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.
Not long ago we ran a piece on Nissan’s door slamming robot, Rosie. Today, we’re looking at a miniature car wash. Although it doesn’t have a name, with its bright blue bristles and the way it attempts to devour whatever is put in front of it, the folks at Nissan’s Technical Centre should call it Cookie Monster. Like Rosie, Cookie Monster’s only goal is to test the toughness of your car, in this case: the finish of your paint job.
The title says it all when it comes to the 2018 Nissan Micra Active. No-one expects impressive performance stats in terms of top speed or 0-100 but it does offer many other valuable features.
Launched in 2004, the first Micra was a popular budget friendly option for cost-conscious consumers and not much has changed since then. Although the second-generation Nissan Micra, launched in 2011, cruised under the radar compared to VW Polo Vivo and Toyota’s Etios, it still offered great value for money.
They might be from a galaxy far, far away. But they’re coming to a screen near you very soon. Renault and Lucasfilm teamed up previously to promote the release of Star Wars: Rogue One and (simultaneously) the Nissan Rogue SUV. Pleased with the astronomical results of this collaboration, the two empires came together again in celebration of the soon-to-be-released Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Nissan’s 2018 line-up. Seven Nissan vehicles were given Star Wars make-overs for the Los Angeles Auto Show, transforming them into character- / vehicle homages. While these are not models often seen in South Africa, their Star Wars equivalents were immediately recognizable.
The concept of car sharing is being implemented on a global scale with Nissan recently introducing their car sharing service in Japan. It’s called e-share mobi and will be available from 15 January 2018 featuring the brand new Nissan Leaf and the Nissan Note e-POWER. Drivers and passengers can experience the company’s advanced electrification and intelligence technologies without footing the bill of buying a new car.
You know you’ve done it. That moment when the car door gets away from you and slams like a cannon going off. While perplexed people look from their watches to Signal Hill and back, you think: That can’t be good for the door… Have you broken it? How much punishment can a car door take anyway? Have you set in motion a process of wear and corrosion that, 10 years from now, will fling open your door and launch you like you’ve been shot from a cannon? The answer is, no. Definitively and most emphatically, no. How can we be this certain? Because all Nissan doors are robot-tested and Rosie-approved.
If you like your 5.6-litre V8 SUV with a side of limousine-style space, the Nissan Patrol is going to tick all of your boxes. Nissan’s new flagship model is set to revolutionise its competitive segment with an inimitable combination of unsurpassed style and verve. Sophisticated buyers the world over are already waxing lyrical about its huge array of features and sumptuous good looks.
…it sounds a little Steven King when you say it like that, doesn’t it? Like James Cameron is going to sue somebody for the rights to the movie? Well, we haven’t quite reached the prophesied Singularity (when artificial intelligence finally becomes smart enough to insist we take our own garbage – and stay outside!). So hold the phone, no need to call Arnold just yet. You might want to call your personal banker though, because you’re going to want one of these:
When you give a thought to the Reach for a Dream Foundation and their noble cause, you tend to envision dreamscapes involving lots of pastel colors and fluffy sheep. Then along comes Nissan and straps a rocket booster to it, transforming the pastel Yawn of the Sheep to one bâ-â-âhdass ram with racing stripes. Ever have that dream where you could fly? Nissan and the GTR-Z Club made it a reality for fifteen Reach for a Dream kids and their families at the Red Star Raceway and skidpad this past October.
In 2012, Nissan publicly confirmed its plans to invest upwards of R1-billion in the Rosslyn plant in Pretoria, which was set to be assembly point of a new pickup, of which the production, it was said at the time, would commence by 2014. This sizable investment would then also increase the capacity of Rosslyn to approximately 100 thousand units per year. At the time, the pick-up in question was postulated to the the Nissan Navara. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the production programme has not yet been implemented to date.
Small black-owned businesses in South Africa can now look forward to benefitting from a brand-new Incubation Centre that is currently being developed by the Nissan production plant in Rosslyn, Gauteng.