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Nissan TITAN named 2017 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award winner for Best Pickup Truck

Nissan TITAN named 2017 MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award winner for Best Pickup Truck

2017 Nissan TITAN Press Kit

  • All-new 2017 Nissan TITAN half-ton wins prestigious MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Award, following selection in same category last year by TITAN XD
  • Drivers' Choice Award program looks at vehicles from a buyer's point of view, including emphasis on value and reliability
  • Latest award follows recent naming of TITAN as TRUCK TREND magazine's "2017 Pickup Truck of the Year"
  • TITAN half-ton – powered by Nissan's new 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine – projected to be the highest volume model in TITAN lineup

CHICAGO – The all-new TITAN half-ton pickup was announced today as the "Best Pickup Truck" category winner of the MotorWeek 2017 Drivers' Choice Awards at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. TITAN and the other Drivers' Choice winners will be featured in a special episode of MotorWeek, which will air on public television stations nationwide beginning February 11, 2017, and on Discovery's Velocity Network beginning February 21, 2017.

This is the second consecutive year Nissan has been honored in the Best Pickup Truck category, following the selection of TITAN XD in 2016. In choosing the new TITAN half-ton for the honor, MotorWeek Creator and Host John Davis reported, "With this impressive new generation of TITAN, it's obvious that Nissan is in the 'full-size truck' game to stay." "Winner of the Drivers' Choice Award for Best Pickup Truck for a second year in a row, Nissan has managed to not just match its domestic and import brand competition in both ruggedness and comfort, but with the XD, fill a gaping market void between tradition Light and Heavy Duty models. Our followup award for 2017, however, takes notice that as the Titan lineup fills out, that there will soon be a formidable, powerful, new option for just about every big truck buyer."

The Drivers' Choice Awards recognize the best models in a variety of lifestyle categories ranging from family sedan to luxury car, large utilities and pickups. Awarded annually since 1983, MotorWeek bases its Drivers' Choice Awards on superior performance, technology, practicality, dollar value and driving experience. MotorWeek's award categories reflect consumer buying trends and the full range of buyer preferences.

"The TITAN half-ton competes in the heart of the full-size pickup market, and awards like this buyer-focused honor from MotorWeek give our bold new TITAN – covered by the industry's best1 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty – added credibility right out of the box," said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. "It's also appropriate to receive the award at the Chicago Auto Show, where we are debuting the latest addition to the lineup, the new 2017 TITAN King Cab."

The TITAN half-ton is powered by Nissan's new 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 engine. First available in a roomy Crew Cab body, in both 4x4 and 4x2 configurations and in five well-equipped grade levels (S, SV, PRO-4X, SL and Platinum Reserve), the TITAN lineup added a new TITAN Single Cab body style to the lineup in November. The new TITAN King Cab is scheduled to begin arriving at Nissan dealerships nationwide in the spring.

The 2017 TITAN half-ton's bed is designed to work hard and play hard, with a wide range of available functionality features. Nissan's popular Utili-track® Bed Channel System, which made its industry-first debut on the original TITAN, features four heavy-duty aluminum alloy cleats that move and lock anywhere along the walls, as well as bed floor and header tracks that give the user endless tie-down possibilities.

Other available TITAN bed features include the popular spray-on bedliner, flush-mounted LED bedrail lighting, cargo and tailgate lamps, 110-volt in-bed access and a damped tailgate that is light to lift and smoothly damped when lowering. Three bed lengths are offered: 5.5-foot for Crew Cab models, 8.0-foot for Single Cab and 6.5-foot for the King Cab.

In addition to the TITAN half-ton, also available is a complete lineup of 2017 TITAN XD Crew Cab, Single Cab and upcoming King Cab models. Along with the Endurance® V8, TITAN XD is offered with a powerful 310-horsepower Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel mated to a heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission. TITAN XD has a maximum towing capacity rating of more than 12,300 pounds when properly equipped.

Both the TITAN half-ton and TITAN XD were developed with core Nissan planning, design, engineering and manufacturing teams contributing from Tennessee, California, Michigan, Arizona and Mississippi. The TITAN and TITAN XD are assembled in Canton, Mississippi, with the V8 engines assembled in Decherd, Tennessee and Cummins diesel engines assembled in Columbus, Indiana.

The new TITAN is covered by Nissan's recently announced "America's Best Truck Warranty"1 – featuring bumper-to-bumper coverage of 5-years/100,000-miles, whichever comes first. Vehicles covered by the new warranty, which includes basic and powertrain coverage, include all TITAN V8 gasoline-powered models and diesel and V8 gasoline-powered 2017 TITAN XD models.

For more information on TITAN and the complete Nissan vehicle lineup, please visit NissanNews.com.

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 annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. 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 U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

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.

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Kevin Raftery
Nissan Communications

1. Claim based on years/mileage (whichever occurs first) covered under the New Vehicle Limited Warranty basic coverage. Ward's 2016 Large Pickup Segmentation and Small Pickup Segmentation v. 2017 TITAN and TITAN XD. Nissan's New Vehicle Limited Warranty basic coverage excludes tires, corrosion coverage and federal and California emission performance and defect coverage. Other terms and conditions also apply. See dealer for complete warranty details. Warranty claim is current at time of printing.

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