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.
For most people (especially those who don’t know anything about Ghosn) this headline reads as pretty normal news. You might be fooled, at first, into thinking it a puff-piece – a serenade to a retiring CEO, a goodbye to a name only known to those in the automaker industry. You’d be dead wrong.
The Nissan LEAF is the top-selling electric car in history, and an all-new, second generation LEAF model is set to arrive soon! It has been about seven years since the Nissan LEAF electric car debuted in December 2010 (as a 2011 model), and now Nissan is ready for the launch of their re-designed, sophisticatedly improved second generation model.
With popular competitor cars, such as the Chevy Bolt and Tesla model 3, stealing Nissan’s thunder, a new LEAF is called for – and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has hinted that something big is on the horizon.
“Our electric cars have the world’s highest share of market, but maybe not the highest share of voice,’ Ghosn said. Adding that the ZOE “is not two, or three years down the road, it is now.”
For most dog owners their canine companions are like their children, part of the family. So, based on this sentiment, and a study carried out by the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom (one of the most renowned and respected organisations concerned with the welfare of dogs) Nissan have developed a groundbreaking and truly innovative concept car specifically for dog owners by modifying the X-Trail to create the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs.
We have, on many occasions, jokingly referred to the ‘rocket scientists’ at Nissan who bring us this innovation launch or that automotive breakthrough. Well, many a true word is spoken in jest and none truer than the name of Dr Maarten Sierhuis, ex-NASA programmer and director of the Nissan Research Center in Silicon Valley.
Nissan’s GT-R Supercar is no stranger to the record scene and holds (among other titles) the record for the world’s fastest drift, overtopping the previous (2013) record by nearly a third, at 304 kph. This time, Nissan will be featured in Limca (India’s equivalent of the Guinness World Records Book) for drawing the largest ever outline of a country map … with the GT-R’s wheels.
What epitomises the perfect fleet vehicle? Is it affordability and versatility? Or maybe it is how tough the vehicle is is? In our opinion it is all of these things (and a whole lot more), which is why we think that Nissan has created the perfect fleet vehicle in the NP200 pickup. But don’t simply take our word for it at face value, and let’s take a look at exactly what it is that makes us think the NP200 Bakkie is the perfect addition to your fleet…
Nissan, in conjunction with Ian Johnson, who is the host of the American television show Xtreme Off-Road, have taken their standard Nissan Cargo van (the South African equivalent of which is the Nissan NV200) and supersized it. They have created a once off project van that puts the X in xtreme. While the Nissan Cargo X is not set to be put into mass production, it does show the huge potential of the Nissan Cargo as the ultimate commercial vehicle.
The idea of cars that drive themselves conjures up scenes from sci-fi movies, futuristic novels and far fetched cartoons. Or at least it did. Over recent years there has been a lot in the news about car manufacturers who are pushing the envelope, embracing technology and forging into the future with self driving technology and at the forefront of this revolution is Nissan.
Charles Ghosn (CEO and chairman of Nissan as well as Renault) recently added the Japanese automotive giant, Mitsubishi Motors, to his keychain. This comes after Nissan purchased a $2.3bn slice of Mitsubishi Motors in October of 2016, saving Mitsubishi from what might otherwise have been a reported annual loss, following the fallout of a fuel-economy scandal. Ghosn talked shareholders through a host of proposed reforms and was promptly installed behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Motors chairmanship.
When people talk about artificial intelligence we more often than not think of some of the world’s greatest sci fi movies, TV series and books. However, this science fiction is fast becoming science fact thanks to companies such as Nissan who are using technology to create vehicles that are able to think for themselves and make the road a safer place. Unfortunately we are not just yet at the point where smarter more responsive cars can handle all unexpected road situations, however that might be about to change thanks to Nissan’s Seamless Autonomous Mobility System or SAM.