Nissan is a market leader in South Africa, but internationally the brand had slumped in the last few years. But following the upheavals in top management and tensions in the alliance they share with Renault and Mitsubishi, Nissan has finally upped its game again with some exciting new SUVs.
Looking for a B-segment hatchback with some oomph? Have a look at the Nissan Micra with 1-litre turbo mill. That would be the Acenta Plus, Tekna and Tekna Plus models with the lowered sports suspension.
In the early/mid-‘80s, among the terrific Skylines and the “wow-what-is-that” early SUV, the Sani, Nissan introduced the Sentra. Very much the youngest child in the large family, smaller, less flamboyant. Ag shame. Yet the Sentra was a very good basic car, not pretty, but handsome in a no-frills, boxy kind of way. A friend flew to Cape Town and rented one. A good drive, enough space, enough power, nice boot.
The new Nissan Micra is a finalist in Car Of The Year and it is easy to see why.
The new Nissan Micra 5 is the smallest new-model Nissan in SA, but it is neither small nor entry-level. It boasts bold new looks and more space and power than its predecessor. And it’s loaded with features.
Whether it’s the new Z or something else, Nissan certainly stirred up a hornet’s nest at the Nürburgring recently. The matt black and orange shell were that of the 370Z, albeit with six holes added to the front and some differences in the facia.
The 2020 Nissan Patrol has been revealed and it certainly looks impressive with a new look, more features and a two-screen infotainment display. Nissan’s flagship SUV highlights a stylish and chiselled appearance combined with “enhanced luxury features” for a safer, more comfortable ride.
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The compact crossover segment is probably the most contested space in the car market. Everyone tries harder to make theirs stand out, and in the end, most crossovers look very similar. Not the same, but there is a preponderance of aggressive scowling horizontal headlights flanking bold grilles.
The long wait is over as the new Nissan Micra Acenta Tech makes a bold statement. Putting the new model alongside its former self, the Micra Active, it undoubtedly looks the part, almost reinvented. From the onset, you can see a bigger, drastically improved and sophisticated look compared to the older version.
While not everything is about good looks, it certainly helps and considering the sheer value for money, we are not surprised that this is Nissan’s new flagship model.
The Nissan Juke has been a resounding success across Europe and it seems to be catching on elsewhere. Looking at the spied photos and teaser renderings of the next-gen 2020 Nissan Juke, the compact crossover still indicates glimpses of its edgy design. However, there may be a few surprises lurking beneath the surface.