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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 2, 2016

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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for December 2, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Mercedes, Nissan and aftermarket body fighting tug-of-war over genuine parts
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Mercedes, Nissan and aftermarket body fighting tug-of-war over genuine parts

Mercedes-Benz has hit back hard at the representative body for Australia’s aftermarket industry, which this week announced a plan to expose the “myth” that genuine factory parts are always best...


Seven things you must do before buying a new car
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Seven things you must do before buying a new car

Think about this; before you drop a few hundred dollars on a brand-new TV, what do you do before going to the shops? Chances are you go online, scouting for deals - read a few reviews, compare models and prices and generally arrive at the shop armed with an array of information before you're even near the brightest new OLED unit...


11 strange car names: What were they thinking?
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11 strange car names: What were they thinking?

When it comes to naming a car, sometimes a manufacturer gets it right. Think of the Rolls Royce Phantom, Lamborghini Aventador or Aston Martin Vanquish. They're names that just roll off the tongue. But sometimes they get it horribly wrong, like the amphibious crossover, Tang Hua Detroit Fish (above)...


2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo: American Pulsar SSS gets aggressive makeover
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2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo: American Pulsar SSS gets aggressive makeover

The Nissan Sentra Nismo has been unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles motor show. The new Sentra Nismo is based on the North American version of the Pulsar, known there as the Sentra. A facelift for the the Sentra was unveiled at this time last year. Visually, the Sentra Nismo is distinguished by more aggressively cut bumpers at both ends, plenty of red highlighting, a rear diffuser-style element, black wing mirrors, and a boot lip spoiler...


2017 Nissan Micra - 2016 Paris Motor Show
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2017 Nissan Micra - 2016 Paris Motor Show

The new Nissan Micra is a huge step forward for the micro car. Based on the Renault Clio and built in France, the new hatchback is stylish inside and out!


Nissan Tsuru v Nissan Versa: Global NCAP crash test demonstrates concerns in developing markets
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Nissan Tsuru v Nissan Versa: Global NCAP crash test demonstrates concerns in developing markets

International crash-testing authority Global NCAP has conducted its car-to-car crash test between two equivalent models from the US and Mexican markets - and the results are alarming. From the States is the 2016 Nissan Versa (formerly sold here as the Almera), the most affordable Nissan sedan sold in the US...


Nissan e-POWER range-extender electric drivetrain revealed
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Nissan e-POWER range-extender electric drivetrain revealed

Nissan has developed a new range-extender electric drivetrain called e-POWER, a hybrid system similar to that used in the BMW i3 and a development of what it used in last year’s slick Gripz concept. The Japanese-made e-POWER system comprises an electric motor to drive the wheels, sourcing power from battery cells via an inverter...


Nissan e-NV200 WORKSPACe revealed: The world’s first all-electric mobile office
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Nissan e-NV200 WORKSPACe revealed: The world’s first all-electric mobile office

Nissan has revealed the product of its partnership with UK-based design workshop Studio Hardie - the e-NV200 WORKSPACe - which the company says is the world’s first all-electric mobile office...


2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 pricing and specs: Improved suspension, new SL 4x4 grade
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2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 pricing and specs: Improved suspension, new SL 4x4 grade

Pricing and details for the 2017 Nissan Navara Series 2 have been released today, growing the number of variants beyond 30. First confirmed for dealers in late September, the Navara Series 2 introduces a new 'SL' model grade, along with a number of key updates to the suspension package of dual-cab models...


Nissan to end Tsuru production after earning zero-star crash rating
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Nissan to end Tsuru production after earning zero-star crash rating

The Nissan Tsuru, an old and distant relative of the Pulsar, will end production next May after a 25-year run. Currently sold in Mexico along with parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the Tsuru is also known as the V16 in Chile, Sentra B13 in Central American nations and the Sentra Clasico in Peru and the Dominican republic...


Mitsubishi: Lancer future looks bright with platform-sharing plans
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Mitsubishi: Lancer future looks bright with platform-sharing plans

Mitsubishi Australia is confident that its parent company's merger into the Nissan-Renault fold will bring a major local boost to its flailing passenger car ranges with leaner, meaner new product in the medium- to long-term future...


Nissan’s stake in Mitsubishi could mean new Lancer, joint-developed Navara and Triton
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Nissan’s stake in Mitsubishi could mean new Lancer, joint-developed Navara and Triton

Nissan Motor Co’s partial acquisition of Mitsubishi Motors could see the two groups co-develop their next-generation pickup ute models to drive down costs and share expertise. Furthermore, Nissan’s newly appointed co-CEO Hiroto Saikawa has given a strong signal that Mitsubishi could use the Renault-Nissan alliance’s CMF modular architecture to revive the plans for new-generation passenger cars such as another Lancer...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 21, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for October 21, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Mitsubishi Motors joins Renault Nissan Alliance: Official
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Mitsubishi Motors joins Renault Nissan Alliance: Official

Nissan has formally acquired a 34 per cent stake in Mitsubishi Motors, and taken effective control of the smaller, scandal-beset Japanese car maker. As part of Nissan's acquisition of a controlling share in the tri-diamond brand, Mitsubishi will join the Renault-Nissan Alliance...


Tim Slade takes out World Time Attack Challenge 2016 with new lap record
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Tim Slade takes out World Time Attack Challenge 2016 with new lap record

Australian Supercars driver Tim Slade has out-hustled drivers from home and abroad to take top honours at the weekend's World Time Attack Challenge 2016, setting a new lap record in the process. Taking place annually at Sydney Motorsport Park since 2010, the World Time Attack Challenge is all about seeing who can lap the 3...


Nissan X-Trail could get seven-seat AWD option if the market demands it
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Nissan X-Trail could get seven-seat AWD option if the market demands it

The Nissan X-Trail currently doesn’t offer a seven-seat all-wheel-drive configuration in Australia, but that could change if the market demands it - according to the company’s local arm. Despite being offered in several overseas markets - including Europe - a seven-seat AWD variant remains absent from the local X-Trail line-up, while rivals like the Mitsubishi Outlander, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento have offered the combination for years...


Nissan Z crossover still seems likely
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Nissan Z crossover still seems likely

Nissan is not denying persistent rumours that the next iteration of the famed Z car — to replace the tired 370Z — will be a higher-riding crossover. When it whipped the covers from the slinky Gripz concept a little over one year ago, Nissan made its proposal quite clear...


2016 Nissan X-Trail ST AWD Review
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2016 Nissan X-Trail ST AWD Review

The entry-level Nissan X-Trail promises loads of space and strong value for money, but is that enough in this hard-fought market?

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What's the best tyre pressure for off-roading?
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What's the best tyre pressure for off-roading?

Read the article here. Four-wheel-drive expert Simon Christie explains the importance of tyre pressures when off-road driving.