The new Nissan Altima was inspired — at least partly — by Bunz the Nissan rabbit.
You read that correctly. The Nissan design team has years of experience, some of the latest equipment on the market, and a staff of prodigies to help come up with styling and features to wow drivers. However, the team also has an adorable rabbit named Bunz that meanders around the office.
According to The News Wheel, the California branch of the Nissan design office frequently takes a break from the highly competitive world that is the auto industry to find comfort in their furry friend. Bunz, a four-year-old dwarf Lionhead rabbit, is primarily housed by team member Jacqueline Reeve, though the bunny is considered an essential member of the team by most of the crew.
“Designing cars is a serious and competitive business,” said Taro Ueda, vice president, Nissan Design America. “Designers thrive in unique, fast-paced and creatively demanding environments, but it’s important to have an open mind and outside inspiration, even if sparked by a bunny visiting the office.”
Frequently referred to as Nissan Design America’s “Ambassador of Hoppy-ness,” Bunz the Nissan rabbit looks like a ball of fuzz with a pink bow on top. While not a conventional asset among design teams, a rabbit like Bunz helps designers to clear their heads and step outside the box on occasion.
For more than two decades, the Nissan Altima has been a favorite among drivers looking for a versatile, functional, and stylish sedan that delivers big where it matters most. The all-new 2019 Nissan Altima pays tribute to this legacy — and it also takes things to a new level with drastically updated style, more tech-savvy features, and new engine and drivetrain options.
Longer, wider, and lower than ever, the 2019 Nissan Altima features a clean, aerodynamic profile, a stunning floating roof design, a bold V-shaped grille, and distinctive boomerang-styled taillights. Inside, the 2019 Altima comes standard with a 7-inch instrument cluster display and an advanced 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display that provides Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility.
The 2019 Nissan Altima features a more thrilling powertrain, too. For the first time, the Altima offers optional all-wheel drive. It’s also equipped with a vigorous new turbocharged inline-four engine that’s capable of 248 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.
These updates represent the most significant reworking of this popular sedan in more than a decade, and the result of this total overhaul is Nissan’s most striking Altima ever. At Cronic Nissan, we’re proud of the new 2019 Altima, and we’d love to give you an up-close look at what this beauty can do.
The first eight months of 2015 were fantastic for the Altima, with over 238,200 units sold. That’s a 1.3% increase over the first eight months of 2014. The redesigned 2016 Nissan Altima will roll out to the public come mid-November and the changes aren’t anything to scoff at.
The newest Altima is a real rival for its main competitor and front runner, the Toyota Camry. Even with the growing popularity of SUVs and crossovers, sedans are still one of the bestselling segments in America.
In an effort to take the lead, Nissan has pulled out all the stops, including adding advanced safety features, a luxurious interior, and much more.
Topping out the list of advanced safety features are forward emergency braking, forward collision warning, and radar-based blind spot warning. These safety features were previously only available on the Infiniti brand.
On the inside, the 2016 Altima’s changes include freshly designed seats, a new center stack, and higher quality materials.
Better yet, Nissan stated that the Altima will also come with an SR sport package. That model will bring cosmetic changes like alloy rims and a new grille, as well as mechanical changes like a 258% stiffer rear stabilizer.
We here at Cronic Nissan can’t want to see who prevails in the midsize segment!