Long considered the Chrysler of Japan and the little brother of Honda and Toyota, Nissan’s recent innovations suggest the company is looking to break into the top tier in all classes from compact to SUV with an eye on electric cars and cutting edge innovation.
So, what's new with Nissan?
370Z GT Edition
To honor the brand's racing roots, Nissan mimics the classic 240Z with an all-new 370Z GT Edition looking to enter production in the UK. It is fitted with a 7-speed automatic transmission, a "snow mode" to beat wheel spin, and comes with an all/new dashboard, the Premium Connect Infotainment System. Other interior features include a rear-view parking camera, tire pressure monitoring, and underbody insulation. Look to purchase starting June 1 at close to $60,000 (£35,000)
Nissan Esflow Concept
Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show, the electric sports car Esflow Concept is one of the first of its kind, built for technology. Its rear wheel drive is powered by electric motors with sensors to control torque for each wheel for optimal distribution to eliminate wheel spin. Powered by lithium ion (the same technology used by the LEAF), its packs even weight for energy conservation, contributing to its 150-mile range and 5-second 0 to 60 power.
Leaf Nismo RC
The LEAF is innovating fast with the NIsmo RC (Racing Competition, a 0 to 60 in 6.8 second dynamo that is concentrating on changing the reputation of electric cars as immobile and lacking excitement. Its starting out at 107HP, a top speed of 93 mph and a 20-minute track time. The RC retains the LEAF's lithium ion battery and HP/torque numbers. Don't look for this on the racetrack anytime soon, but expect plenty of research and development dollars going into bodywork and aerodynamics and lead pioneer for EVs turned racecars.