Rogue is on fire while the all-new 2016 Titan XD is about to be unleashed. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Dec. 1, 2015 2016 Titan XD Drivetrain and Towing Detail with Nissan's Rich Miller and Cummins' Steve Sanders The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is what in this day and age would be a true crossover but not in the SUV/CUV sense. The all-new Titan XD is an all-new new platform that splits the difference between a ¾ ton truck that can handle towing heavier commercial loads – up to 12,300 lbs. – and do it at a reasonable price - ~ $40,000 to start in S trim - with all the amenities and more of a less capable ½ ton. The starting $40,000 USD price base S trim includes a powerful 310 hp Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel mated to a heavy-duty 6-speed Aisin automatic transmission through a HD 3.91 rear diff and American axles. Like most Nissan’s nowadays, they arrive with unique features not found in vehicles anywhere else. The Titan XD follows this same path with a standard Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – including checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights. A RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides is also part of the package. The Titan XD can be equipped with the excellent birds eye Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD). Two trailer hitches are available, including an integrated gooseneck hitch engineered into the frame and easily accessible in the bed. Following the launch of the 2016 Titan XD Crew Cab this month, it will soon be offered in as a Std. and Extended Cab variant with two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels. Towing confidence was demonstrated with 9,000 lbs up 6 percent grades with hardly a growl. A 3.5L through 6.2L gas engine from the domestic competitors would have been screaming a lot harder to tow the same load up the same grade. Nissan November 2015 Sales Overview Nissan released its November 2015 U.S. sales results reached 107,083 vehicles, up 3.8 percent over the 103,188 vehicles sold in November of 2014. Not only is that result a new all-time November record, it was accomplished with two fewer selling days than November of 2014! Year to date, the brand has sold 1,345,618 vehicles, up 6.0 percent over the 1,269,577 sold through the same period of 2014. Nissan November 2015 Brand Sales Highlights Nissan Rogue sales set a November record with 22,565 sold, up 49.8 percent over the 15,067 sold in November of 2014. Year to date is proving the Rogue has staying power with 260,711 vehicles sold, up 41.4 percent over the 184,320 sold through the same period of 2014. Yup, that is fire hot! Murano sales of 5,574 vehicles sold in November was up 45.2 percent over the 3,840 sold in November of 2014. Year to date, this beautifully penned 5-passenger CUV reached 55,824 new drives, up 30.0 percent over the 42,934 sold through the same period of 2014. At the #AZAutoShow, Nissan brought one of their all-new 2016 Titan XDs to the show floor. 2016 Nissan Titan XD As I stood in the Nissan area for maybe 15 minutes, I saw and overheard a lot of interest in this new 1/2 to 3/4 Ton cross duty entry from the hard charging Japanese Automaker with deep American roots here at the show. It may not light the full sized truck segment on fire but it will certainly be a consideration for those that need 8,000 to 12,300 pound tow capability for a 1/2 ton price. November 2015 Segment Sales Totals U.S. November 2015 Sales vs. November 2014 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 14 Automobile Manufacturers GM November 2015 Sales Up 1.5% with 229,296 Vehicles Sold. Toyota November 2015 Sales Up 3.4% with 189,517 Vehicles Sold. Ford November 2015 Sales Up 0.4% with 187,794 Vehicles Sold. FCA November 2015 Sales Up 3.0% with 175,974 Vehicles Sold. Honda November 2015 Sales Down 5.2% with 115,441 Vehicles Sold. Nissan November 2015 Sales Up 3.8% with 107,083 Vehicles Sold. Hyundai November 2015 Sales Up 11.8% with 60,007 Vehicles Sold. Subaru November 2015 Sales Up 1.8% with 46,070 Vehicles Sold. Kia November 2015 Sales Up 1.4% with 45,553 Vehicles Sold. BMW November 2015 Sales Up 1.2% with 36,447 Vehicles Sold. Mercedes-Benz November 2015 Sales Down 11.7% with 33,475 Vehicles Sold. VW November 2015 Sales Down 24.7% with 23,882 Vehicles Sold. Mazda November 2015 Sales Up 7.0% with 22,732 Vehicles Sold. Audi November 2015 Sales Up 0.4% % with 16,700 Vehicles Sold. Toyota moved past Ford to become the second largest volume seller in the U.S. in November. The auto industry posted strong November sales of more than 1.32 million vehicles, up 2.3 percent over November of 2014 despite just 23 selling days this November vs. 25 selling days in November of 2014. For the year, light duty sales are trending to finish off the year at approximately 17.4 million, the highest since 2000. November was the third consecutive month in a row with a SAAR above 18 million. The six-month moving average for the SAAR is quickly approaching 18.0 million. Placing this number into perspective, the industry’s best U.S. sales year ever was 2000, when 17.8 million light duty vehicles were delivered.