July 13th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham
The base model X-Trail was the ride of choice for a jaunt from Auckland to Pirongia Mountain on a beautiful winter’s Saturday. An X-Trail is a good starting point for any kind of road trip because this mid-sized SUV is one of the most versatile in terms of boot storage.
The flat boot floor conceals a drawer and cubby hole into which you can place items that might normally roll around in the boot; it also allows you to conceal items out of view. On the right of the boot there’s another small receptacle with a lid, too.
Its practical interior is enabled by a practical exterior. If you took a Continue reading “Nissan X-Trail Wagon 2012 Review” »
June 2nd, 2012 by Darren Cottingham
Taking it to the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 is a bit of a daunting task so Nissan has upped the power stakes. How’s 23 more kW and 80 more Nm of torque? The ST-X 550 (for the 550Nm of torque) is fast for a ute – it’s no HSV Maloo, but a Maloo isn’t a proper off-roader with 4WD low range. All this power would be fine, but it also rides like a ute on its leaf springs and the traction control light is a frenzy of activity in the wet as it tames the 170kW.
The Nissan tips the scales at over 2177kg and you can feel it in the corners. The steering is heavy and it leans into any change of direction. Chuck another 833kg in the tray and hook up 3000kg (as long as it’s a braked trailer) and you’ve got six tonnes to deal with. And that’s where you’ll need Continue reading “Nissan Navara ST-X 550 2012 Review” »
May 21st, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo
Nissan New Zealand today announced its zero emission electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, would go on sale in July priced at $69,600.
In revealing the Recommended Retail Price, Nissan New Zealand Managing Director, John Manley said the LEAF family hatch was priced to deliver Nissan leadership in this fast developing zero emissions segment and offered true, premium car value with 21st century technology that would change the personal mobility landscape.
“Last year New Zealand achieved nearly 80% of electricity generation from renewable means, the third highest of all OECD countries.
With a Government target of 90 per cent of electricity generation to be from renewable sources by 2025 New Zealand provides an ideal environment for widespread utilisation of electric vehicles.”
Nissan has sold more than 20,000 LEAFs in its first year, which has already made it the highest-selling electric car in the history of the car industry. It has also garnered the highest critical acclaim; in the form of World Car of the Year, European Car of the Year and Japanese Car of the Year; the Nissan LEAF is now opening up new motoring alternatives across the Globe.
“With a range of up to 160kms on a single battery charge, the LEAF is expected to find favour early on in New Zealand’s fleets, as they seek sustainable transport solutions, and later with private customers who are interested in a zero tailpipe emission car ownership experience coupled with freedom from petrol service stations.” Manley said.
Nissan New Zealand is currently finalising plans for an EV dealer network concentrating sales points at key urban locations. These locations will be advised next month.
“Nissan dealers will be at the forefront of automotive generational change when LEAF arrives in their showrooms in July,” said Manley.
April 24th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham
For a car that’s a shade under $34,000 I was surprised at just how solidly built the Nissan Juke feels to drive. But then, I shouldn’t be surprised: look at it. You could stick an M16 machine gun on the top, paint it in camo and it wouldn’t look out of place as a military rapid response vehicle.
Nissan says it’s a cross between a sports car and an SUV. This is not true – there’s nothing much sporty about 86kW and 158Nm of torque and it is slow. However, it does drive very well, it’s not that thirsty for its size – 6.3l/100km on the combined cycle (I managed 6.7) – and there’s enough room for four adults and some light luggage.
In a market where some manufacturers produce boring-looking vehicles Nissan has (if you exclude the more conventional Tiida and Wingroad, and the corporate-styled Maxima) elected to create Continue reading “Nissan Juke Ti 2012 Review” »
November 11th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
The hard working crew at Nissan UK are pushing on with building the Juke-R prototype and have revealed their latest video.
Fitting the mechanical bits from Nissan’s GT-R supercar into the tiny Juke crossover has proved understandably tricky. But as seen in previous videos, the team has got the engine and drivetrain in place and it’s time to start re-fitting the interior.
Just throw in a couple of buckets and some gauges right? Nah it’s not that easy. With the large GT-R engine pushed back into what was the Juke’s cabin, the builder’s needed to rework almost everything to make sure the controls were accessible to whatever brave soul is going to pilot this unnatural beast.
To see how the Juke-R team got on watch the video below. Continue reading “Nissan Juke-R video build continues – interior fit out” »
November 10th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
The Tokyo Motor Show has become well known for having its share of wacky futuristic concepts and Nissan are making sure this reputation is upheld.
Nissan is taking its PIVO concept to the 2011 show in its third concept form. The first PIVO 1 was unveiled in 2005, the PIVO 2 in 2007 and now the PIVO 3.
The PIVO 3 is sticking to the same three-seat layout and central driving position as its predecessors but its styling has moved towards a more production-ready concept.
Francois Bancon, Nissan deputy divisional GM for product strategy, has said that Nissan is considering pushing ahead with the PIVO. “There is no decision to do this. We are now considering the next step of the EV after LEAF and Infiniti EV and an LCV EV. We are going to have many ways to propose to the market what seems radically different, it must be an EV signature [model], if you will.” Continue reading “Nissan PIVO 3 concept to debut at Tokyo Show” »
November 8th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Every year since the GT-R debuted in 2007, Nissan has made tweaks for each model year. In keeping with this tradition the latest Godzilla has just been revealed with more power and a couple of new tricks.
The new 2012 GT-R is set to officially debut later this month at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.
There’s no point looking for any styling differences because there are none with the main changes being mechanical. Power has been increased with the twin-turbocharged engine now producing 404kW and 632Nm of torque. Previous models made 390kW and 612Nm so the difference will be likely be enough to feel, just.
Nissan are also claiming that engine response and torque at mid- and low-speeds, and power at high revolutions, has also been significantly improved. Surprisingly there are also claims that fuel efficiency has been improved from the current models 11.8l/100km rating but new figures haven’t been released yet.
The power increase comes largely from improved intake efficiency. Air flow resistance, for example, has been reduced by adding an intake manifold fitted to the head of each unit and the use of special resin in the enlarged air intake duct for the intercooler. The intercooler and exhaust system have also received treatment. Continue reading “Nissan boosts power for 2012 model GT-R” »