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Nissan Titan To Be Offered With A V6 Engine, Will Debut In The Frontier First 28
Posted by Michael Gauthier in nissan, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Titan, Nissan Xterra, Reports on 12 28th, 2017

The pickup wars are heating up and Nissan North America’s senior vice president of product planning has hinted the Titan will eventually be offered with a V6 engine.

Speaking to Wards Auto, Michael Bunce said “A new Frontier is on its way and a V6 is more geared toward that segment.” However, he added “Both [trucks] are built in the same plant in Mississippi, so that opportunity is being looked at for Titan also.” Bunce declined to say when we can expect the engine to be offered in the Titan but he suggested the V6 will likely debut in the Frontier first.

Little is known about the upcoming engine but Nissan expects it to appeal to companies and consumers who are looking for a work truck and don’t need the power of a V8. The V6 model should also be more affordable than the V8 variant which starts at $29,580.

While Titan sales are nowhere near rivals such as the Ford F-150 or Chevrolet Silverado, Bunce said the company is “fully behind” the Titan.

When asked about the possible return of the Xterra, Bunce said Nissan is “very, very closely” looking at the segment and noted the model could appeal to male Millennials. He went on to describe the Xterra as a “great asset” which could be utilized in the future.

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Which GT R Is Faster On The Drag Strip: Nissan’s GT-R Or Mercedes-AMG’s GT R? 27
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Drag-Racing, Film, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes AMG GT, Mercedes Videos, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Videos, video on 12 27th, 2017

It’s Japan versus Germany in this duel between the older Nissan GT-R and the newer Mercecdes-AMG GT R, two cars that are very different, despite sharing a similar name.

Britain’s CarWow took both sports models out in an empty airfield, trying to settle the dispute in a three -stage test that included a drag race, rolling race, and braking test.

The result is very surprising, to say the least, as you can see in the video that follows after the jump, but before we let you watch it, let’s see which of the two high-performance coupes has the advantage, theoretically at least.

The Nissan GT-R has all-wheel drive, and features a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that makes 570 horsepower and 630Nm (465lb-ft) of torque, whereas Mercedes-AMG’s GT R is rear-wheel drive and has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, with 585hp and 700Nm (516lb-ft) of torque.

There’s also a significant price gap between the two, as while the Godzilla starts from £84,000 ($112,222) in Britain, its German rival comes at a cool £143,000 ($191,045).

You could easily argue that the drag race would have been more fair using a Nissan GT-R Nismo, which not only has an extra 30hp and 20Nm (15lb-ft) of torque, but also a closer price tag at £151,525 ($202,434) in the UK.


Faster Than A Bugatti 262MPH Nissan 300ZX To Be Auctioned In Japan 26
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Galleries, nissan, Nissan 300ZX, Record, used cars on 12 26th, 2017

Did you find that 222-mph (358km/h)  Toyota Supra V12 we recently told you about was cool? Well, take a moment to digest this, a 262-mph Nissan 300ZX, also set to be sold by BH Auction in January.

Officially dubbed the 1991 Jun Bonneville 300ZX ‘Z32’, this extensively-modified Japanese sports car reached a top speed of 261.923 mph (421.536 km/h) at the Bonneville Speed Week.

To achieve a Bugatti Veyron-beating top speed, this 300ZX has undergone a series of significant modifications. For starters, the engine has been overhauled and thanks to a huge turbocharger and supporting mods, delivers around 985 hp. There’s also a huge surge tank and a custom front-end designed to allow the car to cut through the air at high speeds.

Inside, the cabin remains fairly standard but does include a roll cage, racing steering wheel, numerous gauges, and half a dozen custom switches and buttons on the dash.

The auction house expects the car to sell for between 8 million yen ($70,560) and 11 million yen ($97,020).


Future Cars: 2019 Nissan Altima Brings The Visual Punch 23
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in featured, Future Cars, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Scoops, Scoops on 12 23rd, 2017

It’s not a good time to sit back and relax if you’re a mid-sedan manufacturer. Faced with an onslaught of increasing SUV sales, models like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have upped their game trying to lure buyers with sleek styling, good handling and strong performance.

Then there is the Nissan Altima; which is about as alluring as a bar of soap – sure it does the job, but you’ll promptly forget what job that was. Fortunately, Nissan are injecting some youth into their lineup, so let’s have a sneak peek at how the 2019 Altima will look like.

Dynamic Styling

At a first glance, you could be fooled into thinking you’re looking at a shrunken Maxima, but no, it’s Nissan’s boldest adaptation of Vmotion-styling language to date.

The front is dominated by a large V-shaped grille, dipping into the lower intake and flanked by a pair of chiseled LED headlamps. A sculptured crease runs from the front fenders, fading outwards to the rear door. Then a secondary crease sits below this and flows towards the taillights.

The side profile is very Maxima-like, with a fastback roofline and separated black section within the C-pillars. Rounding out the rear are Audi-esque tail lamps, twin exhausts and a high deck lid.

Cabin & Architecture

Mirroring the overhauled exterior is a comprehensively redesigned and higher quality cabin. Nissan have joined many others in incorporating a tablet-style infotainment screen with two physical knobs and a row of buttons. The flat-bottomed steering wheel could almost be from a Mazda and the start-button is located in front of the gear lever.

It’s tipped that the Altima will remain on the D platform shared with the Maxima and Murano, with an increase in wheelbase to expand on the current car’s limited interior volume.

Conjecture has the possibility of all-wheel-drive thrown into the mix, adding to the Japanese carmaker’s desire to increase dynamic appeal.

Powertrain & Performance

Nissan have been quiet on future powertrain technology for the Altima, but we expect the current crop of 2.5-litre and 3.5-litre mills to carryover, with CVT to aid improvements in fuel efficiency and performance.

Although discontinued back in 2011, the hybrid model could make a reappearance, along with the possibility of a turbocharged four also joining the range.

It will also have the latest driver assistance technology under the ProPilot banner. Having debuted on the new Nissan Leaf, it’s able to help with steering, braking and acceleration on certain single-lane roads and highways.

Mid-size Rivals:

The 2019 Altima will arrive amongst some freshly updated competition, including the likes of Honda’s new Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion and Volkswagen Passat.

Expect it to debut early in the New Year, possibly at the Detroit Motor Show next month.

Does the new Altima have the looks to impress? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

Nissan 350Z Owner Lives The Star Wars Life 22
Posted by Brad Anderson in nissan, Nissan 350Z, Offbeat News, tuning on 12 22nd, 2017

Star Wars mania is currently sweeping the world following the release of The Last Jedi.

At the recent LA Auto Show, Nissan unveiled no less than seven unique Star Wars-inspired concept cars, with mixed results. Perhaps eager to get in on the action, the owner of this Nissan 350Z has decided to get in the Star Wars spirit in the most over-the-top way imaginable.

The car was recently spotted by a Redditor in a parking garage and actually puts Nissan’s official Star Wars concept cars to shame. In fact, it actually looks worthy of a starring role in the franchise’s next film.

On the 350Z decklid is the head of R2-D2 alongside a pair of fake thrusters. Additionally, the sports car’s wheels have been covered by aerodynamic covers and a silver, red, grey, and black paint scheme fitting of a Star Wars spaceship.

With Christmas just around the corner, many vehicle owners are choosing to celebrate by attaching all sorts of weird and wacky decorations to their cars. To this 350Z owner, however, Star Wars is life.


2018 Nissan Titan Priced From $31,075, Titan XD From $40,015 22
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in nissan, Nissan Titan, prices, Trucks, TSC on 12 22nd, 2017

Nissan has announced the pricing and range details of the 2018 Titan and Titan XD pickup trucks.

The biggest highlight of the 2018MY Titan range is the addition of the Midnight Edition package, which includes a body color grille with dark insert, dark headlights and black …everything, including the 20-inch wheels, both bumpers and badging. The black-themed package is available on the Titan and Titan XD Crew Cab SV and SL 4×4 and 4×2 models, for the price of $1,250.

Half-ton Titans are available in Single Cab, King Cab and Crew Cab body configurations and with 4×2 and 4×4.

All versions continue using the 5.6-liter Endurance V8 which produces 390hp and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The available maximum towing capacity is rated at 9,740 pounds and the maximum payload capacity is 1,950 pounds, when properly equipped. The 2018 Nissan Titan half-ton comes with utility features like an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control and a Trailer Light Check system.

As for the Titan XD, Nissan’s bigger pickup truck offers an available maximum towing capacity of 12,310 pounds and maximum payload capacity of 2,080 pounds (when properly equipped). The lineup includes Crew Cab, King Cab and Single Cab body styles, two bed lengths, a choice between a Cummins 5.0L V8 turbodiesel or the 5.6-liter V8 petrol, 4×4 or 4×2 drivelines and five trim levels.

The 2018 Nissan Titan and Titan XD trucks are on sale now at dealers nationwide.


Nissan Canada’s Finance Services Suffer Possible Data Breach 22
Posted by Brad Anderson in Canada, nissan, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017

Nissan Canada has revealed that personal information of customers that used its financing services may have been compromised in a possible data breach.

The automaker was made aware of “unauthorized access to personal information” that occurred on December 11, reportedly targeting those that have financed a car through Nissan Canada Finance and Infiniti Financial Services Canada.

A statement released by Nissan says that the unauthorized access could have impacted information including customer names, addresses, vehicle make and model, vehicle identification number, credit score, loan amount, and monthly payment.

Nissan doesn’t yet know how many of its 1.13 million finance customers could have been affected but says it is notifying all customers and offering them 12 months of credit monitoring services from TransUnion free of charge.

“We sincerely apologize to the customers whose personal information may have been illegally accessed and for any frustration or inconvenience that this may cause. We are focused on supporting our customers and ensuring the security of our systems,” Nissan Canada Finance president Alain Ballu said.


Consumer Reports Says The Mercedes GLA Is The Least Satisfying Car In America 21
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Acura ILX, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Trax, Consumer Reports, Dodge, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, Fiat, Fiat 500, Ford, Ford Transit, Infiniti, Infiniti QX60, mercedes, nissan, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Versa on 12 21st, 2017

New vehicles are typically one of the largest purchases that consumers make so it’s important that you buy something that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen and sometimes owners spend tens of thousands of dollars on something they regret buying in the first place. Consumer Reports want to help people avoid this mistake so they’ve used data from their Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey along with their own testing and reliability ratings to come up with a list of the ten least satisfying vehicles in America.

Dodge Grand Caravan

The Dodge Grand Caravan dates back to 2008 and its $25,995 price tag simply can’t make up for its many faults. As Consumer Reports notes, the minivan has the worst fuel economy rating in its class and its second-row seats are just plain lousy.

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 bills itself as fun city car but it’s simply a small, overpriced hatchback with retro styling. There are a handful of interesting variants but CR says the model suffers from a choppy ride, an awkward driving position, and a noisy interior.

Ford Transit Connect

The Ford Transit Connect was designed as a commercial vehicle and the magazine says consumers shouldn’t think about it as a minivan replacement. While it offers good handling and a decent ride, there are plenty of faults including mediocre fuel economy ratings, a cheap interior, and a lack of features.

Infiniti QX60

Luxury vehicles are supposed to be comfortable, quick, and luxurious. The QX60 ticks a few of those boxes but there’s no hiding the fact that the crossover is a Nissan Pathfinder in an extra-large suit. Despite highlighting the model’s spacious and well-appointed interior, Consumer Reports say the QX60’s fuel-economy rating is “so-so” and the driving experience is “mushy.”

Dodge Journey

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is prominently featured on this year list and that’s largely due to aging vehicles such as the Journey. While it’s relatively affordable, with pricing starting at $21,195, it suffers from worst-in-class fuel economy ratings. Consumer Reports is brutal when it comes to the Journey as the publication says “This low-rated model is a poor value anywhere — even at the airport rental lot.”

Nissan Versa Sedan

The Nissan Versa is one of the most affordable sedans in America but buyers might want to simply shop the classifieds. That bargain basement price is a result of some major tradeoffs including a cheap interior and an underpowered engine that is paired to a continuously variable transmission. The model also suffers from a stiff ride and clumsy handling.

Chevrolet Trax

The Trax recently received a facelift but Consumer Reports says one of the biggest issues is the model’s turbocharged 1.4-liter engine which isn’t powerful or fuel-efficient. The organization also notes the Trax has a cramped interior, a stiff ride, and ambitious pricing.

Acura ILX

Like the Trax, the ILX was recently updated to fix its many shortfalls but these improvements didn’t address the car’s “stiff” and “jumpy ride.” Other disappointments include incessant road noise, a bad transmission, and a confusing infotainment system.

Nissan Sentra

The Sentra has a lot going for it but even responsive handling and a spacious interior can’t make up for a stiff ride and a driving experience that is described as “ho-hum and joyless.” The base model is particularly disappointing as it is one of the slowest accelerating cars in its class.

Mercedes GLA-Class

The most disappointing vehicle might come as a surprise because it’s made by Mercedes-Benz. Despite its luxury ambitions, the GLA is a high-riding hatchback that is small, cramped, and expensive as pricing starts at $33,400. Consumer Reports say the crossover suffers from a stiff ride, a loud interior, a bad gearbox, and poor visibility – just to name a few things.

New Nissan Leaf Scores More Than 10,000 Orders In Europe 21
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Reports on 12 21st, 2017

Nissan was pleasantly surprised with the customer interest on the new electric Leaf as more than 10,000 people in Europe have already placed an order.

It’s been two months since the company has opened the order books for the second generation Leaf, with Nissan reporting a strong and consistent demand for it across European markets.

“We are delighted by the tangible customer interest we have received for the new Leaf as it confirms the leadership Nissan has in electric vehicles,” said Gareth Dunsmore, Director, Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe. “However, the new Leaf is not just our new generation electric vehicle, but also the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility in Europe.”

During the same time point back in 2010, the original Leaf had just a few hundreds of orders, as EVs were still an unproven technology. Nissan expects orders to further grow as the new Leaf starts to hit dealerships from February 2018 in Europe.

The new Nissan Leaf offers 147hp (150PS) from its electric motor and an official driving range of 235 miles according to the NEDC, thanks to its larger 40kWh battery pack. Nissan has also added features like the semi-autonomous ProPilot system, the e-Pedal, a seven-inch infotainment system and the Intelligent Around View Monitor to the new Leaf.


Nissan Leaf Grand Touring Concept Joins A Flurry Of Tuned Studies For 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon 21
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Electric Vehicles, Nismo, nissan, Nissan Concepts, nissan gt-r, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Note, Nissan NV300, Nissan Rogue, Nissan X-Trail, racing, Tokyo Auto Salon on 12 21st, 2017

Nissan has announced a bunch of premieres for next year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, which opens its gates on January 12, one of them being the Leaf Grand Touring Concept.

The show car is not as aggressively styled as the Leaf Nismo that debuted two months ago, but it does get a few interesting bits, such as the two-tone black and matte silver finish.

No images of the interior have been released yet, but the automaker describes it as “stylish and sophisticated” thanks to the addition of some special accents. We wouldn’t be surprised if some of these features will be adopted by a new trim level of the electric car called ‘Grand Touring’, in the Japan at least.

The ‘Grand Touring‘ moniker has been used again on an X-Trail Concept, which will go under the spotlight at the Tokyo event as well. This version of the SUV, which is known on our shores as Rogue, is aimed at those loving the outdoors, and it gets a special exterior graphic, and some different trim in the cabin.

There’s also a Nissan NV 350 Caravan Grand Touring Concept heading to the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, which goes for an ‘off-road look’ as well, equipped with BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, special exterior accents and decals, and minor tweaks inside.

Nissan has a few more surprises in store too for the event, including the Fairlady Z Heritage Edition, a special version of the 370Z, the Note e-Power C-Gear, an “outdoor version” of the vehicle, and three new concept cars called Serena e-Power Autech, Note e-Power Autech, and X-Trail Autech.

Elsewhere, visitors to the brand’s stand will also get to see the GT-R Nismo, Note e-Power Nismo, X-Trail Nismo Performance Package, Serena Nismo, Leaf Nismo Concept, and Motul Autech GT-R racer.


Nissan Coming To 2018 CES With New Technologies, IMx Concept 21
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Autonomous, CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, new cars, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Videos, Tech, video on 12 21st, 2017

Electrification, autonomous and connected driving are currently all the rage in the automotive industry, and Nissan wants to be at the forefront of these technologies.

Announcing their presence at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which starts on January 7, the Japanese automaker said it will unveil “a very interesting future technology regarding vehicle control, which may cause a lot of thinking”, although it wouldn’t provide any more information on the subject.

Anyway, Nissan’s CES stand visitors will also have the chance to see the IMx Concept that was revealed last October at the Tokyo Motor Show. Believed to influence the styling of the next-generation Rogue Sport, which is known as Qashqai in Europe, it’s underpinned by a new EV platform and powered by two electric motors.

It’s also equipped with a new version of Nissan’s ProPilot system, which allows it to drive on its own and, once engaged, the steering wheel ‘magically’ disappears into the dashboard and the seats recline. Not something we expect to see in the near future, but it does show the way things are heading…

The new generation Leaf will also be on display in Las Vegas, demonstrating its ProPilot Assist and e-Pedal features, as will the updated Rogue, which also sports the semi-autonomous driving technology, in addition to other novelties, for the 2018MY.



Nissan Kicks Off Leaf Production In Europe, First Deliveries In February 19
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Electric Vehicles, nissan, Nissan Leaf, Reports, UK on 12 19th, 2017

The all-new Nissan Leaf has officially gone into production at the automaker’s plant in Sunderland, UK, as the first European customers will be receiving their cars in February 2018.

Nissan has been building the Leaf nameplate in the UK since 2013, selling over 85,000 units on the Old Continent, including those built at the Oppama plant in Japan, since 2011.

“We’re excited to start production in Sunderland and to bring the new Nissan Leaf to European markets from February,” said Nissan Europe manufacturing VP, Kevin Fitzpatrick.

The all-new Leaf comes with a driving range of 235 miles (378 km) on a single charge, and also features new technologies such as the new e-Pedal, the ProPILOT system, or the ProPILOT Park.

Aside from building the new Leaf, Nissan’s Sunderland plant is also responsible for the Qashqai and Juke crossovers, as well as Infiniti’s Q30 and QX30 models. Due to its output of over 9 million vehicles per year, it is the biggest UK car plant of all time.


Nissan GT-R ‘CrankZilla’ By Wheelsandmore Boasts Up To 740PS 19
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in nissan, nissan gt-r, tuning, Wheelsandmore on 12 19th, 2017

The market is filled with all kinds of tuning packages for the Nissan GT-R, but Wheelsandmore believes there’s room for one more.

So, without further ado, meet ‘CrankZilla’, the tuner’s latest interpretation of the Japanese supercar, which can be ordered with one of five power levels that increase the twin-turbo V6’s stock output of 570PS (562hp) and 637Nm (460lb-ft).

Stages 1, 2, and 3 add up to 605PS (596hp) and 700Nm (lb-ft), 630PS (621hp) and 800Nm (590lb-ft), and 650PS (641hp) and 830Nm (612lb-ft) respectively, whereas the fourth installment takes the Nissan GT-R to 700PS (690hp) and 850Nm (627lb-ft). The ultimate step is Stage 5, with an impressive 740PS (730hp) and 900Nm (664lb-ft) of torque at the crank.

Wheelsandmore says that they “recognize and respect” the 1,000+ conversions of the GT-R, adding that the car “is tuned up to the maximum to be handled safe on the track” in Stage 5.

Additionally, their tuned GT-R also features a height adjustable suspension that brings it 30mm (1.18in) closer to the ground, in addition to the 9.5×21- and 11×21-inch rims front and rear shod in 255/35 and 295/30 tires, respectively, while a combination of bronze and copper accents, alongside some decals, round up the list of upgrades.


Nissan GT-R ‘CrankZilla’ By Wheelsandmore Boasts Up To 740PS 19
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in nissan, nissan gt-r, tuning, Wheelsandmore on 12 19th, 2017

The market is filled with all kinds of tuning packages for the Nissan GT-R, but Wheelsandmore believes there’s room for one more.

So, without further ado, meet ‘CrankZilla’, the tuner’s latest interpretation of the Japanese supercar, which can be ordered with one of five power levels that increase the twin-turbo V6’s stock output of 570PS (562hp) and 637Nm (460lb-ft).

Stages 1, 2, and 3 add up to 605PS (596hp) and 700Nm (lb-ft), 630PS (621hp) and 800Nm (590lb-ft), and 650PS (641hp) and 830Nm (612lb-ft) respectively, whereas the fourth installment takes the Nissan GT-R to 700PS (690hp) and 850Nm (627lb-ft). The ultimate step is Stage 5, with an impressive 740PS (730hp) and 900Nm (664lb-ft) of torque at the crank.

Wheelsandmore says that they “recognize and respect” the 1,000+ conversions of the GT-R, adding that the car “is tuned up to the maximum to be handled safe on the track” in Stage 5.

Additionally, their tuned GT-R also features a height adjustable suspension that brings it 30mm (1.18in) closer to the ground, in addition to the 9.5×21- and 11×21-inch rims front and rear shod in 255/35 and 295/30 tires, respectively, while a combination of bronze and copper accents, alongside some decals, round up the list of upgrades.


This Is What A Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R VSpec II Nür With 10km Looks Like 15
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, Classics, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Skyline, Tokyo Auto Salon on 12 15th, 2017

We don’t know if this makes us sad or happy; a virtually unused 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II Nür is heading to an auction, giving us a great opportunity to see the iconic R34 in a brand-new state.

On the other hand, having the keys to one of the most sought-after performance icons on the planet and not driving it does makes us sad, especially since this is one of the last examples of its generation.

The 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R VSpec II Nür is sort-of the last hurrah for the R34 generation, mixing the VSpec II goodness with an upgraded RB26 engine. Despite the engine’s specs remaining officially unchanged, at 276hp and 293lb-ft of torque, Nissan had installed bigger turbos with a slightly bigger boost pressure and a reinforced block, making the engine even more durable to future upgrades.

Other features include a speedometer that tops out at 300km/h (186mph) and an exclusive interior stitching along with the usual VSpec II goodies such as the stiffer suspension, the bigger brakes, the carbon fiber bonnet and the iridium interior trim pieces.

The car is described as unregistered and will be auctioned by BHauction at the Tokyo Auto Salon on January 12, 2018.