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CarAdvice podcast 104: Formula E 'awful and so freaking slow'

In the studio this week with Mandy Turner are Mike Costello and Kez Casey. In car news, pricing and specs for the 2019 Ford Ranger and 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio TI have been announced, along with leaked details about the Renault Megane RS. Plus, Audi Australia is focusing on sustainability instead of volume, specs for the Tesla Model 3 Performance have been revealed, and the Chrysler 300 SRT Core and BMW 530D have joined the NSW Highway Patrol fleet...

Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol debuts in full

Nissan has taken the wraps off its Armada 'Mountain Patrol' overlanding concept, as part of the Overland Expo West in Arizona, USA. Based on the US-market Nissan Armada – known here and in other regions as the Patrol – the adventure-seeking project vehicle sports an array of enhancements including a roof-mounted tent, heavy-duty coil-over suspension, extended A-arms, 17-inch Icon Rebound wheels with Nitto Ridge Grapplers 35/12...

Nissan to rollout ProPilot tech across more models - UPDATE

UPDATE (16/5/18): Nissan Australia has released a statement regarding the local release of the ProPilot technology suite. See bottom of article for details. Nissan has announced plans to expand the availability of its ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving systems, with the US-market Rogue Sport (Qashqai) next on the list...

Nissan exits Australian Supercar Championship to focus on SUVs, EVs

Nissan Australia has confirmed it will not renew its contract with Kelly Racing to compete in the Australian Supercar Championship, exiting the series at the end of 2018 after six years in the game. It has been known for at least a year that Nissan had been in discussion on whether it would continue with the series, but the change in leadership last August – when Australian Richard Emery was replaced as CEO by Canadian Stephen Lester – may have been the final nail...

Infiniti Australia announces new boss, closes Brisbane showroom

Infiniti has announced Guy Street as its new Managing Director in Australia, just 13 months after Jean-Philippe Roux was replaced by Chang-hwan (CH) Lee. Roux had held the position since late 2014, and his exit last year saw him take up a senior Nissan role in Europe...

Nissan X-Trail gets Millennium Falcon makeover

Nissan is celebrating the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story in theatres with a new show car based on the US-market Rogue SUV, known here as the X-Trail. Shown on the Hollywood red carpet at the new film's world premiere, the Star Wars-themed SUV takes inspiration from the iconic Millennium Falcon space ship from the popular franchise...

Nissan to axe diesels in Europe

Nissan has confirmed it will gradually withdraw diesel-powered models in Europe, following a similar decision made by fellow Japanese automaker Toyota. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News Europe, a "Nissan spokeswoman" confirmed the news, as a result of slowing sales and customer anxiety about looming tax rises, bans and restrictions...

Honda, Nissan, Toyota team up to develop solid-state batteries

The Japanese government, battery makers and three key automakers (Honda, Nissan and Toyota) have joined forces to develop solid-state lithium-ion batteries. According to the Nikkei Asian Review collaborative work begins this month with research being spearheaded by the Consortium for Lithium Ion Battery Technology and Evaluation Center (Libtec)...

Nissan Venucia X concept unveiled

The Venucia X concept has been unveiled by Nissan and its Chinese partner Dongfeng at the 2018 Beijing motor show. Aside from these three images, we know very little about the X concept and the likely production vehicle it previews, as neither Nissan nor Dongfeng have revealed much about the vehicle. We do know the Venucia X previews the brand's "new, advanced design language"...

Nissan Leaf: Global sales on the rise

Sales of the Nissan Leaf have jumped by 15 per cent over the past 12 months, thanks to strong demand across the USA, Japan and Europe. Nissan shifted more than 50,000 units worldwide – 54,541 to be precise – in the Japanese FY2017, eclipsing the 42,473 sold in the same period (April 1 - March 31, Japanese financial year) across 2016 and 2017...

2017-18 Nissan Qashqai recalled

Nissan Australia has issued a recall for its 2017-18 Qashqai over concerns a faulty Body Control Module (BCM) may not warn drivers that the indicator lamps have failed. The Japanese manufacturer reports the UK-built crossover's BCM may not trigger a warning (double speed flashing) due to an incorrect software setting...