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2016 Nissan LEAF To Get Triple-Digit EV Range

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, June 6th, 2015

2015 Nissan LEAF

Nissan has a problem. The next generation of their all-star EV, the Nissan leaf, isn’t due out until the middle of 2017 at the earliest. But, many of the car’s competitors are starting to rise in popularity, due in large part to their new model offerings.

For example, BMW’s new i3 (which can be had as a PHEV or EV) doubled its sales in May. The car’s biggest competitor, the Chevrolet Volt, just had its best month of sales ever in May with 1,618 deliveries, less than a thousand short of the Leaf’s May sales… And Chevy’s bringing their next-generation Volt out at the end of this year, not next.

If something doesn’t change soon, there’s a very good chance that the Volt will outsell the Leaf for the first time ever before the end of 2015. Unacceptable!

So, what’s Nissan going to do?

According to a recent report from InsideEVs, Nissan plans to offer an upgraded battery on the two higher trims of the Leaf for the 2016 model year. The SV and SL trims will both come with a 30 kWh battery, while the baseline S trim will retain the 24 kWh unit that’s used in all Nissan’s EVs now.

A 30 kWh battery would represent a 25% increase in the Leaf’s power storage capacity, which would allow the EV to finally hit triple-digit range numbers… According to the anonymous dealerships cited by InsideEVs, Nissan estimates the new Leaf will get a range between 105 and 110 miles per charge. Of course, Nissan’s official spokesman, Brian Brockman, is adamant that these are not to be taken as official specs. He told Autoblog, “We have made no public announcement about the 2016 Nissan LEAF. We do not comment on future product details.”

Also, keep in mind that this new expanded battery is still only a shadow of the potential that Nissan has hinted at for the next-gen model due out in mid-2017. Current rumors state that the next-gen Leaf will have a range beyond 200 miles, which would put it unquestionably ahead of even the Tesla Model 3, much less the 50-mile range of the next-gen Chevy Volt.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2014 Nissan Leaf

2014 Nissan LEAF

Since it’s going to still be at least a couple more years until the next-generation Nissan Leaf hits the market, now is the perfect time to pick up an affordable first-gen Leaf from the auctions in Japan.

2014 Nissan LEAF rear

What we have here is a 2014 model year in a Deep Blue Pearl, which we expect to be added to the lineup as a standard color option for the 2016 model year.

2014 Nissan LEAF interior

Other than that, you probably already know if this car is for you. It’s a standard 2014 Nissan Leaf in spectacular shape with less than 7,000 kilometers on the odometer. A 5 auction rating, A-grade interior and exterior, barely a scratch or blemish across the entire car. Learn more via the auction sheet translation below:

2014 Nissan LEAF auction sheet

Interior A, exterior A, first registered April 2014, X 80th Special Color Limited model, FAT, AAC, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, original navigation system and TV, wheels scratched, door mirrors scratches, front windscreen scratched, interior grime and scratches, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map


Sixth-Generation Chevrolet Camaro Finally Unveiled

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Okay, we know it’s not every day that we cover non-Japanese cars here on the Integrity Exports blog. But, this is a special occasion. After several months of buildup, Chevy has finally unveiled the all-new sixth-generation Camaro which will go on sale in the US by the end of the year, and everywhere else in Q1 of ’16.

First things first, you can see that Chevrolet has kept the classic Camaro image of the last few model years almost fully intact. The new car still looks very much like the Camaro you’d see on dealership floors today. However, Chevrolet has logged a solid 350 hours of windtunnel tweaking to hone the old Camaro into a sleeker, more aerodynamic machine.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro rear

Also, even though you wouldn’t be able to tell from the design, Chevy managed to trim a full 200 lbs. off the Camaro, which makes it noticeably more agile AND improves fuel economy up to 30mpg. They did that by making the car a tiny bit shorter and narrower, and it also rides a bit lower to the ground.  And you can’t see it, but the underpinnings are reportedly 28% more rigid too.

Mark Reuss, GM’s executive VP of product development, expanded on the car’s design by saying, “For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains the iconic design cues and offers even more performance.”

What exactly does he mean by ‘more performance’?

2016 Chevrolet Camaro engines

Looking to stay competitive with the Camaro’s arch nemesis – the Ford Mustang – Chevrolet will offer three different engines in 2016 and onward. First, the baseline trim will ship with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine (pictured right) with 275 horsepower. Then, the mid-range model will come with a 3.6L V6 outputting 335 horses (pictured middle). The top-of-the-line Camaro SS gets an updated version of the Corvette Stingray’s LT1 V8 – 6.2L of raw combustion power that outputs a blistering 455 hp.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS interior

The SS also gets some big ol’ Brembo brakes. All plants come with driver’s choice of a six-speed manual with a Magnetic Ride Control system to help match rev speed during downshifting, or with an eight-speed Hydra-matic automatic transmission (complete with paddle shifters).

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2002 Chevrolet Camaro

2002 Chevrolet Camaro

It’s not every day that you’ll find a decent Chevrolet Camaro up for auction in Japan, but today is our lucky day. What we have here is a 2002 model that’s in surprisingly good shape. This is probably one of the most nostalgic sports cars that you will still occasionally see on the road, which speaks well of the older Camaro’s longevity.

2002 Chevrolet Camaro rear

As a 2002MY, this Camaro would’ve been the last model in the fourth-generation before Chevy halted production of their sport coupe between 2002 and 2010, making this an extra special model.

2002 Chevrolet Camaro interior

For more information, get a full rundown of the specs from the auction sheet translation below:

2002 Chevrolet Camaro auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered July 2002, Camaro model, FAT, AC, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, airbag, Yanase official dealer left-hand drive import, 2002 model, rust on suspension parts, light scratches on roof, other marks as per map”


Japanese Cars “Most Reliable” Say What Car? and Warranty Direct

Posted by Stephen On Friday, July 27th, 2012

Honda gets towed

You’ve probably figured out that we like Japanese cars here at Integrity Exports. After all, we provide access to 120 used car auctions in Japan where you can buy pretty much any make and model of Japanese car you want.

So I was pleased (but not very surprised) to see this story on the BBC news website. To say the Japanese brands dominate when it comes to quality is an understatement. They pretty much own all the top spots:

  1. Honda                      10%
  2. Toyota                      17%
  3. Lexus                       18%
  4. Suzuki                      19%
  5. Subaru                     20%
  6. Hyundai                  21%
  7. Mazda                      21%
  8. Mitsubishi               21%
  9. Chevrolet                22%
  10. Nissan                     25%

The percentage you see after each brand? That’s the failure rate. This What Car? magazine / Warranty Direct survey is carried out annually using a reference pool of 50,000 vehicles of 3 to 10 years old. Warranty Direct, as it’s name suggests, has access to some pretty accurate information about breakdowns and other warranty claims.

Honda is at the top again (for the 7th consecutive year) with a 10% rate. That means that a Honda car has a 10% chance of breaking down in any particular year.

The list is dominated by the Japanese, with only Hyundai and Chevrolet getting a look in at 6th and 9th places respectively.

Chevrolet? Yes, Chevrolet. But not the Chevy of yore — monstrous steel barges with overgrown V8s. No, this is the modern Chevy. That is to say, mainly compact cars developed and built in, that’s right, Korea and Japan. So even Chevrolet does not break the Japanese / Korean stranglehold on the “most reliable” title.

The bottom of the chart? Interestingly (and disturbingly, if you embrace that ludicrous notion that money could buy you quality) it’s a lot of premium brands, such as Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes. Perhaps Lexus would be a better buy? They’re at number 3 with a failure rate of 18%.

Something to think about when buying your next used car.

Sources: The Week, What Car?


GM Japan Adds Chevrolet Captiva To Line Up From July

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

General Motors Japan announced May 30th that it will be putting the Chevrolet Captiva on sale in Japan from July 30th. This will be the first new model that GM has launched in Japan since it received US government aid in June 2009. The Captiva pricing will be 3.54 million Yen.

Apparently GM Japan believes that there is a degree of demand for premium medium-sized vehicles in Japan, which it is hoping to tap into with this model. Frankly, as with Ford’s decision to launch the Explorer as its new attack on the Japanese market, GM’s decision to spearhead its assault with a US SUV is rather strange to say the least.

Chevrolet Captiva on sale in Japan from July 2011

As we have already seen on this blog, when it comes to import cars, the Japanese just love German style, so I can only assume that the decision to focus on Chevy, rather than GM’s German brand Opel is a political one, rather than one based on actual market preferences. That GM would choose to launch an SUV seems to confirm this.

On the other hand, since GM’s Japan range is currently in the 4 million Yen plus bracket, there is some sense to introducing something more affordable. The fact that the Captiva is built in South Korea also means that shipping costs and times can also be reduced considerably.

The Captiva is powered by a 2.4 liter engine and is a 7-seater with three rows of seats. It was launched in Korea and Europe in March. GM currently accounts for about 1% of the imported car market in Japan, but it is planning to expand this further with the launch of the 2 liter Aveo this Fall, another model that is manufactured in South Korea.

Source: MSN (Japanese-launguage)