Nissan Rogue Krom Edition Launched

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The Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has unveiled the limited edition 2010 Rogue Krom, which is designed to complete the Krom specialty vehicle lineup of the company.

According to Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA), the 2010 Nissan Rogue Krom edition is scheduled to go on sale at Nissan dealers nationwide in December 2009. The Krom comes with aggressive sport styling, unique front and rear fascias, exclusive 17-inch wheels, and a center-mounted sport-tuned exhaust.

The 2010 Rogue  Krom edition is available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations and in just three exterior colors – Venom Red, Wicked Black and Gotham Gray. Other significant features of the vehicle include body-color exterior accents, rear privacy glass, and ‘Krom’ badging.

“The new Krom edition expands Rogue’s already strong appeal, bringing its unmistakable sporty and active design to buyers seeking to stand out from the crowd of ordinary compact SUVs,” said Pat Steiner, director, Specialty Vehicles Group, NNA. “Just as our NISMO models add enhanced performance straight from the factory, the Krom lineup offers intriguing, customized design right off the showroom floor.”

The Rogue Krom Edition is powered by 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with the output of 170 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque.  Nissan didn’t announce any information about the pricing on the Rogue Krom.

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Nissan Fuga at Tokyo Motor Show

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At the Tokyo Motor Show Nissan took the wraps off its newly redesigned 2010 Fuga, otherwise known as the aka Infiniti M. According to the manufacturer the vehicle is expected to arrive at the U.S. dealerships in spring 2010, however with a different name and a new set of badges.

The sales of this luxury sedan in Japan will start before the end of the year.  At launch, the Fuga will be available in two different V6 engines, a 2.5-liter and a 3.7-liter with 328 hp.

Nissan has showed the hybrid version of the new Fuga at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.  This version will be launched in the Japanese market from autumn 2010 and in North America as the Infiniti M35 Hybrid from spring 2011. The Nissan Fuga Hybrid will feature 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine, high-power Li-ion batteries and a one-motor-two-clutch parallel hybrid system solely developed by Nissan.  The manufacturer have not announced about any other details about the vehicle, but according to the company representative the hybrid model will, most likely, return a similar fuel economy to a compact C-segment car.

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2011 Nissan GT-R

2011-Nissan-GT-R-SpecV-0001Nissan has announced the release of a ‘facelift’ model that will go on sale in Japan on December 7 and the rest of the world in spring of 2010.
The updated GT-R has a number of enhancements: a revised navigation system, recalibrated suspension settings and an improved-flow catalyst system.
The 2011MY GT-R‘s suspension has been retuned to offer “enhanced, premium quality ride comfort, while still providing the driver with a feeling of direct contact with the road surface”.
Nissan said that the rear diffusers with cooling ducts that improve cooling performance around the rear floor area which were previously available only on the morehardcore GT-R SpecV, are now offered on the base model.
As for the GT-R SpecV, the 2011 model year brings revised rear shock absorber settings, with Nissan claiming that they enhance “the characteristic combination of supple ride comfort and flat, predictable handling”.
The 2011 GT-R SpecV now ride on Dunlop tires while the previously standard Bridgestone tires are available as a factory-installed option. Both the Nissan GT-R and GT-R SpecV get new hexagonal meshed catalyst cells that are said to reduce ventilation/airflow resistance resulting in improved low- and mid-range response of the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine.

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Nissan Launches 2010 Fairlady Z

Nissan-Fairlady-Z-Roadster-000Nissan announced the Japanese market launch of the 2010 model year Fairlady Z lineup that includes the introduction of the new Roadster model and minor upgrades for the coupe version of the JDM 370Z that also gains a “40th Anniversary” model to mark the first four decades of the sports car.
The 2010 model year brings a several small enhancements that include the adoption of an HDD CARWINGS navigation system with a built-in digital TV receiver, an advanced map update system and iPod connection.
One year after the erlease of the newest generation Fairlady Z, Nissan has added a canvas-top Roadster model to the sport car’s Japanese line-up. The Fairlady Z Roadster features the same 3.7-liter V6 engine as the coupe model.
The Fairlady Z 40th Anniversary is based on the JDM Version ST and is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed automatic transmission.
Highlights comprise a unique metal grey paint job, red leather seats and door panels, contrasting red stitching on the steering wheel, console and other parts of the interior, new alloy wheels, and an array of 40th anniversary emblems inside and out.
Prices for the Fairlady Z Roadster in Japan range from 4,357,500 yen to 5,092,500 yen, for the 2010 Fairlady Z Coupe from 3,643,500 yen to 4,588,500 yen and for the 40th Anniversary model, from 4,483,500 yen to 4,588,500 yen.

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2010 Infiniti FX U.S. Pricing Announced

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The American branch of Nissan’s luxury car division, Infiniti has finally announced a second-generation Infiniti FX. Several versions of the 2010 model year vehicle will be available on the market, including the FX35 with rear-wheel drive and the FX35 and FX50 with all-wheel drive.

The MSRPs for the three 2010 Infiniti FX models start from $42,400 for the FX35 RWD, followed by the $43,850 FX35 AWD version and $58,400 for the FX50 AWD model. As you have already noticed, there is a price increase for two of the models. The FX35 rear-wheel-drive has increased with $250 over the 2009 model, while the all-wheel-drive FX35 has an increase of $150.

The FX35 will be equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with the output of 303-horsepower, while the FX50 comes with a 390 horsepower a 32-valve, 5.0-liter DOHC V8 engine.

Both engines are mated with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission, double-wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension, large 4-wheel disc brakes, as well as 21-inch aluminum-alloy Enkei wheels.

Other features of the 2010 Infiniti FX include the Continuous Damping Control (CDC), Rear Active Steer, and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA).

The 2010 model year FX vehicles come with advanced audio, navigation and technology ranging from an 11-speaker Bose-developed audio system to Infiniti Intelligent Key, available Intelligent Cruise Control ( Full-Speed Range ) and available Around View Monitor system. Bluetooth and USB support comes standard.

It is expected that the 2010 Infiniti FX35 and FX50 will go on sale in the coming weeks.

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Nissan LEAF EV

Nissan-Leaf-EV-1Nissan has announced that it will begin taking orders in the U.S. for isall-electric LEAF compact hatch in Spring 2010.
Nissan said that up until now, near 22,000 people in North America have contacted the brand for details on the zero-emission electric car.
About 70 percent of those that came in contact with the company reside in markets where the all-electric zero-emission car first will be brought to market.
“The groundswell of interest, especially from people in our initial launch markets, demonstrates to us the importance of a reservation system,” said Carlos Tavares, head of Nissan’s operations in North, Central and South America. “Our goal is to confirm at least 20,000 reservations for Nissan LEAF by the time we deliver the world’s first mass-market zero-emission car in late 2010.”
Nissan said that U.S. consumers will get the chance to see the LEAF up close starting in November, when it will be on tour throughout the major launch markets in the States. The tour will begin in Los Angeles at a special event.
About the same size as the Tiida, the LEAF is based on a new platform and it is equipped with an electric drivetrain that comprises of a 107HP electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged through any home outlet providing a driving range of 100 miles (160km).
Initially, the North American market LEAF will be imported from Japan starting in late 2010, however, Nissan said that beginning in late 2012, it will manufacture the EV and its lithium-ion battery at the company’s plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.

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2010 Nissan Altima Coupe Revealed

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Nissan has officially revealed the updated 2010 Nissan Altima Coupe today. Visually the two-door vehicle receives the same upgrades as the 2010 Altima sedan, including the a new restyled hood, a new grille, a new front bumper, new wheels, standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), minor cosmetic tweaks, new available colors and upgraded option packages while the 3.5 SR model designation replaces the previous 3.5 SE.

The most significant changes are the redesigned front end, newly styled projector beam headlights, a new bumper design, that includes with three air inlets instead of one, as well as a different treatment for the grille. 2010 model year Nissan Altima Coupe comes in three new colors, including Crimson Black, Navy Blue and Ocean Gray, which complete the exterior updates.

The interior updates include revised interior fabrics and finishers, a new red leather-appointed interior color selection and a revised Blonde interior color. According to representatives of Nissan the most obvious interior upgrade a new premium audio system that includes a 4.3-inch color display, USB port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback and XM Satellite Radio. Furthermore, as well as a RearView Monitor.

The new Altima Coupe offers two gasoline engines, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 175HP and 180 lb-ft of peak torque, and a 3.5-liter V6 with 270HP and 258 lb-ft. Both engines are available with a 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Other features of the 2010 model year is a next-generation Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 6.5-inch VGA color display, USB port with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System with audio streaming, 9.3GB Music Box for music storage and playback, advanced map data including speed limit advisories, Zagat restaurant guide, XM NavTraffic and XM NavWeather and an RCA input for auxiliary audio/video connectivity.

The 2010 Nissan Altima Coupe is priced at $22,440 for the 2.5 S model with a 6-speed manual, while a CVT is available for $22,940. The V6 powered Altima Coupe 3.5 SR with a CVT starts at $27,270 while the 3.5 SR with a 6-speed manual starts at $29,600.

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2010 Nissan Maxima Pricing Announced

2010-nissan-maximaToday Nissan North America, Inc. announced pricing and details for the 2010 Nissan Maxima sedan. The vehicle is already on sale now at Nissan dealerships nationwide. The company offers two trim levels: the 3.5 S and the 3.5 SV. Prices excluding applicable tax, title and license fees, start at $30,460 for the Maxima 3.5 S and $33,180 for the Maxima 3.5 SV. Both models of the vehicle are equipped with a standard 3.5 liter V6 engine with the output of 290-horsepower and Xtronic CVT with available paddle shifters.

According to Nissan the new 2010 model year Nissan Maxima includes a new wheel finishes, standard Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System on all models and new or revised option packages – with features such as a new 7-inch color monitor and a 2GB Music Server.

The Hard Drive Navigation System now features XM NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and XM NavWeather, DVD playback and audio streaming via Bluetooth technology. XM Satellite Radio is now standard on Maxima 3.5 SV.

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Nissan Leaf

nissan-leaf-ev-0The zero-emissions Nissan Leaf is a  mass production electric-vehicle that is slated for launch in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe. The five-door medium-sized hatchback is based on a unique platform and it is equipped with a fully electric drivetrain that consists of a 107HP electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged through any home outlet providing a driving range of more than 160km (100 miles).

Nissan said that it wants the car to be competitively priced in the range of a well-equipped C-segment vehicle something that points towards a €20,000 range in Europe and close to $30,000 in the USA.

While the Leaf’s styling won’t be winning any beauty contests, what it will do is give prospective buyers a sense of uniqueness without breaking the norm. That’s more evident with the interior design that has an almost concept-feeling to it. For the record, the Leaf is not a prototype study as what you see, is 99-percent what you’ll get when the Leaf hits showrooms in late 2010.

“Our car had to be the world’s first, medium-size, practical EV that motorists could afford and would want to use every day. And that’s what we’ve created,” said Nissan Product Chief Designer, Masato INOUE. “The styling will identify not only Nissan LEAF but also the owner as a participant in the new era of zero-emission mobility.”

At 4,445mm (175-in.) long, 1,770mm wide (69.7-in.) with a height of 1,550mm (61-in.) and a wheelbase of 2,700mm (106.3-in.), the Leaf is larger than your usual C-segment hatch. For example, the VW Golf is 4,199mm long (165-in.), 1,779mm wide (70-in.) with a height of 1,479mm (58.2-in.) and a wheelbase of 2,578mm (101.5-in.).

Power is provided by an electric motor delivering 80kW or 107-horsepower and 280Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque while energy is drawn from a combination regenerative braking system and a lithium-ion battery pack positioned underneath the cabin floor to save space.

The Leaf’s batteries can be charged up to 80% of its full capacity in just under 30 minutes with a quick charger while a full charge at home through a 200V outlet is estimated to take approximately eight hours.

In theory, the idea sounds right, but we can help but wonder how buyers that live in large cities and do not own a garage will be able to charge the car’s battery – let alone if the batteries are depleted away from home.

Nissan claims that the Leaf will have a driving range in excess of 160 km or 100 miles while the hatchback will be able to achieve a top speed of over 90mph or 140 km/h.

The Leaf will also have an advanced IT system connected to a global data centre, providing support, information, and entertainment for drivers 24 hours a day.

Nissan will build the Leaf at its Oppama plant, Japan, with additional capacity planned for the firm’s Smyrna plant in Tennessee, USA. The EV’s lithium-ion batteries are produced in Zama, Japan, with additional capacity planned for the USA, the UK and Portugal, and other sites around the world.

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