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A Closer Look at Nissan’s 322-HP 370Z Roadster Touring Sport

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Nissan’s popular 370Z RWD roadster is still going strong since 2009. We review the 2018 Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring Sport – the higher of two trim levels available on the Roadster.

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If You’re a Serious Gran Turismo Gamer then Nissan Wants You

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If you’re a PlayStation Gran Turismo phenom then Nissan is looking for you and thousands others to compete in an official FIA championship. Game on.

This post If You’re a Serious Gran Turismo Gamer then Nissan Wants You appeared first on TractionLife.com by Amee Reehal.


Chat With Joni Paiva: President of Nissan Canada on Future Tech, Sustainability, and All-New LEAF

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Los Angeles, CA – Electric vehicles and hybrids continue their tear as automakers see a future void of fossil fuel-powered vehicles. However, Nissan was one of the first in the field with their LEAF introduced nearly 10 years ago.

So we sat down with the Nissan’s Canadian President at the LA Auto Show last November to learn more about the company’s future including their new tech for sustainability, drive towards autonomous vehicles, their continued involvement in Canadian motorsports, and why they stuck with the LEAF when EVs weren’t the hot topic.

Read his full bio here.

Interview with Joni Paiva:

1. Nissan’s new Kicks crossover comes to North America

TL: We’re here at the LA Auto Show where you’ve just unveiled the new Nissan Kicks currently selling in other markets. Why did Nissan decide to introduce this to North America now, and does it replace the Juke? If so, why the replacement?

Joni: We see the crossover demand growing in many segments. We had the Kicks in our portfolio already and saw an opportunity to bring it to North America; and reinvesting into it to meet regulations, while adding more power for the new market. This process takes time but we see the bigger opportunity – we’re now at 6 crossovers. The Kicks does not replace Juke, but we’re selling it out. It sits below the Qashqai.

Also read: All-New 2019 Infiniti QX50 – 4 New Things You Need to Know

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2019 Nissan Kicks making its North American debut at the 2017 LA Auto Show (pic: Amee Reehal)

2. Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM)

TL: We got a glimpse of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – a new technology seeking to build a stronger link between driver and car – with the Nissan IMx crossover recently at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Can you tell us a bit more about this new tech, how will it benefit your customers and everyday driving, and is this something we’ll see integrated into most of your production vehicles in the near future?

Joni: Our vision is zero fatalities, zero emissions. How we get there, we have roadmaps called NIM. And it’s based on 3 key pillars: Intelligent power (fuel efficiency, electric engines); Connectivity, Integrations and communications; and Autonomous tech introduced to our vehicles. By employing these 3 key pillars across all vehicles (including the new Kicks), we hope to achieve this.

Below: Here’s a quick video on Nissan’s world-first Intelligent Forward Collision Warning system:

3. ProPILOT Assist

TL: The race to produce fully autonomous consumer vehicles is heating up, but we’re still a ways away. This summer, Nissan introduced ProPILOT Assist: a hands-on driving assistant system that reduces the hassle of stop-and-go highway driving.

Is this semi-autonomous technology paving the way for self-driving Nissan products? Can you tell us a bit more about PPA?

Joni: We are working towards driverless vehicles, but today, that tech helps and supports driver safety, with a focus on those longer drives — PPA will help with this.

Part of it, if you let two hands off the wheel, the car will start flashing and start braking to wake you up. For instance, If you had a health problem, go so far as car stopping – that’s the car doing things for you without you asking it to do it.

4. Nissan’s involvement in Canadian motorsports

TL: Nissan is heavily involved in the Canadian motorsport scene. What do both Formula E and the Micra Cup mean for Nissan in Canada?

Joni: Even though Formula E will not take place in Canada, Nissan’s participation into Formula E is the ultimate expression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility (discussed above), where Nissan delivers driving excitement with real eco-credentials. Formula E is a key part of our corporate strategy of bringing Nissan Intelligent Mobility to the public, and ties back to our long history of innovative motorsport participation.

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pic: Nissan Canada

Also read: Electric Vibes – Formula-E Racing Series Hits the Streets of Montreal

Micra Cup is something really special for Nissan – it’s a unique Canadian initiative. By pushing over 20 identical stock Micras to their limits on a racetrack, we’re showing our most inexpensive product in a high pressure situation.  The result is a fantastic show for fans while demonstrating the durability, reliability and quality of Nissan products – no mechanical issues in three seasons of the Nissan Micra Cup! It’s a way for us to connect with customers in a fun and exciting way. For example, Micra owners are welcome to attend all Micra Cup races, free of charge.

We’re extremely proud to run Canada’s only spec series.

Also read: Chat with Stefan Rzadzinski: A 2015 Nissan Micra Cup Winner

5. All-new 2018 Nissan LEAF: continued trajectory of the original EV

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José Muñoz, Chief Performance Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Chairman, Nissan North America helps employees welcome the first all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF during an event at the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tenn. The 2018 LEAF, arriving at dealers in early 2018, has an improved range with up to 150 miles on a single charge and is the newest version of the best-selling electric vehicle in the world. (pic: Nissan)

TL: The Nissan LEAF is the world’s all-time best-selling electric car in history — that’s quite a feat and shows your company’s foresight and faith in the future of EV vehicles, going back 8 years now since the LEAF was first introduced. For 2018, the LEAF is all-new and still going strong, recently winning the “CES Best of Innovation” award for Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology.

We’re wondering, EVs are all the rage today and you guys were ahead of the curve back then – but did Nissan at any point feel like throwing in the towel? That this electric vehicle path may not be worth it?

Joni: When you do innovations, you need two things; and not all innovations happen at the end of the day. You have to accept it won’t go through.

But you need strong leadership, coming from the CEO. During my time, never once did I see him deviate from this. (note: referring to then CEO Carlos Ghosn who stepped down last February 2017)

The LEAF is simply amazing. The flagship of Nissan technology, increasing range by 40%, include ProPILOT Assist and e-pedal which is very intuitive. I find these innovations very exciting. Everything is working and we’re very proud about this; it’s a dream for many other automakers but we have it. The new LEAF goes on sale mid-Feb in Canada with an open reservation program.

The demand we’re getting (for the LEAF) is unbelievable, especially from Ontario. It’s doing well in Quebec and BC, but the good news is it’s taking off in Ontario. Especially with $14K Ontario government incentives and the HOV lanes.

Nowadays, an EV is one model in the portfolio, so now it’s about how we can introduce electrifications to the entire portfolio. Today, our LEAF is special vehicle – the original EV of the family.

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Thanks to Jennifer McCarthy (Manager, Product Communications Nissan) for setting this up. For more interviews, check out our Chat With series here.

This post Chat With Joni Paiva: President of Nissan Canada on Future Tech, Sustainability, and All-New LEAF appeared first on TractionLife.com by Amee Reehal.


Quick Look: New 2017 Nissan Armada Blends Utility, Comfort and Luxury

You can argue SUVs these days are all beginning to look very similar from one brand to the next; sharing the same styling cues. Nissan’s Armada? Not so much. And maybe that’s a good thing for consumers looking for something different in the large utility segment.

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Available in either SL or Platinum guise, the 2017 Nissan Armada finds power via a 5.6-litre, 32-valve Endurance V8 engine paired to the standard 7-speed automatic transmission, producing 390-hp and 394 lb-ft of torque, plus up to 8500 lbs. towing. Inside, the driver and front passenger find 8-way power-adjustable seats, while rear passengers get their own temperature controls including the optional entertainment setup with headrest built-in dual 7-inch monitors.

Overall, the new 2017 Nissan Armada is now based on the global Nissan Patrol platform. Available as a 7 or 8 passenger, this new Armada is a decent blend of utility, comfort and luxury and will compete nicely in the full size SUV market.

Learn More – 2017 Nissan Armada

Checkout the full video by Everyday Reviews:

2017-nissan-armada-platinum2017 Nissan Armada SL
• starts at $64,248 CAD MSRP
• 5.6 Litre V8
• 8,500 lb maximum towing capacity
• Bose Premium Audio System with 13 speakers
• Navigation System with 8.0″ touch-screen
• Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) with Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)
2017-nissan-armada-towing2017 Nissan Armada Platinum
• starts at$69,998 CAD MSRP
• Includes SL features plus:
• Climate-controlled front seats
• Blind Spot Intervention (BSI)
• Lane Departure Prevention
• 2nd row rear headrest w/7″ monitor DVD system

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Review: 2017 Nissan Titan XD Pickup – Imposing Looks, Serious Payload

Big trucks beget big names, and among the newest big boys right now is Nissan’s Titan.

This truck was introduced in 2016 as the Titan XD to split the difference between half-ton (think Ford F-150 and Silverado and Ram 1500) and heavy-duty models (Ford F-250 and 2500 variants of the others). Nissan has expanded the Titan line for 2017 with the addition of true half-ton models.

They may have lighter maximum payload and towing ratings — 732 kg and 4,268 kg respectively, when properly equipped — but these new half-ton Titans still own that big name. Like all modern pickups, the Titan really is massive, not just in measurement but visually.

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Crew Cab with Four-doors

Initially, all of the 2017 models are Crew Cabs, meaning you get four full-size doors with rear-seat legroom to rival a full-size luxury sedan, and for now, you can only get your Titan with a standard bed. Likewise, all that’s available under the hood is a 5.6L gasoline V8; a Cummins diesel is reserved for the XD, and a less-powerful V6 option comes later, along with regular and King Cabs and, presumably, a choice of two or three bed lengths.

2017 Nissan TITAN XD review

Exterior Looks

Looking at the Titan on its own, you’d not guess this lighter-duty truck is more than a foot shorter in overall length than the XD, which rides on a different, more robust frame.

The side steps and A-pillar grab handles are a necessity, particularly if you’re on the short side; it’s a real hike up and into the Titan’s cab. Once you’re in, the big, wide seats are comfortable, and there’s good space all around. But even with the driver’s seat’s height adjustment cranked all the way down, our view was compromised by a windshield header that felt low for such a large vehicle. We get a similar sensation in the Toyota Tacoma, and wonder if that’s some weird design quirk of Japanese pickups.

Titan XD Cabin impressions

In back, we like how the bottom seat cushions flip up easily, without the need to pull or release any handles. It’s only when you want to fold them back down that you must pull a lever on the bottom of the cushion. However, rear seat passengers complained about the lack of a height adjustment for the shoulder belt’s D-pillar anchor, which had the belt chafing their necks. Another demerit is a low and short bottom seat cushion that provides little thigh support.

ALSO SEE: 2012 Nissan Titan Crew Cab 4X4 SL Review

Another nice feature is a deployable cargo platform that provides a flat load surface when the seats are folded up out of the way. It proved handy by creating a small storage cubby that kept a couple of (sealed) beverage bottles from rolling around while we were driving.

We appreciate the Titan’s simple secondary controls, but the stereo’s volume knob is a long reach from the front passenger seat, as is the tuning control for the driver. And the 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen that houses navigation and some audio controls is smaller than what’s available elsewhere: Ford and Chevrolet, for example, put an eight-inch display in their trucks.

2017 Nissan TITAN XD review

Power: 390-hp V8

Titan’s big gas V8 makes 390 hp and 394 lb-ft of torque, and those figures translate into impressive acceleration for a nearly 2,600-kg vehicle. Of course, that’s with a single person on board and nothing in the bed, but the impression is that even without the XD diesel’s huge 555 lb-ft, the Titan would stand up nicely to those tow and payload ratings.

Nissan uses a seven-speed automatic transmission here, besting the class average by one ratio, but if numbers matter to you, GM offers an eight-speed in some versions of its Silverado and Sierra twins, and Ford is getting set to bolt a 10-speed into its F-150.

A missing touch we would have appreciated is any kind of accommodation to ease the climb into the truck’s bed. There are no steps in the corners of the rear bumper and nothing as fancy as a stowable step-and-grab handle built into the tailgate.

Our gearhead brains like the technical sophistication of the turbocharged engines going into many cars and even some trucks, like the Ford F-150. But no turbo V6 sounds quite like a V8; the Titan’s engine and exhaust notes aren’t particularly obnoxious, but accelerating in a hurry earns you an ear-pleasing rumble that graduates to a mild roar as the revs climb.

Smaller turbo motors like Ford’s EcoBoost V6s don’t sound like V8s, and if you believe Natural Resources Canada’s fuel consumption estimates, they’re more efficient, too. The 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 makes a bit less horsepower and a lot more torque than the Titan’s V8, but is rated for 13.6/10.2 L/100 km (city/highway) in an F-150 4×4, while the Titan’s ratings are 15.2/11.1 L/100 km and our tester returned an average of 12.0 L/100 km in highway driving.

2017 Nissan TITAN XD review

On the road

Titan is pleasant enough to drive around town, if you don’t mind the typical bounce generated by a rear suspension that feels happier with a lot of weight riding on it. The steering is heavier than in some other full-size trucks, making this truck a bit of a workout in parking lots and city driving.

City or highway, watch your lane positioning: the Titan is not significantly wider than any its competitors from Ford, GM, Ram and Toyota, but it feels like it is. Maybe that’s a factor of the tow-friendly mirrors, which stick out much farther than the more car-like mirror housings on most pickups. You’ll want to be careful pulling up to toll plazas and drive-through windows so you don’t scrape anything up. A strong push folds them in against the door, which you’ll want to do as a courtesy to the drivers of neighbouring cars in tight parking lots.

A missing touch we would have appreciated is any kind of accommodation to ease the climb into the truck’s bed. There are no steps in the corners of the rear bumper and nothing as fancy as a stowable step-and-grab handle built into the tailgate.

2017 Nissan TITAN XD review

Takeaway

This truck is an imposing sight: we noticed numerous drivers actively change lanes to get out of the way, even when we weren’t fussed about them being in front of us. Depending on any insecurities you might have, that could be a nice ego-stroke.

Our test truck was an SV Premium model, a $55,800 truck that, thanks to an optional Premium package, comes with passive keyless entry, navigation, automatic headlights, step rails, power-sliding rear window, heated front bucket seats with driver’s eight-way power adjustment and lumbar, backup camera, blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, bed-mounted 110-volt power outlet, trailer brake controller with trailer brake check function and manually extendable tow mirrors. That’s in addition to a list of more banal features that come standard in the basic $48,150 SV model. If you want something a little more straightforward, there’s the Crew Cab S model, at $44,650.

The original Titan didn’t have a significant impact on making Nissan the kind of household name in the full-size truck segment that Ford, GM and Dodge are. This new version has more of the little things that could make it more memorable, but it also lacks a handful of the thoughtful touches that make everyday living with a truck  easier.

But imposing looks and serious payload and towing abilities probably mean more to today’s truck buyers, and if we’re guessing right and that’s the case, this new Nissan Titan is ready for the big time.

Visit here to learn more about the all-new 2017 Nissan Titan XD

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Evolution of Nissan’s Skyline GTR

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It is not very often when three letters can carry with it such a long standing legacy of motorsport greatness. Those same three letters embody the ethos of a company’s relentless vision to defy technology at the time and push beyond it’s boundaries. When the letters GTR is said, it immediately conjures up mental images of four round tail lights speeding into the distance. Nissan’s Skyline GTR is one of the automotive industry’s greats to come out of Japan from a time when Italians and Germans dominated the racing field and to this day not only rivals the best of the best in the industry, but is the bar which others compare against.

Most who know the GTR know it as the Skyline. Nissan acquired the company Prince who manufactured the Skyline back in the 60’s. Since then, Nissan created a high performance version of their standard vehicle and badged it with GTR and history began to write itself. The Skyline GTRs were built between 1969 and 1974 but took a hiatus until the late 80’s and production of GTRs started up again from 1989 to 2002. Although what we know today simply as the Nissan GTR is still manufactured to date, the Skyline name has since been dropped post 2002. Although the name no longer lives, the underlying DNA of the Skyline undoubtedly lives on.

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Nissan BladeGlider Taking Shape

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Nissan debuted a concept vehicle in 2013 called the BladeGlider. It was a new design which challenged the concept of what vehicles on the road should look like in the future. Nissan stretched the boundaries of both shape and size with the BladeGlider, and they felt that utilizing an all EV power train would also set the tone of what the future might bring.

The BladeGlider concept has evolved quite a bit over the last 3 years and is now a fully functional prototype. Although not yet slated for production, its current form is close to what a production version could look like. The interior of the car has also been redesigned to fit in with more of what a production model would look like. Gadgetry is kept to a minimum while still keeping true to ergonomics and future design elements.

The BladeGlider will be powered by a 220-kilowatt lithium-ion battery, with an electric motor at each wheel. This provides the car with a generous power output of 270hp and a whopping 520lb/ft of torque. Although that’s a lot of power, the car is not geared for high performance duties. A 0-60 run comes in at 5 seconds, while top speed is around 115mph.


Next Nissan Leaf to Have 200 Mile Range

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Nissan’s next generation Leaf is confirmed to be getting a 60-kWh battery pack which will double it’s driving range. This is big news for the company’s electric vehicle as the race for range continues across automakers. Kazuo Yajima, Nissan’s global director of EV and HEV engineering, announced publically that the new Leaf will be produced, but there is no timing around when the vehicle will hit the market.

Currently the Leaf utilizes a 24 kWh battery pack which produced less than desirable driving range. The 60-kWh pack as debuted at EVS29, a battery technology conference and Nissan is stating that the driving range will be somewhere in the 210-220 miles range depending on driving conditions. The new Leaf will put Nissan in the EV race and become highly competitive with other manufacturers.


Nissan’s GTR Gets a Price Hike

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When Nissan unveiled their updated GTR at this year’s New York Auto Show, it was received with mixed emotions. The updates overall weren’t significant. There was a slight power bump, and the exterior did get some visual updates, but overall the GTR is still pretty much the same car as when it was first released. But what’s definitely grabbing buyer’s attention now is the prices hike of the GTR which now starts at $111,585 for the Premium model which is close to a $9,000 jump from last year.

As mentioned earlier, the 2017 GTR will continue to use the 3.8L twin-turbo V6 engine but it has received some massaging to pump out 565 hp and 467 lb/ft of torque. That’s definitely a plus considering the price jump. We are hoping that Nissan is developing a next generation GTR as this current version has had quite a long run and I think we are due for something new.


2017 NISMO Nissan GTR

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Good things are to be expected when Nissan releases their new 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO. This year power numbers will be up again and the car will be more comfortable than the previous year model which makes the NISMO GTR a really well rounded car.

As will all NISMO vehicles, performance tuning happens in all aspects of the vehicle from suspension, engine, and outside all the way to the inside. All new aero adorns the GTR, and lightweight RAYS forged wheels round out the exterior changes. The suspension is beefed up all around for some track readiness. The interior gets a nice set of Recaro seats that provides ample support to keep the driver planted.

Power is produced from a tuned 3.8L twin turbo V6 which pumps out 600 hp and 481 lb/ft of torque. All of that is delivered through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic sending power to all four wheels.


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