Archive for February, 2014

Nissan Juke-R: Why the Monster Makes Sense

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

In case you’ve dodged every automotive outlet on the planet for the past few weeks, let me be the first to inform you that Nissan’s European division has created a miniscule monster – a compact, all-wheel drive, matte-black beast with big wings and gaping louvers, to be more specific. Called the Juke-R, the one-off concept is a fusion of Nissan’s only two turbocharged models available in the U.S. – the funky-featured Juke and its tech-littered brother, the GT-R supercar. Two Juke-Rs have been built by RML (one of the silent ninjas of motorsports based in Northants, England) in collaboration with the Nissan Technology Centre for Europe. The Juke-Rs are legal for use on European pavement, and come in either right- or left-hand drive. If the goal of the Juke-R was nothing more than a publicity stunt, consider it mission accomplished. But under the surface, we’re betting Nissan is up to more than simply throwing a pre-2011 GT-R’s modified drivetrain (which includes a 485-horsepower VR38DETT engine, GR6 six-speed twin-clutch gearbox, and ATTESA E-TS all-wheel-drive system) into a diminutive Juke body and making a few tantalizing YouTube videos. The Japanese automaker appears to be subliminally taking the temperature of the public to see if developing a sportier, enthusiast-focused Juke is worth the effort. Paragraphimage Gauging from the reaction to the Juke-R so far, yes, it most certainly is. After just a year on the European market, more than 100,000 people call themselves Juke owners. The CUV was recently launched in Russia, where dealers had waiting lists filled with potential buyers. Although less popular with the more traditional, extra-large-SUV-loving American populace, the Juke has been relatively successful thus far, with some 27,000 moved off dealer lots through September of this year. Fuel-conscious, parking-spot-stressed urbanites adore it for its tidy dimensions and decent 27/32 mpg city/highway fuel economy. A 1.6-liter turbocharged heart and torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system make the compact CUV a fun and economical means of transport. But as it stands, the all-wheel-drive Juke’s peppy 188-horse turbo mill is connected to a lackluster continuously variable transmission that drones and whines. Want the six-speed manual? You’ll have to make do with a front-wheel-drive layout. The Juke has the potential to be much more entertaining.  Here’s where a Juke Sport, if you will, comes in. We’re talking a lower, slightly stiffer suspension, some tasteful exterior cladding, restyled wheels, bigger brakes, and boosted up into the 250-hp range. Throw in a proper gearbox (automatic or manual) and keep the all-wheel-drive setup, and we’re betting a significant buyer pool would gladly spend $25,000 or more on one. Need proof? Just ask Mini, which is selling $30,000-plus Countrymans like hotcakes. While it may not be time for a production version of the 480-horse baby Godzilla, I believe it is time for an affordable CUV that’s as fun for enthusiasts to toss into a corner as it is for teenyboppers to park at the mall. Unless Nissan is working on a successor to the much-loved Silvia/240SX coupe,  a car that one product planner told me would be hard to push through the pipeline given the segment’s demise (ahem, what about the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S?), a souped-up Juke would be a great way to keep younger, urban enthusiasts engaged with the brand.



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2014 Nissan Cube Gets New Color

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

A few years ago, when the JDM box cars were all the rage, Nissan introduced the Cube subcompact to the U.S. market. Much like its rival Scion xB, the Cube has been far surpassed in terms of sales and popularity by the Kia Soul, with its less overtly weird styling, and strong value equation. But the Cube soldiers on, largely unchanged since its 2009 debut. The biggest change for the 2014 model year is the addition of Caspian Sea blue as a color, replacing 2013’s Bitter Chocolate. Starting at $17,570 for a Nissan Cube 1.8 S with a six-speed manual. The CVT automatic adds an even $1000 for $18,570, and the top-line SL CVT goes for $19,670. If you want a loaded Cube, check the box for the SL Preferred Package, which includes fog lights, a touchscreen navigation system, rearview camera, an upgraded audio system with a Rockford Fosgate 8-inch subwoofer, and a USB port. As with the 2013 model, the sole engine option on the Cube is a 1.8-liter, 122-hp four-cylinder engine. The Cube gets 27 mpg city and 31 mpg highway with the CVT, and 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with the six-speed manual.

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welcomes two new storage-friendly vehicles to extensive inventory

Monday, February 24th, 2014

 Out of all the Nissan vehicles released for the 2014 model year, only one received a complete redesign, and a closer look at the all-new Rogue shows that Nissan really took their time to get the crossover SUV right. The Rogue has received a number of new features for 2014, many of which are either best-in-class or class-exclusive. Consumers are sure to appreciate that the best-in-class features of the Rogue pertain to capabilities that matter most to buyers in the SUV segment.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140224/MN69252)

To assist consumers in researching the redesigned Rogue, Briggs Nissan, an automotive dealership located in Manhattan, Kan., has added a new model-specific Web page to their website, which focuses on highlighting all of the newest features and capabilities of the SUV.

The seven-passenger 2014 Nissan Rogue provides a best-in-class cargo capacity behind the second row of seats. When the flat-folding third row of seats is collapsed, the SUV offers nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space, but that space can be expanded even further when the second row of seats is collapsed. With both rows of seats folded down, the Rogue is able to accommodate 70 cubic feet of cargo, which is similar to some of the larger-sized SUVs on the market.

 

Among the newest class-exclusive features in the Rogue is an around view monitor which provides a 360-degree overhead view of the SUV at all times. It’s helpful for squeezing into tight parking spots and allows consumers to check their surroundings before proceeding. A Divide-N-Hide cargo system is also exclusive to the Rogue, and helps to provide up to 18 different storage options.

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Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/24/6184352/briggs-nissan-welcomes-two-new.html#storylink=cpy

Nissan LEAF 2014

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Nissan LEAF
The highly innovative, industry leading Nissan LEAF 100-percent electric vehicle received a number of important enhancements in 2013, including the addition of a new lower priced LEAF S grade, an array of new features for the LEAF SL grade, new option packages with available Around View® Monitor and an available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time nearly in half to approximately four hours for a full charge. LEAF’s CARWINGS telematics system includes remote charge and climate control management, the ability to view charging station availability in vehicle from an expanding list of networks, and POIs powered by Google®.
For 2014, additional enhancements include:

  • RearView Monitor becomes standard on all grades (previously part of the Charge Package)
  • Updated EV-IT functionality with voice destination entry and SMS readout
  • Offered in S, SV and SL models
  • Available December 2013
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2013 ALTIMA COUPE ACCESSORIES

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

GET YOUR ALTIMA COUPE THE WAY YOU WANT IT

BlueConnect® Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System [*]

  • Voice recognition allows hands-free calling from Bluetooth®-compatible cell phones.
  • Noise reduction software helps improve sound quality
  • Pair up to seven different Bluetooth®-compatible phones

Rear Decklid Spoiler

  • Heighten the style of your Altima® Coupe with an aerodynamic spoiler.
  • Custom designed to help enhance vehicle aerodynamic appearance
  • Comes pre-painted in factory-matched colors

In-mirror RearView Monitor [*]

  • Get a rearview mirror that does a little more.
  • Features a built-in monitor to help give you an improved view of what’s directly behind you
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Full 2014 Nissan 370Z Review

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

What’s New for 2014

The Z stands pat for 2014 except for the super-sporty Nismo coupe, which receives mild cosmetic enhancements inside and out, including a new steering wheel.

Introduction

Nissan‘s 2014 370Z two-seater continues to deliver impressive performance for the money. It’s astoundingly capable, hyper-responsive and just plain fast. Throw in the Z’s head-turning styling, high-quality interior and appealing collection of features, and you’ve got all the elements of a great sports car. Right?

Well, not quite. A great sports car should also have a jewel of an engine, and here the Z falters a bit. Although the 3.7-liter V6 is both explosively quick and remarkably flexible, its coarseness at high rpm makes it a less-than-ideal companion in spirited driving. The harder you push it, the crankier the big V6 gets, and that seems backward in a car that’s all about going fast.

Is it a deal-breaker? For some people, perhaps. While it’s hard to find direct rivals to the 370Z these days, the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins probably come closest. Their four-cylinder power is pretty meager compared to the Z’s muscular V6, but they do offer similarly entertaining rear-drive handling for thousands less. We’d also suggest checking out the Chevrolet Camaro SS and Ford Mustang GT. They can’t match the Z’s sharp handling, but their thundering V8 engines deliver the motivational character that the Z sorely lacks.

Within the population of relatively affordable sport coupes and convertibles, these competitors also promise superior practicality, as they offer rear seats (albeit tiny ones), fractionally better cargo space and greater comfort in city and highway driving. But if you’re looking for comprehensive two-seat sports car performance in this price range, there’s still nothing like the 2014 Nissan 370Z.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The two-seat 2014 Nissan 370Z sports car is available as a hatchback coupe or soft-top convertible (Roadster). There are three trim levels: base, Touring and coupe-only Nismo.

Standard features include 18-inch wheels, summer performance tires, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, cruise control, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Roadster trades the coupe’s fixed roof for a power-operated soft top.

The Touring trim adds heated power seats, leather/faux-suede upholstery, a rear cargo cover (coupe only), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone connectivity and an eight-speaker Bose sound system with a six-CD changer and satellite radio. The Roadster also gets heated and ventilated seats.

Both trims can be equipped with the Sport package, which adds a limited-slip differential, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, upgraded brakes and suspension dampers, the SynchroRev Match manual transmission with automatic rev-matching, a rear spoiler and a front chin spoiler.

The Touring’s Navigation package adds a navigation system with a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth audio connectivity, a rearview camera and an iPod/USB audio interface.

The Nismo coupe gets a more powerful version of the V6 along with the same or upgraded versions of the Sport package items. Aesthetic tweaks include unique front and rear fascias that add more than 6 inches to the car’s length, a prominent rear wing and special Nismo interior trim details. Otherwise, the Nismo is equipped similarly to the base 370Z, though the optional Bose package adds the Touring’s Bose sound system, Bluetooth phone connectivity and auto-dimming mirror.

Powertrains and Performance

Except for the Nismo, every 2014 Nissan 370Z is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 332 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and if you opt for the Touring model, you get SynchroRev Match, which automatically blips the throttle during downshifts to deliver smoother, quicker shifts. A seven-speed automatic with shift paddles is optional, and it comes with a rev-matching program of its own.

In Edmunds performance testing, a 370Z coupe with the Sport package and manual transmission accelerated from zero to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds, while the heavier Roadster did it in 5.5 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the coupe is 21 mpg combined (18 mpg city/26 mpg highway) with the manual; the automatic checks in at 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway). The Roadster’s fuel economy is slightly worse at 20 combined (17 city/25 highway) with the manual and 21 combined with the automatic.

The 370Z Nismo model has a specially tuned version of the same V6 engine that produces 350 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual with SynchroRev Match is the only transmission offered. We’ve tested a couple Nismos. The better-performing test car of the two offered no improvement in 0-60 mph acceleration over the standard 370Z, while another, perhaps due to the tricky nature of launching the Z in a track environment, was actually slower at 5.4 seconds. The EPA has not separately evaluated the Nismo’s fuel economy.

Safety

Every 2014 Nissan 370Z comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control and side airbags. The coupe gets side curtain airbags, while the Roadster’s side airbags extend upward for head protection. A rearview camera is available via the Navigation package offered on Touring models.

In Edmunds brake testing, a coupe with the Sport package’s upgraded brakes and 19-inch summer performance tires stopped from 60 mph in an outstanding 101 feet, while a Roadster with the Sport package took only 5 more feet to stop. In contrast, however, the most recent 370Z Nismo we tested posted a much longer distance of 126 feet: very poor for this class of car on summer tires.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Nissan 370Z’s interior features an attractive design highlighted by the classic Z-car three-gauge cluster atop the dashboard. The materials are surprisingly upscale, with plentiful soft-touch surfaces and metallic finishes that wouldn’t look out of place in an Infiniti. The Z’s seats are comfortable and supportive whether you have the standard manual or optional power adjustments. Despite the lack of telescoping adjustment for the steering wheel, the driving position is close to ideal, in part because the primary gauges tilt in concert with the wheel. One downside to the car’s styling is that the thick rear roof pillars and small windows make for limited visibility out the back and an overall ambience that some people might find confining.

The Roadster’s power top is a bit pokey by current standards, requiring about 20 seconds to go down, but we like that it folds itself neatly under a color-matched hard tonneau cover at the end. As in most sports cars, luggage space is scarce, with just 6.9 cubic feet of storage under the coupe’s hatchback and a paltry 4.2 cubic feet in the convertible’s trunk.

Driving Impressions

The 2014 Nissan 370Z drives as if it can’t wait to get to the racetrack. The steering, though heavy in feel, is precise, with none of the numbness and delayed reaction time that characterize many modern systems. The standard sport-tuned suspension delivers excellent handling and a surprisingly tolerable ride, while the Sport package’s firmer suspension and bigger wheels offer sharper handling at the expense of comfort. The Nismo Z is even stiffer, and we don’t think the marginal lap-time reduction is worth it. Regardless of how the 370Z is equipped, we’ve noticed it suffers from intrusive road noise, which severely limits its appeal as a road-trip car.

Although the V6’s lack of refinement is a bummer, its eager acceleration in practically every gear makes it feel more like a V8. Both transmissions are quite likable, but if you drive stick, you’ve got to try the SynchroRev Match system. It’ll make you feel like a professional racer with every perfectly rev-matched downshift.

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New 2015 Nissan Leaf Changes

Friday, February 14th, 2014

2015 Nissan Leaf2015 Nissan Leaf built with convenience and comfort. The price is affordable so that it could allow all average buyers to purchase it. However, there will always be pros and cons about the new redesign model. We found that the car has several changes in the term of speed performance and interior design. While some reports said that the car still has a problem with the navigation system.

2015 Nissan Leaf Exterior

2015 Nissan Leaf even if not a sexy car but it brings a lot of good things from its exterior. The car could be said has a different look because of the elongated headlamps there which is bulge out especially from front fenders and then cut the aerodynamic to the air that later reduces the drag and clear the wing mirrors path. We also found that there are tiny wheels that look like impossible because the size is small and make a contrast look with the leaf’s slab sides. We are pretty sure that the exterior is better compared to its predecessor. Hopefully there is something totally new as the icon of the car so that when you see the car we know that it is 2015 Nissan Leaf.

2015 Nissan Leaf Interior

The car is spacious enough especially for the rear hatch because it is possible for you to put all your grocery there. While there is no flat loading floor. It means that it would create a problem for bulkier items to transport there, but overall it is well for you. 2015 Nissan Leaf still has a problem with the navigation system especially for destination search because of limited POI database and it is clunky. Not only has that problem but the car still should fix the audio quality because of the unimpressive single-option stereo which is presented there. But still, we should thanks because it has a well-equipped features supported with telmatics and standard cabin technology usage.

2015 Nissan Leaf Engine

The power train designed best because it could make the car has a great speed performance. Furthermore, the car also has a good acceleration even more than the expectation. About the range, it has accurate estimation especially for suburban and city driving.

2015 Nissan Leaf Changes

2015 Nissan Leaf has a great change especially the performance that could even go through zero-emission. The speed performance and its affordability will be a great combination that you could find out in its change.

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2012 Nissan Rogue SUV – Overview

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

$22,070 – $29,710 MSRP

$21,038 – $27,682 Invoice

22 / 26 MPG City/Hwy

Power Circle Ratings

Overall Quality4.0

Overall Performance and Design3.0

Predicted Reliability3.5

Ratings data for all body styles and trim levels within a particular model family are aggregated when calculating the model’s overall Power Circle Rating.

Overview

What’s New for 2012:

  • Special Edition model with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, rearview camera, USB connectivity, 4.3-inch audio display, satellite radio, fog lamps, and privacy glass
  • Upgraded content in option packages
  • Sport Mode switch
  • Seventeen-inch wheels (SV package) and 16-inch wheels (Special Edition model)
  • Around View Monitor (SL package)

Exterior Features
The 2012 Nissan Rogue is a compact crossover utility vehicle, and is offered in a 4-door body style with two trim levels. Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard, with larger alloy wheels available.

Interior Features
The 2012 Nissan Rogue offers seating for 5 passengers. Base Rogue models feature cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, full power accessories, remote keyless entry, cargo area carpeting, and more. Upgraded trim levels are fitted with automatic climate control, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, 6-speaker audio system, and other amenities.

Optional Features
Major option packages available on the 2012 Nissan Rogue include the Premium package (navigation, moonroof, automatic headlights, and automatic air conditioning); SL package (leather upholstery, heated seats, navigation, Bose audio system, fog lights); and the Special Edition (steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, rearview camera, USB connectivity, 4.3-inch audio display, satellite radio, fog lamps, and privacy glass).

Under the Hood
Nissan Rogue models feature a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower mated to a continuously variable transmission. Standard models are front-wheel drive (FWD) with all-wheel drive (AWD) optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Nissan Rogue are:

  • Nissan Rogue FWD: 22/28 mpg (city/highway)
  • Nissan Rogue AWD: 22/28 mpg (city/highway)

Safety
Standard safety features of note on the 2012 Nissan Rogue include side-impact curtain air bags and active head restraints. In government crash tests, the 2012 Nissan Rogue received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Rogue received a “Good” rating-the Institute’s highest-for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection. Roof strength results from the Institute were “Acceptable.”

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Nissan Altima Review

Monday, February 10th, 2014

The 2014 Nissan Altima ranks 4 out of 22 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Altima, as well as reliability and safety data.

With athletic handling, abundant power and excellent fuel economy, the 2014 Nissan Altima is a practical family sedan that also provides some kicks behind the wheel, reviewers say.

Test drivers are impressed with the ample power offered by the 2014 Nissan Altima’s standard four-cylinder engine and say the optional six-cylinder engine has even more juice. All models come with a continuously variable transmission that reviewers say is responsive and operates smoothly. However, they note that the powertrain can be loud, especially with the four-cylinder engine. The Altima gets an EPA-estimated 27/38 mpg city/highway with the base engine, which is great for the class. The automotive press says that sharp handling makes the Altima a standout among family sedans, most of which are a snooze to drive.

Automotive writers agree that the Altima has an upscale cabin design, and that its plush materials and special “zero-gravity” front bucket seats make for a comfortable ride. The rear seats offer plenty of legroom, test drivers note, though headroom is lacking. The Altima comes standard with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, keyless entry and push-button start. Optional features include NissanConnect, which links with smartphone apps like Facebook, a 7-inch navigation touch screen, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a rearview camera and a moonroof. Available safety features include blind spot warning, lane departure warning and moving object detection.

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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