Nissan planning new engine variations for its next-generation Titan pickup

Article by Christian A., on April 13, 2010

Ever since Nissan's plan to jointly develop the next-generation full-sized Titan pickup with Chrysler off the Dodge Ram collapsed last year, Nissan's engineers and designers had been hard at work.

At the recent New York Auto Show, Larry Dominique, Nissan North America's vice president for product planning and the leader of the project to create the original Titan, said that the plan had been to launch the product in 2011.

However, since Nissan has been left on its own to accomplish the project, then it is bound to take longer. In fact, it has yet to schedule a launch date. Dominique added that the company is doing what it can to speed up the development but that for now, it is unable to state what those dates are. Dominique also declined to provide details about the homegrown Titan.

From what we know about the initial plan that was shelved, they wanted to add engine variations for the Titan. The Ram is offered in several powertrains, including a diesel engine. Meanwhile, Nissan's current Titan has only one engine to offer -- a 5.6-liter V-8.

Dominique said that the company has not yet finalized the engine options for the vehicle. In particular, he said that they're considering downsized powertrains, an enhanced V-8, and diesel powertrains.

Headquartered in Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan Jidosha Kabushiki-gaisha) is Japanese multinational carmaker that produces and sells cars under the Nissan, Infiniti, and Datsun brands.

In 1928, Yoshisuke Aikawa established the Nihon Sangyo holding company, with the 'Nissan' name originating as an abbreviation for Nihon Sangyo. Nihon Sangyo was zaibatsu (business group) that included Tobata Casting and Hitachi. Nissan only entered automobile manufacturing in 1933, when carmaker DAT Jidosha Seizo merged into Tobata Casting.

Jidosha-Seizo Co., Ltd. was officially founded on December 26, 1933 under the Nissan Group. It assumed the automobile parts division separated from Tobata Casting. In May 1934, the carmaker completed the construction of its Yokohama plant in 1935. In June that year, Jidosha-Seizo was renamed as Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.

In 1937, Nissan changed its name to Manchuria Heavy Industries Developing Co. In 1944, the company was renamed Nissan Heavy Industries, Ltd. In 1949, the company reverted to the Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. name.

In December 1952, Nissan entered into a technological cooperation agreement with Austin Motor Co., Ltd. of the United Kingdom and established Nissan Motor Corporation in the United States in September 1960. In July 1980, Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation U.S.A. (NMMC) was established.

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