Rogue and Titan make Nissan’s April results. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 2, 2017 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport w/ the 2.0L I4 mated to a CVT in FWD S trim - $22,380 to start incl. the $960 D&H charge offers owners a 25/32 mpg city/highway rating vs the std. Rogue w/ the 2.5L's 26/33 mpg city/highway rating. 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Trims The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport arrives with an S, SV and SL trim in both FWD and AWD. The Rogue Sport S includes the following features standard. V-motion grille LED DRLs Auto off Headlamps LED taillamps Rear spoiler Variable F&R wipers Direct injected 141 hp and 147 lb-ft. of torque 2.0L I4 7.0:1 Wide Ratio CVT Independent front end with 23 mm stabilizer bar Independent rear end with 19 mm stabilizer bar 16” steel wheels with covers and 215/65R16 all-season tires The Rogue Sport SV adds 17” alloys w/ 215/60R17 tires, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate, Proximity Key, roof rack, Divide-N-Hide Cargo System, dual illuminated vanity mirrors and LED turn signals on the outside mirrors. Rogue Sport SL adds leather front seats, Remote Start, NissanConnect with Navigation, Mobile Apps and Services, 7.0” color touch-screen display, and NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM. Rogue Sport SL add heated front seats, seatback pocket on driver's seat, Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), 19” alloys, with 225/45R19 tires, fog lights, heated outside mirrors, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather-wrapped shift knob. Five optional equipment packages are offered – S Appearance Package, SV All-Weather Package, Premium Package (SV and SL) and SL Platinum Package. 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Exterior The Rogue Sport is highlighted by a V-Motion front grille with a piano black insert that looks even better than the std., Rogue imho. LED DRLs, halogens lamps with auto off function, and available LED low-beams, fogs, and auto on/off function and High Beam Assist (HBA) in higher end trims. The Rogue’s LED boomerang-shaped taillights and rear spoiler carry over into the Rogue Sport. The Rogue Sport is a bit smaller than the std. Rogue with a 2.3” shorter wheelbase at 104.2” and a 12.1” shorter overall length at 172.4”. 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Interior Moving inside, the Rogue Sport seats include a standard 6-way adjustable driver's seat, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat with rear seat center armrest and rear seat heating/cooling center console vents. Also available are a 6-way power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, leather-appointed seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and heated steering wheel. Leather-appointed seating is standard on the SL grade. Considering the Rogue Sport’s passenger volume of 96.0 cu. ft., it is significantly smaller than the regular Rogue’s 105.8 cu. ft. The Rogue Sport’s cargo volume however provides 22.9/61.1 cu. ft. of cargo volume with the 2nd row up/down which compares very favorable to the 39.3/70.0 cu. ft. of cargo volume that of the regular Rogue. The rear cargo area does include the brands Divide-N-Hide Cargo System (SV and SL grades). The instrument panel features Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges and 5.0” center meter color display with Advanced Driver Assist Display. The front center console includes an integral armrest and storage compartment, along with a 12-volt power outlet. Rogue Sport SV and SL grades include a proximity key with Push Button Start. Standard interior features include. Also available is dual-zone automatic air conditioning. The available Remote Engine Start (RES) system7 provides flexibility to start the Rogue Sport remotely using the keyless entry fob. 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Infotainment The 2017 Rogue Sport arrives with standard SiriusXM, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary audio input jack, USB connection port for iPod interface, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, Streaming Audio via Bluetooth, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant (compatible smartphone required) and RearView Monitor. Notice the exclusion of both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay continues? Rogue Sport SL trims include NissanConnect with Navi plus the Mobile Apps standard. It offers a 7.0” color touch-screen display, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link. Also available is the imho excellent Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD) and Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC). Two interior colors are offered: Charcoal and Light Grey, along with available Gun Metal or Piano Black finishers. 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Drivetrain Moving from the std. Rogues 170 hp and 175 lb-ft. of torque 2.5L I4 mated to the CVT, the Sport includes a less powerful 141 hp and 2.0L right from the Rogue Hybrid minus the hybrids electric motor. The 2.0L I4 is mated to the same 7.0:1 wide ratio CVT as the standard Rogue but with its std. P215/65R16 tires vs. the Rogue’s P225/65R17s, RPM@60 is almost 100 RPM higher. 1,803 vs. 1,708 RPM@60 mph. An indication of where the majority of the 1 mpg highway rating loss may have been incurred. Both have the same Cd of 0.33 but the Sport’s shorter length – shorter cord length – may have hurt its highway efficiency as well. The Rogue Sport SV trim with its larger 17” alloys and P215/65R17 tires reduce the differential somewhat with a calculated 1,739 RPM@60 mph rev result. The 1 mpg lower city rating is a bit more perplexing as the Sport is for all practical purposes 200 lbs. lighter than the std. Rogue. 3,225 vs 3,424. The reason for this efficiency discussion is because of our recent 2017 CR-V drive proving it to be the segment efficiency leader – the Niro Hybrid owns the compact segment – with the std. Rogue being the second most efficient about 5 to 7 percent behind despite what the EPA ratings tell us. The Rogue Sport is a compact yet appears not to even match the std. Rogue and especially the CR-V. The 2018 Equinox with the 1.6L TD will surely top the entire segment once it becomes available. 2017 Rogue Sport Safety The Rogue Sport arrives with TPMS, Easy Fill Tire Alert, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS), Brake Assist (BA), Brake Force Distribution (EBFD), Hill Start Assist (HAS), Active Trace Control, Active Engine Braking and Active Ride Control are all standard. To make the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating – the Rogue has achieved that rating, the Rogue Sport has not yet been tested, it can be equipped with Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) w/ Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP). The 2017 Rogue Sport is available in 10 exterior colors – led by the bold Monarch Orange and Nitro Lime. Other colors are Mocha Almond, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Palatial Ruby, Pearl White, Glacier White and Caspian Blue. Nissan April 2017 Sales Overview Nissan including its Infiniti subsidiary’s total U.S. sales for April 2017 reached 121,998 vehicles, down 1.5 percent from the 123,861 sold in April of 2016. On a Daily Selling Rate (DSR) basis, sales were actually positive by 2.3 percent. YTD sales of 538,889 are up 2.8 percent over the 524,065 sold through the same period of 2016. On a DSR basis, sales are up a healthy 3.8 percent. Nissan on its owned achieved April sales of 111,201 sales, down 2 percent below the 113,429 sold in April of 2016. YTD sales of 484,531 are up 0.7 percent over the 480,973 sold through the same period of 2016. From the sales release, there were two models that once again stood out. Rogue achieved record April sales of 27,386, up 18.2 percent over the 23,173 sold in April of 2016. YTD sales of 128,807 are up a very strong 39.9 percent over the 92,209 sold through the same period of 2016. The Titan continues to “pick up” buyers <-- I know, it wasn’t that funny – with April sales of 4,033, up 314.7 percent over the 1,010 sold in April of 2016. YTD sales of 15,328 are up 258 percent over the mostly outgoing models 4,281 vehicles sold through the same period of 2016. 2017 Nissan Titan The U.S. Automobile April 2017 vs. April 2016 Market Share results. It was a tough month for GM in terms of their profit center(s) with the Silverado, Sierra, Colorado, and Canyon being outsold by the F-Series. Notice the RAM. For the second month in a row it outsold the Silverado. The Accord broke back into the Top 10 with the Altima falling off. Notice the highly regarded 2017 Toyota Prius Prime outsold the Volt for the first time and took the top spot in the electric segment. Kia’s Niro achieved sales of 2,939 sold and its sales volume is still climbing with another 235 units added from last month’s 2,704 sold. U.S. April 2017 Sales vs. April 2016 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 18 Automobile Manufacturers GM April 2017 Sales Down 5.8% with 244,406 Vehicles sold Ford April 2017 Sales Down 7.2% with 214,695 Vehicles sold Toyota April 2017 Sales Down 4.4% with 201,926 Vehicles sold FCA April 2017 Sales Down 6.6% with 177,441 Vehicles sold Honda April 2017 Sales Down 7.0% with 138,386 Vehicles sold Nissan April 2017 Sales Down 1.5% with 121,998 Vehicles sold Hyundai April 2017 Sales were up 1.3% with 63,050 Vehicles sold Kia April 2017 Sales Down 5.6% with 53,358 Vehicles sold Subaru April 2017 Sales Up 3.9% with 52,368 Vehicles sold Mercedes-Benz April 2017 Sales Down 8.7% with 29,490 Vehicles sold VW April 2017 Sales Up 1.6% with 27,557 Vehicles sold BMW April 2017 Sales Down 12.2% with 26,105 Vehicles sold Mazda April 2017 Sales Down 7.8% with 24,164 Vehicles sold Audi April 2017 Sales Up 5.1% with 18,711 Vehicles sold Jaguar/Land Rover April 2017 Sales Up 34.5% with 8,441 Vehicles sold Mitsubishi April 2017 Sales Down 13.4% with 8,375 Vehicles sold Volvo April 2017 Sales Up 15.4% with 7,121 Vehicles sold Porsche April 2017 Sales Up 2.2% with 5,529 Vehicles sold In April, Honda moved ahead of Nissan, Kia ahead of Subaru, and both Mercedes-Benz and VW moved ahead of BMW. U.S. Automobile April 2017 sales were off 4.0 percent on a volume basis (1.44 million vs 1.50 million) but just 0.7 percent on a DSR Daily Selling Rate basis. 26 selling days in April of 2017 vs 27 in April of 2016. The industry is beginning to slow. How long the OEMs will be able to maintain profit margins with mildly sinking sales remains to be seen. Ford's weak quarter announced last week may be just the start of a longer term decline for the industry. There will still be profits but lower financial results on lower volumes are probably in the cards for the U.S. market over the short to intermediate term.