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

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

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 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)

2012 Nissan Lineup: Ch-Ch-Changes

2012 Versa sedanFor the 2012 model year, Nissan will refresh the Maxima, add a Special Edition Package to the Rogue and increase the standard features on the Leaf. The automaker released the planned model-year changes for its lineup this week.

Nissan also plans to continue to sell the old Versa hatchback alongside the completely redesigned Versa sedan, which was first shown at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.

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By Colin Bird | June 14, 2011 | Comments (9)

Nissan's SynchroRev Match: Driver Friend or Foe?

Blasphemy is what I cried when first reading about Nissan’s SynchroRev Match option. It automates the fancy-foot technique of rev-matching a manual transmission for smooth downshifts. Driving a true sports car like the 2010 Nissan 370Z should be a full control experience. At least that was my old way of thinking, but it’s executed so flawlessly I’ve learned to embrace the sacrilege.

By Joe Bruzek | October 8, 2010 | Comments (2) Podcast: 2010 Nissan 370Z and 2011 Jaguar XKR

This week we talk sports packages, high-tech performance options, levels of luxury and throw in a little open-air driving — and that’s just in discussing two models that recently came through our test fleet. Editors Joe Wiesenfelder, David Thomas and Mike Hanley discuss the 2010 Nissan 370Z coupe and the refreshed 2011 Jaguar XKR convertible. Find out what makes these two stand out and what we didn’t like about both.

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By David Thomas | September 29, 2010 | Comments (0)

2010 Nissan 370Z Video

In this video, we take another look at Nissan’s 370Z, which is in its second model year. The first time around, we checked out the 2009 Nismo 370Z and found it was pretty unforgiving as a daily driver. But that’s not the case with the base 2010 370Z we tested this year, according to senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder. The Z is pretty smooth for a sports car. The driver-oriented cockpit is nice, and Joe especially likes the shifter. But poor rear visibility and a costly asking price make it a tough tossup between the Z and the Ford Mustang GT. Which one is the better choice? Watch the video to find out.

By Colin Bird | September 27, 2010 | Comments (3)

An Unabashed Car Comparison

We took great pains to include as many useful parameters as possible to discover the best $25,000 family sedan in our $25,000 Family Sedan Shootout a few weeks ago. The folks over at Autoblog went in a different direction when they compared the V-6 powered Ford Mustang, Nissan 370Z and Hyundai Genesis coupe. They just wanted to know which one is the best sports car.

Nope, no worries about features, price or cupholders! We’re guessing they didn’t even check to see how well the child-safety seats fit into these cars.
How brazen.

Go read the whole thing over at Autoblog to see which car won. We figured it out in the beginning …

Battle of the Sixes: Ford Mustang V6 takes on Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 and Nissan 370Z (Autoblog)
By David Thomas | May 17, 2010 | Comments (4)

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