An inside source revealed that the 2015 Nissan GT-R will have more gears than normal. The Japanese sportscar will now feature a 7-Speed dual clutch transmission by the end of the year. The new 7-Speed will replace the current 6-Speed dual clutch unit. This change is supposed to be featured in the 2015 Nissan GT-R.
This increase in gears is appearing to be a trend. Land Rover introduced its ZF 9-Speed transmission in the Range Rover Evoque recently. This was a big increase from the 6-speed transmission that it used to house. Chrysler also plans to introduce the first ever 9-speed automatic transmission to the US market in the 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is set to debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
The GT-R currently has a 100km/h time of 2.8 seconds, and with this new transmission it will do the same in just 2.7 seconds. Nissan is aiming for the fastest lap at the Nürburgring, they are poised for a 7 minute 15 seconds lap time. This would be 3 seconds faster than its current best.
Nissan has always been a leader in energy performance and remains there with three new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR accolades on the shelf. This includes the 2013 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, which is the highest honor given to select organizations that are dedicated to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.
Bill Kruegar, Nissan’s senior vice president of manufacturing, purchasing, production, engineering, and supply chain management, said “Since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner in 2006, we have saved more than 800 billion British thermal units (BTUs) of the energy used to assemble vehicles. That’s enough energy to power the all-electric Nissan LEAF for more than 750 million miles”.
Nissan has always been environmentally friendly, especially since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner back in 2006. The Nissan LEAF is the number one selling EV in the world. I mean who wouldn’t want to help the environment and in what better way than in a stylish EV like the LEAF?
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has recently expanded its presence in the Silicon Valley by opening up a new advanced research center to specialize in autonomous driving and connected cars.
The official opening date was February 18, 2013 of the Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley. This will enhance Nissan’s global research capability through collaborative partnerships with companies and research institutions in the global technology hub.
There are three initial projects that Nissan researchers will start. The first is the research of autonomous vehicles to realize a future with safe, stress-free mobility. The second project is the research of connected vehicles that can tap into infrastructure and the internet to maximize energy and time efficiency. The last project is the research in the area of Human Machine Interface to enhance the experience of autonomous and connected vehicles.
Nissan Executive Vice President supervising Research and Development Mitsuhiko Yamashita said “As we continue to expand our R&D capabilities throughout the world, we aggressively pursue our activities to create new values of mobility, by harnessing the latest information and communication technologies here in our new research center in Silicon Valley”.
Nissan North America Inc. announced an aver price reduction of $2,191 U.S. for the 2013 Nissan Xterra. The popular Xterra PRO-4X grade features a starting price of $29,440 which has a $1,200 price reduction compared to the 2012 PRO-4X. This drop happens even despite the addition of standard NissanConnectSM with Navigation system, automatic on/off headlights, RearView Monitor and a revised interior look.
Nissan decided to cut the price in order to keep the Xterra’s strong sales momentum. In addition to the PRO-4X, Xterra X grades are now reduced by $2,540, Xterra S grades by $2,620 and the Xterra PRO-4X grades by $1,200. The Xterra has some enhancements which includes the addition of two new exterior colors, Glacier White and Cayenne Red.
The Nissan Xterra is adventure ready and combines power, utility, value and authenticity. The Xterra has a unique “multi-flex” interior that provides an abundance of useable space, storage and convenience features.