2013 New York International Auto Show Report: Nissan Debuts 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid, NV200 Mobility Taxi at 2013 New York International Auto Show

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid set for late summer, offers 26 mpg fuel economy (estimated combined city/highway), 526-mile driving range

Wheelchair accessible “Mobility Taxi” added to Nissan NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow” program

Custom Nissan NV200 “Gibson Repair & Restoration Van” also on display

After nearly doubling sales of Pathfinder since the October 2012 introduction of an all-new fourth-generation design, Nissan‘s iconic SUV took another major step forward today with the world debut of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid at a press conference at the 2013  New York International Auto Show.

The 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid, the first of several upcoming Nissan hybrid models, is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers in the United States in late summer. Featuring a supercharged 2.5-liter gasoline engine, 15 kW electric motor and advanced Nissan Intelligent Dual Clutch hybrid control system, it will be priced at around $3,000 USD above the standard 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine-powered Pathfinder models.

Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi debuted at 2013 New York International Auto Show.  (PRNewsFoto/Nissan North America)

Nissan NV200 Mobility Taxi debuted at 2013 New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Nissan North America)

Also making its New York debut today was the wheelchair accessible version of the Nissan NV200 Taxi, which will become available as part of Nissan’s NV200 “Taxi of Tomorrow” Program that rolls out this coming fall. Converted by Indiana-based BraunAbility, the NV200 Mobility Taxi features a rear ramp and an industry-first integrated restraint system that provides safe and quick securing of wheelchairs. The rear ramp access eliminates the need for wheelchair users to cross traffic to enter or exit – an important feature for New York City’s network of one-way streets. The Nissan Mobility Taxi looks and functions like a standard NV200 Taxi until the mobility function is needed.

Said Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Executive Vice President Andy Palmer : “Our mindset at Nissan is to lead the way with innovative solutions to the challenges of modern, sustainable mobility with the goal of reaching 100 percent zero emissions, like the LEAF. That means creating cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles like the Pathfinder Hybrid that serve people on the move, and vehicles like the NV200 Mobility Taxi that offer expanded functionality while keeping a small environmental footprint.Continue reading

MINI PLANT LEADS CELEBRATION OF 100 YEARS OF CAR-MAKING IN OXFORD

British Transport Secretary opens centenary exhibition in new Visitor Centre and views multi-million pound investment for next generation MINI

Today a centenary exhibition was opened in the new Visitor Centre at MINI Plant Oxford by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Harald Krueger, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, to mark this major industrial milestone. One hundred years ago to the day, the first ‘Bullnose’ Morris Oxford was built by William Morris just a few hundred meters from where the modern MINI plant stands.

OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 27: A Bullnose Morris Oxford, the first car to be manufactured by William Morris on 28th March 1913, (L) and a MINI Roadster, the most recent car to enter production in 2012 are displayed to celebrate 100 years of car manufacturing in Oxford on March 27, 2013 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Gettyimages)

OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM – MARCH 27: A Bullnose Morris Oxford, the first car to be manufactured by William Morris on 28th March 1913, (L) and a MINI Roadster, the most recent car to enter production in 2012 are displayed to celebrate 100 years of car manufacturing in Oxford on March 27, 2013 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Gettyimages)

With a weekly production of just 20 vehicles in 1913, the business grew rapidly and over the century 11.65 million cars were produced, bearing 13 different British brands and one Japanese. Almost 500, 000 people have worked at the plant in the past 100 years and in the early 1960s numbers peaked at 28,000. Today, Plant Oxford employs 3,700 associates who manufacture up to 900 MINIs every day. Continue reading