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.
Nissan Design America, based in San Diego, is one of the many Nissan outposts where magic happens on a daily basis. The wizards and enchanters who work there are responsible for the unmatched majesty of Nissan’s stunning interiors, sleek exteriors, eye-popping colors and lush material designs. Recently, these miracle workers pulled a completely new and exotic rabbit out of their hat. Literally.
By now we all know that e-cars are the way of the future. Renewable energy technology is developing quickly to keep up with the demand of a growing population, with consumers and automakers working in tandem to develop multi-faceted solutions that go beyond mere transport.
The all new 2018 Nissan LEAF lent its support to Disney’s reimagined A Wrinkle in Time at the film’s premier. Three state-of-the-art LEAFs went to makeup and wardrobe with acclaimed fabricators, Vehicle Effects (who also brought us the recent Star Wars homages). These transformation gurus neatly captured the spirits of the fairy godmother-like characters: Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.
Ladies and gentlemen, the competition in the 2018 SUV division has just intensified substantially. We’ve been aware that the new Navara-based sports utility vehicle has been waiting in the wings for a while, but now the veil has been lifted and we’re happy to report that there is a LOT to be excited about.
The new Nissan Qashqai boasts a stylish facelift and next level intelligent technology across a reshuffled range. While the outgoing models leave behind a lasting impression, the second generation has hit South African streets looking more stylish, sophisticated and dynamic than ever before.
Most notably, the exterior looks more modern and sleek with new headlights, redesigned alloys and a signature Nissan V-grille. Wider shoulder lines and flared wheel arches are home to stylish alloy wheels matching the black cladding on the bumpers. The rear looks as impressive as the front with LED wrap-around tail lamps finishing off a great compact, crossover design.
There are good reasons why many consider Australia an acceptable alternative to living in South Africa: it’s punishingly hot; it’s unforgivingly tough; and – most of all – they know the value of a good bakkie. (Even if they do call it a “Ute”.) In fact, some television ads*, shot Down Under, have been used as-is for South African television! When you see this ad for the Nissan Navara, you’re not going to believe it was shot in the Outback and not on the Cape’s Chapman’s Peak…
The ad begins with a road sign South Africans know well: Beware of falling rocks. Which, as comedian Jimmy Carr righty states, might as well read “random accident ahead” for all the help it is. Sure enough, our two intrepid travellers spy the telltale slide of shale that pressages a rockfall. The next moment, boulders the size of outhouses are plopping down.
In the wake of the Saudi women driving ban-reform, Nissan took the initiative by putting a handful of Saudi women behind the wheel of a Nissan. What these women did not expect was that Nissan had also gone out of their way to handpick special driving instructors for them…
As far as clever marketing ideas go, self-driving slippers must rank among the top. In an effort to showcase their semi-autonomous driving technology, Nissan took it a step further and developed autonomous footwear. The self-driving slippers function in a similar way to Nissan’s battery-powered electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf which won Best Innovation at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
For the first time, the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance has sold more than 10 million vehicles only second to Germany’s VW. Their combined global sales rose by 6.5 percent to 10.6 million only trailing the German automaker with 10,74 million vehicle sales. In fact, the first half of 2017 saw the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance sales surpass that of VW by more than 100 000 units but in the end, the German automaker took top spot.