NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The latest Truckumentary video for the 2016 Nissan Titan full-size pickup focuses on the all-new model's resistance to noise, vibration and harshness.
Previous entries in the Truckumentary series focused on design, cold-weather testing and "Truck Love."
Chapter 8 in the Truckumentary series, entitled "The Sounds of Silence," shows how engineers at Nissan's Arizona Test Center in Stanfield, Arizona, and its Technical Center North America in Farmington Hills, Michigan, put the 2016 Titan through a series of laboratory and on-road sound-quality tests.
The results were then used to help reduce or eliminate unpleasant noise and vibrations in order to improve the ride experience for drivers and passengers.
As John DeYoung, senior manager of Nissan's Noise and Vibration Test Group, points out in the video: "People use the truck to go camping on the weekend, to go to dinner with their families, and they use it as their work vehicle.
"So it's important for the truck to be functional, but just as important to be able to take phone calls and be able to work and live in the truck. Quietness is a key selling point for a lot of people for full-sized trucks now."
To help ensure the level of quietness expected by customers — while maintaining what Nissan calls "a still-pleasing exhaust note" — engineers tested the 2016 Titan's engine by placing microphones and sensors at 70 points around the vehicle, while the entire powertrain was measured at 120 points and the body at more than 100 points.
Some tests were conducted with computer modeling, others subjected the truck to pounding by hydraulic shakers on the wheels and still others took place on a variety of road surfaces at the Arizona test facility.
As a result of these kinds of sophisticated NVH test procedures, says Nissan noise and vibration supervisor Bruce Parrish in the video, some trucks "are better than some of the cars out there."
Edmunds says: Buyers now want the sound quality in a pickup truck to rival that of a car. Nissan is doing its part to meet expectations.