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Nissan unveiled the Leaf in 2010, and there were no major updates until the 2013 model year when it was updated with 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 to four hours. Additionally, Nissan increased cargo space to 24 cubic feet with the 2nd row seat upright by relocating the onboard charger to the front of the vehicle.

For the 2014 model year, the model continues pretty much unchanged, with the only addition including a RearView Monitor standard on all grades and an updated EV-IT functionality with voice destination entry and SMS readout.

The 2014 Leaf will go on sale in late December 2013, and prices will be announced at a later date. As usual, the model will be offered three grades: S, SV and SL models.

Updated 01/08/2014: Nissan officially announced prices for the 2014 Leaf which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. Prices will start from $28,980 for the S version and will go up to $35,020 for the SL version.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Leaf.

Nissan Bladeglider Concept

When Dr. Don Panoz, the man largely behind the DeltaWing Coupe , saw the BladeGlider Concept , he probably didn’t take too kindly to its design, something he believes infringed on the look of the DeltaWing project.

Apparently, Panoz believes Nissan did just that, and he’s taking to the courts to issue a cease-and-desist order on the BladeGlider and the ZEOD RC — another car that bears a striking similarity to the Delta Delta Wing project. While this piece of news might come as a surprise to a lot of people, it was actually months in the making for Panoz, who already had reservations when Nissan came out with the ZEOD RC, months after pulling out of the DeltaWing project.

And with the BladeGlider bearing the same design — the long nose cone, the narrow front track, and the wider rear track — Panoz knew that action needed to be taken, and take action he did, naming Nissan motorsport boss, Darren Cox, and former DelaWing colleague, Ben Bowlby, as part of the lawsuit.

Now, filing a lawsuit and seeing something done about it are two different things. Panoz accomplished the first one pretty easily, claiming infringement of intellectual property rights on Nissan’s part. The second part, though, will still be a matter of how the courts treat the issue.

What we do know is that this battle between Nissan and DeltaWing is just getting started.

Click past the jump to read about the 2012 NIssan DeltaWing and the 2013 Nissan BladeGlider Concept

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Nissan 370Z

We’re pretty sure that most of you have heard, or maybe even said, "man, I would give my left nut to get that car." We are also pretty sure that anyone who has uttered those words would likely back off of them when the opportunity presented itself. Well, we found one man that took someone up on the offer... sort of.

Enter in Mark Parisi, the man that essentially sold his testicle to buy his dream car, a Nissan 370Z . He announced on CBS’s show The Doctors that his testicle will go to medical science research and that his reward for the donation was a cool 35k. Just enough to buy the 370Z that he so dearly desired.

We don’t know about you, but selling off one-third of your manhood for a $35,000 Nissan seems a little crazy, but that’s just our opinion. Now, we may have a tougher debate if said manhood removal would net us a Ferrari LaFerrari or a Porsche 918 Spyder . We guess everyone has their price...

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan 370Z.

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Last week at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Nissan unveiled the most powerful GT-R ever: the new Nismo version . Today it’s time to learn how this car was developed thanks to a new video revealed by the company.

Along with explaining how the GT-R Nismo was developed, this video also includes testing scenes from Nurburgring, Sendai and France, with interviews and time-attack laps, which include a 7:08.679 run at the Ring.

For those of you who do not remember, the new GT-R Nismo is powered by an updated 3.8-liter, twin-boosted V-6 engine delivers a total of 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque - quite a boost over the standard 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet. Nissan said nothing about how the extra power will improve the GT-R’s performance figures, but we do know that the new Nismo is the fastest GT-R ever around the famous Nurburgring with a lap time of 7:08.

Retro cars have become a fad these days and automakers, like Nissan , have taken that to a whole new level by integrating all the elements we love about those classic cars into a modern-day concept .

The result of this adventurous project is the IDx Freeflow, which adheres to what the company describes as its three-box genesis: engine, passenger, and cargo areas.

Nissan says that there are no heritage influences on the IDx Freeflow, but somehow we can’t shake the feeling that the concept carries a styling homage to the first line of Skyline GT-Rs and Datsun 510 the company produced years ago.

Still, you have to appreciate how Nissan managed to give the IDx Freeflow an identity all its own. It is born out of a desire to create a vehicle that has a simple design with just the right amount of functions and accessories that are standard on cars to provide its own unique sense of build functionality and aesthetic specialty.

That’s probably one of the best ways to describe the Nissan IDx Freeflow because it really is a car that’s special in its own way.

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan IDx Freeflow

Knowing full well what Toyota and Subaru have in the GT 86 and the BRZ , respectively, Nissan is determined to show the world that it can also produce a modern-day sports car based on one of its own iconic models.

The company will tell you that the creation of the IDx Nismo and the IDx Freeflow was a result of its intention to create two very distinct models from the same vehicle. But don’t let that be the only reason, as it’s pretty evident that these two concepts are also being released as a response to the popular Toyota and Subaru sports coupes .

Nissan came up with the "IDx" tag in part to show how its ideals are reflected in the personality of the concepts, hence the ID acronym signifying "identification". For its own part, the "x" represents the variable and "values and dreams born through communication."

The result, as you can see, is a pretty wicked looking sports car that has traces of the Datsun 510 and the old Nissan Skyline, the godfather — so to speak — of the current GT-R supercar. Specifically, the IDx Nismo bears the racing dynamics of Nissan’s aftermarket division.

When Nissan unveiled the new Juke Nismo , it also announced that it was simply the tip of the iceberg for the new Nismo family. We have already seen the GT-R Nismo that followed it, and now a new Sentra Nismo Concept. This concept is on display next to the GT-R Nismo at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , and we have big hopes to see it put into production.

The concept features the usual Nismo elements, like the more powerful engine, the aerodynamic kit, tuned suspensions and a high performance braking system, red accents all over and, of course, a sporty interior.

The Sentra Nismo Concept rocks a Bright Pearl White exterior paint combined with a carbon fiber pattern on numerous exterior elements and the staple Nismo red line on the front spoiler lip, the side skirts, the rear spoiler and the exterior mirrors.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan Sentra NISMO Concept.

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Only few hours ago, Nissan unveiled the official details on the new GT-R Nismo , which happens to be the most powerful GT-R ever, and now it’s time to see it in action at the N├╝rburgring Nordschleife. On the famed German circuit is where it managed to score a time of just 7:8.679. making it the world’s fastest volume-production car around the "Green Hell."

The lap time was recorded by Michael Krumm, a Nissan test-driver, who was impressed by the capacities of the new GT-R Nismo .

The model that established this amazing time was equipped with the track options package that includes aerodynamics tuning, weight reduction, and suspension tuning. Under the hood, there is the newly updated engine GT-R engine: a 3.8-liter, twin-boosted V-6 engine that delivers a total of 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.

Check out the video to see what Krumm thinks on the new car and hear his commentary as he laps the track. there’s also plenty of sweet in-car sounds to enjoy.

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We all know that the next-generation Nissan GT-R has created quite a buzz in the automotive world; after all, everyone is interested in just how good (or bad) a hybrid GT-R will be. However this version is still several years away, so Nissan will simply continue updating the gasoline-powered version of the GT-R for now.

For the 2015 model year, Nissan made some changes to the exterior and the interior look, but most of the changes were made to the suspension system, giving it a "smoother ride comfort, more refinement, and benchmark fit and finish."

Since the engine and transmission were both updated for the 2014 model year , they continue unchanged in 2015. Besides, if the base GT-R isn’t powerful enough, you can always take a crack at the mighty GT-R Nismo version for your horsepower fix.

The revised Nissan GT-R will go on sale on December 2nd, as a 2014 model, and the 2015 model will hit showrooms in the U.S. in the beginning of 2014.

Updated 01/21/2014: Nissan announced today prices for the 2015 GT-R sports car which is now on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. prices will range from $101,770 for the GT-R Premium version and will go up to $115,710 for the GT-R Track Edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan GT-R.

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Nissan will unveil a very cool gadget at the upcoming 2013 Tokyo Motor Show , which will open its doors next week. That’s right, Nissan does a lot more than just stamp out cars and truck, folks. The new gadget in question is a head-mounted display that Nissan has dubbed the 3E, and it is set to take on Google Glass.

According to the initial details offered by Nissan, the 3E can be connected to the Internet in real time, allowing the users to overlay acquired information on the glasses, record projected images and communicate with others by sending information to their glasses.

Unfortunately, Nissan stopped short of offering too many details, but we expect it to also display plenty of car-centric information, like speed, fuel consumption and GPS directions. The downside, much like Google Glass, it that it may also be a distraction for drivers , as it will likely also display social media information and phone notifications.

Full details on the 3E will be unveiled next week during its official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. These fancy techno-glasses will make their debut alongside another futuristic piece of Nissan equipment: the recently revealed BladeGlider concept. The 3E also gets a spot next to a more current Nissan marvel: the GT-R Nismo .

Stay tuned for more information.

Click past the jump to watch the first trailer video of the upcoming Nissan 3E gadget.


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