Nissan News

  • 2014 Nissan GT-R (Japanese spec)

    Once the perserve of the Japanese domestic market and the occasional videogame, the Nissan GT-R has subsequently become a performance icon. In its current iteration, it produces 545-horsepower from a 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6. 60 mph arrives in around three seconds and de-restricted it'll do almost 200 mph. And... err... it isn't very green... But the next model may change that to some degree, according to Motor Trend (via our sister site, Motor Authority). The next-generation car is rumored to use one of two different hybrid drivetrains, currently undergoing evaluation by Nissan's...

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    Nissan Leaf Electric-Car Buyers Really ARE Different, Says Dealer

    So who buys a Nissan Leaf? Not, as you may be unsurprised to learn, the sort of person who doesn't really care what they buy, says one Nissan dealer. As Nashville Business Journal reports, Leaf customers are already pretty sure they want a Leaf when they walk onto the lot. "It's typically a very...

  • Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Concept
    Nissan Leaf Owners Get Hot Laps In Electric Nismo RC Racer

    Race cars aren't known for their gas-sipping qualities. The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC is a little different. Not only is it one of a handful of race cars in the world that emits no more pollution than its road car equivalent, but it's rather more silent than the production Leaf too. And quicker, of...

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    Nissan Celebrates Leaf Electric Car's Second Birthday

    Happy birthday, Nissan Leaf! Believe it or not, Nissan's electric car is now celebrating its second anniversary. With only relatively small numbers on the road--smaller than Nissan was hoping, anyway--the Leaf still seems like a recently-launched vehicle. But at Nissan's Oppama test track in Japan...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf Spy Shots
    Nissan Builds First Lithium-Ion Cells For 2013 Leaf Electric Car (Video)

    Just two years after the first Nissan Leaf was sold in the U.S., Nissan said today it has opened a plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, to fabricate lithium-ion cells for electric-car batteries. The first cells built at the plant have completed the necessary aging process, and can now be charged for the...

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    Nissan Leaf Electric Car Owners Cover 100 Million Miles Too

    Two weeks ago, we noted that drivers of the Chevrolet Volt had covered 100 million electric miles. What we neglected to note at the time was that Nissan Leaf drivers are keeping pace, having covered more than 100 million electric miles as well. And it's appropriate to note that total today, just...

  • 2013 Nissan Altima

    Not all green cars are hybrids, diesels, or plug-ins. And with new fuel economy regulations now set through 2025, all cars are going to get more efficient--gasoline cars first and foremost. The new 2013 Nissan Altima mid-size sedan has the highest EPA rating for combined gas mileage of any gasoline powered mid-size sedan: 31 mpg. That breaks down to individual test ratings of 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway. And it's 1 mpg better than the best Honda Accord and 2 mpg higher than the mild-hybrid Chevrolet Malibu with eAssist. Sure, 31 mpg combined is far lower than the 47-mpg rating achieved by the...

  • Nissan Leafs break the world record for largest electric car convoy
    Nissan Leaf Breaks Electric Car Convoy Record With 225 Cars

    Agroup of Nissan Leaf owners from around the United Kingdom have broken the world record for the 'largest parade of electric vehicles'. With 225 Nissan Leafs and an overcast, wet Silverstone race circuit, a parade of 225 cars broke the previous record, held by Chrysler with 218 vehicles. Nissan UK...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf (Japanese trim)
    2013 Nissan Leaf Electric Car Revealed In Japanese Trim

    Nissan has revealed detailed specifications of the Japanese-market 2013 Leaf. The updated car, which is set to go on sale in the U.S. early next year, features a host of minor upgrades. The changes are aimed at attracting a few more customers than the current 43,000 who have taken the plunge, since...

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    Nissan CEO Admits 2012 Leaf Sales Goal Won't Be Reached

    For many months, Nissan has said it would sell 20,000 Leaf electric cars in the U.S. by next March. Sales rates didn't seem to support that, and now Nissan has conceded that it won't happen. CEO Carlos Ghosn said that number "would not be reached," in an interview on Bloomberg TV in Mexico City...

  • Nissan Leaf electric limo for sale on eBay
    Stretch Nissan Leaf Electric Limo For Sale On eBay: What Would You Pay?

    Want a Nissan Leaf but disappointed that you can't take more of your friends along for the ride? Or don't have space for champagne flutes? The Nissan Leaf limo for sale on eBay could be just the thing to meet your needs. If you think the concept of a Nissan Leaf electric limo sounds familiar, then...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
    Nissan: Leaf Sales Lower Than Expected, But We're United Behind It

    Electric cars may be the future, but in the present they're still a risk. Nissan knows this more than most, and at a conference reporting its Q2 2012 financial results, chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga says that Nissan would still like to penetrate the market more. However, he also expressed...

  • Infiniti JX Hybrid prototype, Nissan GranDrive test track, Oppama, Japan, Oct 2012

    Nissan might be investing heavily in its electric car program, but the automaker hasn't forgotten hybrid vehicles completely. In fact, the company is set to launch one hybrid or plug-in car per year for the next few years, allowing it to compete in a market where hybrid vehicles are gaining increasing market share. Joining existing vehicles like the 2012 Infiniti M35h, Nissan is developing a range of hybrids and is set to implement mild hybrid technology across its range. First to hit U.S. shores is likely to be the front-wheel drive Infiniti JX Hybrid. We recently drove a prototype of the...

  • 2013 Nissan Sentra SL  -  First Drive, October 2012
    2013 Nissan Sentra: Details, Reviews, Gas Mileage

    If you're in the market for a new Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla or Volkswagen Jetta, you're also in the market for the 2013 Nissan Sentra. While we haven't driven the 2013 Sentra on GreenCarReports yet, our sister site at TheCarConnection has reviewed the car in full--useful for any potential buyer...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf in the Apple iPhone 4S commercial
    Finally! A Nissan Leaf Global Ad That Everyone Understands

    In a few months’ time, the Nissan Leaf electric car will have been on sale in the U.S. for two years. While a steady--if slow--stream of Leafs have left dealers all over the U.S. since, Nissan, like some of its rivals, has struggled to find the right way of advertising its first plug-in car...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf Spy Shots
    2013 Nissan Leaf Electric Motor Production Starts In TN

    U.S. production of the 2013 Nissan Leaf moved one step closer to reality earlier this week, when Nissan started eMotor production trials at its factility in Decherd, Tennessee. Located about 70 miles from Smyrna, where Nissan will start official U.S. production of the 2013 Leaf electric car, the...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf: One Year Drive Report
    2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Update: 25,000 Miles, No Woes

    Back in March 2011, we took delivery of a U.K. spec Nissan Leaf as our principal family car. Since then, we’ve kept you up-to-date with the car’s long-term progress, including reports after driving 5,000 miles in it, after covering the 11,000 mile mark, and after one year of ownership...

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    Having Your Gas Car Serviced? Here, Borrow A Nissan Leaf

    These days, most mainstream dealers and garages give you a courtesy , or loaner car while your own vehicle is being worked on. If you’re lucky, you’ll be given a reasonably new demo car, or perhaps even a car comparable with your own. More often than not, you'll end up with the garage's...

  • LeafLink iPhone App

    Ever since Nissan launched its Leaf electric car in late 2010, it has offered owners the ability to remotely start charging, using its Carwings telematics system and smartphone apps. The Nissan Leaf also has a feature letting owners pre-program a start time for charging and pre-heating, but only from inside the car, and only once per day. What Nissan hasn’t let owners do, at least from its official Carwings smartphone app, is program the charging time while you’re away from the car. Now a new iPhone app has changed that, with a clever feature that lets you program a future...

  • 2013 Nissan Leaf Spy Shots
    2013 Nissan Leaf: Spy Shots Of New, Less-Expensive Model

    With the first 2013 Nissan Leaf electric car expected to roll out of the Smyrna, Tennessee, plant in mid-December, many rumors have been flying about what changes the updated Leaf will have. Now we have the first spy shots showing some of the modifications Nissan has made to create a new, less...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf
    At $5/Gallon, 2012 Nissan Leaf Electric Car Pays For Itself

    If you're looking to reduce your driving costs, should you buy an electric car? It's a question many have asked in the past, and the results tend to vary depending on the electric car selected, and the cost of driving in your area. As gasoline prices hit $5 per gallon in some areas of California...

  • Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Hall in an ad for the 2012 Nissan Leaf
    2012 Nissan Leaf Gets Even Cheaper: Now, $139/Month Lease

    Plug-in electric car sales are growing in the U.S., with the Chevy Volt in particular going from strength to strength. The 2012 Nissan Leaf, however, is not doing so well. Despite being one of the earliest electric cars on the market, it's been outsold three to two this year by the Toyota Prius...

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    Exec Stands Firm on Nissan Leaf Batteries, Previews 2013 (Video)

    Ever since a handful of Nissan Leaf owners in Arizona noticed that their cars had started to suffer from premature battery aging, Nissan has been criticized for its apparent lack of transparency on the subject. Just over a week ago, Nissan announced it had asked electric car advocate Chelsea Sexton...

  • 2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010
    Why I Drive A Nissan Leaf Electric Car: One Owner's Story

    Every day I get in my car and drive to work, I'm saving money. That's because last summer I bought an all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf, and my gas station stops are a thing of the past. I figure I'm saving about $3,300 in annual gas and oil change bills, compared to the average Ford Expedition driver...