THE 2020 KICKS NOW ON SALE

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Nissan Canada has revealed pricing for the 2020 Kicks SUV. The model enters its third year on the market with still three flavours available to the consumer: S, SV and SR. Each comes with a front-wheel-drive configuration.

Starting pricing for those three trims has been set thusly: $19,298 (S), $21,998 (SV) and $23,998 (SR). Respectively, these represent increases of $1,000, $770 and $600 over last year. To those totals, of course, add close to $2,000 for transport and prep, A/C tax , etc.

Then the model is essentially the same in 2019, though worth noting is the addition of the Safety Shield 360 suite of safety features as standard on each version. That includes intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear intelligent emergency braking, lane departure warning, radar-based blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and high beam assist.

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Nissan has also added side airbags to the rear seats in every version of the 2020 Kicks. In addition, with the SV and SR trims buyers get intelligent driver alertness as well as rear door alert.

The Mechanics
Under the hood, the new Kicks is the same as the old Kicks, in that it’s still powered by a 1.6K 4-cylinder engine good for 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque working in conjunction with a CVT (continuously variable transmission). While this unit is stingy in terms of offering driving pleasure, it does in return deliver excellent fuel economy: consumption figures are 7.7L/100 km (city) and 6.6L/100 km (highway), for a combined 7.2L/100 km.

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NISSAN INTRODUCES AN IMPROVED QASHQAI FOR 2020

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Nissan Introduces an Improved Qashqai for 2020
The 2020 Qashqai Now Available

Nissan Canada has made public details regarding the changes being made to its Nissan Qashqai model for 2020. There are mild price increases across the trim range, but each version gets several new standard features – starting with the base model.

Most obvious of course are the esthetic modifications being made to the model’s looks. Nissan says the changes are designed to give the Qashqai a sportier demeanour, but also to create stronger differentiation with the automaker’s larger Rogue SUV. Most apparent is the new nose given to the model, along with available LED headlights and rear lights. Standard equipment has also been boosted in each trim.

The Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of systems is now included standard from the S base model on up, but as a consequence that entry-level version now costs $1,300 more than before. The features included in that suite are part of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility initiative and include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitor and rear transversal alert, as well as automatic high beams.

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Available as options are ProPilot Assist, driver alertness monitor, traffic sign recognition and a premium Bose audio system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are included standard with the NissanConnect system, which also includes a 7-inch touchscreen.

For the rest, the Qashqai is still powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine delivering 141 hp in conjunction with a continuously variable transmission. An Eco mode allows for driving in more fuel-economical mode. To the delight of many, a 5-speed manual transmission is still available as an option (on the FWD S version).

Nissan Canada announces 2019 Nissan All-Canadian TITAN football team

2019 Nissan Kickoff Project
70 high school football athletes selected to join 2019 Nissan All-Canadian TITAN team to experience 107th Grey Cup festivities in Calgary.

Nissan Canada announced the second annual Nissan All-Canadian TITAN team, comprised of 70 notable high school football athletes from 49 communities and nine provinces across Canada.

The 2019 Nissan All-Canadian TITAN team, selected as part of the sixth annual Nissan Kickoff Project, will travel to Calgary for a four-day sporting opportunity to experience the 107th Grey Cup festivities. As part of their experience, the high school student-athletes will meet and train with peers from across Canada, attend the 2019 CFL Awards, play in an exhibition game on November 23 at Shouldice Athletic Park, and watch the 107th Grey Cup Championship game live at McMahon Stadium.

“Nissan Canada recognizes the invaluable influence sports have on athletes from a young age, and how football can nurture leadership qualities that athletes then take off the field and into their classrooms and communities,” said Steve Rhind, director of marketing, Nissan Canada Inc. “The Nissan All-Canadian TITAN team celebrates individual football athletes who were nominated by members of their own community for exemplifying admirable ‘TITAN’ values, and we’re excited to welcome these players from across Canada and reward them with a memorable Grey Cup experience.”

The 2019 Nissan All-Canadian TITAN team were nominated by players, coaches, family and friends for demonstrating the following TITAN values on their team, in the classroom, and throughout their community:

  • Tough: Striving for excellence under all conditions, and using their mental and physical toughness to face challenges head-on and drive toward success
     
  • Innovative: Having the imagination to envision outcomes beyond expectations, seeing an innovative path to that vision and inspiring others to follow
     
  • Tenacious: Demonstrating the tenacity to push through when faced with a roadblock and encouraging those around them to do the same
     
  • Ambitious: Embracing hard work with a clear vision, staunch commitment, hard work and desire to succeed
     
  • Notable: Standing out, rising above the norm, staying true to themselves and inspiring followers with their authenticity, bravery and boldness

After reviewing the nomination submissions, the players selected to join the 2019 Nissan All-Canadian TITAN team were chosen by a four-person celebrity judging panel that included: Brodie Lawson, CFL Host; Bryan Baeumler, HGTV Host; Jesse Lumsden, former CFL player and three-time Olympian; and Travis Lulay, former CFL player and BC Lions Business Operations.

Nominations for the chance to join the 2019 Nissan All-Canadian TITAN team as part of the Nissan Kickoff Project were accepted between May and September 2019, where members of players’ communities could nominate them for exemplifying TITAN values on their team, in the classroom, and in their communities.

About Nissan Canada Inc.
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. NCI was the first Japanese-based automaker to incorporate in Canada in 1965, and now directly employs 306 full-time staff across offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC). There are 210 independent Nissan dealerships, including 84 that also act as Nissan Commercial Vehicles dealers, 123 electric vehicle-certified dealers, and 40 INFINITI retailers across Canada.

Nissan Takes Trick-or-Treating Safety Seriously

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Trick-or-Treating is a delightfully spooky seasonal event, but even dark suburban roads are never completely safe. That’s why certain Nissan dealerships in Canada are distributing easily-applicable reflective stickers to keep your kids safe on the road.

Participating Nissan dealerships across Canada are giving away Nissan Glow Guards free of charge, which will make both you and your child safer than ever during the Halloween festivities. The stickers operate similarly to the reflective materials on some running or biking clothes, reflecting the light from a vehicle’s headlamps to make wearers significantly more visible in the dark.


Halloween is spooky: Drive something reliable


The night of Halloween, especially during trick-or-treating, sees a dramatic increase in pedestrian foot traffic on the streets, which puts people at higher risk for an accident. A Canadian-led study conducted by JAMA Pediatrics showed that the chance of pedestrian deaths — especially children — increases by 43 percent on Halloween when compared to other nights around that time.

In a recent press release, Steve Rhind, director of marketing Nissan Canada, said, “When it comes to road safety, Nissan believes in a mindful and holistic approach that ensures road safety for all. It’s why we’re putting our focus on proactive safety measures that will help trick-or-treaters and drivers alike. By making Nissan Glow Guards available at dealership locations across the country, we encourage families to enjoy a safer Halloween this year.”


Make the road safer for everyone: Keep your brakes in good shape


A child wearing a pirate costume with Glow Guards
You’ll definitely see this pirate coming
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Nissan also suggested that families should make sure to take safety precautions in addition to using Glow Guards, such as carrying a flashlight, using sidewalks whenever possible, and discussing road safety with children before leaving for the night.

2020 Nissan Titan Pickup More Powerful, More Tech-Filled

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Nissan is giving its full-size pickup some big changes for 2020. New styling, big powertrain updates, and more active safety equipment arrive to the new Titan, but the diesel version is going away.

The automaker calls the new styling “Powerful Warrior.” We call it an evolutionary advancement of the previous Titan, one that looks largely the same from the side and rear but adds a bigger and bolder front grille, which is available in three different looks depending on trim, plus double-boomerang running-light LED headlights. The double boomerang is a touch close to the C-shape that certain other full-size pickup designers use, but it’s an appealingly trucky front end. Nissan says the lights put out 120 percent more light than the old Titan’s.

Under the hood is a revised version of Nissan’s Endurance V8. This year, the 5.6L engine gets 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. That’s up 10 and 19 respectively, and Nissan says it’s the most powerful standard V8 in the class. Likely making a much more noticeable difference is the nine-speed automatic that’s replacing last year’s seven-speed. Nissan says it’s nearly a second quicker from 60 to 100 km/h, which is a meaningful difference when passing.

On the inside, Nissan has reworked the cabin with a host of new and larger displays: Its 7.0-inch in-dash info display is about three inches larger than most of the segment, and the new 8.0-inch standard infotainment screen is the biggest standard-equipment screen in a truck. Of course, it’s far from the largest on the options list, but an available 9.0-inch unit helps close the gap with the massive optional screen in the Ram.

Both infotainment options get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard and a new generation of NissanConnect lets the truck get over-the-air software updates and HD Traffic alerts. Nissan says it’s also enhanced interior storage capacity and handholds, and a new dual-panel moonroof lets plenty of light in.

Adding to the truck’s active safety suite, Nissan is making Safety Shield 360 a standard feature. It includes emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warnings, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beams, and rear emergency braking. Nissan’s Rear Door Alert rear-seat occupant warning is also standard. Forward collision warnings, surround-view camera, radar cruise, driver attention alert, and traffic sign recognition are all optional.

In Canada, the 2020 Titan will come as a crew cab, and with four trim levels including S, SV, off-road Pro-4X, and luxury Platinum Reserve. It’s set to go on sale early next year.

2020 Nissan Titan to Bow this Month in Texas

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Nissan is getting set to introduce a revised version of its Titan pickup truck later this month. Set for a yee-haw debut at the State Fair of Texas, Nissan promises a “new 2020 Titan pickup with a bold design”. In typical marketing flair, the company released a shadowy teaser image to go along with a quick 17-second video showing some front-end detail of the truck that’ll appear in the Lone Star state.

Predictably, the teaser image reveals little, save for a mysterious set of headlights flanking a large grille. Those peepers are different in nature than those found on the current Titan, bearing a more distinct light signature and a bit of LED mascara. Brightening the picture with photo editing software revealed a slightly restyled bumper cover and recovery hooks. It seems as if the T I T A N billboard will continue to be hammered into the grille’s leading edge for the 2020 model year.

Other details released by the company? News that there will be a first-of-its-kind “hot” Nissan badge with lava red accents featured on the off-road-ready Pro-4X model. No word on if it will be an illuminated badge in the style of the accessory bowties offered by Chevy or if it is simply a Nissan badge with orange lettering.

According to reports surfacing about a month ago, Nissan is paring back the Titan line, ditching the Titan XD Cummins diesel engine, a truck whose production is scheduled to end in December of this year. The regular cab non-XD Titan will also be deep-sixed in a concerted effort to concentrate on the more popular (and profitable) King and Crew Cab models. It is suggested that the gas-powered Titan XD will live on, at least for now.

Titan sales are off by about a third in Canada through the first six months of this year, down to 1959 units from a high of 3089 trucks finding new owners during the same spell on 2018. To put that in perspective, Ford sold 86,432 F-150 pickups in that amount of time.

Fresh fasciae and new infotainment systems would go a long way to helping the Titan retain its current market share. Your author keeps petitioning Nissan to build the Warrior concept truck it has been displaying on the auto show circuit but that remains a pipe dream for now. Stouter off-road kit for the Pro-4X isn’t out of the question, though, especially with the likes of Ford and Chevy offering lift and levelling kits right from a manufacturer catalogue.

The redesigned 2020 Nissan Titan will be unveiled at the State Fair of Texas on September 26th, with live coverage of the event on Nissan’s social media channels.

Cars and Credit

Your Credit

There are many things to consider when you are in the market for a vehicle upgrade. The most important of all is your credit score. Do you know your score? If not, visit sites like Credit Karma or Borrowell‎ to learn more. Your credit score will be the strongest determining factor in which path you take to obtaining your new car.

Dealers like Milton Nissan know that everyone has their own story, no one should feel stuck because of their credit history. By the end of this article, we hope you are able to determine whether leasing, financing or purchasing outright is best for you.

Your Car

Whether it be an off-roader like the Nissan Frontier or a family vehicle like the Rouge, always keep your desires in the forefront of your mind. Are you willing to get an older model? Are you planning to keep this vehicle long term? When choosing your vehicle be sure to consider when and how it will be used.  We often make large purchases in an effort to improve our quality of life, so be sure that you will be doing just that! 

Keep scrolling for detailed reviews on select Nissan vehicles.

Your Options

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Now that you have a better idea of your automotive objectives, take the time to consider how you will pay for it. Will you be leasing or buying? Do you require financing? Each option has their own list of pros and cons; let’s weigh them out together:

Buying
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It Builds Equity. 

If you want to build up equity and trade-in at the end of your time with the car, look to purchase. You get complete ownership of the vehicle, you can customize it however you like, and drive it for as long as you wish. Once you’re done with the loan, you can keep the car payments going to fund your next vehicle or maybe start putting it towards a high-interested savings account for a dream vacation.

Leasing
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It’s Cheaper.

Mathematically, let’s take a $30,000 car with a $2,000 down payment. Financial experts say you should be able to pay off a car in 48 months (if you can’t afford it, go cheaper) and most leases are 36 months. If the interest rate is identical at 3% (often the interest on a lease is less), then your monthly payments to buy it are just over $700 whereas the monthly lease payments come in under half that amount.

It might make sense if you’re a business owner who can deduct some vehicle-related expenses. Or you could just want to drive a new car every few years without the hassle of maintenance and the luxury of all the latest gadgets. Finally, the car will probably remain under warranty the whole time you’re driving it.

Remember, you always have the option to purchase the vehicle at the end of your lease. By this time you will not only like the car, you’ll also be familiar with it.

Get your application started today!

Your Tools

Be sure to take full advantage of tools like our Car Loan Calculator when making such an important purchase. Ensure you are armoured with great understanding when navigating the automotive world. Play around with the features and see how changes in down payment may change your monthly fees. How many terms apply? What is the trade difference? These factors are beneficial when finding the best value for your buck! 

Please note: These calculations are for reference purposes. All figures are estimates only and are not guaranteed as accurate. Always consult a professional financial advisor.

Your Choice

So we’ve done our part, we have equipped you with the knowledge and tools to confidently walk into any dealership. Now it’s time to do yours, visit us Monday through Saturday or contact one of our product specialists here at Milton Nissan.

2019 NISSAN KICKS REVIEW

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Opting for an economical car no longer has to mean making big compromises, and the Nissan Kicks is Exhibit A. It edges close to being THE ideal vehicle for younger-generation buyers who want advanced tech, eye-catching colours and good fuel economy in a ride that can actually travel beyond city limits. That said, the challenge of attracting sufficient numbers of buyers in a demographic that buys fewer and fewer vehicles is a real one.

Best not compromise
Three trims are available for the 2019 Kicks: the S, SV and SR. In my view, the no-brainer is to go for the SR, which is not that much costlier than the lower trims and comes with quite a few functions, of both the essential and the fun varieties. As it happens, this SR trim is the one I drove for a week.

Impossible not to have your attention drawn first to the two-tone roof Nissan has placed on its crossover, very effective at making the little Kicks stand apart on the road and in the mall parking lot. My tester was decked smartly in a dark blue body/white roof scheme, and it was quite a handsome affair. You can also choose a red, orange or metallic roof.

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The standard wheels are 16-inch, and this grows to 17 inches on the SV and SR.

As we’ve seen with the company’s Juke, Nissan offers personalizable accessories through its Color Studio software. You can treat yourself to the Electronics package, for example, and give your Kicks exterior ground lighting, just like the luxury cars have.

The Kicks sits on the company’s V platform, also in use for the Versa and Sentra models. Unfortunately, this platform is not designed to integrate all-wheel drive, so if you’re considering a Kicks know that you’re going to make do with front-wheel drive.

The interior
Inside, the environment is not as trendy as you’ll find in some rival models, but it’s certainly not a disappointment. The ergonomics are solid, construction quality is strong, the seating is comfortable and the relatively boxy shape of the model helps create a roomy space for occupants in both rows. In that respect the Kicks eats competitors like the flashy C-HR for lunch.

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You can opt for things like the remote starter if you like warming up your vehicle before climbing in during the winter, as well as keyless entry.

My tester’s cabin was all the more welcoming and positive because of the contrasting orange stitching that really pops in the black interior. Sometimes that’s all it takes to liven things up…

Once inside, attention is drawn to the big data screen in front the driver; there’s also a tablet-like 7-inch touchscreen atop the central console, where you can make use of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The front row occupants get four USB ports.

The touchscreen is luminous and I found it nicely reactive. The screen’s menus are simple and easy to use, which may well factor in for more than one buyer who’s seen some of the older, less-ergonomic systems in place in some other models.

Exclusive to the SR trim is an excellent 8-speed Bose Personal Plus audio system; it can be had with the SR Premium package.

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While globally the interior of the Kicks is a positive and well-designed environment, there are a few areas where it loses points. There are, for example, no closed storage spaces in the lower part of the central console, nor is there an armrest for the front passenger. These fall into the irritating-but-forgivable category, given the price point of the 2019 Kicks.

In back, as mentioned there’s enough space to welcome two medium-sized adults and keep them happy. In back of them, however, is a bigger positive. As in, the cargo area of this small SUV, which is higher in volume than many competitors. At 716 litres, the back section of the Kicks is simply superior to that of the C-HR and the new Kona, for example.

Safety
The new Kicks features an impressive array of advanced systems that a very short time ago were standard only on premium cars, for example an emergency braking system, blind spot monitor and collision alert. To the two higher trims, buyers can add more functions like the rear transversal alert.

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Beyond the tech systems, however, Nissan has also included safety-enhancing features like the upgraded dipped-beam headlights that provide much better lighting than typically found in this price range. And of course the SUV comes with dynamic traction control which helps it recover when skidding or if it starts to lose control on a curve.

My tester, the SR, is the only version of the Kicks to benefit from powertrain software with integrated dynamic control to improve the handling and behaviour of the SUV on the road. It includes active engine braking and active driving control, notably. Another reason not to compromise when choosing the trim you want…

The mechanics
The Nissan Kicks is powered by a 1.6L 4-cylinder delivering 122 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to the front wheels via a CVT (continuously variable transmission). Don’t bother perusing the options list for an all-wheel-drive system, there is none available. This, however, allows Nissan to keep the pricing of the Kicks down and edges fuel consumption down further, plus it’s one of the reasons why that trunk space is so generous.

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Consumption
Speaking of which, the official numbers are certainly excellent, and a major factor in drawing the interest of the model’s target customers: 6.6L/100 km and 7.7L/100 km highway/city. Translated into the real world, I finished my week of city-biased driving with an average of 7.5L/100 km – more than respectable for a model in this category. No complaints here…

On the road
Generally the drive is a comfortable one, although at certain moments it does feel a little stiff (or sporty, depending on how you want to feel about getting bumped around a bit). Let’s say the suspension is configured to deliver at least a modicum of pleasure to those who like their driving dynamics energetic, and don’t mind making a wee sacrifice in terms of ride comfort.

Ride quality is very good and I found nothing to moan about on smooth road surfaces. Straight-line acceleration is decent, helped by the fact that the Kicks weighs a relatively sprightly 1,215 kg (curb weight of the Toyota C-HR, by comparison, is 1,497 kg; the Hyundai Kona goes from 1,311 to 1,517 kg; and the Kia Niro weighs 1,409 kg).

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As mentioned, don’t expect a velvety smooth ride from the suspension and relatively stiff body of the Kicks, but in that respect the SUV is also in sync with the crisp, responsive steering.

The pricing
This Nissan kicks off (sorry) at $18,298 for the S trim; move to the SV and that rises to $18,298. The top-end SR starts at $23,398.

The 2019 Nissan Kicks edges close to being the ideal vehicle for those working within a budget but who don’t want to make any serious compromises touching on safety, advanced tech, cargo space and fuel economy. It helps that it’s such a looker as well, if a two-tone roof is something you see as a plus and not a negative.

There’s really little buyers have to sacrifice from their wish-list to get this reasonably priced small SUV, unless you count luxury or massive interior space. In which case you wouldn’t be looking in this category to begin with. And that’s what makes the Kicks a compelling choice; this is a practical and personable city car that can also serve you well when you venture beyond city limits.

TITAN WARRIOR CONCEPT

The 2016 TITAN® XD—with its Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel—upped the ante in the extra-duty pickup class. Now, the TITAN Warrior Concept ups it again. With an unapologetically aggressive look, uncompromising off-road components, and inspiration taken directly from Nissan’s off-road racing heritage, the TITAN Warrior Concept takes the production version of the TITAN XD to its extreme.

Our designers called this new look “modern armor”. It’s got a stealthy, robotic quality and machine-like, sharp edges. The headlights have some menace to them, the fenders have been beefed up, and functional hood vents are there to cool the Cummins® Turbo Diesel. Upfront, a burly skidplate is integrated into the grille and in back, a quad-tipped exhaust system not-so-quietly announces that the Warrior means business.

The TITAN Warrior Concept’s interior was built to handle the abuse that comes with serious off-roading, without compromising style or comfort. The seats are covered in a carbon-colored, high-strength fabric and trimmed with bold Magma Orange accents. Interior surface materials include carbon fiber, polished chrome, and leather with contrasting stitching, and the custom steering wheel is constructed out of a single block of aluminum.

The TITAN Warrior Concept is the extreme adventure version of the TITAN XD. It has the same fully-boxed ladder frame, Cummins® Turbo Diesel V8, and heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin transmission, but this one has a full custom off-road suspension. Upfront it’s got custom upper and lower control arms with performance ball joints and tie-rod extensions, and racing-style shocks with custom reservoir mounts. In back it has custom shocks and reservoir mounts, a lengthened prototype axle, and a custom sway bar.

Nissan Canada Earns Fourth Recognition as a Top 100 Ideal Employer

The prestigious title is determined by a survey, which evaluates the responses of career preferences by students. This survey is the longest-running and most comprehensive survey of its kind, and this year it included students from 159 universities and colleges. The total respondents clocked in at over 20,000 students who recorded their future career plans and goals.

“Canadian students studying engineering and information technology have ranked Nissan Canada among the top 100 most attractive companies over the last four years,” said Steve Milette, president, Nissan Canada. “We are honoured to accept this award and will continue to promote and enhance a winning culture that is desirable for our current and future employees.”

The survey covered four categories to define employers — people and culture, image and reputation, job characteristics, and remuneration and advancement opportunities — and tasked survey respondents to write which companies fit their ideals, according to these categories as well as what they want a company to be and what they offer to employees.

“The talents of tomorrow are eager to work in a thriving and balanced environment, where they can benefit from the mentorship of inspirational leaders and contribute to a better future. Nissan Canada is proud to be considered for those reasons,” concluded Milette.