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Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Enhances Maker’s Intelligent Mobility Efforts

Maker moves toward zero deaths, emissions.

by on Jan.09, 2017

The Nissan Vmotion 2.0 is a new concept vehicle that signals the company's future sedan design direction and Intelligent Mobility technology.

Nissan put a new and stylish face on its concept of “Nissan Intelligent Mobility” today at the North American International Auto Show with introduction of its Vmotion 2.0 in Detroit.

The Japanese maker’s idea for intelligent mobility centers on zero emissions and zero fatalities. This concept uses the latest technology and design move toward those goals.

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Vmotion 2.0 is the evolution of the “V-motion” front design signature seen on many of today’s Nissan vehicles, the maker said, including the Murano and Maxima. The new concept takes the design a step further by forming an “intelligent three-dimensional shape to create the volume and architecture of the vehicle.” (more…)

Nissan Brings Over Qashqai; Renames It Rogue Sport

Japanese maker unveils new small ute.

by on Jan.09, 2017

The new Nissan Rogue Sport offers nimbler handling for young drivers.

Nissan’s push to be a Top Three automaker is getting a little more inertia with its newest introduction, the Rogue Sport, here at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new utility vehicle is a slightly smaller iteration of its Rogue SUV, which took over the top sales spot for Nissan in the U.S. in 2016 from the Altima sedan.

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“The increasing shift from cars to trucks was our reason for bringing this car over,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America Inc. With that shift after long delaying bringing over a version of the Qashqai, “Rogue Sport now makes a lot of sense.” (more…)

“We Will Adapt,” Says Nissan CEO, as Trump Attacks Rival Toyota for Mexican Imports

Automakers waiting to see what is beyond the incoming president’s tweets.

by on Jan.06, 2017

"We are pragmatic," said Nissan's Ghosn.

Nissan is taking a “pragmatic” approach to dealing with a new president who may move to block automotive imports from Mexico, CEO Carlos Ghosn told TheDetroitBureau.com during a discussion at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Ghosn’s comments came shortly after President-elect Donald Trump attacked Toyota in the latest in a series of tweets criticizing automakers who import vehicles into the U.S. from Mexico. That move sent the stock of the largest of the Japanese automakers tumbling. Nissan is the best-selling automaker in Mexico and has major assembly operations there supplying the U.S. and numerous other markets.

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“We are pragmatic,” said Ghosn, who also serves as CEO of Nissan’s French alliance partner Renault. “We will adapt.”

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Nissan’s Ghosn to Reveal Plans for Updated Leaf, Autonomous Cars

Also expect to hear about additional battery-cars during CES keynote.

by on Jan.04, 2017

Carlos Ghosn is expected to reveal big news during this week's Consumer Electronics Show.

Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of both Nissan and its French alliance partner Renault, is expected to make some big news about battery-electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles during a keynote speech at this week CES conference in Las Vegas.

Among other things, Ghosn will likely reveal plans for the next-generation Nissan Leaf, the new model expected to deliver as much as twice the mileage of the original battery-electric vehicles. Ghosn may also announce timing for the production of the Japanese maker’s first self-driving vehicle.

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Nissan officials declined to comment on what Ghosn has in store, though they did point out that the company was the first manufacturer to launch mainstream production of a battery-electric vehicle. And it has been an early proponent of autonomous vehicle technology. (more…)

Nissan Wants to Get “Hyper-Personal”

Tech like 3D printing will permit new levels of vehicle customization.

by on Nov.29, 2016

Nissan wants to go to the next level of customization with its "hyper-personalization" strategy.

Using technologies as diverse as 3D printing and connected car services, Nissan hopes to soon let buyers extensively customize their vehicles – both new ones and those they already own.

The new approach could put Japan’s second-largest carmaker at the forefront of the rapidly growing automotive aftermarket, a business that generates almost $40 billion a year in the U.S. alone, according to the Specialty Equipment Marketers Association, or SEMA.

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This new effort, which Nissan is calling “hyper-personalization” could soon allow motorists to add customized body panels and fabric designs, as well as bring new levels of high-tech infotainment services and safety gear into their vehicles, according to Kent O’Hara, the Nissan Motor Co. vice president who manages global aftermarket sales.

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Nissan Going Rogue with Star Wars-themed SUV

Maker hopes "The Force" is with them on limited edition sport-ute.

by on Nov.16, 2016

Nissan is part of the Dark Side ... and the light side with its new Star Wars-themed Rogue SUVs.

For those Star Wars fans who are looking to make sure “The Force” is with them all the time – or at least when they’re behind the wheel – Nissan is making that possible with the new Star Wars Edition Nissan Rogue.

Tying into the soon-to-be-released movie, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Nissan is offering the limited edition SUV on a run of just 5,000 units in the U.S. and another 400 in Canada. The automaker’s Rogue is the first-ever Star Wars-branded full-size production vehicle and warns it stands ready to “take on any battle.”

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Named “Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition,” it is designed to build awareness and familiarity of the extensively redesigned 2017 Rogue and come sixth an authentic numbered Death Trooper helmet. The movie debuts during the Christmas holiday. (more…)

Nissan Blows Cover off New 2017 Sentra Nismo

Japanese maker expands performance family.

by on Nov.15, 2016

Nissan expanded its Nismo performance line-up for 2017 with the new Sentra Nismo.

The popularity of small, powerful cars continues to drive automakers to produce new models with the latest being the 2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo: The maker’s first-ever Nismo-branded Sentra.

“With the addition of the new Sentra NISMO, the enthusiasts behind NISMO production sports vehicles like the GT-R NISMO and 370Z NISMO sought to widen the reach of the NISMO brand,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America Inc.

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“But they wanted to do it without diluting the NISMO brand – which meant Sentra NISMO going deeper than just visual changes to an enhanced, visceral driving experience.” (more…)

Ghosn to Add New Duties as Chairman of Mitsubishi

“It is going to be difficult.”

by on Oct.20, 2016

Saving Mitsubishi "will require tough decisions," said new Chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Already serving as the CEO of both French automaker Renault, as well as its Japanese alliance partner Nissan, Carlos Ghosn will now become chairman of embattled automaker Mitsubishi.

It will put the Brazilian-born executive in a familiar role. He became chief operating officer at Nissan in 1999, following a $6 billion investment by Renault, and helped turned the then-struggling Japanese company around. Following a series of scandals, Mitsubishi now needs similar help.

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And it could also help boost give a big boost to the Renault-Nissan Alliance, adding just enough volume for the Franco-Japanese partnership to brush aside rival Toyota to become the world’s best-selling auto company.

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Infiniti Drives into Paris with Pair of Updated Models and Potentially Groundbreaking New Engine

New Q50 and Revised QX Inspiration models make debut alongside Variable-Compression turbo.

by on Sep.29, 2016

The shape of things to come? Infiniti tweaks its design concept, the QX Inspiration.

At a Paris Motor Show marked by the absence of a number of key brands, Infiniti seems determined to fill in the gaps. The Japanese luxury brand rolled into the City of Lights with a pair of updated models, as well as the debut of a radical new engine design that could give gasoline propulsion some new life in the face of a quickening assault by battery power and other alternative technologies.

From a product standpoint, the big news is the world debut of the updated Infiniti Q50, the midsize sedan receiving some styling tweaks and a number of technology upgrades for the 2017 model-year. Also on hand, the “design evolution” of the QX Inspiration that first grabbed the spotlight last April and hints at the future styling language for the Infiniti brand.

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Arguably, the most dramatic news centers around the debut of the VC-Turbo, the world’s first production engine that can automatically alter its own compression ratio to find the sweet spot, at any moment, for performance, fuel economy and emissions.

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Renault-Nissan, Microsoft Ink New Connected Car Deal

Renault-Nissan, Microsoft Ink New Connected Car Deal

by on Sep.26, 2016

Renault-Nissan and Microsoft are teaming up to develop next-generation connected car technology.

Renault-Nissan and Microsoft just inked a global, multiyear deal to partner on next-generation technologies that will advance connected driving experiences like navigation, mobile services and, ultimately, autonomous driving.

The new venture is only the latest in a series of alliances that have sprung up in recent years between old-line automobile manufacturers with their expertise in bending metal and mass production and tech companies with their roots in the digital economy.

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Microsoft, however, is something of a veteran at partnering with car companies having entered into a venture with the Ford Motor Co. nearly a decade ago when connected cars were a novelty and self-driving cars still belonged in science fiction movies as far as the general public was concerned. One of the fruits of the Ford-Microsoft alliance with the oft-criticized Sync system. (more…)