Fifty years ago a rally-mod Nissan 240Z won the gruelling East Africa rally, putting down another marker for this brand-defining car. To mark this achievement, Nissan has imagined another iconic model in full rally mode. The Nissan Juke Rally Tribute Concept is still only in the image stage, but man if they build it . . .
Have you ever stopped to think if the alert sounds in your car are the right kind of sounds? Could it be better? How does it make you feel? Can you distinguish one alert from the other so you know exactly what you need to do when you hear a certain sound, or how you need to react when you hear another? These are the kinds of things that Nissan’s automobile designers care about a great deal.
The Nissan Navara needs no introduction as it’s one of South Africa’s most popular bakkies. Since launching the first model, it continues to win the hearts and minds of many motorists with modern styling, a robust exterior, plenty of technology features, power, torque and exceptional off-road capabilities.
Nissan is continuing its dominance in the EV market by adding its latest e-Power drivetrain technology to a new Japanese model, the Note Aura. They call it a premium compact car but it’s effectively a smaller version of the all-electric Nissan Ariya SUV with the latest “series hybrid” technology.
It seems the age-old debate of manual or automatic continues but it’s not necessarily a good or bad thing. Thanks to advances in automotive technology, the gap between modern manual and automatic cars has been narrowed, especially concerning the Nissan Magnite Turbo.
Electric vehicles are not new – it is just now, or at least the past ten-plus years – that they have become a thing. Here is a nostalgia trip for those a bit older, and a weird but interesting fact for the younger generations. In the old days, they used to deliver your milk to your door early in the morning – 4 – 5h o’clock. They did this using a milk float, a small electric trolley thing with a driver/delivery guy. You put your glass milk bottles next to the front door, with cash or plastic tokens them for what you wanted. The guy on the float would replace your empty bottles with fresh milk (and/or cream) according to the tokens you left with the empties. The reason the float was electric had nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with not waking up the milk company’s customers.
For many young people, the excitement of passing their driving test is often overshadowed by the cost of buying a new car and sky-high insurance premiums. The good news is there are several great new and quality second-hand Nissan cars for teenagers or new drivers.
When you drive up the N7 to Malmesbury past Edgemead, you can smell where the cows go when the cows have to go. It is very rural. There are lots of bakkies as well. That got me thinking about who drives what and why. There is a perception that one or two brands dominate the bakkie market in South Africa and that farmers who have to transport the result after the cows have gone will choose one of these bakkies. But in this particular corner of hayseed heaven, I noticed a sizable percentage of Nissan Navara bakkie – a name I always associated more with city folk, with comfort and a bit of luxury rather than transporting cow-doings.
John studied to be a teacher, ten years later he was a skydiving instructor and now has a small business that manufactures garden gnomes. Mary studied marine biology before moving into hydroponics, dabbled in martial arts and is currently studying speech therapy. The old days of working for the same company for forty years, or even working in the same field for your entire life is over. This is mostly true, which makes the stories of Michael Jude and his fellow Nissan Graduate Scheme alumni stand out.
Autonomous vehicles have been making headlines for some time and it’s no surprise as more companies are investing heavily in this technology. WeRide, a Nissan-backed Chinese autonomous vehicle start-up, is one of many working on SAE Level 4 autonomous driving for commercial deployment at scale. The company recently raised $310 million and after receiving the appropriate permits, they are preparing to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in San Jose, California.