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

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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

Pros

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

Cons

  • 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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2009 Nissan Altima Review – A young attitude with a mature demeanor

Wednesday April 8th, 2009 at 10:44 AM
Posted by: mash

2009 Nissan Altima Coupe

Review by Mary-Ellen Ash | Photos by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • Good suspension and steering = smooth handling
  • Very spacious interior for driver and passengers
  • Well insulated cabin keeps out the engine and road noise
  • Convenient cup and bottle holders
  • Nissan Intelligent Key system
  • Good fuel economy with the 4-cylinder engine

Cons:

  • Small trunk space
  • Slow acceleration with 4-cylinder engine
  • Hard to drop rear seats
  • Nasty blind spots

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Nissan’s Cube Gets Pricing Info

Friday February 27th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Nissan Cube

The Cube, Nissan’s answer to Toyota’s Scion xB, has finally gotten some pricing information. The imaginatively named Cube will start at just under 15 grand, which is plenty cheap, and seems like a direct financial bull’s-eye for the target market.

The Cube, which is expected to reach US showrooms by early May, and come in an assortment of trim levels.

They will all be front-wheel drive, and share the same 1.8 liter, 122hp engine. The base model, using a 1.8 liter mill, starts at $13,990, a 6-speed manual is its only tranny option. The 1.8S comes in at $14,690, also with the 6-speed, but a CVT transmission is an option. The 1.8SL, at $16,790, and Krom, at $19,360, are only available with the CVT. The Krom, by the way is pronounced like the word “chrome”

Available niceties on the Cube include Nissan’s Intelligent Key system with push button ignition, Bluetooth, audio from Rockford Fosgate, XM Radio and an iPod interface. There will be 40 individual accessories to personalize your Cube, similar to what Scion puts forward to its buyers.

Source: The Garage Blog

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2009 Nissan Xterra – First Impressions

Wednesday February 11th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: mash

2009 Nissan Xterra
By Mary-Ellen

Pros:

  • Perfect for weekend warriors – snow, trail, and anything in between.
  • Massive and rugged cargo space
  • High vantage point while driving
  • No awkward blind-spots
  • Respectable 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway
  • Sturdy utility hooks on seats and ceiling

Cons:

  • Rigid and rough on road driving – drives like a truck
  • Sluggish handling

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Dodge Hornet May Still Be Alive

Tuesday February 3rd, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Dodge Hornet conceptHey, remember the Dodge Hornet? It was this smallish, hot-hatch design that Chrysler said was going to be a serious player in the small car/fun to drive category?

Yeah, that guy. Anyway, when the financial stuff hit the fan a few months back, and Chrysler went from looking shaky to bad to worse, the Dodge Hornet was mentioned as being one of the programs destined for the “never-was” file.

Well, turns out that all is not lost, and the Hornet might be back on the production schedule.

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