Nissan Gone Wild: A Small SUV With A Great Engine

SMALL CAR, BIG ENGINE. It’s a time-honoured tradition in the car industry and a sure-fire way to capture the attention of car enthusiasts. Hot hatches are perhaps the biggest beneficiaries of the engineering technique, but it’s also been employed in sports cars and sports sedans – it’s how AMG came about, along with such automotive … [Read more…]

Nissan Talks About What It Has In Store For Us

Nissan’s chief designer, Shiro Nakamura, who styled hugely significant cars including the GT-R, Qashqai, 350Z, Juke, Leaf and Cube, retired in March after 17 years with the manufacturer. Nakamura has been replaced by Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s previous head of design, with ex-BMW design chief Karim Habib taking Albaisa’s role. Nakamura, 66, was brought to Nissan … [Read more…]

An Unforgettable Journey With Mazda MX-5

IT TAKES A LOCAL TO SNAP ME OUT OF MY blissful ignorance. Partly because the thrashing of a Nissan Patrol’s 44-inch tyres is difficult to ignore when it’s occurring at eye level, but mostly for the look its occupants give as they pass. Incredulity would cover it, but pity is an appropriate surrogate. Either way, … [Read more…]

Nissan Micra IG-T 90 Tekna

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£17,275 As sometimes happens with Japanese cars, different generations of Micras have had bewilderingly different characters. They’ve been cute or boring, elaborate or straightforward… and loved or ignored in Britain. The last one sat at the wrong pole of all those spectra, at least from our perspective. But then it wasn’t designed with us in … [Read more…]

Fast Review of Nissan GTR 2017

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Our initial plan for review was a live blog of the experience. But writing while driving is bad and wrong, so here is our delayed Nissan GT-R, the first of its lineage to be officially sold in Philippines.

Nissan New Hybrid Turn Brought By Mitsubishi Deal

NISSAN has made a U-turn on its plans to forge ahead with only pure-electric vehicles, as senior execs confirmed to Auto Express that the manufacturer is working on a plug-in hybrid solution for Europe. The Renault-Nissan Alliance recently acquired a 34 percent controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors, and Takashi Shirakawa, Nissan’s European R&D boss, has … [Read more…]

Nissan GT-R Track

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Hard-core Track edition proves that Nissan’s Godzilla still has plenty of fire in its belly If I had not looked at the spec sheet beforehand, I’d have sworn that the GT-R Track was at least 125kg lighter than the standard car (if you can call a regular GT-R ‘standard’). There is a very modest 5kg … [Read more…]

Theory of Evolution – Nissan MY17 GT-R

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For a decade, Nissan has evolved the GT-R with small but constant tweaks. The MY17 GT-R represents the biggest leap It’s hard to believe that the R35 Nissan GT-R has been with us for nearly 10 years (it launched in 2007 at the Tokyo motor show). Like most significant cars, I clearly remember the first … [Read more…]