Nissan

Nissan was established in 1933 in Japan where it is the 3rd largest auto manufacturer. Nissan expanded its products to Australia in the 1950s with the popular Datsun. It has continued to grow with strong advances in technology and improving its environmental standards with the Nissan Leaf electric car. To date it has 14 vehicles available to the Australian market including the Dualis, Murano, Pathfinder, Patrol & 370Z. It has managed to brand itself strongly thanks to cars such as the Nissan GT-R.
Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan arriving 12 months late in April 2015

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Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan arriving 12 months late in April 2015

The Nissan Pulsar SSS sedan will finally reach Australian showrooms by April next year – 12 months later than originally planned. Back in October 2013, Nissan said it would launch the sporty Pulsar SSS sedan in Australia by the second quarter of this year...

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2014 Nissan X-Trail Review : TL Diesel
Rating: 6.510 /10
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2014 Nissan X-Trail Review : TL Diesel

When the new Nissan X-Trail arrived earlier this year there was one glaring absence from the range – a diesel variant. Fast forward six months and the line-up is now complete thanks to the addition of a new 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine developed in collaboration with Renault and familiar from the smaller Qashqai crossover...

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Nissan Navara Nismo a possibility
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Nissan Navara Nismo a possibility

Nissan’s performance arm, Nismo, says it would be interested in creating tuned versions of its pickup and SUV range as it seeks to expand its global lineup in the future. Nismo’s global boss of sales and marketing, Darren Cox, believes creating a Nismo version of the new Nissan Navara, would be an interesting proposition...


Nissan wants downsized turbos for V8 Supercars championship
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Nissan wants downsized turbos for V8 Supercars championship

Nissan says the next-iteration of the V8 Supercars Championship would be better suited with small-capacity turbos rather than V8 engines. The V8 Supercar Championship will run for another two years in its current technical format before it gets a complete overhaul in 2017, with manufacturers such as Hyundai and Lexus showing a great deal of interest in joining the new “Supercars” Championship...


Nissan's V8 Supercars Championship woes down to circumstance
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Nissan's V8 Supercars Championship woes down to circumstance

Nissan’s lack of solidified success in the V8 Supercars championship is down to circumstance rather than effort or skill, the boss of Nismo says. Asked if Nismo (Nissan’s performance arm in charge of its V8 supercars effort) is disappointed by its lack of success in the local championship, the company’s global head of brand marketing and sales, Darren Cox, said the whole process of entering the V8 supercars series was marred with difficulty for the team...


2014 Nismo Festival Photo Gallery
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2014 Nismo Festival Photo Gallery

The 2014 Nismo Festival has come to an end with another spectacular event filled with the best motorsport and sportscars that Nissan has to offer. The event, which was held at Mount Fuji raceway (a former Formula 1 track), impressed with crowds north of 35,000. Today we are busy driving the complete range of Nismo vehicles (reviews to follow) and our full report on the event will be up later this week...


Nismo is not all about increasing power
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Nismo is not all about increasing power

Nismo says that its range of performance cars are not all about an increase in power over the donor Nissan model, but more about the overall dynamics that create a sporty car. Speaking to the media at the Nismo festival in Japan, the company’s chief product specialist, Horisho Tamura, said that “increasing the power is not just it” when it comes to building Nismo vehicles...


Nissan 370Z successor to be offered with multiple engines
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Nissan 370Z successor to be offered with multiple engines

The next-generation Nissan 370Z will likely downsize its V6 engine in response to toughening emission restrictions and customer demands in Europe. The next-iteration of the iconic Nissan Z sports car is likely to be offered with multiple engine choices as Nissan seeks to sell a model that appeals to both Europe, where V6 engines are basically extinct, and North America, where the 370Z’s popularity is in part due to its larger powerplant...


Nismo's Australian launch: Specialised performance centres required
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Nismo's Australian launch: Specialised performance centres required

Nissan’s performance brand, Nismo, has sold more than 30,000 cars globally since its official introduction as a manufacturer in 2013, but it remains absent in Australia. The Nissan Motorsport company was brought in under Nissan’s wings and set to focus on creating performance models of everyday Nissan cars, where it had traditionally just concentrated on tuner modifications and the mighty GT-R...


Nissan 200SX replacement not on priority list
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Nissan 200SX replacement not on priority list

Nissan says the replacement for the next-generation 200SX, some form of lightweight rear-wheel drive sports car, is not on its current list of priorities despite the brand’s focus on growing the Nismo performance brand...


2014 Nismo Festival marks 30 years of Nismo
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2014 Nismo Festival marks 30 years of Nismo

The Nismo festival is perhaps one of the best-kept secrets on the automotive calendar each year. With Nissan fans flocking to Mount Fuji speedway (which is incidentally owned by Toyota) to not only see the best that Nismo has to offer but also meet the drivers behind the brand’s motorsport success for that year...


2015 Nissan GT-R upgrades focus on comfort, Track Edition not coming to Australia
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2015 Nissan GT-R upgrades focus on comfort, Track Edition not coming to Australia

The Nissan GT-R has been upgraded for the 2015 model year, with most of the changes aimed at improving the car's day-to-day comfort. To paraphrase Nissan, much of the evolution of the R35 GT-R has been focused on the R or racing aspect of the car. This year's modifications are more about GT or grand touring component of the car's personality, which will hopefully broaden the uber-Nissan's appeal...


Nissan Micra: 12,859 hatchbacks join Takata airbag recall in Australia
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Nissan Micra: 12,859 hatchbacks join Takata airbag recall in Australia

Almost 13,000 Nissan Micra hatchbacks in Australia have joined the Takata airbag recall that has affected millions of vehicles from multiple manufacturers around the world. The official recall notice published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s website states 12,859 current-generation (K13) Nissan Micra models built between September 2010 and October 2011 have been recalled to correct the airbag defect...


Waiting list out to six months for Nissan Qashqai Ti
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Waiting list out to six months for Nissan Qashqai Ti

Hot demand for flagship versions of the UK-built Nissan Qashqai crossover SUV has pushed the waiting list out as far as six months. As we noted at launch, the new model that premiered here in July as a replacement for the Dualis comes particularly well-specified in Ti petrol and TL diesel forms, a fact that Australian buyers seem to be noticing...


V8 Supercars and the real world

V8 Supercars and the real world

The end of the 2014 V8 Supercars season is almost upon us, following a cracking (and controversial) Bathurst 1000 that saw Ford win for the second year in a row and Nissan claim its first podium finish in the great race since the Skyline GT-R’s infamous 1992 victory...

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Nissan Qashqai Review : Ti
Rating: 8.510 /10
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Nissan Qashqai Review : Ti

Combining style and practicality with impressive value, the petrol-powered Nissan Qashqai Ti is a formidable challenger to the compact SUV establishment.

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Nissan Qashqai breaks UK production record
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Nissan Qashqai breaks UK production record

The Nissan Qashqai (nee Dualis in Australia) has just broken a longstanding UK production record, clocking up two million deliveries inside eight years, a timeframe faster than any other British-made car.  A mega-hit across Europe and many other markets including Australia, the Qashqai is made predominately at Nissan’s Sunderland plant — a market where it is consistently one of the biggest-selling cars and an absolute staple for the Japanese brand...


Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid v Toyota Kluger V6 : Comparison review
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Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid v Toyota Kluger V6 : Comparison review

The continual rise in the cost of living is no doubt front of mind for many Australians. One of the places we all seem to feel this pain is at the petrol pump. This is even more challenging for families, as the bigger the car, the bigger the bill...


Nissan Kicks concept previews potential small SUV for Brazil
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Nissan Kicks concept previews potential small SUV for Brazil

The Nissan Kicks concept car will debut at the Sao Paulo auto show, previewing a new SUV for Brazil, South America and, possibly, beyond. Measuring 4.3 metres from nose to tail, the Kicks is significantly larger than the 4,125mm Juke, but not that much smaller than the 4,370mm Qashqai. The Kicks' 2,620mm wheelbase is just 26mm shy of the Qashqai's, while both cars are 1...


Supercar Drive Day
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Supercar Drive Day

Imagine hitting the road in four iconic supercars in one day! Tegan Lawson visits Unique Car Rentals in Melbourne and gets behind the wheel in a Ferrari California, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Nissan GT-R and Lotus Exige S.


Supercar Drive Day with Unique Car Rentals

Supercar Drive Day with Unique Car Rentals

It's not often, if ever, that you get the opportunity to drive some of the world's most desired supercars from the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus and Nissan. If and when you do get that opportunity, let me tell you - take it and make the most of it, because it's an experience you will never forget...


Nissan Juke Midnight special edition styling pack released
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Nissan Juke Midnight special edition styling pack released

Nissan Australia has released a special edition styling pack for its funky sub-compact crossover dubbed the Nissan Juke Midnight. Nissan says the Midnight package adds up to $3300 in extra equipment to either the Juke ST or ST-S, with black 17-inch alloy wheels and matching roof spoiler, headlight finishers and mirror caps included for no extra cost, along with premium paint, floor mats and Midnight badging...


Nissan sub-compact crossover concept comes into focus
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Nissan sub-compact crossover concept comes into focus

Nissan has released a second teaser image of its new sub-compact crossover concept seven days out from its debut at Brazil’s Sao Paulo motor show. The Japanese car maker followed up last week’s shadowy image with another equally veiled shot today, though digitally brightening it brings much of the car’s design into focus...


Nissan teases sub-compact crossover concept
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Nissan teases sub-compact crossover concept

Nissan has teased a new sub-compact crossover concept in the lead up to its world premiere at the Sao Paulo motor show in Brazil later this month. The shadowy teaser image reveals few details of Nissan’s latest show car, though hints at its adventurous nature by revealing its roof rails, muscular rear wheel arches, and high ride height...


Sporty small hatch comparison : Mazda 3 v Ford Focus v Holden Cruze v Hyundai i30 v Nissan Pulsar
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Sporty small hatch comparison : Mazda 3 v Ford Focus v Holden Cruze v Hyundai i30 v Nissan Pulsar

Almost anyone can throw on a pair of gym shorts and runners and look reasonably sporting in the checkout line at Coles, and the same is true with cars – the addition of alloy wheels, a spoiler and foglights can suddenly make your small hatchback look at least a bit athletic. As ever, though, it's the muscles beneath the clothes that counts...


2014 Nissan X-Trail diesel pricing and specifications
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2014 Nissan X-Trail diesel pricing and specifications

The new diesel versions of the Nissan X-Trail medium SUV have gone on sale, with pricing starting from $35,380 - undercutting key rivals such as the Mazda CX-5, Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester. The pricing puts the diesel X-Trail at the pointy end of the field, though it applies to a front-drive version rather than an all-wheel drive powertrain as is seen in the CX-5, CR-V, Forester, Outlander, Kuga, RAV4, Sportage, ix35 - in fact, just about every model out there except the Renault Koleos...


Nissan Patrol Titanium limited edition launches from $57,990 driveaway
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Nissan Patrol Titanium limited edition launches from $57,990 driveaway

The limited edition Nissan Patrol Titanium is now available in Australia, boosting the bush-bashing credentials of the iconic off-roader. The Patrol Titanium claims to add more than $12,500 in equipment and extra features over the Y61 (previous-generation) Patrol ST diesel on which it’s based...


Nissan Pulsar SSS Heritage Edition emerges in classic brand Bathurst livery
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Nissan Pulsar SSS Heritage Edition emerges in classic brand Bathurst livery

Only a few days before the annual Bathurst 1000 race in the V8 Supercars calendar, the Nissan Pulsar SSS Heritage Edition has emerged to commemorate 30 years since the Japanese brand took pole position at the iconic western New South Wales race track...


Nissan Altima, Pulsar sedans to receive Murano-inspired facelift
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Nissan Altima, Pulsar sedans to receive Murano-inspired facelift

Nissan's design chief has gone on the record stating that the facelifted and next-generation versions of both the Altima and Pulsar sedans will have a sportier aesthetic. At the Paris motor show, The Car Connection spoke to Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura about what he has in store for the Pulsar sedan (known as the Sentra in the US), Altima and the next-generation US market Maxima — a front-wheel drive "sports sedan" that sits above the Altima...


Nissan Pulsar Nismo concept debuts in Paris
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Nissan Pulsar Nismo concept debuts in Paris

The covers have been pulled off the European Nissan Pulsar Nismo concept car at the Paris motor show. Nissan has yet to comment on which motor lurks underneath the Pulsar Nismo's bonnet. We do know, though, that the show car features a six-speed manual transmission and has a redline that's been set just shy of 6500rpm, although there's no boost or temperature gauge either in the instrument cluster or atop the dash...