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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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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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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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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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Which GT R Is Faster On The Drag Strip: Nissan’s GT-R Or Mercedes-AMG’s GT R? 27
Dec
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.

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Nissan Coming To 2018 CES With New Technologies, IMx Concept 21
Dec
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.

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F&F Tokyo Drift Nissan 350Z Listed At £99,950 15
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in DK, Fast and Furious, Movie Cars, nissan, Nissan 350Z, Nissan Videos, UK, used cars, video on 12 15th, 2017


The famous Nissan 350Z owned by Takashi, or Drift King (DK) in ‘Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift’, could be yours, as it has been listed for sale on found one with 14,000 miles (22,530km) on the clock that’s four years newer than the movie car, for £8,500 ($11,415), which makes it almost 12 times cheaper, and an actual bargain.

Believed to be one of two Nissan 350Zs that survived filming, as well as the primary one used in the famous drifting scenes and the only one equipped with performance upgrades (including the APS twin-turbo engine), this car is said to come from a private collector who purchased it straight from Universal Pictures, after the release of the film in 2006.

It was registered new in Japan four years earlier, and it’s described as being “unique in every way”, and “the car of every boy racer’s dreams” by AutoTrader’s Editorial Director, Erin Baker, who’s optimistic that this 350Z can find someone to show it “a little bit more TLC than Takashi did 11 years ago”.

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Chevrolet Aveo/Sonic Fails Latin NCAP Tests Despite The Addition Of Airbags 15
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Videos, Chevy Sonic, Galleries, Global NCAP, Nissan Kicks, Nissan Murano, Nissan Videos, Reports, video on 12 15th, 2017


Latin NCAP continue to express their concerns with vehicles sold at South American markets after the Chevrolet Aveo became the latest in a string of cars to fail their tests.

Otherwise known as Chevrolet Sonic north of the border, the Aveo is one of the best selling cars in Mexico, and it scored zero stars in Latin NCAP’s latest crash test session, despite being equipped with 2 standard front airbags, unlike the model tested in 2015.

In the frontal impact test, the subcompact car “recorded poor protection to the chest of the driver, even with airbags”, Latin NCAP notes, adding that “the structural performance was rated as unstable, which explains also the movement of the steering column and pedals, increasing the risk of injuries to the driver”.

The Aveo’s side impact protection was rated as ‘adequate’ to ‘good’, thanks to “good energy absorption features”, whereas the child occupant protection “showed improvements” from the model tested two years ago.

“Latin NCAP showed, once again, that just adding airbags will not make a car safe when the structure is unstable”, said the organization’s Secretary General Alejandro Furas. “We call for GM to bring the same safety levels offered as standard by them in other markets to Latin America very soon.”

The safety specialists also tested the Nissan Kicks during their latest session, which failed to achieve the maximum 5-star safety rating. The subcompact SUV, which will launch in the USA next spring, scored 4 stars for both adult occupant and child occupant protection, after it “showed an unstable structural and footwell area performance in the frontal crash test”.

Finally, the Nissan Murano was subjected to the frontal and pole side impact tests as well and was awarded with a 5-star safety rating.

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How Nissan Is Using A Miniature Car Wash To Make Your Paint Better 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in nissan, Nissan Videos, Offbeat News, Reports, video on 12 13th, 2017


Nissan’s process of testing its paint samples might sound unorthodox at first, but there’s a method to the madness.

The company has a scaled-down car wash, about the size and shape of a popcorn machine, at its Technical Center in Michigan to test paint samples in order to make sure that their company’s exterior paint jobs hold up to the demands of a modern automatic car wash.

Featuring a spinning brush with vibrant blue bristles, this specialized piece of test equipment sprays water and spins at 180rpm causing the bristles to harshly slap the paint sample, which also has special dirt called “Arizona test dirt” applied to it to replicate real-world grit.

Don’t think though that Nissan is actually using scale models during testing, as the red miniature of the 370Z is there for illustrative purposes only.

Instead Nissan uses painted rectangular plates in actual testing, like the yellow sample upon which the scale model is sitting.

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1000HP Nissan GT-R R34 Tries To Outsprint Arrows F1 Car 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Drag-Racing, F1, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Skyline, Nissan Videos, video on 12 13th, 2017


Formula One cars have long been the benchmark of both cornering and straight-line performance and for good reason; there’s simply nothing faster around a racetrack.

Not dissuaded by this fact, Australia’s Adelaide Motorsport Festival decided to see how a 1,000 hp Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 would go against a 1994 Arrows Formula One car in a series of three rolling drag races.

On paper, the two are quite evenly matched. As you’d imagine, the F1 car has a superior power-to-weight ratio as it delivers 620 hp from its V8 engine and weighs just 515 kg. By comparison, the R34 used in the test has 1000 hp on tap but weighs a rather hefty 1300 kg. However, unlike the F1 car, the GT-R is all-wheel drive, giving it far superior traction.

Which are you tipping to take the victory?

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This Nissan GT-R Could Smash Its Own Six-Second 1/4 Mile World Record 7
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Drag-Racing, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Videos, Record, video on 12 7th, 2017


AMS Performance has continued development of the world’s first six-second, street-legal Nissan GT-R, which is now looking to go faster than it ever has before on the drag strip.

Earlier this year, this car, owned by drag racing enthusiast Gidi Chambi, ran a record 6.937 second quarter mile, thus becoming the quickest GT-R on the planet. Equipped with a host of mechanical modifications and a new rose gold chrome wrap, it’s possible we might be looking at the world’s quickest Nissan.

While the car, affectionately known as Alpha Queen, is still street-legal, it is a far cry from a standard GT-R.

In fact, the engine is totally new and delivers over 3,000 hp. However, to AMS’s credit, it does retain a six-cylinder, twin-turbo setup like any other R35, although the turbos now stick out of the front bumper.

Expect to hear more about this GT-R if it does indeed set a new quarter mile world record. In the meantime, enjoy these videos of the craziest incarnation of Godzilla yet.

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It Takes 1,250 HP To Put McLaren 720S In A Corner 4
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, nissan, nissan gt-r, Nissan Videos, tuning, video on 12 4th, 2017


Godzilla has been trying to slay the McLaren 720S for quite some time now, and after failing to do so using 720 HP and 930 HP respectively, this latest GT-R came prepared.

After seeing this stock 720S run circles around a 930 HP Nissan GT-R last week, we became even more curious as to what it would take to finally beat the McLaren in a straight line – and by that we mean destroy it like it has destroyed all of its opponents thus far.

Here’s today’s contender: A 1,250 HP (1,108 WHP) twin turbo Nissan GT-R, sipping E85 fuel and wearing an ETS 3582r Turbo kit, among multiple other mods.

While racing against the McLaren, the Nissan managed to get from 60 to 130 mph (96 km/h – 209 km/h) in just 4.0 seconds, and from 100 to 150 mph (161 km/h – 241 km/h) in 3.8 seconds. Yes, that is extremely fast, even by hypercar standards.

The two cars raced twice, where the Nissan went with a Low Boost setting for the second race, putting down “only” 920 HP. Let’s just say that allowed the 720S to get some of its dignity back, after how things went down in the initial sprint.

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