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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Nissan Note Medalist

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

After Nissan unveiled their new Note NISMO hot hatch, I decided to see if there were any hidden gems hiding in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction online system. After logging in, I simply selected “Nissan” as the manufacturer and “Note” as the model, and in a few seconds I had 100+ different Note hatchbacks to choose from; 127 to be specific. I quickly sorted by Grade and immediately this little treasure stuck out from the crowd:

2013 Nissan Note Medalist front view
2013 Nissan Note Medalist rear view

This is a 2013 Nissan Note Medalist, a limited edition of the hatchback only ever sold in Japan. You can probably guess where the car got its namesake… I’ll give you a hint: it has something to do with the color. As it happens, this is the only Nissan Note ever to be manufactured with this paint job, which the automaker dubs Beatnic Gold. Released at the end of 2012, this JDM-exclusive hatch likely commemorated Japan’s performance in that year’s summer Olympics.

Apart from the exclusive gold paint job, the Note Medalist edition also features new suede-like upholstery, a piano finished center cluster and a leather-wrapped steering wheel made from real leather. You can take a proper look at the interior below:

2013 Nissan Note Medalist interior

We chose to showcase this Nissan Note Medalist because it’s a great example of the type of cool, niche Japanese cars you can find up for auction every day in Japan. This is an affordable, limited-edition hatchback in great shape that you literally couldn’t find anywhere else. However, this particular vehicle isn’t quite as immaculate as many of our other Japanese car auction finds.

The auction sheet reveals that this Note does have an A-grade interior in near-mint condition. But, the exterior has seen some minor wear and tear with 12,000 kilometers on the odometer. You can see in the rear image at the top of this post that it’s got the spare wheel fitted. Learn more in the auction sheet translation below:

“Interior A, exterior condition B, first registered Feb 2013, Medallist model, FAT, AAC, push button starter, original navigation system and digital TV, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, original navigation system, original digital TV, body kit scratches, interior grime, left rear tire punctured, spare wheel fitted, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map”

(Remember, you can find out how to read the markings on the car exterior condition map here.)

The good thing is, even if this niche Nissan Note Medalist doesn’t suit your style, there are 100+ other Nissan Notes up for auction in Japan. And that’s just what’s available for this specific make and model… There are literally thousands of Japanese cars up for auction at incredible prices, and our Integrity Exports database makes it easy to find the best bargains.

Continue reading for this 2013 Nissan Note Medalist’s full auction sheet translation:

2013 Nissan Note Medalist auction sheet

Nissan Note NISMO Coming to Japan This Fall w/ Photos

Posted by Stephen On Monday, July 28th, 2014

Today Nissan has revealed the next vehicle in their lineup to get the NISMO treatment. It’s the 2015 Nissan Note NISMO. We can safely say that after seeing this, you’ll never look at Nissan’s popular-but-bland little hatchback the same way again.

2015 Nissan Note NISMO

If you’re anything like us, you never thought that a Nissan Note could turn heads. With a new, premium mesh grille, vibrant NISMO red trim and side skirts, custom twin-spoke alloys, a resculpted front- and rear-end and a customary rear spoiler, this upscale performance hatch gives even the best European brands a run for their money.

The NISMO-badged version of the Nissan Note is set to go on sale in Japan this fall. The folks over at asked Nissan NA’s Product Communications Director, Dan Bedore, if they had any plans for a Versa NISMO in the US. His answer, “There are no plans currently for a NISMO Versa Note in the US.”

If you’re reading this in the US, you have our permission to go grab a tissue. We cried too; it’s okay. We’ll be here waiting when you get back.

2015 Nissan Note NISMO Rearview

Even if you’re one of the lucky few in a market with access to the future Nissan Note NISMO, we don’t yet know exactly what you can expect from the sporty hatchback. Nissan revealed very few details about their new low-riding hot hatch, specific powertrain specs being one of the many things left out.

However, the press release does tell us to expect “high-level performance with total balance” thanks to a combination of new powertrain, chassis, tire, suspension and aerodynamic technologies. The Note NISMO S trim in particular will be equipped with a blissfully tuned engine. Mated to a five-speed gearbox, Nissan describes how the driver will be able to “tap into the powerplant’s fruitful supply of low-end torque, resulting in a thoroughly pleasurable driving experience.”

2015 Nissan Note NISMO Interior

Inside, you’ll find that both trims of the Nissan Note NISMO exhibit the perfect blend of performance and premium. The interior has been redecorated to match the NISMO color-scheme of the exterior, while the NISMO S trim also gives you the option of beautiful NISMO Recaro bucket seats (below).

2015 Nissan Note NISMO S Seats

Even though there’s a lot we still don’t know about the new Nissan Note NISMO, there’s no doubt that it will be an impressive vehicle to both see and drive. The aesthetics are perfect – both aggressive and refined – while the sports tuning and custom powertrain will surely yield a smooth, exhilarating ride. We can probably expect to get full details about the new hot hatch when the car goes on sale this fall, perhaps at the 2014 Tokyo Motor Show.

Europe’s Newly Revised Nissan Note Revealed for Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The first generation of the Nissan Note is a car that has done surprisingly well in the European market. It’s small, sporty, fuel-efficient and fun to drive – enough so that the car is finally making its way into the American market as a revised Versa Note. Meanwhile, Europe is ready for a new generation, and that’s what Nissan showed us today in preparation for the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Basically, the new European Nissan Note is all about improved technology. Nissan is aiming to compete in the B-segment with a unique style and feel, similar to how they approached the Qashqai and Juke. To do this, they’re moving away from the mini-MPV feel of the old Note and closer to the traditional hatchback.

New Nissan Note

In addition to design upgrades, the new European Note will also be getting a slew of mechanical enhancements and modifications. But first let’s talk about the aesthetics:

Compared to the new Note on sale in America and Japan, Europe’s new Nissan Note has a slightly sleeker exterior appearance. The front grille has a different, more luxurious design, the body lines are more defined, and even the rear-view mirrors are more sculpted. The new version will also be available with a “Dynamic Styling Pack” that will add black accents and more clearly defined air intakes on both the front and rear.

Europe’s new Note will feature a few interior modifications too. The dashboard layout is the same, but has been tweaked to be more fitting for a premium car. The interior trim quality is also improved from the American and Japanese models.

Mechanically speaking, the next generation Nissan Note has a completely revamped steering system and a more finely tuned suspension and chassis. These mechanics are designed to be more fitting to the sleeker shape and lighter weight of the car. All in all, Nissan tells us that this should make the Note easier, smoother and more fun to drive.

Herve Genin, the Nissan Note’s marketing manager, was very clear about what all these upgrades are intended to accomplish. He says, “Like the Qashqai and Juke, we’re offering the best of both worlds here: something that’s agile to drive but still roomy, and good to look at inside and out and still be comfortable.”

It’s hard to tell from the photos and specs alone, but if the new Nissan Note comes anywhere close to the two cars Genin mentions, I can only imagine it as a booming success. Nissan’s certainly proven they have what it takes to dominate a European market segment, and I don’t see any reason they can’t expand their empire even further with this new generation of the Note.

What do you think? Is the re-design for Europe moving in the right direction? Will the Note be the next Juke?

Source: Autocar