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.
It looks mean. It has 530kW and 780 N.m. on tap It costs more than R16m. There will be only 50 ever made, but most of these have been snapped up in advance. It is the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign.
The final production model of this rare monster has been announced and will be on display at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2020. This production model closely matches the prototype version that stunned and surprised back in June 2018.
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.
Whether it’s the new Z or something else, Nissan certainly stirred up a hornet’s nest at the Nürburgring recently. The matt black and orange shell were that of the 370Z, albeit with six holes added to the front and some differences in the facia.
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.
The Nissan IMk a small, snazzy box on wheels, inspired by an ancient Japanese art form and driven by a new design philosophy.
Concept cars are created without the constraints of the market. They don’t have to be practical or competitively priced. They are the blank canvases that allow designers and engineers to create for the sake of creation. Art in other words.
Nissan has published sketches of three concepts, each with five sets of double wheels but no engine, a high tech seat but no steering wheel, and allows you to race against the fastest without really moving much.
For many, playing golf is a way to relax and challenge yourself but now, it’s being used for something a little off the beaten track. In an effort to show off the latest autonomous driving technology, the Nissan ProPilot 2.0 has been applied to a golf ball in a fun demonstration. Their latest driving assist technology helps the ball find the cup every time no matter what.
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The compact crossover segment is probably the most contested space in the car market. Everyone tries harder to make theirs stand out, and in the end, most crossovers look very similar. Not the same, but there is a preponderance of aggressive scowling horizontal headlights flanking bold grilles.