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Nissan will add two Datsun models every year in each of
those markets helping the brand account for as much as half the
company’s sales in India, Indonesia and Russia by March 2017,
the Yokohama, Japan-based carmaker said in a statement today.
The Datsun brand was officially discontinued in 1981,
Christopher Keeffe, a spokesman for the company, said yesterday.
The carmaker, which gets about 33 percent of its revenue
from North America and 21 percent from Japan, will start selling
the Datsun cars in the three emerging markets from 2014, Nissan
said. The brand, its third, will help the company compete
against companies such as Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) in India and
Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) in Indonesia, according to Ammar Master, an
analyst at LMC Automotive in Bangkok.
“Datsun could bring in volumes at the lower end of the
market,” said Master. “While the Nissan brand will continue to
In India, Nissan sells its Micra compact hatchback from
421,765 rupees ($8,330).
Maruti Suzuki, India’s biggest automaker, derives the
majority of its sales from the mini-car segment that includes
cars with 1 liter engines and less than 3.6 meters long. The
New-Delhi based unit of Suzuki Motor Corp. (7269) offers its best-
selling Alto model from 240,352 rupees. In October, Hyundai
Motor Co. (005380) added its cheapest model, the Eon, priced from 269,999
rupees, to compete with Maruti in this segment.
Compacts and mini-cars accounted for more than 75 percent
of total passenger-car sales in the nation in the eleven months
ended February, according to data released by the Society of
Indian Automobile Manufacturers. Maruti had 42 percent of the
total Indian passenger-car market while Hyundai had 19 percent
and Nissan 1.5 percent, according to data from the group.
Vehicle sales in Indonesia are projected to rise more than
50 percent in five years as the growing working class demands
minivans and compact cars. Nissan expects industry-wide sales to
double in Indonesia by 2017, it said.
CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets estimates Indonesia had 32
vehicles for every 1,000 people in 2010, compared with 123 in
Thailand and 300 in Malaysia. Indonesia’s economy and population
are bigger than those two Southeast Asian neighbors combined.
Tennessee-based Nissan North America in unique position to make Peyton Manning a Titan3/15/2012 7:48:42 PM - by Webtech Services
As fans all over the country speculate on whether future Hall of Fame
NFL quarterback Peyton Manning will sign with Tennessee, Denver, or some
other team, Nissan North America has just sweetened the deal by
offering to "... make Manning a Titan."
But in this case, the automaker, which is based in Franklin, Tenn., a
suburb of Nashville, where the Tennessee NFL franchise plays, is
offering to "make," or rather, "build" Manning a 2012 Nissan Titan
Pro-4X pickup truck.
On its website and Facebook page, Nissan extended the offer in an open
letter to Manning. In an effort to remain neutral, Nissan indicates it
will make Manning a Titan regardless of the NFL team he chooses.
Tennessee has been the corporate headquarters for Nissan's operations
covering all of North, Central and South America since 2006 when the
company moved to Nashville from California. The company, now based 15
minutes south in the suburb of Franklin, Tenn., is one of the state's
largest employers. Nissan operates technical and design centers in
California, Arizona and Michigan, two assembly plants and one powertrain
plant in Tennessee, as well as a third assembly plant in Canton, Miss.
"The Nissan Titan V-8 engine is built in Tennessee," said Brian
Carolin, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Nissan North
America. "And even more poetically for Mr. Manning, the Titan itself is
assembled in a place called Canton."
Manning played college football for the University of Tennessee. He is
expected to be a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee when he becomes
eligible after retirement. The NFL Hall of Fame is located in Canton,
An Open Letter to Peyton Manning
We hope it's okay to be informal and call you Peyton. You've been like
one of the family to sports fans, especially Tennesseans, since your
record-setting college days at the University of Tennessee.
Like you, we at Nissan North America were not all born to Rocky Top.
But it is now home to our corporate headquarters and three manufacturing
facilities employing more than 6,000 Tennesseans.
At Nissan, we too have fans all over the U.S.A. and we appreciate them
all. And like all of your fans, we're awaiting your decision on where
to play next season. While we are in no position to sign you to any
particular NFL franchise, we at Nissan North America want to make you a
Titan – a 2012 Nissan Titan – as a gesture of gratitude recognizing your
great accomplishments and philanthropic contributions to our national
We extend this offer on behalf of a nation of football fans and Nissan
fans, not necessarily to influence your decision. So next time you're
in Nashville, give us a call and we'll bring the keys.
Nissan North America
About the Nissan Titan
Innovation that's tough, including the first-in-class Utili-track™
cargo carrying system, available durable spray-in bedliner, lockable
bedside storage compartment, Wide-Open rear doors (King Cab), and the
longest Crew Cab bed in class. That's the hallmark of the 2012 Nissan
Titan full-size pickup, which stands as a rugged, reliable, spirited
choice for active truck buyers seeking style and excellent value. Titan
is a truck designed to get the job done, whether that job entails
hauling cargo, a trailer or just family and friends.
For 2012, Titan offers a range of body, bed and drivetrain
configurations to fit a range of buyer needs and uses: King Cab and Crew
Cab body styles, a choice of 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations, two
wheelbases (138.9 inches and 159.5 inches), three bed lengths, and four
well-equipped trim levels – S, SV, PRO-4X and SL. Titan is also
available as a Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) designed to run on E85
Titan is built on Nissan's rugged F-Alpha pickup platform, featuring a
powerful 5.6-liter DOHC Endurance V8 rated at 317 horsepower and 385
lb-ft torque and a standard 5-speed automatic transmission. Titan has a
maximum towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds for King Cab and 9,400
pounds for Crew Cab (when properly equipped).
About Nissan North America
In the Americas, Nissan's operations include automotive styling,
engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing,
distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the
environment under the Nissan Green Program and was recognized as an
ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency in 2010 and 2011. More information on Nissan in North America,
the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive
company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an
integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than
150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4
million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing
exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a
comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under
the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility,
Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first
affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous
international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of
the Year award.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to
Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at
2/28/2012 11:10:52 PM - by Keith Wilde
To put Cars.com's 2011 Nissan Leaf
through a series of long-distance, boundary-pushing trips, I commuted in it for a week, about 43 miles each way.
The Leaf charges fully during
the day using a Level 2 public charging station. At home, I plug the
Leaf into a regular household outlet, so as I soon as I get home, it
gets plugged in and it doesn't get unplugged until I'm ready to leave
the next morning.
As the only editor at Cars.com to experience true range anxiety
as a result of the distance I have to travel, we thought this would be a
great test of whether other commuters in my situation should consider
buying the Leaf.
Here are the week's trips, one by one:
Work (Chicago) to home (Aurora):
It's been a while
since I drove the Leaf, and I'm encouraged by the starting stats: fully
charged (12 bars on the battery-charge indicator) and 110 miles of
predicted range. However, it's freezing outside (and a slightly warmer
40 degrees in the parking garage).
The ride home starts out roughly. Interstate traffic is nearly at a
standstill, and only 17 minutes into the trip, my predicted range has
fallen to 67 miles. I've traveled only 3.5 miles, mind you, so in
addition to moving at a mind-numbing pace, I'm watching my range fritter
away like lottery winnings.
Eventually, I get off the freeway and take surface streets since they're
moving faster. At the halfway-home point, I get back on the freeway
when traffic picks up speed. At this point, I'm a little worried. I've
got 20 miles to go and only about 32 miles of predicted range left. The
temperature is down to about 30 degrees, and the freeway speeds seem to
drop miles faster.
I arrive home after driving 45.3 miles (in two hours), with 13 miles of
predicted range left and only two out of 12 bars showing. That's about
as low as I've ever gotten it, and I was concerned I'd end up calling
Predicted Range Accuracy:
To get this percentage, we
subtract the number of miles driven (45.3 miles) from the Leaf's initial
predicted range (110 miles), and then we divide that number into the
miles of predicted range remaining at the end of the trip (13 miles).
For this trip, the predicted range accuracy was 20%. We started at 110
miles PR, drove 45.3 miles and arrived with 13 miles PR remaining.
In a monthlong test we performed late in 2011, the Leaf averaged better
than 80%, but that test included short and long trips. Here we're
testing only long trips.
Range Anxiety Rating (0-10):
After driving the Leaf on highways at low
and high speeds and on surface streets, one trait jumps out. Frequent
braking — with minimal effort that comes from slow-and-go freeway
traffic — seems to make the range much better compared with driving on
surface streets, where you come to a full stop for 30 to 40 seconds and
then accelerate again. The greater initial burst of energy needed to get
the Leaf to full speed on surface streets drains the battery faster
than the modest increases in speed on the freeway.
Home to Work:
Because the Leaf had run so low the night
before, it only had time to reach 86 miles of predicted range (11 of 12
bars), even after 13 hours of charging. So that worried me a little. On
the plus side, it was warmer out, with temps at 40 degrees. When I hit
the freeway and was able to run at full speed (65 to 70 mph), the range
dropped like, well, leaves in the fall. But then something happened. I
hit bumper-to-bumper traffic for a stretch and went eight miles
stop-and-go, but the predicted range didn't drop a mile; then I stayed
at 35 mph for nearly 12 minutes. In the end, I got to work (40.6 miles)
in 73 minutes with juice to spare, with the battery at three bars and 21
miles of predicted range remaining.
Predicted Range accuracy: 46
% (We started at 86 miles PR, drove 40.6 miles and arrived with 21 miles PR remaining.
1/26/2012 8:51:35 AM - by Webtech Services
According to Robert Hinkle, director of corporate affairs for North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners LLC, “drivers should start to expect these types of changes along the corridor”.
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- From Fort Worth
- Exit Norwood and continue on access road Grubbs Nissan is on the right
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2012 Nissan LEAF™ – A New Era of Mobility Continues With
No-Compromise Performance, Best-in-Class Combined MPG Equivalency Rating
of 99 MPG
The 2012 Nissan LEAF™, the world’s first affordable, zero-emission car,
continues in its second year of production to lead the drive into the
“no gas, no tailpipe” zero-emission era. Designed specifically for a
lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, the Nissan LEAF is a medium-size
hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a range of 100
miles (U.S. LA4 cycle) on one full charge to satisfy real-world consumer
Enhancements for the 2012 model year include the addition of a standard
battery heater, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats,
heated outside mirrors and rear HVAC duct on all models. Also, a Quick
Charge Port is now standard on the LEAF SL.
Best-in-Class MPG Equivalency Rating, Numerous First Year Awards
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the Nissan LEAF as
"best" in the mid-size vehicle class for fuel efficiency and "best" for
the environment with a 99 miles-per-gallon (MPG) equivalency rating
(combined city/highway), along with a rating of 106 MPG city and 92 MPG
The MPG equivalency rating was developed by the EPA as a way to provide a
standard so consumers can compare vehicles across the spectrum and make
an educated purchase. The calculation is based on the EPA's formula of
33.7kW-hrs being equivalent to one gallon gasoline energy based on five
cycle tests using varying driving conditions and climate controls. The
vehicle was also rated best-in-class for the environment based on
emitting zero greenhouse gases or other traditional tailpipe emissions.
Nissan LEAF was also named “2011 World Car of the Year,” edging out the
BMW 5-Series and the Audi A8 for the top spot. The award is just one of
a string of accolades for the vehicle, which was also named “2011
European Car of the Year.”
In addition, Nissan LEAF's 100-percent electric, zero-emission drive
system is included on Ward’s Auto World magazine’s prestigious “10 Best
Engines” list for 2011. It is the first time in the 17-year history of
the magazine's “10 Best Engines'” that the selection committee has
chosen a power system which doesn't have an engine and will never burn a
drop of gasoline.
Nissan LEAF was also chosen as one of the 2011's “10 most transformative
products” by a panel of experts in addition to members of the Popular
Mechanics magazine's editorial board of advisers.
“Transformative is a great word when describing Nissan LEAF. Consumers
do not want to compromise on space, driving enjoyment or technology
features, regardless of a vehicle’s power source,” said Al Castignetti,
vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North
America, Inc. (NNA). “We’ve developed the Nissan LEAF to offer
stimulating acceleration performance and a quiet, refined interior with
the latest amenities and room for five adults while still carrying cargo
– all in a vehicle that is totally electric, produces zero carbon
emissions while driving and has 100 miles of range.”
A Dedicated EV Platform, Innovative Battery Design
The front-wheel drive Nissan LEAF utilizes a dedicated EV platform with
batteries housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight
distribution. The highly rigid body design includes a rigid-mounted
battery frame, which helps provide greater body rigidity compared to a
conventional compact car. LEAF rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, with a
175.0-inch overall length, 69.7-inch width and 61.0-inch height.
Dimensionally, the Nissan LEAF falls in between the Nissan Altima and
Nissan Versa, and like those vehicles provides room for five adults and a
good-sized cargo area. Placing the batteries in the floor of the
vehicle provides optimum weight distribution to help enhance handling
and allows for five-passenger seating by not intruding into the cabin
Nissan LEAF’s 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery is comprised of 48
compact modules of four cells each, which allows a high degree of
packaging flexibility. The batteries are designed to maximize drive
time and minimize charging time. The battery was developed by the
Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), a joint venture of Nissan
and NEC. Unlike conventional cylindrical batteries, the thin, compact
laminated cells offer more flexibility in design applications.
The battery powers a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor, rated at
107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, which drives the front wheels
through a single speed reducer. Unlike a conventional internal
combustion engine, Nissan LEAF delivers 100% of its torque from start,
delivering smooth, consistent acceleration and the driving feel similar
to a conventional V6 engine.
Range is rated at 100 miles/charge based upon US EPA LA4 City cycle
conducted in laboratory tests. (Battery capacity decreases with time
and use; actual range will vary depending upon driving/charging habits,
speed, conditions, weather, temperature, and battery age.)
The Nissan LEAF offers a number of charging options. A charge port is
located in the front body for the 200V charger and portable trickle
charge cable (110V). The available Quick Charge Port (standard on SL)
allows charging to 80% capacity in 30 minutes at public charging
stations. There’s also a standard photovoltaic solar panel spoiler on
SL models, which supports charging of the 12-volt battery for car
The Nissan LEAF utilizes an independent strut suspension with stabilizer
bar in front and a torsion beam rear suspension with integrated
stabilizer bar. Responsive steering is provided by a
vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering system. Braking is
provided by power-assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc brakes with
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution
(EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). “Nissan LEAF steers, brakes and handles
like a ‘real’ car because except for the engine, fuel tank and exhaust,
it essentially is one,” said Castignetti. “The Nissan LEAF does have an
advantage in that braking force is used to re-power the battery, rather
than wasting it like in a traditional vehicle.”
Nissan LEAF’s standard regenerative braking system helps increase range.
By applying the brakes or reducing speed by letting off the
accelerator, the electric motor acts as an electric generator,
converting energy that would otherwise be wasted into battery energy.
To increase regenerative braking, there’s a driver-controlled Eco mode
setting, which can also be used to reduce air conditioning and thus
improve driving range when driving in urban areas.
Because Nissan LEAF does not have an internal combustion engine, Nissan
has incorporated an “Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians” system,
which is designed to alert pedestrians that a vehicle is approaching.
When driving at low speeds, the system emits a sound from a speaker at
the front of the vehicle. When the vehicle’s speed reaches 19 mph,
pedestrians are able to hear the car moving and the “approaching sound”
automatically turns off. If the vehicle speed drops below 16 mph, the
sound comes on again.
Exterior Designed for “Smart Fluidity”
Nissan LEAF’s dedicated EV body is designed to offer “smart fluidity” – a
fusion of sophisticated aerodynamic management and aerodynamic
acoustics with the freedom provided by the new EV layout. The smooth,
elegant movement of the body starts from the low, compact hood, moves
through the iconic shoulder character line and on toward the large rear
The distinctive exterior styling is characterized by sharp, upright
V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting LED headlights with a blue
internal reflective appearance. The headlights split and redirect
airflow away from the door mirrors, reducing wind noise and drag. The
headlights also consume about 50 percent of the electricity of
conventional halogen headlights. Heated outside mirrors have been added
In the rear, the slim-type aerodynamic LED taillight design and crisp
corners combine with the aerodynamic muffler-less rear bumper with rear
diffuser to manage the aerodynamics of the rear end without compromising
rear interior roominess. The coefficient of drag is just 0.29.
The exterior also utilizes a flat underbody (including a large front
flat floor cover, motor area undercover, front undercover and rear
diffuser with fins) to help manage airflow under the vehicle. An
innovative vortex-shedding roof-mounted antenna is one of many design
elements utilized to help reduce wind noise. Other noise reduction
features include a quiet-operation windshield wiper motor, a sound
insulation windshield design and a dual-isolated motor-mounting system.
“Because the operation of the Nissan LEAF powertrain itself is so quiet,
the engineers paid extra attention to management of wind noise in the
exterior design, since it would be more noticeable than with a
traditional internal combustion vehicle,” explained Castignetti.
Nissan LEAF’s charging point is hidden under a small door located in the
front of the vehicle. The 5-door hatchback design also features chrome
door handles, aerodynamic outside mirrors and a large greenhouse to
provide a bright interior environment. Attractive 5-spoke 16-inch
aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with P205/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia tires
are standard. Five exterior colors are available for 2012: Glacier
Pearl, Blue Ocean, Brilliant Silver, Super Black and Cayenne Red.
Distinctive “EV Touch” Interior
The roomy Nissan LEAF interior offers a pleasingly modern design created
to provide a unique “EV touch” with “simple and human flow.” The
bright, welcoming atmosphere starts with the wide, high tech instrument
panel design – which is dominated by a twin combination meter display in
front of the driver and a center “floating” piano black C-stack with a
7-inch information display.
The digital “eyebrow” display at the top of the instrument panel
provides high visibility for the Eco indicator and speedometer, while
the lower liquid crystal meter display houses the power meter, battery
temperature gauge, multi-function display, remaining energy gauge,
capacity level gauge and distance to empty display.
The flat panel center C-stack cluster continues the “EV touch” feel with
the color monitor for the standard navigation system, available
RearView Monitor and control of the audio and climate systems.
The display also provides access to the CARWINGS telematics system,
which is connected to a global data center, (subscription required, no
charge for 36 months). Through CARWINGS, Nissan LEAF drivers are able
to use mobile smart phones to turn on air conditioning and set charging
functions remotely, even when the vehicle is powered down. The system
also displays “reachable area,” as well as showing a selection of nearby
charging stations. An on-board charging timer can also be programmed
to start the charging event whenever desired.
The Nissan LEAF interior also includes comfortable heated front bucket
seats and a 60/40 split folding heated rear seat and rear HVAC duct.
The seat fabric is made with partially recycled materials. Recycled
materials are also used for the back door trim, roof trim and headliner,
carpeting and a number of other interior pieces such as the door panels
and center console storage cover.
The center console area includes the palm shifter (inspired by a PC
mouse) for the “by wire” drive selector. The 3-spoke heated steering
wheel houses controls for the cruise control, audio system and standard
Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System. XM® Satellite Radio (XM®
subscription required, sold separately) is also standard, with HomeLink®
Universal Transceiver standard on Nissan LEAF SL models. One interior
color is offered, Light Gray.
Five Star Safety Rating
The 100-percent electric Nissan LEAF has earned a 5-star overall vehicle
rating for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Nissan LEAF is the
first fully electric vehicle to earn this highest distinction from the
program. Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA introduced tougher tests and
requirements in order to earn 5-star ratings.
The Nissan LEAF has also been named a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the first 100-percent electric
vehicle to do so. The rating is given to vehicles that achieve the
Institute's highest rating of "Good" in front, rear and side impact
protection as well as being equipped with electronic stability control
and earn a good rating in roof strength.
Standard Nissan LEAF safety systems include Nissan Advanced Air Bag
System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt
sensors and occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side
impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side impact
supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head
protection, 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver’s seat ELR only) with
pretensioners and load limiters, child seat upper tether anchor, LATCH
(Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system and child safety rear
door locks. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System
(TCS) are also standard on all LEAF models.
Two Well-Equipped Models
The 2012 Nissan LEAF is offered in two well-equipped models, the LEAF SV
and LEAF SL. Standard features include a 6-way manual driver’s seat,
4-way manual front passenger’s seat, front door map pockets, passenger
seat map pockets, trip computer (instant and average energy consumption,
driving time, outside temperature and autonomy range), Automatic
Temperature Control (ATC), center console storage and electric parking
Other standard equipment includes an AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA CD-ROM
playback capability and 6 speakers, auxiliary input jack ad USB
Connection Port for iPod® and other compatible devices, Nissan
Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, power windows with driver’s
window one-touch auto up/down, power door locks with auto locking
feature, remote charge door release, two cupholders, two bottle holders,
variable intermittent windshield wipers, 12-volt power outlet and
remote keyless entry system with remote windows down and hatch release.
The Nissan LEAF SL model includes a photovoltaic solar panel spoiler,
fog lights, auto on/off headlights, cargo cover, HomeLink® Universal
Transceiver, RearView Monitor and Quick Charge Port.
A Roadside Assistance program is offered for 36 months at no charge, as
is service for the CARWINGS telematics system. The advanced lithium-ion
battery pack carries an industry-competitive warranty of 8 years or
Initial Nissan LEAF production is sourced from Oppama, Japan, with
battery production at Zama, Japan. Construction is underway for new
electric vehicle assembly and battery production facilities in Smyrna,
Tennessee, with production slated to begin in 2012. The plants will
have an eventual annual production capacity of 150,000 electric
“The Nissan LEAF is the first of four 100% electric vehicles Nissan has
announced, part of our worldwide commitment to becoming a leader in the
effort to build a sustainable, low-carbon society,” said Castignetti.
“We believe Nissan LEAF is an exceptionally exciting first step.”