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Nissan Previews Product Assault for Tokyo Motor Show

Dayz'd, but not confused; Nissan delivers ultra-high-tech concept.

by on Oct.06, 2015

Often home to the quirkiest of concept vehicles, this year’s Tokyo Motor Show won’t disappoint those seeking unique, technology driven idea generators — at least not if Nissan has anything to say about it.

The Japanese maker is bringing 20 vehicles to the biennial event. Some, like the sporty Gripz crossover, have been seen already, but the star of the show could bethe maker’s Teatro for Dayz concept set to make its world debut in Tokyo.

The exterior isn’t necessarily cutting edge, reminiscent of the boxy Nissan Cube, but it’s the functionality that makes it distinctive. The concept is designed to cater to the desire of younger drivers to have the latest in technology while keeping them interested in cars.


Nissan Uncovers 2016 Altima

CEO Ghosn takes new sedan to the streets of New York.

by on Sep.22, 2015

CEO Carlos Ghosn takes the 2016 Nissan Altima on a tour of the Big Apple.

Rather than climb up on stage at last week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn apparently wanted to keep the world waiting another week before getting a glimpse of the 2016 Altima makeover.

Instead, Ghosn spent the morning crawling through traffic to get to a series of business meetings in what has become one of the midsize market’s best-sellers. And after consecutive years of one-upping itself, Nissan hopes to do it again with the refreshed sedan.

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The 2016 Nissan Altima adopts some of the new styling cues we first saw on the redesigned Maxima earlier this year, adding optional LED headlamps and other changes to both the front and rear. The 2.5-liter engine now gets 39 mpg, making it among the best in its class. And there are new connectivity upgrades


Daimler, Renault/Nissan Could be Open to Alliance with Fiat Chrysler

Six years in, Daimler and Renault/Nissan continue to expand their partnership.

by on Sep.16, 2015

Daimler's Dieter Zetsche and Renault/Nissan's Carlos Ghosn brief reporters on their growing alliance during a meeting in Frankfurt.

Increasingly frustrated in his bid to merger with General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne might consider an alternative in his bid for better economies of scale.

At a media briefing called to discuss the results of their own, six-year partnership, Daimler AG Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche and Renault/Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said they would be open to the possibilities of adding FCA to their successful alliance.

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“Any single opportunity we have in front of us…we will entertain,” said Renault/Nissan’s Ghosn.


Nissan Holding Course on Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, Says CEO Ghosn

Chief exec warns of “disruptors” that could transform the auto industry.

by on Sep.15, 2015

Autonomous vehicle technology will reach the market in "waves," says Nissan CEO Ghosn.

Japanese automaker Nissan has no intention of backing down on either its plans to sell electric vehicles or its push to be one of, if not the, first automaker to have a fully autonomous vehicle on the market, CEO Carlos Ghosn said during a Frankfurt Motor Show meeting with reporters.

Nissan was the first automaker to go mainstream with a pure battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, the Leaf. And it is pushing to have a fully autonomous vehicle in production by 2020, with a series of less advanced technologies coming out in “waves,” said Ghosn, over the next five years.

Tech Know-How!

Autonomous technology “won’t come all of a sudden,” stressed the Brazilian-born executive. “We will have waves” of more and more capable systems starting next year.


Nissan Gets a Gripz on the Next Juke

A hint of a sportier Juke to come.

by on Sep.15, 2015

The Nissan Gripz Concept aims to blend the functionality of a Juke with the sportiness of a 370Z.

Even before it rolled onto the stage at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday, the Nissan Gripz was already generating some wild rumors suggesting it might be anything from the next Juke crossover to a replacement for the Nissan 370Z sports car.

In a sense, both of those ideas are accurate. No, the Z-car isn’t going away, but today’s buyers want something more than the minimal soft-roaders of years past, and the Gripz suggests the next-generation Juke will bring not only the flexibility and utility of a crossover vehicle, but also the fun-to-drive characteristics of a sports cars.

Auto Show News!

Exactly how much of the Gripz concept will carry over into production remains to be seen, but expect to see some key elements, including the so-called V-Motion grille, which Nissan global creative director Shiro Nakamura confirmed will be the new face of Nissan products.


Nissan Bumps Up Battery Range of Leaf By 27%

Further improvements expected.

by on Sep.10, 2015

The 2016 Nissan Leaf will get up to 100 miles per charge using a larger battery pack.

The 2016 version of the Nissan Leaf will now be able to travel an estimated 107 miles between charges, a 27% increase over the original version of the battery-electric vehicle.

The Japanese maker is taking advantage of improvements in lithium-ion technology to squeeze a 30 kilowatt-hour battery into the 2016 model. Until now, the Nissan Leaf had used a 24 kWh pack. Nissan now claims to offer “best-in-class” range, and the numbers are better than such competitors as the Ford Focus EV that get less than 100 miles per charge. But it still lags well behind the much costlier Tesla Model S, as well as the 200-mile Bolt model Chevrolet is currently developing.

Charge Up!

“We know that to maintain that leadership, we must continue developing battery technology that strikes that ideal balance between capacity, packaging, durability and affordability,” said Andrew Speaker, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales & Marketing.


Nissan Teases Mystery Car Before Frankfurt Show

But crossover likely to be next-generation Juke.

by on Sep.08, 2015

Nissan's show car teaser has kicked off plenty of speculation prior to the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Who is that masked man? Or so went the line from the old Lone Ranger TV show. Lately, the question might be, what is that masked car? There’s been plenty of speculation about the teaser image Nissan has released in advance of its news conference at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Unlike some manufacturers who have given us a clear sense of what to expect next week, Nissan has issued only a most cryptic comment, its news release asking, “”So can Nissan continue to innovate and move the bar higher? What if Nissan created a new way to feel driving excitement? The answer will come at the Frankfurt Motor Show.”

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Among the wilder theories, some are speculating this mystery vehicle might be an all-new replacement for the Nissan Z-Car. Considering the huge migration from passenger cars to utility vehicles, perhaps that might actually make a bit of sense. But the reality is likely a lot simpler.


Mercedes Latest Trying to Tackle Tesla

Planning 311-mile battery vehicle.

by on Sep.08, 2015

Mercedes entered the California battery-car market with the new B-Class Electric Drive.

The list of manufacturers hoping to tackle Tesla with an extended-range battery car has just grown longer, and Mercedes-Benz apparently has more than one model in mind as it tries to outgun the upstart California carmaker.

Along with an assortment of plug-in hybrids, Mercedes’ R&D chief says it is developing a modular platform that, in at least one model, should deliver up to 500 kilometers, or about 312 miles, per charge. Among other makers looking to push into Tesla territory are Audi, BMW, General Motors and Nissan.

Plug In Now!

“We are working on an intelligent concept for a highly attractive electric vehicle with a range of (anywhere from 228 to 312 miles),” Research and Development board director Thomas Weber told the magazine Auto Motor und Sport.


NY Taxi of Tomorrow is Finally Here Today

But controversy continues.

by on Sep.04, 2015

Hundreds of the Nissan NV200 Taxis of Tomorrow are already on the streets of New York.

After years in development, a tough shoot-out among competitors, and a series of legal challenges, New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow is officially on the road.

But, in typically blasé Big Apple fashion, the formal launch of the modified Nissan NV200 vans has largely been ignored by city officials and taxi riders alike.

Come Along for the Ride!

The official transition comes five months after the April 2015 date set by the NY Taxi & Limousine Commission. And many of the city’s cab riders might not even notice the change, at least not immediately, as it could take several years before the Nissan yellow cabs dominate on city streets.


Auto Sales Slip a Bit, but Beat Expectations

Prices continue to push upwards.

by on Sep.01, 2015

Keep on trucking. Vehicles like the new Renegade helped Jeep score some of the industry's biggest gains in August.

Despite Wall Street’s shake-up, China’s sliding economy – and a fluke of the calendar – the U.S. auto industry did a bit better than anticipated in August, with far less of a downturn than some had predicted and a number of manufacturers managing to eke out strong gains.

While some brands, such as Toyota, saw sharp declines, others pushed into record sales numbers. And carnakers continued to see average transaction prices rise again last month, prices running at or near record levels for most of them, according to industry analysts.

Industry News!

“In spite of a tough 2014 comparison and extreme stock market volatility, our dealer’s competitive spirit kicked in and propelled us to our 65th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. “Our Jeep brand turned in a double-digit increase while eight individual models, including four Jeep brand vehicles, set sales records.”