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2015 Nissan Altima pricing released, V6 gets MPG bump

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Nissan has announced a range of moderate enhancements for its 2015 Altima sedan, starting with a one-mile-per-gallon increase in the highway fuel economy of the top-tier, 3.5-liter V6 engine. The six-pot now returns 32 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city.

The 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL, the mid and top-end six-cylinder trims, also get NissanConnect with Navigation, blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning. Prices, though, see a commensurate increase.

The starting price for a base, 2.5-liter four-cylinder Altima has been nudged up by $130, to $22,300, not counting the $810 destination charge. The 2.5 S model is down $130, though, to $22,560. Meanwhile, the top-end four-cylinder models, the SV and SL see their prices increase by $380 and $230, respectively.

Befitting of their new equipment, the V6 Altimas see a larger price increase. The base price jumps just $130 to $26,450, but the 3.5 SV is up $1,310 to $29,830 while the SL is up from $30,820 to $31,950.

Take a look below for a short press release from Nissan.

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2015 Nissan Altima pricing released, V6 gets MPG bump originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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June 4th, 2014

Nissan recalling more than 1M vehicles for airbags that may fail to deploy

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Nissan and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have issued a recall for 989,701 vehicles in the US due to an issue with their passenger-side airbag systems. Affected Nissan models include the Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder and Sentra from the 2013 and 2014 model years, and 2013 NV200 taxis. Affected Infiniti models include the 2013 JX35 and 2014 Q50 and QX60 utility vehicles.

Reuters is reporting that a total of 1,053,479 vehicles are included in the recall globally, with about 60,000 of the affected vehicles having been sold in Canada.

The fault apparently lies in something called the occupant classification system, which may, in the recalled vehicles, incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty when it is in fact occupied by an adult. When the system fails to recognize the passenger, the passenger-side airbag may deactivate, and could therefore fail to deploy in the event of a crash.

Nissan is expected to notify owners sometime in the middle part of next month, instructing its dealers to update the vehicles’ software, free of charge. Scroll down to read the official NHTSA press release.

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Nissan recalling more than 1M vehicles for airbags that may fail to deploy originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 26th, 2014

GT-R takes on Altima V8 Supercar and Leaf Nismo in Nissan time attack special

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Screencap from a time attack race between three Nissan vehicles in Australia

One of the support races for the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar race in Australia was a Nissan showcase in the form of a time attack challenge: at the starting line were the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC, a GT-R and an Altima V8 Supercar. The 80-kilowatt Leaf Nismo RC was given a seven-second head start on the 545-horsepower GT-R and a 26-second lead on the 600-hp Altima V8 Supercar in hopes that it could get around the 3.21-kilometer course first.

Nissan’s not afraid to burn the Leaf Nismo RC’s rubber at the track, recently letting video series Translogic hit the kerbs, and it’s put it up against some competition, having raced a Tesla Roadster – and lost. The odds were a bit better this time, but it wasn’t the finish the hosts expected. Now a race commentator, the driver in the GT-R, Neil Crompton, finished on the podium of the Toohey’s 1000 race in an R32 GT-R in 1992.

You can watch the hard-fought time attack in the video below. Skip ahead to 3:43 if you just want the action, but Crompton’s recap of every driver interview ever is worth a watch at 2:41.

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GT-R takes on Altima V8 Supercar and Leaf Nismo in Nissan time attack special originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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March 14th, 2014

What’s The Worst Beater You’ve Ever Had?

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What's The Worst Beater You've Ever Had?

Y’know, I have a hard time thinking of Raphael’s car as a hunk of crap. Yeah, it’s old, smelly and breaks in amusing ways, but it’s at least an awesome aircooled Volkswagen. Those are easy to fix! That’s not even fair. I had a deceptively shiny car that sucked at being a car. Get off my lawn.

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January 24th, 2014

Report: Best-selling vehicles by state show F-Series isn’t king everywhere

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The Ford F-Series is hands down the best-selling vehicle in the US, but as it turns out, there are plenty of states where the truck doesn’t reign supreme. Business Insider compiled data from Kelley Blue Book based on 2013 sales figures from January through August to create a map of the top-selling vehicles in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Looking at the map, Ford’s truck is the top vehicle in 34 states, but there are states – some surprising, some not – where other vehicles are more popular among consumers.

After Ford’s pickup, it’s a battle among midsize sedans, with the Honda Accord being the most popular in Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, while the Toyota Camry (the reigning best-selling car in the US) is the favorite among Florida and Maryland owners; the Nissan Altima is one of the surprises on the list as the most popular car in Oklahoma. The Ford Fusion is the top-selling car in Michigan, and it is also the only American-branded car on the list. Rounding out the passenger cars, Massachusetts and Connecticut favor the Honda CR-V, California buyers flock to the Honda Civic and Washington, D.C. buyers prefer the Toyota Corolla.

Truck-loving buyers also reside in Maine and Indiana (choosing the Chevy Silverado), Vermont (GMC Sierra) and Hawaii (Toyota Tacoma). Regardless of what vehicle is most popular in which state, one interesting observation for all the models on this list is that they all have at least some US production. Head on over to Business Insider to see the whole map.

Best-selling vehicles by state show F-Series isn’t king everywhere originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 01 Dec 2013 11:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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December 1st, 2013

Report: Toyota Camry could lose No. 1 sedan spot next year [w/video]

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Eleven months after Toyota claimed the 2012 sales crown a couple of months early thanks to the Camry, the headlines this year have been quite a bit different to last. Even though the Camry remains the best selling car so far in 2013 and its volume has increased year-on-year, it has lost market share due to the 20-percent sales explosion in the midsize segment. That means people are buying more of the competitor offerings like the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion – the Altima, in fact, outsold the Camry by 100 units in March.

In July it was reported that Toyota was upping Camry incentives and fleet sales to keep its lead and that dealer inventory was climbing as, again, competitors got better at fighting the champion. In August Ford doubled down on production of the Fusion, adding a line in Flat Rock, MI to keep up with demand.

Bloomberg has a report looking at the numbers behind the Camry’s dominance, as well as what appears to be a recorded group interview with Toyota USA CEO Jim Lentz, and wonders aloud whether the Camry will be able to hold its top spot in 2014. Barring catastrophe it has this year locked up, being more than 30,000 sales ahead of the next-best seller as of the end of August, but it has done so with higher incentives and lower transaction prices than its competitors. According to Strategic Vision the Camry’s consideration rate among consumers has also declined by a percentage point, while the consideration rate for the Accord and Fusion has increased by one point and two points, respectively.

Analysts, and Toyota, cite better competitor products as well as the fact that the Camry is a year older than any of them to explain what’s happening, but a year from now the three major competitors won’t be as new either, and Toyota knows a thing or two about moving cars. Still, the Camry has been number one for 15 of the past 16 years, its only second-place blip coming in 2001, so it’s way early to be talking about the fall of the champion. Stay tuned, and have a listen to Lentz’s comments on the position and the fight ahead in the interview below.

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