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Fully autonomous driving will still need the human touch - Nissan
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Fully autonomous driving will still need the human touch - Nissan

“[Humans] are the best autonomous systems I know of.” So says Dr Maarten Sierhuis, chief technology director for Nissan, and the man charged with guiding the manufacturer’s autonomous driving technology into the future...


2019 Nissan Altima review

2019 Nissan Altima review

The redesigned Altima is a genuine contender, particularly with its available turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.


Turning the CarAdvice Nissan Navara into an off-road weapon

Turning the CarAdvice Nissan Navara into an off-road weapon

It'll come as a shock to absolutely no one, that the 4x4 ute is rapidly rocketing up the charts in Australia as the go-to family chariot. In 2018, 15 per cent, or one in every six or seven new vehicles sold in Australia, was a 4x4 ute. That sort of dominance was only bested by the small car and small SUV segments, both capturing 17 per cent of the market...


Price parity between electric and internal combustion cars predicted by 2024 - Nissan
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Price parity between electric and internal combustion cars predicted by 2024 - Nissan

Electric vehicles will become more affordable, and possibly even become cheaper than conventional internal-combustion engined cars, and it's on track to happen as soon as 2024. That’s according to research conducted by Morgan Stanley and cited by Nissan’s global head of electric vehicles, Nic Thomas, at last week’s Nissan Futures seminar in Hong Kong...


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance agrees to new management structure
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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance agrees to new management structure

The heads of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors have agreed to form of a new board of management for the three-headed automaking alliance. As part of the deal agreed to in Tokyo, the "New Start" board will be chaired by Jean-Dominique Senard, chairman of Renault. The other members of the board will be Thierry Bollore, CEO of Renault; Hiroto Saikawa, CEO of Nissan; and Osamu Masuko, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors...


Infiniti to leave western Europe, end QX30 and Q30 production
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Infiniti to leave western Europe, end QX30 and Q30 production

Infiniti, Nissan's luxury marque, will exit the western European market by early 2020, and cease production of the Q30 and QX30 models in England. The company says it will "focus the brand on its largest growth markets, specifically North America and China", but today's announcement is claimed to have "no impact" on the brand's presence in eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia...


Deals on Wheels: What are the top 10 brands offering?
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Deals on Wheels: What are the top 10 brands offering?

New vehicle sales in Australia have been receding for 11 successive months – compared to the corresponding month in the previous year – which after four years of sales records tumbling has come as a bit of a shock to the system. Headwinds like the overall slowing economy, weak house prices in NSW and Victoria, looming finance sector reform, the drought, and of course the imminent federal election are all playing funny buggers...


2019 Nissan Leaf priced from $49,990
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2019 Nissan Leaf priced from $49,990

Nissan Australia has announced pricing information for the hotly-anticipated Leaf electric vehicle, which will (finally) arrive in August. Pricing will kick off at $49,990 before on-road costs, with pre-orders officially open. Power comes from an electric motor on the front axle making 110kW and 320Nm, hooked up to a 40kWh battery pack for a claimed 270km of range on the WLTP test cycle...


Carlos Ghosn granted bail
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Carlos Ghosn granted bail

Carlos Ghosn has walked out of jail, 108 days after being arrested disembarking a private jet operated by Nissan. At 4.30pm yesterday, the former CEO emerged from the Tokyo Detention Centre surrounded by guards. In an effort to evade the media, Ghosn left the jail wearing a blue cap, sunglasses, a surgical mask, and a worker's vest with orange safety stripes...


Nissan confirms e-Power for Europe by 2022
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Nissan confirms e-Power for Europe by 2022

Nissan has confirmed it will launch vehicles fitted with its e-Power technology in Europe before 2022, as part of its ongoing commitment to electrification. Roel de Vries, Nissan's corporate vice president, made the announcement at the 2019 Geneva motor show in Switzerland, on the back of the reveal of the e-Power-powered IMQ concept – see what we did there? “Already Nissan is the world’s leader in mass-market EV technologies and a fully electrified Europe is now within our sights,” de Vries said...


Nissan IMQ concept revealed
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Nissan IMQ concept revealed

Nissan has revealed its sharp IMQ concept at the 2019 Geneva motor show, claimed to blend "Japanese heritage with state-of-the-art, human-centric technology". Like the IMs and IMx concepts before it, the IMQ previews what Nissan's future models could look like, in a world where autonomy and electrification dominate the automotive landscape...


Nissan IMQ concept teased
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Nissan IMQ concept teased

Nissan has teased its IMQ Concept ahead of the Geneva motor show, designed to preview the brand's all-electric, highly-automated future. The sharp-looking crossover follows in the footsteps of the IMs and IMx revealed at the 2018 Detroit and 2017 Tokyo motor shows respectively, with similar hook-shaped taillights and angular detailing...


Nissan x Opus concept revealed
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Nissan x Opus concept revealed

Nissan has collaborated with Opus Campers to create a concept camper trailer that features second-life battery packs from the Leaf EV to offer "up to a week's worth" of off-grid power for remote adventures. Incorporating the vehicle manufacturer's new Energy Roam system, a portable weather-proof power pack with 700Wh capacity, the concept camper trailer offers both 230V and 12V circuits with enough juice for "around seven days of camping", aided by the on-board solar panel accessory...


Renault-Nissan Alliance: New holding company chairman named
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Renault-Nissan Alliance: New holding company chairman named

Thierry Bollore has been named chairman of the holding company responsible for coordinating the Renault-Nissan Alliance, replacing embattled executive Carlos Ghosn in the role. Although he's resigned from his role as chairman and CEO at Nissan and Renault, Renault this week confirmed the currently-detained Ghosn is still a director on its board...


Ghosn: Renault might have paid for part of executive's lavish wedding
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Ghosn: Renault might have paid for part of executive's lavish wedding

Renault has uncovered payments it believes were used to partially pay for Carlos Ghosn's second wedding, held at the Château de Versailles. The company has discovered a sum of €50,000 ($80,000) it understands was "allocated to Mr. Ghosn's personal benefit" as part of a broader charitable donation it signed with the château...


Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition revealed for the US
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Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition revealed for the US

Nissan North America has revealed the Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition, essentially an off-road styling package for its three-row SUV. The company says the special edition emphasises "the rugged Pathfinder heritage", acknowledging the rugged capabilities of previous generations that were based on the Navara ute...


2020 Nissan Juke to debut this year with electrified option - report
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2020 Nissan Juke to debut this year with electrified option - report

The current Nissan Juke is getting a little long in the tooth, and the company's European marketing boss has indicated an all-new version is due to be revealed sometime this year, ahead of a market launch in 2020. Speaking with the UK's Auto Express, Helen Perry, Nissan Europe head of small car marketing said: "[The current Juke] is in the latter period of its life...


Nissan cancels UK production plans for next-gen X-Trail - report
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Nissan cancels UK production plans for next-gen X-Trail - report

Nissan will not continue building the next-generation X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant in the UK, blaming "uncertainty" surrounding Britain's impending exit from the European Union. First reported by industry journal Automotive News Europe, the manufacturer will only build the next-gen crossover in Japan, making its home country the global production hub for its top-selling SUV model...


Possible Nissan Pulsar successor leaked in China
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Possible Nissan Pulsar successor leaked in China

Photos and details about the next-generation Nissan Sylphy have been posted online by Almuraba. If these pictures are accurate, the new Sylphy, which will likely be sold in North America as the Sentra, will have styling directly derived from the latest Altima. All of the Altima's design cues are present, albeit a little smoother and less brutal, and distilled to fit the smaller sedan...