Group 1 Nissan Blog
News, Reviews and Interesting Facts on all Nissan Cars
Welcome to the Group 1 Nissan blog. This is where you can read personal opinions about any new vehicle releases, see reviews on various models, download free product brochures and gather any other worthwhile information regarding Nissan cars, bakkies, SUV’s and commercial vehicles.
A month or so ago we told you about Nissan’s incredible innovation (the ProPilot system) and how it is going to save your nerves and your calf muscles in traffic. Technologically it represents giant leap towards realizing the goal that is self-driving cars. Sadly, the morning commute is not the only hurry-up-and-wait torture endured by modern man. Lines and queues are among the great evils of our time. We stand in line to board planes, for a few measly kernels of popcorn or even just for our daily bread. We queue up for the privilege of renewing our vehicle registration or even just to empty our bladders. Well, no more!
Nissan Micra fans, assemble! There’s a fresh new face in the Nissan stable and it’s a zippy city-slicker that comes with plenty of bells and whistles to customise your ride. Here’s the skinny on the updated Micra and what you expect when you get behind the wheel.
We are proud and excited to announce that the Nissan-Renault alliance has been named the top automotive performer in the first half of 2017. This is the first time this honour has befallen Nissan-Renault, who beat out GM, Volkswagen and Toyota (all consistent top sellers) for this immense privilege.
Every summer, since 1993, Lord and Lady March open up their English country estate in West Sussex, Goodwood House, to petrol heads, speed demons and racing car fundis. What started off as a small gathering over twenty years ago is now an internationally acclaimed event that sells out year after year. Lord March has grown and developed the Festival of Speed over time, and his hands-on approach is a huge contributing factor to its success. His ongoing commitment to growing the Festival of Speed has resulted in participation and support from a wide sector of the motoring community.
Vehicles that were once only considered for long haul over-landing, crossing unchartered terrain and going where no man had gone before can now be seen everywhere. At the supermarket, in the office car park, at the gym, parked outside coffee shops. The conventional SUV and crossover sector has grown to be one of the most popular in the history of car manufacturing. From soccer moms to overland enthusiasts the SUV sector has boomed, and so it is no surprise that more and more of us are opting for these kinds of vehicles over traditional hatchbacks or sedans.
No, we’re not talking about the rugby team, “The Cheetahs”. (There is disagreement as to whether or not they need saving…) What we can all agree on is that our South African wildlife needs preserving. Enter: the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Center, an organisation dedicated to the survival of the cheetah (and the wild dog) and who have bred about 800 cubs in captivity since 1971.
It is no secret that the majority of modern automakers are working towards realizing the reality of self-driving cars. While this technology is, in all practicality, still some ways off, there’s nothing wrong with getting excited about the baby-steps in that direction. ProPILOT Assist, by Nissan, is one such step. The test version was installed in the Serena minivan but the system is intended to come standard with the 2018 model of Nissan’s electric pièce de résistance: the Nissan LEAF.
12 months ago, it looked like Volkswagens dominance of the automotive world sales charts would continue unabated, but 12 months later the winds of change have blown away preconceptions and have welcomed the Renault-Nissan Alliance into second spot (with Toyota again at the top, with Volkswagen at number 3).
Heathrow has long been one of the eco-friendliest airports in the world, and once again they have shown their dedication to going green by adding not one, but 17 Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicles (EV’s) to their ground fleet. Of these 17 vehicles 12 have been allocated to the security, baggage and airport management teams, while the other 5 will be used as pool cars.
With the addition of the Nissan Leaf EV’s to the Heathrow ground fleet, the airport management team has kicked of an ambitious project to make all of the cars and small Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV’s) electric or plug-in hybrids by the end of 2020. Nissan has released a video detailing how Heathrow intends to implement the conversion and the trial process of its new EV fleet, which you can watch below.
Nissan has revealed the new look of the facelifted 2018 X-Trail, and the good news is that it will be available in South Africa just in time for those end of year bonuses. Based on the European X-Trail, and not the US-spec Nissan Rogue version, it is expected to come with a number of innovative new safety and comfort features. However, final specs and pricing have not been finalised and will only be announced closer to the as yet unconfirmed launch date later this year.
So, are you ready to take a look at the new Nissan X-Trail? Then hit play on the video below and see for yourself why the latest version of this popular vehicle is going to revolutionise SUV safety in South Africa.