Nissan News

  • 2017 Fiat 500e

    A potential merger between Fiat Chrysler and Renault, which would have involved Japanese partners Nissan and Mitsubishi, is off the table. Fiat Chrysler withdrew the offer after Nissan, Renault's larger but junior partner withheld its support. A report in trade journal Automotive News (subscription required), noted that Nissan representatives abstained from the final vote Wednesday night. Nissan owns 15 percent of Renault, while Renault owns 43.4 percent of Nissan. The final agreement also foundered after the French government, which also owns 15 percent of Renault, requested a delay in the...

  • Chevy Bolt EV vs. Nissan Leaf Plus
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus vs. 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV: Which electric car is best?

    We’re a long way from peak electric car, but we’ve finally left base camp. Big strides in battery capacity mean that picking between the 238-mile 2019 Chevy Bolt EV and the recently boosted 226-mile 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus comes down to a dozen miles of range. After a week behind the...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus  -  Driven, March 2019
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus: Drive review of long-range electric car

    If more power, a 226-mile range, and a $39,405 base price—before considering the full $7,500 federal EV tax credit you can still get—collectively seems like the sweet spot for the Leaf, you probably have GM to thank. Nissan has admitted that it never planned to push the Leaf above a...

  • Imagine by Kia concept
    Plug-in cars and concepts at Geneva, Tesla Model Y and Superchargers: The Week in Reverse

    Which new electric car may be able to recharge 240 miles in less than five minutes? What is the bestselling electric car in the world, and what milestone did it pass this week? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending March 8...

  • Prototype for BMW iNext electric SUV due in 2021
    Tesla Superchargers, Nissan IMQ SUV concept, Mitsubishi Engelberg: Today's Car News

    Nissan gave a peek at a future SUV—only with gas-hybrid power, this time. Tesla turned on its first 1,000-mph version 3 Supercharger on Wednesday. The Mitsubishi Engelberg plug-in hybrid concept may preview a replacement for the Outlander plug-in hybrid. And a Japanese judge released former...

  • Nissan IMQ electric SUV concept
    Nissan IMQ small SUV skips electric for hybrid power

    After revealing a planned all-electric SUV last year in Tokyo and an electric sedan in Detroit this year, Nissan's debut at the Geneva auto show was a surprise: Its latest IM concept car, the IMQ small SUV isn't an electric car or even a plug-in hybrid. Nissan has been promising a small electric...

  • Carlos Ghosn

    In an unusual move in Japan, former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn was released on bail Wednesday after 108 days in jail, according to a report in Automotive News. Ghosn, who is known as the father of the Nissan Leaf for his work championing the car's production, was arrested in November on charges of allegedly misusing company funds and underreporting his compensation for 10 years. In Japan, criminal suspects are routinely held without bail, and prosecutors can file new charges against jailed suspects to extend their detention, as they had with Ghosn. READ MORE: Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    226-mile 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus costs $37,445 to start

    When it arrives in dealers this month, the longer-range 2019 Nissan Leaf S Plus will cost $37,445, including destination, the automaker said Friday. That's in line with what we expected from documents leaked earlier this year, and drives the net price of the compact hatchback close to $30,000, if...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus vs. 2011 Nissan Leaf: 5 takeaways over 8 years

    When a completely new vehicle is introduced, it's generally around for five to seven years before an entirely redesigned generation of that vehicle is launched. By that measure, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus we reviewed earlier this week is ancient, with a basic structure in its ninth model...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, San Diego area, Feb 2019
    First drive review: The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus delivers more power, 226-mile range at last

    At the moment, there are more Nissan Leafs on the world’s roads than any other electric car in history—closing in on 400,000. As of Jan 1, Nissan had delivered 380,000 Leafs globally, 130,000 of them in the United States. Nissan is entirely aware that honor may not last long. It all...

  • Nissan x Opus camper with reused Leaf batteries in Britain with Nissan Qashqai
    Reused Nissan Leaf batteries make happy campers with powered pop-up trailer

    Electric-car batteries need to get recycled or reused at the end of their road. And campers are always in need of more batteries to stay out longer and run more things without resorting to gas power. Combine the two needs and you get the Nissan x Opus, an inflatable, folding camping trailer that...

  • 2019 Ford F-150
    Ford Mustang Hybrid, wind power, EPA holdups, American electrics: Today's Car News

    Wind power is expected become America's top renewable energy source in 2019. The recent government shutdown may have held up the sale of some new fuel-efficient cars—and another one may hold up even more. Our latest Twitter poll asks how important it is to our readers for electric cars to be...

  • Carlos Ghosn

    The past two months haven't been kind to Carlos Ghosn. The former auto executive was arrested late last year in Japan on charges that he bilked Nissan for millions in unauthorized pay and perks, including financial dealings with business partners that weren't formally disclosed. Shortly after his arrest in November, Nissan announced that he was replaced as head of Nissan. Just a few days later, Mitsubishi announced his ouster as chief of that company, too. Renault on Thursday announced that Ghosn resigned from his top spot as chairman and CEO of that automaker too, throwing into doubt the...

  • Infiniti Q Inspiration, 2018 Detroit auto show
    Faraday's Saab future, Nissan-Infiniti hybrids, global Geely: Today's Car News

    Nissan is working on a more powerful hybrid system for U.S. models. Geely gives a peak at its first electric model planned to go on sale worldwide. And our Twitter poll last week answered which electric pickup may cross the finish line first. All this and more on Green Car Reports. After ending a...

  • Nissan Note e-Power hybrid
    Nissan e-Power hybrids for the US will aim for performance, not just mpg

    Considering how much of a commitment Nissan has made to electric vehicles over nearly a decade—mass-producing them on three continents—the lack of any parallel commitment to plug-in hybrid models, or even hybrids, has been baffling. Nissan finally remedied that in 2016, with the...

  • GAC Entranze concept, 2019 Detroit auto show
    VW-Ford, Nissan electric SUV, an electric Cadillac? Today's Car News

    Nissan reveals some details about its upcoming electric crossover SUV. Ford and VW announced a partnership to develop vans and pickups for overseas markets that could spill over into electric cars. And we ask readers if they would buy an electric car from Cadillac in our latest Twitter poll. All...

  • 2019 Jaguar I-Pace, 3-day test drive
    Nissan, Infiniti, and Cadillac electrics at Detroit auto show: Today's Car News

    At the Detroit auto show on Monday morning, Cadillac previewed GM's new platform for electric cars, Infiniti previewed a new look for its upcoming electric lineup with a new SUV concept. Nissan reinvented the sedan with its new electric concept. And Ford previewed a new hybrid version of its...

  • Nissan IMs Concept, 2019 Detroit auto show
    Nissan elevates the sedan with IMs electric-car concept

    At the Detroit auto show, Nissan today revealed the IMs concept, a vision that sees the sedan as existing in a quite different, all-electric “elevated” form. At face value, the IMs serves as a sedan counterpoint to the IMx concept first shown at the 2017 Tokyo show and advances some of...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf

    Earlier this week, at an event coordinated with the Consumer Electronics Show, Nissan introduced the Leaf Plus, a new longer-range of Nissan’s compact electric car. The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus, which will reach dealerships this spring, finally offers more than the 200 miles that many Americans seem to see as the new minimum for driving range. It has a 62-kwh battery pack and Nissan expects it to be rated at an estimated 226 miles. DON'T MISS: 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus revealed: 226-mile range, quicker acceleration Although many will hone in on the Plus model’s greater range...

  • 2019 Nissan Leaf
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus revealed: 226-mile range, quicker acceleration

    Nissan unveiled Tuesday a new version of the 2019 Leaf electric car, called the Leaf Plus or Leaf e+, that can go well over 200 miles on a charge. Although such a model has been a long time coming, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus stands as strong evidence that in the eight years since the first...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC
    Rivian fast charging, Volkswagen electrics, Trump vs GM: The Week in Reverse

    Which upcoming electric car has a battery pack engineered to be upgraded to 800 volts? What company plans to do more serious marketing of electric cars' strengths? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending December 21, 2018. This...

  • 2018 Nissan Leaf
    How Nissan hopes to market its future electric cars

    The Nissan Leaf with a roughly 60-kilowatt-hour battery was expected to make its public debut at the LA Auto Show earlier this month. It didn’t. That car is expected to appear “very soon,” perhaps at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show to be held in Las Vegas next month. DON'T...

  • Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show
    Japanese prosecutors charge former Nissan chairman Ghosn, automaker itself

    Japanese prosecutors charged former Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn on Monday with underreporting his income for eight years. He was arrested Nov. 19 and has been held in a Tokyo jail since, but has not been formally charged until now. Ghosn is known as the father of the Nissan Leaf electric...

  • Steve and Janet Wozniak with new 2016 Tesla Model S, December 2016  [source: Steve Wozniak Facebook]
    Ghosn out at Nissan, VW I.D. names, Faraday Future soap opera: Today's Car News

    Nissan announced it planned to remove Chairman Carlos Ghosn after an investigation revealed alleged financial misdealing. VW has no fun trademarking names for its new series of I.D. electric cars. The EPA plans to tighten emissions rules on heavy trucks. And cross-lawsuits reveal the underlying...