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NV350: Van-tastic

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 01:10

July 13 – Yokohama – The redesigned Nissan NV350 Caravan begins sales in Japan Thursday, sporting an enhanced lineup of advanced safety and convenience features.

Intelligent Emergency Braking, Vehicle Dynamics Control with traction control system functions and Hill Start Assist – previously available only on some two-wheel-drive van grades – are now standard on all NV350 models.

Intelligent Around View Monitor has been installed for the first time in small-size commercial vehicles in Japan, adding safety when parking in narrow spaces, or when cargo obstructs rear visibility.

Convenience features include the Back Door Auto Closer, which can fully shut the rear door without making a loud noise, while the Automatic Air-conditioner with Rear Cooler features a liquid-crystal display and large knobs to improve utility.

For more on NV350, watch this program, which features interviews with Chief Vehicle Engineer Yutaka Makita and others at the Hadano testing course. (English captions provided).

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The Caravan is popular among business owners as well as private customers, who use it for hobbies and leisure, such as camping or surfing.

The exterior includes Nissan’s signature V-motion grille, and its LED head lamps and rear combination tail lights add to the strong design impression while aiding visibility for the Caravan.

Nissan unveils “Wheels of Innovation” sculpture

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:31

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“Wheels of Innovation” sculpture displayed at Nissan Global Headquarters in Yokohama

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Chairman of the Board, Carlos Ghosn, Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa and other Nissan executives gathered at Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama on June 22, to unveil the “Wheels of Innovation” sculpture representing the company’s values and transformation over the past 17 years.

Chairman Carlos Ghosn, CEO Hiroto Saikawa and artist, Nadim Karam in front of the sculpture “Wheels of Innovation”

The sculpture was created by Nadim Karam, a Lebanese artist based in Beirut.

The 5-meter tall steel sculpture features five unique wheels that serve as representations for the drivers for Nissan’s growth: Globalization, Sustainability, Challenge, Alliance and Diversity.

“The power of Nissan has always and will always come from inside.” says Ghosn.  “The Wheels of Innovations stands here as an external symbol of what that power can achieve.”

Nissan Chairman of Board Carlos Ghosn speaking at the sculpture unveil


The 2017 Nissan GT-R: polished to perfection

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 02:50

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Tochigi, Japan – Nissan’s Tochigi Plant is the largest of the company’s three main assembly plants in Japan, in terms of land area. It is about 100 km (62 miles) north of Tokyo. Established in 1968, the plant today largely turns out luxury vehicles and sports cars. A particular point of pride is the plant’s unique manufacturing process for the Nissan GT-R.

Nissan GT-R Polishing Section in Tochigi Plant

The GT-R, a legendary supercar, is known for its mastery at every touchpoint. The craftsmanship that goes into making the model is carried out with the utmost precision, with each part built and finished meticulously. At the Tochigi Plant, a master craftsman, called takumi, brings the GT-R’s polishing to the ultimate level, using sensitive hands and sharp eyes to inspect, check and then polish each coat to perfection. This story explains the discipline behind the polishing process for the model year 2017 GT-R*.

* The takumi hand-polishing process is limited to select colors of the 2017 Nissan GT-R, such as “Ultimate Metal Silver,” in the Japan region.