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Exclusive Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign Makes Middle East Debut

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Collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign reimagines Nissan’s GT-R as a custom-bodied, ultra-limited edition supercar

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign –the ultimate expression of the GT-R – made its Middle East debut today at Dubai Autodrome, as part of a global tour.

The showcase of the GT-R50 prototype in the region followed its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. The sports car is on a global tour that has encompassed Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Monterey Motorsports Reunion in the U.S and Nissan Crossing in Japan. Following the success of this tour, a unique and exclusive limited edition, inspired by the prototype, is being produced for enthusiast customers. The production run will be limited to no more than 50 vehicles in the world.

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Nissan collaborated with Turin, Italy-based Italdesign to create the model, based on the latest Nissan GT-R NISMO. The GT-R50 celebrates the convergence of two key anniversaries; 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world, and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through the iconic GT-R.

The 50 GT-R50s set to be produced celebrate half a century of engineering leadership. The cars pay tribute to Nissan’s legendary takumis – craftsmen who have hand-built every GT-R engine for the past 50 years. While the prototype vehicle was finished in a special gray with gold accents, customers will be able to specify their preferred color combinations for the production version. They also will be able to choose interior colors and packages.[1]

Commenting during the launch, Kalyana Sivagnanam, Regional Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Nissan AMI and President of Nissan Middle East: “Continuing our long and proud motorsport heritage in the Middle East, we are thrilled to bring the exclusive GT-R50 to customers and fans in the region. The Nissan GT-R is one of the world’s most iconic supercars, and the GT-R50 by Italdesign is the GT-R taken to the next level, with no compromise in performance, styling or craftsmanship. The GT-R50 is the perfect embodiment of the Nissan brand and an ultra-limited collector’s edition for true enthusiasts who want to own the very best Nissan has to offer.”

[1] Subject to homologation rules in the intended country of operation.

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The Nissan GT-R in the Middle East

The Nissan GT-R, whether on the road or on the track, has been a strong symbol of Nissan’s engineering excellence for the last half a century. It has also held a special place in the hearts of Middle East consumers, and its popularity is continuing to grow. Monthly sales figures show that Nissan is on track to double its share of the premium sports car market by the end of fiscal year 2018 compared to 2016, making the Gulf one of the largest markets for the GT-R anywhere in the world.

The Middle East is also the location where the GT-R broke a Guinness World record in 2016, for the fastest ever vehicle drift. Driver Masato Kawabata (Japan) reached staggering 304.96 km/h (189.49 mi/h) while driving a Nissan GT-R NISMO at Fujairah International Airport.

“It is fitting GT-R50 is making its regional debut here as the GT-R nameplate has a special connection with customers in the Middle East,” added Juergen Schmitz, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East. “GT-R, like Nissan, offers something genuinely different from anything, or anyone, else and is an important differentiator for Nissan in the Middle East. GT-R is the perfect mirror of our brand, reflecting the boldness that defines Nissan. This exclusive 50th Anniversary Edition is further proof of Nissan engineering and advanced technology.”

Precision + craftsmanship + brute force

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign starts with Nissan’s latest GT-R NISMO and re-interprets it with a European-style sensibility – combining brute force with Italian craftsmanship and tailoring. With a special power plant that boasts up to 120PS over the stock engine, as well as chassis and driveline upgrades, performance backs up the new look.

Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. The distinctive, crisp exterior and interior designs originated from Nissan Design Europe and Nissan Design America. Key design features include a pronounced power bulge on the hood, stretched LED headlights, a lowered roofline, and prominent “samurai blade” cooling outlets behind the front wheels. A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look. The exterior is finished in a Liquid Kinetic Gray color, with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents.

Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign reflects its modern, high-performance pedigree. Two different carbon fiber finishes are extensively used across the center console, instrument panel and door linings. The seats feature black Alcantara® and fine black Italian leather. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment throughout the cockpit.

Underneath its new shape, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all business. Drawing on Nissan’s extensive GT3 racing experience, the NISMO organization enhanced the hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine to produce an estimated 720PS and 780 Nm of torque. A revised Bilstein suspension damping system and upgraded Brembo braking system help handle the extra power.

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Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 Craziest Cars

TOKYO AUTO SALON 2019 is one of the largest annual custom cars and car-related products show held on 11, 12 and 13 January at Makuhari Messe Tokyo Japan.

Tokyo Auto Salon this year was a great success with more than 330,666 attendees, 906 vehicles from customized cars, Japanese Classic Cars, crazy tuned cars and customized classics from BMW, Ferrari and more.

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In this year’s show, lots of great customizers were present onsite such as Kuhl bringing in some of his best work on Nissan GT-R, American Muscle Cars and most importantly Japanese Suzuki and more, in addition to the yearly releases of LibertyWalk and other tuners.

this year as well, we were able to see lots of Nissan vehicles such as the snowmobile 370 z, electric cars and more. the show was also characterized by extreme tuning for classic European cars that marked the sportscars era from the ’80s and 90’s such as Lancia, BMW, and Ferraris.

Tokyo Auto Salon is positioning itself as the place to be when it comes to extreme tuning and crazy stuff beyond imagination, the show is a trendsetter for those who love Japanese cars, Japanese culture or even Japanese tuning on European cars.

For those of you who are not familiar with Tokyo Auto Salon here’s a lesson in history: TOKYO AUTO SALON inaugurated in 1983 as “Tokyo Exciting Car Show” in a bid to establish the custom car culture”. TOKYO AUTO SALON, marked the show’s 37th anniversary, now is the annual car extravaganza covering the gamut of custom car related concerns. The show brings the best opportunity to experience an exciting mixture of the latest trends in the powerful custom car scene and colourful lively entertaining content.

TOKYO AUTO SALON 2020 will take place from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 January 2020 at MAKUHARI MESSE International Convention Complex, Tokyo Japan

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Nissan LEAF e+ debuts, broadens best-selling electric vehicle’s appeal

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New powertrain option offers expanded range and power

Nissan today unveiled the Nissan LEAF e+, further broadening the appeal of the world’s best-selling electric car*1 by offering a new powertrain with additional power and range.

The “e+” refers to the increased energy density of the model’s battery pack and the higher output of its powertrain. The new powertrain adds to the car’s range by approximately 40%, ensuring that there’s a Nissan LEAF to meet the driving needs of a wider range of customers.

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“The LEAF e+ is more LEAF, offering customers more choice in terms of power and range,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of Nissan. “By offering customers a choice of powertrains to suit their needs, the award-winning Nissan LEAF is now more convenient and appealing than ever.”

More than 380,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles have been sold globally since the 100% electric model first went on sale in 2010. Equipped with advanced technologies including the ProPILOT*2 semi-autonomous driving system and e-Pedal mode for one-pedal driving, the Nissan LEAF embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

Having pioneered mass-market electric cars with the Nissan LEAF, Nissan is continuing to promote alternative vehicle transportation. The Nissan LEAF plays a vital role in Nissan’s efforts to integrate electric vehicles and energy systems into customers’ lives – creating an “EV ecosystem.” Among these efforts is Nissan Energy, the company’s initiative for its electric vehicles to easily connect with energy systems to charge their batteries, power homes and businesses, or feed energy back to power grids, as well as new efforts to reuse batteries.*3

The Nissan LEAF e+ is scheduled to join the Nissan LEAF at Nissan dealerships in Japan in late January 2019. U.S. sales are expected to begin in the spring of 2019, and European sales will commence in mid-2019.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility

The Nissan LEAF e+ represents a step forward in each of the three key areas of Nissan Intelligent Mobility: Intelligent Power, Intelligent Driving and Intelligent Integration.

  • Nissan Intelligent Power: increased range and performance

The Nissan LEAF e+ features a new version of the Nissan LEAF’s revolutionary electric powertrain, delivering excellent energy efficiency and robust torque and power output. While the Nissan LEAF meets the needs of many customers with its driving range of up to 322 km (estimated WLTC Japan cycle)*4, near-silent operation and smooth and responsive acceleration, the Nissan LEAF e+ offers more than 40% additional range of up to 458 km (WLTC Japan cycle), allowing customers the ability to do more between charges.*5

The high-capacity battery and more powerful motor in the LEAF e+ combine to produce 160 kilowatts of power and 340 Nm of torque, enabling faster acceleration when driving at high speeds. Accelerating from 80 kph to 120 kph is nearly 13% quicker. This allows the LEAF e+ to confidently pass slower-moving vehicles, exit corners faster and more seamlessly and merge easily with fast-moving traffic. The top speed has increased by approximately 10% for comfortable cruising.

Thanks to an available new 70 kW (100 kW peak) Quick Charging system, the 2019 Nissan LEAF e+ can charge more efficiently than ever.*5 Based on early testing, Nissan LEAF e+ owners can expect similar charging times when hooked up to a 100 kW charger as current Nissan LEAF owners do with a 50 kW charger, despite a 55% larger battery storage capacity.

Even with a 25% increase in energy density and the increase in energy storage capacity, the Nissan LEAF e+ battery pack is almost the same size and configuration as the pack in the Nissan LEAF. Other than a 5-millimeter increase in overall height (16-inch wheels), the car’s exterior and interior dimensions are unchanged.

Because ownership satisfaction and peace of mind are pivotal for all Nissan LEAF owners, the battery limited warranty of 8 years/160,000 km (whichever occurs first) is standard for all versions.

“The Nissan LEAF caters to 99% of the expected electric vehicle buyers in the marketplace,” Schillaci said. “Between the two powertrains and available technologies and features, Nissan LEAF customers can choose their best option to accommodate their lifestyle.”

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  • Nissan Intelligent Driving: innovative ProPILOT features and smooth e-Pedal operation

Playing a leading role in Nissan Intelligent Driving is ProPILOT, an in-lane semi-autonomous driving technology that can automatically adjust the distance to the vehicle ahead, using a speed preset by the driver (between about 30 kph and 100 kph). ProPILOT can also help the driver steer and keep the vehicle centered in its lane. If the car in front stops, ProPILOT can automatically apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a full halt if necessary. After coming to a full stop, the vehicle can remain in place even if the driver’s foot is off the brake. If traffic restarts, the car will resume driving when the driver touches the steering wheel-mounted ProPILOT switch again or lightly presses the accelerator to activate the system. All these functions can reduce stress when driving on the highway in both heavy and fast-moving traffic. ProPILOT Park (available on Japan and EU models only) is a system that can provide vehicle acceleration, braking, handling, shift changing and parking brake operation to guide the car into a parking spot.

Further enhancing the Nissan LEAF’s driving experience is e-Pedal, which allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal.*6 To match the Nissan LEAF e+’s additional power and increased mass, Nissan has reprogrammed the e-Pedal software for smoother operation and enhanced pedal feedback, especially for operation in reverse, and for smoother and more rapid deceleration, making it easier to stop the car using e-Pedal, even when backing up.

In addition to ProPILOT and e-Pedal, every Nissan LEAF is available with advanced safety technologies including Intelligent Lane Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor with moving object detection.

  • Nissan Intelligent Integration: updated interface, larger display and convenient updates

The new Nissan LEAF links drivers, vehicles and communities through its convenient graphic-based Human Machine Interface. It allows the owner to use the NissanConnect smartphone app to perform tasks such as monitoring the vehicle’s state of charge, scheduling charging to benefit from optimal energy tariffs, finding the nearest charging station, and heating or cooling the car before getting in.

New for the Nissan LEAF e+ (on North American and EU models) is a larger full-color 8-inch display, with an updated navigation system that can be linked to a compatible smartphone. This thin film transistor display features smartphone-like operation including swiping, scrolling and tapping. Applications, maps and firmware are updated over the air with the simple touch of a button, instead of having to manually update by USB or at a Nissan dealership.*7

Other new features include Door-to-Door Navigation, which syncs the vehicle’s navigation system with a compatible smartphone for seamless driving and walking directions. The Connections feature allows any of the car’s passengers to quickly and easily connect to a device within the vehicle.*8

Integration goes beyond what’s in the vehicle and now includes Nissan Energy, making Nissan LEAF vehicles part of a larger electric-vehicle ecosystem.*3

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  • Sleek, modern designOne of the most eye-catching exterior elements of the new Nissan LEAF is the car’s sleek, streamlined silhouette, which maximizes aerodynamic efficiency. The bold fascia features Nissan’s signature V-Motion grille with blue 3D mesh. The streamlined profile gives it a sporty look, while the rear features a distinctive tail light design.

    The Nissan LEAF e+ carries over most of the Nissan LEAF’s design. Subtle clues to its e+ designation include a revised front fascia with blue highlights and an “e+” logo plate on the underside of the charge port lid.

    Like the Nissan LEAF, the Nissan LEAF e+ boasts a spacious, highly functional interior with a quality, high-tech feel. The combination of premium materials throughout the cabin befits a luxury vehicle. Vibrant blue contrast stitching for the steering wheel, seats and door trim accentuate the car as a Nissan electric vehicle.

    “The Nissan LEAF e+ takes Nissan Intelligent Mobility even further,” Schillaci said. “The Nissan LEAF continues to play a leading role in paving the way toward an efficient and sustainable mobile society – creating a ‘new normal.’ This ‘normal’ goes beyond vehicle ownership, providing additional benefits for the customer and the world.”

    Pricing

    Pricing of the Nissan LEAF e+ in Japan starts at ¥4,162,320. Other regional pricing will be announced closer to on-sale dates.

     

    *1 Based on cumulative sales data from December 2010 to December 2018.
    *2 Called ProPILOT Assist in the U.S.
    *4  400 kilometers is based on the Japanese JC08 standard, 322 km is WLTC Japan cycle standard. MY18 EPA range is 150 miles. The driving range figure is obtained under specific test conditions. Actual range will vary with trim levels, options and driving conditions; see Customer Disclosure Form for details.
    *6 Those who prefer conventional driving can still make full use of both the accelerator and brake pedals.
    *7 The new navigation system for the European market can also have its software and maps updated via Inter vehicle communication (IVC) systems.
    *8 These new features are available on North America and EU models only.

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Nissan at CES 2019: See the Invisible

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Nissan to highlight driving excitement with cutting-edge technology in 360-degree immersion demo

Nissan will return to CES in 2019 with a display that demonstrates the future of driving and the electrifying potential of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for moving people to a better world.

Nissan’s CES display (6906), North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center will focus on Nissan Intelligent Mobility and includes:

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  • A new technology platform to “See the Invisible,” creating an entirely new driving experience through connected worlds
  • The U.S. debut of the all-new, twin electric motor, all-wheel drive Nissan LEAF NISMO RC racing machine
  • Nissan Energy demonstrations, including solutions that create a fully integrated electric vehicle ecosystem.
  • A display of the IMx KURO concept crossover electric vehicle
  • New vehicle introduction, displays and EV cafe

Follow Nissan’s global CES newsroom at newsroom.nissan-global.com/ces2019 and social media channels for the latest CES 2019 technology coverage:

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Al Masaood Automobiles bags a hat-trick of principle awards for its outstanding performances

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In a competitive market as the automotive retail, winning customers for authorized dealers are defined by the value they add to the market. This is how Al Masaood Automobiles continue to ace the race reaping outstanding sales performances in all its global car brands. The authorized distributor in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Western Region for Nissan, Infiniti, and Renault had received triple regional awards earlier this year which indicate the effectiveness of its business strategies.

It won the ‘Best Sales Performance’ award from Renault in April for achieving the highest sales growth in 2017, the ‘Exemplary Performance in Sales and Customer Experience in FY17’ from Nissan in May for increasing its market share and showcasing impressive standards in car care and customer service across the region, and ‘The Highest Growth Across I/MEA Market’ from Infiniti in June.

Al Masaood Automobiles noted that its successes were built on strategies that create an efficient and effective integrated business environment and develop highly skilled and productive work force. These efforts play a significant role in achieving Abu Dhabi’s goals to further strengthen its non-oil economic activities under Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.

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Irfan Tansel, CEO of Al Masaood Automobiles, said: “There is much to celebrate for Al Masaood Automobiles this year as we drove home with these major awards, which is testament to our dedication and constant effort to deliver world-class services and outperform market expectations. We attribute this success to the company’s consistency in exceeding customers’ expectations, delivering excellence and quality in our services, and always innovating on sales and aftersales service offerings, which have won the trust of our customers.”

The winning formula

Results did not happen overnight, rather an outcome of the company’s established trustworthiness amongst customers across multiple business segments. Al Masaood Automobiles is known for its excellence in services and high rate of customer satisfaction, noting the value of investments in innovative after-sale services and strong profile of trained staff and sales professionals. Innovative strategies involve providing services that meet customers’ needs, coupled with smart hiring practices.

“Car brands carry with them their own features that makes them attractive to certain owners and that is a given. However, when it comes to servicing and ease of maintenance, many car owners need all the help they can get, and they are happier with a reliable partner that not only meet their needs, but also look after their convenience. We are confident that we have been giving our buyers the experience they look for in a brand,” added Tansel.

As an automotive dealer, Al Masaood Automobiles adopts an agile customer-centric strategy and we pay extra attention to building long-lasting partnerships with our customers that goes beyond a car purchase. Al Masaood now proudly has a world-class network of state-of-the-art service centers and extensive spare parts dealers. The Nissan Service Centre located in Abu Dhabi is the largest service centre in the world.

Al Masaood Automobiles is backed up with a vision to grow despite any changing market conditions.  It vouches to never cut back on investments in human capital, technology and research.

A direct subsidiary of one of Abu Dhabi’s leading conglomerate companies, Al Masaood Group, which have been an integral player in the commercial development of Abu Dhabi in nearly five decades, Al Masaood Automobiles sees the future of car dealership to be more fluid and personal as buyers have increased their focus on satisfaction experience – something that it already has been giving to its loyal customers.

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Al Masaood Automobiles reveals the exclusive upgrade of Nissan Patrol Titanium V8

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Al Masaood Automobiles, the authorized distributor of Nissan in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region, recently revealed that exclusive feature upgrades have been added to the 2018 Nissan Patrol Titanium V8. The latest additions further reinforce the interior technology embedded into the top-notch, sleek vehicle, thereby solidifying anew its status as the most powerful model in its class.

The exciting features include a soft door closer and an in-car wireless smartphone charger, a place where the driver can put his mobile phone in a designated slot for wireless charging. The model is also equipped with a blind spot detector, which notifies the driver about cars within close proximity; an Alcantara Starlight roof; and Titanium badge. Finally, the upgrade version boasts of the cutting-edge Nissan SmartCar app that allows an owner to start the car engine using only a smartphone device.

Irfan Tansel, CEO of Al Masaood Automobiles, said: “We keep consistent in our commitment to instil innovation and ensure superior technology-driven services; thus, prompting us to consistently carry intelligent mobility and innovative concept to our customers worldwide to provide them with a new, more enjoyable driving experience. This is also part of our bid to timely meet their evolving needs and requirements in today’s digital era. Achieving the highest customer satisfaction level is important to us as we consider it a fundamental factor for our success and future growth.”

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The Nissan Patrol legacy began in 1951 when it ruled the roads as one of the most reliable, rugged and versatile 4X4s, and continues today as the recognized King of the Off-Road. Nissan Patrol has evolved into one of the world’s toughest off-road vehicles that can deliver a maximum of eight passengers through city streets, desert roads, and sand dunes. Considered the ‘Hero of All Terrain,’ the Nissan Patrol Titanium V8 is packed with 400 horsepower, exceptional 560Nm of torque, direct injection gasoline and variable valve event, and lift technologies to bring forth all the power at lower emissions.

For 40 years, Al Masaood Automobiles, in partnership with its suppliers, has been bringing customers a complete range of the most reliable 4×4, luxury, passenger and commercial vehicles, efficiently catering to a large and diverse number of individuals, fleet, and government users. Nissan awarded Al Masaood Automobiles with the ‘Exemplary Performance in Sales and Customer Experience in FY17’ for increasing its market share and showcasing impressive standards in car care and customer service across the region.

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Nissan GT-R50 takes its first spin around the famed Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign took a high-speed spin around the famed Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign made its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Chichester, England, in July and arrived in Belgium to open the Spa 24 Hours event with a parade lap.

The first-ever collaboration between Nissan and Italdesign, the GT-R50 prototype shown at Goodwood could become the blueprint for an extremely limited run of hand-built production vehicles. The vehicle was designed to commemorate the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R (in 2019) and Italdesign (in 2018).

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Nissan LEAF NISMO to make world debut

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The Nissan LEAF NISMO will go on sale July 31 in Japan – combining, for the first time, the excitement and advanced technologies of the world’s best-selling electric car with the sporty image and performance of the NISMO road car series.
The model is based on the new Nissan LEAF, which debuted in October 2017. The new LEAF offers the exhilarating acceleration and environmental performance of a 100% electric powertrain, a dynamic design, and advanced technologies such as e-Pedal and the ProPILOT and ProPILOT Park autonomous driving features. The Nissan LEAF NISMO features a custom tuning computer for more responsive acceleration, custom tires, and suspension for improved handling and ride comfort, and stylish exterior and interior design.

The new Nissan LEAF is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. It has won several awards for its cutting-edge technology and zero-emission performance. The LEAF won the “2018 World Green Car” award at the New York International Auto Show and has received 5-star safety ratings from both the Japan New Car Assessment Program and the European New Car Assessment Program.

Nissan aims to sell 1 million electrified vehicles a year, including the new Nissan LEAF, globally by fiscal 2022.

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NISMO, Nissan’s motorsports and in-house tuning division, launched its road car series with the Nissan Juke NISMO in 2013. It has since added the Nissan March NISMO, Nissan Note NISMO, Nissan 370Z NISMO, Nissan GT-R NISMO and Nissan Serena NISMO.

The following is an overview of the Nissan LEAF NISMO:

Exterior design
The Nissan LEAF NISMO features the characteristic layered double wings of the NISMO road car series, improving downforce without compromising drag coefficient. Signaling the high-performance driving provided by its low center of gravity, the exterior also includes custom 18-inch aluminum wheels that minimize air resistance.

The nine available body colors include the NISMO series’ custom Brilliant Silver (M)/Super Black two-tone and the Dark Metal Grey (M)/Super Black two-tone.

Interior design
The sporty interior appeals to the senses with prominent use of NISMO’s custom red accents, including the three-spoke steering wheel with a red center mark. The instrument panel features a custom carbon-like finish, and the electronic shift has a gun metal chrome finish.

Chassis performance
The Nissan LEAF NISMO’s dedicated 18-inch high-grip tires and custom suspension system provide a comfortable ride and stable handling. Its custom-tuned electric power steering and Intelligent Trace Control (cornering stabilization system) provide high stability and lane-tracing abilities.

Comfortable acceleration
The custom tuning computer in the Nissan LEAF NISMO allows for a delicate but strong acceleration response. This results in comfortable driving on both city streets and winding roads.

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NISSAN AND ITALDESIGN TO UNVEIL ULTRA-LIMITED GT-R PROTOTYPE

Nissan and Italdesign have created a new prototype vehicle – the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign – in their first-ever collaboration.

Based on a production 2018 Nissan GT-R NISMO model, the unique car commemorates the 50th anniversaries of both the GT-R and Italdesign and will make its debut in Europe next month.

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“How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it?” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design. “This is a rare window in time when two big moments intersect: 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through our iconic GT-R. So to celebrate this convergence, Nissan and Italdesign created this custom GT-R to mark 50 years of engineering leadership.”

Italdesign developed, engineered and built the car. The distinctive, crisp exterior and interior designs were created by the teams at Nissan Design Europe in London and Nissan Design America.

Design at its best
Starting at the front, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign features a distinct golden inner element that stretches across almost the full width of the vehicle. The hood has a more pronounced power bulge, and the thin LED headlights stretch from the wheel arch to the lip above the outer cooling intakes.

Dominating the side view, the distinctive roofline has been lowered by 54 millimeters and features a lower center section, while the slightly raised outer portions give the roof profile a muscular look. The signature GT-R “samurai blade” cooling outlets behind the front wheels have gained more prominence with a gold inlay and extends from the bottom of the doors to the shoulder line.

The rear highlights the car’s wide track with taut, muscular flares around the wheels. The shoulder line tapers around the base of the rear window and draws toward the center of the trunk lid. In a dramatic fashion, the rear window line descends longer and deeper than on the standard car. Combined with more gold elements, it appears as a separate modular element of the rear structure.

The GT-R’s twin round taillights have been reimagined as a separate “floating” feature with thin light rings and hollow centers, mounted so as to join the outer buttress and the central portion of the trunk structure. A large, adjustable rear wing, mounted with two uprights, completes the overall look. Custom wheels – 21 x 10 inches in front and 21 x 10.5 inches at the rear – accentuate the car’s bold stance. The exterior is finished in Liquid Kinetic Gray paint with distinctive Energetic Sigma Gold anniversary accents.

Inside, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign reflects its modern, high-performance pedigree. Two different carbon fiber finishes are extensively used across the center console, instrument panel and door linings, along with black Alcantara® and fine black Italian leather on the seats. Gold accents echo the exterior treatment across the instrument panel, doors and the futuristic race car-inspired switchgear. The bespoke steering wheel’s central hub and spokes are made of carbon fiber, while the rim features a flat bottom and matching Alcantara trim.

Pure performance plus
Underneath the new shape, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is all business. Drawing on Nissan’s GT3 racing experience, the NISMO organization enhanced the hand-assembled 3.8-liter V6 VR38DETT engine to produce an estimated 720ps and 780 Nm of torque.

Changes to the power plant include optimized twin high-flow, large-diameter GT3 competition-spec turbochargers and larger intercoolers; heavy-duty crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods and bearings; high-flow piston oil jets; revised camshaft profiles; higher-flow fuel injectors; and optimized ignition, intake and exhaust systems. A reinforced dual-clutch sequential six-speed rear transaxle and stronger differentials and drive shafts direct the power to the wheels.

A revised suspension has been developed, featuring the BILSTEIN DampTronic® I continuously adjustable damping system. For braking, the Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes feature bright red, clearly visible calipers. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, sized 255/35 R21 in the front and 285/30 R21 in the rear, add a level of grip needed to harness the engine’s power.

“Although this is not the next-generation GT-R, it is an exciting celebration of two anniversaries in a provocative and creative way – wrapping one of Nissan’s best engineering platforms and Japanese design with Italian coachbuilding,” said Albaisa

Nissan GT-R 50 by Italdesign prototype key specifications
Base vehicle Nissan GT-R NISMO
Overall length 4784mm / 188.3 inches (Standard NISMO: 4690 mm / 184.6 in)
Overall width 1992mm / 78.4 inches (Standard NISMO: 1895 mm / 74.6 in)
Overall height 1316mm / 51.8 inches (Standard NISMO: 1370 mm / 53.9 in)
Wheelbase 2780mm / 109.4 inches (identical)
Engine 3.8-liter VR38DETT by NISMO;

720 ps (estimated) @ 7100 rpm

780 N-m (estimated) @ 3600-5600 rpm

Driveline Mid-mounted front engine / rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive
Gearbox Reinforced dual-clutch sequential 6-speed rear transaxle
Suspension BILSTEIN DampTronic® I damping system
Brakes Brembo, with 2-piece floating drilled disc

Front: 6-piston monoblock caliper; 390 x 32.6 mm

Rear: 4-piston monoblock caliper; 380 x 30mm

Wheels (inches) Front: 21 x 10J

Rear: 21 x 10.5J

Tires Michelin Pilot Super Sport; Front: 255/35 R21 Rear: 285/30 R21

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Nissan Pathfinder Midnight Edition

Nissan Pathfinder Midnight Edition

Nissan Middle East today unveiled the latest iteration of the Nissan Pathfinder, the popular and family oriented four-wheel drive. The 2019 Pathfinder Midnight edition adds visual excitement, with its sleek and stylish exterior design and intriguing finishing colours.

With its exclusive black aluminum-alloy wheels, black exterior accents and LED interior lighting elements, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Midnight edition provides a unique head-turning look that elevates your stance on every road and highway. This invigoratingly stylish, assertive and moodier version of the iconic Nissan Pathfinder SUV features Nissan’s signature V-Motion Grille, striking boomerang-shaped head lights with LED daytime running light, and a redesigned front and rear profile. The new model also comes complete with 20-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof.

Nissan Pathfinder Midnight is fully equipped with Nissan Intelligent Mobility features such as Intelligent Emergency Breaking Intelligent Cruise control, Blind Spot Warning, Forward Collision warning, Rear Cross traffic Alert and Intelligent 4X4 to enhance your safety and security. The comfortable seven-seater SUV is also anchored with EZ flex seating system that allows easy access to the third row with a child safety seat remaining securely in place in the second row.

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Jurgen Schmitz, Managing Director Nissan Middle East said, “At Nissan, we are committed to offering our customers new and upgraded variations of their favourite cars. The evolution of the Nissan Pathfinder has resulted in the creation of an iconic range of family-friendly yet technologically innovative SUVs that effortlessly combine style with performance. Four-wheel drive, off-road proficiency and an athletic appearance are the mainstays of the Pathfinder name and remain key requirements for the adventure-inspired customer in this segment today. The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Midnight Edition is a fresh and exciting addition to our SUV range that stays true to the Pathfinder name and encapsulates its adventurous spirit.”

The new model will be available at Nissan dealers across the UAE and in selected Gulf countries from July 2018 at a price of USD 44,080 (inclusive of 5% VAT). Prices per market will be revealed at their respective launches and will vary from market to market.

About the New Nissan Pathfinder

The uniqueness of the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Midnight Edition is defined by:

  • Black Outside Mirrors
  • Black Roof Rail
  • Black Grade Badge with Midnight Edition Emblem on Lift Gate
  • Black Front and Back Mud Guard
  • Black Front Radiator Grille
  • Body Coloured Bumper with Black Rear Lower Accent
  • Black Back Door Finisher
  • Black 20” Accessory Aluminum Alloy Wheels
  • Black Rear Spoiler
  • LED High Mount Stop Lamp

A Powerful New Look

When the fourth-generation Pathfinder was introduced for the 2013 model year, its design represented a major step forward in refined styling and aerodynamic emphasis. For 2018, the refreshed exterior goes even farther, adding a stronger sense of adventure, character and presence and continued fine-tuning of aero efficiency.

The updated appearance incorporates the latest Nissan signature design elements introduced on the award-winning Maxima sport sedan and Murano crossover – including the new “V-Motion” grille and boomerang-shaped headlights with LED daytime running lights. New LED headlights are standard on the Pathfinder SL grade.

Other exterior enhancements include a new, more aggressive hood, front bumper and fog lights. The outside rearview mirrors now include standard integrated turn signals. In the rear, changes include new taillights and a stronger bumper design.

In addition, aerodynamic optimization efforts include a new grille design, which enhances cooling performance and negates the need for an active grille shutter, and a new front chin spoiler design that has been moved forward and directs air downward – without compromising the approach angle for off-road driving. These changes help optimize air flow around and below the exterior, with the coefficient of drag reduced to 0.326 (from the previous 0.34).

Another significant addition for 2018 is the available Motion-Activated liftgate. A simple wave of the foot under the center of the liftgate activates the power opening function. It is standard on SV and SL grade.

Other exterior details include recessed front windshield wipers, roof rails and chrome door handles. An available Dual Panorama Moonroof is standard from SV grade. It includes a sliding opening front panel and fixed rear glass panel, which extends over the 2nd and 3rd rows.

Also updated in the 2018 model is the design of the allow wheels that are available as 18-inch in S grade and 20-inch in SV and SL grades.

Completing the exterior makeover is one new exterior color, which is Caspian Blue. Other available colors are, Silver, Gun Metallic, Magnetic Black, Pearl White.

A Roomy, Refined Interior

The enhancements to the Pathfinder interior for 2018 focus on convenience and connectivity. For example, the cupholders have been reshaped to accommodate mug handles and an illuminated front storage bin. There are now two USB ports inside the console versus the previous single port.

The biggest change, however, is the adoption of new-generation information technology. The standard Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display (ADAD), located in the center of the instrument display between the tachometer and speedometer, features additional infotainment and driver assistance displays (versus the previous Pathfinder design). Voice recognition has been enhanced with a new HD microphone.

As in previous years, the 2018 Pathfinder’s 3-row/7-passenger interior combines comfortable seating with the cargo capacity that families need every day. It offers the benefits of a mid-size crossover with the comfort of a larger SUV, including a flat floor for enhanced interior packaging flexibility and ample space. Overall interior roominess is 173.8 cubic feet (passenger and cargo areas combined).

Every 2018 Pathfinder interior is anchored by Nissan’s innovative EZ Flex Seating System™ with LATCH AND GLIDE™, a second row tilt and glide seat that allows easy third row access with a child safety seat remaining securely in place in the second row.

A wide range of seating and cargo carrying combinations are available with the second row 60/40-split seat with manual slide/recline/fold flat and third row 50/50-split seat with manual recline/flat fold. New cloth seat fabric is added for S grade, and leather-appointed with new wood finish interior on the SV and SL grades.

Pathfinder’s quiet, comfortable interior also includes a wide range of available features, including two rows of rich leather-appointed seating surfaces, climate controlled front seats in SL grade, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, multiple user memory settings and an advanced Bose® Audio System with 12 speakers.

Pathfinder also offers available class-exclusive Intelligent Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD). Other available technology includes Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and iPod® integration. The tri-zone Family Entertainment system includes front seats head restraint-mounted DVD display screens. The rear displays are now 8-inch QHD designs (versus the previous 7-inch WVGA) and include auto brightness control and USB and HDMI rear source inputs. The rear display can be easily controlled from the front with a more user-friendly display.

An available remote engine start function allows the climate control system to warm up or cool down the interior prior to driving (standard on SV and SL).

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), available with individual tire pressure display, comes with standard Easy-Fill Tire Alert that provides both visual and audible signals to help owners conveniently maintain correct tire pressures without the use of a gauge.

Revised 3.5-liter V6 Engine

In a major step-up of its already highly capable adventure credentials, Pathfinder’s new 3.5- liter V6 engine features more power and torque. It utilizes more than 50 percent new or new-to-Pathfinder engine parts and components – including combustion chamber design, pistons, intake manifold and e-VTC (fully electronic on intake).

The engine’s new Direct Injection Gasoline™ (DIG) system, which is also utilized on the all-new flagship Nissan Patrol full-size SUV, provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance (versus a non-direct-injection system). The switch to mirror bore cylinder coating reduces engine weight by around three pounds and reduces friction between the piston ring and the cylinder wall. The technology eliminates the need for a heavy cast iron cylinder liner.

All 2018 Pathfinder models are equipped with Nissan’s third-generation Xtronic transmission (similar to that utilized in the sporty Nissan Maxima). The Xtronic transmission includes DStep Logic Control, which simulates shifts, giving a more natural acceleration feeling.

The new Pathfinder powertrain helps provide real world driving benefits of more responsive acceleration and re-acceleration, such as when entering highways or passing.

As in previous years, Pathfinder also features selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD Lock modes from the available intuitive ALL-MODE 4×4-i system. With the available intuitive four-wheel drive, Pathfinder continues to serve as an excellent vehicle for inclement weather driving conditions.

Pathfinder is the only vehicle in class with selectable 2WD, Auto or 4WD Lock modes for its available intuitive ALL-MODE 4×4-i system. The system lets the driver choose fulltime 2WD for maximum fuel economy, Auto mode to automatically monitor conditions and adjust the balance of power between front and rear wheels for best traction, or 4WD Lock mode when full-time 4WD is desired.

In addition, standard Hill Start Assist helps prevent loss of control when starting and driving away on a steep incline (both 4WD and 2WD models), while standard Hill Descent Control (4WD only) helps by adjusting speed and brake pressure when traveling slowly down steep, rough terrain grades.

Standard safety and security features include Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor), 3-point seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, curtain and side airbags for side impact and rollover head protection for outboard passengers in all three rows (includes rollover sensor), 3-point seat belts for rear seat occupants, including 2nd row center position, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) – second row outboard seating positions only, child safety rear door locks, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).

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Now you can buy 2018 NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3

Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 (1)

Nissan Motorsport International Co., Ltd. (NISMO) is releasing its 2018 model of the NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3, which is based on the NISSAN GT-R (R35) NISMO and conforms to FIA GT3 regulations. (Build-to-order / delivery to begin from around January 2019)

NISMO launched the NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 in 2012 and has been supplying it to customers around the world including in Japan, Europe, America, China, and Australia. The car accumulated several achievements including taking the championship titles in the SUPER GT GT300 class and the Blancpain Endurance Series (currently the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup), along with overall victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour (Australia) in 2015.

The 2018 model that is set for release reflects significant advances made on the base vehicle NISSAN GT-R(R35) NISMO, and the lessons learned from accumulated actual race data since the 2015 model was released. NISMO aimed to create a vehicle that took advantage of all of the GT-R’s strengths and was capable of running with stability and speed at any circuit and on any brand of tire.

Specifically, weight distribution has been optimized and the center of gravity lowered by mounting the engine 150mm further back and lower than in the 2015 model. At the same time, the front and rear suspension, along with the cross member have been newly designed to improve the vehicle dynamics.

In addition to vigorous tests carried out in Japan and overseas since April of last year, participation in several series, in cooperation with NISMO’s official partner teams this season, has seen the car run a total of approximately 30,000km. This new vehicle has enhanced competitiveness through improvements in its fundamental performance, at the same time, the new model is easy to handle for both professional and gentleman drivers, and offers significant reliability.

Takao Katagiri, CEO of NISMO quote

“To develop the 2018 model NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3, NISMO, as the official sporting arm of NISSAN, has made full use of the advanced technology and expertise we have gained through our vast experience in racing, and this car is built to be competitive in GT3 racing around the world.  Whilst this is its first year of actual competition, it is already demonstrating its competitiveness, having attained achievements such as a 3rd place podium finish in the Japan’s SUPER GT (GT300 class) and a 3rd place overall finish in the Blancpain GT Series Asia. I would like to greatly thank our official partner teams for being the first to choose and demonstrate the full potential of the car and we have high hopes that a number of teams will be competing with the 2018 model NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3.”

Development features of the 2018 model

  • Lowered center of gravity and optimized weight distribution through a revision of the vehicle package
  • Improved dynamics through newly designed suspension
  • Optimized balance between stable downforce characteristics and drag
  • Front and rear rigidity (flexural, torsional) improvements and enhanced linearity by utilizing advanced analysis technology
  • Dry sump system implementation for lowered center of gravity and lubrication reliability
  • Extended maintenance cycle through a newly designed transmission
  • Strengthened brakes with increased durability and reliability
  • An exclusively designed air conditioning system to reduce driver stress and ensure comfort during endurances races, etc. available as an option
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Nissan introduces new retail concept at dealerships worldwide

Nissan Retail Concept

Renovations at more than 9,000 dealerships will offer improved customer services within a globally consistent brand experience with Nissan New Retail Concept

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. plans to introduce a new Nissan retail concept to dealerships around the world to improve customer services within a globally consistent brand experience, in response to diversifying expectations and lifestyles.

All Nissan-brand dealerships will be encouraged to align with the Nissan Retail Concept, or NRC. The new concept aims to improve all aspects of the customer experience at Nissan dealerships, including facility design, service process and digital environment. More than 400 dealerships in 30 countries have already made the change. Nissan aims to implement NRC at more than 9,000 dealerships in more than 170 countries by the end of fiscal year 2022.

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Dealerships aligned with the Nissan Retail Concept feature a number of new design elements, such as an exterior with the familiar red Nissan signage and an exclusive delivery area that enhances the exciting moment when customers receive their vehicle. Customers will also be able to learn about Nissan cars using a digital car configurator and navigate through the service process on salespeople’s tablet computers. NRC also incorporates the Nissan brand’s key elements, such as Nissan Intelligent Mobility, electric vehicles, light commercial vehicles and the NISMO performance sub-brand.

NRC has been rolled out in North America, Europe and China. Beginning this fiscal year, Nissan is renovating dealerships in Japan, and the company will continue carrying out NRC in tandem with efforts to optimize its sales network.

“The relationship between dealers and customers is changing, with customers expecting a more digital and customized experience. So Nissan is proud to introduce a new retail concept to deliver these exciting and diverse customer experiences worldwide,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president for global marketing and sales at Nissan. “The Nissan Retail Concept will improve all aspects of a customer’s experience, from the minute they arrive at a Nissan-brand dealer until the moment they hopefully drive away in their new Nissan.”

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