The updated 2013 Nissan Leaf is now more efficient than the nearly identical 2012 model. Last year's Nissan Leaf was rated at a 99 MPGe for combined city and highway, while the 2013 Leaf now has a 115 MPGe rating. Updates to the 2013 Leaf have made it more aerodynamic and its regenerative braking system has been improved. The 2013 Leaf has a drag coefficient of 0.28 compared to 0.29 for the 2012 Leaf.
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General Motors and Nissan have announced that the companies have signed an agreement for Nissan to produce a small cargo vehicle that GM will sell in the United States and Canada. GM expects the 2015 Chevrolet City Express, which is based on the Nissan NV200, to be available for sale in the fall of 2014.
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Infiniti is going to reportedly add more crossovers to its lineup and a new halo model above the current Q70 sedan in an effort to build the brand's presence and sales. President Johan de Nysschen has revealed to the Automotive News that Infiniti's plan is to cover 90 percent of all global premium segments by the end of the decade, compared to just under 60 percent today.
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Nissan has released this video of a Nissan GT-R taking on an Oris Swiss Hunter Fighter Jet with 22,000 HP in a land-sky speed challenge. The race in the Swiss Alps was organized by German-based N-Magazine.
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The 2013 Nissan Leaf has received the Top Safety Pick safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The LEAF achieved the Institute's highest rating of "Good" in front, side, rollover and rear crash tests.
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Nissan has announced the pricing for the 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition, which starts at $115,710. The Track Edition features a specially tuned suspension, special brake cooling guides, front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts and a lightweight quilted cloth mat where the rear seats usually reside. Availability of the GT-R Track Edition is limited to 150 units for the United States.
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Nissan has unveiled the updates to the 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO, which goes on sale this summer. On the outside, new dark gray coloring is added to the front and rear fascias, lower side sills, side mirrors and NISMO rear spoiler, with each element featuring NISMO-style red pinstripe accents. It also gets an extended front nose design and a fully integrated chin spoiler. In addition, Solid Red replaces the previous Magma Red as one of four 370Z NISMO exterior color choices. Interior enhancements include the addition of a new steering wheel with Alcantara appointments and red accents, and a red NISMO tachometer.
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Nissan has announced the updates to the 2014 Nissan Versa, which still starts at $11,990 for the third year in a row. Enhancements for the 2014 Versa Sedan include the addition of standard 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, tri-cot headliner, 4.3-inch display audio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio for Versa Sedan SL models; standard 60/40-split fold-down rear seat and key fob trunk release for Versa Sedan SV models; and tachometer and low rolling resistance tires for Versa Sedan S models.
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Today is Earth Day and to celebrate it Nissan and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the Nissan Leaf. This pilot program, which puts six Leaf taxis into service beginning this spring, will help Nissan, the city, the taxi industry and the public understand how zero emission vehicles can be integrated into future taxi fleets.
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Nissan's new Friend-ME concept has debuted in Shanghai. Nissan says the Friend-ME concept is a four-passenger sedan designed for a generation with a very different automotive outlook, specifically 240 million Chinese born in the 1980s.
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Nissan has released another teaser photo of the Friend-ME concept, which is scheduled to debut in Shanghai on April 20. The new teaser photo gives us a glimpse of the concept's rear end.
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The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in the US for over a decade, but is it's top-selling crown up for grabs? The Camry is still currently the best selling car in the US for the first three months of this year, but last month's sales may preview a change by the end of the year.
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On April 20 Nissan is going to unveil its newest concept car, the Friend-ME at the Shanghai Motor Show. Nissan says that the concept was developed by Chinese designers working at at Nissan Design China in Beijing. The Friend-ME concept features a unique center console that allows "Four Seats, One Mind Connectivity" - equal information sharing among all aboard.
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Infiniti has announced that the 2014 Infiniti Q50, the replacement for the G37 will arrive this summer starting at $36,450, which is $900 lower than the starting price of the 2013 G37 sedan.
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Nissan has unveiled new hybrid versions of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60 SUVs. With a combined rating of 26 mpg and a driving range over 500 miles, Nissan toutes that the hybrids feature the same styling and features as the standard V6 models, but add fuel efficiency and driving range.
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Nissan has announced its plan to expand the use of Advanced High Tensile Strength Steel (AHSS) in to up to 25 percent of the vehicle parts installed in its new models. Nissan will make use of advanced high tensile strength steel starting in 2017 as one of its initiatives to help reduce vehicle weight.
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Infiniti has announced the introduction of a new hybrid version of the 2014 Infiniti QX60 crossover, which will be unveiled later this month at the New York Auto Show. In case you missed the news, for the 2014 model year Infiniti is changing the names of all of its models. The QX60 is the new name for the JX35.
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Nissan has announced that NISMO will be its exclusive global performance car and motorsports brand and plans to officially open the new NISMO global headquarters and development center in Yokohama, Japan. Today, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn declared the new headquarters open and explained how NISMO will play an even more prominent role for the company's performance car and motorsports activities.
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Nissan has announced that it has the produced the 50,000th Nissan Leaf. According to Nissan, owners of Nissan Leaf around the world have now covered a total distance of more than 260 million kilometers. The highest mileage Leaf globally has been revealed as a Japanese customer who has covered more than 175,000 km, in a car that has only been on sale for two years.
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Nissan is using this year's Chicago Auto Show to showcase its performance lineup. Today Nissan took the wraps off the 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo and the updated 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo.
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The full-size truck segment is heating up with new models from Chrysler and GM this year and a new F-Series just around the corner. Toyota is also going to unveil a new 2014 Tundra this week and now Nissan has announced that it is continuing work on the next-generation Titan.
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Infiniti has announced that the 2014 Infiniti Q50 will debut at the Geneva Motor Show with a new powertrain that will be borrowed from Mercedes-Benz. The Q50 for Europe includes the first fruit of the co-operation agreement with Daimler aka Mercedes-Benz. "The Infiniti Q50 is a world-class sports saloon with an engine line-up that will clearly demonstrate its intentions to be a major player within the European premium market," said Bernard Loire, Vice President, Infiniti Africa, Middle East and Europe (AMIE).
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Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz have signed a new three-way agreement to accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicle technology with the goal to launch the world's first affordable, mass-market FCEVs as early as 2017. The goal of the collaboration is to jointly develop a common fuel cell electric vehicle system while reducing investment costs associated with the engineering of the technology.
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Now in its fourth model year, the 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet gets new exterior colors and alloy wheels, but the best part is that the convertible crossover is now $2,545 cheaper and starts at $41,995. Two new exterior colors are offered: Midnight Garnet and Gun Metallic, along with carryover colors Super Black and Pearl White. The standard 20-inch split 5-spoke titanium finish aluminum-alloy wheels have also been redesigned.
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Nissan continues to tweak and refine the GT-R supercar and for the 2014 model year the GT-R gets increased performance, higher levels of craftsmanship and an all-new optional Premium interior, which features hand-stitched Amber Red semi-aniline leather front seats. In addition, torque response at middle RPM range (4500～6000 rpm) and acceleration at high RPM's (above 6000 rpm) have been improved versus the 2013 GT-R.
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Patent drawings seem to leak all the time giving us our first unofficial look at new models ahead of their official debut. These latest patent drawings may give us a glimpse at the next-generation Nissan X-Trail SUV, which looks like it's going to get inspiration from the Hi-Cross concept that debuted last year.
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Nissan has unveiled the Resonance concept in Detroit, which previews Nissan's future crossover lineup. The Resonance concept features an open, airy architecture highlighted by a unique "floating" roof created through the use of the thin, steeply raked A-pillars, large full-length glass panel and flowing D-pillar design. Inside, the designers imagined what the future of first-class space travel might be: Welcoming yet exclusive and high-tech yet premium. The resulting "VIP lounge," with its light, buttery leather and premium-stitched seats, exudes genuine sophistication.
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Nissan has announced that U.S. pricing for the new 2013 Nissan Leaf will start at $28,800 for the newly-added S grade, making it the lowest priced five-passenger electric vehicle sold in the US. Depending on location, some consumers may purchase the vehicle for as low as $18,800 with qualifying federal and state tax credits.
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Infiniti has officially unveiled the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 at the Detroit Auto Show. If you missed the news, the Q50 is the replacement for the G37 sedan. "This morning we are about to launch Infiniti on a bold new journey, a new Infiniti brand direction built on a foundation of our past and guided by a clear vision for the future," said de Nysschen. "And it starts right here today with the new Infiniti Q50, a vehicle that clearly crystalizes the design, performance and technology direction for a new generation of Infiniti vehicles."
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Just a few hours ago the first photos of the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan leaked online, but now we have a new set of photos, including a look at the interior. The 2014 Infiniti Q50 is the replacement for the G37 and is slated to officially be unveiled Monday morning in Detroit.
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The replacement for the Infiniti G37, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan is going to be unveiled in a few days at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but here are two photos of the sedan now. Infiniti hasn't unveiled the new Q50 sedan, but Infiniti's Canadian website had these two photos on the site briefly. Luckily someone at G37 forum was able to grab them before they were taken down.
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In addition to the Nissan Resonance crossover concept, Nissan has confirmed that the next-generation Versa hatchback will also debut in Detroit. Now dubbed the Versa Note, the 2014 Versa Note will be our version of the Nissan Note that is sold in Europe.
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Nissan has released a teaser of its new Resonance Concept that is going to debut next week at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Nissan hasn't released any details about the concept other than this statement: "The Resonance is the latest in a series of envelope-pushing crossover designs from Nissan, fusing bold, breakthrough styling with hybrid-electric powertrain technology."
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Nissan has unveiled the updates to the 2013 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, which is now entering its third model year. The changes to the Leaf include improved efficiency, reduced charging times, more features and a new cheaper entry-level S trim model.
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Visitors to the upcoming 2013 Detroit Auto Show will be the first to see Nissan's all-new interactive display. At the show, Nissan will debut its new global auto show stand design featuring multi-level flooring for vehicle displays, an amphitheater-style stage and soaring architectural elements.
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Nissan has previewed the models that it will present at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon 2013, which kicks off on January 11. Nissan's booth will provide a mix of factory-tuned vehicles and history-making racecars, highlighted by "Nissan's New World of Customization"--which includes the Juke Personalization Concept, Note Personalization Concept and the NV350 Caravan Rider Transporter--and the Japan debut of the Nissan DeltaWing racecar.
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Infiniti is going to unveil the all-new 2014 Infinti Q50 at the Detroit Auto Show in just a few weeks. The Q50 is the official replacement for the G sedan, since Infiniti has also decided to rename all of its models. To get us ready for the new sedan, Infiniti has released this teaser video, which provides a glimpse at the sedan's headlights.
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Nissan plans to increase the warranty on the electric Nissan Leaf's battery in response to owners' concerns about its durability. Nissan will repair or replace the Leaf's lithium-ion battery if it loses more than 30 percent of its ability to hold a charge after five years or 60,000 miles. The good part is that Nissan will make the warranty apply to new and current owners.
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Two days ago Infiniti announced that is changing the names of all of its models starting with the 2014 model year. The news was somewhat shocking considering how long the brand has spent building up awareness for models like the G sedan and FX crossover. The new models will all carry either Q or QX and each model will be further identified by a double digit representing hierarchy within the range. Johan de Nysschen recently wrote this note to Infiniti owners and fans to explain the change. He also dropped hints about a new sedan powered by a turbocharged V6 with over 550 horsepower:
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