FRANKLIN, Tenn. ? At the Chicago Auto Show earlier today, MotorWeek announced the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder as the winner of the "Best Large Utility" category in its annual 2013 Drivers' Choice Awards. The newly-redesigned Pathfinder was recognized for its shift to increased comfort and luxury compared to past models.
Pathfinder and the other 2013 Drivers' Choice Awards winners will be featured in a special episode ofMotorWeek, which will air on public television stations nationwide beginning February 9, and on Discovery's Velocity Network television channel beginning February 19.
Pierre Loing, Vice President, Product Planning, Nissan Americas, said: "The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder was completely redesigned to provide best-in-class standard towing capacity with cargo space for the entire family, and neither were compromised in pursuit of class-leading fuel efficiency. This honor solidifies the Pathfinder's unparalleled versatility, and we sincerely thank MotorWeek for their recognition."
The Drivers' Choice Awards recognize the best models in a variety of lifestyle categories ranging from family sedan to luxury car, large utilities and pickups. Awarded annually since 1983, MotorWeekbases its Drivers' Choice Awards on superior performance, technology, practicality, dollar value and driving experience. Unlike other industry benchmarks, MotorWeek's award categories reflect consumer buying trends and the full range of buyer preferences.
MotorWeek senior executive producer and longtime host John Davis added: "With a lighter unibody chassis and V6-only power, the Nissan Pathfinder remains plenty capable off road and can still tow 5,000 pounds." In 2012, Pathfinder was honored with an Automotive Excellence Award from Popular Mechanics for its versatility, styling and cargo-hauling utility.
The all-new 4th generation Pathfinder features a completely redesigned chassis and body, which, in conjunction with a class-exclusive Xtronic CVT® transmission*, helps the vehicle to attain class-leading fuel economy** of 26 mpg highway and a more comfortable ride than the outgoing model. Despite its increase in fuel efficiency, the 2013 Pathfinder is now a slightly larger vehicle as well, with best-in-class interior passenger volume* and best-in-class front headroom and front legroom*.
While the level of comfort and convenience is further augmented by segment-exclusive convenience technology such as Around View Monitor***, a class-exclusive 3rd row recline* and Easy Fill Tire Alert*, the Pathfinder maintains its capability with a class-leading standard towing capability* of 5,000 lbs and intuitive 4WD, featuring class-exclusive selectable 2WD, Auto and 4WD lock modes*.
Three generations of the Daunhauer family have owned the Byerly Auto Group, located in Louisville, Kentucky. And in another long-standing family tradition, the dealership has made donations to a nearby charity for more than two decades.
The business and the organization, Shively Area Ministries, or SAM, share more than a ZIP code, said Byerly Auto Group president Greg Daunhauer who serves on the SAM board.
The organization is one of 15 groups that are part of the Association of Community Ministries in Louisville. SAM and the other 14 groups offer food, utilities, prescription medication, rent assistance and other emergency financial assistance to those in crisis or poverty situations.
Employees of the dealership also distribute food at the Shively Area Ministries food pantry and adopt families served there during the holidays by taking up donations of food and money as well as and shopping for gifts. Daunhauer said that 1,653 children and adults were assisted by SAM at Christmas time last year.
The dealership has provided Shively Area Ministries with a van and performs the vehicle's ongoing maintenance and repair at no charge.
Daunhauer said the good works performed at Shively Area Ministries are numerous and really make a positive difference. Last year, 209 people received helped with utilities, more than 13,000 received food, and 1,420 people received clothing.
Byerly's donation allowed for the expansion of Shively Area Ministries' food pantry to better serve the growing demand for assistance.
For 12 years, thousands of pounds of food were stored off site in an older,
three-story farmhouse owned by Shively-based St. Stephen United Church of
Christ, said Shively Area Ministries executive director Roxanna Trivitt.
As a result of the dealership's donation, 1,500 square feet have been added to Shively Area Ministries' facility. The new portion features a garage door that allows for unloading food for the up to 50 families per day served by the food pantry.
The fact that the food storage is now on one level is much easier, especially since the new area has a large door to accommodate food delivery and drop off of donations, Trivitt said.
When the organization needs assistance to help others in the community, Byerly Auto Group delivers, Trivitt said. "I just call them a shining example of caring for the community in which they're doing business."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The reinvented 2013 Nissan Pathfinder was named to the top spot on the list of 10 Best Family Cars of 2013 from Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com today. The 2013 Nissan Altima also made this year's cut of KBB.com's top family-friendly vehicles. Each year, editors at Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com, the leading provider of new and used car information, develop their list of the 10 Best Family Cars based on characteristics that cater to unique family specifications and situations.
"The Pathfinder and Altima were both completely redesigned to enhance the driver and passenger experience with a bevy of technology and styling upgrades that satisfy the needs of the entire family," said Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. "The marketplace has embraced the new direction of these vehicles, and it's a tremendous honor to be recognized by Kelley Blue Book for our achievements in making Pathfinder and Altima two of the most family-friendly vehicles on the road today."
The 2013 Pathfinder represents a new synthesis of comfort and utility for this iconic, 27-year-old nameplate, with a more refined unibody construction providing a civilized ride yet maintaining best-in-class standard towing capacity of 5000 lbs. Kelley Blue Book's editors also recognized the vehicle's improved ride quality, better handling and best-in-class highway fuel economy of 26 mpg. Technology played a big role in Pathfinder's award as well, with KBB.com praising features such as available Around View® Monitor with "bird's eye" view, which the outlet claims is "among our favorite features in existence."
The all-new fourth-generation Pathfinder seats up to seven passengers comfortably and boasts best-in-class interior volume, best-in-class front headroom and legroom and class-exclusive reclining third row seats*. The Nissan EZ FlexTM Seating System allows the second row to move forward or backward up to 5 1/2 inches for easy access to the back row, even with a child seat installed. When carrying seven passengers, the Pathfinder still accommodates up to 16 cubic feet of cargo.
The 2013 Nissan Altima, launched in June of 2012, was included among KBB.com's 10 Best Family Cars due to its "sharp new look, tech-savvy features, refined driving characteristics and class-leading fuel economy" of 38 mpg. KBB.com gave special mention to Altima's "comfortable seating for five and a host of safety features including blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist."
The fifth-generation Altima is equipped with standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®. Other innovative technologies offered on Altima include NissanConnectSM and NissanConnectSM Navigation with a suite of Bluetooth® phone connectivity features including hands-free text message integration, Pandora® playback, real-time Google® POI search and more. Easy Fill Tire Alert adds further convenience for drivers and passengers who are protected by next-generation Safety Shield Technologies including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) systems.
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