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.
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.
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!
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
VANCOUVER, March 19, 2019 /CNW/ – Nissan Leaf is the 2019 Canadian Green Car of the Year (CGCOTY) as decided upon by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) as announced today at the Vancouver International Auto Show.
“It’s important for many Canadian drivers to be environmentally aware, and AJAC’s Green Vehicle of the Year awards help them to make the responsible choice when it’s time to buy a new car or utility vehicle,” says Mark Richardson, President of AJAC. “If they can save money on fuel while also driving a vehicle with low emissions – or no emissions at all – then everybody wins.”
Entries to the CGCOTY and CGUVOTY must meet the standard requirements for initial entry into the Canadian Car of the Year awards program, and additional criteria for fuel efficiency based on the entry’s size, powertrain and purpose. In today’s market, eco-friendly cars come in many styles, sizes, price-points and vehicle categories.
All entries are tested by AJAC journalists, who are among the most respected and objective sources of automotive opinion in Canada. Evaluation takes place over months on different road surfaces and road conditions throughout the year and during AJAC’s autumn Test Fest event. These AJAC journalism professionals score all eligible entries on parameters including recharge time, driving range, vehicle dynamics, market significance, and overall value. Each of the scores is then weighted for relevance to the vehicle and category in question. The winning score also represents how the vehicle stacks up to its market segment competition, whether green or otherwise.
NEW YORK – Wards magazine named the 2019 Nissan Kicks compact SUV to its list of “10 Best Interiors” at the New York International Auto Show.
After a rigorous evaluation of 33 vehicles with new or significantly redesigned interiors, the Kicks stood out for a number of attributes, including having the lowest price-as-tested MSRP of the entire field. The starting price for the Kicks S FWD with Xtronic transmission is $17,998 CAD1.
The panel of eight Wards editors also acknowledged Kicks for its available high quality stitching and soft surfaces on the instrument panel “befitting a more expensive vehicle,” as well as its available Intelligent Around View® Monitor, which they found “handy in tight spots and which used to be available only in Infiniti luxury cars.” They also noted the available Bose® Personal Plus Audio System that includes driver’s headrest-mounted speakers.
“The new Kicks is designed to fit the needs of singles or couples looking for expressive styling, personal technology, smart functionality and advanced safety features at an affordable price,” said Scott Shirley, vice president, CMM & Marketing Operations, Nissan North America, Inc. “It’s an honour to be selected by the interior experts at Wards – a big award for the smallest and most affordable vehicle in our extensive Nissan crossover and SUV lineup.”
The interior provides ample passenger space throughout the cabin, with 915 L/32.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down, and an additional 617 L/21.8 cu/ft of cargo space in the trunk well, enabling Kicks to offer a total 1,504 L/53.1 cu/ft of usable cargo space.
Kicks has modern and simple “Gliding Wing” instrument panel design dominated by a centrally mounted 7.0-inch colour display housing a comprehensive infotainment system offering available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone connectivity.
For the ultimate audio experience, the Kicks SR includes the class-exclusive2 Bose® Personal® Plus sound system with a pair of lightweight 2.5-inch Bose® UltraNearfield™ neodymium speakers located inside the Kicks driver’s seat headrest. Among the other on-board technology, Kicks SR features Intelligent Around View® Monitor (I-AVM).
Safety, security and driver convenience features are strong points for Nissan Kicks. Intelligent Emergency Braking3 is standard on all grade levels, along with seven air bags and RearView Monitor. Kicks SR add Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The Kicks is offered in three models: Kicks S, Kicks SV and Kicks SR. Each is equipped with a standard 1.6-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS). The engine is rated at 122 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. Combined with a smooth, fuel-efficient Xtronic transmission, fuel economy4 is rated at 7.2 L/100 km combined.
To find out more about the 2019 Kicks and the complete Nissan lineup, please visit NissanNews.com
MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees, freight and PDI. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.
AutoPacific segmentation. 2019 Kicks vs. latest in-market competitors in XSUV Compact Class. Based on manufacturers’ websites.
Intelligent Emergency Braking cannot prevent all collisions and may not provide warning or braking in all conditions. Driver should monitor traffic conditions and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
Fuel economy based on 2019 NRCan fuel economy estimates for 2019 Kicks FWD models of 7.6 L/100 km combined. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.
Best-selling electric vehicle of all time will go on sale in more than a dozen new markets this year
YOKOHAMA, Japan – The Nissan LEAF today became the first electric car in history to surpass 400,000 sales, solidifying the model’s leading role in the global shift toward more sustainable mobility.
Introduced in 2010 as the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF has led the way in making the excitement and convenience of electric driving accessible to non-luxury buyers. Less than a decade ago, electric cars were seen as a niche product, and LEAF customers were mostly “early adopters.”
Today, a growing number of consumers say their next car may be electric. Customers are choosing the LEAF for its powerful, agile performance and advanced technologies, such as the ProPILOT Assist semiautonomous driving system1, in addition to the benefits of sustainable mobility.
“This milestone is a powerful statement that 400,000 customers, and counting, value the Nissan LEAF for the excitement, confidence and connection it delivers,” said Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s global head of marketing, sales and electric vehicles. “The LEAF remains the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, our strategy for moving more people to a better world.”
In launching the first-generation LEAF, Nissan pledged to become a global leader in producing and promoting vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions. The company committed itself to working with governments and utility companies to support the adoption of electric vehicles, make charging them easier and more convenient, and develop second-life uses for electric car batteries.
Since then, Nissan has formed partnerships around the world under its Nissan Energy initiative. These partnerships will leverage the ability of electric car batteries to store energy and share it with homes, businesses and power grids – making electric vehicles even more useful, while promoting efficient energy use.
Meanwhile, LEAF owners have driven their cars more than 10 billion kilometers in total. The number of LEAF vehicles sold since 2010 is enough to save 3.8 million barrels of oil a year.2
Last year, the LEAF was not only the best-selling electric vehicle in Europe, but also the top-selling car of any kind in Norway.
The Nissan LEAF is available in more than 50 markets globally. It will go on sale in six new markets in Latin America in the first half of this year and seven in Asia and Oceania by the end of the year.
The new LEAF
Recently, a model with a new powertrain joined the lineup: the Nissan LEAF PLUS, which offers increased power and up to 226 miles of range. Sales of the LEAF PLUS began in late January in Japan. Canadian sales will begin this spring, and Europe will follow shortly thereafter.
The Nissan LEAF embodies the three pillars of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – Intelligent Power, Intelligent Drive and Intelligent Integration. The car’s innovative electric powertrains exemplify the first, while ProPILOT Assist, available in many markets, showcases the second. Designed for single-lane driving on the highway, ProPILOT Assist maintains speed and lane position while reducing driver fatigue.
Nissan Intelligent Integration
The Nissan LEAF has also opened up a new world of clean energy capabilities that stretch beyond efficient transportation.
Nissan Energy is an ecosystem centered on Nissan electric vehicles that make them even more useful to customers by leveraging their batteries’ ability to store and share energy. It enables electric vehicle owners to easily connect their cars with energy systems to charge their batteries, power homes and businesses or help balance power grids. As part of Nissan Energy, the company has already started infrastructure pilots in Europe, Japan and the U.S., and future commercial uses are in development.
Nissan Energy also includes new efforts to reuse batteries, a vital step in enhancing the sustainability of electric vehicles. Along with strategic partners, Nissan has taken LEAF batteries and repurposed them for use in off-grid street lighting, power banks for sports complexes, and more.
The Nissan LEAF is built at three factories: Oppama, Japan; Sunderland, England; and Smyrna, Tennessee.
For more information on the 2019 LEAF and the complete Nissan vehicle lineup, please visit NissanNews.com.
1 Available on selected grades. ProPILOT technology is designed to support the driver and is not a substitute for proper driving procedures and continuous road awareness. Always drive carefully, ensuring you pay attention to the road and conditions around you. See Owner’s Manual for details. ProPILOT is called ProPILOT Assist in Canada. 2 Total distance driven is based on extrapolations from the real data of approximately 50% of customers. Oil consumption data is based on U.S. EPA fuel economy data, by comparing Nissan LEAF with 2019 Nissan Versa 1.6 L, 4 cyl, Automatic. 3 The driving range of the Nissan LEAF is 400 km based on the Japanese JC08 standard and 322 km based on the WLTC Japan cycle standard. MY18 EPA range is 150 miles. Combined driving cycle range is 270 kilometers under Europe’s new WLTP emissions and economy standard. Driving range figures are obtained under specific test conditions. Actual range will vary with trim levels, optional equipment, maintenance, driving behavior ambient temperature and weather and driving conditions; see Customer Disclosure Form for details. The LEAF e+ is called LEAF Plus in Canada. 4 Available on selected grades. The ProPILOT Park system’s effectiveness is subject to road, vehicle and environmental conditions. Always drive carefully, ensuring you pay attention to the road and conditions around you. See Owner’s Manual for details. # # #
Join Nissan at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show for the reveal of the IMQ concept crossover, an all-new vehicle that embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility and gives a sneak peek as to what might be in your future driveway.
Montreal, Quebec – As many parts of Canada start to see the first signs of a typically harsh winter, the all-new 2019 Nissan Altima AWD sedan has arrived to showrooms. To convey the message that All-Wheel Drive is now a standard feature on the 2019 Altima, Nissan has modified the sophisticated sedan into an aggressive adversary to Old Man Winter. Named the Altima-te AWD, this extreme iteration of the Altima dons a 30-inch tall DOMINATOR® track system from American Track Truck, installed by Quebec-based MIA Motorsports.
The Altima-te AWD joins the Warrior family of Nissan crossovers wearing heavy-duty rubber tracks. In connection to the original Rogue Warrior video, issued in line with press day at the 2016 Montreal International Auto Show, three-time Nissan Micra Cup champion Olivier Bédard once again appears in a Nissan video story. This time, Valérie Limoges, a Micra Cup driver who placed fourth in the 2018 championship, stars alongside Bédard.
The video starts with Limoges in a chalet, messaging with Bédard about a meeting up for a race. Limoges gets into her vehicle, which appears to be the production Altima sedan at first. As the camera rolls, the deep snow accumulation becomes more apparent until the Altima-te AWD is seen in its full form, starting with its extremely flared fenders and powering through the powder with ease.
Reaching a frozen lake, Limoges updates Bédard on her location, which Bédard must access by plane due to its challenging, snowy terrain. Bédard exits the plane, greets Limoges, and the two Nissan Micra Cup drivers head to Bédard’s vehicle – the original Rogue Warrior. The vehicles race one another, kicking up large bursts of snow from their DOMINATOR Tracks.
Both the video and the Altima-te AWD were revealed to the public for the first time today, during Nissan’s press conference at the 2019 Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS). The Altima-te AWD will be on display at the MIAS until the show concludes on January 27.