Cool technology seems to come to South Africa in dribs and drabs when it comes at all. The Nissan X-Trail has been one of the models most consistently updated with tech, and now we have a comprehensive list of what we are about to receive.
New and complicated technology takes time, and this lag feeds the naysayers. The New York Times in December 1903 essentially called attempts at heavier than air flight a waste of time, one week before the Wright Brothers’ first flight. Likewise, on 3 January I read in the Guardian: ‘Peak hype’: why the driverless car revolution has stalled.
The new SA-bound Nissan Navara was unveiled globally early in November and has been confirmed to be launched in South Africa! We have already seen a huge initial interest and we are very excited about the new Navara to come to market, early in 2021. Nissan Motor Corporation will only be releasing specification details closer to the launch. We’ve gathered as many details as we could and this is what we know:
It is a conundrum. Electric vehicles (EVs) are great. They are environmentally friendly, cheap to run, effortless to drive, yet give you outrageous acceleration. But if you are to use them for more than a couple of hundred kilometres per day, you need an extensive and expensive charging infrastructure. The options thus far were the internal combustion engine (ICE) or the hybrid.
Nissan has been leading the way in electric car technology for some time and now, they are offering even more value. Customers can pay for parking with electricity when visiting the Nissan Pavilion, an event that showcases the power of EVs and mobility technology.
With driving reduced to a bare minimum during initial stages of the lockdown, motorists are slowly getting reacquainted with the roads and their cars. The good news is that several advanced Nissan technology systems can help drivers to operate their vehicles more safely.
It’s the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, so obviously there will be cars, ice-cream trucks and a golf ball that finds the hole. With the Detroit Motor Show shifting to later in the year, the CES attracted the biggest and best of future auto technology. Nissan was there with stunning, future-looking offerings.
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 Nissan LEAF has now been around for some time and entered Nissan into the EV marketing with aplomb. They have taken another step towards the mainstay of electric vehicles with the new generation Nissan LEAF with more range and comfort.
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.