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2015 Nissan X-Trail

2015 Nissan X-Trail

There is no denying that the first- and second-generation X-Trail was boxy and, for lack of a better word, ugly. For 2014, Nissan redesigned the X-Trail, ushering in a new generation and a more modern design that puts it leagues ahead of the outgoing model. On the outside, the X-Trail takes styling cues from the rest of Nissan’s crossover and SUV lineup, featuring the V-Motion grille, a heavily revised front fascia, new exterior lighting modules, and a sleek side profile. It should also be noted that the new X-Trail also drops that boxy, 80s-looking rear end for a more modern look that should appeal to the masses. Inside, The X-Trail benefits from more space, better ergonomics, the latest iteration of Nissan’s NissanConnect system with a seven-inch display and smartphone connectivity. The downfall of the new X-Trail is the underpowered boredom box under the hood. The 1.6-liter diesel engine delivers a laughable 128 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, which means its looks better be good enough if it stands a chance against models like the BMW X3 and the Honda CR-V.

According to Nissan, the new X-Trail “combines Nissan’s 4x4 heritage with fresh ideas and technologies inspired by its ground-breaking crossover models.” Even with an available all-wheel drive system, the X-Trails ability to conquer anything in the dirt is more than questionable. With 128 horsepower, you might have a better chance off-roading in a Honda Civic. Be that as it may, the new X-Trail is still a huge departure from the outgoing model, and it does have the modern look going for it. So, with that said, take a look at our full review below and make your own opinion about the new Nissan X-Trail.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Nissan X-Trail.

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Nissan Juke Nismo "Dark Knight" Finds Its Way Into The Arms of Welsch Baker

Nissan Juke Nismo "Dark Knight" Finds Its Way Into The Arms of Welsch Baker

Back in December of last year, Nissan unveiled a unique one-off Juke crossover, adorned in everything and anything Batman. Or in this particular case, the Dark Knight Rises.

At that time, nobody had any idea what Nissan had planned for the one-off Juke, only saying that it would be a prize in some competition "down the road.”

Well, that "down the road" has come and passed, and the one-off Batman-inspired Juke Nismo has found a lucky new owner. His name is Adam Williams, a self-confessed action film fan and local baker from Wales.

After winning Nissan’s Thrill Test, Williams’ prize was unlike any other: this one-off Juke that features a host of Batman-inspired details making it the envy of every movie fan and car buff.

Williams took delivery of the one-off Batman Juke in front of Carmarthen Castle and to no one’s surprise, the man was thrilled to be the proud owner of a truly unique showpiece vehicle.

"I can’t believe I’ve won this fantastic car - it was the biggest surprise of my life and I was so excited to take delivery of it," Williams said. "I’ll certainly turn a few heads driving around Carmarthen - it’s great to think I’m the only person in the world with my very own version of the Batmobile!"

Click past the jump to read about the Nissan Juke Nismo Dark Knight Rises

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Video: Bartek Ostalowski is an Awesome Drifter and an Inspiring Dude

Video: Bartek Ostalowski is an Awesome Drifter and an Inspiring Dude

Some people tend to take little things like moving their fingers or holding hands with somebody else for granted, but what happens when those “little things” are taken away? What happens when you can no longer hold something with your hands because you no longer have them?

Some people may head into depression, but some people, like Bartek Ostalowski, continue living their lives like nothing ever happened.

Back in 2006, Ostalowski lost his arms in an accident, but didn’t stop him from continuing his dream to become a professional racecar driver. Not only did he become one, but he also became pretty good at it, having competed in the Polish Championship Rally Raceway Cross and the Polish Cup, not to mention, his apparent skill as a drifter.

In this video, you’ll see how Ostalowski manages to drift his Nissan Skyline GT-T R34 using his two feet and his shoulder. For people who can’t even drift with all their limbs intact, what Ostalowski is doing is amazing, dumbfounding, and downright inspirational.

Way to go, Bartek!

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Nissan Launches Juke Personalization Program

Nissan Launches Juke Personalization Program

The past year has seen the likes of Ferrari, McLaren, and even Aston Martin launch their own customization programs. What initially seemed like something reserved for high-end automakers apparently isn’t the case because Nissan has jumped into the picture with its own personalization program for the Juke crossover.

We’re under no illusion when we say that personalized Ferraris and McLarens are in a different league than a personalized Juke. We get that. But we’ve got really high hopes for the funky Nissan crossover, especially because we already saw what Nissan is capable of (the Juke R, anyone?) when it goes creative with the Juke. Even more exciting is the phrasing the automaker used in their press release, seemingly suggesting that "more components [are] set to be added as [the] program expands."

For now, the personalization program for the Juke includes three design packages — Style, Premium, and Exclusive — with each offering a host of unique features for customers. In addition, Nissan is offering five different color schemes, including Force Red, Glossy White, Orange Racing, Piano Black or Silver Grey, plus a host of new components, including side sills, a trunk handle, a roof spoiler, mirror caps, fog lamp rings, and yes, even some alloy wheels.

The personalization program is only limited to Europe, for now. That might be a bummer for U.S. customers, but don’t fret, as the personalization program could head across the pond eventually. At least that’s our hunch.

UPDATE 01/02/13: Nissan will be bringing the first samples of the Juke’s new Personalization Program at the Tokyo Auto Salon. That’s something to look out for if you’re interested in getting your own customized Juke crossover.

Read Nissan’s press release after the jump

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2010 Nissan 370Z Black Edition

2010 Nissan 370Z Black Edition

Here in the U.S. we know it as the Nissan 370Z 40th Anniversary Edition, however in Europe the celebratory Z34 will be sold as the 370Z Black Edition. Quite appropriately, only 370 examples of the special edition Nissan 370Z coupe will make their way to the European shores and prices in the U.K. will start at £33,645 for a manually shifted version and go up to £35,045 for an automatic equipped Z car.

On the outside, the 370Z Black Edition is distinguished by its obligatory black paint scheme, a set of dark gray forged aluminum RAYS wheels measuring 19 inches in diameter housing a set of red brake calipers and bespoke 40th Anniversary emblems on the back bumper.

The interior upgrades consist of red leather buckets with embossed 40th Anniversary logos, red inserts in the door panels, leather wrapped steering wheel with red accent stitching, matching red stitching on the center stack and Nissan’s Connect Premium, a state of the art touch screen satellite navigation unit with integrated audio controls and USB connectivity for all of your MP3 playing needs.

Press release after the jump.

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Nissan GT-R launched in Europe with 5 more hp

Nissan GT-R launched in Europe with 5 more hp

We already knew that the 2009 GT-R will gain five more extra hp, but what we didn’t know is that Europe would get it first. But that’s okay, because this is the first time Europe gets to taste the GT-R, as it get officially launched there today.

Europe’s Godzilla comes with a few more changes. Now stickier Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST tires are standard. The GT-R is now offered in three different versions: standard, Premium edition and Black Edition. All come with price increased of 3.8 percent

As mentioned before, the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 gets a bump from 480 PS (473 hp) to 485 PS (478 hp), according to an official statement from Nissan UK. Nissan calls tis a 5 hp bump even though the car is listed as 480 in the states. While trying to split hairs about whether it’s a five or eight extra horses, remember that most testers believe the engine really produces over 500 hp.

In Europe Nissan has already received the maximum 2500 orders for the GT-R, this means that any new customers will have to wait until 2010 to storm the countryside.

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Nissan PlayStation GT Academy goes live

Nissan PlayStation GT Academy goes live

Log onto www.gtacademy.eu to start your journey in the ultimate driving competition courtesy of PlayStation , Nissan and Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Nürburgring, 24 May 2008: Drivers of the world, start your engines – the GT Academy has arrived.

The ultimate competitive driving test will begin on June 2nd when GT Academy goes live in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. The pan-European competition sees PlayStation and Nissan unite the worlds of virtual and real-life racing to make the dreams of aspiring race drivers a reality.

The competition will run as follows:

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1500 preorders for the European GT-R

1500 preorders for the European GT-R

Just one month after the European order books were opened for its all-new supercar, Nissan has received over 1500 orders for the GT-R.
 
Selected dealers across Europe began taking orders on 2nd April, with on-line orders starting two days later. Since then the 56 nominated High Performance Dealers across Europe have already taken a year’s supply of orders in one month. Nine hundred and fifty orders for GT-R have been taken in the UK alone.

European deliveries of the GT-R are scheduled to start in March next year. For those passionate car enthusiasts who have put down a deposit for a GT-R in Europe, there will be a series of tailored customer events and experiences giving them the opportunity to see the car up-close, get to know it and, ultimately, experience its performance before they take delivery.

Furthermore, a network of specialist dealers - Nissan High Performance Centres - have been appointed across Europe to ensure that GT-R customers receive the level of specialist attention and aftersales care that this special car warrants. They will invest in the specialist sales and technical training for their staff that such a car demands, as well as the highly sophisticated equipment necessary to maintain and repair the GT-R.

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Nissan Qashqai - a strong start

Nissan Qashqai - a strong start

The QASHQAI, Nissan Motor’s new compact crossover which went on sale in March, is off to a strong start. As of today, total orders for the vehicle are approaching 50,000 units. As of the end of April, sales totaled 23,551 units.
Nissan originally announced plans to produce 130,000 units at its Sunderland plant in UK but due to the very encouraging high demand Nissan is studying ways to increase volume at the plant. Not only is this launch off to a promising start in terms of sales but (...)

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