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June 19, 2019

  • TITAN only full-size truck in the top 10; ties for seventh in fewest overall problems among 257 vehicles studied
  • Maxima wins "Large Car" segment
  • Frontier, Versa, Murano and Rogue all produce top 3 category rankings
  • Nissan moves up three spots in brand rankings - becoming the top-performing Japanese nameplate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The strength of Nissan's dedication to new vehicle quality showed across the board in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) - led by the Nissan TITAN full-size pickup. TITAN was ranked not only the best performer in the "Large Light Duty Pickup" segment with 66 problems per hundred vehicles (PPH), but also tied for seventh in fewest overall problems among all 257 vehicles studied.

In addition, Nissan had no models in its car, truck, crossover and SUV lineup with more than 100 PPH and performed better than the industry average for the fourth consecutive year. For 2019, Nissan moved up one spot to fifth (Non-Premium). Since the 2015 model year, Nissan has improved 35 PPH.

J.D. Power measures initial quality by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership, with a lower score reflecting higher quality.

"It is rewarding to see Nissan's continuous improvement in the J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study over the past several years, and it is especially good to see TITAN and Maxima win their IQS categories for 2019," said Heath Holtz, senior vice president, manufacturing, supply chain management and purchasing, Nissan North America, Inc. "Initial quality is one important metric for our manufacturing team's performance, but the pursuit of excellence across the Nissan lineup never stops."

TITAN is assembled at Nissan's Canton, Mississippi plant, with engines provided by the Decherd, Tennessee powertrain assembly plant. TITAN is powered by a 390-horsepower 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 gasoline engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and is available in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. It is offered in Crew Cab, King Cab and Single Cab body configurations. Pricing starts at $36,680 MSRP1.

Nissan Maxima was ranked first in the "Large Car" segment with 76 PPH, while the Nissan Frontier midsize pickup finished second in the Midsize Pickup segment with 95 PPH. Three popular Nissan vehicles ranked third in their categories - Nissan Versa (94 PPH), Nissan Murano (tied with 78 PPH) and Nissan Rogue (tied with 81 PPH).

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 J.D. Power
J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power has offices serving North America, South America, Asia Pacific and Europe.

 
 
    
 

 


How to be hurricane ready

The beginning of June marks the start of Atlantic hurricane season. Check out the following tips to help protect your car in case severe weather strikes.

What to do well in advance:

-Prepare an evacuation route.

-Store emergency supplies in your trunk. The basics include a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, and prescription medications.

-Get a full tank of gas. Fuel may be in short supply after the storm.

-Make sure the windshield wipers are in good shape, and the tires (including your spare) are properly inflated.

-Place your auto and home insurance documents, vehicle registration, title, and other important documents in a waterproof bag and keep them with you.

-Charge your cell phone and plan to bring it if you evacuate.


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Safe Driving Tips For Teenage Drivers

It's a fact: teenage drivers account for more auto accidents than any other age group.

However, by practicing safe driving techniques―such as driving defensively―you'll increase the odds you'll keep yourself (and your passengers) safe on the road and you'll increase your chances of getting more affordable car insurance as you build a good driving record.  

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Safety Tips for Teen Drivers

Whether you're just getting ready to hit the road or have been driving for months―or even years―take some time to review these 8 safe driving tips.

1) Keep Your Cell Phone Off

Multiple studies indicate using a cell phone while driving is the equivalent of driving drunk―that's even when using a hands-free phone. 

NOTE: Your state may prohibit the use of cell phones while driving. An increasing amount of states are creating laws regarding cell phone use and texting. Often, younger drivers face stricter laws. 

2) Don't Text

Research shows texting―on average―causes a loss of focus on the road for 4.6 seconds. You can drive the length of a full football field in that time. A lot can go wrong while you drive the length of a football field without your eyes on the road. 

Don't try the "texting-while-stopped" approach, either, as many states ban texting while behind the wheel. And, when you have your head down, you won't notice key developments that may occur. Remember, you still need to pay attention to the road when you're stopped. 

3) Turn on Your Headlights

Using your headlights increases your visibility and help other drivers see you, even when you feel like it's light out. 

In the early morning and early evening (dusk), you need to use your lights or other drivers might not see you, which can be disastrous. 

4) Obey the Speed Limit

Speeding is a major contributor to fatal teen accidents. That's especially true when driving on roads with lots of traffic or with which you're not familiar. 

Don't feel pressured to keep up with traffic if it seems like everyone else is flying by you. Driving a safe speed helps ensure your well-being, and keeps you away from costly traffic tickets that can cause a sharp hike in your auto insurance premiums.

5) Minimize Distractions

It may be tempting to eat, drink, flip around the radio dial, or play music loudly while you're cruising around town; however, all can cause your mind or vision to wander, even for a few seconds. 

As an inexperienced driver, you are more apt to lose control of your car. Distractions can significantly increase the chances that you 1) not notice impending danger or notice it too late and 2) lose the ability to control the vehicle. 

6) Drive Solo

Having a single teen passenger in your car can double the risk of causing a car accident. Adding additional teen passengers causes the risk to escalate.

7) Practice Defensive Driving

Always be aware of the traffic ahead, behind, and next to you, and have possible escape routes in mind. Stay at least one car length behind the car in front of you in slower speeds, and maintain a larger buffer zone with faster speeds.

Some car insurance companies will even give you a discount if you take an approved defensive driving course to improve your driving skills. 

8) Choose a Safe Car

If possible, drive a safe car with the latest safety equipment (such as anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and air bags), and one with an excellent crash safety record. 

Final Word: Teens Becoming Safe Drivers

There's no substitute for driving experience and the wisdom that age brings, but by applying the above tips you'll enhance the odds you won't become a teenage driver accident statistic. Also, when you have a good driving record free of accidents, it's easier to find cheap car insurance in the future.