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.
The automotive industry has long been dominated by male leaders with only a few female role models at the top. However, that trend is changing across the world, including South Africa, with Liz Gorbunov at Nissan SA being one prime example.
Many of us can work from home now. Yaaai!! Great, except now people think ‘home’, so while you are there, can you paint the spare room and take out the garbage and make supper and . . . But working from work isn’t always great either. Imagine working while avoiding both the home and office.
Meet the Nissan NV350 Office Pod – so far only a concept, but with real-world possibilities. The Office Pod is basically a minibus body kitted out as a mobile office. We know the shape here as the Nissan NV350 LCV cargo van and the Nissan NV350 minibus taxi, but the Office Pod is the second cousin of these workhorses. It is rather more closely related to the Nissan Caravan – not sold here – a compact camper van/RV configured for holidays and leisure.
The automotive giant is making headlines once more with its award-winning Nissan e-POWER technology. This proprietary innovation combines a fully electric motor with a petrol engine to charge the battery without having to plug it in.
Nissan e-POWER is derived from the all-new Nissan LEAF, which is the most successful mass-produced electric vehicle to date with Tesla Model 3 close behind. This innovative mass-market fully electric vehicle has sold nearly 500,000 units across the world and that number will only increase as the automotive sector introduces better technologies.
New and complicated technology takes time, and this lag feeds the naysayers. The New York Times in December 1903 essentially called attempts at heavier than air flight a waste of time, one week before the Wright Brothers’ first flight. Likewise, on 3 January I read in the Guardian: ‘Peak hype’: why the driverless car revolution has stalled.
Nissan will soon launch the Terra SUV in South Africa. This, with the recently announced Magnite, will extend Nissan’s SUV/crossover range nicely and allow it to compete better.
There’s a new kid on the block as the new Nissan Qashqai Midnight Edition shows off its ‘dark side’ with a more modern and stylish personality. While the Qashqai has been around for some time in countries across the world, the new Midnight Edition looks pretty special compared to the regular version.
A Nissan innovation known as acoustic meta-material has won an award from Popular Science in a category for best innovations in the automotive sector. Nissan’s noise-reducing material joins several leading companies showing off some of the world’s best car and automotive technologies. These include uniquely shaped airbags, a self-tinting see-through sun visor, fast chargers for electric vehicles and real cruise control on a motorcycle among others.
Nissan has long recognized the promise of the enormous African car market. Now it seems the Japanese carmaker sees this potential being realised. Nissan has just streamlined its dispersed African arm into a single region – Nissan Africa. Operations, development and management will be based in Africa and operate on a continent-level scale.
The new SA-bound Nissan Navara was unveiled globally early in November and has been confirmed to be launched in South Africa! We have already seen a huge initial interest and we are very excited about the new Navara to come to market, early in 2021. Nissan Motor Corporation will only be releasing specification details closer to the launch. We’ve gathered as many details as we could and this is what we know:
It is always a pleasure when one gets all enthusiastic about something new, and to have your optimism validated by experts in the field.
The ‘something new’ in this case is Nissan’s e-POWER and the ‘experts in the field’ is the Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC). The enthusiasm was the RJC awarding the Nissan Kicks SUV the 2021 “Technology of the Year” award for its e-POWER drive. The Kicks, launched in Japan just over a year ago, was also named one of the “6 Best Cars of the Year”.