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Nissan presents Vmotion 2.0 Concept during 2017 Detroit Auto Show

With the Vmotion 2.0 Concept, Nissan hopes to show the future of its Intelligent Mobility technology and what direction its sedan design is headed. This concept vehicle was revealed by the brand through a press conference conducted during the 2017 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit.

The Vmotion 2.0 shows a good combination of an emotional design with an excellent sense of style. It offers enough room on the inside with features designed for comfort and technological systems integrated to it.

Overall length of the Vmotion 2.0 is at 191.3 in. (4,860 mm), making it shorter compared to the Altima. Meanwhile, the wheelbase measuring 112.2 in. (2,850 mm) is actually longer than the Altima, and even the Maxima. Excluding door mirrors, width is at 74.4 in. (1,890 mm), meaning it is lower than many of the brand’s sedans. The height of 54.3 in. (1,380 mm) gives it an appearance that exudes style.

Considering that Nissan wanted to focus on the technology and style, there is no word yet on what powertrain will be equipped in the Vmotion 2.0. The only thing confirmed is that this concept vehicle will be fitted with the brand’s latest autonomous-driving technology known as the ProPilot.

One of the things this system can do is navigate the roads without the need for any human intervention. For other drivers, it is easy to know that the ProPilot has been activated as both the emblem in the front and the diffuser in the rear light up.

With the Vmotion 2.0 Concept, Nissan hopes to show the future of its Intelligent Mobility technology and what direction its sedan design is headed. This concept vehicle was revealed by the brand through a press conference conducted during the 2017 North American International Auto Show held in Detroit.

The Vmotion 2.0 shows a good combination of an emotional design with an excellent sense of style. It offers enough room on the inside with features designed for comfort and technological systems integrated to it.

Overall length of the Vmotion 2.0 is at 191.3 in. (4,860 mm), making it shorter compared to the Altima. Meanwhile, the wheelbase measuring 112.2 in. (2,850 mm) is actually longer than the Altima, and even the Maxima. Excluding door mirrors, width is at 74.4 in. (1,890 mm), meaning it is lower than many of the brand’s sedans. The height of 54.3 in. (1,380 mm) gives it an appearance that exudes style.

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2017 NAIAS: Nissan unveils the US-bound Qashqai as Rogue Sport

It isn’t merely speculation anymore – Nissan is bringing the Qashqai mid-size crossover to the United States, but with a different name. In fact, Nissan has confirmed that this mid-size crossover will have its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, widely known as the Detroit Auto Show.

As we have reported, Nissan intends for the Qashqai to fill the size gap between the smaller Juke and the larger Rogue. The addition of the Qashqai – the best-selling mid-size SUV in Europe -- as a complement to the Juke and the Rogue would allow Nissan to benefit from the seemingly insatiable hunger for SUVs in the US, where motorists have been switching from passenger cars to utility vehicles. While there is a real business case for the US launch of the Qashqai in the US, Nissan was expected to rename the SUV since American buyers might have some trouble pronouncing “Qashqai.”

Nissan did rename the Qashqai as the new Nissan Rogue Sport. Nissan eventually decided to use the Rogue moniker – with the Sport suffix – as it is already a known nameplate in the US. Mike Bunce, Nissan North America vice president of product planning, remarked that since Nissan managed to build a lot of equity on the Rogue, it only makes sense to piggyback on its popularity by renaming the Qashqai as the Rogue Sport.

Nissan has been experiencing surging demand for the larger Rogue in the US. As a matter of fact, the Rogue dislodged the Altima as Nissan’s best-selling model in the US for 2016, with sales of nearly 330,000 units for the SUV and just over 307,000 units for the sedan. In addition, Nissan sold 40,477 Rogue SUVs in the US in December 2016, breaking the all-time single month sales record.

With a length of 172.4 inches and a height of 62.5 inches (wheelbase of 104.2 inches), the 2017 Rogue Sport is a bit smaller than the 2017 Rogue, which measures 184.5 inches in length and 68.1 inches in height (wheelbase of 106.5 inches). It will be powered -- as standard – by a 2.0-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) system engine that provides up to 141 hp of output and up to 147 lb.-ft. of torque.

It will be paired with an Xtronic transmission – a continuously variable transmission that comes with an eco-mode switch and that allows drivers to choose whether it should send power to the front wheels or all four. Nissan will commence sales of the Rogue Sport across the US in spring 2017, in three grade levels -- S, SV and SL.

Nissan has also unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show a new sedan concept that will provide a glimpse into Nissan’s future design direction. This sedan concept also provides clues to Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the carmaker’s roadmap for achieving zero emissions as well as zero fatalities.

It isn’t merely speculation anymore – Nissan is bringing the Qashqai mid-size crossover to the United States, but with a different name. In fact, Nissan has confirmed that this mid-size crossover will have its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, widely known as the Detroit Auto Show.

As we have reported, Nissan intends for the Qashqai to fill the size gap between the smaller Juke and the larger Rogue. The addition of the Qashqai – the best-selling mid-size SUV in Europe -- as a complement to the Juke and the Rogue would allow Nissan to benefit from the seemingly insatiable hunger for SUVs in the US, where motorists have been switching from passenger cars to utility vehicles. While there is a real business case for the US launch of the Qashqai in the US, Nissan was expected to rename the SUV since American buyers might have some trouble pronouncing “Qashqai.”

Nissan did rename the Qashqai as the new Nissan Rogue Sport. Nissan eventually decided to use the Rogue moniker – with the Sport suffix – as it is already a known nameplate in the US. Mike Bunce, Nissan North America vice president of product planning, remarked that since Nissan managed to build a lot of equity on the Rogue, it only makes sense to piggyback on its popularity by renaming the Qashqai as the Rogue Sport.

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South Korea bans sales of selected Nissan, Porsche and BMW models

Given the number of emission scandals that has grabbed the headlines last year, South Korea’s Ministry of Environment has banned the sales of certain Nissan, Porsche and BMW models. At least ten vehicles were found to have false emission test results, including Porsche’s Panamera S E-Hybrid, 911 GT3, Cayman GTS, 918 Spyder, Cayenne S E-Hybrid & Turbo and Macan S Diesel. Nissan’s Qashqai and Infiniti Q50 were also included as well as BMW’s X5 M SUV.

The three carmakers were fined a total of $5.9 million (equivalent to 7.7 billion won) for the 4,523 affected units sold and registered locally. According to Reuters, BMW and Nissan’s local divisions have said that something would be done to correct the fabricated documents to get back their certifications while Porsche, at this time, could not be reached to comment on the issue.

South Korea last year has banned a total of 32 models from Bentley, Audi and Volkswagen following the Dieslelgate cheating controversy. Volkswagen Group paid $15.98 million (or 17.8 billion won) to the South Korean government for falsification of documents. Among the vehicles banned since August 2016 are the Audi RS7 and the Volkswagen Golf.

It does look like the government has grown stricter now and has broadened the coverage of its investigations. Nissan was accused of using a “cheating device” for its 20 diesel vehicles that allegedly turn off its pollution reduction system under normal temperatures. Apparently, the Qashqai diesel emits more nitrogen oxide than it has declared on the emission test findings. Due to this, the South Korean government has included the Qashqai SUV on the blacklist. The Japanese car manufacturer however denied the allegations, stating that it did not employ cheating devices on any of its vehicles.

After the initial investigations last year, South Korea’s ministry director Hong Don-kon suggested that they will give the companies more than a month to explain their side. Until such time, the government plans to withdraw the certifications as well as prevent these companies from selling their products locally. The prosecutors were then asked to conduct further investigations until a final decision was made.

Based on the data released by Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association, foreign car manufacturers make up at least 15% of the market share. Covering January up to November of 2016, the popular cars include Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Unexpectedly, sales of imported vehicles in the peninsula dropped by seven per cent in those eleven months. This decline in annual sales happens to be the first in the last seven years.

Given the number of emission scandals that has grabbed the headlines last year, South Korea’s Ministry of Environment has banned the sales of certain Nissan, Porsche and BMW models. At least ten vehicles were found to have false emission test results, including Porsche’s Panamera S E-Hybrid, 911 GT3, Cayman GTS, 918 Spyder, Cayenne S E-Hybrid & Turbo and Macan S Diesel. Nissan’s Qashqai and Infiniti Q50 were also included as well as BMW’s X5 M SUV.

The three carmakers were fined a total of $5.9 million (equivalent to 7.7 billion won) for the 4,523 affected units sold and registered locally. According to Reuters, BMW and Nissan’s local divisions have said that something would be done to correct the fabricated documents to get back their certifications while Porsche, at this time, could not be reached to comment on the issue.

South Korea last year has banned a total of 32 models from Bentley, Audi and Volkswagen following the Dieslelgate cheating controversy. Volkswagen Group paid $15.98 million (or 17.8 billion won) to the South Korean government for falsification of documents. Among the vehicles banned since August 2016 are the Audi RS7 and the Volkswagen Golf.

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2018 Nissan Qashqai is speculated to debut at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

This rumor is not something new – it has been lingering since 2015 – that Japanese carmaker Nissan is bringing its Qashqai to the United States. The best-selling mid-sized crossover in Europe could be coming to American soil with a possible debut this month at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, The Truth About Cars reports citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

Nissan has been experiencing increasing demand for the larger Rogue SUV in the US. With this, the Qashqai could be marketed in the US as a more compact and more economical version of the Rogue. In fact, the Nissan Qashqai features a number of similarities with the Rogue. While both are underpinned by the same architecture, the Qashqai is shorter than the Rogue by around 10 inches. Moreover, the wheelbase of the Qashqai is shorter than that of the Rogue by two inches. These dimensions meant that the Qashqai offers a smaller cargo space on the rear than the Rogue.

Should speculations be true, then Nissan would be able to slot the Qashqai between the Juke and the Rogue. Until now, there has been a gap between the Juke and Rogue. By introducing the Qashqai to North American customers, Nissan could effectively bridge this gap between the smaller Juke and the larger Rogue.

The addition of the Qashqai to complement the Juke and the Rogue would allow Nissan to take advantage of the seemingly insatiable hunger of US customers for SUVs, with many consumers switching from passenger cars to utility vehicles.

So, there is an unquestionable business case for the introduction of the Nissan Qashqai to the US. Once the Qashqai makes its North American debut, it could be renamed to suit the market. After all, American buyers might have some trouble pronouncing “Qashqai,” which is derived from the Iranian term for a group of nomadic herders. The Nissan Qashqai was once named as the Nissan Dualis as marketed in Japan and Australia.

If rumors were true, then we could expect the Qashqai to be homologated to US specs, as powered by engines adapted to US emissions standards. The European version of the Nissan Qashqai – is powered by a wide choice of engines including a 1.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant and a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Also available is a 1.5-liter diesel engine and a 1.6-liter diesel powerplant.

Anonymous sources told TTAC that the Japanese carmaker is planning to present the US-bound Qashqai at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (also known as Detroit Auto Show) with a possible debut for the 2018 model year. By then, Nissan would face another problem (a nice problem, though) – of how to keep up with demand, assuming that the Qashqai would be as popular in the US as it is in Europe.

This rumor is not something new – it has been lingering since 2015 – that Japanese carmaker Nissan is bringing its Qashqai to the United States. The best-selling mid-sized crossover in Europe could be coming to American soil with a possible debut this month at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, The Truth About Cars reports citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

Nissan has been experiencing increasing demand for the larger Rogue SUV in the US. With this, the Qashqai could be marketed in the US as a more compact and more economical version of the Rogue. In fact, the Nissan Qashqai features a number of similarities with the Rogue. While both are underpinned by the same architecture, the Qashqai is shorter than the Rogue by around 10 inches. Moreover, the wheelbase of the Qashqai is shorter than that of the Rogue by two inches. These dimensions meant that the Qashqai offers a smaller cargo space on the rear than the Rogue.

Should speculations be true, then Nissan would be able to slot the Qashqai between the Juke and the Rogue. Until now, there has been a gap between the Juke and Rogue. By introducing the Qashqai to North American customers, Nissan could effectively bridge this gap between the smaller Juke and the larger Rogue.

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Driving on well-paved roads is pretty easy, especially if you are behind the wheel of a new Nissan X-Trail. Managing through some rough roads and rugged terrain would not be as easy, but the Nissan X-Trail should still be able to pull through. But, how about driving on a desert?

Sure enough, driving on a desert is not an easy thing to accomplish. It is basically because the desert is literally filled with sand. Traction, handling and steering are different when one is on the desert. Pushing the brakes too hard or slamming hard on the accelerator could push the tires into the sand. There is also the challenge of managing through giant sand dunes. Essentially, the fear of driving on the desert is related to getting stuck in the sand.

But this is not a concern with this Nissan X-Trail on the video. This Nissan X-Trail is not your ordinary X-Trail. After all, it is the Nissan X-Trail Desert Warrior, which as its name indicates, is all-set and prepped to bring the driving battle to the desert. Obviously, this Nissan X-Trail Desert Warrior features no wheels. It is fitted with a set of probably customized metal tracks that allow the Nissan X-Trail Desert Warrior to traverse the sandy desert sans any major difficulties. While there are tires suitable for challenging the desert, these metal tracks are more suitable in gaining better traction, improving handling and enhancing steering.

The video – a promotional two-minute clip created or commissioned by the Japanese carmaker – starts off with a brief yet precise description of the desert, in the Arab language. Around 14 seconds into the video, a red Nissan X-Trail Desert Warrior enters the scene, accommodating three occupants. This red Nissan X-Trail Desert Warrior is seen battling the sand dunes, leaving a trail behind.

However, in the middle of the desert adventure of this trio, they ran out of water. So, they cruised and battled the desert once more until they found a tent where a man was more than willing to give them some water to quench their thirst. Interestingly, this guy also brought a white regular Nissan X-Trail. These four men took off with the white Nissan X-Trail, and once again challenged the desert. If there is something that this video promotes, it is that a conventional Nissan X-Trail with conventional wheels is capable of dynamically making its way through the desert and starting a new adventure.

Nissan’s marketers deserve a round of applause for this work. It was good enough to show that the Nissan X-Trail is also a vehicle that is capable of tackling the desert environment – a campaign aimed at attracting customers in markets like the Middle East. However, the Nissan X-Trail Desert Warrior is not for sale. It is a marketing tool especially created for the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center, in Saudi Arabia.

Driving on well-paved roads is pretty easy, especially if you are behind the wheel of a new Nissan X-Trail. Managing through some rough roads and rugged terrain would not be as easy, but the Nissan X-Trail should still be able to pull through. But, how about driving on a desert?

Sure enough, driving on a desert is not an easy thing to accomplish. It is basically because the desert is literally filled with sand. Traction, handling and steering are different when one is on the desert. Pushing the brakes too hard or slamming hard on the accelerator could push the tires into the sand. There is also the challenge of managing through giant sand dunes. Essentially, the fear of driving on the desert is related to getting stuck in the sand.

But this is not a concern with this Nissan X-Trail on the video. This Nissan X-Trail is not your ordinary X-Trail. After all, it is the Nissan X-Trail Desert Warrior, which as its name indicates, is all-set and prepped to bring the driving battle to the desert. Obviously, this Nissan X-Trail Desert Warrior features no wheels. It is fitted with a set of probably customized metal tracks that allow the Nissan X-Trail Desert Warrior to traverse the sandy desert sans any major difficulties. While there are tires suitable for challenging the desert, these metal tracks are more suitable in gaining better traction, improving handling and enhancing steering.

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Customers in the European market are known for leaning towards style and with this in mind, Nissan has revealed the special LEAF Black Edition. While the production run of this limited edition will be restricted from March 2017 and until August 2017 only, the brand expects that it will set new standards when it comes to mass-marketed electric vehicles that have a premium and smooth style. With this edition to be sold solely in Europe, Nissan also disclosed that the first 1,000 customers will also have an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot installed, for free, which allows for a connection of a maximum of 8 devices.

The LEAF Black Edition is mainly based on the Acenta grade and brings with it a number of improvements to the style as well as an innovative design. On the interior, the use of the blue-stitched mats gives it that premium finish.

Some of the features include the NissanConnect EV telematics system which comes with the pioneering Around View Monitor technology fitted as standard. On the exterior, additions to the style include the rear roof spoiler and door mirror caps, both in black. There is also the privacy glass, illuminated entry guards, LED headlamps, and the alloy black 16-inch wheels.

According to Gareth Dunsmore, who is Nissan Europe’s Director of Electric Vehicles, the Black Edition of the LEAF is a way for the brand to give customers a chance to own a 100% electric vehicle that is affordable but comes in a premium design. However the goal was not limited to the style as Nissan remains committed to offering innovations that are expected to thrill customers. This version can achieve that with the Around View Monitor technology, he continued. Through this technology, Dunsmore said further, customers will be able to drive the LEAF in a more confident manner, which is what Nissan Intelligent Mobility is all about.

The Nissan LEAF was first released back in 2010 and was the first electric vehicle to be mass-marketed. Since then, at least 240,000 units of this model have been sold around the world with 64,000 of them being presently driven on the roads of Europe. These figures, the brand says, show clearly that the LEAF is currently the best-selling EV.

Powering the first version of the LEAF was a 24 kWh battery but this was later replaced by Nissan with a 30 kWh. Under the new battery, the LEAF experienced an increase on the EPA-estimated range to 107 miles from 84 miles on a full charge. A new generation of the LEAF is said to be in development and it will be powered with a 60 kWh battery allowing it to reach a range of 249 miles.

While the actual form has yet to be shown, many are saying that the style will likely be similar to the IDS Concept that was presented during the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. There is the expectation though the new LEAF would be released as a 2018 model year with a possible debut set for 2017. Should this occur, it will put the LEAF on course to challenge the Model 3 from Tesla and the Bolt from Chevrolet.

Customers in the European market are known for leaning towards style and with this in mind, Nissan has revealed the special LEAF Black Edition. While the production run of this limited edition will be restricted from March 2017 and until August 2017 only, the brand expects that it will set new standards when it comes to mass-marketed electric vehicles that have a premium and smooth style. With this edition to be sold solely in Europe, Nissan also disclosed that the first 1,000 customers will also have an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot installed, for free, which allows for a connection of a maximum of 8 devices.

The LEAF Black Edition is mainly based on the Acenta grade and brings with it a number of improvements to the style as well as an innovative design. On the interior, the use of the blue-stitched mats gives it that premium finish.

Some of the features include the NissanConnect EV telematics system which comes with the pioneering Around View Monitor technology fitted as standard. On the exterior, additions to the style include the rear roof spoiler and door mirror caps, both in black. There is also the privacy glass, illuminated entry guards, LED headlamps, and the alloy black 16-inch wheels.

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Nissan has announced the pricing for its new commercial pickup line. So for those who have been waiting for Nissan’s official price list (plus a little more info), read on…

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Titan S Single Cab is as low as $29,580 while the Titan XD Gas single cab 4x2 is at $31,090. The Single Cab configuration is available in both the Titan XD (S/SV grade levels) as well as in the Titan half-ton models.

The single cab normally makes ten percent of sales in the full size truck category. In fact, this is the first time for Nissan Titan to join the commercial pickup segment. Nevertheless, the new Single Cab will finally become part of the new market usually intended for crew cab configuration models.

Pricing for the SV Single Cab 4x2 is at $32,460 while the 4x4 variant is at $35,490. Understandably, the Nissan Titan S 4x4 is slightly more expensive than the 4x2 as it comes with the price tag of $32,610.

The key features for the 2017 Single Cab are the RearView Monitor, Hands-free Phone system and Bluetooth. The maximum towing capacity for this pickup is up to 12,640 pounds. It also comes with a standard 8-foot bed.

All 2017 Titan models including the Single Cabs are guaranteed under “Americas Best Truck Warranty”. The warranty coverage for the 2017 Titan and XD full-size pickups is at 5-years / first 100,000 miles whichever comes first.

New Titan and Titan XD came with Nissan’s “Year of the Truck” which is the company’s aggressive marketing strategy for its CUVs, SUVs, and pickup lines. Nissan also introduced the Armada, Rogue and Pathfinder among its latest commercial pickups

Meanwhile, there are several variants available for the XD models. The Titan XD 5.6L Gasoline comes in four variants such as the SV 4x4($38,020) SV ($34,990), S 4x4 ($34,120) and S 4x2 ($31,090). On the other hand, the 5L Diesel 4x4 Titan XD SV comes at $44,070. The rest of the Diesel variants with 5L V8 engine are priced at $40,170 (XD S 4x4), $41,040 (XD SV 4x2) and $37,140 (XD S 4x2).

The Titan XD Single Cabs are available in either 310hp Cummins 5L V8 Turbo Diesel or Endurance V8 engines. Both are paired with Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission. But then, the 390hp 5.6L Endurance V8 gasoline with 7-speed AT is only available exclusively with the Titan Single Cab models.

The Single Cab configuration pickup line was developed with the same manufacturing, engineering and design team that worked on the crew cab models. All 2017 Titan and Single Cab XD pickups are now on sale at Nissan Dealers.

Nissan has announced the pricing for its new commercial pickup line. So for those who have been waiting for Nissan’s official price list (plus a little more info), read on…

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Titan S Single Cab is as low as $29,580 while the Titan XD Gas single cab 4x2 is at $31,090. The Single Cab configuration is available in both the Titan XD (S/SV grade levels) as well as in the Titan half-ton models.

The single cab normally makes ten percent of sales in the full size truck category. In fact, this is the first time for Nissan Titan to join the commercial pickup segment. Nevertheless, the new Single Cab will finally become part of the new market usually intended for crew cab configuration models.

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Back in 2009, Nissan first introduced the Nissan Leaf, the company’s first all-electric vehicle. LEAF stands for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car and this particular EV has been considered as the world’s all-time best selling highway-capable all-electric car with almost 240,000 units sold. This compact five-door hatchback electric car first reached the streets of America in 2010 and conquered Canada and Europe the following year.

In September 2016, Leaf sales in Japan reached to almost 70,000 units while 64,000 units have been sold in Europe (Norway leading with 18,600 registered units, followed by the UK with 15,000 units). However, the world’s largest Leaf market is the United States where sales have surpassed the 100,000-unit milestone in October of this year.

The 2016 model year Nissan Leaf was offered in three trim grades – S, SV and SL – and will be carried over to the 2017 model. However, there will be a slight increase in the prices for the 2017 model. The entry-level 2017 model will now have a 30-kWh battery which slightly affects its pricing; from $29,010, the 2017 entry-level Leaf will be sold with a $30,680 price tag.

Although it is more expensive than the outgoing model, Nissan offers quite a bit more for the 2017 model. For its thirty-thousand buck price tag, the Leaf will be able to go beyond 100 miles (161 km) of zero-emissions driving range as well as a faster charging time with the use of a quick charger – from a low battery warning, the Leaf can charge up to 80% in approximately 30 minutes. For a full charge, a Level II, 240-volt, home charging system may be used for approximately six hours.

Moreover, the new lithium-ion battery pack comes with an eight-year 100,000-mile (160,934 km) limited warranty (whichever comes first). An 80-kW synchronous motor powers all Nissan Leaf models generating 107 horsepower (109 PS) and 187 lb.-ft. of torque.

Now there are also a few standard equipment which will come with the new Leaf such as the RearView Monitor and Bluetooth. The SV and SL trim grades however will have NissanConnectSM with Navigation as well as a 7.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, voice recognition, HD Radio, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel LinkTM.

The said display system will give passengers access to weather information for those planning to go on long trips, fuel prices, stock information, sports and movie listings for those date nights. It also comes with NissanConnect EV. Furthermore, a Premium Package is also readily available for these two grades and will have an additional Around Vie Monitor and Bose premium sound system.

The 2017 Nissan Leaf SV and SL grades will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $34,200 and $36,790, respectively.

Nissan Leaf has received various awards since its production in 2010 and is a world-renowned alternative to petrol-using everyday transportation. It received the Green Car Vision Award in 2010. And in 2011, it received the European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards, and was awarded Car of the Year Japan in 2011 and 2012. This ingenious creation is Nissan’s contribution to a more environment-friendly world, reducing our dependence on petroleum. It also marks a step further into an greenhouse gas emission-free world.

Back in 2009, Nissan first introduced the Nissan Leaf, the company’s first all-electric vehicle. LEAF stands for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car and this particular EV has been considered as the world’s all-time best selling highway-capable all-electric car with almost 240,000 units sold. This compact five-door hatchback electric car first reached the streets of America in 2010 and conquered Canada and Europe the following year.

In September 2016, Leaf sales in Japan reached to almost 70,000 units while 64,000 units have been sold in Europe (Norway leading with 18,600 registered units, followed by the UK with 15,000 units). However, the world’s largest Leaf market is the United States where sales have surpassed the 100,000-unit milestone in October of this year.

The 2016 model year Nissan Leaf was offered in three trim grades – S, SV and SL – and will be carried over to the 2017 model. However, there will be a slight increase in the prices for the 2017 model. The entry-level 2017 model will now have a 30-kWh battery which slightly affects its pricing; from $29,010, the 2017 entry-level Leaf will be sold with a $30,680 price tag.

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Before its debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan has announced the pricing (in advance) for its 2017 Versa Note hatchback. Customers in the US can get the entry level variant at $15,480 (Versa Note 1.6 S Plus Xtronic). The Versa Note will be available in four different models. The top of the line will be the 1.6 SL Xtronic with suggested retail price of $18,710. Nissan Versa Note’s other variants are priced at $17,980 for the SR Xtronic and $16,380 for the SV Xtronic.

All models will be equipped with 1.6L DOHC 16V 4cylinder engine and will be paired with the latest Xtronic transmission. The 2017 Versa Note can deliver at least 39mpg EPA-estimated fuel economy on the highway. The next generation X tronic comes with a redeveloped D-step Logic Control for smoother acceleration.

2017 Versa Note SR has the latest sporty equipment both for the exterior and interior. This includes the integrated turn signals for each side mirror, 16-inch machine-finished sport alloy wheels, sporty JUKE-style leather wrapped steering wheel, suede-like seat upholsteries, side sills in body colour, rear spoiler and fog lamps.

Nissan’s top-of-the-line hatchback model (Versa Note SL) will have a wide array of special features. Aside from the 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels, the SL Xtronic will be equipped with heated side view mirrors, heated front seats and the exclusive edition Around View Monitor. It will also come with Voice Recognition for audio and navigation including Travel Link, Traffic (and Sirius XM by subscription). Other equipment includes a 5.8 colour touch screen display with NissanConnectSM Navigation and Mobile Application.

The 2017 model year S-Plus and SV variants come with a new wheel cover design. A set of redesigned 16-inch alloy wheels go with the entry level. For the interiors, the latest Versa Note SL, SR and SV will have the USB Auxiliary ports and the newly added 12-Volt outlet at the centre console. Larger cup holders also come with these new models.

Aside from the new forward-looking front design, all variants will now have the Versa Note SR’s sporty rear. The newly enhanced exterior also includes Nissan’s signature swept back halogen headlamps and “V-Motion” front grille. New colours will also be available such as Deep Blue Pearl and Monarch Orange.

The new Versa Note is expected to be out on sale nationwide this coming 22nd of November at all Nissan dealers. The first public showing is on the 18th-27th November at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Before its debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan has announced the pricing (in advance) for its 2017 Versa Note hatchback. Customers in the US can get the entry level variant at $15,480 (Versa Note 1.6 S Plus Xtronic). The Versa Note will be available in four different models. The top of the line will be the 1.6 SL Xtronic with suggested retail price of $18,710. Nissan Versa Note’s other variants are priced at $17,980 for the SR Xtronic and $16,380 for the SV Xtronic.

All models will be equipped with 1.6L DOHC 16V 4cylinder engine and will be paired with the latest Xtronic transmission. The 2017 Versa Note can deliver at least 39mpg EPA-estimated fuel economy on the highway. The next generation X tronic comes with a redeveloped D-step Logic Control for smoother acceleration.

2017 Versa Note SR has the latest sporty equipment both for the exterior and interior. This includes the integrated turn signals for each side mirror, 16-inch machine-finished sport alloy wheels, sporty JUKE-style leather wrapped steering wheel, suede-like seat upholsteries, side sills in body colour, rear spoiler and fog lamps.

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How would you like to see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” up close? Well, Nissan created a limited edition Rogue for this year’s much awaited film. The 2017 Nissan Rogue mid-size crossover has been redesigned with everything “Star Wars”. Emblems of the “Galactic Empire” and “Rebel Alliance” are on the cup holders and also along the D-Pillars.

The front doors have “Rogue One” badges on them while the “Star Wars” logo can be found at the rear bumper. In short, all these seem to pertain to one famous line “Don’t underestimate the Force”. This isn’t the only time when Nissan has tied up for a movie franchise. About four years ago, the automobile brand also produced a limited edition vehicle for a Batman trilogy aptly called “Juke Nismo Dark Knight Rises”.

In fact, they had been doing this for almost a decade already. The American action film “Die Hard” also had its special edition 2007 Nissan Navarra. Now, Nissan explores the “the galaxy far, far away” with the Rogue Star Wars Limited Edition package.

The Rogue One model specifications are based on the Nissan Rogue SV mid-level variant. This can be availed either in Glacier White or Magnetic Black body paint. Nissan will only build 5,400 units of the Rogue where 400 will be delivered to Canada and 5,000 for the US. All 5,400 units are bundled with Death Trooper Helmet complete with serial number. Cost for the limited edition package upgrade is at $1,990.

Rogue One may come in either four-wheel-drive or front wheel drive layout. The SV variant features 170 hp, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with Xtronic CVT Automatic gearbox.

Inside, the Rogue SV includes rear cross traffic alert, satellite radio, Bluetooth and dual-zone climate control. There are also the optionally available Bose stereo system and panoramic moonroof for add-ons. Fans of the movie are probably all excited after Nissan officially announced its partnership with Lucasfilms last August.

The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be coming to theatres this December 16. For nearly forty years since its first episode, Jeremy Tucker, Nissan VP for North America shared how the Star Wars film franchise became an inspiration for them to push the boundaries of technology.

Tucker added this is what Nissan is doing with their cars, trucks and SUVs. Nissan couldn’t get “a bad feeling about this” indeed. Now being showcased at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, The Rogue One: Star Wars Limited Edition launch will be the perfect way to promote both the movie and the new 2017 Rogue crossover. It’s not at all a coincidence that they have joined forces with a sure-fire, blockbuster.

How would you like to see “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” up close? Well, Nissan created a limited edition Rogue for this year’s much awaited film. The 2017 Nissan Rogue mid-size crossover has been redesigned with everything “Star Wars”. Emblems of the “Galactic Empire” and “Rebel Alliance” are on the cup holders and also along the D-Pillars.

The front doors have “Rogue One” badges on them while the “Star Wars” logo can be found at the rear bumper. In short, all these seem to pertain to one famous line “Don’t underestimate the Force”. This isn’t the only time when Nissan has tied up for a movie franchise. About four years ago, the automobile brand also produced a limited edition vehicle for a Batman trilogy aptly called “Juke Nismo Dark Knight Rises”.

In fact, they had been doing this for almost a decade already. The American action film “Die Hard” also had its special edition 2007 Nissan Navarra. Now, Nissan explores the “the galaxy far, far away” with the Rogue Star Wars Limited Edition package.

Read the entire article Nissan unveils Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition at 2016 LA Auto Show

A few days before the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show finally kicks off, Nissan is previewing its event lineup with an off-site display of its 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO in the downtown area. Yes, the Nissan Sentra now has a NISMO variant.

It was nearly five years ago when a sporty version of the Sentra hit the market. This version was the Sentra SE-R. Moving forward to this day, the Sentra NISMO is the latest in Nissan’s compact performance sedans, bringing with it the motorsports-inspired NISMO factory-tuned performance. Further increasing the appeal of the Sentra NISMO is the fact that it is available at less than $25,000 when it arrives in January 2017.

So, there you have it, an inexpensive, practical car with a sporty personality and a few twists. Michael Bunce, vice president for Product Planning at Nissan North America, remarked that the Sentra NISMO would be popular in Southern California and around the United States, given its performance specs without the hefty price. Of course, the 2017 Nissan Sentra is offered in other grade levels: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo and SL.

So, what can we expect from the 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO? Of course, the first thing to consider in a sporty car is its engine. Right at the heart of the Sentra NISMO is a 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) turbocharged engine that could provide 188 hp of output and 177 lb-ft of torque and is mated to six-speed manual transmission or an advanced, tuned Xtronic gearbox, which is Nissan’s term for a continuously variable transmission.

Enforcing the NISMO tag of this Nissan Sentra is a number of sporty elements like a rear "layered double wing" design on the bottom of the front end, as well as side skirts, a revised rear end and a rear spoiler. Also noticeable are its contrasting red accent stripes as well as 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport all-season tires. The Sentra NISMO also features a NISMO-tuned suspension with monotube rear dampers and updated struts and springs at the front.

Ride height is now lower by 0.4 inches. Stopping power comes courtesy of 11.7-inch vented disc brakes on the front and 11.5-inch discs at the rear. Inside, the Sentra NISMO features a bespoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with Alcantara, a red tachometer, and NISMO carpets. Steering is made easier with an Electric Power Steering system.

At the 2017 LA Auto Show, the new 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO will be displayed alongside other Nissan vehicles like the 2017 Versa Note, the 2017 JUKE Black Pearl Edition and the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition. The Nissan exhibit will be located in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention. The show is scheduled to be on November 18 to 27.

A few days before the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show finally kicks off, Nissan is previewing its event lineup with an off-site display of its 2017 Nissan Sentra NISMO in the downtown area. Yes, the Nissan Sentra now has a NISMO variant.

It was nearly five years ago when a sporty version of the Sentra hit the market. This version was the Sentra SE-R. Moving forward to this day, the Sentra NISMO is the latest in Nissan’s compact performance sedans, bringing with it the motorsports-inspired NISMO factory-tuned performance. Further increasing the appeal of the Sentra NISMO is the fact that it is available at less than $25,000 when it arrives in January 2017.

So, there you have it, an inexpensive, practical car with a sporty personality and a few twists. Michael Bunce, vice president for Product Planning at Nissan North America, remarked that the Sentra NISMO would be popular in Southern California and around the United States, given its performance specs without the hefty price. Of course, the 2017 Nissan Sentra is offered in other grade levels: S, SV, SR, SR Turbo and SL.

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Japanese carmaker Nissan is greeting 2017 with a new special edition of its Juke subcompact crossover – the 2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition. Nissan has been keeping the Juke fresh since it was launched in the market in 2011, and the latest limited edition version of this crossover does not only accentuate its bold and extroverted nature, but also represents how far a customer could go with the carmaker’s Juke Color Studio personalization program.

Just like its name clearly indicates, the 2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition carries a dark exterior, deriving its names from a limited edition 1978 280Z model also dubbed as “Black Pearl.” Specifically, it is a well-equipped JUKE SV in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and finished in Super Black exterior color with Pearl White exterior accents. Of course, the special edition features a number of revisions like white outside trim rings on its headlights as well as white bumper accents.

It also features white door handles and white caps for its heated exterior rearview mirrors. Additionally, the 2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition is provided with white rear spoiler and white accents on the rear bumper. It rides on exclusive Super Black-painted 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in 215/55R17 all- season tires. Topping off the SUV’s exclusive look is a special Black Pearl Edition badge.

The Black Pearl theme is also well conveyed inside this special edition of the Nissan Juke. This is evident on its: black cloth heated front seats with white inserts and stitching; white power window switch finishers; and white and black cloth door trim inserts. In addition, the steering wheel features white stitching while the SUV’s signature Juke motorcycle-style center console has been finished in white. White is also the color of the accents on the shift knob and of the air vent trim rings.

The spacious interior of the 2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition is made even better with the fold-down 60/40-split bench seat and flat load floor. This special edition also features Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, RearView Monitor, 5.0-inch color display, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, Streaming audio via Bluetooth, USB connection port for iPod interface, Siri Eyes Free and Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant.

Serving as the core the of the 2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition is a 1.6-liter 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder engine that features Direct Injection, which helps improve combustion, thereby enhancing output and torque as well as economy and emissions. This engine also boasts of a turbocharger, intercooler and variable timing control.

This four-cylinder sends power -- 188 hp of output and 177 lb.-ft. of torque – to the all four wheels or to the front wheels through Nissan’s advanced Xtronic transmission with Manual Mode and D-step Logic Control. Front-wheel drive models ride on an independent MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension, while AWD versions ride on a multi-link rear suspension system.

Nissan will only produce 1,250 units of the 2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition, 1,000 units of which will sold in the United States while the rest will be made available in Canada. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Juke Black Pearl Edition package is $1,190. The 2017 JUKE SV is priced at $22,550 (front-wheel drive) and $24,400 (AWD).

Japanese carmaker Nissan is greeting 2017 with a new special edition of its Juke subcompact crossover – the 2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition. Nissan has been keeping the Juke fresh since it was launched in the market in 2011, and the latest limited edition version of this crossover does not only accentuate its bold and extroverted nature, but also represents how far a customer could go with the carmaker’s Juke Color Studio personalization program.

Just like its name clearly indicates, the 2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition carries a dark exterior, deriving its names from a limited edition 1978 280Z model also dubbed as “Black Pearl.” Specifically, it is a well-equipped JUKE SV in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and finished in Super Black exterior color with Pearl White exterior accents. Of course, the special edition features a number of revisions like white outside trim rings on its headlights as well as white bumper accents.

It also features white door handles and white caps for its heated exterior rearview mirrors. Additionally, the 2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition is provided with white rear spoiler and white accents on the rear bumper. It rides on exclusive Super Black-painted 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in 215/55R17 all- season tires. Topping off the SUV’s exclusive look is a special Black Pearl Edition badge.

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Nissan has finally unveiled its racer for the upcoming 2017 season of the Japanese Super GT Series – the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500. Apparently, Nissan has made a number of design changes on its Super GT racer, seeking to repeat its feat in 2014 and 2015 when it won the championship. While Nissan failed to capture its third championship this year, it developed and designed the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 to enable it to recapture the crown while still abiding by the rules and regulations of the Japanese Super GT series.

The Japanese Super GT racing series has always been enjoyable and fun to watch not just because of speed and dynamics involved, but also because this competition features some of the hottest looking cars in the planet. Looking forward, the 2017 season of the Japanese Super GT is really something to look forward to because of some changes in the aero rules.

Apparently, the race cars competing in the Super GT have become too fast and too stable, and that has rendered the racing action seemingly boring. So, organizers decided to make the action more thrilling and more enjoyable -- by tweaking the regulations to compel manufacturers to reduce the downforce on their GT500 cars by 25 percent, thereby theoretically reducing cornering speeds. While this obliged carmakers to revise the looks of their racers, the apparent visual changes have resulted to better- and hotter-looking race vehicles.

Actually, Nissan is the last of the carmakers that unveiled their race cars for the 2017 season of the Japanese Super GT series. Honda and Lexus have already provided a glimpse into their GT500 race races. Honda has shown its new NSX-GT, which aimed to compensate for the 25-percent reduction in downforce through aerodynamic gains below its “design line” along its front and rear bumper as well as on the side panels. Meanwhile, the Lexus LC500 now sports a smaller rear diffuser, a shorter front splitter and a “low downforce” rear spoiler.

As for the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500, it features less aerodynamic elements that have been a signature of GT500 cars. For instance, Nissan was able to largely reduce the downforce on the GT-R Nismo GT500 per Super GT rules by employing smaller rear diffusers. However, it is still laden with a number of aerodynamic aids like its massive rear wing, front splitter and flared wheel arches, as well as and four new front canards.

While the Nissan racer remains powered by a two-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder NR20A engine, the carmaker has increased its power output to offset the regulated decrease in downforce. In addition, Nissan improved the dynamics of the 2017 GT-R Nismo GT500 by lowering its center of gravity and optimizing its weight distribution. Styling changes include tweaks seen on the front end of the latest production version of the Nissan GT-R – with the signature “V-Motion” grille pattern now incorporated seamlessly into the car’s design lines.

Nissan has finally unveiled its racer for the upcoming 2017 season of the Japanese Super GT Series – the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500. Apparently, Nissan has made a number of design changes on its Super GT racer, seeking to repeat its feat in 2014 and 2015 when it won the championship. While Nissan failed to capture its third championship this year, it developed and designed the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 to enable it to recapture the crown while still abiding by the rules and regulations of the Japanese Super GT series.

The Japanese Super GT racing series has always been enjoyable and fun to watch not just because of speed and dynamics involved, but also because this competition features some of the hottest looking cars in the planet. Looking forward, the 2017 season of the Japanese Super GT is really something to look forward to because of some changes in the aero rules.

Apparently, the race cars competing in the Super GT have become too fast and too stable, and that has rendered the racing action seemingly boring. So, organizers decided to make the action more thrilling and more enjoyable -- by tweaking the regulations to compel manufacturers to reduce the downforce on their GT500 cars by 25 percent, thereby theoretically reducing cornering speeds. While this obliged carmakers to revise the looks of their racers, the apparent visual changes have resulted to better- and hotter-looking race vehicles.

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Nissan GT-R has been a favorite car among drivers who take their rides to the drag scene. Around the world, GT-R drivers from around the world try to outdo each other’s rigs, especially when it comes to the quarter-mile record. After all, the quarter mile is considered as the best measure for drag performance, taking in three main factors that could greatly influence the final result – reaction time, engine power and traction.

The quarter mile world record used to belong to the Nissan GT-R of AMS Alpha Omega, completing the length in just 7.7 seconds at 186 mph (300 km/h). In January, it was broken by Ekanno Racing’s Bahrain-built Nissan GT-R, which managed to complete the quarter mile in 7.44 seconds with a top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h). That was pretty quick, considering that a typical Nissan GT-R was tested to have completed the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds 120.0 mph (193.1 km/h). But that was not the end for Ekanno Racing’s Godzilla.

Built to deliver the needed performance by T1 Race Development, Ekanno Racing’s Nissan GT-R has been continuously improved, particularly with regards to its engine. As a matter of fact, the continuous enhancement of this Godzilla has allowed it to break the quarterly mile world record anew just recently. This Nissan GT-R shaved time off its previous quarter mile time by more than half of a second to 7.168 seconds, achieving a top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h) in the process.

The engine powering the Ekanno Racing’s Nissan GT-R is believed to have been tuned to deliver over 2,200 hp to its wheels. By shaving its quarter-mile time by more than half of a second, it shows how much improvement that this Nissan GT-R has gone through. Such time could be very short for other competitions, but for quarter mile runs, it matters a lot. In such runs or races, a lead of a tenth or hundredth of a second already means assuring victory – the opponent could already have been behind by a few meters.

Again, Ekanno Racing does not want it to end there. After all, Nissan GT-R tuners from around the world will try to develop or boost their own creations to break the record once again. It would not be a surprise if one of these days, a more powerful version of the Nissan GT-R would run the quarter mile and set a new record and have their seven seconds of fame.

As for Ekanno Racing, racing the quarter mile to 7.168 seconds at 209 mph (336 km/h) is not enough, as it has already declared that it would like to see its Nissan GT-R break the seven-second barrier and post an incredible record of around six seconds. Now, that would be an extraordinary speed that we would want other tuners attempt to break.

Nissan GT-R has been a favorite car among drivers who take their rides to the drag scene. Around the world, GT-R drivers from around the world try to outdo each other’s rigs, especially when it comes to the quarter-mile record. After all, the quarter mile is considered as the best measure for drag performance, taking in three main factors that could greatly influence the final result – reaction time, engine power and traction.

The quarter mile world record used to belong to the Nissan GT-R of AMS Alpha Omega, completing the length in just 7.7 seconds at 186 mph (300 km/h). In January, it was broken by Ekanno Racing’s Bahrain-built Nissan GT-R, which managed to complete the quarter mile in 7.44 seconds with a top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h). That was pretty quick, considering that a typical Nissan GT-R was tested to have completed the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds 120.0 mph (193.1 km/h). But that was not the end for Ekanno Racing’s Godzilla.

Built to deliver the needed performance by T1 Race Development, Ekanno Racing’s Nissan GT-R has been continuously improved, particularly with regards to its engine. As a matter of fact, the continuous enhancement of this Godzilla has allowed it to break the quarterly mile world record anew just recently. This Nissan GT-R shaved time off its previous quarter mile time by more than half of a second to 7.168 seconds, achieving a top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h) in the process.

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One of the major worries that customers have in electric vehicles is their seemingly inability to travel as far as their conventional combustion engine-powered counterparts. This is also considered as the biggest reason why customers have yet to make the jump to EVs even as its zero-emission factor should already make them appealing.

When Nissan first launched the Leaf in 2010, it was a very persuasive proposition. In fact, the Japanese carmaker has sold more than quarter of a million units of the Leaf since launch. However, the fact remains that the Nissan Leaf continues to be linked to the so-called range anxiety. But, Nissan is now introducing a solution that should enable an EV to travel farther than it used to be – by employing a new range extender powertrain called the e-Power system.

The propulsion power for the 2016 Nissan Leaf is provided by an AC synchronous electric motor that could provide 80kW of output and 280 Nm of torque. In turn, this electric motor derives its power from a compact lithium-ion battery pack. A 24 kWh battery pack allows the 2016 Nissan Leaf to have an EPA-rated range of 84 miles (135 km). However, customers may avail of a higher capacity power source – a 30 kWh battery pack – that provides enough juice for the Nissan Leaf to have an EPA-rated 107 miles (172 km) of range. Of course, actual range may vary depending on driving conditions.

Now, e-Power system should allow electric vehicles to travel farther than their usual range. This system – basically the same as those employed in the Chevrolet Volt and BMW i3 – entails the usage of a small capacity gasoline engine serving as a generator that recharges the battery pack as soon as the power charge reaches a certain low level. However, range extenders usually employ a very small gas tank, which means they would not really allow EVs to travel long distances, especially when there are no recharging stations along the way.

Initially, Nissan deemed the e-Power system to be traditionally too bulky to be installed into a compact car. However, the Japanese carmaker said that it “cracked the code” in minimizing its weight while still optimizing energy management. Nissan also managed to develop more responsive motor controls. This allowed Nissan to develop the e-Power system that employs a smaller battery than the Leaf but with the same results. In addition, the e-Power system is also as fuel efficient as leading hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius and is as quiet as a typical electric car.

Nissan will first employ this new e-Power drivetrain on the new Nissan Note city car (Versa Note in the United States), which makes it as the first sequential hybrid car in the B segment. Nissan, however, has yet to reveal where it would sell the Note e-Power and how much a customer should shell out for the model.

One of the major worries that customers have in electric vehicles is their seemingly inability to travel as far as their conventional combustion engine-powered counterparts. This is also considered as the biggest reason why customers have yet to make the jump to EVs even as its zero-emission factor should already make them appealing.

When Nissan first launched the Leaf in 2010, it was a very persuasive proposition. In fact, the Japanese carmaker has sold more than quarter of a million units of the Leaf since launch. However, the fact remains that the Nissan Leaf continues to be linked to the so-called range anxiety. But, Nissan is now introducing a solution that should enable an EV to travel farther than it used to be – by employing a new range extender powertrain called the e-Power system.

The propulsion power for the 2016 Nissan Leaf is provided by an AC synchronous electric motor that could provide 80kW of output and 280 Nm of torque. In turn, this electric motor derives its power from a compact lithium-ion battery pack. A 24 kWh battery pack allows the 2016 Nissan Leaf to have an EPA-rated range of 84 miles (135 km). However, customers may avail of a higher capacity power source – a 30 kWh battery pack – that provides enough juice for the Nissan Leaf to have an EPA-rated 107 miles (172 km) of range. Of course, actual range may vary depending on driving conditions.

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Mareike Fox is a celebrated personality in the adult entertainment industry. While some of her contemporaries are happy sharing to the world their selfies, Fox is in a different world altogether. This 25-year old blond is well-known in certain circles for her passion when it comes to fast cars. Car enthusiasts are likely to be envious once they learn that Fox not only drives, but in fact owns a Nissan GT-R.

The 2017 Nissan GT-R in particular was released to the European market in September of this year. This model is powered by the twin-turbo 3.8-liter engine with an output of 562 hp (570 PS) and peak torque of 470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm). What is unique about this engine is that it was handcrafted from beginning to end by a single Takumi, which is Japanese for master craftsman. What sets this new GT-R apart from the rest is that it comes equipped with the 20-inch forged aluminum NISMO Racing Black wheels fitted with special tires and also comes with a wider front bumper. In addition, each of the special GT-R will have the distinct carbon fiber 'Track Edition' badge placed on the dashboard. Under the body, one can see the Bilstein Damptronic bespoke suspension which has lightweight anti-roll bars and a configuration tuned for racing.

In terms of the interior, the actual specifications will differ depending on the market. But models to be released in Germany will have as standard Recaro seats that are carbon-backed with a carbon spoiler in the rear as option. For both the France and UK markets meanwhile, the carbon spoiler is fitted as standard as well as the red and black Recaro seats. Available as an option are the carbon-backed seats and the carbon boot lid.

In the case of Fox though, she knew that she would not be satisfied with the standard features and turned to Prior Design for some tuning. The first change was done on the twin-turbocharged V6 engine which now offers output at 750 horsepower. Another change Prior Design did was to install the widebody PD750 aerodynamic kit which adds in unique bumpers to both the front end and the rear section. The kit also includes putting in large side skirts, wide fender flares, and a diffuser in the rear. Overall, the visual upgrades alone cost at least €10,000, or around $11,000. Note that this does not include the custom wheels that envelop the tires or the actual installation.

In addition, Prior Design shared that the tuned version utilizes a Duraflex-Fiberglass mix. What makes this material different is how excellent the surface finish can be given that it has the needed flexibility and is combined with high stability. This ensures that painting can be inexpensive and easy at the same time. Since the wheels themselves are made by the tuner, they have been set-up in a 3-piece format to give the vehicle more complexity. For those who want to learn more about Fox and her passion for fast cars, just visit her official website.

Mareike Fox is a celebrated personality in the adult entertainment industry. While some of her contemporaries are happy sharing to the world their selfies, Fox is in a different world altogether. This 25-year old blond is well-known in certain circles for her passion when it comes to fast cars. Car enthusiasts are likely to be envious once they learn that Fox not only drives, but in fact owns a Nissan GT-R.

The 2017 Nissan GT-R in particular was released to the European market in September of this year. This model is powered by the twin-turbo 3.8-liter engine with an output of 562 hp (570 PS) and peak torque of 470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm). What is unique about this engine is that it was handcrafted from beginning to end by a single Takumi, which is Japanese for master craftsman. What sets this new GT-R apart from the rest is that it comes equipped with the 20-inch forged aluminum NISMO Racing Black wheels fitted with special tires and also comes with a wider front bumper. In addition, each of the special GT-R will have the distinct carbon fiber 'Track Edition' badge placed on the dashboard. Under the body, one can see the Bilstein Damptronic bespoke suspension which has lightweight anti-roll bars and a configuration tuned for racing.

In terms of the interior, the actual specifications will differ depending on the market. But models to be released in Germany will have as standard Recaro seats that are carbon-backed with a carbon spoiler in the rear as option. For both the France and UK markets meanwhile, the carbon spoiler is fitted as standard as well as the red and black Recaro seats. Available as an option are the carbon-backed seats and the carbon boot lid.

Read the entire article Adult film star Mareike Fox drives a tuned Nissan GT-R by Prior Design [w/video]

Mitsubishi is now officially part of the Renault-Nissan alliance after Nissan took over the Japanese car company recently. We know a lot has been happening in the car industry, but there’s nothing more momentous than this. At least for the whole 2016. From what we can recall, the last time we heard something like this has occurred, was in 2014. That was after Chrysler was bought out by Fiat Automobiles. But that’s a different story.

Mitsubishi, as we know, has had a very difficult year following reports of the cheating scandal. Oh wait, you haven’t heard about that yet? Well, Mitsubishi got itself screwed up after it was revealed that most of its vehicles (marketed for Japan) cheated on emissions test ratings. Sadly, they had been lying about their cars’ fuel efficiency, and that went on for twenty-five long years.

Now it seems as if Nissan felt really bad for Mitsubishi, but that may not be the case. It has been five months since the buy off was initiated and only became official recently. Technically speaking, Nissan now owns thirty four percent of Mitsubishi. That only means that Nissan also gets the upper hand over Mitsubishi Motors. You’d think 34% is too little, but according to Japanese corporate law, that percentage is enough to make things go their way. Besides, it costs 237 billion Yen (or equivalent to $184 billion).

Nevertheless, we see a win-win situation here. Mitsubishi could be an important asset to the Renault-Nissan Alliance, considering Mitsubishi’s yearly 10M vehicles sales volume. Given that, those figures could also mean additional sales for Nissan. At this time, the Renault-Nissan ranks number 3 when it comes to the biggest car manufacturers worldwide, taking over the place of General Motors. Toyota and Volkswagen are still leading the race but that could change any day.

Aside from this, the tie up could also mean sharing the same facilities and innovations. Nissan and Renault have shared human resources, purchasing, logistics, manufacturing and engineering facilities since 2014. The alliance is looking to save as much as 5.5 billion euros due to this and will probably get all settled by 2018. Also, about 70% of their cars are expected to be using the same platforms by year 2020.

Mitsubishi has already developed some exceptional plug-in hybrid technologies that for sure would be an advantage. In other words, Nissan doesn’t need to go back to square one when designing Infiniti’s PHEV device (just in case they want to consider this, right)? Until then, it’s going to be interesting to see how things would go from here.

Mitsubishi is now officially part of the Renault-Nissan alliance after Nissan took over the Japanese car company recently. We know a lot has been happening in the car industry, but there’s nothing more momentous than this. At least for the whole 2016. From what we can recall, the last time we heard something like this has occurred, was in 2014. That was after Chrysler was bought out by Fiat Automobiles. But that’s a different story.

Mitsubishi, as we know, has had a very difficult year following reports of the cheating scandal. Oh wait, you haven’t heard about that yet? Well, Mitsubishi got itself screwed up after it was revealed that most of its vehicles (marketed for Japan) cheated on emissions test ratings. Sadly, they had been lying about their cars’ fuel efficiency, and that went on for twenty-five long years.

Now it seems as if Nissan felt really bad for Mitsubishi, but that may not be the case. It has been five months since the buy off was initiated and only became official recently. Technically speaking, Nissan now owns thirty four percent of Mitsubishi. That only means that Nissan also gets the upper hand over Mitsubishi Motors. You’d think 34% is too little, but according to Japanese corporate law, that percentage is enough to make things go their way. Besides, it costs 237 billion Yen (or equivalent to $184 billion).

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Nissan has unveiled the evolutionary fifth generation of its Micra small hatchback at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The new Nissan Micra Gen5 is as appealing as it is revolutionary, offering more interior room, a stiff yet agile chassis and new downsized turbo drivetrains.

Since the new Micra features a longer wheelbase and increased width, it offers class-leading interior room, with the gliding-wing shaped dashboard augmenting this light and spacious feel. 

Nissan also provided the new Micra with a new brushless electric power steering system that allows for faster response and greater steering feel.

A combined roof and side spoiler as well as an array of aerodynamic improvements have allowed the new Micra to achieve a Cd of 0.29.Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Nissan Motor Co., remarked that the first Micra – launched over 30 years ago -- marked a revolution in the small hatchback segment while opening a new chapter for the Japanese carmaker.

He added that the Micra Gen5 is just as revolutionary as the first model, and is seen to hike expectations of a hatchback. Ghosn added that the latest generation of the Micra augments Nissan’s position as a leader in auto design while showing the carmaker’s intent to compete for the top of B-segment market in Europe.

Nissan has unveiled the evolutionary fifth generation of its Micra small hatchback at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The new Nissan Micra Gen5 is as appealing as it is revolutionary, offering more interior room, a stiff yet agile chassis and new downsized turbo drivetrains.

Since the new Micra features a longer wheelbase and increased width, it offers class-leading interior room, with the gliding-wing shaped dashboard augmenting this light and spacious feel. 

Nissan also provided the new Micra with a new brushless electric power steering system that allows for faster response and greater steering feel.

Read the entire article 2017 Nissan Micra shows its new design at 2016 Paris Motor Show

In 2007, when Nissan first introduced the R35 Nissan GT-R at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, the car carried with intense power and a price tag of $78,000. Up to this day, such a price tag would leave car enthusiasts and collectors at a loss. However, for the power and perks that this car brings along, many will agree that its price tag is worth it.

Just recently, Nissan introduced to the world the newest successor of the Godzilla bloodline and its flagship GT-R, the 2017 GT-R Nismo. Just like its predecessors and the version before it, this year’s GT-R Nismo will carry with it a price tag for the gods.

The 2017 GT-R Nismo comes with a starting price of $174,990, which is a $25,000 increase from the 2016 GT-R Nismo’s price tag. Albeit its price tag, Nissan assures that it will still be an attractive proposition because the GT-R Nismo comes with a couple of updates which will entice the customers to avail one. And earlier this year, Nissan gave the standard GT-R updates and some standard facelifts. And guess what? The same updates will also be given to the new GT-R Nismo. Basically, the GT-R Nismo will receive a modern day facelift, a modernization that has been overdue for Nissan’s performance flagship.

Carbon fiber will be dominating the scene for the GT-R Nismo. The interior and exterior revisions were not only done for its aesthetic purposes but also for increased functionality. Just like the standard GT-R, the GT-R Nismo will receive new front and rear styling which includes a carbon fiber rear spoiler, red-accented carbon fiber ground effects for added kick, and a broader and more aggressive front grille. The larger V-Motion front grille allows the supercar to collect more air while the reinforcements on the hood help avoid deformation at high speeds.

Inside, the center console has been decluttered which means that the number of center-stack buttons that used to be 27 in total has now been reduced to only 11. A new and larger 8.0-inch touchscreen has also been installed with a switch touch screen interface and operated on the console-mounted control knob. It also comes with a set of exclusive leather-upholstered Recaro seats featuring microsuede inserts. The same miscrosuede adorns the dash which comes with a multi-functioning Nismo Alcantara steering wheel.

Although power has been increased on the 3.8-liter V6 of the standard GT-R, it does not apply to the GT-R Nismo. The latter will still run with its usual 600 horses and 481 lb.-ft. of torque but may accelerate faster thanks to its upgraded chassis. An additional chassis bracing has been installed on the GT-R Nismo to improve stability and corner speeds while a newer and larger front splitter help give a slight increase in the front and rear aerodynamic downforce. Additionally, it comes with revised shock absorbers as well as adjustable Bilstein dampers. All these upgrades are meant to increase the GT-R Nismo’s speed even before an “N-Attack” package is installed.

To keep up with its modern yet sophisticated theme, buyers of the 2017 GT-R Nismo will have a choice from four (4) exterior colors – Solid Red, Jet Black, Super Silver and Pearl White. But to get the Super Silver and Pearl White paintjobs, customers must pay an extra $3,000 for the former and $1,000 for the latter. Judging from the price tags on these colors, it must be a good investment to make the car look even better than it already is.

Compared to the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo is already a good bargain for many. The former is priced at less than $190,000 but the refinements that have been done on the GT-R Nismo have proved it a worthy and even a formidable competitor of the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

The 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo will go on sale before the end of the year. We just can’t wait for this automotive kaijū to dominate the streets and racetracks.

In 2007, when Nissan first introduced the R35 Nissan GT-R at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, the car carried with intense power and a price tag of $78,000. Up to this day, such a price tag would leave car enthusiasts and collectors at a loss. However, for the power and perks that this car brings along, many will agree that its price tag is worth it.

Just recently, Nissan introduced to the world the newest successor of the Godzilla bloodline and its flagship GT-R, the 2017 GT-R Nismo. Just like its predecessors and the version before it, this year’s GT-R Nismo will carry with it a price tag for the gods.

The 2017 GT-R Nismo comes with a starting price of $174,990, which is a $25,000 increase from the 2016 GT-R Nismo’s price tag. Albeit its price tag, Nissan assures that it will still be an attractive proposition because the GT-R Nismo comes with a couple of updates which will entice the customers to avail one. And earlier this year, Nissan gave the standard GT-R updates and some standard facelifts. And guess what? The same updates will also be given to the new GT-R Nismo. Basically, the GT-R Nismo will receive a modern day facelift, a modernization that has been overdue for Nissan’s performance flagship.

Read the entire article 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo pricing announced! A bargain with its high-tech upgrades, facelift!

The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a high-performance version of the Skyline Sedan that was produced between 1969 and 1974 and also between 1989 and 2002. One of the most iconic Nissan vehicles, the Skyline GT-R was successful both on and off the race track. It was first exported into the Australian market

Read the entire article Upgraded, more polished 2017 Nissan GT-R is priced at $111,585
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