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QOTD: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Nissan?

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The information of Nissan’s current monetary hassle introduced consideration proper the place it must be: on lackluster product. In our most up-to-date reporting relating to Nissan’s gross sales woes, I used to be requested within the feedback whether or not I had any concepts for enchancment. Nicely that obtained me considering (and labored up), and it seems I do have concepts, they usually fall into three main classes.

Product

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First up is a culling of product. Nissan makes too many issues which are previous/noncompetitive/boring/dangerous/comparable. The next itemizing covers present fashions, and pares them down into a new lineup for 2023 or thereabouts:

Versa, Leaf, Sentra, Pulsar

Maxima, Altima

GT-R, 370Z Silvia

Kicks, Rogue Sport, Murano Rogue, Rogue Restricted

Pathfinder

Armada

NV200 NV NV3500

Frontier

Titan

Within the compact class, Sentra is out there in hatchback and sedan, entrance- and all-wheel drive, and standard, hybrid, and EV variations. There’s a WRX competitor (hatchback solely) referred to as Pulsar as a distinct mannequin providing. Maxima goes away, and Altima reaches larger with a Maxima trim. All-wheel drive is obtainable on mid- and Maxima trim Altimas. The outdated and pointless GT-R and 370Z coupes fade away, changed by the rear-drive, light-weight Silvia. Normal Silvia energy is a 2.0t and there’s a Silvia Okay’s with a 2.5t. The Silvia’s platform is a mild one, and is shared with a new Q60. The present FM platform is just too heavy, and goes away. Small and midsize CUV motion is glad by the best-recognized identify, Rogue. Lengthy-wheelbase Rogues are referred to as Rogue Restricted, and there’s an elective efficiency trim, SR. Pathfinder is reworked on a new Altima platform, and is not lame (extra under). All NV vans at the moment are the 3500, and bought in cargo and passenger variations. There’s nothing mistaken with the NV, however there’s no want for too many variants or the Chevrolet NV200. Frontier is new and is the worldwide Navarra, as a result of Nissan is aware of it is sensible to ship a trendy truck to a truck-glad market like North America. Titan goes away, because it’s an costly American-centric product which is a waste of cash and won’t compete with Toyota and even Honda.

Engineering

CVTs are banished in all however hybrid and EV Nissan choices. Transmissions throughout the road embrace six- and eight-velocity standard automatics, in addition to a six- or eight-velocity DCT for efficiency fashions. The VQ is not any extra, as its paint mixer sound and thirsty nature (three.5 and four.zero) haven’t any place even in 2019. Alternative mills embrace the two.zero and three.zero engine collection from Infiniti, with and with out turbochargers. Nissan was strangling its quantity automobiles with a view to prohibit its solely good engines to Infiniti, and that was a mistake. NV3500 and Armada use a new 5.7-liter V8, or diesel engines from overseas.

High quality

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The brand new Nissan builds high quality automobiles which drivers (not fleet corporations) truly need. Inside elements usually are not sourced from the bottom-high quality Mitsubishi provider. Paint end is not within the orange peel realm. Suspensions are tuned properly (like a Nineties Nissan), fairly than being excessively harsh for a fake “sporty” impact.

And there’s the basic define to save lots of Nissan’s disguise. On the decrease finish, Mitsubishi carries a budget junk for individuals with spotty credit. On the upper finish, Infiniti has automobiles which aren’t from 2008 or 2012. However these two have to be saved one other day. How would you save Nissan?

[Images: Nissan, Chris Tonn/TTAC]

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