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Donald Trump Giggles Inside as Nissan Considers New U.S. Production Facility

Donald Trump Giggles Inside as Nissan Considers New U.S. Production Facility

When you’re crushing it like Nissan has been, a new production plant is a good problem to have

Nissan has been on such a roll in the U.S. that if it keeps it up, it may be forced to build a new production facility in the country. It’s a tremendous problem to have, one that could be born out of necessity as the automaker’s current facilities in Tennessee and Mississippi are maxed to capacity. Given the situation, the Japanese automaker may have no choice but to take the dive on building a new plant if it wants to meet its long-term goal of helping the mothership, Renault-Nissan, achieve its own goal of selling 14 million vehicles per year by the end of 2022.

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2013 Nissan GT-R by Vivid Racing

2013 Nissan GT-R by Vivid Racing

Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up with all the tuning programs being done on the 2013 Nissan GT-R. But other times, the hype is certainly warranted because you end up with an undoubted gem.

US tuner Vivid Racing managed to build an aftermarket GT-R program that fits that bill. The aesthetic and aerodynamic modifications weren’t that extensive and are limited to a new Super Silver paint finish, a new set of 21" tinted brushed MHT Niche SPA 3-piece super concave wheels, and a KW Variant 3 Coil Spring Kit that gives the GT-R better handling and maneuverability.

Where Vivid Racing nailed it is in the performance upgrade. Already sporting 542 horsepower under its hood, the US tuner worked on reprogramming Godzilla’s ECU unit while also adding a new Agency Power Titanium exhaust system and a specially customized titanium cutback.

The result is a GT-R that produces as much as 605 horsepower, which if you’re not too sure about numbers, is right around the vicinity of some of the finest European exotics you can buy. It’s also 63 HP more than the standard 542 HP pushed out of the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 engine.

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Behind the Smoke Season 2 Episode 2

Behind the Smoke Season 2 Episode 2

Last week, we announced the debut of Behind The Smoke Season 2, as we watched Dai and the Falken team get ready for the upcoming Formula D season, after Dai took home the championship last year. Episode 2 just hit the web over at GT Channel and we have the video (above) here for you.

In this episode, Dai is getting ready to take on qualifying for the first race of the season at the Streets of Long Beach circuit. His first run, netted Dai about an 81, which was where he wanted to be. On the second run, Dai pulled out a 90.5, which allowed him to qualify 6th for the upcoming race.

In all, this episode is chock-full of all types of sideways action with tons of beautiful tire smoke. What’s really sweet is these guys put a camera inside the car, facing the front, so you can really see what Dai sees as he whips his 240SX around the track. You get some real kick-ass audio of the engine working away in those shots too. We also found out that even the reigning champ of Formula D gets scared sometimes.

While you’re watching, keep an eye out for three quick cameos by the bearded and fearless drift fan, Bil Baldwin. Let us know in the comments if you see him and the times that he appears on the screen.

Crank up those speakers and click "Play" on the above video. It’s 11 minutes of smoke and squeals that you won’t regret seeing!

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Video: TheDriver animated short film returns to the Web to fight crime

Video: TheDriver animated short film returns to the Web to fight crime

Anybody that has any interest in the art that is digital animation will thoroughly enjoy "TheDriver" animated series that has just hit YouTube.

If you remember, the series was first introduced a little under two years ago, only this time, it’s back with sharper details and additional footage that looks pretty impressive.

The scene of the animated series is Los Angeles and The Driver is a mysterious Stig-like driver that drives a stealth black Nissan GT-R and resides in billboards. If that sentence doesn’t sound ridiculous enough for you, The Driver also possesses some sort of magic powers, capable of teleporting everywhere, leaving only a cloud of purple of smoke in its wake.

As a vigilante of the streets of LA, the Driver apprehends law-breaking drivers that are hell bent on turning Los Angeles into their own personal race track. Street racers, petty criminals, drunk drivers, and the like are the enemies of The Driver.

Check out the re-introduced video and watch a goon driving a Nissan 370Z get his comeuppance courtesy of this mysterious crime-fighter.

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Video: Bugatti Veyron vs Nissan GT-R

Video: Bugatti Veyron vs Nissan GT-R

A drag race between a 1001 HP supercar and a 473 HP sports car sounds like a battle between David and Goliath, but if those cars are the Bugatti Veyron and the Nissan GT-R then the difference doesn’t seem that big, right? Well, some folks headed over to the Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida to test this theory.

When watching the video, you may get the impression that the Bugatti Veyron finishes the race before the Nissan GT-R even gets off the starting line, but the end results are still rather impressive. The W16 powered Veyron manages an incredible 10.1 second run at 139 mph, while the twin turbo V6 powered GT-R posts a 10.9 second run at 125 mph.

Enjoy the video! It seemed like the perfect way to end the year.

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Nissan GTR sets fastest quarter mile!

When most people just see a Nissan GT-R, they are in awe of this seminal feat of engineering. This car offers super car performance and practicality that perhaps makes it the best daily driver on the road today. Yet the Chicago based tuning company, AMS Performance, looked at the GT-R and set themselves a monumental engineering challenge. Cue dramatic music; they set out to build the fastest GT-R . To make this daunting challenge even harder the engineers from AMS kept the GT-R’s stock interior and amenities like air conditioning.

To accomplish the task, they endowed a GTR with 1,500 horsepower. That’s 300 more horsepower than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. This car is like showing up to an 8th grade science class with a Polaris missile while everybody else has a stomp rocket.

So did these engineers from Chicago accomplish their lofty goal? The answer is a resounding yes. This car posted the fastest GT-R quarter mile in history, posting a time of 8.97 second a astonishing 169 miles an hour.
Check out the video of this record breaking quarter mile run!

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Video: This is NOT how you ask your mom to buy you a car

Video: This is NOT how you ask your mom to buy you a car

In today’s day and age, teenagers are often castigated for being a little too obnoxious with their demands. Not that all teens are like this, but for sure, there are those that feel entitled to have everything they want and will try to through crazy lengths to get it.

Take this 17-year old Florida teenager, for example. In her determined and desperate attempt to buy a car, she ended up pistol-whipping her mother and forced her to drive at gunpoint to a Nissan dealership in Fort Myers, Florida.

When the teenager went to the Sutherlan Nissan dealership and was told that she needed a co-signer to be able to buy a used 350Z, the teenager asked her mother if she could co-sign the papers for the car. When the mother said no, she pulled out the gun and threatened her mother.

Needless to say, the young girl didn’t get the car and is now being detained at a juvenile detention center. As any mother would want to protect their child, the mother of this crazy teen refused to press charges against her daughter out of fear that it would be frowned upon by some Ivy League universities that have apparently accepted her.

The police, however, arrested her anyway upon learning that the gun she used to threaten her mother was stolen last year and she was not charged in that particular crime.

Just goes to show that what goes around, certainly comes around. Poor mom.

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From Playstation to Reality: Nissan USA Launches GT5 Racing Academy

From Playstation to Reality: Nissan USA Launches GT5 Racing Academy

After seemingly countless delays, GT5 will finally be released on November 24th – just in time for Christmas. What’s even more exciting is that Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) and Polyphony Digital Inc., in partnership with Nissan North America, have announced the opportunity of a lifetime for GT gaming and racing enthusiasts. They are about to make thumb bandits’ dreams come true by giving gamers the opportunity to experience a proper professional racing experience. Similar to the setup in 2008, the GT Academy 2010 will be launched on December 1st in North America and will serve as a platform for fans of GT5 to see if their Playstation skills match up to their real world racing ability. The GT Academy will challenge gamers and racing fans alike across the U.S. to compete in a series of predetermined online time trials. The cars will obviously be various Nissan models that will built up from road going versions through to hardcore race-spec machines.

Hit the jump for details on the competition and how to enter.

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2011 Murano gets a pricetag

2011 Murano gets a pricetag

Nissan US have announced the asking price for the second generation Murano SUV. They are currently on sale in the various options and equipment levels as designated below, however, all are equipped with the same 260 BHP detuned 3.5 liter V6 from the 370Z and Xtronic CVT auto transmission. Our choice would be the diesel which, unfortunately, is not available in the US due to the poor gas mileage from the thirsty V6. Invest in a FWD model, if you’re not going off road, with the SV spec package. This package includes all that you really need without the novelties that you’ll get bored of, but will still be paying for.

As a little refresher, the 2011 Nissan Murano gets a new grille with a new, revised design and wide front headlights. It also comes with a wide hood that sweeps into the bodylines, powerful wheel arches, and an aggressive stance with available 20-inch wheels. The interior gets a new white meter color, new center stack colors, and added equipment to various trim levels.

Pricing starts from $28,500 USD to around $39,140 USD depending on how many ticks you make in the options list.

Hit the jump for the allocated pricing.

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Top Ten Under the Radar Cars For 2010

Top Ten Under the Radar Cars For 2010

There are certain vehicles that just sell well. Take the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry for instance. No matter what happens or how good the competition is, these two will sell well for their companies. We’re not saying that there is anything wrong with these two models, except for the Camry, which is dull as a dishwasher, but a buyer needs to look at what else is on the table. The first choice might not be the best choice.

In many cases, the cars that are often ignored are the better buys. These are the dark horses of the automotive world. These are cars that fly under the radar of the American public.

Below are our ten best cars that aren’t quite known to the general public. Sure, us car people know about them, but your average consumer might be unaware. This list is not a top ten; so don’t think that one is better than ten, because it might not be.

There are a few models on the list that won’t be under the radar for long, but as of now, we still consider them dark horse models.

Hit the jump to see the list.

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Nissan Juke Off To Fast Start In U.S

Nissan Juke Off To Fast Start In U.S

We have yet to see how well the new Nissan Juke will sell in the United States, but Japan is eating them up at record pace. It’s affordable, looks pretty good and offers plenty of room in a small compact crossover, all for under $20,000.

Nissan knew theJuke was going to sell, but they had imagined that it would be around 1,300 orders in the first month. Amazingly, Nissan has sold 11,000 Jukes in Japan, with over 5,296 orders in the first week alone.

The most popular color for the Juke buyers is Radiant Red and the most chosen interior color is red. Sapphire Black came in second with White Pearl in third. We would have chosen Pacific Blue, but only 2 percent did.

The Juke also appears to be a male car. Almost 20 percent of Jukes sold were to men, age 50 or over. Who said the older generation didn’t like change?

Press Release after the jump.

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Thousands will get a chance to drive the Nissan Leaf

Thousands will get a chance to drive the Nissan Leaf

Nissan’s new Leaf seems to have taken the place of the Volt on the front page of the automotive news section. Probably because the Volt has been years in the making and it still isn’t here. Either way, the Leaf is coming and Nissan wants you to take one for a drive.

The company has already had pre-orders for the Leaf, so driving one obviously isn’t important to some people. To us though, it is and, in September, all of us will get that chance. Though Nissan hasn’t yet launched its onslaught of advertising, Nissan will offer tens of thousands of people in major cities a chance to drive the new Leaf.

Nissan is hoping that once you drive the car, you will buy the car. Nissan has yet to reveal all the details on the events, but the chances are high that a Leaf will make the trip to a dealership in your city. Until then, get ready for the advertising that is soon to be on every television station, radio station, and newspaper across the country.

Brian Carolin, who is senior VP for sales and marketing at Nissan North America Inc., said that the advertising will “emphasize the car’s zero emissions” and that the “visual of no tailpipe is going to be a central part of our marketing communications.”

Contact your “Nissan Leaf Reservation Specialist” to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun.

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