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Several months back we posted an epic Top 10 list highlighting some of the priciest, most opulent and downright ludicrous pickups available on the market. Vehicles like the Cadillac Escalade EXT and Harley-Davidson F-150 are but a couple of the high-brow haulers we featured. Those vehicles – and we hesitate to call them trucks – are so over the top they spill into luxury-car territory.
After reports of the next-generation Nissan Titan being delayed with a possibility of not bowing until 2014, it appears the Japanese automaker is still several years away from debuting its new trucks.
Nissan had hoped a new Titan would be on the market by now, but Chrysler‘s bankruptcy and subsequent Fiat takeover caused a deal on the next-generation Titan to break down. The Japanese automaker had its design and engineering team working on a Nissan-branded Ram 1500 but unfortunately that will never see the light of day.
The engineers have, however, worked on evolving the Titan’s frame when building the new range of NV vans but plenty more work still has to be done on the new Titan. One source said that the new Titan is still “a couple of years” away, which puts it still on schedule for a 2014 release as previously mentioned.
The new Frontier however is further behind than the Titan and will probably remain a body-on-frame vehicle, which means the third-generation Xterra will also be body-on-frame.
[Source: Car & Driver]
Owners of Nissan’s 2005-2010 Pathfinders, Frontiers and Xteras are experiencing failures to their automatic transmissions because radiator coolant is leaking into the system. The radiator cooler tanks are rupturing, which forces the coolant into the transmission through the transmission cooler lines. Nissan has offered an extended warranty for the radiators, but the coverage only applies to vehicles with fewer than 80,000 miles.
Owners are upset that Nissan didn’t notify them about the radiator problem. “The issue here is that Nissan knew that they had a faulty radiator and instead of recalling the radiator they extended the warranty knowing that the majority of the cars would surpass 80,000 miles before they started having problems with the transmission,” wrote Eva Saldivar of Porterville, California, in her complaint to the Center for Auto Safety. Her 2005 Pathfinder had 115,000 miles when she had to pay about $6,000 for repairs. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has at least 200 complaints regarding this transmission issue and the Center for Auto Safety has around 50 complaints.
In October, Nissan extended the warranty on the radiators of 2005-2010 Frontiers, Pathfinders and Xterras from three years or 36,000 miles to eight years or 80,000 miles. Nissan said only “a small percentage” of vehicles might experience the coolant-leak problem, which it blames on “an internal crack on the oil cooler tube”.
Clarence Ditlow, the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety said an investigation is warranted because owners are reporting safety-related problems, like rapid slowing or the inability to safely cross an intersection.
No official investigation or recall has been announced.
[Source: New York Times]
Nissan and Infiniti are operating at very different sales levels because of the March natural disasters that struck Japan. Nissan’s sales increased 6 percent in July over July 2010 to 77,191 cars and trucks but Infiniti’s sales slumped, declining 24 percent to 7,410.
Nissan North America’s combined sales increased 3 percent to 84,601 units, which was 1 percent stronger than the industry wide rise. Infiniti’s July sales drop was the brand’s second steep decline in two months, caused entirely by production and inventory interruptions in Japan. All Infiniti production takes place in Japan, and sales of every vehicle in its lineup fell due to inventory issues. The Nissan Altima, which is made in the US, rose by more than 3,000 units in July, increasing sales by 17 percent and Frontier sales also improved by 22 percent as consumers look to smaller trucks because of high fuel prices.
[Source: Automotive News]
All the cool kids are getting tattoos – just look at the Cube, Juke and Frontier. The latest car to jump on the body art bandwagon is the 2012 Ford Focus, giving owners a quick and affordable way to personalize their car.
With over 200 vinyl wrap tattoos available, ranging from geometric patterns and racing stripes to whimsical splashes and swirls, you can choose what tattoo best suits your individuality at www.fordcustomgraphics.com.
“Millennials have a very personalized, artistic side to their lifestyle, and their vehicle is a very important part of that,” said KC Dallia, Focus brand manager. “With its striking front end, sleek profile, dramatic rising beltline and athletic stance, the Focus provides the perfect canvas for customization.”
And Ford has done their homework. According to research, about four in 10 Millennials have at least one tattoo, with Generation-Xers bringing up the rear at 32 percent. So, it’s fairly safe to say that the next logical step in the world of tattooing would extend to your car.
For those interested in getting a tattoo for their 2012 Focus, you can stick one on for $120 to $470, and unlike that arm band tat, this one can be easily removed in a couple of years when you tire of it. The tattoos are made with 3M Scotchprint Personalized Vehicle Graphic Film as well as a clear graphic protection layer. And don’t worry about sticking them on, because they come professionally installed at Ford dealerships and come with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty.