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Nissan launches 6 Midnight Edition models at 2017 Chicago Auto Show

What does Chevy’s all–new Redline Series have to say about this? Nissan always takes the lead in designing trim packages for self-expression. As soon as Nissan first came out with the Maxima Midnight Edition last 2016, it quickly gained a positive feedback from its customers. To keep up with the increasing demand for more varieties, Nissan introduces the Midnight Edition package for its Sentra, Rogue, Pathfinder, Murano, and Altima models.

According to Nissan’s Eric Ledieu, about eighty-five percent of the entire SR sales has been accounted for the Maxima SR after it initially introduced the black-on-black exterior trim package. Ledieu added that although the positive audience reaction was quite unexpected at that time, they made it immediately available on the Maxima SR. After all, increasingly more people want to have that “sporty look” with dark accents and dark wheels.

The latest “Midnight Edition” basically consists of black trim accessories but it now has broader and more numerous choices for exterior body paints. Depending on the model, there will be several red variations available including Red Alert, Cayenne and Coulis. The black variants will come in Gun Metallic, Magnetic Black and Super Black. Other than red and black, customers can also avail the Midnight Edition with a Pearl White exterior paint finish.

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Nissan Motorsports creates extreme Titan XD Pro-4X pickup truck

As it is, the new Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X pickup truck is already a mean machine ready to take on anything on the road or even off it. But of course, a customer could always make the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X pickup truck much meaner and more full of character – by availing of Nissan Genuine Parts and Accessories as well as aftermarket components.

To show how customers could spice up the meaningful character of the Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X, the Japanese carmaker – through its Nissan Motorsports division -- is bringing the pickup truck to the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. However, this pickup truck – a 2017 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X Crew Cab in Super Black finish -- has been configured and modified with Nissan Genuine Parts and Accessories and available aftermarket parts. Dubbed as the new Motorsports Titan XD, this modified Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X is also outfitted with a prototype suspension kit and exhaust system.

Dubbed as the new Motorsports Titan XD, this tweaked pickup truck will be fully shown to the public at Chicago's McCormick Place from February 11 to 20, 2017.

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A smart funeral option: That one last ride with an Eco-friendly Nissan Leaf Hearse

British funeral home Leverton & Sons is out there to prove that eco-friendliness can be achieved even at your final journey. Together with Brahms Electric Vehicles, the UK-based funeral directors have converted a Nissan Leaf into an Eco-Hearse. Indeed, saving the earth will never go out of style and it will continue to live on even after you’ve drawn your last breath!

The eco-conscious funeral car has been replaced with a transparent panel so that friends and relatives of the dearly departed can take a good view of the casket. Brahms Electric Vehicles has freed the entire cabin space and extends it all the way to driver’s side to keep the coffin safe and secured. What’s more, the eco-hearse has been installed with a motor so that the floor deck can be adjusted up and down. This makes it more convenient to use during loading and unloading.

Interestingly, Brahms has developed a total of three Nissan Leaf funeral cars and has sold a couple of units already. In order for them to deliver a much cheaper price, the English company converts previously used Nissan Leaf examples instead of new ones.

Read the entire article A smart funeral option: That one last ride with an Eco-friendly Nissan Leaf Hearse

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.

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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.

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

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.

Read the entire article South Korea bans sales of selected Nissan, Porsche and BMW models

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.

Read the entire article 2018 Nissan Qashqai is speculated to debut at 2017 Detroit Auto Show

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.

Read the entire article Nissan X-Trail battles the desert with this red Desert Warrior version [w/video]

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.

Read the entire article Nissan LEAF Black Edition will have limited production run

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.

Read the entire article 2017 Nissan Titan Single Cab pricing starts at $29,580

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.

Read the entire article 2017 Nissan Leaf costs slightly higher with $30,680 starting price

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.

Read the entire article Nissan releases prices for the 2017 Versa Note, base price is set at $15,480

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.

Read the entire article Nissan displays 2017 Sentra NISMO at the 2016 LA Auto Show

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.

Read the entire article 2017 Nissan Juke Black Pearl Edition is launched at 2016 LA Auto Show

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.

Read the entire article 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 unveiled for upcoming Japanese Super GT Series

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.

Read the entire article Ekanno Racing Nissan GT-R sets new quarter mile record [w/video]

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.

Read the entire article Nissan aims to erase EV range anxiety with new e-Power range extender hybrid system

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).

Read the entire article Mitsubishi is now officially part of the Renault-Nissan alliance
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