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Datsun Cross Unveiled As The Brand’s First Crossover 18
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Datsun, Datsun Videos, new cars, video on 01 18th, 2018


Datsun has introduced its first crossover which is aptly named the Cross.
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This ’71 Datsun 240Z Has Become The New Dream Tuner Car 12
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Datsun, Datsun 240Z, Jay Leno, tuning on 01 12th, 2018


The Nissan Skyline, especially in the U.S., has always been the definitive tuner car to lust after.

The Skyline R34 GT-R, like this incredible VSpec II Nür, and the Toyota Supra trade punches for being the go-to tuner vehicles for American enthusiasts. Blame “2 Fast 2 Furious” or the vehicles’ rarity. But there’s another car that’s finally getting the credit it deserves for being a bona fide tuner car – the Datsun 240Z.

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay Leno, who’s not wearing the denim-on-denim outfit that we’ve come to love, has a returning guest with a badass 240Z. Dominic Le, who’s the brilliant mind behind the insane Skyline-inspired Datsun Sunny truck, returns with another high-performance vehicle.

Besides having a complete makeover consisting of wider fenders, massive tires, bronze wheels, enough sponsoring to rival a proper race car, and a few JDM touches, the largest overhaul has taken place under the 240Z’s hood. Gone is the 2.4-liter six-cylinder engine, which has been replaced with a heavily-turbocharged SR20 four-cylinder motor. The engine has been moved back eight inches for better weight distribution, essentially giving the car a front-mid-engine layout, and now makes 430 horsepower.

In addition to being nearly three times more powerful than a stock 240Z, the heavily-modified one is nearly 300 pounds lighter, as well, thanks to carbon fiber and titanium components. Needless to say, the stripped out, lightweight machine is a riot to drive. It’s loud, it’s quick, and it looks good going down the road. It’s hard to believe that Le built this in his garage.

The Skyline and Supra are amazing, immortalized Japanese vehicles. But for enthusiasts out there that are tired of waiting for Skylines to become 25 years old or can’t afford a Supra, it’s time to entertain the option of modifying a 240Z.

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Crash Tests Reveal South Africa’s Most Popular Cars Are Worryingly Unsafe 26
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Chery, Datsun, Datsun Go, Datsun Videos, Global NCAP, renault, Renault Sandero, Renault Videos, Reports, south-africa, TOYOTA, Toyota Etios, Toyota Videos, video, VW, VW Polo, VW Videos on 11 26th, 2017


Combining for 65% of all new cars sold in South Africa last year were the VW Polo Vivo, Datsun Go+, Toyota Etios, Renault Sandero and the Chery QQ3, a group of five extremely popular models.

Thanks to Global NCAP grabbing the entry-level version of each of these cars and testing their safety, we now know just how well they could protect occupants in the event of a crash.

While talking about the first ever crash-worthiness test for cars sold in Africa, Global NCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh says that such programs have led to safer cars being delivered in markets such as South America, India and the ASEAN region over the past five years.

“Working closely with our partners at the Automobile Association of South Africa and with the welcome support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, our new campaign is an important first milestone on the road to Safer Cars for Africa.”

David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP, added that “It is good to see a four star result in these first ever African crash test ratings. However, it’s extremely disappointing that there’s a zero star car. Such a poor result shows why it is so important for countries like South Africa to fully apply the UN’s crash test standards.”

Let’s run through these results and start with the only car here which achieved a four star rating for adult occupant protection.

Toyota Etios

The Etios’ structure was rated at stable during its frontal crash test, which was conducted at 64 km/h (39 mph). This model also came with seat belts with pretensioners for both front passengers, and achieved a three star rating for child occupant protection when Toyota-recommended child seats where used.

It’s worth noting that only the Etios and the Renault Sandero offer standard ISOFIX anchorages for the outboard rear positions and three-point seat belt for all passengers.

Renault Sandero

Like the Etios, the Sandero’s structure was also rated as “stable” during its frontal collision test, offering acceptable adult occupation protection. It wasn’t quite as good as the Toyota, but it did do better in the child occupant protection test where it achieved four stars – the best in the group.

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

The Polo Vivo delivered similar results to the Sandero as far as adult occupant protection is concerned. Also like the Sandero, it did not come with seat belt pretensioners. However, using child seats recommended by VW, the Polo Vivo only managed a three star rating for child protection.

Datsun GO+

Here’s where this list shifts from acceptable to downright scary. The Datsun GO+ achieved a one star rating for its poor driver occupant protection, and a two star rating for child occupant protection using child seats.

The dummy inside the car suffered chest damage (impact with the steering wheel, despite the airbag) during the frontal collision test, and the vehicle’s structure was rated unstable overall. There was also no airbag for the passenger.

Chery QQ3

Like Mr Ward said, the Chery QQ3’s performance was extremely disappointing. It achieved a zero star rating and its structure was deemed unstable as it collapsed during impact – resulting in injuries to the dummy’s head and chest.

Aside from not featuring any airbags, this car also didn’t have a manufacturer-recommended child seat, which explains why it received a zero star rating for child occupant protection as well.

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Datsun-Based Ferrari 250 GTO Replica Looks Like The Real Deal 5
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Classics, Datsun, Ferrari, Ferrari 250, Galleries, Replica, used cars on 11 5th, 2017


The world is flooded with so many Ferrari 250 GTO replicas that it’s often difficult to know what’s real and what’s fake. Case in point, this remarkably accurate 250 GTO replica.

Currently for sale from Orlando Classic Cars in Florida, the car is based around a 1978 Datsun 280Z and could easily fool anyone who doesn’t know classic Ferraris like the back of their hand.

At the front, the replica includes headlights pretty much identical to the real thing and even includes accurate fakes of the three air intakes found directly above the small front grille. There’s also large Cavallino stickers on the sides, wing mirrors on the front fenders and a roofline that almost has us fooled.

While the owner clearly spent a lot of time and money perfecting the exterior, the cabin isn’t as impressive and looks like any other old 280Z except for its bespoke gauges, steering wheel and selection of Ferrari logos.

No price has been made public but it would probably be cheap enough for most Ferrari aficionados to afford.

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Nissan Bringing Titan and Titan XD Range To Truck Show, Plus A 1960 Datsun 18
Aug
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Datsun, GATS, nissan, Nissan Titan, Reports, Trucks on 08 18th, 2017


This year's Great American Trucking Show (GATS), taking place in Dallas, August 24-26, will feature a wide range of Nissan Titan and Titan XD trucks and accessories.
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New Datsun Go Live Concept Debuts At Indonesia Auto Show 10
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Datsun, Datsun Concepts, Datsun Go, Datsun Videos, video on 08 10th, 2017


Nissan's brand Datsun is looking to cater Indonesia's young car enthusiasts with the new Go Live Concept.
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Datsun Redi-Go Gets New Engine And Updated Interior Styling In India 14
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Datsun, India, new cars, Reports on 07 14th, 2017


Introduced last year as the brand's third car in the Indian market, the Datsun Redi-Go has now been updated with a few new features.
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Sung Kang And Magnus Walker Swap Rides And Go Canyon Carving 4
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, Datsun, Datsun 240Z, Datsun Videos, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, tuning, video on 11 4th, 2016


Both of them have two of the most recognizable cars right now in the petrolhead universe and share the same passion for driving but bringing them and their rides together on the same road looks like a match in heaven.
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Care For A Datsun 240 Z With A BMW M3 Engine Under The Hood? 12
Oct
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Craigslist, Datsun, Datsun 240Z, nissan, used cars on 10 12th, 2016


Forget about the Wangan Midnight L28-swapaped S30 Z, this one has a BMW M3 engine under the bonnet.
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This Datsun 240Z Is No Fair Lady 23
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Classics, Datsun, Datsun 240Z, Datsun Videos, video on 09 23rd, 2016


The beauty of driving a classic car is how visceral and raw it can be, stripped of the modern refinements that make today's cars so placid. Ditto racing cars. But a classic racing car… now we're talking.
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Would You Spend $14,000 On This 1973 Datsun Z-Series? 28
Aug
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in auction, Classics, Datsun, Datsun 240Z, eBay, Galleries on 08 28th, 2016


This rather clean-looking 1973 Datsun 240Z recently went to the highest bidder on eBay, who only needed to spend $14,100 in order to get their hands on a car that some consider as being iconic.
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2JZ-Swapped Datsun 260Z Is An Awesome Pile Of Mess 25
May
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, Datsun, Datsun 240Z, nissan, Nissan Videos, tuning, video on 05 25th, 2016


If this Datsun was a book, it would have a disgusting torn cover with faded lettering but the story inside would blow your mind.
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2017 Nissan GT-R Makes West Coast Debut At Z-Bash 14
May
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in Datsun, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Titan on 05 14th, 2016


One of the largest gatherings of Nissan performance cars this year will see the West Coast debut of the 2017 Nissan GT-R.
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What’s It Like To Drive A Jacked-Up Datsun 240Z For Peking-to-Paris Rally? 10
May
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Classics, Datsun, Datsun 240Z, Datsun Videos, nissan, racing, video on 05 10th, 2016


This 1973 Datsun 240Z is armed and ready to tackle one of the most demanding rally events on the planet, the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge.
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New Datsun Redi-Go Is India’s Renault Kwid-Based Crossover 14
Apr
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Datsun, India, new cars on 04 14th, 2016


 Datsun has presented its third vehicle in the Indian market, the new Redi-Go which it describes as an "urban crossover".
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