Report: Nissan Titan on final legs
Automotive News reports that the Nissan Titan is on the chopping block.
Leaving in 2024 or 2025?
“Nissan Motor Co. plans to exit the full-size pickup market after years of failing to make a major dent in the giant Detroit-dominated segment,” A said.
The truck may stick around through the 2024 or 2025 model year. But when it comes time to redesign it, a source tells ANissan won’t.
Asked for comment, a Nissan spokesperson was elusive. “Titan is an important part of the Nissan showroom,” said Brian Brockman. It “remains in Nissan’s truck lineup for the 2022 model year and beyond.” Notably, this does not contradict the report.
The top three selling vehicles in the United States most years are the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado, and the Ram 1500. The Silverado’s dressier sibling, the GMC Sierra, usually falls just outside the top 10.
There are only two other full-size trucks on the market: the Toyota Tundra and the Titan. The Tundra has been redesigned for the 2022 model year. Our test riders say its ride has improved dramatically, and its new twin-turbo V6 does an impressive job of replacing the V8. But his sales figures did not threaten the Big Three.
The Titan even follows this. Nissan sold less than 28,000 of its big truck throughout last year. The third-placed Chevy Silverado routinely does more than that in a slow month.
With its standard V8, long list of safety features and 5-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, the Nissan Titan is the right choice for many buyers. But the sales figures did not hold up.
Could be a steal… but not yet
In a normal year, that’s where we’d tell you to consider buying a Titan, which starts at $38,810. News of a car‘s impending cancellation often drives prices down, allowing buyers to score a bargain.
And while Americans are in love with the new, there’s a pretty good argument for buying a truck on an aging platform. Engineers have had years since the current Titan’s debut in 2015 to resolve any design issues. Today’s Titan is a proven workhorse with the longest warranty in its class.
But a worldwide shortage of microchips has pushed the price of almost all new cars to record highs. Even unpopular models sell above the list price.
That may not be true, however, next year. If you know you’ll be on the hunt for a new truck in the next year or two, keep an eye on Titan prices as the microchip shortage eases. There may be a window where you can nab one for a reasonable price if news of an official end is approaching.