Amgen Tour of California Official Support Vehicles Sponsored by Nissan

Thursday May 13th, 2010 at 8:55 AM
Posted by: Derek

Team RadioShack Support Car, Nissan Qashqai 2The Amgen Tour of California will be hitting our streets starting Sunday, May 16 and with the Tour comes a full entourage of support vehicles that provide support for the race and teams. Nissan announced today that it will serve as the official vehicle of the Amgen Tour of California. In addition to the more than 40 support vehicles provided for this week-long event, Nissan is also the official team car for Team Radio Shack – the elite cycling team led by seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and three-time defending Amgen Tour of California champion Levi Leipheimer.

The largest cycling event in America, the 2010 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 16-23. The world-class roster of teams and cyclists includes 16 internationally sanctioned teams comprised of 127 riders from 23 countries.

CarReview’s network brother, RoadBikeReview has full race coverage which you can follow every day by visiting http://reviews.roadbikereview.com/blog/category/Tour-of-California/

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Team RadioShack European team car, the Nissan Qashqai 2

Photo credit: Glen Kasin

Copy of the official press release from Nissan follows after the jump

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2010 Nissan Altima Coupe Review – Sedan Minus Two Doors = FUN

Wednesday May 12th, 2010 at 10:55 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2010 Nissan Altima Coupe
>> Review by Michael D. Leroy | >> Photographs by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • The Infiniti-like redesign is sporty and aggressive looking
  • CVT is smooth and non-intrusive
  • Great iPod integration with Premium package
  • Interior conveniences: large glove box and hidden front seat storage are nice

Cons:

  • Base 4-cylinder could use more oomph
  • Small trunk
  • HVAC and other controls look dated
  • Suspension could be more sporty

Let’s face it, sedans can often have quite sedentary and dull looks. Nissan must understand this, because the 2010 Altima Coupe is far more exciting to look at than its larger, 4-door laden, sister. Some people just like the look of two doors better. For those that cry foul at four doors, you are in luck. The 2010 model has undergone a refresh this year and is much improved.

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Nissan Juke – The first crossover / crossover / crossover / crossover

Wednesday March 3rd, 2010 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: asgruben

Nissan-Juke-European-Model-300x200By Adrienne Gruben

No one talks about how ugly Shrek is anymore – it’s so beyond that – so hopefully people will stop wondering, like they’ve been doing a lot lately, whether the Nissan Juke is too funny-looking to develop a following. I guess when the Juke – introduced at last year’s Geneva Motor Show as the Qazana concept car, and this year as the Juke proper – goes on sale in the US this Fall, we’ll find out once and for all if people like its big ole’ (inverted) headlamps and wheel arches, and its futuristic Day Light Opening shape, or not.

Now, I still gotta give Nissan a “Ya think?” regarding their assertion at today’s press conference that the Juke “will stretch the boundaries of what ‘crossover’ means.” Nissan let us know that the Juke borrows its toughness from Nissan’s family of SUVs, but its “driving pleasure…stylish good looks…and 1.6 liter, turbo-charged, direct-injection engine” from the sports side of the family. There is also a meager resemblance to the sedan side, and it seems that while they were pregnant with the Juke, they kept whispering onto Mommy’s tummy the word “small.” Promptly confusing that smallness is the Juke’s 5 seat cabin and the fact that in sitting high over traffic, you feel bigger than you are; wait, maybe that means you are small, or medium? What?

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New Cars On the Horizon for 2010

Friday January 15th, 2010 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

Lotus EvoraBy Greg Gaillard

If 2009 was a year of uncertainty, manufacturers’ products certainly didn’t show it. Buyers were able to choose from two new class-leading hybrids, a couple of new pony cars and several other creative designs that all pushed the boundaries of their respective segments. Despite the economic downturn with accompanied scrambling for solvency, the trend toward smarter, efficient cars took root and stood firm.

The list below includes exciting new products scheduled for production during calendar year 2010. From the buyer’s perspective many will be worth the wait as they represent new thinking and technology that are expected to carry manufacturers through the industry’s transition to Electric Vehicles (EV) as well as new form factors that suit today’s economy and lifestyle. If 2009′s LA Auto Show is any indication of what to expect in 2010, the trend toward efficiency and driver involvement will continue. And in some cases manufacturers are counting on strong sales to justify new partnerships and changes to old-school business practices. Even more than 2009, 2010 will focus on product first and provide consumers with several choices worth waiting for.

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First Impressions: Nissan Leaf EV Concept

Friday December 4th, 2009 at 9:1212 AM
Posted by: Derek

Nissan Leaf EV test mule
By Derek Mau

We received an invitation to take quick spin in Nissan’s new zero-emission electric vehicle (EV), the Nissan Leaf. Want to know what it Nissan is doing towards moving us away from fossil-fuel burning cars? Read on and I’ll fill you in on some of the details.

Nissan is ready to introduce one of the first 100% electric vehicles produced by a major carmaker in late 2010. The Nissan Leaf is a sub-compact, 5 passenger car that is driven solely by an electric motor powered by a Lithium-ion battery stack. The electric motor cranks out 80kW and 280 Nm of torque. The stack of Li-ion batteries, comprised of 48 modules, has a capacity of 24kW and produces over 90kW of power. For comparison purposes, the gas and electric motors of the 2010 Prius have a combined power output of 100kW (134 hp).

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

New Year 2009-2010 SignpostContributing editors: Greg Gaillard, Alex Kramer, Kurt Gensheimer, Derek Mau

Despite 2008′s desperate measures to help auto manufacturers hold on to business as usual, 2009 brought only radical change leaving many old business practices and brands behind.

We have been spectators in this year of turmoil and watched the industry struggle to reinvent itself.  Two of The Big Three went bankrupt; one emerged with a global partner, the other became lean and focused.  Diesels are now faster than their gasoline counterparts. Nine out of ten EPA mpg champs are hybrids. VW bought Porsche while Porsche was buying VW.  Overall sales were millions of units short of expectations. Manufacturers now pin their hopes on the Chinese market, while Americans pray that the Volt is half as good as it needs to be. Somehow, during all of this turmoil Kia became cool.  What was once unthinkable has happened.

Amidst the mayhem consumer conservatism has redefined value to mean more than MSRP, monthly payments and residuals. Cars had better be good at what they do or people won’t buy them. The industry must meet the new expectation of great cars and real innovation. Tricky marketing and trend analysis will not build the product portfolios of the future.

While the industry was being shaken to its core, 2009 was a banner year for new technologies and remarkable products.  Read on to find out which cars persevered as CarReview’s best choices of 2009

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2010 Nissan Rogue SUV Krom Special Edition

Friday October 30th, 2009 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Following on the heels of the Cube Krom, Nissan has decided to release a Rogue SUV Krom Special Edition version of its 2010 Rogue SUV. The factory-prepped Cube Krom, that came out earlier this year, was enough of a hit for Nissan to justify the presentation of a similar special edition version of its Rogue crossover. Going on sale at Nissan’s U.S. dealers in December 2009, the upcoming Rogue Krom will feature a host of cosmetic upgrades such as a unique grille treatment and a new front bumper with fancy side air-inlets. It will also get 17-inch brilliant finish alloy wheels with P225/60R Continental 4×4 Contact tires and a new rear bumper that has been restyled with integrated center-exit twin tail pipes.

Other goodies include a body-colored rear spoiler and exterior mirrors. Nissan has tinted windows and added Krom emblems as well as installing steering wheel-mounted audio controls to complete the equipment modifications. The Krom Special Edition Rogue which is based on the ‘S’ trim model.

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Nissan Bringing Low-Cost, Micra-Based Model To The US

Wednesday October 21st, 2009 at 11:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Nissan Micra

Small car lovers and cheap skates rejoice! Nissan is planning to make a new model, based on the much-loved Micra, and bring it to the good ol’ U. S. of A. The Micra is this car that’s like Nissan’s bread and butter everywhere BUT America. Nissan cranks them out the way McDonald’s makes burgers, and they seem to be very practical, yet Spartan rides. Cheap too.

Nissan made it official that the automaker is going to add a new, entry-level model to its US lineup as a competitor to the Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta. The as yet unnamed car will be based on the next generation Micra, also known as Nissan’s “V-platform”. It will be a hatchback (of course) but there’s also word of two additional models coming along, a four-door sedan and a multipurpose vehicle.

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Woodstock and Nissan Z Celebrate Their 40th Anniversary

Friday October 16th, 2009 at 1:1010 PM
Posted by: asgruben

Datsun 280ZX 10th AnniversaryBy Adrienne Gruben

Why was the mid-80′s 280ZX such a great makeout car? What was it that distinguished it? Even with the stick shift in the way and the non-existent backseat there was something about it. That theory requires some reflection because Nissan is celebrating the Z’s 40th year with the release of a 370Z Anniversary coupe.

First conceived in 1969 as the Datsun 240Z, it was the first affordable two-seater with sports car performance for the everyman and the comparisons with the Porsche 924 and RX7 were myriad. Then came the add-ons and it began to cater to folks wanting a GT cruiser and while its fans were varied, enthusiasts included chicks blasting Def Leppard and cool Dads seeking a little more reliability.

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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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