Nissan’s Own Carlos Ghosn Accused of Misconduct, Arrested
Nissan Chairman and Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn has been arrested by prosecutors in Japan for "significant acts of misconduct." Nissan said Ghosn and another board member had been under investigation for months following a whistleblower report. As one of the auto industry’s most important executives, Ghosn will be "promptly removed" from his positions, according to Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa.
Well this is a bit strange and embarrassing. Not too long ago at the Academy Awards, Ellen DeGeneres managed to crash Twitter when she posted a celebrity selfie. Some people even went as far as to say that the internet itself was broken. Recently Paper Magazine decided it wanted to cause an incredible viral sensation by posting pictures of Kim Kardashian and her enormous booty in various states of undress accompanied with the hashtag #BreakTheInternet.
Nissan has been on point with making fun of people and situations on Twitter lately — just look at the Nyan-cat GT-R joke — and they decided that Kim Kardashian would make the perfect target. The main photo in question shows Kardashian balancing a champagne glass on her large posterior. Nissan’s simple response is a rear three-quarter view of the new GT-R Nismo with a champagne glass perched upon its rear wing. The photo is complimented by little more than the text “Ours is bigger.”
It is a equal parts silly, abnormal, and desperate. I love that Nissan has a social team that is not afraid to take chances on obscure social campaigns, but sadly this one feels more like a sad grab for attention by piggy-backing on what was promising to be a lucrative social movement. That said, I won’t complain about more high-resolution photos of the GT-R Nismo floating around the internet.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO.
$1.35 million is an extremely ridiculous price to pay for an ordinary Nissan Skyline GT-R R34, but truth be told, there’s nothing ordinary about his particular model.
For one, it’s actually a movie car and one that was heavily used in the film it was on. More importantly, that film was "Fast & Furious 4," and the man who drove this Skyline was none other than the late Paul Walker. So yeah, it’s a pretty special ride driven by one special dude.
But after Walker’s sudden and unexpected death late last year, the car now finds itself on the market and the attached price tag — €1 million, which is around $1.35 million at the current exchange rates — speaks not only to the uniqueness of this particular Skyline GT-R (fully souped up and all), but also to the man who once treated the ride like one of his own.
Normally, we’d be turned off by a sticker price like that. After all, there are a lot of things you can do with that much money. But not this time.
See, the car itself will probably gain value as the years go by and Walker’s legend grows. But that’s trivial and inconsequential to the more important reason as to why if we had the money to spare, we’d buy it in a heartbeat.
What’s more, this car is going to help a great cause. See, 50 percent of the proceeds of the sale will be donated to Walker’s Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW) charity, one of the finest charitably organizations you’ll ever find.
Unlike other movie cars that have gone on sale in recent years, we’re pretty sure that this one will find a new owner soon enough.
Click past the jump to read about the 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
The fastest man in the world deserves nothing less than the fastest car in the world. Well, not really. But a Nissan GT-R, and a gold one at that?
Pretty impressive, to say the least.
The one-off "Bolt Gold" GT-R, which we first saw last year, was actually auctioned off to a lucky winner. So this isn’t the same gold-bathed GT-R that we saw then.
Now, the second model is based on the 2014 model, and is customized to suit Bolt’s driving style. As far as the special customization work is concerned, this GT-R boasts of the same "Bolt Gold" exterior color of the auctioned car while also getting an exclusive "Spec Bolt" emblem, a saucy white interior, a Bose audio system, and a set of 10-spoke hyper-titanium color-coated RAYS aluminum-alloy forged wheels.
Under its hood, Bolt’s Gold GT-R come powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that delivers a total of 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque with an estimated 0-to-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph.
Click past the jump to read about the first Bolt Gold GT-R
If Nissan was worried about the turnout for its recent GT-R Bolt Gold eBay auction, the amount the auction raised should quell all of those fears. At the end of the auction, which included the one-off ’Bolt Gold’ Nissan GT-R, a total of $193,191 was raised.
That’s an impressive haul if you ask us.
More importantly, all of the proceeds from the auction will be handed over to the Usain Bolt Foundation — a charitable organization founded by the Olympic star — in the hopes of providing educational and cultural opportunities for children and young people in the athlete’s home country, Jamaica.
In addition to the Golden Godzilla, the auction also featured signed memorabilia from Bolt himself, including racing helmets, fire-proof suits, driving boots, and even t-shirts the man himself wore during a recent visit to Nissan’s test track in Japan.
As for the winning bidder of the Bolt Gold GT-R, it’s probably best to temper his excitement a little bit because the car won’t be delivered to his waiting arms until March 2013.
Recently, the world’s fastest man - Usain Bolt - stopped at Nissan’s GranDrive testing track and Yokohama headquarters where he tested the GT-R. After his little test drive, he was so impressed with the car that Nissan decided to build him a special GT-R painted in gold. This unique GT-R will be auctioned to raise funds for the kids.
This special GT-R features Bolt’s signature embossed on it and comes with a number of trim pieces finished in real gold. The auction will be held on eBay and full details will be announced at the end of October.
When talking about the experience he had with the GT-R, Bolt said: "it was wonderful. We came in and we had a lead car, and we were trying to push him to go faster in the GT-R, and he kept on pushing and pushing until he decided that he was going to just go past him. So, we had a good time coming in. It was exciting for me. Today at the track, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I really enjoyed it. I tested two different types of GT-Rs – a sports one and a more luxury one. So, for me, it was really exciting. I can’t explain, it was just joy for me because I like speed and I really enjoy driving fast. So for me to be in the GT-R, as safe as I know it is, and to go as fast as I can go was a wonderful feeling."
Fans of the Gran Turismo franchise are about to have one of their biggest dreams come true when the Nurburgring race finally gets underway. No longer will they have to watch the GT500 "Stealth" GT-R in its computer generated form because GT5 creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, will be driving the vehicle in the Nurburgring 24 Hours this weekend. We’re guessing hours of GT5 play time have finally gotten to the driver and he wants to return to racing to experience the true fire behind his creation.
Okay, so technically, the Nissan GT-R driven by Yamauchi won’t have all of the bells and whistles that the "Stealth" model in the game has, but what the crew has done is remodeled the exterior to match that of the popular GT5 sports car. Yamuachi is teamed up with Tobias and Michael Schulze of Autohaus Schulze and Yasuyoshi Yamamoto, founder of Japanese tuning shop Opera Performance.
We’re keeping an eye on car number #71 during the 24h race, as last year Yamauchi competed in several VLN races at the Nurburgring in a race-prepped Lexus IS-F, earning a class victory in the four-hour event and taking fourth-in-class at the 24-hour race.