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Nissan GT-R Track Edition set for U.S. debut at 2017 New York International Auto Show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Among Nissan GT-R enthusiasts, 2017 is turning out to be a milestone year. The model year started with a major makeover for both the GT-R Premium and GT-R NISMO – and caps off with the North American debut of the limited production GT-R Track Edition at the New York International Auto Show. The show runs April 14 - 23 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

As the third model in the GT-R lineup, the Track Edition occupies a unique position between the “T” (touring) and “R” (racing) sides of the GT-R equation. Designed to deliver a higher level of performance than the GT-R Premium, the Track Edition features elements of the flagship GT-R NISMO, though retaining the GT-R Premium model’s 565-horsepower engine rating (versus the GT-R NISMO’s 600-horsepower version). The new GT-R Track Edition has a starting MSRP1 of $127,990 and will be available late summer 2017 by order only at GT-R certified Nissan dealers nationwide.

“The new GT-R Track Edition gives buyers a specialized model, one true to GT-R heritage and available only by special order,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “Building on the major upgrade to every GT-R for 2017, the Track Edition is an amazing package inside, outside and under the skin.”

The new GT-R Track Edition’s performance-oriented features start with the body’s additional adhesive bonding (in addition to spot welding), which helps increase body shell rigidity versus the GT-R Premium model. Next, the advanced 4-wheel independent suspension receives unique NISMO tuning, with reduced weight and additional roll stiffness (versus GT-R Premium), as well as NISMO-spec tires.

Other standard equipment includes GT-R NISMO front fenders, 20-inch NISMO forged aluminum-alloy wheels and a special dry carbon-fiber rear spoiler2. Inside, the Track Edition interior includes a unique red and black color treatment with high-grip, motorsports-inspired Recaro® seats.

About the 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition
The 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition’s dynamic styling is both attractive and functional. The aggressive front end is dominated by the large Nissan signature “V-motion” grille, which provides enhanced engine cooling (versus the previous GT-R design) and features a matte chrome finish and an updated mesh pattern. The reinforced hood helps enhance stability during high speed driving. The use of adhesive bonding (in addition to spot welding) helps increase body shell rigidity for mounting of the NISMO-tuned suspension.

The GT-R Track Edition’s sporty red and black interior features standard leather-appointed Recaro® front bucket seats. The simplified switch layout includes just 11 switches, along with an 8-inch capacitive touch panel monitor. The standard steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters allow drivers to make mid-turn gear changes without taking their hands off the wheel.

The GT-R Track Edition also includes standard NissanConnectSM with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services, which allows users to use a smartphone to remotely lock or unlock the car doors, activate the alarm, summon emergency services or track the car if it is stolen (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately). Also standard is a RearView Monitor.

Like the 2017 GT-R Premium, the GT-R Track Edition offers a 565 horsepower hand-assembled twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine. Torque is rated at 467 lb-ft. A Titanium exhaust system is standard. All GT-R engines are hand-assembled from beginning to end in a special clean room by specially trained technicians known as Takumi, a process similar to racing powerplant construction. An aluminum plate is added to the front of each engine showing the name of the Takumi engine craftsman.

The standard Bose® audio sound system includes Active Noise Cancellation and Active Sound Enhancement technologies to filter out unwanted noise and retain excitement during spirited driving. Acoustic glass and targeted sound dampening help reduce the intrusion of wind and road noise into the GT-R Track Edition cabin.

The 2017 GT-R Track Edition’s refined powerplant is backed by an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which can be driver selected to shift at race car-like speeds. High performance differential oil, used in GT-R motorsports competition, is standard.

All 2017 Nissan GT-Rs are built on an exclusive Premium Midship platform, which enables the use of the unique independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system. This system places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, optimizing weight distribution and maximizing handling capability.

For more information on the 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition and the complete line of 2017 Nissan sedans, sports cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs, please visit NissanNews.com.

Hyundai Achieves Industry-Leading Improvement in Vehicle Dependability

It’s well known that Hyundai has been one of the top nameplates in initial quality for several years now. Today’s customers demand long term reliability as well—and that’s why it’s big news that Hyundai rose to sixth overall in the 2017 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), moving up 13 rank positions, for the brand’s best ranking ever.

The Vehicle Dependability Study measures the number of problems per 100 vehicles of three-year-old vehicles. For the 2017 study, the number of problems per 100 forHyundai vehicles declined by 25 points, a 16 percent improvement. By comparison, the industry average increased by four problems per 100 vehicles.

In addition, the Sonata was recognized by J.D. Power as it was awarded second place in the highly competitive Midsize Car category.

2018 Elantra GT: Sport Sedan Meets CUV!

What does “GT” mean to you? It stands for “Grand Touring” (or gran turismo, if you prefer a European flair). For you, GT can translate into “good times” because the all-new 2018 Elantra GT is a hot hatchback that delivers a unique mix of European style and sporty driving dynamics, combined with a spacious interior and advanced driver features, that make it appealing to customers shopping everything from a sport sedan to a small CUV.


When the Elantra GT arrives, this spring, your customers will have a choice, as there are now two models: the smooth-running 2.0-liter, 162-horsepower GT; and the more powerful and even more fun-to-drive GT Sport, which is a true hot hatch with its 1.6-liter turbo engine that delivers 201 peak horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque and comes teamed with a six-speed manual or seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Versatility has always been a strength of the Elantra GT, and this 2018 model continues that trend thanks to its clever ergonomics and spacious cargo area. With the rear seats folded, there’s 55.1 cubic feet of space—that’s 25.5% more than Ford Focus, 19.3% more than Honda Civic and 16.7% more than Chevy Cruze. With the rear seats up there’s nearly 25 cubic feet of storage space behind the seats. Now you understand why the Elantra GT is truly a viable alternative to a CUV. MORE FUN PER MILE!

One thing most CUVs do not offer—they’re not as much fun to drive as the Elantra GT. It features a stiff and strong body structure, and the handling characteristics were refined on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. And if your customers opt for the GT Sport,

the rear torsion-beam suspension is switched for a fully independent multi-link setup teamed with 18-in. alloy wheels and larger front and rear brake rotors.


The 2018 Elantra GT is available with a wide range of features that were previously not available in this class (and are still not available on all its competitors), such as Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Smart Cruise Control with stop/start capability, High Beam Assist and Attention Assist—plus, all Elantra GT models have seven standard airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag. Other highlights for the 2018 Elantra GT include: • Standard vertical LED daytime running lights • Standard 8-in. display audio with Apple® CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration • Available wireless smartphone charging • Available dual-zone climate control • Available high and low beam LED headlights • Remote starting with climate control • Blue Link® skill for Amazon Alexa The all-new 2018 Elantra GT —it’s not only Hyundai’s most versatile hatchback; it’s also designed to keep pace with the most active of lifestyles, making it the ideal vehicle for a wide range of your customers who are shopping sport sedans and CUVs.

GMC Introduces Modern, Bold Design on 2018 Terrain - Confident appearance, accommodating interior and turbo engines elevate new premium compact SUV!

DETROIT — GMC introduced the all-new 2018 Terrain and unveiled the next chapter of GMC design via a boldly styled and intelligently engineered successor to the brand’s popular compact SUV. The Terrain offers greater refinement and versatility to adapt to customers’ unique needs, and it’s packed with more available advanced safety technologies than ever before.

GMC offers customers the widest range of choices yet, with three all-new available turbocharged propulsion systems, including a new turbo-diesel. Two new efficiency-enhancing nine-speed automatic transmissions are matched with the gas engines — a first application for the GMC lineup.

Continuing the momentum of owning 25 percent of GMC’s overall retail sales, Denali returns to the Terrain with greater exclusivity than ever, offering a distinctive range-topping design and uniquely refined features.

“GMC’s strong growth over the past decade is due in large part to Terrain,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of global GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Terrain builds on that success, leveraging GMC’s proven premium SUV experience to shake up the largest vehicle segment, with a strong blend of design, functionality and engineering excellence.” 

The 2018 Terrain goes on sale this summer in SL, SLE, SLT and Denali models, maintaining the momentum created by the first-generation model, of which more than 700,000 have been sold in North America since it went on sale in 2009.  

Bold, modern design
The new Terrain’s bold exterior signals the next chapter of GMC’s design language, evolving the brand’s signature cues with stronger, sharper and more sculpted elements such as the grille and lighting features. Its shape was refined in the wind tunnel to help ensure the distinctive profile cuts through the air with optimal efficiency and quietness.

“It is a striking design with functional beauty,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global GMC Design. “There’s confidence and optimism in its stance, with exceptional attention to detail that speaks to GMC’s rise as a premium brand.”

Elevating GMC’s new design, the all-new Terrain Denali will feature its signature chrome grille along with Denali-specific accents including body-color fascia’s and lower trim, plus chrome roof rails, door handles, side mirror caps and body-side molding. Additionally, LED headlamps and 19-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels are standard on Denali.

All other models feature signature LED daytime running lamps and tail lamps. Bi-functional HID headlamps are standard on SL, SLE and SLT. Additionally, 17-inch wheels are standard on SL and SLE, with 18-inch wheels available on SL and SLE, and standard on SLT.

Turbocharged propulsion choices A range of three all-new turbocharged engines, including an all-new 1.6L turbo-diesel, provides more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability in the all-new 2018 GMC Terrain. New 1.5L and 2.0L turbocharged gas engines are matched with two unique new nine-speed automatic transmissions, with the 2.0L turbo engine offering stronger acceleration and a higher degree of performance than its 1.5L counterpart.

GMC’s new Electronic Precision Shift enables more storage room in the center console by replacing the conventional transmission shifter with electronically controlled gear selection consisting of intuitive push buttons and pull triggers.

The Terrain comes standard with GMC’s driver-controllable Traction Select system, which has choices for different driving conditions. Elements such as the throttle responses are optimized for the selected driving mode. AWD models include a FWD mode that disconnects the AWD system to minimize drag and optimize fuel economy, while the AWD mode offers all the benefits of an active AWD system.

Refined, versatile and purposeful interior
Like the exterior, the new Terrain’s interior makes a statement and serves as a fundamental component of the vehicle’s heightened emphasis on refinement and functionality. Elements such as authentic aluminum trim, soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and doors and standard active noise cancellation are premium features seamlessly integrated into the interior design for a luxurious customer experience.

The Terrain Denali heightens the GMC experience throughout the new interior with a unique trim tint color and Denali-specific logos and piping on the front seats. Denali customers will benefit from additional standard features including a heated steering wheel, navigation, Bose premium 7-speaker sound system and a hands-free programmable power liftgate.

An expanded center console with pass-through storage underneath and side-by-side cupholders adds to the Terrain’s functionality. A new fold-flat front passenger seat and flat-folding rear seat help Terrain offer greater versatility for stowing longer items and make it easier to load cargo. There are also new under-floor compartments in the cargo area for more secure storage.

GMC keeps passengers connected with 7- and available 8-inch-diagonal infotainment systems, featuring compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and a standard OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (data plan purchase required after limited trial period) that can accommodate up to seven mobile devices. Owners can also manage their vehicles remotely with the industry-leading myGMC mobile app via their compatible smartphones. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, and require a compatible smartphone.

Every new Terrain comes standard with five years of the OnStar Basic Plan[1] at no additional cost. Among other benefits, this connectivity plan features OnStar Smart Driver, an opt-in service designed to help GMC owners maximize their vehicle’s overall performance, reduce wear and tear, monitor fuel efficiency and become better drivers — all factors that add to the overall ownership experience.

Expanded range of safety features
An expanded range of available active safety technologies is designed to enhance driver awareness and even help make it easier to park and maneuver in low-speed situations. The features include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to potentially avoid them, including:

♣ New Surround Vision
♣ New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
♣ New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
♣ New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
♣ Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert 
♣ Rear Cross Traffic Alert
♣ New Safety Alert Seat

The new Terrain also features GMC’s new Rear Seat Reminder[2] and Teen Driver[3]. Rear Seat Reminder alerts drivers to check the back seat as they exit their vehicles under certain circumstances, while Teen Driver allows parents to set controls and review an in-vehicle report card in order to help encourage better driving habits, even when adults are not in the vehicle.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year

[1] OnStar Basic Plan is available for five years from the delivery date of eligible 2015 model year and newer vehicles and is transferable. Basic Plan does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services; these and other services require a paid plan. Visit OnStar.com for details.

[2] Does not detect people or items. Always check rear seat before exiting.

[3] Safety features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner.  The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times.  Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for important feature limitations and information.


Challenge Rival Friends with Your Facebook Profile Picture to Earn the Ultimate Bragging Rights and a Chance to Attend Super Bowl LI

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 28, 2016 – The NFL features some of the best rivalries in all of sports. Hyundai is harnessing fan passion for those rivalries with its new digital and social promotion called Put Your Profile On The Line. Through the platform, fans have an exciting opportunity to challenge one another on the outcome of their favorite games, with the stakes being their Facebook profile picture.

Fans select their favorite team, then identify Facebook friends that they’d like to challenge that week. Once this is chosen and the challenge has been accepted, friends put their Facebook profile picture “on the line.” Based on the outcome of the game, both fans will receive a link to the losing fan’s Facebook profile picture with an overlay featuring the logo of the winning team. Both fans will be encouraged to share the picture to their Facebook profiles. Every time fans compete in a challenge, they will automatically enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win tickets to Super Bowl LI.

As the season progresses, so do the stakes -- from opposing team overlays to entertaining GIFs and other challenges. On the Hyundai site, fans can keep tabs on different friends' challenges, see how many Super Bowl entries they’ve earned and view past outcomes. The Super Bowl tickets grand prize will be awarded following the conclusion of the regular season.

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Nissan Murano named “Best Midsize SUV of 2016” by Cars.com and MotorWeek

Challenge Rival Friends with Your Facebook Profile Picture to Earn the Ultimate Bragging Rights and a Chance to Attend Super Bowl LI

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After putting five leading midsize sport utility vehicles through a demanding testing process, Cars.com and MotorWeek have selected the 2016 Nissan Murano as the "Best Midsize SUV of 2016." The award follows the naming of the Nissan TITAN XD and Nissan Rogue last January asCars.com's "Best Pickup Truck of 2016" and "Family Car of the Year" respectively.

"The Murano is the closest option to a luxury SUV in this group, with a level of cabin materials and styling flair that's largely missing among the others," said Cars.com Editor-in-Chief Patrick Olsen. "The Murano's high points extend beyond its quality interior. The SUV is packed with technology and family-friendly features, and thanks to its V-6 power, the Murano is a blast to drive."

The contenders selected for the "Midsize SUV Challenge," in addition to Murano, were the 2016 Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Kia Sorento and the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Testing combined editors' evaluations on a set course, documentation of real world fuel economy and testing by an in-market family. Detailed test results are available at cars.com/news.

"Murano has become a favorite of awards juries and consumers alike since the introduction of the totally redesigned third-generation Murano for the 2015 model year," said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. "The Cars.com award is another great honor, adding to the 2015-2016 Murano crossover's streak of winning more awards over the last two years than any other SUV in its class1." Sales of Murano are up 35 percent this year to date.

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All-new Nissan Titan XD full-size pickup production begins at Canton, Mississippi assembly facility -

Nissan today officially launched production of its all- Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup with Job One ceremonies at its Canton, Mississippi assembly facility.

GMC Introduces 2017 Canyon Denali -

Denali is the ultimate expression of GMC’s professional grade style, luxury and capability – and it is coming to the Canyon midsize truck.


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 29, 2015 – Hyundai’s continued dedication to exceeding customers’ expectations earned them the No. 1 spot in the automotive category in the 2015 Brand Keys Loyalty Leaders List. Brand Keys, a New York-based customer loyalty and engagement consultancy, publishes this annually-syndicated study that examines customers’ relationships with 753 different brands in 68 categories. 2015 marks the sixth year in a row that Hyundai took the top spot in the automotive category.


– Sonata Mid-Size Sedan First Launched Globally in 1985

More than 7.3 Million Units in Global Sales

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., May 5, 2015 – Hyundai is celebrating the 30th anniversary for the iconic Sonata mid-size sedan. The Sonata made its debut in 1985 in Korea, playing a pivotal role in Hyundai’s growth and reputation. With more than 7.3 million Sonata models sold since its introduction, Sonata has become a family sedan loved by customers all around the world.

"The Sonata has been a huge factor in Hyundai’s growth not only in the U.S., but around the world,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. "During its 30-year history, we have been able to craft and evolve Sonata to the ever-changing needs of our customers. And, with the Sonata family growing this summer to include the all-new Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, we’re expanding an already diverse lineup with something for everyone.”

In the U.S., Sonata was introduced in 1988 and helped Hyundai grow into one of the country’s top automakers. Since then, Hyundai Motor America has sold more than 2.3 million units in the U.S., including nearly 80,000 Sonata Hybrid models since its 2011 U.S. introduction.


1st Generation Sonata (1985)

The 1st Generation Sonata was one of Hyundai’s first models designed exclusively by Hyundai’s in-house design teams. The 1st Generation started the Sonata legacy by exceeding 1 million unit sales in Korea for a single model line for the first time.

2nd Generation Sonata (1988)

Unlike the 1st Generation model, which was rear-drive, the 2nd Generation Sonata employed a front-wheel drive system for enhanced interior packaging efficiency. As Korea’s first independently-designed model, it departed from angular design language and adopted a more organic, aerodynamic design. The facelift of this generation, launched in 1991, was the first model to be badged with the newly revised Hyundai logo.

3rd Generation Sonata (1993)

The 1990s marked the acceleration of digital technologies replacing traditional analog technologies. The 3rd Generation Sonata leveraged this consumer trend, enjoying robust sales due to many advanced features, including automatic side mirrors and anti-lock braking system (ABS) technologies.

4th Generation Sonata (1998)

The 4th Generation Sonata, launched in 1998, was the best-selling model in Korea from February 1999 to August 2000. This generation was sold in Europe and was equipped with an in-house developed engine and a Hyundai Intelligent Vehicle Electronic Control (HIVEC) transmission. It was also the highest scoring mid-size sedan in the 2004 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey in the U.S.

5th Generation Sonata (2004)

The 5th Generation Sonata was designed to be a world-class mid-size sedan as a fundamental development target. This generation of Sonata adopted a European design theme, offering premium character and road presence. Equipped with significantly advanced features and a top-ranked safety rating, the 5th Generation Sonata received near universal praise from automotive media and customers alike.

6th Generation Sonata (2009)

The 6th Generation Sonata was one of the first Hyundai models to employ the industry-leading Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy. Its bold and compelling design, powerful, efficient engine and solid performance created a new sensation in mid-size sedan markets throughout the world with record sales, solidifying Sonata in the minds of consumers as one of the Hyundai’s most recognizable models. In addition, the Sonata Hybrid model was introduced globally on the Sonata platform in 2010.

7th Generation Sonata (2014)

The latest 7th Generation Sonata has further refined and balanced the convention-shattering version of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, raising the bar for the mid-size sedan segment in both design and performance. Further, the all-new Sonata expanded its powertrain offerings with two additional eco-friendly models, including the Sonata Hybrid unveiled in 2014, and the first Sonata Plug-In Hybrid model, introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in 2015.


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

2015 Nissan Murano earns "Top Safety Pick Plus” rating from the IIHS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) today awarded the completely redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano a "Top Safety Pick Plus" vehicle safety rating, which is the group's highest available ranking. The 2015 Murano scored "Good" in all five "Top Safety Pick" categories and earned "Top Safety Pick Plus" status with a "Superior" rating for front crash prevention for models equipped with optional Forward Emergency Braking.

Two years ago IIHS introduced more stringent criteria and requirements for the "Top Safety Pick Plus" designation. The established "Top Safety Pick" award recognizes passenger vehicles that excel in protecting passengers in moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and also achieve a "good" or "acceptable" rating in the small overlap frontal test. For a "Top Safety Pick Plus," the vehicle must meet "Top Safety Pick" criteria, as well as earn an "advanced" or "superior" rating for front crash prevention.

"The designation of the IIHS 'Top Safety Pick Plus' for the all-new 2015 Murano is exactly what Nissan expected for a vehicle that has always set the trends in its segment," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Parts & Service, U.S.A, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). "This Murano has once again raised the bar for Midsize Crossovers in terms of modern styling, levels of interior refinement, luxury and technology in its class. At Nissan, we are happy to add the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating to the list."

Standard safety and security features on all 2015 Murano trim levels include the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors; front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection; driver supplemental knee air bag; 3-point front and rear seatbelts, front seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters and adjustable upper anchors; and LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren).

Every Murano also offers child safety rear door locks; Zone Body construction featuring front and rear crumple zones and occupant zone; Nissan Immobilizer system and anti-theft alarm system; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with position monitoring and Nissan's innovative Easy Fill Tire Alert, which sounds the car horn to notify a person filling a tire with air when the recommended tire pressure has been reached. Also standard on Murano are a suite of confidence-inspiring dynamic technologies, including Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).

Murano offers Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD) system that features four small superwide-angle cameras mounted on the front, side and rear of the vehicle that provide a "bird's eye" virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle. It provides additional selectable split-screen close-ups of the front, rear and curb views, helping the driver maneuver the car in or out of tight spots.

Moving Object Detection builds on the capabilities of the AVM system, helping enhance the driver's situational awareness by providing visual and audible warnings (front, side or back range object detection) if the system detects moving objects (such as another vehicle) within the displayed image in situations such as pulling out of a parking space.

Using sophisticated image processing technology, the system detects moving objects within the virtual "bird's eye view" (when the vehicle is in Park). When starting off or backing up, it detects moving objects crossing within the front or rear views, respectively.

Other available* Murano "Safety Shield" technologies include Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). Also available on certain models is a Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system**, which alerts the driver when drowsy or inattentive driving is detected.

Please click HERE for the IIHS report.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.infinitiusa.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and INFINITINews.com.

About Nissan Motor Co.
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 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

2015 GMC Canyon Earns Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Trophy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – From soft-touch materials on the instrument panel to the latest OnStar 4G LTE capabilities, GMC Canyon impressed the editors at WardsAuto with its spacious and well-appointed interior. The automotive trade publication named the premium midsize truck one of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors for 2015.

"It’s important that great interiors be available in every class of vehicle, not just luxury models that most consumers will never be able to afford,” says WardsAuto World Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter. "The Canyon demonstrates that shoppers need not buy a loaded full-size pickup to get lots of soft surfaces, a Bose audio system, supple and durable leather, an easily navigated touchscreen and advanced safety features.”

The award is based on WardsAuto staff’s evaluation of 42 new U.S.-market vehicle interiors and their rankings of elements such as design harmony, ergonomics, materials, driver information, safety, comfort, fit-and-finish and value. Aesthetics and design harmony was the most heavily weighted category.

"There’s an elevation of design and materials in the Canyon’s interior that reflects GMC’s precision in craftsmanship,” says Helen Emsley, executive director, Global GMC Design. "Details such as authentic aluminum trim and high-quality stitching reinforce Canyon’s position as the segment’s only premium offering, while features such as multiple USB ports and seats designed for long-haul comfort are thoughtful elements that are essential for active-lifestyle customers.”

Whether drivers are navigating their daily routines or finding recreational adventure, the interior was carefully considered to suit their needs. SLE and SLT models bring connectivity and entertainment with two additional USB ports for charging, an eight-inch diagonal color touch screen radio with Intellilink, and a multicolor driver information center display. SLT models include leather-appointed, heated front bucket seats with power passenger seat.

Technology and connectivity are further enhanced in the Canyon with OnStar 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot that allows drivers to stay connected at any time, in any place.

Safety and convenience are also highlighted in Canyon with segment-first available forward collision alert, lane departure warning and standard rear-vision camera.

In addition to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors, Canyon was recognized as Autoweek’s Best of the Best Truck for 2015 and won a midsize pickup comparison by Cars.com.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.

Nissan Rogue named one of the "10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Under $25,000" by Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com has named the 2015 Nissan Rogue one of the "10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Under $25,000." KBB.com editors selected the Rogue due to its available third row seat and "attractive feature set," including the "very helpful" Around View Monitor, heated seats and NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps. "In what has been a brutal 2014 to 2015 winter for many across the country, the importance of having a reliable all-wheel drive vehicle is as high as ever," said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. "Featuring Advanced Ride Control, Active Trace Control* and Active Engine Braking among many other features, with a premium look and feel, Rogue is a solid entry in the marketplace. We are ecstatic that the Rogue has been recognized by Kelley Blue Book."

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In the world of automotive advertising, Super Bowl Sunday is the one day of the year where pretty much anything goes. Nissan exemplified that strategy in its return to the Super Bowl ad ranks for the first time since 1997, scoring big today with a dramatic 90-second commercial titled "With Dad." The commercial combined a touching storyline with the debut of future Nissan race and production vehicles.

The story, which follows an up-and-coming race driver through his journey to the highest levels of motorsports competition, uses a narrative soundtrack provided by Harry Chapin's iconic "Cat's In the Cradle." It depicts the struggles of a father and mother to balance work and family while they raise their son. In the end, the cycle, so well known in Chapin's song, is broken.

"The spot depicts a journey that moms, dads and children face in trying to make family a priority while striving to balance work demands. Like many women and men in America, our dad cherishes the time he spends with his family, but the requirements of his job continually call him away," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America. "But as we see, both parents share equally in the courage, hard work and sacrifice required to keep the family strong as they raise their son."

In connection with the "With Dad" commercial Nissan will donate $1 million to help people build a better future for themselves and their families through a contribution in support of Habitat for Humanity and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).

Nissan launches U.S. Murano production making Canton, Mississippi global export hub.
Nissan's Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has gone global as the company rolls the first all-new 2015 Nissan Murano off the line today, marking the first time the model has been produced in the U.S. Nissan Canton is now the company's worldwide hub for Murano production, expanding export opportunities from the plant to more than 100 markets.

Bringing Murano production to the United States is part of Nissan's broader strategy to build where it sells, and it moves Nissan closer to achieving its goal of having 85 percent of the vehicles it sells in the United States produced in North America by 2015. Nissan added 1,300 jobs- including nearly 400 supplier jobs- in Canton to support Murano production.  Since its opening in 2003, Nissan has grown the Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant from a regional manufacturing facility to a global one, investing nearly $2.8 billion in the plant.  With the addition of these jobs, the plant has grown to support more than 6,000 manufacturing jobs for the first time in its 11-year history.

December 5, 2014

2015 Yukon Denali Gains Eight Gears, Updated model also includes wireless device charging, 4G connectivity
The 2015 Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali continue to blend unique design elements with upscale amebities, including premium interior materials. Convenience and connectivity improvements include:
A new hands-free power liftgate, which can be opened and closed by simply passing a foot beneath the rear bumper.
A wireless charging surface for WPC or PMA compatible mobile devices is located at gmtotalconnect.com.
OnStar with 4G LTE, which provides in-car data connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot capable of connecting up to seven devices at one time.
Owners of the 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL models can receive a tutorial on these new features through a new Yukon-specific application for tablet devices, which supplements the owner's manual.  The new Yukon app will be available for both Apple iOS and Android devices.
November 21, 2014

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe offers new standard features, revised steering and suspension tuning.
Innovative Power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open Now Available on Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport
The award-winning Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport offer more standard comfort and convenience equipment for 2015, including refinements to the steering and suspension systems. 
The electric power steering system now uses a 32-bit microprocessor that delivers a refined steering feel.  The revised steering system retains Hyundai's Driver Selectable Steering Mode, which features a returned "Sport" setting that takes advantage of the updated microprocessor and offers firmer steering.  Front wheel bushings have also been returned for 2015, which also enhances steering feel
New standard features include daytime running lights, a driver's blind spot mirror and an auto up/down front passenger power window.  Sparkling Silver and Platinum Graphite paint colors are new for 2015.  Hyundai's innovative new power Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open is now available, which makes it easy for owners to gain access to the cargo area when their hands are full.  The system makes it easy for the driver to keep both feet on the ground, simply waiting for the liftgate to open after standing within a few feet of the rear bumper with the key fob in a purse or pocket.
November 5, 2014

2015 Nissan LEAF- Affordable, Sustainable Mobility
Nissan LEAF was introduced in December 2010, as the world's first affordable, zero emission car for the mass market.  With that formula, consumer adoption has taken off, making LEAF the world's best-selling, 100-percent electric vehicle.
For 2015, Nissan LEAF continues to make it "easy to be green", offering the space and range to meet everyday needs, while also providing an exceptional value proposition due to zero spending on gas, lower operating and maintenance costs and starting price after tax incentives competitive with a comparable gas-powered car.
Along with saving money, Nissan LEAF buyers are discovering its value as a primary everyday vehicle- with High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) access (check local regulations), range that is more than twice the average driver's daily need and LEAF's fun-to-drive instant, smooth acceleration and handling.
In addition to zero tailpipe emissions and convenience of charging at home, LEAF drivers enjoy a smooth, quite ride with its running noise of just 21 decibels measuring less than a typical ceiling fan (26dB).
October 30, 2014

What to Wear: Accessories for the 2015 GMC Canyon
Cargo management, exterior, interior items tailored for variety of lifestyles.
Accessories can be an afterthought with many new vehicles, but they were part of the development plan for the 2015 GMC Canyon from the very outset.  The result is a wide range of work and activity products designed to match the truck's capabilities with integrated functionality and designs that complement its distinctive styling.
"The Canyon is a lifestyle enabler, and accessories that support lifestyles of all types are an important of part of tailoring the truck to a customer's exact needs", said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.  "Therefore, the accessories take their inspiration from how customers use their vehicle-and they are crafted by the same team of engineers that created the Canyon, for exceptional integration. In fact, customers can have them installed when they purchase their new truck, so they are ready at the time of the vehicle delivery-making many of them eligible for inclusion in the new-vehicle warranty.
GearOn cargo management system: Designed to fit perfectly within the pickup box, this innovative, patent-pending accessory delivers significant storage and hauling flexibility.
Pick box accessories: Drop-in bedliner, Cargo divider, Cargo net, Tonneau cover, Removable cargo rings, Rubber mat, Tailgate liner, Tiered storage bar, and Tool box.
Exterior accessories: Chrome package, Exhaust tip, Grilles and grille inserts, Molded hood protector, Molded splash guards, Tubular assist steps, Off-road-style rocker steps and Wheel locks.
Trailering accessories: Ball-mount trailer hitch, Receiver cover and Trailer harness.
Interior accessories: Carpeted floor mats, All-weather floor mats and Heated cloth seats. October 24, 2014

 ARK Performance Injects Extra Performance and Luxury into All-New Hyundai Genesis
ARK Performance Inc. has released details for its Genesis AR550 sedan for the SEMA auto show, taking the 2015 Genesis V8's already stellar performance to a whole new level.  For the tuner's sixth Hyundai vehicle built for SEMA, ARK injected the Genesis with performance characteristics on par with German super-sedan rivals like Mercedes-Benz AMG® and BMW M. 
To build an executive sedan capable of going head-to-head with the world's best competition, ARK focused on fusing supercharged power with head-turning design, setting a new standard for Hyundai performance.  The exterior has been modified to accommodate larger wheels resulting in a wider stance, coupled with a lowered suspension setup that results in an overall more aggressive appearance.  The interior has also been revised to provide the opulence of a private business jet.
"The AR550 concept focuses on refined performance that integrates directly with Hyundai's 'Design to Empower' vision for the Genesis Sedan," said Lerry Liu, Marketing Director, ARK Performance, Inc.  "This year we are focused on two core elements all under the new line, we focused on the power, handling, and most importantly the sound of the Hyundai power plant.  Second, we intergrated our high-performance racing technology to introduce a very unique and bold Hyundai vehicle." October 17, 2014

Nissan announces U.P. pricing for Nissan NV200
Nissan announced U.S. pricing for the 2015 Nissan NV200 compact van, which id on sale now at more than 350 Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers nationwide.
Now inits third year, the popular Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo van continues to set the standard for compact cargo van design, combining a small exterior footprint and excellent fuel efficiency with a large cargo capacity and outstanding versatility.
The Nissan NV200 also offers America's best commercial van warranty, increasing basic limited warranty from 3 years/36,000 miles to 5 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first.  The powertrain limited warranty has also been extended from 5 years/60,000 miles to 5 year/100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Enhancements to the nV200 for the 2015 model year include the addition of new Rear Sonar and Sliding Door Glass Package options; updated Nissan connect with Navigation and Mobile Apps; a 1-mpg increase for highway and combined fuel economy- now 24/26/25 mpg city/highway/combined; and two new exterior colors, Cayenne Red and Graphite Blue.
The Manufacture's Suggested Retail Prices for the 2015 Nissan NV200 S $20,720.00- NV200 SV $21,2700.  October 6, 2014

 GMC introduced the 2015 Sierra Elevation Edition
The 2015 Sierra Elevation Edition, a new entry to the sports pickup truck market.  The Elevation Edition, which goes on sale later this year, offers a combination of style and content unavailable from competitors in the sport truck segment.
"Much in the same way the Sierra Denali and Sierra HD Denali models raised the standard for premium pickup trucks, the Sieill surprise and excite customers shopping for a sport pickup," said Ducan Aldred, U.S. vice president, Buick and GMC.  "With is striking looks, sophisticated connectivity features and legendary capability, the Elevation Edition raises the standard of what a sport pickup truck can be."
Built on the strong foundation of the standard 2015 Sierra 1500 double-cab pickup, the 2015 Sierra Elevation Edition incorporates a body-colored grille surround, color-keyed door handles, mirror caps, side moldings and front and rear bumpers designed to give Elevation a sporty monochromatic appearance.
Elevation models also feature premium headlamps with distinctive light-emitting diode, or LED, lighting, fog lamps, and black-painted 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
All Sierra Elevation Edition models are equipped with remote keyless entry, power mirrors, a 110-volt AC power outlet, and LED cargo box lighting.  Advanced connectivity is included with every Elevation Edition, as a 4.2-inch Intellilink color audio system and Bluetooth® phone connectivity are standard.  Elevation Edition models also feature OnStar with 4G LTE Connectivity, which provides in-car Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven devices.  Pricing for the Elevation Edition will be announced later.

2015 Canyon offers Segment-Leading Fuel Economy
EPA estimated 26 mpg highway for V-6 2wd models.
The 2015 Canyon will offer segment-leading fuel economy for V-6 midsize pickups, based on EPA fuel economy estimates released.
For V-6 pickups with automatic transmissions, which make up the majority of midsized truck sales, Canyon offers fuel economy 3 to 5 mpg better than competitors
"The all new 2015 GMC Canyon adds segment-leading fuel economy to its winning resume," said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager.  "Innovations such as available active grille shutters combine with an aerodynamic design in a smaller, more maneuverable package to set new standards for fuel economy in midsize trucks."

 Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K Run/Walk held in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will hold its annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit prdiatice cancer research at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's in September.
Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are invited to participate by either registering for the race or making a donation at www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org/5K.  A Family Fun Festival, including food, vendor booths and giveaways, will immediately follow the race.  The event will also feature Hope On Wheels'' signature Handprint Ceremony and check presentation with doctors, patients and families from CHOC Children's.
"September is an important time for all of us at Hyundai because it is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month," said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.  "We are committed to supporting childhood cancer research at children's hospitals nationwide and are especially proud to support the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's through this special annual 5K in our own backyard."
Additionally, Hope On Wheels will launch a new awareness program, Every Handprint Tells A Story.  The public is invited to shoe its support for pediatric cancer by visiting www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org/September.  On the website, visitors can watch video stories of courageous child cancer survivors, learn about the work of several Hyundai scholar researchers, post and their messages of hope, and join an online community of supporters via social media.

 Nissan "Project Titan" truck ready for Alaskan adventure
With help from the passionate Nissan Trucks Facebook fan base, the crowd-sourced, custom-made Project Titan is complete.  The ruggedly tailored 2014 Nissan Titan, piloted by two Wounded Warrior Project Alumni, is now primed with all the necessary equipment to take on the rigorous Alaskan wilderness in an adventure.  Fans can follow along at Facebook.com/nissantrucks.
Starting with a solid foundation- a rugged 2014 Titan Crew Cab PRO-4X- fans voted on 10 different areas of customization to help the Titan conquer Alaska's challenging terrain- some of the most treacherous in the world.  Fans voted at each stage along the way, giving Nissan direction for almost every inch of the truck.
Outside, a "Recon Titan" wrap with a digital-camouflage design pays homage to some of the most capable vehicles in the military.  A NISMO cold-air intake and Borla cat-black exhaust system open up aitflow on both ends of the Titan's Endurance 5.6-liter V-8 engine, the hazardous Alaskan landscape is handled by 18-inch Fuel Revolver D525 wheels wrapped in 35-inch Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires.  Come nightfall, Bulldog LED Lighting illuminates the way, while an ARB Deluxe Bull Bar provides high-quality protection to help conquer the unknown.
Inside, a streamlined interior gives the truck a more customized feel, while a freshened shifter and steering wheel lead to a more comfortable drive.  New, rugged Katzkin leather-wrapped seats feature Project Titan and Wounded Warrior Project embroidery.  Coordinated tan stiching is found on the seats, steering wheel and door panels. 
With the truck fully prepared, the action begins when Iraqi war veterans and Wounded Warrior Project Alumni David Guzman and Kevin McMahon embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.  The two will trek over mountains and through valleys in the ultimate Titan, braving the muddy, rocky terrain and encountering an occasional wild animal.  With the brisk onset of fall invading the Last Frontier, it's likely the WWP Alumni can expect some of the first snowflakes of the season.

The 2014 Altima named one the "10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000"
A consumer favorite and Nissan's top-selling model in the U.S., the Nissan Altima continues to impress with its premium exterior and interior design and functionality.  This week, the 2014 Nissan Altima was named one of the "10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000: by Kelly Blue Book's KBB.com.  The Altima finished sixth on the list, with KBB.com editors specifically citing its "notably comfortable" NASA-inspired "Zero Gravity" front seats as a selling-point.
To create the "10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000" list KBB.com editors selected cars offering comfort-oriented features that "debuted upmarket just a few years ago".  Each of the 10 vehicles start below $30,000 according to Kelly Blue Book's Fair Purchase Price (FPP), a tool designed to show shoppers what others are paying for a specific new car.  The 2014 Altima is among the top three most affordable on the list.
"In addition to its advanced "Zero Gravity" front seats, the 2014 Altima features soft-touch armrests as well as noise absorption materials to help reduce cabin noise and improve the overall experience inside the vehicle", said Fred Diaz, senior ice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations.  "Coupled with its innovative, stylish design and wide range of available technology features, the Altima is the perfect home-away-from-home.  This honor from Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com further reaffirms our commitment to comfortable, quality products and the needs of our customers." -August 26.2014

2015 Sonata Awarded and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+
The all-new 2015 Sonata is rated as one of the safest cars on the road today.  The 2015 Sonata was named a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+, when equipped with optional forward collision warning, by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).  Available with a host of active safety features such as Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a Lane Departure Warning System and rear parking sensors, the 2015 Sonata brings a new level of safety and refinement to the midsize sedan category.  Sonata joins the 2015 Genesis in earning the highest honor from IIHS.
"The TOP SAFETY PICK + designation recognizes state-of-the-art safety" said IIHS president Adrian Lund.  "The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is not only engineered to protect people when crashes happen, but with its optional forward collision warning system rated basic in our tests, this can help drivers avoid some of the most common kinds of collisions altogether."Occupant safety is at the forefront of Hyundai design and engineering," said Mike O'Brien, vice-president, Corporate and Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America.  "Sonata's TOP SDAFETY PICK+ recognition reinforces our dedication to occupant safety, and integrating our accident prevention technologies makes the 2015 Sonata one of the safest midsize sedans on the market today."-August 26.2014

GMC Wins AutoPacific Top Popular Brand Award

GMC was named Highest Satisfaction Popular Brand and the Sierra and Acadia took top honors in the light-duty pickup and large crossover SUV categories in AutoPacific's 18th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.

"Vehicle that score highest in the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are delivering value and satisfaction across a wide range of attributes," said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific. "The winners perform well in 50 separate categories that objectively measure the ownership experience."

The vehicle satisfaction awards measure owner satisfaction in areas ranging from interior comfort and convenience to fuel economy and performance. The awards are based on the firm's survey of more than 92,000 vehicle owners.

 Yukon Ranks Highest in Segment in APEAL:

Detroit- The 2014 GMC Yukon ranked highest in its segment in the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study released this month.  Yukon was also recently recognized by J.D. Power in both Initial Quality and Vehicle Dependability Studies.

"Recognizing the Yukon demonstrates the effort and attentionon to detail given by our engineers and designers", said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick and GMC.  "These awards reinforce our focus on putting the customer at the center of everything we do from the first visit to the dealership, to the drive home, or 10 years down the road."

The 2014 APEAL is based on more than 83,000 responses to questions about how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive in the first 90 days after purchase. ~August 5, 2014

 Nissan brings the family out for a day with media:

Nashville, Tenn. - Nearly every vehicle in the current Nissan lineup, plus a few eye catching vintage and test vehicles, was on display in Nashville for an expansive media drive program this week.  It was held at a mansion in Belle Meade, Tennessee, at what was the set for the pilot of the "Nashville" TV series.  ~August 5, 2014

 Making History with the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell

Hyundai has been developing and testing its proprietary fuel cell technologies for over 15 years. Now ready for select customers in Southern California, Tucson Fuel Cell is the first mass-produced, federally certified hydrogen fuel cell vehicle available in the U.S. market. ~August 5, 2014

Good things come in small packages
The growing popularity of smaller vehicles applies to pickups as well, and customers say maneuverability is a top reason for choosing a midsize pickup. The 2015 GMC Canyon delivers the right size vehicle for consumers who are looking for a more agile pickup.

"An increasing number of customers don't need the full capability of a full-size pickup, yet desire the functionality a pickup offers," said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. "These customers appreciate the smaller size of mid-sized pickups, with their ability to easily fit in a garage, travel downtown areas of big cities, and navigate crowded parking lots. The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon represents the best of both worlds in this sense." ~July 31, 2014

Nissan will launch a new marketing campaign this week, staring iconic American rock and reality star Bret Michaels, for its line of rugged commercial vans. The comprehensive "Tough Love" digital and print effort breaks July 31st across a variety of social media and digital platforms.
Carrying the theme line "The tougher we test them, the more you love them," the campaign is directed at small business owners looking for durable, efficient cargo and passenger vans. Nissan commercial vehicles endure more than 6,600 tests during the development process, including being put through a 140-degree heat chamber, salt spray tunnel, frame twister, shaker machine, pothole-ridden roads and grueling brake tests. The various testing procedures, which compress 13 years of real-world use into about 3 months, are shown in a series of individual product videos. ~July 31, 2014

Accent Ranks Highest in Small Car Segment
cution and Layout (APEAL) Study released this month. Hyundai is also the highest-ranked non-premium brand in the J.D. Power 2014 Initial Quality Study (IQS), marking the first time a nameplate has ranked highest among non-premium brands in both APEAL and IQS in the same year. Int its 19th year, the APEAL study examines owners' assessments of the design, content, layout and performance of their new vehicle. Vehicles and their brands ar scored on a 1,000 point scale.

Just one month ago, in the acclaimed J.D. Power Initial Quality (IQS) study, Hyundai was the highest ranked non-premium brand and the Geneses, Elantra and Accent all received awards in their respective segments. In this year's APEAL study, Hyundai again claimed top spot among non-premium brands while improving five spots among all brands to rank 13th overall.

"We are so pleased to see the recognition that Accent has received in this year's J.D. Power APEAL study," said Mike O'Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "And it's especially gratifying coming on the heels of our best-ever IQS showing just one month ago."

Additionally, in the tightest race in the study, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata finished third by just 2 point - 819 V. 821 - in the midsize car segment. The Hyundai Veloster finished second in the Compact Sporty Car segment. "We expect the all-new 2014 Sonata to do even better next year," O/Brien added. This is the highest Hyundai has ever ranked in the APEAL study. ~July 31, 2014

Comparison: 2012 Buick LaCrosse vs. 2012 Hyundai Azera vs. 2013 Lexus ES 350

Elimination Round: By Kim Reynolds
This is the comparison of the Buick LaCrosse, Hyundai Azera, and Lexus ES 350 as an elimination round.  Very soon, the soup bowl of contenders in the full-sized, near-luxury sedan category will be joined by two new ingredients -- the profoundly revamped Toyota Avalon and Lincoln MKZ -- and both of them will spice things up.  Hold on, an Avalon and an MKZ...spicing things up?  No, we don't mean in-car bingo on their entertainment screens.  They're the revamped real deals.  Toyota, after contemplating nixing the Avalon nameplate entirely, has pulled out the stops to build a serious player instead.  And Lincoln? It's betting its entire brand on the MKZ re-establishing its relevance. Be as we await these two, let's winnow down the existing challengers.

Of the current crop, out top trio hails from three different countries.  The Buick LaCrosse is a familiar face that trumpeted Buick's return to the living three years ago. In 2010, we compared the LaCrosse to the previous-gen ES 350 and found the new Buick an unexpectedly good driver.  It was dramatic-looking, wit

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