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Nissan Officially Kills Our IDx Dream

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Nissan IDx Concepts

It’s a sad day.

Remember the Nissan IDx concepts we originally saw a couple years ago at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show?

At the time, Nissan told us that they were definitely going to make the cars as long as enough fans got behind the design. They didn’t specify a production date or anything like that, but they did make two different iterations of the concept – the Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept and the IDx NISMO Concept.

Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept

After the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the automotive blogosphere went wild. Everyone loved these two retro sports car concepts. Just as Nissan intended, they “exemplified Nissan’s fresh approach to contemplating car design and kindled a fire in the hearts of people fond of the good old days of high-performance cars.” Nissan didn’t even try to build hype for the cars; there was no pre-show teasers or press campaigns or anything like that. The two concepts literally showed up in Tokyo out of nowhere and charmed the world.

Then, two months after the cars were shown in Tokyo, Nissan officials came out saying that they’d heard the loud praises of their fan base… They virtually promised that there would be a production model coming from the two concept cars. In our coverage, we optimistically hoped to see some sort of prototype in the first half of 2014.

And yet, here we are.

Nissan IDx NISMO Concept

At the beginning of this year, Nissan told us they still had the IDx cars on the table, but that they were “shifting priorities” to volume cars. Now, we’re almost halfway through 2015, and Nissan has finally come out and admitted that they will NOT be developing production models from the IDx Concepts.

The news comes from an interview between The Truth About Cars and Nissan NA’s VP of Product Planning, Pierre Loing. In the interview, he lamented, “The IDx is an interesting project; a show car that received good reception. But, to go from concept to production, the reality always kicks in.”

Indeed it does, Nissan. Indeed it does.

Apparently, the problem is that both IDx Concepts were designed and developed for a compact rear-wheel drive platform… Something that neither Nissan nor their sister company, Renault, currently have available in any of their production models. Or at least, not in a size small enough for a low-displacement coupe. They have several front-wheel drive platforms available, and the much larger platform they use for the 370Z, but that would require a total redevelopment of the IDx models.

That means that the only way the IDx can happen is if Nissan devotes substantial resources to developing and manufacturing an all-new platform for a car that, sure, the public loves, but ultimately wouldn’t sell in any real volume. Just look at the likes of the Scion FR-S… It’s a great little sports car that had great reception, but three years after its launch, sales are already starting to wane.

Be sure to pour one out for the officially axed IDx sports car this weekend.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2009 Nissan Fairlady Z NISMO

2009 Nissan Fairlady Z

If we can’t have a new IDx retro car, we can at the very least celebrate the sports cars that Nissan does have available. Although the GT-R is probably the first Nissan sports car that pops into most folks’ minds, the Fairlady Z has been a long-time favorite as well.

2009 Nissan Fairlady Z rear

As you can see, the Fairlady Z (aka. the 370Z) certainly isn’t a retro-styled car, but it still looks great and drives great too.

2009 Nissan Fairlady Z interior

This particular find is for a 2009 MY and has been tuned up by NISMO. It’s also in pretty good shape with an overall rating of 4. You can get more details from the auction sheet translation below.

2009 Nissan Fairlady Z auction sheet

Interior B, exterior B, Nismo Version, first registered October 2009, six-speed manual gearbox, AAC, one owner, Carwings compatible navigation system and digital TV, half-leather seats, original 19 inch alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, intelligent key, pushbutton starter, original CD, reversing rearview camera, seats scratched, wheels scratched, door mirrors scratched, front windshield scratched, interior grime and scratches, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map

Nissan GT-R Gold Edition Comes for 2016

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

2016 Nissan GT-R Gold Edition

Nissan has managed to update their GT-R supercar every year since its debut in 2007. This week they’ve unveiled specs for their updated 2016 model year, and with it a new limited edition variant. It’s the Nissan GT-R Gold Edition, and it’s a commemoration of the GT-R’s 45th anniversary.

Just to set the records straight, the R35 GT-R (the model we’ve loved since 2007) was the first GT-R under Nissan’s primary marque. However, it succeeded the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R, aka. the Skyline GT-R, which was the car that originally earned the “Godzilla” nickname. In fact, first references to the GT-R as “Godzilla” can be traced all the way back to 1989 when it was in its R32 form. The original PGC10 Skyline GT-R was produced from 1969 to 1973 as a way to showcase Nissan’s racing prowess.

We mention this tidbit of history because the “Silica Brass” paint job that Nissan has used for the limited edition exterior is the exact same hue they used back in 2001 for the first R34 Skyline GT-R model.

So, how do you get one of these golden supercars for yourself?

2016 Nissan GT-R

Starting price for the standard Nissan GT-R Base Premium is the same as last year at $101,770. The Black Edition and NISMO models also stay the same at $111,510 and $149,990 respectively. If you’d like one of the Gold edition models, you’ll have to order a Base Premium trim and pay an extra $1,000 for the gold paintjob and a 45th anniversary plaque on the center console.

2016 Nissan GT-R Gold Edition plaque

Just $1,000 extra for a limited edition model sounds like a good deal to us, and it is, so you should contact your dealer ASAP since Nissan’s only planning to sell 30 Gold Edition models in the US.

Other than the Gold Edition, both the Premium and Black Edition models will get a slight 5 hp power increase for 2016, up to 542 hp (550PS) thanks to a few engine tweaks. However, pumping more power through the GT-R’s twin-turbocharged engine hasn’t made the car any more efficient, so fuel economy is still rated at 16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway.

2016 Nissan GT-R sports car

Finally, Nissan’s also added some slick-looking Rays 20-spoke forged aluminum alloys to the Premium trim (which also get carried over to the Gold Edition).

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R

The folks over at Car Throttle just published a really cool side-by-side comparison between the old R34 GT-R and the current R35.

Naturally, the R35 won out in every single area; the only close comparison was in braking ability, which is due to the exceptionally large brakes of the R34 and the increased weight of the R35.

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R rear

Still, R34 GT-Rs like the one up for auction here are an awesome collector’s car. This is a car with soul, and it’s the car most people think of when they hear “Godzilla”. They’re hard to find, the look is iconic, the performance is nostalgic and fun, and you’ll be impressed by just how fast you can go with the manufacturer-stated 280 hp. Despite being nearly a decade and a half old, it can still blast from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds.

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R interior

For more information, checkout the auction sheet translation below:

2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered July 2002, GT-R model, 6-speed manual, AC, Endless brake calipers, HKS turbine and intercooler and computer and adjustable suspension and muffler and injectors and EVC, Trust radiator, ATS clutch (carbon fiber), LSD, Kin Pro 600 HP specification, lots of modifications, odometer replaced with Nismo item on October 2 2011, there is a sticker showing the odometer replacement record, the odometer was replaced at 24147KM and the current odometer reads 1342KM, lots of matt carbon fiber parts, stone chips in front windscreen, interior grime, end panel distortion, rear bumper reinforcement replaced, light scratches and waves, marks as per map”

Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept Drops Jaws in Chicago

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 13th, 2015

Today doors opened at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. There’s lots to see from just about every Japanese automaker, but the first car to catch our eye is the Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept, seen below:

Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept

Nissan says that this 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept is a one-off concept study to gauge interest in a NISMO roadster. But we’re calling their bluff – this car looks way too close to production to be a “study”. This is just a coy marketing tactic from Nissan to get everyone psyched up for their new car.

Either way, the 370Z NISMO Roadster is so good looking that we don’t mind the ploy… Whatever it takes to get this thing on the road. As you can see, this is pretty much a topless 370Z NISMO coupe. It’s got that classic NISMO front fascia with blood red front spoilers and an aggressively styled grille. We love the LED running lights and red accented side sills too. And you can’t help but admire those sleek lightweight 19-inch alloys.

Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept rear

From the back, Nissan’s added a sizeable carbon fiber spoiler to keep those super lightweight alloys on the road. The rear bumper boasts slim side vents and more of the red NISMO accent above each of the chrome exhausts.

Under the hood, Nissan’s sport-tuning firm has installed the same 3.7L V6 engine that’s in the normal 370Z roadster. However, they’ve upped the output to a full 350 horsepower and 276 lb-ft of torque. They’ve also paired it with their 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which they say is the most popular option in the normal 370Z roadster. In fact, Nissan says that so many of their roadster drivers prefer the automatic that it wouldn’t make sense to offer a manual transmission, but we’ll have to wait and see what’s in the production model.

Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept profile

Either way, you’ll find a couple other goodies under the hood, including a NISMO-brand tower strut, performance-tuned springs and stabilizers in the suspension, and extra-large sport brakes to help handle the car’s massive acceleration. A limited-slip differential also helps improve on-road performance.

Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept interior

Finally, moving inside the 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept you’ll find a couple of black Recaro leather bucket seats with red accent stitching and white Ultrasuede inserts. The driver gets a three-spoke Alcantara and leather-wrapped steering wheel complete with wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and both driver and passenger will enjoy the luxurious infotainment system with a vivid 7-inch touchscreen.

In the end, Nissan, we’re happy to play your little game. We’re saying it loud and proud – give us a Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster! We want it, and so does everyone else!

3 Cars You Can’t Miss From the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, January 17th, 2015

While the Detroit Motor Show rages on in the US (we’ll be back next week with more coverage), the Tokyo Auto Salon is quickly drawing to a close, and we haven’t yet had an opportunity to share our favorite finds from the show. Yesterday we showcased some really neat aftermarket concepts from Subaru, but there’s oh so much more to see.

As you continue reading, you’ll get a look at three of our favorite Japanese cars from this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon.

Honda Vezel Mugen Concept

Honda Vezel Mugen Concept

This Vezel-based concept is a semi-quirky racer customized by M-TEC (aka. Mugen) in celebration of their performance in the SUPER GT 300 class in the last Super Formula series. It’s a conventional JDM Vezel fit with Mugen parts, including an off-the-wall bodykit, upgraded brakes and suspension, sleek 20-inch alloys and a sporty interior.

Toyota Mark X GRMN

Toyota Mark X GRMN Concept

What we have here is a conventional Toyota Mark X that’s been modified by Toyota-affiliated racing firm GAZOO Racing, known by the acronym GRMN. The firm made a number of aesthetic improvements, including a subtle body kit with a rear spoiler and 19-inch alloys, a revised interior with sport seats and steering wheel, plus plenty of carbon fiber trim. But the truly noteworthy improvement here is the new powertrain, which GRMN borrowed from the current Lexus IS 350. So, you get a 3.5L V6 paired with a 6-speed manual, which delivers a full 316hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

Only 100 units of the Toyota Mark X GRMN will be sold, and they’ll start at about $45,000.

Toyota GT86 GRMN Concept

Toyota brought a total of 34 concepts to the Tokyo Auto Salon from a number of different tuning firms. Our other favorite would have to be the GRMN GT86 Concept, seen above.

Nissan GT-R Nismo N Attack Package

Nissan GT-R NISMO N Attack Package

Much like Toyota, Nissan brought multiple NISMO-tuned models to the Tokyo Auto Salon, but none more eye-catching than the Nissan GT-R NISMO N Attack Package. This is the exact same car that achieved a record lap time for volume production cars of 7 minutes and 8.679 seconds on the Nürburgring last year.

NISMO showcased two versions of the GT-R kit; the N Attack Package A – an identical model to the Nurburgring record-setter – and the N Attack Package B – which is toned down a bit for daily driving.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2015 Honda Vezel

2015 Honda Vezel

Since we’ve already showcased multiple Nissan GT-R and Toyota GT86 Japanese car auction finds (even a Toyota Mark X), we thought today would be a good time to showcase the new Honda Vezel crossover. What you see here is a brand-new 2015MY with near zero miles on the odometer.

2015 Honda Vezel interior

The Vezel has been a huge hit in Japan, and for good reason. It’s a reliable Honda with above-average styling for the stereotypically plain-looking automaker. The Vezel is well-primed to take the place of the CR-V as Honda drivers’ go-to crossover, and you’ll find several models in various colors up for auction in Japan. When  you log into our Integrity Exports database, all you have to do is select Honda as the manufacturer and Vezel as the model, and within seconds you’ll have a list of over 20 models (at time of writing) to choose from.

For more information about this particular model, keep reading below the auction sheet for a translation of this car’s specs.

2015 Honda Vezel auction sheet

“Grade S, interior A, first registered January 2015, Hybrid Z Navi S Package, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, airbags, cruise control, smart key, rear view reversing camera, AT, AC, service book, spare key, hole where stereo has been removed, marks as per map”

Nissan’s 2014 NISMO Festival was a Blazing Success!

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Earlier this month, Nissan wrapped up their 2014 NISMO Festival, and this year’s annual event was a big one. As the 30th anniversary of Nissan’s motorsports tuning arm, the Japanese automaker spared no expense in celebrating all of the very, very fast vehicles that their firm has made.

This year’s NISMO event was held at the renowned Fuji Speedway. We’d already mentioned one piece of news that came from this event, which was that of the possible new engine options in the next-gen 370Z. But, this was such a big year for Nissan – what with their GT500 GT-R taking the Super GT Championship, and the Japanese premiere of the new production-ready Nissan GT-R – that no non-Japanese reader should be deprived of the excitement.

The fanfare kicked off with the 2014 NISMO parade (below), which is a 100-car line of dressed-up NISMOs that make a round on the track to introduce the Festival.

Then there were the usual fan-favorites, like the Nissan GT-R and 370Z NISMO drifting displays, where drivers show off the right way to take a corner.

At any festival explicitly designed for speed freaks, a race or two is to be expected, and this year’s NISMO Festival didn’t disappoint. For instance, several of Nissan’s Super GT drivers showed off test laps on the new GT500 GT-R. And nobody at the event missed the finale race – the GT-R CTE Cup, which is made up of identical GT-R R35 models all aggressively competing for first place. And for the serious motorsport fans, there was also the NISMO Grand Prix where Japanese racers brought out their GT-R and Z’s for fearsome head-to-head competition.

Even outside of the track, this year’s NISMO Festival was a truly awe-inspiring event. It’s easy for us Western readers to forget just how vast the NISMO lineup has become, since many models are exclusively available in Japan. These include

Next-Gen Nissan 370Z May Get Multiple Engines

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO

For most of this year, we’ve been wondering what would happen under the hood of the next-generation Nissan 370Z, which we’re likely to start seeing concepts for starting next year. In an interview with Australian auto-blog CarAdvice, Nissan VP Roel de Vries hinted that multiple engine options were all but guaranteed. Apparently, multiple engine options – instead of only the 370Z trademark V6 – will help with increasing global appeal:

“Can you sell a V6 in Europe? No. Does that mean the next Z will have a V6 [in that market]? No, of course we are not going to do that,” he plainly explained. “[At the same time] there’s still an audience that wants a six-cylinder engine, so why should we give it up? That’s all part of ongoing studies.”

According to the interview, we can expect that the next-gen V6 will at the very least be offered with a turbocharged four-cylinder in addition to the 3.7L V6 that currently powers all 370Z models. There is also a chance that we will see Nissan offer an entry-level Z with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder as well.

Of course, with multiple engine options, Nissan would have to rethink the Z’s nomenclature. The 370Z is named as such because of its 3.7L engine; the name denotes the displacement. Same with the 350Z before it. So, what will Nissan call a Z model with multiple engine options?

De Vries explained, “We [will] definitely keep the Z name, but when we did 350 to 370 it was because of the capacity, but who says the next-generation doesn’t have three engines and it’s not just called the Z?”

Personally, we’d love to see the Japanese market’s Fairlady nomenclature adopted internationally, but that’s probably wishful thinking. Speaking of…

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Nissan Fairlady Z NISMO

2013 Nissan 370Z Nismo

Today’s Japanese car auction find is a natural follow-up to news of the next-gen Z… A current-gen Fairlady! And as you can see, this is no normal 370Z we’re looking at but a 370Z NISMO.

2013 Nissan Fairlady Z Nismo

That means you’ll get a NISMO-tuned suspension, that huge rear spoiler you can see above, and NISMO-themed black and red trim throughout the exterior and interior (below). Those dark chrome alloys look particularly appealing, in our opinion.

2013 Nissan 370Z Nismo interior

This particular Fairlady Z NISMO is up for auction through Japan’s AucNet, so there isn’t the normal auction sheet to translate for you. Instead, you can see a detailed representation of the car’s exterior condition below. From the images above and the diagram below, it’s easy to see why this pristine find is rated at a 5.

2013 Nissan 370Z Nismo auction sheet

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Nissan March 12S V Package

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 24th, 2014

Today’s Japanese car auction find is homage to Nissan’s new budget-friendly Micra Cup that they’re launching in Canada next year. Today we’re going to see just how affordable a Nissan Micra can be when you use the Integrity Exports car auction database.

Note that the Nissan Micra is known as the Nissan March in Japan and other markets. Today’s Japanese car auction find is a 2012 Nissan March 12S V Pack:

2012 Nissan March 12S V Package

The Nissan March 12S V Package was a special trim manufactured to commemorate a two-year facelift of the fourth-generation March which launched in 2010. There aren’t any groundbreaking extra features though; just a regular March 12S with an electric remote to control the door mirror and power socket, as well as special UV-reducing green glass in the front of the car.

The current generation of the Nissan Micra/March is built on the newly developed Type-V platform, which is a big contributor to the hatchback’s smooth handling. Of course, you also have to thank the hatch’s 1.2L three-cylinder engine, which was the first of its kind in a Nissan at the time of its launch. The engine provides just enough power for the lightweight Micra at 79hp and 80 lb-ft of torque, while also offering incredible fuel economy of 18 km/L, or about 43 mpg.

2012 Nissan March 12S V Package rear

This particular March 12S V is clearly in great condition with an overall rating of 5. While the Micra may not be the coolest looking hatchback on the market, it still manages to bring a bit of flair to car that’s really meant for mass appeal.

A cool little fact about the fourth-generation March’s exterior is that Nissan was able to reduce the drag coefficient to just 0.32, which is near unheard of in this class of vehicles.

2012 Nissan March 12S V Package interior

Inside, you’ll find that this economical hatchback features all of the conventional amenities you’d look for in today’s entry-level vehicle: air-conditioning, power steering, power windows, plenty of little cubbies for phones and knick-knacks, and built-in navigation and infotainment. All of that in a clean A-rated interior with comfy cross-stitched fabric seating and a neutral black and grey color-scheme.

All in all, this Japanese car auction find has only gotten us more excited for next year’s Micra NISMO and the inaugural Micra Cup. This is a car that’s reliable and fun to drive even without sport tuning… We can’t wait to see what the geniuses over at NISMO can whip up for us. Until then, keep reading below the auction sheet for a full translation of today’s auction find:

2012 Nissan March 12S V Package auction sheet

Here is the translation:

“Interior A, first registered March 2012, DBA emissions code 12S-V Package model, AT, AC, service book, 9237 km, power steering, power windows, original navigation system and TV, airbag, reversing rearview camera, keyless entry, spare key, minor scratches, other marks as per map”

New Nissan Micra Cup Gets You Racing For Under $20K

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

2015 Nissan Micra Cup

Thanks to Nissan, there’ll be a new way for Canadian motorsport enthusiasts to get their first genuine racing experience in 2015. The opportunity comes thanks to the inaugural 2015 Nissan Micra Cup, which will start next May. As you may be able to guess from the circuit’s title, it’ll be a one-make racing series sanctioned by Auto Sport Quebec in which all the drivers pilot tuned up Nissan Micra hatchbacks.

At first glance, this idea may seem a little drab. But think about it… The regular commercial Micra may be an entry-level model, but it’s a sturdy little car and anything can be tuned up for track performance. See for yourself in the video below:

To make a car for the series, Nissan is partnering up with JD Motorsports to augment a batch of Micra 1.6 S hatchbacks (not available in the US) with a variety of performance upgrades. Those upgrades include NISMO’s S-Tune suspension kit, high-performance brake pads, a custom sports exhaust, a built-in safety cage, and custom Fastwheels with Pirelli’s low profile + high performance tires. Under the hood you’ll find the stock engine for the Nissan Micra 1.6 S, which is a 1.6L DOHC four-cylinder with duel fuel injection. The engine will be paired with Nissan’s Twin CVTC system and the Micra’s rugged stock five-speed manual transmission.

Of course, there’ll also be the standard motorsport safety features including a fire extinguisher, driver protection net and a five-point harness, along with front and rear towing hooks.

The best part about this is that Nissan will make all of this available under $20,000. In fact, at just $19,998 for the sport-tuned model, the Nissan Micra Cup is officially the cheapest motorsport entry point in Canada. And it’s fun to drive too! Jean-François Demoulin, a well-known Canadian racer, was invited to head-up the track-tuned Micra’s testing, and he was surprisingly pleased. “I really enjoyed every minute I spent testing the Nissan Micra… For a car which is still almost stock, it’s quite fast and so much fun to drive!”

2015 Nissan Micra Cup 2

Nissan tells us that they aim to have more than 25 Micras competing in each race weekend, and each driver will get a solid two hours of on-track racing time. That’ll come from a preliminary 30-minute trial, a 30-minute qualifier, and then two 30-minute races. Sounds like a ton of fun!

We have to say, this is a really smart marketing move on Nissan’s part to introduce the Nissan Micra Cup in Canada the same year that they’re launching the Nissan Micra NISMO. Every motorsport enthusiast should mark their calendar for next May when the series opens. And if you’re one of our Canadian readers with $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you can learn more about the Micra Cup at Nissan Canada’s official site.

Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept is Ready to Race

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

As we continue trying to cover every new Japanese car shown at the 2014 Paris Motor Show (all the cool ones anyway), today we come to yet another sporty new offering. It’s the Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept, and it’s the hottest hatch we’ve seen from Nissan in quite some time.

2015 Nissan Pulsar NISMO

How fitting that Nissan chose to show their new Pulsar NISMO at the same motor show Honda chose to unveil their newest Civic Type-R Concept; the two cars are very similar. Of course, unlike the Civic Type-R which Honda confirmed will eventually come to production, Nissan is calling this Pulsar NISMO nothing more than an “innovative design study.” Still, we have a hard time believing that Nissan wouldn’t produce this sweet-looking sports hatch.

Either way, Nissan is throwing down the gauntlet by claiming that their new hatchback will outrace the Civic Type-R to take a front-wheel drive Nürburgring lap record. It’ll do it with a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s been tuned up to a teeth-gritting 247bhp. However, Nissan says they can do even better and may eventually offer a Pulsar NISMO RS with 275bhp.

Engine aside, let’s take a moment to quickly go over the augmentations NISMO made to the Pulsar hatchback:

2015 Nissan Pulsar NISMO twin exhaust

Outside, the hatchback bears the performance firm’s trademark black and red color-scheme with red side skirts, 19-inch twin-spoke gunmetal alloys, dark chrome accents and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. Closer inspection reveals a crisp red front spoiler and enormous air intakes, as well as a rear diffuser with twin central exhausts.

We already mentioned the engine tune-up, but NISMO also lowered the hatch’s ride by a couple inches and stiffened the chassis. They also added a limited-slip differential to help the underpinnings handle the enormous surplus of power, and they reinforced the steering to give a more accurate driving response. All of these changes were made off the basis of real-world track testing, so you can trust that the Pulsar NISMO offers an authentically sporty drive.

Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept interior

Inside, you’ll find the standard NISMO treatment of deep, form-fitting Alcantara bucket seats, classy black upholstery with red accents and subtle chrome trim, a tri-spoke steering wheel, a special red tachometer and of course alloy pedals to round things out.

Nissan Pulsar NISMO Concept red tachometer

The Nissan pulsar NISMO is a definitely and eye-catcher, and while Nissan didn’t make any promises, we’d be pretty surprised if we didn’t see the car make its production debut sometime in 2015.

2015 Nissan Pulsar Officially Revealed w/ Pics

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

2015 Nissan Pulsar hatchback

It’s been nearly a decade since Nissan has sold a compact hatchback in the UK. It was 2006 when they pulled the plug on the Nissan Almera and officially stopped pursuing compact hatchback drivers in Europe, stating that it took a strong, recognizable brand name to succeed in that kind of highly competitive segment.

Well, it’s 2014 now and Nissan is the world’s second-largest Japanese automaker. If that’s not recognizable enough, then we don’t know what is. Fortunately, Nissan feels the same way and so they’re bringing back the Nissan Pulsar to pick up where the Almera left off.

Basically, the Pulsar is a Tiida-based, C-segment car that Nissan will use to transition Qashqai drivers into a hatchback without leaving the Nissan family. The strongest competitors in this segment are the VW Golf, Ford Focus and Hyundai i30, each of which offers their own unique appeal. With the Nissan Pulsar’s 1.2L turbocharged DIG-T or 1.5L dCi engines, this car isn’t trying to be the most powerful, it’s intended to be reliable and efficient. Although Nissan does plan to launch a more powerful Pulsar NISMO next year, that car isn’t meant to embody the normal Pulsar’s main selling points.

2015 Nissan Pulsar c-segment hatchback

You may recall that we’ve actually already talked about the new Nissan Pulsar. It was a couple months ago when we heard the first round of stats from the Japanese automaker. That blog post goes over all the detailed specs and trims that’ll be available with the production Pulsar in October. Although, it looks like Nissan has pruned one of the four trims away – now they’re only offering Visia, Acenta and Tekna… No more n-Tec.

Now that we’re at the brink of the revived Pulsar’s release, Nissan says that there are a few key elements that separate their new hatchback from the competition:

First, the compact car is one of the most spacious in its segment with the longest wheelbase, the most rear seat room and the highest trunk capacity. When you consider that it also has very little road noise, those two facts alone make for a very comfortable ride.

2015 Nissan Pulsar interior

Second, the Pulsar offers some of the best tech. amenities in its class. Every trim is fitted with air-conditioning, a center Advanced Driver-Assist Display and power windows, along with an integrated Stop/Start system and automatic Tire Pressure Monitoring. As you move up the range, you’ll get even more advanced technology like Around View Monitor, Forward Emergency Braking, Moving Object Detection and the newest NissanConnect infotainment.

Third, the Nissan Pulsar offers incredible fuel economy for both powertrains. While its longer and heavier body won’t be quite as fun to drive on a wide open highway, this fuel-sipping hatchback will give you 47mpg with the 1.2L petrol and an astounding 65mpg with the 1.5L diesel.

As you can see, Nissan has taken a very wise approach with their new compact hatchback. The Nissan Pulsar wasn’t designed to be the best at everything. Instead, it’s a reliable and fuel-efficient vehicle that’ll give you a quiet, safe ride wherever you need to go. For many drivers, that’s more than enough.