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9 major automakers will not attend 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

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.

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Expert Lego builder creates small-scale Nissan GT-R Nismo

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

Nissan registers the name 'Terra' at Malaysian patent office

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.

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Nissan LEAF leads Heathrow Airport’s plan to minimize emissions

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.

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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

You guys are probably aware of the collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan. Knowing this, you would expect that both companies will come up with something impressive. Sources say that the partnership has been working on some new gasoline four-cylinder engines. However, rather than developing a more powerful engine, they seem to have come up with 1.2- and 1.4-liter engines instead. Why small engines, you might want to ask?

The reason behind the downsizing is because the German company aims to lower emissions while increasing the efficiency of the new engines. The new 1.2- and 1.4-liter units will benefit from direct injection, and will be a standard in the next generation base variants of the A-Class and B-Class lineups, according to reports from Autocar. There are currently eight cars lined up for Mercedes’ compact models for 2018 including: the A-Class hatchback, A-Class Sedan, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake, B-Class, GLA, a rumoured GLB, and an unknown model that has yet to be announced by the company.

The new four-cylinder units, which currently go under the codename M282, are being engineered exclusively for transverse applications. Therefore, these engines will not be available for use in larger Mercedes-Benz models. These new units will be joined by an updated version of the “M274” which will soon be given a codename that is “M260”. The M260 will be bigger and is going to be available in two versions: 1.6- and 2.0-liter units.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz and Renault-Nissan to downsize engines, will use 1.2- and 1.4-liter powerplants

As it is now, Nissan Motor’s Nismo road car operations is a relatively a small business, with an annual volume of 15,000 performance-oriented cars. However, Nissan is giving Nismo fans and enthusiasts a genuine reason to rejoice – the Japanese carmaker is expanding this business with an aim to make more Nismo models available in more auto markets around the world.

Nissan launched the Nismo sub-brand to its mainstream model lineup in 2013, and since then, customers have gained better access to sportier performance and styling, as derived from and developed through Nismo’s motorsports activities. The Nismo sub-brand essentially injects a high level of sportiness – both in styling and performance – into Nissan’s global car lineup. Nevertheless, the number of Nismo cars produced has been limited, and may not be enough to satisfy the thirst of customers for such products around the world. This is the main reason why Nissan is creating a new unit – Nismo Cars Business Department.

The Nismo Cars Business Department is a new unit that is a part of Autech Japan, Inc., one of the companies under the Nissan group that assembles converted vehicles. This new unit will be combining the expertise of Nissan group companies -- Nissan, Autech, Nissan Motorsports International and other group units – to plan and develop more products in a much shorter time.

Read the entire article Nismo Cars Business Department created to expand production and marketing of Nismo road cars

A global scale ransomware cyber-attack has caused several factories of Renault-Nissan Alliance to stop production on Saturday. According to Automotive News, the company’s spokesperson said they have administered “proactive measures” which led to the temporary shutdown of certain production sites. Reuters however confirmed the next day that regular work is slated to resume on Monday particularly in France.

Over the weekend, thousands of computers have been infected with WannaCry ransomware, spreading to almost one hundred countries worldwide. The French carmaker has particularly shut down its Sandouville plant in Northwestern France following the attack. The first sign of threat in Renault’s Sandouville factory occurred when the assembly line’s alarm didn’t work on Saturday. This happened shortly after a ransom demand appeared on their monitors.

Renault-Nissan failed to give a full list of the affected sites but a spokesperson from the UK said that files in Nissan’s Sunderland factory were hit on Friday evening. It didn’t however confirm if the Sunderland plant was shut down afterwards. The UK production facility has about 7,000 employees which manufactures the Infiniti Q30 and QX30, the Nissan Juke, Note, Qashqai and Nissan Leaf. In any case, Renault reassures that almost all factories will be opening today.

Read the entire article Ransomware cyber-attack affects Renault’s production in France and the UK

Who doesn’t know the Nissan Skyline? The Skyline was first introduced by the Japan-based Prince Motor Company in 1957, as the successor of the Prince Sedan, and later on when Nissan and Prince merged in 1966, the Skyline was then sold in dealership stores called Nissan Prince Shop.

The main designer and engineer of the Skyline was Shinichiro Sakurai, he was a chief influencer from the beginning until his death in 2011. The Skyline comes in several body types including: sedan, coupe, crossover, convertible, and station wagons.

To celebrate the anniversary of the Skyline sixty years later, Nissan commemorated each generation of the model with a woodblock print from famed artist Hokusai - each poster comes as a scroll with an illustration of the car model and a backdrop of one of Hokusai’s work of art.

Read the entire article Nissan Skyline celebrates 60th anniversary with Hokusai’s art

Think of it as a temporary mobile prison, but for a good cause. Nissan has revealed details of its new concept that will prevent drivers from being distracted while they cruise around town. This means that driving would be the only thing that they must focus on when behind the wheel of this machine built on high speed metal and combustible gas.

The number of drivers that admitted to checking their phones while behind the wheels has surged from 8% in 2014 to an alarming 31% in 2016, as revealed by Britain's Royal Automobile Club (RAC). The Japanese automaker also showed statistics, stating that one out of 5 drivers (18%) has texted while driving. Stricter penalties are imposed now for using a phone while driving and British drivers are at risk of being caught if they will pick up their device while behind the wheel. Nowadays people are interconnected with their gadgets, and a whole lot of drivers are ignoring safety on the road just to be able to check on their text messages or notifications. That's why Nissan has come up with a life-saving solution addressing this pressing issue. At the very least, it will save the Brits from being charged with steep fines.

The concept, which is called the Nissan Signal Shield, will be able to provide selective connectivity that will give drivers the option of being able to contact and be contacted from the road, or devising a phone-free duration. It roughly translates to a sort of digital detox and will reduce the risks of travel significantly.

Read the entire article Avoid driving distractions with Nissan’s Signal Shield, an armrest based on Faraday cage concept

Last week, Nissan performance brand, Nismo, disclosed to the public its incoming road car expansion strategy that will be done to replicate the success that was met by the BMW M long ago. The Japanese automaker will embark on a plan that will be able to duplicate the number of units that will bear the Nismo performance badge, says Takao Katagiri, CEO of Nissan Motorsports International Co- the Nissan subsidiary overseeing Nismo.

The Nismo line-up has already sold 15,000 vehicles under its belt, and the Japanese automaker is hoping to increase their releases in the coming years. The planned expansion would involve fresh body types aside from their current roundabout of sports cars and SUVs, along with trucks like the Nissan Titan, crossovers and not forgetting the minivans. It will also involve the chain of Nismo dealership and driving academies found in different U.S. cities.

So far, the Japanese automaker has only released 4 vehicles under the Nismo brand in the US, including the loveable GT-R, 370Z, Juke and the newly rolled out Sentra, as well as the other units that include the Patrol SUV and Note hatchbacks that are made available outside the U.S. territory. Nissan is aiming to boost Nismo sales by about 100,000 units by the early 2020s, which is when we’re expected to welcome the line-up of new Nismo releases including the Maxima Nismo, Rogue Nismo and Titan Nismo (if the circulating reports are true).

Read the entire article Nissan Nismo plans to expand globally, will include performance pickup

Nissan revealed that the new 2017 Rogue Sport crossover will be priced in the U.S. market at $21,420. Specifically, this is for the front-wheel drive version of the Rogue Sport S. Expected to go on sale across the U.S. at authorized dealers, it joins the Rogue and helps expand the brand’s SUV and crossover range. Based on first quarter 2017 sales, the Rogue is presently the best-selling compact SUV in the U.S.

According to Nissan, the Rogue Sport is designed mainly for young couples as well as customers who want a vehicle that has the versatility offered by a crossover but could provide the needed space. In addition, this vehicle should also have the handling and the sporty feel that is similar to a small sedan.

Other pricing details include the Rogue Sport SV at $23,020, and the Rogue Sport SL at $26,070. These two are like the Rogue Sport S which has front-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive versions meanwhile will come at $22,770 for the S, $24,370 for the SV, and $27,420 for the SL. Destination and Handling meanwhile is at $960.

Read the entire article Nissan reveals US market pricing for 2017 Rogue Sport

 

We consider the dogs as man's best friends, and sometimes we even look at these furry animals as family. Starting now, all that we will be raving about is regarding Fidos- sorry cat people, maybe next time. The Nissan fam just revealed that they are dog lovers with their latest invention, the Rogue Dogue Concept.

While we see the dogs as worthwhile companions when it comes to cruising the roads, going to the beach or hiking the mountains, we cannot help but sometimes think of the cons in bringing our furry friends on a ride: saliva and hair sticking everywhere in the car, possibility of urine and poop decorating the interior and so on. But Dennis McCarthy, the car coordinator for the Fast and Furious movies, built a vehicle that directly caters to the puppet's needs sans the nitrous setup as seen in the movies. The concept car conceptualized as a 2017 Nissan Rogue SL with the Platinum Reserve package with quilted leather inserts and tan leather sets.

Read the entire article Who Let The Dogs Out? Not Nissan - Say Hello To The Rogue Dogue Concept

The Frankfurt Motor Show is considered as one of the major auto shows, not just in Europe, but also in the world. Despite being one of the biggest events in the auto industry, the Frankfurt Motor Show will be missing at least nine major auto brands when it opens its latest edition in September 2017.

All German brands – volume or premium marques – are expected to be on full force on what is considered as one of the major shows in their home country. Sadly, though, two of PSA Group’s brands won’t take part in the 2017 edition of the show. While PSA Group has just reached an agreement to acquire German brand Opel – and its twin Vauxhall marque -- from General Motors, it has decided not to field any vehicles from its Peugeot and DS brands. However, PSA Group’s Citroen brand will be going to Frankfurt in September, since the marque is supporting a product launch, according to a spokesman from the French manufacturer.

Also skipping the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show are three brands from Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Italian brands Fiat and Alfa Romeo as well as American brand Jeep won’t show their wares at Frankfurt this year.

Read the entire article Fiat, PSA, Infiniti and Nissan will skip the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

You can run, but you can’t hide. No action-packed movie would be complete without a police car chasing the villain. But in reality, hot pursuits such as these have been taking place--- not just between a cop and criminal but also by those guilty of over speeding or violating certain traffic rules.

Interestingly, Nissan has reimagined a police vehicle for a certain fictional Skyline Police Department. This came in just in time for the 2017 New York Auto Show, which is happening next week.

Dubbed as “Copzilla” (with a code name Police Pursuit No.23), this Nissan GT-R packs an incredible 565hp (421kW) and 469 lb-ft (635Nm) powerful torque. It’s the same 3.8-liter biturbo V6 stock engine like any Nissan GT-R but it’s been added with coil overs and a new set of 22-inch spiked wheels. Very fitting to the “Copzilla’s” highly menacing police livery!

Read the entire article Nissan GT-R Police Pursuit 23 will make your Copzilla fantasies come alive at the NYIAS
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