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When it comes to modern electric vehicles, Tesla has become synonymous with advancing the genre. The company really caught a lot of attention with its Model S and has lit up the sales charts with its more mainstream Model 3. Now, Nissan is looking past its own econobox Leaf EV so push forward with the IMs concept.  The IMs features a brand-new car platform that was designed from the ground-up to be used for EVs. It is a mid-size sedan that at 190 inches in length is about 5 inches longer than a Model 3, but roughly 8 inches shorter than the Model S. It rides on a relatively long 114-inch wheelbase, which leaves plenty of room between the wheels to accommodate a large battery pack. In fact,... Read more...
Nissan has pulled the wraps of some new research that it claims will allow vehicles to interpret signals from the brain of the driver and redefine how people interact with their cars. Nissan calls it Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V technology. The Japanese auto giant claims that it will speed up reaction times for driver and eventually lead to cars that adapt to make driving more enjoyable. Nissan will be showing off the new B2V technology at CES 2018. "When most people think about autonomous driving, they have a very impersonal vision of the future, where humans relinquish control to the machines. Yet B2V technology does the opposite, by using signals from their own brain to make the drive even more... Read more...
Nissan is delivering more for less with the second-generation Leaf electric vehicle (EV). Since this is an EV, let’s get the most important stuff out the way first. Range has taken a big step forward compared to the outgoing model, rising from a “just okay” 107 miles to a “that’s more like it” 150 miles. Nissan was able to achieve this increase while using a battery pack (40 kWh) that occupies the exact same dimensions as its predecessor. The actual lithium-ion cells have 67 percent greater energy density compared to the original battery pack included in the 2010 Leaf. Enhanced electrode materials with revised battery chemistry also helps boost the range, while battery durability (during charging... Read more...
  Tesla’s Model 3 might be the new hotness when it comes to electric vehicles, but Nissan is looking to take away some of that spotlight. The original Leaf brought customers a relatively affordable electric vehicle with a drive range of around 100 miles. However, the second-generation Leaf has some stiffer competition not only from the Model 3, but also the Chevrolet Bolt. Although the second-generation Leaf isn’t supposed to make its debut until early September, the car has already been spied roaming the streets. As you can see from the images, the Leaf borrows styling cues from current Nissan vehicles like the Murano and Maxima; especially where the roof meets the rear doors. You can also... Read more...
If you've been skeptical of buying a connected car for fear that its technologies could be used against you, it won't help to learn that Nissan has suspended downloads of a companion app for its Leaf electric vehicle for that very reason. At issue is the woeful lack of security, and in particular the lack of authentication. Here's the deal—the accompanying NissanConnect app, which Leaf owners can install on their smartphones and connect to their car, only looks for the car's VIN. Security researchers Troy Hunt and Scott Helme brought the attention to light yesterday when they published their findings in a blog post. Now a day later, Nissan has disabled the service. "This API thing is just nuts.... Read more...
Electric and self-driving vehicles are already here in some capacity, though if you think about it, the existing solutions are clunky. That's because neither technology has been around long enough to mature. Electric vehicles haven't yet replicated the combination of performance and distance capabilities of their gas guzzling brethren, and autonomous vehicles require a human driver always be at the ready to take control. In other words, there's room for improvement. This is where Nissan's newest concept vehicle comes into play. Unveiled at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, the Nissan IDS Concept "embodies Nissan's vision of the future of autonomous driving and zero emission EVs," and it does it in... Read more...
We first got a taste of YouTube's 360-degree videos in March when the feature was first launched. The 360-degree view puts you right in the center of the action and allows you to pan around see every possible angle captured with cameras like the Ricoh Theta and Kodak SP360. While YouTube’s 360-degree video collection has grown quite a bit since the March debut, a new video that popped up over the weekend is sure to thrill auto enthusiasts. The video gurus at Hamilton Kidd VR teamed up with Nissan’s NISMO racing division to capture the first ever 360-degree footage of a vehicle lapping the famed Le Mans racing circuit. The production team mounted six GoPro cameras, weighing a total of just over... Read more...
It’s hard to believe that the current generation Nissan GT-R has been available in the U.S. since July 2008. Since its debut, the GT-R has demolished vehicles costing thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars more when it comes to outright performance. This is despite the fact that the GT-R has been criticized for 1) lacking a “soul”, 2) being controlled by “nanny” computers, and 3) weighing in at nearly 3,900 pounds. The GT-R has never been starved for power, but it still will receive a significant power boost in next incarnation according to German auto publication Autobild. The 2016 GT-R produces 545hp from its twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine, which sends power to all four wheels... Read more...
The automobile industry is changing right before our very eyes. We have companies like Chevrolet building insanely powerful modern-day muscle cars; Ford and others getting fancy with newfangled technology integrations; Tesla pushing new and used sales of electric vehicles; and of course companies like Google ready to hit the road with self-driving cars. Take your pick on which is the most interesting, but if you ask Nissan, the company might tell you that autonomous technology is where it's at.More than just a passing interest from the sidelines, Nissan's Chief Executive Office Carlo Ghosn indicated today that his company will have autonomous cars ready for the road by 2020, according to the... Read more...
While this one's a little off the beaten path of the stories we typically cover, we wanted to give our readers who might own an older Nissan vehicle a heads up about an expanded recall related to complaints about defective air bags. Nissan widened its net of recalled vehicles to include an additional 226,000 automobiles, which brings the total number of affected automobiles to 664,628 so far. Straight to the point, Nissan has recalled its Infiniti I32 (2002-2003), Infiniti FX35 (2003), Infiniti FX45 (2003), Infiniti QX42 (2002-2003), Maxima (2002-2003), Pathfinder (2002-2003), and Sentra (2002-2004). The air bag issue that's affecting Nissan and other car makers has been a bit of a black eye... Read more...
The race to develop a driverless car is on, driven in large part by the efforts of Google, although plenty of other companies such as Intel and Ford are investing heavily into developing such technology as well. You can count Nissan as one major car maker that’s in the fray, as CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed the company’s plans to reporters in Tokyo. Nissan has a roadmap for a nearly autonomous car by 2020. By 2016, Nissan will have vehicles that can self-park; by 2018, they’ll be able to change lanes without driver intervention, and by 2020 they’ll be able to navigate intersections autonomously. Nissan's electric Leaf Ostensibly, autonomous cars will reduce the number of traffic... Read more...
The automobile is quickly becoming the next interconnected battleground, and AT&T's latest announcement goes a long way to proving that. The telecom company has today announced an agreement with Sirius XM Radio to provide mobile connectivity to support  a suite of security and additional services for Nissan automobiles in North America. Moreover, if we had to guess, we'd say that other carriers are likely courting other automakers to hopefully make this more of the rule instead of the exception. SiriusXM’s in-vehicle telematics solution will provide Nissan vehicle owners 24/7 emergency support for accidents, stolen vehicle tracking and roadside assistance, along with a host of... Read more...
What if your car could power your home? Wait, what? It's true -- Nissan is reportedly saying that their Leaf electric card can actually feed power from its battery pack back into a home, with plenty of juice to run appliances. The new project is called Leaf to Home, and it uses Li-ion batteries as emergency backup for homes. According to Nissan, this functionality would prove most useful if a home were hit by a natural disaster or power outage, and we certainly could see it going over quite well with prospective buyers. According to the company, plans are in motion to commercialize the tech by March of 2012. If you're wondering how it works, here's what we know so far. There's a quick-charge... Read more...
Navigation systems have been a luxury add-on option to many vehicles for some time now. With the exception of the Suzuki SX4 however, a built-in navigation system with a new car generally cost at least $1,000 if not much more. Given the plethora of personal navigation devices from the likes of Garmin and TomTom, as well as the many options available for a wireless phone, there are plenty of people who don't see the need to spend this type of money for an in-dash system. This could change, however, as Nissan plans to offer a $400 navigation system in some of its 2010 MY products. While a $400 price tag may seem a bit steep in some people's eyes, consider that this is the same price as Ford's LCD-less... Read more...
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