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NRMA confirms $10m EV plan, car makers push for govt support

A report from the NRMA and Electric Vehicle Council has called for greater Government support of battery-powered vehicles. The Future is Electric lays out a six-point plan for accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in Australia, arguing “the humble car is undergoing a major paradigm shift”...

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Nissan Australia CEO Richard Emery departs, Stephen Lester flying in
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Nissan Australia CEO Richard Emery departs, Stephen Lester flying in

Nissan Australia has today confirmed the departure of managing director and CEO, Richard Emery, and announced his successor, Stephen Lester. No explanation for Emery's exit has been offered, although it is known he is not moving to another position within the global Renault Nissan alliance. A spokesperson for the company declined to comment on the change in management...


2018 Nissan Leaf to be Australian image builder
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2018 Nissan Leaf to be Australian image builder

By launching the new-second-generation Nissan Leaf technology "standard bearer"  in Australia during 2018, the company aims to reclaim its status as an electric car pioneer and innovator. This comes after the company has clearly fallen behind the likes of Tesla - plus the major German luxury brands - in the public opinion stakes...


Nissan acknowledges 'missed opportunities' with product, addresses regional customers
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Nissan acknowledges 'missed opportunities' with product, addresses regional customers

Nissan in large part cut its teeth in Australia with a strong range of bush-ready vehicles, typified by the previous iterations of the Patrol wagon and cab-chassis. Yet the company's global shift away from this - think of the still-capable, yet luxury-focused petrol V8 Patrol, and the cushy monocoque Pathfinder crossover as examples - mean its local portfolio is conceptually quite different to what it once was...


Nissan Australia committed to EVs, calls on government to implement infrastructure
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Nissan Australia committed to EVs, calls on government to implement infrastructure

Nissan Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to electric vehicles (EVs) and zero emissions motoring in our market, and is calling upon the government to back the initiative. Speaking with CarAdvice at the local launch of the updated 2017 X-Trail range, Richard Emery, managing director and CEO of the company's local arm, said: "Zero emissions is certainly a driver of our business globally...


Nissan Micra, Note potential fits for Australia - CEO
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Nissan Micra, Note potential fits for Australia - CEO

The Nissan Micra and Note light cars could be potential future candidates for the Australian market, according to the company's local CEO. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch drive of the updated 2017 X-Trail range, Nissan Australia's managing director and CEO, Richard Emery, said the two small models could possibly be offered locally in the future should the business case stack up...


Nissan Australia still committed to passenger cars, new Pulsar sedan coming
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Nissan Australia still committed to passenger cars, new Pulsar sedan coming

Despite Nissan Australia currently offering just SUVs and sports cars, the company has stated it remains committed to offering passenger cars locally for the foreseeable future. Speaking with CarAdvice at the local launch of the updated 2017 X-Trail range, Nissan Australia chief, Richard Emery, said the company will offer passenger cars again soon...


Next Nissan Leaf coming to Australia, despite loss on current model
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Next Nissan Leaf coming to Australia, despite loss on current model

Despite the current first-generation model not being a sales hit here, the new 2018 Nissan Leaf will come to Australia after its global debut next year. Along with Mitsubishi's i-MiEV, Nissan arguably pioneered the electric vehicle movement in Australia with the the Leaf - and it still remains the best-selling electric vehicle here, by volume...


Nissan Australia sales "a little off the pace", Wildtrak rival under consideration
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Nissan Australia sales "a little off the pace", Wildtrak rival under consideration

Nissan Australia has admitted that its local sales performance is "a little off the pace", with a month-on-month improvement required to bring the brand back to target. But, speaking exclusively with CarAdvice at the recent Navara SII and Pathfinder launch, Nissan Australia boss Richard Emery suggested that while the company is behind on sales, it's not overly concerned...


Nissan Australia: Dealing with government on future automotive tech like "amateur hour"
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Nissan Australia: Dealing with government on future automotive tech like "amateur hour"

The boss of Nissan Australia, a pioneer in the local electric vehicle scene with its Leaf hatch, has lashed out at the government by describing its industry dealings as "amateur hour". The Nissan Leaf remains Australia's best selling electric vehicle on volume and, while it ended up costing the local operation money in the long run, it helped establish Nissan Australia as a progressive company hunting for a greener future...


Nissan Australia planning for next-gen Leaf
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Nissan Australia planning for next-gen Leaf

Nissan is biding its time before launching a renewed assault on Australia's fledgling electric car market, with the next-generation 2018 Leaf green-lit for a local launch. The second iteration of Nissan's pioneering EV is expected to premiere in 2017, with the drip-feed of information likely to start trickling out of Japan around April...


2017 Nissan Micra unlikely for Australia
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2017 Nissan Micra unlikely for Australia

It may have been one of our stars of last week’s Paris motor show, but the French-built 2017 Nissan Micra won’t come to Australia for some time yet — it it ever comes at all. The sharp new Micra marks a major departure for Nissan, resembling the 2015 Nissan Sway concept and leveraging the alliance with Renault to full effect...


Nismo Australia rollout finally on track, 370Z to follow in GT-R's tracks
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Nismo Australia rollout finally on track, 370Z to follow in GT-R's tracks

Nissan Australia is finally ready to roll out its performance-honed Nismo sub-brand locally, after a few years of talk but not much in the way of publicly visible action. As we reported yesterday, first off the mark will be the Nissan GT-R Nismo supercar, a $299,000 monster with GT3 racing turbos, carbon-fibre construction elements and a 0-100km/h sprint time of around 2...


Nissan GT-R Nismo: Australian launch confirmed, priced at $299,000
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Nissan GT-R Nismo: Australian launch confirmed, priced at $299,000

The vicious Nissan GT-R Nismo supercar will hit Australian showrooms in February 2017, the company’s local arm has confirmed. The amped-up 2017 Godzilla flagship will hit showrooms priced at $299,000 plus on-road costs, $72,000 more than the GT-R Track Edition and $110,000 more than the ‘regular’ MY17 GT-R Premium...


Nissan dealers not mad at curtain-call for Patrol, Micra and Pulsar
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Nissan dealers not mad at curtain-call for Patrol, Micra and Pulsar

It’s a fair question to ask the boss of Nissan in Australia, whether the dealer and service network around the country is a little upset at the prospect of letting go of so many important volume vehicles over the past few years. Those vehicles include the ancient diesel Patrol, the light Micra, and the returned but relatively short-lived Pulsar hatch...


Nissan Australia boss acknowledges importance of sporting past
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Nissan Australia boss acknowledges importance of sporting past

Aside from GT-R and the ageing 370Z, there’s little doubt that Nissan’s sporting offerings are, at best, slim. Gone are the days of the sporty Pulsar, the S14 and S15 200SX - vehicles that had cult-like status through the 1990s and early 2000s, bolstered by hot low-volume JDM versions, which reached Australia...


Nissan Navara SUV would be welcome in Australia
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Nissan Navara SUV would be welcome in Australia

We’ve seen the spy shots and there’s no doubt that there is interest around the world in Nissan launching a Navara-based SUV, but would such an offering ever make it to Australia? “I would say that head office is still tossing that up,” Nissan Australia Managing Director and CEO Richard Emery told CarAdvice at the recent launch of the 2017 GT-R...


Nissan Navara SUV wagon may never come to Australia
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Nissan Navara SUV wagon may never come to Australia

The forthcoming Nissan Navara NP300 ute-based SUV may never come to Australia, despite the popularity of rugged off-roaders in our market. As you can read and see here, Nissan is developing a new seven-seat ladder-framed off-roader to take on the Ford Everest, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu MU-X and Holden Trailblazer, based the the NP300 Navara’s chassis as a spiritual successor to the old Pathfinder...


Nissan Australia still saying no to vans
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Nissan Australia still saying no to vans

Nissan Australia continues to rule out a return to the commercial van market, citing the high barriers to entry against established players such as the Toyota HiAce and Hyundai iLoad. Nissan remains a strong van player in many markets, with offerings such as the well-regarded NV200 and (Renault Master-based) NV400 in the UK and the NV350 in Japan, though it hasn’t offered a van product here since the early 1990s...


Nissan Australia moving away from 'whitegoods' image
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Nissan Australia moving away from 'whitegoods' image

Nissan Australia managing director Richard Emery says the company is more focused on re-building its brand than simply selling a volume target — a methodology that stands in stark contrast to the policies of previous management. Speaking with Australian media last week, Emery said a big focus for him was shifting internal and external perceptions on what Nissan’s brand represented...