lundi 31 décembre 2012

New Mazda6 for 2013

Third generation Mazda6 was unveiled during Moscow International Motor Show in late August 2012.

Production of all North American models will be transferred to Hiroshima, Japan, due to ongoing efforts to increase global manufacturing efficiencies.

It will go on sale in Japan on 20 November 2012, followed by Australia on 3 December 2012.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV:The world's first plug-in hybrid SUV for 2013

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the new Outlander PHEV will go on sale at dealerships throughout Japan from January 24, 2013. Powered by the Plug-in Hybrid EV System powertrain derived from MMC's lineup of electric vehicles (EVs).

The world's first plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV represents a fusion of the EV technologies developed by MMC for models such as the i-MiEV, 4WD technologies honed in the Lancer Evolution, and SUV know-how gained from the Pajero (Montero or Shogun in some countries).

The battery can be switched to Battery Charge Mode, which allows electricity to be generated by the engine and stored when stationary or on the move (giving 80% charge in approximately 40 minutes when stationary) and Battery Save Mode, which maintains charge while driving. Stored electricity can be used in EV Drive Mode at the destination or used to power appliances.

Toyota launches new hybrid Crown models in Japan

Toyota Motor announces the launch in Japan today of the redesigned "Crown Royal" and "Crown Athlete" sedans. Both will be sold through "Toyota" dealers across Japan.The original "Crown" debuted in 1955 and established a tradition of trust and peace of mind, and has since evolved into a sedan that leads the premium car market in Japan.Now, the 14th-generation of the Crown revisits its roots while also living up to today's demands and expectations by providing an exquisite ride and superbly quiet performance.

The new Crown series has been designed around the core concept of new innovation, and stands at the front of Toyota's ongoing efforts to make ever-better cars2 that exceed expectations.The new Crown series features distinct and dynamic styling that indicates the extent of the redesign.

All major components have been updated, including a new 2.5-liter hybrid system that combines high output with high fuel economy, a matured suspension, and new cutting-edge technology and devices such as the Toyota Multi-Operation Touch, which consolidates various vehicle functions into one, convenient, easy-to-operate touch panel.

Nissan Qashqai Concept Car

Nissan Qashqai Concept Car is a compact Crossover with an advanced electronic four-wheel drive system and is best described as an ÏUrban NomadÓ. It reflects NissanÌs belief that consumersÌ tastes are changing to echo their lifestyles which are becoming more active.

The interior of the car reflects the varied role it will have to play, with an innovative folding seat arrangement allowing bikes, outdoor activity equipment and the weekly shopping to be easily stowed. This flexibility is aided by rear doors which are hinged on the back edge, allowing a massive loading aperture thanks to the lack of a B-pillar. Despite the lack of B-pillar, the structural strength of the Qashqai is uncompromised thanks to the individual seat mounting.

The exterior design incorporates strong Nissan DNA seen in the design of the Micra, 350Z and Primera. The QashqaiÌs large wheels and exaggerated wheel-arches give the vehicle a purposeful stance, echoing the strength of a large 4x4, but with delicate design touches which endow it with a softer, less aggressive look.

Qashqai 360

Le Nissan QASHQAI s’offre une série ultra technologique avec cette version 360. Cet enrichissement de gamme, prévu pour le premier trimestre 2013 offrira le meilleur des solutions technique de la marque, comme une vision de 360° autour du véhicule. Ce modèle capitalise sur les nombreux atouts de la gamme actuelle, qui a été produite à ce jour à 1.3 millions d'exemplaires. Il sera proposé sur les motorisations essence (1.6L.) et Diesel (1.5 dCi et 1.6 dCi) pour QASHQAI et QASHQAI +2.

Le Qashqai 360 est pourvu d'une panoplie d'équipements habituellement réservée aux modèles de segment supérieur. La vue panoramique à 360° (AVM) fait appel à 4 caméras positionnées sur les 2 rétroviseurs, la calandre avant et à l'arrière de la voiture, pour projeter sur l'écran du système de navigation GPS Nissan Connect, une «vue aérienne» des abords immédiats du véhicule. Le Qashqai 360 est également équipé de la navigation GPS et du système Connect, un des systèmes multimédias les plus technologiques du segment.

Nissan Micra ELLE

Nissan has joined forces with the world's best-selling fashion magazine, ELLE, to develop a special version of its popular city car, the Micra.

Special features include a panoramic glass roof, chromed accents to the lower part of the grille, chrome interior door handles, 15-inch titanium grey alloy wheels, fog lamps and a roof spoiler. There are three colours available - Shiraz Red, Alabaster White and Atlas Blue - as well as a new seat fabric covering. The award-winning Nissan Connect integrated satellite navigation and infotainment system is available as an option. Discreet ELLE badges on the tailgate and front wings, front floor mats and front door guards mark out the Nissan Micra ELLE on the high street.

Nissan NV200 : taxi of tomorrow

Nissan NV200 was one of three finalists (alongside the Karsan V-1 and Ford Transit Connect) for New York City's Taxi of Tomorrow. The Nissan was announced as the winner in May 2011 and is expected to be awarded a 10-year contract to provide the city exclusively with some 13,000 yellow cabs, starting in 2013.

The European version with the 1.5L Diesel four-cylinder gets 54.4 averaged mpg; however, the American version will obtain many fewer miles per gallon. The American version will be built in Mexico and powered by a 2.0L gasoline four-cylinder engine and has been rated at 25mpg.

Nissan Concept cars

Nissan Ellure

Nissan calls its Ellure concept "the sedan re-imagined," previewing what sort of design is possible for its forthcoming four-door range. This concept is at once elegant and aggressive, with styling elements that don't stray too far from what the automaker is currently putting out. Those headlamps, for example, use the same fin-like design of the taillights on the 370Z and Juke, and are a more forward-thinking version of what we currently see on the Maxima.

The Ellure is powered by a supercharged 2.5-liter inline-four and a 25-kilowatt electric motor, mated to the automaker's Xtronic CVT and a front-wheel-drive layout. Nissan says the concept uses regenerative braking and an advanced drive-by-wire electric/hydraulic steering system to ensure that the Ellure is as involving as possible for drivers out on the road.

Nissan e-NV200

Based on the Nissan NV200, Nissan introduced the Nissan e-NV200 concept all-electric van at the 2012 North American Auto Show in Detroit. The e-NV200 has a 24 kWh battery pack that is expected to have a range similar to Nissan Leaf of 73 mi (117 km).

Trials with a prototype were conducted with Japan Post Service beginning in July 2011, followed by trials with FedEx in London starting in December 2011. More testing with a more advanced pre-production version unveiled at the 64th IAA Commercial Vehicle International Motor Show in Hanover is scheduled to take place in Singapore, the U.S. and Brazil, and production is expected to begin in 2013.

Nissan Pivo1 ,Pivo2 ,Pivo3

The Nissan Pivo is a concept car created by Nissan. The Pivo was first introduced at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. The car is essentially a 360 degree rotating three-seater cabin on a chassis of 4 wheels, and hence eliminates the need for reversing and makes parking easier.

The updated Pivo 3 concept was unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept has one seat in the front and two in the back. The Pivo 3 features Nissan's Automated Valet Parking (AVP), which allows the car to park itself and recharge itself while parked, at specially-equipped parking lots. Also the system can find a parking space, physically park the car or remember where they parked their car. The Pivo 3 can be remotely maneuvered with a smartphone.

Nissan Townpod

The Nissan Townpod is an electric concept car presented by the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

The Townpod design features several familiar visual elements from other Nissan cars. The drivetrain featured in the concept car is the same zero-emission technology that is fitted on the Nissan Leaf. As in the Leaf, the charging points are located in the nose behind an automatically retracting cover.

Nissan TeRRa

Nissan has decided to show during the Paris Motor Show 2012, its capabilities both in terms of design and energy saving: the concept of Nissan TeRRa is super-enhanced version of the crossover Qashqai, displays surprising lines and technology powered by a fuel cell.

To move Terra Concept, Nissan has adopted an innovative system based on three blocks electric motor drive (two in back , one in front, no connection between the two trains) powered by a fuel cell in the rear floor.

Nissan 370Z GT4

the Nissan 370Z still remains within reach: the road version offers accessible true sports performance. Which is a good thing, since you’ll definitely want to get your hands on one when you see it.

The Nissan 370Z looks as good on the road as it feels. Its unmistakable sleekness features the distinctive boomerang lights and powerful curved lines. Everything about the design reveals the soul of the Nissan 370Z: a car made for action and excitement.

Nissan Leaf Nismo RC

Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Front Cornering The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC might be powered by the same 107-hp electric motor that propels the consumer-oriented Leaf, but that's where the similarities end. With its purpose-built carbon-fiber body, monocoque chassis, race-tuned suspension setup, servo-less brakes, and powerless steering, the Nismo RC is a race-ready EV on steroids.

Nismo has created about a dozen Leaf RCs. Equipped with a huge Super GT-style wing and sitting ultra-close to the ground, it certainly looks the part, but does it drive the part as well? To see if the hype is real, we jumped behind the wheel of the experimental race car at Nissan's Oppama Grandrive proving ground, about one hour south of Tokyo.

Nissan Juke Nismo

The new Juke Nismo Concept will be distinguished by Nismo’s signature colors - pearl white with red highlights - and an extreme body kit that not only offers a sportier look but improves the car’s aerodynamics as well. The body kit includes revised bumpers in the front and rear, wider fenders, and sill side skirts. The grille pattern has also been changed and the tailgate spoiler has been modified with the addition of side elements to control airflow more efficiently. The concept will sit on a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels.

The interior has also been highly modified. Everything from the steering wheel, pedals, gauges, shifter knob, and door trims have been redesigned to provide greater involvement when driving. The sporty bucket seats are covered in leather and are highlighted by dials and needles illuminated in red.

Nissan Juke-R

The Juke-R is a limited production run Juke with a Nissan GT-R's VR engine that boasts 545 bhp. Nissan has recently announced a total of 40 Juke-Rs will be produced with the 2013 GT-R's running gear and performance stats.

Nissan Invitation

The Nissan Invitation is a small five-door concept car built by Nissan and will be first shown to the public at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The concept was designed and developed in Japan, but will be turned into production reality by Nissan's UK based technical centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire. It shares the company's V-platform with the Nissan Micra.


The Nissan Hi-Cross Concept, which makes its North America debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, offers a bold design statement about the next-generation of Nissan crossovers. The design is dramatic and athletic, yet completely purposeful. The dimensions are compact, yet surprisingly roomy. And, it's fuel efficient. The concept's hybrid drivetrain is based on a new Nissan system developed for front- and four-wheel-drive models.

The Nissan Hi-Cross Concept combines sculpted style with everyday utility. It features an advanced "one motor, two clutch" gasoline/electric hybrid system and a futuristic seven-passenger interior.

Nissan Actic

The Nissan Actic was a concept car design study by Nissan Design America in La Jolla, California, and presented at the 2004 North American International Auto Show. The vehicle itself is a crossover SUV style, with smooth, bullet-shaped bodywork that looks vaguely like a small Nissan Murano.

It was never intended for production, but instead served as an exercise to display future possible technologies and design directions for Nissan vehicles, and to gauge interest in a small, entry-level SUV. One of its most original features are sliding doors, instead of traditional hinged doors. The rear doors slide to the back of the vehicle and the front doors slide to the front of the car like elevator doors, allowing a maximum amount of entry space.

Nissan AZEAL

The Nissan AZEAL is a concept car first released to the public at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. The concept is a sports coupé aimed at young drivers.

The AZEAL has a turbocharged 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed manual transmission equipped with a limited-slip differential. It is front-wheel drive. No further information on the car has been released by Nissan yet. Exterior features of the AZEAL include 19" aluminum-alloy wheels, dual exhaust pipes, side skirts and a spoiler topped off with glass roof panels like those found in the Nissan Maxima and Nissan Quest.

Nissan Bevel

The Nissan Bevel is a concept crossover SUV unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show.

Carlos Tavares, Nissan Motor Co. executive president of global product planning and design, says the Bevel is a study for older men who like to keep lots of tools in their vehicle, transport things, do projects outside the house and only rarely carry passengers. The owner would be driving alone 90 percent of the time, Tavares imagines.

Nissan Forum

The Nissan Forum is a concept minivan that debuted during the 2008 North American International Auto Show. It became a production version of next-generation Nissan Quest (North America) and Nissan Elgrand (Asia) on the Nissan D platform for the 2011 model year.

Nissan Nuvu

Nissan Nuvu is a compact all-electric city car with 2+1 seating, with solar panels shaped like tree leaves on the roof that channel the sun's power through a "tree trunk" conduit in the center of the vehicle. The concept car can reach about 75 mph (121 km/h) and travel up to about 80 miles (130 km) on an electric charge.

Nissan URGE

Nissan URGE is a concept car that debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. Referred to as a "design exercise," many of the car's design elements were influenced by an internet survey aimed towards young automotive and video game enthusiasts.

The design incorporates unique technological elements, including a built in Xbox 360 game console. Though not intended for production, the concept was intended to represent a sports car that was more affordable than the Z or GT-R.

Nissan Terranaut

The Nissan Terranaut was a 4x4 concept car shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2006. It was described by its manufacturer as being designed for scientists, geologists, archaeologists or adventurers, and would have seated three people, including an operator of a workstation.

The car houses three seats and a rotating spherical pod, which allows the driver to quickly rotate to their desired position outside. It measures 4.965m from stem to stern, and is just over two metres tall and two metres wide. The purpose of the extra room is to house a mini-laboratory for use in the field. It has enough refrigerated storage space to support the car's three operators for up to a week out in the field, and tents and sleeping bags may be stored in the door's storage compartments.