It was another successful year at the 2019 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb as the Nissan GT-R proved, once again, its prowess winning the Modified Saloon and Supercar Categories. The competition has been running for 10 years and Nissan has dominated proceedings for the last three years and claiming King of the Hill seven times.
Today, car makers like Nissan perform a vast amount of behind-the-scenes tests before making a final decision. This applies to everything from seat fabrics and interior finishing to the best possible exterior paint. These tests are especially important for the latter as bad paint can result in all sorts of problems like rust which is never a good thing.
It’s a fact that the sun makes life possible on Earth but this life-giving force also damages your car’s exterior paint. The sun’s rays are directly responsible for destroying a vehicle’s paint especially after years of exposure and even more so in certain parts of the world. Southern California is just one example as Cape Town and a few cities across Australia are also among this list.
As of January 2019, Nissan has sold more than 360,000 Leaf models since debuting back in 2011. Considering the number of batteries they produce, the Japanese automaker has come up with a few ideas on how to recycle them. Their latest (and greatest) is a smart pop-up concept camper developed in partnership with off-road camping manufacturer Opus and powered by recycled Nissan Leaf battery cells.
Michael Whitfield, Managing Director for Nissan Group Africa, recently announced that the Japanese automaker will be making a multi-billion rand investment in its South African plant to facilitate the manufacture of the latest version of the hugely popular Nissan Navara for both local and international markets.
The previous generation Nissan Micra was built to satisfy the growing needs of various countries which compromised it somewhat. However, Nissan has now revealed a few details of their new turbocharged 1,0-litre petrol engine set to debut in South Africa in the next few months. This time it’s a real stunner on the outside and also vastly improved under the bonnet.
Designing cars in the traditional sense typically starts with a person at a desk sketching a two-dimensional car design which is then brought to life using full-size clay models. While this has been the ‘go-to’ method for most manufacturers, Nissan wants to find a less labour intensive and a more high-tech solution. Now, Nissan designers are now trying their hand at using HaptX VR gloves to create 3D models without clay.
A challenge many small cars face is creating a sound system appealing enough for sophisticated music listeners. The Nissan Kicks is no different as sound doesn’t travel far enough in compact space. This issue is further exacerbated by the lack of space necessary to install big subwoofers and speakers all over the vehicle. Not to mention cost as budget cars are typically fitted with budget speakers – until now.
Nissan has partnered with the housing organisation, Habitat for Humanity, to create the Ultimate Work Titan concept bakkie. Based on a ‘Nissan Titan XD Diesel Crew Cab’, this concept vehicle is more than capable of taking on any off-road setting. More to the point, Nissan and Habitat for Humanity combined forces and made a mobile office for construction work.
Nissan is proud to announce that the current number one test bowler Kagiso Rabada has been named as brand ambassador for Nissan for the third year running alongside a sporting legend and former South African cricket captain Shaun Pollock. This move has cemented Nissan’s association as a sponsor with the ICC (International Cricket Council).
A recent Nikkei report states that Google’s self-driving car company, Waymo is about to close a deal with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance for bringing autonomous taxis to Japan’s busy streets. While Japan has strict limitations on ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, taxi numbers are growing and a very popular mode of transport in Tokyo and other Japanese cities.