Tagged With nissan

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In its 32 years of history, the famed Nissan Motorsports sub-brand has never had a proper presence in Australia, selling factory-tuned cars to racing enthusiasts. That's set to change from next year, with the hyperbonkers Nissan GT-R Nismo on sale in the country from February. More track-tuned, performance-focused Nismo cars are planned for the rest of next year, too.

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Nissan Australia has brought a brand new monster to our shores. Japan’s infamous supercar slayer (and a supercar in its own right) known as the 2017 R35 GT-R made its official debut on Philip Island a fortnight ago, and we were given the all clear to give Godzilla a steer.

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Let's say you have $10,000 to spend on a new (new for you, not new-new) car. But you want something fun — a car that, while it isn't necessarily built just for all-out circuit racing or the drags, is a little more enjoyable to drive than your average A-to-B city econobox. With that criteria in mind, we've rounded up the 10 most enjoyable cars that you can find in decent condition in Australia for around about $10,000.

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Stepping up to the ‘twenty-kay’ club allows for a bit more freedom when it comes to finding the perfect driver’s car that will put a smile on that pretty mug. Caution is still necessary though as some of these cars are well over twenty years old with serious mileage on the clock alongside expected wear and tear.

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Nissan's next-generation Leaf all-electric hatchback could be capable of driving well over 500km on a single charge, if indications on a recent concept car shown at the Tokyo Motor Show and an interview with Nissan's electric vehicle boss are any evidence. The IDS concept's battery is as twice as large as the current Leaf's 30kWh setup, and could push the small car to a range beating even the majority of current Tesla vehicles on Aussie roads.

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Turns out digital security is an optional extra for cars these days, at least when it comes to Nissan's electric-powered LEAF and its NissanConnect EV app. After a vulnerability was publicly disclosed earlier this week, the company made the decision to pull the app.

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Sometimes the best ideas come from thinking far, far outside the box. That's what Nissan and Japan's marine science agency did with their new deep sea rover. To build it, engineers used the same tech as a park-assisting car — which is now helping to give scientists a 360-degree view of the ocean floor.

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Australia is filled with poisonous shit that's constantly trying to kill you. But it's also filled with the world's best four-wheel-drive vehicles. Yeah, basically everything the little off-road enthusiast inside of you has ever wanted is here. And I just moved here in order to drive it.

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You know in the first Iron Man movie when Tony Stark takes his armour out for its very first flight in Malibu, and he spends the whole experience with the world's most terrified grin on his face? That's the face you'll pull every single time you hit the accelerator on the Nissan GT-R.

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This is fun, and I don't care it was made by the car manufacturer. I care that someone was crazy enough to think about putting a freaking car inside one of those giant inflatable balls — called Zorbs, apparently, perhaps the biggest ever made — and then pushed it down a hill. I only wish they put people inside.