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Sales of sports cars have been so low in the first four months of 2010 that there's a risk that we may be saying goodbye to these sports cars for good, according to Bill Visnic of Auto Observer.
Fans worldwide got excited when Nissan revived the Z car and when Mazda created another rotary-powered sports car. Unfortunately, the excitement didn't translate to an increase in sales.
For instance, Nissan revealed that only 952 coupes and convertibles of the 370Z were sold in April, and only 3,419 were sold for the first four months of 2010. This represents a 34 percent drop from 2009. Meanwhile, sales of the Chevrolet Corvette suffered as well. In fact, the company has just had its worst sales year in 50 years.Read the entire article Weak sales might kill cars such as Mazda RX-8 and Nissan 370Z
Nissan has unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show a new concept vehicle which design and advance technology provides a glimpse of what customers can expected from Nissan’s next generation of crossovers. This new showcar – the all-new new Nissan IMQ concept vehicle – could be considered as an amalgamation of Japanese heritage with modern human-centric technology.
Design to cater to the European market, the new Nissan IMQ concept boasts of electrified propulsion, although the car itself isn't an electric vehicle. It features the next generation of e-POWER, which a 100-percent electric motor drive system allows for instant, linear acceleration. This system – designed to deliver 250 kW of max output and 700 Nm of peak torque -- is an evolution of the e-POWER technology found in the Nissan Note and Serena models in Japan. The new system directs output via a new multi-motor all-wheel-drive system. By combining e-POWER and AWD, the IMQ concept could excel even in low-grip conditions.
Aside from the next generation of the e-POWER, the new IMQ comes fitted an advanced prototype version of Nissan's ProPILOT driving assistance system and the carmaker’s Invisible-to-Visible technology that was revealed at the CES 2019. This new Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology allows drivers see around corners, as well as visualize information about traffic jams and determine optional routes.Read the entire article Technology-laden Nissan IMQ Concept vehicle unveiled at 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Nissan is commencing sales of the 2019 Nissan Altima on October 3, 2018 in the United States. As expected, the Japanese carmaker has already divulged the details and specs of the Altima before its eventual launch. Equally important for customers is how much they should take out from their pockets just to be able to own a new Altima. Good thing is that Nissan has just disclosed the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) for the new 2019 Altima.
The new 2019 Nissan Altima can be availed for at least $23,750. This is applicable to the S trim of the Altima with a 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder direct injection engine and a front-wheel drive system. This engine is standard on all grade levels of the Altima and delivers up to 188 hp of output and up to 180 lb.-ft. of torque – more than what the previous mill found in the midsize sedan. Moreover, the new 2.5-liter engine isn't just more refined and quieter, it also returns better fuel economy figures.
Nissan is also offering the Altima S in all-wheel drive configuration, bringing the MSRP up to $25,100, plus $895 in destination and handling.Read the entire article 2019 Nissan Altima has a starting MSRP of $23,750 in the United States
Japanese carmaker Nissan will be unveiling the facelifted 2019 Nissan Maxima at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show 2018. The latest iteration of Nissan’s flagship sedan will not just don a new look, as it will also offer new technologies when goes on sale in December this year.
In a short press release, Nissan said the 2019 Maxima will be available with the Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology, which is essentially a suite of six advanced safety and driver-assist technologies. Featuring front, side and rear sensing technologies, the Nissan Safety Shield 360 will be standard on SV and SL grades of the 2019 Nissan Rogue, 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport and the 2019 Nissan Altima.
To be offered as an option on the 2019 Maxima, the Nissan Safety Shield 360 includes Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection that can monitor vehicles and pedestrians with a forward-facing radar and camera system. When it detects such objects, this technology will provide audible and visual warning. It would also apply brakes to prevent a collisionRead the entire article Nissan to unveil facelifted 2019 Maxima at 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show
The 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas is about to start and Nissan won't itself be outdone by other carmakers. In fact, Nissan will be gracing the 2018 SEMA Show with five one-off vehicles, including a 400-hp Nissan Motorsports Project Clubsport 23 that combines the latest technology with the Z heritage aesthetics.
Leading the charge for the Japanese carmaker is the Nissan Motorsports Project Clubsport 23 project car that combines a number of OEM, aftermarket and bespoke fabricated parts. A track-only project car, the Project Clubsport 23 makes use of performance parts that have been tested and developed in Motorsports, as sourced from most respected suppliers. As Nissan Motorsports and MA Motorsports intended, the Project Clubsport 23 is an ongoing parts development platform, which means its looks might be different months from the 2018 SEMA Show.
The Nissan Motorsports Project Clubsport 23 was based on a 2012 Nissan 370Z NISMO deprived of its original 350-hp 3.7-liter VQ37VHR engine. In its stead is a factory 400-hp 3.0-liter VR30DDTT twin-turbo V6 mill. The main challenge in the project car was how to mate a VR30DDTT engine to the 370Z NISMO's six-speed manual transmission – something that has never been done before. To achieve this MA Motorsports developed a new clutch disc, cover and flywheel assembly and installed a NISMO GT LSD Pro-Carbon two-way differential cooled by an MA Motorsports Differential Cooler.Read the entire article 2018 SEMA Show: Nissan to display five one-off vehicles including a 370Z Project Clubsport 23
It has been a year since Nissan commenced sales of the second-generation Nissan Leaf. Already at that time, consumers were already more receptive to electrified vehicles, especially in Europe. The timing could never be so good for Nissan to launch the 2018 Leaf as the Japanese carmaker posted excellent sales of the electric vehicle in Europe just a year after its release.
According to Nissan, the new generation of the Leaf EV is experiencing astounding success especially in Europe. The around 26,000 units of the 2018 Leaf has been handed to customers in Europe since its launch, making it the best-selling electric vehicle in the region this year. In addition, the new Nissan Leaf managed to become the best-selling EV in Europe every month in the first eight months of 2018. Put into other perspective, Nissan is selling a new Leaf EV in the region every 10 minutes.
On the other hand, the new second generation of the Leaf is the best-selling passenger car in Norway so far in 2018. This is quite a feat since the 2018 Leaf managed to beat not just other electric vehicles in this European country, but also conventionally powered models as well.Read the entire article Second-generation Nissan Leaf goes strong in Europe with a unit sold every 10 minutes
Nissan took visitors at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show to the stars when it collaborated with Lucasfilm and displayed six Star Wars-themed vehicles. Now, Nissan is taking the visitors at the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles (also called Hannover Motor Show) to the dark sky with its latest creation – the all-new Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept.
A product of collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), the United Kingdom-developed Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is all suited to do its job. Astronomers at ESA have been mapping the stars through the Gaia satellite. In fact, this project has already resulted to the observation of more than a billion stars. However, light pollution – especially from urban – makes the stars less visible. Thus, astronomers have been conducted follow-up observations from remote, hard-to-reach locations, also called as so-called "dark sky" places. In doing so, ESA’s astronomers have to bring them powerful telescopes, which have to transported safely and easily.
Embodying the Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is appropriately suited to support this project. It is a solution to the enigma of how to transport telescopes for dark sky observations of the universe. It is properly equipped to tow on a bespoke off-road trailer the ultrahigh-power, observatory-class PlaneWave telescope, which can deliver detailed views of distant galaxies and nebulae.Read the entire article Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept is a powerful astronomy labs on wheels
October 2019 is an important month for Nissan. It marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary 240Z, which is the original Z model from the Japanese carmaker. As part of the celebrations, Nissan is planning to unveil a new Z car – in prototype form -- at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, which coincides with the 50th year of the very first Z model.
This was basically confirmed by Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Global Design, during an interview with Whichcar.com.au. Before this confirmation, there had been rumors that Nissan is planning a replacement for the 370Z, which has been in production since nearly 10 years ago. This decade-old two-seater rear-wheel-drive coupe is considered as one of the oldest sports car available in the market. A replacement would hardly surprise anyone, but back then, Nissan had yet to confirm anything.
During an interview with Whichcar.com.au, Albaisa remarked that is a huge pressure in creating a new Z car, adding that he is completely excited that he is in the position to work on the newest Z model. His statement essentially confirmed the rumors and the possibility of a new Z car. This also confirmed that no less than Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Global Design is involved in the project. Nonetheless, many are thrilled that the 370Z won't be continued as another version – instead a new Z car is really on the way. Expect a new Z prototype at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.Read the entire article Nissan design chief confirms 370Z successor is on the works
The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is a half-Japanese half-Italian Godzilla that have been gaining admiration from the public since it was announced in June. Now, people can see the reinterpreted version of the legend in metal when Nissan and Italdesign unveil it at upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed in England on July 12.
So, until the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed opens this week, GT-R fans, enthusiasts and even prospective buyers may settle for video and images released by Nissan and Italdesign. Designed and develop to commemorate the 50th anniversaries of both the Nissan GT-R and Italdesign. The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is still in its prototype form, and the one that will be unveiled at Goodwood could serve as base for an extremely limited run of hand-built production Godzillas.
Italdesign is offering to build customer versions of the GT-R50 prototype, as produced according to the taste and preferences of clients. No more than 50 examples are planned to be built. Each example of this ultra-limited supercar could fetch a price of around EUR900,000 ($1.05 million).Read the entire article Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign to be unveiled in metal at 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
This car is certainly a Nissan GT-R, judging from a number of design cues typical of the legendary Godzilla of the automotive world. However, it looks distinctly different; it is as if this GT-R was released from its limits. A product of the collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all set to be unveiled in metal in Europe in July 2018.
For now, GT-R fans and enthusiasts could feast on the video and images released by Nissan and Italdesign. This ultra-limited GT-R prototype commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the Nissan GT-R and Italdesign.
Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, remarked that the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign celebrates two big moments that intersect at the same window of time -- 50 years of Italdesign shaping the auto world as well as 50 years of Nissan delivering excitement with the GT-R. He called Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign as a GT-R without limits.Read the entire article Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is a half-Japanese, half-Italian Godzilla prototype
With the latest Star Wars franchise movie, Solo, coming soon, Japanese automaker Nissan decided to develop an exclusive car that would remind anyone of Han Solo’s iconic ship, the Millennium Falcon.
This all started when Nissan entered a partnership with the Star Wars Franchise some time ago. Since then, Nissan has been fiddling with the Rogue. Remember when the Rogue One movie came out in 2016? What’s cool was the Japanese automaker was quick enough to release a Star Wars inspired version of their Rogue model just as its namesake movie was released. This was how Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition was born. Following that model was the quirky Rogue X Wing Concept, which honestly not everyone was fond of.
This year, Nissan’s latest creation would be the Millennium Falcon-inspired Rogue, which they made just in time for the Solo: A Star Wars Story movie that will make its debut on May 25. The model will even head to the red carpet to join the Hollywood stars. Without a surprise, the same company, Vehicle Effects (which fabricated the other Star Wars inspired Rogues) helped create this one as well.Read the entire article Nissan builds Millennium Falcon-inspired Rogue for world premiere of Han Solo movie
Last month, we learned that Nissan filed a patent for the name “Off Roader.” We took this as a strong hint that it won’t be long before they launch a model that will rival the Ford Ranger Raptor. Well apparently, we guessed it right, as Nissan had just launched the Navara Off Roader AT32 at the 2018 Commercial Vehicle Show held in Birmingham, United Kingdom. In fact, the off roader looks like it is heady to go head to head with its American rival as well as other sporty pickup trucks. But there are some things that you should be aware of.
Nissan’s newest Off Roader AT32 was built together with Arctic Trucks, a company based in lceland that specializes in building hardcore 4WD vehicles that can be driven on any terrain. As you can see, the “AT” in the truck’s name comes from the company’s name while “32” is an indication of the performance pickup’s 32-inch tires that are wrapped around the 17-inch alloy rims, which the off road company had also designed. The tires that were installed on the pickup were specially chosen for excellent off- and on-road performance.
The Off Roader AT32 had also been given a custom suspension, which raises its ground clearance to 9.6 inches (24.3 centimeters), there is a noticeable difference considering that the regular Navara only had a ground clearance of 8.8 inches (22.3 centimeters). However, the said model is still 1.5 inches lower compared to the Ford Ranger Raptor.Read the entire article Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 challenges Ford Ranger Raptor
Rumours have been going around about Nissan’s next generation Z car, because apparently, the Japanese automaker is planning to build a partnership between Mercedes-Benz to develop this particular model. The new sports coupe will allegedly make its first appearance next year, to celebrate the original 240Z’s 50th anniversary.
According to Response.jp, Nissan has been getting a lot of pressure from the new Toyota Supra that finally made its debut at the recent Geneva Motor Show. This is why Nissan is currently considering unveiling the new Z car at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Unfortunately, the site only cites some “European agents” as their source for these rumours.
But if these rumours are actually true, Nissan would probably team up with Mercedes Benz so that they could use the latter’s platform to underpin the new Z car. Aside from that, they could also get the German automaker’s 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine. The range topping trim would likely be the 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 similar to what the Inifiniti Q60 is equipped with.Read the entire article Is Nissan working with Mercedes-Benz for the next generation Z car?
In the past couple of months, we have been seeing spy photos of the Nissan Terra, and finally, it is time to see the first official images of Nissan’s Navarra based SUV. The prototype is scheduled to make its debut at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show that will take place in April. And we are not surprised as to why the People’s Republic will host the worldwide unveiling of the said model. That is because the Nissan Terra will be first sold in the Chinese market, beginning in spring this year.
As for the exterior, the Nissan Terra has not changed that much, as most of the design elements of the pickup truck have been carried over. Similar with the interior, it doesn’t get many upgrades compared to its predecessor, so both models look very similar.
Having said that, the automaker wants to make it clear that the 2018 Terra is focused more on the company’s midterm plan which we know as the “Nissan MOVE to 2022”, while focusing on an array of frame and LCV models.Read the entire article Nissan officially unveils its Navara-based SUV dubbed as Terra
While Ford prepares for the production of the new Ranger Raptor in Europe, other automakers like Nissan are also looking into the idea of an off road oriented pickup. During an interview with Australian publication Motoring, the Japanese automaker suggested a similar go fast treatment similar to that of the new Ranger.
Meanwhile, Nissan’s Australian division has already urged executives to carry on with the more powerful Navarra. This project has not been officially confirmed, also because the small pickup shares the same platform with the more luxurious Mercedes-Benz X Class. Therefore, it will not be possible to see Nissan adopt the same 3.0 liter turbodiesel V6 found on the new Benz.
Ashwani Gupta, Renault Nissan’s global light commercial vehicle boss, informed the publication that he will soon be meeting with Australian executives during the launch of the Series 3 D23 Navara. He also mentioned that he would be open to seeing a more rugged Navara.Read the entire article Nissan considers plan to build performance version of Navara that could beat Ford Ranger Raptor
Around two years ago at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan introduced three concepts of winter vehicles, based on the Murano, Pathfinder and Rogue. Since these were made for the snow, they come with snow tracks instead of wheels. Now, in 2018, the automaker decided to highlight a new wintery concept that is closer to being a production model, and far from the Winter Warrior concepts, with the new 2018 Nissan Armada Snow Patrol. It will make its debut together with the bizarre 370Zki.
The snow patrol version of the Nissan Armada is based on the standard version of the 2018 model year, with a 5.8 liter V8 and a seven speed automatic transmission, giving out 390 horsepower. Both wheels and tires have been replaced with a set of 20 inch Cognito Series 61 wheels, covered in Pro Comp MT2 off road tires finished in satin black. The Armada’s suspension has been raised up front and in the back as well.
Today, we associate the Nissan Armada with luxury SUV, despite being associated with the Nissan Patrol for the longest time, which is an off roader and an expedition vehicle.Read the entire article This 2018 Nissan Armada Snow Patrol will make sure you get to bring all your snow gear
The latest teaser Nissan showed us had an image of the snowy mountains with an audio of what we thought was the 370Z’s engine sound. To cap off the teaser, it was introduced as the 370Zki. Well, if you want to see this Nissan snowmobile for yourself, check out this two-door snowmobile at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. And before you get too excited, we will already tell you that this is not for sale.
Having said that, it does not mean that it is impossible for you to customize one, it’s just that it may be quite difficult and impractical. To do this, you will have to order tracks and skis from American Track Truck. And then a highly capable person should be able to attach it to a tiny sports car. That’s where it becomes tricky. For this unit, the entire driveline had to be scrapped.
This process involves lifting the car by three inches all around, which needed a custom lift kit. But even that was not enough space for the tracks that measure four feet on the ground. Of course, other necessary things like custom mounts for the rear springs, and three-inch wheel spacers were added to get the tracks away from the car. Both the exhaust and the brake lines were rerouted, while the rear wheel wells were modified so the tracks won’t chew up the body. All that change was just for the back.Read the entire article This insane Nissan 370Zki snowmobile will be presented at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show
Nissan is well-known for creating groundbreaking crossovers as well as sports utility vehicles. At the 2018 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show), the Japanese carmaker has unveiled a new design study that signals its design direction for 2020 and beyond – in the form of the new Nissan Xmotion three-row SUV Concept.
Pronounced as “cross motion,” the Xmotion concept explores the possible design for Nissan’s future compact SUV. It features a striking exterior that looks into the future with its sculpted body and menacing front end, as well as a well-crafted interior inspired by Japanese landscape. Just like a purposeful traditional SUV, the Xmotion comes with a high stance, bulked-up fenders, high-utility proportions as well as all-terrain-ready wheels and tires. The new Xmotion delivers American-style utility while taking inspiration from Japanese culture, and also fusing traditional craftsmanship with new-generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology.
The new Nissan Xmotion concept sports a bold evolution of the brand’s signature V-motion grille, now wider and deeper, to the point that this new form was the inspiration behind the name of the concept. The new grille dons horizontal bars inspired by Japanese architecture, featuring a blade-like appearance with deep carbon color and high-gloss finish. Nissan hopes to employ this evolved V-motion grille for future production crossovers and SUVs.Read the entire article Nissan reveals Xmotion design study at 2018 Detroit Auto Show
We are just a few days away from the most awaited movie of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And you might have noticed that wherever you look, you’re reminded of this movie. It seems that Star Wars has invaded our everyday lives, as seen in clothing brands, to shoes, and everything in between to celebrate Star Wars Eight. And of course, Nissan is not going to be left behind.
This is why they introduced no less than seven modified vehicles, which were all brought to the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show to be put up on display. The partnership between both the Japanese automaker and the franchise began this September when it was officially announced. Two months later, Nissan proves how ready it is for the movie’s premier in December with their expressive designs, where each car portrays a certain character or craft from the upcoming film.
All in all, Nissan modified three Maxima vehicles, and one of the following models: Altima, Rogue and Rogue Sport, and brought them to the City of Angels. Each car was designed by artists who work in Lucasfilm. This all started with a pen and paper, where the design team paired certain characters and crafts with cars from the newest film. They then chose colour palettes, graphics, textures and designs for each of them. You probably already know that the 7 vehicles will only be concepts, so don’t expect to get your hands on one.Read the entire article Nissan brought 7 Star Wars-inspired vehicles to the 2017 LA Auto Show
Nissan’s growing subcompact crossover lineup has a new model -- the new Kicks, a production version of the concept car initially introduced at the Sao Paolo Motor Show three years ago. Nissan brings the 2018 Kicks to 2017 LA Auto Show for its premiere, taking with it nearly the exact design cues from the concept along with the brand’s highly iconic V-motion grille.
The automaker is looking to lure the younger crowd by not only by offering the stylish CUV with colorful choices of paints but also with a starting price of less than 19,000 USD which is way more affordable compared to the Nissan Juke.
Nissan has packed the Kicks’ 1.6-liter four cylinder engine with 125hp and 115lb-ft of torque that sends power to the front wheels courtesy of Nissans Xtronic continuous variable transmission. In addition, folks trying to purchase a brand new car for the first time will find great value in the fuel efficient powertrain’s 33 mpg combined rating from the EPA.Read the entire article LA Auto Show welcomes 2018 Nissan Kicks CUV
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