Despite Tesla hogging the spotlight, the Nissan LEAF remains the best selling electric vehicle to date, having sold over 300,000 units since it was introduced in 2010. Nissan wants to retain that sales title and has announced plans to introduce eight new hybrid and pure-electric vehicles by 2022 in a bid to sell 1 million electrified vehicles a year by 2022.
The bold initiative is part of the company’s M.O.V.E. to 2022 midterm plan, which also calls for the ramp up of autonomous and connected vehicles.
The range of new vehicles will span both the Nissan and Infiniti brands, with the Japanese automaker previously confirming that its next EV will be an electric crossover based on the IMx concept (pictured) that was unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. It is also preparing an affordable EV for China and two other electric vehicle derivatives based on the LEAF for the Venucia brand.
Nissan will expand its e-POWER hybrid technology — it has only been available in Japan — globally and expects electrified vehicles to make up 30 percent of its U.S. sales by 2025.
Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury division, is diving head first into electrification like other premium brands and will only launch hybrid or pure electric vehicles starting in fiscal year 2021. The company wants 50 percent of its global sales to be comprised of electrified vehicle by 2025.
Beyond just introducing more electrified vehicles, Nissan also plans to expand the availability of ProPilot autonomous driving technology to 20 models in 20 markets, as well as offer connectivity for 100 percent of its lineup by 2022.
All-New, 2019 Nissan Altima Gets AWD, New Turbo Four – No More V6
The Nissan Altima has entered its sixth-generation, bringing with it a bolder exterior styling, a classier interior, all-wheel drive and a new turbo engine.
Unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show, the new Altima is bigger and looks more expressive than its predecessor, borrowing many styling cues from its bigger brother, the Maxima. Design highlights include a V-motion grille flanked by boomerang lights, a lower hood, shorter front overhang, a floating roof, and rear wheels that have been pushed out further to deliver a more athletic stance.
The redesigned Altima is also longer and wider, meaning more interior room for passengers. The cockpit features what Nissan calls a “gliding wing” instrument panel with an 8-inch infotainment system, complete with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The biggest news? Power is provided by a new 2.0-liter, variable-compression four-cylinder turbo-four (it debuted in the Infiniti QX50 crossover), which replaces the previous V6. In fact, the sixth-generation Altima marks the first time in over 15 years that the Altima will not be offered with a V6.
Nissan claims the turbo four, which produces 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, delivers “V6-level” performance with four-cylinder fuel economy, something we’ve heard time and time again. Lower trim levels come standard with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine.
Also noteworthy is an available all-wheel-drive system, the first time that the Altima has had such a feature. The Japanese automaker expect AWD models to account for a “significant” portion of the midsizer’s sales in North America.
Under the hood the 2019 Altima will offer two engine options, the base 2.5L four-cylinder and the new 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine that debuted in the Infiniti QX50. The 2.5L is available with all-wheel drive.
While overall interest in the midsize sedan segment continues wane, Nissan feels that the new, 2019 Nissan Altima, which goes on sale in fall 2018, will be able to reinvigorate interest in midsize sedans. From what you see and know about it, do you agree? Let us know in the comments below.
Renault-Nissan Unseats VW Group As World’s Largest Automaker
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has unseated Volkswagen Group to become the world’s biggest automaker in 2017.
The French-Japanese automotive alliance received a big boost in overall global sales after Nissan acquired a controlling stake in struggling Mitsubishi Motors in 2016.
According to , Nissan’s achieved a record 5.82 million for the year, while Renault contributed 3.76 million and Mitsubishi accounted for 1.03 million for a combined group total of 10.61 million vehicles sold worldwide.
Despite being nudged to second place, the VW Group set a new personal record of 10.53 million vehicles, while a once preeminent Toyota dropped from second to third position with global sales of 10.2 million units (excluding sales of its Hino Motors heavy trucks).
2017 mark the first whole-year sales tally for Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi brands. Carlos Ghosn, head of Renault-Nissan, has promised to achieve around $12 billion in cost savings between all alliance members by 2022 and expects to raise combined annual sales volumes to 14 million units.
The Nissan Kicks CUV Is The New Juke
The Nissan Juke arrived with a funky look and a funky name. The Nissan Kicks changes all of that.
Unveiled at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Brazilian-built Kicks replaces the Juke as Nissan’s entry-level crossover. It ditches the controversial design of its predecessor for a more retrained look that should appeal to a broader audience.
The Kicks is primarily geared at younger buyers, so technology is of utmost importance. It can be had with a seven-inch touch screen compatible with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, an around-view monitor, and an upgraded sound system designed by Bose for small cars.
Breathing under the small hood is a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 125 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque — respectable numbers for the subcompact crossover segment — sent to the front wheels by a continuously variable transmission (CVT). All-wheel drive is not available, at least at launch.
Nissan expects a combined fuel economy rating of 33 mpg in the United Sates.
The Kicks comes standard with Automatic Emergency Braking, along with seven air bags and a RearView Monitor. Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are optional.
Buyers can choose between three trim levels — Kicks S, Kicks SV and Kicks SR — when Nissan’s little crossover goes on sale in Spring 2018.