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Nissan's Own Carlos Ghosn Accused of Misconduct, Arrested

Nissan’s Own Carlos Ghosn Accused of Misconduct, Arrested

He will be "promptly removed" from his position

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.

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Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

Budget Direct Renders Six Unique Manufacturer Collaborations

There are some great results, and some "close your eyes!" results

One of the great things about car renderings is the ability to let your imagination go crazy. You can use an existing car model and re-imagine it without a roof, or you can get really creative and redesign it in a different body type altogether. There’s something to be said, then, for renderings that take two models from two different automakers and combine them to create an entirely new model. It’s the kind of Transformers-like job that we should be seeing more often in the real world. Or should we? The truth is, BudgetsDirect undertook this very exercise, and the results are all “interesting,” to say the least. As an added bonus, we’re doing our own part and renaming these creations in the best way we can.

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2018 Nissan Frontier Sentinel Concept

2018 Nissan Frontier Sentinel Concept

A do-it-all rescue concept truck sounds like it can be of good use here in the U.S.

The São Paulo Motor Show in Brazil is always a good place to find interesting models that don’t usually make their way to the U.S. Nissan is known for having a big presence in the event, and this year’s no different. The Japanese automaker brought the Frontier Sentinel Concept — we call it the Navarra here — to The Land of Drizzle. The Frontier Sentinel is a rescue concept truck is described as “sturdy enough to go on missions in the most extreme and remote areas.” In other words, it would make for a sweet ride in the U.S., provided Nissan makes it production-ready in the first place.

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10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

The future is now

The car industry never sleeps (except in August) and every year it provides us with numerous solutions to new problems, and with innovations that make us want new cars even more. This is a rundown of 10 awesome vehicle and technology innovations for 2018.

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Best Electric Cars of 2018

Best Electric Cars of 2018

The battery battles are heating up, but who walks away the winner?

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular these days, and manufacturers are responding by pouring in the investment and releasing oodles of new models. As such, competition between EV’s is growing, and 2018 was no exception. But the question is, which of these machines is the “best”? To find out, we lined up the usual suspects up and looked at all the critical specs, including range-per-charge, battery capacity, charge times, interior space, interior tech, and more. Read on to see which EV came out on top!

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2018 Nissan Project Clubsport 23

2018 Nissan Project Clubsport 23

Nissan tries to keep it fresh with some extra sporting stuff

The 2018 SEMA show is here, and Nissan is headed to Vegas with a newly tuned iteration of its aging 370Z sport compact coupe. This latest build combines a selection of parts plucked from the factory, and the aftermarket, as well as a smattering of custom one-off, fabricated pieces that “may appear someday alone or packaged together at Nissan dealership parts departments.” Sounds great, but how does it fare amongst the best of the best in the desert?

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2018 Nissan Kicks Sound Machine

2018 Nissan Kicks Sound Machine

Prepare for your ears to bleed when you get close to this incredible creation

The Nissan Kicks will be in attendance at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show, except that it’s not actually the Kicks in the traditional sense. The SEMA-bound Kicks also goes by the name “Sound Machine” for reasons that are pretty obvious if you’ve seen what it looks like. The Kicks Sound Machine is a DJ booth on four wheels that Nissan created with the help of Hollywood-based Vehicle Effects. The vehicle made its debut at the 2018 BET Awards back in July, but those attending SEMA will get to see it for the first time, including the bazillion speakers it has at its disposal.

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Nissan Teases the Refreshed 2019 Nissan Maxima; Will Debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Nissan Teases the Refreshed 2019 Nissan Maxima; Will Debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show

A facelift for the full-sizer brings Nissan’s latest styling and tech

The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is just a little over a month away now, and the early debuts are already starting to trickle in. One of the first out the gates comes from Nissan, which just debuted its latest Maxima four-door. Details on the updated flagship sedan are still forthcoming, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate a little bit…

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The Next-Gen Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R Will Be Electrified

The Next-Gen Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R Will Be Electrified

Oh, the horror!

There was speculation that Nissan might electrify its sports cars with their upcoming generations, and now a company official has dropped some bombs on the whole issue. By 2022, 40-percent of Nissan’s vehicles will be electrified, and that includes the Nissan Z and Nissan GT-R as well.

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2018 Nissan Red Cross Ultimate Service Titan

2018 Nissan Red Cross Ultimate Service Titan

This one-off creation is here to save the day

Days after Land Rover showcased a one-off Discovery Sport that was developed specifically for the Austrian Red Cross, Nissan is doing the same for the American Red Cross with the introduction of the Ultimate Service Titan. As its name implies, the Ultimate Service Titan isn’t your typical Nissan Titan pickup. It’s a mobile command center that’s developed to respond to disasters and emergencies without breaking stride. The Nissan Ultimate Service Titan is the latest manifestation of a partnership between Nissan and the American Red Cross, one that, in the last five years alone, has raised $2.5 million in donations for the Red Cross. You can add the Nissan Ultimate Service Titan to that list now. The one-off emergency response vehicle debuted at the Miami Auto Show.

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Tesla Model S Driver Rams Into A Nissan SUV Despite Autopilot's Warning

Tesla Model S Driver Rams Into A Nissan SUV Despite Autopilot’s Warning

To quote Dr. Sheldon Cooper, “I cry because other people are stupid”

This is the latest Autopilot crash; but it wasn’t the system’s fault. A couple, who was too busy engrossed in something else other than focusing on the road, rear-ended a Nissan SUV despite the system warning and chiming its brains out. How can one trust a machine blindly?

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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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2019 Nissan Note e-Power Nismo S

2019 Nissan Note e-Power Nismo S

Nissan has made the Japan-only Note e-Power Nismo even faster than before, with the new Note e-Power Nismo S. That “S” entails it has some extra power thanks to a boost in its electric output.

The Note e-Power Nismo, as its name suggests, is a Nismo-tuned version of the already existing Note e-Power and the Nismo S is one additional tier above. It features not only a power boost over the regular Note e-Power, but also gets a reinforced chassis as well as a much sportier suspension setup to transform its driving experience.

This extra performance is also mirrored in the way it looks, with new red-accented bumpers and side skirts and obligatory Nismo S badges front and rear - on the sides; the e-Power badge is displayed instead. According to Nissan, the car should provide “exhilarating acceleration,” while at the same time also being quiet and is touted as a new kind of Nismo experience.

In order to avoid confusion - Nissan also sells non-electrified Nismo and Nismo S versions of the Note, alongside the electrified ones. This new model detailed here is the e-Power Nismo S, which is a range extender hybrid.

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Top 10 Most Blasphemous Models To Turn Into An EV

Top 10 Most Blasphemous Models To Turn Into An EV

Does battery power make it the spawn of satan?

The world of EVs is ever growing, and as we near a time when there will be no gas to fill our tanks, we realized some of the world’s best-sounding and glorious engines will have to be ditched in favor of electric power. Think of an electric Camaro, Mustang, Corvette, or Lamborghini... does it sound good? Or rather, does it make any sound at all?

With the advent of electrification in the business of car building, you see every major manufacturer scramble to put together a lineup of eco-friendly electric vehicles as a statement of their forward-thinking plans and their bias towards the future of mobility. It all looked foolish almost 20 years ago when Honda introduced the original hybrid Insight, which was shortly followed by Toyota’s Prius, but today, this seems to be the trend that will sell. For some, it might be a marketing ploy to appease a new section of the market, but you can’t dismiss the trend altogether.

Audi just took the wraps off its first fully-electric car, the E-Tron. Mercedes was doing the same just a few weeks ago with its EQC, and just about any manufacturer you can think of has a mid- to long-term plan for at least hybrid, if not electric. For instance, Aston-Martin is looking forward to the year 2030, by which time the British manufacturer’s stable should be made up exclusively of electric cars. Ferrari, well-known for their devotion to making their cars sound perfect, is planning a 60 percent hybridization of its lineup in just four year’s time. You can imagine a Ferrari EV isn’t that far off in the future, then.

All this got us thinking - which cars would you never want to see without a growling V-8, or maybe a high-revving V-12 under the hood? Which car’s move from gas to electric sounds like blasphemy to you? We know there is a Mustang-inspired sports utility vehicle coming from Ford in 2020, and the pony car itself might go electric in the future, so how does that make you feel?

Read on to learn about our top 10 cars that would be blasphemous to turn into EVs.

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A Gorgeous 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R Up For Sale

A Gorgeous 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R Up For Sale

A true import at a decent price

The Nissan Skyline GT-R of the R32 generation has been one of the JDM wet dreams of American petrolheads since its release back in 1989. Now, four years since it became legal to import one in the States, prices have started to level off, and this example could go for less than the market value.

The third generation of the Nissan Skyline GT-R, known shortly as the R32, was Nissan’s answer to the Group A regulations that were in effect in touring car racing at the time. With boatloads of power and AWD, it dominated the Japanese Touring Car scene until the ruleset was changed for 1994. The Australians were even more annoyed at the Skyline’s utter domination, which is how the "Godzilla" nickname stuck, of their national championship that they eventually banned both the all-wheel-drive system and the practice of turbocharging in the ATCC.

The countless racing successes as well as appearances in movies, cartoons, and video games made the car highly popular, both in native Japan as well as abroad. The American market couldn’t enjoy the GT-R upon launch due to it not meeting the NHTSA safety requirements at the time. This meant that American fans had to wait 25 years to import an R32 legally under the "25-year" law which allows cars that weren’t meant for the American market to be imported 25 years after they were first put into production. This opened a "Pandora’s Box" in the summer of 2014 which saw prices sky-rocket for pristine examples as well as the rare Nismo models. However, high-mileage GT-Rs have started to level off in prices and this particular model on BaT is currently at a $9,100 bid with six days left of the auction.

Read on to find out more about why the GT-R is such a big thing

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Are Crossovers and SUVs Becoming Daddy's Car? Nissan Thinks So and Hopes It'll Boost Sedan Sales

Are Crossovers and SUVs Becoming Daddy’s Car? Nissan Thinks So and Hopes It’ll Boost Sedan Sales

Nissan’s betting big with the launch of the sixth-generation Altima

Just as almost every automaker is stirring into the SUV skid, Nissan is stirring against it with the launch of the sixth-generation Altima. The Japanese auto brand is pulling out all the stops with the new version of the midsize sedan that, according to the company, represents “one of the highest investments in the history of Nissan.” The new Altima sits on a new platform, a new engine, and a new all-wheel-drive system.

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1972 Nissan Fairlady 240ZG

1972 Nissan Fairlady 240ZG

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

In case you were unaware, the high-end collectible car market in the U.S. is finally starting to recognize all the great classics hailing from the Land of the Rising Sun. While European and American sports cars have always held a place of prominence, Japanese rides are now making some serious parallel headway, carving out a real niche at some of the biggest auctions of the year. One of the most easily recognized classic Japanese models has to be the original Nissan Z, known stateside as the Datsun 240 Z. Offering timeless good looks, excellent handling, plenty of power, and a great noise from the exhaust, the original Z brought modern Japanese technology to the masses, and is now highly sought after in the collector market. One of the rarer and more visually appealing examples of the early Z is the ZG, also known as the HS30-H Nissan Fairlady ZG, which brought even more style to bear with the addition of several unique body components, plus a sharper driving experience with new drivetrain components.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1972 Nissan Fairlady 240 ZG.

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2018 Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept

2018 Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept

For heavy packing astronomers on the go

Based on the familiar Nissan Navara pickup truck, the Dark Sky concept is a mobile astronomy lab equipped with a state-of-the-art telescope mounted in a bespoke off-road trailer. Unveiled at the Hannover Motor Show in Germany, the Dark Sky concept was developed in the U.K. in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA).

The concept car showcases how a truck like the Navara could support the ESA’s intense efforts to map the stars by helping astronomers conduct follow-up observations from hard-to-reach locations. Of course, the Dark Sky concept won’t become a production model, but Nissan will donate the telescope "to pass on the spirit of exploration and adventure, and to inspire and educate future generations." In addition to the bespoke trailer, the Navara also boasts unique features and technology that’s not available on the production truck. Find out more in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept.

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Nissan Navara Dark Sky Pick Up Concept - For Astronomers on the Go

Nissan Navara Dark Sky Pick Up Concept - For Astronomers on the Go

Turn the lights, turn the lights down low

Nissan revealed a highly modified version of its Navara pickup truck at the Hannover Motor Show, called the Navara Dark Sky Concept. The pickup is designed to transport astronomers to remote locations to observe the night sky; but of course, it will also appeal to the romantics and star-gazers.

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What Do We Know About The Nissan 400Z?

What Do We Know About The Nissan 400Z?

It Could Be As Powerful As The 2008 Nissan GT-R R35

We will get a new Nissan Z-car. The new Nissan Z car is due for a reveal in the coming years, and some suggest we may even see it at the next Tokyo Motor Show or at NAIAS in 2019. Mind you, this information is yet to be confirmed, but we already know that Nissan is working on a replacement for the 370Z. I am telling you again - the new Nissan Z car will come. For me, this is a huge deal as I really liked the 370Z in its purest, least expensive form. Ignore my emotions from now on as I try to elaborate on what the new Nissan Z car should be. Believe me, so many rumors circulate on the Internet that it is almost impossible to separate right from wrong and truth from deception. In that regard, I am going to give you a rundown of the most logical solutions Nissan may employ for the creation of the new Z car.

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A New Z Car is Officially in the Works

A New Z Car is Officially in the Works

Put the rumors to bed, it’s time to celebrate!

We here at TopSpeed like to think we’re pretty patient. Usually. Sometimes? Look, the point is we’re just about fed up waiting for the new Z car, what with the relatively ancient 370Z model and all its ho-hum special editions Nissan has been dishing out lately. Luckily, it sounds like Nissan heard our cry for something fresh, as it was recently revealed by one of the automaker’s lead designers that a new Z is indeed in development. Like, right now.

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1993 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R V-Spec

1993 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R V-Spec

Godzilla!!!

The GT-R V-Spec was the range-topping model of the R32-generation Nissan Skyline. Designed for homologation purposes in order for the R32 to compete in Group A racing, the GT-R was upgraded to V-Spec features in 1993. Production ended in 1994 with only a handful of V-Spec models built. Due to its massive success in the Australian Touring Car Championship, the R32 GT-R was nicknamed "Godzilla."

Launched in 1957 by Prince, the Skyline nameplate started life as a rather common automobile. By 1969, it was sold as a Nissan and spawned a number of higher-performance versions, including the first GT-R model in 1969. The R32 arrived in 1989 when Nissan decided to drop every other body style save for the coupe and sedan. Nissan built almost 300,000 Skylines in five years, but only around 44,000 were GT-Rs. The V-Spec was produced in less than 2,800 units, making it one of the rarest GT-Rs ever. Beyond that, the V-Spec was one of the agilest productions cars on the race track back in its day. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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2018 Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign

2018 Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign

The ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan

While it might be a world-class performance icon, the Nissan GT-R was never really considered “pretty.” However, that all changes with the introduction of the one-off GT-R50 prototype, a collaborative effort between Nissan and the legendary Italian design house, Italdesign. Built to commemorate the overlapping 50th anniversary of both the Skyline GT-R nameplate and the birth of Italdesign, the GT-R50 is rolling eye candy laid atop an engineering masterpiece, bringing form and function into stunning harmony.

Updated 08/27/2018: We added a new series of images taken during the car’s official presentation at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign.

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