Nissan Serena e-POWER goes on sale in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Feb. 28, 2018) – The Nissan Serena e-POWER will go on sale in Japan on March 1, combining the exceptional driving performance of the e-POWER electrified powertrain with the family-friendly features of the popular Serena minivan. The Serena will be the second model with the e-POWER system, which has been a hit with consumers since it was first introduced in the Nissan Note in Japan in 2016. Nissan plans to launch more e-POWER models globally as part of its Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

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The Nissan Serena e-POWER is both fun and comfortable to drive. The 100% electric motor drive system treats drivers to powerful acceleration, and the vehicle’s e-POWER Drive mode adds the convenience of being able to speed up or decelerate by using only the accelerator pedal1. With optimized engine management and noise reduction measures throughout the vehicle body, the Nissan Serena e-POWER transcends its class in terms of quietness.

Combined with the model’s aerodynamic body, the e-POWER system – which includes a small gasoline engine that charges the battery – ensures exceptional fuel economy. The Nissan Serena e-POWER is rated at 26.2 km/L2 (according to Japan’s JC08 test).

First introduced in 1991, the Serena has evolved to meet the needs of families through the years. The Nissan Serena e-POWER marks a major technological update, with the addition of e-POWER, e-POWER Drive mode and other features such as Manner Mode – which enables the vehicle to drive quietly at night by limiting the use of the gasoline engine that charges the battery. Drivers can take full advantage of Manner Mode by using the vehicle’s Charge Mode to charge the battery in advance.

The Nissan Serena e-POWER also comes with innovative safety features such as ProPILOT autonomous driving technology for single-lane driving on highways. With additional equipment including Intelligent Emergency Braking, Lane-Departure Warning System, High Beam Adjust and Emergency Assist for Missed Pedal Application (optional), the Serena e-POWER adheres to the Japanese government’s highest safety standards.

On the design side, a blue accent symbolizing the advanced nature of e-POWER appears throughout the interior and exterior, including the grille, the electronic shift knob, the large console tray and the dashboard display. Dedicated 15-inch aluminum wheels and roof side spoilers enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

The Nissan Serena e-POWER’s advanced technologies embody Nissan ingenuity and are part of the company’s commitment to delivering more electrification and autonomy under its Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.

1 e-POWER Drive has both an S (Smart) mode and an Eco mode. In addition to e-POWER Drive mode, there is Normal mode, with traditional acceleration and deceleration operation.

2 Optional features may add vehicle weight, affecting the rating.

Nationwide pricing (in yen; includes consumption tax)
Drivetrain Engine Grade Mission Price
2WD HR12DE-EM57 e-POWER X 2,968,920
e-POWER XV 3,128,760
e-POWER Highway STAR 3,178,440
e-POWER Highway STAR V 3,404,160 ☆Car in photo

Note: Pricing is as on 28-February-2018 company release

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.

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Nissan’s redesigned NV350 Caravan goes on sale in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (July 13, 2017) – The newly redesigned Nissan NV350 Caravan goes on sale in Japan today, sporting an enhanced lineup of advanced safety and convenience features.

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The Nissan NV350 Caravan Van Premium GX
(*shown with optional features)

Intelligent Emergency Braking, Vehicle Dynamics Control with traction control system functions and Hill Start Assist, previously available only on some two-wheel-drive van grades, are now standard on all NV350 Caravan van models. In addition, Intelligent Around View Monitor*1 has been installed for the first time in vehicles of this class in Japan. The feature supports safety when parking in narrow spaces, such as storage areas, or when cargo obstructs rear visibility.

The NV350 Caravan has won over customers with its roomy, versatile cargo space, bold exterior and advanced features. The van is popular among not just business owners but also private customers, who use it for hobbies and leisure activities such as camping or surfing.

Convenience features include the Back Door Auto Closer*2, which can fully shut the rear door without making a loud noise – a benefit in residential areas during early or late hours. The Automatic Air-conditioner with Rear Cooler*3 features a liquid-crystal display and large switches to improve operability.

The exterior includes Nissan’s signature V-motion grille. LED head lamps (high/low-beam headlights/equipped with auto headlight levelizer) *4 and rear combination tail lights*4 add to the strong design impression while aiding visibility.

The interior of the Premium GX and GX grades includes a modern steering wheel with silver decorations and black seat fabric with white lines.

A new VX grade has also been added. Its features are equivalent to the high-end grades mainly in terms of the exterior. Similar changes will be made to the specifications and equipment in specially equipped commercial vehicles (sales starts July 31).

*1: Intelligent Around View Monitor: Factory-installed option
*2: Back Door Auto Closer: Installed in some grades/factory-installed option
*3: Automatic Air-conditioner with Rear Cooler: installed in some grades
*4: LED headlights (high/low beam headlights/equipped with auto headlight levelizer): Factory-installed option; LED rear combination tail lights: Installed in some grades/factory-installed option

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.72 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors, which became the third member of the Alliance – a grouping with combined annual sales of almost 10 million units a year.

Via: Nissan Global Newsroom

Yokohama Rubber Establishes New Internal Unit to Strengthen Involvement in Motorsports

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Tokyo—The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced today that it will dissolve its subsidiary, Yokohama Motorsports International Co., Ltd. (YMI), dedicated to motorsports activities effective on June 30, 2017, and transfer the subsidiary’s operations to a new internal Motorsports Department that will be established on May 1.

YMI was established in April 2013 to promote and supervise YOKOHAMA’s motorsports activities, including the development and supply of tires for motor racing competitions. Since its establishment, the subsidiary has contributed to a diverse range of motorsports events by supplying YOKOHAMA tires, including many competitions that have adopted YOKOHAMA tires as their control tire, such as the Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship series, GT Asia, the Sepang 12 Hours endurance race, the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship Series, and the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), and many other racing series, including SUPER GT races. Given the Company’s plans to further expand and broaden its motorsports activities around the world, it was decided that an internal organization would be better able to effectively supervise and coordinate these important activities. Hence, the subsidiary is being dissolved and replaced by an internal organization, the Motorsports Department.

Yokohama Rubber’s worldwide motorsports activities contribute to the globalization of the Company’s tire business and greater recognition of the YOKOHAMA brand. It also promotes the growth, development and revitalization of the motorsports market and the automobile industry as a whole.

Outline of subsidiary being dissolved

(1) Name: Yokohama Motorsports International Co., Ltd.
(2) Head office: 36-11, Shimbashi 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(3) Representative Director: Yoshiaki Abe
(4) Business: Planning, development, design, and sales of tires for racing competitions; Planning and management of promotions for motorsports activities
(5) Capital: ¥10 million
(6) Date established: April 1, 2013
(7) Shareholders: Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. 100%

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Nissan production, sales and export results for December 2016 and calendar year 2016

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced its production, sales and export figures for December 2016 and calendar year 2016.

“This was a record year for global sales and production,” said Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci, global head of marketing and sales. “Growth was led by robust demand for models such as the Rogue and Maxima in the U.S., and the Qashqai and Lannia in China.”

“In 2017, we will continue to benefit from an influx of new products in key regions. In Japan, sales of the new Note and Serena will help us maintain the momentum we’ve seen over the last few months. In Europe, initial responses to the new Micra compact car have been overwhelmingly positive, and in the U.S., we will reinforce our offerings in the crossover segment with the launch of the Rogue Sport this spring.”

1. Production
December
Nissan’s global production in December increased 5.8 percent year-on-year to 462,510 units, the eleventh consecutive month of increase.

Production in Japan increased 31.5 percent year-on-year to 97,057 units, the fifth consecutive month of increase.

Production outside Japan increased 0.6 percent year-on-year to 365,453 units, the twentieth consecutive month of increase and a record for the month of December.

In the U.S., production decreased 11.2 percent year-on-year to 67,883 units.

In Mexico, production increased 7.9 percent year-on-year to 56,651 units, a record for the month of December.

In the U.K., production increased 7.9 percent year-on-year to 30,131 units.

In Spain, production increased 3.1 percent year-on-year to 7,642 units.

In China, production increased 0.8 percent year-on-year to 140,753 units, a record for the month of December.

Production in other regions increased 5.1 percent year-on-year to 62,393 units.

Calendar Year 2016
Nissan’s global production in 2016 increased 7.5 percent year-on-year to 5,556,241 units, the seventh consecutive year of increase and a calendar-year record.

Production in Japan increased 8.9 percent year-on-year to 950,102 units, the first increase in four years.

Production outside Japan increased 7.2 percent year-on-year to 4,606,139 units, the seventh consecutive year of increase and a calendar-year record.

In the U.S., production increased 4.7 percent year-on-year to 1,007,321 units, a calendar-year record.

In Mexico, production increased 3.1 percent year-on-year to 848,086 units, a calendar–year record.

In the U.K., production increased 6.5 percent year-on-year to 507,447 units.

In Spain, production increased 15.8 percent year-on-year to 121,260 units.

In China, production increased 9.5 percent year-on-year to 1,320,687 units, a calendar-year record.

Production in other regions increased 10.6 percent year-on-year to 801,338 units.

2. Sales
December
Global sales increased 6.2 percent year-on-year to 559,361 units, the fifth consecutive month of increase and a record for the month of December.

Japan:
Sales including mini-vehicles increased 25.6 percent year-on-year to 46,785 units.

  • Vehicle registrations increased 36.2 percent year-on-year to 33,022 units.
  • Mini-vehicle sales increased 6.0 percent year-on-year to 13,763 units.

Sales outside Japan increased 4.7 percent year-on-year to 512,576 units, the seventh consecutive month of increase and a record for a single month.

In the U.S., sales increased 9.7 percent year-on-year to 152,743 units, a record for the month of December.

In Mexico, sales increased 23.2 percent year-on-year to 47,771 units, a record for a single month.

In Europe, sales increased 1.9 percent year-on-year to 64,192 units.

In China, sales increased 2.1 percent year-on-year to 162,473 units, a record high for a single month.

Calendar Year 2016
Global sales increased 2.5 percent year-on-year to 5,559,902 units, the seventh consecutive year of increase and a calendar-year record.

Japan:

  • Sales including mini-vehicles decreased 9.3 percent year-on-year to 534,392 units.
  • Vehicle registrations increased 2.0 percent year-on-year to 385,603 units.
  • Mini-vehicle sales decreased 29.4 percent year-on-year to 148,789 units.

Sales outside Japan increased 4.0 percent year-on-year to 5,025,510 units, the seventh consecutive year of increase and a calendar-year record.

In the U.S., sales increased 5.4 percent year-on-year to 1,564,423 units, a calendar-year record.

In Mexico, sales increased 15.6 percent year-on-year to 403,286 units, a calendar-year record.

In Europe, sales decreased 0.7 percent year-on-year to 755,599 units.

In China, sales increased 8.4 percent year-on-year to 1,354,552 units, a calendar-year record.

3. Exports from Japan
December
Exports in December increased 38.3 percent year-on-year to 64,692 units, the eighth consecutive month of increase.

Calendar Year 2016
Exports increased 8.1 percent year-on-year to 560,823 units, the second consecutive month of increase.

About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold more than 5.4 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 12.2 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and Mitsubishi Motors since 2016 under the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Source: Global Newsroom Nissan Motor Corporation