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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.


Nissan’s Emission Scandal

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The ripple effect of Volkswagen’s emission scandal can be felt throughout the entire automotive industry. The latest automaker to be in the spotlight is Nissan who is being accused for cheating on emission tests with their diesel engines, specifically the one in their Qashqai compact crossover.

The Environment Ministry of South Korea found discrepancies in testing and real world emission data in the Qashqai after submitting over 20 different automobiles through rigorous testing. So far Nissan has denied any wrongdoing on their part and states that their Qashqai conforms to all emission regulations under Korean law.

A stop sale has been issued to Nissan in South Korea on the Qashqai and the company has been issued a $280,000 fine for the cheating. South Korean officials are also looking to charge South Korea Nissan CEO with violating the emission regulations.


Drug Fire Kills Dogs and Skylines

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A few days ago, we brought you news on marijuana’s danger to drivers. Today, we bring you news on marijuana’s danger to cars.

Not too long ago we reported on a fire at International Vehicle Importers which unfortunately claimed the lives of their two shop dogs and a whole host of JDM imports which the company specializes in importing into Southern California. At the time of the fire, the cause was unknown, but now a building adjacent to IVI has been identified as the source of the fire.

That particular building was also housing a pot-growing operation which was just setting up shop. According to Sean Morris, owner of IVI, he noticed heavy traffic moving in and out all day before the fire, so he suspects that the grow-op overloaded the buildings power breakers which started the fire.

International Vehicle Importers is known for importing rare Japan only vehicles into the US. This includes several Nissan Skyline GT-Rs, Toyota Soarers, and Mazda Cosmos.


Mitsubishi to Sell 30% to Nissan

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Mitsubishi has found itself in a lot of trouble lately for their fuel economy numbers scandal. Based on preliminary investigations, it looks as though the number of models impacted by the scandal might be larger than expected. This is certainly doing nothing good for the company’s branding or their stocks.

Reports coming out of Japan’s Nikkei is stating that the top buyer for those Mitsubishi shares is Nissan. If the deal goes through, which looks very promising as the deal is rumored to be in the very late phases, Nissan will not only own 30% of Mitsubishi, it will also become the largest share holder.

The 30% shares is expected to give Mitsubishi a solid $1.84 billion bump in capital which will help them out significantly considering the financial hit they are taking on the stock market. The company, in the grand scheme is still fairing alright through their scandal turmoil.


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.


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