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Nissan Sentra gets timely refresh for 2016

Source: CTVNews

While compact sedan sales continue their decline, Nissan has managed to realize small increases in Sentra sales year-over-year in Canada. With the Sentra nameplate trailing only to the Rogue in Nissan brand sales in Canada, a significant mid-cycle model refresh is timely.

Both the front and rear ends of the car have been redesigned and feature a new grille, bumpers, and boomerang head- and tail-lights that resemble those its Maxima and Altima siblings. The interior cabin gets a more modern design, including a new steering wheel, a large 5-inch infotainment screen on the centre stack, and gear shifter.

For advanced driver aids and safety technology, Nissan will offer expanded options for the Sentra including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and emergency braking, as well as blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert.

Under the hood, the Sentra to ship with a 1.8L four-cylinde rengin  that produces a modest but ample 130 horsepower.

Efforts to enhance drive performance were extensive; a slight firming of the suspension, more responsive steering, further tuning of the CVT transmission, and reduced road noise through improved cabin sound insulating.

The 2016 Nissan Sentra will arrive at dealerships before year end, and although pricing has not yet been announced we can expect it to land close to the current sub-$16,000 pricing for the base model.

Nissan Titan XD: 2016 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Finalist

Source: Motor Trend

Big, bold, and accentuated by loads of chrome exterior trim, the second-generation Titan (and first-ever XD tweener model) perplexed us. In many ways, it's admirable. Its interior is spacious and luxurious with an abundance of soft leather. Its generous payload (up to a claimed 2,000 pounds) and towing ("more than 12,000 pounds," per Nissan) maximums are no small feats, and amenities such as a standard gooseneck hitch and detachable bed-mounted utility boxes are unique. Its 5.0-liter, turbodiesel Cummins V-8 drew constant praise.

2016 Nissan Titan Xd 4X4 Front Three Quarter In Motion 07

"The Cummins seems right at home in this truck," Ron Kiino said. "Overall, it's very smooth and quiet. The Aisin six-speed performs well - intuitive and seamless in its shifting." The Titan's chassis, a version of the NV's underpinnings, provides a calm, collected ride, which Christian Seabaugh appreciated. "It may essentially be an HD pickup," he said, "but it doesn't ride like one."

2016 Nissan Titan Xd 4X4 Cockpit

The Titan straddles classifications, creating what Kiino sees as a puzzling mix of questionable value and uncertainty regarding the function it intends to perform, let alone how well it accomplishes that function. But when there's no real competition, one sets the standard by default, leaving the XD with the pleasure of forging its own path.

2016 Nissan Titan XD 4×4
BASE PRICE$41,000 (est)
PRICE AS TESTED$62,000 (est)
VEHICLE LAYOUTFront-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truck
ENGINE5.0L/310-hp/555-lb-ft turbodiesel DOHC 32-valve V-8
TRANSMISSION6-speed automatic
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT242.9 x 79.4 x 78.7 in
WHEELBASE151.6 in
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)7,431 lb (59/41%)
ACCELERATION, 0-60 MPH*9.6; 19.6; 26.0 sec
QUARTER MILE**17.3 sec @ 81.3 mph; 22.1 sec @ 63.9 mph; 23.9 sec @ 57.8 mph
DAVIS DAM "FRUSTRATION"**10.3 sec, 911 ft
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH136 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION0.70 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT29.9 sec @ 0.53 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECONNot rated
ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWYNot rated
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMBNot rated
REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB16/21/18
*Unladen; towing 8,500-lb trailer; towing 11,600-lb trailer
**50-70-mph passing acceleration with 1,300 pounds of payload

Nissan 370Z, The Dream Car

By: Special to the Star

When I was a teenager, the car of my dreams was a bit different from the Mustang/Corvette/Porsche triumvirate many of my (mostly male) peers lusted after.

Sure, those cars were great. I wouldn't turn one down, as but what really got my blood pumping wasn't American muscle or German precision - it was the Nissan 300ZX (a.k.a. the Z32), a descendant of the 240Z from the early 1970s.

It was my super cool aspirational car. I loved everything about it: the sleek styling, the impressive power output (of the turbo, not the base 300ZX) and the fact that it was relatively rare. The scarcity just made me want it more.

Unfortunately, I never had the chance to even drive a 300ZX, much less own one.

However, I was able to get my hands on its descendant recently, the 2016 Nissan 370Z, and a lot of those memories came flooding back. Not the same car, I realize, but it was nice to finally drive a Z car.

For 2016, Nissan Canada elected to drop the price of the entry level 370Z by $10,000 from the 2015 edition. The base model (also known as the Coupe Enthusiast Edition) now starts at just $29,998, a move that has put a charge into its sales. For the year to date through Aug. 31, 370Z sales are up a whopping 57 per cent through the same period in 2014. In August alone, sales more than doubled over the same month last year.

It may be a bit hard to believe, but the current iteration of the Z car is actually pretty old. Introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2008 as a 2009 model, the 370Z hasn't changed a whole lot in the intervening years.

Although it may be getting a bit long in the tooth, it has aged well on the outside. The car's compact, low slung and rather squat proportions still look fresh after seven years. The bulging fenders, slim notch headlamps and twin exhaust outlets project a familiar Z-car look that's both inviting, yet retains a hint of menace.

Despite some much-appreciated price adjusting, Nissan has wisely left the mechanicals of the 370Z alone. That means it's still a rear-wheel drive platform with a 3.7-litre, 24-valve, V6 engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission (an optional seven-speed automatic is also available). Keeping the wheels in contact with the pavement is a double wishbone suspension up front with an independent multi-link setup in the rear.

It's a package that still delivers the goods. The V6 produces 332 horsepower at 7,000 r.p.m., with 270 pound-feet torque at 5,200 r.p.m., which can hustle the 1,493 kilogram 370Z to 100 km/h from rest in just six seconds.

Adding to the performance oomph on the 2016 are 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in Yokohama ADVAN Sport summer performance tires.

On the inside, the base 370Z comes pretty well-stocked. Standard features include a push-button starter, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and the usual stuff, including cruise control, power windows and door locks and keyless entry.

On the road, the 370Z feels like it's in a permanent ready-to-launch state. Even a modest pressing of the accelerator will pin your back to the driver's seat. That, and a couple of quick shifts, will have you exceeding posted speed limits in no time flat.

That said, I found the 370Z's sharp reflexes to make the car a blast to drive. The clutch/shifter relationship is a good one, with smooth engagement that allows one to snick through the gears with relative ease.

The ride is pretty stiff, but when a car sits as low to the ground as this one does, and rides on 18-inch wheels and summer tires that are there for the benefit of performance rather than comfort, bumps and road imperfections are going to feel more pronounced. That's just the way it is. With that said, it is far from intolerable.

Same goes for cabin noise. It is pronounced, but it wasn't any worse than other performance cars I've driven recently. You'll hear more engine and tire noise, compared to an average family sedan, but then again, the average family sedan isn't built for performance.

My week with the 370Z was an enjoyable one. It's great to drive, and for a price that undercuts many V6-powered family sedans. It's hard to go wrong if you're in the market for a bona fide, rear-wheel drive performance coupe.

Nits to pick? A few.

The interior, while spacious, feels a bit old. The instrument panel graphics look dated, as does the accompanying bright, orange backlighting. Keeping the MSRP low has also resulted in some interior trim materials that look and feel a bit cheap. Not the worst I've seen, but not great either. If I had a wish list for this car, a telescopic steering column would be on it.

Oh, and the trunk release is far more convoluted than it needs to be. My advice to Nissan: Just put a release button on the key fob. Problem solved.

As I said, these are nitpicky things that don't detract from the Z's overall value proposition, which is excellent.

If you're in the market for a great looking, fun-to-drive performance coupe that won't break the bank and delivers great value, the 370Z should definitely be on your shopping list.

The 2015 Nissan Exterra

2015 Nissan Sentra SL: Compact sedan offer big car features

Source: VoiceOnline

The 2015 Nissan Sentra is a very impressive compact sedan that offer the amenities and big car styling of the larger Nissan Altima sedan. The 2015 Sentra with its long wheelbase, wide cabin and more interior room to boot means the Sentra has a class-leading interior room and an excellent 428 litres of trunk space. The sleek exterior of the Nissan Sentra allows a low 0.29 coefficient of drag, aiding in excellent highway fuel economy. The drivetrain for the Nissan comprises of a 130-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and an Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) along with a six-speed manual transmission available on the base Sentra S.

The new Sentra arrives in Canada with four trim levels - the S ($15,598), SV ($18,498), SR ($23,198) and SL ($24,198Equipment levs are very good with features such as dual-zone automatic climate control and Bose audio on some models. Base S level, the Nissan Sentra models include a six-way-adjustable driver's seat, tilt-and-telescopic steering, air conditioning, power windows, power locks, and keyless entry. Middle tier SV models add cruise control, additional speakers, illuminated steering-wheel audio controls, The sporty SR adds 17-inch alloys, sport grille and fascias, lower-body extensions, fog lamps, and a chrome exhaust trim. The top Sentra SL trim line has Bluetooth phone connectivity plus automatic headlamps, dual-zone climate control, heated side mirrors, and Intelligent Key.

The cabin of the Sentra offers a well-designed, neat affair with a two-tier dash with clear legible dials, displays and controls. The dark cabin is offset by metal look trim and the option of leather and faux-Maple trim in some models. There are nice soft-touch plastics and material and a nice feeling of fit and finish. Interior room is good with decent headroom and legroom. Leather seats (heated up front) are offered on the SL and an extra cost Premium package offers a sunroof, high end- Bose audio system, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. There's also an available 'NissanConnect with Navigation' connectivity system with a hands-free text messaging assistant.

The mid-range six-speaker audio system has a 4.3-inch color display, USB port, and iPod control. SiriusXM satellite radio is available and the display screen acts as a screen for the rear view reversing camera. The rear cabin can seat three teenagers and the Sentra does have one roomiest trunks in this class. The rear seats feature a center armrest and flip forward in split arrangement, but not completely flat for extra cargo area.

We test drove the six speed manual equipped car which is an ideal transmission for the four cylinder engine. Gear changes are smooth and defined and the Sentra can be hustled along fairly well. It won't win award for acceleration or power, but the Sentra has a big car feel and ride with nice speed-sensitive steering. The cabin is quiet at high speeds and features a comfortable smooth ride in all situations with little road noise intrusion. Fuel-economy is very good with manual transmission offering 8.9/6.6L/100km (city/hwy). The Sentra is an ideal fuel-efficient family commuter car you should take a look at. Highly recommended.

2015 Nissan Sentra priced from $15,598 - $24,198

Introducing the JUKE-R 2.0

  • Nissan upgrades its legendary original JUKE-R Crossover supercar
  • The JUKE-R 2.0 concept makes its global dynamic debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK
  • Drawing on impressive performance from the GT-R, the JUKE-R 2.0 will reach 600bhp
  • LM P1 driver and GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough to showcase the JUKE-R 2.0 up the famous Goodwood hill
  • Launched this Summer to kick start the fifth anniversary of the Nissan JUKE

WEST SUSSEX, England-The birth of the Nissan JUKE-R set a benchmark in 2011 as the world's first Crossover supercar, marrying Nissan's innovative JUKE with the engine and running gear from the legendary Nissan GT-R - the brand's flagship sportscar. Now, four years on, JUKE-R has been given an exciting upgrade to reflect the latest model of the JUKE coupled with even more power and bolder styling. Welcome the JUKE-R 2.0.

The global debut of the JUKE-R 2.0 will take place at the thrilling annual Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 25 on the Nissan stand before being displayed in the Supercar Paddock for the remainder of the weekend.

Visitors at Goodwood, along with those watching the spectacular event on television, will also witness the JUKE-R 2.0 make its dynamic debut on Goodwood's Hillclimb on all three days of the event, driven by Nissan GT Academy graduate and Le Mans 24 Hours driver Jann Mardenborough.

Based on the updated Nissan JUKE that launched in Europe in 2014 - which features several significant design and technical enhancements - the JUKE-R 2.0 has been injected with further levels of GT-R testosterone to now reach 600hp. Still sporting the iconic "R" matte black, the JUKE-R 2.0 is an even more muscular, bolder and powerful version of its predecessor.

"The JUKE-R has become an iconic Crossover supercar, and with the launch of the latest JUKE model last year, it was the natural choice to upgrade the original JUKE-R with added power and even bolder styling," said Gareth Dunsmore, Marketing Communications general manager for Nissan Europe. "The JUKE-R 2.0 is a perfect 'crossover' of the best bits of Nissan - real innovation showcasing our crossover prowess fused with the excitement of the GT-R supercar engine."

Soon to celebrate the JUKE's fifth anniversary of production, the JUKE-R 2.0 arrives in time to celebrate the birthday of Europe's best-loved compact crossover. With over 600,000 sales across Europe since initially launched in 2010, the JUKE continues to highlight Nissan's position as crossover leaders, alongside the award winning Qashqai and adventure-inspiring X-Trail.

Nissan JUKE-R 2.0 Specifications

The JUKE-R was based on the original JUKE production car launched in 2010. The JUKE-R 2.0 is based on the newer JUKE model launched in Europe in 2014, to which there were several significant design changes and also technical enhancements. One of these elements was the extensive personalization options introduced based on customers' desire. There was also a new lamp shape, LED running lights and LED bulbs in the taillights to give a fresh appearance, while new door mirrors incorporate LED side turn repeaters. The new Nissan V-motion grille at the front is a further feature.

Specific updates/features on the Nissan JUKE-R 2.0 include:

Bodywork

  • Front bumper: heavily redesigned both aesthetically and functionally. The cooling apertures in the front bumper are increased in size by over 100 percent due to increased engine cooling demand as the vehicle now runs with an uprated 600 bhp engine. The bumper is manufactured from 100 percent carbon fiber
  • Rear bumper: manufactured entirely from carbon fiber, but incorporates a visual carbon diffuser. The bumper will have new exhaust cowlings; these are manufactured from high temperature carbon
  • The rear winglets are now of a one piece carbon fiber design with a visual carbon finish
  • The front fenders are new shape MY2015 JUKE and from standard steel
  • The front and rear fender wheel arch flares are new carbon pieces blended in to the bumper and sill designs
  • The side sills are a tweaked aesthetic design, manufactured from carbon fiber
  • The front headlights, upper and lower, are from the new MY2015 JUKE
  • The taillights are also from the MY2015 JUKE
  • The hood is from the new MY2015 JUKE and has integrated bare carbon engine cooling ducts; these are slightly repositioned from the previous JUKE-R to further improve engine and turbo cooling
  • The JUKE-R 2.0 uses the newer design GT-R wheels rather than the previous version
  • Color is matte black as before

Interior

  • No change, other than roof lining is now black

Engine

  • The GT-R engine has been uprated to 600 bhp, the same output as the ultimate GT-R, the NISMO

Electronics

  • The headlights, taillights and daytime running lights (DRLs) required the wiring looms of the original car to be updated to accommodate Nissan's latest lighting technology