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Range-topping 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve trim unveiled at Texas State Fair

A few months back, Nissan announced that the 2018 Nissan Armada will be getting a number of upgrades. But now, the company has finally revealed what’s in store for the range topping Platinum Reserve trim of the SUV at the State Fair of Texas. And one of the coolest things it comes standard with now is the Intelligent Rear View Mirror that allows you to view the rear view camera as a mirror, or you could switch it to display the view of the rear-mounted camera.

The Platinum Reserve not only gets technology upgrades. Physically, it has been made to look more luxurious than the lower trims. For instance, customers could choose from two-tone leather seats that match the dark brown and quilted charcoal. And to add some extra detail, the stitching will be in orange. To further add to that, there will be Black Quartz trim around the cabin, and of course, an exclusive Platinum Reserve emblem on the console to let everybody know that the buyer drives the range topping trim.

To match the ultra-luxurious cabin, Nissan made sure that the Armada Platinum Reserve’s exterior looks just as unique. The grille gets dark chrome pieces around it, while the door handles and the mirror caps get an upscale look too. The new 20-inch wheels also get the same dark chrome finish.

Read the entire article Range-topping 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum Reserve trim unveiled at Texas State Fair

2018 Nissan Altima prices are officially out, sedan starts at $23,140

The 2018 Nissan Altima has officially been launched in United States dealerships. Some of the latest features it embraces include Nissan’s advanced Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) as well as Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (I-FCW) - both are now standard across the range. While the range-topping Altima 3.5 SL gets more features like the Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and NissanConnect with Navigation and Services, making it compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto.

To make it less confusing to buyers, Nissan has simplified the model lineup, now including: 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL and 3.5 SL, while losing the base 2.5 and 3.5 SR trims. Contents and availability of option packages have also been revised. These are now the 2.5 SR Special Edition, 2.5 SV Technology and 2.5 SL Technology Packages.

Naturally, since the said models have been released already, the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) will be posted online as well. And the prices of the 2018 Nissan Altima Sedan are as follows: the entry level 2.5 S starts at $23,140, the 2.5 SR at $24,200, the 2.5 SV at $25,785, the 2.5 SL at $28,995, and the range topping 3.5 SL at $33,510. Costs for destination and handling amount to $885.

Read the entire article 2018 Nissan Altima prices are officially out, sedan starts at $23,140

Nissan wants your car colour to match your personality

What is your favourite colour? Is your car finished in the colour that reflects your personality? Nissan recently did a study about the correlation between the colour of a person’s car and their personality, and they say that you should care more about the colour of your car.

Nissan conducted a poll around Europe about car colours and choices, and they found that 86 percent of those who took the poll own a car that is painted in the absolute wrong colour for the kind of personality they have. And they are dead serious about this.

Now, you are probably wondering why Nissan would randomly decide to want to know everyone’s taste in car colours. Well, this study was conducted by them so they could promote the fact that Nissan Micra buyers can customize their new hatchback and choose from a wide array of colours that are available. Currently, customers can pick from 10 different exterior liveries that all stand out - from a bright and alive Energy Orange to an electrifying Pulse Green. And that’s not all they have to offer. Nissan’s personalization program lets customers add more detail to the car with options like contrasting shades to both the exterior and interior parts.

Read the entire article Nissan wants your car colour to match your personality

Nissan’s trademark filing for IMX hints at production of new lightweight sports car

Back in 2013, Nissan introduced the IDx Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. When the audience first saw this, a lot of people got excited to see a lightweight sports car as part of the Nissan's lineup – particularly one that’s even lighter than the outgoing 370Z. The Japanese company eventually said that we should not expect a rear-wheel drive model, but instead it will preview the brand's future direction in terms of design.

A few years later, Nissan finally comes back with what seems like a preview of a production model of the IDx. Furthermore, the company has recently filed a patent under the name "NISSAN IMX" that will be used for a production model, according to sources. That's not all, the trademark filing said that this will be used on "electric vehicles" and "sports cars". You may want to check out the complete patent description online. But here are some details you might want to know.

The name will be used on vehicles for locomotion by land, air, water, or rail. This includes electric vehicles like electric automobiles, wagons, trucks, vans, SUVs, buses. Apart from that, recreational vehicles like campers, motor homes and trailers are also included. Moreover, sports cars, racing cars, bicycles, lorries, and fork lift trucks like tractors were part of the list too. But that is not all, Nissan also included structural parts and fittings like brake pads, vehicle bumpers and safety devices (for land vehicles). These include airbags, mudguards, air pumps and license plate frames.

Read the entire article Nissan’s trademark filing for IMX hints at production of new lightweight sports car

The Nissan Frontier will officially hit the production line, according to the Japanese automaker. They also confirmed that the mid-size pickup truck will be assembled at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi. Despite this confirmation, the automaker did not say when the production will begin, but this is a sign that change is on its way.

Vice President of Manufacturing at the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant, Steve Marsh, said that their employees in Canton are excited to build the next generation Frontier, considering it to be one of the best pickup trucks in America.

We have not received many details from Nissan with regards to the pickup’s new design. But if we remember correctly, back in 2014, the Frontier Diesel Runner Concept was introduced and it indicates the possibility of a diesel engine in the lineup. If that pushes through, the Frontier will probably be equipped with a Cummins-sourced 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that can give out as much as 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts) and more than 350 pound-feet (474 Newton-metres) of torque.

Read the entire article Next generation Nissan Frontier will hit the production line in Mississippi

Japanese carmaker Nissan is now selling across Europe a new special version of its Nissan Pulsar compact family hatchback. More stylish, more elegant and more comfortable than the standard Pulsar, the new 2018 Nissan Pulsar Black Edition intends to remind everyone that the compact hatchback hasn’t given up in its goal to be recognized in its segment.

When Nissan introduced the Pulsar family hatchback three years ago in 2014, the Japanese carmaker had hoped this new challenger would take a good chunk of the compact hatch market. Although the Pulsar was an exciting proposition and did manage to capture some sales in Europe, it really never managed to present a good challenge against more established hatches in the C-segment like the Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia, Seat Leon or the Ford Focus.

But still, Nissan is not giving up on its ambitions in the continent, and the evidence of this is the introduction of the new Nissan Pulsar Black Edition. As its moniker indicates, the new 2018 Nissan Pulsar Black Edition contains a number of black design accents, allowing it to become more stylish inside and out. The design of the new Nissan Pulsar Black Edition greatly reinforces its known attributes such as spaciousness and high level of safety. Nissan is hoping that the new Pulsar Black Edition would convince potential customers that the Pulsar is still a good proposition and there is a great reason to purchase it.

Read the entire article Nissan starts taking orders for 2018 Pulsar Black Edition in Europe

The 370Z is one of Nissan’s oldest two-door models. It was first introduced to us back in 2009 and this year, the Japanese automaker finally gave it an upgrade for the 2018 model year to give it a much-needed contemporary finish.

Naturally, it will get exterior and interior changes, as well as some technological upgrades. For instance, the door handles and the rear bumper fascia will now be finished in black. Furthermore, the headlights will be getting a darker tint treatment similar to the rear combination lights on the outgoing model, which used to only be available on the Nismo model.

2018 Nissan 370Z will now be riding on a set of 19-inch alloy wheels instead of the 18-inch set found in its predecessor. As you can see in the photo, the Nissan model is finished in a Red Metallic exterior paint that is now an option that customers can select.

Read the entire article Updated 2018 Nissan 370Z now available with new infotainment unit, red metallic paint

Nissan's large SUV, the Armada, which was introduced last year, will be getting an upgrade for the 2018 model year. One of the most prominent new changes would cover the technology upgrade.

For instance, the Platinum trim of the Armada will be getting a new Intelligent Rear View Mirror. You're probably wondering what makes it so intelligent now. Well, it works with a rear mounted camera and acts as the monitor for it. So basically, what you'll see in the rear view mirror is not a reflection of the mirror, but what the camera can see instead. But if you find that weird or if you aren't used to it, this can easily be switched to the traditional mirror like that in regular cars, in just a switch of a button. The main function of this upgrade can help drivers see the rear more clearly even when the van is filled with passengers.

That isn't the only upgrade it gets. The Nissan Armada still has an eight-inch infotainment system, but it now offers more features like the multi-touch functionality, better voice recognition, hands free text messaging assist and SiriusXM Travel Link good for three years. This includes information on fuel prices, weather, among others. Another upgrade is that the SUV now gets more USB ports so passengers can charge their devices simultaneously.

Read the entire article 2018 Nissan Armada gets new tech upgrades, has starting price of $46,795

On August 21, 2017, many people in North America witnessed the once in a lifetime solar eclipse, as the last time it occurred was over 99 years ago. The eclipse crossed what they called the "Path of Totality" as the sun moved from west to east, covering some parts of the United States.

Unsurprisingly, this phenomenon was used by automakers as some kind of marketing tool. For instance, Nissan used this natural event to introduce the Midnight Edition, or blacked out version of models like the Titan, Titan XD, and the Frontier. This is a limited edition blacked out livery of the said models. Volvo, on the other hand, used the solar eclipse to present a protective screen that people can stick on their XC60 SUV's sunroof.

Apart from Nissan and Volvo, other automakers like Land Rover, Mitsubishi, and Karma used the solar eclipse to as a backdrop of their cars. Having said that, all three companies brought out their cars to the field, photographing them during the event.

Read the entire article Which automaker was able to best use the solar eclipse for marketing?

Amid the excitement related to the solar eclipse, Nissan revealed two of its pickups, both in a special edition livery. Instead of waiting for auto shows, Nissan chose to debut its new models in the United States on this auspicious day. The Japanese manufacturer has not introduced new models. Instead, it unveiled a Midnight Edition for the following models: Titan, Titan XD, and the Frontier.

For the Midnight Edition, expect to see a blacked out version of the cars. To be more specific, the Titan model will now get a black front grille, headlight surrounds, foglight trim. And for the Titan XD, it gets additional blacked out fender louvers too. Smaller details like the mirror caps, door handles, badges and step rails also get a darker shadow like shade too. Other than that, they will now have a set of black painted 20-inch wheels to complete the midnight look. If you are not a big fan of all-black cars and would rather see some contrast, you can order the car in a different finish such as Gun Metallic gray and Pearl White.

The Midnight Edition package is not just limited to the car’s exterior. In the cabin, you will find Charcoal black accents together with black floor mats.

Read the entire article Nissan introduces Frontier and Titan Midnight Edition models just in time for solar eclipse

Recently, we have been hearing news that some of the biggest automakers will not make an appearance at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite being one of the biggest motor shows, they seem to not be getting majority of the best brands - for this year’s event at least.

Normally, we would expect most brands to showcase their new cars here. But according to Automotive News Europe, companies like DS, Infiniti, Peugeot, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Mitsubishi, Volvo, and Nissan will not be attending the grand event this year. And these brands take up about 20 percent of total sales in Europe.

You must be wondering why then? Firstly, taking part in the biggest shows means spending more too. And the Frankfurt event is probably one of the most expensive events for automakers to attend. Furthermore, spending a lot of money to put your cars on display in these events doesn’t necessarily translate to more sales. So sometimes, these companies lose more money than they expect to earn.

Read the entire article 9 major automakers will not attend 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Nissan’s GT-R Nismo is one of the most expensive cars the Japanese automaker has made in its history, the 200 mile-per-hour supercar is not like any other Nissan car that everybody can get their hands on. However, Lego has fulfilled our dreams to own one to a certain extent, by designing a small-scale version of the Nismo supercar. The nice thing about this is that you do not have to know how to drive to own one.

It was Firas Abu-Jaber, an expert brick builder, who came up with the Lego version of the GT-R Nismo. The reason why he built this was because it is a favourite car of his, so he took time and studied the supercar, and went into proper detail - from the front fascia, wheels, the rear, and even under the hood, to start his project. What he built was so detailed that he even replicated the GT-R’s engine.

As usual, Firas made use of the red Technic gear pieces to add details like the tail lights according to The Brothers Brick website. As you open the hood, the doors, and the roof, you will find some pretty cool detailing inside like a full on interior. This brick model might be of interest to you, but you won’t be able to get this from your local Lego store as it is not an official kit.

Read the entire article Expert Lego builder creates small-scale Nissan GT-R Nismo

This month, a new patent was registered by Nissan Malaysia's patent office under the name "Terra". This patent suggests that a new electric SUV/CUV by the Japanese automaker may be on its way. Just after the company announced the Nissan LEAF, we hear about the Terra, so we are thinking that this might be the five-door hatchback model that the company will be developing next.

This is because back in 2012, Nissan had already presented a concept they called the Terra at the Paris Motor Show. This was a hydrogen fuel cell concept that carried a Nissan LEAF powertrain. Now that there's a patent for it, people are assuming that the Nissan Terra will be an all-electric model, similar to the Nissan LEAF. But it might get a second electric motor on the rear to make it an all-wheel drive setup. The fact that Nissan is sharing development costs between several vehicles is quite smart. That’s what they’re doing for their electric vehicles including the LEAF, the e-NV200, and most likely the Terra EV.

You may be wondering why the patent was registered in Malaysia, instead of a country that's closer to the brand like Japan or the US. This is probably because large companies like Nissan want to avoid making too much noise about their strategies. That’s why they didn’t file the application at a nearer or larger patent office. Too bad Autocar was able to track the registry almost instantly.

Read the entire article Nissan registers the name 'Terra' at Malaysian patent office

The UK’s largest and busiest airport, Heathrow, is trying to promote the use of environmentally friendly vehicles. Currently, there are about 8,000 vehicles that are licensed to drive around Heathrow, and the airport wants to swap all those vehicles for electric and plug-in hybrids by the end of year 2020. They have already begun this year as they brought in 17 units of the Nissan LEAF to add to the fleet.

Out of the 17 cars, 12 vehicles are allotted to security and baggage, while the remaining ones will be used as pool cars. Heathrow is practicing this so that they could begin minimizing the emission that their fleets are releasing.

By having the initiative to do this, Heathrow airport is hoping that a lot of other companies, large or small, as well as individuals will be encouraged to do the same thing. That is to switch to zero-emission vehicles to save the environment. The airport is one of the best means to influence people as it is a high-traffic zone and these cars will be noticed more.

Read the entire article Nissan LEAF leads Heathrow Airport’s plan to minimize emissions

While everyone’s attention right now is focused on the Tesla Model 3, Nissan is surely working its way to the imminent introduction of the new Nissan Leaf compact five-door electric hatchback. It’s the next generation of the electric car that paved the way for the eventual acceptance of electrified vehicles around the world.

It has not been formally presented and the company has done its best to shield it from prying eyes but just recently, the new Nissan Leaf was spied being driven without any camouflage, and at a commercial shoot no less.

The Japanese carmaker is set to officially reveal the true form of the new generation of the Nissan Leaf as well as its complete specs around a month from now. It is eagerly awaited by the entire industry basically, including Leaf’s current customers, fans and enthusiasts. We all just want to catch a glimpse of the next generation of this legendary electric car.

Read the entire article Second-generation Nissan Leaf is spotted at a commercial shoot in Norway

One might say this GT-R rendering looks as if it came straight out of a post-apocalyptic Hollywood film but to those familiar with the CrossOut game, this concept will surely make it to the final round.

Drawing its inspiration from the post apocalyptic MMO action game, the design artist renders the GT-R with a completely new body work. To make way for this, the designer has fitted the body with new fenders, chunkier set of wheels, a roof mounted set of ammunitions and exposed engine. As a result, the Nissan GT-R morphed into an angry, full metal monster armed with battle gear as if ready to take on the enemies.

The Crossout game is based on the aftermath of the apocalypse where adventure-seeking souls find respite after a nerve-wracking work week. Perhaps the irony of playing this game is that it will take you to a place where there’s a different kind of commotion and at the same time, offers more freedom than anyone can have out of the real world.

Read the entire article YasidDesign penned a mad machine out of the Nissan GT-R

Earlier this week, Nissan revealed a teaser of the new 2018 LEAF’s interior, giving us an idea of what the electric vehicle has to offer. The company released a video of their upcoming ProPILOT assist technology, along with a number of images from inside the new LEAF.

The ProPILOT is a semi-autonomous function. It’s quite impressive for the Nissan, but it won’t be able to compete with Tesla’s Autopilot just yet. The company has provided details about the technology shown on the video promo, saying that the app “reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving”. The driver-assistance technology will come standard with the Nissan LEAF.

This feature keeps the car in the lane, while maintaining proper distance to the car in front during highway cruising, being classified as level two autonomy. Therefore, it supports drivers by helping them control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway drives.

Read the entire article 2018 Nissan Leaf features semi-autonomous feature, the ProPILOT

Nissan has unveiled the facelifted 2017 X-Trail earlier this month. The timely upgrade gave the X-trail an enhanced front end, self-driving tech and a revised interior. In-house tuner Nismo (abbreviated from Nissan Motorsport International Limited) will now give the X-trail a sportier look with a newly issued Nismo Performance Package. However, the downside of this package is that it only offers aesthetic upgrades and does not feature mechanical improvements for the SUV.

This is not what we expected when Nissan revealed that they would be producing more Nismo models, but we can deal with another body kit produced for Rogue, or as they name it in Japan and Europe, the X-trail. This package will be exclusively released for Japan consumers so far. As an expected Nismo product, the body is finished in white paired with the black and red details for contrast like the front and back diffusers and the side skirts. T

he radiator grille is now enclosed by gloss back panels and bolder bumper up front. Moreover, there's a brand new lower bumper spoiler spotted at the back with integrated parking sensors and dual chrome exhaust pipes. A bundle of exclusive 2 tone wheels and chrome handle contributes to the more dynamic look. It can be observed that inside the cabin, there are no hyped changes, the flat-bottom steering wheel is included in the latest addition for the SUV but no sports seats or pedals are offered with the package which is kind of disappointing.

Read the entire article Nissan reveals Nismo Performance Package for 2017 X-Trail Facelift in Japan

Nissan this week made an announcement that it will be donating a customized 2017 Nissan GT-R to NHL team’s charity. Wearing the Nashville Predators’ official colors, the GT-R Premium-based model is sure to catch attention during the NHL team’s fundraising event. The new Nissan GT-R Premium (R35) or Predzilla has a price of $109,990 but is expected to fetch beyond that amount during the auction. The fundraiser started on Monday and will continue up to the end of October.

Interested parties may register at www.Nissan.gesture.com or may also text “Nissan” via 52182. Proceeds will go to the Predators Foundation to help support the Nashville community. Current bid price as of this writing is at $61,750 with 18 registered bidders and counting. Back in 2012, Nissan auctioned another one-off GTR for the Usain Bolt Foundation raising a total of $193,191. The winner this year will not only take home the brand new GT-R but will also get a couple of tickets for the 2017-2018 season including Sixth Avenue Garage’s parking pass.

The Nashville Predators is the 27th team in the National Hockey League which was founded in 1998. Every season, the team works hard to attain its goal in becoming a Stanley Cup Champion. The Nashville Predators Foundation meanwhile counts as among the most active charities in the Nashville community. Every year, the foundation makes a $100,000 donation to MEND while having just granted $500,000 worth of contributions to 120 community service and charitable institutions. In addition, the 365 Fund will hand over an approximate amount of $400,000 for pediatric cancer treatment and research via Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Read the entire article Nissan to donate one-off GT-R Predzilla to NHL team’s foundation

Presented in 2013, the 3rd gen X-Trail is now the beneficiary of a long awaited mid-cycle upgrade this year. The European equivalent of the Nissan Rogue, the mid-size crossover will now flaunt sharper aesthetics, better packaging, more comfortable features and a few tech novelties.

Juventus and Real Madrid will battle it out head to head to determine the champion in this year's UEFA Champions League in Europe, in what is considered the largest soccer event for club teams on the continent. The final match will also host the unveiling of the facelifted version of the X-Trail from Nissan, the official automotive partner of UEFA Champions League.

In what is considered as a state-of-the-art tech is the ProPILOT autonomous driving system which will be offered for the aforementioned SUV next year. The new tech will manage the acceleration, steering and braking in a single lane highway in heavy traffic jam and high-speed travel. The system is part of the Japanese automaker's Intelligent Mobility array of tech that also involves Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Read the entire article 2017 Nissan X-Trail Facelift debuts with ProPILOT autonomous driving tech
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