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Nissan Doubling Number of Vehicles With Standard Automatic Emergency Braking

Over 1 million to come standard in U.S. with safety system for 2018.

by on Jun.08, 2017

Automatic Emergency Braking, or AEB, is designed to step in when a driver misses a potential collision.

Nissan plans to more than double the number of vehicles it will sell in the U.S. for the 2018 model-year equipped with Automatic Emergency Braking, or AEB, a technology industry, insurance and federal regulators believe will significantly reduce the number of crashes on U.S. roadways.

In all, AEB will come standard on “more than 1 million vehicles” in the coming year, up from 450,000 in 2017, the automaker announced this morning. The industry, in general, is rapidly expanding the use of the technology which is designed to slow, or even bring a vehicle to a stop, in the event of a potential crash a driver might not respond to rapidly enough.

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“The big news here is that we’re making AEB standard across all grades of our best-selling models,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “This increased AEB availability is part of our ongoing commitment to help reduce fatalities while realizing our comprehensive vision of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.”

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Nissan Offers Tease of All-New 2018 LEAF EV.

“Big step up" with longer range, less quirky design.

by on May.18, 2017

Nissan teases the new Leaf's design by showing off the new EV's far less quirky headlights.

Nissan is starting to spotlight the upcoming launch of its completely redesigned Leaf battery-electric vehicle.

Make that headlight the new EV. What the second-largest Japanese makers calls a “first glimpse at the next-generation Leaf” zeroes on the new BEVs twin lamps. With an LED light bar for running lights, what appear to be twin LED headlamps look far more conventional than the bubble lights found on the current Nissan Leaf.

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No surprise, Nissan is expected to make the 2018 remake a bit less quirky than the gen-one Leaf, although it will remain visually distinct from the rest of the maker’s line-up. “It’s definitely a big step up from the current car,” a high-level Nissan official tells TheDetroitBureau.com.

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Automakers Hit by Ransomware Attack

Several Renault-Nissan European plants temporarily idled.

by on May.15, 2017

Nissan's Sunderland plant was one of several European auto plants impacted by the attack.

With the Wannacry ransomware attack again heating up as the workweek begins, at least two automakers have been hit, forcing both France’s Renault and its Japanese alliance partner Nissan to temporarily idle some of their plants in Europe.

“We are doing what is needed to counter this attack,” a Renault spokesperson said, while Nissan stated it is “responding accordingly” to what may be the world’s single-biggest attack by hackers, computers in as many as 100 countries reportedly impacted, according to various news wires, by Monday morning.

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That includes everything from individual computers to corporate networks, as well as the British healthcare system. Approximately 20% of the hospitals in Great Britain were impacted in recent days, forcing many to cancel all but emergency medical procedures.

What worries cybersecurity experts is that while the Wannacry attack appeared to be winding down as the weekend began, there were signs that a new assault was underway on Monday.

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Nissan Expects 2017 Profits to Fall 7.7 Percent

Automaker says fall will come despite higher vehicle sales than 2016.

by on May.11, 2017

Jose Munoz, Nissan's chief performance officer, said company expects operating profits to fall 7.7% for 2017 due to currency issues and rising material costs.

Despite the fact that Nissan expects to sell more cars this year than it did last year, executives predict the automaker’s operating profits will fall 7.7% for 2017.

Japan’s second-largest automaker said rising raw material costs and unfavorable exchange rates are the primary drivers behind the loss. The company predicted its global sales will increase 3.6% this year, including a 1.2% jump in its largest market, the U.S., to 5.83 million units.

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Overall, it also expects to keep its worldwide market share target at 8% for the near future despite the changes in the U.S. market. Officials said it should remain at 6.2% as it was last year. If you add in sales from its alliance partners Renault and Mitsubishi, sales will be about 10 million vehicles. (more…)

Nissan Rogue Projects Cater to Canines and Preppers

Maker provides glimpse of ute’s flexibility.

by on Apr.11, 2017

The Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior substitutes snow/sand tracks for tires, satisfying the inner Doomsday Prepper in all of us.

Many of the new models hitting the stands at the New York International Auto Show focus on a need for speed; however, Nissan’s two new Rogue editions blaze a new trail while going to the dogs.

The Japanese maker rolled out its new Rogue Trail Warrior and Rogue Dogue projects, and while different in scope, both reflect the capability and flexibility of Nissan’s sport-ute.

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The Trail Warrior is hard to miss since one might argue it’s a top choice for the Doomsday Prepper set. Clad in camouflage, the Rogue “rolls” on snow/and tracks instead of tires. The Dominator Tracks, from American Track Truck Inc., are 48 inches long, 30 inches high and 15 inches wide, and they replace the Rogue’s regular wheels and tires. (more…)

Nissan Filling the Need for Speed with New GT-R, 370Z

Japanese maker brings the fast with new debuts.

by on Apr.11, 2017

The new 2018 Nissan 370Z Coupe Heritage Edition hits the show floor at this year's New York Auto Show.

Nissan is getting back to its sports car heritage with the release of two new models in New York: the limited production GT-R Track Edition and the new 370Z Heritage.

The new GT-R Track edition follows the earlier releases of the GT-R Premium and GT-R Nismo, actually it melds the best of both of those models. Nissan claims it “occupies a unique position” resting between the touring and racing sides of the GT-R line-up.

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It puts out the Premium’s 565 horsepower — compared with the Nismo’s 600 hp — but sways back toward the “racing” side with additional adhesive bonding (in addition to spot welding), which helps increase body shell rigidity versus the GT-R Premium model. (more…)

Infiniti Teases NY Debut of QX80 Monograph Concept

Concept in name only; production model on the way.

by on Apr.03, 2017

The mysterious Infiniti QX80 Monograph will make its debut in New York next week.

Infiniti has some big news coming at next week’s New York International Auto Show – big as in its largest SUV, the QX80.

An all-new version is reportedly on its way for the 2019 model-year, and the luxury arm of Nissan Motor Co. has confirmed it will be revealing a show car version in the Big Apple that it has dubbed the Infiniti QX80 Monograph.

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The Japanese maker isn’t saying much about the Monograph, it’s press release even shorter than the latest White House tweet, simply declaring, “Huge unveil. 11 April 2017. New York.” But the teaser image and a little detective work offers a few hints of what’s to come.

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Nissan Hits the Circuit with New GT-R Track Edition

Limited-edition track model debuts in NY; available by order only.

by on Mar.27, 2017

The Nissan GT-R Track Edition will be powered by a 565 hp version of the twin-turbo V-8.

It’s getting more and more difficult to take today’s extreme machines to their limits – which partially explains the surge in members-only tracks, like New York’s Monticello Motor Club and Detroit’s M1 Concours Race Track.

In turn, that may explain the growing availability of circuit-ready vehicles like the new Nissan GT-R Track Edition that will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show in just a couple weeks. The $128,000 limited-edition model won’t be the most powerful version of the Nissan sports car, but it will offer a number of features specifically designed for those who have the right place to put the Track Edition through its paces.

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“The new GT-R Track Edition gives buyers a specialized model, one true to GT-R heritage and available only by special order,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America Inc. “Building on the major upgrade to every GT-R for 2017, the Track Edition is an amazing package inside, outside and under the skin.”

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Nissan Says “No” to UAW

Union wants talks to discuss organizing drive at Canton plant.

by on Mar.24, 2017

The UAW and Nissan are butting heads again over the maker's Canton, Mississippi, plant.

Nissan has rebuffed new efforts by the United Auto Workers Union to begin organizing the maker’s big assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi.

The factory has landed at the center of the UAW’s attention as it struggles to kick-start long-stalled efforts to represent workers at the many foreign-assembly plants that have sprung up across the South in recent years. Following a March 4 rally outside the plant headlined by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the union demanded to meet with company officials to discuss worker concerns.

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But Nissan executive Scott Becker responded by rejecting the proposed meeting, telling the UAW, “It would be inappropriate to have discussions with your union regarding employees at Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Canton, Miss., without your union first having obtained the support of a majority of employees at that plant.” (more…)

Plug-Ins You Won’t Have to Plug In?

Wireless charging set to simplify operation for owners.

by on Mar.20, 2017

A schematic illustration of how the Mercedes-Benz S550e can charge up wirelessly.

In the not-too-distant future, your plug-in may not need to be plugged in.

When the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S550e makes its debut later this year, the plug-in hybrid will not need to be tethered to a charging station to top off its batteries, at least not if an owner has access to use the new Halo systems developed by San Diego-based Qualcomm. All they’ll need to do is position the big Benz sedan over an inductive mat.

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Similar technology is already becoming commonplace for cellphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Edge. And a number of automakers, including Honda, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors, are building wireless phone charging mats into their vehicles. But the next step is to amp up the technology so it can wirelessly charge plug-based vehicles.

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