -0.5 Infiniti Q60 855 810 5.6 1,467 1,542 -4.9 Infiniti Q70 450 414 8.7 836 890 -6.1 Infiniti QX30 775 2,414 -67.9 1,588 3,572 -55.5 Infiniti QX50 1,120 1,388 -19.3 2,171 2,594 -16.3 Infiniti QX60 3,880 2,658 46.0 6,909 4,847 42.5 Infiniti QX70 147 986 -85.1 349 1,828 -80.9 Infiniti QX80 1,689 1,623 4.1 3,519 3,372 4.4 Total Car 5,209 4,668 11.6 8,919 9,082 -1.8 Total Truck 7,611 9,069 -16.1 14,536 16,213 -10.3 NISSAN GROUP FEB FEB Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2018 2017 % chg 2018 2017 % chg TOTAL VEHICLE 129,930 135,740 -4.3 253,468 248,059 2.2 Total Car 55,009 64,801 -15.1 108,814 116,663 -6.7 Total Truck 74,921 70,939 5.6 144,654 131,396 10.1 Selling days 24 24 49 48
  5. The fate of the Nissan Z has been up the air for a number of years. One minute, it seems the Z will be killed off. The next, Nissan is figuring out how to keep the Z alive. This brings us neatly to a report from Autocar which says a new Z car is expected in 2020. But after reading this report, we have some questions as to the validity of this information. According to "senior officials from Nissan," the new Z car has the codename of Z35 and will share a number of components with the Infiniti Q60 Coupe including the rear-drive platform and engines. Using the Q60's platform would make the Z a bit larger - the Q60's length is 17 inches longer and the wheelbase is about a foot longer. Power will come from a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 engine from the Q50 and Q60 producing 400 horsepower. There will also be a high-performance NISMO model that will use a re-tuned version of the twin-turbo V6 to produce 475 horsepower and be paired with an all-wheel drive system. But this report has a huge red flag. Emphasis ours. The issue is that there will not be a 2018 Tokyo Moto Show. It is a bi-annual auto show. The last one took place in 2017, meaning the next one will not happen till 2019. This also puts a red flag on the reveal of the production model at the 2019 LA Auto Show. This report comes a week after another rumor about the Z car was debunked. Japanese site Response reported that Nissan has asked their partner Mercedes-Benz on developing a new Z car. Using a Mercedes-Benz platform, the new Z would be offered with two engines. A 2.0L turbo-four from Mercedes as the base and the twin-turbo V6 from Infiniti. But as Japanese Nostalgic Car notes in their report, "the automotive rumor mill in Japan is like 1990s Motor Trend on crack." The partnership between Nissan and Diamler hit a rough patch earlier this year as Reuters reported that Infiniti would not use Mercedes' MFA2 modular platform due to cost issues. The new QX50 which was supposed to be the Infiniti vehicle to use this new platform would instead use its own unique platform. Motor Trend would deliver the final nail in the coffin of this rumor. According to their sources, Mercedes and Nissan did talk about the possibility of working together on a new platform that would be shared between the Z and SLC roadster. But these talks reportedly went nowhere. Also, Mercedes is planning to kill off the SLC once production of the current model ends. We know that Nissan does want to keep the Z alive from comments made by Philippe Klein, Nissan's chief planning officer back in January. As of right now, your guess is as good as ours. Source: Autocar
  6. The fate of the Nissan Z has been up the air for a number of years. One minute, it seems the Z will be killed off. The next, Nissan is figuring out how to keep the Z alive. This brings us neatly to a report from Autocar which says a new Z car is expected in 2020. But after reading this report, we have some questions as to the validity of this information. According to "senior officials from Nissan," the new Z car has the codename of Z35 and will share a number of components with the Infiniti Q60 Coupe including the rear-drive platform and engines. Using the Q60's platform would make the Z a bit larger - the Q60's length is 17 inches longer and the wheelbase is about a foot longer. Power will come from a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 engine from the Q50 and Q60 producing 400 horsepower. There will also be a high-performance NISMO model that will use a re-tuned version of the twin-turbo V6 to produce 475 horsepower and be paired with an all-wheel drive system. But this report has a huge red flag. Emphasis ours. The issue is that there will not be a 2018 Tokyo Moto Show. It is a bi-annual auto show. The last one took place in 2017, meaning the next one will not happen till 2019. This also puts a red flag on the reveal of the production model at the 2019 LA Auto Show. This report comes a week after another rumor about the Z car was debunked. Japanese site Response reported that Nissan has asked their partner Mercedes-Benz on developing a new Z car. Using a Mercedes-Benz platform, the new Z would be offered with two engines. A 2.0L turbo-four from Mercedes as the base and the twin-turbo V6 from Infiniti. But as Japanese Nostalgic Car notes in their report, "the automotive rumor mill in Japan is like 1990s Motor Trend on crack." The partnership between Nissan and Diamler hit a rough patch earlier this year as Reuters reported that Infiniti would not use Mercedes' MFA2 modular platform due to cost issues. The new QX50 which was supposed to be the Infiniti vehicle to use this new platform would instead use its own unique platform. Motor Trend would deliver the final nail in the coffin of this rumor. According to their sources, Mercedes and Nissan did talk about the possibility of working together on a new platform that would be shared between the Z and SLC roadster. But these talks reportedly went nowhere. Also, Mercedes is planning to kill off the SLC once production of the current model ends. We know that Nissan does want to keep the Z alive from comments made by Philippe Klein, Nissan's chief planning officer back in January. As of right now, your guess is as good as ours. Source: Autocar View full article
  7. 2018 Leaf versus 2017 BOLT Battery Life Seems to be very straightforward and easy to understand in this comparison of Liquid thermal management of the BOLT battery versus the new Leaf Passive air thermal management of their battery. This guy as a College professor has followed and torn into the EV auto's. He comes out stating that the New Leaf if not improved and clearly will not have the life that the BOLT will have for battery. Easy to follow and very interesting as he points out numerous issues with the Leaf and all the DO NOT DO, Example, do not plug it in right after driving it, do not use rapid DC chargers and do not leave the auto in a hot environment. This in comparison to you can Rapid Charge the BOLT, you can Plug it in right after driving, even the VOLT is superior to the Leaf based on this guys review and having his students rip into them to understand the tech better. GM has built one of the best Thermal Management Battery packs.
  8. January is usually not a strong month for car sales as it just after the holidays and people don't have the money to buy a new car. This is reflected in our January sales figure ticker where most automakers post small increases and decreases. There were some automakers that posted some surprising numbers. Nissan reported a 10 percent increase and Toyota noted an impressive 16.8 percent rise. The two automakers credit their utility as a key reason for the rise. But Bloomberg reports there is another reason for these rises. Pulling data from Cox Automotive, Bloomberg found out that fleet deliveries for the month rose 46 percent for Nissan and 69 percent for Toyota. Most of the sales came from rental car companies. “If you want to claim 10 percent market share, that’s a way to do it. The danger is that you create a large number of late-model used cars that will compete with your new cars and bring down prices and profits,” said Maryann Keller, an independent auto industry consultant. A number of automakers have been turning away from fleet sales for this very reason. GM which has been a poster child for fleet sales has been cutting back. Toyota spokeswoman Amanda Roark told Bloomberg that fleet deliveries will be lower during the second half of this year and will likely make up "about 10 percent of its total U.S. sales in 2018." Judy Wheeler, Nissan vice president of U.S. sales explained the increase in fleet sales was due to them clearing out 2017 models to make way for 2018 models. “It’s really just a timing situation for us,” she said. It needs to be noted that Nissan has been increasing their sales to fleets within the past year. Source: Bloomberg
  9. January is usually not a strong month for car sales as it just after the holidays and people don't have the money to buy a new car. This is reflected in our January sales figure ticker where most automakers post small increases and decreases. There were some automakers that posted some surprising numbers. Nissan reported a 10 percent increase and Toyota noted an impressive 16.8 percent rise. The two automakers credit their utility as a key reason for the rise. But Bloomberg reports there is another reason for these rises. Pulling data from Cox Automotive, Bloomberg found out that fleet deliveries for the month rose 46 percent for Nissan and 69 percent for Toyota. Most of the sales came from rental car companies. “If you want to claim 10 percent market share, that’s a way to do it. The danger is that you create a large number of late-model used cars that will compete with your new cars and bring down prices and profits,” said Maryann Keller, an independent auto industry consultant. A number of automakers have been turning away from fleet sales for this very reason. GM which has been a poster child for fleet sales has been cutting back. Toyota spokeswoman Amanda Roark told Bloomberg that fleet deliveries will be lower during the second half of this year and will likely make up "about 10 percent of its total U.S. sales in 2018." Judy Wheeler, Nissan vice president of U.S. sales explained the increase in fleet sales was due to them clearing out 2017 models to make way for 2018 models. “It’s really just a timing situation for us,” she said. It needs to be noted that Nissan has been increasing their sales to fleets within the past year. Source: Bloomberg View full article
  10. William Maley

    January 2018: Nissan Group

    Nissan Group reports January 2018 U.S. Sales NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan Group today announced total U.S. sales for January 2018 of 123,538 units, an increase of 10% over the previous year. This marks a January record. Nissan highlights: Nissan Division sales also set a January record at 112,903 units, an increase of 12%. Combined sales of Nissan crossovers, trucks and SUVs set a January record, up 18%. Nissan Rogue sales set a January record with 36,184 sales, up 26%. Frontier truck sales rose to 5,901 units, up 53%. Sales of the TITAN pickup in January totaled 4,051, up 46%. Murano crossover sales increased 56% to 6,792 units. Armada SUV sales rose 18% to 2,246 units. NISSAN DIVISION JAN JAN Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2018 2017 % chg 2018 2017 % chg Nissan Division Total 112,903 100,761 12.1 112,903 100,761 12.1 Versa 7,248 8,870 -18.3 7,248 8,870 -18.3 Sentra 17,731 13,444 31.9 17,731 13,444 31.9 Altima 20,185 18,931 6.6 20,185 18,931 6.6 Maxima 4,333 3,738 15.9 4,333 3,738 15.9 LEAF 150 772 -80.6 150 772 -80.6 Juke 190 1,304 -85.4 190 1,304 -85.4 370Z 224 324 -30.9 224 324 -30.9 GT-R 34 65 -47.7 34 65 -47.7 Total Car 50,095 47,448 5.6 50,095 47,448 5.6 Frontier 5,901 3,857 53.0 5,901 3,857 53.0 Titan 4,051 2,768 46.4 4,051 2,768 46.4 Pathfinder 5,286 7,281 -27.4 5,286 7,281 -27.4 Armada 2,246 1,908 17.7 2,246 1,908 17.7 Rogue 36,184 28,760 25.8 36,184 28,760 25.8 Murano 6,792 4,363 55.7 6,792 4,363 55.7 Quest 1 1,878 -99.9 1 1,878 -99.9 NV 1,023 1,234 -17.1 1,023 1,234 -17.1 NV200 1,324 1,264 4.7 1,324 1,264 4.7 Total Truck 62,808 53,313 17.8 62,808 53,313 17.8 INFINITI JAN JAN Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2018 2017 % chg 2018 2017 % chg Infiniti Total 10,635 11,558 -8.0 10,635 11,558 -8.0 Infiniti Q50 2,712 3,206 -15.4 2,712 3,206 -15.4 Infiniti Q60 612 732 -16.4 612 732 -16.4 Infiniti Q70 386 476 -18.9 386 476 -18.9 Infiniti QX30 813 1,158 -29.8 813 1,158 -29.8 Infiniti QX50 1,051 1,206 -12.9 1,051 1,206 -12.9 Infiniti QX60 3,029 2,189 38.4 3,029 2,189 38.4 Infiniti QX70 202 842 -76.0 202 842 -76.0 Infiniti QX80 1,830 1,749 4.6 1,830 1,749 4.6 Total Car 3,710 4,414 -15.9 3,710 4,414 -15.9 Total Truck 6,925 7,144 -3.1 6,925 7,144 -3.1 NISSAN GROUP JAN JAN Monthly CYTD CYTD CYTD 2018 2017 % chg 2018 2017 % chg TOTAL VEHICLE 123,538 112,319 10.0 123,538 112,319 10.0 Total Car 53,805 51,862 3.7 53,805 51,862 3.7 Total Truck 69,733 60,457 15.3 69,733 60,457 15.3 Selling days 25 24 25 24
  11. William Maley

    Nissan Isn't Giving Up on the Z

    “It’s an interesting question because there is a lot of passion people this vehicle. This vehicle is still very alive but at the same time it is in a segment that is gradually declining, so that is making the [business] case more difficult," said Philippe Klein, Nissan's chief planning officer when asked about a successor to the 370Z back in October. “We have also the GT-R, with which we still believe there is some good potential from this, and we are in the same category starting to make a lot of effort on the Nismo side. Which is another way to offer excitement to our customers leveraging the more conventional side. We have no intention to quit excitement but we’re going to make it happen in different ways.” This sparked speculation that either the 370Z would be going the way of the dodo bird or go a completely different route. It seems death isn't on the table for the Z car. "The Z is a difficult market. It is rather shrinking worldwide. But we still believe there is a place for the Z and we want to keep it alive, and that's what we're working on," said Klein to Automotive News at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month. "That's for the midterm. For the long term, there are other considerations. If we do a complete new vehicle, what should it be to keep the passion alive? And we're working very seriously on this — how we can keep the Z alive and refreshing and what would be the next generation?" Those are very good questions to be asking considering how many people are taken with the likes of SUVs, crossovers, and trucks. Not helping are government regulations on safety and fuel economy that has required automakers to add more equipment, which in turn causes vehicle weight to increase. Not a good thing for a model that is marketed as a lightweight and affordable sports car. "The passion is there," said Klein. "The question is how can we refresh it and what will be the breakthrough for the long term?" Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  12. William Maley

    Nissan News: Nissan Isn't Giving Up on the Z

    “It’s an interesting question because there is a lot of passion people this vehicle. This vehicle is still very alive but at the same time it is in a segment that is gradually declining, so that is making the [business] case more difficult," said Philippe Klein, Nissan's chief planning officer when asked about a successor to the 370Z back in October. “We have also the GT-R, with which we still believe there is some good potential from this, and we are in the same category starting to make a lot of effort on the Nismo side. Which is another way to offer excitement to our customers leveraging the more conventional side. We have no intention to quit excitement but we’re going to make it happen in different ways.” This sparked speculation that either the 370Z would be going the way of the dodo bird or go a completely different route. It seems death isn't on the table for the Z car. "The Z is a difficult market. It is rather shrinking worldwide. But we still believe there is a place for the Z and we want to keep it alive, and that's what we're working on," said Klein to Automotive News at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month. "That's for the midterm. For the long term, there are other considerations. If we do a complete new vehicle, what should it be to keep the passion alive? And we're working very seriously on this — how we can keep the Z alive and refreshing and what would be the next generation?" Those are very good questions to be asking considering how many people are taken with the likes of SUVs, crossovers, and trucks. Not helping are government regulations on safety and fuel economy that has required automakers to add more equipment, which in turn causes vehicle weight to increase. Not a good thing for a model that is marketed as a lightweight and affordable sports car. "The passion is there," said Klein. "The question is how can we refresh it and what will be the breakthrough for the long term?" Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  13. Previous Page Next Page At the 2018 North American International Auto Show today, Nissan unveiled the Nissan Xmotion concept. This concept is a preview of Nissan's styling direction and in this specific case a possible preview of the next version of the Nissan Rogue. The strong styling takes some existing Nissan signature design elements and brings them to the extreme. The Xmotion features giant boomerang style headlamps and Nissan's deep Vmotion grille. The interior features exotic seats that are shaped like ships that float in the water. Nissan even included a floor carpet pattern that resembles the waves of the ocean. The center console is meant to evoke a bridge over the water below. Concept cars are a showcase for future technologies that the manufacturer would like to pursue and the Xmotion is no exception. The Xmotion features fingerprint start and a virtual personal assistant in the shape of a kaoi. The car will retrieve information from your smartphone and automatically bring up the navigation to set the destination. The displays and infotainment can further be controlled by gestures and eye movement. The Xmotion also signals Nissan's next level in autonomous driving. While in autonomous driving mode the virtual assistant kaoi will search for local attractions and suggest things to see while you are traveling. Click here to follow all 2018 Detroit Auto Show News Click here to follow all Nissan News Nissan Press Release on Page 2 DETROIT – Nissan today revealed the Xmotion concept, a design exploration for a potentially groundbreaking compact SUV, building on the company’s long history of cutting-edge crossovers and SUVs. Making its world debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the six-passenger, three-row Nissan Xmotion (pronounced "cross motion") concept fuses Japanese culture and traditional craftsmanship with American-style utility and new-generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology. "In the Xmotion concept, we explored the more rugged and powerful side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Bold and powerful forms and proportions are, upon closer inspection, contrasted with aspects of traditional Japanese craftsmanship expressed in a contemporary way," said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. "The exterior's combination of western and eastern concepts continues inside the Xmotion, where advanced connectivity and autonomous technologies mix with modern Japanese digital art and cultural craftsmanship. At a glance, Xmotion may appear to have a minimal design language, but a closer look reveals layers of detail that make this concept exceptional." Signaling the future of Nissan design, the Xmotion concept's stunning exterior features a powerful dynamic presence with understated sculptural beauty, including unique U-shaped highlights and a bold evolution of Nissan's signature V-motion grille. The visual simplicity of the Xmotion concept exterior is contrasted by the rugged, metal-crafted wheels and all-terrain tire design. Like the rest of vehicle, the mechanical tool-inspired wheels and all-terrain tires coexist as one piece, with the tire tread physically laminated over the 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Additional exterior features include a retractable "rooftop box" and a unique tail light design inspired by Japanese woodwork. With its long wheelbase, with wheels and tires pushed out to the extremes of the corners, the Xmotion concept allows for the creation of a fresh, "4+2" passenger layout. Featuring three rows of side-by-side individual seats, it's designed to provide a perfect space for a young couple, another couple and two children or pets in the third row. Inside, the Xmotion concept's crafted interior design symbolizes a Japanese landscape, honoring Nissan's roots while incorporating advanced graphic user interfaces and autonomous driving technologies. The interior itself was created with the imagery of a river on the floor, with the center console acting as a bridge. The console, the core of the interior design, uses a traditional Japanese architectural wood joinery technique, kanawa tsugi, found in the carpentry used to build religious temples and shrines. The Xmotion concept's instrument panel design is a modern interpretation of traditional kigumi wood joinery. By using the kigumi structure in the instrument panel and console, the vehicle's interior suggests a robust bone structure, creating a sense of strength and trust. The interior includes a total of seven digital screen portions. Three main displays and left and right end displays span the width of the instrument panel. There's also a "digital room mirror" in the ceiling and a center console display. The displays and infotainment system can be controlled by gestures and eye movements. Intuitive controls and a voice command system allow drivers to focus on driving, helping them access various information in a smart, easy and safe manner. "We envision the Xmotion concept to be a highly functional SUV that can be driven every day, yet can take the owners and friends to a national park or recreation area on a whim," Albaisa said. "With its combination of style and technology, this concept fulfills Nissan's mission of moving people to a better world." Previous Page Next Page View full article
  14. Drew Dowdell

    Detroit 2018: Nissan Xmotion concept

    Previous Page Next Page At the 2018 North American International Auto Show today, Nissan unveiled the Nissan Xmotion concept. This concept is a preview of Nissan's styling direction and in this specific case a possible preview of the next version of the Nissan Rogue. The strong styling takes some existing Nissan signature design elements and brings them to the extreme. The Xmotion features giant boomerang style headlamps and Nissan's deep Vmotion grille. The interior features exotic seats that are shaped like ships that float in the water. Nissan even included a floor carpet pattern that resembles the waves of the ocean. The center console is meant to evoke a bridge over the water below. Concept cars are a showcase for future technologies that the manufacturer would like to pursue and the Xmotion is no exception. The Xmotion features fingerprint start and a virtual personal assistant in the shape of a kaoi. The car will retrieve information from your smartphone and automatically bring up the navigation to set the destination. The displays and infotainment can further be controlled by gestures and eye movement. The Xmotion also signals Nissan's next level in autonomous driving. While in autonomous driving mode the virtual assistant kaoi will search for local attractions and suggest things to see while you are traveling. Click here to follow all 2018 Detroit Auto Show News Click here to follow all Nissan News Nissan Press Release on Page 2 DETROIT – Nissan today revealed the Xmotion concept, a design exploration for a potentially groundbreaking compact SUV, building on the company’s long history of cutting-edge crossovers and SUVs. Making its world debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the six-passenger, three-row Nissan Xmotion (pronounced "cross motion") concept fuses Japanese culture and traditional craftsmanship with American-style utility and new-generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology. "In the Xmotion concept, we explored the more rugged and powerful side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Bold and powerful forms and proportions are, upon closer inspection, contrasted with aspects of traditional Japanese craftsmanship expressed in a contemporary way," said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president of global design at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. "The exterior's combination of western and eastern concepts continues inside the Xmotion, where advanced connectivity and autonomous technologies mix with modern Japanese digital art and cultural craftsmanship. At a glance, Xmotion may appear to have a minimal design language, but a closer look reveals layers of detail that make this concept exceptional." Signaling the future of Nissan design, the Xmotion concept's stunning exterior features a powerful dynamic presence with understated sculptural beauty, including unique U-shaped highlights and a bold evolution of Nissan's signature V-motion grille. The visual simplicity of the Xmotion concept exterior is contrasted by the rugged, metal-crafted wheels and all-terrain tire design. Like the rest of vehicle, the mechanical tool-inspired wheels and all-terrain tires coexist as one piece, with the tire tread physically laminated over the 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Additional exterior features include a retractable "rooftop box" and a unique tail light design inspired by Japanese woodwork. With its long wheelbase, with wheels and tires pushed out to the extremes of the corners, the Xmotion concept allows for the creation of a fresh, "4+2" passenger layout. Featuring three rows of side-by-side individual seats, it's designed to provide a perfect space for a young couple, another couple and two children or pets in the third row. Inside, the Xmotion concept's crafted interior design symbolizes a Japanese landscape, honoring Nissan's roots while incorporating advanced graphic user interfaces and autonomous driving technologies. The interior itself was created with the imagery of a river on the floor, with the center console acting as a bridge. The console, the core of the interior design, uses a traditional Japanese architectural wood joinery technique, kanawa tsugi, found in the carpentry used to build religious temples and shrines. The Xmotion concept's instrument panel design is a modern interpretation of traditional kigumi wood joinery. By using the kigumi structure in the instrument panel and console, the vehicle's interior suggests a robust bone structure, creating a sense of strength and trust. The interior includes a total of seven digital screen portions. Three main displays and left and right end displays span the width of the instrument panel. There's also a "digital room mirror" in the ceiling and a center console display. The displays and infotainment system can be controlled by gestures and eye movements. Intuitive controls and a voice command system allow drivers to focus on driving, helping them access various information in a smart, easy and safe manner. "We envision the Xmotion concept to be a highly functional SUV that can be driven every day, yet can take the owners and friends to a national park or recreation area on a whim," Albaisa said. "With its combination of style and technology, this concept fulfills Nissan's mission of moving people to a better world." Previous Page Next Page
  15. Drew Dowdell

    Nissan Xmotion Concept

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    Nissan Xmotion Concept

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    Nissan Xmotion Concept

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    Nissan Xmotion Concept

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    Nissan Xmotion Concept

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    Nissan Xmotion Concept

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    Nissan Xmotion Concept

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