The new Nissan Qashqai impresses once again with a more sophisticated and dynamic look and feel. Some even believe that it could revolutionise the crossover segment, and judging from the price, features and styling, we’re not at all surprised. Considering the impact the 2007 Nissan Qashqai had on the family car market of yesteryear, one could argue that it was largely responsible for today’s crossovers.
The reimagined Nissan Micra has inspired a variety of exciting regional advertising campaigns around the globe since its release in 2017. The latest of these to receive acclaim is the Irish campaign that was conceptualised and executed by the talented team at Dublin-based creative agency In the Company of Huskies.
If you’re an avid Nissan enthusiast, you may already know that October 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the avant-garde Nissan 240Z. For some time, many of us have wondered when the next Z-model may arrive as it’s been a decade since Nissan first introduced the Z34 chassis 370Z. While the car received minor updates since the 2009 model, it needs a good makeover.
No matter what your thoughts about SUV’s and Crossover Vehicles are, the fact is they have become a very big part of both local South African as well as international driving habits. You’d be hard pressed to find any major city in the world that does not have a number of SUV’s roaming the streets, and this number is literally growing by the day. One of the leaders in the current SUV market is without a doubt Nissan, who have already brought us some of the most popular models such as the Nissan Juke, Nissan Qashqai, Nissan X-Trail and the Nissan Patrol. But now internationally there is a new Nissan on the block and we’re sure that it is bound to turn a few heads, raise a couple of eyebrows and steal the thunder of many Compact SUV Competitors.
The advent of the multi-purpose vehicle has replaced the sedan car as the family car. This has meant that car manufacturers who have models in this class have had to reinvent the wheel slightly. Not one to back down from a challenge, Nissan Global has really come to the party with the updated 2016 version of the Nissan Altima. This model is not currently available on the South African market but watch this space.
Nissan has just unveiled its first concept car, designed specifically for Brazil. According to the automaker, the new EXTREM crossover is “a radical concept car aimed squarely at young and young-at-heart car enthusiasts, keen to make a statement.” It’s meant to be a new urban compact sports car that’s exotic, yet attainable.
The project’s senior design manager at Nissan Design America, Robert Bauer, revealed that internally it’s referred to as ‘Baby Beast’ and that it’s seen “as an urban rally car, a tough little street fighter that can handle the urban jungle with agility and confidence.”
The EXTREM concept is built on Nissan’s V-platform with a design that reflects both the colour and passion of Brazil. The lightweight 2-door 2+2 crossover boasts a dynamic stance and raised ground clearance while featuring innovative elements such as wraparound glass, a ‘see-through’ A-pillar, floating roof rails, flush mounted door handles and 6-spoke 19” alloy wheels. It’s also said to be powered by a 1.6L direct injection turbo-charged engine – the same as found in the Nissan Juke, while it’s also expected to be available in front and four-wheel drive.
Nissan’s mission to provide zero-emission vehicle solutions for every market is not slowing down. It has promised to deliver four by 2014 and next year, the Japanese auto manufacturer is planning to start production on a 7-seater minivan version of the innovative e-NV200 panel van in Europe.
According to reports, the passenger version of the e-NV200 delivery van will be called the Nissan Evalia Electric and will be driven by the same 80kW powertrain driving the Nissan LEAF. Thanks to its Quick Charge capability, operators will be able to recharge the battery to 80% capacity in a mere 30 minutes, ensuring minimal downtime and maximum productivity.
In an effort to test the converted battery-powered NV200, Nissan has loaned a small fleet of the panel van EVs to globally recognised delivery companies including FedEx. Currently these companies have incorporated the electric vans into their regular fleets in major cities across Japan and Europe. The first models to roll off the production line in Barcelona are expected by 2013.
Nissan recently revealed its latest global compact vehicle, the new Nissan Note, at a world premiere in Yokohama. It follows on Nissan’s current Note which has achieved global success since its launch in 2005 with 940 000 units sold to date.
The new dynamic Nissan hatchback is said to achieve both class-leading fuel efficiency (rumored to be as low as 25.2km/L) and low emission levels due to a combination of a lightweight platform, improved aerodynamics and advanced engine technology.
One of the Note’s innovative features to look forward to is Nissan’s Around View Monitor (AVM) which assists drivers with reversing and parallel parking – a first for the compact market segment. The Note’s energetic exterior design features a striking character ‘Squash’ line, a distinctive front grille, sophisticated light fittings and an aerodynamic body shape. It also offers a spacious and modern interior with high quality finishes.
The Japanese domestic Note, is expected to be launched later this year while the European version will be unveiled early in 2013.
Nissan first went fully electric with its zero-emissions hatchback, the LEAF in 2010. Now the automaker is ready to launch its second rechargeable green vehicle, the e-NV200.
The electric compact minivan that made its debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show as a concept car is set to go on sale mid-2013. The e-NV200 is the electric version of the Nissan NV200, which has already achieved international sales success and was chosen as New York City’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’. Besides offering similar range and performance figures to the LEAF, the e-NV200 will according to Nissan also have best in class running and maintenance costs. Coupled with its size, Nissan sees it as a suitable delivery vehicle for urban businesses and families who do a lot of commuting.
Nissan has already invested 100 million euros in a plant in Barcelona where the e-NV200 will be built. From there it will be distributed to various international markets.
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