Nissan Titan XD Named 2015 Truck of Texas

2016 Nissan Titan XD

The new diesel 2016 Nissan Titan XD was named the 2015 Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association, which holds the Texas Truck Rodeo once a year to determine the best trucks of the year. The 2016 Titan XD hasn’t even been released yet, but Nissan chose to include it in the 2015 Rodeo, and it definitely paid off.

The Texas Truck Rodeo took place outside San Antonio this year in the state with the most truck drivers in the US, and the new diesel Titan XD outstripped every other truck in terms of efficiency, power, handling, and a variety of other criteria.

The winning Titan XD has a 5-liter V8 turbo-diesel engine, which won the best powertrain award in addition to helping the Titan win the Truck of Texas award. Two other Titans also won the award, including the Pro-4X, which took the best off-road category, and the Titan XD Platinum Reserve, which won best luxury pickup.

New Diesel Engine Makes New Nissan Pickup a Winner

There’s a new Nissan pickup truck in town—well, technically only if that town is Detroit or Los Angeles, but no matter. The point is that this new version of the Titan, officially called the Nissan Titan XD, has what it takes to mark a big impact in the crowded full-size truck market. The credit for the truck’s improvement can be credited to one specific area—the car’s improved powertrain.

This new generation of the Titan is powered by a 5.0L Cummins diesel engine, a V8 beast that gives drivers the most in terms of both performance and efficiency on the new truck market. Nissan is hoping that this new Titan, complete with a diesel engine, will improve the sales efforts for the brand here in America. The Titan, which has been sporting a bright yellow exterior on display the North American International Auto Show, is fully redesigned, so it’s not just the engine that is improved.

The new truck also features LED headlights and taillights, heated and cooled front seats, and even a special new bird’s eye view camera. The camera makes it easier to park, see clearly behind you, and much more. Come see us here at Bates Nissan to learn more about the all-new Nissan Titan XD and its brand new diesel engine!

Nissan’s Canton Plant Now Supports More Than 6,000 Manufacturing Jobs

2015 Nissan Murano

Nissan opened 1,300 new jobs at its Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant to help support production of the new Murano, including 400 new supplier jobs.

This is the first time Nissan will manufacture a global product at the facility, which already builds eight other vehicles alongside it. The move is part of Nissan’s goal to build where it sells—the current objective is targeting 85% of the vehicles it sells in the United States produced in North America by 2015.

Since its opening in 2003, Nissan has invested nearly $2.8 billion in the Nissan Canton plant and grown it to support more than 6,000 manufacturing jobs. It is currently responsible for the manufacturing of the Altima, Armada, Titan, Frontier, Xterra, and NV, all of which you can find here at Bates Nissan.

“Since I started with Nissan 11 years ago I’ve watched this plant grow, and I’ve had the opportunity to work on some of Nissan’s most popular vehicles,” said Christina Doss, Nissan Canton technician and member of the Murano launch team. “It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come, and now that we’re producing the Murano here, I get to tell friends and family that I work on vehicles that are shipped around the world.”

Project Titan Heads to Alaska

When it comes to tackling the Alaskan wilderness, you need the ultimate adventure vehicle and that is what Nissan created in Project Titan – with the help of their Facebook fans. Nissan let its fans vote on 10 aspects of the truck, including the camo-inspired wrap, accessory LED lighting, a NISMO cold-air intake, and more.

Project Titan is officially completed and now two Wounded Warrior Project alumni are taking the well-equipped truck into the wilderness to see how much it can handle. Army veteran David Guzman will be joined by his friend Kevin McMahon, a 31-year military veteran.

“The robust Titan serves as a great starting point for an adventure of this magnitude. With the help of Nissan’s Facebook fan base, Project Titan is fully equipped for the Alaskan Frontier,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S, in a statement. “I’m very much looking forward to following the Wounded Warrior Project team as they make their way through Alaska behind the wheel of Project Titan. This is the trip of a lifetime, and these veterans have all the essentials in this custom Nissan Titan to tackle many of the challenges the great wilderness will send their way throughout the journey.”

Nissan will post pictures and videos of their journey on the Nissan Trucks Facebook page. Did you participate in choosing the design for Project Titan? Head over to Bates Nissan and find a Nissan Titan for yourself to create your own adventure vehicle.

Frontier and Titan Make List of Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks

2014 Nissan Titan | Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks

The 2014 Nissan Titan was named one of Edmunds most fuel-efficient trucks of 2014.

It used to be if you owned a truck that could tow anywhere near 9,500 pounds or offered a versatile interior large enough to store all of your cargo, fuel efficiency was one of those factors you just didn’t discuss. That is now a thing of the past. According to Edmunds’ list of the Top 9 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks for 2014, it’s possible to have it all: Nissan’s Frontier and Titan deliver the performance, the style, and the fuel economy necessary to get the job done.

Edmunds compiled the list of gas-only trucks using the official ratings as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Nissan Frontier took the second place ranking with a combined EPA rating of 23 miles per gallon. The 2014 Titan sealed the list at number nine with 15 mpg combined.

“People have associated pickup trucks with low gas mileage for many years, but we’re defeating that stereotype,” said Vice President Dan Mohnke, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “We’ve worked hard to produce pickups that not only provide excellent towing capability and ample cargo space, but also impressive fuel efficiency. This recognition by Edmunds validates our efforts to make fuel efficiency a priority across all platforms, from sedans to pickups.”

You can find both of these capable trucks in stock here at Bates Nissan.