Rumored Nissan Xterra Extinction

Nissan XterraNissan Xterra fans may be disappointed in the near future. According to Edmunds, the SUV has been suffering from decreased sales numbers for quite some time, and vice president of product planning for Nissan Americas, Pierre Loing, expressed possible plans to replace the rugged, all-purpose vehicle within the next year.

Alongside the challenge of low sales compared to its more popular Nissan siblings, Loing told Edmunds that the Xterra’s sole and exclusive presence in the US market also makes it a difficult sell as brands are moving more and more toward a focus on world-wide-available vehicles.

Known for its iconic aluminum roof rack and serious off-roading capability, the Xterra may be losing popularity simply because of its 16 miles per gallon fuel rating. Customers want fuel efficiency, and the Xterra does not deliver in this department unfortunately which may be the cause of the rumored Nissan Xterra extinction.

Take a look at out our Xterras before it’s too late!

2014 Nissan Rogue Will Have Three Rows

2014 Nissan RogueThere’s no denying that Nissan has been on fire this year, with all-new versions of the Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra, and Versa Note. We have already been blown away by these changes, but who could forget the Rogue? After all, it’s the second-best selling Nissan model in the US. We are excited to announce this second-generation SUV will receive a third row with seating capability for seven. But don’t expect this to make the Rogue feel smaller. Not only do the back and middle rows fold flat for storage, but so does the front passenger seat.

A light, airy redesign makes the cabin inside feel larger, but measurement-wise the new Rogue is only marginally larger than its previous model. The engine will be a four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque, and will be available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive. Front-wheel models are expected to hit 33 mpg highway.

The new 2014 Nissan Rogue production will be moved to Smyrna, Tennessee, and believe it or not, Nissan is already taking pre-orders at its website. What do you think about the new 2014 Rogue? Do you think the larger capacity makes it more family friendly?

Nissan GT-R Racers Comically Pre-Occupied

2013 Nissan GT-RNissan boasts that the GT-R is not just any old supercar—it’s “the supercar”. As one of the very fastest cars available on the market for the modern driver, the GT-R is a beautiful combination of unbridled muscle, prized Nissan technology, and unique character.

Part of the marvel and praise associated with the Nissan GT-R is its perfect balance of power and control. Despite incredibly high 500+ horsepower, the GT-R is known for superb handling. However, not all critics deem this a good thing, arguing curtly that the car pretty much drives itself.

YouTube’s That Racing Channel decided to answer those criticisms with a particularly entertaining video which we’ve included below. The video features two GT-R drivers engaging in a race during which both are pre-occupied, to say the least. As the cars speed forward on perfectly straight paths, the drivers play handheld video games, eat over-stuffed sandwiches, catch naps, and even shave.

Obviously, this method of driving is not recommended or realistic, but the video is definitely worth a watch, especially for those of us that appreciate the GT-R in all its glory! Check it out for a good laugh, and come visit us at James Ceranti Nissan!

Self-Driving Nissans in 2020

Self-Driving NissansNissan is getting a lot of attention from auto industry fans and tech gurus alike with a recent announcement promising autonomous vehicles by 2020. Yes, it’s what it sounds like. Autonomous, as in self-driving. Self-driving, as in sit back, and enjoy the ride.

In a recent press release, Nissan guaranteed market introduction of Autonomous Drive technology by 2020. In the report, CEO Carlos Ghosn explains that Nissan’s confidence in meeting that deadline stems from success in establishing the LEAF as the world’s top-selling zero-emission EV. “Now I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, Autonomous Drive, by 2020, and we are on track to realize it,” Ghosn claimed.

Bearing in mind that over 90% of car accidents are the result of human error, the prospect of a self-driving vehicle is extremely attractive. Nissan’s press release illuminates the grim details, noting that more than six million crashes occur in the United States per year. In fact, car accidents are the leading killer of Americans from the ages of four to 34.

Therein lies Nissan’s motivation. As long as humans control cars, there will be collisions and accidents. No matter how hard we try, we’ll never be perfect. Nissan is planning to effectively reduce the necessary amount of input from the driver to help us stay safe on the road.

Nissan is currently working with the brilliant minds at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, and many other universities and institutions known for their technological prowess. According to the press release, testing grounds with real road conditions and geographic configurations are being constructed in Japan, and production and testing have been initialized to explore the strengths and limitations of current tech specs.

The future of transportation is right around the corner! Until then, we’ll keep driving our Nissans ourselves—come find the perfect one for you at James Ceranti Nissan!