Group 1 Nissan Blog
News, Reviews and Interesting Facts on all Nissan Cars
Welcome to the Group 1 Nissan blog. This is where you can read personal opinions about any new vehicle releases, see reviews on various models, download free product brochures and gather any other worthwhile information regarding Nissan cars, bakkies, SUV’s and commercial vehicles.
The new Nissan Micra has blossomed into much more than just a small city car into a premium hatchback. It’s now a serious competitor to the likes of Volkswagen’s Polo and nothing says that more than being a finalist in the 2019 South African Car of the Year. This is a true testament to Nissan’s continued efforts to transform the little Micra over the years into a real contender.
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.
The Japanese automaker has announced the unveiling of the new Nissan IMQ concept electric SUV. So far, there hasn’t been too much information to go on but the teaser image clearly shows a futuristic crossover. Considering the smorgasbord of features and technologies, Nissan stated that the crossover “embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility and gives a sneak peek as to what might be in your future driveway.”
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.