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Nissan Is One Of Japan's Biggest Automotive Players
Last Updated: 09 October 2018
Nissan was founded in 1933 and is Japan's 6th largest automtive giant, selling over five million vehicles a year. Nissan are now looking at expanding into the African market, specifically Kenya, to grow their world wide sales. For Nissan insurance
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The Juke's disparate design influences do a surprising job of forming a complete car. It's fun and you'll get some interesting glances from people during a drive. While it does has its flaws, it's affordable to run and is good value for money. The deep flanks on the lower half of the body, paired with the exaggerated wheel arches, make the Juke look smaller than it actually is.
The driver's instrument cluster looks like it was inspired by a motorcycle. All you'd need are some handlebars and the rush of wind in your face to briefly make you believe you're on one. The precise steering encourages you to flick the Juke through corners, making for a fun driving experience.
The LEAF is Nissan's first electric vehicle whose name is an acronym. It stands for "Leading Environmentally friendly Affordable Family Vehicle" which we know isn't exactly on point, but sounds a hell of a lot better than trying to pronounce LEFAFV.
The LEAF has quicker steering and less body roll than the previous generation. This has made the drive more comfortable and makes the LEAF feel more agile.
With 421kW of power and 633nm of torque, the GT-R does 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds (or less if you choose the Nismo trim). Nissan have done a superb job of making the GT-R a beast on the track and comfortable as a daily commuter.
The lastest GT-R is a testament to Nissan's expertise in performance, comfort and styling. It produces 15kW more and has 5.4nm more torque than its predecessor. The interior has a new 8.0-inch touchscreen with control redundancies in the event the touchscreen ever stops working.
The Qashqai has been one of the top options in the crossover segment for years. Nissan deserves the utmost respect for elevating the Qashqai into a class of its own. It's hard to match its all-round competitiveness, making it a phenomenal car in economy, refinement and ease of use.
The gear shifts are relatively smooth, but long. This makes driving the Qashqai a little awkward for anyone used to shorter gear changes. The drive is comfortable however and the steering is nicely weighted and responsive enough to make you feel confident that you're control.
Nissan have completely changed the look of the 2018 Nissan Micra, taking design queues from the last generation Civic. The new design is a stark contrast to the bubble shape it first came out with. The new Micra should do a stellar job in terms of sales with its new sporty design.
The newest Micra gets a minor equipment upgrade which includes LED daytime running lights and electric adjustable side mirrors. Strangely, the base model is the only one of the three variants to get Apple CarPlay. Why Nissan made this decision is still a mystery.
The Nissan Murano comes equipped with a 3.5 litre V6 that delivers enough gusto for a car in its class. It's a SUV that has continued to tiptoe between premium and non-premium with a host of features, unique styling and refined drive.
The Murano drives smoothly thanks to its car-like suspension. There is a bit of body roll during corners as a result, but it isn't much worse than the comeptition. The use of a traditional hydraulic steering system gives the handling more control with a comforatble deadspot that keeps the vehicle stable on long distance drives. The Murano is the ideal road-trip SUV.
The latest Navara ditches it's long used leaf-spring suspension in favour of an all-new five-link setup with coil springs. This makes it the most comfortable unladen drive among its competitors. Don't let the new suspension fool you, the Navara is still very much a workhorse capable of carrying a full load and towing 3.5 tonnes.
Handling is well improved over the last generation. You ca go around bends at surprising speeds and rapid direction changes are done with little fuss at all. Nissan have done a great job at making the Navara amazingly stable, which is not something you'd expect from a bakkie.
The X-Trail has become less of a tow-anything 4x4 in favour of added practicality with a focus on value and efficiency. Nissan is following a trend in the SUV segment where automakers are making theirs vehicles more family focused. This makes the X-Trail a firm choice as an entry level SUV.
Drive quality is pretty good, even when driving on gravel with 19inch wheels. The build quality is good and doesn't suffer from any rattling when driving off-road. The CVT gearbox is a small blemish in what's mostly a great SUV. We're not sure why Japanese manufacturers insist on continuing to use this archaic setup.
The Pathfinder follows others in its segment, having a smooth transmission, engine and suspension setup. The interior encompasses Nissan's utilitarian look, prioritising function over form. The Pathfinder has gone from being a brute 4x4 to a family-friendly utility vehicle.
This is evident by the new safety feature Nissan added to warn parents/fur-parents not to forget their children or pets in the car. Another new safety feature is the forward automatic emergency braking. Both of these features look to become standard on most of Nissan's vehicle range.
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