While we don’t see snow in South Africa to the extent that requires a car with tank-like tracks, this Nissan Juke is too good not to write about. It appears to be a mix between a car, a snowmobile and the Mars rover but with epic styling. Based on looks alone, who wouldn’t want to give it a try?
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.
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.
For almost a decade Nissan’s 370Z has been the thinking man’s sports car. Affordable (as far as sports cars go), safe, reliable, exciting to drive and with a youthful heart. But what does the 370Z offer the modern driver? Well, we’re happy to say that with its latest cosmetic nip and tuck, and a gearbox upgrade, the 370Z is once again as fresh and feisty as it was the day we first got to drive one in 2009.
Nissan first unleashed its Z series on the world in Japan in 1969. The first car in this series was christened the Nissan Fairlady Z. She was a showstopper! In fact, the Z series proved so popular that nearly 40 years later it’s still going strong. Reimagined and refined, Each generation in the Z series has fulfilled the promise of heart thumping excitement and an adrenalin fuelled rush.
Known and loved for its sleek sexy lines, consistency, performance, sheer pleasure to drive and affordability the Z series has gone from strength to strength and is today one of the most iconic of the Nissan models, in fact it would be more accurate to call this car a legend.
The Nissan Gripz has shocked and thrilled the motoring world in the last few weeks. First we were shocked at just how outstanding and different the Gripz was and then we were thrilled because it make for some really great pun headlines. But now that the thrill is over, what does the Nissan Gripz mean for the future of Nissan and, more specifically, what does it mean for the future of the Nissan 370Z?
But before we get to that, let’s take a quick look at this new thriller. Nissan has stated that this is a new breed of sporty crossover for a younger generation of drivers. Design wise, Nissan has been ‘inspired by classic desert rally cars and racing bicycles.’ Rally cars yes. Racing bicycles… Maybe? (If anybody has a racing bicycle that looks remotely like this car please let us know!) But to assert their claim, Nissan has said that like bicycles, this vehicle has two personalities: there is the getting to work in the morning aspect and the adventuring after work aspect. Interesting…
A perception has developed by Japanese Automakers that flagship sports cars are needed to encourage brand recognition and thus Nissan has started focusing again on sports car development instead of mainly investing research and development funds in hybrids and EVs. However, in order to reduce development costs, they have been working in conjunction with other foreign manufacturers while producing these luxury vehicles. This begs the question – will it improve brand recognition or water down the brand identity?
The Nissan 370Z NISMO gets a 2014 upgrade and boy is it a good one!
The revised 2013 Nissan 370Z, scheduled for release next June in the States was recently previewed at the annual Chicago Auto Show. Still featuring the same powerful drivetrain, Nissan made a number of subtle styling enhancements to the iconic sports car that will again be available as a Coupé, Roadster and Nismo Z model.
Updates to the 2013 model include a refreshed front fascia with vertical LED daytime running lights, a red reflector added to the rear fascia, new 18” and 19” alloy wheels, red-finished brake calipers and two new exterior colours to name only a few.
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