Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima

So let’s just get it right out in the air. I don’t think Ferrari or Lamborghini or any other purveyor of exotic metal is the best enthusiast brand. Part of the enthusiast car market is to make great cars that enthusiasts can actually buy. The Miata , the Mustang and the GTI are the kinds of good fun that we can actually buy.

When trying to figure out who the best enthusiast brand is, I didn’t stop at pure numbers. I looked for cool cars, and interesting cars, not just fast ones. I also tried to focus on the more modern petrol head. Back in the 60s every car company was making wacky and crazy cars, but over the years the enthusiast market has kinda dried up a bit.

I almost went with Honda . The CRX, early Si badged cars and the NSX all hit the right buttons, but over the last 15 years or so Honda has really lots its magic. It feels like they started to care more about Consumer Reports scores than steering feel and spoilers, and so they didn’t make the list.

But who was it? You have to hit the jump to find out.

In a market that has no shortage of worthy competitors, the Nissan Altima has etched a name for itself that we just can’t overlook. Sure, more notable models like the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry get more of the buzz, but the Altima, thanks to its redesigned exterior, sophisticated interior and a choice of two engines, is by no means a slouch.

For the 2014 model year, Nissan built on the changes made to the 2013 version to give the Altima more bang for your buck. The addition of the newest version of NissanConnect is a huge plus with connectivity to online apps never been easier.

That’s crucial for young buyers of the vehicle and Nissan did a good job of keeping the Altima look sporty and athletic to cater to a new wave of potential customers.

Updated 06/02/2014: Nissan announced prices for the 2015 Altima which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. Prices for the 2015 Altima will range from $22,300 for the base 2.5 version up to $31,950 for the 3.5 SL version.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Altima.

We’ve already had a look and listen at Volvo’s engine for the V8 Supercars racing series, and now another equally uninspiring car is debuting. This time around, it’s the Nissan Altima Coupe that is showing that it can deliver on the race track.

There is no mention of what engine is under its hood, but it’s safe to say that there is some form of V-8, like the series’ name alludes to. This isn’t the Altima ’s first crack at the V8 Supercars series , but this is a new design for the team.

The new aero package slapped on this hot Altima includes smaller scallops on the front bar and redesigned rear wing uprights. Also tweaked is the livery, as it now features a pearlescent yellow paint and reflective white vinyl in the "Norton" logo.

There will be two Altimas running the series, with James Moffat at the helm of the No. 360 car and Michael Caruso in the No. 36 car. The racing kicks off February 27th in Adelaide, South Australia and end December 7th in Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales.

Click past the jump to read a little about the road-going 2013 Altima Coupe and to see the full racing schedule.

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The new Nissan Altima is enjoying a sales up-swing at the moment following a $580 price cut that took effect May 3 of this year. The cheapest Altima’s are now just below $22,000 up to just above $30,000 for the loaded V-6 SL model. This comes on the back of poor launch sales and critiques of the marshmallow driving characteristics.

The big news for the 2014 Altima is the introduction of an all-new, Nissan-developed hybrid drivetrain option.

From extensive technical previews of the new supercharged 2.5-liter four plus Li-Ion battery packs, Nissan is clearly proud of the system and will also roll it out on the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid for the first time.

Pre-2011 Ford and Nissan hybrids used technology from the Toyota Prius for the electrified system components including the transmission, power inverter, battery, and charging control unit via a licensing agreement. The Toyota-supplied components were then married to Ford or Nissan platform and engine designs.

As a result, the Altima Hybrid drove a lot like the Prius despite using a more-powerful gasoline engine for primary power. This is set to change with the new 2014 Altima Hybrid. The supercharged four-cylinder should deliver good torque and the use of lithium-ion batteries will mark a first for a mainstream, value-oriented hybrid sedan.

Will one Hybrid be enough to battle the Camry Hybrid, the Plug-in Honda Accord and the two hybrid variants of the Ford Fusion ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the new Nissan Altima Hybrid.

For the first time in 20 years, Nissan is set to compete in Australia’s Supercar V8 Series and they’re doing so with the 2013 Nissan Altima V8 Supercar.

The car was unveiled at a special event in Melbourne and marks one of the first vehicles that aren’t Ford Falcons or Holden Commodores to compete in the V8 Supercar Series.

Together with its partner Kelly Racing, Nissan is planning to bring four of these models to compete in the 2013 season under the Nissan Motorsport banner. As far as modifications are concerned, the Altima V8 Supercar will get a NISMO-developed 5.0-liter VK56DE V8 engine. Incidentally, this Nismo-sourced V8 powertrain is the same engine that powered the Nissan GT-R FIA GT1 to the FIA GT1 World Championship title back in 2011. To comply with the V8 Supercar regulations, the engine’s displacement was actually reduced from 5.6 liter to 5.0 liters.

Talking to Australia’s Herald Sun, Kelly Racing co-owner and overseer of the Nissan Altima project Todd Kelly has high hopes for the Altima V8 Supercar leading up to its run in the 2013 season of the V8 Supercar Series.

"Factory support is the key to teams winning Bathurst and V8 Supercar championships," Kelly said.

"There’s nothing more exciting for a drive than to unveil a car with a brand new chassis that takes it to a new level.’’

UPDATE: 11/05/12: A week after Nissan pulled the covers off of the Altima V8 Supercar Racer, the automaker finished its first run of testing at Calder Park Raceway. At the end of the test session, the team seemed happy with the results, although they also cautioned that there’s more work that needs to be done to make the Altima V8 Supercar racer up to speed. Check out the video of the car’s test run by clicking on the photo above!

UPDATE 02/13/13: A few months after unveiling the Altima V8 Supercar Series Race Car, Nissan took it one step further with the debut of the actual race cars with their liveries in tow to go with the driver announcements for the two teams the Japanese automaker will be fielding in the V8 Supercar Series. Check out the fresh batch of pics in the gallery below!

Source: Herald Sun

Remember when TPMS was just a cool feature on BMW , GM, and Mercedes vehicles? In 2006, the NHTSA and DOT came together to make it a law for all incoming 2007 vehicles to have direct TPMS standard. When this happened, the tire industry released a collective “Oh man, are you serious?” Well, now another company is taking the simplifying of tire pressure an extra step beyond a flashing indicator saying “Hey, put some air in the tires, please!”

That’s right; starting with the 2013 model year, Nissan will include a system that actually activates the horn when the tires have reached their correct pressure on all of its cars. This all comes on the heels of a successful test of the system on the 2013 Altima . No more “confusing” tire pressure gauges to fumble around with. In all seriousness though, this is actually an ingenious idea. When I was in the tire business, you have no idea how many times a customer would roll up asking us to put 44 psi in his 1995 Cavalier’s tires because that’s what the sidewall of the tire says is the max pressure, or his grandfather once told him that more air increases gas mileage.

So now when you are whipping down the road in your 2013 370Z and that pesky “Low Pressure” light starts flashing, you can just fill `er up `till it beeps. Why not take it a step further and just install a small compressor that fires up and adds air to the tire as you drive via a vein that runs through the casting of the rim?

We’re kidding Mr. and Mrs. Automotive Engineer, if that happens we all had better just stay off of the road, because if you can’t inflate your tires due to lack of knowledge, you shouldn’t be driving in the first place. Let’s all hope that never happens.

Click past the jump to read Nissan’s press release.

After debuting the new Altima at the 2012 New York Auto Show, Nissan is moving on to its next project by presenting a teaser image showing five redesigned models that will be launched in the next 15 months. During the Altima’s official debut in New York, Nissan also presented a short promo video that showed five new models hidden under a white cover.

Rumors say that the list of redesigned models will begin with the production version of the 2013 Pathfinder and a new Sentra . From left to right in the teaser images, the cars are: the hatchback version of the latest Versa set to be unveiled by the end of the year, the 2013 Pathfinder, the new Altima, the redesigned Rogue compact crossover, and the next Sentra that will adopt the same design language as the new Altima.

We haven’t received any confirmations for any of the models listed, but these are the best speculated vehicles in terms of Nissan’s history. Nissan has confirmed, however, that the new Sentra will be the next model unveiled.

Source: CarAndDriver

After being teased for about six weeks, the fifth generation Nissan Altima has finally made its world debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The model comes with a completely redesigned exterior, a better equipped interior, and a choice of two engines. Customers will have to choose between seven highly equipped models with prices starting at a lower $21,500.

On the exterior, the 2013 Altima has received a new grille design, seamless bumper, projector-type headlights, muscular fenders, unique taillights, and a dual exhaust system. The interior adds some of the most impressive technologies, like NissanConnectSM and Advanced Drive-AssistTM Display, while other updates include a three-spoke steering wheel, wood trim, and metallic accents.

Under the hood, Nissan has kept the usual 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 engines, but the four-cylinder engine has been updated to deliver a total of 182 HP - up from 175. The V6 remains at 270 HP.

UPDATE 04/03/2012: This review has been updated with the official images and specs for the 2013 Nissan Altima.

UPDATE 05/21/2012: Nissan has unveiled a new set of images for the 2013 Altima presenting the car in action. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan Altima.

With a relatively short history, the Nissan Altima Coupe enters the 2011 model year with no major updates compared to the previous model year. There are just two two new exterior colors – Metallic Slate and Brilliant Silver and a $500 price increase.

As usual, customers will have to choose from four different versions: 2.5 S 6MT priced at $22,940, 2.5 S CVT $23,440, 3.5 SR 6MT $30,100, and 3.5 SR CVT $27,770. The 2.5 models are powered by a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder and the 3.5 versions get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, each offered with a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT.

The model features the same aggressive front end exterior appearance with new grille and projector beam headlights, standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), refined option package content, revised interior fabrics and finishers, and a new red leather-appointed interior color.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Nissan Altima Coupe.

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Nissan said today that it may halt production of its vehicles in Tennessee and Mexico because of a parts shortage from Hitachi Ltd.

The company has not yet decided to stop production as of now, Toshiyuki Shiga, Nissan’s chief operating officer told Automotive News. If production does come to a halt, it could mean a loss of 15,000 vehicles. Production in Japan will stop on July 14 to July 16 because of the parts delay.

The part in question is an engine control unit that wasn’t delivered on time. The supplier said that integrated circuits needed were not available at the time.

"We’re working around the clock to try and minimize any inconvenience to our customers," Shiga said at the launch of the fourth-generation March compact car.

"For now, we’re still gauging when and whether we would need to halt production in the United States."

If Nissan do decide to stop production, the first models affected might be the Altima and the Sentra .


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