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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 370Z MSRP Announced

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Nissan USA announced today the official pricing for the refreshed 2018 Nissan 370Z range, including the Coupe, Roadster and the Nismo variant. According to this info the cheapest new 370Z you can obtain will set you back $29,990, and the most expensive $49,900. 

That base price is for the 2018 Nissan 370Z Coupe with a 6-speed manual. Adding an automatic transmission will up the cost to $31,390. Then there is the trim levels including Sport ($33,570 MT/$34,970 AT), Sport Tech ($37,070 MT/$38,470 AT), and Touring ($38,190 MT/$39,590 AT). The Roadster start at a whopping start at $41,820 with a 7AT, $46,570 for Touring 7AT, $48,100 for Touring Sport with a manual gearbox, and $49,400 for Touring Sport 7AT. As for the 2018 Nissan 370Z Nismo, it costs $45,690 with a manual and $47,090 for the automatic. You have ot add another $885 to all prices above for destination charge.

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For the 2018 the 370Z gets a number of upgrades such as with revised exteriors that include dark headlight treatments, dark tinted rear combination lights, new blackout rear lower fascias and new 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs, high performance clutch for manual models, two additional speakers and new Passion Red paint job. In addition, a new Heritage Edition package is offered on the base 370Z with Chicane Yellow Heritage Edition featureing black outside mirrors, gloss black graphics and yellow interior trim, and Magnetic Black Heritage Edition with gloss silver graphics and yellow interior trim.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Nissan LEAF Gets ProPILOT Park System

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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 current Leaf is getting a bit long in the tooth now that GM has launched the Chevrolet Bolt and Opel Ampera-e, while Tesla is getting ready to roll out the Model 3. But, Nissan is looking to catch up with the competition with a redesigned model that will break cover by the end of 2017.

Likely to make its public debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the second-generation Leaf was already spotted testing on public roads several times. But more recently, Nissan has started using thinner camouflage, which reveals most of the hatchback’s new design. And, by the looks of things, the new Leaf will be sportier and will share more features with the rest of the Nissan lineup. Word has it Nissan is also introducing a new drivetrain that will give the Leaf more juice. The current 107-mile range isn’t going to cut it against the Chevy Bolt, so it’s safe to assume that Nissan is aiming for at least 200 miles. Until more data becomes available, check out my speculative review for more information.

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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

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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.

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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 GT-R Predzilla Donated to Nashville Predators Foundation

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In a cool and generous move Nissan USA donated a brand-new, $109,990 GT-R Premium sports car to the Nashville Predators Foundation. The custom-painted Nissan GT-R Predzilla, as they call it, will be auctioned off to benefit the foundation which supports a variety of local Nashville charities.

Finished in the Pred’s official colors and graphics, the Nissan GT-R Predzilla is the latest version boasting a 565-horsepower twin-turbo VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 engine with 467 lb.-ft. of torque and a titanium exhaust system. The car also features an advanced paddle-shifted sequential 6-speed dual clutch transmission and unique independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system. But really, what is going to make this thing a star attraction at the fundraising event is the Predator livery . Whoever buys this car is not going to drive it in public, not with those colors.The Predzilla will most likely become a museum piece.

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About Nashville Predators Foundation:

The Nashville Predators Foundation is one of the most active foundations in our community, having just awarded $500,000 in financial grants to 129 charitable and community service organizations. The 365 Fund will present approximately $400,000 to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for pediatric cancer treatment and research. The Nashville Predators Foundation makes an annual $100,000 contribution to MEND, an organization committed to ending violence against women. Also, the Predators Foundation funds and Predators staff builds an annual KABOOM! playground at an area school or community center.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan LEAF EV Added to Heathrow Fleet

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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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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Nissan X-Trail – Specs & Details

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With the sales number of the previous generations in mind, Nissan is banking hard on the success of the new Nissan X-Trail, which they claim to be the world’s best-selling SUV. That is why they skimped nothing in the development of the new model and made sure it has fresh exterior design, greater cabin refinement, innovative new technology and more practicality.

Design-wise, the 2018 Nissan X-Trail benefits form a wider ‘V-motion’ grille, with a new bumper with gloss black accents. There is also revised headlamp clusters and boomerang-design LED daytime lights, revised rear bumper, new 17 and 18-inch wheel designs plus a chrome side moulding across the base of the two doors on range-topping Tekna grade.All i all, there is no radical changes, only nip and tuck enhancements.

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As for the interior, besides the higher quality materials Nissan X-Trail comes with a D-shaped steering wheel, gloss black finish on the air vents, new tan and black two-tone leather interior (optional), heated seats for front and rear, and eight-speaker BOSE Premium audio system (Tekna model). Nissan’s innovative Luggage Board System is standard on all trims.

In terms of powertrain the 2018 X-Trail features three efficient engines including a 2.0-litre 177PS diesel, a 1.6 130PS diesel, and a 1.6 163PS petrol. Different configurations include six-speed manual or CVT XTronic automatic transmissions, 2WD or 4WD and five or seven seats.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan LEAF Rally Car (AT-EV)

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A bunch of electric car enthusiasts who call their outfit Plug In Adventures have decided to enter Mongol Rally 2017 in a specially-prepared Nissan LEAF AT-EV (All Terrain Electric Vehicle). This Nissan LEAF Rally Car is supposed to drive 10,000 miles / 16,000 km from the UK to Mongolia in summer 2017.

That seems like an awfully long way and a painful trip in a car that runs out of juice every 100 miles or so and then takes hours to recharge. You would think they have fitted the Nissan LEAF Rally Car with some special batteries or super fast charging at least. But you’d be wrong. They have kitted-out the car for rough terrain, but the powertrain is a standard 30kWh unit.

As for the rally mods the AT-EV benefits from, the list includes Speedline SL2 Marmora wheels and Maxsport RB3 narrow tyres, welded plates to the underside of the wishbones, braided brake lines, mudflaps and a 6mm aluminium sump guard, modified roof rack with a Lazer Triple-R 16 LED light bar to produce 16,400 lumens of supplementary low-voltage forward lighting, rubber floor mats and rear seats delete.

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Chris Ramsey, founder of Plug In Adventures, said: “The Mongol Rally is our most challenging electric vehicle drive to date, but it’s one we’ve been planning for a number of years. Not only will we face a dwindling number of EV chargers the further east we go, the terrain also becomes more difficult to navigate.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan LEAF Rally Car (AT-EV)

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A bunch of electric car enthusiasts who call their outfit Plug In Adventures have decided to enter Mongol Rally 2017 in a specially-prepared Nissan LEAF AT-EV (All Terrain Electric Vehicle). This Nissan LEAF Rally Car is supposed to drive 10,000 miles / 16,000 km from the UK to Mongolia in summer 2017.

That seems like an awfully long way and a painful trip in a car that runs out of juice every 100 miles or so and then takes hours to recharge. You would think they have fitted the Nissan LEAF Rally Car with some special batteries or super fast charging at least. But you’d be wrong. They have kitted-out the car for rough terrain, but the powertrain is a standard 30kWh unit.

As for the rally mods the AT-EV benefits from, the list includes Speedline SL2 Marmora wheels and Maxsport RB3 narrow tyres, welded plates to the underside of the wishbones, braided brake lines, mudflaps and a 6mm aluminium sump guard, modified roof rack with a Lazer Triple-R 16 LED light bar to produce 16,400 lumens of supplementary low-voltage forward lighting, rubber floor mats and rear seats delete.

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Chris Ramsey, founder of Plug In Adventures, said: “The Mongol Rally is our most challenging electric vehicle drive to date, but it’s one we’ve been planning for a number of years. Not only will we face a dwindling number of EV chargers the further east we go, the terrain also becomes more difficult to navigate.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior Project

Introduced in 2013 and revised for the 2017 model year, the second-generation Rogue has evolved into one of Nissan’s best-selling vehicles in the United States. As a result, the SUV is getting a lot of attention from the brand, including a few special-edition models like the Midnight Edition. For the 2017 New York Auto Show, the Japanese firm transformed the Rogue into a snow bank and sand dune fighter. This go-anywhere Rogue is called the Trail Warrior Project and uses tracks instead of wheels.

As cool as it may sound, this isn’t the first Rogue on tracks. In early 2016, Nissan unveiled a similar Rogue that was build by Motorsports in Action in Quebec, Canada. Also fitted with tracks, it was demonstrated on snow and created quite a lot of buzz on the Internet. However, it wasn’t as spectacular as the Trail Warrior Project, as it lacked the military look and most of the gear. Before the Rogue, Nissan built the Juke Nismo RSnow, a Juke Nismo on track that was developed and showcased in Europe. So Nissan has a lot of experience with corssovers on tracks and could build a production model. Unfortunately, is appears that the Trail Warrior Project will remain a New York Auto Show exclusive concept only.

“This new Rogue Trail Warrior adds a new dimension to family adventures with its snow/sand tracks, gear basket, winch and camo paint,” said Michael Bunce, vice president of product planning at Nissan North America. “If you want to stand out from the crowd during a day on the slopes or the beach, this is the vehicle to take.”

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PostHeaderIcon Seriously, Nissan? Give us a New Freaking Z-Car Already!!!

With the Nissan 370Z debuting way back in 2008, it’s about damn time for Nissan to bless us with a new successor. Sure, it’s been updated on a somewhat regular basis and is fairly modern at this point, but its replacement is long overdue. Unfortunately, Nissan doesn’t see it that way, and instead of bringing us a new Z-car for 2018, we end up getting the 370Z Heritage edition. That model gets revised exterior lights, and some special paint to trim inside and out. Outside of the new Exedy, high-performance clutch, it’s just another damned special edition. I was really hoping Nissan blew its special-edition budget with all of those pointless special editions in Chicago earlier this year, but I guess not.

The worst part is that the Z-Car’s next big move is so clouded in mystery and uncertainty that it’s enough to give just about any enthusiast a raging hate boner and then some. So, where does the road to the next Z-Car take us? At this point, your guess is as good as any because Nissan doesn’t even know. In fact, in light of that new “Heritage Edition” I mentioned earlier, Nissan may make the next Z a damned crossoverYikes! Back in 2014, we heard that news that the next Z-car would have multiple engine options, including a four-cylinder hybrid engine (for those of you who don’t know, the Z has always had a six-cylinder.) In mid-2015, it was said that the next Z-car would be a revolution, with hints that it would take on the Toyota 86, which means it’s going to lose in the power department and probably get a little smaller.

But, that’s not the latest news either. Just six months or so ago, fuel was added to the fire when Car Advice reported the next Z-Car would be a crossover, and it was backed up thanks to the Gripz concept that we saw in 2015. And, the trail goes cold yet again, with 2018 bringing us the “Heritage Edition” that will be previewed at the New York Auto Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Seriously, Nissan? Give us a New Freaking Z-Car Already!!!

With the Nissan 370Z debuting way back in 2008, it’s about damn time for Nissan to bless us with a new successor. Sure, it’s been updated on a somewhat regular basis and is fairly modern at this point, but its replacement is long overdue. Unfortunately, Nissan doesn’t see it that way, and instead of bringing us a new Z-car for 2018, we end up getting the 370Z Heritage edition. That model gets revised exterior lights, and some special paint to trim inside and out. Outside of the new Exedy, high-performance clutch, it’s just another damned special edition. I was really hoping Nissan blew its special-edition budget with all of those pointless special editions in Chicago earlier this year, but I guess not.

The worst part is that the Z-Car’s next big move is so clouded in mystery and uncertainty that it’s enough to give just about any enthusiast a raging hate boner and then some. So, where does the road to the next Z-Car take us? At this point, your guess is as good as any because Nissan doesn’t even know. In fact, in light of that new “Heritage Edition” I mentioned earlier, Nissan may make the next Z a damned crossoverYikes! Back in 2014, we heard that news that the next Z-car would have multiple engine options, including a four-cylinder hybrid engine (for those of you who don’t know, the Z has always had a six-cylinder.) In mid-2015, it was said that the next Z-car would be a revolution, with hints that it would take on the Toyota 86, which means it’s going to lose in the power department and probably get a little smaller.

But, that’s not the latest news either. Just six months or so ago, fuel was added to the fire when Car Advice reported the next Z-Car would be a crossover, and it was backed up thanks to the Gripz concept that we saw in 2015. And, the trail goes cold yet again, with 2018 bringing us the “Heritage Edition” that will be previewed at the New York Auto Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Godzilla is Coming to New York!

Nissan made a serious update to the GT-R for the 2017 model year, debuting it to the U.S. at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Little time had passed, and Nissan started shooting information out about the GT-R Nismo and all of its 600-horsepower, track-day goodness. By the time September of 2016 rolled around, we were learning about the GT-R Track Edition, a model that slots between the standard road-going model and the Nismo. Unfortunately, at the time, we hadn’t heard anything about it coming to the U.S. or what its specifications would be if it did. Well, with the 2017 New York Auto Show right around the corner, the Track Edition is about to make its U.S. debut before going on sale in late summer as a special-order model.

Basically, the Track-Edition GT R is like a genetic experiment gone right, with the car borrowing some features from the Nismo while maintaining the same power delivery of the GT-R Premium model. That means it will have a total of 565 horsepower here in the U.S., but will have the looks of something a little more fierce – kind of like the perfect storm. When it does go on sale, you’ll have to order one and wait in line, and will be asked to pony up at least $127,990, before options, taxes, and delivery.

“The new GT-R Track Edition gives buyers a specialized model, one true to GT-R heritage and available only by special order,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “Building on the major upgrade to every GT-R for 2017, the Track Edition is an amazing package inside, outside and under the skin.”

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Micra Bose Personal Edition

The Nissan Micra is a good subcompact car that Nissan has relied on to compete against the likes of the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Jazz. It’s certainly made a name for itself in its segment, but the last thing you’d probably associate with the Micra is a premium sound system company like Bose. Then again, the auto industry is a business of never-ending surprises, and we were treated to one such surprise at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Nissan brought with it the Micra Bose Personal Edition, a special edition iteration of the subcompact car that was developed to celebrate the collaboration between Nissan and, you guessed it, Bose.

There is some initial surprise in seeing a car like the Micra get the full Bose treatment, but once that first reaction wears off, you’ll be happy to know that the Micra Bose Personal Edition is actually a pretty interesting offering. Sure, Bose is heavily involved, particularly when it comes to the car’s sound system, but the car isn’t just about Bose either. It also has a choice of unique paint colors and a wide range of added accessories courtesy of the car’s very own personalization program.

Yep, the Nissan Micra has its own version of Porsche Exclusive or McLaren Special Operations, relative, of course, to the quality and price point of its segment. Oh, and while we’re at it, the Micra Bose Limited Edition also has a trove of tech and standard equipment, all thanks to the fact that the whole run of limited edition models – 3,000 in total – are based on the range-topping Tekna trim.

As far as cars with personalities are concerned, the Nissan Micra Bose Personal Edition makes no bones about what makes it special. You can point to the fancy-schematic color scheme or the aforementioned menu of tech and equipment, but at the end of the day, this limited run version of the Micra is all about Bose.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Micra Receives Its First Special Edition In Geneva

Nissan has launched the first special edition for the fifth-generation Micra subcompact car. It’s called the Bose Personal Edition and it features some wild color accents on the outside, an even wilder interior color scheme, and of course, an upgraded Bose sound system. Nissan is making 3,000 examples available to Europeans starting in the summer of 2017.

The Bose Personal Edition is based on the Micra’s range-topping trim, the Tekna grade. Both the turbocharged 0.9-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine and the 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel will be available. But the drivetrain options aren’t the story. Rather is the attention-grabbing color scheme and blaring radio.

The Micra comes in a choice of Enigma Black or Gunmetal Grey – both accented by the bright Energy Orange stripes and wheel inserts. The orange color is also found on the side mirrors. Special badging on the B-pillar denotes this being a Bose Personal Edition.

Inside, the black interior is heavily brightened by the fiery orange color. The seats have orange accents along the bolsters and down the backrests. The Center console gets padded leather pieces colored in the stuff. Even the center dash section burns brightly with Energy Orange. Quite honestly, the finished product isn’t terrible looking. In fact, it adds quite the personality to Nissan’s little economy car.

But the biggest news is the stereo. It only uses six speakers but maximizes sound via Bose’s latest signal processing technology. “We engineered the Bose Personal sound system to deliver unexpectedly big sound from a limited number of components,” said Marc Mansell, VP at Bose Automotive Systems. “Using just six high-performance speakers and our latest signal processing technology, the system rewards Micra owners with a superior, fully-customizable audio experience unlike anything else available today.”

Beyond the stereo, the car includes navigation, Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Assist, and Intelligent Lane Intervention. Options include Nissan’s Around View Monitor, heated front seats, and a spare tire.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Nissan Micra Receives Its First Special Edition In Geneva

Nissan has launched the first special edition for the fifth-generation Micra subcompact car. It’s called the Bose Personal Edition and it features some wild color accents on the outside, an even wilder interior color scheme, and of course, an upgraded Bose sound system. Nissan is making 3,000 examples available to Europeans starting in the summer of 2017.

The Bose Personal Edition is based on the Micra’s range-topping trim, the Tekna grade. Both the turbocharged 0.9-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine and the 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel will be available. But the drivetrain options aren’t the story. Rather is the attention-grabbing color scheme and blaring radio.

The Micra comes in a choice of Enigma Black or Gunmetal Grey – both accented by the bright Energy Orange stripes and wheel inserts. The orange color is also found on the side mirrors. Special badging on the B-pillar denotes this being a Bose Personal Edition.

Inside, the black interior is heavily brightened by the fiery orange color. The seats have orange accents along the bolsters and down the backrests. The Center console gets padded leather pieces colored in the stuff. Even the center dash section burns brightly with Energy Orange. Quite honestly, the finished product isn’t terrible looking. In fact, it adds quite the personality to Nissan’s little economy car.

But the biggest news is the stereo. It only uses six speakers but maximizes sound via Bose’s latest signal processing technology. “We engineered the Bose Personal sound system to deliver unexpectedly big sound from a limited number of components,” said Marc Mansell, VP at Bose Automotive Systems. “Using just six high-performance speakers and our latest signal processing technology, the system rewards Micra owners with a superior, fully-customizable audio experience unlike anything else available today.”

Beyond the stereo, the car includes navigation, Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Recognition, Traffic Sign Recognition, High Beam Assist, and Intelligent Lane Intervention. Options include Nissan’s Around View Monitor, heated front seats, and a spare tire.

Continue reading for the full story.


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