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PostHeaderIcon Nissan LEAF NISMO RC

The new Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is as much a race car as it is a PR stunt. Yes, it builds on the experience Nissan gained by developing the first race-going Leaf only it doesn’t actually go racing anywhere. Nissan says six will be built and, with 327 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque on tap, it’s quite a beast but it’s not homologated for any series, and it will never be, so what is really the point?

The Nissan Leaf is without a shadow of a doubt the most successful EV car on the market today. Since its introduction in 2010, nearly 400,000 units have been sold worldwide and, as of October 2018, the U.S. is the Leaf’s biggest fan, buying over 126,000 examples in the first ten months of this year. It’s natural, then, to see Nissan partner with Nismo and create a new racing rendition of this eco-friendly compact car.

The first Leaf Nismo RC, that was unveiled back in 2011, looked like a big lump of fat. It was round in all areas and was about as aggressive as a pufferfish. With technology still in its infancy, the output wasn’t ground-shaking either: a little over 100 horsepower and about 200 pound-feet of torque. But it taught Nissan some important lessons about EVs and, so, we’ve expected a lot more from this new car, and we’ve got a whole lot more. There will also be more than one built but there’s still an issue: Nissan won’t enter the Leaf Nismo RC in any racing series since it doesn’t comply to any set of regulations in the world. It’s a test mule, which is a bit sad.

PostHeaderIcon Why Can’t the 2019 Nissan Leaf Look Like This Leaf Nismo RC?

In 2011, Nissan unveiled what was called the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC – an electric racer made of carbon fiber, with a propulsion system partially borrowed from the production Nissan Leaf and with exterior touches reminiscent of the Nissan electric car. Fast forward to this day, and we’re looking at a new Nissan Leaf Nismo RC. It looks better, it is much quicker, and only eight examples will be produced.

While some of the tech inside is clearly amazing, one has to wonder, why can’t the 2019 Nissan Leaf Look like this Leaf Nismo RC?

PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: I told you the Nissan Leaf Nismo will suck

Hello there! You’re probably asking yourselves where I’ve been lately. Well, it’s none of your business. But since you’re reading this, I just came here to tell you that I told you so! Oh, wait, that’s not very specific. I told you that the Nissan Leaf Nismo would suck. I did that in October 2017, when Nissan launched the concept car. Now it’s July 2018, and we have a production model that looks like the concept but sucks where it matters most.

PostHeaderIcon The Nissan Leaf Nismo Has Been Unveiled, But It May Leave You Disappointed

Nissan Leaf Nismo by X-Tomi Design

Since the introduction of the first Nissan Leaf, the automotive world has been quite eager to see what the Nissan performance division Nismo can do with the electric hatch. The race-ready Nismo Leaf RC was the first one to appear, but it was just too radical. Then, over the years, Nissan played around with some pseudo spirited versions never giving us a true Nismo Leaf. All that until October 25, 2017, when the Japanese company showcased the Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept.

Fast forward to today.

Nine months of the gestation period gave birth to a Leaf Nismo only available in Japan and wearing much the same attire as the concept version. Yet, I am far more interested in what Nismo did to that 147 horsepower drivetrain.

PostHeaderIcon A Roofless Nissan Leaf has Made Its Debut, and It’s Mesmerizingly Ugly

Some cars look good as convertibles. Take most of Mercedes’ lineup, for example. Cabrio models go a long way in expanding an automaker’s lineup and appeasing those that prefer living life with unlimited headroom. There are cars that have no business losing their roof, and while I should be talking about the T-Roc, I’m actually talking about the Leaf. Nissan decided to throw together a one-off concept of the Leaf feature, you guessed it, absolutely no roof. It’s also void of rear doors, and we’re not even sure that the rear hatch is functional anymore either.

PostHeaderIcon Nissan Prepares to Test Self-Driving Taxis In Japan in 2018

Another day, another development in the race to put autonomous driving technology on the road. The latest bit of news comes from Nissan, which announced plans to roll out an autonomous ride-sharing pilot program with tech partner DeNA. The public test will take place in the Minatomirai district in Yokohama, Japan.

“The program, called Easy Ride, is envisioned as a service that works similarly with the autonomous ride sharing programs Uber and Waymo are already doing”

The program, called Easy Ride, is envisioned as a service that works similarly with the autonomous ride sharing programs Uber and Waymo are already doing. But before diving into deep waters, Nissan and DeNA will take things slowly, beginning with a two-week test run that will take place between March 5 and 18, 2018. Modified Nissan Leaf electric cars will be used in the program. Nissan and DeNA have also created a dedicated website where volunteers can sign up to be part of the program.

Eventually, Nissan envisions the Easy Ride program to become a full-fledged service that will supplement the current transportation services we have today. Robo-Taxis will sit at the forefront of this program, all of which can be used by the general public. It’s not clear if Nissan plans to build unique models for these autonomous cars in the future, but given that the company is using modified Leafs for this trial run, it’s likely that the electric car will get the first shot at bringing the Easy Ride program to life.

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Nissan Leaf Nismo by X-Tomi Design

Introduced in 2010, the Nissan Leaf set many benchmarks in the electric car market and has become one of the most popular EVs out there. But, after seven years on the market, the Leaf got a bit long in the tooth, and with other companies having introduced more modern EVs in this niche, Nissan had no choice but to develop a second-generation model. Unveiled for the 2018 model year, the new Leaf is better in just about any department and it finally spawned a Nismo version.

Previewed by a concept unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the Leaf Nismo is heavily based on the show car. However, the Nismo isn’t the “higher power, longer range version at a higher price” promised by Nissan, as the upgrade is far from comprehensive under the skin. The EV was also launched in Japan only, and it doesn’t seem as if Nissan wants to sell it in Europe or the United States anytime soon. Information is still scarce, but until more data becomes available let’s have a closer look at what we already know about it.

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PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: Here’s Why the Nissan Leaf Nismo Will Suck

If you’ve been following me, you probably know that Nissan is my favorite brand. Yeah, I know, why can’t I be a normal person and worship brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini or Bugatti? Well, I’m not in the mood to write a piece on why I like Nissan, so I’ll explain it in a few simple sentences. I think that cars made by this brand come with a lot of bang for the buck, I love its latest design language, and the massive efforts it makes to keep all motorsport projects alive. I also think that the Maxima, Juke, and Murano are exotic vehicles in their respective niches and that almost every other car or crossover have what it takes to give the competition a run for its money.

But I admit that Nissan has its own flaws. For starters, both the 370Z and GT-R are getting a bit too long in the tooth, which leaves the brand without a solid sports car lineup. Second, the Rogue and Rogue Sport are too damn similar, and the $3,000 price difference between them has cannibalization written all over it. And third, I simply can’t forgive them for giving up on the GT-R LM Nismo project at Le Mans. Nissan just gave up too soon. Which brings me to today’s rant: why can’t Nissan build every Nismo the proper way, as in with a significantly more powerful engine than the standard model? More specifically, why in the hell is the Leaf Nismo Concept — and at the same time the upcoming production car — just a regular Leaf with a nicer appearance? It’s so frustrating!

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What’s Wrong with the Leaf Nismo Concept?


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“Nismo means more power and enhanced performance, and this is exactly what I can't find in this concept car”

I could say nothing because it has a cool, sporty exterior packed with Nismo-specific features. Seen from the outside, it says what a proper Nismo should say: “I look cool, and I’m faster, more powerful than my standard sibling.” The interior isn’t bad either with all that contrast stitching and the sportier seats. I could spend hours in that cabin with a big smile on my face every day. But it all becomes disappointing under the hood, where the Leaf Nismo Concept is just a regular Leaf.

Am I being picky here? Some would say yes because the new Leaf is significantly more powerful than the outgoing model, it has a better range, and it has many new features that make it more exciting to drive. But, I’m not. Nismo means more horsepower and enhanced performance by tradition, and this is exactly what I can’t find in this concept car.

Why Is This a Problem?


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“A production Leaf Nismo with the same specs as the standard Leaf wouldn't do much to help Nissan in the current EV market”

For starters, I’m pretty certain that the production Leaf Nismo will be 99-percent identical to the concept car. Just look at it, it’s basically ready to go on the production line. The design add-ons are similar to those seen on production Nismo models, and those interior updates are definitely doable, simply because they aren’t such a big deal. And, the drivetrain… well, the drivetrain is already in production and a revised suspension isn’t something that Nissan and Nismo couldn’t develop immediately.

The big issue is that a production Leaf Nismo with the same specs as the standard Leaf wouldn’t do much to help Nissan in the current EV market. Sure, some would pay the premium to get that sexy exterior so sales wouldn’t be bad, but the issue here is that Nissan actually needs a more powerful version of the Leaf. With an output of 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet, the standard Leaf falls behind the Chevrolet Bolt (200 horsepower, 266 pound-feet) and it will probably do the same compared to the upcoming Tesla Model 3. The same happens in the range department, with the Leaf being able to deliver 150 miles, whereas both the Bolt and Model 3 are returning in excess of 200 miles.

A proper Leaf Nismo version would reduce that deficit — and maybe even deliver matching performance — but for some reason, Nissan doesn’t want that yet…

It Already Happened


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Sadly, the Leaf Nismo won’t be the first Nismo to lack proper engine/motor upgrades. While the GT-R and Juke received notable drivetrain updates with the Nismo badge, cars like the Sentra, Patrol, Note, and Micra didn’t. And don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Nismo as an appearance and suspension package, but it’s been a while since Nissan launched a proper Nismo car with a noteworthy engine under the hood.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept.

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The Nissan Leaf has been around since 2010, and it’s already one of the most popular all-electric vehicles on the road. The Japanese compact has been declared the best-selling EV in both 2013 and 2014 and sales have already surpassed 250,000 units as of 2017. On top of that, it has won numerous awards globally. Come 2017, and Nissan has launched the second-generation Leaf, a significantly improved vehicle that’s not only more appealing to look at, but also a better competitor to brand-new EVs like the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3. And it seems that the second-gen Leaf may finally spawn a Nismo version. Or at least this is what the Leaf Nismo Concept that was built for the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show suggests.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed for production, the Leaf Nismo Concept seems ready to hit the assembly line, as every new feature it received is inspired by previous Nismo cars. As usual, it has a sportier exterior, while the interior is highlighted by contrast stitching and the Nismo-specific red trim. The drivetrain has also been upgraded with a new, sporty suspension and revised ECU. On the other hand, both the electric motor and the battery are as standard as they get, which raises some concern as to whether or not the production version of the Leaf Nismo will be an authentic Nismo vehicle or just an annoying visual package. But, let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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Exterior


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“One quick look at this concept is enough to notice that this EV received the full Nismo treatment”

One quick look at this concept is enough to notice that this EV received the full Nismo treatment. Sure, it still has the standard headlamps, hood, and clear blue 3D mesh pattern that looks as if crystals were frozen behind a transparent plastic lens instead of a traditional grille, but everything below is decidedly sportier.

The daytime running lights sit higher in the fascia, are thinner, and feature LED technology. They’re embedded into black covers with honeycomb patterns, which in turn are integrated into the deeply sculpted creases that mimic large intakes seen on gasoline-powered sports cars. The apron was also redesigned and now includes an aggressive splitter painted in red, the norm for Nismo-made vehicles. The hood also has a black center section, which adds to the sportiness of the car.


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Nissan Leaf Nismo 2018 Nissan Leaf

More Nismo goodness can be spotted onto the sides, starting with the red accents on the mirror caps and the side skirts. The roof and the A-pillars are now finished in black, while the rather mundane, standard wheels were replaced by Nismo-branded rims with a more exciting design. The lowered ride height rounds off the profile of this all-electric hot-hatch.


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“The rear section also sports a number of Nismo-specific features, starting with the aerodynamically enhanced roof spoiler”

The rear section also sports a number of Nismo-specific features, starting with the aerodynamically enhanced roof spoiler. The fascia is actually identical to that of the standard model, but the bumper was revised for a more aggressive look. The old diffuser-like element was replaced by a proper, racing inspired diffuser. The unit is split into two pieces, each with two large fins, while a red stop light sits in the center just like on Formula One cars. Naturally, the diffuser is highlighted by red stripes.

Nissan claims that all these changes are more than a way to make the Leaf seem hotter. The new body elements also enhance aerodynamic performance and reduce lift. And there results were obtained without sacrificing the hatchback’s excellent drag coefficient.

Interior


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“Bright red accents borrowed from other Nismo cars can be seen on the A/C bezels and the steering wheel”

Nissan didn’t have much to say about the interior, but the two photos speak for themselves. The first thing that catches the eye is that Nismo went with an almost all-black layout. This is typical for performance-oriented vehicles and it’s not particularly exciting, but at least there are a few red details that brighten up the place a bit.

These bright accents are borrowed from other Nismo cars and can be found on the A/C bezels and as a stripe at the 12 o’clock position of the steering wheel. The latter also has a flat bottom, but you shouldn’t get excited because this is an option on the production Leaf as well. The start button is also red instead of the standard blue.


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Nissan Leaf Nismo 2018 Nissan Leaf

Other features that set the concept apart from the production model are the sport seats with heavy bolstering and red and white stitching on the sides and seating surfaces, and more contrast stitching on the door panels. Far from spectacular for a concept car, but the Leaf Nismo is more of a production model rather than a show-off product.

Drivetrain


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“The concept features a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance tires and a "custom-tuned computer"”

Drivetrain details are rather scant, but Nissan says that the concept features a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance tires and a “custom-tuned computer that delivers instant acceleration at all speeds.” There’s no specific data as to how all of the above influence the Leaf’s performance, but it’s safe to assume that it won’t break any records on the Nurburgring (unlike its GT-R Nismo sibling). The package could shave a tenth of two of the standard model’s sprint time, but since we don’t have any official ratings for the production Leaf yet, it’s impossible to estimate.

As a reminder, the recently launched Leaf uses a 40-kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor rated at 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The range is estimated at up to 150 miles on a single charge. With that in mind, I think it’s a bit disappointing that the concept car didn’t get the usual output increase that comes with almost all Nismo upgrades. On the other hand, this could change with the production model, given Nissan will make one.

Conclusion


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Despite the “concept” tag, the Leaf Nismo is actually a production-ready show car. Those exterior add-ons aren’t something Nissan couldn’t throw on a production line, while the interior is just a slightly fancied-up version of the standard car. The drivetrain upgrades are also very doable, so this is basically a very realistic preview of a Leaf Nismo we could find in dealerships in a short while. Granted, Nissan didn’t confirm such a scenario, but it did not deny it either, so everything is possible at this point. My only complaint about this concept car is that it doesn’t have a more powerful electric motor and a higher capacity battery. In many ways, it’s very similar to the Nissan Sentra Nismo, which is identical to the range-topping production Sentra under the hood, with the Nismo package being mostly a visual upgrade. The production Leaf Nismo could be of the same variety, but I’m hoping Nissan will come to its senses and offer a higher-performance version. The thing is, the Japanese firm actually needs one since the Leaf is inferior to both the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 in terms of range and performance.

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    • No notable drivetrain upgrades
    • Needs a more powerful electric motor

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Read our full review on the 2018 Nissan Leaf.


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PostHeaderIcon The New 2018 Nissan Leaf Might Be The Best Replacement for the VW TDI

Last night Nissan finally unveiled the all-new 2018 Leaf, and it’s a massive improvement over the old car. The biggest news for EV fans will be the new 150-mile range. That’s nearly double what the original Leaf launched with. It’s even easier on your wallet with a starting price under $30,000, making it nearly $700 cheaper than the current model. But the best improvement is the all-new electric motor. The old car made a useable, but unimpressive 107 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. But the new 2018 car makes 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, and that is more amazing than you realize.

Let us put those power numbers into perspective. The Volkswagen 2.0L TDI engine, the best “performance” fuel-economy engine on the market before the Dieselgate scandal destroyed everything, produces 150 horsepower and 238 pounds of twist.

Nissan just made a viable alternative to scorned TDI buyers.

True, the TDI had some other advantages like a massive 600+ mile range before needing to be refueled, but on a pure day-to-day performance perspective, the new Leaf might work. If you bought a TDI to make your daily commute, and you still want something that is good for the environment while providing the same level of thrust, maybe you should call your Nissan Dealer.

Yes, we do know that other alternatives like the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 have even more power and performance, but those cars also have much higher price tags. We aren’t sure about you, but we feel like people buying $26k Volkswagen’s might not be able to afford the $38,000 asking price of a Bolt.

But what do you guys think? Is the new Nissan Leaf good enough to be a real competitor in the market now? And if you are a former TDI owner, please let us now, and be sure to give us your thoughts on this new car.

PostHeaderIcon New Nissan Leaf to Cost Less than Tesla Model 3, Chevrolet Bolt

The Nissan Leaf is one of the most successful electric cars available right now, but the first-generation model is getting a bit long in the tooth, and it’s quite dated when compared to the much newer Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt. A second-gen model is underway for a 2017 launch, but Nissan is still mum on the details, and we know a bit about its design thanks to a few leaked photos. Fortunately, a Russian website got its hands on a few spec sheets, and we now know a lot more about the upcoming EV.

Arguably the most important piece of information leaked here is the pricing. Apparently set at $29,990, the base price of the new Leaf undercuts the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt by $5,000 and $7,500 respectively. That’s a solid plus for the Leaf, but how does it fair on the performance front? Well, output is rated at 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, a significant bump over the 107 horses and 187 pound-feet in the current model. This rating places it below the Chevy Bolt, which comes with 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. A comparison to Model 3 isn’t yet possible as Tesla has yet to release the full details. The battery capacity is at 40 kWh, down from the Bolt’s 60 kWh and the Model 3’s 50 or optional 75 kWh capacity, but up from the previous Leaf’s 30 kWh.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Nissan LEAF Aerodynamics Featured in New Teaser

2018 Nissan LEAF aero

All the evidence suggest that the new 2018 Nissan LEAF is shaping up to be a much better car than its predecessor. It’ll come with some semi-autonomous features and improved efficiency, a key part of which is a new shape that is so slippery (aerodynamics-wise), you may want to put a harness on it!

It’s all great of course, but if the 2018 Nissan LEAF is going to look anything like its predecessor – which is to say, crap – all that technology is not going to help it sell. Fortunately, as the teaser image above and the silhouette below show, the new LEAF looks a lot sharper than the outgoing model:

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The improvement in aerodynamics of the new Nissan LEAF has been achieved by employing a number of tricks. First there is the shape of the whole thing which is, sort of, teardrop inspired by airplane wings. The engineers have also lowered it to the ground, reducing drag and improving stability while making it easier for the accelerating mass to cut through the air. Other new design features significantly stabilize the car when hit by strong crosswinds, meaning you will enjoy an overall much more refined driving experience.

2018 Nissan LEAF will be officially revealed on September 6, 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Nissan Leaf to Get Magical “E-Pedal”

The debut of the second-gen, 2018 Nissan Leaf is just a couple short months away, so it should come as no surprise that Nissan is teasing its resident EV as much as it can. So far, we’ve seen a shot of the headlight, the grille, and a video that shows how the brand’s new ProPilot, semi-autonomous driving system works. And, based on spy shots we’ve seen, the next-gen leaf is going to be quite attractive in comparison to the current model. Now, Nissan has released yet another teaser, and dropped another bombshell on us – it’s known as E-Pedal, and it’s set to revolutionize your driving experience… or make you hate the future of driving even more.

Designed as a single-pedal system, the e-pedal automatically controls braking and acceleration based on foot position. So, when accelerating, it acts just like your normal, everyday accelerator pedal, but what it does beyond that is something else. See, when you begin to lift your foot off, the car will automatically begin to slow down, which one would assume has a greater braking effect than the usual coasting you get in most cars. If you take your foot completely off of the pedal in operation, the car will automatically stop itself, with the big selling point being that it will even stop and hold on a hill, all based on the input of your foot on a single pedal. You have to admit that it sounds pretty promising, and it’s another step toward fully autonomous cars, but will people actually make use of it and trust it? Well, that remains to be seen. Keep reading to see a short video and to learn more about the upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Nissan LEAF e-Pedal Teaser

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Slow teasing campaigns quickly become wearisome and after a while you just start to hate whatever it is they are teasing. But in the case of the new 2018 Nissan LEAF there are so many new things about the car that in order to make sure they are all understood Nissan has to be slow, revealing them one at a time. 

And so the latest teaser for 2018 Nissan LEAF tells about a wonderful new feature called the e-Pedal. Basically, what the e-Pedal does is eliminate the need for the brake pedal. You can operate the car using only the accelerator as it serves the purpose of both traditional pedals. Press it and you go forward, release it and the braking process starts.

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This is a feature currently workable only with electric cars because of their unique driving characteristics. But don’t worry, you don’t need to re-learn how to drive, even in the 2018 Nissan LEAF. They give you the option to turns this feature on and off with a switch.So you don’t have to use it. After a while though, you are going to want to use the e-pedal, especially in traffic where you no longer need to constantly brake and accelerate. It can all be done with one pedal, or the job can be relegated entirely to an autonomous co-driver.

The new Nissan LEAF is set for September debut.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Nissan LEAF Gets ProPILOT Park System

New Nissan LEAF ProPILOT Park

It seems that car makers these days put a lot of thought and energy in giving their important models some sort of an X factor or a theme, a cool little something you can associate with that particular model. For the new Audi A8 it’s AI, and for the 2018 Nissan LEAF it appears to be the ProPILOT features. 

So after the first teaser showed us the semi-autonomous ProPILOT for the 2018 Nissan LEAF, this one shows off the ProPILOT Park system which is an automated parking assist. It’s an impressive feature,not long ago reserved only for the most high-end luxury cars, which reduces the stress of driving and makes life easier for the owner of the car.

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The way 2018 Nissan LEAF ProPILOT Park system operates is thorough the data it gathers form its sonars and cameras. It can do parallel, angled, front or straight back-in parking by fully taking over the accelerator, steering and the brakes, although you can intervene and brake manually if necessary.

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“This technology represents another milestone in Nissan’s ongoing commitment to bringing accessible, advanced driver assistance technologies to mainstream vehicles. Set to make driving safer and more enjoyable, the development of ProPILOT technologies is part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s blueprint for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Nissan Leaf Grille Teased – Set to Debut on September 6th

The bubbly and funky, first-generation Nissan Leaf is on its way out to make way for the second-gen model that promises to bring largely improved exterior looks, as much as 200 miles of range on a single charge, and an improved interior. Of course, we’ve only seen spy shots and a few teasers that go with a number of rumors that have been floating around. So far, we’ve seen two teaser photos – one of a wildly revamped headlight that is about as modern as it gets, and one of an all-new instrument cluster. Furthermore, we know that it will come with Nissan’s ProPilot system, which should be able to handle at least stop-and-go traffic on the highway. Now, Nissan has taken to Twitter to expose us to a third teaser, one that shows off the next-gen’s new “grille,” which really looks more like a piece of abstract art than it does an according-to-Hoyle grille. But, this baby is all-electric, so there’s really no need for anything traditional, right?

On top of this, Nissan has also announced that the new Leaf will make its debut on September 6, 2017, which means the order books should open shortly thereafter since it is coming to market for 2018. Its primary competition will be the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt EV, with pricing likely to start in the mid-to-low $30,000 range. So, with that said, let’s take a quick look at the newest teaser along with the two that came before it to see just what the new Leaf is going to be working with.

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The Nissan Leaf came to be in 2010 as the company’s first mass-produced, all-electric passenger car. Built on a bespoke platform based on the familiar Nissan B architecture it uses a synchronous electric motor and a range of battery packs that deliver up to 107 miles per charge. Although it has proven quite popular in several markets around the world, the first-generation Leaf has become rather dated now that GM has launched the Chevrolet Bolt and Opel Ampera-e, while Tesla rolled out the Model 3. Nissan is looking to catch up with the competition with a redesigned model that broke cover ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

With more than 283,000 units sold globally as of September 2017, the Nissan Leaf is still the world’s best-selling affordable, mass-produced electric vehicle. But with the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 now in the picture, Nissan may have to cope with losing some of that market share. But the Japanese are ready to put up a good fight, as the new Leaf is a significant departure from the first-generation model. Sportier and more appealing to look at, it has a more upscale interior with new technology and a revised drivetrain with significantly more power and better range. Will it have what it takes to compete with the world’s most advanced EVs? Let’s find out below.

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PostHeaderIcon The Next-Gen Nissan Leaf Will Handle Those Frustrating Traffic Jams On its Own

Between failed attempts to troll Tesla, and the range anxiety associated with electric cars, the Nissan Leaf really doesn’t receive the credit it deserves. I mean, don’t get me wrong; it is kind of ugly and looks like the bug-eyed bastard child that would result from a Lotus banging an early Honda Civic hatchback, but that’s ok. In the end, the Nissan Leaf has become the world’s best-selling, highway-capable electric car, with more than a quarter-million examples sold in the time it’s been on the market. So, despite all the negativity it gets, it really is an iconic car. And, that icon is about to go through a generational shift that will bring it up to speed and ready to compete with cars like the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt. As of now, we have almost no idea of what it will look like outside of a teaser image of the headlight that Nissan released a few months ago, but Nissan has just announced that it will be one of the first models to get its new ProPilot driver-assist feature.

Details are scant as of this writing, and Nissan has yet to even announce a rough timeframe for the next-gen Leaf’s arrival, but if you want an idea of how the ProPilot system works, you can look back to the Piloted Drive 1.0 Concept from 2015, which pretty much handled autonomous driving in heavy highway traffic. That’s pretty much what the next-gen Leaf will be able to accomplish as well. It should function similarly to that of Tesla’s AutoPilot, GM’s SuperCruise, and Audi’s traffic-jam assist feature. The question is whether or not you’ll feel like you’re being driven by a “skilled driver” as Nissan described it when debuting that aforementioned concept. Well, let’s take a look at the short video Nissan released and see what it has to say today.


PostHeaderIcon 2018 Nissan LEAF Teaser: ProPILOT

2018 Nissan LEAF Teaser-1

For an electric vehicle which is supposed to be cool and trendy, the Nissan LEAF sure does not care much about its looks. The hatchback has been around for years now without any major design upgrade, but that it about to change with the introspection of the 2018 Nissan LEAF which is due soon. 

Nissan has not given a definite date for the debut of the 2018 Nissan LEAF, but they have divulged information about its advanced features. One such feature is the new ProPILOT system which makes the LEAF all but autonomous, at least in single-lane highway driving. But this is a first step toward full autonomy.

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At the touch of a button the ProPILOT takes over the steering, brakes, and acceleration control of the vehicle, turning highway traffic jams a bit less annoying. You still have to sit there, but you won’t have to deal with stopping and going and steering. You could instead play with your phone, or read a book.

2018 Nissan LEAF Teaser-2

Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe said: “The ultimate embodiment of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the new Nissan LEAF will be the most advanced, accessible EV on the market, today. Adding ground-breaking ProPILOT technology to the new Nissan LEAF will prove invaluable in unlocking many of the benefits of electric vehicles, creating less congested, cleaner cities for future generations.”

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan LEAF EV Added to Heathrow Fleet

LEAF Heathrow

Heathrow airport in London becomes the world’s first facility of its kind to use a production electric vehicle as part of its official fleet. The EV in question is the Nissan LEAF and during the first phase they have added 17 of them to the fleet with hopes to encourage the many third parties that operate thousands of vehicles around the Heathrow campus to follow suit. 

Granted, 17 is not a big number when you realize there are more than 8,000 vehicles are licensed to operate airside at Heathrow, but it’s a beginning. Of the 17 Nissan LEAF Heathrow fleet cars 12 are being operated airside by teams including security and baggage and another five being used as pool cars. The zero emission vehicle is the first step in Heathrow’s plans to  to reduce emissions and improve local air quality.

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Peter Leeming, Head of Operational Strategy at Heathrow, said: “Through Heathrow 2.0, our plan for sustainable growth, we are aiming to establish Heathrow as a world-leading airport in reducing emissions from all sources of activity. A key part of this is by targeting the conversion of 100% of Heathrow’s cars and small vans to electric or plug-in hybrid by 2020, with ultra-low emission standards for all airside vehicles to follow by 2025. We trialled the Nissan LEAF and found it was the perfect fit for many of our teams and the types of journeys they make. The trial went seamlessly, and within months we placed our order and put the LEAF into full time service.”

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