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Nissan Goes Airborne After Being Hit By An Audi R8 17
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, audi, Audi R8, Film, nissan, Offbeat News, UK, video on 01 17th, 2018


On New Year's Eve, an out-of-control Audi R8 rear-ended a parked Nissan in Bradford, West Yorkshire, launching it off the ground.
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Aggressive Nissan Xmotion Concept Hints At New Era For Future SUVs 15
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Galleries, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Videos, video on 01 15th, 2018


Nissan’s recent concepts have sported some radical designs that have been hard to call boring. The latest concept from the automaker, the Nissan Xmotion Concept, made its first appearance at the Detroit Auto Show and the SUV is an exciting preview into the future for the brand.

 As a concept, the Xmotion looks like it’s been styled by a child who just started to play with Legos, but in a good way.

Nissan’s current SUVs feature round designs that don’t really stand out, but the Xmotion concept doesn’t have that issue. It’s boxy, chunky, bulky, and rugged. It mimics the IDx sports car concept from a few years ago, but in a larger, more rugged design. We think it looks good.

While radical, there are a few design cues that can be found on some of Nissan’s current vehicles. The boomerang headlights, which are on the Murano, make an appearance, as does the brand’s V-motion grille – also found on the Murano. The wheels are especially unique and carry a post-apocalyptic look to them. Overall, the Xmotion concept looks like an answer to the Toyota FT-AC Concept that debuted at the LA Auto Show.

The inside is where things start to get really weird. The concept combines traditional Japanese elements, like wood from a Japanese cedar tree, with a futuristic design, which includes its unique 4+2 layout. Oh, and there are seven digital touchscreens to play with on the inside.

Speaking of the interesting seating position, there are three rows in the vehicle with two seats for each row, allowing for a total of six passengers to be in the vehicle at one time. An elongated center console that appears to run throughout the entire length of the cabin is positioned in between the seats. The center console, interestingly, is also made out of wood.

Automakers are moving towards placing large, massive screens in their vehicles, but the current trend involves one screen, like Tesla with the Model 3. Nissan decided to embrace a screen-heavy future and it’s bold. The entire dashboard is lined with screens: three large ones in the middle with two smaller ones on the side. A sizable screen on the ceiling, which Nissan calls a “digital room mirror,” replaces the traditional rearview mirror. Lastly, there’s a screen in the center console.

The screens can be controlled by gestures and eye movements, which sounds like it would be incredibly distracting. But Nissan claims that a voice command system and intuitive controls will help keep the driver focused. The level of tech in the car doesn’t stop there, as fingerprint authentication is used to start the Xmotion concept. And upon startup, an opening sequence that consists of a virtual personal assistant in the shape of a Japanese koi fish jumps from screen to screen. When the vehicle’s in autonomous mode, the assistant stays on the main screen, assisting with navigation and other mundane tasks.

Another major tech feature is the inclusion of Nissan’s semi-autonomous ProPilot system, which should take the hassle out of driving. Nissan hasn’t said anything about the Xmotion concept’s powertrain, besides the fact that it comes with the brand’s Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive system.

There are a ton of other little features that can easily be overlooked on the car, but the best part of the Xmotion concept is that it makes Nissan relevant again. And the automaker has finally made something that we can be excited about. The concept would’ve fit in better with the high-tech crowd at CES, but we’re happy Nissan brought the SUV to Detroit.

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Future Cars: Can A New Nissan Stagea Answer Our Skyline Wagon Prayers? 13
Jan
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Skyline, Nissan Stagea on 01 13th, 2018


For many petrolheads, there’s nothing more enticing than a high-performance wagon. Sadly these days, the offerings are fairly limited unless you want something German and very expensive.

Nonetheless, one wagon that has always caught our attention is the Japanese-market Nissan Stagea. Produced between 1996 and 2007, it was a Skyline-based and -infused, turbocharged V6 powerhouse with immense cult status.

So what could a modern day Stagea look like? Let’s envisage further.

Muscular Design

This study adopts Nissan’s current styling philosophy incorporating a dominant V-shaped grille, wedge headlamps and sheetmetal surfacing inspired by the upcoming new Altima. The front fenders, hood and a-pillars are a deliberate ploy to visually link it with the current GT-R, somewhat appropriate since the two nameplates have shared mechanicals in the past.

Like the original Stagea, it has shorter than usual rear doors and long side glass. Lower door scollops flick down towards the rear wheels for that go-fast appearance; whilst the rear is finished off with a vertical tailgate, quad exhausts and boomerang-styled LED tail lights.

VR And Variable Compression Powerhouses

The 1st and 2nd generation (WC34 & M35) Stagea were offered with a range of Skyline-based powertrains, including the RB-series in 2.0, 2.5T and 2.6-litre Twin Turbo (260RS) guises. Later on, the M35 era employed VQ-series engines in 2.5, 2.5T, 3.0 and 3.5-litre formats.

Whilst those were good engines, today’s power game has moved on. Nissan’s 298 kW/399hp, 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 (VR30DDTT) would do just nicely here. Power would be sent to either the rear or all four wheels, via a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Oddly, the most interesting variant could come in the form of Infiniti’s latest Variable Compression-Ratio engine. Code-named KR20, this 2.0-litre turbocharged unit debuted in the 2019 QX50. It combines decent power with diesel-like efficiency, making for a potent entry-level option.

Rivals Of The Past And Present

Many of the Stagea’s past competitors have been put out to pasture due to the obsession with SUV’s, low sales and ever-tightening emissions standards. Mid-size wagons like Subaru’s Legacy GT-B, Toyota Caldina GT-T and Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4 were a hoot to drive and are dearly missed.

Today, the competition is rather varied and restrictive depending on where you live in the world. On the smaller side, a new Stagea would battle against VW’s Golf R wagon, Skoda Octavia vRS and Subaru Levorg. And if price weren’t an issue, you could add Audi’s RS4, Volvo V60 Polestar and AMG’s C63 wagon to the mix too.

Nevertheless, no matter what make, model, size and price scale you’re looking at, the more wagons there are, the more the world will be a better place. Hope you’re reading Nissan…

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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2018 Nissan Qashqai Reviewed: Still The King Of Compact SUVs? 13
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, nissan, Nissan Qashqai, Nissan Videos, UK, video on 01 13th, 2018


Nissan’s best-selling Qashqai has received a mid-life facelift in order to deal with the ever-increasing competition.

The revamp consists of a revised exterior that includes new bumpers, the brand’s V-Motion grille, a new headlamp design that incorporates the DRLs and redesigned LED taillights. New alloy designs as well as new colors have also been added to the range.

The interior is made out of better-quality materials and also features new, more supportive seats as well as a new steering wheel. Nissan has also added more sound insulation, additional sealing around the front doors and a thicker rear glass for better insulation against NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).

Perhaps the highlight of the facelifted Qashqai is the addition of Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous system in the range, which combines the Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control and Traffic Jam Pilot systems.

Those looking for a fun to drive SUV might be left disappointed from the Qashqai, but Nissan’s best-seller remains one of the most relaxing places to sit in when driving long distances.

Are these revisions enough to keep the 2018 Qashqai ahead of the competition? Carwow put one to the test to find out.

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2018 Nissan Qashqai Reviewed: Still The King Of Compact SUVs? 13
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, nissan, Nissan Qashqai, Nissan Videos, UK, video on 01 13th, 2018


Nissan’s best-selling Qashqai has received a mid-life facelift in order to deal with the ever-increasing competition.

The revamp consists of a revised exterior that includes new bumpers, the brand’s V-Motion grille, a new headlamp design that incorporates the DRLs and redesigned LED taillights. New alloy designs as well as new colors have also been added to the range.

The interior is made out of better-quality materials and also features new, more supportive seats as well as a new steering wheel. Nissan has also added more sound insulation, additional sealing around the front doors and a thicker rear glass for better insulation against NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).

Perhaps the highlight of the facelifted Qashqai is the addition of Nissan’s ProPilot semi-autonomous system in the range, which combines the Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control and Traffic Jam Pilot systems.

Those looking for a fun to drive SUV might be left disappointed from the Qashqai, but Nissan’s best-seller remains one of the most relaxing places to sit in when driving long distances.

Are these revisions enough to keep the 2018 Qashqai ahead of the competition? Carwow put one to the test to find out.

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Nissan Drops Another Detroit Crossover Concept Teaser 12
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, Film, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Videos, video on 01 12th, 2018


Nissan has released the third and final teaser video for their upcoming crossover concept which will debut at the North American International Auto Show next week.

The company is staying tight-lipped about the model but the latest clip reveals the concept will be a relatively small crossover that features aggressive side skirts and massive alloy wheels. We can also see the model will have boomerang-shaped headlights, a rakish windscreen, and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.

One of the more interesting aspects of the teaser video is that it shows the concept has something mounted on the roof. Since the concept is a crossover, it would be natural to assume this is a roof rack but Nissan has been touting the model’s “intelligent mobility” technology so it’s possible that the mysterious object could be related to autonomous driving technology.

Regardless of what’s on the roof, the video also gives us a glimpse of the interior and it shows the concept will have a minimalist cabin will have a rectangular steering wheel. The traditional instrument cluster has also been jettisoned and replaced by a widescreen display that spans the width of the interior. The display also appears to have two side view displays and this suggests the side mirrors have been replaced by video cameras.

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2018 Nissan Rogue Sport Goes On Sale Virtually Unchanged From $22,615 12
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in new cars, nissan, Nissan Rogue Sport, prices on 01 12th, 2018


Nissan announced the pricing and range details of the 2018 Rogue Sport, which goes on sale with just a few refinements to its optional features.

The company’s popular compact crossover now starts from $22,615 for the base front-drive S model, including a $960 destination fee. Go for the all-wheel drive S version and the price goes up by $1,350, starting at $23,965.

All Rogue Sport models continue using a 141hp 2.0-liter petrol inline-four engine mated to the company’s Xtronic CVT transmission.

For the 2018 model year, Nissan has replaced the optional SV Premium Package with the new SV Technology Package, which now includes heated front seats, remote engine start system with Intelligent climate control, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, and heated door mirrors among other.

Similarly, the new SL Premium Package replaces the old SL Platinum pack, offering features like Intelligent cruise control, lane departure warning, Intelligent lane intervention and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

The 2018 Nissan Rogue Sport goes on sale now at U.S. dealers nationwide.

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Nissan IMx Concept Makes U.S. Debut At CES 11
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in CES, Electric Vehicles, Galleries, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Reports, SUV on 01 11th, 2018


The Nissan IMx Concept has made its U.S. debut at this year’s CES convention, and has taken center stage at the automaker’s booth.

Like the concept that was first unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the IMx on display in Las Vegas is painted in a shade of matte white that’s contrasted by a selection of bright red accents. Throw in a set of huge wheels with silver and black spokes and you have a head-turning concept that we hope won’t get too watered down in the production version.

The Japanese company recently confirmed that its new EV will not share its underpinnings with the Leaf, but use a bespoke platform instead.

Power for the IMx comes from two electric motors delivering a combined 430 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, while a large battery pack results in it having a range in excess of 373 miles (600 km).

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Nissan Believes We’re Heading Towards An Efficient, Zero-Fatality Future 11
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, nissan, Nissan Videos, Tech, video on 01 11th, 2018


Are you having trouble picturing the future of the automotive world in, let’s say, two decades from now? Well, here’s what Nissan thinks it will look like.

The following video, which showcases the automotive infrastructure in the year 2040, is based on the Japanese automaker’s Intelligent Mobility philosophy, which promises to redefine the way people interact with their vehicles.

The company claims it’s not just about connectivity or automation, but also zero-emissions and even Artificial Intelligence.

One of the technologies currently under development at Nissan is their B2V tech, which stands for Brain-to-Vehicle. This technology is based on detecting and predicting what the driver means to do, so that the vehicle can take action more quickly.

The Japanese automaker also wants us to imagine a world free of traffic, with red lights being a thing of the past. Driving the road of the future could also mean recharging your all-electric car on the go, using wireless charging lanes.

The best part is that, when the driver wants to assume control and enjoy driving on a nice twisty road, he or she will still have that option. Let’s hope Nissan is right about this one.

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Production Nissan IMx To Roll On Bespoke Platform 9
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, nissan, Reports on 01 9th, 2018


Nissan has confirmed that the IMx Concept which premiered in late 2017 will make its way to production with a bespoke platform.

During discussions with Motor 1 at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nissan’s executive vice president for global marketing and sales, Daniele Schillaci, revealed that the road-going IMx will have unique underpinnings but failed to provide further specifics.

When quizzed about whether or not the “bespoke platform” in question is part of a scalable architecture from Renault-Nissan’s ‘Alliance 2022’ plan, Schillaci again failed to provide a detailed answer. The executive’s use of the word ‘bespoke’ suggests that the IMx won’t use the same platform as the latest-generation Leaf, as originally expected.

Details of the road-going IMx remain unknown. For now, all we know is that the concept utilized two electric motors delivering a total of 430 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. When paired with a sizeable battery pack, a range exceeding 373 miles (600 km) is reportedly achievable.

If the current Leaf is anything to go by, all of these figures will decrease for the production model.

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Unsurprisingly None Of The U.S.’ Best-Selling Vehicles Of 2017 Were Cars 9
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in audi, Audi Q5, Buick, Buick Envision, Ford, Ford F-150, nissan, Nissan Rogue, TOYOTA, Toyota RAV4 on 01 9th, 2018


Last year marked the end of a seven-year sales streak for the automotive industry, as sales dropped for the first time since 2010 and revealed another major trend that will scare enthusiasts – consumers are serious about choosing crossovers and SUVs over everything else.

USA Today gathered the top five best-selling new vehicles from 2017 and none of them were cars.

The Ford F-150 topped the list with the automaker selling a total of 896,764 units. That number is up 9.3 percent from last year and helped the pickup truck retain its nameplate of being the best-selling vehicle in the United States.

The Toyota RAV4 came in second place with Toyota managing to shift a total of 407,594 units of the crossover last year. Toyota managed to sell more units of the RAV4 than the Camry sedan, which was the second-best-selling sedan of 2017.

The Nissan Rogue trailed behind the RAV4 in third place. Nissan sold a total of 403,465 units of the Rogue, which represents an increase of 22.3 percent over 2016. The Rogue also outpaced the Altima (total units sold for the sedan were 254,996), proving that people just aren’t interested in sedans anymore.

The Audi Q5, which retains its title as being the most-popular vehicle in Audi’s lineup, came in fourth place with a total of 57,640 units sold. A recent redesign helped the Q5 increase its popularity with sales increasing 16.3 percent from 2016.

As the report points out, there was some question about whether consumers would purchase a vehicle with an American badge that was built in China The answer, clearly, is yes. The Buick Envision, managed to come in fifth place with 41,040 units of the SUV being sold last year. The Envision was Buick’s third best-selling vehicle for 2017.

If you haven’t done so already, say goodbye to cars, hatchbacks, wagons, and anything else that isn’t a crossover, SUV, or pickup truck, because the wildfire has spread.

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Unsurprisingly None Of The U.S.’ Best-Selling Vehicles Of 2017 Were Cars 9
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in audi, Audi Q5, Buick, Buick Envision, Ford, Ford F-150, nissan, Nissan Rogue, TOYOTA, Toyota RAV4 on 01 9th, 2018


Last year marked the end of a seven-year sales streak for the automotive industry, as sales dropped for the first time since 2010 and revealed another major trend that will scare enthusiasts – consumers are serious about choosing crossovers and SUVs over everything else.

USA Today gathered the top five best-selling new vehicles from 2017 and none of them were cars.

The Ford F-150 topped the list with the automaker selling a total of 896,764 units. That number is up 9.3 percent from last year and helped the pickup truck retain its nameplate of being the best-selling vehicle in the United States.

The Toyota RAV4 came in second place with Toyota managing to shift a total of 407,594 units of the crossover last year. Toyota managed to sell more units of the RAV4 than the Camry sedan, which was the second-best-selling sedan of 2017.

The Nissan Rogue trailed behind the RAV4 in third place. Nissan sold a total of 403,465 units of the Rogue, which represents an increase of 22.3 percent over 2016. The Rogue also outpaced the Altima (total units sold for the sedan were 254,996), proving that people just aren’t interested in sedans anymore.

The Audi Q5, which retains its title as being the most-popular vehicle in Audi’s lineup, came in fourth place with a total of 57,640 units sold. A recent redesign helped the Q5 increase its popularity with sales increasing 16.3 percent from 2016.

As the report points out, there was some question about whether consumers would purchase a vehicle with an American badge that was built in China The answer, clearly, is yes. The Buick Envision, managed to come in fifth place with 41,040 units of the SUV being sold last year. The Envision was Buick’s third best-selling vehicle for 2017.

If you haven’t done so already, say goodbye to cars, hatchbacks, wagons, and anything else that isn’t a crossover, SUV, or pickup truck, because the wildfire has spread.

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Nissan Teases A New Crossover Concept For Detroit 8
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Film, nissan, Nissan Videos, video on 01 8th, 2018


The North American International Auto Show kicks off next week and Nissan has released the first of three animated teaser videos which hint at the company’s latest unveiling.

The first clip doesn’t reveal much but it tells viewers to “picture a world in which strength is used to protect” and hints “tradition is a bridge to the future.” The video goes on to say “purity attracts attention” and then it shows several glimpses of what appears to be a new concept.

The pictures are only on screen for a few seconds but the images show the concept will feature slim LED headlights and a large grille that appears slightly Audi-ish. Nissan is staying tight-lipped about the model but Automotive News is reporting the vehicle will be a new crossover concept.

Little is known about the crossover but the teaser video mentions Nissan Intelligent Mobility and this suggests the concept could come equipped with autonomous driving technology and advanced connectivity features. The company alluded to this fact by saying “Nissan, from the beginning, has worked to bring the right technologies to its full spectrum of vehicles and the most amount of people. This takes more than innovation, it takes ingenuity and that is what Nissan Intelligent Mobility delivers.”

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Nissan To Showcase Innovative Brain-To-Vehicle Tech At CES 3
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, CES, nissan, Nissan Videos, Tech, video on 01 3rd, 2018


Nissan is looking to redefine the way people interact with their cars by enabling vehicles to interpret signals coming directly from the driver’s brain.

This new technology is called Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V for short, and it promises to speed up reaction times for drivers, as well as to make cars more adaptable.

Nissan will showcase this new and exclusive technology at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off this Sunday, January 7th.

“When most people think about autonomous driving, they have a very impersonal vision of the future, where humans relinquish control to the machines. Yet B2V technology does the opposite, by using signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable,” said Nissan executive VP, Daniele Schillaci.

“Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity.”

This new technology is based on Predicting and Detecting. The way it can predict is by catching signs that the driver’s brain is about to initiate a movement – which in turn can help the driver assist technologies take action more quickly. As for its detection prowess, the system can evaluate driver discomfort and change the driving configuration or style when in autonomous mode.

According to Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, a senior researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan, B2V tech could also use augmented reality to adjust what the driver sees, thus creating a more relaxing environment.

“The potential applications of the technology are incredible,” said Gheorghe. “This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovations inside our vehicles in the years to come.”

During tests, drivers will wear a device that measures brain wave activity, which is then analyzed by autonomous systems. In turn, the systems can then take action (turning the steering wheel or slowing the car) 0.2 to 0.5 seconds quicker than the driver, all while remaining largely imperceptible.

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New Nissan Leaf Starts From £21,990 In The UK 2
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, new cars, nissan, Nissan Leaf, prices, UK on 01 2nd, 2018


Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, which was the world’s best-selling EV, the new generation Nissan Leaf is now available to order across Britain, with deliveries starting in February.

Pricing stretches between £21,990 ($29,691) and £27,490 ($37,117), for the entry-level Visia and top-of-the-line Tekna, respectively, and it includes the £4,500 ($6,076) Government Grant.

Those on the lookout for a more exclusive model can order the Leaf 2.Zero special edition, which comes in just 1,500 examples, and is positioned between the N-Connecta (£25,990) and Tekna (£27,490), carrying a starting price of £26,490 ($35,767).

Setting the special edition aside are the two exterior color choices called Spring Cloud and Pearl Black, alongside a generous equipment list that include 17-inch alloy wheels, an infotainment system with 7-inch display, six-speaker sound system, and 360-degree camera system. The Leaf 2.Zero also gets a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear black suede-effect bio-fabric seats, ePedal, and ProPilot semi-autonomous driving tech.

Nissan claims that with the extra bits, the 2.Zero represents a £535 ($722) saving over the N-Connecta, if they were specified separately.

Regardless of the trim level, all units of the second-gen Nissan Leaf have 150PS (148hp) and can be driven for up to 235 miles (378km), as per NEDC, on a single charge.

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