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Nissan Juke Nismo RS UK Order Books Open


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Is it a hot hatch? Is it a sporty crossover? These are the questions UK buyers will be asking themselves when they lay eyes on the £21,995 price tag for the new Nissan Juke Nismo RS.

Nissan Says its Leaf Converted Half of UK Adopters to Keep Buying EVs


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The popularity of the Nissan Leaf is undeniable, as is the fact that Elon Musk was right in saying it’s okay but doesn’t do anything in particular very well. Even so, it’s good enough to impress people and now Nissan says it’s actually converting buyers into EV fans.

2017 Nissan Silvia Based On IDx Rumored To Rival Scion FR-S


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Nissan is allegedly reintroducing the iconic Silvia sports car to rival the Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ triplets, says an unofficial source (read: unreliable source). According to Motoring.com, the new Nissan Silvia will be based on the Nissan IDx concept and is slated for a late 2017 release.

Nissan Recalls 470,000 Vehicles Globally for Possible Fuel Leaks


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Nissan announced that it is issuing a worldwide recall for around 470,000 cars and SUVs over possible fuel leaks. The recall affects Nissan and Infiniti vehicles from 2012 to 2015 model years with direct injection engines.

Nissan Starts Building X-Trail SUVs in Russia, Qashqai to Follow


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While economic sanctions continue to affect the Russian economy, scaring off some automakers, companies that rely heavily on the local car market continue to invest there.

The Nissan 'Taxi Of Tomorrow' Isn't The Taxi Of Today, Yet


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Proclaimed as the "Taxi Of Tomorrow," the Nissan NV200 New York City Taxi has been slow to get off the ground since it was launched last year into a wave of disputes and backlash.

All-New 2016 Nissan Titan Video Teaser Shows 5.0-liter V8 Diesel


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We get it Nissan – you plan to debut the second-gen Titan truck at the Detroit motor show and it's going to have a new Cummins-built 5.0-liter V8 turbodiesel.

Does a Nissan 240SX Work With a Swapped LS3? Oh Yes, Quite!


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If the only way you see a 240SX is with its standard engine or at least something also coming from a Nissan swapped under the bonnet, then you will not like the car built in the video posted here.

CR Finds 2015 Nissan Murano Luxurious, Striking to Behold but Not Perfect


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The 2015 Nissan Murano is a big departure, even judged by the striking (and slightly odd) standards of its predecessor. Now brings a bit of Juke styling to the table, plus even more luxury than before and a clear emphasis on design over practicality.

Nissan Won’t Join Fuel-Cell “Rush”, Still Counts on EV Expansion


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Last month, Toyota announced its Mirai fuel-cell car, which is scheduled to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2015. It will be available with a base price of US$57,500 (before federal and/or state incentives) or a 36 month lease, with US$4,649 up front and a US$499 monthly payment.

Renault-Nissan Alliance Sold 200,000 EVs Worldwide


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The Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced it has sold 200,000 electric vehicles worldwide, with the group’s market share for zero-emission cars reaching 58 percent.

Next Nissan Leaf Will Double Current Model’s Range


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Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Nissan, recently announced that the next Leaf EV would get newly developed batteries that are reportedly going to double its range. He made the statement on Japanese TV, but there seem to be no records of that, only this article by Tokyo-based Daily Kanban.

Nissan to Offer Several Engine Choices for 370Z Replacement


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Nissan’s replacement for the 370Z will no longer be a V6-only model. The automaker is looking to make the new sports car have wider appeal and for that they’ll need lower capacity engines.

However, at the same time, it was the 3.7-liter V6 that made it popular in North America, an important market so the obvious answer is offering multiple engine options.

Nissan Pranks People by Spilling Paint on its “Self-Cleaning” Leaf [w/Video]


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Remember Nissan’s “self-cleaning” Leaf? The Japanese automaker thought it could present the self-cleaning nano-paint technology in a funny way so it has released an online video showcasing the paint’s qualities.

Apparently Nismo Would Like to Tune the Nissan Navara Pickup


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We knew that Nismo is rapidly expanding its lineup to cover most of Nissan’s production vehicles, but we didn’t see the Navara pickup as one of the models in need of a performance version.

Future Cars: Nissan’s New 2016 Maxima from Concept to Reality


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When Nissan revealed its stunning Sports Sedan Concept back at the 2014 Detroit Show, I was genuinely intrigued with where the Japanese brand was heading in terms of corporate design language.

The 2015 Murano CUV was one of Nissan’s first models to showcase a change in styling direction, and news of the next Maxima adopting this new corporate aesthetic sounded tantalizingly promising. Finally, a carmaker with the plums to stand out from a sea of beige FWD large sedans.

With that in mind it was decided to remove the horrible tape, cladding and camouflage of those spy-shot caught test mules and digitally reveal the Maxima of 2015.

Brash New Design:

Comparing old with new, one will immediately notice its sleek, avant-garde styling. While the outgoing ‘max’ was never really a bad looker, its Volvo-like grille and awkward headlights could have been better resolved.

For 2016, the look is much more dramatic at the front end; with redesigned boomerang headlights, ‘V-shaped’ grille and air intakes. Much of the show-car’s character lines starting from the fenders leading into the doors have made production, as has the floating roof.

On The Inside:

Whilst many of the Sports Sedan Concept’s elements have made production, the overall proportions are less coupe-like in exchange for better interior packaging.

Cue better rear head and legroom with an overall ambience of improved perceived quality, materials and switchgear. Along with a raft of technical goodies to be best in class, one can only hope the fresh exterior theme is mimicked on the inside.

What Could Drive It:

Powertrain options should follow on from the MY2014’s; so cue a 3.5-liter V6, mated to an Xtronic CVT for optimum fuel economy…and not much else. Sadly, power will still be fed to the front wheels, however expect Nissan to tweak suspension geometry for an more engaging driving experience.

There also has been rumor of the Pathfinder’s hybrid system making an appearance. This setup would combine an supercharged 2.5-liter, four-cylinder petrol with an electric motor for an output of 250 horsepower plus.

Market Positioning:

Nissan potentially has a major advantage compared to the opposition; the larger sedan market is not the healthiest, with opponents merely making do with staid redesigns and little boundary-pushing. The 2016MY Maxima could carve out an niche, with stunning sports-car inspired styling that breaks from tradition.

Competitors such as Toyota’s Avalon, Hyundai Azera, Ford Taurus and Buick LaCrosse aren’t exactly the most inspirational sedans out there. Sure, they’re roomy, however they’re more for those whom prioritize golf clubs and cigars than carving up mountain roads. This is Nissan’s opportunity to pounce and lure people back to the sedan segment.

A full reveal is expected early next year, before it goes on sale in the third or fourth quarter of 2015.

Tell us your thoughts in the discussion area below.

By Josh Byrnes

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Nissan's "Truckumentary" Web Series Tells the Story of All-New Titan


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Nissan is preparing for the launch of the all-new Titan pickup truck, scheduled to debut at the Detroit Auto Show early next year, with a series of short videos under the “Nissan Titan Truckumentary” banner.

Nissan GT-R Gets 45th Anniversary Edition in Japan [w/Video]


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After the United States and Europe, the new Nissan GT-R has finally gone on sale in Japan as well, with the automaker also launching a limited edition model exclusively for its home market.

Nissan Unveils Restored 1996 Maxima V6 it Bought from Craigslist [w/Videos]


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Remember when Nissan announced it would buy a 1996 Maxima V6 whose owner advertised it in a funny video on Craigslist?

Nissan Announces US Pricing for 2015 Juke and Juke NISMO RS


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While the revamped Juke made its international debut last March at Geneva, it was launched in the US just now, at the LA Auto Show, and will be available at dealers with a starting price of US$20,250*.