Fifty years ago a rally-mod Nissan 240Z won the gruelling East Africa rally, putting down another marker for this brand-defining car. To mark this achievement, Nissan has imagined another iconic model in full rally mode. The Nissan Juke Rally Tribute Concept is still only in the image stage, but man if they build it . . .
Have you ever stopped to think if the alert sounds in your car are the right kind of sounds? Could it be better? How does it make you feel? Can you distinguish one alert from the other so you know exactly what you need to do when you hear a certain sound, or how you need to react when you hear another? These are the kinds of things that Nissan’s automobile designers care about a great deal.
Nissan is continuing its dominance in the EV market by adding its latest e-Power drivetrain technology to a new Japanese model, the Note Aura. They call it a premium compact car but it’s effectively a smaller version of the all-electric Nissan Ariya SUV with the latest “series hybrid” technology.
Electric vehicles are not new – it is just now, or at least the past ten-plus years – that they have become a thing. Here is a nostalgia trip for those a bit older, and a weird but interesting fact for the younger generations. In the old days, they used to deliver your milk to your door early in the morning – 4 – 5h o’clock. They did this using a milk float, a small electric trolley thing with a driver/delivery guy. You put your glass milk bottles next to the front door, with cash or plastic tokens them for what you wanted. The guy on the float would replace your empty bottles with fresh milk (and/or cream) according to the tokens you left with the empties. The reason the float was electric had nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with not waking up the milk company’s customers.
John studied to be a teacher, ten years later he was a skydiving instructor and now has a small business that manufactures garden gnomes. Mary studied marine biology before moving into hydroponics, dabbled in martial arts and is currently studying speech therapy. The old days of working for the same company for forty years, or even working in the same field for your entire life is over. This is mostly true, which makes the stories of Michael Jude and his fellow Nissan Graduate Scheme alumni stand out.
Autonomous vehicles have been making headlines for some time and it’s no surprise as more companies are investing heavily in this technology. WeRide, a Nissan-backed Chinese autonomous vehicle start-up, is one of many working on SAE Level 4 autonomous driving for commercial deployment at scale. The company recently raised $310 million and after receiving the appropriate permits, they are preparing to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in San Jose, California.
The new Nissan Navara was recently revealed on the global stage and now, Nissan South Africa has released more details on its plans for the local market. Aside from having the latest best-in-class technology, the facelifted Nissan Navara also looks stunning with a sense of uncompromising ruggedness accompanied by a stylish, modern design. It certainly tops the contender list to lead the bakkie segment into the future.
The two orange robot woodpeckers pecked the sheet of metal with machinegun speed from both sides, a choreographed ballet of ballistic hammering. Within minutes the flat metal was fully formed into a rear panel for an R32 Skyline GT-R, a collector’s car no longer in production.
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.
Nissan has announced that all its new vehicles in key markets would be electrified by the early 2030s, as part of the company’s drive to carbon neutrality by 2050. This is part of a global trend, with Mercedes and Audi recently announcing that they have stopped the development of future internal combustion engines (ICE), and GM also jumping feet first into the fray. In the meantime, Britain has moved their ban on non-electric cars forward by five years to 2030.
Have they all gone mad? Why now? Why so suddenly?