- Canada's fastest-growing automotive company also receives two ALG awards, and showcases the future of high-performance electric motoring -
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 12, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, truck enthusiasts finally found what they have been looking for when the next-generation Nissan TITAN made its national debut at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto. Alongside the Nissan TITAN was the Nissan BladeGlider Concept, a bold vision for the future of the brand in the electric vehicle (EV) segment.
The first of the new TITAN models, the 2016 TITAN XD Crew Cab, is projected to go on sale at Nissan dealers across Canada in late 2015. The TITAN XD creates a new class of pickup with the effortless towing and hauling of the larger, more expensive heavy-duty trucks – including an available maximum towing capacity of more than 12,000 pounds* and maximum payload of 2,000 pounds* (when properly equipped) – yet has the fuel-efficiency* and affordability of half-ton pickups. It is powered by the new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel rated at 310 horsepower and hefty 555 lb-ft of torque.
"We see untapped potential in the Canadian truck market as buyers seek the towing and hauling power of a heavy-duty with the drivability and comfort of a light-duty," said Christian Meunier, president of Nissan Canada Inc. "The new TITAN XD is a work-place warrior, ready to haul, pull, tow and tackle whatever a job site throws at it – yet with the style and comfort for everyday use."
The second-generation TITAN will also be offered in additional cab, bed, powertrain and model configurations, and increasing TITAN's market segment coverage. Along with the TITAN Crew Cab shown in Toronto, the new TITAN will be available in King Cab and standard cab versions and with a 4x4 drivetrain. Future engine options will include a new gasoline V8 and an advanced gasoline V6. More details on the full TITAN lineup will be announced at a later date.
"We had a huge team at Nissan working on the all-new Titan, with backgrounds in every area of product development, but we're united by two guiding traits - quality and durability – this is the foundation for the new Titan," said Rich Miller, Director of Product Planning and TITAN Chief Product Specialist. "Throughout Titan's development, we worked towards what the customer wants, and all in the name of quality and durability. Titan's rigorous testing phases involved durability courses designed for global markets, including Canada's varying terrains and cold, snowy climates. I'm delighted to be at the Toronto Auto Show to see the Titan launch in this important market comprised of wide variety of truck drivers."
Nissan BladeGlider Concept
On the other side of the automotive spectrum, Nissan presented a head-turning concept vehicle. While the TITAN XD offers a one-of-a-kind engine, Nissan's additional CIAS highlight has none – the electric BladeGlider Concept. Nissan's latest sports concept will challenge conventional thinking on sports car performance handling, braking and weight distribution. The Nissan BladeGlider features a radical front narrow track layout, where the front is significantly narrower than the rear, creating a swept-wing profile when seen from directly above.
Disrupting and challenging the status quo, the NISSAN BladeGlider shares sustainable engineering values with both the Nissan LEAF and the Nissan ZEOD RC, the futuristic-looking competition machine which made its debut in last year's 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.
"As gas prices fluctuate in Canada and around the world, Nissan remains totally committed to investing in the electric vehicle side of its business. The BladeGlider concept is a fearless glimpse into Nissan's future as we continue to push the boundaries in emission-free driving," said Christian Meunier. "The electric vehicle segment in Canada is doing well, and we are proud that Nissan LEAF exemplifies this as total LEAF sales in Canada recently surpassed the 2,000 unit mark."
Nissan receives two 2015 ALG Residual Value Awards
In addition to the national unveilings for near-future and concept vehicles, two of Nissan's existing products shared the spotlight today as winners of the 2015 ALG Residual Value Awards. Nissan's Versa Note was awarded the 2015 ALG Residual Value Award in the Subcompact Car segment and, the made-for-Canada Nissan Micra received the inaugural 2015 ALG Residual Value Award in the City Car segment.
"We are proud to accept these two ALG awards. This recognition emphasizes our commitment to offer Canadians an unmatched ownership experience through high-quality, long-term durability vehicles offering the best value in their respective segments," concluded Meunier.
Since the ALG Residual Awards' inception in Canada seven years ago, Nissan Canada Inc. (including the Infiniti family of vehicles), has received a total of 23 awards.
*Estimated figures, final figures to be available closer to production date.
Information, images and B-Roll of Nissan's full lineup are available at www.media.nissan.ca or upon request.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50 percent share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
About Nissan Canada
Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 187 independent Nissan dealerships, 38 Infiniti retailers and 45 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers across Canada. 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 and World Car of the Year awards.
SOURCE Nissan Canada Inc.
Image with caption: "The next-generation Nissan TITAN XD made its national debut at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto. (CNW Group/Nissan Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150212_C4194_PHOTO_EN_12120.jpg
Image with caption: "The next-generation Nissan TITAN XD was designed to be a warrior for “warriors” both in look and in performance. Nissan explored the ancient roots of the name (CNW Group/Nissan Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150212_C4194_PHOTO_EN_12121.jpg
Image with caption: "Next-generation Nissan TITAN XD with (pictured right-to-left) Christian Meunier, President, Nissan Canada Inc.; Stephen Moneypenny Senior Designer, Nissan Design America; Jeff Caldwell, Cummins General Manager, Global Pickup Business; Rich Miller, Director of Product Planning for all trucks and SUVs, Nissan North America; and Randy Rodriguez, Project Lead Designer, Nissan Design America. (CNW Group/Nissan Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150212_C4194_PHOTO_EN_12122.jpg
Image with caption: "The next-generation Nissan TITAN XD with Rich Miller, Director of Product Planning for all trucks and SUVs, Nissan North America. (CNW Group/Nissan Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150212_C4194_PHOTO_EN_12123.jpg
Image with caption: "Nissan BladeGlider Concept, a bold vision for the future of the brand in the electric vehicle (EV) segment made a regional debut at the Canadian International Auto Show today in Toronto. (CNW Group/Nissan Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150212_C4194_PHOTO_EN_12124.jpg
For further information: Media contacts: Didier Marsaud, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Nissan Canada, Tel: 905-629-6400, Email: [email protected]; Jenn McCarthy, Cohn & Wolfe, Tel: 647-259-3305, Email: [email protected]