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    2013 Nissan NV200 goes after Transit Connect

    Nissan is expanding the company’s commercial offerings with its new NV200 Compact Cargo Van. On display at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, the NV200 is positioned just below Nissan’s mammoth NV Cargo, and should offer buyers a more efficient work vehicle with plenty of interior room. Despite its pint sized powertrain, the van should be able to haul around 1,500 pounds, and its low floor will likely make for easy loading and unloading.

    At 186.2 inches long, the NV200 is a full 54.2 inches shorter than its bigger brother while offering 123 cubic feet of cargo area, though Nissan says the NV200 can still accommodate a standard 40×48 inch pallet.

    The company hasn’t released any pricing details, beyond saying the NV200 will be competitive with other commercial vehicles in this segment. That probably means the 2013 NV200 will land somewhere in the neighborhood of $22,035, which is the MSRP of the Ford Transit Connect.

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    Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van Offers Efficient Packaging with a Large Cargo Space Within a Small Footprint

    Latest Addition to the Nissan Commercial Vehicle Lineup Combines Innovative Ease of Use and Smart Design While Minimizing Cost of Ownership all new Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Van, which makes its North American debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, is set to join the growing lineup of Nissan Commercial Vehicles in early 2013 at 300 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealerships nationwide. The NV200 follows the full size Nissan NV Cargo, introduced in spring 2011, and the recently announced full size Nissan NV Passenger that goes on sale this spring. The Nissan NV200 provides a new entry point for current cargo van and small pickup buyers looking for a compact, efficient alternative to their larger, less fuel efficient vehicles.

    “There is an increasing need for a ‘right sized’ van that optimizes cargo space while offering the best possible fuel economy and an affordable price the exact sweet spots of the innovative new Nissan NV200,” said Joe Castelli, vice president, Nissan Commercial Vehicles and Fleet. “Businesses today, both large and small, are also looking for vehicles that represent their brands in the best light smart, innovative, and professional. NV200 does tha lululemon australia t and much more.”

    While new to North America, the Nissan NV200 compact van is already in use in more than 40 countries around the world, receiving acclaim from both users and media alike for its optimal functionality and smart design. It won the 2010 International Van of the Year award in Europe, the 2010 Commercial Delivery Van (CDV) of the Year in China, and the 2011 Universal Design Award from Universal Design GMbH, a German organization dedicated to promoting the convergence of design and the emerging importance of customer needs. NV200 has also established a presence as the strong segment leader in Japan with a wide ranging lineup that includes a taxi version.

    “Our global success provides a great foundat lululemon australia ion for the North American version, which we know will become an essential tool for business,” added Castelli.

    High Volume in a Small Footprint, Exceptional Ease of Use

    As the next “innovation for business,” NV200 offers a large cargo capacity of 123 cubic feet (estimated using SAE J1100 rev 2009) with a small exterior footprint. Unique for North America, the NV200 body has been extended 7.9 inches (200 mm) versus the models sold in other global markets. This longer body length offers additional cargo carrying capability for North American customers.

    Measuring just 186.2 inches in overall length, on a 115.2 inch wheelbase, NV200 is highly maneuverable in traffic and negotiating city parking spaces. Yet it allows for a 1,500 pound (estimated) maximum payload. 40×48 inch pallets. Added utility is provided by the standard integrated mounting points, which allow installation of racks and shelves without drilling into the sidewalls, and six available floor mounted lululemon australia cargo hooks in the cargo area.

    NV200’s exterior design features a Nissan signature front grille, aerodynamic front end design, and functional cabin design. The large body side includes low effort dual sliding side doors and large areas for business signage and graphics. In the rear, NV200 features tall 40/60 split opening doors with dual opening positions (90 and 180 degrees). The low floor height and tall interior cargo height aid easy loading and unloading. Other exterior features include halogen headlights, durable black front and rear bumpers, and outside mirrors with wide angle spotter mirrors and available heated function.

    “In many ways, choosing a new work van is like finding a new business partner. Beyond the basic necessities, it must instill trust that it can alwa lululemon australia ys get the job done and that you are comfortable with for many years,” said Castelli. “In that regard, along with the innovative cargo area features, NV200’s interior is designed to offer comfort and convenience day in and day out.”

    The driver focused cockpit includes both comfort and functional features. The driver’s seat is 6 way adjustable with manual lumbar and armrest and is designed for durability with outboard vinyl wear patches. NV200 offers “Mobile Office” functionality with a center console featuring laptop/hanging file folder storage, pen/pencil tray, CD holder, and dual cupholders. Recessed storage areas are provided on the upper instrument panel for folders and documents. In addition the passenger seat folds down to serve as a worktop or extends the cargo space for hauling longer items.

    Power windows with auto up/down are standard. A 12 volt power outlet on the instrument panel is standard, along with an available 12 volt power point in rear of center console. The engine is matched with a responsive and efficient Xtronic CVT transmission.

    The suspension utilizes independent struts and stabilizer bar in front and a leaf spring design in the rear. Front disc/rear drum brakes with Anti Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) are standard, along with electric power assisted steering and 15 inch steel wheels mounted with 185/60R15 high load all season tires.

    “The Nissan NV200 is designed as a durable work tool, with features such as the seating wear patches, low effort sliding side doors and wide opening rear doors,” adds Castelli. “And since we fully understand how vans like this are used in business, it’s also a very pleasant vehicle to drive and use as a mobile office.”

    One other key element of NV200, built in from the earliest planning, is low total cost of ownership. The 2013 Nissan NV200 will have a competitive price, excellent fuel efficiency, and reduced upfitting costs (due to the standard integrated mounting points), all of which will provide business owners with a low total cost of ownership.

    Two Well Equipped Models

    Two well equipped models are available, Nissan NV200 S and Nissan NV200 SV in a choice of five exterior colors, matched with a gray cloth interior.

    In addition to the long list of standard features on the NV200 S, the SV model adds power heated outside mirrors, power door locks with auto locking feature, remote keyless entry with two key fobs, cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls, rear cargo floor mat, additional 12V power point in the rear of the center console, six floor mounted cargo hooks in the cargo area, and full wheel covers.

    Several option packages will be available, including rear door glass; an Exterior Appearance Package with body color bumpers, door handles and outside mirrors and chrome grille; Bluetooth Hands free Phone System; and a Technology Package with Nissan Navigation System, RearView Monitor and XM Satellite Radio (XM subscription required, sold separately).

    The new Nissan NV200 will be manufactured in Cuernavaca, Mexico and available through a select network of certified Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers nationwide.


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    2013 Nissan Leaf named

    Life can be good in a 2013 Nissan lululemon australia Leaf, even when you’re crashing one. The all electric five seater from Nissan, which is enjoying surging sal lululemon australia es this year, has now received the top safety rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

    The Leaf joined the Nissan Altima and Infiniti M37/M56 on Nissan’s stable on the 2013 Top Safety Picks list (which includes a heap of other vehicles) by getting “good” ratings in front, side, rollover and rear crash tests. Among safety related goodies in the Leaf are its front and side airbags, sensored seat belts and traction control systems for EV drivers looking to get squirrely.

    Ever since Nissan cut the price of the US version by $6,400, to a base of $28,800, Leaf sales through the first four months of the year more than doubled from a year earlier to 5,476 units. Check out Nissan’s press release below.

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    Nissan LEAF joins the Nissan Altima and Infiniti M as Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2013 Top Safety Picks

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ Now in its third model year, the highly innovative, industry leading Nissan LEAF pure electric vehicle added another award lululemon australia to its trophy case with the Insuran lululemon australia ce Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick” designation, which recognizes vehicles for excellent performance in four passenger safety tests.

    The LEAF achieved the Institute’s highest rating of “Good” in front, side, rollover and rear crash tests. Nissan LEAF joins Nissan Altima and Infiniti M37/M56 on the list of 2013 Top Safety Picks.

    “Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan and the ‘Top Safety Pick’ designation by IIHS reflects the design and innovation that have gone into this car to make it a practical, no compromise electric vehicle,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of electric vehicle sales and marketing. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS) are also standard on all LEAF models.

    “The IIHS ‘Top Safety Pick’ recognition speaks to the ‘zone body construction’ design from Nissan’s Safety Shield Concept to help protect occupants in a wide variety of crash scenarios,” said Robert Yakushi, Nissan director of product safety.

    About Nissan

    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 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.9 million vehicles in 2012, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ( $US118.95 billion) in fiscal 2011. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. 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 2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

    About Nissan North America

    In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing.

    SOURCE Nissan North America, Inc. Everything can be in the perfect spot. As you’re riding it, you can’t tell it’s there. Nobody that rides my bikes has problems handling it or ever mentions the weight distribution being off. Yeah, the torque does make up for the weight. The fact that you’re not constantly shifting or losing 10 15% of your power to a transmission + differential helps too!


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    2013 Nissan Leaf changes include lower

    For the new model year, Nissan is applying lessons learned from two years of selling the Leaf electric vehicle and seeing what the competition is doing to offer a lower price trim line as well as faster charging and new, upper level options.

    The 2013 Nissan Leaf line grows from two trim lines the SV and SL to include the new, lower cost S grade. Precisely what that lower price is, has not yet been revealed, but we think that information might come out at the Detroit Auto Show next week. What we do know is that the reduced price is due, in part, to domestic production. Instead of shipping every Leaf from Japan, Nissan has started making the EV and its batteries in Smyrna, TN, as you can see in the video below.

    To keep up with faster charging competitors like the Ford Focus Electric, the Leaf is finally getting a 6.6 kW onboard charger. This has been expected for a long while, and it’s most w lululemon australia elcome because it will cut the time it takes to charge the Leaf in half, down to four hours from empty to 80 percent full. This will be standard on the SL and SV trims. The Leaf S will use a 3.6 kW charger unless you spring for the 6.6 kW option. These updates and others mean expected increases to the vehicle’s range, but that number will have to wait until closer to when the 2013 Leaf goes on sale later this year.

    Nissan also says the 2013 Leaf has better regenerative brakes and some refined touches like “leather appointed seating” and new exterior colors. There is also a new “B” drive mode for harsher regen braking and an “available hybrid heater system” for better heat in cold weather. You can read more about it below.

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    2013 NISSAN LEAF OFFERS NEW ENTRY LEVEL “S” GRADE, IMPROVED EFFICIENCY AND GREATLY REDUCED CHARGING TIME17 inch Aluminum Alloy Wheels and New Exterior Colors in its third model year, the highly innovative, industry leading Nissan LEAF pure electric vehicle features an extensive list of important enhancements for 2013. Importantly, LEAF is now assembled in the United States at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn. assembly plant, with battery production taking place right next door in the country’s largest lithium ion automotive battery plant.

    Changes to the 2013 Nissan LEAF start with improved energy efficiency due to refined aerodynamics, a wider range of regenerative braking, improved energy management and a newly available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time nearly in half to approximately four hours for full charge. In addition, a new lower priced entry level LEAF S grade joins the previous SV and SL grades, while an array of feature enhancements are added to the LEAF SL grade, including leather appointed seating and 17 inch aluminum alloy wheels. Also, three new option packages are available offering advanced systems such as Around View Monitor and 7 speaker Bose energy efficient audio.

    Due to efficiency improvements, the 2013 Nissan LEAF is expected to offer improved range, with testing on the EPA test cycle to be announced closer the vehicle’s on sale date.

    Said Nissan Division Vice President and General Manager Al Castignetti: “The refinements and enhancements for 2013 hit at the core of customer requests during LEAF’s first two years available features providing quicker charging, improved range expectations and the ability to fine tune the equipment levels to exact owner needs, whether they desire fewer standard features for an even more affordable car or more luxury amenities like leather appointed seating and premium audio.”Other 2013 model year additions include an available hybrid heat lululemon australia er system that provides superior cold weather performance while consuming less energy; a new available “B” drive mode that increases regenerative braking during deceleration; and a new charge port light and lock, with a charge port door release button added to the intelligent key fob.

    Enhanced interior features range from a standard leather wrapped steering wheel to a new black interior color and sun visor extensions. Rear cargo space has been increased to 24 cubic feet with the 2nd row seat upright by relocating the onboard charger to the front of the vehicle. There is 30 cubic feet of cargo space with the standard 60/40 split rear seat folded down.

    EV IT improvements for 2013 include a new “Eco route” feature added to the available navigation system that includes suggested power saving alternative routes plus Google local search, Pandora link for iPhone and iPod cover art. The new Google Places search function allows LEAF owners to look for area restaurants, shops and other points of interest and browse user reviews using Google’s POI database to get the most up to date information at all times.

    “When we launched the Nissan LEAF two years ago our desire was to offer surprising acceleration performance and a quiet, refined interior with room for five adults and their cargo all in a vehicle that is fully electric, produces zero carbon emissions and with a range that would satisfy the daily needs of most drivers,” said Castignetti. “Having met and exceeded those original goals, we’ve now enhanced nearly every aspect of LEAF for 2013 extending its appeal to an even wider audience just as we’ve started local assembly and local production if our batteries and electric motors.”

    A Dedicated EV Platform, Innovative Battery Design

    The front wheel drive LEAF again uses a dedicated EV platform with batteries housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight distribution. Dimens lululemon australia ionally, the Nissan LEAF falls in between the Nissan Altima and Nissan Versa, and like those vehicles provides room for five adults and a good sized cargo area. Placing the batteries in the floor of the vehicle provides optimum weight distribution to help enhance handling and allows for five passenger seating by not intruding into the cabin space. LEAF’s 24 kWh lithium ion (Li ion) battery is comprised of 48 compact modules of four cells each (192 cells total), which allows a high degree of packaging flexibility. The batteries are designed to maximize drive time and minimize lululemon australia charging time.

    The battery was developed by the Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), a joint venture of Nissan and NEC. Unlike conventional cylindrical batteries, the thin, compact laminated cells offer more flexibility in design applications. The battery powers a high response 80kW AC synchronous motor, rated at 107 horsepower and 187 lb ft of torque, which drives the front wheels through a single speed reducer. Unlike a conventional internal combustion engine, LEAF has 100 percent of its torque available from start, delivering smooth, consistent acceleration and the driving feel similar to a conventional V6 engine.

    The Nissan LEAF offers a number of charging options. A charge port is located in the front body for the 220V charger and portable trickle charge cable (110V). A charge port light and lock has been added for 2013. The available Quick Charge Port (standard on SL, optional on S, SV) allows charging to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes at public charging stations using a DC fast charger. There is also a standard photovoltaic solar panel spoiler on SL models, which supports charging of the 12 volt battery for vehicle accessories.

    For 2013, LEAF SV and SL grades feature a new 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time nearly in half to approximately 4 hours for a full charge. The system is optionally available on the LEAF S, which in standard form will utilize a 3.6 kW onboard charger. All LEAF models come with a standard portable trickle charge cable.

    Said Castignetti: “Being able to 80 percent recharge the LEAF battery in approximately four hours gives owners tremendous flexibility, such as recharging while going to dinner and a movie, attending a sporting event or spending a half day at the office.”

    The 2013 Nissan LEAF again uses an independent strut suspension with stabilizer bar in front and a torsion beam rear suspension with integrated stabilizer bar. Responsive steering is provided by a vehicle speed sensitive electric power steering system.

    Braking is provided by power assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc brakes with Anti lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. LEAF’s standard regenerative braking system helps increase range. By applying the brakes or reducing speed by letting off the accelerator, the electric motor acts as an electric generator, converting energy that would otherwise be wasted into battery energy. The new “B mode” (SV and SL grades) allows the driver to engage an even more aggressive level of regenerative braking while decelerating, such as when going down hills. The “B mode” is in addition to the normal and Eco drive modes. The Eco mode increases regenerative braking, assists in limiting motor output and reduces HVAC power output.

    “The Nissan LEAF has an advantage in that braking force is used to re power the battery, thereby improving its energy efficiency,” said Castignetti.

    Because Nissan LEAF does not have an internal combustion engine, Nissan has incorporated an “Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians” system, which is designed to alert pedestrians that a vehicle is approaching. When driving at low speeds, the system emits a sound from a speaker at the front of the vehicle. When the vehicle’s speed reaches 19 mph, pedestrians are able to hear the car moving and the “approaching sound” automatically turns off. If the vehicle speed drops below 16 mph, the sound comes on again.