Muscle Cars Top Most Stolen Sporty-Car List

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A trio of nameplates synonymous with American muscle — the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger — are also the strongest candidates to be swiped by auto thieves. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's new list of most stolen "sporty" vehicles, the iconic Detroit coupes raced to the front of the pack. The report is based on theft records from the National Crime Information Center and covers model-year 2010, 2011 and 2012 vehicles stolen between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012.

The report breaks the cars into three classes: midsize, premium and compact. Sporty-vehicle thefts during the counting period numbered 3,780, with the midsize class dominating that total with 3,271, or 87 percent. Within the midsize class, the Camaro led with 1,509 thefts, followed by the Mustang (980) and the Challenger (782). Rounding out the top five was a mix of premium and compact models, including the Porsche Panamera, a premium car with 103 thefts; Audi A5/S5 (compact, 101); Chevrolet Corvette (premium, 69); Nissan 370Z (compact, 47); BMW 6 Series (premium, 45); Porsche 911 (premium, 24); and Volkswagen Eos (compact, 23).

By Matt Schmitz | October 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Nissan to Develop 2014 GT-R NISMO

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Nissan is expanding its performance arm: The automaker announced today that it plans to offer a NISMO version of the 2014 GT-R supercar. This is the third vehicle to launch under the NISMO brand; it follows the revised 370Z and new Juke NISMO versions that were unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Currently, the NISMO version of the 2013 370Z is expensive, adding $5,200 to the price of the Touring version of the coupe, but according to Nissan, that will change during the next year. The automaker plans to make the NISMO brand more affordable and accessible.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO: Photo Gallery

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Nissan is unveiling the racing-inspired 2014 370Z NISMO sports coupe at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the public Saturday and runs through Feb. 18. The new 370Z has a 350-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 paired with a six-speed manual transmission, the only transmission offered. A new dark gray coloring has been added to the front and rear ends, lower side sills, side mirrors and rear spoiler, in addition to red pinstripe accents.

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The interior gets a new steering wheel with Alcantara faux-suede appointments and red accents, as well as a red tachometer. Set to go on sale in the summer, the 370Z is bowing in conjunction with the U.S. debut of the new 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | February 7, 2013 | Comments (5)

2013 Nissan 370Z: Up Close

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Mild is a generous way to describe Nissan's changes to the 2013 370Z, but there's still a lot to like if you're a sports car fan. The coupe's compact, athletic proportions haven't changed, and the Z has a great stance.

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The front grille and bumper have been simplified, but the new design works, allowing the arrow-shaped headlights to serve as the distinctive design element. LED daytime running lights, which have quickly become a must-have design feature, accent the front corners.

By Mike Hanley | February 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Nissan 370Z at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Hyundai Genesis coupe, Ford Mustang
  • Looks like: Nissan is copying Porsche's philosophy regarding the 911: the fewer noticeable changes, the better 
  • Drivetrain: 332- or 350-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 with six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive 
  • Hits dealerships: June 2012

The Nissan 370Z sports car receives a number of cosmetic changes for the 2013 model year, but the V-6 powertrain carries over unchanged. Available June 2012, the 2013 370Z will again be offered in coupe, roadster and high-performance NISMO form.

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Z fans will readily spot the subtle design tweaks, but they'll likely go unnoticed by the majority of observers. Changes include a restyled front lip spoiler that trades the fangs of its predecessor for a cleaner, sleeker look. There are also new LED daytime running lights at the car’s front corners. The only change to the rear is a new red reflector below the license plate. NISMO versions, which have unique front and rear styling, don't receive these changes, but they do gain high-rigidity brake hoses and performance brake fluid.

By Mike Hanley | February 7, 2012 | Comments (3)

Nissan to Show Off NV, Refreshed 370Z in Chicago

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Nissan has confirmed that it plans to unveil two vehicles at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show next month. A new addition to the NV commercial vehicle family and a freshened-for-2013 370Z will make their debuts in the Windy City.

Although Nissan hasn't released which NV will be at the show, we're guessing it might be the NV200 passenger vehicle, a truck considerably smaller than the automaker's 2012 NV 1500, 2500 and 3500 cargo vans. The NV200 is sold in around 40 countries, and Nissan has said that it plans to make it available in the U.S. 

Nissan unveiled an electric version of the NV200 at this year's Detroit auto show in the form of the e-NV200 concept. We also saw the NV200 in taxi trim last year in New York. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has chosen it to become the city's exclusive taxi beginning in late 2013.

Nissan's current 370Z sports coupe and convertible were last redesigned for the 2009 model year. Check back with us in early February for more from the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 25, 2012 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2011 Nissan 370Z, 2011-12 Infiniti G37 Coupe

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Nissan is recalling about 1,800 2011 370Z vehicles and 2011-12 Infiniti G37 coupes because a faulty power window could cause a pinch injury before the window automatically reverses, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
 
On the affected vehicles, the power window switch controller is out of specification due to a programming error. In the case of an obstruction, like a finger or body part, the auto reverse — also called pinch protection — will still function, but there’s a chance of a pinch injury before the window reverses.
 
The affected vehicles were built between July 2 and Aug. 29. Dealers will replace the power window switches for free. The recall is expected to start around Nov. 28. For more info, Nissan owners can call 800-647-7261, and Infiniti owners can call 800-662-6200. Either can call NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

By Joe Bruzek | November 16, 2011 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2011 Nissan 370Z

2011 Nissan 370ZEven though it’s been on the road for a few years, the Nissan 370Z’s looks can still make fellow motorists jealous, says Cars.com editor Kelsey Mays. The sporty appearance portends nimble and fast handling, which the 370Z has in spades. Still, how does this Nissan roadster stack up against American muscle and its premium German sport car competition?

2011 Nissan 370Z Review

By Colin Bird | August 8, 2011 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Podcast: 2011 Kia Forte Five-Door, 2012 Infiniti M56X, 2011 Nissan 370Z Roadster

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There’s a little bit of everything in this week’s podcast. Kia has been on a roll lately with its Optima sedan and Sorento SUV, but they’ve got compacts, too, and unlike Hyundai, they have a hatchback version of the Forte compact sedan. Does it make the Forte platform more versatile? And how do editors Joe Wiesenfelder, Kelsey Mays and Mike Hanley feel about the new Infiniti M56X and Nissan 370Z Roadster?

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By David Thomas | August 8, 2011 | Comments (0)

2011 Nissan 370Z Roadster Video

Like the regular Nissan 370Z, the roadster is quick and refined, and it has an easy-to-use power-retractable soft-top, says Cars.com editor Kelsey Mays. Unfortunately, this is a pricey option when compared against the V-8-powered Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang convertibles.

By Colin Bird | July 14, 2011 | Comments (0)

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