Nissan North America has decided to recall nearly 196,000 vehicles in the United States due to corrosion problems. According to this report, this is due to corrosion problems that can affect the steering and the suspension system. The recall extends to vehicles that were produced in 1997, including the Infiniti QX4 that was produced and marketed from 1996 to 2004. The affected areas according to the reports include the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington DC, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The recall order made by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration explains that in areas in the US where heavy concentrations of road salt are used, the mixture of water and the salt can compromise the strut tower housing of some vehicles. It added that when this happens, this will increase the steering effort and can even result to loss of steering control and in the end could compromise the life of the driver and the passengers.
Europe’s best-selling pickup is back with its newest version- the Nissan Navara 2011. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show, the Nissan Navara promises that it can deliver on customer expectations on and off the road. Some of the major changes and modifications on the Navara can be seen on the technical specifications of the vehicle. The 2011 version of the pickup offers the technically-advanced 3.0 liter V6 engine. Safety-wise, Nissan engineers also paid attention to the needs for safety on the road. The vehicle offered better levels of passive safety. Consumers can also count on the presence of the leading and state of the art Nissan Connect Premium Navigation System. The entertainment fan can also count on the high-end Bose sound system.
Direct injection V6 turbo-diesel
The newest engine included in the 2011 version of the pickup was developed and designed by the Renault Nissan Alliance. And the engine promises better performance and with strong fuel economy. The current engine also boasts competitive emissions and better refinement if compared with other vehicles on its class. What sets the engine apart from the rest is the kind of materials used. For this V6 engine with an angle of 65 degrees, the engineers counted on the Compacted Graphite Iron or the CGI. The good thing about this material is that this offers the benefits expected from the cast iron plus this also offers higher levels of stiffness and noise absorption. And the material can all make that happen without increasing its weight. This material is heavier than the typical alloy block, but the good thing is that there is no longer that need to use sound deadening material.
Truck buyers can also count on the design of the combustion chamber. The chamber has been optimized in order to improve the balance between fuel efficiency and the emission levels. Performance-wise, the Nissan Navara 2011 delivers leading levels of torque and power outputs. All these defining performances are made possible thanks to the addition of a large and single turbocharger, the intercooler and the utilization of the latest Bosch common-rail fuel injection system. In terms of power, this truck offers 231 PS. Contributing to the cause of a greener planet is also the intent of Nissan as this complies with Euro 5 requirements. The truck features the overcooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation System and the better treatment of pipe emissions. All these modifications ensure that the Nissan Navara 2011 will be in the position once again to be Europe’s leading truck.
Nissan is dipping its fingers once again on the sportscar segment. And this time around, it wants to go electric. Introducing the Nissan ESFLOW concept set to be introduced at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. Based on the concept, this one offers rear-wheel drive and a two-seater sports car that get its power from the laminated lithium ion batteries. This is the same battery used in the Nissan LEAF.
In a statement made by the company, this was developed in order to give an idea how a zero-emissions sports car of the future might look like. The introduction of the Nissan ESFLOW according to the company is one way of shattering the myth that says equates ecological living with act of austerity. ESFLOW they say will address the misconception.
Expect the latest edition of the Nissan GT-R to take your breaths away, well at least for fans and the lovers of sports cars. One thing that you can expect is that more power will boost this sports car from Nissan. There will be some tweaks in the suspension as well. Plus the Rays wheels will be given more attention. More details on the Nissan GT-R 2012 here.
It has been reported over some websites that Nissan has called for the recall of around 42,000 trucks– these are Infiniti and Nissan trucks due to poop welding. Plus it has been found out that the suspension systems of these trucks may undermine occupants’ safety on the road. The information on their trucks was revealed by Nisan to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some of these vehicles that were included in the recall includes the 2010 Nissan Titan, the Nissan Armada, the Xterra and the Nissan Pathfinder. Other Infiniti vehicles were also subject to the recall including the Infiniti QX56. Another carmaker has also called for a recall. Suzuki recalled some of its 2010 Equator pick-ups. This Suzuki vehicle shares the same platform with the Nissan Frontier.
A cute little, compact and powerful (I think) Nissan car has been unveiled recently. What I am talking about is the Nissan 370Z Roadster. In terms of looks and performance, the Nissan 370Z Roadster is similar to the Z coupe of Nissan. The car will be powered by the especially-tune engine and suspension and will be fitted with the super light weight 19-inch wheels with the Yokohama Advan Sport rubber. The car is equipped with 350-horsepower V6 engine that uses the Variable Valve Event and Lift Control. This will deliver better intake of air, thus promises better power output. Other information can be accessed here.
The latest on Nissan is that the company plans to slash 20,000 jobs for next year. Now this is troubling for the industry. Those jobs that will be lost will definitely hurt. This number is around 8.5 percent of Nissan’s global workforce. This news article mentioned that the loss that will be reported by Nissan will be $2.9 billion, and not simply $1 billion, as I earlier noted. According to its chief executive Carlos Ghosn, the auto industry is in turmoil and that Nissan is not exempted. Further information on Yahoo news.
According to some reports, Nissan may forecast a loss to as much as 1 billion USD. Based on the report, the announcement of that loss may happen this Monday when Nissan announces the third quarter earnings. The figures will reflect the slump that is happening in auto sales right now and this is also a reflection of the impact of the stronger yen. It is not just Nissan who has this problem. As reported too, rival Toyota Motors Corporation will be handed its first operating loss since World War. Nissan is Japan’s third largest automaker. The supposed ‘loss’ of Nissan is actually based on the survey conducted among analysts.
The latest news on Nissan is that the company is now also lining up for help. The company is now also seeking a federal efficiency loan in the US and this is the only Japanese car maker to do so. To be exact, Nissan is seeking the federal loan under the US program for the fuel-efficient automobiles and the company is competing with General Motors Corporation, Ford Motors and Tesla. The source of funds will be the Energy Department and loans will be taken out from the $25 billion fund. These will be the source of the low cost loans which can be given to succesful applicants in one or two months. The rules for the low cost loans has been finalized last November and the department got 75 applications for projects and the overall project cost $38 billion. Of the 75, only 25 were considered as substantially complete.
The competition among automakers in the environmentally-friendly car sector is heating up, amid the growing concerns for climate change and the escalating prices of petrol. This recent developments has pushed some automakers, particularly General Motors and Ford to rethink their profits and at the same time to rethink their productions. Ford is about to cut its production of the pick-up trucks and GM is set to re-evaluate some of its models, particularly its Hummer. But it isn’t just the American automakers who are taking hits and making adjustments. Japanese car makers are in it as well, and one automaker that is serious in making its move and making it matters is Nissan.
Nissan in its bid to introduce cleaner vehicles using cleaner technology is set to introduce the Nissan X-Trail sport utility vehicle that will feature a new diesel engine in Japan in September. This move by Nissan will enable the company to effectively meet the new emission regulatory standards that is set to take effect in October 2009. Japan is set to introduce a new emission regulatory standards that is known as the ‘Post New Long-Term Regulations by 2009. Now in order to beat this regulation, Nissan plans to introduce the cleaner version of the X-Trail. To make its introduction formal, the X-Trail is to be introduced at the G8 Summit. Delegates and members of the media that will attend the summit will have the opportunity to test drive the X-Trail and see related technology exhibits.
The technology used on the new X-Trail was co-developed by Nissan and Renault. The M9R engine that the X-Trail uses incorporates a number of technologies. Some of the technologies incorporated on the engine include the Piezo-electric controlled injectors, the Commonrail system, variable nozzle turbos, diesel particulate filters, lean NOx-trap catalysts, sophisticated control-system for precise modulation of the DPF and catalysts in tandem with driving conditions.
The development of this kind of vehicle or technology is under the Nissan Green Program 2010.
Nissan takes DUI and drunk-driving related injuries seriously. That is why, the company is set to design and to produce a concept vehicle that takes in ‘mind’ a drunk and an intoxicated vehicle so that injuries and fatalities related to drunk driving may be reduced. The concept vehicle in the mind of Nissan engineers will be the Nissan Fuga sedan. This sedan will showcase multiple advanced technologies that are designed to help reduce drunk driving, and of course the injuries related to it. This so-called proof of concept vehicle was developed to research and then showcase the breakthrough technologies that can be applied potentially on Nissan vehicles so that these can be introduced in the market in the near future. It was explained that based on the concept, the key in preventing these kinds of injuries is by preventing the intoxicated driver from getting on the road. The research vehicle of Nissan will be equipped with an alcohol sensor that is built into the transmission shift knob that can effectively detects the presence of alcohol based on the perspiration coming from the palm of the driver. Of course there will be a designated threshold for the allowable alcohol content in the body of the vehicle, so the moment the alcohol sensor on the knob detects that the concentration is way above the set threshold, the system will effectively lock the transmission and will then immobilize the car. The Nissan vehicle will then gives a voice alert thru the navigation system that will explain why the vehicle is locked and immobilized. Aside from the alcohol sensor fitted at the shift knob of the vehicle, the ride will also features odor sensors that are built into the driver’s and the passengers’ seats that will effectively detect the presence of alcohol in the air of the vehicle’s cabin.
It isn’t just the odor and thru the sweats of your palm. Your behavior can be the basis as well. The concept car Fuga of Nissan has technologies that can detect behavior that’s related to drunk driving. There will be a facial recognition system that can monitor the driver’s awareness through the blinking of the eyes. There will also be a technology on board that can monitor the behavior of the vehicle and see if the vehicle is veering off the lane. If there will be signs that show inattentiveness or drowsiness that is related to drunk driving, then the vehicle will provide visual and audible alerts. Seat belts on-board the vehicle will be then tightens in order to gain the attention of the driver.