While the model isn’t expected to arrive in the U.S. until the second half of 2021—as a 2022 model—previous reports suggest it’s likely to be delivered in at least some of its other primary markets (Japan, Europe, and China) before then.
Sometimes, the point of a concept car is just to explore a concept. It can showcase blue-sky thinking about a future world with technology that’s more science fiction than reality. Concepts can also give us a glimpse of design studies freed from real-world limitations, sparking a sense of wonder.
But Nissan has also developed a number of cutting-edge concept cars over the years that eventually made the jump from auto show eye candy to customers’ driveways. From best-selling crossovers to the latest in electric vehicle technology, here’s a look at Nissan concepts from the past decade – and a peek at the next EV crossover on the horizon.
Nissan’s latest official press release discusses its approach to concepts, and how they herald the first steps to innovation and, subsequently, vehicle reality. After illustrating some examples of this — from the Xmotion to the IDS — the release touches on the Ariya concept, which was originally unveiled at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. A single line follows: “Nissan Ariya production: July 2020.” And that’s it. Very sneaky.
Note added June 26, 2020 » This should have been a good news story for both Kia and Dodge. Instead the media (including this site) is focused on Tesla’s terrible ranking.
J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, now in its 34th year, examines problems experienced by purchasers and lessees of new 2020 model-year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. According to J.D. Power, Initial Quality has proven to be an excellent predictor of long-term reliability, which has a significant impact on owner satisfaction and brand loyalty.
This is the first time a Detroit automaker topped the list in 34 years. The Dodge Durango and Dodge Challenger models both scored very high in their segments.
Kia tied Dodge and maintained its six-year streak as top-ranked auto brand.
Tesla, which outdid perennially bottom-ranked Land Rover, has traditionally refused to cooperate with outside researchers like J.D. Power. Perhaps we now understand more the reasons for this.
The J.D. Power IQS results vindicate the many reports from owners, journalists, and analysts concerning Tesla’s persistent production quality issues. J.D. Power is well respected in the industry.
That mindset doesn’t appear to have changed as the newest Model Y is experiencing many of the same difficulties and widespread defects that have afflicted earlier models.
Hype and being first to market has proven profitable for Elon Musk and shareholders, and they have built up a fan base. However, if Tesla does not improve quality, they will not be able to grow their base into paying customers at a time when other manufacturers with much better reputations for quality products are rapidly bring EVs to market.
Tesla is not about to go the way of Edsel any time soon. But just as there will always be a market of Land Rover, there will always be a fans of Tesla.
The Dodge brand, long a quality laggard, surged to take the top spot in the 2020 Power IQS, tying Kia, while toppling traditional benchmarks including Korea’s Genesis, Japan’s Lexus and Germany’s Porsche.
If anything, Porsche plunged to the lower quartile in the latest quality study, while Lexus and Genesis also slid sharply down the list. But no one fared more poorly than Tesla. Covered for the first time in the IQS, the California EV maker was, by far, posted an industry-worst score, underscoring recent reports of endemic quality issues impacting its line-up and, in particular, the new Model Y battery-SUV.
Lunched first in 2016 in South America, the Nissan Kicks has gone global to many other markets, and is embraced by car buyers who love its size, value, tech features. The new Nissan Kicks, with the e-Power powertrain and ProPILOT advanced driver assistance, is going on sale in Japan.
Nissan has introduced the facelifted Kicks to its home market, where it will go on sale from June 30, priced from 2,759,900 yen ($24,845).
Presented last month in Thailand, the 2021 Kicks will be sold with the e-Power electrified powertrain, which uses an electric motor to drive the wheels. The motor takes its juice from a 1.57 kWh lithium-ion battery and is backed up by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline range extender.
The total system output is 127 HP (129 PS / 95 kW) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque, and drivers can choose between four operating modes: Normal, S, Eco and EV.
Nissan is expanding its global lineup of electric cars and e-POWER models. The company’s e-POWER technology consists of an electric motor that delivers power directly to the wheels, and an onboard gasoline engine that generates electricity for the motor. Nissan will expand the award-winning 100% electric motor-driven e-POWER technology globally into the B- and C-segments. Nissan expects to sell more than 1 million electrified vehicles annually by the end of fiscal year 2023.
Sunwoda has an established global track record in the development of lithium-ion batteries, mainly used in consumer electronics and automotive batteries. Nissan is confident that Sunwoda’s deep-rooted technological expertise will contribute to Nissan’s e-POWER strategy.
Further discussions by the companies will focus on combining Nissan’s expertise in electric vehicles and battery technology with Sunwoda’s next-generation battery development capabilities and production capacity, with an eye to strengthening competitiveness in the Chinese market and globally. The companies are also considering the joint establishment of a secure supply structure geared toward future global business opportunities.
The American Automobile Association announced the 2020 Volvo luxury sedan plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has earned the top score in its newly released AAA Car Guide, a consumer resource on the latest and greatest in vehicle technology.
The 175-page guide provides consumers with comprehensive reviews of each vehicle based on 13 criteria, including braking, fuel economy, emissions, handling, ride comfort, acceleration and the number of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) safety features.
All but one of the category winners for the 2020 Car Guide are either electric, plug-in electric hybrids, or hybrids. AAA states that signals that eco-friendly vehicles tend to offer the most cutting-edge vehicle technology.
Starting July 1, 2020, individuals who purchase a new EV in the Netherlands will receive a €4,000 government subsidy. The electric car can have a purchase value of up to €45,000 and must be able to achieve minimum range of 120 kilometers.
Nissan has announced they will add a further €4,000 discount on top of the government incentive. As a result, a Nissan Leaf with a 40 kWh battery can now be purchased for €28,990 and the more powerful Leaf e + with 62 kWh battery for €37,850. It is not known how long Nissan will continue this action.
Alliance partner Renault is also offering customers the extra €4,000 discount on it electric vehicles on top of the subsidy from the government. A Renault ZOE is now available from € 29,590. Renault’s promotion runs until August 31, 2020.
The year 2020 would be remembered as the one that gave vitality to the electric vehicle revolution in India. The Auto Expo 2020 saw the birth of dozens of EVs of different sizes and prices from a wide section of automakers. Let’s have a look at the upcoming electric cars of India to be launched in 2020 and 2021.
Nissan today unveiled the long-awaited restructuring plan. Global production is being hacked by 20%, with closures of the Barcelona and Indonesia assembly plants.
Whether the e-NV200 will be assembled in another plant has not been announced. The electric van is closely related to the Renault Kangoo. Reports suggest the e-NV200 could be built at Renault’s plant in Maubeuge, France.
While there may be a shift away from pure electric Nissans in the near future, the company hopes to sell 1 million ‘electrified’ vehicles by 2023. They also hopes to return to profitability by 2023.
Shortly after the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi manufacturing alliance announced the restructuring of their cooperation, Nissan has announced its own new strategy. The concept envisages a 20 per cent cut in the manufacturer’s global production capacity. This should increase the capacity utilisation of the remaining plants to 80 per cent. In accordance with the alliance’s new orientation, Renault is taking the lead in Europe and Nissan will now derive its own vehicles from the Renault models. Europe is thus no longer a core market for the Japanese company, instead, Nissan is concentrating on North America, China and Japan.
Nissan has now also officially announced what has been suspected for weeks: that Nissan intends to close its Barcelona plant in Western Europe. The Japanese company employs between 2,800 and 3,000 people at the Spanish plant (Nissan does not exact numbers in the press release). Among other vehicles, the e-NV200 is made there. Nissan boss Makoto Uchida announced at a virtual press conference that the second European plant in Sunderland, UK, will be kept open. This is where the Leaf is produced.
From a product perspective, Nissan will focus on global core model segments including “enhanced C and D segment vehicles, electric vehicles, sports cars” as the automaker plans to introduce 12 models over the next 18 months. Nissan will expand its presence in EVs and electric-motor-driven cars, including e-Power, with more than 1 million electrified sales units a year by end of fiscal year 2023. In Japan, the company will launch two more electric vehicles and four more e-Power vehicles, therefore increasing the electrification ratio to 60 percent of sales.
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