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Will Futuristic Nissan IMs EC Sport Sedan Concept Save Sedans??

Will Futuristic Nissan IMs EC Sport Sedan Concept Save Sedans??

Nissan IMs EC Sport Sedan Drives Autonomously and Can Do So For 380 Miles

At the dawn of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, Nissan has taken the covers off the interesting IMs EC Sport Sedan Concept. It is an electric autonomous car of the future that seemingly looks to try and save sedans. The premise is,... newish. Nissan envisioned the raised up electric sedan with a really interesting interior layout, an all-wheel-drive system, and autonomous gear. If I go back to 2017, I can find the Volvo S60 Cross Country. See, the S60, not the V60 Cross Country. The S60 Cross Country sedan was on sale for some time. It was basically a raised up sedan, with soft off-road gear inherited from its wagon brother. So, now Nissan did the same, only with a twist. A hell of a twist might I add.

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What is Nissan Trying to Tease in this Weird Video for the Detroit Auto Show?

What is Nissan Trying to Tease in this Weird Video for the Detroit Auto Show?

Nissan has released what must be the thinnest teaser ever

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the final show to be held in January before the NAIAS moves to warmer months, is shaping up to be rather thin in comparison to years before. I just recently looked up the floor plan for the Cobo Center this year, and it appears as if the auto show will only consume three halls instead of all four as it has done in recent years. We’re missing a number of big attendees including makes like Porsche, Mercedes, and BMW, among others. Even the number of booths dedicated to aftermarket parts and suppliers has dropped considerably.

Be that as it may, there’s still going to be some pretty interesting stuff going on at this year’s show. I’m talking about more than just the Kia Telluride Torque Track. I’m talking about debuts of the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 and the 2020 Toyota Supra. Those are the two big headliners, however, there are a few other concepts coming, and one of the most mysterious is a Nissan concept that was recently teased.

In the video below, you’ll see a weird animation put together by Nissan. We suspect that it’s a hint at the production process, which could be, among other things, comprised of 3D printing. We know it’s a "future mobility" type of concept so it’ll probably be something a little off the wall, anyway. Well, why don’t you go ahead and watch the video for yourself and let us know what you think.

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New Nissan Xmotion Concept Is A Mess Of Different Ideas

New Nissan Xmotion Concept Is A Mess Of Different Ideas

Lack of cohesion manages to create weird, yet uninspiring design study

Nissan just unveiled a brand-new SUV concept at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and all told, it’s a weird one – and not in a good way, either. Nissan calls it the Xmotion, which, for some reason, is pronounced “cross motion” (don’t ask, because we don’t know why either), and says it “fuses Japanese culture and traditional craftsmanship with American-style utility and new-generation Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology.” But like eating a cheese burger with chopsticks while browsing your smartphone, it just doesn’t work.

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Nissan Teaser Hints at a Futuristic but Traditional Concept for the Detroit Auto Show

Nissan Teaser Hints at a Futuristic but Traditional Concept for the Detroit Auto Show

New concept could join the Nissan IMx as the backbone of automaker’s new Intelligent Mobility outfit

The North American International Auto Show will play host to a new Nissan concept that the Japanese automaker is now promoting through a handful of teaser videos ahead of its debut in Detroit. The first of three teasers was recently released, and to no one’s surprise, it didn’t reveal much, other than saying that the concept uses “tradition” as a “bridge to the future.” You can go in a lot of different directions speculating what this concept is, but based on what the teaser video shows, it could be a future interpretation of a traditional Nissan model. A futuristic Nissan GT-R, perhaps?

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Why Nissan's Invisible Roof Should Become a Thing

Why Nissan’s Invisible Roof Should Become a Thing

Glass roofs and carbon-fiber make up my new automotive fetish

The Nissan Vmotion concept gained a significant upgrade for the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, where it showcased a more angular and futuristic take on the company’s current design language and previewed the interior styling we should see in production cars in a few years. The Vmotion 2.0 looks fantastic inside and out and features new "Intelligent Mobility" tech that Nissan has yet to talk about in detail for now. But to me, the concept’s most interesting feature is the "floating" roof.

Built around lines flowing seamlessly from the steeply-raked A-pillars to the trunk lid, the roof design is like a massive piece of glass mounted on a thin structure. The floating C-pillars are carried over from previous Nissan concepts and production models like the Maxima, but there are many details that set this new concept apart. For starters, the line that connects the A-pillars to the trunk lid have a unique carbon-fiber finish with thin silver thread accents. This makes it seem like it’s built under the glass and makes the roof almost invisible. Around back, the Nissan fitted a wrap-around window - something we don’t see on many cars nowadays.

The company’s floating roof is by far the coolest glass roof I’ve seen recently and I think it would make a great feature on production vehicle. The main reason is that I like large moonroofs and the enormous amount of light they bring inside the cabin. If you haven’t experienced that, go test a car with a big moonroof and I bet you’ll never want to go back to a metal top. Another reason is that both the front and rear window remind me of the "bubble top" cars of the 1960s. The 1961 Chevrolet Impala is a cool example and I’d love to see that roof design return into showrooms with a modern spin.

Finally I think that carbon-fiber would be a good solution to strengthen a glass-only roof. Granted, the lightweight material is pretty expensive to use right and wouldn’t make financial sense on non-premium cars, but the technology is bound to become cheaper in the future and more automakers will probably adopt it. Here’s to hoping that the Vmotion 2.0 inspires not only upcoming Nissan vehicles, but other carmakers too!

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The Nissan Qashqai Coming to the U.S. Shows What's Wrong with the Industry

The Nissan Qashqai Coming to the U.S. Shows What’s Wrong with the Industry

Is the SUV craze running out of control?

So Nissan finally brought the Qashqai to the U.S., where it will be sold as the Rogue Sport and slot between the familiar Juke and Rogue models. A very popular crossover in Europe and Nissan’s best-selling nameplate in certain countries, the Rogue Sport comes to strengthen the companies presence on the highly profitable SUV market. It remains to be seen whether it will be successful or not, but a comparison with the Rogue reveals what’s wrong with the whole auto industry today.

A quick look at the numbers shows that the Rogue Sport is only 12.1 inches shorter and a tenth inch narrower than the Rogue. For a vehicle that’s more than four meters long, 12 inches isn’t that much and in this case it doesn’t make a very big difference on the inside since the Rogue Sport’s wheelbase is only 2.3 inches shorter. What’s more, the Qashqai is only 10 inches shorter and more than an inch wider than the first-generation Rogue. Why is that important you ask? Well, like most modern vehicles, Nissan made the second-generation Rogue larger than its predecessor, applying the same "buyers want more room and a more rugged appearance" strategy.

So basically it designed the Rogue with a bigger footprint back in 2012, and some years later it decided that it needs a smaller crossover that’s not as small as the Juke on the U.S. market. It’s pretty much what a lot of automakers have done in recent years.

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2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

The Nissan Qashqai finally makes it to the U.S.

The second-generation Nissan Rogue was introduced in 2013, and much like its predecessor, it’s a version of the X-Trail specifically revised for the North American market. Upgraded inside and out for the 2017 model year, the Rogue also gained a little brother for the 2018 model year. Dubbed Rogue Sport, this new crossover is actually the second-generation Qashqai, that Nissan launched in Europe for the 2014 model year.

In case you’re wondering, Nissan decided to the rename it the Rogue Sport as the company found that Americans would have trouble pronouncing the Qashqai name. In Canada, however, the Qashqai will retain its original name, which comes from the Qashqai people living in mountainous Southwestern Iran.

Aside from the name and minor revisions on the outside (due to homologation reasons), the Rogue Sport is identical to its European counterparts as far as design goes. Slotted between the Juke and the Rogue, the Rogue Sport is supposed to appeal to "singles or couples without kids who want a sportier vehicle and can live with a little less cargo capacity than the current Rogue offers."

The crossover gets its juice from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder connected to the company’s Xtronic CVT. This is the biggest engine available in the Euro-spec Qashqai, but not the most powerful, which is the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-pot. The crossover will be available in three trim levels: S, SV, and SL.

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2017 Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept

2017 Nissan Vmotion 2.0 Concept

The concept previews future styling and technology for the automaker

Lately, Nissan’s autonomous vehicle efforts have focused primarily on the brand’s ProPilot technology, with hints that future iterations of popular models (such as the Qashqai and Leaf) could be instilled with self-driving features. Now, it looks like we’re getting better insight into what Nissan has planned with the Vmotion 2.0 concept car, which was just revealed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The striking, sporty-looking four-door not only previews future tech, but it also gives us a glimpse at Nissan’s next-gen styling language. All told, the Vmotion 2.0 is an attractive, luxurious, spacious sedan designed to meet the demands of hard-working business types, all while giving a nod to Nissan’s styling and technological future.

In Nissan’s own words, the Vmotion 2.0 “combines a high sense of style, emotional design, roominess, comfort and technology to make the mobility experience seamless for busy professionals constantly on the go.”

Of course, with a name like Vmotion 2.0, you gotta ask – where’s Vmotion 1.0? To answer that, we gotta look back to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, when Nissan brought us the Sport Sedan Concept. That car helped usher in the V-motion language we know today, characterized by a prominent v-shaped chrome band across the nose. V-motion can be seen across the current Nissan model lineup, with this newest concept pointing towards the language’s next evolution.

Starting in front, we find the chrome band has grown, extending down close to the pavement and stretching further from side to side in a prominent, 3D shape. These lines set the tone for more hard angles and cuts in the side intakes, which are repeated in the flanks with arrow-like creases. There are wraparound rear windows, a floating C-pillar, and a floating roof, while in back are “boomerang” taillights that add visual width. Nissan says the looks is meant to emphasize aerodynamic efficiency using something called “Emotional Geometry” design language.

Ingress and egress is aided by wide-swinging rear suicide doors, which in conjunction with the lack of a center pillar, adds to the car’s sense of cabin space. Complementing this is an extended wheelbase and lots of horizontal surfaces. Comfort is upped thanks to leather upholstery with thread-less quilting on the inserts.

There’s a few more interesting tidbits on the Vmotion 2.0 worth checking out, so read on.

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2016 Nissan Titan Warrior Concept

2016 Nissan Titan Warrior Concept

Hot on the heels of the 2016 Nissan Titan XD hitting showrooms, Nissan has released this, the Titan Warrior concept, at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Built on the back of a Titan XD, the Titan Warrior concept shows just how aggressive the truck can become, and just how daring Nissan can be.

"Truck buyers have a seemingly insatiable appetite for more content and more unique offerings," said José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Company and chairman of Nissan North America. "Even though our all-new 2016 Titan XD just started arriving at Nissan dealers nationwide last month, we are already exploring new territory where Titan might go in the future."

It’s highly unlikely the Warrior concept will make production, but we’re betting that Nissan is paying close attention to the public’s reaction to this truck’s highly modified off-road suspension and vastly reworked exterior appearance. Perhaps the automaker has something up its sleeve to battle the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Besides the design study, the Titan Warrior concept was built to pay tribute to Nissan’s off-road racing heritage, dating back to the old Hardbody pickups that raced in the Dakar Rally. It also builds atop the recent “Project Titan” build that used crowd sourcing to construct the most hard-core first-generation Titan pickups to ever come from Nissan. The truck was then used by two U.S. Military veterans to traverse some of the toughest terrain in Alaska in a build-up to the launch of the 2016 Titan XD.

So lets jump into what Nissan has done with this Titan Warrior concept.

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Nissan Unleashes the Diesel-Powered Titan XD

Nissan Unleashes the Diesel-Powered Titan XD

After years of being an “also-ran” in the full-size truck segment, Nissan is obviously looking to change that with the introduction of the 2016 Nissan Titan. Introduced in 2003, the first-generation Titan has been around long enough to see three generations of Ford F-150 dominate the truck market, but the all-new Titan was just introduced at the Detroit Auto Show with a bold style and a big competitive advantage — a powerful Cummins diesel engine.

Bridging the gap between heavy-duty trucks and the traditional half-ton trucks, the Cummins-powered 2016 Nissan Titan XD balances towing power and fuel economy, and while exact numbers have yet to be released, initial estimates look very competitive. Nissan says that the Titan XD will be capable of towing more than 12,000 pounds to go with a 2,000-pound payload capacity, and the truck will be able to tow with a receiver-style hitch or a gooseneck — the latter comes available as a factory-installed option.

As for the engine, the Cummins 5.0-liter, turbo-diesel V-8 is rated at 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque, and Nissan says that this engine will help return fuel economy that is 20-percent better than a gas V-8. Speaking of gasoline engines, the 2016 Titan will also offer gasoline V-6 and V-8 engines, but Nissan has yet to divulge any information about these powertrains. The Cummins engine is paired with a heavy-duty, six-speed automatic that was designed specifically for this application. The Titan XD also rides on a chassis that was developed for use with the Cummins V-8 using a fully boxed ladder frame for optimal strength, and it has a wheelbase that is 20 inches longer the non-diesel Titan models.

Other than its age, the biggest disadvantage that the current Titan has in the full-size truck market is the lack of options. That won’t be the case with the 2016 Titan as Nissan is promising three cab configurations (Crew Cab, King Cab and Single Cab), three bed lengths and even five trim levels including the range-topping Platinum Reserve. Nissan has obviously left no stone unturned with this second-gen Titan.

To prove that it is serious about catering to the needs of truck buyers, the 2016 Nissan Titan XD is snow-plow capable, and it comes with Nissan’s Around View Monitor that includes a RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides for easy trailer hook-up. Since this makes it even easier for drivers to hook the Titan up to a trailer without any additional help, Nissan has also created the innovative Trailer Light Check System that allows drivers to also check for proper light operation without requiring a second person.

Nissan also stepped up the styling of the 2016 Titan with a bold, new design. Everything from the oversized grille emblazoned with the “Titan” letters to the cargo bed were styled to give the 2016 Nissan Titan a more imposing look. The best part about the exterior design? Those big Cummins “C” logos affixed to the front fender vents. As expected, the cargo bed also has plenty of practicality with options that include an available factory spray-in bed liner, an integrated Utili-Track Bed Channel System and even bedside storage compartments – moving the built-in compartments inside the bed rather the previous model’s exterior placement.

Nissan says that the 2016 Nissan Titan will go on sale later in 2015.

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2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

2014 Nissan Sport Sedan Concept

Nissan has pulled the covers off its third design concept today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Rounding out the launches of the Resonance Concept in Detroit last year and the Friend-Me concept first seen in Shanghai last April, Nissan’s new and boringly named Sports Sedan Concept has bowed in the Motor City.

Seen as more than just a design study, the Sports Sedan Concept has real potential for seeing its shapes and curves move into production, possibly in the for of the next-gen Maxima. Especially with the same cues mirrored in the other two vehicles, it’s a pretty safe bet this is the design direction Nissan is taking for its mid-decade makeover.

After giving the four-door sedan a chance to soak in our minds, it looks rather good. The sharp, dominating V-shaped grille sits between familiar fish-hook or boomerang-style headlights followed by a flowing, fluid-like motion along the sides, culminating together in a more angular rear trunk lid. A small, black strip visually cuts the C-pillars — combined with the blacked-out A-pillars — make the roof appear to be floating in mid air. The GT-R-esque, steeply-raked windshield rises to meet the steeply-angled roof right above the front passengers’ laps, then continues down and back, ending just behind the 21-inch wheels. It all works together making the car an aesthetically interesting and congruent collaboration of curves and angles.

As said before, the possibilities for the Sports Sedan Concept to see production are high, though not under that vague name. It’s likely to be the next Maxima. Nissan seems to be quite regarding details and specs of the under-body greasy bits, but some experts are reporting the venerable 3.5-liter V-6 will return, as will its current CVT powering the front wheels.

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2014 Nissan Versa Note

2014 Nissan Versa Note

Nissan has unveiled a new addition to the Versa lineup at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. This new Versa Note will go on sale in the summer of 2013 at a price of $13,990 and in four different trim levels: S, S Plus, SV and SL Packages.

When compared to the Versa sedan version, the new Note version will get its own distinctive look, feel and added hatchback utility. Design elements have been inspired by the Note designation used in other global markets, and will include steeply sloped front windshield, sculpted front doors and dramatic character lines.

All four models will be powered by an advanced 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a Nissan Xtronic CVT transmission. This combination allows the new Versa Note to deliver an impressive fuel economy of 35 mpg, on combined cycle.

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Nissan Planning a Sports Car Below the Mighty Z-Car

Nissan Planning a Sports Car Below the Mighty Z-Car

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the very few compact sports cars that grabs a fair share of the limelight. Thanks to the increased demand for such compact sports cars, it is no surprise that other manufacturers are planning to join the bandwagon. BMW, for instance, is planning to launch a Z2 to rival the Miata.

And now, thanks to the confirmation from Nissan’s executive vice president Andy Palmer at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Nissan will also accompany BMW in building such a vehicle, sans the open-top option from what we can tell.

This little sports car will be the entry level model for Nissan’s two-door sporty offerings, sitting below the Z-models and the mighty GT-R. Bear in mind, however, that this upcoming sports car isn’t meant to rival the award-hogging Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S.

Expect the car to be designed by the same hands that gave birth to the design of the Juke, so we can all anticipate a more youth-oriented approach.

Under the hood, Palmer mentions that the car will be "guilt-free.” What could be guiltier for a vehicle than polluting the environment? So, expect either an electric or a hybrid powertrain, though we have our bets placed on a hybrid system.

Palmer confirms that a concept model of the entry-level sports car will be shown off within a year. So, expect its production version to land in our shores somewhere around 2015.

We’re sort of excited about such a model being announced from the makers of the Godzilla. It gives more people an opportunity to enjoy sporty two-door model in a less expensive package.

Image Shown: 2011 Nissan ESFLOW Concept

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2013 Nissan Resonance Concept

2013 Nissan Resonance Concept

It looks like many automaker have used the 2013 Detroit Auto Show to preview their future design language, and Nissan is one of them. Their new Resonance Concept previews the "future direction of Nissan crossovers with smart, edgy design."

The exterior features a new V-Motion design language that includes the front grille, the hood and of course the new boomerang shaped headlights. What we really like about the new concept is that very cool Flare Orange exterior paint combined with the 22 aluminum-alloy wheels with Satin Chrome accents. The interior features a "VIP lounge" look and includes buttery leather and premium-stitched seats, an advanced instrument panel and a open glass roof.

The new Resonance is of course a hybrid vehicle: it combines a smaller displacement internal combustion gasoline engine with an electric motor

Updated 01/15/2013: This review has been updated with the full details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan Resonance Concept.

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Nissan to Surprise NAIAS Visitors With New Concepts and Fragrance

Nissan to Surprise NAIAS Visitors With New Concepts and Fragrance

While most manufacturers are busy prepping to launch brand new models to keep visitors drooling, Nissan has taken a different approach by announcing a new fragrance that soothes the visitors at the Nissan stall.

Dubbed the "vert oriental,” this fragrance is reported to smell like green tea leaves during the Chinese spring harvest, which is soon going to be the trademark "smell" of any Nissan. Clearly, that’s one aspect that no one bothers spending time on...

To make the odor familiar amongst visitors, Nissan will be periodically releasing the fragrance. So people planning to visit the NAIAS, you know what to look out for when you step into Nissan’s territory.

Other than that, Nissan will announce a radical new concept and a mini hatchback. Also sharing the spotlight will be the evergreen 2013 Nissan Leaf and people who love bling can look forward to the Gold GT-R developed with Usain Bolt.

To make the experience closer to the movie Minority Report, Nissan has installed an "Innovation Wall" that makes use of the Kinect sensor for X-Box to communicate with the visitors and explain the history of the brand’s achievements through six different screens. Pretty neat, huh?

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