FRANKLIN, Tenn. – As we look forward to 2014, here we look back on 10 memorable moments in 2013. From launching new vehicles to achieving record sales, this was a busy year. Here's to another successful year in 2014 for everyone. Have a safe and happy holiday, from all of us at Nissan.
Dec. 3, 2013? Nissan Sets November U.S. Sales Record with 10.7% Increase
Consumers continue to show strong demand for Nissan products, as shown by November sales. Nissan established a November U.S. sales record with 106,528 total deliveries, marking an increase of 10.7% over last year's total of 96,197. Nissan Division set a November record with 93,376 deliveries, a 10.8% increase over the prior year. Nissan Division has sold 1,035,439 vehicles so far in 2013, up 10.7% and exceeding the total for all of 2012.
"Consumers' strong demand for Nissan products continued last month, culminating in a very good Black Friday weekend and driving our sales performance to an all-time record November," said Fred Diaz, divisional vice president, Sales and Marketing and Service and Parts, Nissan U.S.A. "Nissan has achieved record sales in eight out of 11 months in 2013 and with more than 1 million units sold, we have already outsold all of 2012."
Oct. 29, 2013 ?New York Proclaims "Hail Yes!" as First Nissan NV200 Taxi Hits the Streets of Manhattan
A new era in public transportation has begun with the Nissan NV200 taxi now in service on the streets of New York City. The meter on the first NV200 taxi fare officially kicked-off at JFK International Airport in October, dropping its inaugural passenger near 13th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan. Mr. Ranjit Singh, an owner/operator of Medallion No. 7F20, took delivery of his NV200 taxi from Koeppel Nissan in Queens.
Eight Nissan dealerships in the New York City region now have the NV200 taxi available for purchase by New York City medallion owners. These major milestones mark the next phase in Nissan's commitment to deliver the most innovative, custom-designed taxi experience ever to the more than 600,000 people who ride in New York City taxicabs every day.
Sep. 10, 2013? All-New 2014 Nissan Rogue Makes U.S. Debut
Nissan debuted the all-new 2014 Nissan Rogue compact-utility vehicle, the company's second best-selling model in the U.S. and one of a family of new Nissan global compact crossovers. The European version, called the Nissan X-TRAIL, made its world debut during a press conference at the Frankfurt Motor Show. As a high-volume global growth product built on the new jointly developed Nissan/Renault Common Module Family (CMF) platform architecture, it is projected to be available in 190 countries around the world.
Aug. 27, 2013? Nissan Announces Unprecedented Autonomous Drive Benchmarks
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced that the company will be ready with multiple, commercially viable Autonomous Drive vehicles by 2020. Nissan announced that the company's engineers have been carrying out intensive research on the technology for years, alongside teams from the world's top universities, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Tokyo.
Aug. 26, 2013? Nissan to Boost Americas Production Capacity to More Than 2 Million Units in 2014
By early 2014, Nissan's production capacity will eclipse two million units in the Americas, driven by recently added capacity at its U.S. plants, as well as new facilities in Mexico and Brazil.
In response to strong growth opportunities throughout the region and in an effort to isolate the company from volatility in global currencies, Nissan is rapidly expanding its manufacturing footprint in the Americas region with an investment of more than $5 billion USD in new plants and increased production volumes. To support this aggressive growth and expansion, the company is adding more than 10,000 jobs across the region, with much of the hiring complete or underway.
Aug. 20, 2013? A New Engine Choice Coming with the Next-Generation Nissan Titan
Nissan announced it will offer a newly developed Cummins V8 turbo-diesel engine in its next-generation full-size pickup. The news came during Nissan 360, an industry showcase of Nissan's global product and technology portfolio.
"The fact that we've been working on this together for a period of time, we've had the time to really do it right," said Ric Kleine, Vice President of Cummins, Inc.
The 5.0-liter V8 turbo-diesel engine emerged from a partnership between Nissan and Cummins. It's now in the latter stages of development and testing. Cummins also is developing a version of the engine for its commercial vehicle customers.
Aug. 20, 2013? Nissan Motor Company Celebrates 80 Years, Unveils Power of Global Footprint
Nissan Motor Company marked its 80th anniversary with "Nissan 360," a month-long showcase of the latest breakthroughs in vehicle technology, sustainability and market expansion by one of the world's leading automotive groups.
The full lineup of Infiniti vehicles was on display, journalists experienced Nissan cars on a performance track, trucks were put through their paces on an adventure course, and the Datsun GO made the trip to Southern California from India where it recently launched – as well as other vehicles representing the global marketplace.
Jul. 24, 2013? Nissan LEAF Soars in Atlanta as the 100,000th Electric Vehicle for Renault-Nissan Alliance is Sold
Nissan's all-electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, is selling at historic rates in new cities throughout the U.S. Atlanta is now the third biggest market for LEAF sales, with more than 700 LEAFs sold in the last few months.
Atlanta is also the city where the Renault-Nissan Alliance sold its 100,000th electric vehicle. Allison Howard bought this LEAF just two and a half years after Nissan launched the industry's first mass-market electric vehicle in December 2010.
"It's economical. It is something I could afford as a college student. It drives perfectly. It's so cool, and that's why I wanted to get a LEAF," said Howard.
Jun. 13, 2013 Versa Note on Sale with $13,990 Starting Price
The 2014 Nissan Versa Note, which went on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in June, is more than just the fourth all-new product to appear in Nissan showrooms in recent months (following the redesigns of Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra). It is also the dynamic next-generation of the vehicle that, combined with Versa Sedan, held the entry segment sales leadership for 20 consecutive months and 38 of the last 44 months.
Jan. 9, 2013? Nissan Begins U.S. Assembly of 2013 LEAF Electric Vehicle and Batteries
Nissan ramped up U.S. assembly of the 2013 model year all-electric LEAF at its manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tenn., where it is being manufactured alongside the company's gasoline-powered products.
The start of Nissan LEAF assembly in Smyrna comes on the heels of the opening of Nissan's battery plant in an adjacent facility. Nissan is the only automaker that manufactures its own electric vehicle batteries, at the largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in the U.S.