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A Stable of Skylines Perished

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International Vehicle Importers in Ontario, CA have been bringing Nissan Skylines to American customers for some time now. Let’s be clear here, I’m not talking about the current Nissan GTR that anyone with enough cash can buy from a dealership. I’m talking about those ultra exclusive first generation Hakosukas, R32, R33 and R34s all of which were never brought to the US by Nissan.

So what makes this such a sad story is that a fire broke out at one of IVI’s locations and all 24 Nissan R32 GTRs they had in stock were destroyed by the inferno. Even more unfortunate is that the owner, Sean Morris’ two shop dogs were also lost in the blaze.

Cars can be replaced, and Morris actually has other warehouses full of GTRs, but the loss of a mans best friend is something no money can buy.


Nissan Recalls 3 Million for Faulty Airbag

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Nissan has issued a recall on over 3 million vehicles in the US with a faulty airbag issue. Nissan has identified the issue as a faulty Occupant Classification System which may incorrectly sense the passenger as a child instead of an adult. In the event of this happening, the airbag will be deactivated in the passenger seat and will not deploy during an accident.

Nissan’s recall directly impacts their 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV, Leaf, and Sentra. The 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima; 2013-2017 Nissan Pathfinder; 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60, and Infiniti Q50; 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue; 2015-2016 Nissan Murano; 2013 Infiniti JX35; and 2015-2016 Chevrolet City Express, which is based on the NV200 are all impacted as well which all adds up to over 3 million vehicles impacted.

The automaker will be contacting owners within the next 60 days with information pertaining to the recall. We urge owners to contact their local dealers for more information.


Nissan Murano and Maxima Recalled for Brake Issues

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Nissan has issued a recall on their 2016 Murano and Maxima vehicles. The company has identified an issues with the antilock braking system and vehicle dynamic control system. A faulty O-ring in the ABS actuator is causing brake fluid to leak which results in a loss of braking performance on the vehicle and may increase the risk of a crash.

Nissan will begin recalling these vehicles and notifying customers beginning June 2016. So far, no accidents or injuries have been linked to this recall. If your car is affected, you will need to bring it into the dealer ship where the braking system will be inspected and all faulty parts will be replaced at no cost to you.

We encourage you to contact your local dealers for more information.


Nissan Navara-R by Severn Valley Motorsport

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Severn Valley Motorsport in Shropshire, England is probably not a shop that most are familiar with over here in Canada. I, however, have fond memories of this shop from back in the days when they were churning out some killer Ford Sierra Cosworths. Being a Euro Ford freak myself, seeing the shop’s name pop up again brought back much nostalgia, but more importantly they once again don’t disappoint with their creations.

This time, instead of sticking to a blue oval, they’ve gone Japanese. Specifically, they’ve taken to modifying out a Nissan Navara pick up truck. Yup, you read that right. What’s even more insane is the Nissan GTR motor stuffed under the hood and boosted up to a healthy 800hp. Take a deeper look and you’ll quickly realize this isn’t just an ordinary engine swap.

What SVM has done is actually taken the Navara’s body and mated it to the entire chassis of a GTR. So essentially, this is a GTR with Navara body panels. The conversion isn’t cheap at $251,000USD. But for those who are longing for the ultimate sleeper, I’m pretty sure this one will fit the bill.


Waiting Continues for Nissan’s Compact RWD Sportscar

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We have all been waiting for Nissan to develop a small rear wheel drive sportscar that will compete against the likes of Mazda’s Miata or the Toyota 86. But it seems like we’ll have to continue waiting for that dream to come true.

Executives at Nissan has confirmed that they will continue to put energy towards their flagship sports car the GT-R and their Z sport coupe. Producing a small rear wheel drive sports car is not in the pipeline. It is currently cost prohibitive to develop this type of vehicle as it would be a ground up design. Without partners to share in designing a platform, the costs involved are just way too high and not economical.

If options come up for Nissan to share development costs, there could be a possibility that the small sports car could come to market. But until then, the idea will sit quietly on the back shelves of the Nissan development group.


The Real Godzilla: 2000hp Nissan GT-R

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The Nissan GT-R has always been known to be a potent performance beast. Now the team at T1 Race Development has yet again pushed the boundaries of capabilities of the GT-R. Their newest creation is called the GT1R which pumps out 2,165hp and 1,302lb/ft of torque.

On paper those numbers are already impressive. Equally as impressive is how that GT1R puts that power to use. It covers the quarter-mile in just 7.38 seconds and can reach a top speed of 235 mph in just half a mile. Tony Palo, founder of T1 Race Development, displays the GT-R is even capable of being a street car.


Nissan Rogue Recalled for Faulty Fuel Pump

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Nissan has issued a recall which impacts approximately 76,000 Rogue which were built in 2014. This is the second recall for the same issue that was identified last year, except this new recall covers the entire range of vehicles with a 2014 build date.

The issue has been identified as poor nickel plating on components inside the fuel pump. The poorly plated parts may begin to deteriorate and cause pieces of the coating to stop the fuel pump impellers from spinning. Once the fuel pump stops functioning, the Rogue will not be able to start, or potentially stall while on the road.

Currently, no accidents of deaths have been linked to this recall campaign. If you own a Rogue with a build year of 2014, contact your local dealers immediately and schedule in a service for the recall. Dealers will replace the faulty fuel pump at no cost to owners.


2017 Nissan TITAN Crew Cab Debuts In New York

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Nissan pulled the wraps off of the upcoming Titan Crew Cab half-ton today here at the New York International Auto Show.

“The 2017 TITAN half-ton has the same aggressive style of the TITAN XD, but is about a foot shorter in wheelbase,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc., revealing the new truck during a press conference at the auto show. “They share the same cabs, but while it offers similar ruggedness and durability, the TITAN half-ton’s chassis is completely different than XD.”

The new Titan half-ton will initially launch as a crew cab model shown here, with the Single and King Cab models coming later in the model year. Under the hood of the new half-ton will be Nissan’s 5.6L V8 which is good for 390 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. For those that don’t need all that grunt, a V6 engine is coming. Nissan expects the new half-ton will be the highest volume Titan.

Nissan also announced the starting price of the 2016 Titan XD Crew Cab will be $35,290 here in the US for the 4×2 model. Check out our gallery below of the Crew Cab half-ton.

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Godzilla Gets a Facelift

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Nissan brought out the big guns this year at the New York International Auto Show to debut their most current generation GTR. Walking into the Nissan exhibit, you are greeted by six generations of Skyline GTRs that have made the Nissan name synonymous with performance and motorsports. Dating back to 1969 with the first generation Nissan 2000 Skyline GTR to their latest GTR, Nissan wanted to showcase their racing pedigree and tell the world where they came from and where they are now going with the latest unveil.

The newest iteration of the GTR proves that you really shouldn’t mess too much with something that’s working. Nissan gave their GTR a small facelift which brings it up to current industry specs with certain technologies and visual enhancements. The front facia of the GTR gets some small tweaks. The single bar LED fog is now integrated into a larger side vent opening in the front bumper. The GTR also receives Nissan’s V-motion front grille which helps divert more air into the engine bay. The headlights have received minor massaging now utilizing multi-projectors. New aero in the form of carbon fiber lower body trim has been added to the GTR. The change is subtle, but the most notable addition are lower vents on the rear bumper aero.

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Final Refresh for Nissan’s GTR

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Well lookey what we have here? Wait…I’m still looking…. Well it appears Nissan is teasing us with an image of a refreshed GTR ahead of the New York Auto Show. The problem is that the teaser picture doesn’t really show much other than the backside of the GTR hinting at again not many changes going on.

Currently, not much is know about the refreshed GTR. Power output is expected to stay the same at 545hp and 463lb/ft of torque, meaning the same driveline will be in the most current generation. Even though what’s to come will be minor visual changes to the GTR, the fact still remains that this is an extremely capable vehicle. The GTR has made a very successful run over the last 8 years. If any future changes are to come for the platform, it will likely be a completely revised and redesigned vehicle.

Here’s hoping we’ll see something like the Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo in the near future.


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