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!
Nissan’s iconic best-selling LEAF turns ten this year. And some say a car launched in 2010 is passed it, and in spite of all the updates and upgrades through the years, it is an autumn LEAF that has to fall.
Not so, said Nissan. This is a spring LEAF, new to the season and full of life. The 2020 Nissan LEAF has just budded in the big Northern Hemisphere markets. Although not here yet, we can at least look at what has changed.
It’s not uncommon that babies and young children fall asleep during car journeys but is it the same for electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf? Contrary to what many believe, it’s the engine noise in cars that make them sleep and not the actual movement.
The Nissan Leaf autonomous model has broken the UK’s record for the longest self-driving car journey. This self-navigating car successfully drove on its own for 370 km which is the longest and most complex journey on record in the UK of any autonomous car.
Who can forget the horror on CNN when, in 2011, an earthquake caused a tsunami that decimated large swathes of Japan? The little van in a futile race against the flood. The houses and building swept away, the ships thrown against shore-side buildings. Soon afterwards we learned of the catastrophe that was the flooded nuclear power station Fukushima. But one positive story to come out of that disaster was the brand-new Nissan LEAF EV and the new role that was invented for it on the spot.
Machines are coming to take your job, and once they have it, they will . . . HAHAHAAA!!!! No, actually, they are not.
Automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are scary. This is because they, in our lifetime terms, have disrupted and changed the world we work in. People see the factory of the future devoid of people, machines making things, AI deciding how they should make them.