Nissan’s New Z Model a Nod to the Past

In a new world of electric sports cars Nissan Motor Co has unveiled a new model Z that will be strictly gasoline-fueled and with a manual transmission.

Nissan’s COO Ashwani Gupta was quoted as saying, “We just listen to our fans.”

The automaker’s chief operating officer said that is the way fans want it. Gupta also noted that customers asked specifically for 400 horsepower and a manual transmission (however, there will be an automatic transmission option).

In the United States the new Z will be available for purchase in spring 2020. The new Z will be an important part of Nissan’s continued pandemic recovery.

The Z has been the face of Nissan’s financial turn-arounds in the past. During a slump in 1999, the lustrous new Z prototype helped revive interest in Nissan from consumers in the wake of Nissan being rescued by Renault SA.

Like other automakers releasing new models Nissan faces supply shortages like semiconductors and other challenges as Delta variant surges sweep the world. Gupta said that despite these issues semiconductor supply lines had recovered somewhat just recently.

The 11 y/o Nissan Z Finally Gets Upgraded

It seems everyone, including Nissan, forgot about the now eleven year old Nissan 370Z which is no about as competitive in the sports car realm as a pair of roller skates. However, Nissan is finally giving the Z an upgraded successor.

The new Z35 isn’t a complete rebuild. It will use the latest of Nissan’s FM platform and it will share some components with the Q60 Infiniti coupe. For one, the Q60’s V6 that gives the Q50 and 60 400 horsepower is a likely borrowed component. While the Q’s only offer seven speed automatics the Z35 being a sports car has a chance at a manual transmission. While Nissan could make the new Z all-wheel drive, that isn’t what the Z is and will likely stick with the front-engine, rear wheel drive sports format.

It is said that Nissan has chose the original Datsun 240Z as a styling inspiration. Many are hoping for smoother lines than the very busy look of some of Nissan’s recent concepts. Rounded headlights and 300ZX style taillights reportedly will give it some touches of retro nostalgia.

The two-seater’s nostalgia will stop with the exterior as the new Z will benefit from a modern makeover with the latest Nissan infotainment system and a new dashboard.

Some suspect the pricing to be in the neighborhood of $40k which would undercut the new Toyota Supra.



Nissan Offers Freebie to Recent California Fire Victims

Nissan is providing free cabin air filter replacements to Nissan vehicle owners in California who were affected by the recent fires. While this may not seem that large of a gesture, but it is an important one.
The cabin filter is an essential, but easy item to forget about in a vehicle. Usually hidden away in a cubby of the vehicle’s dash, it sits happy enough doing its job where no one would think to notice it. It is, however, pretty essential. Modern activated carbon filters remove all kinds of things from the cabin’s air—pollen, odor, fumes and particles like ashes. The happy little filter keeps you from breathing in all this nasty stuff as you ride along not thinking of it.
Nissan is even extending the offer of filter replacement to non-Nissan vehicles in their effort to help those affected by the recent fires. This will be at individual dealerships’ discretion and will depend largely on whether parts are available or not. If you live in one of the affected areas, contact your nearest Nissan dealership for details. The offer stands until the end of January.

Carlos Ghosn Excused from Nissan’s Board

Nissan has affirmed Carlos Ghosn has been excused by the board as organization administrator. Ghosn and his co-admin, Greg Kelly, have additionally been excused as delegate chiefs.

The two men will stay on the organization’s board as chiefs, as they must be coercively excused at an investor meeting.

With the present choice by the board, the main staying delegate executive at Nissan is CEO Hiroto Saikawa.

The rest of the board cast a ballot consistently. There were questions about whether the free and Renault-delegated chiefs would pursue the proposal set by Saikawa, recommending some would remain by Ghosn.

Nissan as of now has a nine-part board. It highlights three long time Nissan representatives (Hiroto Saikawa, Hideyuki Sakamoto, and Toshiyuki Shiga), two Renault deputies (Jean-Baptiste Duzan and Bernard Rey), and two free executives (Keiko Ihara and Masakazu Toyoda).

Not long ago, Saikawa blamed Ghosn and Kelly for planning to downplay Ghosn’s compensation, and also abusing organization assets and expense accounts.

Nissan to Release “Leaf” Model in Asia-Pacific Market

On Tuesday Nissan reported it would launch their new, all electric version of its very popular Leaf in 7 Asian and Pacific markets. They even hinted at looking into several other markets with the success of the Leaf being so wide spread. At the moment electrics don’t represent much of the SE Asian market. This is often due to affordability and lack of recharge stations.

Low emission vehicles are the future and automakers are all making their bid in markets the world over.

Japan’s number 2 car maker, Nissan, will bring the Leaf to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand.

Carmaker Alliance Sets Up $200 Million Start-Up Fund

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is getting together a $200 million pot to fund a new mobile tech startup. It would be a 40/40/20 split between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi respectively.

The new mobility tech fund due to be unveiled by Chief executive Carlos Ghosn at the CES tech industry show in Las Vegas next month will allow the auto alliance to move fast on acquisitions ahead of their competition.

The new fund will be revealed by the Carlos Ghosn, CE, at the CES tech industry show, Las Vegas, next month. Presumably to get moving on acquisitions ahead of their competition.

Buyers’ new propensity for favoring particular vehicles intended for certain requirements rather than the generally useful autos of today will prompt a decrease in private-auto possession. The expanding velocity of advancement, particularly in programming based frameworks will additionally build interest for upgradeability in secretly utilized autos. Availability, nearby independent innovation, will additionally enable autos to end up a stage for travelers to utilize their opportunity in travel arranged for to gainful exercises.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi finance is being set up as a Dutch-enlisted joint wander headed by Francois Dossa. Renault has made ventures including Marcel, an auto sharing stage based out of Paris, and Jedlix, a Dutch brilliant vehicle-charging innovation creator. Renault’s venture arm took control of bombed on-request taxi-hailing application Karhoo to relaunch the business under new administration.

Ready for a Glow?

A glow-in-the-dark car that is! In Europe, Nissan is testing a glow-in-the-dark paint on their electric Nissan Leaf. This is what the Victor crew found out:

It’s a coating that absorbs the sun’s rays during the day and will continue to glow 8 to 10 hours after the sun goes down. Although not the first to try this, they believe their paint will last 25 years. The paint itself has a rough feel to it.

Last year, Nissan demonstrated a “self-cleaning” car. It was a special paint that would allow dirt and grease to simply fall off in sheets as it is drives.

Joe Victor


Remove “Wash Car” from Your To-Do List … Forever!

Well, Jody, that might be a slight hyperbole; however, it is true Nissan is testing a unique paint coating that may allow you to check “wash car” off your honey-do list forever. Developed by UltraTech International, Inc. even with its gimmicky name, “Ultra-Ever Dry,” the technology looks pretty cool and could be a boon for non-car enthusiasts who view their vehicles as merely a means of conveyance and not a something to labor over lovingly.

Nissan likely has a winner on their hands as they have smartly been testing it on a car for non-car people, a Note hatch-back.

Nissan describes the coating as: “super-hydrophobic and oleophobic”. In other words after the coating is applied it should instantly repel dirt, water and more. Nissan adds that this will probably not be a standard feature, but will be made available as an extra—like buying a lifetime supply of car washes in advance. No word yet on how much the coating may cost.
Nissan has even provided an amusing video about the product.

Visit the Car & Driver blog for more information.

Joe Victor

Joe asks Jody Victor: 10 Best Values In Used Cars, 2012

If you are in the market for a used car, you may have trouble finding one. Here’s Jody Victor® telling us about it from an article by Jessica Anderson of Kiplinger.

Jody Victor®: Hey, Joe, sometimes a used car is the way to go, no matter what kind of vehicle you are looking for. But since the Great Recession, used cars have not been around – people are hanging on to their older cars longer. Here’s a list, in two parts, from  that will give you something to go on.

2008 Hyundai Sonata GLS

Price when new: $19,545 (automatic)
Dealer used price: $9,902
Private-party price: $8,731
Certified used price: $11,480
MPG (city/hwy): 21/30

Hyundai’s Sonata offers a thrifty 2.4-liter engine, standard stability control and six airbags. Plus, it keeps ownership costs low — the brand’s 5-year/60,000-miles new-car warranty and five-year no-charge roadside assistance transfer to new owners (they get the remainder of both). The famed 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, however, doesn’t transfer.

2009 Subaru Impreza 2.5i sedan

Price when new: $18,190
Dealer used price: $12,191
Private-party price: $10,967
Certified used price: $12,859
MPG (city/hwy): 20/27

Engaging driving dynamics and Subaru’s always-standard all-wheel drive are only part of the Impreza’s appeal. It garnered a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS and has side and side-curtain airbags. If a collision causes the front airbags to deploy, smart technology protects the driver and front-seat passenger. Sensors measure the driver’s proximity to the steering wheel, as well as the passenger’s weight (to determine whether a child or an adult is occupying the seat), and adjust the airbags’ force accordingly.

2009 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT

Price when new: $23,225
Dealer used price: $13,114
Private-party price: $11,937
Certified used price: $14,141
MPG (city/hwy): 22/33

With its 2008 redesign, the Malibu garnered a lot of accolades: Kiplinger’s Best New Car and Best in Class awards were just a cherry topping to the industry’s prestigious North American Car of the Year award. But to play it safe, we recommend buying a redesigned vehicle in the second year of production — the first year’s examples often have kinks to work out. For 2009, stability control became standard across the trim lineup, along with side and side-curtain airbags.

2009 Nissan Rogue S

Price when new: $21,020
Dealer used price: $14,971
Private-party price: $13,435
Certified used price: $16,123
MPG (city/hwy): 22/27

After a 2008 redesign, when we named it Best New Small Crossover, the Rogue ascended to Kiplinger’s Best in Class award for 2009. Its stylish exterior complements the value it holds inside — including a peppy 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, stability and traction control, and six airbags. Plus, it was rated a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

2008 Honda CR-V LX

Price when new: $21,370
Dealer used price: $15,135
Private-party price: $14,089
Certified used price: $16,402
MPG (city/hwy): 20/27

A perennial Kiplinger’s Best New and Best Used pick, the CR-V keeps its value throughout its lifespan. It boasts fuel economy on par with a midsize sedan, but it has more than twice the cargo capacity (36 cubic feet behind the rear seats). Its standard stability control and six airbags helped win it a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS.

Thanks, Jody! More next time.

Joe Victor