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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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.
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.
With all the criticism recently surrounding self-driving cars, you might think it's a strange move for Nissan to announce some news regarding its own system. Well, it is, but the company is aware.
Drone racing is exciting in its own right, but for spectators the sport still can't quite match the horsepower and top speeds of auto racing — or can it? Nissan's GT-R drone, designed and built by Tornado XBlades Racing, can hit a top speed of 185km per hour. It can accelerate from zero to 96km in under 1.3 seconds.
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.
Against all odds, the Nissan NV-200 will rule the streets of New York. As of today, the vast majority of cab drivers must buy the so-called Taxi of Tomorrow when they retire their old yellow cabs.
Nissan's Leaf city car is a great, affordable alternative to the Tesla Motors Model S and other high-end electric cars. It doesn't have a huge range in its current iteration, though, but that's about to change — there's a range-boosting update on the way, and the next Leaf could have over five hundred kilometres of all-electric power.
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.
As if the final four minutes of this weekend's Bathurst 12-Hour endurance race weren't amazing enough — with Nissan's NISMO team coming from third on the second last lap up to first to take out the race — did you know that most of the drivers on the team are gamers plucked from the world of Gran Turismo?
NASA and Nissan just announced a five-year partnership in the development of a self-driving car that will not only tackle city streets but also alien planets. Most of the research will take place in Silicon Valley, where both organisations already have research facilities. And believe it or not, NASA wants to learn from Nissan.
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.