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 X is back! The fourth-generation Nissan X-Trail has just been revealed and should hit our roads next year or in 2021. It is built on a totally new platform, but it is more or less the same size as the current X. Generation 3 stood out in its class by having seven seats, but the next X has reverted to the traditional five. But these are covered on leather and heated.
With driving reduced to a bare minimum during initial stages of the lockdown, motorists are slowly getting reacquainted with the roads and their cars. The good news is that several advanced Nissan technology systems can help drivers to operate their vehicles more safely.
Boredom and the means to alleviate it is a powerful combination. Imagine you have a workshop. There is a Nissan Navara bakkie. There is a spare GT-R engine just lying around. You are in England, so it’s raining. Nothing to do. You get the idea.
What is completely silent and can fit a rugby scrum if the locks are prepared to lie down? And the referee and the linesmen? And some spectators?
It’s rather a mouthful.
The unprecedented spread of COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected lives, livelihoods, communities and businesses across the world. For the most part, the pandemic has impacted nearly every sector but organisations from around the world, including Nissan, are working together against the virus.
For a long time, the Nissan GT was a Japanese poster child and still largely unknown in other areas of the world. People were only able to get a mere glimpse of this high-performance, high-tech coupe in magazines or video games. Now, the company is manufacturing versions of their prototype Nissan GT-R50 that showed true grit at the Goodwood hill, Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard.
The Nissan Qashqai is a small SUV, a crossover to be more specific, and likely the genesis of all small SUVs. When it first launched more than a decade ago, who could have predicted its tremendous success? Not to mention the sheer number of rivals and imitators it would generate.
Nissan recently announced they have licensed an advanced battery tech to Tokyo-based APB Corporation who is planning on building a factory in Japan with backing from several major companies. They will use Nissan’s latest technology which will enable them to mass-produce cheaper and safer lithium-ion batteries for energy storage.
Nissan’s Pursuit Of Zero-Emission Battery Tech
Nissan started researching and developing their lithium-ion batteries as far back as the early 1990s. Seven years later, the Japanese automaker launched the Prairie Joy EV and became a pioneer in installing lithium-ion batteries in commercial electric vehicles. Looking back at the Prairie Joy EV, it may not have been the best looking car in the world but it was a trendsetter.
When Nissan launched the Qashqai in South Africa years ago, I thought it would not sell because the name was too difficult to pronounce. How wrong I was. How well the Qashqai sold!
Qashqai means ‘horse with white forehead’ and is the name of a semi-nomadic tribe in Iran. The Qashqai is renowned for its brave warriors and beautiful textiles. But why name a car after it?
Do you draw cars? Have you ever looked at a car and thought what you would have done differently? Do you see yourself as a budding car designer? Seeing that you are stuck at home, why not join Nissan’s worldwide team of designers and see if you can improve what they do, or even come up with something new. A new Nissan by You!