The BladeGlider embodies our vision of an agile EV that provides new dimensions of driving fun and excitement. pic.twitter.com/fH022h0nTO
— Nissan Electric (@NissanElectric) August 9, 2016
On the open roads outside of Rio de Janeiro, a quiet flash could be seen zooming down the highway over the past few months. The Nissan BladeGlider Concept, an all-electric high-performance vehicle, demonstrates the potential of green technologies in the auto industry. With lightweight engineering that generates zero emissions, this battery-powered model can do 0 to 62 mph (or 0 to 100kph) in less than 5.0 seconds.
The BladeGlider is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. With a narrow design that cuts through the air, the model can hold up to three passengers. According to Nissan, the model also has dihedral doors that swing up to provide a dramatic entry, as well as a reinforced roll cage and open roof to make it feel like a Formula racecar.
“These prototypes epitomize Nissan’s drive to expand its Intelligent Mobility strategy, where driving pleasure combines with environmental responsibility,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan. He further explains that “Nissan believes that enthusiasts should look forward to a zero emission future and Nissan BladeGlider is a perfect demonstration of that. It’s the electric vehicle for car lovers.”
The BladeGlider has a maximum speed of 118 mph, driven by two 130-kW electric motors. Plus, it has 268 horsepower and an agile design that can turn on a dime. One glance at this innovative prototype will make you fall in love.
At the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, Nissan showed off a possible future for the compact crossover segment—the Nissan Gripz Concept. This sporty crossover is designed with a new, younger generation in mind and exudes excitement and adventure from every angle.
The Gripz Concept is meant to be both an urban traveler and a weekend adventurer. The design has a similar footprint to a compact crossover, but its profile has a raised ride height and looks more like a sports car.
Designers were inspired by Nissan’s first “crossover,” the Safari Rally-winning Nissan 240Z from the 1970s. These racers had a raised ride height, tough suspension system, and a matte-black finish on the hood and trunk. They were both fast and athletic, and tackled the rough African terrain with ease.
Now, the Gripz takes this idea into the modern world by adding EV technology for a hybrid drivetrain. It will use the same electric motor used by the Nissan LEAF combined with an efficient gasoline engine. This combination delivers smooth and quick acceleration with excellent efficiency.
What features from the Nissan Gripz Concept would you love to see in a production model in the future? Tell us your thoughts here at 171 Nissan in the comment section below![Top]
One common trait of new technologies is they always seem to get smaller and smaller. Surely there are limitations to this though, right? After all, phones can only get so small before they get too difficult to use, and cars still need the room for occupants.
That isn’t stopping Nissan, though. The Japanese company has announced they will conduct a trial run of the “Ultra-Compact Mobility Certification System,” which is a car-sharing network for residents of the Sakonyama Danchi District in Yokohama City.
The vehicle they are using is tiny, yet somehow has the space to carry not one but two passengers. The goal is to gauge the value of ultra-compact EVs as short-range modes of transport that can complement public transportation and hopefully help revitalize large-scale urban and suburban commuting methods.
In Louisiana, we have little use for such a car, but it’s still nice to see Nissan racking its brain to help short-range commuters in congested cities. One day, when these EVs have more range, we may even see them at 171 Nissan![Top]
This year, Nissan is easily the talk of the Geneva Motor Show, thanks to a beautiful new European hatchback concept design. The new Nissan Sway Concept, in fact, is more than just a very, very cool new subcompact hatchback (although it is that); it’s also a huge, exciting look into the future of Nissan small car design. Therefore, while we probably won’t see the Sway in production anytime soon—especially not in America—we can still expect to see its influence spread across the Nissan lineup soon.
The Sway concept has a very gracefully sloping front end design—in fact, the slope starts almost halfway down the vehicle and glides all the way to the trapezoidal front grille. The new Sway concept is garnering comparisons to the iDX concept, but we’re more excited about this one—even if it currently doesn’t really have an engine.
On the interior side, the Sway sports special concept features like uniquely designed front seats, a sporty steering wheel, and more interior room than you might expect. It’s also got the “V-Motion grille,” boomerang headlamps, the “deformed X-structure” of the roof, and even orange accents for extra style points. Check out the Sway online, and then come see us at 171 Nissan to learn more about Nissan small cars of the present and future today.
Although it might sound like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, self-driving cars are just on the horizon. Thanks to a new partnership between Nissan and NASA, commercial applications of autonomous driving systems are now in the works.
So how exactly does this work? Well, Nissan autonomous vehicle systems have been around for a few years; however, this new partnership is aimed at getting the technology to the public. Using remote-control technology, network-enabled communication, and state-of-the art radar, it’s as simple as typing in a destination.
“The work of NASA and Nissan – with one directed to space and the other directed to earth, is connected by similar challenges,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan. He states, “The partnership will accelerate Nissan’s development of safe, secure and reliable autonomous drive technology that we will progressively introduce to consumers beginning in 2016 up to 2020.”
Nissan says the most complex obstacle is by far city driving. Nissan and NASA, who mastered the technology in planetary rovers, are aiming to use vehicle-to-vehicle communications and high-tech cameras to make the system operational. Who knows, maybe in a few years hover cars will be an option as well. At 171 Nissan, we’re excited to see what this partnership will bring to future Nissan vehicles![Top]
The car industry is known for having a world-renowned rumor mill that is, more times than not, correct. The newest rumor coming up the car industry’s grapevine is one that is sure to make all fans of the Nissan 370Z excited. Recently, Nissan VP, Roel de Vries, told Australia’s CarAdvice he thinks the 370Z “doesn’t need a V6” to deliver great performance numbers. While many people might consider this to be de Vries stating that the next generation Z won’t come with a V7, many others believe that this means there will be multiple engines for the newest Nissan Z.
The coupe currently has a 3.7-liter V6 to power its small frame, but de Vries believes to sell this sexy car in Europe, Nissan needs to also offer a four-cylinder. Even Motor Trend magazine has gotten in on the rumor action, reporting the next Z would offer “a mixture of smaller but powerful engines,” one of which could be a hybrid.
What engines do you think Nissan should offer for the next generation Z? Share your thoughts with 171 Nissan below![Top]
The Sao Paulo Motor Show only comes around every other year, and with Nissan’s large Latin American customer base, you’d better believe the automaker had something special planned. Turns out, Nissan unveiled its new crossover concept – the Nissan Kicks.
“This concept is a product of global collaboration, but it was inspired by the streets of Brazil and designed for its people,” said Mamoru Aoki, Executive Design Director of Nissan’s Global Design Strategy Department.
The Kicks seems to fit in the Nissan lineup right in between the compact JUKE and the mid-size Rogue. Although autoblog.com reports that Nissan says the Kicks was inspired by and designed for the people of Brazil, we have no trouble picturing the Kicks here in the US and abroad, which is apparently exactly what Nissan is thinking, too.
“It’s not only just for the Brazilian market, but we capture the idea of Brazil and then we apply it to our global design improvement, making a stronger design lineup for future Nissan designs,” said Taro Ueda, Vice President of Nissan Design America.
Sharp angles, bold colors, and an ideal size make the Nissan Kicks concept ideal for city dwellers looking for utility.
Here at 171 Nissan, we want to know what you think. Is the Kicks concept a crossover you could see yourself in, or is it just a Juke/Rogue lookalike with an odd name?[Top]