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Nissan GT-R Debut Teased Ahead of NY Auto Show

Subtle changes expected as sports car nears the end of its run.

by on Mar.17, 2016

Nissan will launch the GT-R update in NY.

The Nissan GT-R seldom sits still, whether on the track or in the engineering department. And the Japanese automaker appears ready to give the sports car one last tweak before it rolls out an all-new model, likely for 2018.

Known internally as the R35, Nissan is teasing the debut of an updated GT-R ahead of its news conference at the New York International Auto Show next week. Don’t be surprised to see it get a few minor exterior tweaks, as well as a bit more power than the current, 545-hp version.

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Dubbed Godzilla by its fans, the Nissan GT-R is meant to give challenge to a variety of ultra-high-performance competitors, from the Chevrolet Corvette to the Audi R8 and Porsche 911. Like the ‘Vette, the Japanese model has a significant price advantage over its European rivals.


Nissan Moves Up-Market with 2015 Murano Redesign

Midsize CUV moves up-market.

by on Apr.14, 2014

Nissan's Andy Palmer introduced the all-new Murano for 2015.

Nissan delivered real game-changer when it introduced the original Murano back in late 2002, the midsize crossover breaking with the styling trends of the day that made most CUVs look like traditional, truck-based sport-utility vehicles.

The Japanese maker is back with an all-new Murano which will reach showrooms later this year, and the challenge was to come up with something that pushed the envelope even further.  The maker will get a sense of how well it succeeded when the third-generation CUV makes its official debut at the New York Auto Show this week.

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As with a number of other recent Nissan products, the 2015 Murano began life in show car form – the design signaled through the recent Nissan Resonance show car.

“At Nissan, we create concept vehicles with an eye toward production, rather than just for entertaining auto show audiences,” said Andy Palmer, chief planning officer and executive vice president at Nissan Motor Co. “Likely few people who saw Resonance in its North American International Auto Show debut imagined that we could build such a futuristic design. But here it is, ready to hit Nissan showrooms less than 24 months later.”


2015 Nissan Murano to Make NY Auto Show Debut

Maker offers a subtle tease of new CUV.

by on Mar.24, 2014

Nissan teases the new 2015 Murano.

At a time when most manufacturers tried to disguise their early crossovers to look like conventional sport-utility vehicles, Nissan took a decidedly different direction, when it launched the original Murano, a halo vehicle for the makers expanding range of crossovers and CUVs.

Where to go next?  The little Nissan Juke crossover that debuted at the recent Geneva Motor Show suggests that the Japanese maker isn’t backing away from its commitment to edgy styling.  Far from it.  We actually got a hint of what’s coming in early 2013, when Nissan rolled out the radical Resonance design concept.

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Now it’s ready to show us the real deal, the 2015 Nissan Murano slated to debut at the New York Auto Show next month.

We’ve gotten a couple teaser images of the new car that provide another hint of what’s coming, Nissan promising that the 2015 Murano “features a spacious, premium interior and advanced, purposeful safety and connective technology.”


Midsize Makers Set for Shoot-out

Automakers see opportunity as motorists downsize.

by on Apr.09, 2012

Nissan reveals the redesigned Altima sedan.

Potential buyers are getting a first good look at the new 2013 Nissan Altima, this week, at the New York Auto Show where it is making its global debut.  Betting show-goers will like what they see – especially the 38 mile-per-gallon highway mileage number — the Japanese maker is betting it can jump from midsize also ran to a leader in the critical automotive segment.

“We are expecting to compete at the top level, and we are going to take a shot at being number one in the segment,” says Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.

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Industry analysts anticipate Nissan will, indeed, gain some ground with the launch of the more stylish and fuel-efficient Altima.  But they caution that the maker can’t take things for granted.  It is far from the only manufacturer looking to gain ground in the midsize market – which is expected to generate nearly one in six new vehicle sales in the U.S. market this year.


Nissan Reinvents Altima

Premium appearance without the premium price.

by on Apr.04, 2012

Nissan's latest all-new model is the redesigned 2013 Altima sedan.

Nissan is the latest major maker to weigh in with an all-new entry into the crowded and increasingly competitive midsize sedan market.

The maker pulled the wraps off its latest-generation Altima during the 2013 New York Auto Show media preview.  It’s one in a flood of new products coming from Japan’s second-largest automaker – which will introduce an all-new version of its only slightly smaller Sentra sedan, later this month, at the Beijing Motor Show.

The new Nissan Altima, declared CEO Carlos Ghosn, “appeals to the desire for a premium appearance without the premium price.”

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The 2013 Altima – which goes on sale in the U.S. in June – is arguably the most aggressively styled new offering from the Japanese, something Nissan believes will give it an edge over the bland and frequently criticized design strategy Toyota took when it launched an all-new Camry sedan last year.


Nissan Teases with Image of 2013 Altima

New model set for NY Auto Show debut.

by on Mar.02, 2012

Nissan offers a first look at the new Altima.

There’s been plenty of action in the midsize passenger car market of late.  We saw an all-new Toyota Camry hit the road for 2012 while key players like Ford and Honda have weighed in this year with offerings of their own.  So, can Nissan be far behind?

Clearly not, as this teaser image makes apparent.  The second-largest of Japan’s automakers – which scored some big sales gains with its outgoing midsize model last month – is planning to lift the covers on its own new entry at April’s New York International Auto Show.


The 2013 Nissan Altima appears to borrow some cues from the maker’s Leaf electric vehicle, if this image is any indication.  There’ll clearly be an emphasis on aerodynamics – and that includes the somewhat bug-eyed headlamps that Nissan developed for its battery-electric vehicle, which not only reduce drag but also shift wind away from the sideview mirrors, reducing cabin noise.