Nissan Z Turns 40

Friday October 16th, 2009 at 9:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition

Wow, forty years? Has it really been that long since Nissan (then Datsun) rolled out the Z Car? Indeed it has, and as you would expect, they have a special anniversary edition to help celebrate. Through the years, the Z has seen as many twists and turns as a mountain road. It started out as a pretty good, if spare sportscar. In between now and then, it would get fatter then skinnier; more luxurious and more of a boulevardier; from straight to vee engines, with and without turbos.

So we are, forty years on, we’re still here, cars are still here, and the Nissan Z is still here. What does the 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition have to offer?

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2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid Pricing Announced

Friday October 2nd, 2009 at 8:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2010 Nissan Altima Coupe

The 2010 Nissan Altima hybrid, which goes on sale this coming Monday, will have an MSRP of $26,780. This is the fourth generation Altima, and apart from the hybrid drivetrain, it is only slightly tweaked from last year’s model. Speaking of drivetrains, the 2010 Altima will use a 2.5 liter four-cylinder with and electronically-controlled CVT tranny that cranks out 198 hp. Nissan says the new Altima hybrid will get an estimated EPA rating of 35 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Curiously, these figures aren’t all that much different form the 2009 model. Although the 09 also had a 2.5 liter inline four engine, it only put out 158 HP, and the fuel economy numbers of 35/33 city/hwy mpg were identical.

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Avus Performance Builds A Nissan GT-R For Bruce Wayne

Thursday September 24th, 2009 at 6:99 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Avus Performance Nissan GT-R

The German tuning firms continue to crank out the modified specials, although in the case of Avus Performance, the choice of rides is a little different. They’ve decided to have a crack at Nissan’s GT-R, a car much beloved by import tuner/Fast and Furious crowd. The end results somehow make the GT-R, a car that seems massive and hulking as it sits in stock configuration even more weighty and bulky.

Sure, a lot of that has to do with the matte black paint scheme, a shade which has been all the rage for quite a while now, and first seemed to pop up in Europe. I’m not saying that it doesn’t have a certain look to it, but for starters I think calling it “matte black”, or even worse “satin” is sort of pretentious. It’s primer black. Yeah, it does lend a hot rod feel to your car, but it also seems like a lot of time trouble and money to go through to make your car look like you still have to finish the paint job.

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2009 Nissan Cube Review: Autobots, the Allspark has been located!

Monday August 17th, 2009 at 8:88 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2009 Nissan Cube
>> Review by Danny Chang | >> Photographs by Derek Mau


  • Love-it-or-hate-it looks
  • Massive headroom
  • Uncontrollable urge to pretend you’re 18


  • Love-it-or-hate-it looks
  • Failure to impress young ladies
  • Uncontrollable urge to pretend you’re 18

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Nissan Leaf Reveal Video

Tuesday August 4th, 2009 at 7:88 AM
Posted by: Derek

Zero Emission logoNissan Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled Nissan LEAF, the world’s first affordable, zero-emission car.  Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a range of more than 100 miles (160km) to satisfy real-world consumer requirements. Slated for launch in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe, Nissan LEAF ushers in a new era of mobility – the zero-emission era.

“Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment – one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride,” said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn.  “We have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality –  the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero – not simply reduced – emissions.  It’s the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey – for people all over the world, for Nissan and for the industry.”

Video of the Nissan Leaf reveal event after the jump.

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Nissan Might Make Batteries & EVs In U.S.

Monday July 20th, 2009 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Nissan Altima Hybrid

Now that it seems every car maker from Mercedes on down is going to be getting into the hybrid or electric vehicle business, word is starting to filter out about not just the “whys” but more importantly, the “wheres” concerning production of the new generation of cars. The good news for autoworkers that might be looking for jobs, is that Nissan is rumored to be considering a battery or EV facility here in America.

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VIDEO: Nissan GT-R's Record Lap Time At The Nürburgring

Wednesday July 15th, 2009 at 8:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Nissan GT-R

Two good things meant to go together: Nissan’s highly impressive GT-R and Germany’s even more impressive Nürburgring Nordschleife. It would seem that Nissan have bested their own lap record, and we have the video to prove it, after the jump.

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2009 Nissan 370Z Review – Z be nimble, Z be quick…

Friday June 12th, 2009 at 7:66 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2009 Nissan 370Z
>> Review by Holly Roberts. | >> Photographs by Derek Mau


  • Stiff, sports-car suspension
  • Blazing acceleration
  • Seriously comfortable seats
  • Excellent handling ability
  • Simple, clean interior (not a lot of bells and whistles)


  • Stiff, sports-car suspension (seemed to have been tuned for the track, because it barely budged)
  • Blind spots that you could miss a bus in
  • Not much more room inside for anything but an extra passenger, a purse and a briefcase in the back

Ruling: Z can spin doughnuts around a candlestick!  Heck, who needs a candlestick, let’s DRIVE!!!!

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2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV Review – the original 4-door sports car continues to deliver

Tuesday May 19th, 2009 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

By Danny Chang


  • Power
  • Lots of amenities and luxury features
  • Roominess
  • Weird styling


  • Weak MPG
  • Complex navigation system
  • Light steering
  • Weird styling

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The Mother of All Cars

Sunday May 10th, 2009 at 2:55 AM
Posted by: asgruben

By Adrienne Gruben

Flipping channels, I stopped on a cop show rerun – a police pursuit of a young couple running lights, hopping curbs and then screeching to a stop in front of an ER. The wife spilled onto the sidewalk…and delivered a baby. Awwww. Ok, they were drug dealers, but it got me thinking about Moms and the cars that drove them to give birth. Since it is Mother’s Day, I decided to poke around for stories of Moms, newborns and the cars they rode in on.

1959 Cadillac Sedan de Ville finsCadillac
In a Boston suburb in 1962, Mrs. Castignetti went into labor with child number five, and she knew she had to act fast.  A four-time Mom’s labor can be short, so the Castignettis jumped into their 1959 silver Cadillac Sedan Deville and took off. With HP and weight comparable to, say, today’s Nissan Titan, the 1959 Sedan Deville was part of an elite club of GM luxury cars from an era where a spectacular bottle of Bordeaux would be called “the cadillac of wines”.  But it wasn’t just glamorous, it was wild. How Stuff Works wrote, “What can’t be disputed is that the 1959 Cadillacs, defined by those saber-edged fins and projectile taillamps, are among the most evocative objects of the 20th Century. What precisely they evoke is open to interpretation, and that’s part of the magic.” So it should surprise no one that of the 16 newborns at the hospital, the youngest Castignetti really stood out. Through the maternity window, amidst a sea of only pink blankets, Albert Castignetti slept right in the middle, wrapped in blue. An early standout, Albert Castignetti eventually became Vice President and General Manager of the Nissan Division, maker of, among other vehicles, the Titan.

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