Nissan Titan

Nissan Titan

Nissan announced over the summer that it would commence in building its second crowdsourced vehicle, a 2014 Titan pickup. The one-off truck would be built with the help of Nissan’s 170,000 Facebook fans in preparation for an epic Alaskan adventure, led by two veterans with the Wounded Warrior Project.

The truck started life as a stock Titan, no different than one found at a local dealership and through the last several weeks, Nissan’s Facebook fans have voted on which parts to add, including wheels, tires, bumpers, mechanical modifications, interior accessories, and exterior graphics. With the truck completed, WWP Alumni David Guzman and Kevin McMahon are setting off on a week-long adventure through the Alaskan wilderness.

Nissan is creating a video mini-series that will debut in the fall of 2014 on YouTube that documents the two veterans’ extreme journey.

While this is Nissan’s first off-road iteration of a crowdsourced vehicle, it’s the automaker’s second similar build. Back in 2012, Nissan’s Facebook fans helped build a 370Z with a twin-turbo kit, a revised and track-ready suspension kit, and a host of visual changes to attract attention.

Updated 09/08/2014: Nissan unveiled a new video revealing a series of new details on its latest Project Titan. The new video shows the Titan with new hardcore wheels, LED lights, and wrap the exterior in a bold, military inspired, custom digital camo print.

Click past the jump for more info on the Titan project

Los Angeles police officers made a horrible mistake last week while they were chasing Christopher Jordan Dorner — a disgruntled ex-cop suspected of hunting down members of the LAPD and their families. According to an interview offered by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, police offers were informed that Dorner was driving a gray Nissan Titan, which is a pretty solid description.

While LAPD was running surveillance on Dorner’s house, a pickup truck was approaching and police officers opened fire. When they stopped shooting they realized their mistake: the truck was not a Nissan Titan , but rather a Toyota Tacoma and it was aqua blue, not gray. Two innocent women were victims of this incident: Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71 who were there just to deliver copies of the Los Angeles Times.

LAPD Chief said that this incident occurred because the police officers were working under "incredible tension." A total of seven officers opened fire and at the end of the shooting, cars, trees, garage doors and roofs were all full with bullet holes. Emma Hernandez was shot in her back and is expected to recover, while her daughter escaped with only minor wounds from broken glass.

LAPD stated this was just a misinterpreted situation, but for sure this excuse won’t help them when the two women will start a lawsuit against them.

We can understand confusing vehicles, but to confuse an aqua Tacoma for a grey Titan is like confusing a blue Chevy Cruze with a red Ford Taurus: it’s nearly impossible regardless of the situation. Fortunately, everyone is expected to survive, but we’re sure the city of Los Angeles will have a mighty lawsuit on its hands…

Source: LA Times
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Just recently, we reported that Johan de Nysschen left Audi USA to head up Infiniti , and it appears he is already making some necessary changes. According to Car Sales, Nysschen confirmed that it, like many other automakers, is heading away from V-8 engine configurations to help reduced CO2 emissions and help it meet the anticipated CAFE standard of 54.5 mpg by 2025. He was quoted saying: “I don’t think any car that is on Infiniti drawing boards from here onwards we should expect a V8 to be included in that plan”

This means that models like the FX50 , M56 , and other V-8-powered Infinitis will opt for a turbocharged or supercharged V-6 or 4-cylinder engine. Ironically enough, the sister company of Nysschen’s former employer is going the exact opposite route, cutting out its turbocharged V-8 in favor of a V-12 configuration .

It is admirable seeing luxury automakers willing to take a step forward to help meet the needs of the world, as fuel prices continue to rise. This is a sharp contrast to his former employer stance, as Volkswagen has spoken out pretty harshly against these upcoming regulations and is one of only a handful of car manufacturers that has not signed the CAFE agreement. We wonder if this was a ideological difference that helped push Nysschen away from Audi and VW .

Keep an eye out for the next generation of Infiniti cars to be lacking the all mighty Nissan 5.6-liter V-8 engine and we are now awaiting Nissan to announce a similar changeover. This would entail changes to the Nissan Titan and NV van lineups. Ford has already shown that a turbocharged V-6 engine works great in a pickup truck and we’re sure it translates well to a van too.

Source: Car Sales

In 2004, the same year as with the Armada , Nissan has brought on the market the Titan pick-up. Contested by some people, loved by others, the Titan was and still is one of the most impressive pick-ups out there. Despite the fact it is only being offered in King Cab or a Crew Cab versions, Nissan Titan has been selected as the North American Truck of the Year.

The Titan shares the same Nissan F-Alpha platform with the Nissan Armada and is being powered by a 5.6-liter DOHC Endurance V8 rated at 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft torque (305 HP for models launched before 2006). Its top speed is being limited to 115 mph and offers towing capacity of up to 9,500 pounds for King Cab and 9,400 pounds for Crew Cab (when properly equipped).

Nissan Titan is being offered in four trim levels: S, SV, Pro-4x, and SL, with prices for the 2012 model year starting from $29,960.

Hit the jump to read more about Nissan Titan.

For 2011, the Nissan Titan will receive just a few refinements to the optional equipment package content. The pick-up will be offered in four trim levels: S, SV, PRO-4X and SL, in King Cab and Crew Cab body styles with a choice of 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations. Prices will start at $26,820 for the King Cab models and at $29,370 for the Crew Cab models.

The 2011 Titan is powered by a 5.6-liter DOHC Endurance V8 engine rated at 317 HP and 385 lb-ft torque mated to standard 5-speed automatic transmission. The pick-up will be offered with a PRO-4X/SL Technology Package (Crew Cab) that includes moonroof, navigation, flip-down 8-inch LCD display and DVD player with remote, auxiliary input and wireless headsets.

The model will be offered with Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Nissan Navigation system, Rockford Fosgate® audio system, heated front seats, leather-appointed seating and DVD entertainment center.

Press release after the jump.

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The Nissan pickup has never sold all that well here in the United States, but with tough competition from Ford and Chevrolet , it’s easy to see why that is. Nissan has an all-new Titan ready for 2014, but they might have a few changes in store for next year.

The 2011 Titan and Frontier get all-new trim level names, including S, SV, and SL. There will also be 4x4 badging on the truck if the buyer gets the four-wheel drive version. In the comfort department, captain’s chairs will be fitted as standard on the top-level SL trim. The 5.6-liter 317-horsepower V8 will remain.

The trim-level name swap will be on the Frontier as well, but the PRO-4X model will carry over on both trucks. The smaller pickup loses its six-speed manual on the long wheelbase SL King Cab and SV Crew Cab.

Luckily, there is still a six-speed manual available on the lower S trim level and the PRO-4X short wheelbases. The SV adds the Luxury Package and you can even get LATCH child safety seats.

The new Titan for 2011 goes on sale in August and the new six-cylinder Frontier will follow it in September, while four-cylinder Frontiers will go on sale in October.

Nissan will end the production of the Titan full-size pickup truck in the United States. The decision came along with Nissan’s agreement to step up mutual products supply with its U.S. partner, Chrysler LLC.

Under the deal, announced on Monday, Chrysler will provide Nissan with a full-size pickup model made at its Saltillo, Mexico, plant from 2011.

Dominique Thormann, senior vice president of Nissan North America Inc. indicated the pickup will replace the Titan. The new truck will maintain many of the attributes of the Titan but offer a wider variety of body configurations, he said.

The Japanese carmaker has been producing the Titan at its plant in Canton, Mississippi, since 2004. Last year, its sales totaled 66,000 units, down 9 pct from a year earlier, much lower than the target level of at least 100,000 units for the year.

As for the Canton plant, Nissan said last week that it will stop assembling the Quest minivan and the Infiniti QX56 luxury sport-utility vehicle to make the plant as the production hub for its light commercial vehicles in 2010.

Nissan plans to manufacture the two models at another plant.

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As the coach reminds his players in the movie, “Remember the Titans,” the Titans of legend ruled the field of combat. Well, not so the Nissan Titan Nissan Titan – which is far from ruling the light truck market. So, apparently the boss of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, is thinking of bailing – dumping the Titan entirely. As quoted by Newsweek, Ghosn says that "The name of the game is going to be more fuel-efficient cars. And when you make your product plans for the future, you can’t say, ’I’ve always had (...)

Nissan today announced pricing on the 2008.5 Nissan Titan full-size pickup, which are on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. The Nissan Titan pickup lineup expanded for 2008 with the addition of two new long bed configurations and a new PRO-4X grade, which is available in both King Cab and Crew Cab 4-wheel drive standard bed configurations.

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Diesel engine saves you money on fuel. The question is by how much? A normal gas fueled Dodge Ram 1500 pickup can on average can get about 15mpg city and 19mpg on highway. A Diesel fueled 1500 pickup can get about 19.5mpg city and almost 25mpg on highway. Diesel engines could save you money, and help out the environment.

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