Technology has been coming to the automotive world in force over the last few years. Many vehicles are getting new and much more complex infotainment systems to alert drivers and entertain passengers. Nissan is working on its new next generation infotainment system that will be inside some of its future vehicles.
Having never visited New York City, I'm not particularly familiar with the city's fleet of taxicabs. Judging by the fact that the city's new traditional taxicab replacement, the Nissan NV200, boasts among it's interesting features germ fighting seems to cut down on bad odors, the average taxi must be a smelly place. The image here is a shot of the prototype Nissan NV200 being unloaded in New York City.
The car you see here isn't Batman's latest ride, it's called the Nissan DeltaWing, and it looks very strange. The car is described as part road racer and part salt flat racer it is designed to be more aerodynamic than other cars on the grid and to use half the fuel the other vehicles use. Interestingly, the car isn't a pure flight of fantasy research project either. It will be coming to the 24 hours of LeMans. Fuel economy is a huge deal in endurance racing and if the car delivers on its promise it could be very competitive indeed.
In what must be a positive sign for those of you out there hoping for a much more electric future for vehicles, smashing out the smoke that our combustable engines now pollute the world with at some point in the future, Nissan has announced that their 2011 sales of the all-electric Leaf vehicle have fallen just a few hundred short of the 10k mark, but have well eclipsed the number here now in the first month of 2012. The 10,000th auto to have been sold to a customer occurred sometime last week, this right before the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. This of course is nothing compared to the amount of Leaf vehicles that have been sold worldwide.
Nissan may not be a name you traditionally associate with iPhone 4S cases, but the company's Scratch Shield model promises self-healing magic to keep your iOS smartphone scrape free. Using the same clever scratch-healing paint as used on Nissan and Infiniti cars, the Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case can actually repair any blemishes, the gel-like flexible finish changing back to its original form.
Nissan has revealed its latest concept, the March Nismo, the company's third sports-focused premium compact. Making liberal use of the Nismo tuning parts bin, the new concept is based on Nissan's altogether more sedate March compact, giving it the necessary oomph to wow at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2012.
The Nissan Leaf is a full EV that runs only on battery power that has been sold in a few markets around the US for a while now. The car has been one of the more popular full electric vehicles out there despite having had a few issues early on. Nissan has been operating a performance division for a long time that tricks out some Nissan cars for more performance called Nismo.
Nissan won't be introducing a new version of its LEAF electric vehicle until sometime in the fall of 2014, but there are already reports suggesting many major improvements to be expected. Among these improvements is a more affordable price and a longer range. But, perhaps more interesting is that the vehicle will also support wireless charging.
Nissan will be showing off its latest electric vehicle concept called the Pivo 3 at next month's Tokyo Motor Show. But ahead of the major event, the company has released some photos and videos this week of the third-generation Pivo and it's looking much closer to a realistic production vehicle than ever before.
One of the green technologies that could eliminate or greatly reduce the need for petroleum in the future is the fuel cell. The fuel cell is able to create power using reactions inside the cell. Fuel cell powered vehicles are green and produce no emissions. One of the companies that is working hard towards a fuel cell vehicle is Nissan and Nissan showed off its first fuel cell back in 2005.