Do you have a canine companion that you consider a member of your family? You aren’t alone. All across the U.S., there are plenty of people who love their pet like their own child. However, car safety is a big issue when it comes to bringing Fido along with you. According to a recent survey conducted by Nissan, 90% of dog owners want a car with more dog-friendly features, so Nissan decided to pursue the obvious solution: engineering a concept car for dogs, the XTrail 4Dogs.
Some more numbers were included in the survey: 98.7% of survey respondents use their car to transport their pet, and of that number, 88.7% of them bring their dog along for the ride at least once a week. That’s a lot of dogs riding in cars on a weekly basis!
Responders tended to agree that the trunk or backseat was the best place to keep a dog during these weekly excursions, but voiced concerns about canine accessibility when it came to actually getting their beloved furry family members into the vehicle. The XTrail 4Dogs concept includes a ramp to make getting in and out of the trunk easier than ever. What’s more is that the trunk can easily fit not one, but two dogs with plenty of space leftover, and even includes a shower, dryer, no-spill water bowl, treat dispenser, and more.
Unfortunately, Nissan’s car for dogs isn’t making its way to the mainstream market, but we at 171 Nissan think it’s a good way to spread awareness for dog safety in your car.
Nissan is always looking to tap into growing markets around the globe. Most recently, the automaker laid plans to increase production of a new Nissan pickup production at its South African plant. Set to begin in 2018, production of the new Nissan pickup will double the factory’s current annual output.
The factory, which is located in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, produces about 40,000 vehicles every year. Once the latest model begins production, that number is expected to rise to 80,000 vehicles per year.
South Africa has become a hotspot for Nissan and many other automakers, including Ford and Volkswagen. The country currently uses state provisions to attract new companies. The program will be extended past 2020 and qualification for the program will fall to 10,000 vehicles produced annually.
As for 2015, the number of vehicles produced in South Africa is expected to rise above 620,000 units. In 2014, 277,491 vehicles were produced in South Africa. That’s an enormous difference in any industry.
Nissan will likely announce more details about plans for a new pickup truck in early 2016. We want to know what’s to come of the new Nissan Pickup here at 171 Nissan! Tell us what you think about this truck and what your speculations are![Top]
The Nissan GT-R Nismo is notable for crushing records on the Nurburgring in 2013, when it finished with a time of 7:08.679 – a record that has only been surpassed by far more exotic, advanced, high-performance supercars. However, the mass-produced GT-R Nismo has never quite had the specs to pull off the same type of power and performance. Nissan aims to change that with the release of the Nissan GT-R Nismo N-Attack package.
The N-Attack package, which previously was not offered on this side of the Pacific, features upgrades like a stronger suspension, bucket seats, and an overall more aerodynamic design. One significantly noticeable difference is the enlargement of the rear wing that comes standard on the GT-R Nismo.
While the N-Attack package is typically installed at the Omori factory in Japan, the Steve Millen Sportsparts team, which has a long history of tuning and working with Nissan, has been sent to the factory to be trained in the installation of the new parts. Steve Millen Sportsparts has been given the title of “official installer and certified sales agent.”
While many people will be fine with the standard model, car enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies will enjoy the option for the Nissan GT-R Nismo N-Attack package and the extra potential for speed and thrills it provides. Tell us what you think of the N-Attack package at 171 Nissan in the comments below![Top]
Recently, Nissan posted a vague press release accompanied by a dimly lit photograph as a teaser for a new concept debuting at the Tokyo Auto Show. This new Nissan electric car concept is described as part of the company’s “future vision of car intelligence and electrification.” The information that the concept will be electric has led many to believe this is the unveiling of the next-generation Leaf.
The first hint that the concept is an all-new Leaf comes from the fact that the released teaser picture has the front of the car illuminated in blue light, which is a recurring motif with the Nissan Leaf. The overall styling of the car, however, is similar to the new Nissan Maxima, with a V-motion grille and flared-out wheel arches.
If the vehicle is not a Leaf, however, that means Nissan will have a second all-electric vehicle joining the Leaf in its lineup. However, after several mid-cycle upgrades and refreshes including a better battery range for the 2015 model year, the Nissan Leaf is long overdue for a new generation. The Nissan electric car concept could be exactly that. Tell us at 171 Nissan what you think of the new Nissan Electric Teaser in the comment below![Top]