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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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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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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

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Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa Comparison – The New Big 3's Little 3.

Monday January 26th, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

Honda Fit - Nissan Versa - Toyota Yaris

By Kurt Gensheimer

Whether or not you’ve grown up as a car buff, unless you’re a troglodyte who still walks barefoot from point A to point B, you’re probably familiar with who “The Big 3″ automakers comprise. And if you’ve watched any of the executive groveling before our esteemed panel of D.C. dunderheads we call our “leaders”, then you’re absolutely familiar with The Big 3. However in the aftermath of Toyota’s recent ascension past GM to become the number #1 selling automotive brand in the world – in addition to its involvement in NASCAR and multiple American manufacturing plants – the old Big 3 moniker may need revision to include Toyota.

And who would be “The Other 2″? Honda and Nissan seem to fit the role quite well, with similarly expanding market share and multiple U.S.-based factories. Yes, it seems that when people nowadays refer to “The Big 3″, there needs to be some level of clarification – New School or Old School?

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820 Hp Turbo Upgrade For Nissan GT-R From South Side Performance

Thursday January 22nd, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: tonyb

south side performance turboIn the land of aftermarket “tuning” there’s no such word as excessive.

Or so it would seem when it comes to South Side Performance and their 820 hp turbo upgrade for Nissan GT-R. Obviously what the GT-R lacks is power, right?

The tuning firm, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, of all places, is offering a set of upgraded stock turbochargers for the GT-R that could boost output to 820 hp when used with other unspecified performance mods.

The technical details go like this: You swap out the stock turbos’ center section with a remachined compressor and turbine housings, (sized 68mm and 53.8mm, respectively, in case your interested). The aluminum compressor wheel is good for up to 32 psi of boost. Yikes! Counterintuitively, the swap appears to be a simple bolt-on affair since the basic hardware is the same. South Side Performance says the turbos make more power at stock boost levels and provide a linear power band throughout the rev range. Right. Color me skeptical, but I’m betting the throttle response is like a light switch.

If you’re interested and have $6,499 for the upgrade, you can get the GTR820RR kit from GT-RR.com who distributes the kits for South Side. Owners can send their stock turbos for the upgrade, and the approximate turnaround time of one week.

Best of luck explaining this to your wife, your judge and/or your insurance rep.

Source: AutoBlog

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